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Sam Perkins has had his finger on the pulse of the America East for the better part of a decade, and has since expanded his coverage across the college basketball spectrum. He started his America East journey as a high school student and has continued it as a member of the media. During that time he has been in attendance for over 1,000 America East contests. He traces his passion for the America East back to a gray Sunday in March of 2002, when he watched Stijn Dhondt’s miracle buzzer-beater propel Boston University on to the America East championship game and NCAA Tournament, and Trevor Gaines leave his heart and soul on the court in Vermont’s upset loss. Widely regarded as the “America East insider” (or in other circles as “that guy who should really get a life”), Sam spent three years as Hoopville.com’s America East beat writer and has established working relationships and friendships with a host of current and former America East players, coaches, administrators, and officials. Sam has previously served as the editor for a weekly newspaper based in the metro west, and has had pieces published by the Associated Press as well as several other publications and newspapers and worked as a correspondent for Boston.com. He has also been a featured guest on several sports talk radio shows, and is currently finishing a book entitled “Stronger at the Broken Places,” which he was co-authoring with the late Gaines, a close personal friend, and is now completing it posthumously in his honor. Sam resides in the greater Boston Area with his wife, Diana, and completed his Master’s Degree in Journalism at Northeastern University with honors.
Matt Whitrock was introduced to America East basketball by the most notable one-bid wonders of conference history — the 2005 Vermont Catamounts. Those Catamounts would later become Enemy No. 1 for four years while he attended Boston University and the Terriers struggled to a 1-8 record against their northern foe. Matt’s interest in all things statistical and mathematical ultimately led to a degree in Computer Science. Matt also spent five semesters as the Thursday sports columnist for The Daily Free Press, BU’s independent student newspaper, and was one of the founders of that paper’s basketball blog, Full Court Press. Matt currently lives on Long Island, where he spends his spare time crunching numbers, watching a dangerously high amount of basketball, and toiling away on this blog.
Noah Perkins graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 2012. He is a philosopher, sociologist, explorer, humorist, humanist and world traveler who spends far too much of his time roaming cracked concrete courts and deadwood floorboards across the country. He also happens to be the younger brother of OBW creator Sam Perkins. Noah currently resides in New York City following a cross-country move from San Diego — he’s played pick up hoops at every stop along the way. He continues to live the life of “The Dude” from The Big Lebowski, except instead of bowling, he plays far too much basketball. Noah writes from the crossroads of life and basketball. Follow Noah on Twitter at @
Martin Kessler can’t remember life before Ivy League basketball. According to family legend, Martin— known for being a fussy toddler — was on a walk with his father when the pair happened upon a basketball game at Harvard’s Lavietes Pavilion. Miraculously, Martin stopped crying. His father promptly purchased season tickets, and the pair attended games together for the next 15 years. But in 2009, Martin moved from the stands to press row, beginning a four-year stint as a men’s basketball beat writer for The Crimson, Harvard’s student newspaper. He has also written about Ivy League basketball for The Boston Globe, Dime Magazine, and The New York Post. In 2012, he co-authored a piece on the rise of the Harvard basketball program that was named the 2012 Sports Story of the Year by the Associated Collegiate Press. He currently lives in Belmont. In his spare time, Martin enjoys working on his signature spin move and being publicly embarrassed by Harvard athletes. Follow Martin on Twitter at @MartinKessler91.
Zolan Kanno-Youngs Zolan Kanno-Youngs grew up in Cambridge, what he thinks is the best city in the world. He was a member of the class of 2011 and is set to graduate from Northeastern University in 2015. He has a passion for telling the untold stories of basketball, and people that inhabit the different parts of the world. His best education came from traveling and working in South Africa, Zambia and Jordan. He currently works as a sports and metro correspondent for the Boston Globe and is the CAA writer for OneBidWonders.com. Have a story idea? You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Zolan on Twitter at @KannoYoungs.
