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Dartmouth’s Thompson Graves Named Top Coach

Hanover — Dartmouth College Cami Thompson Graves has been chosen as the national Nordic skiing coach of the year by the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association.

Thompson Graves, who normally oversees the Big Green’s women’s squad, also guided the men’s cross country ski team this past winter. She led Dartmouth to 14 wins in 24 Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association races this season, with 25 podium finishes and six victories for her individual skiers. The Big Green earned at least 100 race points in 21 of the 24 events and didn’t finish lower than third as a team in any race.

Dartmouth finished third in the Nordic standings at last month’s NCAA Championships in Middlebury, Vt., and fifth overall. Thompson Graves was also named the EISA’s Nordic coach of the year for the fourth time in her career.

College Baseball

Purritano Tops Ivies

Hanover — One day after receiving national notice from Louisville Slugger, Dartmouth freshman designated hitter Joe Purritano was named both player and rookie of the week by the Ivy League.

Purritano battered Holy Cross and Brown pitching over five games last week to the tune of a .529 batting average as the Big Green swept to five victories. The DH had 10 hits in 19 at-bats with two doubles, a triple, four home runs and 11 runs batted in.

The rookie had a pair of two-homer games last weekend against Brown, making him the first Dartmouth player with two multi-homer games in the same season since Aaron Meyer in 1999.

Meyer was also the last Dartmouth player to blast four home runs against a league foe in one weekend, doing the feat back in 1998.

Colby-Sawyer 10, NEC 2

New London — Colby-Sawyer (12-11, 7-6 NAC) defeated New England College (2-15, 1-12) in the first game a scheduled doubleheader. The second game was postponed because of rain.

Chargers pitcher Kevin Keith earned his fifth win of the season after tossing a complete game. He surrendered one earned run and struck out six. Teammate Kevin Caputo had two hits.

College Softball

Rumley Honored by League

Princeton, n.j. — A 4-0 weekend in the circle netted Dartmouth sophomore southpaw Kristen Rumley the Ivy League’s softball player of the week award yesterday for the first time in her career to go with pitcher of the week honors for the third time this spring.

Rumley dominated Brown in a four-game weekend sweep. She threw all four games, surrendering just six hits and recording three one-hitters. Over 25 innings of work, Rumley struck out 19 and allowed just one earned run, which came on a home run in Sunday’s doubleheader finale.

She helped her own cause at the plate, going 7-for-13 with four walks and blasting her first collegiate home run.

The sophomore now has 17 wins on the year. Her 23 career victories ranks fifth all-time in Dartmouth history.

H.S. Softball

Whitcomb 20, Rochester 0

— Reba Hart made sure Whitcomb softball fans had plenty to cheer about during the team’s home opener yesterday.

Hart, a senior, belted a grand slam and pitched the first three innings of a combined no-hitter as the Hornets romped over Central Vermont League rival Rochester at the Bethel Athletic Fields.

Hart pitched the first three innings, tossing seven strikeouts along the way. Meggan LaPerle and Lauren Vallencourt (one inning each) also combined in the no-no.

Nicole Begin (3-for-4, triple), Cambry Zullick (2-for-3, double), Lexie Burnham (2-for-2) and Lindsey LaPerle (2-for-3) also contributed offensively for Whitcomb (2-0).

The Hornets have another CVL game tomorrow against Williamstown.

S. Royalton 13, Danville 12

— The Royals won a high-scoring season opener over the Indians.

Kim Lakin (four runs scored) and Alexis Madore had four hits each for the Royals, who went ahead to stay with four runs in the sixth inning.

“We have a young team and I was proud of the way they played today,” said South Royalton coach Roger McCrillis.

Lakin (three strikeouts, eight walks) and Rebecca Paige (five strikeouts, two walks) split time in the pitcher’s circle for the Royals, who play at Randolph tomorrow.

Baseball

Rochester 8, Whitcomb 2

— The Hornets fell to 1-1.

“We had a hard time hitting some really good (Rockets’) pitching,” said Whitcomb coach Les McIntyre. “We worked hard, we just came up short.”

Bradford Allen (four innings) and Cody Snelling (three) combined on the hill for Whitcomb, which hosts Williamstown tomorrow.

Boys Tennis

Sanborn 6, Kearsarge 3

— All three of the Cougars’ wins came in singles play as they slipped to 1-4.

Vinny Metrano (No. 2; 8-0), Tim Berube (No. 3; 8-2) and Will Anderson (No. 4; 8-3) all captured wins for Kearsarge. It was Anderson’s first win of the year.

The Cougars host White Mountains today.