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87 cross country team, Karri Peterson among Newfound HOF inductees

Karri Peterson will be inducted into the Newfound Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 23. Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
August 14, 2017
BRISTOL — The second annual Newfound Regional High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, at NRHS. The reception will be at 2 p.m. with the induction at 3 p.m.

Inductees include Ron Bucklin '61, Paul Fournier '88, Wally Laws '95, Karri (Reynolds) Peterson '88, Dan Plourde '94 and the 1987 Class M cross country state champions.

Peterson has been playing basketball since she could walk. She first started playing for the TTCC when she was six years old. She was a thee-sport athlete, participating in field hockey, basketball and softball. She is the all-time leader in points scored in basketball with 1,776.

She still holds the NHIAA record for most points in a state final with 36 in 1988 on the state runner-up Bears. In addition, she holds the school record for most points in a game with 49. Peterson was selected to the Class M All State First Team in both 1987 and 1988.

Coach Peterson has had an equally impressive coaching record in her more than 15 years of coaching at NRHS, in both field hockey and basketball. Her field hockey teams won the state championship in 2006, 2008 and 2009, while being runner-up in 2007. In addition, her 2007 basketball team was runner-up.

In 2016, her field hockey team lost in the state semifinals while her basketball team was defeated at the buzzer in the 2017 semifinals.

She has been selected as Coach of the Year in both girls' basketball and field hockey.

Coach Peterson is very active in the summer with programs for youngsters in both sports to aid in their skill development.

The boys' cross country team had one of the most remarkable runs any team could accomplish. The Bears were Class M State Champions in 1985, 1986 and 1987.

In 1987, the team was undefeated, including Invitational wins at Hollis and Sanborn. The Bears finished fifth in the state-wide Meet of Champions to qualify for the New England Championships. The boys were the first Class M team to ever compete at this prestigious event.

In the New Englands, they finished eighth out of 18 teams, and were second for the state of New Hampshire.

Team members included Keith Arnold, Mike Buckland, Mike LaPLume, Bill Laws, Pat McPhail, Brad Taylor and Frank Trask. NHIAA Hall of Famer and long-time NRHS coach Earl Mills coached the team. Mills was inducted into the NRHS Athletic Hall of Fame in the inaugural class last year.

Reservations for the reception and induction are $25 and are available by contacting Peter Cofran, Athletic Director, at 744-6006, ext. 1507 or at pcofran@sau4.org.

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