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Claremont’s Scott Taking Over KSC Men’s Soccer

Keene, n.h. — Keene State College has tabbed Claremont native and longtime assistant Rick Scott to take over for the retiring Ron Butcher as head coach of the Owls’ men’s soccer program.

Butcher announced earlier this fall that he would be stepping down after 43 years in charge. Scott has been Butcher’s top assistant for 22 seasons, the associate head coach the past 16.

After playing soccer at Claremont’s St. Mary’s School, Scott moved on to Keene State and spent four years with the varsity (1973-76). A defender, he captained the Owls his final two years, earning all-conference and all-New England honors both seasons. KSC went 57-12-6 during Scott’s playing career, winning three New England Small College Athletic Conference championships.

Scott coached the boys varsity soccer program at Keene High for 11 years, winning two NHIAA Class L state championships before moving into the college ranks.

“I don’t think there is anybody out there from an experience level that could surpass Rick,” KSC athletic director John Ratliff said in a news release. “Keene State has always had consistency in their coaching ranks. That’s one reason why we’ve been successful, and Rick brings that consistency to the program as a former player and coach.”

Butcher, 70, retires with a 587-248-71 mark at Keene State and an overall record of 596-262-72.

Dartmouth’s Hickok Selected

Princeton, n.j. — A four-save victory that gave Dartmouth its first league win on Saturday netted freshman goalkeeper James Hickok the Ivy League’s rookie of the week award for men’s soccer on Monday.

Hickok evened his season record at 4-4-2 with the 3-1 defeat of Brown. Dartmouth scored the match’s first three goals, then rode Hickok’s goalkeeping to break into the Ivy win column.

The victory capped Dartmouth’s schedule at 6-7-4 overall and 1-6-0 in the Ivies.

Football

Green Rookie Recognized

Princeton, n.j. — Dartmouth freshman placekicker Alex Gakenheimer is the Ivy League’s rookie of the week, earning the honor in just his second game with the team.

Gakenheimer converted all three of his point-after kicks as well as a 21-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to key the Big Green’s 24-20 win at Brown on Saturday.

The latter kick, coming with 3:23 to play, forced the Bears to drive for a late touchdown, a bid denied on a failed fourth-down pass from the Dartmouth 30-yard line with 1:25 left in the game.

Field Hockey

KUA Grad All-Region

New London, Conn. — Connecticut senior back Andrea Hoisington, a native of Brownsville, Vt., and a graduate of Kimball Union Academy, has been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association all-New England West Region all-star team for the second straight year.

Hoisington frequently drew the most challenging defensive assignments for the Camels, who finished 3-11 overall and 1-9 in NESCAC play. She also made the all-NESCAC team last week for the second year in a row.

Hoisington is scheduled to graduate this spring with a degree in psychology.