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Welcome to the Home of New England Storm Basketball on the web!


Club Code: WW68E4

Welcome to the website of The New England Storm Basketball Club, the Merrimack Valleys most respected AAU program. We offer AAU basketball, clinics, training programs, recruitment services, and consultation. We presently have over 40 alumni playing college basketball at the Division 1, 2 and 3 levels

                                     STAY HUNGRY, STAY HUMBLE


        "Georges Niang is fun to watch play except when he is kicking your butt like he did last night"      
                                                 - Bill Self: Head Coach Kansas


             

Interested in being an NE STORM Coach?

We are looking for a few more coaches for our Spring 2015 season. If you would like to know more please email Rick Gorman at fullctd@aol.com. Please submit a coaching resume and grade level you are interested in coaching. Deadline is November 1st 2014.


by Josh Peters posted 10/12/2014
Thanksgiving Weekend Clinic

                                                  ELITE PLAYERS PRESENTS

 

4TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING WEEKEND CLINIC

 

WHEN: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28, SATURDAY NOVEMBER 29 SUNDAY NOVEMBER 30

WHERE: CEDARDALE HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER, HAVERHILL MA

TIME: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

WHO: HIGH SCHOOL BOYS GRADES 9-12

COST: $125.00

SIZE LIMIT: 50 (SIGN UP EARLY HAS SOLD OUT EVERY YEAR)

 

STAFF: UTAH JAZZ SCOUT JEFF NELSON & BST ACADEMY RICK GORMAN

CHECK PAYABLE TO: ELITE PLAYERS CAMP

MAIL TO: JEFF NELSON, 93 ORCHARD HILL RD, BRADFORD MASS 01835

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT 978-521-4381 NEBBS@MSN.COM

 

 


posted 09/29/2014
Refuse to Lose Fall Training Series

Refuse To Lose Fall Training Series  SOLD OUT!!!!

 

Registration is now available for the NE Storm Fall Training Workouts.  Do not miss out on the very popular 9 week training program at Brooks School this Fall with our highly qualified Storm and BST Instructors.   Have the advantage leading up to the Winter Season Tryouts. 

 

Middle School Boys-    6th-9th Grade Boys

 Wednesday Nights from September  10th- November 5th

                6-7:30pm  at Brooks School, North Andover

 Storm Gear to all participants 

Limited to the first 30 Signups

Cost-   $190

 

Contact Josh Peters at for the registration form and to reserve your spot in the workouts. 

Mail Registration and Fee to NE Storm, 1925 Salem St, North Andover MA 01845
 


by Josh Peters posted 08/18/2014
HIGH SCHOOL FALL PRE-SEASON TRAINING

HIGH SCHOOL FALL PRESEASON TRAINING (PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT - TO PUT YOUR NAME ON WAITING LIST CONTACT .COM)

 

WHO: HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PLAYERS IN GRADES 10-12

WHEN: WEDNESDAY NIGHTS: 7:30-9:00 PM

               SATURDAY MORNINGS 9:00 -11:00 AM

 

DATES SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 6 - SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8

COST: $340.00

SPACE IS LIMITED TO FIRST 24 REGISTERED PLAYERS

FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO RECEIVE PAPERWORK EMAIL FULLCTD@AOL.COM

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO NEW ENGLAND STORM

MAIL PAYMENT TO: 1925 SALEM STREET NORTH ANDOVER MA. 01845


by Ed Rattlef posted 08/17/2014
Austin Coene ends recruitment commits to Roger Williams

Tyngsboro senior to be AUSTIN COENE after coming off an excellent spring and summer AAU season has decided to end his recruitment and verbally committed to attend and play basketball at his dream school Roger Williams University. Austin has played for the New England Storm since the 7th grade and will go down as one of our favorite players to ever wear a Storm uniform. Austin wanted to end his recruitment early so he could enjoy his senior year. Austin is a 1000 point scorer as a junior and is ready for another great campaign. This past winter Austin and fellow Storm player Drew Hurnowicz led Tyngsboro to the state final. Storm Director Rick Gorman had this to say about Austin. "I am so proud of Austin and the career he has had at both Tyngsboro High and with the New England Storm. As a Storm original Austin gave 120% every time he played and more importantly he always played the game the right way. He was the consummate teammate who was a joy to watch and coach. The Storm family is proud of all your accomplishments and wish you the best of luck at RWU. Austin will be the third Storm player to play at RWU along with Derek Collins and Chris Bardwell


by JoshPeters posted 07/22/2014
Oh What a Night! 2014 Storm Break-Up Party

NE STORM 2014 FUTURE PROSPECTS AWARD WINNERS

On Sunday June 8th we held our annual season ending party on the campus of Merrimack College. Our bigggest crowd ever packed the bleachers at the Bert Hammel Court to hear the STATE of the STORM and preliminary plans for the 2015 season. We then presented a number of personal awards, team awards, coach awards and the latest induction into the NE STORM HALL OF FAME. One of the highlights every year is the Storm Alum address and this year the outstanding address was given by Sam Longwell - Acton Boxboro '11, NE STORM '11, WPI '15. After some final thoughts our families were treated to pizza, drinks and dessert.

Thank you to Merrimack College, Stacheys Pizza, Coca-Cola, Micky Burtnyk, Bert Hammel, Mike Gorman, Pat Bradanese, Dan Callagy and Isaiah Nelson for making the entire evening a success

 

The Following are this years award recipients:

STORM ALUMNI ADDRESS: SAM LONGWELL - Storm Class of 2011, WPI Class of 2015

INDUCTION TO STORM HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2014 - MIKE ELLIS - WESTFORD MASS

STORM TEAM OF THE YEAR: 8TH GRADE BLACK-ISOLA

STORM COACH OF THE YEAR: DAVID BROWN- 10TH GRADE SILVER

STORM TROOPER AWARDS:

3RD GRADE: LIAM DOHERTY

4TH GRADE: KALEB BATES

5TH GRADE BLACK: COLIN REYNOLDS

5TH GRADE SILVER: AARON KENNEALLY

6TH GRADE: JAKE BARISANO

7TH GRADE BLACK: MIKE CARROLL

7TH GRADE SILVER: KYLE POULIN

8TH GRADE BLACK: IAN FERRIS

8TH GRADE SILVER: TYLER BLAGG

8TH GRADE WHITE: CHARLIE MCLAUGHLIN

9TH GRADE BLACK: MATT ROSENTHAL

9TH GRADE SILVER: MARK KLOSE

10TH GRADE BLACK: KEITH BROWN

10TH GRADE SILVER: NICK FIORILLO

10TH GRADE WHITE: ANDREW LINNEHAN

11TH GRADE BLACK: AUSTIN COENE

11TH GRADE SILVER: DANTE NEAL

 

STORM WARRIOR AWARDS:

JON BRIGGS

RAYDEN WAWERU

AISE PREAM

ZACH SAAB

BRETT EDWARDS

WILLIAM LEWIS

DAVID ONYEMEM

JEREMY GALVIN

KEEGAN LANNON

ETHAN MARVIN

ADAM HUNT

ANDY DEPARI

DYLAN SILVESTRI

 

YOUNG GUNS AWARDS:

NOMAR TEJADA

ISAIAH TAYLOR

SHA'KAI WING

SELWYN HARRIS

DARREN WATSON

GEORGE SMITH

 

RISING PROSPECTS AWARDS:

 

 

TERRELL BROWN

ALEX RIVERA

VICTOR MWAURAH

JON GLIDDEN

IAN CARMICHAEL

JON PAULINO

RYAN CLOUTIER

TIM GALLOWAY-BURKE

 

TEAMS RECOGNIZED FOR TOP 4 FINISHES IN SUPER REGIONALS AND STATES

10TH GRADE SILVER

9TH GRADE BLACK

9TH GRADE SILVER

8TH GRADE BLACK

7TH GRADE BLACK

7TH GRADE SILVER

6TH GRADE BLACK

5TH GRADE BLACK

5TH GRADE SILVER

4TH GRADE BLACK

3RD GRADE BLACK

 


by Fennis Dembo posted 06/09/2014
BST SUMMER COLLEGE WORKOUTS ARE BACK

BST COLLEGE WORKOUTS

Our BST COLLEGE PLAYERS SUMMER WORKOUTS have begun

 

 OPTION 1 (3) day a week morning session

 OPTION 2  (2) day a week night session

 

For more information contact Rick Gorman at 978-590-1745 or email to

COLLEGES REPRESENTED IN 2014

Anna Maria College. Assumption College, St. Anselms College. Iowa State University, Babson College, Bridgewater State University, Brandeis University, Keene State University, University of New England, Merrimack College, Stonehill College, Norwich University, St. Josephs College. Roger Williams University, WPI, Tufts University, Wheaton College, NHTI, NECCO, Nichols College, Fairfield University, Providence College, Mt. Ida College, UNH, Suffolk University


by Fennis Dembo posted 05/20/2014
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by Fennis Dembo posted 05/01/2014
NE Storm off and Running

8th Grade Black - Isola
With only one week of practice the Storm kicked off the first week of Spring off AAU tourneys in usual style. Half of our program opened up at the MIDDLESEX MAGIC FIRST SHOT TOURNEY this past weekend and we took home 3 championships and 2 runner-ups. We are very proud of the effort and energy put forth by all of our teams. The program finished 22-7 for the weekend. 2nd week of practices and tourneys kick off Monday in gyms throughout the Merrimack Valley.

Parents you will be receiving Volume 1 of our "Storm News" later this week. The News will be sent out every other week to the Storm family

Parents of 11th Grade players you will be receiving an email this week on our Introductory meeting for all of our 11th graders interested in playing college basketball. That night we will give an overview of our proven plan to assist our student-athletes. Individual family meetings will be scheduled after the meeting.

Our Webmaster is working on getting our twitter site back up and running on the Storm website. Follow us  @fennisdembo87 for all Storm news as well as everything to do with hoops

Please look for our " Storm College Stars" 2013-14 recap shortly. A very impressive year for the 43 Storm kids playing Division 1, 2, 3 College Hoops

We are happy to report that our guy Georges Niang had successful surgery today and will head to Madison Square Garden with his Cyclone Teammates tomorrow as Iowa State meets UConn in the sweet sixteen. Georges we love you and are so proud of your accomplishments. Get Healthy and Stay Hungry and Humble
posted 03/25/2014
JOE FLANNERY SWEEPS LEAGUE AWARDS

Babson Freshman Joe Flannery
The Storm will be recapping the amazing 2013-14 College season of our alumni after the NCAA & ECAC Tourneys. Our alumni are recipients of Player of Year awards, All-Conference teams, All-Academic teams and Sportsmanship awards but one guy took home more awards than anyone else. Babson Freshman JOE FLANNERY of Acton-Boxboro was named NEWMAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR, NEWMAC ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AND NEWMAC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR. Joe was named league Player of the Week/Rookie of the Week on multiple times enroute to an amazing freshman campaign. Joe is presently working with Babson to prepare for the NCAA Tourney

Look for a complete alumni update within the next two weeks
by Josh Peters posted 03/06/2014
SPRING 2014 HEAD COACHES

Former WPI star David Brown

Head Coaches: 2014 Spring

3rd Grade Black: John Vitulli /John Doucas
4th Grade Black: Jaryd Piecuch
5th Grade Black: Brent Oakleaf
5th Grade Silver: Peter Beal
6th Grade Black: Dave Ruffen
7th Grade Black: Gus Resendiz
7th Grade Silver: Russ Hoyt
8th Grade Black: Mike Isola
8th Grade Silver: Jesus Moore
8th Grade White: Frank Kenneally
9th Grade Black: Dean Coletti
9th Grade Silver: Ryan Middlemiss /Tom Labrie
10th Grade Black: Mike Grillakis/John Miller
10th Grade Silver: David Brown
10th Grade White: Jaryd Piecuch
11th Grade Black: John Miller
11th Grade Silver: Stevie Martinez

Clinic Instructors for 2014

Rick Gorman: BST Basketball Academy


Steve Boudreau: Assistant Coach, Keene State


Mike McVeigh: Former Head Coach North Andover High


Dan Rasanen: Feed the Post Inc


John McVeigh: Head Coach Brooks School


Jeff Nelson: NBA Scout Utah Jazz


Paul Tanglis: Head Coach North Andover High

 

Phil Conners: Head Coach Tewksbury Hgh

 

John Dullea: Head Coach St. Johns' Prep

 

Dave Ruffen: Merrimack Valley Sports

 


by Josh Peters posted 01/21/2014
STORM SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

The Storm is once again starting up its Sponsorship Program to assist boys in our program that may have difficulty paying for this wonderful basketball experience. If individuals or businesses are interested we have a number of levels of sponsorship. Please see below for different levels and the Storm family thanks you in advance.

Gold Level: $700.00 (pays for one storm player's entire experience): You will be mentioned on our sponsorship page and on the front page of Storm website and receive A Storm sweatshirt

Silver Level: $400.00 .00( pays for one storm player uniform/gear fee and practice time)  You will be recognized on Storm sponsorship page and receive A Storm sweatshirt

Bronze Level: $175.00 (pays for one storm players uniform/ gear fee) You will receive a Storm long sleeve tshirt

anyone who is interested in sponsorship program please contact Rick Gorman at 978.590.1745
 
by posted 01/20/2014
Happy Holidays from New England Storm and BST Basketball Academy
We wish all of our families a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 2013 was a great year for the New England Storm and BST Basketball Academy family and we are getting very excited about our plans for 2014. Enjoy family and friends and be safe.

We also are so proud of our D1, D2, D3 College Players, our Freshman, JV and Varsity High School players and our 4th thru 8th grade travel players. Stay Hungry and Stay Humble
by Josh Peters posted 12/24/2013
STORM Break-Up Party at Volpe Center / Merrimack Collge

Rising Prosepct Award winners
On June 9th 2013 the New England Storm held its annual End of Season Awards program and pizza party. For the third straight year we were very fortunate to hold the event at the Volpe Center on the Campus of Merrimack College. The evening started out with Rick Gorman announcing the Class of 2013 College Intentions. All 16 players from that grade are attending four year colleges. 12 of the 16 will continue to play basketball at the college level. After Rick adressed the state of the Storm and preliminary plans for 2014 we recognized 9th Grade Grillakis and 10th Grade Giribaldi with banners celebrating their Division 1 Super Regional Gold Medals. The awards ceremony conitnued with the presentation of the STORM TROOPER, YOUNG GUNS, WARRIOR and RISING PROSPECT AWARDS. Long time Storm Coach and Volunteer was then inducted into the New England Storm Hall of Fame amidst a Standing Ovation. The evening ended with ISAIAH NELSEN: St. Anselm's 2017 giving the Student-Athlete address to the 250 people attending. Nelsens speech was very impressive on "Staying the Course".The Storm was then treated to a pizza party from Storm sponsor Statcheys Pizza. Thank you all for attending this special event

The Following were this years award winners:

STORM TROOPER AWARDS:
4TH Grade: CRAIG HARRIS
5TH Grade: ANDRE MARTINEZ
6TH Grade: ANDREW SHEN
7TH BLACK: JASON MANKE
7TH SILVER: MATT SHEA/COLIN LEE
7TH WHITE: SETH PARE
8TH BLACK: MATT MANTEIGA
8TH SILVER: VICTOR MWAURAH
9TH BLACK: MITCH PETKA
9TH SILVER: CHRIS SABA
10TH BLACK: JAMAL RENE
10TH SILVER: JAMES O'REGAN
10TH WHITE: JUAN HENRIQUEZ
11TH Grade: JAMES TESTA

WARRIOR AWARDS:
TJ SCOTT
NICK GIOVINO
RONNIE ST. PETER
DAVID ONYEMEM
JAKE GOTTHELF
KEVIN LABRIE
DAVID GIRIBALDI
RYAN OCONNELL
TREVOR DIMINICO
JOHN PISACRETA
KYLE FRANK

YOUNG GUNS AWARDS:
TYLER MERCIER
JIMMY YFANTOPULOS
DJ COLETTI
NOAH POULIN
MARK KLOSE
GEORGE SMITH
EMMET KIM
TERRELL BROWN

RISING PROSPECT AWARDS:
GRIFFEN BEAL - PINGREE
JOSH BRADANESE - BILLERICA
ROBBIE COUYMUJIAN - NORTH ANDOVER
TIM GALLOWAY-BURKE - METHUEN
KAREEM DAVIS - LOWELL
CONNOR MERINDER - ANDOVER
AUSTIN COENE - TYNGSBORO
KEITH BROWN - PELHAM

TEAM OF THE YEAR: 10TH GRADE BLACK

NEW ENLAND STORM HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2013 - DAVID RUFFEN

STUDENT -ATHLETE ADDRESS - ISAIAH NELSEN -STORM CLASS OF 2013 - ST. ANSELSM '17


 
posted 06/10/2013
Storm Players recognized by GymRat Challenge

6 Storm Players named to GymRat All-Tourney Teams
Two of our 10th Grade and two 9th Grade Storm teams made our annual pilgrammage to the GymRat Challenge in Albany New York. All four of our teams did well with three of the teams qualifying for the playoff round. The Storm was on the only program that had three teams move on from pool play. Individually we had a few players recognized by the GymRat evaluators. 10th Grade Black's CONNOR MERINDER made the GymRat Challenge All-Tourney team in the 16 year old division and 10th Grade Silver's DANTE NEAL was named Honorable Mention All-Tourney team. In the 15 year old division 9th Grade Black's KEITH BROWN and MITCHEL PETKA made Honorable Mention All-Tourney team as did 9th Grade Silver's JOSH BRADANESE and ROBBIE COUMUDJIAN. Congrats to Connor, Dante, Keith, Mitchel, Josh and Robbie
posted 06/02/2013
5th Graders & 10th Grade Black Head to D1 Final Four

The New England Storm is proud of our 5TH GRADERS and 10TH GRADE BLACK for advancing to the MASSACHUSETTS DIVSION 1 FINAL FOUR. Both teams did excellent in pool play and the elimination rounds. Our 10th Graders join BABC, METRO BOSTON and the BOSTON SPARTANS and our 5th Graders join Middlesex Magic, MPLEX and Diamonds in the Rough in the Final Four. The final four for both age groups will take place May 18-19. Best of Luck to Both Teams
by posted 05/06/2013
CHRIS BARDWELL COMMITS TO ROGER WILLIAMS

Chris Bardwell is heading to Roger Williams
North Andover senior forward and reigning MVC Most Valuable Player CHRIS BARDWELL ended his recruitment last week when he committed to play basketball and baseball at Roger Williams University. Chris will join his teammate Derek Collins at RWU. Chris was recruited by a number of D3 schools for Basketball and Baseball. Chris who transferred to North Andover from Central Catholic for his senior year enjoyed a magical year where he was also named to the Boston Herald and Boston Globe All-Scholastic teams as well as the ESPN Boston Super Team. Rick Gorman Director of the Storm has known Chris since the third grade and he had this to say" Chris was a late bloomer. I really wished he had committed to hoop much earlier as he has shown in very short period of time how effective of a basketball player he is. Chris is a great kid who will make an immediate impact for Roger Williams. RWU getting both Chris and Derek Collins along with SJP's Josh Syska makes up an outstanding recruiting class for Mike Tulley. Chris on behalf of the Storm family we congratulate you and wish you all the best.
by posted 04/30/2013
Jamahl Lopez Commits to Plymouth State

Jamahl Lopez, Plymouth State Bound
Central Catholic senior guard JAMAHL LOPEZ has ended his recruitment and committed to play basketball and study engineering at Plymouth State. Jamahl has been a three year player for the New England Storm and a three year member of the Central Catholic varsity. As a senior Jamahl earned MVC ALL-STAR as he helped lead CC to the Division 1 North Championship. Jamahl chose Plymouth over Anna Maria and Regis College Storm Director Rick Gorman states " Plymouth State is getting a hard working, defensive minded guard who will be able to play both guard positions at the Division 3 level. Jamahl is a hard worker who is relentless on defense, and thrives in the team concept. Jamahl is also an exceptional young man and we wish him the best at Playmouth State. Jamahl on behalf of the Storm family congrats on your decision
by posted 04/25/2013
Derek Collins Commits to Roger Williams

Derek Collins Heading to Roger Williams
North Andover senior Derek Collins, one of the best shooters in the state ended him recruitment Tuesday when he called Roger Williams University Head Coach Mike Tully and told him he would be coming to Rhode Island next year. Derek chose RWU over Colby-Sawyer, Anna Maria, Plymouth, and Wheaton. Derek was a four year varsity player for North Andover and after missing almost his entire junior year due to injury came back to have a great senior year for the Knights. Derek was named Merrimack Valley Legue All-Star and Lawrence Eagle Tribune All-Star. Storm Director Rick Gorman had this to say about Derek " I have had the pleasure of following Dereks progress from the 4th grade on. Derek is one of the finest shooters this area has seen and will make an immediate impact at the D3 level. I am so proud of Derek for how he handled being sidelined due to injury and his commitment to get back on the court and help lead his team to the D2 North Finals. Derek will go down as one of my all-time favorites" Congrats to Derek Collins from the entire STORM/BST Family
by nestorm posted 04/24/2013
9th Grade Black NEAAU Gold Division Super Regionals Champs

2013 NEAAU SUPER REGIONAL GOLD MEDAL CHAMPIONS
This past weekend the 9th Grade NEAAU Super Regionals were held at Mass Premier and 9th Grade Black swept through the tourney 6-0  to claim another Super Regional Gold Medal for the Storm Program. In Pool play they crushed S.T.A.R. 76-42 and Black Bear North Elite 77-50 to win pool play. In the elimination rounds they beat Boston Titans 95-88 in overtime, GBL 69-62, NH Elite 68-66 and in the finals they beat Metro Heat 77-75 in overtime. Tamenag Choh of Brooks School, Ryan O'Connell of Andover and Griffen Beal of Pingree had outstanding weekends. The 9th Grade Black team consists of Choh, O'Connel, Beal, Chris Miller, Jeff Trainor, George Grillakis, Mitchel Petka, Keith Brown, Jonathan Rodriquez, Kyle Neyman and Chris Merullo. The team is coached by Mike Grillakis and John Miller. Congrats to 9th Grade Black 2012 Super Regional Gold Medal Champions
by nestorm posted 04/22/2013
10TH Grade Black NEAAU Super Regional Gold Medal Champions

2013 NEAAU SUPER REGIONAL GOLD MEDAL CHAMPIONS
This past weekend 10th Grade Black took home the Gold Medal at the NEAAU Super Regional Championships at Mass Premier. The Gold medal was the second of the weekend for the Storm and became yet the latest Super Regional Champions in the Storm program. In Game #1 Storm knocked off NC BLAZE that went on to win the silver division Gold Medal 45-33. Game two saw Black take down S.T.A.R. 76-42 to win the pool. In game 1 of the playoffs Black squared off against our Silver team coached by Ray Nunez. Black beat Silver 65-54 in a hard fought game. In the Quarterfinals Black went double overtime to knock off NH Elite 73-71. In the Semi-finals Black beat GBL 64-58 and in the finals Black beat Mass Premier Elite 50-49. The team is made up of Lowell's Kareem Davis, Andover's Connor Merinder and Dave Giribaldi, Methuen's Cooper Hammel, Tim Galloway-Burke and Jamal Rene, North Andover's Brett Daley and Londonderry's Mark Corey and Joe Kwiatowski and coached by Dave Giribaldi. Congrats to 10th grade Black on winning the 2013 NEAAU Super Regional Gold Medal
by nestorm posted 04/22/2013
7th Isola & 10th Giribaldi Take Home Rivals Championship

7th Grade Rivals 2013 RIVALS SPRING HOOPFEST CHAMPIONS
This past weekend 7th Grade Isola and 10th Grade Giribaldi went undefeated in the Rivals Basketball Spring Hoopfest. Both teams played outstanding all weekend. The 7th graders beat the Boston Spartans in the finals, coming from 12 down at half-time. 9th Grade Giribaldi led from tipoff to final horn but the game was a tough grind it out affair against the Rivals Basketball Club. Congratulations to both of the championship teams. 11th grade Warden lost in the finals to the Rhode Island Hawks. Two of our other teams that did well were 9th Grade Romano 2-1 and 9th Grade Grillakis who also went 2-1
by posted 04/08/2013
Lucas Hammel has ended his recruitment, heading to KEENE STATE

Lucas Hammel commits to Keene State
Central Catholic senior point guard LUCAS HAMMEL has ended his recruitment and has committed to study and play ball for the Keene State Owls. Lucas has been a member of the Storm family for five years and in this time has developed into the premier point guard in this area. Lucas who grew up in Londonderry and presently resides in Methuen was arguably the heart and soul of the Central Catholic team this winter. Lucas who is known for his tenacious on the ball defense decided on Keene over Colby-Sawyer, Plymouth and University of New England. Storm Director Rick Gorman had this to say about Lucas" I have had the pleasure of knowing Lucas since he was a second grader and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching him develop over the years. Lucas is one of the toughest physically and mentally that we have had in the Storm program. He is a throw back basketball player who asks for nothing but a chance, then he goes and outworks everyone else. Keene State got a tough pass first point guard who will relish the opportunity to defend the oppositions best backcourt player" On behalf of the Storm family we congratulate Lucas and wish him all the best
by posted 04/01/2013
Outstanding College Season for Storm Alumni

Georges Niang named to Big 12 All-Rookie Team
The 2012-13 College basketball season was one of the best ever and it was also an outsanding season for our Storm Alumni that are playing at the Division 1, 2 and 3 levels.

