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 …

All-state and All-league Athletes

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Upper Valley fall high school athletes making all-state or all-league teams, as provided to the Valley News: Boys Soccer All-Marble Valley League A Division Hartford: Connor Brooks (first team). B Division Woodstock: Tom Avellino (coach of the year); Connor Fegard, Connor McCarthy, Alex Crompton, Cole Dalton (first team); …

Local Roundup: Ivy Soccer Coach of the Year Honors for Dartmouth’s Riley

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Staff Reports Princeton, n.j. — The Ivy League on Wednesday rewarded the Dartmouth College men’s soccer program for its return to the top of the league standings by naming Chad Riley its coach of the year and placing three members of the Big Green on the all-Ivy first …

Local Roundup: Shrine Game Confirms Castleton State Date

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Staff Reports Castleton, Vt. — As expected, the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl’s board of governors has confirmed the 2015 edition of the all-star high school football contest between Vermont and New Hampshire for Aug. 1 at Castleton State College’s Spartan Stadium. The 62nd edition of the game will …

Veteran Coach Warnken Still Going Strong

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Newport — Bill Warnken has been coaching basketball for 37 consecutive years. He has coached high school boys and girls, collegiate boys and girls and is so enamored by the sport that for two years he traveled 176 …

A New Cook in the Kitchen

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hartford High girls basketball coach Chris Cook, top, puts the Hurricanes through a dribbling drill during the first day of state-sanctioned workouts on Monday. A former boys hoop coach at Rivendell Academy, Cook is Hartford’s fourth coach in …

Marauders Back on Top

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The first decade of the new millennium belonged to the Hanover girls soccer team: five titles in the first eight years. However, since 2008, the title waterfall was shut down — boasting only a runner-up visit to the …

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 …