NORTH CONWAY, N.H. — With Dylan Hendrick and Joseph Davis leading the way, the Hanover High boys skiing team claimed the NHIAA Division II Alpine state championship on Thursday at Cranmore Mountain Resort.
The Marauders denied host Kennett, 755.5-736, at its home slope, with defending champ Bow in third (705.5). Hanover did it with a dominant performance in the afternoon slalom, with all four scoring athletes landing in the top 10.
Davis (48.07 seconds) took second behind Kennett’s Cole Siefer (47.24) in the morning giant slalom. Hendrick was fifth (48.95), Zane Schiffman 12th (49.45) and Teddy Ruth 13th (49.79) for Hanover, which trailed the Eagles by 10.5 points in the team standings.
The Marauders reversed the result by going 2-5-6-10 in the afternoon slalom behind Hendrick (1:09.05), Davis (1:11.39), Wesley Stocken (1:12.78) and Schiffman (1:14.90). That was 30 points better than Kennett’s team result, clinching the title.
“Hanover boys were long overdue,” coach Gabriela Formankova said. “Determination, focus and teamwork come to mind. Their slalom performance was solid and unwavering. They not only closed the gap but sealed the win with a 20-point lead. It is always a great day for us coaches to see their hard work pay off.”
Davis and Kendrick qualified for next week’s Meet of Champions at Mittersill in both disciplines, as did Stocken in the slalom, for finishing in the top seven.
The victory netted Hanover its 25th Alpine state championship in program history. The Marauders last claimed honors in 2009.
Team scores: Hanover 755.5, Kennett 736, Bow 705.5, Hollis Brookline 697, Oyster River 632, Con-Val 608, Souhegan 589, Kingswood 577, Pembroke 508, Windham 505, Goffstown 481.
Nichols leads US
at World Juniors
LAHTI, Finland — Hanover High junior Evan Nichols finished 14th for the best result by an American on Thursday at the FIS Junior World Nordic Combined Championship.
Nichols ranked 23rd out of 49 competitors in the ski jump portion of the meet, earning 95.8 points on an attempt of 84.5 meters. He made up a chunk of the deficit in the 10-kilometer cross country ski segment, clocking a time of 27 minutes, 57.8 seconds for the 14th-fastest time to land his final placement.
Nichols is scheduled to compete in a mixed team event on Friday.
LSM 4, Kearsarge-Plymouth 1
WEST LEBANON — The Raiders (4-2-0) kept up their winning ways, using single goals in the opening two periods to control a Campion Rink contest.
Lebanon-Stevens-Mount Royal is a perfect 4-0-0 at Campion since being allowed to host out-of-town foes at the beginning of the month. The Raiders have outscored their foes on home ice, 16-2.
LSM visits Monadnock-Fall Mountain at Keene Ice on Saturday.
Lebanon 58, Kearsarge 51
NORTH SUTTON, N.H. — The Raiders (7-0) won for the second time in 24 hours and completed a home-and-home sweep of the Cougars. Next up: a matinee set with Fall Mountain on Tuesday and Thursday, both with 1:30 p.m. starts.
Fall Mountain 64, Mascoma 31
WEST CANAAN — The Royals dropped to 0-8 on the season and will stage a rematch with the Wildcats on Friday night in Langdon, N.H.
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