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Four unbeatens remain

By KJ Cardinal

We’re past the midway point of the 2022-23 season in all four divisions of NHIAA basketball and there are just four undefeated boys teams remaining around the state.

Let’s take a glimpse at this quartet of flawless teams…

Anthony Chinn directs the offense against Portsmouth back on Jan. 10.

PINKERTON BOYS (9-0)
It should come as no surprise that head coach Dave Chase’s Astros are sitting atop the Division I standings with a perfect 9-0 mark to start the season. Pinkerton made it to the state semifinals last year and with their big three of Jackson Marshall and the Chinn brothers (Anthony and Tyrone) clicking on all cylinders, the Astros are rolling through the division.

Pinkerton is holding teams to just over 44 points per game (PPG) and winning by an average of 20 PPG. The only single-digit victory that the Astros have earned was at Keene, 48-40, back on Jan. 13. Looking at Pinkerton’s remaining slate, it’s hard not to circle the Feb. 10 tilt at Bedford (8-1) as the biggest test that remains in the Astros quest for perfection.

Jalen Reese goes up for two against Somersworth on Dec. 13.

GILFORD BOYS (9-0)
The three-time defending champion Golden Eagles are a perfect 9-0 and sit perched atop the D-III standings. Another pair of brothers, Jalen and Isaiah Reese, are both averaging nearly 20 PPG to lead the way for Gilford.

While head coach Rick Acquilano’s squad has yet to lose, they have been tested in three tough battles of late and came out on top in each one. The Golden Eagles started the new year with a four-point win at St. Thomas on Jan. 3. A week later, Gilford staved off a hungry Belmont squad, 61-58. And, just yesterday the Golden Eagles survived an overtime scare at Conant, 52-48.

Kayden Hoskins and the Crusaders held on for a big win at Woodsville back on Dec. 21.

LITTLETON BOYS (12-0)
Trevor Howard’s Littleton Crusaders are a state-best 12-0 and are coming off perhaps the game of the year in D-IV on Friday night, a thrilling 86-81 victory at Profile. Littleton’s front-man Kayden Hoskins is pumping in over 21 PPG, but the Crusaders boast a line-up loaded with potential double-digit scorers and their balanced attack is very potent.

The Crusaders have proven they can win on the road as they earned hard-fought victories at Portsmouth Christian, at Woodsville, at Lin-Wood, at Colebrook, at D-III White Mountains and most recently at Profile. With five of their remaining six games at home, if Littleton can take care of business on its turf, the Crusaders may be sitting atop the D-IV heap when the dust settles.

Brode Frink with the unorthodox finish at PCA on Jan. 9.

CONCORD CHRISTIAN BOYS (9-0)
The Concord Christian Kingsmen are rolling through their D-IV slate. With big road wins at Derryfield, at Portsmouth Christian and at Holy Family, the Kingsmen look poised to make another deep run in the playoffs.

Sophomore sensation Brode Frink is the straw that stirs the drink for head coach Eric Heizer’s squad. Frink is averaging over 25 PPG and can score in anyway imaginable. The Kingsmen have some obstacles on their schedule as they host Derryfield (7-2), Farmington (10-1) and head to D-III Conant.

Project Profile: Four-year mission to top of D-IV

By Mike Whaley

Mitchell Roy has a plan. It is a four-year project to elevate the Profile High School boys basketball team from the Division IV cellar to the championship podium – something that has happened just once in school history (2004).

It is not an easy task in New Hampshire’s North Country, where Profile is forever chasing the likes of Woodsville, Littleton, Colebrook, Groveton and Lisbon – the perennial powers in this sparsely populated neck of the woods.

But with this current Patriot team, Roy thinks he has the makings of a championship caliber squad. Led by junior scoring phenom Josh Robie, Profile is off to an 8-1 start (11-2 overall) in D-IV. The core players are all juniors and sophomores.

Profile went a disappointing 1-9 during Roy’s first season in 2020-21, which was limited by Covid-19. Roy said had they played a full schedule they still would have won just the one game, which they were lucky to win.

Profile head coach Mitchell Roy.

