Alumni basketball

Stinson games bring back friends, memories

Rockland District High School graduates converge to raise money in friend's honor
By Staff | Dec 31, 2013
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer Justin Widdecombe, front, looks for room to maneuver against two defenders, including Brian Bartlett, left, during the 21st annual William Stinson Jr. Memorial Alumni Basketball Games Dec. 28 at Oceanside East High School in Rockland.

Rockland — The 21st annual William Stinson Jr. Memorial Alumni Basketball Games, an event that pitted former Rockland District High School student-athletes, with a few Oceanside High School graduates sprinkled in, against one another in competitive contests, were held Saturday, Dec. 28.

Stinson was a three-sport Rockland Tiger student-athlete who died in a drunk driving accident on Oct. 30, 1993. After his death, a memorial scholarship fund was established in his name.

In December of that year the first games were held "as a way to remember our friend as well as to raise money for his scholarship fund," said Tammy Barrows, a RDHS graduate who has spearheaded the event for more than two decades.

For 20 years, the Stinson scholarship has been given to RDHS graduates to aid in their secondary education. Barrows said although RDHS is no more, the event continues to be held in "remembrance for our friend" and to "respectively recognize the history of our alma mater."

The games used to be held at the former RDHS, which now is Oceanside High School.

Scholarships in Stinson's name are now awarded to Oceanside High School graduates. A few former Georges Valley High School student-athletes also participated in Saturday's games. In the past, GVHS alumni games were held at Oceanside West High School, the former GVHS, in honor of Nathan Mitchell, but that event was not held this year.

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Of those listed below in the event's program, some may not have attended and others may have been added later to increase the team numbers, thus are not listed.

Team members for the alumnae Orange squad included Angela Pease Weston (1990), Phoebe Ferraiolo (2013), Beth Birmingham (1981), Michelle Jones McNeilly (1992), Rachel Frye (2013), Hayli Kinney (2010), Heidi Vanorse Neal(1993, Hannah Plourde (2013).

Team members for the alumnae Black squad included Teel Anderson Foster (1992), Allie Curtis (2010), Caitlyn Hynes (2006), Cindi Kalloch Hamlin (1981), Emma Davis (2013), Missy Winstead Stevens (1985), Kennadi Grover (2013), Cassie Moore (2001) and Tammy Barrows (1991).

Team members for the alumni Orange squad included Skip Pease (1966), Casey Kenniston (2002), Justin Widdecombe (2002), Ben Staples (2011), Doug Teel (1991), Butch Allen (1990), Ricky Jones (1990), Jon Hill (1988) and John Gerry (2011).

Team members for the alumni Black squad included Todd Carballo (1992), Seth Munro (1992), Eric Carlson (1992), Brian Bartlett (1993), Steve Starbird (1993), Jeff Woodman (1992), Chris Gamage (1992), Scott Herrick (1990), Bob Huff (1992), Greg Knight (1991) and Joe Nelsen.

In the alumnae game, Black picked up a 43-30 win over Orange. Black led 15-3, 20-10 and 36-22 at the quarter breaks.

Grover netted 17 points to lead Black, while Hynes added eight; Curtis, seven; Davis, six; Foster, three; and Moore, two.

Kinney tallied eight points to lead Orange, while Neal added seven; McNeilly, six; Birmingham, five; Weston and Plourde, four; and Frye and Ferraiolo both, three.

In the alumni game, Black prevailed over Orange. No official scorebooks from the game were available, thus, no additional statistics could be provided.

William Stinson Jr. Alumni Basketball Games
William Stinson Jr. Alumni Basketball Games Dec. 28 at Oceanside East High School in Rockland. (Video by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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