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NH College Notebook: UNH women's basketball team takes on Binghamton

February 01. 2014 9:08PM
University of New Hampshire coach Maureen Magarity talks to Kelsey Hogan of Nashua during a game last year. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader File)

The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team closes out its first turn around the America East schedule with a game against Binghamton in Lundholm Gymnasium today at 1 p.m.

Maureen Magarity's team has bounced back from an 88-47 loss at Albany on Jan. 23 with two straight road wins. The Wildcats won a 75-68 contest at UMass-Lowell last Sunday and stopped Maine, 74-73, on Elizabeth Belanger's last-second basket on Wednesday.

UNH is 12-8 overall and at 6-1 in the league holds down second place, trailing only undefeated Albany.

Binghamton is 4-17 overall and 1-7 in the league.

Senior Kelsey Hogan of Nashua is scoring 12.2 points a game to lead the Wildcats. Sophomore center Corinne Coia averages 11.8 points and 5.9 rebounds a game. Belanger is at 9.3 points and 6.9 rebounds a game and junior forward Kaylee Kirkpatrick is at 8.2 point and 6.2 rebounds.

Today's game opens a two-game homestand for the Wildcats. They play UMBC on Thursday night.

Green connection

The Seattle Seahawks, and second-year quarterback Russell Wilson in particular, will no doubt have their fair share of fans tonight who prefer Dartmouth green when it comes to rooting for a college team.

That's because his father, the late Harrison B. Wilson III, was an outstanding football and baseball player at Dartmouth before graduating in 1977.

Former teammates and family members see much of his father - Harry B., many called him - in the Seattle quarterback who will lead his team against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.

Harry B. was a great teammate as an infielder in baseball and receiver in football and was named an Ivy League football first-team all star in 1976, according to a story on the Dartmouth athletics web site.

He was "a tremendous receiver," said Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens in the story. Teevens was a quarterback in the Class of 1979.

"He'd be one of the first guys out on the field at practice and one of the last guys to leave, and he'd be willing to go through some routes and progressions with me. That was sometimes unusual for an older guy to take that type of time with younger guys like me, but that was Harry."

Teevens went on to coach Russell, then a teenager, at the Manning Passing Academy.

Harry B. was the second of four Wilson brothers to attend Dartmouth.Benjamin F. Wilson, a Dartmouth Trustee and the Class of 1973, was the first.

He's among the many people who note the similarities between Harry B. and son.

"In addition to looking very much alike, they run alike, their mannerisms and their facial expressions are similar, their manner of speaking is similar," Benjamin said. "So it's really striking."

Harry B., who made a deal with his father to get a law degree immediately after Dartmouth and then was the last player cut by the San Diego Chargers prior to the 1980 season, died from complications from diabetes on June 9, 2010.

Russell, considered by many to be a better baseball than football prospect, was drafted by the Colorado Rockies the day before his father died.

He played at North Carolina State and after graduating transferred to Wisconsin for his final year of football eligibility and started there in 2011.

The Seahawks picked him the third round of the 2012 draft.

That's worked out quite well for him and the team so far.

His 88-year-old grandfather, Dr. Harrison B. Wilson, will be watching

Russell from North Carolina tonight and is knows he'll see at least a little of Harry B., too.

"When I see Russell, I see Harrison," Dr. Wilson said this week in a story at ESPN.com. "Harrison is living through Russell for me. . . . I think Harrison is watching his son now, and he's seeing his dream. He sees what he would've been if he had made it. He sees that everything he did for Russell was worth it."

FPC ranked seventh

The defending NCAA East Regional champion Franklin Pierce University baseball team (37-19 in 2013) has been ranked No. 7 nationally in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason poll, as announced this week by the NCBWA. In addition, Franklin Pierce ranks No. 9 nationally in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper preseason poll, which is assembled by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

While the ABCA and NCBWA polls account for the two national rankings which are recognized by the NCAA, College Baseball Lineup (cblineup.com) produces its own Top-30 Rankings throughout the season. In the preseason edition of College Baseball Lineup's rankings, the Ravens check in at 27th nationally.

The Ravens open defense of their East Regional title and pursuit of their seventh regional crown with five neutral-site games at The Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Feb. 21-23. The team is currently scheduled to face Felician and Caldwell on Feb. 21, Bridgeport and Pfeiffer on Feb. 22 and Nyack on Feb. 23. Franklin Pierce opens its home schedule on April 1 against Southern New Hampshire, in a matchup of the last two East Regional champions.

Root for Bentley

Junior right-hander Connor Root, a Nashua North product, is one of 11 returning players to Bentley's baseball team.

Bob DeFelice's 46th season as the only head baseball coach in Bentley history will get under way this weekend with a three-game series against the nation's top-ranked Division II team, the University of Tampa.

The Falcons and defending national champion Spartans were to square off in a doubleheader at Tampa this weekend, concluding with a 2 p.m. game today.

DeFelice has 11 players back from last year's 27-22 team but will have to rebuild the pitching staff after the graduation of four of the five starters.

Root was 4-2 with a 3.15 ERA in 40 appearances out of the bullpen last season.

Among the returnees is senior outfielder Sean Keady, a three-year starter and Bentley's all-time leader in stolen bases with 95. Selected to the preseason Division II East Region third team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, he has a .294 career average and will start his final season 32 hits away from 200.

In the preseason Northeast-10 Conference coaches' poll announced Thursday, Bentley was fifth in the Northeast Division, behind perennial powers Franklin Pierce and Southern New Hampshire as well as Merrimack and Stonehill. The Falcons were also tenth in the preseason NCBWA Division II East Region rankings.

George honored

St. Michael's College men's soccer senior Chris George, an Exeter High graduate, was one of 91 student-athletes across seven sports selected for a Northeast-10 Conference Academic All-Conference honor for the fall semester. George, who earned an accolade for the second straight year, was among 14 men's soccer players in the league to earn the accolade, as at least one member of his program has drawn the laurel for nine straight years.

A second-year captain, George started all 15 games in a defensive capacity in 2013 while collecting a goal and an assist. He helped the Purple Knights allow two goals or fewer 10 times while posting their first 5-1 NE-10 start in program history. St. Michael's knocked off a pair of regionally-ranked teams in Merrimack College, on Sept. 24, and Bentley University, on Oct. 8. George has also qualified for the NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll five times during his career thanks to academic achievement.

PSC duo Hall of Famers

Two former Plymouth State University wrestlers were honored Sunday when they were inducted into the New England Wrestling Hall of Fame as part of the New England Wrestling Association Division III Dual Meet Championships at Bridgewater State University.

Former Panther wrestlers William Tirone and Kyle DeForest were two of the four individuals inducted as part of the class of 2014, which included Craig Buckley of Bridgewater State and Ken Shull of MIT. Mel Graff of Johnson and Wales was honored as the Administrator of the Year while head coach of Coast Guard Steve Eldridge earned Man of the Year accolades.

Both of Plymouth State's inductees have local ties. A long-time elementary school administrator, Tirone retired in 2012 after 40 years in the Ashland school system, while DeForest is formerly from Warren and attended Plymouth Regional High School.

A four-time New England champion, Tirone still ranks as one of the top all-time wrestlers in Plymouth State and New England history, having captured New England wrestling titles in 1969, 1970, 1971, and 1972, all at 177 pounds.

DeForest made his mark on Plymouth State and New England Wrestling in the mid-1990s. A 118-pounder, DeForest was a three-time All-New England wrestler (1994-96). He captured New England championships in both 1994 and 1996, and was named Tournament's Outstanding Wrestler in 1996.

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