Basketball notes: Monument's Kinne recovering from head injury; Lee's Williams close to 1,000 points


Monument Mountain senior Bobby Kinne is resting at home after suffering a fall in the overtime period of Wednesday night's loss at Mount Anthony (Vt.).

According to the Bennington Banner, Kinne was hurt on a collision on a rebound, was motionless on the court for more than 30 minutes, and was taken to Southern Vermont Medical Center for treatment.

"Bobby had the ball, determined to get to the basket," Monument coach Mike Saporito said Thursday night. "It looked like there was a lot of contact on his way to the rack. He came down hard [as] a result of the contact. Then there was the fall, which was pretty serious, down to the ground with no ability to protect himself."

A CT scan on Kinne's head and neck ruled out fractures in the neck or spine and bleeding on the brain, according to Bobby's father, Kevin. Bobby also has full movement in his limbs.

"His head's really pounding, so it's been a tough day," Kevin said via phone Thursday night. "What's helped him a ton, and what we love about Berkshire County, is that he's gotten incredible support from our own community and people throughout the county. It's really an amazing community we have in the whole area."

Both Kevin Kinne and Bobby's mother, Cathleen, returned home to Great Barrington on Thursday morning with Bobby. They plan to meet with a neurologist in the near future to determine the extent of the injury suffered after Bobby's fall.

"We're keeping our fingers crossed and hoping he gets better soon," Kevin Kinne said.

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Berkshire County could add a new member to the boys basketball 1,000-point club Friday night.

Lee's Heamon Williams is just 15 points shy of the mark, and will be the 58th boy in county history to reach 1,000 points when he gets there.

That, however, isn't Coach Dan Korte's focus going into Friday's home game against Mount Greylock.

"We're not game-planning for him to score 1,000 points," Korte said. "We want him to get it done, [but] we're focusing on a tough league game."

Williams is also one of Lee's top rebounders, and the Wildcat forwards could have their hands full with Greylock big man Jake Benzinger. Still, Korte said his charges are doing a good job winning on the boards.

"[Against Wahconah], I was having five guys crash the boards on the defensive end, and then doing a good job with three or four guys on the offensive end," the coach said. "I think that's something we can do tomorrow night. ... I think we're also big from top to bottom."

The key for Korte is this: Can Jake Brunell and Sam Kelley keep producing at center so that Williams can play his natural power forward position?

"Heamon's a really tough rebounder," Korte said. "If he can be the 4 rebounding in that way, when we also have a 5 contributing, I think we're pretty tough to box out."

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