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After loss to Peabody, Gloucester searching for wins

Sport:   Posted: May 3rd, 2008 by Tom Nolette

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Gloucester shortstop Dylan Maki leaps to catch a throw as Peabody's Josh Band slides safely into second base. The Fishermen fell, 1-1. Mary Muckenhoupt/Staff photo  

 

 

 

The next to go?: Triton boys basketball coach voices displeasure over firings of three colleagues

Sport:   Posted: May 3rd, 2008 by Tom Nolette

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Tim Connell, boys basketball coach Bryan Eaton/Staff photo  

Fearsome foursome leads Classical to win

Sport:   Posted: May 3rd, 2008 by Tom Nolette

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Jenny Garrity got the win for Classical in a 5-4 decision over Saugus on Thursday at Breed. (ITEM FILE PHOTO)

 

 

 

High school rebounders to move back during free throws

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: May 3rd, 2008 by Tom Nolette

NFHS Release:

2008-09 High School Basketball Rules Changes Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mary Struckhoff

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 1, 2008) - In an effort to reduce rough play in free-throw situations in high school basketball, the two marked lane spaces closest to the end line will be vacant effective with the 2008-09 season.

This revision in Rule 8-1-4 was one of three changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its April 13-15 meeting in Indianapolis. The changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Beginning next season, all players will move up one lane space during a free-throw attempt. A new mark will be applied to the lane line near the free-throw line to designate the last 3-foot marked lane space.

The committee reviewed data from the Georgia High School Association, which experimented with the free-throw lane change last year.

"According to data from the experiment, the number of fouls during free-throw rebounding action was reduced," said Mary Struckhoff, NFHS assistant director and staff liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee. "At the same time, defensive rebounding percentages fell within an acceptable range. This data was the most compelling the committee had seen to date."

Perhaps as significant as the changes approved by the committee was one that was not. After much discussion, the committee voted against the use of instant replay to review specific situations during state tournaments. Three proposals were considered by the committee this year after three states had last-second shots in championship games.

"The committee discussed the issue extensively, but there was very little support for implementing video review at the high school level," Struckhoff said. "Some felt the use of video to review officials' decisions is against the philosophy of high school sports. Others said that video review doesn't always provide a conclusive decision, and the equipment would not be consistently available in facilities throughout the country. The committee also felt it would be difficult for officials to officiate without replay throughout the season and then be expected to use it at a state championship."

Another significant change approved by the committee will directly affect high school coaches. If a player is wearing an illegal jersey, illegal pants/skirt and/or an illegal number, a technical foul will be charged directly to the head coach. Previously, one technical foul was assessed to each improperly uniformed player per team.

Improvements have been made in ordering and purchasing legal uniforms, and the NFHS is working with manufacturers to improve compliance with NFHS uniform design specifications. Struckhoff said the committee wants to encourage and promote the use of legal uniforms.

"In the past few years, there has been a proliferation of illegal uniforms worn by teams, and the committee wanted to put the penalty where it belonged," Struckhoff said.

The committee also clarified Rule 3-5-3 to state "any item that goes around the entire head (elastic strips/bands, pre-wrap, headbands, etc.) shall meet the rule requirements regarding color, maximum size, logo restrictions and team uniformity." The committee also added black and beige to the list of legal colors. The change was made to make the rule more consistent in application and enforcement.

Other editorial changes approved by the committee:

- Rule 3-4 was reorganized to separate the topics by articles and adjust the language to reflect current industry standards/terminology.

- In Rule 4-27-2, a portion of the first sentence of the "incidental contact" definition will be removed to clarify that a foul should be called when displacement occurs while opponents attempt to secure a loose ball.

- Rule 4-42-5 will be reorganized into sub-articles for clarity.

- Rule 10-5 will be reorganized for better understanding and clarity.

The committee also adopted five points of emphasis for the upcoming season. The identified topics include legal uniforms, rough play, time-outs, slapping the backboard and officials' mechanics and signals.

