CONWAY — The Kennett High football team has placed nine athletes on the Division II North Conference roster.
Coach Mike Holderman attended the Division II North Conference coaches meeting Tuesday night where they selected the All-Conference team.
"We had quite a few make it," Holderman said and was pleased by the choices.
Named to the First Team Offense were junior Jacob Cameron, at offensive tackle; and sophomore Nate Emerson, at slot receiver.
Chosen to the First Team Defense were junior Nate Arnold, at linebacker; junior Nick Graziano, at free safety; and junior Nick Sherwood, defensive end.
Earning Honorable Mention Offense were senior Clay Cordasco, at offensive tackle; and sophomore Will Pollard, at quarterback.
Receiving Honorable Mention Defense were senior Grant Meserve, at cornerback; and fellow senior Steve Cotton, at defensive tackle.
"The Division II All-State team will be selected on Dec. 12 and only our guys who were selected First Team Offense or Defense have a shot at making the All-State team, so we have five guys that could make it and you better believe that I will be at that meeting fighting for each and everyone of them," Holderman said. "There will be a First and Second team Offense and Defense selected, so a total of 44 players."
Kenentt will have its annual football banquet this Sunday at 5 p.m. at the North Conway Grand Hotel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 04:49
CONWAY — A large flock of alumni returned to the Nest last week taking part in a pair of hockey events at the Ham Ice Arena. Friday, the alumni divided up teams and gave hockey fans a rip down memory lane with a spirited contest. Saturday night was the 11th Annual Kennett High Alumni Hockey Game against this year's cast of characters.
The alumni topped the current Eagles, who had just opened their preseason three days earlier, 9-0.
"There's an awful lot of good talent on the Alumni," Mike Lane, Eagles' head coach, said. "When your team has only been on the ice three days, and two of those without touching a puck, it's a pretty tough task to ask of them. Still, I thought we did some things well and this game always gives you a baseline of what you need to work on.
Twenty-five former Kennett High hockey players including 15 who had won State Championships for the Eagles took the ice Saturday.
The Alumni, who prevailed 13-0 against KHS last year, is currently riding a three game winning streak in the series. The Alumni also defeated the 2011-12 Eagles 11-2. KHS had beaten the veterans for the first time in 2010, winning 8-7.
The current flock are 1-9-1 versus the Alumni (the teams skated to a 4-4 tie in 2008).
Lane set down his coaching clipboard and hit the ice Friday night along with 34 other alumni for fun game that featured end-to-end action.
"It was great to see so many guys come back and so many continue to follow the program," Lane said. "We're proud of what we've established here and everyone has played a part in it. I think that's what makes the alumni weekend so special."
Season tickets for all Kennett Hockey games are also on sale, $20 for adults and $10 for students, a savings of over 50 percent. All funds raised go directly to the Kennett Hockey to lower the cost of the program.
Lane and his current cast of Eagles took to the ice Nov. 25 at 5:45 a.m. for their first practice of the 2013-14 season. There are 14 boys and one girl out for this year's team. There were 17 players on last year's squad.
"We knew we were going to be down in numbers for a couple of years and this is the last one," Lane said. "We only had two freshmen come out this winter. Next year we we lose four seniors and pick up seven freshmen and the year after that we lose three and pick up six so we'll be bak up around 20 again.
"... We're going to have to stay healthy," he added. "I'm actually very excited about the back end of our line-up. We have all of our defensemen back and both goalies. We'll work on (the offensive end), and I'm confident we have kids who can do that."
Kennett's first exhibition contest will be Dec. 7 with a trek to the annual Dover Jamboree where the Eagles will play three opponents in shortened contests.
On Dec. 11, Kennett host Somersworth from Division II at 6 p.m. for an exhibition tilt.
On Dec. 14, KHS will face its final test before the regular season starts when it hosts its second annual Kennett Jamboree with Kearsarge, Kingswood, Moultonborough/Interlakes, Berlin, Belmont-Gilford and Somersworth all scheduled to participate.
Kennett opens the season Dec. 18 on the road at Belmont-Gilford at 7 p.m. at Laconia Ice Arena rematch of last year's quarterfinals.
"Our preseason is really packed," Lane said. "We've got a lot to do over the next three weeks to get ready for opening night. I know we're all really excited about hosting the jamboree, it's going to be a good day of hockey at the Ham."
