ConVal unifies for big game

  • ConVal Unified Basketball played for the whole school on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

  • ConVal Unified Basketball played for the whole school on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

  • ConVal Unified Basketball played for the whole school on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

  • ConVal Unified Basketball played for the whole school on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

  • ConVal Unified Basketball played for the whole school on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

  • ConVal Unified Basketball played for the whole school on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

  • ConVal Unified Basketball played for the whole school on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

  • ConVal Unified Basketball played for the whole school on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

  • ConVal’s girls’ varsity basketball cheers from the front row of Friday’s unified game, which the Cougars won convincingly. Below: James MacFarland takes the ball up the floor with assistance from partner Gracyn Mose. Staff photo by Brandon Latham

  • ConVal Unified Basketball played for the whole school on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

  • ConVal Unified Basketball played for the whole school on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/20/2017 11:47:25 PM

In the final minutes of the basketball game at ConVal High School, Fall Mountain mounted a comeback but the Cougars fended them off to hold onto a convincing 41-29 victory. As the buzzer sounded, the packed student-section erupted and the band began playing.

ConVal’s unified team improved to 5 and 1, earning a spot in playoffs for the first time in front of the entire school.

“I was a little bit nervous, but it’s fun to play in front of everybody,” junior Andres Tourgee said.

The Cougars played their final home game at 1 p.m. Friday, during the school day. It was after the pep rally concluding the school’s annual “Week of Kindness,” and the 751 man student population was in attendance.

“I feel famous,” Tourgee said. “This is a pretty big crowd and I’ve never played in front of a big crowd before.”

Tourgee is a big-man rebounder who can also handle the ball. Despite it begin his first year on the team, he led his teammates on the court. He said he joined because he wanted to spend time with his friends.

Unified sports is an expanding branch of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association dedicated to giving opportunities to students with learning disabilities, and other students who play as partners to help rebound and pass. The ConVal team has 28 total members this season, which is their most successful so far.

“I’m amazed with this year, these kids, how far they’ve come at practice and how hard they’ve worked at practice,” coach Kevin Carne said. “As they’ve played the games they’ve learned so much.”

Friday’s game was followed by a pizza party in the library. It was a show of support from the school to its newest set of teams. Carne was excited by the students’ enthusiasm.

“This is a riot,” he said. “We’ve known about this all year long and the kids were all pumped.”

Among the enthusiastic students was Angellyna Davis, who made signs to support the team. The signs hung from the gym walls and were hoisted by students in the front row.

“It’s really cool they got to play here,” Davis said.


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