WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College men's basketball team will host the Charlie Ryan Classic Friday-Saturday, November 17-18 at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium on the campus of Thomas College.
The host Terriers will welcome the University of Maine at Presque Isle, the University of Maine at Machias, and Pine Manor College to Waterville for the four-team classic. Thomas and Machias will kick off the weekend at 5:30 p.m. Friday with UMPI and Pine Manor to follow at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Thomas and Pine Manor will tip off at 1:00 p.m. followed by UMPI and Machias at 3:00 p.m.
Admission is $2 each day with children under 10 being admitted free along with Thomas faculty, students, and alumni. Donations are greatly welcomed. All proceeds go to the Charles P. Ryan Memorial Scholarship Fund.
About the Teams
Thomas (0-0) will open up their new season this weekend at the Charlie Ryan Classic. In the annual conference preseason poll, the Terriers were selected to finish third following their run to the NAC Championship last season. The squad returns three of their top five scorers with senior center Carlos Gonzalez, sophomore guard Zach Mackinnon, and junior forward Willie Grant. Thomas also adds 12 incoming freshmen along with senior transfer John Morgan.
Me.-Presque Isle (0-0) will also begin their 2017-18 season this weekend under first-year head coach Dan Kane. The Owls will return three key seniors in Kevin Collins, Anthony Chacho, and Maurice Harris. Collins was the team's leading scorer last season, averaging 14.7 points per game. Collins shot 40.9 percent from the field, with a 34.9 three-point percentage.
Me.- Machias (2-2) had a strong start to the season as the Clippers won back-to-back games against Unity College and Hampshire College. Since then the team has dropped two-straight games to Fisher College and NHTI. Travonne Thompson leads the Clippers' offense, averaging a double-double with 14.1 points and 14.2 rebounds per game. As a team, Machias averages 70.8 points per game while shooting 42.2 percent from the floor.
Pine Manor (0-0) will travel to Rhode Island College on Wednesday to open the season before the Charlie Ryan Classic. The Gators enter 2017-18 under the guidance of new Head Coach Joseph Chatman. A season ago, the team finished 16-10 overall, including victories over NAC opponents Johnson, Lyndon, and Green Mountain.
About Charlie Ryan '77
Recruited to Thomas in the early 1970s by current University of Maine at Farmington head coach Dick Meader, Charlie played basketball for the Terriers from 1972-1976. He was an NAIA All-American, an all-NAIA District V selection (1972-76) and a three-time all-Northeast College Conference pick. He holds membership in the 400-point (season) and 1,000-point (career) clubs at Thomas and currently ranks 14th on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,298 points.
Charlie graduated from Thomas in 1977 with a degree in Business Teacher Education. In August of 1995, Charlie was inducted into the Thomas College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Charlie's involvement with basketball at Thomas College was only a small part of his life. Throughout his career at Thomas and afterwards, he served as a role model for young basketball players in Maine and New York. He was actively involved with Pine Tree Basketball Camp and other hoops camps around the State of Maine.
Beloved by his family, Charlie left a lasting impression on his friends, classmates, and the youngsters he mentored.
Through the generosity of Charlie's family, a scholarship in his name has been established at Thomas College. The income from this endowment will be awarded to an incoming first-year student who is both deserving of and in need of financial assistance and is planning to major in Sport Management.