He met individually with the players, mostly freshmen, after the season. “I sold them on the idea of a four-year process,” said Roy, who at 24 is one of the youngest coaches in the state. “I told them if we stick with it and get full buy-in, we can get something special. It’s not there. But it’s on its way to being something really special.”

Last year, the Patriots went 10-9 overall, losing in the first round of the tournament to Holy Family. It could have been better. There were some games they could have won that they let slip away. But still it was a positive step forward. Plus they did what they did with sophomores and freshmen, certainly an uphill battle when facing senior-dominated teams like Woodsville.

Now that the Patriots are enjoying a bit of success, Roy can reflect on his first two years when he took a job that nobody else wanted. He is a graduate of Canaan High School in Vermont where he played basketball for second-tier cooperative Pittsburg-Canaan teams. Roy attended Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, ostensibly to keep his basketball dream alive. He wanted to coach.

Not all that shocking when you realize it’s in his blood. His mom, Sarah Roy, is a successful head girls hoop coach at North Country Union HS in Newport, Vermont. The Falcons won the 2021 Vermont Division II state title. This season they are off to a 10-0 start.

Roy got to be part of coach Kevin Bettencourt’s program at Endicott as a manager and then student assistant. The Gulls did well, advancing to three Commonwealth Coast Conference championship games and a NCAA Division III Sweet 16. There he was able to work with some tremendous New Hampshire players like Portsmouth’s Kamahl Walker, Pelham’s Keith Brown and Dover’s Ty Vitko.

Watching how Bettencourt handled, in particular, Brown, a career 2,000-point scorer, helped to prepare Roy to coach Robie and “know the right amount of freedom to let him play with and creative ways to get him open.”

Originally, Roy had planned to stay at Endicott as a volunteer assistant for the 2020-21 season, but when it was clear that Covid was going to limit the college season, he decided to look elsewhere.

“The Profile job popped open,” he said. “I remember playing against them when I was at Pittsburg-Canaan. I thought it was a pretty nice little school.”

Roy went up for an interview. He met the athletic director Jack Bartlett and one of the players, Josh Robie. He felt it would be a good fit. Others did not. He talked to a wide variety of people with some telling him flat out not to take the job – mainly arguing it was low-level high school and that the program had not been good in some time.

Good points, perhaps, but Roy was undeterred. He took the job.

The first year was difficult. Roy decided to go with younger players, letting them play through their mistakes. “We were pretty bad,” he said. Part of that was on him for, as he said, doing a “poor job choosing what to emphasize.”

It was a learning exercise and Roy learned a lot. “You can’t cut corners,” he said. “You can’t worry about installing offensive plays when we aren’t even doing the fundamentals of the game right. I learned how to build that up more properly. It’s still not perfect, but we’re trying to get better.”

2022-23 Profile Patriots.

Roy struggled with his own coaching identity. Because he was so young (22), he tried to be something he’s not – a disciplinarian. “I really tried to separate myself from them,” he said. “To show them that I’m older. Doing that so as not to get in the trap of being their friend. That was not what we needed either.”

Eventually he got it right. He sees that being a younger coach as an advantage. “I can understand what they’re going through,” he said. “I was literally their age not long ago.”

After that first season there was pushback. Some people wanted Roy fired. They claimed he didn’t know how to manage a program, that he didn’t know what he was doing. Thankfully Principal Kerry Bushway and Bartlett had his back. “They trusted me to be a mentor to these kids,” he said. “They both saw my vision. They both supported me even when we started off pretty poorly.”

That support has been key for Roy at a school that for a long time has not been basketball focused. Profile is known for its winter strength in its prolific alpine skiing program, which has a deep tradition of winning state championships dating back to the 1970s. 

That first season is still firmly imprinted in many of the current players’ minds. “It was definitely a rough year,” Robie said. “Out of all the years, we probably learned the most that year.”

“It was also adjusting to high school,” said junior forward Alex Leslie. “We were freshmen, just out of middle school adjusting to the level of (high school) competition. We learned that we had to be the leaders of the team and play with each other and stay together as a team and not fight and argue.”

The second year was a definite improvement. It helped to make a commitment to summer basketball, similar to what other schools like Woodsville were doing. “Playing in the summer and playing a lot of games kind of makes you get better,” Robie said.  “We went from one win to 10 wins. That’s a big difference.”

