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The Rivers School’s Winter Athletics Straight Killing it in the Postseason


Tayra Melendez of The Rivers School ’12, committed to URI

First the Boys Ski Team cleans up at NEPSACs with a  gold. Then the Boys Hockey Team claims its first Eberhart Trophy since ’85. 

Now this weekend, the Girls Hockey Team and both Boys and Girls Basketball Teams are/were up for a championship.

The Girls Hockey Team won a thriller in 6OTs vs. rival Southfield, but then fell short in the semi finals on Saturday.

Now the Boys and Girls Basketball teams are in the finals hoping to give Rivers its 3rd and 4th Winter Championships this year.

A 4 out of 6 championship success rate with scholar athletes is something you don’t find outside of prep school.

Good Luck Rivers!

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Brewster knocks out Tilton in epic prep school hoops matchup

Two of the very, very best prep school basketball teams in the country met for battle in…New Hampshire??? Yes, that’s right. 

Brewster Academy and Tilton School did battle yesterday, and Brewster prevailed 60-56. Lots of future D-1 basketball talent on display for the 1,500+ fans who packed the house.

Here is more video from an earlier Brewster/Tilton game this season that ended in OT.


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10 lessons we can all learn from Jeremy Lin

Read the full article HERE at (I love that site!)

1. Believe in yourself when no one else does.

2. Seize the opportunity when it comes up.

3. Your family will always be there for you, so be there for them.

4. Find the system that works for your style.

5. Don’t overlook talent that might exist around you today on your team.

6. People will love you for being an original, not trying to be someone else. You’ve got to be you.

7. Stay humble.

8. When you make others around you look good, they will love you forever.

9. Never forget about the importance of luck or fate in life.

10. Work your butt off.

There’s a great line from a New York Times article on Lin and his faith which is worth it for all of us to remember (from Romans 5:3-5):

“Suffering produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us.”

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“Elevate” movie shows the rise from Senegal to South Kent

Assane Sene from South Kent School and UVA (AP photo)


2/11/2012 from

When it came out last year, the documentary, Elevate, impressed audiences at several prestigious film festivals. Elevate follows the stories of several young men from Senegal who have in common the ability to play basketball and the desire to play it in the United States. The director, Anne Buford, joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the film.

One of the central figures of the film is Amadou Gallo Fall, who founded an organization called SEEDS Academy in Senegal. Buford told us how the organization operates, and how she learned about it.

“Amadou was discovered by a Peace Corp worker when he was playing in Tunisia in the late 80s,” she said, “and the man arranged for him to come to the University of (the) District (of) Columbia in Washington D.C., and he graduated four years later magna cum laude. In the meantime, he had started to help boys have the same opportunity. I met him through my older brother, R.C. Buford, who is the General Manager of the San Antonio Spurs.”

Assane, one of the players whose progress the film follows, goes directly from Senegal to South Kent Academy in Connecticut. In the film he talks about the challenges he faces. Among the things Assane must learn is how to tie a necktie, as he’s required to wear one at South Kent. But Buford said there were other challenges that he faced.

“Just being in a classroom and having everyone lecture to you all day in English,” Buford said. “American history is really hard for them, and graduating from high school in America, you have to take American history.”

While the documentary was being filmed, Assane injured his knee. His recovery and return to the court was a relief for Buford.

“As a filmmaker you’re there to cover the kids,” Buford said. “But at the same time, they’re kids, and I had become very attached to them, and walking that line was very hard.”

The players followed in the film are told that they will be paving the way for other young men from Senegal to play basketball and get educated in the United States. Buford says that is very much the case.

“SEEDS alumni are now at the University of Cincinnati, Syracuse University, Louisville, Alabama, Siena, Oregon State – that’s pretty amazing for a group of 25 who are now all playing Division I basketball.”

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National Prep School Invitational should be hoops madness

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Thirty of the country’s top prep school basketball teams, up to 100 college coaches on hand to evaluate prospects, and several NBA scouts will gather for the 14th annual National Prep School Invitational.

Held at Rhode Island College from Thursday, February 2 through Sunday, February 5, the nation’s elite exposure event will once again have its top games broadcasted on COX Sports.

With an upwards of 50 players impressively already committed to colleges, the event’s main goal is to provide a springboard for many more to join that group.

The featured young talent competing ranges all the way from the traditional powers of the New England Prep School Athletic Conference to as far as the Canarias Basketball Academy of the Canary Islands.

Highlighting the field is last year’s National Prep Championship Tournament winner St. Thomas More (CT) and NEPSAC champion Maine Central Institute (ME). Previous titleholders Brewster Academy (NH), Bridgton Academy (ME), Notre Dame Prep (MA) and Tilton School (NH) return as well.

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Evan Cummins/Northfield-Mount Hermon

Cummins is a member of NHM’s Class of 2012. Standing 6’8″ and 200 lbs, he is committed to play at Harvard. Harvard hoops seems to be on the upswing under Tommy Amaker. The Crimson shared the Ivy League title last year and beat Boston College this year. Cummins should add more talent to the Harvard roster.

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Why do top hoops players flock to preps?

I found this article online at It’s actually a link to the real article on some obscure NH weekly online news magazine. But, I wanted to post the article from AdmissionsQuest because I love the way the author so casually drops in that he was at a party in Oxford, Mississippi. Just telling us all that he is partying in the prep capitol of the South, saying “I may be old, but I’m still prep.”

Here is the article if you want to read it. Just goes to show that New England prep schools are like a magnet for great high school basketball players. 

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Preps throw down

A great majority of the players involved in the brawl were prep school alumni. Goes to show that preps are tougher than you think! Check out the bro bleeding his face off. 34 should be done for the season.

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Winter sports tryouts in full swing

Get psyched!!!

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National basketball signing day and the preps are killing it!

#21 is Nik Stauskas of St. Mark’s

Check out the number of hoops signees from New England prep schools:

Zach Auguste, New Hampton (N.H.) – Notre Dame
Anthony Barry, Brooks – Merrimack
Domonique Bull, Tilton (N.H.) – Missouri
Jesse Chuku, Kimball Union (N.H.) – Lehigh
Dimitry Coronel, Tabor Academy – Maine
Evan Cummins, Northfield-Mt. Hermon – Harvard
Tevin Falzon, Winchendon – Sacred Heart
Eric Green, St. Mark’s – Holy Cross
Olivier Hanlan, New Hampton (N.H.) – Boston College
Ryan Hartung, Philips Andover – St. Anselm
Cedric Kuakumensah, St. Andrew’s (R.I.) – Brown
Connor Mahoney, Brooks – Le Moyne
Mitch McGary, Brewster Academy (N.H.) – Michigan
Georges Niang, Tilton (N.H.) – Iowa State
Ethan O’Day, Northfield-Mt. Hermon – Vermont
John Papale, Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.) – Boston University
Nik Stauskas, St. Mark’s – Michigan
Terry Tarpey, Fairfield Prep (Conn.) – William & Mary
Kaleb Tarczewski, St. Mark’s – Arizona
Aaron Thomas, Brewster Academy (N.H.) – Florida State
T.J. Warren, Brewster Academy (N.H.) – NC State

Thanks to ESPNBoston for the list!

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