Mahler: Alphabet Awards; Local Sports Year in Review From A to Z
Hartford senior Joe Wood celebrates after the Hurricanes defeated B.F.A.-St. Albans, 35-27, in the Division I Vermont high school football championship.(Valley News - Ryan Dorgan) Purchase photo reprints »
In case you didn’t have enough the first time around, here is a second helping of the Alphabet Awards, designed to recognize some of the accomplishments of Upper Valley athletes during the past year:
A: Andrew Gamble. Lebanon veteran track coach is inducted into the New Hampshire Track & Field Coaches Organization Hall of Fame.
B: Bowling. Hartford and Oxbow were crowned champions in Vermont’s inaugural, unofficial bowling season.
C: Carl ‘Chiefy’ Desilets retires as the Stevens girls basketball coach after eight years and bringing the program back to playoff potential.
D: Dick Dodds named to the N.H. Legends of Hockey Hall of Fame. Dodds, with five Hanover state titles and a 430-229-19 record, is the second winningest coach in the state. He was officially inducted in October.
E: Erin Perryman of Lebanon recorded the 200th goal of her girls lacrosse career.
F: Forrest Beaudoin-Friede. A sophomore at Con-Val Regional High, Forrest, who has Down syndrome, triumphed when he scored his first-ever touchdown after defensive players from Souhegan stood aside to allow him a free run to the end zone.
G: Golf. The Hanover golf team won its 18th state title, taking the NHIAA Division II championship by 15 strokes.
H: Hockey. The Hanover girls team won its third straight state championship. Three girls on the team reached the 100-career point mark — Maddie Dewhirst, Madison Hill and Tessa Hill. The Twin Valley Bantams won the N.H. Amateur Hockey Association Tier IV state title. Also, the Hanover Peewee Green became the first Hanover Hockey Association team to reach the nationals in the past decade.
I: Mike Ivanoski. Hanover High veteran football coach achieved his 100th career victory.
J: Rob Johnstone. Lebanon’s 20-year veteran boys soccer coach earned his 200th career victory.
K: Kristen Kelliher. The 17-year-old Norwich native became the youngest woman to climb the highest peak in each of the 50 continental U.S. states. She completed the lower 48 in 2011, then did Hawaii and Alaska this year to complete the 50.
L: Lebanon baseball. The Raiders ended Portsmouth’s four-year run as NHIAA D-II state champions with a 2-1 semifinal win in 10 innings.
M: Jim McLaughlin. Venerable Woodstock football coach retired after 31 years with 211 wins and nine state championships.
N: No-hitters. Woodstock’s Connor Blair threw a 6-0 no-hitter at Green Mountain, striking out 14. Later in the season, Mascoma’s Brad Fellows struck out 20 in a nine-inning, 1-0 loss to Newfound.
O: Obituaries. Upper Valley losses this past year with a connection to the sporting world included Billy Broughton, Connor Cook, Amanda Foden, Aaron Robar, Alfie LeJeune and Bob Taylor.
P: Peter Williamson. The Hanover native completed a stellar collegiate golf career at Dartmouth with his third Ivy League Player of the Year award in four seasons, then took his act on the road to win two major amateur championships over the summer. He has since moved to Florida to pursue a professional playing career.
Q: Quote. “I’m hopeful that there will be a day when they won’t make a big deal over the ‘first’ woman something. That it won’t have to be attached to every step women take.” Former Dartmouth Athletic Director Josie Harper, on the 40th anniversary of Title IX.
R: Romario Bailey. Stevens trackster was named Athlete of the Meet at the CVC competition. Bailey set two meet records, winning four events.
S: Special Olympics of the Upper Valley celebrated 10 years of holding its winter events.
T: Tropical Storm Irene. Recovering from the wind and rain that ravaged Vermont, volunteers resurrected athletic fields at Windsor, Bethel and South Royalton to get the teams back in action. Golfers were also able to finally get back on the links at Montague Golf Club and the White River Golf Club.
U: Ultimate Frisbee became a club sport at Sharon Academy.
V: Victories. The Hartford and Woodstock football teams completed undefeated seasons with a second straight Vermont state title in Division I (Canes) and Division III (Wasps).
W: Kirsten Wheeler competed in the U.S. Snowboard junior Olympics.
X: XC. Hanover cross country coach Jim Eakin retired after 32 years. In a fitting send off, Hanover’s Noah Williams set a record over the 2.9-mile Storrs Pond route with a time of 15:32.
Y: Yellowjackets. For the first time in 30 years, the Windsor field hockey team completed an undefeated 13-0-1 regular season.
Z: Zak Gillette. A Whitcomb High eighth-grader, Gillette scored 19 goals this season to spark the Hornets’ soccer revival.