The Groveton girls and boys had back-to-back road games at Lisbon and Franklin on Friday and Saturday and our Shirley Nickles was on hand to capture images of both games. Check out the full galleries at the links below…
By: KJ Cardinal
Day four of the 43rd Annual Mike Lee Holiday Basketball Bash is in the books and the finals match-ups are set. Coffee County (TN) and Kennett will meet for the girls crown on Friday at 5:30 pm, while Belmont and Profile will square off at 7:00 pm.
GIRLS SEMI #1: COFFEE COUNTY 97, BELMONT 26
• PHOTOS | VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
The Lady Raiders from Tennessee continued to roll as they defeated Belmont, 97-26, in the first semifinal on Thursday. Coffee County’s balanced attack was on display as they placed five players in double-digits, led by 15 points from Emaleigh Tarpley. The Red Raiders were paced by 15 as well by Lena Rodrigues, who connected on five triples versus the Lady Raiders tough 2-3 zone.
GIRLS SEMI #2: KENNETT 75, FARMINGTON 30
• PHOTOS | VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
In the second semifinal of the day, Division II Kennett defeated the D-IV host Farmington, 75-30, en route to their fifth-straight title game appearance at The Bash. The Tigers came out of the gates and challenged the Eagles for the first 10-minutes of play before Kennett pulled away and blew the game wide open. The Eagles were led by a trio of double-figure scorers: Kaley Goodhart (16 points), Sydnie Chin (15) and Catherine Chick (13). Farmington freshman Anna Cardinal paced the Tigers with 10.
BOYS SEMI #1: BELMONT 56, DERRYFIELD 45
• PHOTOS | VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS | ROMIKE REPORT
On the boys side, D-III Belmont looked a little tired from the onset, which could be attributed to the Red Raiders dramatic one-point win over Coe-Brown the night before, and found themselves tied with D-IV Derryfield at 22-22 at the half. The Red Raiders came out rejuvenated for the second half and pulled away for the 56-45 win. Belmont was led by Keegan Martinez (17 points), Sam Reposa (16) and Anakin Underhill (15), while the Cougars were paced by Jack Krasnof (18) and John McDevitt (11).
BOYS SEMI #2: PROFILE 70, FARMINGTON 41
• PHOTOS | VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
It was a packed house for the second semifinal, which pitted host Farmington versus Profile. The two battled closely for the first quarter with the Patriots taking a two-point lead, 13-11. Profile then dominated the Tigers in the second stanza as they outscored Farmington 20-0 to blow the game wide open and cruised to a 70-41 victory. Junior Josh Robie connected on six threes en route to a game-high 26 points, while classmate Alex Leslie added 20 and sophomore Cayden Wakeham had 12. Farmington was led by 16 points from senior Jordan Berko.
If you missed any of day four action, you can re-watch all games here.
DAY 4 SCORES, LINKS & DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORERS
BOYS: RAYMOND 57, NUTE 40 – PHOTOS
Raymond Rams: Drezell Duffaut (19 points), Logen Brian (13)
Nute Rams: Gavin Forcier (14 points)
BOYS: PORTSMOUTH CHRISTIAN 51, FRANKLIN 35 – PHOTOS
Eagles: Connor Hickey (20 points)
Golden Tornadoes: Zeke McCoy (13 points)
BOYS: KENNETT 64, LIN-WOOD 41 – PHOTOS
Eagles: Bo Noury (14 points), Alex Clark (11) Ben Dougherty (11)
Lumberjacks: Jake Avery (21 points), Cam Clermont (14)
BOYS: COE-BROWN 75, SOMERSWORTH 34 – PHOTOS
Bears: Quinn Salter (19 points), Hugh Hamilton (12)
Hilltoppers: Dominic Starr (24 points)
GIRLS SEMI #1: COFFEE COUNTY (TN) 97, BELMONT 26 – PHOTOS | VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Lady Raiders: Emaleigh Tarpley (15), Julie Ruehling (14), Olivia Vinson (13), Channah Gannon (11), Chloe Gannon (10)
Red Raiders: Lena Rodrigues (15)
BOYS SEMI #1: BELMONT 56, DERRYFIELD 45 – PHOTOS | VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS | ROMIKE REPORT
Red Raiders: Keegan Martinez (17 points), Sam Reposa (16), Anakin Underhill (15)
Cougars: Jack Krasnof (18 points), John McDevitt (11)
Day three of the 43rd Annual Mike Lee Holiday Basketball Bash was one to remember, particularly on the boy’s side as all four match-ups saw the lower division team come away with the victory.
