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Basketball - Boys' Varsity

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Overview

Overview

2009-10 Western New England Semi-Finalist
2009 Sportsmanship Award
2007 Tri-State League Champions

The Taft basketball program enters the 2017-18 season looking to qualify for post-season play for the 12th time in the past 17 years. Taft competes in the Founders and Tri-State Leagues during the regular season and in Class A against the top large-school prep programs in New England during the post-season. The 2016-17 squad finished the season with a 17-7 record, and was able to beat and compete with the tops teams in class A. The Big Red ranked among the top five in New England for overall winning percentage and Class A winning percentage all while yielding the sixth most difficult RPI (strength of schedule) in New England. The Rhinos are optimistic and look to use positive momentum gained last year to propel them into the 2017-18 season. The team will be captained by two Waterbury, Connecticut, natives, Senior Shamir Johnson and Junior Connor Printz.

Over the past 10 years, the Taft team has compiled a 163-92 record and won four league championships. During this time Taft basketball players have gone on to compete in college athletic programs at the following institutions: American, Amherst, Babson, Bates, Bowdoin, College of Charleston, Connecticut College, Cornell, Davidson, Dickinson, Holy Cross, Howard, Kenyon, Middlebury, Princeton, Sacred Heart, Trinity, Tufts, Union.

Email Head Coach Shavar Bernier

Schedule

Schedule

Opponent Date Time Location Advantage Details Result Score Status
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Loomis Chaffee School
Home Details
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The Knox School
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Brunswick School
Home Details Win 73-38
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Canterbury School
Home Details Loss 64-66
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Choate Rosemary Hall
Choate Rosemary Hall Away Details Loss 40-59
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Gunnery
Gunnery Away Details
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Suffield Academy
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Kingswood Oxford School
Kingswood Oxford School Away Details
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Kent School
Kent School Away Details
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Hotchkiss School
Home Details
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Berkshire School
Home Details
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Trinity-Pawling School
Trinity-Pawling School Away Details
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Berkshire School
Berkshire Country Day School Away Details
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Canterbury School
Canterbury School Away Details
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Trinity-Pawling School
Home Details
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Hotchkiss School
Hotchkiss School Away Details
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Deerfield Academy
Deerfield Academy Away Details
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Salisbury School
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Avon Old Farms School
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Kent School
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Loomis Chaffee School
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Avon Old Farms School
Avon Old Farms School Away Details
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Westminster School
Westminster School Away Details

Roster

Roster

# Name Position Class Hometown
14 Blessing Agbonlaho 2021
10 Liam Akpata 2019 Vancouver, BC
45 David Brown 2019 Waterbury, CT
Warsameh Bulhan M 2018 Hargeisa
5 Adam Drummond 2018 Cork
24 Kevin Foos 2018 Rumson, NJ
12 Nolan Grooms 2019 Lake Wylie, SC
4 Ayinde Johnson 2020 Danbury, CT
11 Shamir Johnson 2018 Waterbury, CT
21 Ali Sinan Kaya 2018 Istanbul
33 Kai Kostmayer 2020 Southbury, CT
35 Frank Lumaj 2018 Fairfield, CT
20 Connor Printz 2019 Waterbury, CT
Isabella Puyana M 2018 Bogota
Caroline Shea M 2019 Morristown, NJ
32 Walker Wonham 2020 Eugene, OR
23 Michael Yamin 2020 Middlebury, CT

Coaches

Coaches

About Head Coach Shavar Bernier

Shavar graduated from Dover High School in New Hampshire, where he was captain of the basketball team for two years and first-team All-State and Seacoast Player of the Year in 2004. He attended Bridgton Academy for a post-graduate year. There he earned the Frances L. Spooner Award, which is awarded by the faculty to the student deemed the most outstanding in general excellence of studies, loyalty, and uprightness of character. Shavar then attended Connecticut College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in human development and played four years of varsity basketball. A three-year captain at Conn, he earned many accolades, including the Sportsmanship Award his sophomore season. When he graduated, Shavar was the first all-time in career three-pointers and the tenth all-time in career points. He was named to the All-NESCAC second team and was selected to the NEBCA Division III all-star game. Additionally, in college he worked in the alumni relations office, served as a teacher's aide in the college's children's program, coached at Conn College basketball camps, and assisted as a basketball coach at Waterford Middle School. After college, Shavar served as an assistant men's basketball coach and intramural assistant director at St. Michael's College in Vermont, where he was also responsible for directing the school's summer basketball camp. He began his independent-school career at The Gunnery, where he worked for two years as an assistant director of admissions, LEADS teacher, head varsity basketball coach, assistant football coach, and dormitory resident. At Taft, Shavar is an admission officer, serves as head of CPT4 (an upper school boys dorm), and is the head boys' basketball coach and assistant football coach. He is currently working on his master's degree at Dartmouth College in liberal studies with a concentration on cultural studies.

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Record

Record

Year Record Year Record
2006-0719-62007-0817-6
2008-0913-102009-1018-8
2010-11 10-14
2011-12 15-10
2012-13 18-5 2013-14 8-15
2014-15 14-10
2015-16 14-8

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