Show Hits Jackpot, Wins TVFFL Championship

  • Members of The Show pose with their championship trophy after defeating Robar's Revenge on Sunday night at Barnes Park in Claremont in the title game of the Twin Valley Flag Football League.<br/>Courtesy photograph

    Members of The Show pose with their championship trophy after defeating Robar's Revenge on Sunday night at Barnes Park in Claremont in the title game of the Twin Valley Flag Football League.
    Courtesy photograph

  • Members of The Show pose with their championship trophy after defeating Robar's Revenge on Sunday night at Barnes Park in Claremont in the title game of the Twin Valley Flag Football League.<br/>Courtesy photograph

Claremont — With contributions from three former Stevens High School standouts leading the way, The Show recorded a 38-26 win over Robar’s Rampage on Sunday night at Barnes Park to claim the championship of the Twin Valley Flag Football League.

Brothers Nate and Josh Duford led the offense for The Show, with a late touchdown pass from Nate Duford helping to set the final result. Cam Blewitt intercepted and returned a late 2-point attempt by Robar’s to key the defense. Robar’s stayed close the whole way thanks to the contributions of quarterback Brad Ruderman and wide receiver Zack Corliss.

The Show topped the Sharks and the Outlaws in earlier playoff contests to reach the title game. Robar’s did likewise through wins over the West Bandits and the Honeybadgers, reaching the finals for the first time in team history.

The Show captured the TVFFL Aaron Robar Championship Trophy with its win, the hardware bearing the name of the late Aaron Robar, a longtime player and official with the league who died earlier this year. The TVFFL plans to hold a summer flag football tournament next year, with the start of the fall season scheduled for early September. Visit www.twinvalleyflagfootball.com for more information about the league.

On the Slopes

Ski Slide Show Next Week

Hanover — Vermont-based photographers Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson will bring their multi-media slideshow, Off Pist in the Northeast, to the Mountain Goat store in Hanover on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.

The show features a mix of still photography, music and video celebrating the pair’s skiing adventures throughout the region. Highlights include new backcountry terrain in New York’s Adirondack mountains created by Tropical Storm Irene, steep terrain in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and deep-powder action in Vermont.

There is no charge for the show, although donations are welcome. A raffle is also planned for the evening, at $5 per ticket or five tickets for $20, to support wildlands conservation groups in the Northeeast, including the Vermont Land Trust and its efforts to conserve the 1,200-acre Bolton Valley backcountry. Contact Mohr at 802-496-5434 or info@emberphoto.com for more information.

On the Run

Zack’s Place 5K

Woodstock — Zack’s Place, the Woodstock center for people with special needs, will hold its sixth fundraising road race, the Turkey Trot 5K, today, Thanksgiving Day.

The race will begin and end at Woodstock Elementary School, with a 10 a.m. start. Pre-registration is available online at www.runreg.com/Net/3099 for $25; race-day registration will also be available, at $30, from 8-9:30 a.m. All pre-registered runners will be guaranteed a commemorative race T-shirt. Race packets can be picked up at WES on Nov. 21 from 4-6 p.m. or prior to the race. Awards will follow the conclusion of the race.

For more information, contact Dail Frates at 802-457-5868 or visit www.zacksplacevt.org.

Strafford XC Opens
With 5K Run

Strafford — Although there isn’t any snow yet, the Strafford Nordic Center will open tomorrow for its second Turkey Trot 5K trail run and walk at 11 a.m.

The 5K is open to all ages. The pre-registration rate is $20; runners and walkers can sign up online at www.straffordnordicskiing.com, and race-day registration will be available from 9-11 a.m.

SNC also plans a biathlon demo on Sunday, also at 11 a.m., that is open to adults and children ages 10 and older. Children younger than 10 are welcome to give paintball biathlon a try.

For more information, contact Hilary Linehan at 802-249-4698 or 802-765-4224 or email hilary@straffordnordicskiing.com.

