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Local roundup: Hanover boys tennis rolls into playoffs

  • Bonner

  • Blinkhorn


Staff Reports
Sunday, May 19, 2019

MANCHESTER — It didn’t matter where the match was played. The Hanover High boys tennis team was determined to close its regular season in style.

The Marauders did just that on Sunday, blanking Manchester Memorial, 9-0, in a contest held at the Manchester West High School courts. The win capped a 13-1 campaign for Hanover, which expects to be installed as the second seed — behind undefeated Bedford — when the eight-team NHIAA Division I state tournament field is announced on Monday.

Hanover coach Jarrod Shaheen said the Marauders secured the second seed with Friday’s 7-2 win over Londonderry at Storrs Pond, but they didn’t use Sunday as a cruise. Chris Lee, Will Blinkhorn, Alec McDevitt, Matt Bonner, Kevin Pillsbury and Tristan Meyer swept singles, with all but Blinkhorn recording 8-0 shutouts. Hanover added three more clean sheets in doubles.

“We have now concluded our regular season after a very difficult time pinning down a time to play Memorial,” said Shaheen, who had three previous dates with the Crusaders (1-13) postponed by weather.

“Everyone played quite well today and had fun in matches against very nice opponents.”

Bedford handed the Marauders their only defeat, 6-3, at Dartmouth College’s Boss Center on May 3. Hanover hasn’t had much success with the six-time defending champion Bulldogs since moving to D-I four years ago; Bedford has won five matches from the Marauders over the past three seasons and eliminated Hanover from last year’s state semifinals, 5-4.

That’s for potentially another day, however. Shaheen said Hanover expects to open the tourney on Tuesday at Storrs Pond against anticipated seventh seed Dover, which dropped a 9-0 contest to the Marauders at the Boss Center on May 10.

COLLEGE TRACK Wallin, SCSU on top

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Lebanon High school graduate John Wallin has coached the Southern Connecticut State men’s track program to another regional honor.

SCSU won its second New England championship on May 10-11 in a meet that included all schools from all divisions throughout New England. The men edged Rhode Island, 112-109.5, for team honors.

It marked the fifth outdoor title for Wallin, who has also claimed two indoor championships. SCSU also won the “triple crown” of cross country, indoor track and outdoor track titles over the 2018-19 school year, a first for the Owls.