Recreation Briefs: Hanover Wild Girls Sweep Three State Titles

  • Ford Sayre’s Oona Gleeson (55) and Reece Kenney (57) make their way along the course during the club’s Silver Fox Trot third- and fourth-grade cross country skiing race at Middlebury College’s Riker Nordic Center in Ripton, Vt., on Saturday. Gleeson placed second in the race in a time of 7 minutes, 50 seconds; Kenney was one spot back in 8:01.

  • The Hanover Wild U12 Green girls hockey team, which won its state championship in Hudson, N.H., over the weekend.

  • The Hanover Wild U14 Green girls hockey team, which won its state championship in Hudson, N.H., over the weekend.

  • Lebanon’s River Valley Club is seeking riders to join in its 18th Spinathon on March 24, an event that raised more than $25,000 for WISE last time around.

  • The Hanover Wild U14 White girls hockey team, which won its state championship in Hudson, N.H., over the weekend.

  • Participants in Saturday’s Mud Meet ski races at Lebanon’s Storrs Hill Ski Area pose for a photograph.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Hudson, n.h. — The Hanover Hockey Association’s girls programs extended their dominance over Granite State League foes by claiming a trio of state championships last weekend at tournaments held at Cyclones Arena.

Behind the play of goalie Elenor Edson and getting a goal and an assist from Grace Adams, Hanover took the U12 Tier II final by a 2-1 count over Concord. Liv Emerson also scored for the Wild, and Addi Hulbert added an assist.

The U14 Green cruised in its Tier II finale, blanking Seacoast, 6-0. The Wild continued its dominant season — Hanover went 7-0 in the league, scoring 43 goals with seven shutouts — by riding another shutout from goalie Shannon Moran. Violet Sperry, Allie Cimis, Skylar Haley, Gretchen Dann, Hannah Vogel and Kate French provided the goals. As top-tier sides, both Hanover squads are bound for New England tournaments on March 16-18 at UVM’s Gutterson Field House.

The Wild U14 White made it a championship trifecta, rallying for two goals in the final five minutes to overturn rival Upper Valley, 2-1. Rachel Sites tied the contest on a MacKenzie Liu pass, and Bree Roberts notched the eventual game-winning goal on an assist from Lily Seeling.

The Hanover U10s also competed at states, taking second place following a 4-0 loss in the finals.

Wild, Storm Bantams Collide

West Lebanon — The Hanover Green and Upper Valley Storm Bantams prepped for the respective state championship tournaments over the weekend with a home-and-home series, with the Wild posting a pair of two-goals wins.

Hanover took Saturday’s contest at Wendell A. Barwood Arena, 3-1, on goals from Ben Wagner, Curtis Rice and Andrew Claus. Griffin Auch and Noah Bradley assisted for the Wild, and Luke Ives made five saves. Upper Valley got a Shane Miller goal set up by William McGee, and Colby Boyce excelled in the Storm net with 32 saves.

The two teams turned around and met again at Campion Rink on Sunday, with Hanover claiming a 4-2 victory. The Wild built a pair of early one-goal leads and the Storm twice equalized before Wagner and John Hill used third-period goals to send the Wild to the win. Andrew Duany and Rice also scored for Hanover; Upper Valley picked up goals from Emmett McReynolds and Aidan Boonyaharn.

Both teams head off to Granite State League tournaments on Friday. Fifth-seeded Hanover (7-8-1) is seeded fifth for the Tier II tourney in Nashua, while the Storm (15-2-1) is top seed for the Tier III championship in Keene.

On the Snow

Ford Sayre HostsSilver Fox Trot Races

Ripton, Vt. — Ford Sayre Ski Council athletes claimed wins in four of the eight youth-division races at Saturday’s Silver Fox Trot Bill Koch League cross country ski races held at Middlebury College’s Riker Nordic Center.

Lucille Dent claimed the FSSC-heavy lineup in the girls grades 1-2 race, winning in 3 minutes, 56 seconds, leading teammates Ingrid Groff (4:27) and Annika Dent (4:44) across the line. Woodstock Ski Runners’ Micah Mahood won the boys grades 1-2 in 4:19, while FSSC’s Peak Temple was third (4:34).

Ford Sayre’s Oona Gleeson (7:50) and Reece Kenney (8:01) followed Mansfield Nordic’s Pippa Diller (7:44) in girls grades 3-4. Liam Kitchel (7:31) and Wendell Durham (7:34) finished 1-2 for FSSC in boys grades 3-4.

Sarah Glueck won girls grades 5-6 for Ford Sayre (23:01), while Craftsbury Nordic’s Owen Jones prevailed among the boys (22:24). EMBK’s Evelyn Walton (10:02) and Craftsbury’s Trey Jones (9:06) took the grades 7-8 races; Ford Sayre’s Evan Nichols was third among the boys for the local club’s best result in the age group.

Ford Sayre put its presence all over the Citzens Race for adults. Elissa Bradley (20:23), Perrin Milliken (21:19) and Kennedy Lange (21:40) swept the top three spots in the women’s division. Joel Bradley (17:13) was second to Stratton Mountain School’s Eli Eppolito (17:11) in the men’s race.

