High School Sports

Hanover's Jules Evans leaps to corral a tipped pass during the first half of Lebanon at Hanover in High School Boys' Basketball on Friday, December 19, 2014 in Hanover, New Hampshire. 

Copyright 2014 by Rob Strong

Boys Basketball Preview: Progress Is the Name of the Game

Sunday, December 21, 2014

For most boys basketball teams in the Upper Valley, the 2014-15 season will be about rebuilding or looking to improve on progress made last season. The region had only one team, Sunapee, reach a state championship game last season. Just three others (Lebanon, Rivendell and Woodstock) reached the semifinals. The Raiders graduated a group of seven players from the squad that went 18-5 a year ago. Coach Kieth Matte will look to the dynamic sophomore scorer K.J. Matte and junior Austin Whaley to provide leadership and much-needed varsity experience this season. Rivendell returns three key seniors with experience playing in Barre in the Vermont D-III …

Local Roundup: Rivendell Girls Rally Past Division III Champs

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Thetford — The Rivendell Academy girls basketball team picked the right time to begin executing well Saturday night against Thetford —the end of the game. The Raptors outscored the Panthers 15-3 in the fourth quarter to overcome a nine-point deficit and upset the defending D-III state champs, 37-34, at Vaughan Gym. The loss …

Local Roundup: Hanover Girls Hockey Wins in Empire State

Friday, December 19, 2014

Massena, n.y. — A day that started by reliving a miracle ended with the Hanover High girls hockey team earning a 6-0 win over BFA-St. Albans at the Massena Tournament on Friday night. The Marauders held a morning skatearound at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y. Done with a warm-up in the …

Local Roundup: Five-Time Champ Hanover Girls Hockey Rolls in Season Debut

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

West Lebanon — Senior co-captain Sarah Wagner combined with her freshman sister, Cate, for a pair of goals — with kid sis getting her first varsity strike — as the Hanover High girls hockey team kicked off its …

Local Roundup: Hanover’s Krass Third at Dew Tour Slopestyle

Monday, December 15, 2014

Breckenridge, Colo. — She keeps sounding like she’s surprised. The recent record, however, says that nothing Hanover’s Julia Krass has accomplished on snow lately should be shocking at all. The 17-year-old made the podium in her first freeskiing start of the season on Saturday, claiming third place in …

KUA Hoopsters Roll

Monday, December 15, 2014

Staff Reports Babson Park, Mass. — The Kimball Union Academy boys basketball team wrapped up a successful weekend in suburban Boston by toppling Phillips Andover, 62-29, at the Babson College Showcase on Sunday. Crew Ainge put up a game-high 21 points for the Wildcats (4-2), with 19 of …

Girls Basketball Preview: Sunapee Appears Poised for Another Deep Playoff Run

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Sunapee High School girls basketball team nearly brought home hardware last winter. Even with a loss to undefeated Hinsdale in the NHIAA Division IV championship game, the Lakers could at least go into the offseason knowing that …

Local Roundup: Hartford Rains 3-Pointers on U-32

Sunday, December 14, 2014

East Montpelier, Vt. — The Hartford High boys basketball team plans to rely heavily on outside shooting this season 3-pointer. At U-32 on Saturday, the Raiders certainly received a heavy dose of it. Hartford sank 14 3-pointers in a 68-44 win, improving to 2-0 against a U-32 unit …

Pool Party: Stevens High Gets Long-Waited Home Meet

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Claremont — Stevens High hosted the school’s first indoor swim meet Saturday at the new community center, and the reaction from coaches, officials and swimmers was as expected. “I love it,” said Kearsarge sophomore Kasey Lipscomb, a sentiment …

Local Roundup: Bishop Brady Spoils Lebanon Girls’ Home Opener

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Lebanon — It wasn’t the way the Lebanon High girls basketball team wanted to christen the new-look Lang Metcalf Gym. The Raiders shot poorly from both the floor and the free throw line in a season-opening 36-29 loss …

Junior Center’s 32-Point Night Leads Windsor Boys

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Windsor — When Michael Bradley was a freshman, there was evidence that his high school basketball career could be something special. Now Bradley is a junior and the 6-foot-5 center had a special game as he scored 32 points as Windsor overcame a barrage of 3-point shots to …

Hoop Neophyte Leads Yellowjackets to Easy Win

Friday, December 12, 2014

Windsor — Maddie Morse never played organized basketball until her freshman year. Then she realized after soccer season was over she did not have much to do. She’s doing a lot now. On Thursday night, the junior scored 18 points as Windsor rebounded from a less-than-dazzling performance in …

New Oxbow Hoop Coach Looks to Right the Ship

Friday, December 12, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — The coach the Oxbow Union High School boys basketball team didn’t know it would have nearly saw the players he didn’t know he’d be coaching get a victory the Olympians didn’t appear to be in …