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1K point scorers in the 603

On the heels of Mike Whaley’s recent three-part series of The Jam Session that took an in-depth look at the 2,000 point scorer, we’re looking to create an all-time NHIAA 1,000-point scorers list.

Thanks to our local historian Whaley, we have been able to get a jump start on the list (see below), but we need your help! Send us your 1,000-point scorer’s list (boys and girls), so we can add your school to the list. Simply take a photo of the 1,000 point banner in your gym or send us a list. We’re hoping to get the total points scored (if known) and the year of graduation.

Send your lists to us at kj@ball603.com.

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Here’s what we’ve got so far

BEDFORD
Isabella King (1,115 • 2021)
Cam Meservey (1,122 • 2014)

BOW
Erica Kensey (2000)
Heather LaBranche (2000)
Jen Haubrich (2002)
Eric Riggs (2002)
Mike Chergey (2006)
Katelyn Nerbonne (2006)
Paul Chergey (2006)
Brian Chergey (2008)
Lindsey Nerbonne (2013)

COE-BROWN
Andy Noyes (1975)
Joe Sims (1978)
Wade Sauls (1984)
Ginger Sanford (1989)
Kelly Hall (1993)
Todd Peterson (1993)
Jen Robinson (1996)
Emily Liskow (1998)
Kyle Purinton (1999)
Brandon Boggs (2002)
Ashley Cooper (2004)
Stacey Kent (2005)

CONANT
Keith Johnson (1979)
Darin Hood (1980)
Paul Asel (1982)
Dave Springfield (1985)
Scott Baldwin (1986)
Mindy Stenberg (1988)
Kari Hunt (1995)
Karen Belletete (1996)
Craig Griffin (1998)
Andy Jones (2001)
Betsy Oswalt (2001)
Justen Nagle (2002)
Kathleen Neyens (2005)
Kyle Todd (2008)
Jimmy Peard (2010)
Brooke Springfield (2011)
Devin Springfield (2013)
Madison Springfield (2015)
Peyton Springfield (2019)
Elizabeth Gonyea (2020)

CONCORD
Hap Simpson (1,030 • 1948)
Joe Drinon (1,016 • 1962)
Jen Shadlick (1,050 • 1996)
Bill Haubrich (1,066 • 1971)
Jane Haubrich (1,047 • 1981)
Champ Simpson (1,155 • 1975)
Glenn Mathews (1,082 • 1984)
Matt Chotkowski (1,009 • 1995)
Matt Bonner (2,459 • 1999)
Becky Bonner (1,550 • 2000)
Kalen Marquis (1,036 • 2013)
Matt Giroux (1,170 • 2017)

CONVAL
Phillip Abbott (1,064 • 1978)
Todd Burgess (1,390 • 1984)
Hunter Burgess (1,048 • 1989)
Jon Tirone (1,124 • 1989)
Jon Horne (1,106 • 1991)
Christine Jutras (1,389 • 1994)
Jaime Leflem (1,856 • 1995)
Veronica Jutras (1,111 • 1996)
Brett Leflem (1,374 • 1997)
Danielle Statuto (1,341 • 2000)
Lindsey Carey (1,206 • 2019)

DOVER
Stu LaFramboise (1968)
Karen Vitko (1979 • 1,179)
Lynne Richard (1979 • 1,075)
Scott Leighton (1981)
Kevin Crowell (1987)
Jeff Pierce (1991)
Jill Downer (1998 • 1,192)
Jessica Clark (2001 • 1,137)
Seana Boyle (2002 • 1,090)
Shavar Bernier (2004)
Curran Leighton (2009 • 1,212)
Katrina Krenzer (1,074 • 2019)
Ty Vitko (1,159 • 2019)

EPPING
Lionel Levesque (1965)
Butch Langdon (1966)
Maureen Denyou (1983)
Kerry Bascom (1985)
Ryan Gatchell (1990)
Julie Freeman (1990)
Denny Wood (1991)
Matt Price (1998)
Samantha Newton (2002)
Shauna Mullenix (2002)
Ryan Newman (2003)
Chris Crowley (2008)
Meghan Fiore (2008)
Frank Stanley (2013)
Jimmy Stanley (2014)
Colby Wilson (2016)
Jackson Rivers (2017)
Hunter Bullock (2019)
Owen Finkelstein (2022)

FALL MOUNTAIN
Patrick Aumand (1,495 • 1973)
Karolyn Domini (1,240 • 1984)
Jason Waysville (2005 • 1994)
Morgan Ferland (1,016 • 2015)
Ryan Murdoch (1,030 • 2015)
Avery Stewart (1,108 • 2021)

FARMINGTON
Len Auclair (1960)
Danny Reynolds (1970 • 1,217)
Paul Moulton (1970)
Gary Boulay (1979 • 1,169)
Casey Howard (1984 • 1,138)
Steve Mosher (1986 • 1,385)
Julie Gagne (1990 • 1,432)
Kristy Woodill (1996 • 1,848)
Tim Lee (1998 • 2,146)
Nick Doyle (2001 • 1,052)
Jayson Whitehouse (2004 • 1,579)
Tabby Whitehouse (2010 • 1,015)
Katie Martineau (2017 • 1,779)

FRANKLIN
Larry Dustin (1965)
Bryan Baker (1974)
Dan Sylvester (1983)
Michelle Brusseau (1987)
Shelley Winters (1993)
Karen Malsbenden (1994)
Bryan Aube (1997)
Nate Bickford (1999)
Nicole Parenteau (2001)
Mason Roberge (2007)
Dana Bean (2016)
Kenny Torres (2016)
Jayden Torres (2018)

