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Friday, February 17, 2017

Chittenden, Vt. — Ford Sayre Bill Koch League biathletes Meg Frost and Catherine Bregou each finished as their age-group runner up in the 12th annual Paintball Biathlon at Mountain Topp Inn on Feb. 5.

Competing in the grades 7-8 division on a 3.75-kilometer course, Bregou’s time of 12 minutes, 50.5 seconds was good for second place, as was Frost’s of 13:01.6 in the grades 5-6 race (3K).

Sam Murray (fourth; 11:11.4) was the top Ford Sayre boy in the 7-8 race and Albert Gilbert-Diamond (sixth; 11:55.3) was its top boy at 5-6.

In the grades 1-2 race (1K), Ford Sayre’s Grace Weinstein placed seventh in 8:32.7 and was the top shooter in her division, tagging four out of five targets. Donovan Van Critters (fourth; 6:41.1) led Ford Sayre boys in the 1-2 race.

Wendell Durham was also fourth in 11:57 in the grades 3-4 race (2K) for Ford Sayre, while Oona Gleason (12:39) placed seventh for Ford Sayre’s girls.

Sacerdote Leads FS Sweep

Newbury, n.h. — Sam Sacerdote placed first to lead a podium sweep by U12 Ford Sayre athletes at a New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association (NHARA) Western Division giant slalom qualifier on Sunday.

Teammates Zach Tracy and Luke Dwyer followed as Ford Sayre dominated the day, capturing 13 of the top 10 15 spots.

Schuyler Clapp (fifth), Nick Reiss (sixth), Zander Doyle (eighth), Ethan Munson (ninth), Adam Goodney (10th), Roman Morrell (11th), Ben Woods (12th), Charlie Forbush (13th), Jack Starkey (14th) and Sam Loescher (15th) all cracked the top 15 for Ford Sayre.

Ford Sayre’s U12 girls took six of the top 14 places, led by Lucy Curtis’ third-place effort. Sunapee’s Gretl Shaw won the event.

Mia Madden (fourth), Sadie Higgins (sixth), Aurelia Lindkvist Dushane (seventh), Kate Levy (eighth), Casey Havrda (12th) and Ashley Cotter (14th) followed, while Whaleback’s Grace Bean placed 11th.

Ford Sayre’s Cam Dwyer easily won the U14 boys race, leading a group of six teammates in the top 15. Courtland Doyle (seventh), Jack Ross (ninth), Joey Davis (10th), Wyatt Knaus (12th), Connor Hamlin (13th) and Owen Smith (15th) followed for Ford Sayre.

Phoebe Garfield won the U14 girls race, charging past Sunapee’s Chlor Aust during the second run to claim the title.

Six others placed in the top 15 for Ford Sayre: Siena Curtis (fourth), Ella Goodney (seventh), Greta Holland (eighth), Molly Hackett (ninth), Grace Lewandoski (11th), Emily Perras (13th) and Lilly Clapp (14th).

Seltzer Takes Slalom

Henniker, n.h. — Ford Sayre Academy alumnus Brian Seltzer, now skiing for Waterville Valley Academy, won a New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association (NHARA) Macomber Cup slalom race on Sunday at Pat’s Peak.

Ford Sayre’s Alex Purcell placed seventh, while Killington Mountain School’s Max Wonsavage, of Hanover, placed 11th.

Ford Sayre’s Finn Hackett wasn’t far behind, placing 13th.

Forbushes Lead Jumpers

Salisbury, Conn. — Brothers Cameron and Charlie Forbush won the K30 and K20 competitions, respectively, at a ski jumping competition in northwest Connecticut on Saturday.

Schuyler Clapp (K20) and Caleb Zuckerman (K30) earned runner up placements, while Clapp was third and Charlie Forbush fourth in the K30.

For the U16 boys (K65), Aiden Cudhea placed second and Evan Nichols third for Ford Sayre. Both Cudhea and Nichols were also named to Junior National Team and are bound for the upcoming Junior National championships in Chicago.

For the U12 girls, Ford Sayre’s Caroline Harrison was second in the K20 event and third in the K30.

For the U12 boys, Zuckerman (third) and Caleb Forbush (fourth) competed in the K65 for the first time.

On the Ice

Woodstock U12s Go 1-2In State Tourney

Middlebury, Vt. — The Woodstock U12 boys team won its opener before back-to-back losses at last weekend’s Vermont State Amateur Hockey Association (VSAHA) Tier 3 tournament at Central Vermont Civic Center and Memorial Sports Center.

Woodstock opened the tourney with a 6-0 win over Pleasant Valley on Saturday morning. Henry Trimpi had two goals and two assists, Chase Conway notched a goal and an assist, Thatcher Jaacks, Graeme McKeon and Griffin Piconi scored one goal each and Ethan Dean, Trey Jones and Will Coates all notched one assist for Woodstock.

In game two on Saturday, Woodstock faced an unfamiliar opponent in the Chittenden-South Burlington Hawks, which they hadn’t seen during the regular season. CSB won, 6-2, as Trimpi and Conway scored goals for Woodstock and Jones had an assist.

Woodstock suffered another 6-2 defeat on Sunday, this time against Northshire.

Dean and Piconi scored and Trimpi had an assist for Woodstock, which trailed only 2-1 midway through the second period.

