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Milford motors past Souhegan

Milford poured in 24 1st-quarter points and cruised to a 54-34 at Souhegan on Tuesday night.

The Spartans were paced by 17 points from Shea Hansen, 14 from Ellianna Nassy and 10 from Avery Fuller.

The Sabers were led by 11 from Mishka Tower.

With the win, Milford improves to 7-5 on the season, while Souhegan falls to 1-9.

Check out photos of the action by Betsy Hansen…

Nate’s Take: New Hampshire needs a shot clock

By Nathaniel Ford

On January 3, 2020, Manchester West was facing Souhegan in Division II play. West led 26-23 going into the second half, and Souhegan came out in a zone defense. What happened next put on full display why a shot clock is necessary in the state. 

West held the ball at half court, and Souhegan did not pressure them. In the entire third quarter, one shot was taken. For eight full minutes of play, only a single field goal was attempted. 

This is not the first time this has happened, and if no shot clock is added, it probably will not be the last. This strategy really takes away from the essence of high school basketball. Holding the ball is not fun for the players or fans, and it diminishes the competition that every game provides.

This is far from the only reason a shot clock could be beneficial for the sport. In total, 27 states have approved a 30 or 35 second shot clock, including our neighbor Massachusetts. Multiple NHIAA athletes have voiced that the lack of a shot clock can be detrimental in their recruitment from collegiate programs.

The NCAA has a 30 second shot clock across the country. Transitioning from the high school game to college is a big jump already. The speed, physicality, and competition is all increased even more at the college level. Needing to adjust to a shot clock as well can just add to that tough transition.

Across the state, there is a lot of support from many people involved in the basketball community. Players, coaches, officials, and fans are all in support of a shot clock, and this is definitely the majority.

“I was hoping I would see it before I retired. I think it would add to the game,” said Coe-Brown head coach David Smith. He is a legend and very respected in the NH basketball scene.

“I think it would be a lot of fun to coach with a shot clock, and it would increase the importance of having quick hitters to get looks late in possessions,” said Profile coach Mitchell Roy. He had experience working with the Endicott College basketball team, so he’s worked with a shot clock.

One reason some have against the implementation of the clock is that it would require coaches to adjust their strategies and would be a very difficult change. However, it is evident that many coaches would love to see it added in the state, as it can provide some creativity with strategy.

“At the end of the game, it would make a difference if you have a slight lead and still need to get a shot up,” said Smith. 

This clock would force teams to continue running an offense and attacking the hoop, which would lead to more exciting finishes to games.

Another benefit of a shot clock is that it could increase defensive intensity across the board. “It gives teams a better opportunity to play defense, whether it is for 30 or 35 seconds,” said Smith. 

Overall, there are a ton of positives for a shot clock, which is why there are calls for its addition. However, the voices on the other side of the argument have some valid points as well.

The most obvious concern is the price and the installation of the clocks. Every school would need to buy two, one for each basket, and then wire them to the scorer’s table. While this would be a large upfront payment, there is possibly a larger concern.

“The biggest thing would be finding someone to operate the shot clock. You’d have to find another person willing to do the clock, and they would be paid the same as the game clock operator,” said Coe-Brown athletic director Samuel Struthers. 

Operating a shot clock takes training and full attention into the game. The operator must understand all of the instances where it needs to be reset, which can be pretty fast-paced at times in a game.

“We have a hard time finding someone to operate the clock at a smaller school. Now to make sure everyone gets training on the shot clock rules? It’s easier said than done,” said Roy.

Schools across the state already struggle to get an operator for the main scoreboard, and this person would not be able to do the shot clock as well. Finding a second person could prove to be a near impossible task.

Regardless, the nationwide trend is towards a shot clock, and at some point, New Hampshire will have to get on board. The benefits to adding a shot clock definitely outweigh the concerns. 

It seems inevitable that New Hampshire will bring it to the state. It could be within a couple of years, or it could be far down the line, but if a shot clock is on the horizon, the earlier it is implemented, the better. 

Holiday leftovers

Even though we covered an impressive 50 games between Christmas and the New Year, we actually still have some holiday leftovers to share. We’ve got eight more games that our contributors captured images of during the break. Check out the full galleries at the links below…


Four former NHIAA All-State picks square off

EXETER – Four former NHIAA All-State selections from a season ago squared off in New England Prep School Athletic Cousil (NEPSAC) action when Hebron Academy (ME) took on Phillips Exeter Academy at Exeter High School on Saturday afternoon.

