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Valley News Honors Briland Laycock as HHS Athlete of the Year

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Briland Laycock, HHS forward and rising senior,  was honored this week by the Valley News as Hanover High School female athlete of the year.  18 female and 18 male athletes were selected from their regional high schools for the VN honor.  Laycock was cited for signature moments this year including first team all state honors, 37 goals, 22 assists, and as season regional points leader with 59 points.  Also noted was a 1 goal, 1 assist state championship game resulting in a 3-1 win against Exeter at SNHU Arena.  At a well attended VN Athletes of the Year awards dinner at the Fireside this Tuesday,  VN sports editor Greg Fennell applauded this year’s  HHS Marauder 8th straight state championship, an honor earned by the many strong returning players and many new team additions.  Laycock also was part of the D1 state championship finalist tennis team, winning all matches at number 4 singles.

Past Marauder winners of the VN award include Matti Hartman (2016), and JJ Daniel (2015).


Bri Laycock listens to Greg Fennell’s remarks at the awards dinner at the Fireside Inn on June 20.  These two met in 2012 when Fennell made the trip to Washington, D.C. for  USA Hockey Tier 2 Nationals. The HHS male athlete of the year, Jake Acker, also played on that Hanover Wild pee wee team.

YCN Sports Wrap Special: Hanover Girls’ Ice Hockey Championship Season 2016-2017 Review

“In this YCN Sports Wrap Special we take a look at the Hanover Girls Ice Hockey 2016-2017 Championship. Beginning with the regular season, all the way to their Championship victory over Exeter. We take a look at highlights from the games as well as interviews with Head Coach John Dodds along with Maddie Lyons, Briland Laycock, Mahler Meyerrose, and Cici Barton.”

Click on the link below to view:

YCN Championship Season Summary Video

Game clips and highlights, interviews, and insights about what makes the HHS team special.

Part 1: Hanover Hosts Beekmantown

Part 2: BBT Game, Senior Night

Part 3: Championship Game Highlights

Part 4: Championship Game and Coaches Corner, Player Interviews

Captains 2017-2018: Hannah Curtis, Briland Laycock, Cate Wagner

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Captains 2017-2018 (from left to right) Briland Laycock, Hannah Curtis, Cate Wagner .        See you next November!



Captains for next season were announced last night after a wonderful season-end banquet. Players were honored at the banquet  with coach’s traditional review of the impressive team season summary  stats, and team goal achievements. This was followed by his annual one by one testimony of  individual player stats, game highlights,  contribution to the Marauder effort, and, of course, the much loved humorous collection of  teammate contributed player personality tidbits.

It was a memorable and joyful  evening for the Marauder family, capped off by a video and slide creation reviewing the 5 month Marauder journey which culminated in the 8th consecutive state championship title.  We also learned that Woburn High, a team we tied 1-1, won the Massachusetts D1 title.

Our 8 seniors were great leaders, friends, and teammates, and  will be much missed! Each senior received a Marauder practice jersey with their number on it,  in case they are in the area sometime next season.  The tradition is that they are welcome!

Looking forward to next year’s season when Hannah Curtis, Briland Laycock, and Cate Wagner from the class of 2018   together assume the HHS captain leadership role and craft the way to another successful, hardworking, and fun filled season.  Tradition Never Graduates!

Hannah Berlin Game

Hannah Curtis, #9, Forward

Bri at BBT game

Briland Laycock, #22, Forward

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Cate Wagner, #10, Forward


2017 NH All State Teams Include 5 HHS Players

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NH All State Teams were announced this week. Congratulations to all our players!

Briland Laycock – Forward, First Team

JJ Taube – Defense, First Team

Cate Wagner- Forward, Second Team

Sarah MacCormick, Defense, Second Team

Clare Gardner,  Forward, Honorable Mention

Championship Win!

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2017 NHIAA Champions, Photo courtesy of Paul Stinson



A sweet win today at SNHU Arena!  Determination.  Composure.  Motivation.  Desire. Tradition. 8 incredible seniors.

Within the first minute, the Marauders were down. Tentative play, slow. Uh oh.

The Marauders came back to tie up the first stanza with 1:17 to go!   Second period, seconds after an Exeter  5 minute major, Hanover gets the go-ahead goal. A couple nice cross bar shots during that penalty. Third period, lots of energy by Hanover, some near goals, with the “insurance goal” soon after an Exeter time out with less than 3 minutes  to play. Our goalie made some nice saves!

The HHS traditions are what make this event most meaningful for the girls and their coaches. It has been a great season!   Congrats to coaches and players!

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State Champions!

The Marauders brought the title back to Hanover today!   3-1 win over Exeter!   It was a tough game, and the Marauders earned their parade through Hanover to celebrate the effort!  Well done!

‘Twas the Night Before the Championship….

‘Twas the night before the ‘Ship,

And at Campion Rink,

Not a player was stirring,

As Coach Dodds said “Just think,

Of all that must happen,

To beat the Blue Hawks,

And at the top of the list,

… to stay out of the box.

(Next 3 rhyming game plan paragraphs added after the game)

(Puck movement is key,
And we must look for backdoor,
With quick shots on net,
We are certain to score.

We must also pass to our D,
And get shots from the point,
Then hunt for big rebounds,
To light up the joint.

But most important of all,
To achieve our shared dream,
We must backcheck like crazy,
And play D as a team.”)

With a game plan in place,

The players gave a big cheer,

Then hit the ice with a purpose,

Another state title would be theirs.

Drills were completed,

The team was ready for glory,

So Coach Dodds called a break,

To tell them “The Story.”

The Story

Be focused and smart,

And never give up,

If you want to win tomorrow,

And lift the NH Championship cup.

We’ve had 19 games to date

All but two we did win,

Scrims against Essex, Bellows Free

And Spaulding to begin.

With a strong start and hard work,

We were able to see

The ways of success,

And paths to victory.

So tonight on the Eve

Of the Championship Game,

There’s a story to tell

Of our multi year aim,

We have Honored Tradition,

Every time we have played,

And Leave No Doubt

We will be Better Tomorrow Than Today,

For this year’s theme,

An idea that resonates,

Is that while players move on,

Tradition Never Graduates.

TNG is our guide,

We will play our best,

To add to the legacy,

And leave our own mark of success.



To the top!




After coach Dodd’s story,

And the last drills were done,

The seniors exclaimed,

“It’s time for some fun!”

Mahler went in,

With whoops and a scream

Her slick glide and spirit,

Made the whole team beam!

Sylvie came next,

With a very smooth stride,

She picked up good speed,

And had a nice long slide.

Brittany jumped up,

And was number two,

And this future Warrior,

Went sliding right through.

Leslie was ready,

With her super quick feet,

That Tiger proudly slid,

Down the tunneled sheet.

Sarah was fourth,

With her long-legged stride,

That soon to be bobcat

Stretched out her slide.

JJ was focused,

And wanted to excel,

So she sprinted with vigor

And slid  furthest of all.

Clare was next,

And with her incredible speed,

This Gull flew so far,

She took over the lead.

Maddie was last,

And had a huge smile,

That Panther is so fast,

She slid nearly a mile.

Our seniors worked hard ,

And made sure it was fun.

They’ve honored tradition,

The tunnel is now done.

And now, all,  hear this team’s hallowed stick banging cheer,

 the growing rhythm— mounting and steady,

 Good Luck, Marauders!

Onward!…. To the ‘Ship….You are ready!