Local Roundup: Hanover Sweeps to NHIAA Swimming Titles

  • Members of the Hanover High swimming and diving team celebrate their NHIAA Division II state championship on Saturday at the University of New Hampshire.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Durham, n.h. — Hanover High’s depth proved a winning formula at the NHIAA Division II boys and girls swimming state championship at the University of New Hampshire’s Swasey Indoor Pool on Saturday.

The Marauders won going away to clinch both state titles. The girls had a team score of 207, 45 points ahead of second-place Oyster River. The boys checked in with 201 points, 18 ahead of the Bobcats. Lebanon took fifth in both the girls and boys standings in a meet that drew 22 schools.

Erik Hansen had a pair of wins for the Hanover boys, taking the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 47.48 seconds and the 500 free in 4:45.45. Hansen also anchored the Marauders in a pair of good relay finishes (second in the 200 free relay and third in the 400 free relay). Kai Renshaw got Hanover started by winning the 1-meter dive on Friday night.

Atticus Kangas took second in the 200 individual medley in 2:06.58 and third in the 100 backstroke. Christopher Rieseberg added a pair of third-place showings in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke. Hanover coach Fritz Bedford commented on strong improvement shown by Ethan Adner, who was eighth in the 100 fly and ninth in the 100 back.

“We had a really great day. We had a couple kids sick this week, but they’re young and they bounced back,” Bedford said. “We were telling the kids that everyone had to move up (their finishes) to win, and most of them did. We had strong swims across the board. The championships are a different game; this is where it really becomes a team sport.”

The Hanover girls had eight top-three finishes and three wins, Amelia Wallis’ Friday diving victory to go with Saturday wins in the 200 and 400 free relays.

Margaret Wenger was second in the 200 free in 1:55.84. Grace Wenger was third in the 100 free, and Emma Dunbar was third in the 500 free.

“They all swam smart races, and as a coach I like to see that. It was a total team effort, everybody scored,” Bedford added.

Andrew Han led the Lebanon boys, taking second in the 100 back and third in the 200 free. The Raiders added a pair of third-place finishes in the 200 free and 200 medley relays. Hannah Budner paced the Lebanon girls, taking fifth in the 50 free and sixth in the 100 free.

Boys team scores (top five): Hanover 201, Oyster River 183, Windham 179, Winnacunnet 133, Lebanon 118.

Girls team scores (top five): Hanover 207, Oyster River 162, Windham 135, Winnacunnet 130, Lebanon 122.

Boys Hockey

Woodstock 5, Brattleboro 0

Brattleboro, Vt. — Steven Townley’s three goals led the Wasps in a shutout of the Colonels.

Townley’s goals came in the first period, one assisted by Andrew Gubbins and another by Lucas Piconi. Trevor White added a goal in the third period. Freshman Riley Shephard added his first career varsity goal to close out the scoring.

Townley and Owen Coates each added assists. Goalie Henry Greene earned the shutout, the Wasps’ seventh of the season. Woodstock (15-0-1) hosts Lyndon on Wednesday.

KUA 3, Holderness 2

Meriden — Down 2-1 heading into the third period, the host Wildcats (23-5-1) struck for a pair of goals to top the Bulls.

Seth Stadheim tipped in a Bryce Dolan shot to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. After a pair of Holderness goals, Andranik Armstrong pulled the Wildcats even on assists from linemates Kyle Penney and Thomas Samuelsen. Armstrong then set up the game-winner two minutes later on the power play, feeding Logan Cash for a one-timer.

Jordan Harris also had an assist. Goalie Sean Dynan had the win for KUA, which visits Proctor on Wednesday.

Girls Hockey

Woodstock 5, Brattleboro 2

Brattleboro, Vt. — The Wasps’ second line of Lizzy Peck, Sami Yates and Faye Stevens accounted for four goals in a quality road victory over the Colonels.

Stevens started the action, scoring in the first period with assists to Yates and Anna Hepler. Lauren Forgione added a power-play goal early in the second period. Peck then scored twice later in the second before Yates closed the book with a goal in the third period.