Tyler Bike (Trinity) and Isaiah Reese (Gilford) laced ’em up for Phillips Exeter, while Matt Canavan (Souhegan) and Kayden Laclair (Newport) took to the court for Hebron.

Check out photos of the action by our new contributor Chris LaClair of Chris Clicks Photography

Game ready! Banghart handles challenges at UNC, Princeton

By Mike Whaley

Although basketball has been a life-long passion for Courtney Banghart, she wasn’t always sure it would be her vocation.

Once she realized it could be, she grabbed on firmly with both hands. She has developed into one of the finest college basketball coaches in the nation.

The New Hampshire native is now in her fourth year resurrecting the scandal-plagued women’s team at the University of North Carolina. Banghart’s current UNC squad is 18-7 and ranked 19th in the two most recent national polls. Before UNC, she transformed Princeton University into a top Ivy League program. In 2015, after leading the Tigers to a 30-0 regular season, she was recognized as the Naismith National Coach of the Year. Between the two schools she has over 300 wins in 16 seasons.

But there was a time when Banghart felt soccer would be her sport in college and that her future was likely in the sciences or maybe as a school head.

Banghart grew up in rural Amherst, New Hampshire, a town of nearly 11,000 people located in the south central section of the state, somewhat between Manchester and Nashua. She attended Souhegan High School from 1992 to 1996 where she was one of the state’s most decorated three-sport athletes. She excelled in soccer, basketball and tennis, leading Souhegan teams to eight state championships in those three sports. Individually, she set the state record – that’s been since broken – for most career goals in soccer (147), eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in basketball, and in tennis captured a state singles title (1995) and two in doubles (1994, 1995).

University of North Carolina women’s basketball head coach Courtney Banghart confers with junior guard Deja Kelly. A native of New Hampshire, Banghart is in her fourth year at UNC. [Photo courtesy of UNC Athletic Communications]

Banghart said she was lucky she was born in a state where at the time it was OK to play three sports. “We really specialize early now at this stage,” she said. “If I had had to specialize that early, it probably would have been soccer. I was more talented, more decorated, obviously.”

She added, “Athletics has been my thing. It’s what I’ve been best at. It’s what I’ve enjoyed the most. My first word was ‘ball’ not ‘mom’ or ‘dad’. That’s just been my life.”

Banghart said that when she went to Dartmouth College in the Ivy League because her dad was pretty sure that sports were not going to be in her future. She was heavily recruited for soccer, receiving offers from schools like Boston College and Notre Dame. She chose Dartmouth who was coached by current Virginia coach, Steve Swanson. Her feeling was that if soccer was going to pay her way, then that was the path she needed to take. But before she entered the Hanover school, Swanson took the job at Stanford. That left Banghart with two choices – follow Swanson to Stanford or stay as a Dartmouth recruit.

Well, actually there were three choices. Basketball was still her favorite sport and, frankly, Banghart was looking for any excuse to play it. She called the basketball coach.

Banghart hammers home her love for basketball. Yes, she was good at multiple sports, and she was best at soccer, but basketball was her passion. “My dad would always say, I’d finish a soccer game and have on my shin guards and go out and shoot hoops for an hour,” she said. “It was like a made-for-TV movie. I just loved hoop. I watched it. I used to watch the Celtics every Friday night. I just loved it. I still do.”

Growing up, Banghart did not get the exposure in basketball that you need to gain the attention of college coaches. “I didn’t do the whole AAU thing,” she said. “My parents weren’t financially prepared to spend that much money, They didn’t see the value in that.”

New Hampshire native Courtney Banghart played basketball at Dartmouth College where she was a two-time All-Ivy League pick and led the Big Green to a pair of Ivy League championships. [Photo courtesy of Dartmouth College Athletics]

Serendipity came into play when Banghart decided to play college basketball. Then Dartmouth coach, Chris Wielgus, was actually familiar with her and knew she was a good player. She had seen Banghart play for Souhegan against Hanover High School in the 1996 Class I state final because at the time her son was dating one of the Hanover players. Banghart had a great game, scoring 30-plus points in a 60-57 win.

“She knew who I was because she watched me play in high school,” Banghart recalled. “It’s kind of weird and strange now in this day and age, but being from a small town, your exposure is different than being in a more urban environment.”

