Nichols Siblings, Roth Win at N.H. Meet
Lebanon — The brother and sister tandem of Evan and Casey Nichols, Hanover High competitor Nathan Roth and Quechee youngster Hannah O’Neill highlighted the list of winners from the Upper Valley from Sunday’s New Hampshire State Ski Jumping Championship at the Storrs Hill Ski Area.
Each won their respective age groups at the meet, which took part during the Lebanon Outing Club’s winter carnival. A total of 31 jumpers competed off Storrs Hill’s K5 and K25 ramps.
Casey Nichols, of Lyme, competi ng for the Ford Sayre Ski Council, popped a pair of 17-meter jumps off the K25 hill to win the girls open class with a meet tally of 115.7 points. Younger brother Evan Nichols also dominated his U12 boys class, going 20 and 19.5 meters in his two K25 jumps for a division-winning total of 148.6 points.
Roth proved victorious in the high school division, edging New York Ski Education Foundation competitor Henry McGrew and Marauder teammate Sam Strohbehn for the crown. Roth notched a pair of 22-meter leaps and scored 175.7 points, with McGrew second (156.8) and Strohbehn third (140.2).
O’Neill claimed the U10 girls division on the smaller K5 ramp, scoring 105.0 points with two jumps of 3.5 meters.
The Andover Outing Club’s Elias Baer (U10) and Proctor Academy’s Luke Lockwood (open) won the two other divisions decided on the K5 jump. Baer also recorded a double, winning the U10 division off the K25 hill with 65 points and a best jump of 13.5 meters.
Ford Sayre’s Caleb Zuckerman (third, 168 points) and Lebanon’s Hunter Grant (fifth, 124.5) landed in the top five of the U10 meet. Hartford’s Zayne Smith took second in the open class, scoring 155 points.
Other winners in K25 competitions:
∎ U14s: Matt White, HYSEF, long jump 22 meters, 172.8 points.
∎ Masters: Jon Conley, LOC, long jump 16.5 meters, 103.0 points.
Ford Sayre’s Aiden Cudhea took third place in the U14 meet, hitting 19.5 meters with his best jump and scoring 140.3 points.