The Holderness boys’ varsity basketball mantra is simple: play hard, play tough defense, and be unselfish on offense. They compete in the Lake Region League with Brewster, Kimball Union, New Hampton, Proctor, Tilton, and Vermont Academy. This is one of the most competitive leagues in the country. Holderness also competes in the NEPSAC AA class with sixteen total schools; at the end of the season the top eight teams compete in a playoff tournament. In 2015-2016, the Bulls were the #7 seed and lost to AA runner-up Cushing Academy.
Holderness basketball alumni have gone on to be successful at all levels, ranging from Division III to professional. Recent graduates have gone on to play at Stony Brook University, Dartmouth College, Siena College, Fairfield University, Norwich University, Tufts University, St. Michael's College, Endicott College, Westfield State University, and Sam Houston State University.
The Bulls won on the road over a strong Beaver Country Day School team 58-56 on Friday night. Beaver CD jumped out to an early lead and pushed the lead up to 27-14 with four minutes left in the half. The Bulls finished the first half strong behind some baskets from Senior Bryce Johnson and some hustle plays from Senior Javi Dorado and Senior Joe Pelletier. Beaver CD led 33-28 at the half.
After Johnson scored on the first possession of the second half neither team had a lead larger than four points the rest of the way. Sophomore Muhamed Kante gave the Bulls their first lead of the second half on a three pointer at the 12 minute mark. Junior Karl Jeannot made some bigs plays on the offensive and defensive end and Junior Jan Novitsky played big second half minutes. Johnson made some big baskets to finish with a team high 25 points. The Bulls got a big stop in the last minute and got the ball back with ten seconds left. Kante got some space and finished a lay up with a few seconds late. Beaver CD had a shot at the buzzer, but the ball hit the front of the rim. With the win, Holderness improves to 5-2 in Class B. The Bulls will next be in action tomorrow Saturday February 16th as they host AA Vermont Academy in a 6:000pm start.
The Bulls dropped a close game to Kimball Union on Monday afternoon 76-68. Holderness jumped out to 20-13 lead in the first half behind three pointers from Junior Jan Novitsky and Sophomore Alexi Twahili. Kimball Union finished the half on a 26-10 run including a three pointer at the buzzer to take a 39-30 lead into the break. The Wildcats extended the lead to 13 points early in the second half, but the Bulls fought back and took the lead on a three pointer by Senior Bryce Johnson with just under seven minutes to play. The teams traded leads for the next six minutes before Kimball Union was able to extend their lead to seven with just under a minute to play. The Bulls will next be in action Friday February 15th as they travel to Class B Beaver Country Day School for a 5:30pm start.
The Bulls started both halves slow in a defeat to Proctor Academy 77-64. In the first half the Bulls got behind 27-12, but used a 23-2 run to take a 35-29 lead with less than a minute in the half. Proctor scored the last five points of the half and the Bulls went into the half with a 35-34 lead. Senior Bryce Johnson lead the Bulls with 21 first half points. The second half started the same as the Hornets were able to get out to a lead to start the second half. Most of the second half Proctor lead by six to twelve points. The Bulls had some chances to cut into the lead late, but weren't able to find the basket. Sophomore Muhamed Kante had a team high nine second half points and finished with 18 for the game. The Bulls will next be in action on Sunday February 10th as they host Cegep de Sherbrooke for a 10:00am start.
Woody Kampmann began coaching at Holderness in 2014. Before coming to campus, he was a college basketball coach for nine years—including seven at the Division 1 level. Most recently he coached at Boston College from 2010-14, where he helped develop two NBA draft picks (Reggie Jackson and Oliver Hanlan). Kampmann, was an assistant at Cornell from 2008-10, where he was part of three Ivy League championship teams and made three NCAA tournament appearences. The 2010 Cornell team advanced to the Sweet 16 after beating Temple and Wisconsin in the first two rounds. Kampmann is a 2005 graduate of Hobart College.