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Dominic Timbas, Pembroke Academy’s star player, ruled ineligible for senior year

Pembroke's Dominic Timbas looks for an opportunity to make a shot during the game against Souhegan in the Division II state championship on March 16, 2013 at UNH. 

(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Pembroke's Dominic Timbas looks for an opportunity to make a shot during the game against Souhegan in the Division II state championship on March 16, 2013 at UNH. (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

In yet another move that has rocked the school’s boys’ basketball team and the entire district, the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association has ruled that Pembroke Academy’s star player is ineligible for next season.

NHIAA Director Pat Corbin said yesterday he denied a waiver seeking to allow Dominic Timbas, a 6-foot-5 forward, to play his senior year.

Corbin would not say why Timbas, who’s already played three seasons at Pembroke and helped it win consecutive state titles, needed a waiver to play another season.

But Timbas’s mother, Kimberly Timbas, faxed the Monitor Corbin’s response to the waiver request sent to him by Pembroke Headmaster Mike Reardon.

In it, Corbin cited NHIAA bylaws that say an athlete is permitted eight semesters of high school sports eligibility after completing eighth grade.

Timbas finished eighth grade at Lurgio Middle School in Bedford, then repeated the grade in a home-school program in Penacook.

That, Corbin said in his letter, amounted to redshirting, a common practice in college sports in which a player is left off a sports team as a freshman, leaving four more years of eligibility while helping the student adjust to college life and improve athletic skills.

Corbin, who made the decision by himself, apparently thought Timbas repeated eighth grade to gain an advantage athletically, not to help him mature and grow emotionally, as the letter from Reardon had said.

“Mr. and Mrs. Timbas report having made this decision because they felt their son was not ready for high school academically or socially,” Reardon wrote to Corbin.

Responded Corbin, “The restriction promotes, among other things, timely progress toward graduation by discouraging students from delaying their high school education. . . . It specifically aims to prevent redshirting.”

Corbin added that Timbas’s grades, plus comments made about him in documentation provided by Jamie and Kimberly Timbas, gave no indication that Dominic needed to repeat eighth grade.

“His report card did not note any repeated infractions or unacceptable behavior,” Corbin wrote. “In short, there is nothing in his Bedford records to indicate that (Dominic) Timbas needed to repeat the eighth grade.”

Fuel to the fire

Corbin’s ruling adds to the contentious relationship between the state’s governing body and the basketball community in Pembroke.

Rumblings and rumors have been swirling about recruiting violations for several years, after Matt Alosa was named head coach at Pembroke, his alma mater.

Matt’s father, Frank Alosa, coaches the Concord-based AAU Granite State Raiders, an elite program for students of all ages. The Raiders have no boundary restrictions, meaning they can draw talent from across the state. Enrollments at public schools such as Pembroke are defined by school districts.

High school coaches have long suspected that the Raiders program serves as a feeder system to Pembroke’s roster, funneling players from father to son against the rules.

Events casting Pembroke in a bad light have moved rapidly in recent months, beginning with a ruling that said two Pembroke players, transfers from other schools, were ineligible to play this past season.

Corbin acknowledged yesterday that he and other NHIAA officials had concerns over why the players left their schools. Players who switch schools for athletic purposes must sit out a year, even if they move into the proper school district, which is required, and recruiting violations are not proven.

Next, Pembroke guard Pat Welch was stripped of the Player of the Year Award after he tweeted an obscenity aimed at Portsmouth High School, the team Pembroke beat to win the Division II championship in March.

At the time, many believed Welch had been targeted by the NHIAA because of the recruiting controversy surrounding the program.

Then, after Pembroke successfully petitioned to move to Division I next season, the board responsible for scheduling, made up of principals and athletic directors, ruled that none of the D-I teams would play Pembroke in 2014-15, citing its concerns over the program’s inability to govern itself properly.

Tim Powers, the athletic director at Pinkerton Academy and president of the Division I Principals and Athletic Directors, said yesterday there have been no discussions between his group and Pembroke about including Pembroke in D-I scheduling.

“I don’t believe they can go back to Division II next year,” Powers said. “They’d have to go out of state to play games.”

Meanwhile, Jamie Timbas said yesterday he did not move his family from Bedford to Pembroke three years ago because of his son’s ties to the Raiders program, which has helped groom Dominic’s skills in recent years.

“Absolutely not,” Jamie Timbas said. “Don’t tell me as a parent you know better than I do what’s best for my kid. My son was around kids that were starting to do drugs at the same time he was playing basketball for the Raiders, and my wife and I decided our son would be better off around the good kids at the Raiders program and at Pembroke. We decided that because they were my son’s friends, it would be a better environment to move our family to Pembroke. Basketball was a very small part of it.”

