December 24, 2012

HS Journal: Court allows N.H. girl to remain with boys team

By Ed Flaherty

A New Hampshire judge issued an order on Wednesday that allows Shelby Herrington to remain on the Bishop Brady High School (Concord) boys hockey team. 

Herrington, a junior, played for the Bishop Brady boys team during her freshman and sophomore seasons when the school didn’t have a girls team.

With the creation of a Bishop Brady/Trinity High School girls team for this school year, the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association declared Herrington ineligible to play on the boys’ team this season.

A ruling earlier this month allowed Herrington to remain on the boys team for the first three games of the season.

On Wednesday, Merrimack County Superior Court judge Richard McNamara ruled that Herrington can remain on the boys’ team.


The Simsbury High School boys team was 11-10-1 last season, but the Trojans have quickly made an impact during the 2012-13 season.

Simsbury opened its season with a pair of victories, winning 2-1 against South Windsor and 5-1 over North Haven. Goaltender John Ryan had 21 saves in the win over South Windsor.

Those wins set up an early-season test against Notre Dame-West Haven, the defending Division 1 champion.

Both schools entered Wednesday night’s contest with 2-0 records and were tied 2-2 in the second period before Notre Dame-West Haven’s Kyle Thibault broke the deadlock with a goal, sending the Green Knights on to a 5-2 victory.

Billy Vizzo had two goals and an assist and Greg Zullo had a goal and two assists for Notre Dame-West Haven.

Pat Driscoll and Brian Gellman recorded Simsbury’s goals.


Bangor High School boys coach Denis Collins has resigned following a school investigation about a lack of bathroom breaks during a bus trip earlier this season.

Collins, who was the Coach of the Year in Eastern Class A, told his team there would be no stops during a trip to Presque Isle, typically a three-hour ride.

Collins told the Bangor Daily News he was worried that the team would arrive late for its game and be assessed penalties.

Collins, who was in his third year as Bangor’s head coach, was placed on leave while the school investigated the incident. He resigned before the investigation was concluded.

“My resignation will remove any continued drama that could disrupt their championship momentum,” Collins told the Bangor Daily News.

Bangor assistant coach Quinn Paradis will take over as the team’s head coach.


* Medford High School’s Brittani Lanzilli became the state’s latest 200-point scorer when she reached the milestone on Dec. 12 in a 4-4 tie against Winthrop/Lynn.

Lanzilli played her freshman and sophomore seasons for Medford High School before transferring to St. Mary’s of Lynn for her junior season. She returned to play for Medford this season.

* Massachusetts teams defeated their New Jersey counterparts in a doubleheader held at Harvard’s Bright Center on Saturday.

Defending Super 8 champion Malden Catholic dispatched five-time New Jersey champion Delbarton, 5-1, while Boston College High School edged Don Bosco, 1-0.

Rhode Island

The West Warwick/Exeter/West Greenwich co-op boys team is one of two unbeaten teams in Rhode Island’s Division III, joining Tolman High School with a perfect 4-0-0 mark.

West Warwick/Exeter/West Greenwich boasts the state’s top two scorers, however, as Antonio Rei and Brett Coski have led the way through the opening four games.

Rei leads the state in scoring with nine goals and six assists for 15 points, followed closely by Coski, who has six goals and eight assists for 14 points.

Each player has recorded a hat trick this season.

Each player has a hat trick

West Warwick/Exeter/West Greenwich has been dominant over the course of its four victories, outscoring its opposition 36-4. Game scores have been 7-1, 13-0, 11-0 and 5-4.


Playing for a cause was the order of business for several Green Mountain State teams last weekend.

At the Christ Corrigan Blitz Tournament in St. Albans, a pair of Vermont teams faced out-of-state competition.

On Dec. 14, Essex defeated Hanover, N.H., 2-0, while BFA-St. Albans skated to a 2-2 tie with Beekmantown, N.Y.

On Saturday, the Vermont teams suffered defeat, with Beekmantown topping Essex, 6-0, and Hanover slipping past BFA-St. Albans, 1-0.

The tournament is named for former St. Albans player Christi Corrigan, who lost her battle with Cystic Fibrosis in 2009. Proceeds from the event benefit the Christi Kelli Corrigan Scholarship Fund as well as various charities.

In Barre, a doubleheader was held on Dec. 15 to raise money for Vermont Make-A-Wish.

The Spaulding girls faced Missiquoi in the opening game of the doubleheader, followed by the Spaulding boys against U-32 in the night cap.

The Spaulding girls edged Missiquoi, 2-1, while U-32 rallied to slip past the Spaulding boys, 5-4.

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