DIVISION 1

Georges Niang after a month was inserted into the starting line-up for the Iowa State Cyclones. Georges did not disappoint as he averaged 12 points a game and was named to the Big 12 All- Rookie team and helped lead his team to the second round of the NCAA's

Joe Bramanti was a part-time starter for Wright State as a freshman and was considered one of the leagues better defenders

John Burke was a key reserve for the University of Missouri at Kansas City

DIVSION 2

Jimmy Zenevitch was the 6th man on a very strong Assumption team that finished near the top of the NE 10 and earned a NCAA berth

Adam Bramanti came back from an injury in January to become a key reserve off the bench for Stonehill College

Ryan Hartung was a freshman reserve for the top team in the NE 10 St. Anselms. Ryan is expected to see considerable more playing time next year

Travonne Berry-Rogers had a strong sophomore year for Merrimack where the former lynn English star was a key man off the Warriors bench

Marc Cornelius after spending his freshman year at North Carolina State, Marc transferred to UMass Lowell and made the team as a walk-on. Marc saw good minutes down the stretch for the River Hawks

DIVISION 3

Michael Gorman was the only player on the Anna Maria basketball team to start all 30 games this year as the sophomore point guard helped lead the Amcats to a school record 17 staright wins, a league title and an ECAC berth

Sam Longwell was nameded captain of WPI as a sophomore and the starting shooting gaurd was one of the top offensive threats in the NEWMAC. Sam helped lead WPI to the second round of the NCAA's

Tom Palleschi capped off a stellar freshman campaign for Tufts University by being named NESCAC Rookie of the Year

Steve Spirou was a strong reserve for Trinity College this year. Steve a sophomore was considered one of the hardest workers on the Bantam squad

Matt Daniels played in five games as a sophomore for Bridgewater. Matt was cut from the team as a frosh but out worked others to earn as spot as a sophomore

Jaycob Morales was a starting guard his sophomore year at Wheaton and is considered a strong defender in the NEWMAC

Jon Henault had a stellar sophomore campaign at Endicott College. He was the teams best three point shooter

Matt Ellis completed his first year on the Endicott team. Matt saw minutes off the bench and is expected to have a bigger role next year

Colby Smith started out his freshman year as a back up point guard for Brandeis University but after the holidays became a starter and had an outstanding rookie year

Zack Karalis was the 6th man at WPI as a frosh and was considered one of the best frosh in the NEWMAC. Zack helped lead his team to a league title and a second round trip to the NCAA's

Mike Moroney saw minutes off the bench for WPI and the engineers have big plans for Mike going forward

Craig Lushenat was a reserve gaurd for St. Josephs and was the one of the Monks top 3 point threats

Pat Bradanese saw significant minutes off the bench for Anna Maria and was a big part of the AMCATS magical season

Pedro Trindade saw only a few minutes for Anna Maria but the AMCATS have big plans for bid Pedro

James Costello was red shirted by WPI due to injury prior to the season but James is expected to be in the WPI rotation next year

Jimmy Warden saw significant minutes off the bench for the Norwich cadets

Jarvis Castro had a great second year for Northern Essex Community College and is presently looking to transfer to a four year college

Ryan Freeman enjoyed a strong rookie campaign for Norther Essex Community College

Ken Icubgnze finsihed up his second year at NHTI helping his team to 30 wins and a trip to the Nationals

Tim McCarthy had a great freshman year at Framingham State and started many contests.

 
by posted 03/27/2013
7TH GRADE ISOLA GO UNDEFEATED IN MAGIC FIRST SHOT TOURNEY

7th Grade Black: First Shot Champions
Our 7th Grade Black team coached by Central Catholic Assistant Coach Mike Isola captured the Middlesex Magic First Shot Tourney at Babson College March 24th. Storm 7 Black beat Cohasset , Rhode Island Hawks, BSS, and Rivals to go undefeated and capture the first Storm Championship of the spring: Team members are Chim and Chick Ogwuru, Jason Manke, Jimmy Yfantopulos, Alex Rivera, Colin Bradanese, Terrel Brown, Bret Edwards, Ronnie St. Peter, Nick Giovino and Brett Lepoer. Congrats, stay hungry and humble
by posted 03/26/2013
Central's Doug Gemmell to attend University of New England

Central Catholic senior DOUG GEMMELL has ended his recruitment and will attend and play basketball at the University of New England in Biddeford Maine. Doug a three year member of the New England Storm enjoyed a fine varsity career at Central Catholic. Doug was named captain of the Raiders this year and was having an all-star year before misisng the last three weeks due to a concussion. Doug was named to the Merrimack Valley Conference All-Conference team this year and was also named MVP of the Greater Lawrence Christmas Tourney. Storm Director Rick Gorman states that "Doug was a real credit to the Storm program as well as the Central Catholic program. Doug is a strong inside/outside threat who plays hard every night and backs down from no one. Doug is going to play with a very good coach in Ed Silva and will be a major part of the UNE rebuilding program" On behalf of the Storm family we congratulate DOUG GEMMELL and wish him the best of luck
by posted 03/25/2013
NE Storm Congratulates North Andover's Mike McVeigh,

Mike McVeigh, 1 of the best to ever coach
The New England Storm family congratulates North Andover's Mike McVeigh who announced his retirement after Saturdays D2 North Finals loss to Brighton. Mike has coached North Andover for 31 years and has won an amazing 497 games. Coach McVeigh was a close friend of the Storm family and could be seen on a regular basis rocking the latest Storm Tshirt. Rick Gorman who has been a close friend of McVeighs for 25 years stated" it was a sad day for anyone associated with not only North Andover basketball but also high school basketball". " Mike McVeigh was one of the classiest men to ever coach this game and he was more importantly a great mentor to hundreds of North Andover basketball players and students". Mike McVeigh cared about the total player and not just the ones who could wn games" " I know I will miss the hundreds of talks we have had over the last 25 years the most" Coach McVeigh you are a class act. Congrats on your retirement and know you will be sorely missed by all the hoop junkies of the Merrimack Valley
by posted 03/11/2013
STORM / BST Players Cleanup Up Awards Again

Drex Costello of SJP was Catholic Conference MVP
The Storm/ Family is proud that once again our players picked up numerous awards for the High School season

MERRIMACK VALLEY LEAGUE:

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Chris Bardwell, North Andover

ALL-CONFERENCE: Lucas Hammel, Tyler Nelson, Doug Gemmel, Nick Cambio, Joel Berroa (Central Catholic) Derek Collins, Isaiah Nelsen (North Andiover)

ALL-STAR: Tim Gallowway-Burke, Cooper Hammel, Nathan Bueno (Methuen) Chris Dunn (Andover), Trevon Farley (Lawrence) Jamahl Lopez ( Central Catholic)

DUAL COUNTY LEAGUE:

ALL-STAR: Eric McCord (Westford)

CENTRAL MASS LEAGUE:

ALL-STAR: Austin Coene (Tymgsboro)

CATHOLIC CONFERENC:

MOST VALUABLE PALYER: Drexel Costello (St. Johns)
by posted 03/11/2013
Andrew Ruffen Ends his Recruitment:
Andrew Ruffen heading to St. Joseph's College in Maine
We are happy to announce that Salem New Hampshire senior ANDREW RUFFEN has ended his recruitment and has committed to attend and play at St. Josephs College in Maine. Andrew a four year varsity player for the Blue Devils missed almost his entire junior year to injury but had an excellent spring and summer AAU season. Andrew was being recruited by Norwich University, Rivier University, Lasell College, Roger Williams and Wentworth. Storm Director Rick Gorman feels the Monks of St. Joes are getting one of the best shooters in the area and that St. Joes is a great fit basketball wise, socially and academically. Andrew has played with the Storm since 7th grade. On behalf of the New England Storm family we congratulate Andrew and wish him the best next year
by posted 02/15/2013
STORM/BST REPRESENTED AT GREATER LOWELL TOURNEY

Freshman Jake Gotthelf will have the chance to play in 4 Greater Lowell Tourneys
The Greater Lawrence XMass Tourney saw 37 of our Storm & BST players particpating but we also had a great prescence at the Greater Lowell Tourney as well. Representing Acton-Boxboro were Freshman Jake Gotthelf and Luke Davidson. The Westford Grey Ghosts had Pete Turpin, Justin Mount, Andrew Clark and Eric McCord and the Pelham Pythons were represented by Joe Slattery, Kevin Cheam, Keith Brown and Ryan Cloutier. The Storm/BST family is very proud of you
by Rick Gorman posted 01/01/2013
Once Again STORM/BST Dominate Greater Lawrence Christmas Tourney

Christmas Tourney MVP Doug Gemmell
For the fourth year in a row New England Storm /BST players had an incredible prescence on the Greater Lawrence Christmas Tourney. This year we had 37 players represented. Representing Andover was Chris Dunn, Salem had Andrew Ruffen, Anthony Lopez and Jack Hartman. Central Catholic was represented by Lucas Hammel, Doug Gemmel, Nick Cambio, Joelle Berroa, Jamahl Lopez, Ty Nelson, and Alex Santos. Alexis Estrella played for Greater Lawrence. Lawrence was represented by Julius Martinez, Trevon Farley, Greg Trinidad, Anderson Morales, Dantae Neal and Roberto Speing. Mark Sicard, Tim Galloway-Burke, Nathan Bueno, Jamal Rene, Cooper Hammel, Corey Bell, Freddy Santiago all played for Methuen. Kyle White, Brett Daley, Aaron Strauss, Alex Gorgoni, Derek Collins, Bubba Shkliew, John Enright, Jeff Warden, Brendan Miller, James Testa, Chris Bardwell and Isaiah Nelsen all reppresented North Andover.

Doug Gemmell  was named MVP, Trevon Farley, Roberto Speing, Ty Nelson and Joelle Berroa were all named ALL-Tourney

Isaiah Nelsen, Nate Bueno were named Coaches Award Winners

We are proud of all 37 players who represented their schools and the STORM/BST family
by Rick Gorman posted 12/30/2012
JOE FLANNERY ENDS RECRUITMENT AND COMMITS TO BABSON

NE STORM is proud to announce former Storm player and Acton-Boxboro alum JOE FLANNERY has ended his recruitment and is committed to play and study at Babson College. Joe will be attending one of the finest academic institutions and will play for Steve Brennan and the Beaver Basketball program. Rick Gorman. Storm Director says Joe Flannery was referred to the Storm by his high school coach Rick Kilpatrick and Joe enjoyed two very productive seasons for the Storm. Joe is doing a post graduate year and will join Babson's Freshman class in September 2013. Gorman says Joey was recruited by almost every division 3 program as well as getting interest from a number of D2 pprograms. " Babson is getting a great student athlete and will impact the bball porgramming immediately". On behalf of the Storm family we congratulate Joe and wish him the best
by posted 12/05/2012
STORM ALUMNI KICK OFF COLLEGE SEASON

Georges Niang, Iowa State Freshman
Tonight is opening night of the college basketball regular season. A large group of former Storm players from our class of 2011 and 2012 are ready to go and the Storm family is very proud of them and wish them all the best of luck

NE STORM ALUMNI

Georges Niang: Iowa State
John Burke: Univ of Missouri Kansas City
Jim Zenevitch: Assumption College
Adam Bramanti: Stonehill College
Mike Gorman: Anna Maria College
Sam Longwell: WPI
Travonne Berry-Rogers: Merrimack College
Jaycob Morales: Wheaton College
Steven Spirou: Trinity College
John Henault: Endicott College
Matt Daniels: Bridgewater
Tom Palleschi: Tufts University
Matt Ellis : Endicott College
Colby Smith: Brandeis University
Zack Karalis: WPI
Mike Moroney: WPI

Tim McCarthy: Framingham
James Costello: WPI
Craig Luschenat: St. Josephs
Pat Bradanese: Anna Maria College
Jimmy Warden: Norwich University
Pedro Trindade: Anna Maria College
Ken Icubgnze: NHTI
Jarvis Castro: NECCO
Jaylen Alicea: NECCO
Ryan Freeman: NECCO

BST ALUMNI:
Ryan Hartung: St. Anselms College
Matt Sifferlen: NECCO
Joe Flannery: Prep School
Colin Richey: Prep School


by Rick Gorman posted 11/09/2012
Middle School Fall Training Program A Major Success

Brooks Head Coach John McVeigh leading Clinic
The New England Storm just finished up an exciting and intense 8 week Skills and Drills Program at Brooks School. As with all of our other programs this fall, the gym was packed with energy week in and week out. Each week we had a STORM Clinician come in and focus on developing a certain skill such as Footwork, Shooting, Offensive Moves and Playing without the ball. Storm Clinicians included DAN RASANEN and JEFF STARRETT from Feed the Post Inc, Brooks School Head Coach JOHN MCVEIGH, Stoneham Head Coach PAUL TANGLIS, Utah Jazz Scout JEFF NELSON, DAVE RUFFEN and NATE STANTON from Merrimack Valley Sportsplex and Oklahoma City Thunder scout HANK SMITH. We would like to thank all of the coaches and their staffs for leading this program and to the 32 Middle School students who got better by attending. More STORM  and BST offerings coming
by Rick Gorman posted 11/08/2012
ISAIAH NELSEN commits to St. Anselms

The New England Storm is proud to announce that 6'6" North Andover senior ISAIAH NELSEN has committed to attend and play basketball at St. Anselms College in Manchester New Hampshire. Nelsen is the most recent scholarship player to come out of the New England Storm and joins fellow Storm alumni Jimmy Zenevitch (Assumption), Adam Bramanti (Stonehill) Trevonne Berry-Rogers (Merrimack) as well as BST alumni Ryan Hartung (St. Anselms) in the NORTHEAST 10 League.
Isaiah had standing offers from UMass Lowell, Assumption, Merrimack, St. Anslems as well as great interest from NESCAC schhols Colby and Bates. Isaiah committed to Coach Dickson after his official visit this past weekend. ISAIAH has been with the Storm since he moved to North Andover from Minnesota after his 8th grade year. The 6'6" face up four man is extremely excited with his decision and is excited to rejoin fellow BST Training Partner Ryan Hartung. Isaiah we are very proud of you and wish you all the best next year at St. Anselms
by Rick Gorman posted 10/23/2012
Merrimack College the Latest to Offer Isaiah Nelsen
Merrimack College Head Coach Bert Hammel offered North Andover senior Isaiah Nelsen a full scholarship to play for the Warriors on Monday afternoon. Merrimack is the third NE 10 school to offer Nelsen (Assumption & UMASS Lowell) The Storm family is very proud of Isaiah. Much More to follow
by Rick Gorman posted 10/08/2012
Assumption College Offers Isaiah Nelsen

Isaiah Nelsen a 6'6" forward out of North Andover was offered a basketball scholarship from Assumption College on October 6th following an aau tourney in Rhode Island. Isaiah was previously offered by UMass Lowell and has serious interest from Merrimack College and St. Anselms College. Isaiah has also been heavily recruited by Colby College. Isaiah hopes to make his college decision prior to the start of  his senior year at North Andover High School where he is coached by Mike McVeigh. The Storm family is very proud of ISAIAH and his hard work and dedication has paid off
by Rick Gorman posted 10/06/2012
NE Storm Looking for Interns
If you are a present college student or a recent college grad majoring in sports management, recreation or if you interested in learning more about this business the Storm could use your assistance. Due to the growth in our program we are need of a couple of interns for the 2012-2013 school year. Below is what we are looking for

FALL 2012: We are looking for a college intern to assist with our BST Workout program. This posiiton is ideal for someone with good basketball knowledge that is interested in becoming a basketball trainer. Must be available nights and weekends. This position reports directly to Rick Gorman

SPRING 2013: We are looking for a college intern to assist in our basketball operations department under the direction of Director of Basketball Operations Josh Peters.This position would help with our Spring AAU program, scheduling, tourney operation, program planning, summer planning, public relations and communication

Please send resume and cover letter to Josh Peters c/o New England Storm 1925 Salem Street North Andover Mass. 01845
by Rick Gorman posted 08/19/2012
Storm Clinics & Programs a major success this summer

WINTER IS GOIN 2 ASK WHAT U DID ALL SUMMER
We are starting to wrap up our summer clinics, programs and collaborative efforts. This Summer we offered a seven week Offensive skills clinic, a four week Point guard Academy and a six week Big Man Clinic. The Offensive skills clinic and Point Guard academy were run by BST Basketball Academy and the Big Man Clinic was run by Feed The Post Inc. We are also in the middle of a three month, three time a week workout program for college players. 21 College and High School seniors have participated in this impressive program run by BST Basketball Academy. In July at Brooks School we hosted our annual John McVeigh shooting clinic and we had 31 Storm players participate in the Academic Basketball Awareness camp at Merrimack College. We also have 27 Storm players participating in the Varsity and Junior Varsity Hoops for Hope League. Being at Hoops for Hope and ABA really shows that the Storm is the Merrimack Valleys #1 AAU program. Our players have also been to camps in Acton-Boxboro, Westford, N. Andover, Methuen, Andover, as well as ASA Hoops, Merrimack College and UMass Lowell.

Next up for us is our fall programming which will be announced in Mid August
by Rick Gorman posted 07/29/2012
Storm 5th Graders Win Junior National Invitational Tourney

U11 NIT TOURNEY CHAMPS- NEW ENGLAND STORM
After our Spring season ended a combined team of 5th graders went out to Springfield to participate in the Junior National Invitational Tourney. As the States Silver Medalists they came to Springfield with sights on taking home the prestigious tourney championship. The Team started out the Tourney by defeating the Super Regional Tourney Champs MPLEX 48-29. Following that game they then defeated the MACHINES, NOREAST LIGHTNING from New York and the NEW JERSEY PLAYAZ by double digit wins to reach the championship game against NEW HEIGHTS of New York. A big lead to start the game followed by good shooting and timely forced turnovers led the Storm to an impressive 61-49 win to claim 1st Place. North Andover's Darren Watson earned MVP honors. Congratulations to Coach Marcos and the team on their impressive and successful performance.
by Rick Gorman posted 07/28/2012
John McVeigh Shooting Clinic to be held July 12th 6-8pm

Brooks School Head Coach John McVeigh
The annual Shooting Clinic run by Brooks School Head Coach John McVeigh will be held on THURSDAY JULY 12TH 6-8 PM @ BROOKS SCHOOL IN NORTH ANDOVER. The clinic will be limited to 20 players and the cost is $25.00. To reserve a spot please contact Josh Peters at 978-490-5479 or email at
by Rick Gorman posted 06/28/2012
ISAIAH NELSEN RECEIVES FIRST SCHOLARSHIP OFFER

Isaiah Nelsen is offered scholarship by UMass Lowell
North Andover senior Isaiah Nelsen has been getting alot of attention from Division 1, 2 and 3 coaches after a very strong spring season. Last week Isaiah received his first scholarship offer when UMass Lowell Head Coach Greg Herenda offered him a full scholarship. The 6'6" forward is expected to have a great senior season for Mike McVeighs Scarlet Knights. Isaiah along with Derek Collins and Brendan Miller will lead the Knights in their first year in the Merrimack Valley League. At the Division 1 level Fordham Head Coach Tom Precora has shown the most interest, while a number of D2 NE 10 schools are folLowing his progress. At the Division 3 level a number of NESCAC schools are high on Isaiah. On behalf of the Storm congrats to Isaiah and his family
by Rick Gorman posted 06/23/2012
STORM / MAGIC COLLEGE NIGHT A MAJOR SUCCESS

CC /Storm player Joelle Berroa turned some heads at college night

Our 3rd annual college night was a resounding success. For the second straight year we have combined with Mike Crotty's Middlesex Magic program to put on arguably the best run college night for members of both the STORM and MAGIC programs. We would like to thank BABSON COLLEGE and their basketball program for allowing us to have the event at their outstanding facility. The program began with 45 minutes of drill work conducted by staff from both the Magic and Storm. After a quick break scrimmages were set up on both courts where Storm teams went up against Magic teams and then a rotation of players and teams was implemented for the last portion of the night. In attendance were (39)THIRTY-NINE Division 2 and Division 3 coaching staffs from colleges and universities in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Mass, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. Teams from the following leagues were in attendance NE10, GNAC, NESCAC, NEWMAC, NECC, UAA, CCC, LEC, MASCAC, LL, SUNYAC

Mike Crotty and I would like to thank the players and staff from both of our programs for attending and assisting, we would like to thank the 39 coaching staffs for taking the time to come down and check out our players and to Babson College for hosting.

Schools that could not attend that would like a program please email me at with your mailing address and we will send out a copy

Any college coaches that need additional information on Storm players please email me at and please contact Mike Crotty for more information on Magic players at coachcrotty@gmail.com

Mike and I look forward to hosting our next showcase in spring of 2013 and thanks for making this another successful event


 


by Rick Gorman posted 06/20/2012
Great Night for the Storm family

Storm Trooper Award Winners
Sunday night June 10th over 250 players, parents, alumni and friends attended the 2012 STORM End of Season party held at Merrimack College's Volpe Center. This is always a great way for us to recap the season, present awards, induct the latest class into the Storm Hall of fame, hear plans for the off-season and have some great pizza. Our student-athlete address was delivered by Storm graduate and WPI bound Zack Karalis of North Andover High. Zack addressed our players on the importance of working hard, doing the right thing as well as sharing his fond memories of being at six year member of the STORM. Parent/Benefactor Peter Bramanti and advisor and present OKC Thunder college scout Hank Smith were inducted into the NE STORM HALL OF FAME. The following were award winners:

STORM TROOPER SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

4TH GRADE: MIKEY YFANTOPOLUS
5TH GRADE MATT DUCHEMIN
6TH GRADE BLACK: MATT DOWNER
6TH GRADE SILVER: TOM LANDRY
7TH GRADE BLACK: PAT STAPLETON
7TH GRADE SILVER: MARK KLOSE
8TH GRADE BLACK: GEORGE GRILLAKIS
8TH GRADE SILVER: NICK FIORILLO
8TH GRADE WHITE: ANDRE LOPEZ
9TH GRADE BLACK: RYAN WALSH
9TH GRADE SILVER: MAX KIRSCH
9TH GRADE WHITE: MIKE CRESPO
10TH GRADE BLACK: NICK BOES
10TH GRADE SILVER: JEFF WARDEN
11TH GRADE SILVER: JOEY FLANNERY
11TH GRADE BLACK: ALEX GORGONI

STORM YOUNG GUNS AWARD

4TH GRADE: DREW BROWN
5TH GRADE: JALEN ECHEVARRIA
6TH GRADE: JIMMY YFANTOPOLUS
7TH GRADE: VICTOR MWAURAH

STORM WARRIOR AWARD

DOUG GEMMEL
NATHAN BUENO
JAKE GOTTHELF
DJ COLLETTI
ARMANDO MENDOZA
STEVEN HAJJAR
EMMETT KIM
CARLOS NUNEZ
JALEN MARTINEZ
JAMAL RENE

RISING PROSPECT AWARD

TAMENANG CHOH
AUSTIN COENE
BRENDAN MILLER
ANDREW RUFFEN
JONATHAN PAULINO
GREG TRINIDAD
ISAIAH NELSEN
MARK SICARD

2012 HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

PETER BRAMANTI
HANK SMITH

2012 COACH OF THE YEAR:

MARCOS ECHEVARRIA

2012 STORM TEAM OF THE YEAR:

5TH GRADER STORM

STUDENT -ATHLETE ADDRESS

ZACK KARALIS: STORM CLASS OF 2012/ WPI CLASS OF 2016



by Rick Gorman posted 06/10/2012
GYMRAT CHALLENGE RECOGNIZE STORM PLAYERS

This past Memorial Day Weekend the Storm sent four teams to the prestigious GymRat Challenge in Albany New York. All of our teams represented us well with three of the four teams winning their pool and 11th Grade Miller went all the way to the Tourney semi-finals. Today the GymRat Challenge recognized a number of  Storm players. We had (5) players named ALL GYM RAT amd (6) player named honorable mention. For complete recap go to www.gymratchallenge.com Below see our recognized players

ALL GYM RAT

Joel Berroa (6-4 sf/pf) NE Storm Silver / Central Catholic -11th
Isaiah Nelsen (6-6 pf) NE Storm Black / North Andover- 11th
Brendan Miller (6-3 g) NE Storm Black / North Andover- 10th
Joe Flannery (6-3 wing) NE Storm Black/ Acton-Boxboro- PG
Tamenang Choh (6-3 f) NE Storm Black / Brooks School - 8TH

HONORABLE MENTION

Doug Gemmel (6-5 f) NE Storm Black / Central Catholic -11TH
Andrew Ruffen (6-2 g) NE Storm Silver / Salem NH- 11TH
Max Kirsch (6-3 f) NE Storm Silver / Phillips Exeter - 9TH
Mitchel Petka (6-4 f) NE Storm Black Chelmsford- 8TH
Chris Merullo (5-9 g) NE Storm Black / Reading-8TH
Jeff Trainor (5-9 g) NE Storm Black / Billerica-8TH

CONGRATS TO ALL
by Rick Gorman posted 06/01/2012
Raymond Nunez succeeds Paul Neal as Lawrence High Coach

