Patrick Welch of Pembroke Academy basketball team. JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff
Pat Welch, who helped lead Pembroke Academy to back-to-back Division II basketball championships, has been stripped of his Player of the Year award because of “flagrant unsportsmanlike behavior,” according to the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization.
The action is likely because of a social media posting after the championship game.
In his place, Bishop Brady junior Jourdain Bell is now the Division II Player of the Year. Bell averaged 24 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and five steals per game this season for the Green Giants.
In a statement released yesterday, NHBCO President Gary Noyes wrote: “The NHBCO is disappointed to announce the unfortunate decision to rescind the Division 2 Player of the Year awarded to Pat Welch from Pembroke Academy. Last week, Pat Welch was named by the Division 2 coaches as their Player of the Year. Since that time, it has come to the NHBCO executive board’s attention that Pat Welch displayed flagrant un-sportsmanlike behavior. We have contacted Pembroke Academy and informed them of our decision. Pat Welch will not be allowed to represent his school at either the senior games being held at NHTI this Sunday nor at the Twin State game vs Vermont this summer. It is with great sadness that this committee has to act on this situation, but we strive to uphold the tenet that this award is not based solely on a basketball player’s ability but also on that player’s character and demonstrated sportsmanship.
“It has been decided that Jourdain Bell from Bishop Brady will be selected as the Division 2 Player of the Year.”