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New digs, same deal: Hanover Nordic skiers sweep NHIAA D-I championship

Staff Reports
Published: 3/3/2021 9:40:47 PM
Modified: 3/3/2021 9:40:44 PM

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. — The Hanover High Nordic ski team stepped up a division this winter.

On Wednesday, it stepped out with more champion’s hardware.

The Marauders swept both the boys and girls team titles and watched junior Simon Phipps win both boys races to dominate the NHIAA Division I state championship meet at Great Glen Trails. It’s the Marauder boys’ third straight team title, the last two coming in D-II, while the girls took honors for the first time in any division since 2013.

Owing to the COVID pandemic, the meet was held in a skiathlon format. Each athlete did a 3.28-kilometer classic segment before transitioning into freestyle skis for another 4.16 kilometers.

Hanover came away with the top team score in each boys and girls segment, ultimately taking overall boys honors by nearly 50 points over Bow and girls honors by 25 points over Kennett.

“It feels great,” Hanover coach Tom Masterson said in a phone interview. “The boys won last year, but it’s been a long time since the boys and girls both won, and they all skied at their very best. It was great to see.”

In another COVID concession, each school’s athletes skied amongst themselves in 15-minute intervals. Hanover drew the opening start time and made the most of it.

Phipps, who has battled his senior brother, Noah Phipps, for race wins all winter, opened with a classic time of 10 minutes, 3.4 seconds.

Making a quick change of skis, Simon Phipps clocked 12:18.3 in the freestyle to complete his individual sweep.

Noah Phipps took third in classic and fourth in freestyle, hampered by a broken pole during his transition, Masterson said. The elder Phipps recorded a time of 10:07.3 in the classic and 12:41.8 in the freestyle.

Caleb Zuckerman was seventh (10:56.3) and Luke Holmes was 14th (11:34.0) to close out classic scoring. Zuckerman was eighth (13:20.2) and Adam Gilbert-Diamond ninth (13:37.1) to cap the freestyle and clinch states.

Britta Arvold led the Hanover girls by placing third in both the classic (12:50.7) and freestyle (15:18.5). June Clark (13:06.8), Elsa May (13:21.7) and Sage Gilbert-Diamond (13:27.4) went 5-8-9 to finish classic scoring for the Marauders. Gilbert-Diamond (15:28.1), May (15:30.1) and Clark (16:30.6) were T4-6-13 in the freestyle to lock down the girls team crown.

Boys team scores (top five): Hanover 761, Bow 713, Keene 702, Kennett 698, Concord 688.

Girls team scores (top five): Hanover 756.5, Kennett 731.5, Concord 717, Bedford 636, Kingswood 628.

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