For the sixth year in a row, all four of The Rivers School’s varsity winter sports teams made it into the NEPSAC playoffs, the only school in the Independent School League (ISL) able to make such a claim.
“This is truly an impressive accomplishment,” says Rivers athletic director Bob Pipe. “It is a direct reflection of the skill and character of our student-athletes as well as the commitment and knowledge of our coaches. Everyone knows what it takes to achieve this kind of success, and I’m so proud that Rivers students and coaches all are willing to put in the work needed.”
This year top honors went to the girls’ hockey team, which won the NEPSAC Division 2 Tournament by defeating the number-one-seeded Brooks School team in the championship game by a score of 3-1—avenging the team’s 2-3 loss to Brooks earlier in the season.
For the seniors on this talented team, the win represented their second NEPSAC championship victory in four years; it was the first for second-year coach Dana Trivigno. Last year, the team made it to the final round but fell just short of taking home the trophy.
“These girls have worked very hard all year,” said Trivigno. “They are an amazing group of kids, and I am especially proud of our seniors, who proved to be wonderful team leaders all season.”
The boys’ hockey team, which went 20-8-1, had nearly as good a season, earning the number-three-seed spot in the NEPSAC Piatelli/Simmons Tournament but losing a close 2-4 game to Holderness in the semifinal round. The team, however, did take home the championship title in the ISL Eberhart Division, the fourth year in a row it accomplished that feat.
Rounding out the season were the successes enjoyed by the 16-6 girls’ basketball team, which was ranked as the number-four team in New England and earned a trip to the elite NEPSAC AA Tournament, and the 17-5 boys’ basketball team, which went to the NEPSAC Class B Tournament as the number-five seed.