For more information on the Eagles, visit www.kennetteagleshockey.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 05:12
CONWAY — The Kennett High girls basketball team got its exhibition season off on the right note Friday evening when it topped the KHS Alumni 46-34 at The Nest before a good-sized holiday crowd. The current flock of Eagles had to overcome an early case of jitters and an initial deficit to garner the come-from-behind victory over the cagey veterans.
"Things went well," Larry Meader, Eagles' head coach, said. "It was good to see such a great turnout both in terms of alumni and spectators. I think we had just six or seven alumni last year and this time we had 11 or 12. It's great to see the former players come back."
Suiting up for the Alumni were: Bethany Mayo, Kristen (Umlah) Underwood, Katlin Lunblad, Casey Cavanaugh, Jesse Wagner, Ashley Gordon, McKenzie Keene, Mandy King, Sam Meader, Casey Blakely, Kendra Strong and Lauren Kidder.
For the current Eagles, 10 players dressed for the game: Kaylin Samia, Rachel Samia, Erin Milford, Juliauna Dunlop, Julianna Livingston, Rachelle Cormier, Gwynn McGinley, Taylor Larson, Arielle Seavey, and Ashley Lamar while Leah Kelemen was sidelined due to illness.
There are just 22 girls outs for the entire basketball program with only two seniors and four freshmen.
"Our numbers are way down and I really don't know why," Meader said. "We have four freshmen — two from Bartlett, one from Tamworth and one from the (Kennett) Middle School — and we usually have 15 come out. We have 22 girls and last year we had 33 or 34."
The Alumni sprinted out to a 6-0 early lead by playing solid defense and exercising patience on the offensive end.
"We got down 6-0 and I didn't know if we were ever going to score," Meader said, laughing. "It took us a little while to get going."
KHS did get on the scoreboard late in the first quarter and trailed by a point, 7-6, after the opening eight minutes of play. The Eagles outscored the veterans 14-9 in the second quarter to lead 20-16 at the half.
The Kennett offense and defense continued to improve in the third quarter as Meader's squad extended its lead to 31-25 heading into the final eight minutes.
Livingston extended the lead to eight points by hitting a pair of free throws to open the fourth quarter. Wagner quickly responded for the Alumni with a jumper, but the hosts rattled off the next four points (a Milford jumper and a Seavey layup) to open up the first double-digit lead of the night, 37-27 with 3:40 to play.
Keene made it an eight point contest with a rebound layup, but Dunlop quickly countered with a driving layup and Livingston followed with two more free throws for the biggest lead of the evening, 41-29.
The Alumni went to a full-court press and was able to create turnovers that led to points. Lunblad successfully converted a three-point play (layup and a free throw) and Kidder added a layup to bring the Alumni to within seven (41-34) with a minute to play.
The Eagles sealed the deal in the waning seconds on a McGinley layup and Livingston capped the night with a three-pointer at the buzzer that drew nothing but the bottom of the net and a loud ovation.
Prior to the alumni game, hoop fans got an opportunity to see the traditional Conway versus Madison recreational boys game, and this year the Kennett varsity boys held a intra-squad scrimmage just before the alumni game.
"It was nice to get everyone together to kick off another basketball season," Meader said.
It's a busy week for the Eagles, who were in action Monday night at Fryeburg Academy for an exhibition game. They'll follow that up with a scrimmage at Laconia on Wednesday and then a trip to Dover on Saturday for the annual Oyster River Jamboree.
Kennnett will play its final preseason contest on Dec. 13 when it ventures to Concord High to play the Division I school.
"We'll treat the Concord scrimmage more like a regular season game," Meader said. "It'll be our last chance to work all the bugs out before opening night."
Kennett is scheduled to open the season on Tuesday, Dec. 17 when it hosts Portsmouth at 6:30 p.m.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 00:05
by Lloyd Jones
FRYEBURG — Fred Apt, who has guided two different sports teams at Fryeburg Academy to state championships, is stepping away from the coaching ranks. He leaves as one of the most successful coaches in the school's history.
Apt, who has won three state championships in softball while putting the Raiders on the state map, and brought the Academy its one and only state boys ice hockey crown, announced recently he is retiring from coaching. He loved the opportunity to help guide young athletes over the years and leaves with a ton of memories — both from games and his players, it's the players he'll miss the most, but he's made lifelong friendships with his former players, something he'll cherish.
Apt's Raiders earned the first of their state championships in ice hockey in 2004, and the team took the community on one of the most thrilling rides ever to a title. They were the little team that could and ever gave up, beating a bunch of powerhouse programs with much deeper benches than theirs.
