Holderness will have two teams representing the school in the NEPSAC playoffs this week, the boys’ varsity hockey team and the girls’ varsity basketball team. The girls are the #2 seed in the Class D Bracket and the boys are the #7 seed in the Small School Bracket. With the playoffs beginning on Wednesday, both teams prepare to make a deep run and cap their respective seasons off with a championship.
The girls’ varsity basketball team finished off their regular season with a 2-1 week. The girls trounced Gould by 55 points on Wednesday but lost a close game to Kimball Union by 8 on Friday. However, the team rebounded for the Bulls’ senior game during which they defeated Brewster 58-51. The girls take on an unfamiliar opponent on Wednesday as they host Bancroft School. Not only have the teams not faced each other, they have had zero common opponents this season. Potentially awaiting the Bulls in the finals, however, is the #1 seed and last season's finals opponent, Vermont Academy. Vermont currently holds a 3-2 advantage over Holderness in head-to-head matchups over the last two years, although the girls do hold the NEPSAC title. Should both teams make it to the championship game again, it will be the sixth time in the last two seasons that they have faced each other.
The boys’ varsity hockey team will not need any introductions to their opponent on Wednesday. The boys are pitted against Lakes Region rival Proctor Academy, a team they faced just over a week ago. Having lost 2-0 on home ice as well as 7-3 earlier in the season, the Bulls wanted revenge. After falling behind 1-0 midway through the second period, the boys rallied in the third. They scored five unanswered goals to keep their playoff hopes alive. However, the boys were far from secure in a playoff spot and needed to finish their season strong if they wanted a shot at the championship. The team battled back from two one-goal deficits to defeat Berwick 4-2 in their final regular season game on Wednesday. The Bulls then got their first taste of post-season play on Friday as they dispatched Brewster 6-0 in the Lakes Region Tournament. The team’s final test before heading into the NEPSAC playoffs was a battle for fifth place in the Lakes Region against St. Paul’s. It was a tightly contested game with both teams’ goaltenders making the opposition work for their scoring chances. However, a power play goal late in the third period would be the difference as the Bulls fell 2-1 against the Pelicans.
The boys’ varsity hockey team faces Proctor Wednesday on the road at 3:30. Thirty minutes later, the girls’ varsity basketball team will tip-off against Bancroft on their home court.