Bobcats of the Week

January 16, 2017

  Melissa Lawlor and Zach Ross

Oftentimes our faculty members are leaned on to do a variety of jobs throughout the course of the year. And once again, the athletic department has had a variety of needs since returning to action in 2017. Over these past two weeks, there was a need in the GJV Basketball program and coach Lawlor was leaned on by the school's athletic director to step in and coach the girls. "When the opportunity arose, I jumped right on it," noted Lawlor. "I love coaching whether it be on the lacrosse field, at home with my four boys or with the GJV team. It's just how I roll."

"We have been fortunate to have coach Lawlor step in these last few weeks," noted Lawlor the AD. "Many don't know that she was a slick shooting guard at Amherst College in her heyday and knows the game well. I was just worries\d about her picking up a few technicals because years ago when she was patrolling the sidelines, she had a bit of a reputation in the league; for those of us that know her well; she's a bit fiery!"

Zach Ross has been another member of our faculty who stepped in for Bobcat Nation these past two weeks. Since our return to action this month, Ross has coached Alpine Ski, Recreational Ski/Snowboarding, and even coached the GJV basketball team through a game at Tilton last week. "I just love being a part of it all," noted Ross. "Coaching crew is my trade but I have enjoyed working with the basketball and alpine ski programs!"

"Coach Ross bleeds Bobcat Nation and will do anything for the program," praised Lawlor. "The man is a swiss army knife because he can do it all and is always willing to help out wherever and whenever!"
Jimmy Okuma '17
Boys' JV A Basketball
Tokyo, Japan

Boy JV A basketball continued with their winning ways over the weekend picking up wins over Proctor and White Mountain improving their record to 4-3 on the season. The Bobcats were led by senior "do it all" guard, Jimmy Okuma.  On Friday night Okuma was given the defensive assignment of guarding Proctor's best player and he kept him in check as the Bobcats avenged an earlier loss to the Hornets. And then on Saturday at White Mountain School Jimmy's offensive skills were on display as he led a balanced scoring attack for coach Aucoin and finished with 10 points en route to Brewster's dramatic 56-55 victory.

"Jimmy is our glue guy," noted coach Aucoin. "He can do it all for us and it is vital for basketball teams to have an 'Okuma' type of player. We will rely on him heavily the rest of the way!"

Okuma and Co. will head into another busy week as they are at Holderness (Wednesday) and at Cardigan Mountain (Saturday). Keep it rollin', Jimmy!

Past Bobcats of the Week

January 9, 2017

Hunter Proulx '19
Girls' JV Basketball
Wakefield, New Hampshire

This winter the Girls' JV Basketball team has become amongst the most popular teams on campus. The team is made up of some great kids who have been representing Bobcat Nation well on and off the floor through their first month of the season. Sophomore Hunter Proulx has been one of the leaders of this elite group thus far. She has emerged as one of the team's best defenders and is always demonstrating positive leadership. "Hunter's approach and attitude is what all Bobcats should strive for," noted interim head coach, Melissa Lawlor. "She's upbeat, positive, and always puts the team first. She had a great week and got 2017 off to an awesome start with the tone she has set!"
Proulx, a two-sport athlete (crew/basketball), will return to action this week as the Bobcats host New Hampton on Saturday. Great work, Hunter!
Thomas Allen '17
Boys' Prep Basketball
Raleigh, North Carolina

Allen, a newcomer to Bobcat Nation, is one of several reasons why coach Smith's team is rolling once again. The Bobcats have risen to the top of the National Prep polls once again with the help of Allen's play in the Brewster backcourt.  On Sunday afternoon in a huge league contest, Allen nailed seven three points and finished with a game high 25 points en route to Brewster's 107-80 win over a talented and respected Northfield Mount Herman team. "Thomas has shot the ball well for us this year," noted veteran head coach, Jason Smith. "His ability to make shots spreads defenses out and opens up chances for others. Thomas is also tough on the defensive end due to his lateral quickness."

Allen, who will return to home next year to play college ball at NC State, leads the Bobcats into a huge week with road games at Vermont, MacDuffee, and Monterverde Prep (FL) at the famed Hoophall Classic. Well done and best of luck, Thomas!
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