Local Roundup: Big Green Eyes NCAA Title

Hanover — Armed with the full complement of skiers allowed, the Dartmouth College ski team is ready to make a title run at the NCAA Championships, hosted by the University of Utah in Park City and Midway, Utah. The event begins today with the giant slalom as the women start at 11 a.m. EST and the men at 2:30 p.m.

Dartmouth is one of eight schools that qualified a full team of 12 skiers, joining Alaska Anchorage, Denver, Montana State, New Mexico, host Utah, Vermont and the defending champion, Colorado. The competition for the national title is expected to be fierce. Vermont won the East Regional two weeks ago, besting the Big Green for the fourth straight year, while Utah edged the Buffaloes by a mere four points in the West Regional. A team from the East has won the title only twice in the past 17 years — Dartmouth in 2007 and Vermont in 2012.

Three of the six alpine skiers competing for the Big Green have previous NCAA experience, including sophomore Lizzie Kistler, who earned first-team All-America honors as a rookie last year by finishing fourth in the slalom. Junior Abby Fucigna also participated in last year’s championships, while junior Ben Morse is making his third appearance. Competing for the first time are a pair of sophomores in Maisie Ide for the women and Robert Overing for the men, as well as freshman Dylan Brooks.

In the Nordic events, Dartmouth senior and four-time All-American Annie Hart is making her third trip to the NCAAs. As a sophomore, she finished fourth in the classic event and ninth in the freestyle, then came back last year to take seventh in the classic and eighth in the freestyle. The Dartmouth men also feature an All-American in junior Silas Talbot, who placed fifth in the classic and ninth in the freestyle a year ago.

The other cross-country skier with NCAA experience is sophomore Corey Stock, who finished 20th in the classic and 15th in the freestyle as a freshman for the women. Making their first trip to the NCAA Championships are senior David Sinclair and a pair of cousins in senior Isabel Caldwell and freshman Patrick Caldwell, of Lyme. Patrick Caldwell is peaking at the right time as he won the classic race at Williams before taking the top spot on the podium at the East Regional the following week, and hopes to fare as well as another of his cousins, 2012 graduate Sophie Caldwell, who last month posted the best-ever finish for a U.S. female cross-country skier at the Olympics (sixth in sprint).

The Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Assocation also announced its postseason awards after the regional last week. Vermont had seven of the eight leader bibs, but didn’t make a clean sweep thanks to Talbot holding on to it for the classic races. Patrick Caldwell was named the rookie of the year among the men’s Nordic freshmen, and also joined 10 other Big Green skiers on the All-East teams.

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Stevens 81, Newfound 46

Claremont — Fourteenth-seeded Stevens (10-9) crushed No. 19 Newfound in the first round of the NHIAA Division III tournament.

Stevens won its sixth consecutive game following a mid-season stretch in which it lost seven of nine.

Up next for the Cardinals: A trip to third-seeded Berlin in the second round on Saturday night. The teams did not meet in the regular season.

Woodsville 39 Moultonborough 38

Moultonborough, n.h. — Joe Abrahamsen scored 24 points — his third-highest total of the season — as ninth-seeded Woodsville (12-9) edged No. 8 Moultonborough in the first round of the NHIAA D-IV tourney.

The Engineers have won four of their last six games.

Woodsville trailed 16-14 at halftime, but outscored the Panthers 12-7 in the third to take the lead.

In the quarterfinals, Woodsville hits the road again on Friday to face top-seeded Derryfield, a 70-29 winner over No. 16 Lin-Wood in the first-round on Tuesday. Woodsville and Derryfield did not play in the regular season.