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by Marc Ayotte Back in the day, the conventional


way to come up through the high school basketball program was pretty straightforward. As a youngin’, you played some biddy basketball. Practice out in the driveway, climb a snow bank to pick up your last swish, and then dribble the ball around the puddles like they were defenders. Then, if you were good enough, you got to play on the seventh and eighth grade team, and maybe you’ll be a starter. Next, the big step—freshman basketball. With your dues paid, your sophomore year was spent on the JV squad, but with things going your way, you may get some court time in a varsity game. Then, as conventionality would have it, you play your junior and senior years on varsity. Oh, how the progression of high


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Campbell Produces His and Hers 1,000 Point Scorers


and chemistry with other future Campbell hoopsters that would eventually lead to last week’s state championship. She recalls that she started her first varsity game about five or six games into the season. “I fell in love with basketball when I came here,” recalled Kristen. And with that love, she never did relinquish that starting position over the ensuing three and a half years as they led to a successful and very enjoyable four years playing in ‘The Den.’


school athletes has changed. In this day and age, the evolution of the high school athlete is expedited from an early age. A classic example of this can be found at Campbell High School and in particular in the basketball program. Noted for their recent very successful boys’ and girls’ teams, there are two individual players that stand out over the past four seasons. Scoring 1,000 points during your high school career is certainly an admirable accomplishment. Talent, perseverance, and endurance are all needed. To have an athlete come through and achieve this speaks volumes of the individual’s ambitions, dedication, and ability. When two players come through the same four years of high school and score 1,000 points, that’s cool. But when one player from each of the boys’ and girls’ programs accomplish that feat during the same four years, that’s really cool. Kristen Hrubowchak of the Lady Cougars and Josh Morgan on the boys’ squad did just that. Statistically, the career numbers for the recently


crowned member of the girls’ state championship team speak volumes: Points – 1,307 (one all- time at CHS); Rebounds – 481; Steals – 367; and Assists – 182. Kristen also holds a record that Coach Flynn notes will be very difficult to break. Because of the success of the girls’ program during the Hrubowchak/Flynn era, the seasons have been extended due to numerous playoff games. Accordingly, Hrubowchak has played in an amazing 101 varsity basketball games. The Lady Cougar win/loss record during that stint was an impressive 81-20, almost Mike Krzyzewski- like.


Although soccer was an early favorite of


Kristen’s, her friend Emily Martin convinced her to play hoops on a travel team that Emily’s dad coached. With years of AAU basketball under her belt from the fifth to the eighth grades, Hrubowchak started to form the cohesiveness


Campbell’s all-time leading scorer Kristen Hrubowchak, with 1,307 points, also played in a record 101 varsity basketball games


Although she attributes her interest in chemistry at CHS primarily to her “amazing chemistry teacher, Mr. O’Keefe,” Kristen hopes to take her future studies in a different direction. While attending Plymouth State University, Hrubowchak has the ambition of pursuing dual majors in the fields of Physical Education and Health Studies. She also plans to take coaching courses—“ultimately, I would like to be a coach,” she said. She also alluded to staying in New England when she finished college with the possibility of moving to a bigger city. Kristen mentioned a big reason for


attending PSU was to play basketball for Coach Lauren Laviegne and be part of the team chemistry that existed on the Plymouth squad. In reflecting upon her memorable past week, the 2011 first team All-State star Hrubowchak recounted, “It felt really surreal. Looking back, it’s something that’s going to stay with us forever; it was a good way to end my senior year.” Kristen will represent Campbell when she plays in the ‘Granite Games,’ which is a year-end competition between Division III and IV teams that showcase the top 12 senior vote getters from each division. Josh Morgan, four-year starter on the varsity team, second-team All-State his sophomore and junior seasons, and first-team All-State in this his senior year as a Cougar—anything else? Just a couple of stats: 1,423 career points/first all-time at CHS; leading scorer on the team all four years; fourth all-time in assists; fourth all-time in steals; four-year starter in the varsity program; single- game record for points with 40; single-game record for three-pointers with six; single-game record for field goals with 14; career leader in three-pointers with 127; record for points in a season with 415 (2011 season); and record for points-per-game average for a season of 19.8 (2011).


In the third grade, Morgan recalled shooting at the side baskets during games that his father coached in a church league. “My dad was my inspiration for playing,” he said. Like his Lady Cougar counterpart, Morgan’s ‘serious’ basketball days began when he was in the fourth grade. While shooting some hoops out at recess with Andrew Lepine, whose dad coached a basketball


Campbell High School Sports Roundup


submitted by Dale Arria March 5: Congratulations to the girls’ varsity basketball


team. The girls defeated Conant 43-33 at Southern New Hampshire University, capturing their first state title. Congratulations to Haley Bowen for her amazing fourth-place finish at the New England High School Swim Championship meet. Haley swam a personal best of 1:12.03 in the 100-yard breaststroke. March 2: The boys’ JV basketball team captured the


2011 JV Farmington Boys’ Basketball Tournament Championship, as they defeated Farmington 61- 37. Tyler Griffin led the team in offense with 17 points, followed by Jason Rodonis with 16 points and Nick Freson with 15. The team held a seven-point lead at halftime and they exploded in the second half to pull away in a winning effort. The Cougars completed their 2010-2011 season with a 17-2 record. Tyler Griffin and Nick Freson were selected to the All-Tournament team. Congratulations to the team and Coach Dunham for a fantastic season.


travel team, Morgan recalled what unfolded: “You ought to go out,” said Lepine, with respect to trying out for the team. “My dad’s the coach,” he said. They thought it would be fun if they were on the same team with Andrew’s dad coaching. Josh, Andrew, and friend Tyler Syphers would eventually go on to play hoops together all the way up through their high school years. Although Josh has not yet


chosen a college to attend in the fall, among the considerations are Colby-Sawyer, Daniel Webster, and NHTI, with a slight lean towards the latter. In addition to playing hoops at the next level, Morgan would like to study Sports Management in hopes of some day becoming an Athletic Director. Like Kristen, Josh would like to stay local, but prefers the quieter settings that he has become accustomed to. After


covering their


basketball seasons, it was obvious the individual talents that each of these athletes possessed. What also unfolded was the


impact they each had on their teams via their leadership qualities and character. Boys’


basketball


Holder of seven individual CHS basketball records, Josh Morgan finished as the boys’ all-time leading scorer with 1,423 career points


Head Coach Pat Roye talked about his relationship with each: “It’s going to be tough to say goodbye to Josh. Basketball-wise, he’s been the one constant for me—he’s always there. He’s grown so much as a person this year with us; he’s on the honor roll; I’m very pleased with him. The way he treated his teammates was first-class. I have such respect for Kristen; such a class act, great student. Watching her grow up has been special.” Coach Roye, who commented on how both Kristen and Josh were “just great kids,” continued his admiration of the two standout Campbell student-athletes by capsulizing their basketball accomplishments. “To have two kids who have been such mainstays of their programs achieve the 1,000 points and go through [high school] at the same time is so rare.” And for most, very enjoyable.


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