Basketball: Pembroke’s Dexter, Hopkinton’s Murdough named Player of the Year; All-State selections and awards released

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By DAN ATTORRI

Monitor staff

Published: 03-12-2024 12:21 PM

Modified: 03-12-2024 3:52 PM


The New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization released its award and All-State selections for the 2023-24 season following the conclusion of the Division I and Division II championship games on Sunday, and Capital area programs were well-represented.

Area coaches won three of the four major awards in Division III, with Mike Mahoney winning the D-III Girls’ Coach of the Year award in his first season with Hopkinton. Mahoney led the Hawks to a 15-4 record and a spot in the D-III championship game.

Kearsarge’s Nate Camp won the D-III Boys’ Coach of the Year award after helping the Cougars go from 4-14 and missing the playoffs in 2023 to a 17-4 record and a final four appearance this season. Kearsarge’s staff picked up another award with Spencer Coronis winning the D-III Boys’ JV Coach of the Year.

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s David Daigle won the D-II Boys’ JV Coach of the Year.

Pembroke Academy senior Annelise Dexter and Hopkinton junior Shaylee Murdough won the D-II and D-III Girls’ Player of the Year awards, respectively, after leading their teams to the state finals.

All-State selections and awards are voted on by NHBCO member coaches.

John Stark senior Izabel Korbet and Concord Christian Academy senior Isaac Bowers won the Jack Ford Memorial Scholar Athlete Awards for the D-II girls and D-IV boys, respectively. The award recipients are selected based on academic performance, basketball performance and community service/citizenship.

GIRLS Division I

Honorable Mention: Delaney Duford, sr., Concord.

Division II

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First Team: Annelise Dexter, sr., Pembroke; Eleanor Girardet, sr., John Stark; Lilli Carlile, jr., Concord Christian.

Second Team: Juliette Tarsa, sr., Bow; Emma Smith, so., Concord Christian; Kayla Smith, jr., Merrimack Valley.

Honorable Mention: Abby Duclos, sr., John Stark; Kalina Kasprzak, sr., Coe-Brown; Bryana Szepan, jr., Bow; Avery Geaumont, sr., John Stark; Kaitlin Arenella, jr., Pembroke; Ella Trefethen, so., Bow.

All-Defensive Team: Bryana Szepan, jr., Bow.

Division III

First Team: Shaylee Murdough, jr., Hopkinton; Lauren MacDonald, sr., Winnisquam.; Tessa Marinello, sr., Kearsarge.

Second Team: Ava Shapiro, jr., Kearsarge.

Honorable Mention: Lizz Holmes, sr., Hopkinton; Sydney Westover, jr., Hopkinton; Darci Stone, sr., Belmont; Caidyn Carter, so., Winnisquam.

All-Defensive Team: Shaylee Murdough, jr., Hopkinton; Ava Shapiro, jr., Kearsarge.

Division IV

First Team: Kourtney Kaplan, fr., Franklin.

BOYS Division II

First Team: Joe Fitzgerald, sr., Pembroke.

Second Team: Jake Reardon, so., Bow; Connor Bagnell, sr., Coe-Brown; Evan Berkeley, jr., Pembroke.

Honorable Mention: Quinn Salter, sr., Coe-Brown; Logan Gabour, sr., Merrimack Valley; Jack Matson, jr., Coe-Brown; Ryan Casey, so., Bishop Brady; Brendan O’Keeffe, so., Bow.

Division III

First Team: Noah Whipple, sr., Kearsarge.

Second Team: Keegan Martinez, jr., Belmont; Abram Standefer, sr., Hopkinton.

Honorable Mention: Parker Goin, sr., Kearsarge; Anakin Underhill, jr., Belmont; Noah Aframe, jr., Hopkinton; Alex Nichols, sr., Winnisquam.

All-Defensive Team: Noah Aframe, jr., Hopkinton.

Division IV

Second Team: Zeke McCoy, sr., Franklin.

Honorable Mention: Isaac Bowers, sr., Concord Christian; Brayden Pelletier, jr., Pittsfield.