Banghart laughs about it now, but at the time she chose Dartmouth and soccer because her parents wanted her to go to an Ivy League school, and soccer was the ticket to help pay for that. “Even if Steve (Swanson) had stayed, I can guarantee I would have found myself over to the basketball team,” she said.

Banghart played four years for the Big Green, leading them to a pair of Ivy League titles and twice earning first-team All-Ivy honors. She owned the Ivy League record with 273 career 3-pointers until it was broken in 2019 by Harvard’s Katie Benzan (287). In 1999, she earned the Ed Seitz Award as the top 3-point specialist in the nation after connecting on a program-best 97 three-pointers.

It was during her first job at Episcopal High School, a boarding school, in Alexandria, Virginia, that Banghart realized that maybe sports could be a vocation. She was the school’s assistant athletic director and then girls’ AD while coaching tennis and basketball during a three-year stint.

Doing what she did at Episcopal was a grind. “I’m not afraid of the grind,” she said. “I’m wired that way. I also saw the income. It didn’t match the grind. I thought if I want to do this, I should probably do this at the college level.”

It still wasn’t necessarily coaching, but Banghart was definitely thinking about sports; maybe as an athletic director or something similar.

She applied to graduate schools, getting accepted at the Harvard School of Education. When she told her dad, he asked who was footing the bill. She went to Dartmouth instead because they paid for it. She got her master’s degree while working with the Dartmouth women’s basketball team as an assistant coach from 2003-07, which included a pair of Ivy League championships.

Courtney Banghart holds Dartmouth College’s record for career 3-pointers made with 273. [Photo courtesy of Dartmouth College Athletics]

Where Banghart is in her life as a coach may have come down to one week in 2007. She turned 29, defended her graduate thesis and was offered the head job at Princeton.

“I always say about (Princeton athletic director) Gary Walters, he saw it before I did,” Banghart said of that coaching break, one she did not expect. She recalls showing up for the interview with a single piece of paper. “Here, this is me,” she said. “I’m almost embarrassed about how I interviewed for that job. But he saw it in me before I did.”

So there it was. Banghart was 29 and a head coaching job was on the table. It wasn’t something she was necessarily seeking. “Honestly, it kind of happened more so than I had made a conscious decision that coaching was going to be my life,” she said. “Once I hit the ground running at Princeton, I found my thing, as they say.”

Without a doubt.

In her 12 years at Princeton, she led the team to a lengthy list of league and Princeton firsts and bests. They won seven Ivy League titles and made it to the NCAA tournament eight times. Before she arrived, the Tigers had never made the NCAA tournament, and only once in their previous eight seasons had they had a winning record.

“It’s all about people,” Banghart said. “The program I inherited, we play them twice every year in the Ivy League. At Dartmouth I played them eight times as a player and eight times as an assistant and went 16-0 against them. So I knew what I was getting myself into.”

There were good players in place when Banghart got there. Though they hadn’t had success, they could speak positively about the school and the new coach. “They really helped me to recruit the next group,” she said.

One thing Banghart found was that she was very good at recruiting. “There are two types of coaches in our line of work,” she said. “Those who can recruit and those who get fired. I knew that recruiting was going to be important. I really got lucky. I got a lot of talented kids those first few years and the rest took care of itself.”

Because she was good at recruiting, of course, didn’t mean it was easy. “I think in coaching because it’s a journey of people, you’re constantly making decisions,” Banghart said. “You’re talking about that from a recruiting space; everybody has strengths, weaknesses and holes. You kind of have to build your team where you connect the strengths and the holes are complementary. Maybe it’s just dumb luck that I’m good at it.”

New Hampshire native Courtney Banghart has been a women’s college head basketball coach since 2007, the last four years at the University of North Carolina. [Photo courtesy of UNC Athletic Communications]

But she feels she can actually pick up beyond scoring, rebounding and defending on people that she thinks are really talented. “That proved me well at Princeton because you’re splitting hairs a little bit,” Banghart said.

At North Carolina, of course, you’re trying to get All-Americans. “But it’s the same idea,” she said. “Who are the kids to be the ones to help you win a national championship? I don’t have a very good answer for that. My mom has asked me that many times. ‘How do you know so-and-so is going to be good?’ I watch closely. I do the whole circle of recruiting. I talk to everyone in their circle. I talk to them a lot. Then I trust my evaluation. When they get here, I coach the hell out of them.”

