High School Roundup: Hanover Freshman Wins State Golf Crown

  • Hanover's Natalie Morhun. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

  • Sunapee's Hannah Cooney. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

  • Oxbow High School senior Isabella Giesing, 17, in Bradford, Vt., Tuesday, September 19, 2017. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Salem, n.h. — Hanover High freshman Natalie Morhun has shown steady improvement throughout the season. On Saturday, it culminated in her school’s first individual state championship.

Playing the back nine in raw, wet conditions at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands, Morhun shot an 8-over-par round of 43 to win the medal (nine-hole) division at Saturday’s NHIAA girls championship.

It’s the first medal or championship flight (18-hole) individual girls title at the NHIAA meet for Hanover.

Morhun hit a single bogey or better on six holes, including three pars, to edge Mascenic runner up Megan Robichaud by six strokes.

“She’s new to golf and has really improved rapidly,” Hanover coach John Donnelly said of Morhun. “She went from shooting (nine-hole rounds) in the 60s to 50s to 40s very quickly.”

Sunapee High’s Anah Durkee shot 55 to finish tied for sixth.

In the championship division, Pinkerton Academy senior Lauren Thiboudeau shot 1-under 70 for her fourth consecutive title, eight shots better than runner-up Hannah Drew, of Keene High.

Hanover’s Marta Sanchez, a junior and Spanish exchange student, placed in a three-way tie for fourth with an 89.

Sophomore Meredith Morhun, Natalie’s older sister, shot 97 to place 14th.

The Marauders now prepare for the boys Division II championship meet on Oct. 12 at Rochester Country Club.


Newport 43, Fall Mountain 0

Newport — The Tigers won easily while improving to 5-0.

Sophomore John Thibault scored three rushing touchdowns and scored on a fumble return for the Tigers, while Peter Thibault had a punt return for a score.

Senior Kyle Rossiter caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Ethan Houde and ran in for a 2-point conversion for Newport, while Dylan Palmer was 7-for-7 on extra points.

Newport has a bye before hosting Mascoma on Oct. 14.

Stevens 36, Kearsarge 8

North Sutton, n.h. — Keaghan McAllister scored five touchdowns and the Stevens defense came up with three interceptions as the Cardinals improved to 3-2.

“(McAllister) is only a sophomore,” Stevens head coach Paul Silva said. “He went crazy today. Our line, I thought we could be physical. But those guys up front, they did everything we asked them to do. They were fantastic today.”

Derrick Stanhope, Baylor Rozzell and Quentin Bicknell came up with interceptions. Stevens has a bye week before it hosts Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough on Oct. 13.

Boys Soccer

Rivendell 8, Craftsbury 0

Craftsbury Commons, Vt. — The Raptors’ Owen Pelletier had a hat trick with an assist as Rivendell (7-0) stayed perfect in a makeup game.

Johnny Vogelien (assist) and Dylan Ricker added two goals each and Tyler Gray scored once.

Charlie Bradley and A.J. DeBois registered single assists for the Raptors, while Dashiel Fukushima made seven saves.

Rivendell hosts Williamstown-Northfield on Monday.

Sunapee 4, Pittsfield 3 (2 ot)

Sunapee — Cade Robinson headed a lobbing corner from Carson Garland into the upper left corner of the net to give Sunapee the win with 2 minutes and 17 seconds left in the second overtime.

The Lakers built a 3-0 lead in the second half but couldn’t hold on to it as Pittsfield scored three in the final 15 minutes to force extra time. Garland finished with a goal and two assists.

Lane Smith netted one, Christoffer Joergensen scored and had an assist and Nick Ducharme finished the game with a helper.

Sunapee had 14 shots on goal. The Lakers (7-3) host Newport on Tuesday.

Kimball Union 2, Cushing 1

Ashburnham, Mass. — Ben Tardiff scored twice as the Wildcats stayed perfect at 4-0.

Noah Spaulding assisted on Tardiff’s first goal, in the seventh minute. Keeper Nkosi Dube picked up the win for KUA, which hosts St. Paul’s on Wednesday.

Kearsarge 2, Stevens 1

North Sutton, n.h. — The Cougars scored on a pair of headers to help snap a seven-game winning streak by the Cardinals (8-3-0).

“We played pretty well in the first half, but got tired in the second,” Stevens coach Jason Stone said in an email. “We have a few injuries right now so we played a lot of subs. Kearsarge did a nice job of possessing the ball in the second half.”

Mitchell Paquette scored the lone goal for Stevens, which hosts Conant on Tuesday.

Girls Soccer

Hartford 2, Springfield 0

White River Junction — Maddie Koff and Ileana Sirois scored in the first half as the Hurricanes (3-3-1) evened off with their first shutout win of the season.

