November 20, 2017
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Behind every successful basketball team is a talented point guard capable of leading the group and making the offense go.
For the Middlebury College women’s basketball team, that point guard is Lynn native Alex Huffman.
The starting point guard for the Division III Panthers, Huffman has found herself a key role as the team’s floor general. She enters her junior season after starting all 25 games last winter as a sophomore, averaging 5.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest.
“I got a lot of minutes last year,” Huffman said. “The coaches are looking for me to keep that role and take it to the next level this season. I’m looking to take command on the court and help us win games.”
A product of Lynn’s KIPP Academy, Huffman recognizes that playing the point guard position brings no shortage of challenges. Although she’s still learning the ins and outs of the role and working to improve her craft, Huffman has full confidence in her abilities to lead the Panthers’ offense.
“It’s definitely a work in progress, understanding that things can get hectic and my coaches and teammates look for me to slow things down,” Huffman, a 2015 KIPP graduate, said. “I’ve been a point guard my whole career so it’s good that I have experience under my belt. It can be a challenge but it’s a work in progress, holding the team down and helping us keep our composure.”
November 21, 2017
Some would say that the KIPP Academy football team’s inaugural season has been a success and it’s hard to argue against that.
The Panthers won their season opener, stumbled into a six-game losing streak, but won their last two games to stand at 3-6 on the year. Now they have one final objective to reach: finish the season with a win on Thanksgiving at Milford.
“Our goal is to leave it all on the field on Thanksgiving,” Panthers coach Jim Rabbitt said. “We’re looking to play our best game and our seniors want to leave a legacy of hard-work behind. If we can give it our all and end on that note, that’ll be a success for us on Thanksgiving.”
Getting that win is easier said than done as Milford, 4-6, is a Division 3 team that made the state tournament before bowing out in the South sectional quarterfinals after a 9-7 loss to Duxbury.
“Milford plays a tough schedule,” Rabbitt said. “To me, their record means nothing. We watched them on film. They’re a double-tight, double-wing team. They’re big up front and they’re aggressive. They’re well-coached. I’m sure they’ll have a lot of fans and alumni there so we’re going up to the lion’s den to compete.”
article by Steven A. Rosenberg
KIPP Academy Lynn volunteer (since 2007) receives “honorable menschion” in The Jewish Journal. Ralph Epstein rose from modest roots in Malden to become one of the area’s leading pulmonologists and emergency room doctors. Epstein, who is now 78, was one of four children born to Ida and Hyman Epstein. He won a scholarship to Williams College, studied medicine at Tufts Medical School, and practiced medicine for over 46 years in the Greater Boston area. Epstein and his wife, Linda, live in Danvers; he is the father of three children, two step-children, and has five grandchildren. He retired two years ago, and along with being an Uber driver for his grandsons, he is still active with the young men he has been a mentor for through KIPP Academy Lynn. Click here to read Honorable Menschions article.