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Local roundup: Hanover’s Grabill receives regional honor

  • Rob Grabill

  • Rob Grabill

  • Sam Hesler

  • Sam Hesler

  • Rob Grabill

Staff Reports
Published: 12/12/2019 9:52:17 PM
Modified: 12/12/2019 9:52:06 PM

HANOVER — Hanover High boys soccer coach Rob Grabill was named the New England region high school coach of the year by the United Soccer Coaches organization on Thursday.

The Marauders’ 14th-year bench boss guided the team to an NHIAA Division I state championship last season, the 19th in program history and Hanover’s first in six years. Grabill-led teams have won seven state titles during his tenure.   

It’s the fourth time the USC — or the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, its predecessor — has bestowed a regional coaching award upon Grabill. He won high school recognition in 2008 and 2013 and was also recipient of college coaching honors when he was at New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University) in 1986.

MEN’S HOCKEY Dartmouth 2, Bentley 2 (OT)

HANOVER — Sophomore Sam Hesler’s first career goal gave the Big Green a third-period lead before the Falcons rallied for a tie at Thompson Arena.

In their first game since a 2-1 upset of then-No. 2 Cornell on Saturday night, the Big Green (4-3-2) had its hands full with Bentley (7-9-1), never trailing but never pulling away.

Jeff Losurdo got Dartmouth started with a power-play goal at 8:33 of the first period, just 14 seconds after Bentley’s Ethan Roswell got the gate for a boarding penalty. Hesler struck at 10:01 of the second, but the Falcons’ Will Garin answered just 1:17 later to give the visitors hope.

Bentley thought it had the tying score on a third-period power play, but officials waved the goal off after video review. The Falcons, however, got one that counted Jonathan Desbiens with 2:05 left to force overtime. Dartmouth visits Northeastern on Saturday.

SKIING Whaleback postpones opening day

ENFIELD — The Whaleback ski area has pushed back its planned start of the season after this week’s rain and warm temperatures.

In a Thursday email, the Enfield mountain said it had planned to open on Friday. The combination of snow lost thanks to Monday’s weather and the possibility of similar conditions on Saturday led to the decision to postpone.

Whaleback said it’s targeting next weekend for its season debut.


Scores that missed Thursday’s paper due to deadline. Find updates online at


MERIDEN — The Wildcats (4-0) jumped out to a 19-3 lead and never looked back in a rout of Proctor Academy.

The Wildcats held a 60-38 lead at halftime. Rob Brown led the way with 21 points, supported by 20 from Rob McCrae. Quin Guth (17), Dayion Thompson (15), Matt Price (11), Owen Grady (11) and Emile Rioux (10) also hit for double figures.

KUA visits Worcester Academy on Saturday.


ANDOVER, N.H. — Maddy Haynes had 11 points as the Wildcats (2-1) dropped their first game of the season.

Stephanie Davis led PA with 14 points. Kimball Union hosts Watkinson on Saturday.

GIRLS HOCKEY Woodstock 5, Brattleboro 2

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Faith Stevens scored a goal and dished out three assists as the Wasps earned their first win of the season.

Kendyl Boisvert and Lizzy Peck each scored a goal, and Allie Cimis added two. Sami Yates and Rory Livingston both tallied assists.

Woodstock (1-1-0) visits Stowe on Saturday.

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