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Spartan hoop boys hope to be top contender in Division III


by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter

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Senior Avery Hazelton looks to lead the White Mountains boys' hoop team this season. (Photo by Tara Giles) (click for larger version)
December 09, 2021
WHITEFIELD — This season the WMRHS boys' basketball team is looking to stay in the top tier as far as Division III teams go. The team lost Brayden White, Parker Valdez and Forest Pribbernow to graduation.

Last year the Spartans went out with a bang after losing to Belmont during a postseason game, 45-35.

Coach Mike Curtis said, "The Spartans are coming off a 13-3 season with quality wins against Woodsville, Kennett, Groveton and Colebrook."

The Spartans have the bulk of their scoring back with Avery Hazelton (15 points, 10 rebounds), Tyler Hicks (11 points, seven rebounds, five assists), and Brody LaBounty (12 points, four rebounds, two steals).

Curtis added, "Avery, Tyler, and Brody are All-State caliber players at their positions. All three players bring an element to the team. You have the 6'9" post player in Avery, the strong 6'2" slasher in Tyler, who can get to the rim, and the sharpshooter in Brody." Curtis went on to say, "It's nice to have our two primary ball handlers back in Tyler and Brody. They physically look strong and athletic at the pre-season sessions. Avery will be a tough match-up at 6'9". He has very good touch around the rim."

The Spartans will look to Avery Woodburn to add to the scoring punch this season. Curtis said, "Avery is a talented offensive player who has the length to be productive on both the offensive and defensive glass."

Logan Ames, Trevor Armstrong and Robert Breault will compete for the final starting position starting the season.

This season the Spartans have senior leadership and a strong core of sophomores with 13 in the program, who work hard each day in practice. Lastly, Curtis said, "This team has the pieces to be one of the better teams in Division III. The Spartans should be a "tough out" in the postseason."

Big games on the Spartan schedule include Winnisquam, Mascoma, Gilford, Kearsarge and Belmont.

Curtis will be assisted by Ian Boyko.

The Spartans will open the season on Friday, Dec. 10, at home against Winnisquam at 6:30 p.m.

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