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Rivendell’s Convertino named SVL’s coach of the year for division

  • Photographed at after-school soccer practices on Sept. 1, 2017, Ross Convertino is Rivendell Academy's new athletic director in Orford, N.H. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 4/9/2020 9:16:04 PM
Modified: 4/9/2020 9:15:51 PM

ORFORD — Rivendell Academy boys basketball coach Ross Convertino found his Raptors’ first season in the Southern Vermont League tougher than what they experienced in the former Central Vermont League. The record says Rivendell excelled.

Rivendell won its first 12 games, ultimately completing a 20-3 season and making the VPA Division IV semifinals. Convertino was recently named the SVL’s C Division coach of the year, and two of his Raptors were named first-team all-stars.

“Being recognized in the greater whole of me and the kids together, it was nice that we had some recognition for what I thought was a terrific season,” Convertino said in a Wednesday phone chat. “It will certainly stick with us forever.”

Rivendell sat at or near the top of the D-IV standings all season. An overtime loss to Bellows Falls on Jan. 28 ended its undefeated run, and a narrow defeat at Twin Valley on the schedule’s final day kept the Raptors from winning an SVL divisional title.

Aside from that, Rivendell met all challenges.

Led by all-league first-teamers Zach Gould (15.1 points per game) and Kyle Carter (15.0), the Raptors advanced to the D-IV semifinals before eventual champion Proctor ended their year last month.

“I noticed when we played southern schools, they play a different brand of basketball,” Convertino said. “They have a different group of officials and they are more physical games, so you’re not just playing at larger schools but also a more physical style of play. It was an eye-opener the first couple of games down there with the way things are called. ... I think, like with anything, if you push yourself you will get better.”

White River Valley’s Dominic Craven (15.2 ppg) joined Carter and Gould on the C Division first team. Rivendell’s Luke Senn earned honorable mention, as did WRV’s Jacob Barry.

Like White River Valley and Rivendell, Sharon Academy was also a first-year SVL member. Tyler Chapin (21.3 ppg) made the first team in D Division, while teammate Olly Skeet-Browning (17.5 ppg) made the honorable mention team.

Windsor’s Owen Abrahamsen (15.7 ppg) and Woodstock’s Harrison Morse (21.7 ppg) were first-teamers in B Division.

Hartford’s Shea Bean, Dylan Morse and Brandon Potter joined Woodstock’s Manny Pacheco and Windsor’s John Cook with honorable mentions.

VPA D-II semifinalist Windsor fronted honors among the girls. Olivia Rockwood (21.1 ppg) and Adi Prior made the B Division first team.

Woodstock’s Emma Tarleton and the Hartford duo of Jasmine Jenkins and Kennedy Mullen received honorable mentions.

WRV’s Sylvie Coltey was a first-teamer in C Division, while teammates Ella Perreault, Sophie Howe, Sarah Howe and Toni Turner joined Rivendell’s Adele Tilden and Cora Day on the honorable mention team.

Greg Fennell can be reached at or 603-727-3226.

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