Here’s a date for Eastern Maine basketball fans to file for future reference, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012.
That’s when the Maine Central Institute postgraduates will host Phillips Exeter (N.H.) Academy in a 2 p.m. start in a contest notable for its additional connections to the area — as at least three former Bangor Daily News All-Maine players will be participating.
Phillips Exeter’s roster will include former Nokomis of Newport star Chris Braley and ex-Calais High standout Cam Shorey.
Shorey, a 6-foot-5 forward, is in his second and final year at the New Hampshire prep school after earning second-team All-Maine honors as a junior at Calais after the 2009-2010 season.
He currently is playing wide receiver and defensive end for the Phillips Exeter football team.
Braley, a 6-foot-4 guard who earned first-team All-Maine recognition last winter, is in his first year at Phillips Exeter.
“Both Chris and Cam are doing well,” said Phillips Exeter basketball coach Jay Tilton via e-mail. “Cam is making a big impact with the football program while Chris has been working hard on his game. They have both made a positive contribution to the classroom community as well. We’re lucky to have them.”
And among members of the MCI roster is former Bangor High School standout Tristan Thomas, a third-team All-Maine honoree last season after helping the Rams win the Class A state championship.
CONCUSSION INITIATIVE EXPANDS
Sports-related concussions are a continuing concern for young athletes, and thanks to a recent gift from Bill and Joni Alfond, of Boston, more Maine public schools will benefit from the expertise of Colby College’s Maine Concussion Management Initiative.
The MCMI began serving Maine schools in 2010 and has screened more than 14,000 student-athletes and trained more than 250 health care and athletics professionals in concussion awareness and management.
The $20,000 grant, announced by Colby medical director Paul Berkner, who heads the initiative, will extend the MCMI’s outreach to 20 additional Maine public schools, up from 58 schools.
“MCMI offers Maine schools a means by which to protect their student-athletes and mitigate the long-term and potentially serious health effects of sports-related concussions,” said Berkner in a press release. “With almost daily news stories underscoring the dangers athletes face from brain injuries, this opportunity to bring more knowledge of best practices to athletes, their families, and school professionals is critical. They may not know it, but many Maine athletes will have reason to be grateful to Bill and Joni Alfond for their timely and generous support of the MCMI.”
Bill Alfond graduated from Colby in 1972 and is a member of Colby’s board of trustees. He and his wife, Joni, are regular donors to Colby and are members of an extended family that has played a fundamental role in the life and progress of the college.