Indeed, going head to head with bigger D-II and III schools in the Lakes Region Summer League in Laconia, in Roy’s words, “really helped teach us how to play the right way.”

Junior Josh Robie.

Things, however, could have been better. They lost twice to Littleton in games they had a chance to win – Roy’s concise explanation was “we quite frankly got outcoached.” They played too much man-to-man defense that in retrospect cost them a win or two because key players got in foul trouble they otherwise might not have had they been playing zone. “There was a lot of self-evaluation on my end in understanding how I can become a better coach and how I can put these guys in better spots to succeed,” he said.

Which brings us to this season. The Patriots have had a good start, but it’s not good enough until they prove they can hang with the top teams. Last Friday’s 55-43 loss at two-time defending champion Woodsville proves that there is still work to do.

“We’ve learned a lot, but we need to win these games,” Robie said after the Patriots lost to Belmont (56-46) in the championship game of the Mike Lee  Holiday Basketball Bash in Farmington. It was a tournament they expected to win. “We’re juniors now. In the past they would say we’re younger. I definitely take some blame on myself. It was definitely one of my worst shooting games of the year. It can’t happen in big games like that.”

Indeed, Profile’s big guns – Robie and Leslie – got their looks, but didn’t deliver, finishing with 17 and 13 points, respectively. There were several added distractions that they all refuse to use as excuses. Robie was closing in on 1,000 points, which he did hit in the loss. His parents got in an automobile accident driving to the game, but were able to make it in time to see their son score the milestone point. Robie’s twin brother, Karsen, one of the team’s key role players, incurred an injury that required stitches in his lip.

“Our two best players had an off night and we still had a chance to win that game,” Roy said. “We were down three with 1:40 (and change) left because other guys stepped up. Karsen had a good game. We know it takes defense. This year we’ve defended. We need to defend harder when the shots aren’t falling. That’s a sign of a more mature team. I’m not saying we’re a more mature team yet. We’re more mature than we were last year. Last year that would have been a 30-point loss.” 

The past is past and the Patriots are looking forward. Taking solace in losses is not part of the program. “We’ve got to win every game we can,”  said Robie, who is averaging nearly 32 points per game. “Every single team we’ve played, we’ve lost to. We were that bad. We think about it as revenge. We got slaughtered – literally by 40 and 50 points – over and over. At this point it’s almost personal. We have the mentality that we’re here to fight and we’re here to win. That’s what we’re trying to do.”

Junior Alex Leslie.

Even as well as they’ve played this season, Leslie notes nothing significant has been accomplished. “We haven’t proven ourselves yet,” he said. “We haven’t done anything. We haven’t won a playoff game. We haven’t been to the final four. We haven’t won a championship. Our goal is to just make it further and hopefully become better.”

That seems to be happening, although last Friday’s loss to Woodsville was an eye-opener. Robie scored a game-high 26 points, but everyone else combined for 17. That can’t happen for the Patriots to be successful. Leslie, who is averaging 18.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, was limited to eight points.

Part of that is on Roy who said he was not putting Leslie in a better position to score. Going forward, they need to focus more on getting him going toward the basket, in the paint. “We’re going to try to work him inside more,” Roy said.

Profile has a six-man rotation, all underclassmen. Josh Robie is the leader, a 5-foot-11 junior point guard. Leslie is a 6-2 junior forward. The other four are Karsen Robie, a 5-9 junior guard; 5-11 sophomore Cayden Wakeham, 5-9 junior Riley Plante and 6-2 sophomore Jackson Clough.

Karsen Robie is a smaller version of his brother. He’s a good shooter, who is working on defending and rebounding better. “He’s doing what he needs to do to stay on the floor,” Roy said.

Sophomore Cayden Wakeham.

Wakeham is a do-it-all player, who handles the ball, defends and rebounds well. He’s working on becoming more consistent with his outside shooting.

Plante and Clough are Roy’s “two glue guys.” Plante is the team’s heart and soul on defense. “Every loose ball, he’s on it,” Roy said. “He can defend big guys and he can defend good guards.” Although Plante is not an impact on offense, Roy said they can’t put a price tag on his value because he does so much for the team.

