High School Sports

Kimball Union Academy's Crew Ainge passes the ball away from the MacDuffie defense in Meriden, N.H., on Jan. 14, 2015. MacDuffie won 76-66. (Valley News - Sarah Shaw) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Wrecking Crew: KUA Star Evokes Memories of Famous Dad

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Meriden — You swore that was Danny Ainge flying around the court at Kimball Union Academy the other day. The blond kid? Directing traffic, spinning, dishing, scoring? Going full-throttle through that forest of bigger guys with a full tank of enthusiasm and an absence of fear? That wasn’t Danny? Nope. You’d need a time machine to see the Boston Celtics …

Lakers Stun Top-Seeded Jacks

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Windsor — Stifled by a fourth-quarter man-to-man defense, the top-seeded Windsor High boys basketball team lost in a Vermont Division III quarterfinal game to Lake Region Friday night, 54-48. Leading 42-38 after three quarters, Windsor got just one field goal in the final eight minutes as the eighth-seeded Lakers pulled off the upset in front a large crowd in the Windsor gym. “I’ve …

High School Roundup: No. 1 Woodstock Is Barre-Bound

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Woodstock — Make that a perfect 21-for-21. Playing for the first time in a week, the Woodstock Union High boys basketball team showed no hint of rust in beating visiting Mill River 76-57 on Friday night in the Vermont Division II quarterfinals. Woodstock (21-0 overall) now advances to the Barre Auditorium on Monday …

Ghosts Junior Scares Up a Grand

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Randolph — Levi West will never forget the shot. It was Feb. 13 at Oxbow Union High, four minutes into the second quarter. A jumper from around the free-throw line. “I just dribbled away from the pressure and …

Local Roundup: Woodstock Skiers Win District Titles

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mendon, Vt. — The Woodstock Union High alpine ski team rode a series of top-10 individual finishes to sweep the Vermont Southern District meet on Thursday at Pico Mountain. The Wasp boys edged longtime nemesis Burr and Burton by one point and the girls won by four over …

Thetford Girls Return to D-III Final

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Barre, Vt. — Quicker, feistier and much more accurate than Enosburg, the top-ranked Thetford Academy girls basketball team rolled to a 53-34 win over the Hornets in Thursday night’s VPA Division III semifinal at Barre Auditorium. In a …

Silent Treatment: Whitcomb-Rochester Quieted at the Aud

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Barre, Vt. — Dennis Wood knew he’d be OK once he knew he could yell. If only he’d had much to yell about. MacKenzie Hickey and Abby McKearin silenced second-ranked Whitcomb-Rochester’s top two scorers and combined to produce …

Local Roundup: Hanover Hockey Clinches Playoff Berth

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Exeter, n.h. — Down for the count as the calendar turned from January to February, the suddenly surging Hanover High boys hockey team is emerging as the team no one wants to play. The Marauders’ eighth straight victory, …

Local Roundup: Newport Roars Past Franklin

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Newport — The Newport girls basketball team gave their fans something they hadn’t seen in a while — a home playoff game. Playing at home in the postseason for the first time in eight years, the Tigers edged …

Whitcomb Boys Feel Successful Despite Defeat

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

South Royalton — The last time Whitcomb and Arlington faced off in the VPA boys basketball playoffs, the Hornets enjoyed a runaway win in the 1997 Division III championship game. Second-year Whitcomb coach David Fisher doesn’t yet have …

Lebanon Loses Hockey Game, Earns Moral Victory

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

West Lebanon — By the sounds of the whooping and hollering escaping the locker room door afterward, the Lebanon High girls hockey team accomplished much of what it sought out of Tuesday night’s rematch with neighboring Hanover. Hold down the state’s top forward? Check. Play disciplined defense and …

Local Roundup: Hanover Girls Answer Cavalier Challenge

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hollis, n.h. — Hanover High girls basketball coach Dan O’Rourke believes a third meeting with archrival Lebanon — this time in next week’s NHIAA Division II state tournament — could be in the offing. Both the Marauders and …

Lebanon Growls at Bears; Raiders Maintain Top-Four Position

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lebanon — Last week, the Lebanon High boys basketball team lost a couple of games in a row. No need to panic, but the pair of little red Ls lit up like a warning light on the dashboard. …