It’s been a cold and windy Sunday here in the Upper Valley with leaves falling and snow flying, which usually means two things:
1. It’s fall sports tournament time and
2. Hockey season isn’t far away
The Hanover hockey Marauders are a multi-sport, multi-talented crew, and several are suiting up for their Hanover fall teams in post season play:
Congratulations to sophomore Natalie Morhun and junior Meredith Morhun who finished 10th and 11th respectively at the NHIAA girls individual state championship match at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands. Natalie shot a 95 to finish 10th in the 18-hole championship division and Meredith was only one stroke behind with a 96.
Last night, in front of a big home-town crowd, senior Aiden Stone helped Hanover defeat Plymouth in a penalty shoot-out. They are on to the field hockey semis this Wednesday @ 7pm in Exeter. Read about the dramatic win (and check out some great action shots of Aiden) in the Valley News!
Hanover Varsity girls soccer start their play-off bid this Thursday at home (time and opponent tbd). Senior soccer and hockey captains Bryn Kable and Emma Tysinger, along with junior Pepper Joseph and sophomore Sage McGinley-Smith are part of the varsity squad hoping to make a deep run this year.
And congratulations to Rebekah Rudd and the Hanover JVs for winning the JV soccer tournament hosted at Hanover this past weekend!
In other news….The Valley News recently reported that three Hanover Girls Hockey players were named National Merit Semi-finalists: Claire Yegian, Emma Tysinger, and Bryn Kable. They are among 18 seniors across the entire Upper Valley and 16,000 nation-wide who emerged from a pack of 1.6 million competitors.
Congratulations and best of luck as you move on to the next round!
Only 35 More Days…..
Sign-up for HHS Girls Hockey this Tuesday, October 9th in the cafeteria @ 3:00
Hardworking and enthusiastic skaters are welcome to sign-up and meet Coach Dodds, the captains, and learn more about what it means to be part of the HHS Girls Hockey family!
HHS Girls Hockey is much more than a sport; it’s a tradition of excellence, fun, hard work, and becoming the best player/teammate/leader you can be on and off the ice.
Only 54 more days….Tradition Never Graduates
Here we go! Another school year has begun but the Hanover girls hockey players have been going full-steam on and off the ice since last March. From Beantown to the soccer pitch, chemistry labs, traveling abroad, and working in town. One of the things that makes the Hanover hockey program so special is the sense of family and support for the girls, not just during the season but all year round. I caught up with a few players and coaches over the summer to see what they are up to….
Summer Soccer! Seniors Emma Tysinger and Bryn Kable, along with Junior Pepper Joseph and Sophomore Sage McGinley-Smith were spotted at Huntley Meadow after a summer league soccer game (aka off-ice training). Along with sophomore goalie Rebekah Rudd, they will be suiting up for the Marauders on the pitch this fall.
Beantown! Senior Clara Boland played at Beantown this summer with the U19 Vermont Shamrocks in the Future Blue division. And they had quite the run – going undefeated in round robin play beating teams from the U.S. and Canada, before eventually losing in a shoot-out in the championship match. Clara will continue playing with the Shamrocks this fall and next spring, and should make another deep run at regionals next year.
Where in the world are Coach Dodds and Brian Drew? After many weeks of post hockey-season recovery on white sandy beaches, Brian has been back in the Upper Valley catching up with several players. Rumor has it that Brian and Coach Dodds have been spotted at the Boland’s new Blue Sparrow Kitchen in Norwich where Clara and senior Maggie Lee have been working. Maggie also attended a nursing program at Yale earlier this summer.
In June, Brian caught Bryn Kable’s performance of Kol Nidre at her annual cello recital. Bryn later spent three weeks in Costa Rica on a veterinary medicine program where she learned basic surgical techniques, assisted on dozens of canine surgeries, and squeezed in some surfing lessons.
According to my sources, Brian also attended Emma Tysinger’s research presentation at the Hypertherm auditorium in front of a panel of scientists, fellow students and a local audience. For the past two summers, Emma has been conducting independent research at the New Hampshire Academy of Science. This year her research focused on “the Investigation of the Insulin/IGF-1 Signaling Pathway and the Epigenetic Memory of Thermotolerance in C. elegans”. I’m guessing that this translates to “how to best prevent frostbite during 5:30am practices at Campion”.
In the meantime, Coach Dodds reported that he has been back and forth between Hanover and Houston this summer visiting with his new grandson Charlie, “Yes, we even got a pair of the smallest skates they had at Stateline. Charlie isn’t walking yet but it won’t be long :)”
And last, but not least, just tonight Coach and Patti Dodds were spotted at the Hanover turf cheering on the Marauders Varsity and JV soccer teams!
