June 30, 2013

Steve Solloway: A Windham basketball team back together, still loving, now mourning

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"The '95-'96 team was a tight group," said Kevin Millington, then a young assistant basketball coach at Windham. "They hung out off the court, which isn't always the case. They were a very diverse group with very different personalities, but they all shared a love of basketball and found a way to always be together.

Visually, Windham isn't quite the town they once knew. It's grown. It's more a suburb of Portland. In other ways it's the same place.

"The people are the same," said Greg Merrill, whose father, Steve, was the high school athletic director until he stepped down several years ago. Greg Merrill left Windham for about 10 years but returned last year. "People still care about each other."

Millington is now the Windham head coach. After Giguere's death, the award given to the team's most valuable player was given in Giguere's name. Millington asked a few of Giguere's teammates to attend.

"The response we ended up getting was overwhelming," said Millington. "We talked after the banquet about how important teammates are and the bonds you form last for a lifetime."

Sometimes they last longer than that.

Steve Solloway can be contacted at 791-6412 or at:

ssolloway@pressherald.com

Twitter: SteveSolloway

 

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