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Roundup: Hanover Girls Capture Nordic Ski Crown

  • Rivendell’s Luke Bell carries the ball against South Royalton last night in Orford. (Valley News - Libby March)

    Rivendell’s Luke Bell carries the ball against South Royalton last night in Orford. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »

  • The ball flies away from South Royalton’s Nat Moore, center, last night at Rivendell Academy in Orford. (Valley News - Libby March)

    The ball flies away from South Royalton’s Nat Moore, center, last night at Rivendell Academy in Orford. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Rivendell senior Jack Steketee, center, drives down the court while playing South Royalton at Rivendell Academy in Orford yesterday. Rivendell won, 72-48. (Valley News - Libby March)

    Rivendell senior Jack Steketee, center, drives down the court while playing South Royalton at Rivendell Academy in Orford yesterday. Rivendell won, 72-48. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Rivendell’s Luke Bell carries the ball against South Royalton last night in Orford. (Valley News - Libby March)
  • The ball flies away from South Royalton’s Nat Moore, center, last night at Rivendell Academy in Orford. (Valley News - Libby March)
  • Rivendell senior Jack Steketee, center, drives down the court while playing South Royalton at Rivendell Academy in Orford yesterday. Rivendell won, 72-48. (Valley News - Libby March)

Gorham, n.h. — Helen Tosteson’s pair of second place finishes helped lead the Hanover girls Nordic skiing team to a championship yesterday at Great Glen as the Marauders outdistanced Kingswood and Lebanon for the title. The Hanover boys nearly gave the Marauders a clean sweep, falling to a comeback effort by Kennett, which claimed the title by just three points.

The Hanover girls had five skiers in the top 14 of both the classical and skate events, giving the Marauders unmatched depth near the top of the leaderboard. Tosteson started the day with a second place finish in classical, coming in with a time of 15 minutes, 1 second. Kennett’s Hannah Benson dominated the field, finishing a full 91 seconds in front of Tosteson in classical with a time of 13:30. Tosteson then took second in the skate as Benson again ran away with the individual title.

Sarah Haedrich had a strong day at the No. 2 position for Hanover, taking sixth in classical and ninth in skate. Alexi Kim added a seventh-place finish in classical and took 13th in the skate while Elizabeth Goss was 12th in classical and Elizabeth Haas was 14th. The Marauders claimed places 12-14 in the skate with Kay Torrey, Kim, and Clare Snyder all placing high for the state champs.

Kelsie Atwater paced a strong effort for the third-place Lebanon girls, finishing just behind Tosteson for a third place finish in classical with a time of 15:10. Atwater then took sixth in the skate with a time of 13:29. Hallie Bergwall was ninth in classical and 20th in the skate while teammate Brenna Peterson was 22nd in both events. In classical, Liz Peterson added a 15th place finish and Emma Greenough was 21st. Sarah Berman had a strong skate, taking 15th for the Raiders.

“Everybody skied very well in both races. We were pretty excited with the results,” Hanover coach Tom Masterson said.

The Hanover boys held a six-point lead over Kennet through the classical with three skiers finishing in the top five. Kennett then rallied in the skate with three skiers of their own in the top five to narrowly edge the Marauders in the overall standings.

Tucker Cadow led the Marauders with a second-place finish in the classical with a time of 12:42 and a third place finish in the skate, clocking in at 11:05. Colin Pogue added a third-place finish in classical while taking sixth in the skate and Christopher Powell was fifth in classical and eighth in skate. Sam Gurwitt rounded out the scoring skiers for Hanover with a 15th place showing in classical and a 14th place finish in the skate.

Kennett’s Torin Laiberte won both individual races.

Ian Girdwood took sixth in the classical for the Lebanon boys with a time of 19:05. Kenny Weitzman was seventh in the skate, clocking in at 11:25. The Raiders finished with four skiers in the top 11 in classical as Lincoln Crutchfield was eighth, Joe Flanagan was 10th and Weitzman was 11th. Crutchfield added a ninth-place finish in the skate, followed by teammates Jeff Taylor (15th), Zach Leibold (16th) and Girdwood (17th).

Girls team scores: Hanover 745, Kingswood 727, Lebanon 704.5, Souhegan 698, Kennett 674, Con-Val 668.5, Plymouth 627.

