Marauders Leap to Title
Hanover Captures Ski Jump Crown
Hanover’s Asher Brown jumps during the NHIAA ski jumping Championship at Proctor Academy’s Blackwater Ski Area last night. Brown tied for first place in the meet with 99.5 points. (Rob Strong photograph)
Hanover’s Lydia Vogt looks up the hill during last night’s meet. (Rob Strong photograph)
Hanover’s Lydia Vogt prepares to jump during the NHIAA Ski Jumping Championship at Blackwater Ski Area at Proctor Academy last night. (Rob Strong photograph)
Hanover's Asher Brown prepares to jump during The NHIAA Nordic Ski Jumping Championship at Blackwater Ski Area at Proctor Academy. (Rob Strong photograph)
Andover, n.h. — Hanover sophomore Asher Brown capped his strong rookie season by leading his team to a state championship at Blackwater Ski Area yesterday. The Marauders had three jumpers in the top six and narrowly edged defending champion Plymouth for the title.
“It’s pretty amazing, this team has been incredibly exciting,” Hanover coach Tom Dodds said. “It’s exciting, it was close competition. The kids really pulled through when they needed to.”
Brown tied for first with Plymouth’s Andrew Gabbeitt with 120 points, but had the longest single jump of anyone in the competition with a leap of 33.5 meters. Teammate Nathan Roth took third and Parker Gardner was sixth with a 33-meter jump.
The victory capped an up-and-down week for the Marauders as senior co-captain Jesse Brown suffered a concussion and had to be pulled from the lineup. “(The injury) made it an emotional week, Jesse is obviously very disappointed but I told him he was down there jumping with us in spirit,” Dodds said.
A Marauder charge for the state title last season fell just short of the traditionally strong Plymouth team, but this year Hanover edged the Bobcats by five points, 378.5-373.5. Ethan Winter added a 14th-place finish for Hanover to round out the four scoring jumpers. Carl Keating was just behind in 16th place while Jack Pattison stepped in for Brown and took 21st.
Senior Lydia Vogt took fifth place for the Hanover girls. For the first time ever, a Nordic combined event was staged as the competitors’ best two of three jumps were combined with a Nordic skate event. Vogt won the inaugural Nordic combined title as her two strong jumps and a strong performance in the Nordic event separated her from the pack.
Brown was named the New Hampshire rookie of the year as the highest rookie finisher, putting a fitting exclamation point on a year of transition for the Hanover team. “It’s a good core group of veterans and whole group of first year jumpers. We had nine skiers in the top 15 at some point this season, that’s how much depth we had on the team,” Dodds said.
Dodds praised Hanover captains Brown, Gardner and Vogt for their strong leadership all season, helping to ferry an impressive group of rookie jumpers. “I was very impressed with the tone the captains set all season long, it really helped solidify the team. This group of first year jumpers came along so quickly, a lot of it was due to the mentoring of the veteran jumpers.”
Team Scores: Hanover 378.5, Plymouth 373.5, Hopkinton 368, Kennett 352, Sunapee 322, Concord 316, Bishop Brady 90, Derryfield 75.
Lebanon 69, Con-Val 33
Peterborough, n.h. — The Raiders kept rolling, storming out to a 28-6 lead after the first quarter to improve to 18-0 overall, 16-0 in NHIAA Division II.
Moriah Morton had 22 points and Emily Kehoe had 19 points to lead Lebanon. Samantha MacDonald added 12. “I think our pressure really affected them in the first quarter, we jumped on them early and had some great unselfish passing,” Lebanon coach Tim Kehoe said.
The Raiders close their regular season this week with two home games, as Manchester West visits on Tuesday and Kingswood comes to town on Wednesday.
West Canaan — The Royals (13-5) closed their regular season with a knock-down, drag-out victory over the visiting Bears.
Mascoma trailed 9-4 after the first quarter and then rallied to outscore Winnisquam 14-8 in the fourth to pull out the win. Kori Kosiorek led the Royals with 12 points while Amanda Guerin and Alex VanZandt each had five.
“I thought we pushed the ball pretty well on offense,” Mascoma coach Mike Neily said. “They didn’t pressure us in the end, they let us bring the ball up court and set up our offense, which was a benefit to us because we could slow the ball down and set up some shots. It was a good win against a good team and a good way for us to go into the playoffs.”
Mascoma awaits its playoff seeding and is hopeful for a home game in the first round.
Hartford 64, Windsor 37
White River Junction — The Hurricanes (12-3) set a season-high in points scored in a blowout victory over the Yellowjackets.