Only 82 more days…….
In Gutterson Arena in Burlington Saturday, Vermont and New Hampshire senior hockey all-stars faced off in the annual Make-A-Wish Classic fundraiser. Representing NH, Hanover grads and line-mates Hannah Curtis, Briland Laycock, and Cate Wagner joined a talented NH squad in a fast-paced game and were key in the 4-2 victory (Hannah with a goal and Cate an assist). Well done Marauders! TNG
Later it was the boy’s turn, and Vermont edged NH despite some heroic goal keeping by Hanover’s Harris LaRock. LaRock, awarded NH’s MVP, joined teammates David Lehmann and Braxton McNulty on the NH side.
Here are some links to press coverage and video highlights of both the boys and girls games:
Congratulations to Cate Wagner who, along with Hanover’s Caleb Putnam, was selected by the Valley News as Hanover’s 2018 Athlete of the Year! Both were honored by the Valley News at a banquet at the Fireside Inn on Tuesday.
Cate was a four-year varsity ice hockey player at HHS and Hanover’s most prolific play-maker. She is Hanover’s all-time leader in assists, finishing her career with 63 goals, 129 assists for a total of 192 points! In addition, Cate captained the varsity soccer, ice hockey, and lacrosse teams this past year, and was a first team all-state selection in both hockey and soccer.
In the ceremony celebrating the 36 combined boys and girls athletes of the year selected from regional high schools across the Upper Valley, Greg Fennell noted that Cate has been a member of 6 State Championship teams during her tenure at Hanover – four in hockey, and one in both soccer and lacrosse. When asked about what makes a state championship team, Cate reflected on the importance of team culture, trusting and caring for your teammates, and being a “family”.
Cate is continuing the tradition of Hanover Girls Ice Hockey players to be honored by the Valley News; recent recipients include Briland Laycock (2017) and Matti Hartman (2016).
Cate and her fellow Hanover Hockey teammates Briland Laycock and Hannah Curtis were also selected for several athletic awards at the HHS Senior Class Day Awards Ceremony last week. Cate and Briland were co-recipients of the HHS Female Athlete of the Year Award and Hannah was a co-recipient of the HHS Athletic Association Award.
Cate is headed to Middlebury in the fall, and is getting ready to play soccer for the Panthers. But before she laces up her cleats, she will hit the ice one last time with Bri and Hannah in the annual Make-A-Wish hockey All-Star Hockey Classic between New Hampshire and Vermont senior hockey all-stars. The game will be held at the Gutterson Field House at UVM in Burlington on Saturday, June 30th 4:00p.m (click here for more information).
Parents’ Reflections and High Praise for All That Is the Hanover High School Girls’ Ice Hockey Program- The Inside Scoop
I’ve been webmaster for 6 years, and 650 posts later, now it is SADLY the time to pass the Hanover High School Girls’ Ice Hockey-wordpress.com webmaster reins. Leave no doubt, I’m now signing off with the beautifully sung words of Andrea Bocelli, Time to Say Goodbye. Such a wonderful privilege and very fun endeavor to blog about this program year after year, documenting the effort, fun, commitment and success.
I thought the best final post topic would be a collection of the thoughts and insights of player parents about this unique, exceptional high school hockey program. Here is the real inside scoop on the Hanover Girls Ice Hockey program, in the words of this years’ parents:
“Hands-down, the strongest team sports experience my daughter has had. The coaches are so deliberate in creating a culture that pushes girls to be their best individually on the ice but, importantly, pushes them to be incredible team players on and off the ice. Team community service, skating on the ‘Miracle on Ice’ rink, homework help on the bus from coaches, practices/games with and against HHS alumnae–all of these add up to a sense that the girls really are part of something larger and more meaningful than simply a 4-month high school sports season. The dedication of the coaches is unmatched. We feel so very fortunate that our daughter is able to be part of this program.”
“Being a part of the HHS girls ice hockey team has been such an incredibly positive experience for our daughter. John, Brian and Tucker have set such a positive tone in every respect: work hard, support your teammates, the importance of good sportsmanship, the importance of getting good grades, skill development, love for the game, etc., etc. We knew our daughter would have a good experience but it has exceeded our, and our daughter’s expectations on every level. It truly has been an honor for our daughter to be a part of this team. She has absolutely, 100%!!!, loved her experience, teammates and coaches.”
