Local roundup: Hanover boys win first NHIAA Alpine skiing title since 2009

  • Hanover High's Wesley Stocken competes at the boys NHIAA Division II Alpine skiing state championship at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway, N.H., on Feb. 11, 2021. Stocken finished sixth in the afternoon slalom, helping the Marauders to their first state crown since 2009.

  • Clockwise from top left: Teddy Ruth, Wes Stocken, Zane Schiffman, Adam Goodney, Joe Davis and Dylan Hendrick celebrate their boys NHIAA Division II Alpine skiing championship at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway, N.H., on Feb. 12, 2021.

Published: 2/11/2021 9:35:07 PM
Modified: 2/12/2021 10:04:34 AM

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NORTH CONWAY, N.H. — With Dylan Hendrick and Joseph Davis leading the way, the Hanover High boys skiing team claimed the NHIAA Division II Alpine state championship on Thursday at Cranmore Mountain Resort.

The Marauders denied host Kennett, 755.5-736, at its home slope, with defending champ Bow in third (705.5). Hanover did it with a dominant performance in the afternoon slalom, with all four scoring athletes landing in the top 10.

Davis (48.07 seconds) took second behind Kennett’s Cole Siefer (47.24) in the morning giant slalom. Hendrick was fifth (48.95), Zane Schiffman 12th (49.45) and Teddy Ruth 13th (49.79) for Hanover, which trailed the Eagles by 10.5 points in the team standings.

The Marauders reversed the result by going 2-5-6-10 in the afternoon slalom behind Hendrick (1:09.05), Davis (1:11.39), Wesley Stocken (1:12.78) and Schiffman (1:14.90). That was 30 points better than Kennett’s team result, clinching the title.

“Hanover boys were long overdue,” coach Gabriela Formankova said. “Determination, focus and teamwork come to mind. Their slalom performance was solid and unwavering. They not only closed the gap but sealed the win with a 20-point lead. It is always a great day for us coaches to see their hard work pay off.”

Davis and Hendrick qualified for next week’s Meet of Champions at Mittersill in both disciplines, as did Stocken in the slalom, for finishing in the top seven.

The victory netted Hanover its 25th Alpine state championship in program history. The Marauders last claimed honors in 2009.

Team scores: Hanover 755.5, Kennett 736, Bow 705.5, Hollis Brookline 697, Oyster River 632, Con-Val 608, Souhegan 589, Kingswood 577, Pembroke 508, Windham 505, Goffstown 481.


Ruth repeats; Hanover second

ANDOVER, N.H. — Hours after helping his Alpine ski team win a state championship, Hanover’s Teddy Ruth repeated as NHIAA ski jumping champion at Proctor Academy.

Ruth had both the night’s longest jump (33 meters) and score (61 points), finishing with 121 points to beat teammate Cam Forbush by just a half-point. Kennett packed its scoring in four of the next five slots to win the team championship.

Pierce Hamlin (94.5) tied for sixth place and Greta Holland (88) was 15th to account for the Marauders’s scoring. Hanover’s other competitor, Lilly Clapp, was 18th (76.5).

“If you had asked me at the beginning of the year if we could be competitive with only five jumpers — three of whom were first-year jumpers — I would have said unlikely,” Hanover coach Tom Dodds said. “Though small in number, this group proved to be engaged, hard-working and very supportive of one another, benefiting from their athleticism on Alpine skis. It is also gratifying working with my assistant coach (and son), Cooper Dodds, who has tremendous respect from the team and has a real knack for communicating with and working with young athletes.”

Hamlin won the Gene Ross Cup as the first-year jumper with the most points at states. Holland (88.5 ppoints), with a top jump of 22.5 meters, took second among the girls, nipped by Kennett’s Elizabeth Koroski (89).

Team scores: Kennett 385.5, Hanover 381.5, Plymouth 366, Concord 176, Merrimack Valley 86.


Nichols leads US
at World Juniors

LAHTI, Finland — Hanover High junior Evan Nichols finished 14th for the best result by an American on Thursday at the FIS Junior World Nordic Combined Championship.

Nichols ranked 23rd out of 49 competitors in the ski jump portion of the meet, earning 95.8 points on an attempt of 84.5 meters. He made up a chunk of the deficit in the 10-kilometer cross country ski segment, clocking a time of 27 minutes, 57.8 seconds for the 14th-fastest time to land his final placement.

Nichols is scheduled to compete in a mixed team event on Friday.


LSM 4, Kearsarge-Plymouth 1

WEST LEBANON — The Raiders (4-2-0) kept up their winning ways, using single goals in the opening two periods to control a Campion Rink contest.

Luke Greene, Andrew Duany (two assists), Aidan Yates and Griffin Auch (assist) provided the goals. Will McGee, Hunter Christian and Jake Kriplin also had assists. K-P’s Cody Bannon spoiled goaltender Hunter Robb’s bid for a third shutout on the season with 2:24 to play.

Lebanon-Stevens-Mount Royal is a perfect 4-0-0 at Campion since being allowed to host out-of-town foes at the beginning of the month. The Raiders have outscored their foes on home ice, 16-2.

LSM visits Monadnock-Fall Mountain at Keene Ice on Saturday.


Lebanon 58, Kearsarge 51

NORTH SUTTON, N.H. — The Raiders (7-0) won for the second time in 24 hours and completed a home-and-home sweep of the Cougars.

Jack Stone set the pace with a game-high 25 points for the Raiders, who gradually built on a 12-10 first-quarter lead the rest of the night. Calvin Bates had 12 points and Braeden Falzarano finished with 11. Chris Stanchfield had a team-high 19 points for the Cougars.

Next up for Lebanon: a home-and-home matinee set with Fall Mountain on Tuesday and Thursday.


Fall Mountain 64, Mascoma 31

WEST CANAAN — The Royals dropped to 0-8 on the season and will stage a rematch with the Wildcats on Friday night in Langdon, N.H.

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