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Northern Essex Community College
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Haverhill MA 01830

PH: 978-556-3820
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Reputation Buster - Dave Dyer Lawrence Eagle Tribune
March 2, 2015

HAVERHILL — Matt Jameson has known about the perception for awhile.

A fine outside shooter during his days at Haverhill High, where he was more than willing to fire up 3-pointer after 3-pointer, he arrived at Northern Essex Community with a reputation of being one-dimensional.

“I think a lot of people think of me as just a shooter,” said Jameson. “I’ve been trying to change people’s minds about that.”

Thus far, as one of the surprises of the Knights’ season, Jameson has done just that. While he’s still shooting well, averaging 15 points per game and is easily the team’s top free throw shooter, he’s contributed in almost every facet of the game. He’s second on the team in assists and steals.

“He came in touted as a shooter but the more we see of him, the more we see him as an all-around player,” said Knights’ assistant Joe Tardif. “He plays good defense, he passes it well and he’s so consistent. We have to have him out there at the end of games.”

Jameson’s reputation may have worked in Northern Essex’s favor according to head coach Darren Stratton.

“I don’t know if people shied away from him because they thought he was too one-dimensional, but that’s not the case,’ said Stratton. “He’s a better defender than I thought. He’s not the quickest player, but he’s very smart and always seems to be in the right place.”

Thanks to pickup games and drills, Jameson has worked hard on his all-around game. But he knows that there is still work to do.

“I know I still need to work on my quickness and my defense,” he said. “I’m trying to get quicker. I do a lot of sliding drills and anything to help improve it (quickness).”

What Jameson doesn’t need as much work on is his shooting, particularly from the free throw line, where he is considered all but automatic. He’s shooting at 97 percent thus far, having missed just once in his first 25 attempts.

“He’s our best free throw shooter by far and close to the best we’ve ever had,” said Tardif.

Adds Stratton: “It’s a good skill to have. At the end of the game and we’re leading, we’re trying to get him the ball so he’s the guy they foul. It’s crazy how accurate he is ... in practice, he’ll hit 43 in a row, then 29, something like that.”

Jameson, a solid student (all As and Bs) who has hit as many as 59 in a row in practice, still practices free throws religiously, but says that they key to free throw accuracy is “just confidence.”

With that skill alone, plus his improved skills in other parts of the game, Stratton envisions a bright future for Jameson, who is a big fan of NBA sharpshooter Steph Curry and watches him play whenever possible.

“He (Jameson) is just a solid player who doesn’t make a lot of mistakes,” said Stratton. “I think he’s going to make a great Division 3 player.”

Baseball Enhances College Experience for New Hampshire Man
March 2, 2015

Baseball Enhances College Experience for New Hampshire Man

Submitted by on January 16, 2015 – 2:09 pm
NECC Elementary Education graduate Daniel Peters

NECC Elementary Education graduate Daniel Peters

Daniel Peters found that Northern Essex was the best place for him to balance farming, fastballs, first-graders, and the fundamentals of a college education.
The 20-year-old Salem, NH, resident graduated in May 2014 with an associate degree in elementary education, but not before making an impact as an ace pitcher on the Knights’ baseball field. Today, he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Rivier College.

“NECC taught me how to use my time wisely especially while playing baseball. It taught me how to manage time effectively by balancing school and sports and that it pays off later in the semester and life when you have to balance multiple things in your life,” he said.

The 2012 graduate of Salem High School says NECC gave him the opportunity to play baseball while searching for his academic direction. His interest in teaching was confirmed when, as part of his studies, he observed classes in the Soule School, which he attended as a boy.

The brawny six-footer found himself as at-home in the first-grade classroom as he was in the fields of his family’s farm. “I find (first-graders) are really eager to learn at that age and participate in activities,” he says.

A fourth-generation vegetable farmer, Daniel says teaching will give him the flexibility to work alongside his relatives caring for the crops at Peters’ Farm during the summers. Northern Essex, he said, was instrumental in helping him create his life plan.

At NECC Daniel was known for his 80-plus mph fastball. He helped the team go to the NJCAA Division III World Series two years in a row. He was named the NECC Male Athlete of the Year for 2014 by the college.

“I may not throw the fastest fastball, but my accuracy makes me successful,” he says.

He graduated with a 3.6 GPA and received the NECC Excellence Award in Elementary Education.

March 2, 2015

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North Andover Man is Opportunity Knight

Submitted by on February 17, 2015 – 2:49 pm
Brett Hanley (center) with NECC Knights basketball players Bryon Centeno of Lawrence, Matt Jameson of Haverhill, and Matthew Lynch of Plaistow.

Brett Hanley (center) with NECC Knights basketball players Bryon Centeno of Lawrence, Matt Jameson of Haverhill, and Matthew Lynch of Plaistow.

