Three to play and coach in senior game
Three local seniors will have one last chance to take the hardwood this weekend in the NH High School Senior All-Star games.
Conant’s Devin Springfield will be the lone representative on the boys side, while Conant’s Teresa DiTommaso and Erin Scollans of Mascenic will suit up for the girls.
And all three will have a familiar face on the sidelines.
Conant girls coach Nick Hill will coach the Division III girls team against D-IV on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord. Hill received the honor after guiding the Orioles to the No. 1 seed in the D-III tournament and will bring along Mascenic girls coach Wiley Billings as an assistant.
Conant boys coach Eric Saucier will be the head coach for the Division III boys versus D-IV at 5:45 p.m. Saucier guided Conant to a 17-1 regular season record and the program’s 10th state championship in school history.
Springfield averaged 20.9 points per game this season, leading the state champion Orioles, and will pick up his Division III Player of the Year award this weekend. He scored 501 points total this season, including the 1,000th of his career on Feb. 13. Springfield also led Conant with 3.4 steals to go along with 3.1 assists and 5.6 rebounds.
He scored 28 on two occasions this season, just two shy of his career high, on the road at Stevens and at Bow.
Scollans helped Mascenic make the playoffs for the first time since 2002-03 and finished the season averaging 9.4 points and 17 rebounds per game.
She was the focus of almost every opposing defense, constantly being double teamed. But Scollans still had some big games. She scored 11 with 21 rebounds in a win over Sanborn. In an overtime road victory at Newport, Scollans had 15 points and 20 rebounds and also posted 20-plus rebounds in an early loss to Monadnock.
DiTommaso was one of just two seniors on a Conant team that advanced to the semifinals after earning the No. 1 seed.
She averaged 5.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this season to go along with 1.7 steals and 1.5 assists. DiTommaso scored a season high 14 in a mid-January win over previously undefeated Bishop Brady and had 11 in her final game versus White Mountains in the D-III Final Four.
It will be the third time Saucier leads the Division III senior boys, having already done so in 2009 and 2010, both ending in wins.
For Hill, it will be his second time coaching the D-III girls. He also coached the team in 2008, after winning his first state title.
In his first year, Billings helped snap a 94-game losing streak at Mascenic, finished with six wins and a playoff appearance.