Clough has some size and gets a lot of minutes, while working on making his outside shot more consistent and picking his spots to drive to the basket. 

Leslie and Josh Robie are the main guys. 

Roys says Leslie sets the tone for the personality of the team because of the way he carries himself in the locker room. He is a tremendous forward and athlete – Profile’s rugged inside presence.  “I have a really good relationship with him,” Roy said. “I spend a lot of time with him outside of our basketball season. Building that relationship and trust has been really important because he sets the tone for the team’s attitude, really.”

Leslie is a multi-talented presence who can score inside, pass the ball, rebound and defend.

Sophomore Jackson Clough.

Josh Robie sets the tone for the program. “Basketball is his life,” Roy said. “Outside of my fiancee, Josh is the person in the world I talk the most to. We are constantly communicating – texting or messaging about basketball; whether it’s high school, college or NBA. Anything to do with basketball.”

Robie is the face of the Patriots and consequently carries the biggest load. He is not only expected to score at a high clip, but he is also counted on to handle the ball as the point guard. “I’ve put in the time to get where I am today,” he said. “If they are relying on me to score, I think I can come through. I know I can take care of the ball. Taking care of the ball for me is second nature. … Scoring has definitely been something that is more important. Obviously the team needs it to win games.”

Primarily a 3-point shooter before this season, Robie has expanded his game. “He’s done a much better job driving to the lane this year,” Roy said. “He’s really worked on finishing through contact and not just being a stationary shooter.”

At 5-11, 140 pounds, Robie is still developing physically. He’s grown, but needs to get stronger. “That’s an offseason issue,” Roy said. “We don’t want to mess up the shot. He’s doing the necessary work to improve his body. He can play through contact a lot better than he used to.”

Junior Josh Robie.

The fine line that Roy walks is figuring out how much freedom to give Robie. He doesn’t want to suffocate his star player. “A lot of it is taking my hands off a little bit,” Roy said. “I have a really good scorer; a really good shooter. Let me not harness him too much. Let me pick the right times to let him play with some freedom.”

Last year Roy felt he may have given Robie too much freedom. “This year, we’ve worked on slowing it down if we’ve got leads,” he said. “I have to understand this is a great player; don’t mess this up. Trust his creativity offensively.”

Eventually Robie and the 2,000-point milestone will come into focus, something that falls outside of Profile’s team-first framework. With a good chunk of his junior season and his whole senior season still to play, Robie has an excellent chance of hitting that mark if he can stay healthy. It’s inevitable. It hasn’t been done in New Hampshire since 2007 (by Mascoma Valley’s Tonya Young) and it’s never been accomplished in the North Country.

Scoring first for Robie fits into what Profile is trying to do offensively because they push the ball. “We try to push it and see if we can get a fast break opportunity,” Roy said. “Sometimes the best looks for 3-pointers we can get for Josh come in transition because teams are really focused on  halfcourt defense.”

Effectively pushing the ball means it’s harder for teams to get into their defense and that makes it easier to get Robie open – to get him moving off screens for those open 3s that can get the Patriots rolling.

Junior Alex Leslie.

On defense, their short rotation lends itself to zones and less man-to-man to avoid foul trouble.

The pain and frustration of the past two years is slowly ebbing away as the tiny Bethlehem school finds its footing and can see light at the top of the standings. They’ve had quality wins over Farmington, Colebrook (a first under Roy), and D-III Somersworth, but have yet to break through against the cream at the top – specifically Groveton, Littleton and Woodsville.

“We’ve been the worst team,” Roy said. “I got this job because nobody else wanted it. Everything we’ve done has been built by this group we have now. Like Josh said, we take it personally. Every team on our schedule we lost to before by 30 points. Colebrook beat us by 50 my first year. To beat them by 30 here, yes, that was good.

“We know who the perennial contenders are,” he added. “We know what we’re up against. I was never on a good team in high school. We haven’t been good here for a long time. But these kids are motivated.”

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Woodsville hands Profile first loss

Two-time Division IV defending champion Woodsville stymied Profile’s prolific offense on Friday night to earn a pivotal 55-43 victory over the previously unbeaten Patriots. 