Boys team scores: Kennett 758, Hanover 755, Lebanon 730, Plymouth 664, Souhegan 652, Kingswood 650, Con-Val 615, Merrimack Valley 164.

Boys Hockey

Hartford 9, Lyndon 0

Lyndon, Vt. — The Hurricanes (9-7) enjoyed a blowout victory over the host Vikings.

Brandon Gardner led Hartford with four points on a goal and three assists. Jeremy McGlone added two goals, while Jeff Lyford added a goal and two assists. Andrew Atkinson, John Borchert and Nick Terino each had a goal and an assist.

Ethan Scribner and Riley Horan each added their first career varsity goals.

Mark Rogenski added a pair of helpers, while Cam Lemieux and Nate Lemieux each had assists. Goalies Mak Lyford and Jed Sass combined for seven saves in net for Hartford, which hosts Peoples tomorrow night.

St. Thomas 6, Hanover 3

Dover, n.h. — The Marauders fell to 5-7-2 with the loss.

Joe Cravero had a pair of goals for Hanover while Tom Peters also scored. Sam Carey added a pair of assists while Shawn Cavallaro, Jin Kim, Ben Hartman and Nick Bowen also assisted.

Goalie James Montgomery stopped 19 shots for the Marauders, who visit Manchester Central on Saturday.

Pelham-Windham 6 Lebanon 1

Windham, n.h. — The Raiders (2-11) lost on the road. Riley Sleeper scored with assists to Cam Perron and Cam Broughton. Goalies Joe Grout and Ryan Dube combined for 29 saves for Lebanon, which hosts Winnacunnet tonight on senior night.

Moultonborough 8 Kearsarge 5

Laconia — Kearsarge (3-11) lost a shootout to Moultonborough, which scored four three-period goals to snap a 4-4 deadlock.

Matt Pickman scored twice for Kearsarge, while teammate Will AuFranc added a goal and two assists and Shane Cashin and Steven Ricker a goal and an assist apiece. Tristan Rowe and Allie Folcik each assisted once.

With two goalies out with concussions, Ryan Beattie was drafted into duty in the Kearsarge net. He made 38 saves.

The Cougars visit Berlin tomorrow.

Milton 3, Woodstock 2

Ryegate, Vt. — Milton scored two goals in the game’s final two minutes to upend Woodstock (7-10-0).

Ben Orr and Nick Donaldson scored for the Wasps, and Orr and Will Gault had assists.

Brady Stewart made 14 saves for Woodstock, which hosts Union-32 on Saturday.

KUA 2, Proctor 1

Meriden — Kimball Union edged Proctor Academy on Nick Roberto’s goal with four minutes left in the game.

KUA took the lead in the first period when Niko Rufo beat the Proctor defensemen to the puck and fed it out front to Jonathan Charbonneau, who put it home. Proctor tied the game in the second period before KUA took the lead for good on Roberto’s goal, assisted by Casey Miller.

KUA hosts Cushing on Saturday.

Girls Hockey

Hanover 10, Con-Val 0

West Lebanon — The Marauders won going away, with 13 players denting the scoresheet, including an assist by goalie Katie Fenton.

Sarah Wagner, Matti Hartman, Emma Malenka and Kelly Brigham each had a goal and two assists to pace the Hanover attack. Caroline Howell added two goals, while Grace Tecca had a goal and one assist. Margeaux Baker, Sarah Polidor and Eliza Laycock also scored. Sarah Muller had a pair of assists, while Delia Nahabedian and Katrina Menard also assisted.

Fenton added to her assist with six saves to earn the shutout.

Hanover (17-1 overall, 16-0 league) has just two seniors as Menard and starting goalie Kelly Gaudet, out with an injury, both enjoyed their last regular-season games at Campion Rink. The Marauders visit Berlin-Gorham on Saturday.

Middlebury 7
Woodstock 2

Middlebury, Vt. — The Wasps closed their season with a good performance against one of the better teams in Vermont D-II.

Delaney Little had a pair of goals in her final regular season game for Woodstock. Little was playing her second game back after missing some time with a concussion. Goalie Erin Tortolanno stopped 31 shots.

“The girls all contributed and played a very good game despite the score. Middlebury is very good, (but) we never stopped fighting,” Woodstock coach Jeff Sailer said.

