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Basketball and Hockey Teams Undefeated in Tournament Play
Greg Kwasnik

It may be cold outside, but Holderness School’s athletics teams have enjoyed a white-hot start to the winter sports season, with the boys and girls varsity basketball teams going undefeated in tournament play and boys varsity hockey going undefeated in their early-season games.
Boys varsity hockey have won all seven of the games they’ve played so far this season, and recently won their bracket at the 47th annual Groton/Lawrence Holiday Tournament. It’s the team’s best start to the season since Head Coach Alan Thompson ’04 began leading the team in 2014. “This is the first time we’ve been undefeated going into the winter holiday break, and the first time we’ve won the Groton/Lawrence Holiday Tournament,” Alan said. “So that’s a couple of firsts there.”
Alan credits the team’s success to a surplus of talented seniors – and younger students who gained valuable playing time last year when COVID made it harder to field a full team. “We had to kind of scramble to get a team together last year, and now we’re starting to see the benefits of that year. We have younger guys who probably wouldn’t have played as much last year that had to play a lot, so now they’re experienced this year versus still being pretty green as a younger player,” Alan said. For the rest of the season, Alan hopes to keep adding to the win column, while also helping his athletes develop as players and people. “Those are always my goals. They don’t change year to year,” Alan said. “It’s a pretty simple model, and we’ll continue to do that through the second half of the season.”
Holderness basketball teams have also enjoyed early-season success on the court. The girls varsity basketball team has gone 5-0 in early-season play, and recently won the Kingswood Invitational Tournament at Kingswood Oxford School. “We are very grateful to have the opportunity to get to spend time together as a team and continue to work on the execution of our team offense and team defense,” said Head Coach Sam Daigneault ’96. “The team is excited to head into the break with a 5-0 record and even more excited to regroup in January with our entire team to prepare for an opening week with games against the very skilled squads of New Hampton, Tilton, and Middlesex.” The boys varsity basketball team is also poised for a successful second half of their season, having just gone undefeated at the Huckins-Rouse Boys’ Basketball Invitational at Middlesex. “I was really proud of the guys for getting three wins in less than twenty hours,” said Boys Varsity Basketball Head Coach Woody Kampmann. “We made a lot of progress in the three weeks we were back from Thanksgiving break to winter break. The key now will be to come back in great shape since we play four games in seven days when we return.” 

Girls Varsity Hockey had a hard-fought 1-0 loss to Governor’s Academy before their holiday tournament was cancelled. 
After enjoying their short but well-deserved break, the boys varsity basketball team will play Pingree School at home on January 8. The girls varsity basketball team will also jump back into action at home the same day. The boys varsity hockey team will next compete on January 8 against Vermont Academy at home.
View the full winter athletics calendar here.

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