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Defense propels Monadnock past Stevens

Tenth-seeded Monadnock held #7 Stevens to just 29 points to come away with a 44-29 win in the first round of the NHIAA Division III Girls Basketball State Tournament on Wednesday night.

Monadnock advances to the quarterfinal round where they will take on #2 Hopkinton on Saturday.

The Huskies were led by a trio of double-digit scorers: Shaylee Branon (11), Marlee Carroll-Clough (11) and Reagan Kidney (10). Bella Bovell paced the Cardinals with a game-high 12 points.

Check out the full photo gallery of the action by Chris Laclair of Chris Clicks Photography…

Kearsarge downs Stevens, advances to quarters

Behind a game-high 21 points from Noah Whipple, #4 Kearsarge held off #13 Stevens, 47-41, on Tuesday night in first round action of the NHIAA Division III Boys Basketball State Tournament. More to come…

The Cougars advance to the quarterfinal round where they will host #5 Hopkinton on Friday.

The two teams were evenly matched in the first half as the game was knotted at 16-16 at the break. Kearsarge outscored the Cardinals 16-10 in the 3rd quarter and that ended up being the difference.

Drew Huff also added 12 points for the Cougars, while Stevens was led by a trio of double-digit scorers: Jacob Davis (14), Devante Thompson (12) and Mason Ferland.

With the loss, the Cardinals season comes to an end with a 7-10 mark.

Check out the full photo gallery by Chris Laclair of Chris Clicks Photography…

Bundy leads Stevens past Conant, records 1000th point

Kiley Bundy poured in a game-high 21 points, including the 1,000th of her career, to lead Stevens to a pivotal 40-36 victory at Conant on Saturday evening in Jaffrey.

The first half featured two lop-sided quarters in a match-up between two middle-of-the-pack Division III squads. The Cardinals came out hot, leading 14-3 after the 1st quarter, but the Orioles responded by winning the 2nd quarter 16-5. It was all knotted at 19 at the intermission.

The third quarter, which featured a three-pointer by Bundy to reach her elusive milestone, was deadlocked at 11-11. The two teams were tied at 30 entering the final frame.

Two triples by Bundy and one by A Pelton sealed the deal in the 4th for Stevens as they went on to win by four, 40-36.

Pelton joined Bundy in double-digits with 12 of her own for the Cardinals. The Orioles were paced by 16 points from H Manley and 10 from L Hayes.

With the win, the two squads are now tied 7th in the D-III standings with identical 8-5 marks.

Check out the full photo gallery by Chris LaClair of Chris Clicks Photography…

White Mountains comes from behind at Stevens

The Spartans scored just four points in the first quarter and five in the fourth, but dominated the middle quarters as White Mountains earned a 45-33 come-from-behind win at Stevens on Wednesday night.

Trailing 11-4 after eight minutes of play, the Spartans outscored the host Cardinals 16-13 in the second and 20-7 in the third to take control of the game.

White Mountains was led by a game-high 18 points, including four threes, from Kasen Smith. Stevens was paced by Owen Wilkinson’s 14 points.

With the win, the Spartans improve to 3-1 on the season, while Stevens falls to 2-3.

Check out photos of the action by Chris Laclair…

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D-III Boys First Round Preview

By: KJ Cardinal

The 2023 NHIAA Boys Basketball Division III State Tournament gets underway tonight with a six-pack of first round games around the state. Let’s take a look at all six match-ups as we get ready for the action…

#9 Belmont at #8 Conant

The ninth-seeded Belmont Red Raiders hit the road to take on #8 Conant at 6:00 pm. The Orioles defeated the Red Raiders, 48-32, back on January 24th in the only meeting between the two this season. 

Conant’s Jared Nagle leads the way for Eric Saucier’s squad with 12.8 ppg. The Red Raiders, under first-year head coach Tony Martinez, are paced by Keegan Martinez’s 15.7 ppg.

Belmont’s looking to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2021, while Conant last made a trip to the quarters in 2020.

#13 Inter-Lakes at #4 Hopkinton

Inter-Lakes and Hopkinton will meet for the first time this season tonight as the #13 Lakers hit the road to take on the #4 Hawks at 7:00 pm. 

Hopkinton, the 2021 Division III runner-up, started off the season with eight straight wins, but has dropped three of their final four games and enter the tournament with a 12-4 mark. The Hawks are paced by Marek Joppa (14.8 ppg) and Will Tanuvasa (12.8).

The Lakers come into the tourney with a 6-10 mark and are led Owen Brown’s 14.1 ppg. 

#12 Newport at #5 Campbell

The 12th-ranked Tigers make the trip to Litchfield to take on #5 Campbell tonight at 6:30 pm in the first meeting between the two this season. 

The Cougars enter the tourney with a 12-4 mark and are riding a six-game win streak. With wins over #4 Hopkinton and at #8 Conant during that stretch, head coach Justin DiBenedetto’s squad appears to be playing their best basketball at the right time.

