Local Roundup: Hanover sweeps to NHIAA Division II swim titles again

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Saturday, February 09, 2019

DURHAM, N.H. — The Hanover High girls and boys swimming and diving teams finished in the top five in 18 of 24 events at the NHIAA Division II swimming and diving championship at the University of New Hampshire’s Swasey Pool on Saturday, repeating as state champs.

The Marauder girls won by a 73-point margin over runner-up St. Thomas one year after beating out Windham by 45 points. Hanover’s boys edged second-place Windham by 19 for the title. Lebanon’s boys took eighth overall with 69 points. The Stevens boys tied for 20th.

The Hanover girls were once again led by Grace and Maggie Wenger. Grace Wenger won the 100 butterfly in 58.41 seconds, took third in the 200 free in 1:52.37, helped Hanover’s 400 free relay team — with Maggie Wenger, Jocelyn Hazen and Emma Dunbar — win the event in 3:40.30 and helped its 200 relay team — with Hazen, Isabel Brennan and Charlotte Bedford — take second in 1:45.23. Maggie Wenger won the 100 free (53.42), placed fourth (1:53.75) in the 200 free and helped Hanover’s 200 medley relay team — with Bedford, Dunbar and Daria Gundermann — take fourth (1:54.31).

Erik Hansen and Chris Rieseberg paced the Hanover boys. Riesberg, a junior, finished second (2:04.24) in the 200 individual medley and third (1:00.95) in the 100 breaststroke. He also helped Hanover’s 200 medley relay team — with Hansen, Benton Cesanek and Kai Renshaw — take second (1:45.92) and anchored its 200 free relay team — with Oliver Parrado, Aidan Marshall and Ben Stroud — to a third-place finish in 1:42.52. Hansen, a senior, won the 100 back in 55.64.

For Lebanon’s boys, Andrew Han was second (56.51) in the 100 back and fourth (1:56.43) in the 200 free. Zethan Moss was second (5:20.45) in the 500 freestyle and Aidan Urnezis was fourth in both the 100 free (51.91) and the 50 free (23.73). Liam Clark was the top finisher for the Cardinals, 12th overall (2:12.40) in the 200 free.

Girls HockeyHanover 3, Concord 1

WEST LEBANON — The Marauders scored twice in the first period and again in the third to improve to 9-5-1 overall and 8-4-1 in league play.

Sage McGinley-Smith opened the scoring for Hanover, assisted by Bryn Kable, and Rose Donaldson scored the eventual game-winner before the end of the first period, assisted by Maggie Lee and Emma Tysinger. Tysinger added an unassisted insurance goal in the third. Claire Yegian made six saves.

Hanover plays Lebanon-Stevens-Mount Royal at Campion Rink on Tuesday.

Brattleboro 4, Hartford 3

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Colonels netted the game-winning goal with about two minutes left in regulation to spoil the day for the Hurricanes (2-13-1).

Izzy Stack scored twice and Nora Knudsen had one goal for Hartford, which picked up assists from Brianna Roberts, Jasmine Wilson and Greer McCarty, who drew praise for her play from coach Bill Goldsworthy.

Zoey Pfeiffer finished with 18 saves.

Souhegan 5, Lebanon-Stevens-Kearsarge 2

NASHUA, N.H. — The Raiders allowed three goals in the third period to fall to 5-8-0.

Marissa Pickman scored on passes from Lily Barber and Mackayla O’Meara to help LSK erase a Souhegan goal and take a 1-1 tie into the first intermission. The Raiders repeated the feat with 26 seconds left in the second stanza, Kate Cochran scoring Lebanon’s tying goal after accepting a Celia Barnett pass through the Sabers’ defense.

Paige Hoegler stopped 20 shots in goal for the Raiders.

They play Hanover at Campion Rink on Tuesday.

Boys HockeyLebanon-Stevens-MRA 3, Portsmouth-Newmarket 2

DOVER, N.H. — Andrew Duany scored the game-winning goal with 2:03 remaining in the third period, capping a two-goal rally in the final stanza to help the Raiders improve to 8-7 overall.

Lebanon trailed, 2-1, headed into the third period before Trey Chickering tied the game with 9:18 remaining, part of a one-goal, two-assist effort for the sophomore. Jack Sandmann got the visitors on the board in the second period. Goaltender Hunter Robb made 27 saves in the victory.

Lebanon (7-6 league) hosts Berlin on Wednesday.

Hanover 5, Manchester Memorial 1

MANCHESTER — Charlie Plottner and Tono Correa netted a goal and two assists to help the Marauders improve to 12-4 overall.

