Well like it or not, this coming Friday marks the first official day of the winter sports season with girls basketball games slated for both sides of the Connecticut River. So before things get underway, we thought we’d take a look at the top 5 moments from last winter.
Coming in fifth is the Lebanon boys basketball team in earning a third straight trip to the Division II semifinals. The Raiders rolled through the regular-season with a 14-4 record behind a solid backcourt of KJ Matte and Ryan Milliken, and headed into postseason play as the No. 4 seed. Lebanon utilized home court advantage on its way to tournament wins in the first two rounds, but fell just short to runner-ups Goffstown in the Final Four once on the hardwood at UNH.
Sliding in in the fourth spot is the Hanover girls hockey team for claiming a record sixth straight title. The only thing keeping the Marauders from a higher spot is the the team’s sheer consistency in winning titles, with seven championships in the eight years girls hockey as been sanctioned by the NHIAA. Hanover trailed early in its finals bout with Bishop Brady – Trinity, put eventually powered its way back to a 6-3 victory and a 19-1-1 overall record.
Taking the third spot is Springfield’s Chelsea McAllister for netting her 1,000th-career point. Coach Joe Brown relied heavily on the athleticism of his senior captain, and McAllister didn’t disappoint, leading her team to a No. 6 seed and an eventual spot in the Division II quarterfinals in her final season with the team. McAllister is now a freshman on the Springfield College women’s basketball team down in Massachusetts.
Coming in second is another 1,000-point scorer in Newport’s Spencer Coronis. The Tigers’ senior captain picked a perfect time to accomplish the feat in front of a packed crowd with rival Stevens in town, sparking an emotional celebration with family and friends. Coronis played a huge role on a Newport team that finished the season at 16-5 after falling in the quarterfinals of the Division III tournament.
And the top moment of the 2014-15 winter season has to be the Sunapee girls basketball team capping off an unbeaten season with the program’s first title since 2007. The Lakers simply dominated opponents on their way to a 22-0 overall record that saw the team defeat second-ranked Colebrook in the finals at Plymouth State University. Making matters even better, Sunapee returns all but two players from that unbeatable team.
It will be interesting to see if those teams will be equally as successful this winter, and who else may crack the list.