On Two Wheels

KMS Sweeps
At Velo Cross

Londonderry, n.h. — With Woodstock’s Peter Vollers Jr. and Norwich’s Brendan Rhim leading the way, the Killington Mountain School cycling team won every race it entered at Saturday’s Northeast Velo Cross.

Vollers led a 1-2-3 KMS sweep of of the junior 15-18 age group, with Killington’s Jonah Meadvancourt and Noah Barrow following him across the finish line. Rhim won the men’s Category 1-3 race, and Rutland-based KMS riders, Turner Ramsey (juniors ages 10-14) and John Ramsey (men’s Cat 4) also recorded victories.

With a Spike

CCBA Volleyball
Down to Two

Lebanon — The Carter Community Building Association will crown its fall adult volleyball champion on Tuesday night.

More Cowbell and Mission Unblockables booked their dates in the final with semifinal match victories this past Tuesday evening. More Cowbell swept IHOP, 3-0, while Mission Unblockables defeated Spike-A-Delics by a 3-1 count. More Cowbell received a bye into the semifinals by having the best regular-season schedule; Mission Unblockables advanced by eliminating seventh-seeded Mountaineers, 2-0, in a quarterfinal match on Nov. 16.

The two survivors will meet in a best-of-five match on Tuesday starting at 7 p.m.

On the Ice

Wasps Sweep
Icebreaker …

Springfield, Mass. — The Woodstock Squirts and Bantams rolled to championships in their respective divisions at the Ice Breaker Invitational last weekend,

The Squirts took the C Division of their tournament as goaltender Danny Drebber recorded four straight shutouts in the championship run. The Wasps blanked the Holy Name Stars (6-0), Franklin County (4-0) and Assabet Valley (6-0) en route to the final, which they claimed by a 5-0 score over Franklin County. Riley Shepherd and Andrew Gubbins each scored twice in the title win, backed by a Ben Plottner goal and assists from Kate French and Charles Greene.

The Woodstock Bantams were similarly successful, dusting off the Newport Whalers (2-0), Troy-Albany (4-2) and Providence (3-1) to reach the title game, which they claimed 3-1 in a rematch with Troy-Albany. Ethan Winberry posted the shutout of the Whalers, and the Wasps rolled to the championship on the wings of Luc Issa’s hat trick and the playmaking of Kevan O’Connell and Garrett Wood.

… As Do Hanover Mites

Springfield, Mass. — Hanover Mite Green stopped teams from Nashua, Springfield, Mass., and Worcester, Mass., en route to winning their division at the Ice Breaker Invitational last weekend.

Lachlin Simmers and Eric Tysinger had big tournaments for the Wild, with Simmers netting nine goals and 12 points and Tysinger finished with seven goals and 11 points. Griffin Auch (3-4—7), Van Bailey (2-4—6), Zachary Hawthrone (3-1—4), Alex Rockmore (1-3—4), John Hill (2-1—3) and John Reznek (2-1—3) added to a balanced scoring attack.

Blaine Gour ran the table in goal, earning all four victories. Defensemen Bridger Close (3-1—4), Jack Gardner (1-2—3) and Macsen Elkouh (2-1—3) made contributions both to the offense and in front of the Hanover goal.

TV Squirts Split

Meriden — The Twin Valley Squirts bounced back from a season-opening loss at Concord on Saturday to take a Sunday home opener from the New Hampshire Monarchs on Sunday at Kimball Union Academy, 3-2.

Twin Valley used three third-period goals to get past the Monarchs. James Surgenor set up John Cloud for two goals with perfect passes, and Quinn Murnaghan scored on a breakaway to win the contest. The Flyers picked up big games on attack from Caden Perkins, Luke Ricci, Hunter Robb, Peyton Wilkerson and Charles Cloud, while defenders Max Van Dijk, Andrew Duany, Ian Schell, Makayla Maccioli, Will Forman and Luke Greene performed well in their own end.

The Flyers came out strong in the loss to Concord, firing 18 shots on goal, but only Mathew Sites was able to puncture the Capitals’ net.

Peewee Green Wins

West Lebanon — The Hanover Peewee Green improved to 2-1-0 in GSL Tier II play on Saturday with a taut 2-1 win over Berlin at Campion Rink.

