Captain: Michael Allen, Kyle Kobis and Eric Samuel
The competitiveness of prep school basketball has risen to the highest level in the country. Berkshire has been keeping pace with the rising talent level and continues to produce student athletes who are able to compete both academically and athletically at all division levels. Coach Peter Kinne’s thirty years of coaching experience has allowed him to connect with college coaches from a wide variety of top academic and athletic schools, including but not limited to Williams, Colby, Northeastern, Delaware, URI, Boston College, UNH, Quinnipiac, Penn and Yale.
The team is generally made up of a mix of college-level players as well as athletes who may go on to excel in a different sport in college. The Bears love an up-tempo, pressing style of play, which has helped the team win several Tri-State League championships along with berths in the New England Class B championship. Berkshire currently competes in the Western New England Basketball conference, which includes all of the area’s best prep school programs. The team also competes annually in several different Christmas tournaments, including the Mercer Tournament held at the Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. These trips allow for extra exposure to other East Coast college coaches.
Basketball at Berkshire is demanding but we never lose sight of what is important as our program educates the whole student, not just for sport or school but for life.
December 2011: With the return of Class B player of the Year, Ahmad Reid who is rapidly closing in on Berkshire’s all-time scoring record of 1458 points; our 1000 point scoring point guard Barret Ramsay; the experience and skill of returner Eric Samuel; newcomer Chris McCormick, along with several returning veterans like the Harrigan twins, Charlie Dillon and Dylan Seely from last year’s run into the finals of the New England Championship, the winter campaign for 2011-12 looks bright.
Where Some Bears are playing:
In recent years, Berkshire has graduated players who have gone on to play Division I (Michigan, URI, Dartmouth, UPENN) Division II and Division III (Sewanee) basketball.