GOFFSTOWN
David Wildman (1,396 • 1965)
Richard Fields (1,044 • 1966)
Gregory Pappas (1,091 • 1971)
Walter Foote (1,145 • 1974)
John Stone (1,140 • 1978)
Kelly Walsh (1,780 • 2021)

HINSDALE
Mike Kerylow (1957)
Del Blanchette (1957)
Sleepy Brooks (1958)
Gary Beaman (1963)
Joe Sarsfield (1972)
Larry Scott (1975)
Jason Dillon (1994)
Julie Messenger (2000)
Steve Deschenes (2001)
Allison Scott (2014)
Skylar Bonnette (2014)
Matthew Boggio (2016)
Skyler LeClair (2017)
Angelina Nardolillo (2019)

HOPKINTON
Bruce Johnson (1970)
Royal Ford (1992)
Evan Johnson (1992)
Jeff Adams (1994)
Beth Beckett (1995)
Amy West (2001)
Sarah Wofsy (2002)
Katie Barthelmes (2004)
Ryan Callahan (2004)
Kelly Flynn (2007)
Hannah Richard (2010)
Kevin Newton-Delgad0 (2020)

KEARSARGE
Tom Brayshaw (2,117 • 1989)
Steve Lavolpicelo (2,372 • 1999)
Bob Allen (1978)
David Bartlett (1989)
Stephanie Manus (1990)
Peter Lavolpicelo (1995)
Debbie Taylor (1995)
Tracy Fuller (1998)
Christine Gassman (1999)
Kristen Lucek (2002)
Andrew Ferreira (2006)
Marilyn Ferreira (2007)
Tommy Johnson (2018)
Tayler Mattos (2018)

KEENE
Jeff Holmes (1,275 • 1983)
Jim McGilvery (1,044 • 1992)
Tomy Depalo (1,235 • 1999)
Pat Luptowski (1,299 • 2007)
Camryn Warner (1,000 • 2010)
Ashley Clough (1,271 • 2012)
Logan Galanes (1,112 • 2017)

KINGSWOOD
Greg Dollarhide (1,057 • 1981)
Craig Vezina (1,750 • 1992)
Nicole LaBelle (1,443 • 1993)
Josh Tetreault (1,578 • 2000)
Adrian Gross (1,218 • 2006)
Kohl Meyers (2012)
Ethan Arnold (2022)

LIN-WOOD
Stanley Dovholuk (1976)
Natalie Haynes (1986)
Jamie Bourassa (1987)
Ryan Jones (1996)
Jeremy Nelson (1996)
Ross Macauley (2002)
Sarah LeClerc (2004)
Randi Mackay (2007)
Brandon Harrington (2018)

LISBON
Tom White (1973)
Russ Hubbard (1978)
Mike Hill (1979)
Linda Clough (1981)
Nikke Knighton (1988)
Steve Santa (1995)
Erica Elliott (1998)
Jeff Perham (1998)
Ed Natti (2003)
Tom White (2004)
Mike White (2007)
Jennifer White (2009)
Josh Woods (2018)

MASCENIC
Barbara Gerry (1981)
Kevin Rines (1989)
Heather Shaw (1990)
Brycen Blaine (1991)
Shannon Cunningham (1995)
Jason Starr (1999)
Chris Alix (2000)
Jared Stauffeneker (2014)
Daimon Gibson (2017)
Sam Stauffeneker (2019)
Shelby Babin (2020)

MASCOMA
Roger Cattabriga (1970)
James Martin (1980)
Jennifer Carter (1989)
Lynne Sullivan (1990)
Shannon Farrell (1990)
Aimee Beliveau (1991)
Joshua Chapman (1995)
Silas Ayres (2001)
Kati Lary (2002)
Katie Arey (2004)
Joy Depalo (2004)
Megan Evans (2004)
Tonya Young (2,012 • 2006)
Matt Pollard (2007)
Josh Poland (2009)
Alex Schwarz (2017)
Ben Seiler (2021)

MERRIMACK VALLEY
Laurie Moran (1,349 • 1985)
David Huckins Jr (1,479 • 1989)
Scott Drapeau (2,260 • 1991)
Brian Huckins (1,174 • 1994)
Brad Huckins (1,257 • 1999)
Greg Carbone (1,125 • 2001)
Ethan Lavoie (1,172 • 2002)
Amanda Wells (1,070 • 2005)
Alicia Jensen (1,031 • 2005)
Megan Hardiman (1,049 • 2011)
Justin Abbott (1,010 • 2012)
Abby Grandmaison (1,034 • 2018)
Carly Huckins (1,085 • 2019)

MOULTONBOROUGH
Matthew Swedberg (1,722 • 1987)
Lanette Burrows (1,078 • 1994)
Todd Engle (1,047 • 1994)
Marinda Cahoon (1,302 • 1996)
Ben Hallgren (1,132 • 1996)
Dan Ringelstein (1,181 • 1996)
Phil Cowels (1,084 • 2006)
Kevin Eisenberg (1,231 • 2009)
Drew Forsbert (1,077 • 2009)
Marcus Swedberg (1,090 • 2012)
Reese Swedberg (1,164 • 2018)

NEWMARKET
Jeff Monroe (1976)
Tom Nelson (1979)
Ralph Longa (1980)
Randy Edgerly (1986)
Kristine Gorski (1992)
Matt Gordon (1995)
Allyson Benvenuti (2001)
Chad Mastin (2002)
Duncan Szeliga (2005)
Curtis Williams (2009)
Christian Hawkins (2013)
Anthony Senesombath (2018)

NUTE
Jim Damon
Bruce Regan
Steve Burrows
Al Chiasson
Scott Burrows
Julie Donlon (2,502)
David Burrows (2,845)
Stacy Dube
Matt Cloutier
Stephen Lacasse
Shannon St. Lawrence
Conner Bradway

