Local Roundup: Lebanon, Hanover Chase Nordic Ski Honors

Monday, March 05, 2018

Gorham, n.h. — Lebanon’s Jacob Willeman and Owen Johnstone finished second and third, respectively, and both joined Hanover’s Aiden Biglow and Glen Passow in posting a pair of top-10 finishes during Monday’s NHIAA Division II Nordic skiing championship at the Great Glen Trails.

Hanover’s girls had the top Upper Valley team finish, taking second in a field of seven with Lebanon claiming fourth. The Raider boys were third in their meet, losing a total-time tiebreaker with Plymouth for second place. Hanover’s boys took fourth. Kennett swept both four-kilometer boys races as well as the girls 4K freestyle, rolling to dual team championships.

Con-Val’s Schuyler Michalak (13 minutes, 3.7 seconds) won the girls classic, a race that saw Hanover’s scoring four of Caroline Loescher (eighth, 15:27.4), Shannon Walsh (10th, 15:37.9), Margot Davis (12th, 15:49.8) and Sage Gilbert-Diamond (13th, 16:02.1) all crack the top 15. Ana Goodwin (11th, 15:44.5) and Alya Weale (17th, 16:12.2) topped Lebanon’s results.

Kennett’s Eilidh McKinnon claimed the girls freestyle in 11:21.5. Loescher (12:46.3) and Walsh (12:53.3) were 6-7 for the Marauders, with Megan Smith 11th and Margo Davis 15th. Celia Barnett topped Lebanon by finishing 14th (13:34.6).

The Eagles’ Aiden Hagerty won both boys races, taking the classic in 11:13.0 and the freestyle in 10:09.8.

Willeman and Johnstone gave best chase in the latter race. Willeman took second in 10:27.5, followed by Johnstone (10:49.5), Biglow (fourth, 10:50.7) and Passow (sixth, 10:56.3). Willeman was sixth in the classic with a time of 12:14.6; Biglow took eighth (12:24.0), with Johnstone one slot behind (12:28.8) and Passow one more back (12:36.7).

Nate Magari (15th) and Eric Robicheau (18th) completed Lebanon’s freestyle scoring, while Markus Beuer (15th) and Cooper Bourne (18th) did the same in the classic. Plymouth and Lebanon tied for second in the team standings, but the Bobcats’ complete ski times pipped the Raiders by about seven seconds.

Diego Aspinwall was 12th and Noah Phipps 17th for Hanover in the classic; Aspinwall took 14th and Phipps 17th in the freestyle. The Marauders finished just two points behind Plymouth and Lebanon.

Boys team scores: Kennett 769, Plymouth 731, Lebanon 731, Hanover 729, Kingswood 657, Con-Val 622, Souhegan 385.

Girls team scores: Kennett 781, Hanover 740, Kingswood 709, Lebanon 692, Plymouth 659, Con-Val 654, Souhegan 609.

Alpine Skiing

Woodstock, ThetfordOpen States

Burke, Vt. — Peter Borden and Kyle Weirether cracked the top 10 for Woodstock in giant slalom action to kick off the two-day VPA alpine skiing championships at Burke Mountain.

The Wasps are fourth among the boys through the opening day of racing. Borden took fourth in a two-run time of 1:50.50, and Weirether was ninth in 1:52.96, but no other Woodstock athlete cracked the top 25.

Dylan Kotlowitz had Thetford’s best time, taking 48th in 2:10.27. The Panthers are 13th out of the 14 schools at the championship. Rutland’s Dylan Roussel won the race in 1:46.15.

Mount Mansfield’s Viva Goetze claimed the girls GS in 1:54.65. Chloe Noble (17th, 2:06.54) and Alice Sperber (22nd, 2:08.67) had the best days for Woodstock, which is eighth out of 12 schools through the opening day of competition.

The state meet wraps up with a two-run slalom today back at Burke.

Boys team scores (top five): St. Johnsbury 37, CVU 60, Burr & Burton 66, Woodstock 78, Harwood 87.

Girls team scores (top five): Rutland 50, Mount Mansfield 65, CVU 69,Burr & Burton 72, St. Johnsbury 74; Woodstock, 112 (eighth place).