Braxton McNulty scored a minutes into the game on a pass from Elias Adams, and Phin Choukas scored the game-winner in the second period for the Wild, which needed tough defensive work from David Lehman, Gary Li, McNulty and Adams to prevent a skilled group of Mountainers from consumating a comeback. Hanover dropped its other contest of the weekend, a 2-0 non-league affair to the Essex Sting.

Hanover entered the weekend fresh from a 3-1 defeat of Keene in a league contest the previous weekend, as Choukas, Will Laycock and Ian Garland scored. Briland Laycock and Elias Zinman earned assists.

Wild U12s Top St. Albans

West Lebanon — Riding the goaltending of Cici Barton and Jacqueline Gour, the Hanover U12 girls swept two games from St. Albans, 4-1 and 4-0, on Saturday at Campion Rink.

The two netminders, aided by a defense of Laura White, Emma Tysinger, Bryn Kable and Olive Scull, gave the visitors from Vermont little room for success. Saturday’s opening win saw Hannah Curtis, Mia Brown, Cate Wagner and Catherine Miles score goals, with Tysinger receiving an assist on Brown’s game-winner.

The goaltenders kept St. Albans off the board in Saturday’s nightcap as Sydney Stearns, Katie Whalen, Rose Sperry and Brown provided the goals. Brown, Miles, Curtis and Wagner produced assists on the goals for the Wild, who are back in action this weekend at the Jay Peak Thanksgiving tournament.

Wasps Peewees
Runners-Up

Springfield, Mass. — The Woodstock Peewees came within one game of joining the Ice Breaker Tournament championship club, falling to Connecticut River Hawks, 3-2, in the final of the tourney on Sunday.

After an 8-1 loss to the River Hawks to open round-robin play, the Wasps recovered with defeats of the Newport Whalers White (3-0) and Newport Whalers Blue (8-1) to earn a spot in the title game. Max Snider produced the shutout over Newport White with defensive support from Garrett Delaney and Khara Brettell, while Jeremy Sigl (hat trick), Charlie Plottner, Brady Clark and Trevor White did the scoring in the nightcap win.

Sigl, who scored the lone goal in the opening loss to Connecticut, added a goal in the final, as did Clark, but the Wasps couldn’t complete a late rally. White and Plottner had assists in the final for Woodstock.

Gavin Slider finished with 10 saves in goal for the Wild.

Wild, Flames Tie

Manchester — With Ellis DeMars scoring twice, the Hanover Squirt White youth hockey team skated to a 4-4 tie with the Manchester Flames at West Side Arena on Saturday.

Thomas Beaver and Archer Judd provided solo tallies for the Wild, with Jacob Reznek and Judd adding assists to the offensive totals.

Gavin Slider finished with 10 saves in goal for the Wild.

Wasp Mites Top CVSA

Woodstock — Mixing up squads for a cross-ice day, the Woodstock Mites earned a 15-13 win over the CVSA Capitals at Union ARena over the weekend.

Henry Trimpi and Kyle Smith led the scoring for the Wasps, while Will Coates and Lily Gubbins also found the back of the net. Hannah Gubbins helped the offense in the assist department.

The Wasps mixed their roster with members of the house program on Sunday to earn a 12-9 win over Rutland.

Woodstock Girls Stopped

Woodstock — The Woodstock U12 girls showed their improved skating but still struggled to find the net in a pair of Union Arena games last weekend, dropping an 8-0 decision to Twin Valley on Saturday and a close 3-0 contest to Middlebury on Sunday.

Sidney Pilot, Audrey Lee, Rose Donaldson and Anna Hepler all had good games on the ice against the Flyers despite the final score. Goaltender Annabelle Lessard had an excellent contest for Woodstock in the loss to the Tigers on Sunday, with Hannah Coates, Sadie Kuhn and Lauren Forgione pressuring Middlebury’s end of the ice with help from Sammy Yates and Lauren Miller.

Woodstock meets Rutland this weekend.