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The Union Leader (Manchester, NH)
The New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization announced Saturday that Pembroke Academy senior Pat Welch has been stripped of the Division II Player of the Year Award.
NHBCO president Gary Noyes confirmed that the award had been rescinded due to an obscene tweet that Welch sent out via Twitter shortly after Pembroke defeated Portsmouth for the NHIAA Division II title on March 15.
"I received an email from (NHIAA executive director) Pat Corbin with the tweet attached," Noyes said. "We received the email about the situation and had to act. It all happened fairly quickly. At this point we have made the decision and we want to move on."
Bishop Brady's Jourdain Bell has been named the new Division II Player of the Year.
Welch will not be allowed to participate in today's senior game at NHTI, nor will he be able to take part in the Twin State Games against Vermont this summer, according to the NHBCO, which selects the participants.
Pembroke head coach Matt Alosa declined to comment on the situation and attempts to reach Welch for comment were unsuccesful.
The tweet, which appears to have since been deleted from Welch's account, was directed at Portsmouth. It referenced the Clippers winning the regular season meeting between the two teams and Pembroke coming out on top in the championship. It concluded with an obscene hash tag.
"It is with great sadness that this committee has to act on this situation," Noyes wrote in an email to the Union Leader announcing the NHBCO's decision. "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."
New Hampshire Union Leader reporter Roger Brown contributed to this article.