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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: Newport Girls Rally Past Hopkinton

Friday, December 12, 2014

Newport — Kaitlyn Batista’s 3-pointer — her only basket of the game — with 35 seconds left lifted the Newport High girls basketball team to a 39-38 win over Hopkinton on Thursday night. Batista’s basket was the Tigers’ third straight from long range in their late rally. Newport’s …

By Don’s Early Light: Stars Speak Out, and Young Athletes Should Take Notice

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

OK, boys and girls, today we are going to deviate a bit from our usual athletic chalk talk. Instead of the gymnasium, we are heading into the classroom for a discussion on civics. Specifically, we’re going to consider …


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Northfield, Mass. — Freshman Mia Brown’s goal with 46 second left in regulation lifted the Kimball Union Academy girls hockey team to a 1-1 tie with Northfield Mount Hermon on Wednesday. Brown’s tally came on the power play after a turnover by the Hoggers. Maddie Long was in …

Ainge, KUA Nip PA

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Staff Reports Meriden — With Crew Ainge pouring in a game-high 27 points, the Kimball Union Academy boys basketball team opened its home schedule with a tight 64-60 win over Proctor Academy on Monday. Ross Gerber aided the Wildcats (2-1) with 11 points, and Moses Toriola contributed down …

Local Roundup: Ghosts Scare Canes in Opener

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Randolph — Back and forth it went from the start in a season-opening duel between the Randolph and Hartford girls basketball teams. The Galloping Ghosts emerged in the end, beating the visiting Hurricanes 30-29 on Saturday afternoon. Hartford …

Local Roundup: Rivendell Girls Roll

Friday, December 5, 2014

Orford — Tayo Ameden exploded for 26 points as the Rivendell Academy girls basketball team got its season started with resounding 51-32 victory over visiting Twin Valley on Friday night. The Raptors led 31-13 at halftime on the …

Newport Girls Shine in Season Opener

Friday, December 5, 2014

Claremont — In a game that featured two coaching staffs with a solid Stevens High connection, it was the play of Newport junior Stephanie Carl that took the spotlight, as the Tigers used a strong finish to post …

Dartmouth Women Take Positives From Tie

Friday, December 5, 2014

Hanover — Period by period, game by game, the Dartmouth College women’s hockey team moves toward proving that its woeful 2013-14 season was only a hiccup and not a sign of deeper ill health. The Big Green rallied …

Local Roundup: Woodstock Hockey Wins Opener in OT

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

St. Johnsbury, Vt. — Steven Townley’s goal 12 seconds into overtime lifted the Woodstock Union High boys hockey team to a 6-5 win over St. Johnsbury on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams. Connor McCarthy …

This Is How We Do It

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Adam Boffey, the new coach for the Thetford Academy boys basketball team, demonstrates a shooting drill for the team during a practice at the school gym on Tuesday. Boffey, a Thetford alum, said this is the first time …