OYSTER RIVER
Steve Bamford (1960)
Randy Kinzly (1977)
Pat Galvin (1981)
Julie Sasner (1984 • 1,143)
Johanna Michel (1986)
John Freiermuth (1988)
Pat Casey (1989)
Jennifer Friel (1993)
Keith Friel (2,148 • 1996)
Greg Friel (1997)
Mike Casey (1999)
Jeremy Friel (2001)
Brittney Cross (2003 • 1,008)
Rick Laughton (2006)
Jilliane Friel (2009 • 1,136)
Danielle Walczak (2011 • 1,191)
Joe Morrell (2020)

PEMBROKE
Rick Morrill (1,290 • 1965)
Craig Keeler (1,255 • 1972)
Mark Yeaton (1,596 • 1973)
Steve Bodi (1,380 • 1976)
Alicia Young (1,016 • 1981)
Jim Sherman (1,021 • 1983)
Mike Drouin (1,198 • 1985)
Matt Alosa (2,575 • 1991)
Leslie Menard (1,048 • 1994)
Chris Barker (1,333 • 2002)
Kelly Thomas (1,202 • 2006)
Alex Hall (1,617 • 2009)
Matt Persons (1,080 • 2013)
Pat Welch (1,907 • 2014)
Noah Cummings (1,122 • 2019)
Sean Menard (1,087 • 2019)

PITTSFIELD
Kevin Riel (1970)
Jeff Jones (1972)
Tom Boyd (1976)
Krista Hast (1980)
Fred Hast (1981)
Mike Mitchell (1981)
Josh Lank (1990)
Wylie Mousseau (1994)
Michelle Meader (1996)
Tony Martinez (1997)
Dan Chapman (2000)
Nikki Hill (2006)
Sean Kryander (2006)
Chad Fennessey (2010)
Ben Hill (2011)
Donovan Emerson (2012)
Xenthios Cyr (2017)
Cam Darrah (2018)

PORTSMOUTH
James Best (1,161 points • 1984)
Strider Sulley (1,091 • 1989)
Aaron DeGraffe (1,129 • 2002)
John Mulvey (1,299 • 2009)
Amy Kinner (1,061 • 1995)
Andrea Herold (1,166 • 2001)
Libby Underwood (1,253 • 2017)
Joey Glynn (1,068 • 2017)
Cody Graham (1,440 • 2018)
Alex Tavares (1,030 • 2019)

PORTSMOUTH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Cassaundra Thorpe (2004)
Alicia Long (2006)
Lauren Andrews (2008)
Bryson Lund (2020)

PROFILE
Kelley Grautski (1,262 • 1983)
Kim Derrington (1,335 • 1987)
Brian Mcguigan (1,188 • 1989)
Gregg Dixon (1,242 • 1990)
Kris Hultgren (1,136 • 1995)
Justin Stroup (1,109 • 2002)
Kate Ramsey (1,104 • 2003)
Julia Houghtaling (1,391 • 2004)

PROSPECT MOUNTAIN (formerly Alton)
Frank Messier
Mike Lee
Jim Murray
Diane DeJager
Amy Birdsey
Pam Blackadar
Chris Irvin
Keri Pelletier
Heather Swabowicz
Kelly Lord
Eric O’Brien
Matt Pelletier
Ben Locke
Zach Christy
Terese Hopper

ST. THOMAS
Fran McNally (1964)
Terry Casey (1967)
Katie O’Keefe (1999)
Matt McLaughlin (2008)
Lindsay Towle (2018)
Andrew Cavanaugh (2019)

SOMERSWORTH
Chuck Favolise (1976)
Marc Roy (1979)
Jim Perron (1982)
Kyle Hodsdon (1984)
Diane Soule (1991)
John Coggeshall (1994)
Larry Francoeur Jr. (1997)
Melissa Heon (2000)
Katelyn Rideout (2002)
Rachel Hill (2013)
Bryton Early (2018)

SOUHEGAN
Rushmie Kalke (1995)
Courtney Banghart (1996)
Jesse Lynch (1996)
Jackie Lippe (1997)
Julie McLaurin (2003)
Jane White (2012)
Brandon Len (2013)
Mia Len (2018)

SPAULDING
Brad Therrien (1,700 • 1970)
Luke Croteau (1,595 • 2008)
Greg Lacasse (1,434 • 2001)
Tammy Fowler (1,299 • 2003)
Denny Hodgdon (1,236 • 1964)
Tiffany Bryant (1,194 • 1991)
Jacin Demers (1,107 • 1997)
Kelly Donohue (1,052 • 1997)
Deb LaValley (1,044 • 2009)
Dominic Paradis (1.098 • 2013)
Arie Breakfield (1,317 • 2019)

STRATFORD
Josh Stone (1993)
Troy Burns (1993)
Eric Hurlbert (1,780 • 1994)

SUNAPEE
David Muzzey (1986)
Beth Field (1988)
Trisha Shepard (1991)
Jennifer Colby (1995)
David Colby (1996)
Heather Wilkie (1997)
Meghan Wilkie (2001)
Jillian Hurd (2006)
Shawn Carpenter (2007)
Stephanie Larpenter (2009)
Liza Bourdon (2012)
Erika Waterman (2014)
Isaiah Chappell (2015)
Katie Frederick (2015)
Matt Tenney (2016)
Lexie Hamilton (2016)
Faith Larpenter (2017)
Sydney Clark (2017)

WILTON-LYNDEBOROUGH
Tom Conrad (1,058 • 1974)
Judy Harrison (1,258 • 1980)
Dean Larpenter (1,569 • 1982)
Steve Claire (1,212 • 1987)
Shauna Carter (1,297 • 1990)
Mike McMurray (1,780 • 1991)
Chris Jacob (1,034 • 1993)
DJ Garnham (1,040 • 1998)
Dave Sherman (1,472 • 2005)
Stephen Chin (1,037 • 2008)
Jordan Litts (1,116 • 2015)
Trey Carrier (1,242 • 2017)
Jack Schwab (1,241 • 2020)

