Simpson picks UNH
Talented Londonderry senior Aliza Simpson, a 5-foot-9 guard who is the all-time assist leader for the Lancers, has officially signed a national letter of intent to play for the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball program.
“The coaching staff (at UNH) and the chance to play in my home state in front of my family and friends were the two biggest reasons I chose to play for UNH,” said Simpson, who has over 450 assists entering her senior season at Londonderry.
Timing is in Simpson’s favor as she will be replacing senior co-captain Kelsey Hogan of Nashua. Hogan, a point guard, is averaging 12 points this season for the Wildcats.
Simpson said Hogan’s departure means she’ll be able to fill the vacant point guard position. Simpson enters her senior year at Londonderry averaging 17 points, 9.5 assists, 5.5 steals and six rebounds a game. She chose UNH over the University of Rhode Island.
Byrd to play in spain
Pinkerton’s Rachel Byrd, who missed last year’s softball season with a knee injury, has been selected to play on a Seacoast team that will play in a series of international games next July in Spain.
The team was selected through nominations from Seacoast area coaches and will be coached by Windham’s Dave Hedge and Portsmouth’s Kim Grenon. Five of the players on the team play for Portsmouth.
At the annual New Hampshire cross country banquet held last week, veteran Pinkerton coach Mike Clark was honored as the Coach of the Year. From his team, Phil Parent was named all-state and Morgan Sansing and Ariel Vaillancourt were selected all-state from the Pinkerton girls team.
Jay Damren of Winnacunnet was named the girls Coach of the Year.
Frozen Four to Boston
This is good news for area college hockey fans. The TD Garden in Boston has been selected as the host site for the 2015 men’s hockey championships. Boston was also the host in 1998 and 2004.