Koff’s strike came on a direct kick four minutes in. Sirois’ came in the 23rd minute with an assist to McKenna Druge.

Goalie Morgan White made three saves for Hartford, which is back at home on Tuesday against Brattleboro.

Hanover 2, Souhegan 0

Hanover — Pepper Joseph and Cate Wagner both scored unassisted in the first five minutes as the Marauders improved to 6-1-2.

“We had some other opportunities and it was against a quality opponent,” Marauders coach Doug Kennedy said. “We had a good possession throughout, so it was a feel-good win.”

Bryn Kable played strong at midfield for Hanover, which held a 7-1 advantage in shots.

Bella Bardales made the single stop in net for the Marauders, who are back at home Tuesday against Kearsarge.

Sunapee 6, Pittsfield 0

Sunapee — The undefeated Lakers (10-0) scored five goals in the second half.

Maddie Austin and Hannah Cooney each finished the game with three goals. Ellie Frederick had two assists; Cooney and Star Lucas each had one.

“The end of our season will really show where we stand and what we have,” Sunapee head coach Myles Cooney said in an email. “I think there will be some valuable lessons in there.”

Sunapee hosts Newport on Tuesday.

Thetford 4, Peoples 1

Morrisville, Vt. — Casey MacVeagh and Lily MacVeagh combined for two goals each as the Panthers improved to 5-1.

Casey MacVeagh also finished with an assist, as did Ellen Veracka, Arwen Clayton and Abby Berard. The Panthers led 3-0 at halftime. Thetford goalkeeper Danielle Robinson made seven saves.

Thetford hosts Stowe on Tuesday.

Rivendell 8, Craftsbury 1

Craftsbury Commons, Vt. — Riley Thomson had three goals and a whopping five assists as the Raptors improved to 7-1.

Mikayla DeBois added two goals and two assists, Mikayla Stever had two goals and one assist and Casey Ghio added a goal for Rivendell.

“It may have looked like it was Riley’s game, but it was actually a great team game,” Rivendell coach Tim Goodwin said.

“We controlled the middle and the whole crew did a great job keeping the ball in (the Chargers’) end.”

Freshman keeper Cora Day made four saves for the Raptors, who host Blue Mountain on Tuesday.

KUA 2, Proctor Acad. 1

Meriden — Plainfield native Willa McGough scored late to keep the Wildcats (3-0-1) undefeated.

Kimball Union visits St. Paul’s on Wednesday.

Sharon 1, Cabot 1 (2 ot)

Cabot, Vt. — Both goals came in the second half as the Phoenix (2-3-3) surrendered a 1-0 lead for its third tie of the year.

Novah Conway scored for Sharon, while goalie Rory Livingston made 10 saves.

Sharon hosts rival South Royalton on Monday.

Mt. Anthony 4, Woodstock 1

Woodstock — Wasps goalkeeper Brittany Pojacik made 12 saves.

Annabelle Lessard scored Woodstock’s lone goal, assisted by Alexa Tsouknakis. The Wasps (2-5) travel to Fair Haven on Tuesday.

Proctor 6, Windsor 0

Windsor — Hannah Kemp made eight saves on 14 shots as the Yellowjackets fell to 4-4.

First-year head coach Jeff Bachey praised central defender Carah Rugg for her exceptional play. Windsor travels to Leland & Gray on Tuesday.

Kearsarge 2, Stevens 0

North Sutton, n.h. — Emily Folcik and Taryn Hublye scored for Kearsarge as the Cardinals fell to 7-5. Stevens travels to Hopkinton on Wednesday.

Field Hockey

Hanover 2, Mascoma 1

Hanover — Marauders sophomore Miranda Galbraith broke a 1-1 tie in the second half to lift Hanover to its seventh win of the season.

Mascoma’s Alyssa Hammond scored in the first minute, assisted by Elizabeth Jones. But Hanover answered before halftime, Diana Schwarz finishing things off after a long run by Isabelle Sangha. Natalie Smith assisted on Galbraith’s game-winner.

Ella Edmonds made 4 saves for Hanover. Abby Duhaime made 12 saves in the loss.

Hanover head coach Jean Essex praised her defensive group of Aiden Stone, Daphnie Friedman and Emma Marks for their strong play.

Hanover (7-2-1) travels to Derryfield on Tuesday. Mascoma (4-6) travels to Franklin on Wednesday.

Windsor 2, Springfield 1

Windsor — Hannah Wood provided a goal and an assist as the Yellowjackets (5-1) won their fifth straight.

“Wet field conditions made it challenging in the first half as we were over-running the ball,” Windsor head coach Jody Wood wrote in an email.

“After the talk at half, we were able to slow it down, dribble to angles and get the ball in the net.”