WINDHAM
Clairee Putnam (2014)
Kaleigh Walsh (2018)
Sarah Dempsey (2021)

WINNISQUAM
Reeve Tracy (1955)
Bill Atherton (1965)
Tom Walsh (1967)
Mark Lavigne (1977)
Tim Nash (1,448 • 1984)
Raegan Jenkins (1,110 • 1991)
Matt McPhearson (1,155 • 2004)
Heidi Miller (1,164 • 2007)
Christian Serrano (1,585 • 2016)
Kyle Mann (1,022 • 2019)
Philip Nichols (1,051 • 2021)

WOODSVILLE
Ken Kinder (1,060 • 1986)
Jamie Walker (1,126 • 1988)
Chad Paronto (1,133 • 1993)
Ryan Ackerman (1,198 • 1999)
Jarrett Bemis (1,111 • 2016)
Cam Tenney-Burt (2022)

The 2K mark eluded Brad Therrien due to sickness in 1970

By Mike Whaley

Note: This is the last in a three-part series on the elusive 2,000-point milestone.

Henniker’s Karen Wood became the state’s inaugural 2,000-point basketball scorer in 1983. The first boy to hit the milestone was Kearsarge’s Tom Brayshaw in 1989.

Brad Therrien would have beaten them all to it in 1970, if some bad luck had not befallen him during his final season.

The former Spaulding High School star missed six games due to sickness during his senior year of 1969-70, otherwise he’d have been a lock as the first to surpass 2K.

One of the finest players of that era, Therrien was a versatile 6-foot-3, 190-pound forward, who scored 1,700 career points for the Red Raiders from 1966 to 1970. That number was the Class L/Division I record until Concord’s Matt Bonner came along in the late 1990s to break it, scoring over 2,000 points himself.

Brad Therrien (40) scored 1,938 career points during his five years as a high school varsity basketball player at first Farmington and then Spaulding from 1965 to 1970. [Courtesy photo]

Fifty-plus years later, he remains Spaulding’s all-time scoring leader.

What is less known about Therrien is that he played on the varsity team at neighboring Farmington High School as an eighth-grader in 1965-66, scoring a team-high 238 points. That, coupled with his Spaulding numbers, puts his career total at 1,938.

Given that Therrien averaged 19.7 points per game as a senior, fourth in the state, it’s easy to speculate that he would have scored at least 120 points in those six games he missed to handily eclipse 2K.

Therrien was a three-sport standout at Spaulding, also excelling in football as a defensive end and tight end, and baseball as a first baseman/outfielder.

He grew up in Farmington, spending his first 14 years there playing sports with some pretty good players like Paul Moulton, Danny Reynolds, Alan Hagar and Tony Quinn. That collection of boys came together in 1969-70 to lead Farmington to its first high school basketball state championship. Their memorable tournament run was capped with a record-setting 95-83 win over Merrimack in the Class M final after a colossal upset of highly-regarded Woodsville in the semifinals.

Therrien recalled being a solid, mature 5-foot-11 as an eighth-grader, good enough, it was determined, to play with the varsity. “Some of the older players on the team weren’t too happy with me,” said Therrien, who retired from Eastern Propane two years ago. He still makes his home in Rochester with his wife, Bonnie. The Therriens winter in Florida near Fort Myers. They have two grown children, Nick and Callie.

“The big thing, honestly, is I could use both hands,” he said. “That was a great advantage.”

Therrien said a couple of the seniors quit the team when it was evident he was going to play. “They were pretty resentful,” he said. “I understood it. I’d be pissed, too.”

Therrien’s dad, Alfred “Bud” Therrien felt some pressure from outside forces to move his son to a bigger school. St. Thomas Aquinas and Spaulding both popped up on the Therriens’ radar. The Therriens had roots in Farmington. Bud, a Farmington HS grad, was instrumental in starting a boys youth hoop program in the early 1950s through the Farmington 500 Boys Club, which continues to this day.

“My father got me a book by Oscar Robertson about the fundamentals of basketball. I was the first kid to put the ball over his head (to shoot). They all kind of made fun of me, but it worked out.”

Brad Therrien

Brad Therrien recalls playing in the 500 program when everyone, at the time, shot the ball from the chest. “My father got me a book by Oscar Robertson about the fundamentals of basketball,” he said. “I was the first kid to put the ball over his head (to shoot). They all kind of made fun of me, but it worked out.”

Therrien remembered going with his mom to Spaulding’s 1964 Class L championship game, the school’s only appearance in a final. The Red Raiders lost to old Bishop Bradley High School (now Trinity), 48-46.

“I was hanging on the edge of the bleachers,” he said. “I couldn’t really see, but I kept boosting myself up. That inspired me. Of course, Denny Hodgdon was always a good player.”

Indeed, Hodgdon was Spaulding’s first 1,000-point scorer who later played in the backcourt at the University of New Hampshire from 1965 to 1968.

Watching that championship game leaned Therrien towards going to Spaulding. “I just thought St. Thomas was too far,” he said. “I don’t think I was really in the St. Thomas mode.”

It’s easy to speculate how well Farmington would have done had Therrien stayed. “I’m not saying we would have won another championship,” he said. “I’ll tell you one thing, we wouldn’t have lost a lot of games.”

Therrien enrolled at Spaulding as a freshman. Halfway through the fall, his family made it official when they moved to Rochester. He has mixed feelings about it all.

“I was kind of pressed by my father,” he said. “He was getting people telling him things.”

