Head Coach Nicole Bartlett claims that a close 3-2 mid-season loss to a very strong New Hampton team injected a sense of belief into her girls’ varsity hockey team. The girls have gone 6-3-3 since that loss, including big wins over Exeter and Kimball Union as well as a tie against #4 ranked Worcester Academy. New to Holderness, goalie Kirsten DiCicco ‘20, has been a difference-maker in net for the Bulls. Kirsten has posted three shutouts this season, highlighted by a 33-save performance in a 1-0 win over KUA. Tri-captains Morgan Sisson ’19, Darby Palisi ’19, and Drea Chin ’19, along with postgrad Sydney Fascetta ’19, lead by example, setting the tone for a team that brings “a lot of heart” onto the ice despite often being short-numbered. The Bulls close out their regular season with games against Brewster and Kents Hill, as well as the Lakes Region Tournament this weekend.
Girls' Varsity Hockey
The Holderness boys’ varsity basketball team is “playing [their] best basketball right now,” according to Head Coach Woody Kampmann. This is best exemplified by the boys’ eight-point loss at Kimball Union on February 11. Having lost to the Wildcats by 23 on their home court earlier in the season, the team was battling for a win until the final minute but ultimately came up short. The Bulls bounced back from this late-game defeat with a last-second victory of their own; a tightly contested game at Beaver Country Day came to a close when, after the team made a crucial defensive stop, Muhamed Kante ‘21 finished off a layup at the other end and secured the two-point victory for the Bulls with just a few seconds remaining.
Kante has shown great improvements from his ninth-grade season at Holderness. He has been trusted with running the team’s offense and is developing into a leader on the floor. Postgrad Bryce Johnson ’19 “is having a really nice season,” praised Coach Kampmann. Johnson has “played his best basketball against [the] strongest opponents” and consistently tops the team’s scoring charts. The boys will end the regular season with a three-game week. They host Marianapolis Preparatory School and Redemption Christian on Wednesday and Friday before hitting the road to play Dexter Southfield on Saturday.
Boys' Varsity Basketball
Having graduated nine players from last year’s roster, head coach Alan Thompson knew his boys’ varsity hockey team would experience some “ups and downs early [in the season].” However, after a much needed long weekend, the Bulls came back rested and have since “come into [their] own and [are] doing all the little things well.” This is showing as in one week the team got their revenge on two Lakes Region rivals who bested them earlier in the season. A heartbreaking last second loss on home ice to Tilton was washed away as the boys defeated the Rams 6-3 in what coach Thompson called “one of [their] best games of the season.” Three days later, on the back of a 53-save performance from goalie Connor Androlewicz ‘19, the boys battled back from a three-goal deficit to earn a 4-4 tie with the back-to-back defending New England Champions Kimball Union. Featuring a roster of nine underclassmen, the Bulls lean on their older players to carry a lot of the scoring load. Holderness’s top line of Kevin Pitts ‘19, Tim Manning ‘20 and Isaiah Fox ‘19 have accounted for almost 70% of the team’s goals, and all three rank in the top 15 in points production in New England Prep Hockey (Pitts 5th, Fox 6th, Manning 15th) according to US Hockey Report. The team heads to Berwick on Wednesday to finish out the regular season before beginning the Lakes Region Tournament on Friday.
Boys' Varsity Hockey
As the defending New England Class D Champions, the Holderness girls’ varsity basketball team does not plan on simply handing over their crown. Head Coach Joe Arsenault feels that while the team may not possess as much height as they did last year, they “play fast and [are] more explosive…offensively.” This fast paced offense has led the Bulls to pick up some big wins throughout the course of the season. For the first time during Coach Arsenault’s tenure at Holderness, the girls beat New Hampton. The 10-point win over the Huskies, along with victories against Lakes Region rivals Brewster and last season’s finals opponent Vermont Academy, have once again put the Bulls in position for a top-four seed heading into the postseason.
The team’s offense has been led by two players at opposite ends of their Holderness careers. K.C Carter ’19 continues to put up points as she has her entire time at Holderness. K.C passed 2,000 career points in the team’s game against Brewster in late January. Ninth grader Taina Mair ‘22 has begun her Holderness basketball career strong, averaging 20 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. The Bulls wrap up their regular season campaign with a busy second half of the week, playing three games in four days. The girls travel to Gould for their final away game of the season on Wednesday, then host back to back games on Friday and Saturday against Kimball Union and Brewster.
Girls' Varsity Basketball
It’s an exciting time on the Holderness campus as our winter teams look to finish the season strong and extend their run into the New England playoffs. All four teams have important games this week that will decide their respective fates.
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