RAYMOND NUNEZ, LAWRENCE HIGH NEW BASKETBALL COACH
Lawrence High announced that present Lawrence High Assistant and NE Storm coach Raymond Nunez will succeed NE Storm Advisor and longtime Lancer coach Paul Neal. Paul Neal has been the heart and soul of Lawrence High for many years and will be sorely missed. Raymond Nunez has been Paul's loyal assistant for a few years and will do a great job for the Lancers. We wish Ray the best of luck on the sidelines and wish Paul the best with his new administrative duties at LHS
by Rick Gorman posted 05/31/2012
Storm has strong weekend in Mass, Conn and New York

As the Spring season is winding down for the Storm our teams that played Memorial weekend had great efforts and outcomes. Down at NERR in Connecticut 6th Grade Sipsey finished  3-1 in securing third place. Total team effort in the teams best weekend of the spring. In the Rivals tourney 9th grade Isola went 2-0 with two very solid team wins. In Albany New York at the Gymrat Challenge three of our teams had outstanding tourneys. 9th Grade Nunez won their pool with three solid wins and then fell to tourney favorite TEAM SCAN out of New York. 8TH Grade Grillakis won their pool with a record of 3-0 and then lost a heartbreaker at the buzzer knocking them out of the tourney. 11th Grade Miller swept through their pool and was the #1 seed going into the playoff round. The 11th graders rolled all the way to the semi-final before falling to a team from Houston in overtime. 11th grade Miller became the first Storm team to get to the semi-finals of the gymrat. To all of our teams congrats and great job this weekend
by John Kmiek posted 05/28/2012
4TH Grade Storm Continues Outstanding Spring

Storm 4th Graders with another tourney title
The Youngest Storm team, our 4th graders coached by George Yfantopolos and Dave Ruffen continued their winning ways last weekend winning the Rivals Basketball Tourney. The team had solid wins in pool play over ASA and Mass Evolution which led up to a finals matchup with BSS where the young Storm Troopers took home the title. Our porgram is very proud of this team and look forward to their final tourney next weekend.
by Rick Gorman posted 05/24/2012
Storm 5th Graders lose Gold medal game at Buzzer

5TH GRADE STORM D1 SILVER MEDALISTS
The Storm 5th Graders had only lost one game this spring. This first year team is not very tall but they play harder than most any team you will see on the circuit this spring. Coached by Marcos Echevarria the young guns battled all game against the much taller MABC Bengals. The game was back and forth with no team having a lead greater than four. With 12 seconds left MABC inbounded the ball and with two players draped on him a young Bengal hit a 12 foot shot with 1 second left. The Storm inbounded and desperation shot fell short and our young guns had to settle for being the second best team in the state. Storm Director Rick Gorman and MABC Director Larry Merritt have been friends along time and whenever their teams match up its always a dogfight. Congrats to MABC. Storm Director Rick Gorman said he was "so proud of Marcos 5th graders, they play with so much heart and energy, it was just too bad either team had to lose today. I also know this team will learn alot from todays game" To Coach Marcos and all the 5th Graders you made our entire family proud, Keep those heads up
by Rick Fusco posted 05/20/2012
Billerica's Patrick Bradanese Commits to Anna Maria College

Patrick Bradanese AMC Bound
Our last member of the class of 2012 has decided on his college plans. Billerica's Patrick Bradanese who excelled for the Indians on the basketball court and the baseball diamond will attend Anna Maria College in Paxton Mass where he plans to play both basketball and baseball for the AMCATS. Patrick will join fellow Storm player Mike Gorman who just completed his first year as starting point guard for the GNAC Finalists AMCATS. Storm Director Rick Gorman says Patrick's length and ability to shoot the ball will add depth to Anna Maria and a talented catcher should be a nice addition to the AMC baseball squad. Congrats to Patrick on his decision and we wish him the best next year
by Bob Prior posted 05/14/2012
Three more championships this weekend

5th Grade Echevarria wins another tourney this weekend
The highlight of the weekend was Mothers Day but we also took home three more championships. Down at the Rhode Island Hawks tourney at Roger Williams College 9th Grade Nunez went undefeated over two days taking home the title as a tuneup for the Mass State Final Four next weekend. While 9th grade Nunez was doing work down in Rhode Island 5th Grade Echevarria and 9th Grade Vitulli were going undefeated at UMass Lowell in the Rivals tourney enroute to their own championships. 5th Grade Echevarria will also be playing in the Mass State Final Four next weekend. Congrats to all three teams
by Jim Doherty posted 05/13/2012
Mass State Championships for 3rd, 4th, & 6th Grade Huge Success

UMASS Lowell, Site of 3rd, 4th & 6th Grade States
The New England Storm sponsored the 3rd, 4th and 6th grade state championships on May 5th and 6th. The event was held at the UMass Lowell Rec Center as well as the Daley and Rogers elementary schools in Lowell. We saw some very exciting games as well as some outstanding team and individual performances. In the 3rd Grade Division we crowned a State Champion in Mark Pappas BOSTON WARRIORS squad. The runner-up was MABC. We also crowned a State Champion in the 4th grade Division 2. Winning the Gold Medal was the BAY STATE JAGAUARS. The silver medalist runner-ups was the squad from A STEP AHEAD. Congrats to our champions and runner-ups.

In Division 1 4th grade the last four teams standing are MABC,MIDDLESEX MAGIC, ICE and EXPRESSIONS and they will battle for the gold May 19-20. In the 6th Grade Division 1 the battle for the gold will be decided between MASS RIVALS-LAWRENCE, SHOOTING STARS, ALL FOR ONE, and DUNBAR In the Division 2 bracket the four teams remaining are MABC ORANGE, P.A.L. of N CMASS, NEW ENGLAND BLIZZARD and CMAC HAWKS. FINAL FOUR WEEKEND FOR ALL GRADES IS MAY 19-20

We would like to thank UMASS Lowell, the Rogers and Daley schools, all of the STORM family who helped man the door, run the concessions and handle the clock duties for all games as well as our site Director Josh Peters and Officials Assignor Will Flowers. Thanks to all the teams and programs that participated and good luck to all the remaining teams

4th grade D1 SEMI-FINALS
MABC v Middlesex Magic
ICE v Expressions

6th grade D1 SEMI-FINALS
Mass Rivals-Lawrence v Shooting Stars
All for One v Dunbar

6th grade D2 SEMI-FINALS
MABC Orange v PAL of N CMass
NE Blizzard v. CMAC
by Rick Gorman posted 05/06/2012
11th Grade Ruffen have a great run at Providence Jamfest

Isaiah Nelsen and Storm-Ruffen had a strong Providence Jamfest Tourney
11th Grade Storm-Ruffen headed down to Providence this past weekend to play in the Hoop Groups Providence Jamfest Tourney. After an opening game loss to Rhode Island Hawks-Elliot on Friday night the team dropped to the Steel bracket for all teams losing in the first round. On Saturday the Storm posted strong wins over Boston Warriors West and Rhode Island Hawks-Verdell. On Sunday in the Steel Bracket semi-final the Storm took down the New York Falcons setting up a finals match-up with Mass Irish which was made up of a number of players from Notre Dame Prep. A close game throughout, saw Mass Irish beat the Storm by six points. Isaiah Nelsen, Joe Flannery, Andrew Ruffen, Pete Saunders, Chris Dunn, Alex Gorgoni, Nate Bueno, Drex Costello and Justin Sandberg all contributed to the teams success.A number of college coaches have inquired about some of our players especially Isaiah Nelsen the 6'6" Junior from North Andover who caught the eye of the Fordham University coaching staff. Congrats to Storm Ruffen. Congrats also to Mass Rivals for winning the Gold Medal Bracket  and Middlesex Magic which went to the quarterfinals of the Gold Medal Bracket
by Junior Delahoz posted 04/30/2012
Jimmy Warden committs to Norwich University

North Andover senior Jimmy Warden has committed to attend and play basketball at Norwich University. Jim was a two year varsity player for Mike McVeighs Scarlet Knights and was one of North Andovers more versatile players. This past March Jimmy was named Honorable Mention for the Eagle Tribune basketball team. Jimmy committed to Norwich Head Coach Paul Booth today after spending the weekend at the Vermont school. Storm Director Rick Gorman said that" Jimmy will be a nice addition to Norwich's 2012 class which includes Westford's Alex Precol. Coach Booth and his staff worked very hard on this commitment and Jimmy will work equally hard to contribute for the Cadets next year". Jimmy, who has played for the Storm for six years please know the Storm family is very proud of you 
by James Walker posted 04/29/2012
11th Grade Miller Rolls to NEAAU Super Regional Gold Medal

11th Grade Storm-Miller NEAAU SUPER REGIONAL CHAMPS
11th Grade Storm-Miller went 5-0 this weekend at the NEAAU Super Regionals at Mass Premier in Foxboro. Not playing at full strength the entire weekend the team just refused to lose. With Blowout wins in Pool play, they battled in the playoff rounds with a 2 point win over LOX in the quarters, a 14 point win over MABC in the Semi-finals and a solid 12 point win over a very good WIZ KIDS team from New York City in the final. In the semis North Andovers Brendan Miller scored 22 points and in the final Joelle Berroa led the Storm with 37. Congrats to Brendan Miller, Lucas Hammel, Joelle Berroa, Jamahl Lopez, Darrien Myers, Wes Cuevas Roberto Speing and Doug Gemmel. The team hopes to have Joe Flannery back next weekend
by Rick Gorman posted 04/22/2012
9TH Grade Storm White Take Fundamental Hoops Showdown

9th Grade White: Fundamental Hoops Champions
While our 9th Grade Black and Silver teams were winning their pools at NEAAU Super Regionals our 9th Grade White team was going 6-0 in the fundamental hoops storm showdown at Whitman-Hanson High School, The entire 10 man team played outstanding all weekend. The White team coached by John Vitulli has now won two tourneys and were runner-ups at another tourney. Congrats Storm 9th grade White team. We are extremely pleased with all three of our 9th grade teams
by Rick Gorman posted 04/21/2012
Tim McCarthy heads to Framingham State

Tim McCarthy heads to Framingham State
Wilmington High Head CoachJoe Maiella just informed us that Storm player and Wilmington senior Tim McCarthy has ended his recruitment and has committed to attend and play basketball at Framingham State University. Tim a three year varsity player at Wilmington was named to the Middlesex League All-Star team this year and finished second in the Middlesex Small Division MVP race. Storm Director stated "Timmy played one year for the Storm but left his mark on our program. Knowing Coach Wholley and the FSU Staff I feel this is a good fit for Tim. A very good shooter who will be a nice addition for the Rams" Congrats Tim
by Luke Richards posted 04/18/2012
Mike Moroney Commits to WPI

Mike Moroney is heading to WPI this August
North Andover High Senior Mike Moroney has ended his commitment today when he called WPI Head Coach Chris Bartley and telling him he would be coming to Worcester. Mike was a cape ann league ALL-LEAGUE player this year and had a fine three year varsity career for Mike McVeigh's Scarlet Knights. Mike becomes the third Storm player in the class of 2012 to commit to WPI joining North Andover's Zack Karalis and Andover's James Costello. All three freshman will join forces with another Storm Alumni Sam Longwell of Acton-Boxboro. Storm Director Rick Gorman says "Mike Moroney was one of the most improved players in the state this past year and will get even better during his college career. We are extremely proud of Mike and wish him all the best next year at WPI"
by Larry Last posted 04/18/2012
Busy Patriots Day Weekend for the Storm

The Patriots Day weekend saw a number of our teams doing battle in Connecticut, out in Westfield and throughout a number of Boston gyms as well as the middle school Super Regionals at Mass Premier. One of our 11th grade teams Storm-Ruffen participated in the prestigious NERR Tourney. Although team Ruffen went 0-3 it was a great learning experience for the team. Out at the college showcase at Westfield State our 10th graders were very impressive going 2-2. This team is getting better every week. At the Warriors tourney our 9th Grade White team coached by John Vitulli went 2-1, Our fourth graders in their first tourney went 1-2 and our 8th grade White team coached by Pat Costello went 1-2 in their first tourney. At Super Regionals we were missing a few key players due to April vacation but a number of solid finishes. Our 5th graders coached by Marcos Echevarria fell in the gold division quartfinals. Our 7th grade team coached by Dean Colletti went 2-1 and our 7th grade team coached by Tom Labrie made a surprising run losing in the silver division championship game. In the 8th grade gold division Storm-Grillakis lost a heartbreaker in the quarterfinals in overtime. 8th grade Romano lost in the silver division quarterfinals. Nice job everyone. The Storm is back at it this weekend with the high school super regionals and other local tourneys
by James Slattery posted 04/16/2012
Boston Herald's All-Scholastic Names four Storm Players

Matt Ellis: Boston Herald All-Scholastic
Danny V of the Boston Herald is considered the leader in covering high school basketball and today he came out with his 2012 ALL-SCHOLASTIC team and we are extremely proud to have four of our players named to this prestigious team. Acton-Boxboro's KEVIN LAFRANCIS was named to the SUPER TEAM while Masco's ADAM BRAMANTI, North Andover's ZACK KARALIS and Westfords MATT ELLIS were named to the ALL-STAR team. For one program to have four players named is impressive.Other AAU  teams with multiple players named were BABC, Rivals, Middlesex Magic and Warriors. Congrats to Kevin, Matt, Adam and Zack and all of this years selections
by David Lewis posted 04/06/2012
Adam Bramanti named to Salem Evening News All-Star team

Adam Bramanti: Salem Evening News All-Star
For the third consecutive year Adam Bramanti was selected to the Salem Evening News ALL-STAR Basketball team. Adam a senior at Masconomet Regional just completed a storied career which saw Adam become the first boy in school history to score 1000 points. Adam will be heading to Stonehill College on a full basketball scholarship. The Storm family congratulates Adam and wish him all the best
by Dwan Chandler posted 04/05/2012
Storm also dominates Lowell Sun All-Star team

AB's Kevin Lafrancis Lowell Sun Player of the Year
Like the Eagle Tribune All-Star team New England Storm players dominated the Lowell Sun All-Star Team. Acton-Boxboro senior Kevin Lafrancis was named Player of the Year after a strong season and stellar career for the Colonials. Named to the first team were also Tim McCarthy of Wilmington, Matt Ellis of Westford, Corey Everleigh of Chelmsford, Derek Defranzo of Pelham, and Joe Flannery of Acton-Boxboro. Named to the second team was Pat Bradanese of Billerica. Honorable Mentions were Austin Coene of Tyngsboro and Brett Bailey of Pelham. Congrats to all of our Storm players, the Storm family is proud of you accomplishments.
by Rich Shrigley posted 04/04/2012
9th Grade Nunez wins Rivals Spring Fling

Tyngsboro Freshman Austin Coene had a very strong weekend for Storm Nunez
9TH Grade Nunez went 3-1 winning the Mass Rivals Spring Fling held the weekend of March 30-April 1. In pool play Storm Nunez beat Middlesex Magic and Mass Fusion and lost a heart breaker to NC Blaze. The team moved on to the finals after winning the pool. In the finals the 9th graders ran by the Rhode Island Hawks by 18. The Storm has three solid 9th grade teams coached By Raymond Nunez, Mike Isola and John Vitulli. Congrats to 9th Grade Nunez
by Walter Berry posted 04/02/2012
Eagle Tribune All-Star Team dominated by Storm Players

ZACK KARALIS EAGLE TRIBUNE MVP
The Eagle Tribune came out with their 2012 Boys All-Star Team and for the second year in a row the team was dominated by New England Storm Players. 18 players made the Super Team, All-Star team or Honorable Mention. The team was lead by the Tribunes MVP Zack Karalis of North Andover who wrapped up an impressive four year career with the Knights. Joining Zack on the Super team was Tom Palleschi of Phillips Andover and former player Ty Nelson of Central Catholic. Making ALL-STAR were Isaiah Nelson of North Andover, Kyle Mansour of Methuen, Doug Gemmel of Central, Joelle Berroa of Central,James Costello of Andover. HONORABLE MENTION were Chris Dunn of Andover, Trevon Farley, Roberto Speing and Yadiris Arias of Lawrence, Ryan Freeman of Methuen, Mike Moroney and Jimmy Warden of North Andover, Derek Defranzo and Brett Bailey of Pelham, and Max Kirsch of Timberlane. Congratulations to all of our players. Next up will be how many of our players make the Lowell Sun and Salem Evening News All-Star team
by Rigo Nunez posted 04/02/2012
James Costello Commits to WPI

Andover's James Costello commits to WPI
We are happy to announce our latest commitment as Andover High Senior James Costello has decided to attend WPI. James had a terrific last two years for Dave Fazio's Andover Warriors after he transferred from Brooks School. Storm Director Rick Gorman says WPI is getting another great student athlete. James was our most athletic player last year and had an outstanding aau season playing for John Miller's team. James is an outstanding young man and we could not be any prouder of his decision. James will join former Storm players Sam Longwell and Zack Karalis in Worcester. Our friend Aaron Davis from Brooks School is also heading to WPI in August. The Storm family congrats James and his family and wish him all the best next year.
by David Brown posted 03/30/2012
Storm 5th Graders take First Shot Title

5th Grade Middlesex Magic Champions
A number of our middle school teams took the floor this weekend in the Middlesex Magic First Shot Tourney held at Babson College. The Storm 5th graders coached by Marcos Echevarria went undefeated in pool play and then won the championship on a buzzer beater. Congrats to our 5th grade team. Also playing well in the tourney were two of our 8th grade teams, one 7th grade team and one 9th grade team
by Kip Jones posted 03/26/2012
Storm Players Once Again Dominate Season Ending Awards

NA'S Mike Moroney C.A.L. ALL-CONFERENCE 2012
For the third year in a row New England Storm Players dominated the league awards. In the Merrimack Valley League Methuen's Kyle Mansour was named Div 2 MVP. All - Conference selections were Central Catholics Tyler Nelson and Doug Gemmel, along with Andover James Costello and Chelmsford Corey Everleigh. All-Star Selections were Ryan Freeman and Nathan Bueno of Methuen, and Pat Bradanese of Billerica. In the Dual County League Acton-Boxboro's Kevin Lafrancis was named MVP and Joe Flannery, Acton Boxboro and Matt Ellis, Westford were named All-League. In the Middlesex League Wilmington's Tim McCarthy was named All-League. In the Cape Ann League North Andover's Zack Karalis was named MVP. Adam Bramanti (Masco) Isaiah Nelsen(NA), and Mike Moroney (NA) were named ALL-League and Colby Smith (NA) was named ALL-Star. The Storm family is extremely proud of all of these young men. More information forthcoming on our prep players Georges Niang and Tom Palleschi
by Rick Gorman posted 02/22/2012
Matt Ellis Scores his 1000 Point

1000 pt scorer Matt Ellis with Coach Ed Scollan
It was an absolute pleasure attending the Westford vs St. John's Prep game at Central Catholic Sunday. The game was settled at the buzzer when SJP Junior Tyler Dooley attacked the hoop with the game winning shot. Westford Senior and five year Storm player Matt Ellis needed 11 points going into the game to be our latest 1000 point scorer. With the game going back and forth Matt hit his 1000 on a beautiful baseline three pointer. If you know Matt, he would have rather scored his 1000 today than lose the heartbreaker of a game. I have seen Matt play since he was a third grader playing up a grade against my son's team. For the last five years Matt has been an integral part of our AAU program teaming up with his good friends Adam Bramanti, MASCO and Zack Karalis, North Andover. Matt is one of the highest character guys we have in our program, an unselfish team player who knows how to play the game and always plays hard. I as Director of this program wish I had ten Matt Ellis'. I got to sit with two of Matt Storm teammates Adam Bramanti and Jimmy Warden at the game and realized that this crew now moves on to join the likes of Mike Gorman, Sam Longwell and Jimmy Zenevitch playing college basketball and making the Storm family proud. In the audience last night was Matt's future college coach Phil Rowe as Matt heads to Endicott College next year. Congrats Matt from the entire Storm family
by Rick Gorman posted 02/20/2012
STORM 2012 SPRING HEAD COACHES
The following Head Coaches have been announced for our Storm 2012 Spring teams. More information on each coach will be posted shortly on the coaches page. We welcome all of our new coaches and look forward to another great year of AAU hoops

5th GRADE BLACK: Marcos Echevarria, Lynn Travel
6th GRADE BLACK: Tom Sipsey, Head Coach Whittier Tech
6th GRADE SILVER: Kenya Jones, Assistant Coach Brooks School
7th GRADE BLACK: Dean Coletti, Salem Travel
7th GRADE SILVER: Tom Labrie, Andover Travel
8th GRADE BLACK: Mike Grillakis, Lowell Travel
8th GRADE SILVER: Tony Romano, Youth Coach, IAABO official
8th GRADE WHITE: Pat Costello, Methuen Youth Basketball
9th GRADE BLACK: Mike Isola, Central Catholic Asst. Coach
9th GRADE SILVER: Raymond Nunez, Lawrence High School Asst.
9th GRADE WHITE: John Vitulli, MV. Catholic School League
10th GRADE BLACK: Mike Isola, Central Catholic Asst. Coach
10th GRADE WHITE: John Warden, Westford High Asst. Coach
10th/11th GRADE SILVER: John Miller, Former Merrimack College Asst.
11th GRADE BLACK: Dave Ruffen, Salem High School Asst

Assistant Coaches will be announced prior to season

Other Coaches that will be assisting with practices and clinics


Jonathan Cruz: Central Catholic Asst Coach
Jose Otero: Central Catholic Asst Coach
Dan Rasanen: Lawrence Asst Coach/Feed the Post Inc
Paul Neal: Head Coach Lawrence High School
John McVeigh: Head Coach Brooks School
Micky Burtnyk: Merrimack College Asst Coach
Rick Gorman: BST Basketball Academy
Jeff Nelson: Scout, Utah Jazz
Hank Smith: College Scout, Oklahoma City Thunder
Ted Schruender: North Andover High Asst. Coach

by Josh Peters posted 02/07/2012
TOM PALLESCHI ADDS 1000 POINTS TO 1000 REBOUNDS

Tom Palleschi boxing out Boston College forward Dennis Clifford
Phillips Andover Senior Tom Palleschi achieved another milestone last week when he scored his 1000 point. The impressive stat is even more impressive when you add the milestone of recording his 1000 rebound last month. Tom has had a terrific career at PA and we expect Tom to be a force in the prestigious NESCAC when Tom becomes a Tufts Jumbo next year. The entire Storm family congratulates Big Tom
by Larry Last posted 02/03/2012
Colby Smith Commits to Brandeis

Colby Smith, Brandeis Bound
North Andover senior point guard Colby Smith ended his commitment on February 1st when he announced that he will study and play ball for the Brandeis Judges. Brandeis plays in the prestigious and well respected UAA and is annually one the strongest programs in the UAA. Colby has been a three year varsity player for Mike McVeighs North Andover Knights and a six year member of the New England Storm. Storm Director Rick Gorman states that Brandeis is getting the consummate team player. Colby is a pass first point guard who makes his teammates better. Colby is also one of the states best on the ball defenders. Prior to heading off to Brandies Colby still has some unfinished business as he and his teammates are ready to make a run at the D2 North Championship. The Storm family wishes Colby all the best
by Larry Last posted 02/01/2012
Zack Karalis commits to WPI

Zack Karalis WPI Bound
North Andover senior Zack Karalis ended his recruitment Thursday when he informed WPI Head Coach Chris Bartley that he would be heading to Worcester next year. Zack Karalis has had an outstanding four year career for North Andover's Mike McVeigh and leads a North Andover team that may be the favorite to win D2 North this year. Zack has played his entire AAU career with the Storm which resulted in numerous championships. Storm Director Rick Gorman is ecstatic for Zack " WPI is getting one of the best players in the state, a guy that can play multiple positions and is the consummate team player" "I feel this is a great fit, Chris Bartley and his staff worked very hard on this commitment and I feel strongly that Zack is going to have a very solid career. I am also pleased that Zack will join Storm Alumnus Sam Longwell on a team that will be a top 25 team" Zack and the Karalis family, the Storm family congratulates you and wishes you all the best
by Matt Gibson posted 01/27/2012
Georges Niang Scores his 2000 point

Georges Niang 2000 point scorer
Former Storm Great and present Tilton senior Georges Niang scored his 2000 career point at Tilton Schools game last Saturday. The Methuen resident and Iowa State Bound Niang has accomplished almost everything throughout his high school career but  scoring 2000 points was very special moment for the 6'7" forward. Georges and his Tilton teammates are gearing up for another class championship  and is widely considered one of the best teams in the country. The Storm family salutes Georges Niang for this incredible milestone
by Rick Gorman posted 01/25/2012
Adam Bramanti scores his 1000 point

Adam Bramanti presented ball on his 1000th pt from Coach Shea
On Wednesday night January 12th in front of a packed gym ADAM BRAMANTI of MASCO scored his 1000 point. Adam a four year varsity player and three year starter entered the game with 998 points. When Adam scored number 1000 Head Coach Frank Shea called a timeout so Adam could be recognized. Adam has played with the Storm since 8th grade and the enitre Storm family could not be any more happier for the Stonehill College bound Bramanti. Adam will add on to the number with the season not even half over. Congrats Adam and the entire Bramanti family
by Jim Davis posted 01/12/2012
Storm Players have successful holiday tourneys

Kevin Lafrancis had a phenomenal Holiday Tourney
For the second year in a row, New England Storm players were the talk of both the Greater Lowell Tourney and the Greater Lawrence Tourney. At the Greater Lowell Tourney held at UMASS Lowell, Acton-Boxboro once again met Westford in the final with AB taking home their second title in the last three years. AB senior and Storm player Kevin Lafrancis was named MVP. Other Storm players that made the All-Tourney team were Joey Flannery of AB, and Matt Ellis of Westford. Corey Everleigh of Chelmsford had a great tourney and continues to show he is one of the most improved players in the area. In the Greater Lawrence Tourney we had 22 Storm players playing in the tourney this year. Storm and BABC player Tyler Nelson of Central was named Tourney MVP. Storm players Trevon Farley of Lawrence was All-Tourney along with North Andover's Zack Karalis, and Doug Gemmel of CC. Former Storm player Yadiris Arias of Lawrence won the 6th man award. The following Storm players won coaches award: Kyle Mansour, Methuen. James Costello Andover and Mike Moroney, North Andover. Sophomore Brendan Miller and Junior Isiaih Nelson had breakoout tourneys for North Andover. Other Storm players that saw action for their respective teams were: Jamal Rene, Ryan Freeman, Mark Sicard, Corey Bell and Tim Galloway-Burke of Methuen, Drew O'Shaughnessy, Jack Hartman of Salem. Lucas Hammel, Jamahl Lopez, of Central Catholic, Brett Daley, John Miller, Colby Smith of North Andover. Unfortunatrly due to injury Cooper Hammel, Methuen and Andrew Ruffen were unable to play. Down at the Beverly Tourney Adam Bramanti of Masco was named to the All-Tourney team. Congrats to all of our players and we wish you continued success throughout the season 
by Kelly Coleman posted 12/31/2011
Tom Palleschi commits to Tufts University

Tom Palleschi to attend Tufts University
Phillips Andover Senior Forward Tom Palleschi received word today he has been accepted to Tufts University where he will also play basketball for the Jumbos. The Haverhill resident has had a stellar basketball and baseball career at Phillips Andover as well as starring the last two years for the New England Storm AAU program. Rick Gorman Director of the Storm thinks Tufts has landed a good one in Tom Palleschi. The 6'7" lefty has tremendous potential to have a great career in the prestigious NESCAC. Academically it does not get better than Tufts and the Storm family is proud of Tom's decision to attend and play for the Jumbos. Tom becomes the third Storm player from the class of 2012 to make his collegiate decision. Mascos' Adam Bramanti has accepted a full scholarship to Stonehill College and Matt Ellis of Westford has committed to Endicott College. Congrats Big Tom.

