Pete is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire. Born and raised in Nashua, Pete's 1st sports memory was Bernie Carbo's dramatic pinch-hit 3 run home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. He missed Carlton Fisk's even more famous extra innings game winner because he fell asleep. Who can blame him? He was only 5 years old at the time! After that moment, there was no turning back, Pete was hooked on sports.
His passion led him to broadcasting school and has since propelled him to a 20 year career in NH radio as a sportscaster and advertising salesman. Pete has worked at WNHQ in Milford/Peterborough. In 1995 he came to WGIR-AM and worked there for the next 10 years, winning multiple Golden Mike awards. He spent the next 5 years at Sports Radio WGAM before returning to WGIR in the summer of 2010.
He now lives in Goffstown with his wife Meagan and their 2 sons, Zack and Ryan.
Marc Thaler is a staff writer for the New Hampshire Union Leader and UnionLeader.com. He has been the high schools reporter for football and lacrosse since joining the statewide newspaper in 2006, and picked up the hockey beat in 2010.
Thaler is also the New Hampshire correspondent for ESPNBoston.com High Schools.
A graduate of Syracuse University (2000), Thaler wrote about the state's football history for an exhibit at The Hall at Patriot Place. He has covered the Little League World Series, NCAA men's lacrosse championships, UNH athletics and New Hampshire Fisher Cats baseball.
When people talk about the 5th seeded Bedford Bulldogs boys basketball team, the discussion is usually focused on the incredible amount of size 2nd year coach John Langlois has at his disposal. The Bulldogs start twin towers in 6'8" senior Trevor Fahmy and 6'10" sophomore Collin McManus, and they can come off the bench with 6’8” junior Samuel Thomas and 6’7” sophomore Roger Larrivee. They also have 2 pretty big guards in starters Trevor Glassman and James Capparell, both of whom check in at a solid 6’2”. But on this night it was sophomore swingman Cameron Meservey who stood the tallest in a 49-36 win over Souhegan that sent the Bulldogs to the Final 4 at UNH.
I’ve seen Bedford play 3 times so far this season and the 6’2 Meservey never really…well, stood out. I saw him make a few shots and handle the ball around the perimeter, but I never knew he had the kind of ability to pump in a game high 19 points and lead his team to a win over a tough Souhegan squad on the road in a big spot. “He can really play, he’s a really good basketball player”, said coach Langlois after the game. “He’s been starting for us all year and he’s playing harder and better every single game. He’s a great player, Cameron Meservey.”
Bedford capitalized on their size advantage to take the lead in the early going. They were up 10-7 after 1, and by halftime they had doubled the lead to 20-14 by forcing Souhegan into missing jump shots because of their tough to get over or around zone defense. On offense, the Bulldogs weren’t exactly lighting it up either, but they were able to dominate on the glass getting multiple offensive rebounds which led to scores and limiting the Sabres to just 1 shot attempt per trip down the floor most of the time. McManus and Fahmy combined to score 12 of Bedford’s 20 1st half points, while Meservey chipped in 5.
The 3rd quarter started off well for Souhegan when junior shooting guard Zack Simmonds sank the 1st 2 hoops of the 2nd half, the latter a left corner 3 to bring the Sabres within 1 at 20-19. But Meservey answered right back with a 3-ball of his own. Fahmy would then hit a jumper before Simmonds(team leading 16 points) continued his personal scoring run with another pair of hoops that had the Bedford lead down to 2 at 25-23 midway thru the 3rd. It looked like Souhegan might be able to take control shortly after that when Fahmy(13 points) picked up his 4th foul with 2:44 left in the quarter trying to block the shot of reserve forward Tim Beliveau. Fahmy was forced to the bench and when the son of Souhegan football coach Mike Beliveau rattled in a pair of free throws it was 27-25 Bulldogs and the Sabres faithful were really starting to get loud. Unfortunately for Souhegan, just seconds later, Meservey hit another dagger 3 that swelled the lead back to 5 at 35-30. That kicked off an 8-0 run for the Bulldogs that resulted in a 10 point lead, 35-25 that ultimately was too much for Souhegan to overcome.
The Sabres whittled it down to 5 by the end of the 3rd quarter thanks to a hoop by James Sheldon(Sabres 2nd leading scorer with 5) and a Simmonds three, but McManus(14 points) opened the 4th quarter with back to back hoops to extend the lead back to 9 at 39-30. A big part of the problem for Souhegan was that 20 ppg scorer Brandon Len, didn’t score a single point until there was just 2:39 left in the game. The standout junior point guard didn’t hit a field goal all game long and finished with 2 points on 2 FT’s in the loss that ended Souhegan’s season.
After the game, when I commented to Sabres coach Mike Heaney that they just didn’t look anything like the same high scoring team that had gone 16-2 to earn a number 4 seed in the tournament the coach came right out and said they weren’t the same team. “Let’s be real fair here though”, Heaney said. “We were missing 2 guys who start and get 15 rebounds and 15 points a game…and before the game I didn’t say a word. I could care less, but after the game you gotta be a little fair.” “How many teams are gonna play the 5th seed in the division down 2 starters and with 4 minutes to go it’s a 2 possesion game?” Heaney went on…“I’m proud as hell, I didn’t think we were off our game at all. The guys could have played better, sure they could’ve. We had other guys come off the end of the bench and give their heart and soul. I got no complaints about my guys.” When asked why they were down 2 starters, Heaney would only say “I lost a couple guys on team rules.” The 2 players the coach was talking about were 6’4” senior forward Ben Peterson and 6’3” senior forward Shaun McKenna who also missed the preliminary round win over Hollis-Brookline for the same infraction. Neither was seen on the bench last night.
Back to Bedford and Meservey’s breakout performance, when I asked coach Langlois if maybe Meservey is under the radar because of all the attention the Bedford bigs get, the coach said, “No, not really”, to which I responded that maybe I should start going to more Bedford games. I’ll get the chance to do just that on Wednesday night when the Bulldogs take on top seeded Hanover in the D2 semi-finals at UNH.
Collin McManus 14
Cameron Meservey 19
Trevor Fahmy 13
Trevor Glassman 1
Roger Larrivee 2
Zack Simmonds 16
James Sheldon 5
Tim Beliveau 4
Tyler Ford 3
Jake Kennedy 2
Tony Barksdale 2
Sean McGrath 2
Brandon Len 2