Welcome Back!

Welcome back everyone! School is starting, and we’re going to be getting started soon! The first event of the year is the Rookie Jamboree at Plymouth on October 7th. The following week, October 14th will be our Division II tournament at John Stark. Make sure to let Jay at Plymouth know if you’re coming as soon as possible!
Take a moment to review the changes we made last spring, which you can find an overview of here.

Let us know if you have any questions!

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2017-2018 Schedule

Here is the finalized Varsity-J/V schedule for next year. We may be looking for a spring host for a Rookie Jamboree, and a date, but here is the final schedule for the regular season. Thanks to all the hosts, and look forward to seeing you next year!

October 7th: Rookie tournament (host: Plymouth)
October 14th: Division II tournament (host: John Stark)
October 28th: GHOST @ Hanover
November 12th: Super Sunday GSC
November 18th: Division I tournament (host: Lisbon)
December 9th: Division III tournament (host: Merrimack)
January: Granite State Challenge (no quiz bowl)
February 3rd: Division IV tournament (host: PCA)
February 10th: Snow date for Div IV
March 17th: At-Large tournament (host: Kingswood)
March 31st: Snow date for at-large
April 8th: State tournament

Coaches Council Meeting

Several of us gathered for a Coaches Council Meeting on Thursday, April 20, to discuss the state of the league, and to consider making some changes.

To summarize, we decided that the current 5 division structure was not working. We consolidated to 4 divisions, and realigned the existing schools to try and spread out the active schools more evenly. We still plan on holding 5 tournaments this year, with one tournament serving as an “at-large” tournament. We also made some provisions for changes in the J/V structure.

We spent some time talking about methods to expand the league within New Hampshire. These notes are in the minutes as well. If anyone knows someone at a school that currently does not have a team, that would like to, please put them in touch with us, as we will try and provide support to help them get started.

Finally, we sketched out a schedule for next season. We will be looking for hosts for some of these tournaments. Here is the schedule as we laid it out. We did our best to try and avoid major conflicts like SATs and most music events. Please look at the proposed schedule below and let us know if you’re interested in hosting a regional. We’re particularly interested in hosts for the new Division I and Division II.

We look forward to seeing you all next fall, and if you have any questions regarding the new alignment, let us know!

Proposed Schedule

September 30th: Rookie tournament (host: Plymouth)

October 14th: Division  tournament (host: ?) * THIS COULD BE EITHER DIV 1 OR II

October 28th: GHOST

November 12th: Super Sunday GSC

November 18th: Division  tournament (host: ?) * THIS COULD BE EITHER DIV 1 OR II

December 9th: Division 3 tournament (host: Merrimack)

January: Granite State Challenge (no quiz bowl)

February 3rd: Division 4 tournament (host: PCA)

February 10th: Snow date

March 17th: At-Large tournament (host: Kingswood?)

March 31st: Snow date

April 8th: State tournament     

Spring Coaches Meeting!

We would like to hold a Coaches Council meeting on Thursday, April 20th, at 4:00pm. The meeting will be held at the Hooksett Public Library, 31 Mount Saint Mary’s Way, Hooksett, NH  03106.

A proposed agenda will follow, along with additional information to review, but the meeting will have several goals. We may want to schedule an additional meeting to continue discussions if necessary.

The main goals will be to 1) discuss current divisional structure, and consider any realignment proposals, 2) to discuss and perhaps formalize structure for “B” or “J/V” team tournaments within the current structures,  3) to brainstorm ways to promote the league and encourage participation and 4) to set the competition schedule for next year.

This may be more than we can chew through in one meeting, (Particularly if all schools haven’t published their 2017-18 calendars yet!) but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

We hope to see you all there!

State Finals!

Congrats to Plymouth Regional High School for their victory today at the state tournament, completing an undefeated season! Very impressive!

17457484_510983272429503_6947051016636942497_nHere are the standings for the day:

Plymouth 7-0
BG 5-2
Hanover 4-3
PCA 4-3
Merrimack 3-4
Salem 3-4
Fall Mountain 2-5
Lisbon 0-7

Jay and the folks at Plymouth are hosting a J/V tournament next Saturday, so let him know if you’re coming. There’s a middle school tournament in Hanover in late April, and coaches, stay tuned for a coaches meeting to be scheduled soon!

Lakes Region Results!

Here are the results that are available from today’s regional. If anyone knows how PCA or Hanover did, let us know so I can update the full results:

Plymouth 9-0 (Goes undefeated in the regular season and wins the region)
BG 8-1
Salem 5-4
Merrimack 4-5
Kingswood 4-5
Fall Mountain 4-5
Stevens 3-6
Pinkerton 1-8

That brings us to our final at-large standings for the year.

29 – Salem
28 – Merrimack
19 – Fall Mountain
18 – Pinkerton
16 – Kingswood
11 – Stevens
6 – Hollis Brookline
6 – Oyster River
3 – Coe-Brown
2 – John Stark

The State Tournament will be held next Sunday, April 2, at the Legislative Office Building in Concord. It will feature the teams from Plymouth, PCA, BG, Lisbon, and Hanover, as well as our three at large qualifiers, Salem, Merrimack and Fall Mountain!  Congratulations and good luck to all!