2014 Sports Year In Review: Top 5

No. 1: The Merrimack girls volleyball team turned in one of the best seasons in state history by going 22-0 to win the Division I title. The Tomahawks, who won their first championship since 2000, lost just two games all season.

No. 2: Senior Jen Coffey had a season to remember for the girls volleyball team, setting the school record for kills while being named the Division I and Gatorade Player of the Year. Coffey also signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Quinnipiac University.

No. 3: The Merrimack boys basketball team returned to the Division I championship game for the second time in three years, but came up short against Manchester Central.

No. 4: Along with Coffey, Merrimack was the home to two other student-athletes to be named Division I Player of the Year in their respective sports – Eric Gendron, in boys basketball, and Dana Mendes, in field hockey.

No. 5: Merrimack boys lacrosse player Matt Brewster became the first from the program to sign with a Division I college when he signed a letter of intent to go to Sacred Heart. Other athletes signing with Division I schools included Coffey, Julia Perry (lacrosse, UMass-Amherst) and Ashley Grassini (softball, Hampton).

2014 Sports Year in Review: Top 5

No. 1: The Hollis Brookline boys lacrosse team took undefeated Derryfield in double overtime to win its second Division III championship in three seasons.

No. 2: For the first time, the Hollis Brookline football team won a postseason game, beating Sanborn to capture the Division II West Conference Championship.

No. 3: Hollis Brookline girls volleyball coach Becky Balfour became just the fifth coach in state history to win 300 varsity games when the Cavaliers beat Spaulding in the fall.

No. 4: After a year with no varsity hockey, Hollis Brookline teamed up with Derryfield to form a co-op varsity hockey team that’s competing in Division II.

No. 5: The Hollis Brookline wrestling team finished second in Division II after having won the division title in the previous two seasons.