The Storm will also be announcing the decisions of all of our other players in the class of 2012 as soon as decisions are made
by Brian Gleason posted 12/15/2011
STORM PLAYERS: PRE-SEASON ALL STATE

MASS HOOPS website has released its pre-season All State team and as expected a number of Storm players were named: Adam Bramanti (Masco), James Costello (Andover),Zach Karalis (North Andover), Kevin Lafrancis and Joe Flannery (Acton-Boxboro), Matt Ellis (Westford). Also named to the team were locals Kyle Mansour (Methuen), Luis Puellos (Central) and Corey McNamara (Pentucket) . Congrats to all of you
by Wil Hixon posted 12/15/2011
ADAM BRAMANTI WANTS A LEAGUE TITLE BEFORE HEADING TO STONEHILL

ADAM BRAMNTI, MASCO/ NE STORM
http://www.salemnews.com/sports/x891768431/In-The-Paint-boys-basketball-column-Adam-Bomb Adam Bramanti of Masco is profiled in the SalemEvening news. Adam is looking forward to a great senior season before he heads off on scholarship to Stonehill College
by Peter Kaisela posted 12/14/2011
NEW ENGLAND STORM AWARDED MASS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

For the second year in a row the New England Storm AAU Club was awarded the NEAAU MASS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP for grades 3, 4 and 6. The Tournament will be held May 4-6 at UMASS LOWELL. Please visit the NEAAU.org wesbite for entry packet. We will be posting much more about this in the coming months. In 2011 we hosted the 8th grade Championship and this year we look forward to an even better event. Congrats Storm family
by Rick Gorman posted 12/07/2011
FORMER STORM PLAYERS ENJOY FINE STARTS TO COLLEGE CAREERS

Mike Gorman Anna Maria College Freshman
Our first graduates are off to fine starts with their respective Colleges. Jimmy Zenevitch, Assumption College, Mike Gorman: Anna Maria College, Sam Longwell: WPI, Travonne Berry-Rogers: Merrimack College, Jaycob Morales: Wheaton College, Jarvis Castro:NECCO, Ken Icubgnze:NHTI. We will keep the Storm Family updated on thier progress. Congrats to the class of 2011. Storm class of 2012 is starting to conform their plans and we will announce their destinations over the course of the next couple of months.
posted 11/23/2011
Adam Bramanti signs with Stonehill College

Adam Bramanti of Masconomet Regional signed his National Letter of Intent to attend and play for the Stonehill College Skyhawks. Adam who has played for the Storm for five years has had a tremendous high school and AAU career. Rick Gorman Storm Director said "The Storm family is very proud of Adam who decided this summer that Stonehill College was the place for him. Head Coach Dave Mclaughlin has been following Adam for a long period of time and I feel Stonehill is a great atheltic and academic fit for Adam". Adam received alot of D2 and low D1 interest this past spring and summer but Adam felt very comfortable with all aspects of Stonehill. Adam will play against former Storm players Jimmy Zenevitch who is a starting freshman at Assumption College and Travonne Berry Rogers who was a recruited walk-on at Merrimack College. Adam congrats from the Storm family enjoy your final high school season and we look forward to following your college career
by Dan Cargill posted 11/14/2011
Johnny Burke signs D1 Letter of Intent to attend UMKC

Former NE Storm Player John Burke
Original Storm player John Burke signed his national letter of intent to attend and play for the University of Missouri at Kansas City on November 9th. John who played four years for the Storm moved to Georgia during high school and finished his AAU carrer with Georgia Elite. John who is doing a post grad year at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia received interest from a number of Division 1 programs but fell in love with UMKC its coaching staff and players. John and his parents called Storm Director Rick Gorman with the great news on November 9th. John is the third Storm player from the class of 2012 to receive a full scholarship. Rick Gorman who was John's first coach stated he was absolutely thrilled for John and his family. " John was a gym rat who had a dream to play Division 1 Basketball and reached his goal" "John is an outstanding player but an even better person" "We look forward to following John's college career" The Storm family is very proud of John Burke.

by Vin Titone posted 11/14/2011
Great Day for former Storm Players

Wednesday November 9th was a great day for three former New England Storm players who signed their National Letter of Intent. Adam Bramanti of Masconmet is signed to play at Division 2 Stonehill College, John Burke of Hargrave Military Academy is signed to play at Division 1 UMKC (University of Missouri at Kansas City) and Georges Niang of Tilton School is signed to play at Division 1 Iowa State University. We will have much more on all three shortly. The Storm family congratulates and is proud of Adam Bramanti, Georges Niang and John Burke
by Rick Gorman posted 11/10/2011
Matt Ellis Commits to Endicott College

Matt Ellis Commits to Endicott College

The Storm family is proud to announce that Matt Ellis, senior guard at Westford Academy has ended his recruitment and committed to attend Endicott College. Matt has played with the Storm since 7th grade and has had a stellar career for Coach Ed Scollans Westford Grey Ghosts. Storm Director Rick Gorman states that Matt was recruited by a number of Division 3 schools and that Coach Phil Rowe and the Endicott Gulls are getting a fine basketball player and an even better person. Matt will follow in the footsteps of his brother who was four year letterman and captain for Endicott. Matt will also be reiunited with Storm teammate John Henault who is a freshman at Endicott this yearCongrats Matt from the Storm family


by Luther Bradley posted 10/19/2011
Former Storm Players Make a Difference this Summer

Former Storm Player Mike Gorman with assistance from another Storm alumni Ken Icubgnze organized a summer program for teens in Methuen and Lawrence that focused on staying healthy, exploring new adventures and stayingin shape. In June the group started out with six kids and when the program ended August 21st they numbered close to 70. Participants ranged from middle school to college age. On Monday and Wednesdays the group ran 3 to 5 miles as a group through the streets of Methuen. On Tuesday and Thursdays they called the football field home as they did strength, speed and agility drills as well as creating new ways to workout. All four days during the week also included pick up hoops at the Tenney School. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays the group exposed participants to safe and fun activities some of which were first time events for particpants like the Zoo, Hiking, Skateland, Movies, Trips to the beach, bowling. They also ran a yard sale and a carwash to help pay for their trips. The amazing thing was how fast the program caught on and how the group was made up of boys and girls from all walks of life who were strangers in June and close friends by August. Members also conducted interviews where kids were allowed to talk about thier personal struggles and how being part of the movement helped them. The program was called THE MOVEMENT FAMILY and was popularized by its own facebook page which invited kids to particpate and others to follow their progress.At their break up cookout on the 21st the group was shown a 45 minute video from Mike and Rosseli Rodriguez which chronicled the summer. As someone who has been running youth programs for 25 years I was blown away by the vision and creativity shown by Michael , Ken and all the kids that made up the movement family. The movement family plans to get togther periodically throughout the year and then will bring back the magic next summer. To see more about the MOVEMENT FAMILY check out thier facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Movement/25268286141204 Congrats to all and keep changing the world

by Rick Gorman posted 08/25/2011
Fall Ball returns for 7th Year

Zack Karalis will lead North Andover in the 7th annual Fall Ball League
The New England Storm is the lead sponsor of the widely respected high school varsity Fall Legaue. This year we have expanded to NINE teams and will play games on Wednesday Nights starting September 14 and continue to mid November. The teams this year are METHUEN, LAWRENCE, ANDOVER, NORTH ANDOVER, CENTRAL CATHOLIC, ST. JOHNS PREP, WESTFORD, PELHAM NH, SALEM NH. All games will be played at the North Andover Youth Center. Statcheys Pizza, Reebok, North Andover Youth Center, T's Printing and BST Basketball Academy will also be sponsors. We will have updates on this site throughout the fall
by Fennis Denmbo posted 08/17/2011
Dave Kirsch Named Timberlane Head Coach

Former Timberlane and Babson College Star Dave Kirsch

The Storm family is proud to announce that another of member of the family has landed a High School Head Coaching job. Today Dave Kirsch former Timberlane and Babson College Star came home to where it all began as he was named the new coach of Timberlane Regional. The following is the press release about the hiring. " On behalf of the Timberlane Athletic Department I am pleased to announce that we have hired David Kirsch as the Head Boys Basketball Coach for the 2011-12 Basketball season. Mr. Kirsch is a Timberlane graduate and basketball player from 1978-82. After Timberlane, Mr. Kirsch attended Babson College from 1982-86 where he played 4 years of Basketball and was the team captain durting his senior year. At Babson, he earned a B.S. degree in Entrepenurial Studies and Marketing. Mr. Kirsch was elected into the Timberlane Hall of Fame in 1993. Last year he was an assistant coach for Coach Rob Mclaughlin at Salem High School. We are happy that Mr. Kirsch will bring his basketball knowledge and experience back to Timberlane and be part of our athletic program" The Storm family congratulates Dave and know he will have success at Timberlane


by Rick Gorman posted 06/24/2011
Adam Bramanti Commits to STONEHILL COLLEGE

The Storms Adam Bramanti Commits to Stonehill College

Junior ADAM BRAMANTI of Masconomet Regional verbally committed to Coach Dave Mclaughlin and Stonehill College on June 7th. Adam who has played for the New England Storm for five years has been a coveted prospect for the past two years. Rick Gorman who oversaw Adams recruitment states that Adam had a great spring running with Storm-Black. Adam had strong interest from colleges at the Division 1, 2 and 3 level. Gorman feels that Stonehill is a great place for Adam. "The NE-10 is a great league and Coach McLaughlin and his staff made Adam their top priority this spring". Adam will continue to play with the Storm through July and then spend his senior season trying to lead his Masco team to a Cape Ann Championship. The Storm family congratulates Adam and wishes him continued success

For more from New England Recruiting Report go to
http://www.newenglandrecruitingreport.com/news/article/2021/Bramanti-Makes-Early-Pick.php


by James Slattery posted 06/09/2011
Storm Program Break-Up Party A Major Success

John Warden was inducted into the Storm Hall of Fame on June 8

The Storm held its annual end of the spring season banquet on Wednesday June 8th at the Volpe Gymnasium. We would like to thank Merrimack College for allowing us to hold this event on Campus. It was 90 plus degree and the gym was hot just the way we like it. Our entire program and their parents were invited to the event that featured the annual State of the Storm, special recognitions, awards, as well as a pizza party and the handing out of the newest Storm Tshrt.

The following is a brief recap and we hope to add photos shortly


* State of the Storm Address to the Storm Family
* Special Recognition to
Adam Bramanti for receiving a full scholarship to Stonehill Colelge
* Special Recognition to the
Storm Class of 2011. (100% attending college, 85% continuing their basketball careers)
*Special recognition to
11th Grade Miller for winning the Mass Division 1 2011 State Championship

New England Storm Sportsmanship and Character Awards
* Michael Ryan
* Max Kirsch
* Jeff Warden
* Matt Shea


New England Storm Iron Man Awards
* Matt Ellis
* Matt Manteiga
* Chris Miller
* Jeff Trainer


New England Storm Rising Prosepct Award
* James Costello
* Zack Karalis
* Jamahl Lopez
* Cooper Hammel


* Special Presentation and talk from
Georges Niang, former Storm Original for his 2012 Commitment to play basketball for the IOWA STATE CYCLONES. Georges talked about his days and love for the Storm and his message to the Storm players of committing yourself to be the best you can be

New England Storm HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2011
* Bert Hammel
* John Warden


Any Storm player who did not get his new Storm Tshirt please stop by the Youth Center and see Josh. We are having a closeout sale on all 2011 Storm gear. Please contact Rick or Josh

Thanks to everyone who helped make this night special

by Rick Gorman posted 06/08/2011
Storm young guns have solid weekends

The Storm sent six teams down to the Rhode Island Breakers tourney and we came away with two championships and three second places. 5th Grade Sipsey and 6th Grade Colleti took home the title while 7th Grade Grillakis, 8th Grade Hammel and 11th Grade Miller all lost in the finals. Down at the Bay State Magic tourney 8th Grade Vitulli claimed the 8th geade championship. As our last big weekend of the Spring season took place it was great to see so many of our teams have great finishes. Congrats to all of our teams
by Chris Madigan posted 06/06/2011
Storm Players Highlighted at Gymrat Challenge

GYMRAT CHALLENGE 2011

This past weekend we sent three teams to the well known Gymrat Challenge in Albany New York. All three teams had strong tourneys and a number of our players were highlighted in the GymRat Recap. Zack Karalis of Storm-Bramanti was named to the U17 GYMRAT ALL-TOURNEY TEAM. We also had five other players named HONORABLE MENTION. From Storm-Miller we had James Costello and Ryan Freeman and from Storm-Bramanti we had Matt Ellis, Kevin Lafrancis and Adam Bramanti. In the U16 Division, Jamahl Lopez was named GYMRAT ALL-TOURNEY TEAM. Isaiah Nelson was named Honorable Mention. Congrats to all of our guys for having a great Gymrat


by Gymrat Challenge posted 06/02/2011
Storm Miller Wins 11th Grade State Championship

11th Grade Miller 2011 Mass State Champions
Storm Miller reached the final four of the 11th Grade State Championship with three solid pool and playoff games. This weekend down at Quincy High School, Storm Miller won a thrilling 1 point game over the Boston Warriors on Saturday coming from five down in the last minute. The win set up a gold medal match-up with the Middlesex Magic. The Magic coached by Mike Crotty had beaten both of our 11th grade teams back in March and we also held a college night with the Magic two weeks ago so it was only fitting we should see them again with the State title up for grabs. The game was exciting with Magic having an early lead and the Storm went out to a 12 point second half lead only to see the Magic tie the game up. An exciting last two minutes saw the Storm hold on for a hard fought win. All ten players contributed to the championship, Craig Luchenat, James Costello, Mike Moroney, John Miller, Joe Flannery, Corey Everleigh, Ryan Freeman, Brendan Miller, Pat Bradanese and Darrien Myers. The team was coached by John Miller and Mike Moroney. We send out our best to the Boston Warriors and Middlesex Magic, both games were very well played and exciting. The championship was a total team effort but we would be remiss if we did not highlight the play of James Costello and Craig Luchenat.To Coach Miller and Moroney along with the entire team, the Storm family is proud of you
by Chris Tsiotis posted 05/22/2011
Georges Niang Commits to Iowa State

Niang to Iowa State
We are proud to announce that former Storm player and present member of nationally ranked BABC GEORGES NIANG has ended his recruitment and will become an Iowa State Cyclone in September 2012. We will have much more on this shortly. The Storm joins BABC, Tilton School and the Methuen community in congratulating a truly special basketball player and even better person on his decision. Please follow our website for more on this breaking story . Danny Ventura of the Boston Herald was the first to report the commitment. Please see the following links to articles today from ESPN Boston, New England Hoop News and New England Recruiting Report

http://news.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/high_school/?p=3735&srvc=home&position=recent


http://espn.go.com/boston/teams/preps

http://www.newenglandrecruitingreport.com

http://www.nehoopnews.com/news/1368/Tiltons-Niang-Makes-his-call.php

http://twitter.com/#!/mrniang20

http://cyclonefanatic.com/...georges-niang-commits-to-iowa-state

http://www.eagletribune.com/sports/x1526183555/Methuens-Niang-finally-got-the-respect-he-was-due

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuufHnU2aaY&feature=player_embedded

http://www.methuenbasketball.com    MYBA'S Most highly recruited player
by Rick Gorman posted 05/15/2011
8th Grade State Tourney heads to final four weekend

Greg Bridges MABC Black
Kudos to our very own Josh Peters who as site coordinator put on a great show for (42) 8th grade teams. Having the state tourney in the north region was a long time coming and the facilities at UMass Lowell were outstanding. The recreation center and costello gymnasium along with historic setting of Lowell was very fitting. Action was fast and furious starting Friday night and continued till Sunday Night when the 42 teams were paired down to four in Division 1 and four in Division 2. In Division 1 we will see a semi-final match-up between a fundamentally strong Shooting Stars team and an aggressive attacking Mass Rivals squad. The other bracket has pre-tourney favorite BABC Academy and the ever dangerous MABC Black crew. In Division 2 the up tempo Worcester Sting will play an underated Mass Fusion team and in the other bracket Prodigy will go up against a very determined team from A Step Ahead. Our prediction for the finals is MASS RIVALS vs BABC ACADEMY in D1 and WORCESTER STING vs. A STEP AHEAD in D2 but we will not be surprised with any outcome. We wish all remaining 8 teams the best of luck May 21-22.
 
Over the course of the weekend we were able to see alot of games and we were impressed with the passion, effort and skill on display. Here are some of our other observations

Game of the Weekend: MABC Black vs. MASS RIVALS: Game had it all, aggressive defense, attacking the hoop and bombs away on offense. Several lead changes. Emotion on the court and in the stands. Reffing was good, coaching strong and in the end Rivals survive. Honorable Mention: Worcester Sting vs. Storm Silver, MABC Black vs Warriors Shukla, MABC Orange vs. SSBC, Basketball 2 the limit vs. Bay State Jaguars and Guardians vs. Mass Premier

TOUGHEST DRAW: Visionary Basketball Club: Coach Julien Taylor team drew MABC Black and Mass Rivals in pool play and then drew BABC Academy in first round of playoffs. I was impressed as the team did not back down and had a furious comeback against BABC in last game. All three losses were to final four teams. Here is hoping they have a little easier draw next year

Teams that could have been final four teams: With all due respect to those that made the final four in D1 these three teams were good enough to crash the party Boston Spartans, GB Lions and Boston Warriors Shukla

Best food at the Storm Concession
: Hands down the meatball sub prepared by the "Guys in the Kitchen". Have to give it to the Storm for the nice touch of giving away carnations to all the moms who had to sacrifice time on their day for hoop

Team of the Weekend: BABC Academy, I know they have talent but loved some of the nice sets to go along with talent that can break you down. Coaching staff does a nice job. Honorable Mention: Shooting Stars

Player of the Weekend: Greg Bridges MABC Black
: There was alot of talent at the tourney but Bridges did more than anyone else to help his team to victory. He continuously got into the lane, demostrated a nice pull up and had three point range. I was most impressed that he was willing to get his teammates the ball and did not force his offense. We hear he is attending New Mission next year and he stands to be one of the next good ones for coach Corey McCarthy

Coaches of the Weekend: AAU sometimes gets a bad rap for coaching but this weekend we saw alot of good coaching and real passion: Merrimack College head coach Bert Hammel coached Storm Black with passion and an ability to really teach the game. A Step Ahead's Brendan Smith got alot out of his kids with a nice style. Former UNH player Colbey Santos has started his own program "Basketball School" and loved his connection with his players and his passion ( keep an eye on Colbey as he builds his program)and Leo Farma of North Shore Bobcats who had a nice demeanor and an ability to get alot out of his guys

Ray Allan Award: Not sure if he shoots like this all the time but Connor Simpson of Storm Silver was money from three point land. Word has it Simpson heads to Central Catholic next year

Play Hard Award: Mass Rivals is known for having elite high school teams but this group of 8th graders not only has talent they just out hustle you and if your not up to it they will run you off the court

Giving Back: Nice to see some former AAU stars giving back this weekend. Denzel Brito of Loyola of Chicago and National Champion Shabbaz Napier of UConn came down to support the guys from Basketball School, present members of the Notre Dame Prep team came down to support Guardian Basketball who pactice at their gym. Nice job guys

Players with "Notable Performances this past weekend"
Greg Bridges: MABC Black
Adim Ceasar: MABC Black
Ben Judson: Mass Rivals
Connor Merinder: Mass Rivals
Tommy Mobley: Mass Rivals
David Geribaldi: Mass Rivals
Drew Moore: Blaze
Geo Lefils: Bay State Magic
Daiquan Rose: Bay Sate Magic
Brian Jeffrey: Bay State Magic
Connor Simpson: NE Storm Silver
Cooper Hammel: NE Storm Black
Brett Daley: NE Storm Black
#44 : Wolfpack
#6 : Boston Warriors Fish
#1 : Boston Warriors Shukla
#23: Boston Warriors Shukla
#33: Mass Premier
Andrew Claflin: Mass Elite
Jake Burt: Mass Elite
Jamie Kenendy: A step ahead
Jeremiah Perez: Worcester Sting
Greg Trinidad: Prodigy
Kareem Davis: BABC
Brendan Hill: BABC
Jordan Scurry: BABC
Marcel Petty: BABC
Terrance Mann : BABC
Jaleel Massey: SSBC
Malick Banguia: SSBC
Michael Boateng: Shooting Stars

We did miss a few others and we apologize but it was tough getting some names and numbers. Congrats to all the participants and best of luck the rest of the aau season
by BST Basketball Services posted 05/13/2011
Storm / Magic College Night A Big Succcess

Aaron Davis of Brooks School impressed at College Night
On May 11th the Storm and Middlesex Magic held a college night for both teams at Tufts University. 12 members of the Magic and 16 members of the Storm participated in the 2 hours exposure event which included drill work and full court scrimmaging. Over 50 invitations went out to Division 2 and Division 3 coaches and 33 institutions attended. Adam Finkelstein from New England Recruiting Report and Brendan Hall from ESPN Boston also attended and will be recapping the event. I would like to thank Magic Director Mike Crotty Jr. , his staff and players for combining efforts with the Storm on this great exposure event. The Magic is a first class program and we look forward to working together again in the future. For Adam Finkelstein's recap of the event please go to http://www.newenglandrecruitingreport.com/news/article/1970/MagicStorm-College-Night-Event-Recap.php
by Rick Gorman posted 05/12/2011
Johnny Burke to Prep at Hargrave Military Academy