Cam Davidson & Landon Kingsbury netted 18 points a piece to pace the Engineers, while sharpshooter Josh Robie scored a game-high 26 points for Profile. Robie’s running mate Alex Leslie was held scoreless in the first half and managed just eight points on the evening. 

The Engineers came out revving as they poured in 21 first-quarter points and led by seven after one. Robie had four first-quarter triples and tallied all 14 of Profile’s points in the opening stanza. 

The second quarter was a rock fight between the two as a combined 10 points were scored and Woodsville took a 25-21 lead to halftime. The second half belonged to the Engineers as well and they rolled to the 12-point victory. 

Profile’s 43 point tally was their lowest on the season by 24 points.

Woodsville improves to 6-1 on the season, while the Patriots fall to 6-1. 

Check out the highlights from Ethan Kimball…

The Romike Report: Profile rolls past Lisbon

In his final Romike Report of the season, Andy Romike just had to see Profile in action one more time. Check out the highlights of the Patriots win over Lisbon on Wednesday night and postgame interview with Josh Robie, Alex Leslie and head coach Mitchell Roy.

Special thanks to Andy for giving up a huge portion of his winter break to join our crew as a key contributor. He returns to Arizona State later this week and will continue to assist us with graphic design work remotely. We appreciate you, Andy!

Now, onto the highlights…

The Bash: Day 5 Recap

By: KJ Cardinal

The 43rd Annual Mike Lee Holiday Basketball came to a close on Friday night with the Coffee County (TN) girls and the Belmont boys coming away with the titles in two exciting match-ups in front of a packed crowd in Farmington.

GIRLS FINAL: COFFEE COUNTY 54, KENNETT 33
PHOTOS | VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
The Coffee County girls from Manchester, Tenn. were all the buzz coming into the finals, but Larry Meader had his quick and feisty Kennett squad ready to play and they did the 603 proud. The Lady Raiders would take home the title with a 54-33 victory, dethroning the two-time defending champions in the process.

The Eagles seemed to be un-intimidated by a Coffee County team that entered the game with a near 78-point average margin of victory in their first four games of the tournament. Kennett’s Catherine Chick really challenged Chloe Gannon on the opening tip and the Eagles became the first team in the tourney to prevent the Lady Raiders from scoring a three on their “Island” set play on the jump ball. It was a minor victory in the grand scheme of things, but seemed to instill confidence for Kennett right from the onset.

Channah Gannon connected on a quick jumper just eight seconds into the game to get the Lady Raiders on the board, but a three-pointer by Kaylee McLellan would give the Eagles a brief lead, 3-2, marking the only time Coffee Country trailed during a game at The Bash.

Kennett’s speed and ball pressure seemed to rattle the Lady Raiders at times as the Eagles held Coffee County to 30 points fewer points than any other team in the tourney. Kennett trailed 12-3 after the first quarter and later 20-3 in the second and the game appeared destined for another blow out like the other Coffee County contests. The Eagles had other thoughts, however, as they outscored the Lady Raiders 16-11 to close the half, sparked by two Hope Elias threes, and trailed by just 12, 31-19, at the break.

The Eagles were energized at the start of the second half and tied the stanza, 9-9, but the 4th quarter belonged to the Lady Raiders as they closed out the game on a 14-5 run to earn the title.

Coffee County was paced by 16 points from Channah Gannon and 11 apiece from Julie Ruehling and Natalie Barnes. Kennett was led by 9 apiece from Elias and Kailey Goodhart, while Sam Sidoti chipped in with 8.

GIRLS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
MVP: Chloe Gannon, Coffee County (TN)
Mya Brown, Profile
Channa Gannon, Coffee County (TN)
Emma Gillis, Sanborn
Kaley Goodhart, Kennett
Kourtney Kaplan, Franklin
Kaley Mclellen, Kennett
Darci Stone, Belmont

Team Sportsmanship Award: Belmont
Individual Sportsmanship Award: Emaleigh Tarpley, Coffee County 

BOYS FINAL: BELMONT 56, PROFILE 46
PHOTOS | VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS | ROMIKE REPORT
The boys title game pitted Division III Belmont’s size and length versus Division IV Profile’s speed and shooting. The size of Belmont’s front court proved to be too much as the Red Raiders defeated the Patriots, 56-46.

