Flanders Prevails at LOC’s Super Bowl Jump Meet
James McCluskey of Hopkinton flies toward a 32.5 meter landing on his final jump of the Lebanon Outing Club's Super Bowl Ski Jumping Championship at Storrs Hill in Lebanon, N.H., Sunday, February 2, 2014. McCluskey finished third in the open division.
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Three volunteer markers look to pinpoint the distance of a jump by and unknown jumper during the Lebanon Outing Club Super Bowl Ski Jumping Championship at Storrs Hill in Lebanon, N.H., Sunday, February 2, 2014.
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Lebanon — The Lebanon Outing Club’s Josh Flanders joined competitors from around the Northeast on top of the podium on Sunday during the LOC’s Super Bowl Ski Jumping Championship at the Storrs Hill Ski Area.
Flanders came away with the victory in the boys open division off Storrs Hill’s K50 ramp, scoring 116.5 points — with a tournament-best jump of 34.5 meters — to edge LOC teammate Ben Emery (111.3). Jumpers from the New York Ski Educational Foundation claimed the other K50 divisions, with Matt White winning the J3 competition (115.6) and Gabriella Armstrong coming up tops in among J2 jumpers (113.6).
Upper Valley skiers dominated the meet’s K25 jump. Hanover’s Katie Ball (W division; 93.4), Ford Sayre’s Caleb Zuckerman (J5; 56.7), FSSC’s Evan Nichols (J4; 116.9) and Hanover’s Nathan Roth (high school; 144.7) all picked up victories, joining NYSEF’s Matt White (J3; 161.1) and the LOC’s John Conley (open; 87.0).
Ford Sayre’s Madeline Zuckerman reigned supreme in the open division off Storrs Hill’s K5 ramp, scoring 181 points to win her class. Two Andover, N.H., competitors, Emma Pine (J5 girls; 173.0) and Elias Baer (J5 boys; 192.0), picked up victories in the other two K5 classes.
Nichols Wins Nordic Combined Title
Hanover — Lyme’s Evan Nichols swept both discplines to win the U12 division of the Ford Sayre Ski Council’s annual Nordic combined meet at Oak Hill on Saturday.
An event that combined cross country skiing with ski jumping, Nichols took victories in both competitions among U12 boys. Nichols scored a division-best 63.5 points in the jump while also recording a winning time of 10 minutes, 40 seconds, in his Nordic ski race. The results put Nichols at the top of the U12 ladder ahead of Ford Sayre clubmate Elsa Bolinger and Sophie Reynolds of the Andover Outing Club.
Andover’s Eli Bauer nipped FordSayre’s Caleb Zuckerman in the U10 combined results. Zuckerman (50.0) outpointed Bauer (45.5) in the jumping, while Bauer covered the ski route in 7:16, with Zuckerman second in 7:33.
The U14 titles went to Andover’s Henry Johnstone off the K20 jump at Oak Hill and NYSEF’s Scott Schultz off the larger K32 hill. Schultz won the division’s ski race in 12:41, with Johnstone second in 15:07. The only girl among the U14s, Ford Sayre’s Casey Nichols took third in the cross country and scored 58.5 points off both hills.
Hopkinton’s James McCluskey left with the overall win in the U17 division, ahead of NYSEF’s Henry McGrew. UVM’s Ben Emery preveailed unopposed in the U20 meet, scoring 178.5 points off the Roger Burt Memorial K32 jump.
Back-to-Back Wins For Austin, Graves
Mendon, Vt. — Norwich’s Emma Austin backed up a Jan. 25 race win at Killington with another on Sunday at Pico, winning a Vermont Alpine Racing Association giant slalom with nearly 80 competitors in her age group.
Racing for the Okemo Mountain Amateur Racing Association, Austin took the girls U12 division at Pico with a two-run time of 1 minute, 2.79 seconds. The Quechee Ski Club put two competitors in the top 10 in Sara McKenna (sixth, 1:05.48) and Anda-Reese Brown (eighth, 1:07.33), while Suicide Six’s Isabel Jones was 10th (1:07.80). Su Six’s Tanner Graves won the boys division, his two-run clocking of 59.29 seconds serving as the only time below one minute.
Austin and Graves also swept to wins at the Killington GS. Austin rolled to a win of nearly two seconds in a combined time of 1:11.84 in a race that saw Suicide Six put three skiers (Kelly Gebhardt, Amber Wood, Caitlin Collins) and two from Quechee (Brown, Emma Taylor) fill the top 10. Graves (1:06.74) won the boys U12 division by more than three seconds ahead of Quechee’s Brian Cunningham (1:09.78) and almost five seconds ahead of Su Six’s Carl Gebhardt.
On the Ice
SCaD Show Sunday
Hanover — The Skating Club at Dartmouth will welcome several ex-Olympic speed skaters and a pair of national competitors to its 2014 Skating Spectacular on Sunday at Thompson Arena.
The show, entitled “Celebrating Sochi,” will include skates by national-level competitors Armin Mahbanoozadeh and Olivia Serafini as well as appearances by former Olympic speed skaters Dan Weinstein, J.P. Kepka and Caroline Hallisey-Kepka.
The show will also feature an appearance by the University of New Hampshire’s synchronized skating team, the six-time national champion Dartmouth figure skating team and SCaD’s own skaters performing group and solo routines.
The general admission show, which starts at 4 p.m., is $12 for adults and $5 for students (ages 5-18). SCaD will hold a raffle of items donated by local businesses and community members as part of the afternoon. Visit www.skatingclubatdartmouth.org or email email@example.com for more information.