John Burke heads to Prep school
Former Storm player John Burke who played for the Storm/Rivals for four years has decided to do a prep year at Nationally renowned Hargrave Military Academy. John and his family moved to Georgia three years ago and he has had an outstanding high school career at North Spring High School. John was one of the leading scorers in the state of Georgia this past season and did receive interest from Division 2 and Division 1 schools. John came back north for an official visit to Holy Cross two weeks ago but after weighing his options John has decided to attend an outstanding prep school, Hargrave. Rick Gorman, Storm Director is convinced that John will reach his goal of playing Division 1 basketball. " John is the most athletic player I have ever coached. He scores in a variety ways and he is the consummate gymrat". "I really enjoyed coaching Johnny for a number of years and I look forward to following his prep school year and his Division 1 recruitment". Congrats John, the Storm family is proud of you
by James Penn posted 05/09/2011
Down Memory Lane

cmac had three division 1 players on 7th grade team in 2006
As all of the Mass State Championships are being decided over the next two weeks our "Down Memory Lane" piece focuses on one of the greatest State Tourney games according to NEAAU Director John Kottori who actually coached in that game. In 2006 the two best teams were paired up in the 7th Grade semi-finals at Brandeis, Mass Rivals vs. CMAC Hawks. The game was played before a packed house in the back gym. The game was a see-saw affair which had numerous lead changes with neither team having more than a 4 point lead throughout. In the end The Rivals outlasted CMAC by two points. John Kottori was the coach of CMAC and Rick Gorman was the coach of the Rivals but the collection of talent on the floor that day was the real story. CMAC roster included Division 1 players Zack Auguste (Notre Dame), Evan Cummins (Harvard), Cannan Severin (Virginia-Football)  and Dominique Bull (Missouri),and three talented players who are playing D3 this season Corey Pryor (Anna Maria), Jon Henault (Endicott) and Hugh Daye (Anna Maria). The Rivals talnet was equally impressive as the roster included Division 1 players Georges Niang (Iowa State) and John Burke (UMKC), Division 2 player Jimmy Zenevitch (Assumption) and D3 players Mike Gorman (Anna Maria) Jaymie Spears (Williams)and Steve Spirou (Trinity). The Rivals went on to beat the Boston Warriors in the gold medal game but to this day players on both teams still talk about the battle on court 1. You never know what kids at the middle school age develop thier games once they get older but i would be willing to bet to this day a Mass State tourney game has never seen this much potential talent on one court chase thier dreams to play college basketball
by Steve Burton posted 05/04/2011
11TH Grade Miller Roll into States Final Four, 7th Graders Also

Ryan Freeman and 11TH Grade Miller crash state final four
11th Grade Silver coached by John Miller won their first three games of the Division 1  Mass State Tourney and are now in the final four to be played May 21-22. The total team effort was impressive and it looks like a strong final four with Boston Warriors, Middlesex Magic , Bomb Squad and the Storm going for the gold. We are also impressed with our 7th grade Black team coached by Mike Grillakis who will also be going for the gold as part of the Division 1 Final Four. Congrats also to our 5th graders coached by Tom Sipsey who finished top 8 in the 5th Grade Division1 championships
by Pat Bradley posted 05/02/2011
Storm Teams do well at Super Regionals

The Super Regionals were held for 5th thru 8th grade at Mass Premier last weekend and our four teams did well. In the 5th grade division, Coach Tom Sipseys young guys battled to the championship game of the Silver division falling to Mass Evolution by two. Our 6th graders coached by Dean Colletti had a tough road but battled hard falling to perennial power MABC in the first round of the playoffs. Mike Grillakis 7th graders who are off to a great start this season won their pool and lost in the second round of the playoffs to a very good Shooting Stars team securing a top 8 position. Expect the 7th graders to be in the hunt for the state championship. Our 8th graders coached by Merrimack College Head Coach Bert Hammel won their pool and finished top 8 losing to eventual champion BABC Academy in the second round of the playoffs. Congrats to all four of our younger teams at the 2011 Super Regionals
by Richie Napolitano posted 04/20/2011
Bramanti lands first scholarship offer

Adam Bramanti lands his first scholarship offer

Junior Adam Bramanti (Masconomet) got some very good news today when Stonehill Colllege Head Coach Dave Mclaughlin offered Adam a full scholarship. Adam has been a three year varsity player at Masco and has been with the Storm for four years. When reached for comment Storm Director Rick Gorman stated that "The Storm family is very proud of Adam. He has worked very hard for a long time and we look forward to following Adam's recruitment over the next six months"
Congrats Adam from all of us at the New England Storm


by Dave Callum posted 04/18/2011
YES THAT WAS COACH CAL

A surprise visitor to the North Andover Youth Center

Word was buzzing around North Andover Thursday afternoon that Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari was at the North Andover Youth Center. Yes its true Coach Cal along with former player and assistant coach Derek Kellogg the present Head Coach of UMASS stopped by the Youth Center Thursday afternoon. UMASS is recruiting former Storm player Georges Niang. Coach Cal who was visiting his daughter at UMass spent time with Storm Director Rick Gorman and then toured the facility and met with Youth Center staff. It was a great visit from Coach Calipari and Coach Kellogg. Thanks to both coaches and best of luck in 2011-12


by Carmelo Travieso posted 04/10/2011
Bramanti stands out at NERR , Costello at Super Regionals

James Costello, Andover High
This past weekend our 11th grade teams were out on the road at both the NERR Northeast Hoop Festival at Sacred Heart and at the NEAAU Super Regionals. Both teams finished 2-1 and are posied for big spring seasons. At Sacred Heart ADAM BRAMANTI of Masco was one of the players highlighted Saturday by NERR and JAMES COSTELLO of Andover had alot of college coaches admiring his games down at Mass Premier. Both players are off to strong seasons and will be two high school seniors to keep an eye on next year.
by Joe Keller posted 04/09/2011
Storm Players highlight Herarld ALL-SCHOLASTIC Team

Travonner Berry Rogers one of 6 Storm Players on Hearld Team
The Boston Herald came out with their 2011 All-Scholastic Team and Present and Former Storm Players highlghted the team. Jimmy Zenevitch (Central Catholic), Travonne Berry Rogers (Lynn English) and Sam Longwell (Acton-Boxboro) join former Storm players Jaylen Alicea (Lawrence), Marc Cornelius (Westford) and Joe Bramanti (Andover) on this years team. Congrats to all of our guys
by Danny V posted 04/09/2011
Lowell Sun All-Stars also have a Storm Flavor

Marc Cornelius: Lowell Sun Player of the Year
The Lowell Sun released their 2011 Boys All-Star team and once again there were a number of Storm players representing. Former Storm player MARC CORNELIUS (Westford) took home player of the year honors. Matt Ellis (Westford), Sam Longwell (Acton-boxboro), Wes Schroll (Acton-Boxboro) Steve Spirou (Pelham) and Matt Daniels (Chelmsford) were all named to the first team. The second team included Kevin Lafrancis (Acton-Boxboro) Tim McCarthy (Wilmington) and Corey Everleigh (Chelmsford). Pat Bradanese (Billerica) was named Honorable Mention. Congrats to all of our players
by Marvin Jones posted 04/08/2011
Eagle Tribune All-Stars have a Storm Flavor

Jimmy Zenevitch : Eagle Tribune MVP
The Lawrence Eagle Tribune came out with their 2011 Basketball All-Star team and the a number of present and forrmer Storm Players were named to the team. Jimmy Zenevitch (Central Catholic) highlighted the team and was named this years MVP. Michael Gorman (Methuen), Tom Palleschi (Philips), Zack Karalis (North Andover), Joe Bramanti (Andover), Steve Spirou (Pelham), Jaylen Alicea (Lawrence) and Jaycob Morales (Central). Honorable mention notices went to Craig Luchenat and James Costello (Andover), Jessie Hiraldo and Yadoris Arias (Lawrence), Raudy Minaya and Kyle Mansour (Methuen), Jimmy Warden(North Andover) and Mark Hanson (Philips). For more information go to www.eagletribune.com .For a pictorial slideshow of the team go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnZdRnOCJp8&feature=player_embedded



by Stu Primus posted 04/04/2011
Matt Daniels receives Sheehan Sportsmanship award from Board 95

Matt Daniels, Chelmsford High Captain
Chelmsford senior Matt Daniels was awarded the George "Pete" Sheehan Sportsmanship award from IAABO Board 95 at their annual banquet. Daniels a three year varsity player for the lions was also named to the Merrimack Valley All-Star team three times. The Lions captain hopes to continue his basketball career next year. Daniels is the second Storm player to earn similar awards this year as Mike Gorman of Methuen won the Middleton award for Sportsmanship and character from IAABO Board 130
by John Rafferty posted 04/01/2011
Gorman awarded prestigious Middleton Award

Mike Gorman, Middleton Award Winner
Methuen High's Mike Gorman was presented with the Edward ' Gint" Middleton award on March 29th at the IAABO Board 130 Awards ceremony held at the Danversport Yacht Club. The award is given for "Outstanding Sportsmanship and Character" Mike was selected from an outstanding pool of senior nominees. Mike concluded  a great four year career at Methuen High where he was a four year starter and two year captain. Mike, who hopes to study Human Services in college has narrowed down his recruitment to Anna Maria College, Regis College and Colby-Sawyer College. Congrats Michael, the Storm family is proud of you
by Elton Tyler posted 03/30/2011
Storm Players Perform well at Showcases and All-star games

Joey Flannery: Acton-Boxboro. Poised for a strong aau season
The Mass & New Hampshire Basektball Report conducted their showcase and grade
all-star games the weekend of March 18th and a number of Storm players were highlighted. Joey Flannery of Acton-Boxboro who is coming off a strong junior season and Zack Karalis of North Andover showed well in the showcase and the following Storm Players were highlighted for their performances in the grade all-star games: Adam Bramanti (Masco), Kevin Lafrancis (Acton -Boxboro), Zack Karalis (North Andover), Andrew Ruffen (Salem NH), Isaiah Nelson (North Andover) and Max Gouveia (Litchfield NH). Congrats to all and for more information please go to the Mass & New Hampshire Basketball Report. More info to follow on Storm players attending the Hoop Group and Hoop Mountain Showcases. The Storm program kicks off the spring tourney season this weekend in the Middlesex Magic tourney.
by Perry Bromwell posted 03/24/2011
Whats new with the Georges Niang Recruitment


After leading his Tilton School Rams to the Class AA Prep School Championship and being named tourney MVP the Niang recruitment began to blow up as a number of high major schools started to show interest in the 6'7" junior. On Sunday March 13th Georges received a phone call from the Univeristy of Iowa's head coach Fran Mcaffrey who offered Niang a full scholarship in the hopes of Georges wearing a hawkeye uniform. Other high majors that have been in touch include Texas A&M, UNLV, Colorado, St. Bonaventure, Iowa State, Seton Hall and Alabama. Georges has already received full offers from UMass, URI, Northeastern, Siena, George Mason, Drexel, Delaware, Stoney Brook, Florida Atlantic, UNC-Greensboro, Miami of Ohio, UNH, Hofstra and Charlotte. Georges has a break this week but next week will begin his spring and summer season running with National AAU Power BABC. We will keep the Storm family updated on where Georges Niang decides to take his game to in 2012.

by Tim Hart posted 03/14/2011
Storm Represents: 4 MVP's, 15 All-Conference and All-Stars

Mike Gorman wrapped up an outstanding four year career with the MVC small MVP
As most of the high school leagues wind down end of season awards are announced, 19 Present and Former STORM players were honored this past week. The Storm accounts for 4 league most valuable players and 15 all-conference and all-star team members. MIKE GORMAN (Methuen) was named Merrimack Valley small schools MVP. JOE BRAMANTI (Andover) was named Merrimack Valley large schools MVP. MARK CORNELIUS (Westford) was named Dual County League MVP and ADAM BRAMANTI (Masco) was named Cape Ann Legaue MVP. ALL-CONFERENCE selections for the Merrimack Valley JIMMY ZENEVITCH (Central Catholic), RAUDY MINAYA (Methuen), JAYCOB MORALES (Central Catholic), JESSIE HIRALDO (Lawrecne) and MATT DANIELS (Chelmsford). ALL STAR selections for Merrimack Valley included CRAIG LUCHENAT(Andover) JAMES COSTELLO (Andover) and JAMES STAPLES, KYLE MANSOUR (Methuen). ALL LEAGUE selections from the Dual County League include SAM LONGWELL, WES SCHROLL and KEVIN LAFRANCIS from Acton - Boxboro and MATT ELLIS from Westford. ALL -LEAGUE selections from the Cape Ann League include ZACK KARALIS (North Andover) and TIM McCARTHY (Wilmington). TRAVONE BERRY-ROGERS (Lynn English) was selected ALL CONFERENCE for the Northeastern Conference. CONGRATS TO ALL OF OUR PRESENT AND FORMER PLAYERS. THE STORM FAMILY IS PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
by Greg Pickney posted 02/24/2011
ZENEVITCH SCORES 1000 POINT IN LOSS TO SJP

Jimmy Zenevitch 1000 point scorer
Jimmy Zenevitch of Central Catholic wrapped up his senior regular season in style as he scored his 1000 point. Jimmy a four year varsity player had an incredible career for the Raiders and next year takes his talents to Assumption College. Congrats Jimmy
by Steve Strother posted 02/22/2011
Showdown in DCL will have a strong STORM prescence

Wes Schroll, Acton -Boxboro
Friday Night February 11th there will be a showdown for the Dual County League title and when they throw the ball up six of the ten starters will be from the Storm family. Acton Boxboro will be led by Storm players Sam Longwell, Wes Schroll, and Kevin LaFrancis and Westford will be led by Storm players, Matt Ellis, Justin Mount and former Storm player Marc Cornelious. Two great teams, a great group of players and two of the most outstanding high school coaches Ed Scollan (Westford) and Rick Kilpatrick (Acton-Boxboro) in the State. The Storm family wishes both teams and our players the best of luck
by James Bailey posted 02/02/2011
Some More Storm Notable Performances

Tom Palleschi having a great year for Philips
New England Recruiting Report named their most recent notable performances on February 4th and once again the Storm was represented. Philips Andover Tom Palleschi is having a great season and continues to turn heads. North Andover Junior Zack Karalis enjoyed a fine offensive week with back to back twenty plus points and Tilton Junior Georges Niang was a weekly top performer for the 4th straight week. The Beantown Hoops website also named Storm senior Travonne Berry-Rogers of Lynn English as its players of the week. Congrats guys
by Tim Perry posted 02/01/2011
NERR highlights a number of Storm players again

Travonne Berry - Rogers had a big game against Brockton
NERR'S weekly notable performances like last week highlighted performances by a number of our varsity players for the week 1/28. Jimmy Zenevitch (CC), Georges Niang (Tilton) and Sam Longwell (Acton-Boxboro) were again highlighted for strong performances. Also this week Adam Bramanti (Masco) and BST grad Derek Collins (North Andover) made the notable performances list but the Storm player that may have had the strongest week was Travonne Berry Rogers (Lynn English) who hit 6 three and had a game high 29 points leading Lynn English to a big win over Brockton. Congrats to all of our guys for a solid week
by Billy English posted 01/23/2011
More News on Storm Varsity Players

JZ. Mcdonalds game nominee
This week we were notified that Central Catholic senior Jimmy Zenevitch was nominated for the prestigious MCDONALDS ALL-AMERICAN GAME. Congrats Jimmy! New England Recruiting Report came out with their notable performances  for January 10-14 and Mike Gorman (Methuen), Jimmy Zenevitch (CC), Sam Longwell (Acton-Boxboro) and former Storm Players Georges Niang (Tilton) and Steve Spirou (Pelham) were highlighted. Acton-Boxboro senior Wes Schroll has been on a tear as of late and Trevonne Berry Rogers (Lynn English) scored a game high 29 points in English win over Brocton. Matt Daniels (Chelmsford) is having a solid senior year. Storm Juniors are not taking a back seat as Adam Bramanti (Masco) and Matt Ellis (Westford) are having very strong seasons. In the Prep ranks Tom Palleschi (Philips) and Nick Lund (Rivers) have been putting up great numbers as of late. Sophomore Justin Mount (Westford) has been very effective as a first year starter.

The seniors on last years u17 team are starting to make their college plans and we will announce their plans in early spring. Best of Luck to all of you as you all wind down strong high school careers
by Scott Chandler posted 01/14/2011
Storm Players Highlighted on MA/NH High School Basketball Report

Shane Farley: Burlington High
The Mass/New Hampshire High School Basketball Report which does a nice job highlighting Basketball Teams and Players in the Bay State and Granite State recently highlighted MASS prospects in classes 2011 thru 2014. A number of present and former Storm players were highlighted. The class of 2011 was represented by, Jimmy Zenevitch (Central Catholic), Mike Gorman (Methuen), Sam Longwell (Acton-Boxboro), Raudy Minaya (Methuen) and Brian Salvesen (Andover). 2012 was represented by Zack Karalis (North Andover), Adam Bramanti (Masco) and Craig Luchenat (Andover). Derek Collins (North Andover) who plays for Mass Rivals but participates in Rick Gorman's BST Academy represented the class of 2013 and the Frosh class of 2014 was represented by Drew Belcher (Reading), Shane Farley (Burlington), Christian Mornewick (Burlington)  Tyler Nelson ( Central Catholic), Nick Cambio (Central Catholic) and Brendan Miller (North Andover). For more on the entire list of state wide prospects or to see other features please go to http://mass-nh-highschoolbasketballreport.blogspot.com/2010/11/mass-boys-team-rankings.html. Former players that were also highlighted were Joe Bramanti (Andover), Jaylen Alicea (Lawrence), Jaycob Morales (Central Catholic) and Jesse Hiraldo (Lawrence)



by Rudy Williams posted 01/11/2011
Steven Spirou Commits to Trinity

Steve Spirou: Trinity College Bound
Original Storm baller STEVEN SPIROU of Pelham NH has committed to Trinity College. Trinity is a great place for Steven, a school with a great academic reputation and a chance to play for one of the best college coaches around in former Andover resident Jamie Cosgrove. Steven was with the program when we started as New England Spirit, through two strong years with the Rivals when we made two trips to the state finals winning as seventh graders and through our first few years as the Storm. Storm Director Rick Gorman is thrilled for Steven. " Steve is a classy kid and one of the hardest working kids I have had the chance to work with. Trinity is a great academic fit and a chance to play for Jamie is the perfect scenario for Steve". The Storm family congratulates Steven Spirou and wish him all the best at Trinity
by Matt Bonner posted 01/02/2011
Once again Storm Players Shine in Holiday Tourneys

Matt Ellis had a fine Greater Lowell Christmas Tourney
Storm Players past and present once again shined at the Greater Lawrence, Greater Lowell and Beverly Holiday Tourneys. Adam Bramanti lead Masco to the finals of the Beverly Holiday Tourney. Matt Ellis, Justin Mount and Marc Cornelius led Westford to the Greater Lowell Holiday Tourney Championship. Matt Daniels (Chelmsford), Steve Spirou (Pelham), Wes Schroll (Acton-Boxboro) and Sam Longwell (Acton-Boxboro) all won awards at the Tourney. Cornelius was named MVP and Ellis was named to All-Tourney team. In the Greater Lawrence Christmas Tourney the following had strong tourneys. Joe Bramanti, Brian Salvesen and Craig Luchenat (Andover), Jesse Hiraldo, Trevon Farley, Jaylen Alicea, David Rivera (Lawrence) Mike Gorman, Raudy Minaya, James Staples , Ryan Freeman (Methuen), Zack Karalis, Derek Collins, Colby Smith, Jimmy Warden, Iisah Nelson, Mike Moroney, John Miller (North Andover), Bramanti was named MVP, Zenevitch, Alicea, Collins, Karalis were all named all-tourney, Gorman and Salvesen were recipients of coaches award. Bramanti moved in to top 10 in scoring all-time of xmass tourney and Gorman becomes third all time in threes made in christmas tourney. Congrats to all of our Storm players, best of luck the rest of the season
by Chris Tsiotis posted 01/01/2011
Storm Seniors named to MASS HOOPS Pre-season All-State

Trevonne Berry-Rogers
Rob Van of Mass Hoops just released his pre-season all-state selections and the Storm had six current and three former players listed. Jimmy Zenevitch (Central Catholic) Mike Gorman (Methuen), Sam Longwell (Acton Boxboro), Travonne Berry-Rogers (Lynn English), Raudy Minaya (Methuen), and Wes Schroll (Acton Boxboro) who all played for Storm U17 last year were named to the squad. Joe Bramanti (Andover), Jaylen Alicea (Lawrence) and Jaycob Morales (Central Catholic) who played for the Storm in 2009 were also named. Congrats to all and best of luck this season.
by Greg Pickney posted 12/08/2010
Zenevitch Signs with Assumption

Jimmy Zenevitch, Assumption Bound
On November 15th Central Catholic senior Jimmy Zenevitch signed his letter of intent to attend Assumption College next year. Jimmy has had a great career at Central Catholic and is looking forward to his senior season. Jimmy has played for the Storm for many years and last year played for U17 Gorman. Congrats Jimmy, the Storm family is proud of you
by Tony Romano Sr posted 11/16/2010
Beantown Hoops Highlights Mike Gorman and Sam Longwell

Mike Gorman, Methuen Rangers
Beantown Hoops website has highlighted two Storm Players in their Pre-Season Players to watch this coming season. Mike Gorman is ready to lead the Methuen Rangers in the MVC and Sam Longwell is ready to lead Acton-Boxboro in the Dual County League. Both Sam and Mike played for the Storm U17 team in 2010. Good luck to both Mike and Sam. To see both articles go to: http:// www.beantownhoops.com/13.html


by Ed Rodrigues posted 11/15/2010
CATCHING UP WITH GEORGES NIANG ON THE RECRUITING TRAIL

Georges Niang of Tilton School and Methuen Mass.

After a very hectic and productive summer Georges Niang is back for his Junior year at Tilton School in Tilton New Hampshire. Georges who is the most recruited player from our area since Carson Desrosier has received attention from many of the mid major Division 1 programs and it appears the interest in Georges is still growing. Georges has received scholarship offers from Florida Atlantic, Siena, UNH, Northeastern, Miami of Ohio, Hofstra, and UNC -Greensboro. Other schools showing great interest in Niang are St. Bonaventure, Monmouth, Holy Cross, UNLV, Delaware, Stoney Brook and Boston University. Georges has also received phone calls from Boston College and Notre Dame. The Tilton open gyms have been packed with D1 and D2 coaches to see a number of the Tilton Rams that are being recuited. Georges reports that one day you see Jim Boeheim and Tubby Smith in the stands and the next day you see Texas A & M, Siena, Northestern,Duke, Georgetown. When asked what the recruitment proces has been like Georges says "The process has been up and down but it made me realize that you have to bring it every night, no plays off, your every move is being watched". Georges credits his roommate Dominic Bull (committed to URI) for helping him through this process. "Its just easier having some one who can relate to everything your feeling". Georges and the Rams are loaded this year with Dominique Bull, Nerlens Noel, Goodluck Okonoboh and Wayne Selden. Georges says" as long as we work hard; we are going to be tough to beat". Don't bet against the Rams winning another Prep School National Championship and don't bet against Georges Niang basketball future. Alhtough Georges runs with BABC now he still works out with the Storm program and when he comes home he is always in the gym getting better with Rick Gorman's BST program and pursuing his dream. We will update the Storm family periodically as Georges makes the all important decision within the next year of where to take his talent


by Travis Best posted 10/19/2010
TANGLIS NAMED STONEHAM VARSITY HEAD COACH

Tanglis began his coaching career at Plymouth State
Former Storm coach and instructor PAUL TANGLIS was named the new Head Basketball Coach for the Stoneham Spartans of the Midldesex League. The Former North Andover High School and Framingham State captain has been serving the last two years as Junior Varsity coach at Medford High School. Storm Director Rick Gorman says Stoneham got "one of the best young coaching talents in the State". Congrats to Paul Tanglis, the Storm family is proud of you 
by Ted Kelly posted 10/15/2010
5th Annual Merrimack Valley Youth Coaches Clinic

The 5th Annual Merrimack Valley Coaches Clinic will be hld on Saturday November 6th 8:30-1:30 at the North Andover Middle School. This year our presenters will be Emerson College Head Coach Hank Smith, North Andover High School Head Coach Mike McVeigh, St. Johns Prep Head Coach Sean Connolly, College and High School Official Rich Napolitano and Feed the Post Incorporated.The Clinic is free to Merrimack Valley Youth Coaches and $10 for all other coaches. To reserve a spot email Rick Gorman at

by Sean Ryan posted 10/12/2010
ASK A PERSONAL TRAINER COLLABORATES WITH NE STORM

Ask A Personal Trainer
Austin Heckman of AAPT WORLWIDE is partnering with NE Storm for AGILITY, SPEED and CONDITIONING. Austin has been working out Mike Gorman and Georges Niang since the summer with great results. More info on the partnership will be forthcoming. For videos of some of his workouts please go to

http://www.youtube.com/aaptworldwide

For more info go to their website at http://www.askapersonaltrainer.net



by Ed Colon posted 10/04/2010
Storm Players star at Beantown Hoops Invitational

Beantown Hoops held their innaugural Invitational Tourney on September 18th at Medford High School. The six teams invited were NEW MISSION, METHUEN, ACTON-BOXBORO, WHITINSVILLE CHRISTIAN, MALDEN and MEDFORD. New Mission beat Methuen in the final. The tourney had some great games and outstanding prformances. Mike Gorman (Methuen) and Sam Longwell (Acton-Boxboro) were named to the FIRST team ALL-TOURNEY TEAM and Raudy Minaya(Methuen) and Kyle Mansour (Methuen) were named SECOND team ALL-TOURNEY TEAM. Raudy Minaya also won the three point competition. for more information go to

http://www.beantownhoops.com/recruiting.html


by Kevin McCann posted 09/22/2010
FALL BALL KICKS OFF ANOTHER YEAR

Zack Karalis week #1 Player of the night
The 6th year of FALL BALL began September 15th with four good games. The varsity league is held on Wednesday Nights at the North Andover Youth Center and features the following teams: North Andover, Andover, Lawrence, Methuen, Westford, St. Johns Prep, Bishop Fenwick and Pelham (nh). The first night saw Westford Take down Bishop Fenwick, North Andover snuck by Andover. Lawrence held on to beat St. Johns and Methuen ran by Pelham.
The league is sponsored by the Storm, town of North Andover, Stacheys Pizza, Reebok and B.S.T. Basketball Academy. The league runs through mid November.
by Bill Boutilier posted 09/18/2010
6 Storm Players Invited to Elite 75 Frosh/Soph Showcase

