Junior Marauders Conquer N.Y. Tournament

Lake Placid, n.y. — The Junior Marauders, a Squirt-level youth hockey team of players from the Hanover Hockey Association and Woodstock Youth Hockey Association, lived up to their nickname last weekend at the Cam-Am Challenge Cup, coming home with gold medals and assorted other hardware for winning the championship of their tournament division.

The Marauders swept to five wins in five games to secure the title in the Grenoble Division for top-level Squirt teams. The Marauder roster was filled with players ages 8-10.

The team opened with a 6-1 win over the Elmira (N.Y.) Jackals, as Sy Oberting scored twice to front single tallies from Tommy Bissaillon, Casey Graham, Gunnar Wood and Augie Oberting. The Marauders beat Vermont rival Rutland, 4-2, for their second win, getting two goals from Wood and additional offense from Andrew Gubbins and Sy Oberting.

The Junior Marauders reached the finals on the heels of back-to-back routs of the Watertown (N.Y.) Rapids, 7-1 and 7-3. The squad’s “mini” line of Kate French (two goals), Eric Tysinger (two assists) and Ben Plotter (two assists) excelled in both victories.

That set up a rematch with Rutland in the finals. The Marauders led twice on scores from Augie Oberting and Bissaillon, but the Junior Spartans rallied twice to force overtime. Following a Rutland penalty for too many players on the ice in the third OT, Sy Oberting struck the twine for the championship-winning goal.

Molly French and Riley Shepherd also played key roles on the weekend. Goaltenders Gavin Slider and Danny Drebber shared duties in net throughout the tournament.

Marauder skaters also came home with multiple wins in a mid-tourney skills competition. Shooter Shepherd and goalie Drebber each claimed honors in shootout competition, with Drebber throwing a shutout against opposing skaters. The relay team of Sy Oberting, Kate French, Gubbins and Wood took second in a photo finish, and the squad also received the Fair Play Award for the fewest penalty minutes in the tourney.

On the Diamond

Saints Seek Players

Woodstock — The Killington-based Summit Saints baseball team, a member of the Vermont Men’s Senior Baseball League, is seeking players for the coming season.

The wood-bat league is open to participants ages 40 and older, although rosters are permitted to include up to four players between the ages of 35-39. A 14-year member of the league, the Saints will play their home games at Woodstock Union High School. The 17-week season begins April 28, all games are played on Sundays (no games on Mother’s Day) and contests start at noon. The league includes teams as far away as Burlington, so players can expect some travel over half of the season.

For more information on the team and league, including costs and schedules, contact Ray Foley at 802-422-3838 or ray@myrec.com.

On the Run

Beginner 5K Class

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation wants to send another group of first-time runners on their way by offering a beginner’s 5K running program later this summer.

The class is for ages 15 and older, geared to get anyone ready for the third Hartford 5K on Aug. 3. The class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 4, spending the summer building endurance for the race.

Classes meet from 6-7:30 p.m. at Hartford High School. The registration deadline is May 28, and the cost is $25 for Hartford residents and $35 for nonresidents. Call Hartford Rec at 802-295-5036 for more.

In the Outdoors

Hulbert Offers
Adventure Days

Fairlee — Upper Valley families seeking opportunities to learn skills for the outdoors are invited to join in the Hulbert Outdoor Center’s new Adventure Days effort, scheduled for Saturday, April 27 and May 1 at the Fairlee facility.

Hulbert staff will guide participants through activities such as a high ropes course, climbing tower, basic camping skills, canoeing, archery and hiking, among other things, in the hopes of fostering an interest in exploring the outdoors. Half-day and full-day registration is available, with rates ranging from $10 to $30 depending on the choice and number of activities. Lunch and snacks will also be available in Hulbert’s farmhouse dining hall.

No pre-registration is necessary. For more information, contact Hulbert registrar Lynn Daly at 802-333-3405 or lynn.daly@alohafoundation.org.

Wednesday Walkers Resumes

White River Junction — The arrival of spring means the resumption of Hartford Parks and Recreation’s Wednesday Walkers hiking series.

The series is open to everyone. All walks begin with a 9 a.m. meeting at the Hartford Municipal Building for transportation to that day’s trailhead. The spring schedule:

April 10: Hazen Trail, Hartford.

April 24: Gile Mountain, Norwich.

May 8: Hurricane Forest Wildlife Refuge, Hartford.

May 22: Quechee Gorge, Quechee.

June 5: Clay Brook Trail, Lyme.

All hikes are free. Participants are asked to wear boots and appropriate clothing and bring a light snack and water for the trip. Call Hartford Parks and Rec at 802-295-5036 for more information or to confirm a scheduled outing.

Lebanon Hiking Series

Lebanon — The Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department will hold a series of hikes through the month of May.

