High School Sports

Bench Boss

Friday, November 28, 2014

First-year Woodsville girls basketball coach Russ Wilcox prefers to keep himself occupied. When it comes to his favorite game, he’ll get his wish and then some next month. Wilcox — who departed the Rivendell Academy girls hoops program after eight years in 2013 in part to become a Vermont high school official — will either coach or referee a total of 22 games in December. The former Raptors and Chelsea …

Tepid Response Toward Vt. Realignment

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

White River Junction — If all the moons could align, the Vermont Interscholastic Football League would like to see the state’s 33 football-playing schools divided into three 11-team divisions. At the VIFL fall meeting Monday at Hartford High School, a realignment committee headed by Spaulding’s Charlie Burnett offered that balanced proposal, which will …

Court Time

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Noah Wood, 16, of Newport, warms up before Newport High School’s varsity boys basketball tryouts at Wheeler Gym on Monday, the first day of workouts for several New Hampshire sports. Wood and the Tigers — with new coach Ed Tenney taking over for Steve Lavolpicelo — are hoping to improve on a 16-6 …

Newport Football Reaches Title Game

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Newport — The Newport High football team does so many things right on both sides of the ball, it somehow seems a bit wrong to cite one player. But it would be hard to ignore what Noah Wade has meant to this team, as the senior scored four …

Vt. Football Players Enjoy Their Day With the Stars

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Castleton, Vt. — By their own superb standards, the Hartford High and Woodstock Union High football teams played through sub-par seasons this fall. For the Hurricanes and Wasps chosen for Saturday’s North-South All-Star game at Castelton State College, participating helped alleviate some of the sting. Hartford suited up …

Hanover’s Krass Goes From Slopes to the Pitch

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hanover High’s Julia Krass didn’t listen to her ski coaches when they told her to give up soccer and concentrate on her Olympic career full-time. Now, the 17-year-old high school senior is celebrating a state title. Krass, who …

It’s Hanover All Over: Marauders Return To N.H. D-II Girls Soccer Summit

Monday, November 10, 2014

Exeter, n.h. — As the Hanover and John Stark girls soccer teams warmed up on the Bill Ball Stadium turf prior to their Sunday afternoon NHIAA Division II title game, the sounds of an eclectic pregame playlist cascaded …

Brummett, Cougars Cut a Swath Through Engineers

Monday, November 10, 2014

Laconia, n.h. — During the moments before Sunday’s NHIAA Division IV girls soccer title game at Laconia High School, Woodsville High coach Ann Loud told her troops to “not play scared” against opposing Derryfield. Once the contest kicked …

Dynasty in the Making

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Can you say ‘Dynasty?’ If you are a member of the Lebanon High field hockey team you certainly can. With their triumph over No. 1 seed Windham in the N.H. Division II finals comfortably in the school trophy …

Newport Football Rumbles Past Mascoma

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Newport — As it has all season, the Newport High football team rode its tough defense to a 34-14 win over Mascoma in the New Hampshire Division III North Conference semifinals on Saturday. Going into the weekend, the …

Derryfield Ends Sunapee’s Reign

Friday, November 7, 2014

Laconia, n.h. — Derryfield defender Erika Wentz met Sunapee’s forward Taylor Usko at midfield. Usko was looking for a breakaway on a through ball, but Wentz stepped into the streaking forward. The two players collided and the ball …

Hanover Girls Storm Into D-II Final

Friday, November 7, 2014

Nashua, n.h. — As if answering a cue from some meteorological messenger, raindrops began to fall hard and heavy just as the Hanover High girls soccer team took to Stellos Stadium for their NHIAA Division II semifinal with Portsmouth on Thursday night. The Marauders made sure not to …

Undefeated Engineers Serve Up a Victory Over Colebrook

Friday, November 7, 2014

Laconia, n.h. — Just before an indirect kick in the second half of Thursday night’s NHIAA Division IV girls soccer semifinal against Colebrook Academy, Woodsville High coach Ann Loud nearly called for Paige Martin to move ahead for …