One of the hardest working members of the Northern Essex Community College Knights Basketball Team may never have scored a point for the team, but he scored plenty of points with the team and its fans this season.

Twenty-three-year-old Brett Hanley of North Andover, a client at Opportunity Works, an adult day program located in Newburyport and slated to move to its new building adjacent to NECC, was hand-selected by the team to serve as the first, volunteer- assistant to NECC Athletic Director Sue MacAvoy under a new partnership titled Opportunity Knights.

Brett rolls the basketball rack onto the court in preparation for the NECC home game.

Brett rolls the basketball rack onto the court in preparation for the NECC home game.

Two hours before each of the 12 home Knights’ games, as the players filtered into the Sport & Fitness Center for their pregame warmup, Brett, wearing a gray and blue and yellow NECC t-shirt, could be found performing his own drills – rolling out the basketball cart, setting up

chairs, filling the coolers with water and ice, sweeping the floor, and greeting players and fans.

“He just loves it,” said his father Ted Hanley of his son Brett who has Down’s Syndrome. “He looks forward to working every game. If he could sleep in his uniform he would.”

The volunteer position was perfect for Brett, his father said, because it wove together several of his interests – basketball, people Photos by Mike Dean www.mikedeanphotos.comand being a helper.

“He has been a good ambassador for the school,” Hanley said.

Brett, who his father characterizes as fiercely independent, isn’t one to sit around. He attends a knitting group, sings in a treble chorus, plays the drums, and listens to Christian music.

MacAvoy says scoring Brett as her assistant was a win for the entire team.

Photos by Mike Dean www.mikedeanphotos.com

NECC athletic director sue MacAvoy gives Brett a hand with the ice water cooler.

“It’s been really great to see how the student athletes are with him and how he is with them,” she says. “He always has a huge smile on his face which makes all of us smile. Brett makes everyone’s days better.”

 Bryan Centeno, 21, who is a member of the basketball team, echoed MacAvoy’s sentiment. The movement science major says the team selected Brett from a field of three or four candidates because of his energy and attitude.

“There was an excitement when he walked in the room,” said Centeno. “He walked in and was well dressed wearing a big smile…we liked his energy.”

In the future, NECC hopes to employee an Opportunity Knights volunteer for each of its sports teams according to MacAvoy.

Raw Potential : Talented freshmen abound at Northern Essex
October 31, 2013

By Dave Dyer ddyer@eagletribune.com HAVERHILL - If you like fast-break, pressure basketball, you'll love the 2013-14 Northern Essex Community College men's basketball team. The Knights are quick, they're fast and they can score. However, they also lack size and, with only one returnee from last year's 13-13 squad, they're inexperienced. "This is the youngest and smallest team I've ever had," said 13-year head coach Darren Stratton. "If we stay healthy and everyone stays eligible, this could be a special team, but it's going to take some time. "We're so young, we're going to make mistakes. But we're going to grow together and we'll be better the second semester than the first semester." The only returnee is Georgetown's Neph Carmona, a 6-foot-2 sophomore who will probably start at forward despite his limited size. Stratton hopes he can be a stabilizing presence. Beyond Carmona, the entire roster is comprised of freshmen, several of whom are extremely talented but few of whom have size. The tallest and one of the most talented is 6-foot-5 Javonte Forbes, who has moved to the area from Miami, along with 5-8 guard Peterson Morency. They were teammates at Miramar High. The next tallest if 6-4 Benjamin Morency, who played inside at Peabody last year but will be more of a wing man for the Knights as will be 6-1 Derek Andreoli, a 6-1 slasher who was second-team all-conference three years ago as a senior at East Providence (R.I.) High. Another likely wing is 6-2 Whittier Tech grad Ryan Grant from Haverhill. The three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star, who scored 1,432 career points, has looked good in practice and may see some time as a backup point guard. Promising shooting guards are 6-foot Colin Collins, who averaged 7.8 points a game last year at Charlestown, and 6-2 Kyle Sangster, who was the leading scorer for Malden Catholic last year and twice was named first-team all-Catholic Conference. Other players from the area who could be factors are former Whittier player Marck Galva, who transferred from Anna Marie College, former Haverhill player Parker Rogers and 6-3 forward Chris Corey of Londonderry. Galva, however, is still waiting for an NCAA waiver before he's eligible and Rogers is slow recovering from a high ankle sprain. "We'll attack with a basically four-guard lineup and hope to wear teams down," said Stratton. "We have to run. We could be in some trouble in a half-court game." The Knights open their season Friday against the home team in the New Hampshire Tech Tournament and will play the University of Maine at Augusta Saturday. "I'm looking forward to the season because it's a close-knit group and it has potential to be good," said Stratton. "But it'll take time."

October 31, 2013

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