Thursday, March 14, 2013

Windham senior receives Dan Giguere MVP award

Last Tuesday night at the Windham winter sports banquet, Windham High School basketball alumni gathered to honor senior Dylan Weisser by presenting him with the boys’ basketball MVP award in memory of former Windham basketball player Dan Giguere, who made a positive difference on and off the court, according to Weisser. This was the first year the MVP award was named for Giguere, 35, who died in a car accident in February.

In addition to playing and coaching basketball, Giguere was also an avid skateboarder where he lived outside Sarasota, Fla.

“Winning this award means my years of hard work have paid off,” said Weisser, who has been playing basketball all his life. “Basketball is a team sport. You can work on your skills and be a great shooter but to win and have a great season you need to work together as a team,” he said.

According to Coach Dan Millington, Weisser was given the award for leading the varsity team in points and rebounds. He was the most consistent player this year.

Having played basketball for many years, Weisser has had many coaches over the years playing both Windham basketball and AAU. However, he said that the most influential people have been his parents, Bridget and Mike Weisser.

“They encouraged me to find something I love to do, work hard and always put in my best effort,” he said.

After graduation, Weisser plans to attend Southern Maine Community College to explore what he wants to do while taking core classes. He also said that they want him to play basketball for them.

There will be a basketball tournament this spring to raise money for Giguere’s family. A fund has been set up in his memory for his children, Daniel, 7, Andre, 2, and Jean-Paul, 1. Checks may be sent to: The Giguere Boys College Fund, c/o Principal Tara Tahmosh, Sarasota School of Arts and Science, 645 Central Ave., Sarasota, 34236.

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