Elite 75 Showcase

The Storm is proud to announce that six members of last years U14 and U15 Teams were invited to the NERR sponsored Elite 75 showcase in September. From U14 Burtnyk those invited were Brendan Miller (Central Catholic), Drew Belcher (Reading) and Shane Farley (Burlington). From U15 Ruffen Isiah Nelson (North Andover), Andrew Ruffen (Salem NH) and Justin Mount (Westford) were invited. Over the last few years we have had a number of players invited and the Storm family congratulates our newwst invitees. Good luck and have fun

by Skip Barry posted 08/25/2010
Zenevitch commits to Assumption

JZ to play college ball at Assumption
Storm Director Rick Gorman reports that 6'8" Central Catholic senior Jimmy Zenevitch has verbally committed to play college basketball at Assumption College. Jimmy informed Coach Serge Debari of his decision on August 12th. Jimmy had a great junior year helping CC win the Division 1 State Championship. Jimmy had received scholarship offers also from Merrimack College and University of Mass Lowell. Jimmy who has played for the Storm since its start will now set his sights on helping CC defend its state championship title. Congrats to Jimmy from the Storm family
by Ricky Wallace posted 08/13/2010
Last Minute Summer AAU News

Adam Bramanti connecting on another three pointer
With Summer AAU officially wrapped up some final program info to relay. Georges Niang (Methuen Mass, Tilton School) was named by NERR as the #4 Summer Top Stock Riser for his outstanding July running with the NATIONAL CHAMPION BABC U16 Team. Georges has landed a number of D1 offers and his recruitment has just begun. Adam Bramanti (Masco) was named Honorable Mention Top Stock Riser. Adam who is entering his junior year at Masco will lead what is expected to be an impressive 2011 U17 Storm team. Shane Farley (Burlington) was highlighted by NERR at the Boston Best 40 showcase. Shane who was named Top Prospect at the Storm Break-up is entering his freshman year at Burlington High School. Jimmy Zenevitch (Methuen, Central Catholic) landed his third D2 scholarship when Assumption College offered Jimmy on August 8th.
by Charles Micol posted 08/12/2010
Hoops for Hopes Playoffs

Tom Palleschi and the Preps are in the semi-finals
Hoops for Hope Summer League is winding down to Championship Sunday and the Semi-Finals will have a large contingent of present and former Storm Players. In quarterfinal games, Lawrence ran past Central Catholic behind Jaylen Alicea's 45 points. Methuen took down Lexington by 18 points behind 24 points frm Mike Gorman and 18 by Raudy Minaya. The Preps nipped Westford by 2 with Mark Hanson leading the way with 24 and Lynn English beat North Andover by 16 behind Travonne Berry- Rogers 18 points. The Semi-finals pit Lawrence against Methuen and Preps vs. Lynn English. The Finals will be held at 8:30.The following Storm players will be playing: From Lawrence Jaylen Alicea, David Rivera, Jesse Hiraldo and Francis Sprauss. From Methuen Mike Gorman, Raudy Minaya, James Staples, Kyle mansour and Ryan Freeman. For the Preps Georges Niang (fresh off winning the u16 National Championship), Mark Hanson, Tom Palleschi and Greg Devlin. For Lynn Englsih Travonne Berry Rogers will be the main guy . Congrats to all of our players
by John Miller posted 07/31/2010
Farley Selected for Boston's Best 40

Shane Farley, Burlington High School
We are proud to announce that Shane Farley (Burlington), an incoming 9th grader has been selected to attend Boston's Best 40. The event will be held on Sunday August 8th at the Rivers School in Weston. The showcase is for the best 40 8th and 9th graders. Shane who will enter Burlington High School in September enjoyed a fine aau season for Coach Micky Burtnyk's U14 team. Shane was also selected one of four "Prospect" award winners at the Storm Program break up party. Congrats Shane the Storm family is proud of you
by Gerry Corcoran posted 07/22/2010
Niang leads BABC to Peach Jam Finals and picks up more offers

Georges Niang
Georges Niang's summer continues to turn peoples heads as the 6'7" 230lb forward put up big scoring and rebounding numbers for BABC's 16's. BABC was otstanding all week as they made it to the finals of the Peach Jam, losing a heart beaker by two points. Georges now has offers from UNH, Florida Atlantic, and Hofstra. Only entering his junior year at Tilton expect many more offers to come in. Georges will head home for a few days before heading to Orlando for the Super Showcase and National Championships. Congrats Georges
by Ron Texeira posted 07/16/2010
Enjoy the Ride! It Goes by Way too Fast

How many of these guys can you name

As part of our KEEPING IT REAL Motto, remember top take a deep breath and enjoy the experience cause it goes by way too fast. We some time lose perspective with the craziness that accompanies the experience. Long before the college recruitment, extensive travel, showcases, camps, competition it was fun to ball with your boys. Try to be the first to correctly name each of these players and win a Storm sweatshirt

by Kevin McCann posted 07/16/2010
5 Storm Players Highlight Super 16 Evening Performances

Super 16 Recap
The New England Storm 16's and 17's travelled to the Super 16 Showcase at Quinnipiac College on Tuesday July 13th. Over 100 D1,2 and 3 coaches attended the all day showcase. Both the 16's and 17's were scheduled to play Lone Wolf from Vermont and Conencticut Basketball Club. The 16's dispatched Lone Wolf by 18 and then fell to CBC by 10. The 17's lead Lone Wolf by a comfortable margin and then withstood a Lone Wolf rally to win by two. In the second game the 17'S led CBC by 8 at half and ran out of gas in the second half losing by 7 The  All sixteen players on both teams contributed. NERR recognized five Storm players as Evening session top performers. Sam Longwell, Jimmy Zenevitch and Tom Palleschi of the 17's and Matt Ellis and Adam Bramanti from our 16's Congrats to all. For full story go to:
http://www.newenglandrecruitingreport.com/news/article/1530/Super-16-Evenings-Top-Performances.php





by James Penn posted 07/15/2010
Storm 17's Take Silver Championship at National Invitational

Jimmy Zenevitch
The Storm 17's headed out to Springfield for BASKETBULL'S National Invitational Tourney on Sunday July 11 and Monday July 12th. In Pool play The Storm lost to Connecticut Kingz by 7 (The Kingz would eventually lose to Expressions by two point in Gold 2nd round of playoffs). The Storm then came from 14 down to beat the Midwest Stars from Nebraska by one on two Nick Lund free throws with 7 seconds left. In the First round of the Silver Division playoffs the Storm was sceduled to play Mass Rivals but Rivals were forced to withdraw. Next up for the Storm was MBR- Maine Gold with two scholarship players. Jimmy Zenevitch was the best player on the floor as he went for 26 and 12 rebounds. In the sem-final the Storm came from 8 down with three minutes to play to force overtime against the Bay State Magic on a Sam Longwell three pointer. The Storm outscored the Magic 8-0 in overtime to take home the Silver Championship. (ncaa rules states you can not play more than three scheduled games in a day). Jimmy Zenevitch (Central Catholic) and Tom Palleschi (Philips Andover) were recognized by Basketbull for their performances. Mike Gorman (Methuen) played almost every minute of every game running the point. Raudy Minaya  (Methuen) hit seven three pointers against Midwest Stars. Sam Longwell (Acton Boxboro)was lights out againt MBR and Bay State. Nick Lund (Woburn) was huge against Midwest Stars and Magic. James Staples (Methuen) and Matt Daniels(Chelmsford) were impressive off the bench. Congrats to our fellow porgram the Granite State Jayhawks. Coach Mark Dunham and the U17 JAYHAWKS took home the Gold Division Championship at Springfield. Pretty impresive for these two local porgrams. To read more about tourney go: http://www.nehoopnews.com/news/964/eyeopeners-at-the-First-Eight-and-Hall-of-Fame-National-Invitational.php  

by Tony Lee posted 07/14/2010
Storm /SECC win 16's Silver Championship

Adam Bramanti
The New England Storm loaned three players from our u16 team to SECC program for the Basketbull National Invitational Tourney July 11 -12. Zack Karalis (North Andover) Colby Smith (North Andover) and Adam Bramanti (Masco) helped SECC finish 4-1 and capture the U16 Silver Championship. Congrats Zack, Colby and Adam
by Bernie Addel posted 07/13/2010
Niang Receives First Division 1 Scholarship

Georges Niang of Tilton School and Methuen Mass.

Storm Director Rick Gorman received a phone call this afternoon from an ecstatic GEORGES NIANG who relayed the news that University of New Hampshire Head Coach Bill Herrion had just offered the Tilton School Junior to be a scholarship. Georges has had a breakout year with the Tilton Rams as well as fine spring with the  BABC 16's. Georges has been working out the last few weeks with Rick Gorman in preparation for his busy July. When asked what it felt like to get his first D1 offer Niang stated "Its a great feeling, but nothing comes easy, hard work pays off and I got to keep workin to get better everyday" Congrats the Strom family is proud of you

by John Miller posted 07/09/2010
Georges Niang Impresses at Boston College Prospect Camp

Georges Niang impresses at BC Prospect Camp
Georges Niang continues to impress. His latest performance took place in front of Steve Donahue and his staff at the Boston College Prospect camp held on Sunday June 27th. Please see the recap from New England Recruiting Report at www.newenglandrecruitingreport.com/news/article/1494/BC-Prospect-Clinic-Event-Recap.php . Georges now gets ready for a busy July running with Leo Papales' U16 BABC Team
by Rich Ramos posted 06/28/2010
JayHawk / Storm College Night Recap

Sam Longwell had a strong night at the Storm/Jayhawk Showcase
The First Granite State Jayhawk / New England Storm College night was a big success. The event held at the Derry Boys Club featured the U17 Storm and U17 Jayhawks teams. In all 25 players were invited. 23 Division 2 and 3 coaches attended the ninety minute workout which included 45 minutes of drill work and 45 minutes of scrimmages. Adam Finkelstein of the New England Recruiting Report was on hand. Please go the following link for Adams take on the evening.
http://www.newenglandrecruitingreport.com/news/article/1489/Jayhawks-College-Night-Event-Recap.php

Based on the success of the weekend The Jayhawks and Storm will put on future exposure events. The Storm want to thank Mark Dunham and the Jayhawk program for a great night
by Gary McClain posted 06/25/2010
Storm Players All Over Hoops For Hope Summer League

Methuen will be lead by four year starter Mike Gorman
The Hoops for Hope Summer League is off and running and the New England Storm is represented on most of the teams. The following is the breakdown. Acton-Boxboro is lead by Storm players Sam Longwell and Wes Schroll. AB is expected to be the Dual County favorite. Methuen is off to a good start with the big three of four year starting point guard Mike Gorman, All Confernce player Raudy Minaya and hard wroking James Staples. Juniors to be Ryan Freeman and Mike Molloy are looking to step up to the varsity this year. Always dangerous Lawrence will be led by former Storm players Jaylen Alicea, Jesse Hiraldo, David Rivera, and Yadoris Arias. Trevonne Farley is working hard for a potential varsity spot. Andover will be led by its best player and former Storm player Joe Bramanti. Craig Luchenant and Brian Salevesen look to be penciled in as starters for the Warriors. Pelham will once again rely on senior Steve Spirou but keep an eye on sophomore Kevin Cheam. Jimmy Zenevitch will be the go to guy this season for Central Catholic but keep an eye on Lucas Hammel, Jamahl Lopez, Jimmy Driscoll, Sean Davis, Henry Rodrigues,and Tyler Nelson as they all look to step up to the varsity.
Salem looks to sophomere Andrew Ruffen to step up to varsity along with Jack Hartman. North Andover has a number of Storm players as Zack Karalis and Derek Collins will form a 1-2 punch for the Knights. Colby Smith looks to start at the point. John Miller and Mike Moroney will vie for the starting center position, Jimmy Warden, Tommy Moody and Isiah Nelson look to contribute to the varsity. Westford will be lead by Matt Ellis who heads into his junior year as the main man for the Grey Ghosts. Justin Mount will make a big impact for the varsity this year. Pat Turpin will also be fighting for a varsity spot. Trevonne Berry-Rogers is coming off a good aau season and will play mulitiple positions for Lynn English this year. The Prep school team will be lead by the Storm's Tom Palleschi, Mark Hanson and D1 prospect Georges Niang. Greg Devlin an incoming frosh at Philips is also playing for the Preps.
The Woburn Summer League also has a number of Storm Players as Adam Bramanti will be the man for Masco this year. Big Nick Lund will lead Woburn. Matt Daniels is Chelmsfords leading returning scorer. Congrats to all of our Strom players as they compete this summer with their high school teams.
by Rigo Nunez posted 06/24/2010
Storm Players get ready for July Live period

Both the 17's and 16's will be at the Super 16
U17 STORM will be participating in the National Invitational Tourney July 11-12 in Springfield Mass. The 17's will then head down to Connecticut to play in the Super 16 July 13th. U16 STORM will also be at the Super 16 on July 13th. A number of our players will also be participaing in various camps, showcases and invitational only events. More info to follow
by Norbett Pickert posted 06/23/2010
Bramanti, Niang and Zenevitch to attend Elite 75

Central Catholic 's Jimmy Zenevitch
Central Catholic Senior Jimmy Zenevitch, Tilton School Junior Georges Niang and Masco Junior Adam Bramanti have been invited to the prestigious Elite 75 Showcase at Boston Univeristy on July 9th. Joining Jimmy, Georges and Adam will be former Storm player Joe Bramanti. Congrats and Good luck
by Dana Skinner posted 06/22/2010
Storm and Granite State Jayhawks hold College Night Showcase

Storm and Jayhawks College Night 6/23
On Wednesday June 23rd 6:15 -7:45 The New England Storm and Granite State Jayhawk programs will hold a college night showcase for members of both prgrams 17 year olds. A large contingent of coaches along with New England Recruiting Reports Adam Finkelstein are expected to be on hand. For more information please contact Rick Gorman at 978-590-1745 or Mark Dunham at 603-401-3076
by Larry Merritt posted 06/22/2010
Georges Niang Receives A Big Phone Call

Georges Niang
Tuesday June 15th was the first day that players in the class of 2012 were allowed to receive calls from college coaches and Georges Niang (Methuen Mass) of Tilton School received a big phone call from Steve Donahue, New Head Coach of Boston College. Georges also received calls from the University of New Hampshire, Fairfield and LaSalle. Georges who is a reclassified sophomore at Tilton had a break out year and is an intriguing prospect. Congrats Georges, keep working hard
by Matt Gibson posted 06/18/2010
Great Night At Storm Spring Season Break-up
The Storm family celebrated the end of the spring 2010 season with a program pizza party at the Guilmette School in Lawrence on June 10th. After individual team meetings were held, Storm Director Rick Gorman presented the annual State of the Storm, followed by a program award presentation and then a pizza party catered by Statcheys Pizzeria of North Andover and Salem Nh.
 The highlight of the evening was the induction of the first member into the Storm HALL OF FAME. John Vitulli was inducted for his endless hours and dedication to the Storm program over the past four years. John Vitulli received a plaque and a loud standing ovation from the 175 attendees.
 Other award members were as follows: Storm Courage Award: Greg Devlin, Coach of the Year Bert Hammel, Storm Sportsmanship winners: Isiah Nelson and Matt Daniels.  Storm Iron Men Awards: Mike Gorman, Zack Karalis and Brendan Miller. Storm Rising Prospect Awards: Shane Farley, Justin Mount, Adam Bramanti and Sam Longwell. A special presentation was made to U17 Storm players who are wrapping up their AAU careers this summer as well as a recognition to Jimmy Zenevitch, the first Storm Player to recieve multiple full college scholarships. With the Storm graduating their first group we fully expect a number of other college scholarships in the coming years. Thanks to everyone who made the evening a great success and proof that the Storm is one of the best AAU Programs in New England

coming soon pictures from the Storm Break-Up

IF ANY PLAYER WAS UNABLE TO ATTEND THEY CAN PICK UP THEIR NEW STORM SHIRT AT THE YOUTH CENTER
by Eddie Thurman posted 06/11/2010
Storm Finish Spring Season on High Note

U15 RUFFEN took home the Championship at Rivals Summer Showdown
The majority of the Storm teams wrapped up the spring season at the Mass Rivals Summer Showdown at Umass Lowell. U11 Bradanese, U12 Griillakis, U12 White, U13 Vitulli, U14 Burtnyk, U14 Warden and U15 Ruffen all participated and the Storm took home a couple of championships and some solid wins. U16 Warden will close out the spring season next weekend as they head out to the western part of the state for the Northeast Hoops showcase. The Storm will hold its end od season pizza party on Thursday June 10th 7:30-9:00 at the Guilemette school 80 Bodwell Street Lawrence 
by Matt Wolf posted 06/06/2010
U16 Storm Players Named ALL-TOURNEY at GYMRAT

Adam Bramanti, Gymrat All-Tourney Team
The STORM was notified today that three members of the U16 Team were honored by the GYMRAT Challenge. Adam Bramanti (Masco) was named to the ALL-Tourney after having a great Tourney. Matt Ellis (Westford) and Zack Karalis (North Anodver) were named to the ALL-Tourney team Honorable Mention. Congrats to all three
by GymRat Challenge posted 06/02/2010
All Storm Final for the 13's

ALL STORM FINAL AT ZERO GRAVITY TOURNEY

At the Zero Gravity tourney this weekend it was an all STORM final as U13 Hammel and U13 Vitulli cruised into the championship game. A hard fought game similar to the scrimmages at the Guilmette on Thursday nights ensued as Hammel took down Vitulli by 6 points. Congrats to both teams as they earn Storm TEAMS of the week for 5/23-24


by Ramon Rivera posted 05/23/2010
Storm 15'S Take Home Warriors Tourney Championship

U15 Ruffen had a strong weekend as they won the Warriors Tourney. The 15's beat Bay State Magic, Boston Warriors and The Sharks to take home the championship. The Storm was lead by Justin Mount (35 points in final) Isaiah Nelson, Jamahl Lopez and Kevin Cheam. Steve Toscano, Jack hartman, Garret Upson,Chuckie Keenan, Andrew Ruffen, Jake Maclean, and Pat Turpin all contributed to win. Congrats to U15 Ruffen
by Chris Tsiotis posted 05/17/2010
Storm Players Named Providence Jamfest All-Tourney Team

Brendan Miller U14 Storm
Hoop Group just named their ALL-TOURNEY Teams for the Providence Jamfest and the Storm had four players named. In the U17 Group Sam Longwell (Acton-Boxboro) and Jimmy Zenevitch (Central Catholic) were named. Adam Bramanti (Masco) and Zack Karalis (North Andover) were named in the U16 Division and Brendan Miller ( North Andover Middle School) was named to the U14 All-Tourney Team. Congrats to all four for this honor.
by Casey Arena posted 05/13/2010
12's take home CHAMPIONSHIP at Hoop Mountain

U12 Grillakis : Hoop Mountain Invitational Champions
U12 Grillakis went 5-0 and took home the Championship at last weekends Hoop Mountain Invitational. The 12's went 3-0 in pool play and then took charge in the semi's and finals. According to Coach Mike Grillakis it was a total team effort that propelled the 12's to their first championship this spring. This team is getting better every day. Congrats to Chris Miller, George Grillakis, Josh Bradanese, Jeff Trainor, Ryan Donnel, Kyle Nymen, Chris Merullo, John Raine,Matt Driscoll, Matt Romano and Cameron Zahner
by Rudy Scott posted 05/10/2010
Storm at States and Hoop Mountain This weekend

Colby Smith's buzzer beater has sixteens in the playoff round
The Storm has many of their teams playing this weekend. In the second week of States we have U11 Bradanese playing at the Reggie lewis center. U13 Vitulli and U13 Hammel are at UMass Boston and U15 Ruffen are out west at AIC in Springfield. We will have full recap Monday. U12 Grillakis, U14 Burtnyk, U16 Miller and U17 Gorman are at the Hoop Moutain Invitational at Mass Premier. The teams are competing well and for exposure purposes our 16's and 17's are getting alot of it. Our 12's finished first in their pool. The 16's won a big one against Rhode Island Breakers as Colby Smith hit a runner at the buzzer ensuring 1st place in pool play. New England Recruiting Report who covered the game highlighted Smith (North Andover), Adam Bramanti (Masco), Zack Karalis (North Andover) and Craig Luchenant (Andover). The 17's played in a very difficult pool with games against MP Playaz (NJ), Albany City Rocks Black and Connecticut Knights. The 17's played in front of many college coaches. NERR also reported on Tom Palleschi (Phillips Andover) and Trevone Berry-Rogers (Lynn English). Check out www.newenglandrecruitingreport.com . Best of luck to all our teams as they continue in the playoff round Sunday
by Steve Lane posted 05/09/2010
Storm Finishes Well In Frst Weekend of State Tourneys

State Tourney Recap
The Storm had five teams going in the first wekend of State Tourneys. U16 Miller continues to be the best 16 year old team not named BABC. Two weeks ago U16 Miller made it to the finals of the New England Super Regionals where they fell to mighty BABC. In the state tourney U16 Miller once again rolled through to the champinship game where their opponent was once again BABC. Storm gave a valient effort without leading scorer Adam Bramanti but in the end picked up their second silver medal. Congrats to the 16's; once again a fine performance. Our little guys U10 Sipsey rolled into the final four which wll be held May 15-16. Best of luck to the 10's as they go for the gold. In the U12 Division we had one team (Grillakis) in the D1 Division and one  team (White ) in the D2. Both teams rolled through pool play before falling in the quartefinals.Nice effort by the 12's. U14 Burtnyk also rolled through pool play before falling to a good Boston Spartans team in the quarterfinals. The 12's and 14's all had top eight finishes. The State tourneys continue this week as U11 Bradanese, U13 Hammel and U13 Vitulli and U15 Ruffen go for the GOLD. Congrats to all of our teams last week and best of luck to this weeks teams
by Mark Plansky posted 05/03/2010
Adam Bramanti has huge weekend at Providence Jamfest

Adam Bramanti putting up huge numbers

Adam Bramanti of Masconomet Regional had a very strong weekend as he drew attention from coaches in attendance along with recruiting services. In leading the 16's to the quarter finals of the Jamfest Adam had games of 26, 22, 20 and 21. Adam who had a breakout season at Masco this year will lead the 16's into the Mass State Tourney this weekend


by Twinkie Brown posted 04/27/2010
Sam Longwell recognized by NERR

Sam Longwell, strong showing at Jamfest
Sam Longwell (Acton-Boxboro hs) had a strong weekend at the Providence Jamfest. Sam a member of U17 Gorman was recognized by New England Recruiting Report for his play. NERR says " Longwell is a strong bodied guard with a diverse and fundamentally sound game. Longwell made shots, drove to the basket and amde sound decisions with the ball". Former Storm players Joe Bramanti and Steve Spirou were also highlighted
by James Bailey posted 04/26/2010
Another Big Weekend For Storm

U11 BRADANESE MASS RIVALS CHAMPIONS
New England Storm enjoyed another fine weekend with a couple of championships and fine finishes.  U11 BRADANESE  and U12 WHITE  won the Mass Rivals Tourney at Umass Lowell. Also at the Mass Rivals tourney U13 VITULLI lost in the finals. U14 WARDEN went 1-1 in the NEB Tourney. At the NEAAU SUPER REGIONALS the Storm represented with three top five finshes. U17 GORMAN finished in Third place losing to eventual champion Middlesex Magic in the semi-finals. U16 MILLER finished second losing to BABC in the finals and U15 RUFFEN over achieved this weekend finsihing in Fifth place loing to eventual champion BABC in the quarterfinals. Congrats to all of the teams. This week we have four teams at the Hoop Group Providence Jamfest, Our U12 and U13 Teams will be at Super Regionals and our little guys U10 SIPSEY will be at the Warriors Tourney
by Dwan Chandler posted 04/19/2010
ATTACK Trainer works out Storm Players

Mike Procopio; ATTACK Athletics
Mike Procopio, who is a workout trainer for the world famous A.T.T.A.C.K. program as well as assistant coach of the Maine Red Claws stopped down and ran a drills and skills practice for our U16 Blue Team. Mike who  works out some of the best NBA players including Kobe Bryant ran the players through a number of drills focusing on footwork. The Storm prides itself in offering the very best in skill development. Thanks for helping out Mike
by Wilfred Morrison posted 04/13/2010
U16 Blue remains undefeated on Spring season

U16 Blue are off to fast start
Storm u16 Blue continues its fine season as they remain undefeated after winning the Warriors Tourney last weekend. Colby Smith, Zack Karalis, Adam Bramanti and Matt Ellis had big weekends. U16 Blue now gets ready for next weekends super regionals
by Larry Drew posted 04/12/2010
Beantown Hoops.Com Awards

Sam Longwell, Acton-Boxboro
Beantown Hoops.Com came out with their end of the year awards and a The Storm was represented. Jimmy Zenevitch (Central Catholic) was named second team and Wes Schroll (Acton-Boxboro) and Sam Longwell (Acton-Boxboro) were named Honorable Mention. Sam was also named top five playmaker. Rick Kilpatrick (Acton-Boxboro) and Rick Nault (Central Catholic) were named two of the top five coaches. Congrats to all
by Michael Adams posted 04/08/2010
Zenevitch offered another scholarship

