The boys' basketball program goes back many years at Dublin, but in recent seasons it has gained considerable popularity. So much so that in 2011 the athletic department, in an effort to meet the increased interest, started the school's first-ever junior varsity boys basketball squad.
The varsity team's 20-game season runs from early December through the end of February. The team plays in the River Valley Athletic League. Our schedule is made up of similar sized varsity clubs from all over New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont, including Putney, Eagle Hill, and White Oak, among others. The coaching staff is committed to maximizing the talent and effort from each player, all within an environment that encourages leadership and fosters confidence.
The team's season consists of practices four days a week and games every Wednesday and Saturday. In recent years Wildcat basketball has enjoyed some much deserved success including multiple RVAL Championships.
School support for the program is strong. A healthy contingent of students and faculty attend road games, while home games are a true event at Dublin. Whitney Gymnasium fills up with fans and contests often include several entertaining fan-related half-time events, such as half-court shot contest, blind shooting, and a relay race.
Dublin's Varsity boys' basketball team dropped a tightly contested season opener, losing to Cardigan Mountain School 46-40. Dublin came out hot on their home court in the first six minutes of the game, jumping out to an 11-1 advantage on buckets by Will Campbell '19 and Jaydon Belliveau-Ryan '20, but Cardigan soon closed the gap and took a 19-16 lead into halftime. Dublin briefly regained the lead, 33-32, with five and a half minutes remaining, but turnovers caused by Cardigan's scrappy defense proved costly to the home team down the stretch. The taller and stronger Wildcats dominated the boards throughout, led by Idriss Traore '19 and Wyatt Switzer '19, who collected 13 and 12 rebounds, respectively. Belliveau-Ryan led the team with 18 points on the night to go with 7 rebounds, followed by Campbell with 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Henry Walters enters his third season as Dublin's boys' basketball coach. A coach's son himself, and a gym rat from a young age, Walters grew up in Clinton, Michigan, where he captained his high-school team for his final two seasons, advancing to the district finals. After attending Harvard College, where he played intramural and pick-up ball (briefly rubbing shoulders with Jeremy Lin), he taught and coached for two seasons at Groton School, lived in Ghana, Ireland, and Italy, and made an appearance for the Minotauro Taormina (Sicily) basketball team under the assumed name Andre LoGiudice. At Dublin, Walters runs an annual summer basketball camp, and has set expectations high for the Wildcats to compete and succeed at a high level in the competitive New England prep-school scene.