Saturday, March 1
New York/New England Preps Girls Basketball

Semi-finals results, 2/29/08

Class B
Governors 43, Rivers 29

#2 The Governor's Academy will take on #1 seeded Suffield Academy on Sunday, March 2 at 3:00pm at Nobles and Greenough for the NEPSAC Class B Championship.


Thursday, February 28
The Governor's Academy Girls Varsity Basketball vs N.E. Tourney Qtr finals - Portsmouth Abbey
Game Recap
Result: W 55-40

The Governors relied on an aggressive defense and a well balanced scoring attack to defeat Portsmouth Abbey in the quarter finals of the New England tournament. Two feisty and determined teams battled back and forth in front of an enthusiastic full house. This one was knotted up at 7-7 midway through the first half as both teams battled through some nerves and poor shooting. Becca Block then entered the game and sparked the defense as the Govs went on an 18-9 run to finish the half. Kelly Pope keyed the run with some stifling defense and 6 points in a 6 minute span. Portsmouth Abbey hung tough in the second half but the Govs had too many offensive weapons for the visitors to handle. Five different players scored in the second half and the Govs shot a hot 48% from the field. ISL MVP Katherine Goodwin had a strong all around game to lead the team with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 8 steals and 4 assists. Kelly Pope capped off a great day with 12 points and freshman Alexa Balboni came off the bench to contribute 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. MaryLeah DiNisco also had a fine all around game with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. The play of senior captain Leslie Ward helped the Govs pull away in the second half as she had 7 points down the stretch to go along with 5 rebounds.

The 15-5 Governors will take on ISL rival Rivers in the semi finals at 4:45 Friday in Alumni Gym.

Wednesday, February 27
Mike Whaley: Trying to turn it around
By Mike Whaley
Sports Clips
Article Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Coming off an 0-18 season — Spaulding was 2-70 in Class L from 2003 to 2007 — this year's Red Raiders have successfully blended existing talent like the LaValley sisters and senior Ashley Williams with some talented newcomers. Freshman Aly Towle has been solid at point guard, while classmate Mary Nelson and sophomore Renee McCarthy have provided quality support. Towle and McCarthy scored 11 points each in Saturday's win, and Nelson chipped in with seven points.
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Sunday, February 24
Spaulding wins, and they're in

Assistant Sports Editor

Article Date: Sunday, February 24, 2008ROCHESTER — When the Class L season opened in December, the Spaulding High School girls basketball team was working on a 35-game losing streak. Fast forward to late February and the Red Raiders are going to the tournament for the first time in 11 years.

Mary Nelson buried a trey from the corner, Aly Towle (11 points) converted a drive and Nelson did the same 40 seconds later for the 10-point cushion. Nelson, Proulx and Towle are all freshman.

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Friday, February 22
Exeter freshman girls finish strong season

Friday, February 22
York girls basketball team fall in Western Maine semifinals

Wednesday, February 20
York girls close strong to oust Fryeburg

Wednesday, February 20
Spaulding 62, Manchester West 52

Article Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 

MANCHESTER — The Spaulding girls basketball team picked up a big Class L victory Tuesday at Manchester West, winning 62-52.

The win puts the Red Raiders at 4-13 and means if they beat Manchester Memorial (5-12) at home Friday, they will make the Class L tournament for the first time in 11 years as either the 15th or 16th seed.

Spaulding was led by Destiny LaValley with 20 points, sister Debbie LaValley added 19 points and Ashley Williams tossed in 10.

Monday, February 18
Hanover's Eliza Polli, right, lays it up and in past Portsmouth's Susan French during the first quarter of Sunday's Clas
Josh Gibney/Democrat photo

Sunday, February 17
The Governor's Academy Girls Varsity Basketball vs Lawrence Academy

Game Recap
Result: W 60 - 41
 The Governors earned themselves a shot at a share of the ISL title with a convincing 60-41 win at Lawrence. Kelly Pope's return to the line up invigorated the Govs defense as they had 25 steals and created numerous turnovers. Lawrence controlled both the glass and the pace of the game in the early going. The Govs struggled in the half court set and found themselves down 11-9 before all five girls made a commitment at the defensive end. The Govs then went on a spirited 23-6 run to give themselves a 15 point halftime lead. Lawrence fought back to begin the second half and cut the lead to 11 before their top player fouled out with 8 minutes to play. The Govs then took charge of the game, forced tempo and ran the lead back to 20. Senior captain Katherine Goodwin led the way with a great all around game. The ISL's leading scorer had 20 points, 9 rebounds, 7 steals and 5 assists. MaryLeah DiNisco battled some early foul trouble but still ended with 12 points and 4 steals. Alexa Balboni played a strong second half and filled out the stat sheet with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 5 assists. Kelly Pope was the defensive star of the game and also contributed 9 first half points.

The Governors are now 14-3 and 10-1 in the ISL. They travel to Nobles, which remains undefeated in the ISL, on Wednesday for the league season finale.