Jimmy Zenevitch
Central Catholic Junior Jimmy Zenevitch (Methuen Mass) received his second scholarship offer this week. Merrimack College became the second school in the Division 2 N.E. 10 Conference to offer the 6'8" forward as legendary Head Coach Bert Hammel delivered the news on Tuesday. The University of Mass Lowell was the first to offer after Central Catholic beat Acton-Boxboro in the Division 1 North Semi-Final. Jimmy's High School coach Rick Nault and AAU coach Rick Gorman report that Jimmy is receiving considerable interest from many D2 schools as well as a number of D1 schools. The Storm family is proud of Jimmy .

by T.R. Dunn posted 04/06/2010
Storm Players Named to Eagle Tribune All-Star team

Tom Palleschi, Eagle Tribune All-Star
The Lawrence Eagle Tribune 2010 Basketball All-Star Team was revealed Sunday and (9) NINE present and former Storm players were named. Jimmy Zenevitch (Central Catholic) was named to the Super Team. Raudy Minaya (Methuen) and Tom Palleschi (Philips Andover) were named All-Star. Michael Gorman (Methuen) was named Honorable Mention. Former Storm players Joe Bramanti (Andover), Jaylen Alicea (Lawrence) and Steve Spirou (Pelham) were named All-Star and Jaycob Morales (Central Catholic) and Mike Lombard (Pelham) were name Honorable Mention. Congrats to all on a great season

by Kevin Mackey posted 04/04/2010
Jimmy Zenevitch: Boston Herald All-Scholastic

Jimmy Z, Boston Herald All-Scholastic
Central Catholic Junior Jimmy Zenevitch was named to the prestigiuos Boston Herald All-Scholastic team for the 2009-10 season. The 6'7" Zenevitch was the Raiders leading scorer this year and teamming with Wake Forest bound Carson Desrosier led Central to the Division 1 State Championship. Jimmy who is getting alot of attention from College coaches is getting ready for a big spring season with the U17 STORM team. The Storm family is proud of Jimmy
by Charles Person posted 04/02/2010
Bramanti Named Salem Evening News All-Star

Adam Bramanti, Salem Evening News All-Star

Masconomet Junior Guard Adam Bramanti was named to the Salem Evening News All-Star team. Adam had a breakout sophomore campaign leading the Chieftens in scoring as well as being named All-Conference in the Cape Ann League. Adam plays for the U16 STORM team coached by John Miller. Adam and the 16's are off to a great start as they went undefeated in the Middlesex Magic Tourney last weekend. For the full Salem Evening News story go to
http://www.salemnews.com/pusports/local_story_092004544.html?keyword=secondarystory

 


by Dwan Chandler posted 04/02/2010
WES SCHROLL DUAL COUNTY CO-MVP

Wes Schroll Dual County Co-MVP
Acton=Boxboro Junior Wes Schroll was recently named co-mvp of the Dual County League. Wes had a great season leading the Colonials in scoring and helping his team get to the Division 1 North Semi-Finals. Wes is off to a great start with the Storm's U17 Team.Wes, Congrats on this well deserved award
by Jim Spanarkel posted 04/02/2010
Georges Niang: All New England Class B

Georges Niang

Georges Niang was named to the Class B All-New England First team for his outstanding year where he averaged 16.5 points and 8 rebounds per game for the Tilton School Rams. The Eagle Tribune ran an article March 27th entitled "Select Company" To read the full article go to
http://www.eagletribune.com/pusports/local_story_086013948.html
 


by Al Wood posted 03/29/2010
STORM PLAYERS NAMED LOWELL SUN ALL-STARS

Sam Longwell: Lowell Sun All-Star
The Lowell Sun newspaper named four Storm players to its annual "BASKETBALL ALL-STAR TEAM. Juniors Sam Longwell (Acton-Boxboro), Wes Schroll (Acton-Boxboro), Matt Daniels (Chelmsford) and Sophomore Matt Ellis (Westfod)  were named to the 2009-10 team. Longwell, Schroll and Daniels play for U17 Gorman and Ellis plays for U16 Miller. Congrats to these talented players and fine young men.
The Lowell Sun article link is : http://www.lowellsun.com/highschool/ci_14807270
by Mike Woodson posted 03/25/2010
Former STORM Player Excelling Down South

John Burke, Member of Georgia Elite
John Burke who played for Rick Gorman from 2004-2007 has developed into a legit Division 1 candidate according to the Georgia Elite Magazine. The Burkes which also included John's talented brother Dan moved to Georgia in 2007 when Dr Burke took a new position at Emory University. John a 6'4" combo guard at North Springs Ga High School has been turning heads for the past year. Legendary Georgia AAU Coach Al Outlaw says he has another McDonalds All-American candidate as well as a High level recruit  in John Burke. John will compete on the 17u USA Elite National Team that will compete in the Argentina World Tournament this summer. Read more about John and see a video of John by going to www.georgiaelitemagazine.com . The Storm family is proud of John and his accomplishments.
by Glen Rice posted 03/21/2010
Big Weekend for Storm Players

Jimmy Z laying it down in D1 Final
With Storm practices set to begin the week of March 15th, The Storm porgram had a big weekend. First Jimmy Zenevitch and Jaycob Morales helped Central Catholic win the Mass. Division 1 State Championship. Wake Forest bound Carson Desrosier was the man of the hour for Central as they won their 2nd state championship in the past three years. On Saturday Georges Niang was notified he was named to the Prep School Class B First team All-Star for his outstanding year playing for Tilton School. On Sunday  Storm players Jimmy Zenevitch (CC), Mike Gorman (Methuen), Raudy Minaya (Methuen), Joe Bramante (Andover),Jaylen Alicea (Lawrence), Jesse Hiraldo (Lawrence) and Matt Daniels (Chelmsford) played in the Merrimack Valley Conference All-Star game held at Central Catholic. This weekend also showcased our youngest players as the following fourth graders excelled at the 29th annual Bruce Blood Tourney held at Methuen High: Kevin Bradley, Steven Hajjar, Matt Downer, Ian Ferris Colin Lee and Manny Sanchez. Time to start the AAU season

by Bobby Carrington posted 03/14/2010
NIANG and TILTON SCHOOL WIN THIRD STRAIGHT CLASS B TITLE

Georges Niang leads Tilton School to Class B title
Georges Niang (Methuen MA) helped lead the Tilton School Rams to their third Straight Class B Title. Georges who has been instrumental in all three titles had a break out year as Tilton's second offensive weapon behind Providence College bound Gerard Coleman. Next up for Georges and Tilton is the Prep school National Championship Tourney to be held this week at Albertus Magnus. Congrats georges

by Steve Strothers posted 03/07/2010
Merrimack Valley Conference Names 7 Storm Players ALL-STARS

Raudy Minaya had a break out year in 2009-2010
The Merrimack Valley Conference recently named their ALL-CONFERENCE and ALL-STAR Teams and seven Storm players were named to the 24 player roster. JIMMY ZENEVITCH, Central Catholic, JOE BRAMANTI, Andover: JAYLEN ALICEA, Lawrence: RAUDY MINAYA, Methuen and MATT DANIELS, Chelmsford were named ALL CONFERENCE and MICHAEL GORMAN,Methuen and JESSE HIRALDO, Lawrence were named league ALL-STARS. The Storm family is proud of these seven who spent last spring as part of the very successful U16 Storm teams
by Dave Twardzick posted 03/02/2010
Rich Napolitano Joins Storm Advisory Board

Rich Napolitano joins Storm family
The Storm family is proud to announce that IAABO Official Rich Napolitano willbe serving on the Storm Advisory Board. Rich is a well respected high school and college official and will assist the Storm program in a variety of developmental areas. Welcome aboard Rich
by Terry Tyler posted 02/11/2010
Bramanti named All-league in Cape Ann League

Adam Bramanti, All League
Sophomore ADAM BRAMANTI  of Masconomet Regional was named to the CAPE ANN LEAGUE -ALL LEAGUE TEAM. Adam who had a breakout year for the Chieftens averaged 18 points a game and was one of the regions best three point shooters. Adam played for the Storm U15 team coached by John Miller and is exceited for another year of aau hoops. Congrats Adam
by Gary McClain posted 02/10/2010
Steve Spirou scores 1000 point

Steve Spirou 1000 point scorer
Pelham Junior forward Steve Spirou scored his 1000 point Friday February 12th at Laconia Nh high school. Steve who has played a number of years for Rick Gorman and attends BST workouts has had a very successful career at Pelham. Steve is the fastest to get to 1000 points at Pelham High school and with a full year left will chase the school record presently held by Justin Hojlo. Congratulations Steve
by Al Skinner posted 01/18/2010
MATT ELLIS: DUAL COUNTY LEAGUE ALL-STAR

Westford's Matt Ellis

Storm sophomore MATT ELLIS of Westford High School was recently named to the Dual County League 2010 All-Star team. Matt will be playing for the Storm U16 Team this spring. Former Storm player MARK CORNELIUS was also named to the team


by Rick Fox posted 01/18/2010
Burtnyk Joins Storm Coaching Staff

Former Merrimack College standout and present Merriimack College Assistant Coach Micky Burtnyk is joining the New England Storm Coaching staff. Micky will be coaching our U14 Storm team this spring. Micky a 2008 graduate of Merrimack was a pleasure to watch on the court and we are excited to have his energy, knowledge and passion that he brings every day. Look for more info on Micky shortly on our coaches page.


by Hal Greer posted 01/13/2010
Daniels Getting Better Every Day

Matt Daniels, Chelmsford High Junior
Chelmsford Junior Matt Daniels is having a strong year for the Chelmsford Lions. Matt is a 6'5" forward who is presently averaging 16 points and 9 boards a game. Matt was recently named to the Greater Lowell Christmas Tourney ALL-TOURNEY Team. Matt will be playing for the Storm U17 team this spring. The Lowell Sun recently did an article on the most improved palyers in the Greater Lowell  area and Matt was highlighted.

The link to the article is http:// www.lowellsun.com/sports/ci_14198925


by Sam Lacy posted 01/11/2010
Tom Sipsey Joins Storm Coaching Staff

Tom Sipsey, Whittier Head Coach
The Storm coaching staff is known for having the best coaching staff around. We are happy to announce it got even stronger with the addition of Whittier Regional High School Head Coach TOM SIPSEY. Tom is in his first year at Whittier after spending the past two years as lead assistant to Rick Nault at Central Catholic High School. Tom was a former Eagle Tribune All-Star at Central Catholic and then played four years of D2 Basketball for the legendary Bert Hammel at Merrimack College. Besides coaching Tom is a teacher at Methuen High School. Tom will be coaching our U10 team this spring. Welcome aboard Tom
by Thurl Baily posted 01/09/2010
Zenevitch Ranked #18 in Massachusetts

Jimmy Zenevitch, Central Catholic
Jimmy Zenevitch is off to a great junior campaign and NERR latest ranking has the 6'7" forward at #18 in the class of 2011 for Massachusetts. 6'7" Georges NIang of Tilton school a reclassified sophomore is presently ranked #3 in the class of 2012 for New Hampshire. Other Storm players mentioned as prospects are Joe Bramanti in the class of 2011, Matt Ellis 2012, and Adam Bramanti 2012. 
by Dave Twardzick posted 01/08/2010
Bramanti having breakout year

Masco sophomore Adam Bramanti
Masconomet Regional Sophomore Guard is having a breakout year for the Chieftens. Adam who saw valuable varsity minutes as a frosh maybe the most improved player in the cape ann league as a sophomore. Adam is averaging 18 points a game and a main reason why Masco is off to a 5-1 start. Adam is first cousin of Storm and Andover High Star Joe Bramanti
by Sid Moncrief posted 01/04/2010
Coach Neal More than Just a Basketball Coach

Coach Neal from Boston Globe article entitled
Storm Advisor Paul Neal was highlighted in a Boston Globe article entitled "MAKE SURE A TEAM IS WELL FUELED". The article appeared January 3rd and was written by Brian Benson. Coach Neal is in his tenth year as head basketball coach at Lawrence High. In that period of time is known for having tough, aggresive basketball teams but his biggest attribute is his role as mentor to countless young men from Lawrence. Coach Neal is dedicated to not only developing basketball players but also fine young men. Congrats to Coach Neal, the Storm family is proud of you.
by Ricky Pierce posted 01/04/2010
NERR Highlights Niang and Zenevitch

Georges Niang- Tilton School
New England Recruiting Report highlighted both Georges Niang (Methuen Mass-Tilton School) and Jimmy Zenevitch (Methuen Mass- Central Catholic) in their 2010 Predictions-Breakout Prospects. Both 6'7" forwards for the New England Storm are having great seasons so far. Congrats
by Steve Mix posted 01/04/2010
Mike Grillakis Joins Storm Coaching Staff
The Storm family is happy to announce that Mike Grillakis has joined our coaching staff for the spring 2010 season. Mike is a former player at Lowell High school and a present Travel Coach for Lowell Youth Basketball. Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and a real passion for the game. Mike will be coaching in our U12 Division. Welcome aboard Mike

by Bernard King posted 01/01/2010
Storm Players Star Once Again in Christmas Tourneys

Jimmy Zenevitch, GL Christmas Tourney Champion MVP
This past week the annual Greater Lawrence and Greater Lowell Tourneys were held and once again the Storm was well represented. In the Greater Lawrence Tourney Central Catholic took home their third straight Tourney Championship by knocking out Andover. Our very own JIMMY ZENEVITCH had an outstanding tourney and was named MOST VALUABLE PLAYER. Also playing well for Central was junior JAYCOB MORALES who played some outstanding defense. JOE BRAMANTI of Andover had a great tourney and was named to the ALL-TOURNEY TEAM. JAYLEN ALICEA continues to be Lawrence's best player as he led the lancers to a 3rd place finish and also being named ALL-TOURNEY. Other Storm players having good tourneys for Lawrence were YADORIS ARIAS, FRANCIS SPRAUSS and DARWIN PREYARA.  For Methuen MIKE GORMAN and RAUDY MINAYA carried the Rangers and sophomore KYLE MANSOUR showed that he has a bright future for the Rangers and senior KEN IBIZUGBE contributed strong mInutes. For the Salem Blue Devils freshman ANDREW RUFFEN and sophomore DREW O'SHAUGHNESSY saw their first Christmas Tourney minutes and played well. For North Andover ZACK KARALIS showed why he was one of the best sophomores in the tourney and sophomores DARIEN MYERS, COLBY SMITH, MIKE MORONEY and JOHN MILLER got their first tourney minutes.
In the Greater Lowell Tourney which Acton Boxoboro beat Lowell in the final a number of Storm players also had great tourneys: Former Storm player STEVE SPIROU averaged 30 points a game and was named to the ALL-TOURNEY TEAM. Also playing well for Pelham were Storm playerS DEREK DEFRANZO and BRETT BAILEY and former Storm player MIKE LOMBARD. For Chelmsford, Junior MATT DANIELS was named to the ALL-TOURNEY TEAM. Sophomore MATT ELLIS and Junior MARK CORNELUIS were the stars for Westford
Congrats to all of our Storm Players
by Caldwell Jones posted 12/30/2009
Zenevitch Drawing Interest

Jimmy Zenevitch 6'7
Jimmy Zenevitch (Methuen Mass) of Central Catholic High School has been busy getting ready for the winter season. The 6'7" Junior has drawn the attention of a number of Division 1 and 2 coaches. This Fall Jimmy has worked out in front of coaches from Quinnipiac, Holy Cross, University of New Hampshire, Merrimack College, University of Hartford, UMass Lowell and Northeastern University. Last year he was the workout partner for Wake Forest bound Carson Desrosier but this year coaches are coming to see this talented Junior. We wish Jimmy the best this winter and look forward to him leading the Storm this spring
by Tom Abernathy posted 11/23/2009
Georges Niang Turns Heads at Prep School Showcase

Georges Niang starting forward for the Tilton School Rams
Georges Niang (Methuen Mass)  of Tilton School scored 22 points on 9-12 shooting at the Prep School Showcase this weekend in Connecticut. Niang who is a reclassified sophomore for the Rams also had 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Tilton who seemed to have the game in hand lost on a 65 foot heave at the buzzer to nationally ranked Bridgton Academy. Georges who has a number of Division 1 schools inquiring about him looks to have a strong year for Tilton this winter before returning to play with the Storm this spring
by Larry Drew posted 11/23/2009
Storm Players named Reebok Fall Ball All -League Teams

Mike Gorman, Methuen Ranger Guard
The 5th annual REEBOK Fall Ball League finished up this past week with North Andover edging St. John's Prep in the finals. A number of Storm High school players particpated in what is considered one of  the nest fall leagues. Joe Bramanti (Andover) and Mike Gorman (Methuen) were named to the ALL-LEAGUE Team and Matt Ellis (Westford) and Zack Karalis (North Andover) were named to the ALL-UNDERCLASSMEN Team. Congrats and best of luck to all of our Storm high school players this winter
by Paul Silas posted 11/22/2009
Youth Coaches Clinic Overwhelming Success!!

Greg Herenda, Umass Lowell Head Coach
New England Storm's Rick Gorman coordinated the 4th Annual Merrimack Valley Coaches Clinic held at the Guilmette School on November 7th. 103 Youth coaches attended the four hour clinic. Storm advisor  and Utah Jazz Scout JEFF NELSON started off the clinic talking about Transition and Early Offense. Next up charismatic UMASS Lowell Head Coach GREG HERENDA discussed teaching Fundamental Defense as well as how to play Pressure Defense. Two time state champion coach EJ PERRY from Salem New Hampshire demonstrated Offensive Skills and the Motion Offense. Legendary High school and D1 College official BILL BOUTILIER spoke on the rules of the game and this years points of emphasis. Granite State Jayhawks Head Coach MARK DUNHAM presented numerous drills to develop your players. This annual event has now presented to over 350 coaches in the past years and has included 15 outstanding high school and college coaches as presenters. The next clinic will be held in November 2010
by Jim Todd posted 11/13/2009
STORM Supports Town Run Winter Travel Programs

Running Rangers produced 8 Varsity Basketball Players
The New England Storm Basketball Program supports Winter Travel Programs run by respective towns. We do not support AAU and for profit organizations that try to run winter travel leagues and actually recruit players from  town teams. Travel programs are for indiviiduals to play for the community they live in . Real AAU Programs do not run during the winter, they run during regular AAU seasons (Spring, Summer and Fall) where kids from all towns are allowed to play with and compete with kids from all over . Please do your homework. It is nearly impossible to play town travel and one of these programs because game and tourney schedules conflict, along with practices forcing kids to choose to attend at times one over the other. None of the respected Youth Leagues allow AAU teams in their leagues so do not fall for the message that they are playing in a sanctioned league. We applaud Mass Elite AAU, who withdrew their plans for a winter aau travel and fully support town travel. Mass Elite will be offering clinics and skill training that can enhance travel basektball similar to what the two leading AAU organizations in this area NEW ENGLAND STORM and MASS RIVALS do. So please joing the Storm, Rivals, Eastern Raiders along with Youth Leagues:  Merrimack Valley League, Cape Ann League, Eastern League, North Shore Suburban and Metrowest leagues in supporting town run travel programs.

How Good is Town Travel Basketball?: Watch in our Where are they now segment which will focus on the Methuen Running Rangers who from 2004-2007 had the most successful run of any area travel team in terms of League Championships, Tourney Championships, producing 4 Varsity players as Freshman and a total of 7 Varsity players by sophomore year. They loved playing with friends, representing their community, the Merrimack Valley Basketball League, enjoyed competing against rivals (other town travel teams) and creating lasting memories
by Storm posted 10/27/2009
Storm Players Impress at Elite 75

Sophomore Zack Karalis will have a break out year in the Cape Ann League this year
Five Storm sophomores were invited to Elite 75 showcase at Boston University September 26th. Westford point guard Matt Ellis was invited but could not attend. Colby Smith of North Andover, Adam Bramanti of Masconomet Regional, Zack Karalis of North Andover and Georges Niang a reclassified sophomore at Tilton School all had impressive showcases. Niang, Smith and Karalis were also named to the showcases all star game. Congrats to all five.
by Storm Reporter posted 10/02/2009
Storm Players Compete Against Junior National Irish Team

On June 6th a combination team of Varsity Players from Lawrence and Methuen High School played the touring Irish Junior National team at Lawrence High. The Lawrence/ Methuen team downed the Irish 69-60 in overtime. The Irish presented the locals with comemorative Irish pins. The Irish are on a 15 day tour of the states. Storm players that participated were Methuen's Mike Gorman, James Staples, Raudy Minaya and Ken Icubgnze and Lawrence Players Jaylen Alicia, Yadoris Arias and Gian Carlos
by Phil Chenier posted 07/14/2009
U16 Ends Storm Spring Season With Another Program Championship

U16 Gorman: Elite Sports Reebok Invitational Tourney Champions
The spring season ended with yet another championship for the STORM PROGRAM.  U16 GORMAN particpated in Elite Sports Reebok Invitational held June 20-21 at Boston's Baskebtall City. Due to high school commitments for some players the Storm only had seven players for the weekend. In Game #1 the Storm easily defeated Vbg by fifteen behind Georges Niang's 32 points and 17 from Raudy Minaya. In game #2 The Storm defeated LTI of New York City 59-58 behind Georges Niang's 25 and Jim Zenevitch's 22. In Game #3 the Storm despite losing both Zenevitch and Niang to fouls Mike Gorman instead of running the offense became the focal point scoring 16 points enrroute to a 63-61 win over the Boston Spartans. In the Championship game the Storm downed DC Pride from Washing ton DC 73-57 behind Jimmy Zenevitch's 23 points and James Staples 15. Great weekend; after playing most of its tourneys outside of Mass this season it was great to be closer to home and take home the Championship. The twin towers of Zenevitch and Niang were a tough matchup for the opposition. Mike Gorman's floor leadership was outstanding playing every minute of the four games. Raudy Minaya who is our most improved player was big all weekend. James Staples was huge in the final and we received strong play from Jason Doyle and Ken Icubgnze
by Cazzie Russel posted 06/22/2009
Storm U16 Competes at Rumble in the Bronx

Georges Niang had huge weekend at Rumble in the Bronx
U16 Blue headed to New York June 12-14 for the annual Rumble in the Bronx held at Fordham Univeristy and Iona College. The Storm was placed in a tough pool with tourney favorite New Jersey Playaz, Connecticut Elite and Bingo All-Stars. In game #1 on the main court of Iona the Storm went out to a 10-0 lead and played a great first half against the Playaz. The Playaz turned the tables on the second half  running away with a 79-63 win. In game #2 the Storm lead throughout and took home a 76-71 win over Connecticut Elite. In game #3 the Storm playing in their third game in 10 hours got into a shootout with the Bingo All-Stars and dropped a 94-89 decision. Despite going 1-2 (first time all year they only one one game in a tourney) this was a great experience for the U16 Blue team. Georges Niang back from a broken foot suffered in the first game of the season had a coming out party scoring 78 points in three games. Mike Gorman, Joe Bramanti, Jim Zenevitch, Alex Diaz, Raudy Minaya, James Staples and Ken Icubzgne all represented the Storm well. The Playaz who who beat the Storm in game #1 fell in the finals to New York powerhouse New Heights in the finals. New Heights is who eliminated the Storm in the 2nd round of the Gold medal playoffs at the Providence Jamfest
by Reggie Theus posted 06/18/2009
Daniels named to Bay State Games North Squad

Chelmsford High's Matt Daniels
Chelmsford High star forward Matt Daniels was recently named to the North squad for the annual BAY STATE GAMES. The Games will be held in July at the Reggie Lewis Center. Matt spent the spring playing for the u16 Silver team. The Storm is proud of Matt and wish him the best this summer
by Jim Ard posted 06/17/2009
GREG DEVLIN: BOUNCING BACK

Greg Devlin and his u13 teammates
U13 Storm Player Greg Devlin who plays for coach Jeff Nelson was highlighted in a story written by Lowell Sun reporter Lynn Worthy. Greg was diagnosed in 2007 with Aplastic Anemia and the story focuses on Greg's dedication and determination in beating the disease and returning to basketball. The Storm family is proud of Greg Devlin and wish him all the success on the court and off. To read the full story by Lynn Worthy go to http://www.lowellsun.com/youth/ci_12508698
by Storm Reporter posted 06/04/2009
Latest Rankings from New England Recruiting Report