In the first boys game of the day, Division IV Derryfield started like they were shot out of a cannon versus D-II Kennett, the two-time defending Bash champions. The Cougars used impeccable ball movement and hot shooting to build a big first-half lead and had to fight for every inch in the second half to come away with a 16-point win, 62-46.
Senior Jake Avery attacked the paint all game long on his way to a career-high 42 points as D-IV Lin-Wood knocked off D-II Raymond, 75-71. Ram sophomore Drezell Duffaut also dazzled as he poured in 33 points of his own and nearly led Jim Gallagher’s young Raymond squad to a come-from-behind victory.
Alex Leslie (30) and Josh Robie (28) combined for 58 points to lead D-IV Profile past D-III Somersworth, 84-60. The high-octane Patriot offense has scored 187 points in their first two games of the tourney.
The night cap, however, was the one that we’ll never forget. The Dean vs. The Rookie. Dave Smith, the dean of New Hampshire basketball coaches and his Coe-Brown Bears took on first-year NHIAA head coach Tony Martinez and his Belmont Red Raiders. Belmont’s 2-3 zone stifled the Bears from the onset as Coe-Brown was held without a field goal for the first 6:48. There was no chance Coach Smith’s squad was going to go away quietly, however, as the Bears battled all the way back and had the ball on the final possession of the game with a chance to win. The Red Raiders survived, 52-51, to advance to the semifinals.
If you missed any of day three action, you can watch back archives of all games.
GIRLS: FRANKLIN 40, NOBLE 20 – PHOTOS
Golden Tornadoes: Lily Cornell (10 points)
Knights: Grace Roberts (7 points)
GIRLS: PROFILE 36, SOMERSWORTH 24 – PHOTOS
Patriots: Mya Brown (13 points), Maddie Koehler (12)
Hilltoppers: Ella Parr (8 points)
BOYS: DERRYFIELD 62, KENNETT 46 – PHOTOS
Cougars: Alex Comire (22 points), Ethan Flanagan (11), John McDevitt (10)
Eagles: Ben Dougherty (16 points), Daven Bailey (13)
GIRLS: KENNETT 70, SANBORN 15 – PHOTOS
Eagles: Kaley Goodhart (17 points), Kaylee McLellan (14)
Indians: Emma Gillis (11 points)
GIRLS: COFFEE COUNTY (TN) 110, COE-BROWN 33 – PHOTOS
Lady Raiders: Chloe Gannon (18 points), Emaleigh Tarpley (16), Channah Gannon (15), Olivia Vinson (14), Natalie Barnes (14)
Bears: Hannah Meehan (11 points)
Competition heated up during day 2 of The 43rd Annual Mike Lee Holiday Basketball Bash at Farmington High School. Three of the eight total semifinal spots across both divisions were determined and four tournament records were broken on the eight-game day.
If you missed any of the day 2 action, you can watch back archives of all games. We also have a notebook below, followed by a list of the day’s results that features double-digit scorers and links to photo galleries and video highlights for select games.
• Profile’s dynamic duo of juniors Josh Robie & Alex Leslie led the Patriots to a record-setting performance in their first game of the tournament. Robie connected on 10 three-pointers en route to a tourney record 52 points, while the Patriots also set the high-water mark for points in a single game with a 103-44 win over Nute. The game also featured the most three-point field goals combined for both teams (21) as Profile buried 13 and Nute dropped eight of their own.
• The host Farmington boys and girls both advanced to the semifinals in their respective brackets, while the Belmont girls also punched their ticket to the final four.
• One of the unique, and frankly our favorite, parts of The Bash took place on Tuesday with a Skills Challenge and 3-Point Contest. Sanborn’s Allie Bezanson and Nute’s Anthony Tracia took home the hardware in the Skills Challenge, while Farmington’s Anna Cardinal and Profile’s Josh Robie were victorious in the 3-Point Contest.
• The highlight of the tournament so far came in the day two night cap as Farmington’s Jordan Berko threw down a dunk as the host Tigers defeated Lin-wood, 75-57. Watch Berko’s dunk over on our Instagram.
• Coffee County (TN) set the single-game scoring record on the girls side with 101 points.
GIRLS: BELMONT 58, FRANKLIN 28 – PHOTOS
• Belmont advances to the semifinals on Thursday at 3:00 pm.
