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ConVal falls to Hanover

News and scores from last week’s games

  • The ConVal boys basketball team dropped a home contest to Hanover on Friday Feb. 7.

    The ConVal boys basketball team dropped a home contest to Hanover on Friday Feb. 7.

  • The ConVal boys basketball team dropped a home contest to Hanover on Friday Feb. 7.

Boys basketball

The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Hanover 70-41 on Friday night. ConVal made a run in the first quarter, holding Hanover to 10 points, but Hanover erupted in the second period, putting ConVal in a 22-point hole going into the half. It was deja vu for the Cougars, who found themselves in a similar position last Monday up in Hanover. Jaymes Finley led the Cougars with 12 points on four three-pointers. Jordan Moore, Noah Cail and Kyle Murray each scored five points. Freshman Liam Baldwin took the court late in the second period for his varsity debut. Baldwin scored his first varsity career points with a buzzer beater to send the Cougars in for the half. Conval (1-10) hosts Milford (1-10) tonight at 6:30 p.m. With six games remaining, the Cougars need a strong late push to have a shot at the playoffs.

Conant beat Raymond 81-56 on Friday night. Rob O’Brien scored 29 to lead the Orioles and added nine rebounds, six assists and four steals. Eli Hodgson scored 25 and grabbed 15 boards, and Kyle Carland scored 10. The Orioles managed to score all of those points without the benefit of even one three-pointer, but the Conant offensive attack brought them to the foul line time and again, and they ended up shooting 21 for 29 at the line. Conant (12-1) travels to Mascenic tonight at 7 p.m.

Mascenic beat Monadnock 62-60 on Friday night. Returning to the scene of his school-record 57-point outburst at Monadnock last year, Jared Stauffeneker led all scorers with 37, icing the game at the line after freshman Daimon Gibson hit a huge three to put the Vikings ahead with 30 seconds left. Monadnock’s Isaiah Prince was held to only nine points, and his attempt at a go-ahead buzzerbeater three fell short. Mascenic (5-6) hosts Conant tonight at 7 p.m.

For the third straight year, Dublin School earned the top seed for the River Valley Athletic League playoffs. Undefeated in league play, the Wildcats will face the winner of Four Rivers School and Eagle Hill School on Wednesday afternoon at the Whitney Gymnasium. Dublin is led by senior captains,Ben Phillips and Tyler Jones, with strong support from juniors Reef Rogers and Chad Foster.

Girls basketball

ConVal traveled to Hanover Saturday afternoon to play the Marauders for the second time this week with a similar result. Hanover, now 9-2 and ranked third, won 67-42. The Cougars again played tough but a 20-6 third quarter run put the game out of reach. ConVal falls to 4-8 and has six games remaining.

ConVal was led by Jordan Mills, who had 12 points, followed by senior Jess Nerz with 10. Nerz and Mills combined to go 13 for 15 from the foul line. The Cougars also got a good performance from Kelsey Walker, who added seven points.

The Cougars next play tonight at number two-ranked Milford and Friday vs. Pelham, a team the Cougars will be battling with for one of the final playoff berths.

Dublin School earned the number three seed for the RVAL playoffs and will travel to Eagle Hill School for a 3 p.m. tipoff on Wednesday. Freshmen Sabrina Hayden and Clare Halacy as well as junior MeKenzie Matheson have played integral roles for the Lady Wildcats behind the strong leadership of senior captains Mylisha Drayton and Molly Witten.

Nordic skiing

ConVal will travel to Great Glen Trails in Gorham for the Division II championships on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Seniors Ben Wescott and Sydney Michalak are favorites to take home top spots for ConVal

On Wednesday, Dublin School will host the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Nordic Ski Championships. The best prep school skiers from across the region will compete at the newly opened Dublin School Nordic Center. Freshman Calvin Bates has consistently finished in the top five in this season’s races and is the local favorite to place in his first championship race. The races are set to begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and will include individual and relay events.

Alpine skiing

The ConVal boys team competes in the DII championships today at Waterville Valley today at 9:30 a.m. Wescott is again expected to contend for a top spot.

The Dublin School Alpine Ski team will travel to Mt. Sunapee on Wednesday for the NEPSAC Championships in slalom and giant slalom. A young team this year, the Wildcats look to gain big race experience and trim down their times for the season.


On Saturday the wrestling team competed at the Twin River Classic in Franklin. Conval finished sixth with:

One champion, Adam Smullen at 160 pounds.

Three third-place finishes: Mike Allen at 138 pounds, Jake Rupp at 145 pounds and Jordan Loll at 220 pounds.

One fourth-place finish: John Voorhees at 285 pounds.

On Monday, Conval traveled to Goffstown for a rescheduled dual meet at 6 p.m. start. The Cougars will host Spaulding Wednesday for the last home meet of the season, also a 6 p.m. start.

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