Banghart coached the hell out of her Princeton players for 12 years until she felt she was ready for a new challenge. “We were literally hammering everybody,” she said. “I think partly I was 39 or 40 and I thought there was one more challenge in me in this industry. It didn’t feel OK to me that I’d give this much of my life to women’s basketball and I’d spend all of it in the Ivy League. What’s the next challenge?”

At Princeton, she’d been spoiled. “Princeton has a world-wide brand,” she said. “You recruit nationally. It’s a beautiful campus. It’s a wonderful place to live.” Banghart had also started a family there with her wife, Michele DeJuliis.

She had all these “non-negotiables” trying to find the next place. “The list was very, very small,” Banghart said. “My decision kind of came to a place like Carolina, will it be available? Am I going to be able to get that job? Or am I going to try a totally different thing? I kind of made up my mind that I wasn’t going to be an Ivy League coach that much longer.”

What happened next, Banghart will never forget. “I actually stepped down on a Thursday night, very, very late,” she recalled. “I got a call from (North Carolina athletic director) Bubba Cunningham Friday morning. Everything moved very quickly there.”

Then it became easier. “Because I had wrapped my head around the fact that there was going to be another challenge, I think that allowed some of the really hard things that come with moving and relocating your family to become less hard,” she said. “I knew there was going to be something else.”

New Hampshire native Courtney Banghart has been a women’s college head basketball coach since 2007, the last four years at the University of North Carolina. [Photo courtesy of UNC Athletic Communications]

Something else that was, indeed, a huge challenge. Banghart was taking over a North Carolina program with a rich tradition that had soured. The Tar Heels had won the 1994 NCAA national championship and been to the Final Four in 2006 and 2007 under Hall of Fame coach Sylvia Hatchell. But the recent history with Hatchell had regrettably deteriorated. There had been three consecutive losing seasons and then an 18-15 record in 2018-19 in which Hatchell ended up resigning under a cloud highlighted by accusations of racially insensitive remarks and forcing players to play while injured. Hatchell resigned on April 19, 2019. Banghart was officially hired before the end of the month on April 30.

In her first year, without the benefit of a recruiting season, Banghart came in and guided the team to a 16-14 record. That included a season-ending eight-game losing streak in a year that was canceled on the eve of the national tournament due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid affected her second year, as well, reducing the schedule to 22 games. The Heels went 13-11 overall, losing in both the first round of the ACC and NCAA tournaments. 

“It was really, really hard,” said Banghart coaching in those first two years, especially the second Covid season. “I’m very positive by nature. Looking back it was really hard. There were plenty of days I would ask myself ‘how long am I going to do this? What value is this?’”

She added: “Because you left something that you built fully functioning and you had to rebuild something that wasn’t fully functioning and needed a lot of changes. That is hard because that is peoples’ lives that you’re impacting. Of course, the league is really strong. Everything in this business is really finicky. If you don’t get a great class your first year, how do you get one your second year? You’re kind of wearing that all the time. It has to go well and it has to go well immediately. That’s stressful and hard.”

Banghart recalls at some point sitting in her car in her driveway and having a heart to heart with herself. “I’ve got to stop wanting to end here,” she told herself. “This isn’t helping anything. I’ve got to stop. You either finish what you started or if you don’t like it, do something else. I was at that point where I didn’t know if I liked doing this.”

Then it hit her that she had to cease asking for it to be easier. “You knew this was going to be hard,” she recalled telling herself. “That’s actually why you left Princeton. You wanted a new challenge. So now you ask your players every day to embrace challenges, and you’re disappointed that this is such a challenge. Stop. I was telling myself to grow up and see what it actually looks like.”

Her mind-set got better. That first class had arrived, so there was a talent influx. Some of the people who were there before moved on. “The people situation started to clean out and clean up,” Banghart said. “That was very helpful.”

The worm turned last year. UNC went 25-7 overall, winning two NCAA Tournament games before falling to eventual national champion South Carolina by eight points in the Sweet 16. The Heels were ranked 17th in the final AP poll.

This year, led by Banghart’s first recruiting class – now juniors – consisting of Deja Kelly, Anya Poole, Alyssa Ustby and Kennedy Todd-Williams, the Tar Heels are again nationally ranked.  “For a small-town New Hampshire kid, I won’t get tired of recognizing how hard that is,” Banghart said of being nationally ranked. “It’s hard to win at any level. We started the ACC season 0-3, but we also played three really good teams. We either had a small lead or it was tied or so in the fourth quarter. Those were all possession games. In coaching if you hang on every result defining you, you’re going to miss out on the journey. I felt the same then as I do now, I have a really good team. We just have to continue to get better, stay the course and you have to get some lucky breaks to get to a Final Four. We’re building to that, that we have a legitimate opportunity to do that every year with the talent we’ve been able to amass.”

