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Monthly Archives: April 2018

All teams competing this weekend at Boston Breakout and Northern New England Challenge

NEXT UP: Boston Breakout Challenge – More than 350 teams from the Northeast competed. Schedules are typically released the Wednesday before the tournament begins.

DATES: April 28-29, 2018

TEAMS COMPETING: Coach Switzer’s 8th Grade Girls Team & Coach Massiah’s 8th Grade Boys Team

LOCATION: MetroWest/South Shore Massachusetts

NEXT UP: Northern New England Supercup -The Zero Gravity SuperCup series makes its second stop of the spring in New London, Concord and Manchester, New Hampshire for the Northern New England SuperCup. Schedules are typically released the Wednesday before the tournament begins.

DATES: April 28-29, 2018

TEAMS COMPETING: Coach Buffum’s, LaClair’s and Maiella’s 8th Grade Boys

LOCATION: New London/Concord/Manchester, NH



Northern New England Showdown

NH Gym Rats 8th Grade Girls entered the Northern Showdown with just eight players as one of the team, Regan Despres, was on a family vacation.  In the first game on Saturday the Gym Rats played against Maine’s substantially taller YES team. Despite a height mismatch, the girls kept it a close game managing to score 6 points in the second half and ending this one with a loss 22-29.


In the second game against the Northeast Thunder, our girls, utilizing a full-court press right out of the gate, stifled the opposition. Kendall Chamberlain hit 2 three-pointers while Teagan Kirby, Mylie Aho and Gracey Wilkes had big contributions.  Tess Chamberlin’s defensive play had a big impact on the game helping the girls win 42-22.


On Sunday the team played against the Spartans House of Hoops at their home court in Hampton, NH.  It was a fantastic see-saw game with several lead changes.  Bella Hayes directed the offense in the first half giving the Gym Rats a comfortable 6 point lead by half time.  The second half proved to be the most exciting half the girls have played this season.  The team, lead by Mylie Aho was not only a force on offense but defense as well, playing the entire court. In the last 5 minutes of the game, “squirrel”  (Abbie Switzer) shut the Spartan guards down. With less than two minutes in the game, newcomer Emma Tenters hit a huge layup to put the team up by 5 points.  The Spartans followed up with a quick basket of their own cutting the lead to 3. The Gym Rats were able to take 50 seconds off the clock before Teagan Kirby was fouled and made two clutch free throws returning the lead again to 5 with only 20 seconds left.  A missed jump shot by the Spartans and another rebound by the Gym Rats sealed the exciting game for the win 38-33.


Buzzer Beater Classic – Gym Rat’s teams Maiella and LaClair

Coach LaClair and Coach Maiella competed in the April 14-15th Zero Gravity Buzzer Beater Classic playing in Nashua and Massachusettes venues.

Coach Maiella’s 14u Boys finished the Buzzer Beater Classic tournament winning their pool 3-0. They finished Game One with Gym Rats 40 vs NH fire ending at 19.  Though the NH Gym Rats had a slow start in the first half – up by 5 only – the second half showed this team’s muscle finishing strong and playing like a family. In the other two games, NH Gym Rats beat Cap City 54-13 and defeated TSC AAU 51 to 18.

Coach LaClairs 14u Boys fought hard against B2L-Morris but finished with a loss 38-58. Hunter Larocque had 26 points in the first game and kept the team close with five 3’s in five consecutive possessions — super impressive at any level. Game Two ended with a narrower spread but the team couldn’t pull it out against #2 MV Eagles 34-41.

