RHAM basketball emphasizes academic excellence

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Jan. 15, 2013
Ian Henderson looks for a path between two East Hartford defenders during a Dec. 1 scrimmage at RHAM. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Ian Henderson looks for a path between two East Hartford defenders during a Dec. 1 scrimmage at RHAM. Photos by Melanie Savage.

When the final grades for the second quarter of the school year are posted, 13 out of the 16 members of the RHAM boys’ varsity basketball team are expected to be named to the honor roll. “They are a great group of kids and they continue to make me proud,” said Stephen Emt, a math teacher at RHAM Middle School and the coach of the varsity team.

Emt said that academics are always stressed through the basketball program. “I’ve always stated to the kids that the correct term is ‘student athlete’ and that the chances of making a living playing basketball are very slim, so they really need to concentrate on their studies,” he said. “At the season end, the boys’ basketball team is usually the team with the highest All-Academic team members for our conference. That is something that I am very proud of,” he said.

“We emphasize as an athletic department the concept of student-athlete, noting that the student part is first, the athlete part secondary,” said RHAM Athletic Director Mark Logan. “Our school and league recognize academic excellence. Student-athletes who are 88.0 and above for quarter one, two or three and have earned a varsity letter are recognized as All-Academic in the Central Connecticut Conference. The CIAC and the CHSCA also recognize academic and athletic excellence. Most sports have academic awards along with sport-specific All-State honors.”

Emt stressed that this year’s players don’t even need to be pushed hard to excel. “With this group this year, they are a self-motivating group, so I don't need to say anything to anyone,” he said. “They are hard-working in the classroom, on the court, and are excellent role models in the community.”

As of Jan. 14, the RHAM varsity boys’ basketball team was ranked number 11 out of 32 teams in the competitive CCC Conference. With a record of 6-3, RHAM ranked number 11 in Division L. RHAM’s next home game is Friday, Jan. 25, against Hartford Public, beginning at 7 p.m.

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