14 - December 11. 2009
Salem Athletes Pick Up Boys’ Basketball Executes
Player of the Year Honors Transition Game Against Haverhill
by Chris White
Salem fall athletes continue to collect post-season
Salem faced a quick, athletic
accolades. This time, two Blue Devil competitors
Haverhill squad in a preseason
have been recognized as the Player of the Year in
Community Sportsscrimmage at home last Friday.
the state of New Hampshire for their respective
The teams matched up well
sports. Football’s Max Jacques was granted the
with each other and provided
prestigious Gatorade Player of the Year award for
an entertaining up-and-down
New Hampshire. The award recognizes selected
basketball game. The Blue Devils
individuals for their athletic excellence, academic
were able to run with the Hillies
achievement, and exemplary character. For every
and managed to create some easy
sport, one athlete per state is honored. The award
looks in transition. They adjusted
essentially honors the best player in the state that year.
to their opponent’s speed and
There is no Gatorade award for boys’ volleyball, but
quickness by playing hard on the
Jason Kinney was given Player of the Year honors from
defensive end and making good
the NHIAA, recognizing him as New Hampshire’s
decisions on offense.
best volleyball talent this season.
Defensively, Salem exhibited
Jacques was the primary running back for Salem
a lot of grit and determination.
Guards Alex LaRosa and Matt
Cannone made it difficult for
Haverhill players to score from
the perimeter. Cannone worked
tirelessly as he played hard-nosed
defense and hustled for loose
balls. Senior forward Kyle Henrick
gave the Blue Devils a strong
rebounding presence on the glass,
Jake Matthews takes it to the hoop against the Hillies
while juniors Mike Lorenz and Joe
into the paint to help out on the boards when a
Gallant battled with the Hillies’ big men on the
shot went up. As a role player, Marcus Baldwin
interior. This season, the Blue Devils do not
came off the bench and showed his toughness
have the luxury of having many taller players.
on the inside. Meanwhile, Kevin Williams
Therefore, Salem’s inside players will have to
showed he doesn’t mind doing the dirty work as
concentrate on rebounding and playing strong
he continuously exerted great amounts of effort
Max Jacques, shown here in the semifinal game against defense down low.
out on the floor.
Pinkerton, rushed his way to New Hampshire Player of the “We need to be conscious of when other
The game also featured newcomers to the
Year honors teams have big guys, and we need to stop them
Blue Devils this season that will surely be
this season and carried the ball 221 times for 1,874
defensively,” head coach E.J. Perry said. “We
welcome additions to the team. Jake Matthews
yards, while rushing for a team-high 24 touchdowns.
need to make sure we box out and rebound.”
showed a lot of hustle in the time that he played
He averaged 8.5 yards per carry and led the Blue
Salem’s defense allowed it to get an effective
against Haverhill. The senior repeatedly drove
Devils to the Division I state championship as an
transition game going. Salem players moved
hard to the basket and played solid on defense.
integral part of the team’s offense. It was Salem’s first
the ball up the floor quickly to teammates who
Jared Matthews will also provide depth for the
state championship since 1995. The junior also set a
were sprinting ahead in pursuit of an easy
team’s roster this season. Freshman Andrew
school record for points in a single season with 152.
basket. LaRosa often ran the point when Salem
Ruffen showed his ability to hit the outside shot
Kinney controlled the net all season for Salem
settled in its half-court offense. The senior
against Haverhill. He will look to steadily work
as one of the team’s hitters on the front line. Along
captain distributed the ball to open teammates
his way into the team’s rotation. Sophomores
with being the team’s most dangerous offensive and
and knocked down some shots of his own.
Jon Klecan and Drew O’Shaughnessy will
defensive player up front, he was also an outstanding
Junior Jeff Meisser showed his range by sinking
also look to help the team in their first varsity
server. The senior led the Blue Devils to another state
shots from the three-point stripe. Gallant also
crown this season. It was Salem’s sixth title in six
stepped outside to take the open shot when
The Blue Devils will scrimmage Campbell
years of varsity competition. Kinney tallied 21 kills
he had it, while Cannone slashed through
and Pelham within the next week in preparation
and seven blocks to lead his team to victory over the
the middle to get to the basket and would
Jason Kinney was the best volleyball player in the state
for the regular season. On Friday, December
Timberlane Owls in the championship game.
sometimes get fouled along the way.
this fall and led the Blue Devils to their sixth state
18, Salem will host Nashua North in the season
Lorenz, Gallant, and Henrick were all active
championship in as many seasons
on the offensive glass. Cannone also ventured
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