"That was a fun time," Apt said smiling. "We had a great time. You know, we didn't beat a team with a .500 or better record during the regular season. I think we were 12-4 (during the season) and then we went to Maranacook for the first round of the playoffs. We went there and beat them in double overtime. We were down 2-0 with a minute and a half to go and Bo (Apt, his son) scored two goals in the last minute. We went to overtime and after the first overtime we went to the locker room and Chris Charlong said, 'Coach, I can't go much longer,' and I said, 'Well, take the puck and put it in the net and we'll get out of here.' The opening face-off of the second overtime Jordan DaLong won it and got it to Bo, who hit Chris Charlong breaking in with a pass and Chris scored about 10 seconds into the second overtime and we won it."
That was just the start of the improbable run to the title. Fryeburg had 13 boys on its roster but skated only two lines and three defensemen. The second line was extremely young and essentially had the task of keeping the puck out of the Fryeburg end of the ice.
"Then we played Cape (Elizabeth)," Apt recalled. "We got outshot 56 to seven or eight. We went up 1-0 when Bo scored. They scored to tie and then Kris Charlong scored off a third period face-off and we held on to win 2-1. Nick Lawrence played the whole game (on defense). They had beaten us two weeks before that 13-3. They were the defending champs."
The Raiders advanced to the Cumberland County Ciivc Center.
"We met Greely next," Apt said. "It was another one where goalie Joe Mango stood on his head to keep us in it. We were outshot 41-12 in that game. We scored first and held on. It got right late, but we won 6-5 to get to the state finals.
"...We played Orono for the states and Ralph (Capachetti, assistant coach) and I went up and scouted them in the semifinals against Gardner. We kind of wanted them to win because Gardner was so physical and we knew that we didn't have the depth if they hit us too much we'd be in trouble. Orino tried to hit us and they threw the first three checks and got two kids hurt. ... Jordan DeLong scored early on and that kind of set the tempo and I think it turned out to be a 7-4 final and we won it."
Apt stays in touch with the state championship team members.
"They were a great bunch," he said. "Next year will be the 10 year anniversary of the championship, the 10th reunion of that class, hopefully I'll get to see them all again."
Following the championship Apt retired from the coaching bench ending a three year run at the helm of the program.
"It was fun, it was just a great time," he said. "You really couldn't have scripted it any better than the way we won it."
Apt coached softball and hockey in the same year, but took a two-year hiatus from softball to watch his son play varsity baseball at the Academy. Upon Bo's graduation, Apt turned his attention to softball again and the Raiders became one of the dominant programs in recent Maine softball history.
Fryeburg Academy went 166-56 in Apt's 13 seasons as head coach over a 16-year span. In the last seven seasons, the Raiders posted a 130-10 record, winning five straight Western Class B titles from 2008-12 and state championships in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
"I think Kerry was a sophomore when I first coached the team," Apt recalled. "And Kerry's junior year, Dede (Frost) and I coached the team together and then the following year it was just me. ... It was a lot of fun coaching Kerry, she was totally different than coaching Bo. Bo was was just more down, relaxed. Kerry was a worker and worked real hard to be as good as she was. I think Bo had more natural ability than any of us, but Kerry worked harder."
When did Fryeburg turn the corner as a softball program?
"It was (pitcher) Hannah (Hill's) freshman year," Apt said. "We hosted a playoff game that year. We were the eighth seed and I think we were 9-7. We lost to Cape in the second round 2-1 in nine innings and they were the No. 1 seed. We had a lot of kids from that team come back and they knew what it felt like. They felt they could win and knew what it felt like to lose and didn't like that feeling.
"...The kids bought into the program, they believed what I was trying to teach them," he continued. "It was more than just softball. The year before we made the tournament I think we were 1-15 and that was a great group, they worked hard and we didn't win until the last game of the year. They just kept battling and battling, it was fun because you could see (success) coming, you could just see it."
The Raiders won the conference and were the No. 1 seed for the playoffs Hill's sophomore year, but Fryeburg was knocked off by Greely at home 4-2.
"They scored four in the first and we just didn't recover," Apt said, quickly rattling off game action as if happened the day before not six years ago.
Hill's junior year, Fryeburg lifted its first state title, beating Madomack Valley in the finals and kept on winning.
"We won I think six Western Maine league titles in a row," Apt said. "That was a lot of fun. Again, I had great kids. The kids were awesome – I had good kids, and it was more than X's and O's with them, it was life. We talked about life a lot, what it takes to be a good person. All the state championships and league titles, all of that is awesome, but when you go to practice and you hear that one of your kids or two or three of your kids wrote their essays about you, it really hits home. And, to this day to get emails or messages from former players and what they're doing into the world and thanking me, it makes you proud."