With seven wins on the season, Newport has equaled their win total from the previous five seasons combined. Do-it-all senior Kayden LaClair is the straw that stirs the drink for Rob Clark’s squad as he averages 19.8 ppg and can change the game on the defensive end of the floor.

#10 Monadnock at #7 Winnisquam

The seventh-ranked Winnisquam Bears welcome #10 Monadnock to Tilton tonight at 7:00 pm. The two have not met yet this season. 

The Bears, led by the divisions top scorer Anthony Boomer (21.5 ppg), dropped their season finale at Stevens, but have won 10 of their last 13 games and enter the tourney with an 11-5 mark.

The Huskies are riding a season-long, four-game win streak as they enter the tourney with a 8-10 record. Evan Dumaine leads the way for Monadnock with 19.6 ppg.

#14 Berlin at #3 Mascoma

While the scheduling snafu that disqualified White Mountains from tournament play was unfortunate, it made way for #14 Berlin to sneak into the tourney’s final spot and will head to third-ranked Mascoma Valley at 7:00 pm. 

The Royals are currently on a nine-game win streak with big wins during that stretch over #4 Hopkinton and #6 Stevens. Silas Ayres’ squad is led by Zach Thompson (18.6 ppg) and looks to get the quarterfinal round for the fourth-straight season. Just five days ago, the Royals cruised to a 68-35 win at Berlin.

The Mountaineers (5-12) started the season with two victories and ended the season with a win over #11 Somersworth, but in between they were just 2-12. Jeremiah Dow (15.2) and Haden Poulin (11.7) both average double digits for head coach Jesse Arsenault’s team.

#11 Somersworth at #6 Stevens

Sixth-ranked Stevens plays host to #11 Somersworth tonight at 7:00 pm.

The Cardinals enter the tourney with a 12-4 record and have won six of their last seven, including three straight. Hunter LaRocque paces Stevens with 14.3 ppg.

The Hilltoppers are currently on a four-game skid and have dropped seven of their last nine. But, head coach Leon Shaw’s squad has some weapons in the backcourt with Aiden Heffron (15.7 ppg) and Dominic Starr (13.0).

Cardinals claw out win over Tigers

In a slugfest that featured 43 team fouls, the Stevens boys came away with 48-44 win over Newport, on Monday night in Claremont. The Cardinals were led by a trio of double-figure scorers: Hunter LaRocque (13 points), Mason Ferland (12) and Devin Genes (10), while the Tigers were paced by 11 points from Christian Forsythe and 10 from Kayden LaClair.

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📰 Opening day is on the way

The wait is almost over. On Friday, December 10th, 84 of the 88 NHIAA boys varsity basketball teams will be in action with 42 games around the state as the 2021-22 season gets underway.

St. Thomas Aquinas hits the road to take on Hillsboro-Deering at 5:30 pm to mark the first official tilt of the new campaign. The Saints and Hillcats last squared off on February 28, 2020 in the regular-season finale as St. Thomas came away with an easy 72-46 victory at home.

Eight other contests tipoff at 6:00 pm, with 24 match-ups at 6:30 pm and nine more at 7:00 pm. It’s the most games on a single day all season long, so there’s no good reason to not get out and catch some local action on Friday night.

See you at the gym.

2021-22 Opening Day Action

Hillsboro-Deering vs St. Thomas AquinasDivision III
Laconia vs Oyster RiverDivision II
Belmont vs BerlinDivision III
Campbell vs Fall MountainDivision III
Gilford vs MonadnockDivision III
Kearsarge vs Mascoma ValleyDivision III
Franklin vs ProfileDivision IV
Exeter vs DoverDivision I
Manchester Memorial vs GoffstownDivision I
Nashua North vs KeeneDivision I
Trinity vs Manchester CentralDivision I
Alvirne vs MerrimackDivision I
Concord vs PinkertonDivision I
Winnacunnet vs PortsmouthDivision I
Spaulding vs SalemDivision I
Nashua South vs TimberlaneDivision I
ConVal vs HanoverDivision II
Pelham vs John StarkDivision II
Coe-Brown vs Manchester WestDivision II
Sanborn vs Merrimack ValleyDivision II
Milford vs PlymouthDivision II
Kingswood vs SouheganDivision II
Conant vs SomersworthDivision III
Newfound vs Prospect MountainDivision III
Raymond vs MascenicDivision III
White Mountains vs WinnisquamDivision III
Littleton vs GorhamDivision IV
Groveton vs Lin-WoodDivision IV
Holy Family vs NewmarketDivision IV
Derryfield vs NuteDivision IV
Pittsburg-Canaan vs WoodsvilleDivision IV
Bedford vs Bishop GuertinDivision I
Londonderry vs WindhamDivision I
Bow vs Bishop BradyDivision II
Pembroke vs LebanonDivision II
Hopkinton vs NewportDivision III
Portsmouth Christian vs FarmingtonDivision IV
Mount Royal vs HinsdaleDivision IV
Wilton-Lyndeborough vs PittsfieldDivision IV
Epping vs SunapeeDivision IV