Hanover Divers Repeat as Champs

  • Windsor's Seth Balch.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Durham, n.h. — Falling off the diving board isn’t exactly what Hanover High junior Kai Renshaw had in mind as the opener to Friday night’s NHIAA Division II diving championship.

Uncomfortable with how his debut attempt was coming off, yet not happy with the prospect of balking and retrying, Renshaw took a fall on the first of his 11 dives off the University of New Hampshire’s one-meter board. Renshaw hit a lane line in the process, requiring a quick medical check before starting his comeback.

And come back he did. Renshaw and Hanover teammate Amelia Wallis earned repeat championships on Friday to give Hanover a good start for the two-day D-II swimming and diving finals at UNH. Renshaw won the boys title for the second straight year, while Wallis did the same in a deeper field than last season, leading a 1-2-3 sweep for the Marauders.

“I think it definitely shook me, but it gave me a mindset that I was only 20 points in the hole,” Renshaw said in a phone interview. “I had to get out of that, which was very motivating.”

Hanover coach Carl Renshaw, who is also Kai’s father, had another word for it, especially given the failed first attempt was on a dive, a front one-and-a-half somersault, that is usually the junior’s go-to choice.

“We sort of reframed him and put that behind him; that’s the big thing,” Carl Renshaw said. “It’s totally a mental sport. In a sense, that’s why it was so gutsy to come back and put that behind you and hit your next 10 dives.”

Chris Onyango was fourth for the Hanover boys.

Wallis led a charge at the top of the girls standings that included Nika Renshaw in second place and Hazel Garrett-Hanchett in third. The NHIAA did not make final scores available by press time.

“Her night wasn’t as dramatic as Kai’s, but she had a real solid night,” Carl Renshaw said. “She had some really nice dives along the way. She’s such a competitor.”

The wins and high finishes give Hanover a head start for the swimming portion of the state meet, which commences at 4:45 p.m. in the UNH pool.

Boys Basketball

Mount Royal 78, Nute 40

Sunapee — Alex Normandin came out firing, finishing six 3-pointers and a game-high 26 points as the Royals (11-5, 11-7) made the most of senior night.

Normandin and fellow seniors Kolbe Bocko, Josh Griffin and Zeke Swenson all started, and the unusual lineup kept the Knights from getting going. Normandin’s outside shooting gave Mount Royal a foundation from which to start, one the Knights built into a 42-24 halftime lead to end all doubt early.

Andrew Normandin scored 17 points, Bocko finished with 16 and Louis Larosiliere finished with 10 for Mount Royal.

Lebanon 58Manchester West 36

Lebanon — The Raiders (10-3, 11-5) rolled to a 40-19 halftime lead to win for the sixth time in seven starts.

Matt Eylander led a balanced attack with 17 points for Lebanon, while Wade Rainey netted 14. Hunter Bienvenu matched his most productive offensive night of the season with 12 points, all on 3-pointers, and Jon Willeman contributed eight points. Twelve Raiders played, and seven scored.

Lebanon visits Kingswood on Tuesday.

Woodsville 76Canaan-Pittsburg 45

Canaan, Vt. — With a 33-point explosion out of the gate, the Engineers (11-3, 12-4) rolled to victory.

Cooper Davidson netted 12 of his 16 points and Billy Green had 11 of his team-high 17 in the opening period for Woodsville, which owned a 33-16 cushion by the first-period buzzer. Woodsville spread the offense around from there, getting 11 points from Corey Bemis, nine for Patrick Reardon-Estes, eight from Conner Maccini and seven from Garrett Olsen.

Woodsville returns home to host Blue Mountai on Monday.

Woodstock 60
Springfield 38

Springfield, Vt. — The Wasps evened off at 6-6.

Caleb Webb and Gabriel Marsicovetere scored 18 points each and Christian Wood had 11 for the Wasps, who had 24 assists as a team.

Woodstock hosts Fair Haven on Monday.

Plymouth 55, Hanover 52

Plymouth, n.h. — The Marauders led 31-20 early in the third quarter before faltering against the Bobcats’ standard halfcourt press, sustaining their fifth straight loss.

After allowing 24 Bobcat points in the third quarter, Hanover outscored Plymouth 13-11 in the fourth and had a chance to tie it in the final minute but missed a 3-pointer and subsequently put Plymouth at the free-throw line.

The Marauders (4-8, 7-8) host Goffstown on Tuesday.