There were questions whether he was even eligible to play after playing as an eighth-grader in Farmington. But it was all hot air. His Farmington year was above board, and he was good to go in Rochester.

Although Therrien went on to star in three sports at Spaulding, he always had a sense of being on the outside. “I never felt truly accepted at Spaulding,” Therrien said. “I was always kind of the kid from Farmington.”

That being said, it was still a positive experience. “I developed some really good friendships through sports,” Therrrien said. “I played with some great guys.”

Some of those players were Mike Taylor, Steve Thompson, Paul Castonguay, Jim Cook and Peter Bebris. Bebris,a 6-3 point guard, teamed up with Therrien over the final two years to give the Red Raiders a imposing 1-2 scoring punch. It was Bebris, with Therrien out sick, who scored a school-record 54 points to beat Laconia in late January of 1970.

“Peter Bebris was a terrific defensive player and slick on offense,” Therrien said. “He was really something, like Spiderman.”

Bebris died young at age 33 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Those Spaulding teams were very good, winning 12 or more games in each of Therrien’s final three seasons and making the Class L playoffs.

“But again we were going up against Nashua,” Therrien said. “Honest to God, their second five was almost as good as their first five.”

As good as he was, Therrien feels in retrospect that he let himself down. “I wasn’t what you call a model citizen,” he said. “Honestly, I wish I had taken it more seriously. But sometimes you just waste your talents when you don’t apply yourself. You coast through.”

Still, Therrien remained a player that Spaulding’s opponents always took seriously.

“He was a hell of an offensive player,” recalled Greg Kageleiry, who coached at Dover High School at the time, including the Green Wave’s 1968 Class L championship squad. “I remember off the top of my head that he could handle the ball, number one. He was a good passer, number two, and he was a good rebounder. Put those three together and you’ve got a pretty good player.”

Kageleiry remembers Therrien had a very good inside-outside game. “It seems to me he could shoot from the outside and go inside,” Kageleiry said. “That made him a tough matchup. I couldn’t put a little guy on him.”

Indeed Therrien’s game created all sorts of matchup problems for opponents. “I drove to the basket and had a mid-range jumper,” Therrien said. “I had a nice touch close to the basket.”

That he was adept with both hands around the basket made him an exceedingly difficult player to defend. On the occasional night when his outside shot wasn’t falling, Therrien would perch himself down low. “I’d hang around the basket and get some garbage points,” he said. One can see him now plucking a rebound and scoring, as the situation dictated, with either hand.

Therrien was a big scorer right from the moment he put on a Spaulding varsity uniform as a freshman, scoring nearly 20 points a game his first two seasons. To illustrate that fact, one need only look at the two games Spaulding played vs. rival Dover his freshman year. The Red Raiders lost both contests, 74-62 and 55-49, but Therrien was a presence even then with 21 and 25 points. 

By his third year, he was one of the top players in the state. As a junior, he led Class L in scoring, averaging over 26 points per game. He eclipsed 1,000 points in January of 1969 in an 84-71 win over Concord.

Before his senior season, Therrien was recognized as one of the top 100 players in the country by Sunkist Magazine.

His final year began just fine. Therrien played a couple games, but then he got sick and missed the next six in which the Red Raiders suffered the bulk of their losses. When he came back, it took a couple of games to regain his groove. Therrien was still in the top-five in scoring, leading the Red Raiders to a 14-6 record and the No. 4 seed in the 12-team Class L tourney. Had he not fallen ill, Spaulding might have gone 17-3 or 18-2.

In the tournament, the Red Raiders beat St. Thomas Aquinas in the quarters, 61-55, before falling in the semis to Nashua. In that game, as Therrien recalls, Spaulding fell behind 16-1 in the opening quarter, but responded to take a 32-31 lead at the half. Therrien made an ill-advised foul on a breakaway layup by Nashua with six minutes to play in the game. It was his fifth. With Therrien on the bench, Nashua broke it wide open, winning by 30.

Manchester Memorial beat defending champion Nashua for the title, 68-65.

Therrien recalls that era being loaded with talent. Nashua was a beast with great players like Gureckis, Briggs, Terrell and Kopka, while the Manchester teams were always good. Memorial, which won back-to-back titles in 1970 and 1971, had a couple of big stars in Ron Beaurivage and Mike Flanagan. Flanagan, of course, went on to excel in baseball for 18 years at the major league level as a pitcher. He won the 1979 Cy Young Award and was part of a World Series championship in 1983, both with the Baltimore Orioles.

Therrien had no big-time basketball aspirations. “I could have played D-3, mayber D-2,” he said of college. “I was a white guy playing against white guys, which hurt my development.” He cited his lack of quickness and height as a setback from playing at a higher level.

He got some letters of interest from colleges, including one as a senior from the University of Hawaii. “That would have been fun,” Therrien said. “To go there and even sit on the end of the bench. I would have liked that.”

Therrien did play a couple of seasons of ball at a pair of defunct small colleges – Leicester Junior College (Mass.) and Concord College in Manchester, N.H. He teamed up with Dover’s Dave Feeney on the Concord squad, which went undefeated in the Northern New England Small College Conference. Concord won the conference tournament with Therrien earning MVP honors.

But that was it. He did not pursue college further. Therrien made Rochester his home and eventually found his way, raising a family and working 31 years with Eastern Propane.

Therrien doesn’t think a lot about missing 2,000 points. “You know,” he said, “I’d trade in all those points for a state championship.”

