KEITH DICKSON couldn’t have expected more from his Saint Anselm College men’s basketball team to this point in the season. If he did, you’d have to call him greedy.
The Hawks are 9-0 overall and, at 5-0 in the Northeast-10, are the only undefeated team in conference play. The 9-0 record is the best start to a season in the program’s history.
Scoring hasn’t been a problem for the Hawks. Saint Anselm leads the Northeast-10 in scoring, averaging 89.2 points per game, and all five starters are averaging in double figures. That group is led by senior guard Tim Guers, last year’s Northeast-10 Player of the Year, who ranks third among Northeast-10 players in scoring (22.0 ppg). The other starters are sophomore forward Chris Paul (17.2 ppg), sophomore forward Gustav Suhr-Jessen (14.1 ppg), senior guard Cody Ball, a Londonderry High School graduate (13.2 ppg), and junior point guard Danny Evans, a transfer from the University of Maine (10.3 ppg).
“If I was an opposing team, I’d be a little worried about all the ways we can get you,” Dickson said. “I think that’s always been a hallmark of our team. We’ve always been very balanced.
“Danny Evans has given us another big defender (he’s 6-foot-4). Chris Paul has developed into one of the best players in the league, in my opinion, and Gustav has taken a huge jump from last season, so we don’t have young sophomores. Cody’s career has been terrific. I think he’s one of the best shooters in the league, if not the best. And then we have the best player in the league (Guers). He’s had a terrific first nine games to his senior season.”
Saint Anselm is currently ranked No. 4 in the country in both the NABC Coaches’ Poll and the D2SIDA Poll. Before this season, the program had never been ranked higher than No. 5. “I think coming into the season we thought we had a good team, but I’ve been around long enough to know that doesn’t necessarily mean much,” Dickson said. “Our schedule has been tough. We’ve been tested. We’ve answered all the questions up until the break. Now we just have to see if we can answer them in the second semester.”
Russell Gaskamp, who was recently hired as Franklin Pierce’s head football coach, played college football at the University of Texas, and was the starting center for the Longhorns when Ricky Williams won the Heisman Trophy in 1999. Franklin Pierce, which had been playing sprint football (weight limit), will play a Division II schedule next season as part of the Northeast-10.
Schools that have won the Queen City Invitational Basketball Tournament: Manchester Central (25 titles), Trinity/Bishop Bradley (six), Manchester Memorial (five), Merrimack (four), Manchester West (three), Exeter (two), Nashua (two), La Salle Academy (Providence, R.I.) (two), Keene (one), Dover (one), Lebanon (one), Milford (one) Cambridge (Mass.) Rindge and Latin (one) and Boston English (one). Central’s Tyler Roche (2002-05) is the tournament’s all-time leading scorer with 201 points in 11 games (18.2 ppg). BC High’s Dave Gavin holds the record for highest scoring average (29.0 ppg in four games) and most points in a tournament game (47). Gavin’s 47-point night came in a 1986 game that went to five overtimes.
Trinity has openings for a boys’ and girls’ tennis coach, and a girls’ lacrosse coach. Anyone interested can contact Trinity director of athletics Chip Polak at email@example.com. ... New Hampshire American Legion Baseball has put off its plans to form a 15U division (13-15) until the 2020 season. The 15U division would feature primarily middle school players and non-high school players, and would play games from mid-April into June.
A few things on the Christmas wish list:
NHIAA football playoff games returning to Friday nights.
No byes in the high school baseball tournaments.
UNH or Dartmouth (or both) to find their way into the NCAA men’s hockey Northeast Regional, which will be held in Manchester on March 29-31.
Jim Cardello has resigned as Campbell High School’s baseball coach, which means Campbell is searching for its third varsity baseball coach in as many years.