Adam Bramanti of Masco and U15 Storm
New England Recruiting Report came out with their latest rankings and four Storm Players were named in the latest rankings. In 2011 Georges Niang is ranked #4 in New Hampshire and # 28 in New England. Jim Zenevitch is ranked #33 in Mass and #88 in New England. In 2012 Matt Ellis was ranked #9 in Mass and #25 in New England and Adam Bramanti was ranked #14 in Mass and #44 in New England

by NERR posted 05/27/2009
Storm Players Honored at Gymrat Challenge

All Tourney Selections Jim Zenevitch NE Storm and Jakarri Mc Callop Conn Select
Four members of the Storm Family were honored for their performance at the Gymrat Challenge. In the U16 Division 6'7" Forward/Center Jimmy Zenevitch was named to the ALL-TOURNEY Team. 6'2" Wing Joe Bramanti was named HONORABLE MENTION. In the U15 Division 6'2" Wing Zack Karalis was named to the ALL-TOURNEY TEAM and 5'10" Guard Matt Ellis was named HONORABLE MENTION. Congrats to all Four and to all of our 15's and 16's who represented the Storm well.
by Gymrat Unlimited posted 05/27/2009
U15 and U16 Storm perform well at GYMRAT

u16 Gorman Played well at GYMRAT
U15 Miller and U16 Gorman, headed out to Albany New York for one of the biggest AAU Tourneys this past weekend, THE GYMRAT. Both teams did very well in two of the tougher brackets in their respective age groups. U15 Miller knocked off last years National Champion Long Island Lightning -Dingle 69-68 on a John Miller shot with 1 second remaining in game#1. Adam Bramanti and Zack Karalis had big games in this one. In game #2 every Storm player played big running over the Rockland Chargers 62-32 as the offense was unstoppable. In game #3 the Storm lost to one of the tourneys premier teams Hoop Heaven Elite 69-66. Matt Ellis and Darrien Myers were big in this one. The loss left the Storm at 2-1 and lost in points on getting one of the only two wildcards. Other Storm players that contributed were Jimmy Driscoll, Colby Smith, Mike Moroney, and Anthony Agreste Another great showing from u15 Miller who continues to make people wonder how they are beating everyone

U16 Gorman played very well all weekend finishing tied with Connecticut Select at 2-1 in pool play. Conn Select won the pool by beating the Storm 85-83 in head to head match up. The Storm lost by 5 points in being one of the five wildcards. In game #1 The Storm lead Conn Select the whole game but with three minutes left uncharacteristically threw the ball away a number of times resulting in Conn taking an improbable win. Joe Bramanti and Jim Zenevitch were the leaders in this one. In Game #2 Alex Diaz, Mike Gorman and Joe Bramanti shot the Storm over the New York Knights 76-68. In game #3 the 16's knocked off Connecticut Knights A 61-60 (The Knights had previously beat Select) . Mike Gorman, Alex Diaz , Jimmy Zenevitch had solid all round games. James Staples, Raudy Minaya and Ken Ibugne contributed in a number of ways to our success. After waiting to see Gymrat Directors settle the point tiebreakers it was time to head home. Good lesson as we had control of the only game we lost. With only seven players all weekend we are proud of the effort
by Charlie Scott posted 05/26/2009
U14 Ruffen win Silver Medal at New England Qualifier

U14 Ruffen at New England Regionals
On a weekend where The New England Storm rolled in four different tourneys the Storm TEAM OF THE WEEK is U14 Ruffen who competed in the New England Qualifier at Mass Premier. The Storm fell to a strong Rhode Island Breakers team in the final. Members of U14 Ruffen include Garret Upson, Andrew Ruffen, Glen Hartford, Justin Mount, Kevin Cheam, Chris Dunn, Steve Toscano, Anthony Bue,  Chuckie Keenan, John Hartman. The Team is coached by Dave Ruffen and Lynne Keenan. Congrats to U14 Ruffen

In other action, U15 Miller, U14 Hammel, U12 Daley, U12 Vitulli and U16 Vitulli all did very well at the Mass Rivals Tourney and U13 Warden lost in the final of the Warriors Tourney. Our U11 Team played in the u12 division of Sportszone tourney and finished 2-0
by Nate Archibald posted 05/18/2009
Storm Players Named Providence Jamfest All-Tourney Teams

Zack Karalis, U15 Storm
4 members of the NEW ENGLAND STORM were named to the HOOP GROUP PROVIDENCE JAMFEST. In the U16 DIVISION 6'7" Jimmy Zenevitch was honored for leading the team to the 2nd round of the Gold Medal playoffs. In the U15 DIVISION point guard Matt Ellis, shooting guard Adam Bramanti and wing player Zack Karalis were all named to the all-tourney team after leading the Storm to the second round of the Gold Medal Playoffs. Congrats to all four
by Monte Towe posted 05/14/2009
States and Super Regionals Conclude, Storm Program Everywhere

U15 Miller at States
This weekend marks the end of NEAAU State and Super Regional Tourneys. In only its third year New England Storm Basketball Club placed high in every age group they participated in. Super Regionals saw us enter in 4 age categories and take home nothing lower than a 6th place. U15 Miller earned 4th place, U16 Gorman placed 5th, U12 Daley placed 6th and U13 Nelson placed 6th.
 In State Tourney action U16 Vitulli won the Gold medal in Division 2, U15 Miller took home the bronze in Division 1, U11 Bradanese took home the bronze in Division 1, U13 Nelson took home bronze in Division 1, U12 Vitulli took home 5th place in Division 1, U12 Daley took home 7th place in Diviison 1, U15 Warden took home 4th place in the New Hamsphire States and U14 Ruffen despite playing in arguably the deepest tourney placed 9th in Division 1
 What is more impressive than the top finishes is that it is done with players mainly from the Merrimack Valley/Southern New Hampshire area. Most programs who are the top teams in age groups draw players from a large geographical area , the Storm has stayed true to its mission of providing a quality program for the kids of Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire.
 A special thanks goes out to our outstanding coaching staff, the best of any program. Still alot of basketball to play as our spring season goes through early June. We will post pictures shortly !

by posted 05/10/2009
U16 SILVER: DIVISION 2 GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

U16 SILVER DIVISION 2 CHAMPIONS
Our second U16 team, U16 Vitulli had an outstanding week sweeping through the Division 2 State Tourney taking home the GOLD MEDAL. U16 Vitulli beat Mass Hoop Jaguars and Warriors South in Pool play. In elimination play STORM SILVER knocked off Mass Premier 2, Filedhouse Sting and Bay State Magic in the Gold Medal game. The team is coached by John Vitulli and includes Mike Vitulli, Matt Daniels, Jarvis Castro, Henry Rodrigues, Yadoris Arias, Jaycob Morales, Anibal Gonzalez, Xavier Peralta and Giancarlos Carlcano. Congrats to team Vitulli

Other ouststanding Storm Finishes this weekend included U11 MILLER/BRADANESE finishing in 3rd place in Division 1 States, U12 VITULLI finishing in 5th place in Division 1 States, U12 DALEY finishing in 7th place in Division 1 States and U14 RUFFEN  after winning their pool (2-0) had a tough first round playoff game and were eliminated in the round of 16. Congrats to all of our teams. U15 MILLER AND U13 NELSON head to D1 STATES this week and U15 WARDEN heads north to particpate in the New Hampshire States
by Fred Browm posted 05/04/2009
Storm Team impress in Providence

6'7" Jimmy Zenevitch was named Providence Jamfest All-Star
Storm teams of the week for April 28 are U16 Gorman and U15 Miller. Both teams participated in the Hoop Group Providence Jamfest. Both Storm teams won their respective pools putting them in the Gold Championship round playoffs. In the first round the U16 Took down Boston Warriors and the U15 beat Bay State Magic. The second round saw both teams play perennial power New Heights from New York. Both teams battled hard the whole game but were eliminated. Both teams finished top 16. The u15 division had 54 teams and the u16 division has 72 teams. Leading the U16 were Joe Bramanti, Mike Gorman, Jim Zenevitch, Jesse Hiraldo and Evan Sheehan. Frosh Matt Ellis, Zack Karalis and Adam Bramanti lead the u15's. Congrats to both teams
by Darnell Valentine posted 04/28/2009
Farley recognized by NERR @ Junior Elite Showcase
U13 Blue's Shane Farley of Burlington attended the Junior Elite 75 Showcase. Shane was recognized by the New England Recruiting Report . NERR writes that "Shane Farley is a true combo guard. Farley can be effective running the point or serving as more of a scorerat the two guard position. Congrats Shane and keep playing hard. Check out the NERR website for a complete recap of showcase
by NERR posted 04/16/2009
Storm Sophs recognized by tribune

Mike Gorman, Joe Bramanti and Jimmy Zenevitch have Storm u16 off to a fast start
The Lawrence Eagle Tribune came out with their 2009 All-Star team and five Storm sophomores were recongnized as Honorable Mention All-Stars. Jimmy Zenevitch of Central Catholic, Joe Bramanti of Andover, Mike Gorman of Methuen, Jesse Hiraldo of Lawrence, Jaylen Alicea of Lawrence along with former Strom player Steve Spirou of Pelham were named which bodes very well for the next two years for these guys. All of the Strom players are off to a fast start in the AAU season

by posted 04/12/2009
Niang highlighted by NERR as stock riser in class of 2011

Niang, rising sophomore
U16 Storm player Georges Niang of Methuen and Tilton School was recently recognized by New England Recruiting report as a rising prospect for the class of 2011 for his strong sophomore season at Tilton. To read the whole piece go to www.newenglandrecruitingreport.com/news/article/752/stock-risers-class-of-2011.php

Georges will miss the next 6-8 weeks of our aau season due to suffering a fractured foot at the Middlesex Magic Tourney March 28. Georges is expected back for our late spring and summer portion of our schedule

by posted 04/02/2009
Storm Sophomores, Merrimack Valley League All-Stars

Storm Players Jim Zenevitch, Mike Gorman, Jesse Hiraldo and Matt Daniels at MVC All-Star Game
The Merrimack Valley League held its annual League All-Star game, 3 point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest on March 15th at Central Catholic High School. Only five underclassmen made the All-League team and four of them were members of the New England Storm Basketball Club. 6'6" Forward Jimmy Zenevitch of Central Catholic, 5'9" point guard Mike Gorman of Methuen, 6'6" Forward Jesse Hiraldo of Lawrence and 6"3" Forward Matt Daniels of Chelmsford all played very well. Billy Marsden of Cental Catholic won the three point contest and Chris Bent of Dracut won the slam dunk contrest. The Greater Lawrence All-Stars downed the Greater Lowell All-Stars 84-69.
All four Storm players look next to a busy AAU spring and summer season.

by posted 03/15/2009
Georges Niang: NATIONAL CHAMPION

Georges Niang, Sophomore: Tilton School

The Storm's Georges Niang just completed an impressive week of prep school basketball. Sophomore Niang was a valuable contributor for the Tilton School Rams as they won their second straight Class B Prep School Championship when they beat Marianapolis Prep in Overtime Sunday. On Monday Tilton was selected to play in the prestigious 2009 National Prep Championship. This eight team tourney featured some of the top teams in the country. In the quarter finals Tilton School beat South Kent School 96-88. In the semi's Tilton upset Class A champion Bridgton Academy 86-71 and in the championship Tilton defeated Hargrave Military Academy  of Virginia 97-93 to take home the National Prep Championship. Georges finishes up a strong second year for the Rams. Congrats Georges


by Tilton School posted 03/12/2009
Storm Players Lead Teams to Titles and State Tourney Berths

Mike Gorman and Methuen are heading to States after winning MVC Small Title
The High School season is winding down and League Titles have been decided and State berths wrapped up. We are are proud of how many of our High School Players have been instrumental in that success. Jimmy Zenevitch is a main reason why Central Catholic finished unbeaten in the MVC Large as the Raiders are the favorites to win the D1 North Title. Mike Gorman, Raudy Minaya, James Staples and Jason Doyle are behind Methuen surprising everyone to win the MVC Small title, finsihing 13-7 and definately going to be a tough out in the tourney. Matt Ellis and Mark Cornelious have been major contributors to Westford finishing 19-1, winning the Dual County Large Title and being the #1 seed in D2 North. Evan Sheehan has been huge off the bench for North Andover as they wrapped up the Cape Ann Large title and the #2 seed in D2 North. Alex Diaz has been instrumental off the bench in leading Lawrence back to the State Tourney. Adam Bramanti has been huge the last part of the season leading Masco to the State Tourney. Big Georges Niang has Tilton at 16-2 the favorite to win the Prep Class B Championship. Steve Spirou has been part of the 1-2 punch that has Pelham NH the favorite to win the CLASS I New Hampshire State Title. Reserve Mike Lombard has also been big for the Pelham Pyhtons. Mac Burt has been seeing minutes on the very mich improved St. John's Prep which is heading to the Tourney.Congrats to all of our Storm Varsity Players and Good Luck in States

by Fennis Denmbo posted 02/15/2009
Where it all Began: LAWRENCE YBL LEAGUE
What does DJ Fazio (Andover) Mike Gorman (Methuen), Mike Kimball (Salem Nh), Jaymie Spears (Georgetown), Julio Colon (Georgetown), Alex Diaz (Lawrence), Kelvin Correa (Tech), Kaddeem Perez (Lawrence), Marquis Canery (lawrence), Jason Buco (Brooks), Sean Ehlbeck (Andover), have in common. They all began playing basketball in Frank Kenneally's Youth Basketball League at the Lawrence YMCA. Weekly practices and Saturday Showdowns took place from December to March every year. These now Varsity players battled as 5 and 6 year olds as they do now as sophomore/ juniors and seniors in high school. This is where most of these players learned the basics. As I saw Frank Kenneally and the legendary Walter Kimball watching the Greater Lawrence Christmas Tourney we counted how many of the YBL alumni reached their goals of being a varsity basketball. Thanks Frank and Walter
by posted 02/01/2009
Frosh Bramanti Now Starting Point Guard at Masco

Adam Bramanti, Masco Freshman Point Guard
Storm Player Adam Bramanti began the year on the Masco Junior Varsity. His sound play earned him weekend practice time with the Varsity and that turned into the news this week that not only was he called up to the varsity he would be starting at point guard against Lynnfield on 1/27. Adam did an outstanding job playing 27 minutes, making some nice assists and chipping in with 10 points. The Storm family is proud of Adam and we wish him the best of luck as he joins the long list of Storm Frosh that have suited up for the varsity. Adam becomes the third VARSITY point guard in the Storm program that played the most important position on the floor as a Freshman joining Methuen's Mike Gorman last yearand Westford's Matt Ellis this year


MID-SEASON VARSITY CALL-UPS:
Every year varsity teams after the first of the year take a look at adding players to their rosters. Some get into the rotation while others get valuable practice time. As mentioned above Adam Bramanti got called up to the Masco Varsity, Ben Penunzio is working with the Masco Varsity also. Sean Erb has been elevated to North Andover 's Varsity. Mac Burt is seeing some minutes on the St. John's Varsity. Alex Kalageropoulas is working with the Malden Catholic Varsity. Congrats to these young men
by Fennis Denmbo posted 01/28/2009
Storm Players leading Westford to top of D2 North

Storm's Westford Duo Mark Cornelius and Matt Ellis
Westford High School is undefeated in the Dual County League, Champions of The Greater Lowell Christmas Tourney and right now the #1 team in D2 North. The Grey Ghosts are led by Middlebury recruit Peter Lynch, banger Alex Haines and sweet shooting TJ Jann but two members of the New England Storm are the two other main weapons for the Grey Ghosts. Sophomore swing man Mark Cornelius and Freshman point guard Matt Ellis are having strong years and are definatley the future of Westford basketball. Mark played for Rick Gorman's strong u15 Team last spring and Matt was the key player on John Warden's u14 Team. Best of luck to Westford and Congrats to Mark and Matt who we are very proud of.
by posted 01/21/2009
Georges Niang Goes Off at BABC-Prep Classic

Storm's Georges Niang ; Getting Better Every Day
The STORM'S Georges Niang of Methuen and Tilton School is enjoying a breakout season. This past Saturday Georges had his best game to date against St. Andrews in the BABC-Prep Classic. The New England Recruiting Report was impressed and started off their coverage talking about the 6'6" power forward. Read the whole article at www.newenglandrecruitingreport.com/news/article/668-BABC-prepclassic-saturday-recap.php

by posted 01/19/2009
Down Memory Lane

2006 State Champions
What Happened to the 2006 Mass State Champions?
Four years ago we got to coach a very special group of young men. Flying under the banner of Mass Rivals Basketball Club and fresh off a Silver Medalist at States as sixth graders we put together a talented group of basketball players who worked hard everyday with the goal in mind to get back to the State Final and take home the gold. The boys that made up that team came from different towns and basketball programs. From Haverhill we had Jaymie Spears ,Julio Colon, and Luis Soto. Alison Cuerto and Joe Rivera came from the Lawrence Boys Club. Mike Gorman, Georges Niang and Xavier Peralta called Methuen home. John Burke and Mark Hanson came from North Andover. Steve Spirou was from across the border in Pelham and Craig Luchenant played his ball in Andover. All twelve players were from a 15 mile radius and they competed against the best teams in Mass, NH, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Jersey whose players came from as many as fifty miles away. We knew the year would be special as we made it all the way to the finals of the Providence Jamfest losing to powerful Conn Basketball Club. We then went on a roll winning Five Tourney championships and then came the  magical 6 game run in the State Championships culminating in winning the Gold Medal at Brandies University.
Fast forward to the 2008-2009 season and we are proud of what has become of these guys. The Magic and Money back court of Jaymie Spears (Georgetown) and Mike Gorman (Methuen) have been starters on the varsity since day one and continue to do their thing as veteran sophomores and leaders of their teams. Steve Spirou was a main cog in the Pelham Varsity as a freshman and as a starting sophomore is averaging 18 points a game. Alison Cuerto who played an undersized power forward for us is now a valuable guard off the bench for the Lawrence Lancers. John Burke who moved to Georgia is a starting guard for his varsity team and still is an amazing scorer. Julio Colon is a beast of a power forward for Georgetown where he is averaging a double double. Big Georges Niang was a reserve forward for us in 2006 but he has exploded at Tilton school where the now 6'6" sophomore is starting on the powerful Class B Champions. Mark Hanson is playing a key role for the varsity for Philips Andover. Craig Luchenant is starting on the Andover Junior Varsity. Luis Soto is Starting on the St. John's Prep Junior Varsity and Xavier Peralta is a valuable reserve on the Central Catholic Junior Varisity.Joe Rivera who played varsity as a freshman for Greater Lawrence Tech is not playing basketball this season. In terms of AAU the team split up in 2007  with all of the players either playing for the Storm or Rivals. Although they are not one anymore they continue to respect and root for their former teammates. The 2006 AAU Season was magical in terms of basketball as well as the lifelong friendships that were built. We wish all of these boys the best and as a program we look forward to a great 2009 AAU Season
by posted 01/16/2009
STORM FROSH MAKING THIER MARK

Coby Smith , North Andover Frosh playing JV

We are proud that we had 98% of our Frosh players make their Varsity, Junior Varsity of Frosh Teams. We hope they enjoy themsleves and keep getting better.

Leading the pack is Westford Freshman Matt Ellis who has stepped into the role of starting point guard on a veteran Gray Ghost Varsity team. Matt has done outstanding running the offense and quietly become one of their smartest defenders. North Andover Freshman Zack Karalis is splitting time between the Junior Varsity and Varsity but spends every day practicing with the varsity. Freshman James Costello of Andover is playing with the Brooks School Varsity and learning alot under John McVeighs tutelage. Over at Masconomet Regional talented freshman Adam Bramanti and Ben Penunzio are starting on the Junior Varsity team and practicing with the varsity.Over in Andover Freshman Craig Luchenant is starting on the Golden Warriors Junior Varsity Team. Methuen's Frosh Corey Shepherd and Kyle Mansour are starting for the Ranger Junior Varsity Team. Up in Pelham Frosh Brian Finney, Brett Bailey, Derek Defranzo and Anthony Spirou are all suiting up for the Python Junior Varsity Team. In North Andover Colby Smith is the starting point guard in the Knights Junior Varsity and Anthony Agreste and John Miller are seeing alot of minutes on the jv.


by posted 01/11/2009
Storm Players excel in Greater Lawrence Christmas Tourney

Methuen Sophomore Mike Gorman broke Christmas Tourney record with 9 three pointers in one game

7 Storm Sophomores excelled at the 34th Annual Greater Lawrence Christmas Tourney won by Central Catholic.  Central's Jimmy Zenevitch started and was very productive against Lawrence and Andover scoring 10 and 8 and doing all the little things to help Central win the Tourney. Jimmy is having a breakout year for the Raiders. Methuen's Mike Gorman had a fine tourney running the point for the Rangers but it was his offense in game 3 vs. Pinkerton that was the story. Mike nailed 9 three pointers and scored 32 points but despite his heroics the Rangers lost a tough one. Gorman's 9 threes broke the tourney record. For his efforts in leading the Rangers Gorman was awarded the prestigious Ted Boudreau 6th man award. Alex Diaz saw quality minutes for the third place Lawrence Lancers. Evan Sheehan of North Andover had a strong tourney scoring 12 and 15 against Pinkerton and Tech. James Staples, Roudy Minaya and Jason Doyle all saw strong minutes and made valuable contributions to the Methuen Rangers. With 5 of players also excelling in the Greater Lowell Christmas Tourney we had twelve sophomores playing a high level of team basketball. Good luck to all of our varsity players the rest of the season


by Fennis Denmbo posted 01/03/2009
Storm Varsity Players excel in Greater Lowell Tourney

Matt Daniels, Chelmsford: All- Tourney Team
The Greater Lowell Christmas Tourney was held this week at Umass Lowell and a number of Storm Players excelled in the three day tourney. Guard Mark Cornelius of Westford and Forward Matt Daniels of Chelmsford were named to the ALL-TOURNEY Team. Cornelius was instrumental in Westford winning the title with his speed, athleticism and sound play and Daniels had two games where he scored 18 points each as Matt is having a breakout year for the lions. Freshman Matt Ellis had a fine tourney as starting point guard for the Champion Grey Ghosts. Ellis is the real deal and we expect great things from him over the next four years. Pelham despite going 1-2 had fine performances from Storm players Steve Spirou who averaged double figures and Mike Lombard who came off the bench to spark the Pythons. Spirou would have been named All-tourney if the Pythons had fared better. Lombard is doing whatever is asked of him. Congrats to these five members of the Storm.
by posted 12/31/2008
Ellis, Gorman and Sheehan Honored

Mike Gorman 1st Team Underclassmen

Storm High School Players Matt Ellis (Westford), Mike Gorman (Methuen) and Evan Sheehan (North Andover) were named to the REEBOK Fall Ball League ALL UNDERCLASSMEN first team. Other Storm underclassmen who also made major contributons to their team this fall were Mark Cornelius (Westford), James Staples, (Methuen), Alex Diaz (Lawrence), Jason Doyle (Methuen) and Raudy Minaya (Methuen)


by NE Storm posted 11/22/2008
New England Recruiting Report Mass and NH Standouts

Jimmy Zenevitch, Central Catholic
The New England Recruiting Report came out with their recap of the ELITE 75 FROSH/SOPHOMORE SHOWCASE held in September at Boston University. The Storm Program was not only well represented at the Showcase but five players were mentioned as Massachusetts and New Hampshire Standouts. The following is what was reported
 
Georges Niang, 6’5” PF, Tilton School 2011 – Niang had a tremendous day on Saturday going through stretches where he dominated the competition. He was just beasting people inside using his superior size and body strength. That wasn’t all as he showed good footwork on the block and a nice skill set facing the hoop
 
Steve Spirou, 6’2” SF, Pelham HS 2011 – In a showcase type setting lots of guys are only out for themselves so when a player does all the little things without taking bad shots it catches our attention. That guy was Spirou as he rebounded well, threw good outlet passes and passed well in the half court set
 
Mike Gorman, 5’7” G, Methuen HS 2011 – A catch and shoot specialist who knocks it down when his feet are set
 
Jimmy Zenevitch, 6’6, F/C , Central Catholic HS 2011 – Interesting prospect with a big body, good skills, feel for the game and shot blocking ability
 
Colby Smith, 5’1” PG, North Andover HS 2012 – Little guy is hard nosed and fearless with good skills
 
Adam Bramanti 5’7” G, Masconomet Regional 2012 also had a very good showcase and wait till NERR sees a little more of this talented Freshman. The Merrimack Valley was also represented by two very talented members of the Mass Rivals Basktball Club, Jayme Spears 2012 of Georgetown High School and Donald Celstian 2012 of Greater Lawrence Vocational

by posted 10/13/2008
Storm Feedback
The Storm welcomes feedback on our first year of operation. Please let us know how we are doing. The following are the top responses from Storm parents for why players/parents have chosen the NE Storm:

1. COACHING: Outstanding coaches who know the game and how to teach the game. Teams have the same coach the whole season.

2. ORGANIZATION: They do what they say they are going to do!!!

3. PRACTICE: Prepared practices, same time and location every time

4. TOURNEYS: They set appropriate schedules and don't constantly change like other programs.

5. COMPETITIVENESS: Talented players who get developed

6. COMMUNICATION: Clear lines of communication always

7. RESPECT: From administrators, coaches, parents and players their is unbelievable respect

8. RELATIONSHIP BUILDING: I have met so many great people through the Storm

9. DEVELOPMENT: The program I was in last year never developed my kid, the Storm not only developed my son, they restored his confidence

10: COST: The Storm set very reasonable fees and all the money goes to the kids

11. PHILOSOPHY: I was wondering if they could deliver the philosophy, they out did themselves. Program is first rate and definitely the best in this area.

12: LEVELS OF TEAMS: Storm in its first year had a good mixture of levels.

13. STORM KIDS HAVE FUN: My son had the best athletic experience of his life

14. THEY DON'T SELL GREATNESS: The Storm program is realistic. They do not inflate kids ego's by telling them they are destined for greatness and they treat players as they are kids trying to improve their basketball games


by NE Storm posted 03/01/2008
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