Tilton 2, KUA 1

Meriden — Kimball Union lost to Tilton despite a 27-22 edge in shots.

Aurora Braswell scored for the Wildcats, assisted by Hannah Madden. Goalie Amelie Poirier stopped 25 shots and made several key saves throughout the game.

KUA greets New Hampton next Wednesday.

Girls Basketball

Newport 54
Kearsarge 38

North Sutton, n.h. — Jen Kidder scored 19 points as Newport (5-12) defeated Kearsarge (1-16).

Stephanie Carl added 12 points for the Tigers, and Darien Hubert scored nine, all on free throws. Elanor Angus led Kearsarge with 10 points.

Kearsarge ends its season tomorrow at Stevens.

Hanover 56
Manchester West 15

Manchester — Ten different scorers led Hanover, which improved to 12-5 overall, 9-5 in league play with the victory.

Christine Croituro had 10 points to lead the Marauders. Lexie Hamilton added eight points while JJ Daniell, Cathleen Beliveau and Molly Cornell each chipped in with six points. Hanover visits Souhegan tonight.

Woodsville 38
Littleton 31

Woodsville — Chrissy Valliant scored 16 points and pulled down 17 rebounds as Woodsville (12-6) defeated Littleton in its regular-season finale. The Engineers held Littleton to 11 second-half points, three in the third quarter.

“That was really the big difference,” Woodsville coach Jim Kinder said. “The second half was very good defensive game for us. It was a real team effort.”

Kinder also credited Tiarra Beatrice and Tori Clough with strong efforts for their defense and ball-handling.

Up next for Kearsarge is the NHIAA Division IV playoffs. The Engineers will likely host a first-round game Tuesday at 7 p.m., Kinder said.

KUA 49, Brewster 39

Meriden — Fiekah Fataar scored 25 points as Kimball Union (10-6) defeated Brewster Academy. Shannon Walsh added 13 points for KUA, and both Walsh and Fataar reached double figures in rebounds.

The Wildcats donned pink in honor those friends and relatives who have been affected by cancer.

KUA greets St. Paul’s tomorrow.

Boys Basketball

KUA 70, Proctor 54

Meriden — Malik Abu scored 20 points as Kimball Union (16-5) handled Proctor Academy.

Devin Gilligan had 15 points and seven rebounds and Devon Thomas 13 points for KUA, which led by eight points at halftime.

Proctor’s Ed Ogundeko lead all scorers with 27 points. KUA travels to Boston on Saturday to face Brimmer.

Poultney 53
Woodstock 44

Woodstock — The Wasps’ collective shooting hands went cold in the fourth quarter as the Blue Devils held on for the win.

Conor Fegard had 17 points for Woodstock while Reid Langona added 11. Woodstock was just 3-for-28 from the floor in the fourth quarter. James Morgan played a strong game defensively, according to coach Jeff Thomas. “The kids worked hard on the glass, they never gave up,” Thomas added.

Woodstock (8-8) visits Proctor tonight.

Rivendell 72
South Royalton 48

Orford — The Raptors improved to 12-3 with a comfortable win over the visiting Royals (4-13).

Luke Bell (19 points, including three 3-pointers) and Jack Steketee (12 points) led the way for Rivendell. Tim Stimson, Josh Marshall and Nathaniel Eastman each added six points. The Raptors led 38-26 at halftime and then outscored the Royals 22-9 in the third quarter.

Nate Moore had a game-high 20 points for South Royalton.

Rivendell hosts Whitcomb tomorrow night.

Littleton 55
Woodsville 35

Woodsville — The Crusaders pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Engineers (4-11).

Joe Abrahamson led Woodsville with 13 points, while Tom D’Angelo had eight. The Engineers trailed 36-30 after three quarters before the Crusaders had 19 points over the final eight minutes to get ti victory.

Woodsville visits Blue Mountain on Saturday.

Williamstown 90
Sharon 42

Sharon — The Phoenix fell to visiting Williamstown.

Trenton Morrison had five 3-pointers on his way to 19 points to lead Sharon, but he committed nine turnovers, coach Blake Fabrikant said. Andy Bando-Hess played a strong game, according to Fabrikant, and finished with seven points. The Phoenix host Chelsea tomorrow. night.

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