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Local roundup: Lebanon girls tennis overtakes Bow

  • Kaeley Skakalski

Staff Reports
Published: 4/19/2021 10:25:35 PM
Modified: 4/19/2021 10:25:34 PM

LEBANON — The Lebanon High girls tennis team got its season off to a flying start on Monday, stopping the state runner-up the last time the NHIAA had a Division II tournament.

Kaeley Skakalski won a singles tiebreaker and fought off five match points in her doubles match with partner Keira Hines, giving the D-III Raiders two key points in a 6-3 win over D-II Bow at the Carter Community Building Association courts. Crisi Patel also contributed wins in singles and doubles for Lebanon (1-0). Bow reached the finals of the D-II tourney in 2019, losing to Portsmouth.

Skakalski got the Raiders started with a 9-8 defeat of Bow’s Katy Nagy at No. 2 singles, taking the tiebreaker, 8-6. Patel (8-3), Aesha Soni (8-1) and Ella Gessner (8-3) grabbed victories at the bottom three singles positions for Lebanon.

Nagy and Olivia Parzik had Skakalski and Hines on the rope at first doubles, but the Lebanon duo survived the multiple match points to prevail, 9-8, taking the tiebreaker, 11-9. Patel linked up with Adaa Karanwal to win second doubles for Lebanon, 8-3.

The Raiders visit Stevens on Tuesday.

Bedford 9, Hanover 0

BEDFORD, N.H. — The Bulldogs blanked the Marauders (2-1) in the first of two encounters this week. They meet again at Storrs Pond on Wednesday.

BOYS TENNISWoodstock 4, Brattleboro 3

WOODSTOCK — The Wasps (1-0) erased a 3-0 deficit by winning their final four matches on opening day.

Nixon Malik clinched the match with a 3-6, 6-2, 13-11 survival of the Colonels’ Ty Smith. That came moments after Max Hambsch also went to a tiebreaker to take his first varsity singles match in a 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 win.

Danny Drebber (6-1, 6-0) and the doubles tandem of Kip Gaddis and Sam Morris (7-6 (7), 6-4) provided the Wasps’ other points.

“When Yogi Berra said, ‘It ain’t over ’til it’s over,’ he was right,” Woodstock coach David Miles said. “We sure proved that adage today.”

Woodstock hosts Rutland on Wednesday.

Lebanon 8, Bow 1

BOW, N.H. — The Raiders (1-0) came out strong in their season opener, taking five of the six doubles points in a win over the Falcons.

Mason Arado, Nolan Arado and Seamus Hickey set the tone for Lebanon with 8-0 wins at the top three singles slots. Tyler St. Martin (8-3) and Finn Ericson (8-4) also won. The Raiders swept doubles behind the Arados at No. 1 (8-0), Hickey/Karsten Hansen at No. 2 (8-1) and Jake Hibner/Kian Schifferdecker at No. 3 (8-3).

The teams reunite on the CCBA courts on Wednesday.

Bedford 9, Hanover 0

HANOVER — A rematch of the last NHIAA Division I state final went all Bulldogs at Storrs Pond.

Evan Yang had the best shot at a point for the Marauders (2-1), dropping a 9-7 decisionto Nick Bayer at first singles. No. 3 Kevin Pillsbury and No. 4 Alex Stevens also played close in matching 8-6 defeats.

The teams meet again in Bedford on Wednesday.

TRACK AND FIELDHanover competes at Newport

NEWPORT — Riley Roach and Daniel Frost swept the 3,200-meter run to highlight Hanover’s performance in a four-school meet at Newport High’s Maryn Field oval.

Roach claimed the girls’ win in 12 minutes, 22 seconds, and Frost matched that by beating the boys’ field in 10:35. The Marauders also swept the high jump with Emma Kleber (5 feet) and Ian Solberg (6-1).

Anna Aaron added a victory in the girls discus (61 feet), and Pierce Seigne prevailed in the boys 800 in 2:03. The Marauders return to competition at Stevens next Monday.

BASEBALLLebanon 8, Stevens 4

LEBANON — Braeden Falzarano fanned five batters over four innings of work and used eight hits of support for the Raiders’ win over the Cardinals (0-1).

In addition to the win on the mound, Falzarano doubled, walked three times and scored three runs for Lebanon (3-0). Aiden Yates scored twice with a single for the Raiders, who also received a single and three RBIs from Calvin Yates. Lebanon took control of the contest with a five-run third innings built on four hits.

Zack Bundy took the loss for Stevens, pitching four innings. Dylan Chambers had two of the Cards’ nine hits and scored twice.

The teams meet again in Claremont on Wednesday.

SOFTBALLStevens 21, Lebanon 8

LEBANON — A four-run first inning couldn’t keep the Raiders (0-3) from their third straight game, a six-inning affair to the Cardinals (1-0).

Autumn Crowell and Piper Morgan both walked and scored to ignite Lebanon, which also picked up opening-frame runs from Libelulla Tafe and Maddie Finnell (team-high three hits). Crowell and Morgan both scored twice for the Raiders.

The teams meet again on Wednesday in Claremont.

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