It’s been a journey with this particular squad. “This team has matured, “ Banghart said. “At the time, I wished it had matured a little bit earlier. It wasn’t the organic nature of this group. We sort of had to go through some vulnerabilities. So far we’re doing pretty good.”

After some dark days, North Carolina and Banghart find themselves in a better basketball place that still has plenty of upside. “It’s been the sport that I watched and loved,” she said. “It’s really worked out.”

Banghart laughs because she often refers to herself as the “most expensively educated coach in the country.” But she adds on a more serious note, “had I not been given that (Dartmouth) opportunity – my parents had to take on some significant loans – I would have played soccer. That would have been fine, too.”

Fine, but clearly not the same.

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Pembroke knocks off unbeaten Souhegan

In a battle between Division II heavyweights, the host Pembroke Spartans (8-1) handed undefeated Souhegan (7-1) its first loss of the season, 63-50, on Saturday afternoon.

Check out the full photo gallery of the action with double-barrel coverage by Jeff Criss of Perfect Photos and John-Scott Sherburne…

Souhegan remains unbeaten, hands Laconia first loss

In a battle of the unbeatens, the Souhegan Sabers (4-0) handed the Laconia Sachems (4-1) their first loss of the season, 50-42, on Friday night in Amherst.

The Sabers were led by Matt Canavan’s 15 points, while Keaton Beck poured in a game-high 17 for the Sachems and Kayden Roberts added 12. 

Check out the full photo gallery of the action by Dave Beliveau…

603 in the NCAA

Let’s celebrate the best of the best from the NHIAA that have continued their careers into the NCAA. Below is a list of NHIAA ballers that are currently playing at the collegiate level.

Help us grow this list. If you have additions, please email kj@ball603.com. Thanks for the assist!

