Reed’s Western Squash Trip Nets Runner-up Finish
San Francisco — Go west, young man: Lebanon’s Max Reed did recently and came within one match of another U.S. Squash junior tournament championship.
The Lebanon High School junior came home with runner-up honors after reaching the finals of the West Coast Junior Squash Championships the weekend of Jan. 18-20. The result left Reed ranked sixth in the country in the U 19 junior boys division.
Reed entered the U19 draw in San Francisco with a first-round bye, then needed to rally from a two-games-to-one deficit to New York’s Yehia Essam, taking an 11-9 decision in the final game for a 3-2 match victory. That led to a 3-1 quarterfinal win over James Watson, of Darien, Conn., and another come-from-behind victory in the semifinals, rallying from a 2-0 hole for a five-game defeat of Pierson Broadwater, of Bronxville, N.Y. Broadwater is the nation’s top-ranked U19 player.
Anders Larson, of Brooklyn, N.Y., eventually ended Reed’s plans. Reed won the opening game before Larson — ranked eighth nationally — swept to a 3-1 decision.
On the Slopes
Craft, Rozzi Win
Newbury, n.h. — Riley Craft won the girls U12 division and Colin Rozzi outpaced the boys U14 field to highlight efforts by Ford Sayre Ski Council competitors at Sunday’s Bob Skinner Cup giant slalom races at Mount Sunapee.
Craft won her division in a two-run time of 1 minute, 31.31 seconds, clocking a time of 45.24 seconds on the second run that was the best among the 37 skiers who survived the opening run. Maia Garfield (second, 1:31.48), Tracy Jasmine (fifth), Pepper Joseph (sixth), Willa McGouh (seventh) and Lucy Doyle (10th) helped Ford Sayre populate the top 10. Maggie McCutcheon (second, 1:30.53) and Maisy Pekala (fifth) had the best FSSC results in the U14 girls races.
Rozzi produced a combined time of 1:19.86 to win the U14 boys, with Alexander Purcell (third, 1:22.54) and James Healy (10th) also in the top 10. Eric Goodney (1:32.04), Colter Lingelbach-Pierce and Will Blinkhorn finished 4-6-8 in the U12 boys division.
On the Ice
Wild Peewees Split
West Lebanon — The Hanover Peewee Greens used the shutout goaltending of Henry Bernard and a Jackson Stotland hat trick to blank the Northern Cyclones, 6-0, at Campion Rink on Saturday.
Brendan Brigham, Quinn Murnaghan, Joey Goff and Brian Daly used tight forechecking and defense to set the stage for Bernard’s clean sheet. Rowan Wilson finally got the Wild on the board in late in the second period, opening a deluge that included Stotland’s three goals and solo tallies from Tono Correa and Cameron Woods. Jake Derosier, Carter Auch, Woods and Daly contributed assists.
Hanover’s hopes for a weekend sweep came up short on Sunday in a 2-1 loss to New Hampshire East at Phillips Exeter Academy. Stotland provided the Wild’s only goal.
Hanover U12s Roll
White River Junction — The Hanover U12 girls put together a top-to-bottom team performance to knock off Seacoast, 7-1, on Sunday at Wendell Barwood Arena.
Five different Wild skaters dented the visitors’ net, with Kelly Citera and Macy Curtis leading the way with two-goal games. Elizabeth Barre, Clara Boland and Rory Livingston also scored, while Emma Tysinger, Kendyl Boisvert, Curtis, Citera and Barre all contributed assists.
C.C. Barton and Jacqueline Gour shared the win in goal. Violet Sperry, Maggie Lee, Bryn Kable and Meredith Morhun contributed solid two-way play to the winning effort.
Squirts Win Everything
West Lebanon — The Hanover Squirt Greens defeated everything that came their way last weekend, sweeping three games in league and nonleague play.
The Wild’s busy schedule started with a 5-2 defeat of Essex at Campion Rink on Saturday, with Spencer Lawe’s hat trick, goals from Curtis Rice and Connor Pollard, a Macsen Elkouh assist and Jake Kriplin’s nine-save goaltending highlighting the victory. Hanover followed with a 5-4 defeat of Barre at Woodstock’s Union Arena later on Saturday; Lawe netted his second hat trick of the day, Ellis DeMars had a goal and an assist, Elkouh provided a goal and goalie Kaleb Maccioli made eight saves. Bridger Close and Casey Graham also had assists.
The Wild completed its three-win weekend with a 4-1 Granite State League win over the Manchester F lames on Sunday at JFK Coliseum. Lawe, Elkouh, DeMars and Kriplin did the scoring, with Lawe and Elkouh also posting assists. Riley Shepherd set up two goals, and Maccioli earned his second win in less than 24 hours with 11 saves.
Mites Melt Cobras
Keene, n.h. — The Hanover Mites answered the chill of the Cheshire Ice Arena by melting host Keene, 14-0, on Sunday.
Corwith Simmers and Zach Miles led the way for the Wild with four goals each. Andrew Dannehy produced a hat trick, and Miles Oberting, Angus Frew and Jack Stadheim completed the scoring. Stadheim, Frew and John Murphy added two assists, with single helpers going to Oberting, Max Cary and Alden Turner.
