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2021-22 State Tournament Reps - New England

New England State Reps attend official Qualifier tournaments to award Golden Ticket invites to the top two finishing teams at each grade level, and answer questions from coaches and families.  Please say "hello" when you see them!

Ethan Telford
Ethan grew up in Wallingford, CT and graduated from Xavier High School in Middletown. After high school, Ethan attended High Point University in North Carolina where he studied and graduated with a bachelor’s in Strategic Communication. Ethan has been able to see the game of basketball from every angle, whether it is from the court as a point guard, from the sideline as the coach of a high school summer league team, from the baseline as an intramural referee, and even from the stands as a spectator. Aside from being a State Rep for State Basketball Championship, Ethan enjoys attending live events such as concerts and games as well as spending quality time with friends and family on the golf course and pick up basketball court.

Jason Gove
Jason is ready to be a State Rep and help launch the inaugural New England Basketball Championship. He played college soccer at Nichols College (Dudley, MA), where he earned his degree in Sports Management. After graduation, Jason worked for 10+years as the Director of Operations in Major League Soccer with the New England Revolution. Jason also completed his master's degree in Athletic Administration from Southern New Hampshire University in 2019. He currently lives outside of Providence, in Attleboro, MA and is a High School and Middle School Athletic Director. 

Barbara Papa-Zinko
Barbara was born in Salem, Massachusetts and graduated from Seymour High School in Connecticut. She attended Mitchell College for one year where she played basketball and softball.  Barbara and her basketball team went to the NJCAA Tournament and had an undefeated season until they lost in the tournament that year. She then transferred to Post University in Waterbury Connecticut, where she spent three years playing softball and one more year of basketball due to a knee injury.  

Barbara enjoys her time umpiring sports, such as baseball and softball and refereeing basketball and volleyball.  She was the Rookie of the Year for her baseball association and was picked to umpire an all star high school game held at Tropicana Field in Florida. 

She spends most of her time with family, camping, fishing, and enjoying life with her wife and two dogs. Barbara also volunteers for the American Red Cross Disaster Cycle Service Team and Blood Service Team, The Palace Theater, ComicCon Conventions and whatever volunteer opportunities that she can fit into her schedule. 

Tyler Harris 
Tyler graduated from Sandpoint High School in 2015 in Sandpoint, ID and was league MVP and an all-state selection at linebacker his senior year. Tyler continued his football career for a year at Lewis-Clark State College and for another year at Idaho State University. After moving on from football, Tyler transferred to the University of Idaho where he officiated elementary through varsity level football and basketball. In the spring of 2021 Tyler graduated from the University of Idaho. He plans to get his teachers certification so he can teach and coach in public schools. In his spare time, Tyler loves to ski, watch sports (Go Packers), and spending time outdoors. 

Harrison Proch
Harrison attended St. Dominics Elementary,  Depaolo Middle School, Southington High School and then Eastern CT University. Harrison's experience with basketball started when he was in a bouncing chair. His family has a picture of him watching the Kentucky vs Kansas basketball game when he was very young. He played basketball all his years of elementary school, then the town league from middle school until he graduated from high school. In college, Harrison and his friends would always play pick up games at a local park whenever they could.  Harrison also refereed in high school for a few years at the elementary and middle school age. He has been a basketball fan his whole life, always watching as many games as he can, whether it be college or professional. His hobbies include gaming, video editing, music and sports in general. He spends a lot of time researching sports and athletes to learn more and use that knowledge to his advantage. Harrison played competitively in the NHL video game series for years against some of the best players in the world and his Youtube channel has 1,000 subscribers! 

Spencer Brunson
Spencer recently graduated from SCSU in May of 2021 with a bachelor's degree in business management: marketing. Spencer previously played basketball for Hill Regional Career as well as intramural teams at DSU and SCSU. He has also coached some youth league basketball teams in his spare time. Outside of basketball, Spencer partakes in a podcast and a fun fact about Spencer is that he is naturally and early bird and he is a twin! 

Tom Sienkiewicz
Tom is currently the Regional Director of One on One Basketball and The Head Boys Basketball Coach at the Providence Country Day School.  In Tom's playing days he started for Villanova University in three NCAA post-season tournaments and played one year in France after being drafted by the Seattle Supersonics.  Following his playing career, Tom embarked on his coaching career, which spans over 30 years and continues to this day! Tom has experience coaching at the high school varsity level and college level, divisions I and III and spent 8 years from 2007-2015 as the Director of Athletics at PCD. 

Maria Rofail
Maria is 21 years old and basketball has been her favorite sport since she was 9. She grew up in Egypt before her family moved to the United States in 2013. She attended middle and high school at Acton Boxborough Regional High School. Maria played basketball from 7th grade until 11th grade and then became the manager for the varsity girls basketball team her senior year. She also refereed and coached for middle school and high school level teams. Currently, Maria attends the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston. She is in the predental/dental hygiene program and hopes to pursue dentistry in the future. Outside of basketball, Maria is a dental assistant at a dental office in Boston. Maria also volunteers for the Miracle League of Massachusetts, a non-profit organization that helps kids with special needs come together and enjoy a fun game of baseball. Maria loves to have a good balance of school work, working and playing pick up basketball!

State tournament generously supported by

A Division of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau