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New coach takes helm for PMHS boys


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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers
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January 13, 2021
ALTON — The Prospect Mountain boys' basketball team will be looking to come together under a new coach as this very unusual season gets under way in the coming week.

Kiernan Gordon takes over from coach Joe Faragher, who returned to Kingswood to take over the program there from coach Dan Place.

"Frankly, our goal is to improve through the course of the season on an individual and team basis," Gordon said. "The season could end at any time, so our focus is on playing in the moment, competing every minute on the court and being grateful for the opportunity to do so."

Gordon notes that the team has followed all of the guidelines from the SAU and the school board, wearing masks, completing the COVID-19 questionnaires daily and bringing their own water bottles, among other precautions. The first-year coach expressed his gratitude to the administration and school board for their guidance in this unusual season.

The Timber Wolves will be leaning heavily on three returning players, including a couple of seniors. Alex Ludwig is back for his senior season and though he is an undersized post player, he has incredible strength and has shown his coach great leadership and a fantastic work ethic. Michael Perry is also back for this senior year after earning First Team All-State as a soccer player in the fall. He can play multiple positions and will guard multiple positions as well as bring his strong leadership to the court.

Ethan Howe is back for his junior season and is an excellent shooter who Gordon notes is very coachable with an excellent work ethic.

The Timber Wolves will also be relying on a couple of freshmen to chip in as well. Ethan Capsalis is a skilled guard with a high basketball IQ and a great work ethic and Dillon Miller is a hard-working, skilled and coachable post player who may be thrust into the lineup a lot because of his size and matchups with other teams.

The Timber Wolves will be playing play a regionalized schedule that includes two games each with traditional Division III rivals Belmont and Gilford, as well as two each with Laconia for the first time in a few years and then two each with local Division IV squads Moultonborough, Pittsfield and Farmington. The team was scheduled to open against Division II neighbor Kingswood, but as of deadline, the Governor Wentworth Regional School Board had yet to approve winter sports at Kingswood.

With the first week of games against Kingswood currently off the schedule, the Timber Wolves open the season on the road at Gilford today, Jan. 14. That game was moved from Jan. 19. The boys will be hosting Gilford on Thursday, Jan. 21.

Sports Editor Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or josh@salmonpress.news.

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