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What will be your lasting memory from the winter high school sports season?

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Question of the Week

Terrill Covey
Twitter: @tcovey11
The grit, determination, composure and class shown by the Portsmouth Boys basketball team during the Clippers’ come-from-behind victory over Lebanon in the Division II semifinals. The Clippers got off to a hot start (11-0 lead) just to see the game start slipping away. Lebanon opened up as much as an eight-point lead in the third quarter, though eight points seemed nearly insurmountable in the defensive, knock-down-drag-out fight the two teams were having. It wasn’t. Brothers Patrick and Joey Glynn began to take control of the boards, and Donovan Phanor and Nick Mackey appllied strong defensive pressure. Freshman Shon Parham stepped up and knocked down a huge 3-pointer, and Mackey, who had missed the bulk of the middle two quarters with foul trouble, hit the shot that put the Clippers on top to stay late in the fourth quarter. From there, the Clippers maintained their composure while Lebanon lost its composure on a couple of occasions. It was a great example of what a group of kids with confidence and character can do when the odds are against them.

Jay Pinsonnault
Asst. sports editor
Twitter: @JayPinceSMG
Randy Small answered countless questions about this year’s York High School boys basketball team and how it would survive this season with only one starter back from the 2013 team which played for the Western Maine Class B championship. Small kept saying he loved the make-up of the team and how this year’s Wildcat team would surprise those who doubted it. York, with only MIchael Gallagher back from the 2013 core, was merely a .500 team during the regular season but earned one of the final spots in the regional tournament. York won its preliminary game against Lincoln Academy and the prize was a date with top-seeded Greely at the Portland Expo in the quarterfinal round. The Wildcats gave the Rangers all it could handle and actually took an eight-point lead into the final quarter. Greely rallied and pulled out the win, but the Wildcats put forth the effort on the floor that Small and his coaching staff knew it could — even when nobody else did.

Mike Zhe
Staff writer
Twitter: @MikeZhe603
If there was one play that summed up the season for the Portsmouth High School hockey team, it was senior Aaron Rancourt’s overtime goal that beat Kennett, 3-2, on Feb. 19 at The Rinks at Exeter, after a 2-0 third-period lead couldn’t be protected. It marked the kind of resilient, breakthrough season it was for the Clippers — the win over Kennett was their first in 17 years — and it gave a nod to the role Rancourt played to get them there. Just a week earlier, he’d become only the second player in program history to notch 100 career points (Ben Fralick being the other). It all played out to an 11-5-1 campaign that culminated with what was believed to be the program’s first home playoff game since 1985. The Clippers have neither the numbers, the feeder program nor the backyard facility in what’s essentially a basketball city to become a high school hockey power, so it’s worth celebrating a season like the one they just concluded — especially when you factor in how many younger players contributed to it and can help build on it.

Ryan O’Leary
Staff writer
Twitter: @RyanOLearySMG
The Epping boys basketball team cutting down the nets at Plymouth State for the Division IV championship — and not just because it was the program’s first state title in 22 years. My lasting memory will be how the Blue Devils earned their championship, how they stormed back from 17 points down with the deck stacked ever-so-highly against them. Not only were they down big to a skilled and explosive Sunapee team, but star senior Jimmy Stanley was forced to the bench in the first quarter with three fouls. More troubling: They weren’t hitting from downtown, carrying an 0-for-14 clip deep into the fourth quarter with Stanley back on the floor and the deficit still at eight. That’s when the Devils finished with a series of championship plays. Aziz Zerguine made a driving, three-point play to give Epping its first lead since the first quarter, and Chandler Brissette scored the eventual game-winner with 23 seconds to play in a thrilling, 74-70 Epping win. Stanley wound up scoring 20 of his 26 points in the second half and left PSU with one of the game nets draped around his neck. Instant classic.

Dan Doyon
Twitter: @DanDoyon1SMG
The breakthrough season for the Portsmouth hockey team. The Clippers were embarrased in their 17-1 loss to Berlin in the 2013 Division III quarterfinals, and that loss feuled a 2014 campaign that was the best in the program’s history. Portsmouth went 11-4-1 during the regular season to gain the No. 4 seed in the Division III tournament and earning what is beleived to be the program’s first home playoff game. An electric crowd inside The Rinks at Exeter saw Portsmouth drop a 3-2 decision to defending state champion John Stark/Hopkinton in the quarterfinal, but the Clippers had nothing to be embarrassed about this time around. Senior Aaron Rancourt eclipsed the 100-point plateau this year, and the Clippers saw tons of promise from their underclassmen. Sophomores Jack Alden and Luke LaCroce continiued to blossom, while freshman Beau Arsenault stepped onto the first line and became the team’s third-leading scorer. There was a different feel to the Clippers this year, and coach Al Brandano and his staff did a great job in molding the squad into a legitimate threat. With 13 players eligable to come back next year, the Clippers be right in the mix again next year and maybe a the next step of a playoff win is in the cards. This season could be looked upon as a huge step for what has the potential to be a successful run n the next few years.


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