January 15, 2013

Fay found basketball, Falmouth got a winner

Charlie Fay gave hockey a shot in middle school, but returned to hoops – where he now leads the team.

By Tom Chard tchard@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Charlie Fay, a senior at Falmouth, is a big reason the Yachtsmen are unbeaten this year. But basketball isn’t even his best or favorite sport – that would be lacrosse.

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Fay began playing basketball in the third grade and has continued right up through the ranks with various coaches.

"I've always been competitive. I like to win," he said.

HOOPS VS. HOCKEY

As he grew, Fay would find himself playing center, something he wasn't always enamored with. He went out for hockey midway through the winter his seventh grade year and played the next year as well.

"I was actually second guessing basketball," said Fay.

"I didn't enjoy the whole aspect of being the big man down low. I enjoyed handling the ball like I do in lacrosse.

"(In hockey), I was more of a bruiser. I had the stick skills, but I was never a skater. I still play hockey with my friends. My size started to come so it seemed like basketball was a better option."

Falmouth is fortunate Fay went back to basketball and accepted his center position. He played on the jayvees his sophomore year and then grew three to four inches before his junior year. Now, like Cooleen, he's one of the top big men in the state.

Fay likes Falmouth's chances to take the Gold Ball.

"We have all the pieces," he said. "We have so many weapons. We have two youngers kids (Tom Coyne and Jack Simonds) with incredible skills. The seniors are all athletic with experience. We have just what a team should have."

A good student, Fay has applied early decision to Bates College. If accepted, he would play lacrosse for the Bobcats, and perhaps basketball.

"I would probably try out for the basketball team. If I didn't make it, I would play intramurals or club basketball to stay in shape for lacrosse," he said.

Staff Writer Tom Chard can be contacted at 791-6419 or at:

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