Gilford 64, Mascoma 47

West Canaan — The Royals employed a zone defense to counter Gilford’s big men, but it only helped for so long.

“It’s the first time we’ve played zone since I got here,” said ninth-year Royals coach Jim Barry. “The matchups forced us to. (Gilford) has some physically gifted, strong athletes and we executed (defensively) pretty well, but eventually they wore us down inside.”

Tyler Warner scored 11 points and Killian Dowd had 10 for Mascoma (5-10, 5-13), whoch hosts Hillsboro-Deering on Tuesday.

Fair Haven 75, Windsor 67

Fair Haven, Vt. — The Slaters won a back-and-forth contest to end Windsor’s eight-game winning streak.

Cam Coloutti led the home team with 26 points, Joe Cannon contributed 15 and the pair combined on seven 3-pointers. Fair Haven finally broke free in the fourth quarter with its accuracy at the free-throw line. Windsor picked up 22 points from Seth Balch, 17 from Ben Meagher and eight apiece from Dakota Page and Hunter Grela.

Windsor (11-2) hosts Springfield on Tuesday.

Montpelier 61, Thetford 53

Montpelier — The Salons outscored the Panthers 17-8 in the fourth quarter as Thetford dipped to 7-5. Owen Deffner scored 18 points and Dylan Thorburn had 16 for the Panthers, who visit Oxbow on Wednesday.

Girls Basketball

Lebanon 66Manchester West 19

Manchester — The Raiders (13-2, 15-3) jumped out to a 25-0 lead after one quarter and never looked back.

After beating Hanover with only five healthy bodies on Tuesday, Lebanon coach Tim Kehoe made sure to use a deeper rotation against the Blue Knights. The Raiders got their usual output from Rebecca Wright (23 points), Sally Rainey (12) and Leah Mayes (eight), but others such as Carrie Laramie and Caroline Borger (six points each) made the most of their playing time, too.

Megan Gradijan also had six points for the Raiders, who host Kingswood on Tuesday.

Hanover 75, Plymouth 41

Hanover — The Marauders (11-3, 12-5) bounced back quickly from Tuesday’s loss to Lebanon, using big first and third quarters to cage the Bobcats at Hanover High.

Maddie McCorkle led four Hanover players in double figures with 17 points. The Marauders also picked up big games from Bella Bardales (16 points) as well as Charlotte Johnson and Anna Kirkpatrick, both of whom finished with 10 points. Kirkpatrick’s output was a season and career high.

The Marauders jumped to a 25-11 lead after one quarter and used a 32-12 third period to put Plymouth away. Lois Schwarz and Frances Taylor added eight points each for Hanover.

Blue Mountain 39Whitcomb-Rochester 34

Wells River, Vt. — Limited to five players by injury and illness, the Mountaineers (8-5) ran out of steam contesting their second game in as many nights.

“Back-to-back was tough with only five players,” Whitchester coach Dennis Wood said. “We had a six-point lead at halftime, but they wore us down.”

Hayley Mears still produced a game-high 17 points for Whitchester, with Sylvie Coltey contributing eight.

Con-Val 58, Stevens 48

Peterborough, n.h. — The Cardinals (5-10, 7-11) couldn’t find an answer for Con-Val junior guard Lindsey Carey, who poured in a whopping 40 points to send the Cougars to the victory.

Carey’s night included a 19-for-24 performance at the free-throw line, 11 coming in the second quarter as the hosts pulled away for a 32-12 halftime lead. Stevens tried to close the gap in the second half, getting big efforts from Sydney Miller and Tess Whitney before coming up short. Whitney, who was a perfect 8-for-8 from the stripe, finished with a game-high 14 points, and Miller hit three 3-pointers en route to a 13-point performance.

Rivendell 24, Chelsea 19

Chelsea — On a night when the Rivendell Academy girls basketball team’s best shooters had off nights, those Raptors coach Hank Tenney calls his unsung heroes delivered in crucial moments. Junior guard Leah Rutherford had two of her four steals in the final minutes, setting up the winning points as Rivendell escaped.

Tied 19-19, Rutherford’s third steal set up the lone 3-pointer of the game for senior Riley Thomson (seven points). Rutherford had another steal to set up a basket by Jenna Gilbert, Tenney’s other unsung hero.

Mikayla DeBois finished with five points for the Raptors.

