Reene Runs to Win at Hanover Turkey Trot
Hanover — Quentin Reene outran Alex Hall to the line in a finish of Hanover twentysomethings to win the 20th Hanover Turkey Trot 10K road race on Nov. 18.
Reene, 28, finished the race in 34 minutes, 25 seconds, with Hall, 25, just nine seconds behind him. White River Junction’s Mike Barton, 39, also broke 35-minute barrier with a third-place time of 34:55. Former Sharon Academy runner Alicia Freese, 24, of Tunbridge, led all women in the field with a ninth-place overall time of 36:58.
Barton was among a gang of four members of the Upper Valley Running Club to win age-group medals. Barton won the men’s 30-39 age group; Laura Hagley, 28, of Lebanon, topped the women’s 20-29 division (38:50), ahead of clubmate Nicole Santos, of West Lebanon; Pamela Aman, 46, of Hanover, took the women’s 40-49 class (41:49), with the UVRC’s Nancy Dunbar, of Hanover, second; and Hanover’s Elizabeth Gonnerman, 67, won the women’s 60-69 division (50:61). The UVRC’s Rebecca Stanfield-McCown, Gregory Hagley, Gregory Seidel, Geoff Dunbar, Sanra Rhoades and Jim Burnett also recorded top-three finishes in their respective age groups.
More than 140 runners participated in the race.
Kill Rules Zack’s Place 5K
Woodstock — Randolph Center’s Joseph Kill set a quick pace and outran a field of more than 800 participants to win the Zack’s Place Thanksgiving Day 5K last Thursday.
Kill, 23, led an all-Upper Valley foursome across the finish line, completing the race in 17 minutes, 22.5 seconds. South Woodstock’s Daniel Homeier, 22, took second in 17:45.4, followed by Norwich’s Chris Lang, 47, in 18:00.3 and Hartland’s Harrison Linowski, 17, in 18:18.5. West Lebanon’s Beth McCubbin was the top woman in the field, her time of 18:57.2 good enough for 13th place overall.
Burnett Second at Half Hollow
Nashua, n.h. — Canaan’s Jim Burnett, 62, took second place — topped only by a runner less than a third his age — in the Half Hollow 5K road race on Sunday.
Twenty-year-old Sam McGrath, of Tyngsboro, Mass., won the race in 18 minutes, 11.5 seconds. Burnett was second across the line, posting a time of 21:38.5. A total of 86 runners competed.
Three other Upper Valley Running Club members headed to Nashua for the associated Wolf Hollow Half Marathon on Sunday. Leanna Delhey, of Lebanon (229th place; 2:06:55); Julie Paye, of West Fairlee (293rd; 2:18:41) and Ellie Ferguson, of North Haverhill (325th; 2:29:36), all completed the 13.1-mile event, which drew 360 participants.
Gonnermans Run in Brooklyn
New York — The Hanover-based couple of Elizabeth and Michael Gonnerman took their road-racing skills to Brooklyn on Sept. 22 for the Prospect Park Track Club Turkey Trot, and both came home with age-group victories.
Elizabeth Gonnerman, 67, was the top runner in her 35-competitor age group in the five-mile race, finishing in 40 minutes, 10 seconds. Michael Gonnerman, 70, outpaced seven others in his age division, winning in 41:19.
Both Gonnermans are members of the Upper Valley Running Club.
On the Mat
NLG Hosts Harvest Classic
Wilder — Host Northern Lights Gymnastics produced three all-around winners when it hosted its own Harvest Classic the weekend of Nov. 17-18.
West Lebanon’s Isabella Roebuck took all-around honors for ages 12 and older at level 4, her winning score of 35.975 points built on runner-up finishes in the vault, beam and uneven bars. Hanover’s Shira Hoffer, of Hanover, won the vault, bars and floor exercise on her way to all-around success in level 6 among 11-year-olds (35.600 points). NLG also had a level 8 winner in Hanover’s Victoria Vincelette, who took the 15-and-older category with 34.300 points thanks to wins in the vault and floor.
Northern Lights gymnasts with two or more implement victories included Norwich’s Emma Sablan, Etna’s Samantha Simmons, Norwich’s Amelia Wallis and Lebanon’s Faith Powell. In addition, Piermont’s Emma Stelzner, Lebanon’s Brianna Hibner, Hanover’s Abby Feyrer, Norwich’s Molly Coates, Norwich’s Shaylee McBride, Grantham’s Brittney Wallace, Wilder’s Sydney Koloski and White River Junction’s Rachel Witkowski all had one victory in one of the four individual discplines.
On the Slopes
Ski Slide Show Tonight
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 tonight at 7 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
On Two Wheels
Rhim Rallies for Fifth
Sterling, Mass. — Powering to the front in a race that rewards field position, Norwich’s Brendan Rhim rallied from deep in the pack to finish fifth overall and second among junior riders at Saturday’s New England Verge Bay State Cyclocross bicycle race.
Rhim finished in 45 minutes, 13 seconds, passing 50 other riders on a narrow off-road course. Two of Rhim’s Killington Mountain School cycling team partners also competed at Sterling, with Ansel Dicky (45:34) taking seventh place and Jonah Meadvancourt (51:56) taking 42nd.
Competing a day later in the New England Verge series’ sixth race of the season, Rhim shook off a flat tire and two crashes to win top junior honors and take third place overall. Peter Vollers Jr., of Woodstock, was 21st for KMS, with Meadvancourt taking 30th and Alsen Sukko taking 40th.