Red Raiders: Darci Stone (15 points), Alyssa Edgren (10)
Golden Tornadoes: Kourtney Kaplan (10 points)
GIRLS: SANBORN 41, SOMERSWORTH 40 – PHOTOS
• Sanborn advances to the quarterfinals on Wednesday at 1:30 pm.
Indians: Emma Gillis (18 points)
Hilltoppers: Aby Lambert (20 points)
GIRLS: COFFEE COUNTY (TN) 101, NOBLE (ME) 12 – PHOTOS
• Coffee County advances to the semifinals versus Coe-Brown on Wednesday at 6:00 pm.
• CC sets the single-game scoring record with 101 points.
Raiders: Channah Gannon (22 points), Audri Patton (13), Chloe Gannon (12)
Knights: Ashley Merchant (3 points)
BOYS: PROFILE 103, NUTE 44 – PHOTOS | VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
• Josh Robie sets the individual single-game scoring record
• Profile sets the team single-games scoring record
• The game set the most 3-point field goals made record (21 total, 13 for Profile, 8 for Nute)
Patriots: Josh Robie (52 points), Alex Leslie (32 points)
Rams: Gavin Forcier (12 points), Chase Picard (12)
NEW ENGLAND FURNITURE SKILLS COMPETITION
Girls Champion: Allie Bezanson, Sanborn
Boys Champion: Anthony Tracia, Nute
NORTHEAST ARBOR TEC 3-POINT CONTEST
Girls Champion: Anna Cardinal, Farmington
Boys Champion: Josh Robie, Profile
GIRLS: FARMINGTON 37, PROFILE 34 – PHOTOS
Farmington advances to the semifinals on Thursday at 6:00 pm.
Tigers: Madi Ricker (13 points), Makayla Lapanne (10)
Patriots: Mya Brown (14 points)
BOYS: FARMINGTON 75, LIN-WOOD 57 – PHOTOS
• Farmington advances to the semifinals on Thursday at 7:30 pm.
Lumberjacks: Jake Avery (26 points), Cam Clermont (19)
Tigers: Jordan Berko (22 points), Brian Boisvert (22), Aiden Place (12), Matthew Savoy (12)
By: KJ Cardinal
Day one of the 43rd Annual Mike Lee Holiday Basketball Bash is in the books and it was a day that featured inter-division match-ups, lop-sided scores and two “upsets” so-to-speak. The average margin of victory on the day was nearly 33 points, which was somewhat anticipated with the lack of parity on the schedule. While the girls games were just warm-up contests for bracket play that begins tomorrow, the boys games were part of pool play.
If you missed any of today’s action, you can watch back archives of all nine games. We also have a notebook below, followed by a list of the day’s results that features double-digit scorers and links to photo galleries and video highlights for select games.
• The closest game of the day was a hard-fought battle between the Coe-Brown and Belmont girls. The Bears came out flat and managed just three points in the first quarter, but head coach Joe Vachon’s squad increased their productivity each quarter and closed out the fourth to come away with a 37-34 victory.
• The only other single-digit deficit on the day was also one of the “upsets” we saw as the D-IV Profile girls downed D-II Sanborn, 44-35. The other “upset” was the D-IV Farmington boys cruising past D-III Raymond, 78-51.
• The Coffee County squad that hails from Manchester, TN is no joke. The Red Raiders came in with an impressive resume and they wasted no time showing the field that they meant business as they jumped out to a 43-3 halftime lead over host Farmington. It should really come as no surprise as Coffee County Central High School boasts an enrollment of over 1,200, while Farmington has just 249 students. Regardless, the Red Raiders size, depth and revolving defensive schemes will be a tough match for anyone in the tournament.
• The top individual performers on the day were Somersworth’s Aiden Heffron and Farmington’s Brian Boisvert. They each netted 22 points and led their team to opening day victories.