Stephanie Grobe had 14 points for Hartford, while Taylor Johnson added 13, Kelsey Kehoe had 11 and Chelsea Dow chipped in with 10 points. The Canes led 19-4 after the first quarter and pulled away from there.
Lindsey Clark led Windsor with seven points. Hartford hosts Mill River on Monday.
Sharon 41, Chelsea 39
Sharon — The Phoenix (10-7) rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat the Red Devils.
Trenton Morrison had 18 points to lead Sharon, but for the first time in a long while did not make a 3-pointer as the Chelsea defense was determined to not allow the Phoenix’ sharpshooter to beat them from outside.
“Our style is up-tempo and they slowed it down, made it a half court game. They did an amazing job taking the three away from Trenton. We forced pressure in the second half and got Trenton out on the fast break,” Sharon coach Blake Fabrikant said.
Brandon Tracy added nine points for the Phoenix, while Andy Bando-Hess had a strong game defensively according to Fabrikant. The Phoenix visit Rivendell today.
Lebanon 54, Con-Val 42
Lebanon — David Hampton had 16 points as the Raiders improved to 12-3 with a victory over the Cougars.
Dominick Morrill added 10 points Lebanon, while Nic Shepherd had eight and Kalin Sou had seven. Lebanon visits Bishop Brady on Tuesday.
Hanover 52, Pelham 48
Hanover — Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris had 20 points as Hanover (7-8 overall, 5-8 N.H. D-II) emerged with a win over the Pythons.
Rothwell-Ferraris had 10 points in each half. Ryan O’Rourke hit two crucial 3-pointers in a Hanover charge to open the second half and finished with 10 points. John Flory also had 10 points for the Marauders, who visit John Stark on Tuesday.
South Royalton 38
Rochester, Vt. — Pavin Parrish and the Rockets were too much for the Royals (4-14).
Parrish, a junior at Rochester, had 33 points and broke the school record for career points. Parrish now stands at exactly 1,600 points in just under three full seasons of play.
Ian Kinnarney had 14 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead SoRo. Nate Moore added nine points for the Royals, who host Sharon on Tuesday.
Montpelier 45 (ot)
Montpelier — The Panthers (14-4) survived a scare at the Solons (5-13).
“We just couldn’t put them away. They’re the first team we’ve faced that really tried to slow down the tempo on us and I thought our kids adjusted really well,” Thetford coach Justin Smith said.
Aiden Cleaves led the Panthers with 23 points. Brandon Gray added seven points. The Panthers’ defense helped force overtime with a big stop in the final seconds of regulation play, according to Smith. Thetford hosts Harwood on Tuesday night.
Tilton, n.h. — The Royals were outclassed by the host Bears in falling to 12-5.
“It was a total humiliation, total domination by them. We had a lack of commitment from the players tonight,” Mascoma coach Jim Barry said. Adam Dutille had 13 points for the Royals, who look to get back on track when Kearsarge visits on senior night this Tuesday.
Rivendell 84, Whitcomb 39
Orford — The Raptors led 26-5 after the first quarter in beating the Hornets.
Cody Williams led Rivendell with 17 points, Jack Steketee added 12 and Luke Bell had nine points. Caleb Chase had 14 points to lead Whitcomb.
Today, the Raptors host Sharon on senior day.
East Swanzey, n.h. — The Tigers won to improve to 18-1 overall and 15-1 in N.H. Division III. Newport hosts Fall Mountain on Tuesday.
KUA 6, Pingree 0
Meriden — Six different Wildcats scored as KUA blanked Pingree.
Lindsey Landwehrle, Aurora Braswell, Caroline Longpre, Caroline McNair, Michaela Igo and Hailey Hart scored for the Wildcats, while Amelie Poirier recorded the shutout in net.
KUA hosts New Hampton on Wednesday.
Hartford 4, Peoples 0
White River Junction — The Hurricanes (10-7) earned their second straight shutout victory.
Andrew Atkinson, John Borchert, Jeff Lyford and Brandon Gardner all scored for Hartford. Atkinson added a pair of assists while Gardner and Lyford also had helpers. Goalie Mak Lyford stopped 13 shots for the Canes, who host St. Johnsbury on Wednesday.
Berlin 10, Kearsarge 1
Berlin, n.h. — Kearsarge (3-12-0), which is battling for the eighth and final playoff spot in the NHIAA Division III tournament, suffered a setback at Berlin.
Will AuFranc scored for the Cougars, assisted by Delaney Stone. Coach Mark Cashin credited defenseman Kelsie Dalton with a strong game.
Goalie Sarah Beattie made 23 saves for Kearsarge, which greets Portsmouth tonight.