Carey's memory will Rock On at Beech Street, as basketball court to be renovated
Miguel Gonzalez takes a break from a scrimage on Friday evening in Manchester. Gonzalez is a good friend of Sam Carey and looks forward to playing in the game. "It's the one game I look forward to all year. Sam was a brother to me, he was part of the family" said Gonzalez. (Bruce Preston / Union Leader)
THERE’S still Fisher Cats baseball being played at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, the University of New Hampshire football team has opened camp, and, before you know it, the Manchester Monarchs will be back for preseason training.
So let’s talk basketball.
The third annual Sam Carey New Hampshire All-Star Classic, benefitting the Rock On Foundation, will take place on Friday, Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. at Manchester High School Central.
Rosters include former New England high school, college and pro players, along with current prep school players who all knew Carey. They, along with the community, continue to support the game aimed at raising money for basketball projects around the Queen City.
“The Carey family has been very blessed with the Sam Carey Classic and the support of the Manchester community and the Rock On Foundation,” said Sam’s father, Owen Carey. “Sam had a real heart for the kids throughout Manchester, and the fact that this game is going to help renovate a basketball court in his honor is such a blessing.”
Carey, who played for Manchester Central and Southern New Hampshire University (inducted into the SNHU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014), died in a car accident in 2011. He was traveling home from Canada where he played for the Quebec Kebs of the National Basketball League of Canada.
“Sam was a very special member of the community,” said Luke Bonner, Rock On Foundation’s executive director. “He was beloved in Manchester and beyond. The outpouring of support this event receives each year really shows the impact and influence Sam continues to have on people’s lives here.”
BST Basketball will be donating proceeds from this year’s event to the Rock On Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by Luke Bonner and his brother, the San Antonio Spurs’ Matt Bonner. Combined with the $3,000 raised at last year’s event, Rock On plans to use the proceeds to renovate a public Manchester basketball court.
Former Central and SNHU standout Mike Stys, one of the organizers of the Carey Classic, said this year’s event will help renovate the basketball court at Beech Street School.
“There will be a prep school all-star game at 6 p.m.” said Stys. “The alumni game will follow at 7 p.m., involving former players who had successful college careers and some professional experience.”
The prep school game features two eight-player roster teams. Playing together on one team are Ian Sistare (Northfield Mount Hermon, formerly of Trinity High), Jourdain Bell (Lee Academy, Bishop Brady of Concord), Wenyen Gabriel (Wilbraham/Monson, Trinity High), Brett Hanson (Tilton School, Manchester Central), Luke Rosinski (Kimball Union Academy, Pinkerton Academy), Joseph Bell (Lee Academy, Bishop Brady), Caleb Green (Proctor Academy, Londonderry High) and Zach Bergeon (New Hampton School, Campbell of Litchfield).
The other prep school team features Patrick Welch (Notre Dame Prep, Pembroke Academy), Robert O’Brien (Cushing Academy, Conant of Jaffrey), Eric Gendron (Trinity College, Merrimack High), Eli Hodgson (Salve Regina, Conant), Yordy Tavarez (NHTI, Nashua South), Drew Coveney (University of New England, Londonderry High), Shayne Bourque (Colby-Sawyer, Merrimack High) and Tshiefu Ngalakulondi (Proctor Academy, Manchester Memorial).
Competing in the second game on the Green Team are Miguel Gonzalez (Southern New Hampshire), Scott Hazelton (University of Rhode Island), Joe Fremeau (Bentley University, Manchester Central), Matt Lemieux (Colby-Sawyer, Manchester Central) P.J. Young (SNHU, Manchester Central), Greg Lacasse (Bentley University, Spaulding High of Rochester), Austin Denton (NHTI, Merrimack High), Troy Bowen (SNHU, Nashua), Steve Deluca (Brandeis University, Merrimack High) and Chris Tardiff (Bentley University, Timberlane of Plaistow).
The Gold Team All-Stars features J.J. Harvey (SNHU), Chris Brickley (University of Louisville, Trinity), Dave Cooper (James Madison, Manchester Central), Luke Bonner (UMass-Amherst, Trinity), Chris Burns (Bryant College, Merrimack High), Corey Hassan (Sacred Heart University, Merrimack High), Mark Campbell of Nashua, Stephen Wood (SNHU), Keith Friel (University of Virginia, Oyster River of Durham) and Tyler Roche (Boston College, Manchester Central).
Boston Celtics mascot “Lucky” and members of the Green Team will provide a halftime trampoline dunk show.
Tickets are $10 per person. All ticket sales will be at the door. For more information, visit rockonfoundation.org.
TODAY at 10 a.m, the city of Manchester will honor the late Mike Flanagan by renaming the baseball field at Manchester Memorial after him.
Among the dignitaries to attend the ceremony are Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, Memorial principal Arthur Adamakos and members of Flanagan’s Family — his father, Ed; his sisters, Elaine Swett and Cathy Montville, and Flanagan’s widow, Alex.
Flanagan’s high school teammate, Ray Perkins, and a close friend of Flanagan’s from Baltimore, Sue Battye, will be in attendance, too, along with Manchester Aldermen Bill Barry, Pat Long, Danny O’Neil, Bill Shea and Joyce Craig. Representing the Manchester Board of School Committee will be Connie Van Houton, Robyn Dunphy and Katie Desrochers.
Youth organizers Alan Beauchemin and Pat Ohrt, both of South Little League, and Dennis Hebert, director of Candia Youth Baseball, will on hand.Gary Ulbin and Colin Burke of the Manchester Babe Ruth League, along with Paul Lemire of Sweeney Post will represent the youth leagues that Flanagan played for as a youth. Flanagan graduated from Memorial in 1971, leading the Crusaders to consecutive Division I state titles in baseball and basketball in 1970 and ’71.
Ted Menswar, who will coordinate today’s ceremony, said plaques will be presented to Scott Fitzgerald and Stan Ziemba today. Owner of Fast Signs, Fitzgerald designed the sign for Mike Flanagan Field. Ziemba, owner of B.A. Roy Steel Inc., installed the sign.
“City Sports” is published Saturdays in the New Hampshire Union Leader. Email staff reporter John Habib at email@example.com.