“As a former student athlete, I witness how rare and special it is to have coaches of such caliber and to be part of a team so cohesive. Coaches Dodds and Drew seem to have the capacity to cultivate amazing team chemistry, as well as nurture each, individual athlete. Putting titles and trophies aside, these girls wrapped up the season with growth and positive self-image….and not to be forgotten, a lifelong bonding with a handful of amazing memories they’ll cherish forever.”
“It has been an absolute privilege for our daughters to be part of such an amazing team and culture. This team goes beyond X and O’s. It will be the lessons learned around the rink that carry over outside the rink that someday they will look back on and realize were part of the HHS Hockey experience. We cannot say enough good things about the coaches. They have created an atmosphere the girls love and respect. It was a special year. All those new players! To see them ALL progress and be able to contribute in the biggest game of the season was amazing. To have our girls hoist the trophy together- priceless. “
“Hanover girl’s hockey is truly special. Yes, this program churns out wins and great hockey players, but more importantly develops confident, mature young women who learn the value of hard work, perseverance, teamwork, and leadership. The coaching staff has very high expectations of each and every player to improve and be their best both on and off the ice. But just as importantly, they mentor the girls and support them in their development. While there are many school and club options for serious hockey players, you will be hard pressed to find a better coaching or team experience than at Hanover.”
“This season was one of tremendous growth for my daughter. She developed a deep love for each and every member of her hockey family and an increased admiration for her coaches. It was through the support of this amazing and truly unique family that she developed a new sense of confidence in herself as well. The legacy built by the Dodd’s brothers of the HHS hockey program provides a deep sense of pride that is shown through the girl’s heartfelt commitment to the team and their gracious winning attitude. This year, the team created so many special memories that will be reflected upon with smiles and appreciation throughout my daughter’s life. So glad we have one more season to look forward to…”
“My daughter felt so welcomed by her teammates and was thrilled to be part of a team that she described as always positive, always supportive.”
“(My daughter) was on the black line. She always felt a part of the team and felt her role was really important. Even when I would say – “did you play, are you going to play?” Her response would be – “That’s not my role right now – everyone does their part.” She didn’t make that up on her own – that was fostered and she felt the importance in it…. Thank you, coaches!”
“The Marauder Girls Ice Hockey program has offered our daughters immense opportunities for friendship, personal growth, and membership in a team/family beyond their home. We are so fortunate to have shared this experience with families and coaches who consistently set the right tone and provide the right perspective for athletics. In the video Lisa Kable produced was a series of photos of the girls, focusing on their eyes. You can see passion and compassion in those eyes, strength and will, joy and resilience. This photo sequence symbolized for me what our daughters gain from being Marauder ice hockey players!”
“Being part of the team has been the most positive experience of my student at Hanover High. It brings so much pride of being part of the tradition, of the commitment and hard work; happiness playing hockey with friends and teammates representing our school, and most importantly, priceless life lessons on and off the ice. Thank you coaches for supporting and mentoring our girls.”
“We so appreciate that the coaches and their wives teach the girls so much more than just hockey skills…they truly shape the girls into better human beings. The emphasis on academics (love that part of US vs. Canada!), the affection and commitment that they show to each other as life partners, the attention to community service, and the guidance, advice, and humor that they share with each player every day is an immeasurable benefit of being part of this family.”
“So grateful to the HHS hockey program and the lifelong gifts it has brought to my daughters. There is so much to this program beyond the excellent, high level hockey development, game statistics and 9 consecutive state championships. The practice sessions are masterfully crafted to develop individual player skills and the team strategy and play. There is a never give up attitude that is evident down to every last second of every game. Because the expectations are high, and the direction and support are there to achieve, the girls’ development and success is legion in both hockey IQ, skill, and character. The program’s concerted, unique, special, thoughtful traditions percolate throughout the season to create a player and team bonding and performance inspiring experience that is truly one of a kind and exceptional. Inclusion, steadiness, high level team support, fun, academic excellence, community are all essential elements. We are so fortunate to have this program in Hanover! Bravo, Coaches!”
Thanks to Master Carpenter, Brian Gardner for Helping Captains Make the Coaches End of Season Thank- You Gifts
Thanks to Brian Gardner (former HHS grad), parent of former HHS player Clare Gardner, for his generous gift of time and professional carpentry skills in helping HHS captains to make hockey stick clocks as team end of season gifts for Coaches Dodds, Drew and Garrity-Hanchett. The clocks turned out great, with roster, team champion photos and player signatures on the back! And thanks to many HHS hockey families and Dartmouth Men’s hockey for donating their broken or years old well loved sticks to this project–63 sticks in all!