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Hot Topic: Pembroke Academy boys' basketball team and its schedule

Pembroke coach Matt Alosa talks with his team during the state championships against Souhegan in March of 2013. 

(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor file)

Pembroke coach Matt Alosa talks with his team during the state championships against Souhegan in March of 2013. (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor file)

Many people are speaking out about allegations that the Pembroke Academy basketball program recruits players and the subsequent decision by Division I schools to keep Pembroke off the schedule for the 2014-15 season. Here’s a sampling:

Adult form of bullying

I think it is time to identify the real issue with the attack against the Pembroke Academy boys basketball team: It is a long-standing vendetta against the coach’s father.

The reality is that the boys team will have to work very hard in Division I to be a contender, and that may not happen right away.

At the Pembroke Sports Night, coach Matt Alosa said that he hoped to help the boys become competitive and that it would take hard work to get there.

So what is the real issue?

Many times when adults at any level become involved in sports, they lose perspective and make a mess out of the situation. I have seen this multiple times over the years as my three daughters have played sports.

In this case, it really appears to be an adult form of bullying, something we would never allow the children to do.

Division I coaches were ready for a fight, got together and bullied out one of the teams.

Where does NHIAA stand on this issue? I believe they have joined the pack.

For many of us who have watched them over the years, we are not surprised. We give them loads of money at each tournament, but who are they really working for? That is one of the most concerning issues to arise from this situation.

Are the boys currently playing for Pembroke going to take the fall for bad feelings from the past? Is that fair?

It is time for the adults to let the kids play. Settle your differences elsewhere. Do not let the past as well as adult grudges ruin the fun for high school boys.



Relocation often means better opportunity for kids

Given the means, flexibility and desire, parents at times relocate to provide their children and themselves with access to better opportunities and experiences.

This practice is quite accepted and even, at times, expected.

We do what we can for our kids and ourselves. Suppose my child excels at math or robotics, and I explicitly and legitimately choose to move to a nearby town because of its stellar math scores or robotics team. Would I come under scrutiny for this choice? And worse, would my child be excluded from competing on the math team or from participating in the robotics competition for our first year of residency?

If the answer to the latter question is yes, then that is just plain wrong. But if it is no, if it is somehow reasoned that these teams are different than the marching band or any interscholastic athletic team, it is an inconsistent application of a rule that unfairly penalizes a group of children with a specific set of interests. I am not sure which is more troubling.



Legacy Comments2

Relocating for academic advancement is not the issue. Relocating for athletics is an entirely different animal. It is also not the issue here as Pembroke Academy is an average high school far from being an academic mecca. This isn't a case of picking on the PA students. This isn't a new issue, Alosa Sr. has a long checkered history and controversy is not really new with Alosa Jr. The issue at hand is the perceived feeling that the Alosa's are a lightening rod for concern. It seems that it is the state against them and the PA student are collateral damage. If one district had a problem that is one thing, when all do you have to take a long hard look at the problem.


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