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City Sports: SNHU-St. Anselm rivalry gets national exposure
Brett Sellingham, of BST, left, and former Central player Mike Stys were integral in setting up the Sam Carey Classic charity basketball game. ¬ JOSH GIBNEY/UNION LEADER ¬
“For the last several years, the NCAA has had a partnership with CBS Sports Network where they air a package of Division II men’s and women’s basketball games,” said Greg Royce, director of Athletics Communications for SNHU. “This game was selected because of the city rivalry and the fact it’s the defending NE-10 regular season champ (St. Anselm) against last year’s NE-10 tournament champ (SNHU).”
“The gym will be packed,” he said. “The game is being televised, and you know the intensity level will be high on both sides.”
On Nov. 20, the Hawks handed the Penmen an 88-65 setback at the SNHU Fieldhouse. St. Anselm overcame a 40-23 halftime deficit, scoring 65 points in the second half.
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TWO MONTHS ago, Southern New Hampshire University women’s basketball head coach Karen Pinkos was singing the praises of former Manchester Memorial High standout Amra Elezovic.
Today Elezovic is not a member of the Penmen.
Last week, Pinkos released a brief statement that read: “Amra Elezovic is no longer a member of the women’s basketball team due to a violation of team policies. The program will have no further comment on the situation.”
Under head coach Jack Quirk, who is now the boys’ head coach at Memorial, Elezovic led the Crusaders to consecutive Final Four appearances in the Division I tournament during her junior and senior seasons. But at times Elezovic displayed frustration on the court, prompting coach Quirk to bench her on a few occasions.
“Her frustration is misunderstood,” Pinkos said at the time. “I think I know her enough by now to say Amra is a very competitive player who wants to win. She’s also a basketball junkie. She watches the NBA, and keeps track of just about every team and score in our own league. She has love and passion for the game, and to me that’s everything you want from a player.”
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IF YOU’RE a regular at city high school girls’ basketball games and/or Saturday boys’ hockey games, you probably noticed something new last month: admission fees.
“In hockey, we’re only going to charge admission for Saturday games and any game between two city teams played on a weekday,” Donovan said. “Those are the hockey games where we’re seeing our highest attendance.”
Nothing is official yet, but Donovan said the school district is discussing charging for admission to baseball games played this spring at Gill Stadium.