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Pelham - Windham News | June 21, 2013 - 15

by Marc Ayotte If you are a young basketball player with

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Python Hoops Coach Takes it to the ‘Next Level’

aspirations of someday displaying your talents on your local high school hardwood or whether you

are just picking up the game and looking to fi ne tune your court skills and increase your round ball knowledge, take note, there is someone in town to help you get to the next level. And for current AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) budding stars and novice players alike in southern New Hampshire, they need only turn to current Pelham High School (PHS) varsity basketball head coach Matt Regan and his upstart ‘Next Level Basketball Academy.’ Coach Regan’s resume refl ects 11 seasons as a high school basketball coach, including over 100 career wins along with a 2010-11 semi-fi nals appearance by his Stephen Spirou-led Pythons in the NHIAA state tournament. In addition to enjoying several successful seasons during his stint on the Python sidelines, Regan has achieved success in the lacrosse coaching ranks; having taken Pelham to the playoffs in each of the past 5 seasons.

In putting together this winning formula, Regan understands the importance of being surrounded by qualifi ed and knowledgeable assistants. Accordingly and with session sizes aimed at achieving optimal one on one instruction, James Roman (former PHS Player of the Year and present assistant coach under Regan’s wings in the ‘Snake Pit’) leads the way. Additionally, in the many hoops clinics and camps that Regan has conducted, he has added to his ‘instructional game’ with the on-court help from current Python stars Ryan Frank, Joe Slattery and Keith Brown. Combining his passion for basketball and

Coach and founder of Next Level Basketball Academy, Matt Regan, participates in a dribbling exercise with fourth grader Nate Godin (front) and sixth grader Joe Drover

teaching, the academy’s benefi ciaries range from fi rst graders all the way to the 8th grader in preparation of getting to that next level; “I really enjoy helping the young kids develop their game,”

offered Regan. A host of clinics and camps are slated for this summer and will take place at the high school gymnasium and the outdoor blacktop of Pelham’s Lyons Park, respectively. The clinics are comprised of 1 to 1.5 hour long skill sessions while the camps add competitive games on the court, into the mix. According to Regan, “the purpose of Next Level Basketball Academy is to expand the quality of basketball in the southern NH area,” and the next opportunity for you to participate will be from July 8-12 during the academy’s summer camp. For more information on Next Level Basketball Academy, e-mail:

Windham Football All-Stars Compete for a Good Cause

by Jacob Gagnon The Windham High School Football program will be participating in the second-annual New Hampshire All-Star Football game to benefi t the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) and the Kristen’s Endowment Fund, the pediatric oncology fund at CHaD. The CHaD East-West All-Star Game will take place on Saturday, June 29th at the University of New Hampshire’s Cowell Stadium. Last season, Windham Head Coach Bill

Raycraft was named the East squad’s coach. This season, the Jaguars will be represented by seniors Joe Lorenz, Danny Cannone and Kevin Cooney. All three athletes have been selected as New Hampshire All-Stars and will play for the East. “(They) have dedicated countless hours of

their time and effort to practice and fundraise for vital CHaD services to help New Hampshire kids,” said Danielle Matteau of CHaD Community Relations. In 2012, the event raised over $300,000, including nearly $50,000 raised by the athletes’ participation in fundraising efforts. Both the East and West All-Star squads hope to surpass that mark this year. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the game or prior to the event by going to The game will not only showcase wonderful football talent on the gridiron, but also the unity of the Granite State as everyone pulls together for a greater cause. While these players have been selected by their skills, it is their compassion that makes this event special.

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