ELLA MONTMINY is one of seven seniors on the roster for the Prospect hoop girls.
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December 02, 2013ALTON — In his first season as head coach of the Prospect Mountain girls' basketball team, Brian Contorchick inherits a team loaded with varsity experience, leaving him with a great outlook on the upcoming season.
"We are going to be small, but fast and athletic," Contorchick said. "I expect us to compete night in and night out with all our opponents.
"I am very excited about what we have in store," he added.
Contorchick will be featuring a roster with seven returning seniors, all of whom played at the varsity level last year and will be looking to take the next step.
The backcourt will be especially senior-laden, as Contorchick features a host of experienced guards on the roster.
Brooke Burley, Anna Hingston, Hope Carazzo, Ella Montminy and Abby Mucher all played significant roles as juniors last year and will be back to chip in this season as well. Fellow senior Lindsey Mucher also saw time on the varsity court last year and will be back looking to make an impact on this year's team.
The team's seventh senior is forward Shannon Meyer, who provided most of the height for last year's team.
The seniors will play a key role in Contorchick's vision for the Timber Wolves.
"My goal for this season is to build a program that will sustain winning," the Timber Wolf coach said. "I am hopeful that the seven seniors will help me lay a foundation that will put Prospect Mountain varsity girls' basketball on the map."
He's also hopeful that as he continues on with the season and into the future, that he can establish good relationships in the local communities.
"Going forward, I hope to develop a relationship with the towns of Alton and Barnstead to cultivate an interest in girls' basketball," Contorchick said.
In addition to the seven seniors, Contorchick will also be returning a pair of juniors with varsity experience, as both Amelia Duane and Madison McKenzie are back for their junior seasons and will be looking to secure playing time.
The Timber Wolves will also be relying on four new players on the varsity roster this year. Sophomore Chelsea MacDougall and freshman Emma Hardie will work up front and freshmen Brianna Burley and Delia Everhart will vie for time in the backcourt.
As for the new Timber Wolf coach, he comes with a long list of coaching credentials. After graduating from Hinsdale High School and the University of New Hampshire, Contorchick got his coaching start in Winchester, Va., coaching the freshman boys' team for five years before moving to Bedford High School, where he coached the JV girls' hoop team for three years. For the past couple of years, Contorchick has served as a volunteer assistant coach under longtime Oyster River girls' varsity hoop coach Dave Nichols. The new Timber Wolf coach is in his 11th year of teaching as well, the last three coming at Nute High School in Milton.
The Timber Wolves will feature a schedule that has a pair of games each with Berlin, Inter-Lakes, Farmington, Campbell, Somersworth, Belmont and Sanborn and one game each with Gilford, Newfound, Raymond and Laconia.
The Timber Wolves will kick off the new season with a home game against Berlin on Friday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 12, they will be on the road in Gilford for a 6 p.m. game. The Timber Wolves will also play at Inter-Lakes and Campbell and at home against Farmington prior to the holiday break. They wrap up the season on Friday, Feb. 21, at Somersworth.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or firstname.lastname@example.org