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Big Green pair sign as free agents

  • Isiah Swann

  • Niko Lalos

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 4/27/2020 8:48:24 PM
Modified: 4/27/2020 8:48:21 PM

HANOVER — Two Dartmouth College football standouts from last fall’s Ivy League championship squad have signed free-agent contracts with NFL teams.

Cornerback Isiah Swann inked a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals over the weekend, and defensive end Niko Lalos did the same with the New York Giants. Both players went unselected in last week’s NFL draft.

Swann was a two-time All-American, a two-time All-New England selection and a three-time choice on the All-Ivy League team with the Big Green.

He won the league’s defensive player of the year award as a junior, breaking a Dartmouth record and leading the nation with nine interceptions.

He capped his career earlier this year with an appearance in the East-West Shrine Bowl, the first Big Green player in 16 years to be chosen for the senior all-star contest.

Lalos was one of Dartmouth’s top pass rushers over the past two years, making the all-league and Division I all-region first teams following the Big Green’s title run.

Lalos participated in this year’s Hula Bowl, winning his team’s MVP award with two sacks and a forced fumble.

RECREATION Skip’s Run won’t run

LEBANON — The Skip Matthews Memorial Run has been canceled for this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The four-mile run along the Northern Rail Trail was scheduled for Father’s Day, June 21. Organizers of the event are encouraging registrants to do a virtual alternative at a convenient time and share photos of the attempt on the SMMR Facebook page between June 21 and July 4.

“Although the run is still several weeks away, it’s very likely that measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, such as social distancing, will still be in effect, or that people will be justifiably cautious about participating in large group events,” organizers said.

Proceeds from the run benefit the Brain Tumor Treatment Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

AUTO RACING Bear Ridge cancels first two shows

BRADFORD, Vt. — Bear Ridge Speedway has called off the first two weeks of its season out of recognition of Vermont’s ongoing stay-at-home order. The dirt track’s season was to commence on Saturday.

Both that show and the one set for May 9 have been canceled, with the most significant adjustment being the move of Bear Ridge’s first DIRTcar Eastern Series Sportsman Modified race to July 18. With the changes, Bear Ridge is now hoping to kick off its 53rd season of racing on May 16.

The state’s ongoing stay-at-home order expires on May 15.

Greg Fennell can be reached at or 603-727-3226.

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