Michael PitmanPembroke Academy / TiltonAssumptionFreshman
Jacob GibbonsExeter / TiltonAssumptionSophomore
Sean PetersonHoly FamilyColby-SawyerFreshman
Catherine ChickKennettColby-SawyerFreshman
Bree LawrenceMonadnockColby-SawyerFreshman
Megan MolettieriPelhamColby-SawyerJunior
Lauren McKeeLittletonColby-SawyerSophomore
Eliza MitchellKeeneColby-SawyerFreshman
Kaylee ManzellaLittletonColby-SawyerSophomore
Lia RaynowskaExeterColby-SawyerSenior
Ashlyn SmithKeeneEndicottFreshman
Sarah DempseyWindhamEndicottJunior
Ty VitkoDoverEndicottSenior
Drew BrownPelhamEndicottSenior
Joey DaSilvaWindhamEndicottJunior
Andrew PolitiTrinityFranklin PierceSophomore
Isaac JarvisConcord Christian ’22GordonSophomore
Isabella RiveraBishop Brady ’21GordonJunior
Ami RiveraBishop Brady ’21GordonJunior
Cassidy DillonLondonderry ‘23GordonFreshman
Aryanna MurrayNashua SouthKeene StateJunior
Brynn RautiolaConant ‘23Keene StateFreshman
Abbie KozlowskiDover ‘23Keene StateFreshman
Kaitlyn StowellMonadnock ‘23Keene StateFreshman
Avery StewartFall Mountain ‘23Keene StateFreshman
Liam JohnstonKeeneKeene StateSophomore
Sera HodgsonConantMaineJunior
Gwen MerrifieldPlymouthManhattanvilleJunior
Matt McCoolSouheganMaristSophomore
Johnny McBrideSouhegan ’22MessiahSophomore
Mike StrazerriPembroke ‘23New England CollegeFreshman
Justin DunnePinkertonNew England CollegeJunior
Macy GordonMerrimack ValleyNew England CollegeSophomore
Maizie BarkerNashua South ’23 New England CollegeFreshman
Mackenzie McDonaldMerrimack ValleyNew England CollegeSophomore
Jon WillemanLebanon ’20New HampshireSenior
Alex TavaresPortsmouth / Great Bay CCNew HampshireJunior
Silas BernierConantNorwichSenior
Caden BrownBedford ‘23Plymouth StateFreshman
Riley MarshGilford ’22Plymouth StateSophomore
Elijah SwansonInter-LakesPlymouth StateJunior
Ryan CanabanoConcordPlymouth StateSenior
Matthew SantosuossoBishop Guertin ‘23Plymouth StateFreshman
Jared KhalilSanborn ‘23Plymouth StateFreshman
Jack St. HilaireWindham ’23 Plymouth StateFreshman
Maxwell GalbraithHanoverPlymouth StateSophomore
Kevin Newton-DelgadoHopkintonPlymouth StateJunior
Jayden MontgomeryNashua North ‘23Plymouth StateFreshman
Christian BarrJohn StarkPlymouth StateSenior
Sophie GeorgeLaconiaPlymouth StateSophomore
Natalie HarrisCoe-BrownPlymouth StateSenior
Ashley StephensPembroke Academy / TiltonPlymouth StateFreshman
Alli IngallsPinkertonPlymouth StateJunior
Bri WilcoxBishop GuertinPlymouth StateJunior
Marissa KenisonGroveton ‘23Plymouth StateFreshman
Lea CromptonBowPlymouth StateSenior
Isabella AbruzeseWindhamPlymouth StateFreshman
Angelina NardolilloHinsdaleRhode Island CollegeJunior
Elli CoxConcordRhode Island CollegeSophomore
Rob BaguidyGoffstown ’22RivierSophomore
Adam RazzaboniHollis-BrooklineRivierJunior
Anna StawaszBishop GuertinRivierJunior
Hannah MuchemoreBishop GuertinRivierSenior
Nodia DavenportGrovetonRivierJunior
Anna StengerJohn StarkRivierSenior
Jessica CarrierManchester MemorialRivierJunior
Lyric GrumblattManchester MemorialRivierSenior
Alyssa ScharnAlvirne ‘23RivierFreshman
Tommy FraserBishop BradySaint AnselmSenior
Brogan ShannonKingswoodSaint AnselmSophomore
Trevor LabrecqueNashua North ‘23Saint AnselmFreshman
Ava WinterburnGoffstown ‘23SNHUFreshman
Brandon ChoateNashua NorthSNHUJunior
Royce WilliamsTrinitySNHUSophomore
Liz CoteKennettSouthern MaineSenior
Hope EliasKennett ‘23Southern MaineFreshman
Tamrah GouldManchester MemorialSouthern MaineSenior
Megan RobertsHinsdaleSouthern MaineJunior
Max StapelfeldHollis-BrooklineSt. Joseph’s (ME)Senior
Ben SeilerMascoma ValleySt. Joseph’s (ME)Sophomore
Cadence GilbertKeeneSt. Joseph’s (ME)Freshman
Elisabeth StapelfeldHollis-BrooklineSt. Joseph’s (ME)Junior
Jordyn FranzenSalemU. of New EnglandSenior
Ella KaravanicNashua South ’23 U. of New EnglandFreshman
Makenna GrilloneFall MountainU. of New EnglandSophomore
Chad MartinJohn StarkVTSU LyndonSophomore
Sage SmithColebrookVTSU LyndonJunior
Leia BruntPlymouth ‘22William SmithSophomore
Brett MarelliWinnacunnetWPIJunior

Souhegan captures D-II title in overtime thriller

The top-seeded Souhegan Sabers captured the NHIAA Division II Boys Basketball State Championship on Sunday afternoon with a thrilling 53-51 overtime victory over #3 ConVal at UNH’s Lundholm Gymnasium.

Matt Canavan netted a game-high 19 points to pace the Sabers, while ConVal’s Joe Gutwein led all scoreres with a game-high 21 points. Check out the full photo gallery…

Souhegan downs Lebanon to advance to D-II final

Top-seeded Souhegan was held to just three first quarter points, but the Sabers clawed their way to a 41-32 victory over #4 Lebanon on Tuesday night in semifinal action of the NHIAA Division II Boys Basketball State Tournament at Oyster River High School in Durham. Souhegan advances to the D-II title game where they will take on #3 ConVal on Sunday at the University of New Hampshire at 1:00 pm.

The Sabers were paced by a game-high 15 points from Joe Bernasconi, while the Raiders were led by 13 from Jackson Stone and 12 from Braeden Falzarano. Check out the highlights…