Notable alumni making it big

John Proctor

With the return of school comes the return of Friday night lights, or more commonly known as high school football. The smell of hot dogs and burgers and French fries, the sounds of blaring band music, cheering fans, the clashing of helmets and pads and 300 pound linemen trampling across the line of scrimmage all fill the cool autumn air. One cannot help but to feel at home as these stimulations of the senses send the mind spiraling back to successful seasons of past. Continue reading “Notable alumni making it big”

Hanover Spring Sports Playoff Outlook

Danny Polk 


Boys’ Tennis
The boys tennis team captured the Capital District crown for the second consecutive season. The duo of Danny Polk and Conner Healy captured the district doubles title, while Polk finished as the runner-up in singles play. In team regional competition, the Hawks knocked off #3 ranked Mills Godwin 5-1. The Hawks fell for the second consecutive year in the regional semi-final to Cosby, finishing with a record of 15-3.

Boys Soccer
The soccer team got off to a slow start under the direction of new head coach Laurent Body. But, the Hawks have rebounded to earn themselves a district playoff bid. They entered the Capital District playoffs as the #4 seed and matched up against the #1 seeded Atlee Raiders. The Hawks pulled off the upset with a 4OT thriller. But, the cinderella story came to an end with a 1-0 loss to Henrico.

The Hawks enter the Capital District playoff as district champs with the #1 seed. The baseball team has peaked at #1 in the Times-Dispatch top 10. The Hawks have also been ranked top 50 nationally throughout the season according to Max Preps. With a record of 17-2, the baseball team is a heavy favorite to capture the regional crown behind the arm of junior ace pitcher Derek Casey, who is undefeated as a starter.

Annie Sadler captured the 800m Capital District title while placing 3rd in the 1600m. Leila Haynesworth placed in the 100m hurdles. Sam Seymour also placed in the girls pole-vault. Rachel Gaunt finshed 8th in the 3200m.
On the boys side, Caleb Haneline finished 5th in the 3200m. The 4x800m team earned a regional bid as well.

Girls’ Tennis
The girls tennis team captured the Capital District title for the second year in a row. A 10-0 start to the season allowed some breathing room for late season losses. The Hawks got paired against Deep Run in the first round of team regional competition and fell 5-1. However, the future looks extremely bright for the girls tennis program as they lose no starters from a team that was underclassmen-heavy.

Girls’ Soccer
The girls soccer team entered the Capital District playoff as the #3 seed with a record of 9-7. The Hawks squared off against Glen Allen a team that they split with during the regular season in the first round.
The Hawks fell to the Jaguars 1-0, which marked an end to their season. Hanover loses a class of talented seniors including Caroline Yeager and Kristina Kilgore. But they return all-district goalie Caroline Crowder.

The softball team came into the district playoff as the #3 seed. Early losses likely cost the Hawks the district crown, but they entered the postseason in prime form with late regular season wins over Atlee and Lee-Davis.
Despite the Hawks late season momentum, they fell to Lee-Davis after obtaining an early lead; bringing their season to an end.

The boys lacrosse team had a successful season, finishing with a record of 8-8. In their third season of existence, the sport showed tremendous growth. Junior Alex Fisher led the league in scoring.
The girls program finished with a 4-7 record, including a win over Lee-Davis. The girls team fell in the playoffs to Atlee by a score of 15-4.
Lacrosse becomes an offical VHSL sport in 2014.





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