Local Roundup: Marauders Charge to Tennis Final
Rine Uhm of Hanover gestures to coach Glen Eastridge as he checks in with her mid-match at the Boss Tennis Center in Hanover, N.H., Friday, May 30, 2014. Uhm won her match with Abby Lown of Portsmouth 8 - 1.
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Hanover senior Camille Hankel back hands the ball back to Claudia Waddingham of Portsmouth during their match at the Boss Tennis Center in Hanover, N.H., Friday, May 30, 2014. Hankel won the match 8 - 0.
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Hanover — Statement time. Coming into Friday afternoon’s state semifinal matchup against Portsmouth with an undefeated record, the Hanover High girls tennis team lost just eight games in singles play and cruised to a 9-0 victory.
The win sets up a date with St. Thomas in a battle of unbeaten, 16-0 teams for the New Hampshire Division II state championship. The title match will be in Bedford High School at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Hanover did not face St. Thomas in the regular season. The Saints beat the at-the-time undefeated Marauders in the semifinals last season.
Camille Hankel helped set the tone in the top singles match, winning 8-0. Rine Uhm, Zoe Yu and Margaret Werner each added 8-1 wins. Kendra McGowan (8-2) and Zoe Yu (8-1) also won their singles matches.
Davis/Hankel (8-1) and Uhm/Yu (8-0) then won going away in the first two doubles matches. McGowan and Emily Acker trailed 7-2 in their doubles match before rallying to win 9-7 to complete the sweep.
“Everybody played well, including the three doubles matches,” Hanover coach Glen Eastridge said. “(McGowan and Acker) started slowly, but once they got going they played very well.”
Finishing up the short school week with a shutout victory to advance to the championship match, the Marauders were already looking ahead.
“Everybody was ready to get out of there (tonight) and enjoy the weekend,” Eastridge said. “We’ll come back Monday and get ready to go.”
Montpelier 7, Woodstock 0
Montpelier — The No. 3-seed Wasps (11-5) ran up against a buzzsaw in the semifinals of the Vermont D-II playoffs. No. 2 Montpelier won via shutout despite several closely contested matches.
“They have a great program, very solid. It’s a great community and they have great fans,” Woodstock coach Tom Hopewell said.
The Wasps were led by a trio of seniors this season, each of whom played strong opening sets in their final high school tennis action. Amelia Sheppard lost 6-7 (3-7), 1-6 at No. 1 singles. Kathleen Sheppard fell 4-6, 2-6 and Marissa Farbman lost 3-6, 0-6.
“They’re a good core of top of the line seniors, they’ll certainly be missed. They’ve been great representatives of the school,” Hopewell said.
Two other matches were highly competitive with Morgan Hartman falling 5-7, 6-7 (4-7) at No. 5 singles and Emma King/Elise Geschardt losing 6-7 (5-7), 1-6 at No. 2 doubles.
Woodstock 13, Rutland 7
Woodstock — The Wasps (12-3) closed their regular season with a quality win over the visiting Raiders.
Haven Lantz led Woodstock with five goals. Oliver Kaija added four goals and four assists. Connor McCarthy had a goal and two assists and Braden McCarthy added a goal and one helper. Jonas Kontola also had one and one. Nehemiah Wood scored and Daniel Robinson had an assist.
Goalie Ben Orr made five saves. Woodstock has earned a bye in the first round of the Vermont D-I playoffs.
Woodstock 14, Oxbow 6
Bradford, Vt. — Annie Arthur had seven goals and four assists as the Wasps (4-8) erupted offensively in beating the Olympians (4-8).
Clancy Farrand had four goals and Lauren Kaija added three goals. Lily D’Anna picked up one assist. Coach Hannah Nichols praised the strong effort by defenders Abby Kaija, Hilli Olson, Anna Tracey and Carly Langan.
Lily Doton had eight draw controls. Sisters Abby and Lauren Kaija combined for 16 ground balls. Woodstock looks ahead to the playoffs starting next week.
S. Royalton 16, Chelsea 0 (6)
South Royalton — Three Royals pitchers combined to no-hit the Red Devils in their regular season finale.
Leif Johnson went the first four innings, striking out six. Darrin Kennedy and Alex Berk each added an inning of relief. David Ballou paced the SoRo attack, going 3-for-4 with four RBI. Berk added two hits to drive in two. Kennedy added a single and two RBIs.
All five Royals seniors had base hits on senior day with Berk, Ballou, Johnson, Nathan Moore and Hunter Brock each enjoying a successful senior day.