Hepler added another assist to finish with two helpers. Stevens, Yates, Forgione, Hannah Coates and Khara Brettell also had assists. Goalie Bridgit Black made 11 saves for the Wasps (10-5-1), who play at U-32 on Wednesday.

Berlin-Gorham 5Lebanon-Stevens 4 (ot)

Berlin, n.h. — A controversial overtime goal helped the host Mountaineers top the visiting Raiders (7-5).

Playing with just five forwards and three defensemen, Lebanon-Stevens built a 2-0 lead after the first period on a pair of Elizabeth Jones goals and led 4-1 at one point in the second period. Erin White and Makayla Maccioli added goals. The Mountaineers scored late in the second period and twice in the final four minutes of regulation to force overtime. The hosts won late in the extra session on a goal that required referee consultation.

“It was a funny ending. My girls heard the whistle and stopped playing. No one saw the puck go in. It is what it is, not much we can do about it,” Lebanon-Stevens coach Brad Shaw said. “It hurts because this is a game we could have won.”

Next up for the Raiders is a matchup with Hanover on Tuesday night.

Stowe 9, Hartford 0

Stowe, Vt. — Missing five players due to a school trip, the Hurricanes (1-14-1) were no match for the host Raiders.

Goalie Zoey Pfeiffer made 27 saves for the Canes. Coach Bill Goldsworthy praised the play of Kendyl Boisvert. Hartford hosts Missisquoi on Wednesday night.

Boys Basketball

Websterville Christian 63South Royalton 52

Barre, Vt. — The Royals were unable to dig out of an early hole as Websterville led, 21-10, after the first quarter, but continue to show improvement as the season marches on.

“We’re a young varsity team and our guys have all really bought in,” SoRo coach Pete Howe said. “It’s all about execution. We’ve broken the game down into things like boxing out, making layups, taking care of the ball. We’re getting everybody minutes. I feel pretty confident we’ll start finishing a little better.”

Troy Walker had 22 points to pace the Royals. Zeb Perreault added 10 and Jake Hewitt had seven points. SoRo (4-10) hosts Woodstock on Wednesday.

Lyndon 55, Hartford 25

Lyndon Center, Vt. — The Canes could never find a groove offensively and dropped to 5-9 with the loss.

The Vikings led, 27-12, at halftime. Alex Valley had six points to lead Hartford (5-9), which plays at Mount St. Joseph on Tuesday night.

KUA 63, Bridgton 53

Meriden — The Wildcats pulled away in the second half, breaking a 28-28 halftime deadlock, to beat Bridgton Academy.

Nick Timberlake had 24 points to pace KUA. Enoch Cheeks had 22 and Eze Dike had 11 points. KUA (13-10) hosts Proctor on Wednesday.


Oxbow Edges Windsor

Claremont — The host Yellowjackets came up just short in both Baker bowl matches to settle behind the Olympians at Maple Lanes.

Oxbow beat Windsor in three games for third place, winning 137-128 and 173-136 around a 201-150 Windsor decision. Top-seeded Randolph beat the Olympians in the first round of Baker and South Burlington in the final.

Windsor was led in qualifying by Rayce Gilbert with scores of 224 and 170. Grayson Frazer added 158 and 164. Jared Storms had 162 and 142. Tatyana Malikowski, the lone Windsor honoree on senior day, had 116 and 178 in qualifying.

Preston Loura-Bumps led Oxbow in qualifying with 172 and 160. Steele LaHaye added 183-149 and Justin Mather had 134-143.

Windsor is back in action for a pair of makeup matches on Friday in Brattleboro and then on Saturday at Randolph.

Hartford Third

Claremont — The Hurricanes qualified second but lost to No. 3 seed Fair Haven in the first round of Baker bowling before topping Burlington in the consolation round to take third place.

Joey Raymond (212-214) and Dylan Crowley (205-202) were consistent high rollers in qualifying for the Canes. Lexi Johnston added 162 and 113. The Canes dropped two straight to Fair Haven before winning two of three to beat Burlington in the consolation.

Hartford visits Brattleboro on Friday.