The Red Raiders jumped out to an early 15-6 lead after one and took a 29-20 lead into the break, but the Patriots responded with a 7-0 run to start the second half and get back into the ball game. That two-point margin, 29-27, however, was as close as Profile would get.

The Belmont big man duo of Anakin Underhill (19 points) and Keegan Martinez (18) proved to be the difference maker for Tony Martinez’s squad.

Junior sharp-shooter Josh Robie struggled to get it going offensively in the first half for the Patriots as he was held to just four points. He came into the game needing 17 points to reach his 1,000th and he would reach the milestone on a pull-up jumper in the 4th quarter and finish the game with 17. He finished the tournament with 123 points, which broke Tim Lee’s 25-year mark of 105 set back during the 1997 event.

Alex Leslie (13) and Karsen Robie (12) also netted double-figures for Profile.

BOYS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
MVP: Anakin Underhill, Belmont
Jake Avery, Lin-Wood
Jordan Berko, Farmington
Ben Dougherty, Kennett
Hugh Hamilton, Coe-Brown
Jack Krasnof, Derryfield
Alex Leslie, Profile
Sam Reposa, Belmont
Josh Robie, Profile
Quinn Salter, Coe-Brown
Dominic Starr, Somersworth

Team Sportsmanship Award: Coe-Brown
Individual Sportsmanship Award: Gavin Forcier, Nute

The Bash: Day 4 Recap

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 40PHOTOS
Raymond Rams: Drezell Duffaut (19 points), Logen Brian (13)
Nute Rams: Gavin Forcier (14 points)

BOYS: PORTSMOUTH CHRISTIAN 51, FRANKLIN 35PHOTOS
Eagles: Connor Hickey (20 points)
Golden Tornadoes: Zeke McCoy (13 points)

BOYS: KENNETT 64, LIN-WOOD 41PHOTOS
Eagles: Bo Noury (14 points), Alex Clark (11) Ben Dougherty (11)
Lumberjacks: Jake Avery (21 points), Cam Clermont (14)

BOYS: COE-BROWN 75, SOMERSWORTH 34PHOTOS
Bears: Quinn Salter (19 points), Hugh Hamilton (12)
Hilltoppers: Dominic Starr (24 points)

GIRLS SEMI #1: COFFEE COUNTY (TN) 97, BELMONT 26PHOTOS | 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 45PHOTOS | VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS | ROMIKE REPORT
Red Raiders: Keegan Martinez (17 points), Sam Reposa (16), Anakin Underhill (15)
Cougars: Jack Krasnof (18 points), John McDevitt (11)

GIRLS SEMI #2: KENNETT 75, FARMINGTON 30PHOTOS | VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Eagles: Kaley Goodhart (16 points), Sydnie Chin (15), Catherine Chick (13)
Tigers: Anna Cardinal (10 points)

BOYS SEMI #2: PROFILE 70, FARMINGTON 41PHOTOS | VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Patriots: Josh Robie (26 points), Alex Leslie (20), Cayden Wakeham (12)
Tigers: Jordan Berko (16 points)

The Bash: Day 3 Recap

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 20PHOTOS
Golden Tornadoes: Lily Cornell (10 points)
Knights: Grace Roberts (7 points)

GIRLS: PROFILE 36, SOMERSWORTH 24PHOTOS
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 15PHOTOS
Eagles: Kaley Goodhart (17 points), Kaylee McLellan (14)
Indians: Emma Gillis (11 points)

BOYS: LIN-WOOD 75, RAYMOND 71PHOTOSVIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Lumberjacks: Jake Avery (42 points), Liam Manning (18)
Rams: Drezell Duffaut (33 points), Logen Brien (21), Caden Claytor (11)

BOYS: PROFILE 84, SOMERSWORTH 60PHOTOSVIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Patriots: Alex Leslie (30 points), Josh Robie (28)
Hilltoppers: Aiden Heffron (18 points), Dominic Starr (14)

GIRLS: COFFEE COUNTY (TN) 110, COE-BROWN 33PHOTOS
Lady Raiders: Chloe Gannon (18 points), Emaleigh Tarpley (16), Channah Gannon (15), Olivia Vinson (14), Natalie Barnes (14)
Bears: Hannah Meehan (11 points)

BOYS: BELMONT 52, COE-BROWN 51 PHOTOSVIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Red Raiders: Sam Reposa (13 points), Treshawn Ray (12), Anakin Underhill (10)
Bears: Hugh Hamilton (14 points), Quinn Salter (10)

The Bash: Day 2 Recap

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.

