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Post  EBlessNHSP on Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:55 am

We pretty much already knew about Gendron, but thought I would post the entire press release from the NHBCO website, as written by the UL's Eric Emmerling.

NHBCO ANNOUNCES MR & MS NEW HAMPSHIRE BASKETBALL FOR 2012; JACK FORD SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARDED

Achievement is a trademark of Ashley Clough of Keene and Tyler Gendron of Merrimack, this year’s Miss And Mr. NH Basketball.

Selected by the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization, these award recipients exhibited commitment, integrity, passion and work ethic on the basketball court as well as in the classroom and community.

Gendron’s adaptability and positive attitude helped the Tomahawks endure an injury-plagued regular season and peak come tourney time to claim the Division I title. He played every position this season, taking on the opposing team’s best offensive player while also shouldering his team’s scoring responsibility, particularly when junior guard Dimitri Floras was out with a broken wrist.

“Adversity can make you stronger if you work with it,” said Gendron who credited his parents Julie and Peter with instilling his drive to succeed and put academics first. “You have to study and hit the books because I’m not going to make a career out of playing basketball, that’s for sure.”

The 6-foot-4 forward averaged 15 points and nine rebound a game, muscling inside for points as well as swishing long treys. The three-year starter netted his 900th point in the championship game.

A high honor roll student, Gendron is ranking 52nd in a class of 365 with a 3.5 GPA. He’s a regular volunteer with the Merrimack Youth Association, and also devotes time serving as an academic tutor to freshman. He also volunteers at a local soup kitchen.

A four-year, three-sport athlete, Clough averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds this season while helping the Blackbirds reach the Division I quarterfinals. She’s been an all-state selection in hoops and field hockey and starts on Keene’s lacrosse team.

“Being involved in athletics been really important to me,” said Clough, a National Honor Student. “It helps me manage my time. By being busy, you can’t put everything off to the last minute. And, sports opens up opportunities to serve the community.”

An unselfish player and comfortable playing guard or forward, Clough tallied over 1,300 points, setting the girl’s career scoring record and landing in second place on the school’s overall all-time scoring list. The four-year starter hit 42 percent of her treys. Clough topped 25 points in one game on seven occasions as well as tallying 14 career double-doubles.

A scholar athlete since her first quarter as a freshman, Clough owns a 3.75 grade point average. Over the past three years she has devoted each Saturday morning to coaching aspiring kindergarten athletes. Clough is active as a Special Olympics volunteer.

JACK FORD:

Similar to Mr. and Miss NH hoops monikers, the Jack Ford Basketball Scholar Awards selection criteria weigh hoops skills equally alongside academic accomplishments and volunteer involvement.

Initiated in 2007, the scholar awards are named after Jack Ford, the NHBCO founder and a longtime Winnacunnet of Hampton basketball coach and teacher. Ford, who died during in 2010, encouraged study and service as well as sports and sportsmanship.

The awards went to Coe-Brown of Northwood senior guard Meredith Grady and Moultonborough senior center Marcus Swedberg.

At 6-foot-8, Swedberg amassed big accomplishments in his high school career. A four-year starting center he help Moultonborough to two Division IV titles, including this season’s undefeated run while averaging 18 points a game, over 100 defensive rebounds , 65 blocks, 35 steals and 68 assists. He hit 57 percent of his free throws.

A National Honor Society member since his sophomore year, Swedberg owns a weighted 4.62 GPA. He hopes to pursue a civil engineering degree in college. He is a longtime volunteer with the town recreation department and a prominent part of the school mentor-mentee program, working with grade school students.

A true team player, Gray played all five positions this season while averaging 15 points while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out four assists each game. She’s ranked second in her class with a 99.07 GPA (on a scale of 100).

She made significant contributions in her volunteer role at the Wentworth-Douglas Hospital assisting patients and staff. Gray also organized and managed a Coe-Brown girls’ basketball camp.

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