Friday, February 15
Portsmouth girls basketball team wins tournament opener

Thursday, February 14
The Governors Academy Girls Varsity Basketball vs St. Paul's School
Game Recap
Result: W 39-34

The Governors ran their record to 13-3 and 9-1 in the ISL with a 39-34 win over St. Paul's on Senior Day. Nothing came easy in this one as the Governors missed 27 shots in the first half and struggled throughout the afternoon. The Govs overcame 15% shooting from the field and held a slim 15-13 halftime lead. Both teams struggled to generate offense in the second half and the score stood at 22-21 with just under 8 minutes to play before the Govs went on a run sparked by the defense of Becca Block. Katherine Goodwin led the Govs with 14 points, 12 of which came in the first half. Alexa Balboni and MaryLeah DiNisco picked up the scoring slack in the second half as each finished the game with 11. Leslie Ward led the Govs on the glass with a game high 14 rebounds. The win marked the last regular season home game for Goodwin, Ward, Meghan Griesbach, Kelly Pope, Anna Smith, Abby Harris and Lindsey Davitt. So far these seniors have compiled a 50-30 four year record and have always represented their school and team with class and honor.


Wednesday, February 13
York girls ready for regional tourney

Wednesday, February 13
Bishop Guertin 46, Spaulding 34
NASHUA — The Spaulding girls basketball team lost at Bishop Guertin Tuesday, 46-34, to fall to 3-12 in Class L.

Deb LaValley led the Red Raiders with 24 points, while Aly Towle added eight. Spaulding hosts Pinkerton Friday.

Sunday, February 10
The Governor's Academy - Basketball Girls Varsity vs St. Mark's School
Game Recap
Result: W 58-31

The Govs used a well rounded scoring attack and some stingy second half defense to run their record to 12-3 with a 58-31 win at St. Mark's. This one was closer than it should have been in the early going as the visitors took a 30-21 lead into halftime. The Govs turned up their defensive intensity in the second half and held an undermanned St. Mark's squad to just 10 points. Katherine Goodwin dominated with 16 first half points but then turned the reigns over to her young heir apparent in the second half. Freshman Alexa Balboni responded to the challenge and finished the game with a career high 19 points and pulled down a game high 7 rebounds. Senior Abby Harris also had a strong game, scoring a career high 8 points and grabbing 6 rebounds while battling all game long at the defensive end of the floor. MaryLeah DiNisco played a strong all around game and finished with 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 6 assists. Congratulations to Abbey Wallmann who scored her first varsity points.

Thursday, February 7
York girls basketball team defeats Traip
Hartman scored the first six points of the game, while freshman center Niki Taylor grabbed one of her eight rebounds in the first quarter and put it back in the hoop for a conventional three-point play for an 11-0 York lead with 2:21 left in the first quarter. Go to story.......................

Friday, February 8
Spaulding 57, Concord 26
Article Date: Friday, February 8, 2008
CONCORD — The Spaulding girls basketball team picked up its third Class L win Thursday, romping past winless Concord, 57-26.

The Red Raiders (3-10) used a 16-5 surge in the third quarter to pull away from the Crimson Tide (0-13). Deb LaValley led Spaulding with 21 points, while freshmen Aly Towle and Mary Nelson added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Red Raiders play at Merrimack tonight.

Thursday, February 7
The Governor's Academy Girls Varsity Basketball vs Brooks School


Game Recap
Basketball Girls Varsity vs Brooks School
Result: W 43-34

The Governor's Academy played an inspired second half of basketball and came away with a 43-34 win over cross town rivals, Brooks. The Governor's simply did not play well in the first half and found themselves facing a 24-17 halftime deficit. Senior captain Katherine Goodwin did her best to keep the Govs in the game with 12 first half points but did not get much help from her teammates. The Govs regrouped in the second half, made a commitment at the defensive end and held Brooks to only 10 second half points. Freshman Alexa Balboni played her best basketball of the season as she scored 13 second half points to help seal the win for the home team. While Balboni and Goodwin did most of the scoring, this was a total team win as the Govs got great hustle and defense from Anna Smith, Abby Harris and Becca Block. Goodwin played an exceptional game and finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds while Balboni added 15 points and went 7 for 8 from the free throw line down the stretch. Harris contributed 8 rebounds while valiantly battling in the post against much larger opponents. The win improves the Govs record to 11-3.

Wednesday, February 6
Portsmouth girls basketball team defeats Kennett

The Clippers forced six turnovers early in the second quarter and cashed in on their opportunities. A Callie Bacon drive bumped Portsmouth's lead to 12 points, while Susie French's putback and a Bailey hoop gave Portsmouth a 25-9 advantage midway through the quarter.   Go to story.....................

