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Riley Bennett: Bishop Brady Female Player of the Season


Thursday, April 06, 2017

What was the highlight of your season? The highlight of my season was bringing home the championship of the annual Capital Area Holiday Tournament. The three preceding days of Christmas bring eight teams out and we battle for the title of the best in the greater Concord area. As a sophomore, the boys and girls both won and after last year’s championship game outcome, we came for blood, ultimately bringing us to our first team goal of the season. 

Who was the unsung hero of your team? The Alosa family and Coach Andrew were the unsung heroes of this season. Coach Andrew laced up most practices, giving us a big body to play against and a mentor to aspire to be. Coach Annie and Sal never faltered in the confidence they had in the team and have played crucial roles in my life on and off the court over the time I have known them. Mrs. Alosa (Annie's mom) made sure we were never hungry, opening her house to us at any hour if we needed anything and opened her family to ours as a team. Without their family we would not have been as dominant. 

What was the biggest surprise of the season? This season’s shocker came with the final buzzer of the quarterfinal game. I knew going into that game that it was going to be my last time playing in my home gym. Anything short of hanging a banner was going to be a shock to me after putting in the preseason work from June to September with the team and seeing the raw talent we had.

If you could improve high school basketball in New Hampshire, what would you do? To improve high school basketball in New Hampshire, I would add a 35 second shot clock to keep the tempo of the game constant and high. 

Do you have any pre-game superstitions? If so, what are they? Pre-game superstitions included the aux cord, gym stage and microphone. Before each home game and before departing for away games the team would hold a private concert to set the energy for the night and loosen up. 

What’s your favorite pregame meal? My favorite pregame meal was a dry chicken finger sandwich from Dallas. 

If someone was going to make a movie of your life, who would play your coach? Who would play you? If someone was going to make a movie based off of my life, Sandra Bullock would play my coach, Annie Alosa, because of her generous heart, strength as a woman, and good looks. Selena Gomez, on the other hand, would play me; she's what I want to be!

What was the last gift you gave someone? The last gift I gave someone was one of my school basketball shirts to my little cousin Olivia to wear at my games to fit in with the fan section. I’m pretty sure it’s her favorite thing she owns. 

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently? My best friend Cait and I were sledding on the back hill toward our school after the most recent snowfall and when we finally stopped after hitting all the bumps and rocks, and when we looked up we saw teachers looking out at us through their windows clapping and giving us scores. 

​Describe the color yellow to someone who is blind. The warmth you feel sitting inside on a cold day in the path of the sun coming through the window is how I would describe yellow to a blind person. 

If you could have dinner with any three people, who would it be? And what would you serve? Given any food to share with any three guests would entail my dad's tacos followed by some chocolate with Amelia Earhart, Buddha and Chief Joseph. 

If you got a $1 million to start a company, what would you do? I would partner with clinics worldwide making global travel and hands on help for students interested in the medical field. 

If you had to go on a talent show, what would you do? I would immediately be at a deficit at a talent show; we always joke how I don't have a talent, but I can pick laundry up off the floor with my toes which I think is pretty cool.  

What inspires you? Mr. Tom Hardiman and his humility inspire me the most. It is not the plaques inscribed with his name, gymnasiums dedicated in his honor, or his decorated accomplishments that make Mr. Hardiman successful, but rather the truth behind each word he speaks, the strength within each hug he gives, and his million dollar smile. Mr. Hardiman has achieved his loftiest mark on the timeline of success each day he has helped me write my own; unseen, full of grace, and humble.​