Apt is quick to credit his players and his coaches.
"I had great assistants and that was key," he said. "I had Coach (Chris) Dutton, Coach (Wayne) Rivet, Coach (Kris) Stevens, any one of them was willing to stay all the time, and we did that a lot, we had kids who wanted to stay. They did stuff without being asked. It was always, 'Does anyone want to stay and hit,' or 'Does anyone want to work on extra fielding,' and those guys were always willing to do it and that was just so important to our program. We were together the last six years and it was great."
After back-to-back state titles, Hill graduated and teams thought Fryeburg was due for a drop-off, but the Raiders returned to the champion finals with Charlotte Lewis on the mound.
"She came out of nowhere," Apt said with a grin. "We won the league again and then we won the Western Maine regional, but got by Herman in the state finals, but Charlotte had just an unbelievable year. We had a lot of new faces on that team, no one expected it, our mantra was 'who'd have thunk it,' and we'd say, 'Don't wish for it, work for it!' They worked their tales off."
Fryeburg beat Bucksport to win its third state championship the following year, going 20-0.
Apt is by no means leaving the softball cupboard bare with All State pitcher Sarah Harriman returning along with a number of veterans. Harriman pitched the Raiders to a championship.
"All of last year's infield is back except for the catcher, Carla (Tripp) is gone," he said. "She'll be tough to replace but there are kids out there, there are some great kids coming up, they'll be in good shape. We had kids on the JV who were good enough to be on a varsity team, but there just wasn't a spot for them (last year). They were able to get playing time on JV's and get prepared for varsity. The JV program had a great year last year. We have good players coming back from the junior varsity and have a very talented freshman class. Whoever takes over, and I hope it's Dutty (Chris Dutton) — I know he'd do a great job."
Apt is quick with an answer when you ask him what he'll miss the most.
"Just the interaction with the kids," he said, smiling. "The Connecticut (preseason) trip is something that I really loved. We'd start the day off usually with a team breakfast at about 7:30 a.m. The hotel we stayed at would give us a room, usually a conference room, we'd all meet in there for breakfast and seeing the kids come down half awake and that stuff was really cool. Then we'd leave there and say you've got to be back down here in half an hour because we're going to practice or go to a game and then practice again or play another game. Normally we'd have two or three games a day down there. It was awesome and there wasn't a lot of down time by the time we got back to the hotel they were ready to go to bed.
"It was just so beneficial to our program and being a team," Apt added. "We did fun stuff, at least I thought it was fun, we'd miss and match rooms. It might be a freshman rooming with a senior, no cliques. We did the same thing on the bus ride down. Halfway down we'd switch seats and switch buses, and it was both JV and varsity that went down (to Connecticut). We had a fun time with that and the kids would all get to known one another. You'd get your senior and junior leaders to impress to the younger kids that this sort of dedication is what it takes. They learned that Coach Apt has a reason for everything."
On one trip to Connecticut the Raiders shared a hotel with the DePaul University softball team from Illinois.
"They were in there studying at the tables in the lobby," Apt recalled. "We found out who they were and asked if they minded if our kids spoke with them. They were all for it. It was really neat. Our kids found out what it takes to not only be a college student, but a student-athlete and what their coach demanded. It was really funny where one of their girls said their coach doesn't allow any cell phones on trips and our girls said Coach Apt doesn't let us have cell phones. Coach Dutton was in charge of cell phones, he was good at that."
Apt imagines it will be difficult the first time the Raiders take to diamond next spring without him.
"It's going to be hard," he said. "I just knew it was time, I really did. You know there's always players you want to be there for, you hear just stay for my senior year, there's just so many of them that it doesn't end. When I thought about it and decided it was time — I wanted to leave a solid nucleus there for the next person and I felt this was the time, although I think they'll be solid for a long time, all of the pieces are in place to be good for a long time at Fryeburg."
Apt said it never entered his mind to stay for one more season and try to go out on top with a fourth state softball crown.
"I can honestly say it never entered my mind," he said. "I tell the kids this all the time and I tell Dutty this, too, I have never gone into a season with winning a state championship as my goal. The goal has always been just to get better from day one and make an impression with the kids that is going to be important on their life. If I can do that, that's my goal.
"As a team we never really set many goals," Apt continued. "As far as the actual wins and losses, if I teach my kids the game those things will take care of themselves."