“We had a terrific performance from Tom Lyons on defense,” said Hanover head coach Dick Dodds. “He didn’t hit the scoresheet, but he helped propel the offense. … He played well in our end.”

Duncan Bailey scored twice for Hanover, which improved to 11-2 in league play.

Sylas Oberting scored a goal and provided an assist. Joey Goff finished the game with three assists and Will Laycock had a helper. Freshman Ben Plottner made 10 saves in the victory.

Dodds also praised Oberting, Bailey and Correa for having exceptional games.

Hanover travels to Concord on Wednesday.

Holderness 4, Kimball Union 4

MERIDEN — The Wildcats fired 57 shots at the Holderness net but settled for a tie.

KUA (23-4-1) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second period. Dora’s second goal of the game gave the Wildcats a lead. Holderness tied the game in the final minutes with the goaltender pulled.

Zach Paputsakis made 23 saves for KUA, which hosts Proctor on Wednesday.

St. Johnsbury 2, Hartford 0

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. — Ross McFate made 23 saves as the Canes fell to 3-8-1. They travel to Missisquoi on Monday.

Boys BasketballWoodsville 67, Lin-Wood 40

WOODSVILLE — The Engineers shook off a four-point first-quarter deficit to outscore Lin-Wood, 20-2, before halftime and 25-19 in the third quarter, improving their record to 10-4 overall.

Billy Greene and Patrick Estes led the way with 16 points each for Woodsville. Corey Bemis added 10 points and Conner Maccini added seven points.

The Engineers host Blue Mountain on Monday.

Girls BasketballThetford 45, Lyndon 41

LYNDONVILLE, Vt. — Kiana Johnson scored a game-high 17 points for the Panthers, who held off a late rally to improve to 15-1.

Thetford led, 38-26, after three quarters before Lyndon made its run, outscoring the visiting Panthers, 15-7, in the final stanza. Namya Benjamin added 11 points and Grace Davis scored six points. Thetford travels to Williamstown on Tuesday.

Otter Valley 64, Hartford 53

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Canes junior Kennedy Mullen scored a season-high 24 points in the loss.

Hartford defeated Otter Valley, 46-31, on Thursday, and was outscored in all four quarters to fall to 3-12 overall. Jasmine Jenkins scored 14 for the Canes, her second-highest single game point total this season.

Kimball Union 72, Cushing 37

MERIDEN — Maddy Haynes led the Wildcats with 22 points, including six 3-pointers, to help KUA improve to 9-10. Sophomore Jenna Santos added 16 points. The Wildcats host Brewster on Wednesday.


BowlingGilbert Leads Windsor, Again

CLAREMONT — Windsor’s Rayce Gilbert became the top-seeded varsity bowler in Vermont with a 204 average in his team’s final match of the regular season, helping the Yellowjackets top Brattleboro, Springfield and Hartford in their season finale at Maple Lanes.

The win also helps Windsor leapfrog Springfield for the third seed with three weeks to go until the state championship. Vermont’s individual championship meet will be held in two weeks at Champlain Lanes in Shelburne, Vt.

Gilbert rolled a 238, 199, helping Windsor take the top seed before baker play and defeated Hartford in two straight games, 122-101, 147-126 in the opening round of baker play. ​​​​​​The Yellowjackets defeated Springfield in three games, 192 -158, 164-166, 170-133, to win the match. Hartford won two games in the consolation match, 188-143, 134-127, over Brattleboro.

Track and FieldHartford pair place at weight throw states

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. — Hartford junior Anne Marie Schneller led the Canes with a fourth-place finish (28 feet, ¾ inches) at the weight throw portion of the VPA Division II indoor track and field championships.

Maliya Sinclair also finished fifth (27-8) for Hartford, who will participate in the D- II state meet at UVM next week.

Skiing Hanover’s Phipps finishes 21st at Whitaker Woods

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. — Hanover Noah Phipps finishes 21st overall in 16:31.4 as the top Upper Valley skier to place at the New Hampshire Nordic Coaches Association Coaches Series 5K Classic at Whitaker Woods.

Aidan Bigelow finished behind Phipps in 25th (16:43.2) and Glen Passow took 30th (17:17.6) for the Marauders. Lebanon’s Jack Smyrski placed 37th (17:59.3) to pace the Raider boys. Belmont’s Zach Ennis won the race in 14:28.9. Hanover’s Margot Davis led the Hanover girls in 35th (21:25.1). Schuyler Michalak won the girls race in 16:58.1.