NHIAA Tournaments: Two champs crowned today
Defending champion White Mountains of Whitefield plays Bow in the Division III girls' final at Southern New Hampshire University at 4 p.m., and Colebrook and Groveton clash for the Division IV girls' championship at Plymouth State University at noon.
Fourth-ranked White Mountains (18-3) stormed into the Division III final by crushing No. 1 Conant of Jaffrey, 46-31, and second-ranked Bow (19-1) continued to roll through the playoffs with a 36-31 victory against Bishop Brady of Concord.
Fourth-ranked Groveton (17-4) has allowed only 29.3 points per game in three Division IV playoff contests. Third-ranked Colebrook (18-3) has scored an average of 65.3 points per game in the postseason.
In other tournament games, the Division I girls' basketball quarterfinals begin today with No. 1 Bishop Guertin of Nashua hosting No. 8 Salem. Second-seeded Bedford hosts No. 7 Alvirne of Hudson at 7 p.m., and No. 6 Winnacunnet of Hampton hosts No. 13 Manchester Memorial. All games are at 7 p.m. Fifth-seeded Nashua North plays at No. 4 Londonderry at 5 p.m.
In boys' basketball, the Division III quarterfinals are set for tonight at 7. Top-ranked Berlin hosts No. 8 Mascoma of Canaan; No. 4 Gilford hosts No. 5 Campbell of Litchfield; No. 2 Conant hosts No. 7 Somersworth, and No. 3 Newport hosts No. 6 Hopkinton.
Eight quarterfinal boys' hockey games will also be played today. In Division I, Manchester Memorial hosts No. 8 Bishop Guertin of Nashua at 4:30 p.m.; No. 4 St. Thomas of Dover hosts No. 5 Trinity of Manchester at 2 p.m.; No. 2 Central hosts No. 7 Pinkerton of Derry at 6:30 p.m., and No. 3 Londonderry hosts No. 6 Salem at 8 p.m.
In Division II hockey, No. 1 Merrimack hosts No. 8 Merrimack at 4 p.m.; No. 4 Bow hosts No. 5 Dover at 6 p.m.; No. 2 Spaulding of Rochester hosts No. 7 Oyster River of Durham at 7 p.m. Third-ranked Bedford hosts No. 6 Kingswood of Wolfeboro at 11:30 a.m.