Monday, March 30, 2015

Ending a high school basketball career in style - By Stephanie Coffin

Basketball is a sport that originated in 1891 when a future Presbyterian minister named James Naismith (1861-1939) was assigned to teach a physical education class at a Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) training school in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The sport has come a long way since 1891 and has given a lot of young boys and girls alike a sense of belonging to a team that works together to get the job done. A sport for many where records are broken and champions are made. A game where fancy footwork and precision aimed at a round rim with a net. Where young strive to excel where the competition is strong and many compete.

That’s just what Kevin Weisser has done in the last four years and hopes to continue to do as he moves onto college. Kevin is the second child of four children. His parents, Mike and Bridget Weisser, are the patriarchs of this basketball family, where Kevin had a role model and is a role model.

The following is a summary of Kevin’s high school accomplishments:

2011-2012 season- SMAA All-Rookie Team selection. During this season he averaged almost 9 points per game.
2012-2013 – Kevin had some early season injuries.
2013-2014 - SMAA Honorable Mention selection. Kevin averaged just under 10 points per game. Given Windham High School Coaches Award.
2014-2015 - SMAA Player of the Year, Kevin averaged over 20 points per game, which was third in the conference. Second in the league in 3-point shots made. Also, Kevin had 60 blocked shots on defense. Kevin was Maine Sunday Telegram All-State Team Selection.

Kevin has scored 854 total points which makes him the all-time leading scorer in the Class A era.

Coach Millington has been Kevin’s coach through his high school career. “He is extremely coachable, meaning he listened and took what he could from all the people that have been a part of his journey. He is also a great student which is a real lesson on the importance of balancing academic and athletic responsibilities,” said Millington. 

Kevin had successes and failures throughout his career, he dealt with them maturely, he learned from his mistakes. Coach Millington goes further, “You never heard excuses from him. He set personal goals and worked extremely hard to achieve them. He did accomplish many of his goals. He was a great teammate and he never put personal successes above team success. Kevin was a real pleasure to coach.”

When asked, Kevin was very ‘humble’ in his responses: 
What was it like playing on the varsity team with your older brother? “It was a good experience for me, because being the youngest player on the team I found his support and encouragement helpful. If one of us was having a bad game we were there for each other. Also I was able to pick up tips from a more experienced player and former Windham MVP.”

How did you feel getting co-MVP this year? “It felt good to receive the co-MVP award because it shows that hard work pays off. Also I could not have done it without the help of my teammates.”
Making the All-State team must be exciting? “I was surprised. It was nice to be recognized for what I had done over the course of my senior season. All of the individual accomplishments were great but I would have rather won a gold ball with my teammates.”

Do u plan to play basketball in college? “I plan to play college basketball, as for which college it is my options are open at this point.”

Kevin’s parents, Mike and Bridget Weisser couldn’t be more proud of Kevin. The Windham Eagle asked them what they would like to look back on when they think of their son’s high school days. Their response, “Kevin’s dedication and perseverance. At one point after his sophomore year he was going to quit basketball. But after he took the time to talk and listen to his AAU coach Mike “Woody” Woodbury from MBNation, Kevin decided to work hard and make good decisions while maintaining honor roll status,” his parents said.

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