As for highlights, one stands out and it wasn't a state championship.
"Believe it or not," Apt said, smiling, "it was winning that last game to make us 1-15. It was against Gray-New Gloucester and I'll never forget it. And my very first win was against Gray-New Gloucester. That's when I learned how to be a high school coach. We were winning that game by a lot and I put in all my subs too early and we had to hang on for that first win. Another thing I always tell my kids is that I learn as much from you as you're learning from me.
"I always consider myself a student of the game," he continued. "The first time we lost to Cape (Elizabeth) and Hannah (Hill) was a freshman, I knew we weren't as good as they were, there was no doubt, but we played them awful tough. They had a great pitcher who we had a hard time hitting. We got four runners to second base and three of them I had thrown out trying to steal third. I felt that was our only chance. I tried to be aggressive and hoped the ball ended up in left field, but it didn't. I learned so much from that. I learned to listen to the kids, they know, they know. Sometimes as coaches we don't give them enough credit as far as their knowledge of the game."
Any scenario where Apt envisions coaching high school sports again?
"No," he said quickly and without hesitation. "I'm done. I love Fryeburg Academy. I love the kids there. Fryeburg Academy has been good to me in every way possible. I got a chance to work with three different athletic directors (Charlie Tryder, Todd Gallagher and Sue Thurston) and they were all very supportive. The other coaches at the Academy were pleasure to work with."
Apt loved coaching his own children Kerry in softball and Bo in ice hockey.
"Kerry was our shortstop her sophomore year, but her junior year Betsy Thibodeau came out for the team and she was as good as anybody," he said, laughing, "so I had a hard time convincing Kerry her arm was too sore (to stay at short) an she should place second."
Apt won a title with his son and would have loved to have done the same with his daughter.
"Kerry was used to that she'd say," he said with a big grin. "Bo got all of the championships in Little league and when he played hockey. ... It was awesome to coach Bo and be able to share a championship. Bo's not a real excitable kid when it comes to that stuff. What I remember the most was the Cape game. It was in between the second and third period and I told our guys 'When we win, I want somebody to grab the puck.' I just thought I'd throw that at them to let them know I believed in them. When the game was over the next thing I remember Bo was handing me the puck. Knowing him he thought about that the whole period."
There was also a another vital component to Apt's success, Ruthie, his wife, who was so supportive through each season.
"We're fortunate," Apt said. "We had a great run. ...I know it'll hit home when the season starts. I try to stay in touch with the kids, which has been wonderful."
If not high school, what about college coaching?
"I've thought about it a lot over the years," he said. "Interacting with the players, it's just not there with the college players. I got a chance to watch Kerry play four years of field hockey at New England College, that was awesome, but it wouldn't have been the same as coaching high school kids. ...I can certainly say I've enjoyed the heck out of it, no regrets. My only regret is should I have gotten done when I got done. I look in the paper and see the add for varsity softball coach, and it's like, 'Man that could be me, do I want to go back and talk to Sue about the job?'"
Apt's players and their parents want him to return to the dugout and have even gone so far as to create a 'Bring Fred Back' Facebook page with a ton of photos.
"It's time," he said. "Last year, we had two freshman come up, Julia Quinn and Lexi L'Hereaux, great kids and they tell me how much they've learned, and it's like I'd like to stay for them. One day at the end of practice we had the eighth graders come over and they were awesome. At the end of the day, I think Coach Apt might have gotten more credit than he deserved.
"I do, I think I get a little more credit than I deserved," Apt said. "...One thing that me and my coaches take great pride in is that we adapt to what we have. You don't always have speed; you don't always have this. Well last year we had a lot of speed and I looked on the bases down in Connecticut and I have Maddie Pearson on third and Carla Tripp on second and Julia Quinn on first and I looked at one of the parents and I said, 'Is this something when you look out there and have this much speed?' I think Kylie Locke hit a gap shot and it was three runs just like that. I'd never had this much speed before. Last year we were very successful because of our speed. We didn't hit quite as well as the year before but we manufactured a lot of runs."
Apt leaves a legacy as one of the all-time winningest coaches for state titles in the school's rich sporting history — it's something Apt never envisioned.
"No way," he said, laughing. "It wasn't about that. It's cool. I won't tell that it wasn't fun getting back to the school and getting off the bus (after winning a championship)."
Apt takes great pride in the fact Fryeburg was the first team to receive the sportsmanship banner when it was first unveiled two years ago.
