Newcomers Propel Hanover Ski Jumpers at Oak Hill

Hanover — Using a nice mix of returning skiers and an emerging group of first-year jumpers, the Hanover ski jumping team cruised to victory in a home meet yesterday at Oak Hill,

Senior co-captain Parker Gardner claimed the individual title for the Maraders, as his best two of three jumps earned 113 points. Gardner also had the longest jump of the event with a leap of 32 meters. Hanover finished with four skiers in the top six as rookie jumper Asher Brown was third, Nathan Roth was fourth and co-captain Jesse Brown took sixth.

Brown’s performance marked a highlight for a strong group of new jumpers on coach Tom Dodds’ team, as Carl Keating, Jack Pattison and Al Tariot also has strong performances in their home debuts.

“One of the things I’ve been most impressed with on this team is we’ve had a bunch of first-year jumpers in the top 15 all year,” Dodds said. “We have a good core of returning jumpers, but this group of first-year jumpers has helped us move to another level.”

With the victory on their home meet, Hanover beat two of the other traditionally strong programs in New Hampshire ski jumping, defeating both Plymouth and Kennett. The Marauders were edged by Plymouth at states last year.

Lydia Vogt led the Hanover girls, taking third place overall. Hanover jumps again at Proctor on Wednesday.

Boys team scores: Hanover 389, Plymouth 370.5, Sunapee 363, Kennett 357.5, Bishop Brady 83.

Alpine Skiing

Hartford’s Palmer Wins

Ludlow, Vt. — Hartford High junior Mariah Palmer won her second race of the season, speeding past the field for a Southern Vermont Conference giant slalom victory at Okemo Mountain Resort.

Palmer, who trains with the Woodstock High ski team but competes independently, clocked a combined time of 1 minute, 38.80 seconds, a performance built on winning the first of the two GS runs. The Wasps finished second as a team, putting their four scoring skiers in the top 11: Clancy Ferrand (fifth, 1:41.91), Sam Harrington (eighth, 1:43.21), Kathleen Sheppard (10th, 1:44.42) and Holly Olson (11th, 1:45.16).

Rutland overturned Burr & Burton for the first time this winter to win the boys race, with Woodstock third. Rutland’s Andy Kenosh claimed both runs and took individual honors in 1:31.30. Woodstock’s point came from Sawyer Mattsson (seventh, 1:36.01), Taylor Lessard (ninth, 1:37.21), Matt Frates (12th, 1:38.73) and Alex King (14th, 1:39.09).

Woodstock hosts the next SVC race tomorrow at Suicide Six, a GS at which the conference’s seniors will be recognized.

Boys team scores: Rutland 13, Burr & Burton 28, Woodstock 38.

Girls team scores: Burr & Burton 19, Woodstock 26, Rutland 37.


Woodstock Hosts GS

Pomfret — Packing three racers into the top seven, the Woodstock High boys snowboarding team beat three foes on Monday to win its first home giant slalom meet at Suicide Six since the team’s formatoin last year.

Alex Sheppard took second for the Wasps in the two-run GS, posting a combined time of 1 minute, 9.51 seconds to trail only Rutland’s Logan Farmer (1:07.40). Woodstock’s Sean Ritchie was fifth (1:12.90), teammate Austin Cawley-Edwards took sixth (1:20.56) and Justin Payton took 25th (1:43.85) to secure the team victory.

The Woodstock girls finished second in their race behind Burr & Burton. The Wasps’ Olivia Clement won the event in 1:15.72, while Indi Bjornsson (fifth, 1:22.86) and Jackie Davenport (ninth, 1:31.60) also contributed to Woodstock’s placement.

The Wasps race in a giant slalom hosted by Black River at Okemo on Friday.

Boys team scores: Woodstock 38, South Burlington 46, Burr & Burton 56, North Country 73.

Girls team scores: Burr & Burton 12, Woodstock 15, Black River 35, BFA-St. Albans 40, North Country 48.

Girls Basketball

Lebanon 74, Pembroke 35

Pembroke, n.h. — A road-heavy schedule hasn’t prevented the Raiders (11-0 league, 13-0 overall) from dominating New Hampshire Division II. Now comes the home portion of the slate after their latest rout.

Moriah Morton continued her march toward her 1,000th career point with a triple-double of 19 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists as Lebanon dominated from the start. Emily Kehoe (18 points), Sam MacDonald (17) and Vanessa Fleury (10) all hit for double figures for the Raiders, who played 10 of their first 13 games away from Lang Metcalf Gym.

That changes with a visit from Coe-Brown on Friday. Lebanon plays six of its final seven contests at home.

Hanover 48, Con-Val 36

Hanover — The Marauders shook off some early cobwebs and won to improve to 10-4 overall, 7-4 in New Hampshire D-II.

Eileen Daley led Hanover with 15 points while Lexie Hamilton added 14 and Erica Hinck had seven points. The Marauders led 8-6 after the first quarter and then outscored Con-Val 15-8 in the second to take a lead they’d never relinquish.

The Marauders will attempt to hold off the Cougars again on Friday night in Con-Val.

South Royalton 40, Chelsea 28

Chelsea, Vt. — The Royals’ recent hard work in practice is starting to payoff, as SoRo (3-7) led from the start in defeating the host Red Devils.

