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Local roundup: High school hockey stars leave for prep school

  • Trey Chickering.

  • Sylas Oberting.


Staff Reports
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

WEST LEBANON — Two of the Upper Valley’s best hockey players will skate elsewhere next winter. Hanover High defenseman Sylas Oberting and Lebanon High defenseman Trey Chickering are moving on to New Hampshire’s prep school ranks.

Oberting, the son of former Dartmouth College women’s hockey standout and coach Judy Parish Oberting, recently completed his junior year at Hanover and plans to next attend Philips Exeter Academy. He had 11 goals and 24 assists last season, when he was the region’s premier high school player and helped Hanover finish 14-7-1, a year after it won the NHIAA Division I title.

Phillips Exeter (19-11-2) came up short of 20 victories in a season for the first time in six years last winter and is guided by 28th-year head coach Dana Barbin. The former University of New Hampshire star is one of only three Granite State natives to score 100 or more points with the Wildcats and is a former coach of the Danish national team. More than a dozen of his former players have skated in the NHL.

Chickering, a sophomore this past season, is following his older brother, Graham, to Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H. The older Chickering skated there last winter when the Hornets were 19-12-1. Trey Chickering had 12 goals and 14 assists for Lebanon (9-9-2) last season and helped the Raiders go 20-18-3 during his two varsity seasons.

Proctor coach Mike Walsh will begin his 24th season there this winter.

— Tris Wykes