Doric Sam became a fan of college basketball in early 2003, just in time to see Syracuse win the national championship. A fan of the big-name schools, Doric didn’t discover the world of America East basketball until 2008 when he transferred to Stony Brook University. But it was during the 2009-10 season that Doric truly fell in love as he watched Stony Brook capture its first regular-season conference championship. Since then, Doric has covered some of the most memorable moments in the program’s history, including Stony Brook’s first appearance in the NIT Tournament in 2010 and it’s unlikely run to the America East championship game in 2011 as the fifth-seeded team in the tournament. Upon graduating in 2011, Doric worked as a high school sports reporter for Newsday for two years. Doric jumped at the opportunity to cover Stony Brook basketball again as a contributor for OBW. He hopes to one day uncover one of the program’s biggest conundrums: what exactly is a Seawolf? Follow Doric on Twitter at @doricsam83.
Chris Dela Rosa A rising junior at Boston University, Dela Rosa will serve as OBW’s Patriot League featured writer, spearheading One-Bid Wonders’ first season of full coverage of the PL, providing game stories, features, perspectives pieces and weekly Power Rankings.During his first two years in college, Dela Rosa worked for the Daily Free Press, the highly acclaimed BU student newspaper, serving as the BU’s men’s basketball beat writer, covering the day-in, day-out grind of the college hoops season. Dela Rosa got his start in sports writing as a sophomore in high school with Bleacher Report in 2010, writing about anything from the New York Jets, New York Yankees, and Brooklyn Nets (formerly the New Jersey Nets), and spent more than a year as a New York Jets featured columnist. Follow Chris on Twitter at @cdelarosa65.
Jon Hart Jon Hart is the author of Man versus Ball: One Ordinary Guy and His Extraordinary Sports Adventures, www.manversusball.com.
Joe Neveux An incoming freshman majoring in broadcast journalism at the University of Maine, Neveux is an aspiring news anchor and comedian and a native of Bedford, Massachusetts. Despite his young age, Neveux already has an impressive background in the newsroom and extensive experience covering the news and working on camera. For the past year, Neveux served as the co-anchor on the Monday night news program of Bedford TV, a nationally acclaimed, award-winning local access Television station in his hometown. For the past three years, Neveux also served as the lead anchor on his high school’s morning news show, BHS Live. In addition to his work in the newsroom, Neveux starred in three Bedford High School musicals, including a phenomenal performance this spring as Billy Crocker, the protagonist in “Anything Goes.” Neveux was twice named Best Supporting Actor during Massachusetts’ Tournament of Plays. Neveux was crowned “Mr. BHS” as a senior last spring and also received the superlative “Class Clown.” Follow Joe on Twitter at @j_nevs.
Ari Kramer A 2014 graduate from Binghamton University, Kramer covered the first two years of the Tommy Dempsey era for the Pipe Dream and created a following for the @bingbballblog twitter handle. While Kramer cut his teeth covering Binghamton’s rebuilding period in the America East conference, he will be returning to the roots of his obsession with college basketball at OBW, where he will be spearheading the publication’s expansion into the MAAC (he still believes that Manhattan-Iona is the best rivalry in the northeast). Based in New York City, Kramer will also contribute to OBW’s coverage of the Ivy League and aid in its expansion into the NEC. Follow Kramer can on Twitter at @Ari_Kramer.
Josiah Bonsey loves nothing more than the underdog. An avid fan of college sports since birth, March Madness — and the tantalizing prospect of double-digit seeds pulling the upset — occupies a very special place in his heart. He is currently a senior at Harvard, where he has been quite pleasantly surprised to find himself watching good basketball in-season. He studies American history and literature as well as creative writing, with a particular interest in sports and Boston-area history. In years past, he wrote for the online magazine Far From the Show. His favorite piece was about T.J. Sorrentine, the Vermont sharpshooter who sent Gus Johnson through the roof with his absurdly long three to bury Syracuse in the 2005 NCAA tournament. He hopes to write about similar giant-killers in the near future.