Woodstock did not qualify for this weekend’s championship round, but will look to schedule additional postseason games and tournaments to round out the season.

U14 Reds Persevere in N.Y.

In a two-day trip to New York state, Woodstock’s U14 red team was swept in a double header against North Country on Saturday before bouncing back for a 9-0 win at Clifton Park on Sunday.

In Rouses Point, N.Y., on Saturday, North Country led 1-0 late in game one before an empty net goal clinched it.

The hosts dominated game two, 6-1.

Woodstock rallied on Sunday at Clifton Park, especially during a seven-goal second period.

Luke Ricci (two assists), Charles Greene (assist) and Aidan Yates (assist) all had two goals, while Field Willis, Riley Shepherd and Tommy Bissaillon each scored once. Willis, Shepherd and Mason Harkins added assists.

Hanover BantamsDraw Twice

The Hanover Wild Bantam Green played through two dramatic ties over the weekend, surrendering two goals in the final minute of a 4-4 decision at Keene on Saturday before scoring with less than a second left to earn a 2-2 draw with Concord at home on Sunday.

Hanover rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to seize a 4-2 lead against Keene, only to allow the hosts to forge the tie during the final minute of play.

Austin Kapoukrandis, Curtis Rice, Tom Lyons and Pratt Stetson scored for the Wild with assists to Rice and Stetson. Danny Drebber made 11 saves in goal.

Kapoukrandis tipped in a shot from Rice with less than a second remaining to stun Concord. Kapoukrandis and Rice also combined for the team’s first goal, this time the former setting up the latter for the first goal of the game.

In the Gym

Higgins Leads Thor’s Stone Record Setters

Lebanon — Jane Higgins set national records in both the snatch (65 pounds) and clean-and-jerk (85 pounds) for her women 65-69, 53-kilometer body weight class at CCBA’s Witherell Center on Saturday.

Higgins’ marks also set New England records, as did the performances of teammates Valerie Thompson (women 60-64, 75K) and Denise Bloom (women 50-54, 40K). Thompson lifted 80 in the snatch and 100 in the clean-and-jerk, while Bloom brought 75 and 95 pounds off the ground, respectively.

Five additional Thor’s Stone athletes recorded personal records. Nicole Cameron (age 31) lifted 70 in the snatch and 90 in the clean-and-jerk, Caleb Davidson (18) lifted 150 and 205, Luben Ikonomov (23) lifted 165 and 210, Darren Clement (48) lifted 225 in the clean-and-jerk and Zane Rodriguez (58) lifted 130 and 165 for PRs.

Clement also lifted 170 in the snatch, while Lee Pelletier (78) lifted 115 and 130 for Thor’s Stone.

In the Pool

Swim-a-Thon Coming

White River Junction — Members of the Upper Valley Aquatic Club swim team will hit the pool to raise funds for a trio of causes during its annual Swim-a-Thon on Saturday.

Swimmers will be assigned to two-hour slots in an attempt to complete a maximum of 200 laps. Donors are encouraged to support swimmers with either a flat contribution or one tied to the distance a swimmer completes.

Funds raised during the day will be split between the UVAC swim team, the UVAC financial aid fund and the USA Swimming Foundation. To sponsor an athlete, contact UVAC swim team parent council fundraising Chairman Steve Hiller at 802-3556-1493 or steve@thehillergroup.com.

In a (Mobile) Bed

Eastman Recreation Gearing For Sled Bed Races

Grantham — The Eastman Community Association will host a day of snow-centered activities in support of David’s House on Feb. 25, highlighted by a bed sled race at the Eastman Cross Country Ski Center.

The race is open to teams of four people (three to push, one in pajamas to ride), who will create entries based on the various David’s House guest room themes. Beds must be a minimum of twin size (35 inches by 71 inches) but can be larger and must be mounted on at least two skis. Teams will push their sleds on the Nordic Center’s practice loop. At the race mid-point, the bed’s rider must switch positions — as well as pajamas — with one of the sled pushers for the trip back. The race will cover a distance of 400 yards, with a downhill finish. Teams will be timed, and the top four fastest sleds advance to the semifinals and finals.

Eastman Recreation has also built two sled beds and will make them available to teams who might be interested in participating but are unable to construct a bed.

The cost to participate is $100 per team, with proceeds will benefit David’s House.

The day will also include a display of grooming equipment, a sleboggan demonstration and a chili cook-off. Call Eastman Recreation at 603-863-6772 for more information or to register.

On The Run

Sears Wins Age Groupin Texas Ultra

Todd Sears, of Bethel, won his men’s 50-59 age group and placed 55th overall of 355 starters in the Rocky Raccoon 100-mile run in Huntsville Texas, on Feb. 4-5.

Sears completed the ultramarathon in 22 hours, 36 minutes, 39 seconds.

Sears is using the event as a platform to raise money for a scholarship to benefit a girl in pursuit of a degree in the field of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in college. For more information or to donate, visit www.crowdrise.com/toddsears3.


Jane Higgins lifted 65 pounds in the snatch and 85 pounds in the clean-and-jerk during Saturday’s weightlifting competition at Thor’s Stone Athletic Club. Additionally, Luben Ikonomov lifted 165 pounds in the snatch and 210 in the clean-and-jerk. The weight totals for both of Higgins’ events and Ikonomov’s first name were incorrect in an earlier version of this story