Saturday, February 2
Clipper girls bounce back, top Plymouth

February 02, 2008

By Terrill Covey
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School girls basketball team rebounded from a tough loss to rival Oyster River by knocking off Plymouth Regional, 54-38, on Saturday afternoon at Stone Gymnasium.

Casey credited Studer and Susie French (six points, eight rebounds) for big contributions off the bench.

Susie has a nose for the ball and makes good things happen,” he said. “She has proven that she comes in ready to play, and that doesn’t always happen with freshmen. She and Ali Beauregard have helped the team a lot.”

Friday, February 1
Spaulding's Alyson Towle, left, moves the ball as she's defended by Coe-Brown's Veronica Noble


Josh Gibney/Foster's Daily Democrat  Photo

Wednesday, January 30
Dover runs past Spaulding
Article Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2008

 The lead was up to 31 points (45-14) at halftime and 36 (69-33) after three. Then the Red Raiders showed some signs of life in the fourth and even went on an 11-0 run at one point. Deborah LaValley (team-high 19 points) started the run with a 3-pointer and Aly Towle finished it with a pair of free throws to make it 79-51 with 1:02 left to play.  Go yo story......................................

PictureDover's Bri Michaud, right, keeps the ball away from Spaulding's Aly Towle during Class L action Tuesday in Rochester. Dover won, 83-51.
(John Huff/Staff photographer)

Wednesday, January 30
Freshman leads York girls basketball improves to 12th win

Wednesday, January 23
Crushing defense: Kearsarge stifles Portsmouth, 46-30, in Class I girls action

1/23/2008 10:00:00 AM

By Jeff Miller
Sports Editor

Portsmouth (30) - Callie Bacon 1 0 2; Rosa Drummond 2 1 5; Erin Bailey 1 0 3; Haley Marchewka 1 0 2; Stefanie Biron 1 0 2; Susan French 4 0 8; Amanda Studer 1 2 4; Alison Beauregard 2 0 4. Totals - 13 3 30. Three-pointers - Bailey

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Saturday, January 12
Clippers on fire: Kingswood is sixth straight victim


Article Date: Saturday, January 12, 2008
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PictureKingswood's Madison Chamberlain, left, looks for an open teammate as she is defended by Portsmouth's Haley Marchewka during Friday's Class I game in Portsmouth.
(John Huff/Staff photographer)

Wednesday, January 9
The Governor's Academy Girls Varsity Basketball vs Rivers School
Game Recap
Basketball Girls Varsity vs Rivers School
Result: W 48-31

The Governors need a total team effort to defeat Rivers 48-31 in their home opener. Senior captain Katherine Goodwin led the charge with 23 points, including 17 in the second half to help the Govs pull away in an important ISL contest. Freshmen Alexa Balboni came off the bench to play her finest all around game of the season. Balboni was very active at the defensive end and also contributed 10 points and 6 rebounds. MaryLeah DiNisco overcame a slow start to be a real spark plug for the winners. She handled Rivers constant defensive pressure while also adding 5 points and 6 rebounds. Anna Smith and Becca Block were the unsung heroes of the game as their constant defensive pressure held Rivers top scorer in check all game long.

Wednesday, January 9
Clippers hold off Coe-Brown

Article Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2008

"Irish usually eats up a chunk of minutes for us," Portsmouth coach Dan Casey said, "so we called upon the bench to fill those minutes and I thought those kids stepped up in a big way. I thought Suzie French definitely gave us some big minutes and made some great things happen. She made a layup (with 5:15 left) after they had scored to cut it to three (with 5:29 to go). That's some composure for a freshman."

"We know Coe-Brown is a tough team to play whether at home or on the road," said Casey, who also praised the play of sophomore reserve Haley Marchewka. "They have several weapons that can beat you, but I thought our kids played great defense. They played hard. They didn't give up many second-chance points. I think that was one of the keys for us. We wanted to contest shots but not get pulled out of position so they could get easy putbacks."

Wednesday, December 19
Spaulding snaps losing streak
Article Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2007

ROCHESTER — The Spaulding High School girls basketball team got a big monkey off its back Tuesday, beating Alvirne 42-39 to end a 37-game losing streak.

The Red Raiders (1-2) jumped out to a 9-2 lead after one quarter, but from there it was close to the end. Deb LaValley led Spaulding with 17 points, while Ally Towle added 11 and Ashley Williams threw in five. Spaulding plays at Goffstown Friday. Alvirne is 1-2.

Wednesday, December 26
Fabulous freshmen

York freshmen Niki Taylor, left, and Stephanie Gallagher are both starting for the Wildcats this year - the first time in school history that two freshmen have started. Don Clark
Don Clark/dclark@seacoastonline.
The York High School girls basketball program has seen many things during Rick Clark's 26-year tenure at the helm of the Wildcats.

York won Class B state championships in 1992 and 1994, one player went on to play at the Division I level, and many others succeeded at the high school level and continued to play in college.

However, one thing Clark never saw was two freshmen start for him at the same time — until now.   Go to story.........................