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Champs close regular season with a win


Ski jumping championships set for Friday night


by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

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Hugh Kelly soars through the air during the final jumping meet of the regular season on Feb. 10. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
February 13, 2012
ALBANY — Despite missing two of the top five jumpers on the team, the Plymouth ski jumping team leaped to first place overall in the final tuneup for the State Meet.

The Bobcats traveled to Kennett on Friday, Feb. 10, for the final regular season meet. The site is also hosting the State Meet.

With Will Horan and Andrew Buttolph both out, the Bobcats got solid performances from the rest of the lineup to best host Kennett by a score of 371 to 367.5.

Corbin Boucher led the Bobcats, leaping to third place overall with a score of 124.5 points. Boucher hit 31 meters in each of his three jumps.

Hugh Kelly, coming off a solid performance on the trails of Cranmore for the Bobcat alpine team earlier in the day, leaped to sixth overall, tied with teammate Jake Ross, as both skiers netted 108.5 points. Kelly had two jumps of 27 meters and one of 27.5 meters, while Ross had two jumps of 24 meters and one of 25.5 meters.

Andrew Gabeitt was the final scorer for the Bobcats, as he leaped to 18th place overall with 91.5 points. He had long jumps of 24.5 and 24 meters.

Carolyn Ebner was next for Plymouth, finishing in 30th place with 78.5 points. She had long jumps of 19.5 and 20 meters. Aaron Scheinman leaped to 33rd place with 66 points and long jumps of 17 and 19 meters and Cate Huynen finished 36th with 65 points and two jumps of 16.5 meters.

"I'm pretty proud of them," coach Dan LeBlanc said of his shorthanded squad. "That's pretty good."

He noted that the Bobcats enjoy jumping on the Kennett hill, which should bode well for state championships.

"They love this hill," LeBlanc said. "It's fast and they get a lot of air under their skis."

The Bobcats will return to the Eagle jump along the Kancamagus Highway on Friday, Feb. 17, for the State Meet, which is set for 6 p.m. The Bobcats will defend their state championship against jumpers from Hopkinton, Kennett, Hanover, Sunapee and Concord.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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