TOURNEY NOTES

• 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 28PHOTOS
• 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)

BOYS: BELMONT 67, PORTSMOUTH CHRISTIAN 54PHOTOS | VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Red Raiders: Sam Reposa (19 points), Anakin Underkin (18), Keegan Martinez (14)
Eagles: Cai Summers (10 points)

BOYS: DERRYFIELD 60, FRANKLIN 32PHOTOS | VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Cougars: Jack Krasnof (16 points), Alex Drake (10)
Golden Tornadoes: Zeke McCoy (24 points)

GIRLS: SANBORN 41, SOMERSWORTH 40PHOTOS
• 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) 12PHOTOS
• 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 44PHOTOS | 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 34PHOTOS
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 57PHOTOS
• 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)

The Bash: Day 1 Recap

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.

TOURNEY NOTES

• 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

BOYS: SOMERSWORTH 91, NUTE 71 PHOTOS | VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Hilltoppers: Aiden Heffron (22), Dominic Starr (19), Evan Talley (19)
Rams: Gavin Forcier (19), Jackson Lafogg (14), Anthony Tracia (14)

GIRLS: FRANKLIN 51, SOMERSWORTH 36PHOTOS | VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Golden Tornadoes: Kourtney Kaplan (19 points), Elisabet Porras Mateu (10)
Hilltoppers: Aby Lambert (12 points), Gabby Lensky (10)

BOYS: KENNETT 80, FRANKLIN 24PHOTOS | VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Eagles: Bo Noung (15 points), Daven Bailey (10), Alex Clark (10)
Golden Tornadoes: Zeke McCoy (9 points)

GIRLS: KENNETT 72, NOBLE 12PHOTOS
Eagles: Kaley Goodhart (15 points), Sam Sidoti (11), Kaylee McClellan (10)
Knights: Natalia Rothwell (7 points)

GIRLS: COE-BROWN 37, BELMONT 34PHOTOS
Bears: Ava Telehala (10 points)
Red Raiders: Lena Rodrigues (13 points)

BOYS: COE-BROWN 63, PORTSMOUTH CHRISTIAN 32PHOTOS
Bears: Hugh Hamilton (21 points), Connor Bagnell (14)
Eagles: Cai Summers (11 points)

GIRLS: PROFILE 44, SANBORN 35PHOTOS
Patriots: Kyah Knight (16 points), Mya Brown (10)
Indians: Allie Bezanson (12 points)

GIRLS: COFFEE COUNTY (TN) 84, FARMINGTON 10PHOTOS
Raiders: Chloe Gannon (20 points), Channah Gannon (16), Alivia Reel (11)
Tigers: Madi Ricker (7 points)

BOYS: FARMINGTON 78, RAYMOND 51PHOTOS
Tigers: Brian Boisvert (22 points), Jordan Berko (17), Cody Brazee (13), Matthew Savoy (11)
Rams: Drezzell Duffaut (20 points)

The Bash Preview: Our Top-10 Storylines

By: KJ Cardinal 

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FARMINGTON – The 43rd Annual Mike Lee Holiday Basketball Bash tips off on Monday and we’ll be there for all 35 games to bring you wire-to-wire coverage of New Hampshire’s largest holiday basketball tournament. This year’s event boasts 22 teams for the boys and girls divisions combined, including girls teams from Maine (Noble) and Tennessee (Coffee County). The five-day event never disappoints and the game presentation in Farmington is second-to-none. We suggest putting down the egg nog and making your way to The Jungle in Farmington to catch some great hoops.

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Let us take a look at the top 10 storylines that we’re excited for at The Bash…

Profile’s Josh Robie.