RIM NOTES: A few final thoughts on the 2,000-point club. Of the 16 members, 10 were on teams that won at least one state championship, and five played on squads that captured multiple titles: Karen Wood (4); Matt Bonner (3); Ryan Gatchell (3); Keith Friel (2) and Scott Drapeaul (2). Winning single titles were David Burrows, Matt Alosa, Jason Waysville, Tonya Young and Kerry Bascom. … Waysville and Burrows are the only club members to score their 2,000th point in a championship game. Waysville did it in his last high school game, a 67-55 win over Inter-Lakes in the 1994 Class M final. Burrows’ milestone came from the foul line in the 1989 Class S championship when he was a junior, a 57-39 loss to Epping.. He had 30 of his team’s 39 points. … Bascom and Julie were not only fierce rivals in the mid 1980s, but they were also recruited by UConn’s Geno Auriemma. Bascom went on to become the Huskies’ first big star under the legendary coach, while Donlon decided to remain local at the University of New Hampshire.

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This Week on Ball 603: 15 games!

Our relentless coverage of basketball in the Granite State continues this week with video highlights, photos and live streams from an impressive 15 games around the state! We’ve got pivotal match-ups across all four divisions and first-time coverage for a handful of teams as well.

No one is bringing you more coverage of New Hampshire basketball than Ball 603. Enjoy the show!

Portsmouth girls handle Spaulding, win 8th straight

The Portsmouth girls basketball team kept on rolling as the Clippers hosted Spaulding on Saturday afternoon and the handled the Red Raiders, 47-26. The win marks the eighth-straight victory for Portsmouth as they improve to 10-1 on the season, while Spaulding falls to 3-9.

Mike Whaley was on hand and sent along some photos of the action…

Lorne Lucas: Handling challenges in life, on the court

By Mike Whaley

ROCHESTER – Lorne Lucas knows all about challenges. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1998, it’s a battle he’s taken seriously. It’s also one that he’s kept private.

Last year, however, with the escalation of Covid-19, he had to go public with his affliction. It affected his job as a wellness and health teacher at Rochester Middle School and head boys basketball coach at Spaulding High School.

His doctors said because of the MS, he could not be in a school setting because he is a high-risk individual. So he taught remotely until April and coached the Spaulding team from his home in York, Maine, for the entire, albeit short, season – from January to March.

Now he’s back in person, his 21st year as a head basketball coach in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and his second at Spaulding.

Lucas, who turns 52 shortly, was fully vaccinated by the end of March, at which point his doctor gave him the greenlight to go back to teaching at RMS in early April. This past summer he was back on the basketball court coaching the Red Raiders during a summer league.

“It’s funny,” Lucas said. “I showed up in April. By April people are definitely pretty tired in a regular year, never mind a covid year. My perspective of being so excited to be in the building and everybody else being ‘oooooh.’”

Lucas laughs. “I was like ‘Let’s go,’” he said. “They’re going, ‘Come on Mr. Lucas, relax.’ Being away from something you love, that just fuels your fire. It makes you realize how important that stuff is to you.”

The same with basketball.

“That’s really what happened to me this year,” Lucas said. “I haven’t taken for granted one minute of being on the floor or being in practice, having our games or summer league.”

Ah yes, summer league. Lucas was ecstatic to be back coaching basketball in person. “I was like ‘let’s go,” he said. “It was great fun being with other coaches. Matt Fennessy (Dover’s coach) was great. He told me how awesome it was to have me back on the sidelines. Things like that were obviously very nice.”

But, again, challenging. During a summer league game in Portsmouth, Lucas said he felt overwhelmed. “It was moving so fast,” he said. “I wasn’t ready. It’s not like riding a bike. You can’t just hop right back onto it. The summer really helped me get my feet wet again.”

Of course, Lucas took his greatest pleasure from being back working with the players. “It was so nice to get back in the gym with the kids and work on the game,” he said.

Lucas can’t say enough about the Spaulding players. “They’ll do whatever you ask them,” he said. “They work hard. They’re pushing themselves and being physical. They’ve been great all along. They figured it out last year. But it’s nice to hit the ground running this season.”

Last year was challenging in so many ways for Lucas and the Red Raiders. “It was difficult,” he said. “This may be a surprise to people, but being a coach at the high school level is not always a lot of fun. Get off the floor and there’s all kinds of things you take care of: schedules, grades, parental issues.”

Lucas said you, of course, preface that with the time coaches get to spend on the court with the players. “That’s why we’re all in it because of the players,” he said. “The energy they bring and how hard they work.”

Last year Lucas had none of that.

What he did have was technology that did not allow him to watch practices live and some games were on a delay.

“I had to sit around during practice,” he said. “Especially early on, that was brutal. Knowing they were there and I wasn’t.”

Then Lucas had to watch and break down film, and remotely pass his observations on to the players. “It wasn’t what I dreamed I would be doing ever in my life,” he said.

When it got really challenging, Lucas would remind himself that “I wasn’t the only person in the world who wasn’t doing what he wanted to do. Everybody was sacrificing in some way or form,” he said.

Games were the worst.

Lucas actually talked about that during his first game of the season with the Salem coach. “We have a lot of control as a coach out there calling defenses,” he said. “You can sub, call timeout. There’s so much we can do. I had zero ability to do everything.”

He was at the mercy of technology, which sometimes was on a time delay.

One such instance was a game against Exeter in which the stream was on a small time delay. Lucas would communicate with one of the assistant coaches via text. One text asked for a play for a quick score.

“How the heck am I going to send a play,” Lucas asked himself. He drew it up, took a picture with his phone and sent it. But they never ran the play.

At halftime, Lucas asked why they didn’t use the play. It was a case of the time delay. By the time the assistant received Lucas’s message the play had already happened.

“I’m sitting on my couch or standing and yelling and screaming at the TV like a crazy uncle watching the Patriots. The weirdest thing was that when the game ended, I’m just sitting in my living room. No one in my family wanted to be anywhere near that room.”