The game, Windsor’s homecoming, was scoreless before Angelina Bigwood broke the tie in the second half.

Windsor led, 6-4, on penalty corners. Glenna Ricard made one save.

The Yellowjackets host Fair Haven on Wednesday.

Woodstock 2, Fair Haven 0

Woodstock — Goals from Lili Sorrentino and Mackenzie Yates lifted the Wasps to their second win of the season.

Maddy Trimpi and Khara Brettell each finished with assists. Goaltender Maggie Parker made eight saves.

Woodstock head coach Annie Doton pointed to Yates and Kelly Gebhardt for having exceptional performances.

The Wasps (2-3-1) host Bellows Falls on Tuesday.

Cross Country

Lebanon, Hanover Visit Coe-Brown

Northwood, n.h. — The Raider boys placed 13th and the Marauders 20th at the annual Black Bear Invitational.

Kieran Murphy of winning team Oyster River championed the boys race in 16 minutes, 18 seconds, nine ticks ahead of Merrimack Valley’s David Reynolds.

Lebanon’s Cody Davis placed 48th of 186 runners in 18:02, followed by teammates Jake Willeman (60th; 18:16), Edward Bieszczad (61st; 18:18), Peter Maslan (73rd; 18:35) and Zach Herndon (114th; 19:35).

Matthew Bonner (86th; 19:00) led a trio of Marauders running closely together, just ahead of Diego Aspinwall (90th; 19:02) and Eric Goodney (92nd; 19:05). Carter Auch (119th; 19:42) and Jack Robey (122nd; 19:46) also ran for Hanover.

On the girls side, the host Bears prevailed as Milford’s Rebecca Durham won individually in 18:09, a full 59 seconds ahead of runner-up Danielle Slavin, of Oyster River.

Lebanon placed 21st, led by Grace Furling (32nd; 21:22). Abigail Snow (127th; 24:11), Emma Herndon (134th; 24:47), Irina Stan (156th; 25:56) and Ana Goodwin (157th; 25:58) followed for the Raiders.

Hanover, which also competed Saturday at the Maine Festival of Champions, did not field girls varsity runners.

Boys team scores:1. Oyster River 31; Coe-Brown 96; 3. Winnacunnet 122; 4. Phillips Exeter 136; 5. Mascenic 136; 6. Kingswood 205; 7. Merrimack Valley 293; 8. Trinity 298; 9. Windham 313; 10. Dover 316; 11. Sanborn 320; 12. Bishop Guertin 328; 13. Lebanon 334; 14. Kennett 336; 15. Con-Val 379; 16. Portsmouth 389; 17. Hollis Brookline 419; 18. Manchester Central 445; 19. Milford 466; 20. Hanover 474.

Girls team scores:1. Coe-Brown 65; 2. Bishop Guertin 81; 3. Con-Val 142; 4. Manchester Central 148; 5. Oyster River 151; 6. Phillips Exeter 181; 7. Kennett 210; 8. MIlford 231; 9. Portsmouth 237; 10. Dover 250; 11. Spaulding 256; 12. Winnacunnet 317; 13. Windham 378; 14. Mascenic 451; 15. Hollis Brookline 451; 16. Kingswood 472; 17. Pelham 472; 18. Plymouth 483; 19. Merrimack Valley 488; 20. St. Thomas 497; 21. Lebanon 545; 22. Pembroke 627; 23. Goffstown 650.

Oxbow Girls Win at Peoples

Morrisville, Vt. — The Olympians placed five runners in the top 18 to knock off the host Wolves, Lamoille and Stowe at Peoples Academy.

Izzy Giesing placed second in 19:14, 59 seconds behind winner Rena Schwartz, of Green Mountain Valley.

Tyrus Rosten (fifth; 21:38), Hannah Giesing (ninth; 22:42), Emily Carson (11th; 23:12) and Jessie Daigle (18th; 26:28) followed for Oxbow.

The Olympians fielded just three boys runners, not enough for a team score. Their performance was highlighted by sophomore Keelan Durham’s fifth-place time of 17:59, a personal record by 52 seonds.

William Douglas (13th; 19:07) and Seth Carson (32nd; 23:16) followed for Oxbow.

Craftsbury’s Griffin Wright won in 17:22.

Boys team scores: 1. Stowe 33; 2. Peoples 36; 3. Craftsbury 67.

Girls team scores:1. Oxbow 28; 2. Peoples 49; 3. Lamoille 63; 4. Stowe 78.


Portsmouth 3, Hanover 0

Hanover — The Clippers won decisively in two of three matches during the sweep, 25-6, 25-22, 25-12.

Shannon Walsh played a strong all-around game for the Marauders (4-5), who play the second of four straight home games Monday against Laconia.