RHAM basketball heads into a new season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Mon., Dec. 16, 2013
Jace Murphy shoots over Nick Starkowski during a Dec. 13 practice session. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Jace Murphy shoots over Nick Starkowski during a Dec. 13 practice session. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Last year’s RHAM boys’ varsity basketball team put together a 13-7 record, advancing to the quarterfinal round of the Class L state championship. Coach Stephen Emt lost 10 players from last year’s squad, and will be facing the new season with a team lacking significant varsity experience. “They are experienced as far as playing time,” said Emt, “[but] varsity experience is not as much.”

The top seven or eight players will be experienced, said Emt, with less experienced players filling in the ranks. The coach remains optimistic regarding the team’s prospects this season. “Our goal every year is to win a state championship,” said Emt. “So yes, we always expect to be the last team playing. After losing 10 players from last year's team, though, it will be difficult to surpass last year's record.”

Looking ahead, Emt said that the team will face some stiff competition. “Hartford Public and Bloomfield are always tough opponents in our conference,” he said.

The four seniors that start - Jace Murphy, Max Williams, Zach Russo and Brenden Young - “will all be major contributors this year, whether it's on the court or off,” said Emt. “They have proven to be fantastic senior leaders so far this early in the season. Juniors Ben Stone and Tyler Brett will also be major contributors.”

The RHAM varsity boys’ basketball team has six seniors on the roster this year: Jace Murphy, Zach Russo, Max Williams, Brenden Young, Tom Turgeon and Nick Keeney. Serving as captains are Murphy, Williams, Russo and Young.

The first official game of the season was scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 18, in Newington. Catch the Sachems at their first home game on Friday, Dec. 27, against Bacon Academy, beginning at 5:45 p.m.

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