Lorne Lucas on remotely coaching last season

During games, Lucas was in his living room following the stream. “I’m sitting on my couch or standing and yelling and screaming at the TV like a crazy uncle watching the Patriots,” he said. “The weirdest thing was that when the game ended, I’m just sitting in my living room. No one in my family wanted to be anywhere near that room.

His wife made it clear that he was screaming louder (at the TV) than she had ever heard him scream when he was physically at a game.

That it worked at all is a tribute to Lucas’s friend, Rob Fauci, who stepped in to do the in-person coaching. A former head coach at Somersworth High school for five years (D-III championship in 2018) and an assistant under Lucas there before that, Fauci had Lucas’s absolute trust.

“If I didn’t have Rob, it wouldn’t have worked,” Lucas said. “He deserves all the credit. I helped. He knew my system in and out. He knew what I was doing. I told everybody: ‘You don’t have to worry about coach Fauci.’”

While Lucas found the remote practices and games trying, he kept his sanity by exercising. In 2017, when his Oyster River team went all the way to the Division II championship game before losing to Hollis-Brookline, Lucas said he was at 285 pounds. Two weeks after the championship loss, he lost a sister to ovarian cancer at age 56. His dad had died young at 51.

“I’m sitting around at 285 pounds and ‘what in the world am I doing?’” he asked himself. That motivated him to lose weight and get healthy. “I did it the right way,” Lucas said. “I exercised. I ate well.”

Essentially trapped in his Maine home, he exercised often. “That’s the best thing you can do to help yourself is to eat well, exercise and take care of your whole body,” Lucas said. “A lot of research shows that’s good for everybody, particularly people with MS. That’s what I did. That helped me get through the day.”

The Lucas family had built a house on a farm in York. Plenty of space. No social distancing issues. “I just couldn’t wait to get outside,” he said. “I can walk the whole farm. I can snowshoe in the winter. It was great. That’s what helped me get through it.”

Lucas has his MS under control. “I’m doing great,” he said. “I had my checkup. My doctor was thrilled. She actually told me I had to put on a little weight.”

The basketball season is going just fine, although Spaulding has yet to win a game. Lucas knew it was going to be an uphill battle with senior forward Jack Sullivan the only player back who saw significant playing from a year ago. Still, the Red Raiders have been in all five games, losing by no more than 11 points.

“We played pretty well,” Lucas said of the first game against Salem, a 59-48 loss. “It was good to see. I didn’t know what to expect with a lot of kids without (varsity) playing time. We played a great first half. The third quarter we kind of fell apart. … It’s going to be a little bit with the young guys.”

Lucas has also noticed a change in his coaching approach. He was able to take a step back and look at people somewhat differently. The remote experience made him even more observant of how the kids are feeling. “Where they are with what I’m asking them to do,” he said. “I was pulling them aside to talk with them.”

He’s also developed a deeper trust with Fauci. “I always knew I could rely on Rob,” Lucas said. “Now even more. We’re the co-coaches of everything. I know I can absolutely rely on him. I let him run parts of practices.”

Lucas has learned not to be so controlling, to be able to rely on other people. “That’s only going to help me long term,” he said. “It’s exhausting when you have to do everything. . I’ve got guys who proved it to me last year that they could help me out.”

That’s more people to help Lucas to deal with the challenges ahead. Challenges that excite Lucas. “That’s what you want in life,” he said. “That’s what makes life interesting.”

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This week: 20 games covered!

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*

Brian Cronin: The ball doesn’t fall too far from the basket

By Mike Whaley

NEWMARKET – There’s this hazy memory of a young, mop-haired Brian Cronin, maybe 6 or 7 years of age. It’s the turn of the century in the Rochester Community Center gymnasium – now “Coach Tim Cronin Court.” While the Spaulding High School boys basketball team practices, Brian is flying around the gym’s periphery, dribbling a basketball like the Looney Tunes cartoon character, the Tasmanian Devil.

The quintessential gym rat, Brian eventually played for his dad at Spaulding, graduating in 2011. His dad retired from coaching in 2020 after building the Red Raiders into a respectable Division I program (five trips to the D-I semis). Now Brian, 29, is a head coach himself, beginning his first year guiding the boys team at Newmarket High School.

He smiles at the memory. “When my dad took over (in 2001), I was there all the time,” Brian said. “There was nowhere else for me to go. My mom was working late. I was just leaving school and going there.”

Brian Cronin, right, hangs with his dad, Spaulding coach Tim Cronin, on the sidelines before the 2015 Division I boys basketball semifinals in Durham. [Mike Whaley photo]

He adds, “There’s an ongoing joke of one of the rec administrators over there that I was born in the rec, in one of the couches out back.”

Tim Cronin recalls bringing Brian along out of necessity. “I always had him with me,” Tim said. “So that went all the way up basically. He always enjoyed being around the gym. He always enjoyed being around the players. They all knew him. It’s a good start to his career as a coach.”

The coach said he never had to worry about Brian during practices. “He was always dribbling a ball on the side,” Tim said. “He always entertained himself.”

Basketball was Brian’s life because he didn’t know anything different. The Community Center was his second home.

Another benefit was that his dad was close with many D-I coaches. It wasn’t unusual for Brian to come downstairs on a Saturday morning and find a coach chatting with his dad on the family couch. Winnacunnet’s Jay McKenna, former coaches Mike Romps (Dover) and Tim Goodridge (Merrimack) are among that group. Noah LaRoche at Integrity Hoops is another influence. Brian is good friends with Great Bay Community College coach Alex Burt. “I became friends of my dad’s friends,” he said. “I was able to get so much knowledge because of that. … Seacoast guys have always been on my side. It was fun when I was in high school. They’d come over and talk to me on the side after a game.”

