Braintree’s Ryan Sharry makes pro basketball debut in Luxembourg

Ryan Sharry finished his career fifth all-time at Middle-bury College with 1,411 points, and second in rebounds.
Ryan Sharry finished his career fifth all-time at Middle-bury College with 1,411 points, and second in rebounds.
Trent Campbell

Ryan Sharry turns pro — in Luxembourg

Braintree’s Ryan Sharry is starting a new chapter in his basketball life overseas.

Sharry, the New England Small College Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year last winter as a senior at Middlebury College, has signed a one-year professional contract with T71 Dudelange in Luxembourg’s Diekirch League, the country’s top division.

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He is one of two American imports on the team, which won the league title in 2010 and 2011 and was the runner-up to Sparta last season.

Dudelange opens its season Sunday against Etzella.

“I couldn’t be happier with the opportunity to keep playing for a successful team and to see another part of the world,” said the 6-foot-8, 235-pound center/forward prior to his departure earlier this month.

“Our coach [Jan Enjebo]  wants me to continue to play inside and outside, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Sharry led the NESCAC in single-game scoring (18.8 points) and blocked shots (2) , and was second in rebounding per gamee (10.3) last season. The Panthers (26-4) lost to Amherst, 71-69, in the conference finals and advanced to the NCAA Division 3 tournament, losing 58-55 to Scranton on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

“Our team had the best record in Division 3 my four seasons there. I learned so much from my coaches and had such a great relationship with my teammates,” recalled Sharry, who has visited France in the past.

“In that respect I couldn’t have asked for more. Since I decided to turn pro, the support and congratulations from friends and people in Braintree was just awesome. I hadn’t heard from some of them in years.”

The city of Dudelange is a five-minute drive from the border of northern France. Luxembourg’s native language is French, but citizens also speak their own dialect, a combination of French and German.

Sharry arrived in Luxembourg with a pocket dictionary in his luggage.

“I had college teammates who played professionally in Israel and I chatted with them about the experience,” he said. “If the basketball works out for me, that would be great, but I wanted to spend some time abroad after graduation.”

A graduate of Boston College High School, Sharry was a two-time All-American at Middlebury, where last season he scored a career-high 41 points at Rensselaer on Jan. 3, and had a career-best 16 rebounds Feb. 4 against Colby.

He was also named the Northeast District Player of the Year, and a finalist for the prestigious Jostens Trophy, a national award presented by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va., which honors the most outstanding men’s and women’s Division 3 players.

At the Senior All-Star game in Salem Civic Center, Sharry was named the game’s most valuable player, leading his team with 20 points and 18 rebounds.

Called “the most versatile post player I’ve ever coached” by Middlebury’s Jeff Brown, Sharry finished his career fifth all-time at the Vermont school with 1,411 points.

He also had second-best career totals of 901 rebounds and 189 blocked shots.

Sharry played on BC High’s state championship team in 2007 as a junior for coach Bill Loughnane and cracked the starting lineup as a senior, when he averaged 14 points per game and helped lead his team to the state semifinals.

Lakeville golfer plays in senior amateur

Bill Tribou  of Lakeville is in Caldwell, N.J., this weekend playing in his first USGA Senior Amateur Championship.

Tribou qualified in grand fashion as sectional medalist on Sept. 5 at New England Country Club in Bellingham. He carded a 1-under par 70 that included three birdies and a 33 on the back nine.

“Just a memorable day, one of the highlights of my golfing career,” said Tribou, who with his brother, Robert,  a member at Pocasset Golf Club, won the 2007 Massachusetts Golf Association Senior Four Ball Championship. They were runners-up the previous year.

“I’ve tried to qualify [for the Senior Amateur] four times and missed by one or two shots a couple of times, so I didn’t have any expectations this year,’’ added Tribou, 61, who started playing competitively at age 35 and qualified for the USGA Public Links Championship in 1997.

“My first goal is to make match play and go from there,” said Tribou, who was joined by his wife, Mary,  at the Senior Amateur at Mountain Ridge Golf Club. Medal play concludes Sunday.

A Middleborough native, he is currently men’s champion at the Country Club of Halifax and a past club champ at Poquoy Brook Golf Club in Lakeville and Indian River Golf Club in Vero Beach, Fla.

Tribou has worked the past 26 years as a plant controller with Ocean Spray Inc., and plans to retire next June. “After that, it would be nice to get into coaching the game, perhaps at the high school level,” he said.

Abington football coach honored

Jim Kelliher,  head football coach at his alma mater, Abington High, since 1974, will be honored Oct. 14 as the school’s Alumnus of the Year. The dinner, which begins at noon at the Monponsett Inn in Halifax,  raises money for scholarships.

Kelliher posted his 200th career win in 2010, for which he was honored as the New England Patriots high school coach of the week. He guided the Green Wave to Eastern Mass. Super Bowl titles in 2002 and 2005.

For dinner tickets or to contribute to the scholarship fund, write to Claire LaPointe,  438 Plymouth St., Abington, MA 02351,  or call 78l-878-1595.