SoRo (14-2), the defending Vermont D-III state champions, now awaits its playoff seeding.
Otter Valley 3, Hartford 2
Brandon, Vt. — Canes starting pitcher Dylan Spencer turned in a strong effort in losing a pitchers’ duel to the Otters.
Spencer threw a four-hitter, allowing zero earned runs while striking out four and walking three. Hartford had just two hits as Cam Gaudette had a two-run single and Josh Phipps had a single. The Canes had a runner on second with one out in the seventh but couldn’t advance him.
Hartford visits Burr & Burton today.
Moultonborough 8 Woodsville 7 (8)
Woodsville — The Engineers (2-14) rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the score at 7-7, but the Panthers pushed across a run in the eighth to get the win.
Eric Thornton led Woodsville, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. Ben Fournier was also 2-for-4 and scored two runs. Jacob Tetley pitched a complete game, allowing six earned runs while striking out four.
Manchester West 12, Hanover 4 Manchester West 6, Hanover 5 (6)
Manchester — The Marauders (6-11) were swept in a doubleheader by previously winless Manchester West (2-14).
Evan Greenwald took the loss in game one, tossing the first four innings. Hanover managed just six hits and committed six errors in the opening game. Ben Herndon-Miller had two hits and an RBI.
The second game was called due to darkness with the Marauders down by just a run. Jordy Levin pitched all six innings, allowing only three hits but walking six while recording four strikeouts. Levin also had two hits and scored a run. Greenwald paced the Hanover attack with a single, a triple, a run scored and an RBI.
The Marauders conclude a stretch of seven games in five days with a visit to Souhegan today.
Woodsville 1 Moutlonborough 0
Woodsville — The Engineers walked off with a win to close the regular season at 15-1 while locking up the No. 1 seed in the upcoming New Hampshire D-IV playoffs.
Starting pitcher Lottie Page started the game-winning rally, reaching on an error to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Ally O’Shana then bunted courtesy runner Libbie Hilliard to second and Kat Emley followed with a swinging bunt that moved the runner to third with two outs. Nikita Duling then lined the next pitch down the right field line for the game-winner.
Page went the distance in the circle, striking out six and walking two while allowing just two hits.
Woodsville will begin the postseason run on Wednesday at home at 4 p.m.
Williamstown 7, S. Royalton 2
South Royalton — The Royals (11-5) couldn’t muster enough offense and dropped their regular season finale.
Rebecca Paige went the first five innings in the circle for SoRo, striking out five, allowing seven hits and walking none. Emily Ballou went the last two innings, striking out two.
Outfielder Mara Southworth provided a defensive highlight for the Royals, turning a double play when she caught a fly ball and then tossed to first baseman Hannah Kilburn to nab a Williamstown runner before she could return to the bag .
Summer Spaulding had an RBI sacrifice fly for SoRo, who now awaits their playoff seeding.
Dartmouth Wins Title
Annapolis, Md. — The Dartmouth women’s sailing team won its second consecutive Sperry Top-Sider National Championship on Friday, defeating Yale by 15 points to claim the Gerald C. Miller in back-to-back years.
Eight bullets credited the 15-point win by the Big Green on the day with four in the last five A-division races. With a regatta-low 60 points, the Big Green smoked the competition, winning the group by 41 points over second-place finisher Yale. Dartmouth picked up its first bullet in the sixth race and then didn’t finish any higher than ninth the rest of the way.
The B-division finished in third with 125 points, but did record three second-place finishes early on. Yale’s 190 points were good enough for second place, but after a disappointing finishes in race 12 and 14, the Big Green sat in cruise control the rest of the way, but continued to push the competition.
Navy finished third with 275 points, followed by Old Dominion (276) and MIT (286) to round out the top five finishers.
Big Green at IRA Meet
Mercer Lake, n.j. — The Dartmouth men’s heavyweight rowing team competed in preliminary races on Friday morning at the IRA National Championship.
In five events, the Big Green had two fourth-place finishes, one fifth and one sixth. In the second and third varsity eights, the Big Green finished fourth in 6:00.35 and 6:15.12, respectively.
Dartmouth picked up a second place finish in the second varsity repechage in 5:51.73. In the Third Varsity Eight repechage, the Green and White placed first advancing them to the semifinal race.
In the varsity eight, the Green finished fifth in 5:57.03, but placed fourth in the third repechage race. The team will race in the third semifinal heat.
In the varsity four, Dartmouth placed sixth with a time of 7:19.56.
Semifinal action starts today at 9 a.m.