H-D Wins Title; MCS Gets First Win
Updated: Dec 23, 2019
BY STEVE HEATON
MORRISTOWN - The late Jeffrey Stout of Sand Street in Brier Hill was a competitive guy. He was always up for game day at all levels.
On Saturday both Hermon-DeKalb, despite playing its third game in three days, and Morristown, its second game in two days, both laced up their sneakers and took care of business in the conclusion of the First Annual Jeff Stout Memorial Boys Basketball Tournament.
Hermon-DeKalb showed excellent sportsmanship in a fitting fashion downing Parishville-Hopkinton 70-44 in the championship game. Morristown earned consolation honors 72-61 over Hammond.
"It might not have been the final Jeff would have wanted but he always treasured playing Hammond anywhere anytime," said Mark Blanchard - Jeff's teacher, coach and lifelong friend.
"And Jeff would have been extremely proud of what the tournament raised and its purpose, the kids of Morristown."
Organizers reported that the tournament generated enough funds to send many young players to basketball camp.
Hermon-DeKalb 70, Parishville-Hopkinton 44: The Demons jumped early on the Panthers under first year head coach Stephen LaRose taking a 16-2 lead en route to a 20-9 first quarter advantage and eventually a 39-18 halftime lead.
"We were able to get out early and earning three wins in three days its tough. We also were able to mix up the line-ups," said H-D Coach Dylan Klock.
Tournament MVP Zach Denesha was dominant inside from the start scoring 11 of his game high 22 points in the first quarter for H-D. Denesha provided five three's in the game.
Jay Carrow pumped in 18 including eight in the first while Jacob Spencer tallied 10. Adam Lynch finished with eight points while Jacob Coller (3), Aric Bogard (2), and Art Carr (2) rounded out the offense.
Burton Chevier tallied 16 points to pace P-H. Lawson Snell hit three trifectas in a 11 point performance followed by Harrison Snell with 10 and Peyton Snell with seven.
"It was an emotional day for some of the guys after a Celebration of Life for a brother of a player but we worked hard. I just want to thank both Hermon-DeKalb and Heuvelton (JV) coaches and their teams for excellent sportsmanship to our team today. We are just trying to build a program in basketball - not just a soccer program," said P-H coach Stephen LaRose.
Harrison Snell was the All Tournament team selection for the Panthers.
Morristown 72, Hammond 61: Setting the pace early was just what All Tournament team selection Aaron Woodcock did for the Rockets in the consolation game. Aaron Woodcock worked both the inside and outside scoring 15 of his game high 26 points in the first quarter where MCS took a 27-8 lead.
"Aaron really came out explosive and we were able to keep that momentum for three quarters but we need to figure ways to close up games for four quarters. I might have to have Coach Merna come to more games. Seems like we play better when he comes," said MCS Coach Wes Schofell speaking about his former high school coach at OFA who was in attendance to honor Jeff Stout.
Tristan Simmons delivered 19 points while Ashton Colby tossed in 13. Kade Marshall (4), Mason LaPiene (4), Cael Woodcock (3), Parker Stout (3) rounded out the scoring leger.
Randy Durham generated 24 points to lead the Red Devil effort including eight in the fourth quarter where Hammond outscored MCS 28-20. Logan Tate had a big fourth also with 14 of his 16 while Lucas McQueer tallied 14 on the day.
Kennon Gardner (4), Logan Jones (1) and Brandon LaRock (2) rounded out the scoring.
Matt Hodgdon was honored with the All Tournament selection for Hammond.
Hermon-DeKalb used 21-0 start to hand Morristown a 53-41 setback in the JV finals of the Jeff Stout Memorial Tournament. Andrew Matthews earned MVP honors scoring 14 points while David White had 13 and Kade Denesha had 10. Landon Harris finished with eight followed by five from Ethan Holland and three from Ryan Willard.
All Tournament team selection Ethan Graveline scored 19 for Morristown. Walker Belile added 10 followed by six from Jack Evans, two from Kobe Brooks, and four from Macaulay Ritchie.
Heuvelton won a nonleague JV game.
Heuvelton 75, Parishville-Hopkinton 29: The Bulldogs worked very hard to move the ball opening up to a 24-2 lead early. All Tourney team selection Dylan Carpenter scored 19 points to lead all scorers. Tristan Young added 14 while Jakob Ladouceur added 10. Asa Douglass (nine), Lucas Thornhill (seven), Jake Venette (two), Brandon Pray (two), and Hunter Venette (two) rounded out the winning performance.
Jacob Martin scored 10 points and was named to the All Tournament team for P-H. Jacob Perry added nine followed by seven from Ash Vangelow, three from Devan Dobbs Walter, and two from Jim Snell.
Writers Note: I had the opportunity to play against Jeff Stout as a Elementary Basketball player at OCCS and in the Morristown Little League player as an outsider. I grew up in Ogdensburg played Kiwanis Grasshopper League Baseball in Ogdensburg but my best memory was playing Youth Baseball in the Summer Program in Morristown as a member of Mike Bogart and Larry Casey's Expos team playing against Stout - a Yankee of course. His fastball hurt even with the extra padding I wore when I crowded the plate. Several years later, I enjoyed great conversations with Stout, some at 3 a.m. in the morning, when both of us were looking for a fantasy sports trade or just a good laugh. You are missed buddy. Fly high. Scott Ritchie and the boosters did it right. And yes, your tournament will benefit Morristown.