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Lebanon High athlete David Hampton, right, the most recent recipient of the John Burke Sportsmanship Award, is shown with past recipients Jim Vanier, left, and Andy Hunnewell, center, at the Carter Community Building in Lebanon, on Monday. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »
The New Hampshire half of the revived Twin State Basketball Classic will have a noteworthy Lebanon accent.
The Raiders’ Moriah Morton, Emily Kehoe and David Hampton have been chosen to represent the Granite State in the TSBC doubleheader, which will be staged at Essex (Vt.) High School on July 13. Morton and Kehoe were integral members of Lebanon’s undefeated run to the NHIAA Division II state championship last winter, while Hampton carried his Raider team to a D-II semifinal appearance, Lebanon’s first in boys basketball in more than a decade.
The trio is joined by Hartford High’s Stephanie Grobe, who will suit up for Vermont. The twinbill is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.
Morton (17.17 points per game) and Kehoe (16.26 ppg) earned the big honors locally last winter, marshalling the Lebanon girls to an undefeated NHIAA Division II state championship. The Raiders rolled to a 24-0 record in a campaign that saw opponents rarely stay within single digits. Morton is headed to Dartmouth this fall, while Kehoe will continue her basketball career at Maine’s St. Joseph’s College.
On top of guiding the Lebanon boys to their deepest NHIAA Division II run since 1998, Hampton (17.74 ppg) finished among the top scorers in the Upper Valley despite often drawing foes’ best defenders. The recent winner of the John E. Burke Sportsmanship Award from the New Hampshire chapter of International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, Hampton will suit up at St. Lawrence University next winter.
Perhaps he and Grobe (15.04) can begin to needle each other now. A key contributor to Hartford’s Vermont Division II state championship in 2012, Grobe will join the women’s basketball program at Clarkson University — St. Lawrence’s blood rival — in the coming months.
Mount Abraham’s Connie LaRose will guide the Vermont girls, while Rutland’s Mike Wood will coach the Vermont boys. The latter’s roster includes a slot in memoriam for Brandon Gleason, the Enosburg Falls 1,000-point scorer and Mountain Division player of the year who died in a head-on automobile crash in Enosburg on April 26.
Newmarket’s Jamie Hayes has been chosen to coach the New Hampshire boys. The Granite State girls will be overseen by Groveton’s Tim Haskins.
Joe Can Throw: After what he did to them this spring, NHIAA Division II baseball coaches will be glad to get rid of Hanover High senior pitcher Joe Cravero … but only after handing him a significant honor.
The New Hampshire High School Baseball Coaches Association recently chose the Holy Cross-bound Cravero as its D-II player of the year. The ace of the Marauders’ pitching staff, Cravero went 8-1 in 13 appearances with a 1.02 earned-run average, 109 strikeouts and just 25 walks over 62 1∕ 3 innings. Only half of the 18 runs he gave up were earned; opposing batters hit a miniscule .127 off Cravero.
All of those numbers made Cravero a shoo-in for the all-state first team in D-II. The only other Upper Valley player to make the squad was Hanover teammate Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris, a senior chosen to the second team for his play at pitcher, infielder and catcher.
Stevens ace Ryan Tanguay also found a spot on his all-state first team, making the cut in Division III. Cardinal teammate Logan Batchelder was chosen second-team, joining an Upper Valley contingent that included Mascoma’s Adam Dutille (first team), Newport’s Andrew Houde (second team) and Aaron Cherry (third team) as well as Kearsarge’s Brad Donnelly (second team).
Woodsville placed four players on the D-IV all-state list: Garrett Phelps (first team), Sam Wilson (second team), Ben Fournier (third team) and Jacob Tetley (third team). Sunapee’s Tom Frederick, the former baseball coach and athletic director at Mascoma High, was named the league’s coach of the year.
Lax Honors: A near-perfect regular season ultimately didn’t net the Hanover High girls lacrosse team an NHIAA Division II state championship. But the Marauders did impress enough to fill nearly half of the first-team all-state selections as recently chosen by the New Hampshire Lacrosse Foundation.
Five of the 12 first-team slots went to Hanover athletes, who showed up all over the field. Junior Rachel Boghosian represented the Marauders at attack, junior Georgetown recruit Hannah Seibel landed in midfield, senior Georgia Lubrano and junior Liesel Robbins were selected for defense and junior Emily Gougelet held down the division’s top goaltender spot.
Junior Evie Keating also landed on the D-II second team for Hanover, which went 15-1 in the regular season. The top-ranked Marauders reached the state final, losing a 14-8 decision to Portsmouth, which also provided Hanover its only other loss on the year.
The D-III list included three Kearsarge first-teamers in junior Libby Brooks and seniors Christy Ross and Gemma Bready. The Cougars’ Kate Scheuch joined Lebanon seniors Mo Moran and Taylor Friedman along with Raider sophomore Emily Perryman on the second team, while Kearsarge goalie Morgan Galluzzo earned honorable mention.
Over in Vermont, Hartford’s high-scoring Taylor Johnson joined four other Upper Valley athletes on the Vermont Division II girls lacrosse all-state first team, joined by Woodstock’s Annie Arthur and Sam Harrington and Oxbow’s Emily Speck and Mikayla Hodge. The Hurricanes’ Mariah Palmer and Skyler Gay landed on the second team, and Woodstock’s Delaney Little made the honorable-mention list. Johnson, Harrington and Arthur also made the 15-player all-Marble Valley League squad.
Notables: Kearsarge is working for a replacement for Mark Cashin, who stepped down as boys ice hockey coach after overseeing the school’s first three seasons as an NHIAA program. Athletic director Scott Fitzgerald indicated in an email last week that he’d begin seeking on a replacement once graduation season ends. … Newport High is in need of someone to take over for Guenther Hubert, who retired from the job of varsity girls soccer coach after eight seasons. While the Tigers haven’t enjoyed much success in terms of victories, Hubert and predecessor Frank MacConnell have done well in emphasizing fair play. “They brought a lot of class to the program,” Newport AD Doug Beaupre said on Monday. “Year in and year out, the girls soccer team has been among the leaders in sportsmanship.” No replacement has been named.
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