Krissy Flythe will lead the outings. Participants are reminded to bring snacks, a backpack (if needed), water and hiking boots. The schedule:

∎ May 3: Alice Peck Day Loops, Woodlands and Lizzie Elliot Loop, Lebanon (easy).

∎ May 10: Farnum Hill Reserves, Lebanon (easy-moderate).

∎ May 24: Boston Lot, Lebanon (moderate-difficult).

∎ May 31: Cardigan Mountain, Canaan (difficult).

All hikes are free of charge. Contact Lebanon Rec at 603-448-5121 for meet-up information or other details.

On One Wheel

Unicycle Lessons

West Lebanon — David Kano will present a five-week series of lessons in learning to ride a unicycle beginning April 20 in the Seminary Hill School parking lot.

Lessons will be held on consecutive Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon and are open to anyone age 12 and older. Kano will employ “unitrainer” technology to get participants up and riding. Registrants are welcome to bring their own unicycles, although they are not required to participate.

Classes are $5 for the five-week cycle or $2 on a drop-in basis. Call Lebanon Recreation and Parks at 603-448-5121 to register or get more information.

With a Disc

Ultimate Frisbee Returns

White River Junction — Hartford Parks and Recreation, teaming with local pickup group UFX, will sponsor another season of twice-a-week pickup ultimate Frisbee play at Watson Park.

Mary Bouchard will oversee play, which will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. until dark starting May 6 and running through Aug. 28. All ages and abilities are welcome; casual instruction is provided, and participants are recommended to wear cleats or running shoes with good traction.

There is a $2 drop-in fee per week. The club will also hold its fifth Cinco de Mayo Sombrero Ultimate Tournament on May 4 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Club details can be found by visiting www.ufxultimate.org.

On the Ice

Hanover Registration
Under Way

Hanover — Registration for next winter’s Hanover Hockey Association programs will be held over the month of April, beginning on Monday.

Players from age 6 to 16 are welcome to join HHA’s programs, which will include in-house squads as well as travel teams through at least four divisions of play (Mite, Squirt, Peewee, Bantam). Registration continues through April 30.

Visit www.hanoverhockey.org for details on costs, schedules and other information.

In the Gym

Teen Strength Class

Hanover — Jon Dame will lead a 10-week strength and conditioning class for teens through Dartmouth College’s fitness program beginning on April 1 in Alumni Gym’s West Gym Track.

The program is designed to develop skills for lifelong success in sports while also encouraging a healthy lifestyle. Participants will take part in acceleration and deceleration drills, speed and agility work, plyometrics and proper weightlifting technique over the length of the program, which is open to boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 18.

The class will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at a cost of $90. For more information, contact Dartmouth fitness director Hugh Mellert at 603-646-3903 or hugh.s.mellert@dartmouth.edu.

In the Saddle

GHMA Eventing Clinic

South Woodstock — The Green Mountain Horse Association has scheduled its first festival of eventing clinic for Aug 5-8 at its home facility in South Woodstock as a run-up to the Aug. 9 one-day competition for elementary, beginner novice and novice riders and the Aug. 10-11 meet for novice through intermediate equestrians.

The clinic will offer riders and horses intruction, briefings, unmounted sessions and fun in such areas as dressage schooling, stadium exercises and cross country gallops. There will also be opportunities to experience fast-pace work on GMHA’s steeplechase course. Registration opens on June 25.

Contact GHMA’s Molly Hutchins at 802-457-1509, ext. 219 or molly@gmhainc.org for more information.

On Target

Shooting Team

Enfield — The Granite State Sharp Shooters, a new youth target rifle team with members ranging between 10 and 16 years of age, will hold a spaghetti dinner and silent auction on Saturday from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Enfield Community Building.

The club hopes to raise money from the night to help purchase needed equipment. The 12-member team is an offshoot of the Enfield Outing Club, meeting at the EOC facility to work on marksmanship skills. Coached by Scott Thompson, Ken May and Roy Holland, the Sharp Shooters recently competed in small-bore rifle events in Hudson, N.H., and Taunton, Mass. The team is open to interested youths between the ages of 10 and 18 who have completed the basic National Rifle Association rifle course.

The dinner will include vegan and meatball spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, beverages and a choice of one dessert. The cost is $7 for ages 13 and older, $4 for ages 4-12 and $20 per family. For more information, contact Ken May at 603-568-2256 or enfieldshootingteam@aol.com.

On the Tee

NHGA Schedules
Rules Clinics

Concord — The New Hampshire Golf Association will welcome all golfers interested in expanding their knowledge of the game to a rules clinic on Saturday at Concord Country Club.

The clinic will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with a $15 fee charged to defray the cost of lunch.

For more information or to register for the clinic, contact the NHGA’s John Jelley at 603-569-3471 or jjelley@nhgolf.com.