SPFHS Retires Star Basketball Alum Bryan Dougher's Number

Dougher led the team to its only state championship in boys basketball in 2008.

Coach Dan Doherty shakes hands with Bryan Dougher.
Coach Dan Doherty shakes hands with Bryan Dougher.

On Friday night, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School retired the jersey of alum and star basketball player Bryan Dougher before their 8 p.m. game against Westfield.

Dougher is a 2008 graduate who, his senior year, led the team to its only state championship in boy's basketball. Dougher is also the school's all-time leading scorer for the boy's basketball team. 

At the halftime ceremony, Dougher posed for pictures next to his No. 21 jersey and thanked Coach Dan Doherty, his family, friends, teammates and coaches over the years. 

"My teammates from high school – obviously this is as much a testament to them as it is to me," said Dougher. "I couldn't be happier to have played with a better group of guys. I'll remember that state championship run in 2008 as one of the best years of my life." 

After graduating, Dougher went on to play for Stony Brook, where he also holds the record as that program's all-time leading Division I scorer. He is now playing professionally in Australia.

Dougher joins SPFHS alums Bryan Meredith (boys soccer), Hillary Klimowicz (girls basketball) and Nate Jones (football) in having his jersey retired. 

Westfield defeated the Raiders at Friday night's game, 73-54.


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