DAY ONE BREAKDOWN & LINKS
GIRLS: KENNETT 72, NOBLE 12 – PHOTOS
Eagles: Kaley Goodhart (15 points), Sam Sidoti (11), Kaylee McClellan (10)
Knights: Natalia Rothwell (7 points)
GIRLS: COE-BROWN 37, BELMONT 34 – PHOTOS
Bears: Ava Telehala (10 points)
Red Raiders: Lena Rodrigues (13 points)
BOYS: COE-BROWN 63, PORTSMOUTH CHRISTIAN 32 – PHOTOS
Bears: Hugh Hamilton (21 points), Connor Bagnell (14)
Eagles: Cai Summers (11 points)
GIRLS: PROFILE 44, SANBORN 35 – PHOTOS
Patriots: Kyah Knight (16 points), Mya Brown (10)
Indians: Allie Bezanson (12 points)
GIRLS: COFFEE COUNTY (TN) 84, FARMINGTON 10 – PHOTOS
Raiders: Chloe Gannon (20 points), Channah Gannon (16), Alivia Reel (11)
Tigers: Madi Ricker (7 points)
BOYS: FARMINGTON 78, RAYMOND 51 – PHOTOS
Tigers: Brian Boisvert (22 points), Jordan Berko (17), Cody Brazee (13), Matthew Savoy (11)
Rams: Drezzell Duffaut (20 points)
Farmington jumped out to a quick 11-0 lead at Franklin on Monday night and never looked back as the Tigers blew past the host Golden Tornadoes, 70-36. Senior Jordan Berko led the way for FHS with 19 points, while Matt Savoy added a career-high 18 points. Franklin was paced by Zeke McCoy’s game-high 24 points.
The Tigers improve to 5-1 on the season, while Franklin drops to 1-3.
Check out a full photo gallery of the action by KJ Cardinal…
Leading by one at the half, 22-21, Farmington connected on five three-pointers in the third quarter to take a 17-point lead and hung on for a 51-44 win at Franklin on Monday night.
The Tigers were led by a team-high 15 points from sophomore Madi Ricker. Teammate Makayla Lapanne (10 points) also chipped in with double figures, while Jaelyn Prosper netted nine, all on three point field goals in the third. The Golden Tornadoes were paced by a game-high 16 points from Lily Cornell and Kourtney Kaplan added 13 of her own.
The win snapped a two-game skid for Farmington, who evens its record at 3-3. Franklin drops to 1-3 on the early season.
Check out a full photo gallery by KJ Cardinal of the action…
Zeke McCoy poured in a team-high 20 points to lead host Franklin to a 35-33 victory over Hinsdale on Tuesday night. The Pacers were paced by a game-high 22 points from Brayden Eastman. Check out highlights of the action by our own Tim Lee…
Ball 603 hits full throttle in the second full week of the season as we bring you coverage of an impressive 20 games… on a short holiday week! We’ve got eight girls games and 12 boys games on the docket. It’s all basketball, all the time and we couldn’t be more excited.
Check out where we’ll be…
Monday, December 20th
Mount Royal at Farmington, 5:30 pm
Mount Royal at Farmington, 5:30 pm (GIRLS)
Timberlane at Pinkerton, 6:30 pm
Tuesday, December 21st
Kearsarge at Campbell, 6:00 PM
Wednesday, December 22nd
Londonderry at Spaulding, 6:30 pm (GIRLS)
Exeter at Bedford, 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 23rd
Merrimack at Windham, 6:30 pm
Sunday, December 26th at The Bash
St. Thomas vs. Nute, 9:30 am
Inter-Lakes vs. Holy Family, 10:00 am (GIRLS)
Littleton vs. Inter-Lakes, 10:30 am (GIRLS)
Littleton vs. Holy Family, 11:00 am (GIRLS)
Holy Family vs. Profile, 10:45 am
Epping vs. Newmarket, 11:45 am
Kennett vs. Derryfield, 12:00 pm
Kennett vs. Epping, 1:15 pm (GIRLS)
Franklin vs. Raymond, 2:30 pm
Concord Christian vs. Franklin, 3:45 pm (GIRLS)
Concord Christian vs. Portsmouth Christian, 5:00 pm
Coe-Brown vs. Farmington, 6:15 pm (GIRLS)
Coe-Brown vs. Farmington, 7:30 pm
*Schedule subject to change*
Ball 603 has partnered with the 42nd Annual Mike Lee Holiday Basketball Bash to bring you live and free coverage of all games of New Hampshire’s largest and the Seacoast’s longest-running holiday basketball tournament. Farmington High School plays host to the 24-team boys and girls tournament that features an impressive 45 games over five days from Dec. 26-30.
Our coverage of The Bash will get bigger and better as the tournament progresses. Shows on the opening day of the tournament will feature basic one-camera productions with on-screen score, while the semifinals and final will feature multiple cameras, replays and graphics as well as some great announcers that will be announced later this week.
We will also be holding “Meet the Team” photo shoots with several teams in attendance and will have professional action photos of all games as well. The coverage of The Bash will be unprecedented for a New Hampshire high school sporting event and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
To learn more about the tournament, including brackets and schedules, log on to the official website of The Bash. You can also check out the 20-page tournament program that we also designed for the event, which features tournament notes, history, records, rosters and more.
Enjoy the show!