Although Brian says it wasn’t until he was out of high school in 2013 that he realized he wanted to coach, there were earlier signs. Close family friend Gerry Gilbert recalls coaching Brian on a third- and fourth grade recreation team. “He wanted to be a coach from the very beginning,” Gilbert said.

Tim believes all those years in the gym growing up rubbed off Brian in the right way. It made him a leader. “He would echo what he heard over the years from me,” Tim said. “He’d translate to the players on the court.”

Tim recounts a story during a game in Rochester. Winnacunnet’s McKenna told him the story. “Jay was yelling out some kind of defense that he wanted his team to run,” Tim said. “So Brian told everybody on his team what they were going to do.” McKenna told Tim that he knew his team was in trouble with Brian out there telling people where to go.

“He was like a sponge,” Tim said. “He always listened. He was a student of the game.”

Brian laughs at recalling his high school days at the thought of “being a coach on the floor.” “I don’t think in high school I necessarily believed I was striving to be a coach,” he said. “As much as I was striving to have my dad yell at me less. I’m a product of what he created.”

Although Brian started getting the coaching bug once he graduated from high school, it was not an easy or direct path. After a year of college, he returned home for a year, helping out his dad’s team as a volunteer assistant. Then he returned to college for four years at Keene State before rejoining his dad’s staff for his final two years from 2018 to 2020.

Brian Cronin (in checkered shirt) celebrates a big night for his dad, Tim Cronin, in 2020. Center court was renamed Coach Tim Cronin Court in the Rochester Community Center gym. [Mike Whaley photo]

In between he had to deal with the failing health of his mom, Leslie, who died from Alzheimer’s disease in 2015 at age 63. Brian did not handle that well. “Anyone who was an outlet for me to yell at, I was using,” he said. “I was really bringing only negative things to the table. My attitude as a whole, not just basketball, was very negative during those years.”

Brian was also disheartened by his dad’s final year as head coach at Spaulding. The team started 4-3 but lost its final 11 to end at 4-14 to miss the playoffs, ending a streak of 13 consecutive postseason appearances.

That season left a bad taste in his mouth. “It was constantly discouraging,” he said. “There was never a day that was better.” Then he applied for the Spaulding job, but didn’t get it. That hurt. “I felt kind of hit hard not getting that Spaulding job, even though I didn’t necessarily believe I deserved it,” Brian said. “It went to the right candidate (Lorne Lucas).”

Brian was a little soured with the sport of basketball.

But he took a job with the Raymond High School boys hoop team under Jay Piecuch. It was just what he needed.

“Those are probably some of the best kids I’ve met. Period,” Brian said of the Raymond players. “Having that back; having kids who wanted to be there. Having athletes that were there to be better basketball players and working together as a team. The fact that we had a little bit of skill really brought everything back to me. ‘Oh yeah, this is what I missed.’ This is the way it should have been going.”

Raymond had a solid season, advancing to the semifinals of the Division III tournament. Brian was prepared to come back, but Piecuch got wind of the Newmarket opening when Jamie Hayes stepped down after 18 years. He convinced Brian to go for it. He’s glad he did.

“Now being at Newmarket, I get goosebumps just thinking about it,” Brian said. “These kids are so amazing. Every single one of them is ‘Yes, coach. Thank you, coach. We’ll be there on time. Early. Whatever you need.’”

Brian Cronin cheers on his team in a recent workout session in Newmarket.

He likes that they are ready to work, ready to go hard. They are like pitbulls, a little chippy. “It rekindled the flame in me,” Brian said. “Jamie instilled a mentality in those kids to come ready to work.”

Having his dad in the background as a sounding board has helped. They talk on the phone three or four times a week. They talk basketball, but also about the off-the-court stuff that all coaches must learn to navigate.

What has Brian taken from his dad? “Being prepared,” Brian said. “The fact that my dad was watching game film right after the game, then watching again in the morning. That’s something I just did today “after Friday’s 58-55 opening loss at Holy Family.

“I don’t want questions,” he said. “I want to have answers. It’s something I watched my dad give to the kids.”

There’s also the encouragement piece – compliment and constructive criticism. “These are things you need to succeed,” Brian said. “When I was playing, my dad was prepping me for the real world.”

Another important point of emphasis passed on from father to son is not accepting failure. Brian recalls the early days of the Spaulding program under his dad – tough years with very little success. “That was a constant grind,” Brian said. “We’ve got to change the atmosphere. We’ve got to change the culture.”

Eventually Tim did just that, leading Spaulding to 14 playoff appearances in his 19 years.

When Tim Cronin looks at his son, he sees a lot of good things. “I think he relates to the players very well,” Tim said. “I talked with him at length about all the mistakes that I made in my early years. He learned a little bit from that.”

Tim added, “He’s in charge and he’s very organized. He knows the point he wants to get across.”

One important thing Tim learned from another coaching dad, Dave Faucher, whose son, Scott, is the head coach at Assumption College, is this: “He told me, it’s a big point, ‘I wait for him to ask,’” Faucher told Tim. “‘I don’t say that much unless I’m asked. He always calls me after games and we talk. But I wait until I’m asked.’ I think that’s a good thing to follow.”

Faucher, coincidentally, coached at Newmarket back in the 1970s, before going on to become the head coach at Dartmouth College from 1991 to 2004.

Although Newmarket lost its first game. Brian felt good about the effort. The team trailed by 14 points at the half and by as many as 17 points in the third quarter. They made a run from there, and had a chance to tie it at the buzzer, but a 3-pointer rimmed out.

After the game, a Newmarket dad came up to Brian, ecstatic about what he saw. Brian had to smile. “He told me it was awesome to see these kids grow as the game was going on,” he said. “They were getting better every quarter.”

Which, of course, is the product of good coaching.

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