On the Ice, Part Deux
TV U10 Girls Win
West Lebanon — The Twin Valley U10 girls made their first foray in a full-ice game a successful one on Saturday, edging Hanover 4-3.
Ellie Mooney netted the game-winning goal for the Flyers with 18 seconds to play, supporting earlier goals from Molly Sites, Svia Russman-Araya and Maya Bennett. Emily Stevens recorded the win in the Twin Valley goal.
Natalie Achilles and Rachel Sites helped Stevens with their play on defense, and Sarah Joy Walker and Maggie Sharkey had a strong game on offense for the Flyers.
Wild U14s Split in N.Y.
Clifton Park, n.y. — The Hanover U14 girls skated to a win and a loss in a road trip to Clifton Park, dropping a 3-2 decision and rebounding with a 3-0 win last weekend.
The opening game saw the Wild in a 2-2 tie on second-period goals from Greta Close and Mia Brown before the hosts got the late decider. Clare Gardner and Cate Wagner each earned assists.
Hanover bounced back with a three-goal first period in the nightcap victory. Close, Briland Laycock and Gardner provided the scores, while Rose Sperry set up two goals and Wagner assists on one.
Now 15-7-2 on the year, Hanover visits the Boston Eagles U14s for a pair of games this weekend.
Peewee Green Prevails
White River Junction — Cameron Woods tipped in a point drive from Tono Correa for the game-winning goal as the Hanover Peewee Greens edged Back Bay, 3-1, on Sunday at Wendell Barwood Arena.
Jackson Stotland also assisted on Woods’ goal, which broke a 1-1 tie in the second period. Woods opened the scoring on the game’s first shift, converting a Stotland pass, and Rowan Wilson clinched the win with a late unassisteed goal in the third stanza.
Forwards Quinn Murnaghan, Brendan Brigham and Jacob Derosier kept the pressure on the Back Bay defense, and defenders Correa, Joey Goff and Cater Auch helped goalie Henry Bernard lock down the victory.
Hanover Squirts Split
Manchester — The Hanover Squirt Greens blanked the Manchester Flames, 4-0, on Kaleb Maccioli’s shutout goaltending at Westside Arena on Saturday.
Maccioli knocked aside seven shots for the clean sheet. Lachlan Simmers scored twice, Ellis DeMars had a goal and an assist, Casey Graham set up two scores, Spencer Lawe provided the Wild’s other goal and Macsen Elkouh finished with an assist.
The Wild got the jump in Sunday’s date with Tier I Dover, but the Stars answered with two late goals for a 2-1 win. DeMars netted Hanover’s goal on a Simmers pass, and Maccioli finished with eight saves.
Hanover Mites Roll
West Lebanon — The offensive juggernaut that is the Hanover Mites rolled to a pair of wins last weekend, beating CVSA at Campion Rink on Saturday, 11-3, and visiting a 9-0 shutout on Rutland on Sunday.
Corwith Simmers (four goals, one assist) and Andrew Dannehy (3-1) did the bulk of the damage against the Capitals. Miles Oberting tallied twice with an assist, Jack Stadheim and Alden Turner also hit the twine and Zach Miles delivered two assists for Hanover.
Stadheim came through with four goals in the Rutland win on Sunday to back Micah McGinley-Smith’s shutout goaltending. Simmers and Oberting scored twice each, with Turner accounting for Hanover’s other goal. Miles, Dannehy and John Murphy all had one assist when they weren’t joining Jack Wilkinson in protecting McGinley-Smith in the Hanover net.
Wasp Squirts Rally
Woodstock — The Woodstock Squirt Whites came back from a 4-0 deficit to forge a 5-5 tie with Pleasant Valley on Sunday at Union Arena.
Noah Olsen settled down in goal to backstop the Wasps’ come-from-behind effort, which included goals from Evan Falwell, Michael Lacroix and Sam Mitchell.
Auden Oliver-Yeager also scored for Woodstock, his first goal of the season.
Squirt Greens Swept
Woodstock — The Woodstock Squirt Greens played two tough contests over the weekend, falling to Twin Valley and Pleasant Valley.
On Friday at Kimball Union Academy, the host Flyers handed the Wasps a 2-1 defeat. Ben Plottner kept Woodstock in the game with his fine goaltending, while Charles Greene netted the Wasps’ lone goal.
Woodstock would have less offensive luck back at Union Arena on Saturday. Visiting PVA kept the Wasps’ scorers in check, earning a 2-0 win.
Wasp U12s Stopped
Woodstock — The Woodstock U12 girls stepped up to play a pair of AA-level foes last weekend, falling to St. Albans on Saturday, 4-0, and Essex on Sunday, 5-0.
The U12s will stay in the neighborhood this weekend, hosting Brattleboro on Saturday and Stowe on Sunday, both at Union Arena.
Peewees Sweep Barre
Woodstock — The Woodstock Peewees enjoyed an undefeated weekend in three games, highlighted by a home-and-home sweep of the Barre Blades.
The Wasps started on Saturday with a 2-1 defeat of Barre at Union Arena, with Jeremy Sigl providing both goals, one of them shorthanded and the other a top-shelf drive off a pass from Trevor White. Sunday’s return trip to Barre netted a 4-1 win on two Charlie Plottner goals and one each from Charlie Scribner and Sigl. Silas Bohen, Gunnar Wood and White earned assists.
The weekend included a Sunday trip to St. Albans, where the Wasps left with a 3-3 tie.
Sigl scored twice and set up a third from Plottner, and White also finished the game with a helper for Woodstock.
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 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.