Well last week we unveiled the area athletes named to New Hampshire’s all-state girls soccer team. So today we thought we’d take a look at the other side of the spectrum and commend our area all-state boys.
We’ll begin in Division I where any time a single team is represented by five different athletes, you know there’s a solid reason. And that’s exactly the case for Hanover who landed two first teamers, two second teamers and an honorable mention recipient after an impressive 15-3-1 season that eventually ended in the semifinals.
Over in Division II, Hanover’s biggest rival in Lebanon was represented by four athletes, with three earning first-team selections as voted by opposing coaches. And like Hanover, the Raiders finished with an identical 15-3-1 overall record after capping off its season with a loss in the semifinals.
Division III is a busy one with representatives from four of our area teams, but only one earned first team honors in Stevens’ Noah Spaulding. Ethan Sweet also represented the Cardinals on the honorable mention list, after a 12-4-1 season that ended in the second round. But it was Kearsarge who was represented most in the division, with five athletes being named to either the second team or honorable mention list after a 13-5 season that ended in the quarterfinals. Fall Mountain and Mascoma also saw athletes make the cut, despite less-than-ideal seasons for both programs.
And finally in Division IV, Sunapee landed three people on the prestigious list despite not making the playoffs for the first time in recent memory. The Lakers’ selections were more than worthy, though, with Cole Cruz, Ben Robinson and Will Austin playing big roles in their team’s four wins.