"To go 15-1 and still get that I think tells you something about your kids," he said. "A lot of times people aren't going to vote for someone who has been so successful. We've won so many games over the last seven years I can't tell you what our record was."
It was an incredible 130-10 over that span.
"We won at least 14 every year and then playoffs," Apt recalled. "...I think one of the biggest things that you see is some coaches change their style and you can't. Whatever you do you do and I mean that during the season. If all of sudden you get to the playoffs and the kids notice you're tense, they become tense. We got to coaching clinics every year and you hear, 'Once you change — if you're a coach who screams all of the time and all of a sudden you stop screaming the kids know that something is wrong. If you're a quiet coach and all of a sudden you start screaming, then something is wrong. You can't ever let them know there is anything wrong.
"...The year we beat Bucksport we played Oak Hill in the Western Maine Regionals," he said. "It was kind of funny I was talking to their coach before the game and she said to me we're just happy to be here. I said to myself, they're done. If you relay that to your kids you're done. It's funny people do different things. If I'm playing you and you're taking batting practice I get my kids out of there, but (the Oak Hill coach) and her kids watched up take BP and we were just hitting moon shots and those kids had to be saying what the heck are we in for. We're already Fryeburg, which at that point has already established quite a name, and then you have to watch us hit shot after shot."
Apt recalls the mood in the community the first year the Raiders won the softball crown.
"You talk about great moments, winning the first states up in Brewer," he said, "and I'll never forget kids like Tim Even and Orion Winkler wanting to hold the trophy, it was so cool. The kids loved it. We would do different things (heading to the championship game on game day), like when we lost in the finals to Old Town, we stopped on the way up there in Winslow and found there was a field there and we pulled over and just hit wiffle balls. A group of kids came out to watch and our girls ended up signing balls for them. That sort of stuff chokes me up, it was awesome. There were people telling us you've got fans from Winslow now. It was so cool. You know, we're Fryeburg Academy and we're here, looking for something to kill the time and break the day up, and it was great."
Apt had a competitive fire as an athlete himself growing up and brought that spirit along with great sportsmanship to each of his teams.
"I think as good as we were we still overachieved," he said. "The two years we won it with Hannah (Hill pitching), there were four or five great teams in our league. When you play Cape to a 1-0 game and a 2-1 game along with Greely and Gray, and then you had Wells who was always competitive with us. ...A lot of the coaches have gotten in touch with me as soon as it came out that I was getting done. They're all saying you'll be back, we'll see you in the spring.
"...I know I'm going to root for the kids and root for the Academy," Apt continued. "You know I'm a local sports fan, I'll broadcast some Kennett football games and like to check the papers to make sure the Fryeburg and Kennett kids are doing well. I'll follow Pete (Ames) and his (Kennett High) softball team. The first year I started coaching I called up two people and they were Pete and Timmy Vacchiano (coach of the Sacopee Valley softball team) and asked them what can you help me out with and they both gave me some tips."
How would Coach Apt like to be remembered?
"That's a tough one," he said, pausing. "I want to be remembered as somebody who was there for the kids. They always respected me and I respected them. Respect was one of our key words. We always talked respect. You respect your opponent and you respect the officials. I don't think you ever really saw a Fryeburg team, from me on down, argue with an official, I'm really proud of that. I'd like to be remembered as someone the kids respected and enjoyed playing for."
Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 04:45
CONWAY — Basketball season has arrived.
The Kennett High girls basketball team opened its preseason Monday and has just a few days to get ready for its first test — the alumni.
The Eagles will play their first scrimmage of the winter this Friday at 6 p.m. when they welcome back former players to The Nest for what promises to be an evening of action-packed fun and a trip down memory lane for Kennett fans.
Prior to the alumni game, hoop fans will get an opportunity to see the traditional Conway versus Madison recreational boys game at 3:30 p.m., and this year the Kennett varsity boys will hold a intra-squad scrimmage just before the alumni game at approximately 4:30 p.m.
"It's a good community thing," Larry Meader, Eagles' head coach, said. "I think people will enjoy the rec. game and getting a glimpse of this year's boys program and then I hope they'll stay to watch us play the alumni.
"We've put out the call for all alumni girls to come and play," he said." My hope is I can also convince Peter (Ames, longtime former girls varsity coach) to coach the alumni. I think he'd have a lot of fun with it. ... All KHS girl's basketball alumni are invited, as well as the community to help kick off this years season."
Admission is free to all three games and the Kennett Basketball Boosters will have the concession stand open for the evening.
"It'll be nice to get everyone together to kick off another basketball season," Meader said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:06
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