Emily Berk had 14 points and Kim Lakin had 10 for South Royalton. “We’ve been concentrating a lot on defense. We’ve worked hard on rebounding and taking care of the ball, we played very well all game long,” Royals coach Chuck Howe said, noting this was the first game all season the SoRo had outrebounded its opponent.

The Royals visit rival Sharon tomorrow night.

Raymond 45, Kearsarge 36

Raymond, n.h. — The Cougars led 22-7 at halftime before the Rams exploded after the break to send Kearsarge to their 10th straight loss.

Anna Cahill had a game-high 16 points for Kearsarge (1-12). The Rams switched to a man-to-man defense in the second half and Kearsarge had no answer for the increased intensity and defensive pressure of the hosts. The Cougars host Newfound on Friday night.

Hinsdale 44, Newport 19

Hinsdale, n.h. — The Tigers got some good looks at the hoop, but couldn’t convert from the field in falling to the Pacers.

Alex Stefan led Newport with seven points while pulling down 11 rebounds. The Tigers shot 7-for-38 from the field.

The Tigers host Stevens on Friday night.

Fall Mountain 45, Stevens 41

Claremont — The Cardinals lost a close battle with the Wildcats, dropping to 1-12 on the season.

Alexis Melcher led Stevens with 25 points, including five 3-pointers. The Cardinals led 21-18 at halftime, then fell behind as Fall Mountain outscored the hosts 17-5 coming out of the break.

Boys Basketball

Proctor 63, Woodstock 62 (OT)

Woodstock — The Wasps lost a thriller to the Phantoms as the Proctor defense denied the Woodstock offense from getting a good shot attempt in the final seconds of overtime, trailing by a single point.

Connor Fegard had 25 points to lead the Woodstock effort. Doug Avellino added 16 points and Reid Langona had 11. Ryan Petrini had 32 points for Procor, a traditional power in Vermont D-IV.

The Wasps led 19-12 after the first quarter before Proctor started chipping away at the lead. Woodstock visits Leland and Gray on Friday.

Union-32 57, Oxbow 47

Bradford, Vt. — The Olympians fell victim to a frantic charge by U-32 in the fourth quarter as the Raiders outscored Oxbow 28-11 in the frame to steal the victory.

Caleb Lafaille led Oxbow with 10 points. Matthew Thomson added nine and Andrew Lyman had seven points. With the Olympians up by four points early in the fourth quarter, an Olympian player was assessed a personal and foul and technical on the same play. U-32 star Ryan Booth (25 points) hit all four free throws to change the momentum for good.

The Olympians (2-11) visit Montpelier on Friday.

Rutland 79, Hartford 30

Rutland — The Raiders had as many field goals (30) as the Hurricanes had points as Hartford dropped their fifth game in the last six.

Justin Devoid led Hartford with eight points. Rutland led 37-18 at halftime and then scored 32 points in the third quarter.

The Canes host Springfield on Friday.

Randolph 56, Montpelier 41

Randolph — Ross Caswell had 19 points to lead the Galloping Ghosts (9-4) over Montpelier.

Dylan Jacobs added 12 points for Randolph while Jacob Sprague had nine and Levi West added eight. The Ghosts broke open a close game by outscoring Montpelier 24-11 in the fourth quarter.

Randolph hosts Lyndon on Friday night.

Raymond 63, Kearsarge 54

North Sutton — The Cougars (4-8) had no answer for the sharpshooting Rams, who drained nine 3-pointers on their way to victory.

Peter Allen had 16 points to lead Kearsarge while Carter Noordsij had 13 and Casey Laughinghouse finished with 11 points while adding nine rebounds. Jordan Richards and Greg Champoux each had four 3-pointers to lead Raymond.

Kearsarge visits Newfound on Friday.

Girls Hockey

Lebanon 7, Exeter 0

West Lebanon — Chrissy Drake, like her Lebanon teammates, spread the scoring around during a two-goal, four-assist afternoon win at Campion Rink.

Drake assisted on a Lauren McEwen goal and scored as well in the firest period, adding her second goal in the middle period. The senior scorer added helpers on all three Raider goals in the final period, as Amelia Gage popped in two goals to go with three earlier helpers. Sabrina Huett and Lauren Goodell also hit the twine for Lebanon (9-2-1), and McEwen, Samantha Roberts, Micaela Schones and Emma Forman recorded assists.

Erika Moffitt and Emily Courtemanche shared in the eight-save shutout for the Raiders, who have a rematch with Hanover set for Saturday night at Campion.

Hanover 4, St. Thomas-Dover 0

West Lebanon — The Marauders remained perfect in league play thanks in no small part to a four-point effort from freshman forward Matti Hartman.

Hartman had three goals and an assist and now leads Hanover with 30 points on the season. Sarah Wagner also scored while Eliza Laycock and Julie Montgomery had assists. Goalie Kelly Gaudet stopped 16 shots for the shutout.

Hanover will now gear up for a contest with Lebanon on Saturday at 6:20 p.m. The Marauders will spend the day Saturday volunteering for the Special Olympics at Dartmouth Skiway, and then the teams will donate all admissions from the night game to Special Olympics.