Harvda, Winchester Advance to Championships

North Conway, n.h. — Ford Sayre’s Casey Harvda and Noah Winchester earned spots in the upcoming New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association Championships with strong performances in their respective NHARA Finals races at Mount Cranmore last weekend.

Winchester took second in Saturday’s U12 giant slalom to advance, a race that saw teammate Wynn Bushell finish eighth. Winchester added a fifth in the slalom on Sunday. Virginia Adams (17th) had the best slalom run among Ford Sayre’s U12 girls.

Harvda saved the best for last, taking first on the final run of the U14 giant slalom. Ashley Cotter barely missed the podium, taking fourth. Ava Kocher was ninth and Elena Trempe 13th for FSSC, while Trempe added an eighth in slalom.

Ben Woods (ninth in giant slalom) and Nat Finley (11th in slalom) had FSSC’s top U14 boys results for the weekend.

Purcell Wins Macomber Cup

Hanover — Ford Sayre Academy’s Alexander Purcell came away with the title in the NHARA’s Macomber Cup Series, a tour of six races held earlier this season.

Purcell won the crown by 54 points over Pats Peak’s Zachary Berliner, with FSA teammate Matty Siegel placing third. Eva Schiffman was second in the standings among the women, 21 points behind Pats Peak’s Danielle Martineau. That came on top of Schiffman’s third-place tally in Tecnica Cup racing.

The Macomber Cup is open to U19, U21 and senior-level skiers, while the Technica Cup is open to U16 racers.

FSA at LaFoley Series

Newbury, n.h. — Ford Sayre Academy athletes got off to strong starts with several top-10 results in NHARA LaFoley Spring Series racing at Mount Sunapee.

Competing in giant slalom, FSA’s Eva Schiffman led a host of area girls by taking second place behind Waterville Valley’s Mae Chiesa. Riley Craft also had a second-place run en route to fourth place overall. Siena Curtis took fifth and Maya Holmes was eighth.

Ethan Ross was the top point-getter for FSA in boys racing, finishing sixth.

Rozzi Leads FIS Racers

Lyme Center — Ford Sayre Academy’s U19 men competed at a pair of FIS races last week, getting through challenging conditions in both cases.

Colin Rozzi had the best day for Ford Sayre, placing 24th in the final race of last weekend’s events at Dartmouth Skiway. Frans Luttmer was 66th and 79th in the two Skiway races.

Matty Siegel was 38th in the slalom at Thursday’s FIS Developmental Series slalom at Stowe, then followed with a 67th-place finish in a GS at the Skiway on Saturday.

In the Pool

UVAC at New England U10s

Durham, n.h. — Although few in numbers, the Upper Valley Aquatic Club didn’t come up small in results with its contingent sent to the New England 10-and-Under Age-Group Championships at the University of New Hampshire last weekend.

Kate Bartlett, Margaret Rivard and Tirza Savellano led UVAC, qualifying in multiple events. Rivard posted a personal-best time of 6 minutes, 18.06 seconds in the 500 freestyle, good for seventh place. Bartlett had fourths in the 50 butterfly (31.82) and 50 free (28.64), both PRs. Savellano posted a PR in the 100 at 1:19.89.

Molly Kimber and Jamie Patton-Marton joined in with relay help, which UVAC topped with a seventh-place result in the 400 free relay.

In the Saddle

RVC Spinathon

Lebanon — The River Valley Club has a few stationary bicycles available for volunteers interested in riding in the facility’s 18th Spinathon fundraisier for WISE on March 24.

RVC expects nearly 100 participants and volunteers to collaborate in this annual event, completing a four-hour Spinning workout under the guidance of RVC trainer and lead instructor Jennifer Karr. Pledges from participants in the ride combined with donations from area businesses and sponsors will go toward WISE’s domestic and sexual abuse programs.

Last year’s Spinathon raised more than $25,000, and seats for the upcoming fundraiser are filling up quickly. For more information or to volunteer, contact Karr at jennifer.karr@rivervalleyclub.com; to learn more about WISE and its programs, visit www.wiseuv.org.

With a Hook

Youth Trout Camps

West Lebanon — Applications are being accepted for the eighth Vermont Trout Camp for Teens, a five-day camp open to young anglers between the ages of 13 and 16 years of age.

The camp is held at Jackson’s Lodge on Lake Wallace in the Northeast Kingdom town of Canaan, Vt. Participants can take in struction in fly casting, entomology, on-stream fly fishing tactics, fly tying and coldwater fisheries management and biology. While campers come from all over the country, the program is interested in identifying Vermont youth interested in taking part.

Details of the camp and an application can be found at www.vermonttroutcamp.com.

The New Hampshire chapter of Trout Unlimited also has plans for a youth trout camp running June 20-24 at the Tlen at Bear Tree in Pittsburg. The five-day event teaches the art and science of fly tying and environmental stewardship.

Contact camp director Phil Donovan at pdonovannh@gmail.com or 603-225-2511 for an application or for more information. Applications must be received by March 16.