Basketball is the second-most popular sport for boys and first for girls at the high school level, according to the 2006-07 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, 556,269 boys and 456,967 girls, for a total of 1,013,236 participants nationwide. The sport ranks first in school sponsorship with 17,762 schools sponsoring a boys team and 17,458 fielding a girls program.
This press release was written by Jennifer Searcy, a spring semester intern in the NFHS Publications/Communications Department and a junior at Franklin (Indiana) College.

High school rebounders to move back during free throws

Sport:   Posted: May 3rd, 2008 by Tom Nolette

NFHS Release:

2008-09 High School Basketball Rules Changes Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mary Struckhoff

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 1, 2008) - In an effort to reduce rough play in free-throw situations in high school basketball, the two marked lane spaces closest to the end line will be vacant effective with the 2008-09 season.

This revision in Rule 8-1-4 was one of three changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its April 13-15 meeting in Indianapolis. The changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Beginning next season, all players will move up one lane space during a free-throw attempt. A new mark will be applied to the lane line near the free-throw line to designate the last 3-foot marked lane space.

The committee reviewed data from the Georgia High School Association, which experimented with the free-throw lane change last year.

"According to data from the experiment, the number of fouls during free-throw rebounding action was reduced," said Mary Struckhoff, NFHS assistant director and staff liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee. "At the same time, defensive rebounding percentages fell within an acceptable range. This data was the most compelling the committee had seen to date."

Perhaps as significant as the changes approved by the committee was one that was not. After much discussion, the committee voted against the use of instant replay to review specific situations during state tournaments. Three proposals were considered by the committee this year after three states had last-second shots in championship games.

"The committee discussed the issue extensively, but there was very little support for implementing video review at the high school level," Struckhoff said. "Some felt the use of video to review officials' decisions is against the philosophy of high school sports. Others said that video review doesn't always provide a conclusive decision, and the equipment would not be consistently available in facilities throughout the country. The committee also felt it would be difficult for officials to officiate without replay throughout the season and then be expected to use it at a state championship."

Another significant change approved by the committee will directly affect high school coaches. If a player is wearing an illegal jersey, illegal pants/skirt and/or an illegal number, a technical foul will be charged directly to the head coach. Previously, one technical foul was assessed to each improperly uniformed player per team.

Improvements have been made in ordering and purchasing legal uniforms, and the NFHS is working with manufacturers to improve compliance with NFHS uniform design specifications. Struckhoff said the committee wants to encourage and promote the use of legal uniforms.

"In the past few years, there has been a proliferation of illegal uniforms worn by teams, and the committee wanted to put the penalty where it belonged," Struckhoff said.

The committee also clarified Rule 3-5-3 to state "any item that goes around the entire head (elastic strips/bands, pre-wrap, headbands, etc.) shall meet the rule requirements regarding color, maximum size, logo restrictions and team uniformity." The committee also added black and beige to the list of legal colors. The change was made to make the rule more consistent in application and enforcement.

Other editorial changes approved by the committee:

- Rule 3-4 was reorganized to separate the topics by articles and adjust the language to reflect current industry standards/terminology.

- In Rule 4-27-2, a portion of the first sentence of the "incidental contact" definition will be removed to clarify that a foul should be called when displacement occurs while opponents attempt to secure a loose ball.

- Rule 4-42-5 will be reorganized into sub-articles for clarity.

- Rule 10-5 will be reorganized for better understanding and clarity.

The committee also adopted five points of emphasis for the upcoming season. The identified topics include legal uniforms, rough play, time-outs, slapping the backboard and officials' mechanics and signals.