NEXT UP: ZG’s Northern Showdown – Some of the top teams in the northeast battle for the win. Schedules are typically released the Wednesday before the tournament begins. SEE SCHEDULE

DATES: April 21-22, 2018

TEAMS COMPETING: Coach Switzer’s 8th Grade Girls team

LOCATION: The Rim and Sports Barn in Hampton, NH



8th Grade Coach LaClair’s Team


Rebounding (Game 1 – 8th Grade Coach Maiella’s team)


Shooting a three! (Game 1 – 8th Grade Coach Maiella’s team)


(Game 2 – 8th Grade Coach Maiella’s team)


With a big block. (Game 2 – 8th Grade Coach Maiella’s team)


(Game 2 – 8th Grade Coach Maiella’s team)


Setting the defense. (Game 2 – 8th Grade Coach Maiella’s team)


NH Gym Rats announce additional 8th Grade Boys Team

Coach Stacey Massiah and 8 young men join the NH Gym Rats spring season. Players from Coach Massiah’s team come from Keene, Spofford and Fitzwilliam and will compete in 5 tournaments:

  • 4/28-29 Boston Breakout- MA Metro West/ Southshore
  • 5/5-6 NH States- Hampton, NH
  • 5/12- Mother’s Day-Nashua/ Westford, MA
  • 5/19-20- Kollision in Keene
  • 6/2-3- Blast at the Beach- Hampton, NH/ Danvers, MA

NH Gym Rats Coach Buffum’s 8th-Grade Team Battles at The Rim

In single-day competition NH Gym Rats 8th Grade Boys and Coach Buffum played in 3 games starting at 8am at The Rim Sports Complex in Hampton, NH. The Rats battled three teams: North Shore Sports Academy – Lou; Northeast Elite – Freeman and Next Level Athletics – Murphy. NH Gym Rats finished in third place in their pool with a 1-2 record beating Next Level Athletics – Murphy by 12 points with a final score of 57-45.



NEXT UP: ZG’s Buzzer Beater Challenge – this is an all-boys competition with teams coming from all over New England. Schedules are typically released the Wednesday before the tournament begins.

DATES: April 14-15, 2018

TEAMS COMPETING: Two of our 8th Grade Boys teams: Coach LaClair and Coach Maiella

LOCATION: The Millworks in Westford, MA and Nashua Sports Academy in Nashua, NH

First Tournament Results – Zero Gravity’s Easter One Day Clash at the Border

ZG’s Easter 1-Day Clash

Two NH Gym Rat teams were out competing yesterday (Saturday 3/31/18) in Nashua, Hampton and Westford, Mass. Both teams finished with one win apiece in this one-day, two-game tournament.

Coach Buffum and his 14u Boys played against C4-Denton and Derry Spartans-Gold for a 1-1 tournament finish.  C4-Denton was a tough competitor as they where the team that went on to take the top spot in this division. Final Score 33-68. For the win, Rats handily defeated Derry Spartans-Gold with an ending score of 57-37.

NH Gym Rats 8th Grade Girls and Coach Switzer played in their first tourney of the season facing two Northeast Elite teams – Smith and Szczepanik.  In their  first game of the season the Gym Rats – being a little nervous – struggled in the first half scoring 6 with a half-time deficit of 12 points.  The second half showed more action but the Northeast Elite proved to be too much.  In the evening game against Northeast Elite-Smith, the Gym Rats scored the first 8 points of the game along with a tenacious full-court press that allowed them to build an early 15 point lead by the halfway mark.  The second half, however, proved to be too much for the Northeast Elite as the Gym Rat’s crisp passing and man-to-man defense was too tough for the opposition as the Gym Rats went on to win 48-24.  Every player on the roster scored in the final game including newcomer Emma Tenters.

NH Gym Rats 8th Grade Girls first tournament at ZG’s Easter 1 Day Clash at the Border.


NEXT UP: ZG’s Battle for the Border pins Massachusetts and New Hampshire teams locking horns in this Spring 2018 Battle for the Border! Schedules are typically released the Wednesday before the tournament begins.

DATES: April 7-8, 2018

TEAMS COMPETING: Coach Buffum 14u Boys

LOCATION: Hampton/Nashua, NH; Westford/Danvers, MA