MANCHESTER, NH – It’s a week after Thanksgiving, but student athletes at Derryfield School are still hungry, not for turkey and gravy, but for competition this winter season.
Several teams, in fact, are ready to begin feasting on opponents in the next week, including the boys basketball team which looks to stuff a few shoots beginning tonight when they travel to Wilton-Lyndeborough for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
Here’s a glimpse at the season ahead for the Cougars:
“Remain competitive in every game, while also continuing to get better every game,” said Cheetham.
“We are making the jump from D-IV to D-II, in which the competition every night will be well balanced, so we have to make sure we are prepared and ready for each game,” said Cheetham.
Next 3 Games:
Friday, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m. – Away at Hollis Brookline
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m. – Home vs. Manchester West
Friday, Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m. – Home vs. Kennett
Peter Breu (14 years)
“This year we have seven middle schoolers coming out and that is always exciting,” said Breu.
“We raced 10 races including the D-II state finals,” said Breu. “No wins, but lots of happy skiers!”
Expectations for this Season:
“This is a building season,” said Breu. “After graduating half of the team two years ago, we are still building, but that is often exciting with frequent PRs.”
“Local, natural snow,” said Breu. “The climate change has made it often difficult to get the team on snow at or near home.”
Joseph Conti (5th year)
Ava Young (Bentley College Commit)
Lindsay Collins (Freshman)
Liesel Gregor (Freshman)
Isabella Mailloux (Freshman)
Finished 7th in the state.
Expectations for this Season:
“I fully expect to podium as a team at the state level for the girls and I want our boys to place top six,” said Conti.
“The biggest challenge in Manchester is simply lack of pool space,” said Conti. “We have two lanes of practice for 17 swimmers.”
About this Author
As a longtime journalist in Southern New Hampshire, Ryan O'Connor has written for several local online and print publications covering everything from school board meetings and local high school sporting events to major crime stories and New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary (yes, the last two are mutually exclusive). In addition to spending time with his beautiful wife and four amazing children, Ryan enjoys attending and serving at church, golfing as much as possible, home brewing, playing softball and snowboarding when time allows.
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