Next, Jamie Timbas said he hopes the NHIAA’s appeals process will reinstate Dominic. If it doesn’t, he’s prepared to take Corbin and the NHIAA to court, which will add to an ongoing saga that has Pembroke and its surrounding communities buzzing.

“It’s such a mess here that so many parents and so many kids are walking around like zombies not knowing what anyone did wrong and what the future holds,” Jamie Timbas said. “It’s scary what’s transpiring here.”

(Ray Duckler can be reached at 369-3304 or or on Twitter @rayduckler.)

Legacy Comments14

If the child had to be kept back and re-do an entire in the heck is he allowed to continue in sports? A requirement of most schools is that they have to pass to play. Right? This is a corrupt system, which let's parents, with crazy dreams - try to propel their kid without the best interest of the child.

My question for anyone out there is how can Pembroke qualify for the division 1 playoffs this coming season if none of the D1 teams will play them? Who could they possibly play that would create a legitimate game that would count in the standings? Also, I guess I don't understand how if D1 teams won't play Pembroke they can't get a schedule at all. I always thought HS scheduling across the country was done by a central schedule "creator" out of the league office and if two teams scheduled to play had a conflict they could mutually agree to move the date, venue, etc. Can anyone shed light on this? Thanks.

It sure is scarey what is transpiring there. Rules are rules and D I apparently has the belief that integrity matters at their level. Pembroke has made their own bed, so to speak. Before you take this to court, remember "but they're picking on us" is no defense. Welcome to the real world.

Jamie Timbas says "it's scary what's going on here." He's got that right. It's scary that Pembroke has allowed the Alosas to tarnish the reputation of an entire school. Jamie - this isn't New York City. This kind of thing should not and will not be tolerated. Matt Alosa needs to go. His father has always been disliked, and for good reason. When Matt went to Providence, he didn't get enough playing time, so he transferred to UNH. Big egos these Alosas.

The fact that Corbin won't speak publicly about anything Pembroke-related speaks volumes. This has moved beyond good governance to vendetta style tactics. Once again, the NHIAA (the state athletic 'Star Chamber') has decided to punish innocent student athletes because they can't find anything of substance to punish the program otherwise. If you have such overwhelming evidence of violations, then why haven't they been made public? Either come clean Corbin or do what's probably best for all involved and step down!

My son Adam was ruled ineligible because there were concerns as to why he transferred from MV to Pembroke. The reasons were many and the final decision was left completely up to my son and his mother and I supported "HIS" decision. We followed all of the rules and yet the NHIAA ruined my son's senior year in High School! They have a vendetta against the Alosa's and sacrificed two innocent students as sacrificial lambs. The NHIAA should be an advocate for successful sports programs and if other programs are sub-par, then they should help them get up to speed instead of penalizing the teams that work hard and have great programs. And finally, the Alosa's have always been very nice to me and my family and "NEVER" once asked us to consider Pembroke because of my son's athletic ability. Shame on you NHIAA and Corbin as you destroy students with promise instead of making use of their god given abilities! Hopefully you can sleep nights with the weight of your gross negligence and poor judgements on your chests! Sam Presutti

(Did I mention 89 as a championship season?). :).

Yep I could have mis read your post. sorry about that.

Lets get your facts in order before you make a statement. Pembroke did not win the championship in 1989, that was MV highschool who one there boys first title, that would have been his senior year. The move from Concord to Pembroke did not benfit the Alosa's that much because he only one title why he was at Pembroke.

I am aware my friend that Pembroke didn't win in 89. You misread my post. I, like many, lived this era with a front row seat and you, perhaps did not or are simply uninformed. Alosa WAS the basketball team in Pembroke before his college 1-A hopes failed and he brokered a Miami Heat like deal with Drapeau to combine forces at UNH as a final grasp at small pond glory. And your gauged benefit of the Pembroke-instead-of-Concord move is moot: It happened was my point. It wasn't a move manipulated for the heck of it or for educational enrichment, I can assure you. Be well.

(Never said they won in 89)

That Corbin is Bias... Who you going to call now Corbin you the Boss.. ???

Alosa Sr. played the school system in 1989 so son Matthew, now Pembroke coach, could start varsity basketball as a freshman---a restriction in Concord they avoided much to then coach Chloe's delight and undoubtedly free of objection. A state title soon followed in Pembroke. First of all, as to alleged rules and regs suspicions that follow Matt Alosa: Like father like son. As to Pembroke's inability or unwillingness to govern itself: They didn't circa 1989 and reaped banner that followed; why would they now? Finally, the rest of high school athletics just boycotted Pembroke and their coach, not because they are good but because something is obviously rotten in Denmark.

Sounds like they're making this kid their sacrificial lamb so NHIAA and the public will get off their back about "recruitment-gate." I say if there is recruiting going on as alleged - don't punish the kids first - punish the adults first.

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