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Local roundup: Hanover’s Meredith Morhun claims NHIAA girls golf crown

  • Meredith Morhun

  • Natalie Morhun

  • Tad Darrah


Staff Reports
Saturday, October 05, 2019

SALEM, N.H. — Through the length of her Hanover High career, every time Meredith Morhun visited Campbell’s Scottish Highlands for the NHIAA girls golf state tournament, she either ran into a dominant foe or miserable weather.

On her last opportunity, everything went her way.

The Marauder senior shot a 6-over-par 77 on Saturday to become Hanover’s first championship-flight (18-hole) state girls golf champion. Morhun sank a birdie putt on the 446-yard, par-5 18th hole to complete her round and beat Nashua North’s Eva Gonzales by a stroke.

“She was so thrilled to have it be her senior year; she just had a beautiful day,” said Hanover coach John Donnelly, who called the senior’s round “a career day.”

“It was her last time,” he said. “She was going to go out and enjoy it; that’s what she said to me. And, boy, did she ever.”

Morhun’s younger sister, junior Natalie Morhun, who won the nine-hole medal flight title two years ago, shot a 91 and tied for 10th.

Meredith Morhun had the help of the tournament’s format. Most championships place the favorites toward the back end of the starting list, but the NHIAA ran girls states the other way around. Morhun was among the last groups out in the 18-hole division, and she never had to worry about monitoring how others were doing.

That — as well as the perfect conditions — set up the championship, Donnelly noted. Morhun’s strength is her accuracy off the tee and she stayed in play all day, never losing a ball. Putting isn’t necessarily a strength, the longtime Hanover coach said, but Morhun handled that end of the game well with just one double bogey over 18 holes.

Morhun played 3-over golf on both nines. She had six pars against three bogeys on the front, then bracketed her back nine with birdies on 10 and 18.

Donnelly sees Natalie Morhun as a possible contender next year.

“She’s had such a good year,” Donnelly said. “I’m proud of her. She was obviously disappointed, but she was also so thrilled for her sister. That’s neat.”

Donnelly said both girls are candidates for spots on the eight-player Hanover lineup for the NHIAA Division I state team championship tournament, which will be staged at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown on Oct. 15.

Cross Country Woods Trail Run at Thetford

THETFORD — More than 1,300 high school runners gathered for another successful Woods Trail Run in Thetford.

Woodstock’s Riley Shepherd had the best time of any local runner, finishing eighth out of 735 boys with a time of 17 minutes, 12.48 seconds. Teammate Mateo Bango was 59th in 18:25.25, followed by Owen Coates in 78th (18:39.42) and Calef Hepler in 169th (19:40.63). The Wasps finished 10th out of 52 teams.

The host Thetford boys were led by Tad Darrah in 10th (17:15.67) and Tobin Durham in 17th (17:39.08). Eamon Deffner was 42nd (18:11.24), and Liam Patterson finished in 231st (20:14.30). The Panthers finished 11th as a team.

Pau Carol paced the Hartford boys, finishing 39th (18:09.35). The Canes also had strong showings from Aaron Mitchell (67th, 18:31.29) and Finn Walther (347th, 21:09.73).

Cody Davis finished 29th for the Lebanon boys in 17:58.50.

Sharon’s Desmond Piccicuto was 185th in 19:46.97. Windsor had Owen Abramhamsen in 357th (21:16.25), and Oxbow’s Hayden Palmer was 519th in 23:07.73.

The hometown Thetford girls finished 27th out of 44 teams and were led by Madelyn Durkee in 21st place with a time of 20:42.92. Abby Egner was 161st in 23:37.55, followed by Layla Hanissian in 189th (23:59.67).

Sofia Amaro (87th, 22:19.62) and Brianna DeBanico (89th, 22:21.78) led the Lebanon girls to a 19th-place finish. Zoe Chinn was 97th (22:33.47), and Maddie Wolfe was 158th (23:36.70).

Laila Reimanis took 30th for the Sharon girls in 20:58.60. Charlotte Reimanis was 116th in 22:56.67.

Beatrice Wendling led Hartford in 136th (23:18.67).

Football Monadnock 28, Newport 22

NEWPORT — The Tigers came up just short after an explosive battle in the second-half against the Huskies.

Newport answered a second-quarter touchdown by Monadnock when quarterback Marius Edwards found Josh Sharron for a touchdown pass to lead, 7-6, after the extra point.

With the Tigers trailing, 12-7, Jagger Lovely put Newport back in front with a touchdown run to start the fourth quarter.

Newport answered another Monadnock score with an Edwards-to-Chase Hamilton touchdown pass to regain the lead, 22-20, with 8:27 left to play. The Huskies then drove six minutes for the game-winning touchdown.

The Tigers (1-4) visit Somersworth on Friday night.

Boys Soccer Newport 7, Franklin 2

NEWPORT — Sean Moody had four goals to lead Newport (2-8-1) to a much-needed win on homecoming day.

Caleb Palmer added a goal and two assists for the Tigers. Hayden Palmer and Mason Martell had one goal each. Keeper Garrett Harold made four saves for the win. The Tigers visit Hinsdale on Tuesday.

Kearsarge 5, Stevens 0

NORTH SUTTON, N.H. — The Cardinals were shut out by the Cougars on Kearsarge homecoming day.

Stevens (3-7-0) will look to rebound at Conant on Monday.

Girls Soccer Stevens 2, Kearsarge 2 (2 OT)

NORTH SUTTON, N.H. — The Cardinals settled for a draw against the Cougars to snap a run of 10 straight wins to start the season.

Kearsarge scored the game’s first two goals and was shutting out Stevens with 15 minutes left in regulation. Stella Lavertue then got the Cardinals on the board with a breakaway goal after a nice feed from Tanner Brown. Angelina Leclair then scored in the final minutes to force overtime.

Stevens (10-0-1) visits Fall Mountain on Tuesday.

Field Hockey Kearsarge 1, Stevens 0

NORTH SUTTON, N.H. — The Cardinals had a three-game winning streak snapped at the hands of the Cougars.

The loss drops Stevens to 6-3-0 and the Cardinals are back in action at Mascoma on Monday.

Bass Fishing Hartford seventh

SOUTH HERO, Vt. — Hartford’s Will Burns caught the lunker, or largest fish, in the VPA state championship bass fishing tournament.

Burns’ big catch tipped the scales at 5.3 pounds. The Canes were also represented by Gordie Willey and finished seventh as a team, good enough to qualify for the Twin State Matchup in Hinsdale, N.H., on Saturday.