• Two words: Josh Robie. Profile’s junior guard is an absolute sniper. At last year’s Bash he knocked down a tourney record 11-threes vs. Holy Family and he has started the 2022-23 season on fire. He scored 40 and 43 points in back-to-back games already this year, netting nine threes in each of those games. He most recently had an “off night” and still pumped in 33 points. Paired with junior do-it-all forward Alex Leslie, head Coach Mitchell Roy has a fun and young squad that features only one senior.

• Coe-Brown’s Dave Smith, the dean of New Hampshire basketball coaches, is back again at The Bash with his Bears. Coach Smith is no stranger to this tournament nor to its namesake. While head coach at Alton High School, Smith actually coached Mike Lee. In Smith’s first three years as head coach at CBNA, he led his then-Comanches to The Bash title game, capturing Coe-Brown’s lone title during the 1992 event with a 52-36 win over Lee’s Tiger squad. The history and connections with Coach Smith and this tourney has all the feels for us.

Kennett Eagles: 2021 Bash Champions.

• The Kennett girls are just one Bash title away from tying the record for most in tournament history. The Eagles have taken home the hardware in two of the last three tourneys, including a convincing 60-23 win over Coe-Brown in last year’s final. Larry Meader’s squad can defend like no other and is off to a quick start to the 2022-23 season.

• The Coffee County Central girls are making their way to the Granite State all the way from Manchester… Tennessee that is. Head coach Joe Pat Cope’s squad comes into the 2022-23 season with an impressive 136-20 (.872) record over the past five seasons. At first glance of at the tourney bracket, it looks as if the Lady Raiders are on a collision course with the Kennett Eagles.

• The Belmont boys are 5-0 under first-year head coach Tony Martinez. While size and length are the first things you notice when you see the Red Raiders take the court, don’t sleep on point guard Treshawn Ray. The freshman is explosive, relentless, unselfish and one of our favorites that we’ve seen in action this year. The Red Raiders are a must-watch team for us.

• If you follow our coverage, then you’ve already seen and heard a lot about the Lin-Wood Lumberjacks. Cam Clermont recently eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau just three games into his senior season and classmate Jake Avery nearly broke the internet with his monstrous tomahawk jam versus Woodsville. Don’t let their 1-2 record fool you, the Lumberjacks lost their season opener at Littleton, who looks to be arguably the best team in D-IV, and then lost a double overtime battle to Woodsville.

Derryfield Jack Krasnof.

• While Derryfield’s Thomas Ferdinando is no longer with the Cougars, having transferred to Governor’s Academy, Ed Meade’s squad still returns a lot of talent and none more impressive than junior forward Jack Krasnof. One of the top scorers in D-IV, Krasnof is averaging over 20 points per game and opened the season with a 39-point performance against Epping.

• The Kennett boys look to become just the second team in Bash history to three-peat at this event. Jack Loynd’s Eagle squad has won the previous two events after capturing the 2021 title with 55-46 victory over Concord Christian Academy.

• Portsmouth Christian Academy seems to have a flair for the dramatic in The Bash and at Farmington High School, in general. The Eagles earned a double-digit come-from-behind win over the Tigers earlier this year in D-IV regular-season action and they’ve had overtime games, buzzer beaters and big comebacks in Bash tourney play ever since capturing the 2014 title over host Farmington.

• The Coe-Brown girls lost in The Bash title game a season ago, but are back along with returning all-tournament selection Kalina Kasprzak. Joe Vachon’s squad has started the 2022-23 with two losses, but the Bear defeats came at the hands of two teams that are expected to be near the top of the heap in D-II when the dust settles.

It’s also worth noting, the host Farmington Tiger girls and boys will be the night caps on the first two days of the event. On opening night, the FHS girls play host to Tennessee’s Coffee County Central, while the boys welcome old Southeastern League foe Raymond. The FHS girls last won the event back in 2009, while the boys earned their last title in 2013.

Be sure to follow our coverage all tourney long. From live video streams to photo galleries and video highlights, we’ll be bringing you top shelf coverage of New Hampshire’s largest holiday basketball tournament. Enjoy the show!