Woodsville 58 Pittsburg-Canaan 23

Canaan, Vt. — Olivia Sarkis had her third straight double-double as the Engineers improved to 13-4.

Sarkis had 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Lily Kinder scored 15 points and Alyssa Prest scored 12 points on four 3-pointers.

“We got to work on a lot of different stuff tonight, and it was another great game by Olivia,” said Woodsville coach Russell Wilcox.

Mount Royal 53, Nute 14

Sunapee — The Knights’ half-court pressure was far too much for Nute as Mount Royal improved to 13-3 in NHIAA D-IV and 15-4 overall.

Alexis Matte scored 25 points, Sophie LaRose had 13 and Jacinta Hogan 10 for Mount Royal, which visits Hinsdale on Tuesday.

Gilford 53, Mascoma 34

Gilford, n.h. — The Royals fell to 5-12 in league play and 5-14 overall. Mascoma trailed by only six at halftime.

Michaela Dowd scored nine points and Lizz Pelton had seven for the Royals, who visit Hillsboro-Deering on Tuesday.

Girls Hockey

Hanover 7OR-Portsmouth 0

West Lebanon — Cate Wagner produced a hat trick with two assists as the Marauders (11-1-1, 12-2-1) rolled over Oyster River-Portsmouth at Campion Rink despite battling illness through the lineup.

Wagner scored the only goal of the first period, then prefaced a pair of Bri Laycock strikes in the second for a 4-0 lead. Kelly Citera and Macy Curtis upped the advantage in the third before Wagner completed her trifecta on a Laycock assist.

Claire Yegian and Rebekah Rudd split the shutout, each making five saves. Laycock and Emma Tysinger also had two assists for Hanover, with Hannah Curtis also earning an assist.

KUA 2, Berwick 1

Berwick, Maine — Taylor Coburn provided both goals and goalie Maddie Long stopped six shots, enough to guarantee the Wildcats (12-4-4) their latest victory.

Coburn tallied on assists from Mia Brown and Molly Flanagan for her first goal, later adding a second on a Colleen Donoghue pass. Kimball Union outshot its hosts, 39-6.

Boys Hockey

KUA 4, New Hampton 2

Meriden — The Wildcats (22-5-1) avenged an earlier loss to the Huskies with a win by the same score at Akerstrom Arena.

New Hampton converted a Kimball Union turnover for the opening goal, which KUA’s Sullivan Mack equalized midway through the first period. Andranik Armstrong, Thomas Samuelsen and Drew Bennett put the hosts up, 4-1, by the third period. The Huskies solved Hugo Turcotte (18 saves) once in the final stanza but got no closer.

Matt Eagan had two assists, and Armstrong, Logan Cash and Arlo Merritt also had halepers. KUA hosts Holderness tonight.

Alpine Skiing

French, Lebanon Boys Fifth

Franconia, n.h. — Lebanon’s Logan French placed seventh in the giant slalom and 19th in the slalom as the Lebanon boys placed fifth out of 10 teams at Cannon Mountain’s Mittershill Ski Area.

Lebanon garnered the third-highest points in the GS, with John Moorehead (13th), Graham Ten Haken (20th) and Peter Maslan (26th) following French. Moorehead and Ten Haken were 26th and 27th, respectively, and John Brennan and Maslan were 31st and 32nd in the slalom.

Woodsville’s boys were eighth, led by Donny Bowman (15th in sallom, 17th in GS), Eric Saffo (36th in slalom, 37th in GS) and Zachary Moore (37th in slalom, 35th in GS). Woodsville’s girls placed sixth out of 11 teams, with Keatyn Horne (31st in GS, 45th in slalom) and Nye Adamkowski (33rd in GS, 39th in slalom) cracking the top 45 in both disciplines.

Lebanon’s girls were eighth, led by Jessica Hastings’ 18th-place showing in the slalom. Hastings was 48th in the GS. Lindsay Anikis was 28th and Baylee Chase 29th in the GS for the Raiders.

Boys team scores: Derryfield 738, Profile 730, Lyndon 679, Hopkinton 653.5, Lebanon 650, Oyster River 635.5, Littleton 622.5, Woodsville 582.5, Lyndon 260, John Stark 259.

Girls team scores: Profile 774, Lyndon 712, Derryfield 690, Hopkinton 661, Littleton 633, Woodsville 577, Oyster Rover 545, Lebanon 529, Lisbon 196, John Stark 187, Lyndon 173.