Mica McGinley-Smith earned his first shutout of the season behind the play of defenders Cary, Turner, Murphy and Jack Wilkenson.
Wasp Squirts Rebound
Lyndonville, Vt. — After sustaining a 10-0 loss to Upper Valley to open the weekend, the Woodstock Squirt Whites bounced back with a 7-1 win over Lyndon on Sunday at Fenton Chester Arena.
Ethan Mello backstopped the win, coming within one save of a shutout. Caleb Morse produced a hat trick for a Woodstock offense that also picked up goals from Cody Trotin, Dylan Deschamp and Camden White.
The Wasps meet Pleasant Valley this weekend.
Woodstock U12s Sweep
Woodstock — The Woodstock U12 girls made the most of home-ice advantage last weekend, edging Northfield, 4-3, on Saturday and CSB, 2-1, on Sunday at Union Arena.
Bridget Black was strong in net in both victories. Hannah Coates and Khara Brettell both had two-goal games in the Northfield win, with Rose Donaldson posting an assist.
Audrey Lee went the length of the ice on a breakaway for Woodstock’s first goal against Chittenden-South Burlington. Coates added the game-winning goal on a Lee pass.
U14s Meet Peewees
Woodstock — The Woodstock U14 girls met the Pleasant Valley Peewees on Sunday, dropping a 3-1 decision.
Sidney Pilot scored the lone goal on a breakaway for the Wasps, who also received solid goaltending from Annabelle Lessard.
The Wasps hit the road on Saturday for games at Missisquoi and Essex.
Wasps, Tigers Tie
Woodstock — The Woodstock Peewees picked up big saves from goaltender Henry Greene and two goals from Charlie Plottner to earn a 3-3 tie with Middlebury at Union Arena on Saturday.
Kyle Hamilton’s goal ensured that Greene and the Wasps would earn a point from a close contest. The Wasps also dropped a 7-2 home decision to Milton on Sunday, with Trevor White and Jeremy Sigl scoring, Andrew Gubbins earning an assist and Greene sharing the netminding duties with Dylan Nault.
Woodstock has a home-and-home set with Barre this weekend.
To the Hoop
Pelletier Takes Hoop Shoot
Lebanon — Lebanon’s Kyle Pelletier is one his way to the New Hampshire Elks Hoop Shoot state championship after winning two levels of the free-throw shooting contest in recent weeks.
Pelletier, 12, won both the local and district contests to advance to states. Pelletier qualified for the next stage of the competition by hitting 21 of 25 free-throw attempts at the district meet.
He will now go up against four other boys between the ages of 12 and 13 for the right to advance to the New England regionals. The state championship will be held at Portsmouth High School on Feb. 5.
On the (Snowy) Trails
UVTA Going to Eastman
Grantham — The Upper Valley Trails Alliance will continue the celebration of its 15th anniversary with an Eastman Trails Day event on Feb. 9 at the Eastman Cross Country Ski Center.
The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will include opportunities for both Nordic skiing snowshoeing on Eastman’s 30-kilometer trail network. The cost to participate is $10; Eastman residents get in for free.
Additionally, special guests will lead a series of group outings during the day at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., at an additional $5 per person. Historian Vic Henningsen will lead two snowshoe hikes, and former Olympic biathlete and current Ford Sayre coach Dennis Donahue will guide a pair of cross country ski trips. Equipment rentals and food are avaiable at the cross country ski center, and all proceeds from the day will go toward UVTA trail development, use and maintenance programs.
For more information, contact UVTA at 802-649-9075 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the Circle
Windsor Softball Clinics
Windsor — Katelyn and Stefanie Curtis will lead a series of softball pitching clinics for girls beginning Feb. 9 and continuing for five weeks.
The clinics will take place on Sunday mornings through March 9 at the Windsor High School gymnasium (lower entrance). Grades 4-8 will start at 10 a.m., with grades 9-12 following at 11 a.m.
The cost to participate is $40 for Windsor residents and $50 for nonresidents. For more information, contact Windsor High softball coach Phil Hathorn at 802-291-2645.
On the Run
Red Zone 5K On Super Sunday
Wilder — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department will hold its inaugural Red Zone 5K run and walk on Sunday at the Dothan Brook School.
Participants in this family-friendly race are encouraged to dress up in football gear in recognition of the Super Bowl scheduled for later in the day. The race, which starts at 10 a.m., begins and ends at DBS, covering the Wilder Pedestrian Trail and returning along the town’s back roads.
Advance registration is available online at runreg.com/redzone5K. Day-of-race registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best football attire as well as top times in various age groups. The cost to race is $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event, with proceeds going toward department scholarship programs.
For more information, contact Hartford Parks and Rec at 802-295-5036.
On the Tee
Winter Golf Tourney Set
Canaan — As if to demonstrate that golf isn’t only for the warm weather, the Friends of Canaan Village will hold the David O. Cushman winter golf tournament on Feb. 8 at Williams Field.
Come armed with a sense of humor and one club; organizers will provided tennis balls and a free putting range for the tournament. Free hot chocolate, donuts and pizza will also be available, while the cost to play in the tournament is $5. Prizes will be awarded, including the Babcock Trophy to the winning golfer. Tee time is 12 noon.
Contact Robin Parker for more information on the tournament at 603-523-4352 or email@example.com.