Basketball is the second-most popular sport for boys and first for girls at the high school level, according to the 2006-07 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, 556,269 boys and 456,967 girls, for a total of 1,013,236 participants nationwide. The sport ranks first in school sponsorship with 17,762 schools sponsoring a boys team and 17,458 fielding a girls program.
This press release was written by Jennifer Searcy, a spring semester intern in the NFHS Publications/Communications Department and a junior at Franklin (Indiana) College.

Pemper Accepts Position at Naval Academy

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: May 1st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Bowdoin Release:

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College Associate Athletic Director and Head Women's Basketball Coach Stefanie Pemper has accepted the position of Head Women's Basketball Coach at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.


























In her 10 seasons at Bowdoin, Stefanie Pemper established the Polar Bears as one of the premiere Division III programs in the nation, accumulating a record of 235-48 (.830). The most successful coach in Bowdoin women's basketball history, Pemper led the squad to NCAA bids in nine of her ten seasons, including an incredible six-year stretch from 2001-2007.

During those six seasons, the Polar Bears reached the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Tournament every season, posting a mark of 164-14 (.921) and playing before some of the largest crowds in Division III basketball. They won the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship in each of those campaigns and reached the NCAA Championship game in 2004. Undoubtedly Pemper's finest team, the 30-1 National Finalist squad garnered her WBCA Division III Coach of the Year recognition.

"Stefanie Pemper is a wonderful teacher," said Athletic Director Jeff Ward. "Her teams had unbelievable success on the court, but her ability to help young women grow and flourish as people is even more impressive."

"What an amazing 10 years it has been," said Pemper. "I owe Bowdoin so much for giving me the opportunity to be a head coach, and I will miss this place tremendously. The success of our program has always been a collaborative effort. From the administration and the faculty to the athletic support staff, dining services, housekeeping, residential life, communications, alumnae relations, counseling and health, and admissions. It was a team effort. I especially want to thank Jeff Ward for his support and belief in me and the women in our program, and for giving me a variety of responsibilities to learn and grow. I want to thank Tim Gilbride for being a wonderful mentor to his counterpart on the women's side. Tim has such a strong leadership presence in the athletic department.






























"I want to thank Barry Mills who I have tremendous respect for. I truly cannot imagine a better president for Bowdoin or any liberal arts college. He works so hard and has a broad, healthy vision for the community. Lastly I want to thank our players and our alums for all they've done for me and the program. I've always encouraged them to treasure their four years of college basketball and to take ownership in the team, to make it theirs. They've always done that and that's why the program is special. The team is in a great place with a talented group returning and a wonderful class of recruits coming. We weathered through a year of challenges this past season with great trust, focus, and maturity. We won some huge games, had fun, and played with a lot of pride in the NCAA's. What was already a strong group of young women was only made stronger by the 'character-building' season. Jeff will hire a fantastic coach and a very special senior class of Jill Anelauskas, Alexa Kaubris, and Maria Noucas, will provide wonderful leadership through the transition. This program is very healthy."

A national search has begun for her replacement.

L'Heureux to be inducted into Maine Baseball Hall of Fame

Sport: Baseball  Posted: May 1st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

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Courtesy photo: Henry L'Heureux, who will be inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in August, in a circa 1940s photo featuring Goodall Park's once sandy hill in the background.

'Fulfilling a dream' Local hockey players following the trend of prep school/juniors before college

Sport:   Posted: May 1st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

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Boston College's Benn Ferriero (21), a former Govs standout, is the exception rather than the norm. He went straight from high school hockey to collegiate hockey. Elise Amendola/Associated Press

Sullivan has Sachems on right path

Sport:   Posted: May 1st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

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Meg Sullivan (left) hopes to guides...
Photo by Nancy Lane
Meg Sullivan (left) hopes to guides the Sachems to the Division 2 state title.

 

Saugus' Kucharski discusses route to national title with BC men's hockey

Sport:   Posted: May 1st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

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Kyle Kucharski of Saugus helped lead the Boston College men's hockey team to a national championship this season. (PHOTO COURTESY BOSTON COLLEGE)
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