The 2016 Hanover High girls' tennis team celebrates their third consecutive NHIAA Division 2 title. This year, they will step up to new challenges in Division 1.

Marauder Tennis Teams Swing into Spring

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The Hanover High Girls and Boys Teams Start Their Seasons

The recent wretched weather notwithstanding, the spring sports schedule at Hanover High School is set to begin.  First up will be the Marauder tennis teams, and first honors go to the Hanover girls, who open a new season and a new era on Friday night with a home match at Dartmouth’s Boss Tennis Center.

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Hanover is riding a 50-game unbeaten streak and has won the past three NHIAA Division 2 titles with a trio of perfect seasons, but even with almost all of last year’s loaded roster returning, the Marauders under third-year Coach Liz Murray are facing a formidable challenge. Hanover has moved up to Division One, and will be facing a schedule loaded with teams from school with two to three times the student enrollment.  “We’re looking forward to new challenges and to being in a new division,” said Murray, a veteran classroom teacher at Hanover.

The Marauders will host Timberlane High School on Friday at 7:00 at spectator-friendly Boss  (hint: why not see for yourselves?).  On Monday, they will travel to Exeter to play the Blue Hawks in a match that was originally scheduled for last Wednesday.

Hanover will put forth a loaded lineup.  Senior Rine Uhm returns to the first singles spot.  Her classmate Margaret Werner moves up one spot to number two.  The next four positions on the ladder will be held by juniors.  Mindy Wu played fifth singles last year, and is now third.  Ellen Lamm returns to the fourth spot.  Bri Laycock, coming off of a state championship season in hockey, will play fifth singles, and Grace Li moves up one position from last year and will be sixth.  Sophomore Emma Watson is the final returning veteran, and will hold down the seventh spot.  New faces on the team this year include juniors Emma Burwell and Hellie Smith, and senior Chiara Rothwell-Ferraris.

The Marauder boys team, recent winners of several state titles in Division Two, will be entering their third season in highly-competitive Division One, and have a pair of playoff seasons to build on.  Hanover finished with a 10-6 record last year under third-year coach Jarrod Shaheen, and return five of their top six players.  The Marauders travel to Dover next Wednesday to open their season, having had their scheduled opener last Monday postponed by the still-significant accumulations of snow at their Storrs Pond home courts.

Hanover returns five of their top six players from last year, and have gained several interesting newcomers in their quest to make it as far as the semifinals after two consecutive quarterfinal losses.  Senior Benny Gantrish played second singles last year, and just finished a stellar season for the Marauder basketball team, leading the team in scoring and securing postseason honors.  Fellow John He played third singles last year, and sophomore Aidan Biglow returns after spending his first year on the team in the fourth slot.  Junior Matthew Siegel played fifth singles last year.    Other returning upperclassmen are Senior Captain Will Bonner and junior Jasper Meyer. 

The Marauder boast a number of strong newcomers, including junior Noah Borell,  and exchange student from Germany who would jump into a singles slot at the top of the ladder.  Junior Lincoln Adam,  sophomore Gary Li, and freshmen Will Blinkhorn, Matt Bonner, and Will Tarnowski will all be competing for playing time in both single and doubles.

With temperatures set to soar next week, the Marauders will be delighted to lead Hanover’s swing into spring.



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