On the Ice
Storm Mites Win Jamboree
Essex Junction, Vt. — James McReynolds hat trick set the table for the Upper Valley Mite Black youth hockey team as the Wild beat host Essex, 5-1, to win the Essex Junction Mite Thanksgiving Jamboree last weekend.
The Storm swept four contests to reach the finals, beating Rutland Black (18-1), Rutland White (12-0), St. Albans (10-2) and Barre (6-4) on the way to the championship date with the Sting. Aidan Boonyaharn and Joseph Barwood had big performances through the early contests, with Boonyaharn scoring 19 goals in the opening four games and Barwood contributing 11 goals in the victories. McReynolds, Gordon Willey, Will McGee, Ella Maher, Alex Mason, Colby Boyce, Connor Tierney, Harry Gaudet and Austin DeFelice also factored in the scoring with goals or assists, all for the benefit of goaltenders Declan Flynn and Ean Ray.
Boyce and Barwood also scored in the championship-game win, with Flynn and Ray combining to secure the other end of the ice for the Storm.
Wild Peewees Win, Tie
West Lebanon — The Hanover Wild Peewee Green youth hockey team hosted a two-game series with the Barre Blades on Saturday at Campion Rink, earning a 2-0 win and a 3-3 tie.
Will Laycock and David Lehmann scored in the second period of the opener to give the Wild the win. Laycock tallied on a solo effort that started near center ice, while Lehmann’s clincher came on an assist from Braxton McNulty. Elias Adams scored twice and McNulty added the third in the nightcap deadlock with the Blades, with Lehmann posting two assists and Hans Williams getting one.
Hanover did the doubleheader again on Sunday, this time with the Green Mountain Glades, with the visitors taking a 1-1 tie and a 3-2 win. Adams put the Wild ahead in the deadlock only to have the Glades equalize 30 seconds later. Laycock scored on a pass from his sister, Briland, and Lehmann also struck for Hanover in the defeat, which saw goaltenders Josh Smith and Harris LaRock both come up with numerous saves.
Wasps Peewees Go 1-2
Woodstock — The Woodstock Wasps Peewees had a busy weekend, losing back-to-back games with Upper Valley and Lyndon on Saturday before gaining a 7-1 win over Rutland on Sunday.
Both of Saturday’s contests went down to the wire. Woodstock scored the first five goals against the Storm, three fro Jeremy Sigl and two Charlie Plottner, all in the first period, only to have the Storm rally for the 6-5 win. Ely Chynoweth, Trevor White and Brady Clark had assists in the loss. Lyndon nipped Woodstock in Saturday’s second game, 4-3, despite three more Sigl goals, superb netminding from Max Shiner and capable defense from Chynoweth, Garrett Delaney and Henry Greene.
Sigl scored four times, for 10 weekend goals, in the rout of the Spartans on Sunday. Clark scored on a fine pass from White (three assists), and the Wasps also received goals from Chynoweth, Max Dodson and Peter Warhold. The Wasps travel to CVSA and host Middlebury this weekend.
Surgenor Secures Win
Manchester — James Surgenor converted a pass from John Cloud with 37 seconds to play as the Twin Valley Squirts squeezed past the Manchester Flames, 4-3, on Saturday.
Hunter Ross put the Flyers on the board on a pass from Max Van Dijk before Cloud and Surgenor did the remainder of the scoring. Surgenor finished with three goals and two assists, while Cloud had a two-goal, three-assists contst.
The offense made a winning goaltender of Caleb Maccioli, who had 15 saves.
Flyer, Storm Bantams Tie
Meriden — Christopher Schell scored three times and goalies Grady Gilman and Chad Fazio combined on 10 saves as the Twin Valley Bantams skated to a 5-5 tie with the Upper Valley Storm on Saturday at Kimball Union Academy.
Bryce Turner jammed home a goal for Twin Valley. Tim Durpree converted the Flyers’ other goal on a blast from the blue line.
Woodstock Squirts Win, Lose
Lyndonville, Vt. — Danny Drebber excelled in net and Andrew Gubbins scored three goals as the Woodstock Squirts defeated Lyndon, 5-2, in youth hockey action at Fenton Chester Arena on Saturday.
Molly French, Charles Greene and Nicholas Lee earned the assists on Gubbins’ goals, with Gavin Huppe and Gunnar Wood also finding the back of the net. Tommy Bissaillon and Riley Shepherd also assists for the Wasps.
Woodstock followed the win 24 hours later with a hard-fought 3-2 loss to Rutland. Riley Shepherd went top shelf from the blue line for Woodstock’s first goal, and Bissaillon scored with an extra attacker in the final minute of the game as a late Wasp rally fell short.
U12 Wasps Fall
Meriden — The Woodstock U12 girls gave Twin Valley a tussle on Saturday, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Flyers despite the fine play of Annabelle Lessard in the Wasps’ net.
Sidney Pilot provided the lone goal for Woodstock, with Audrey Lee and Sammy Yates posting assists. Rose Donaldson, Hannah Coates and Lauren Hill had strong forechecking games for the Wasps.
Rutland powered past Woodstock on Sunday, 6-0, in the Wasps’ other game of the weekend. Woodstock picked up good efforts in both zones from Sadie Kuhn, Lauren Forgione and Khara Brettell.
Shorthanded Mites Victorious
Saxtons River, Vt. — Despite a lack of skaters, the Woodstock Mites outscored Pleasant Valley, 21-10, in cross-ice action over the weekend.
Ben Plottner kept PVA scoreless in the first period, setting the table for the victory.
Kyle Smith and Will Coates led Woodstock’s attack, with Lily and Hannah Gubbins also scoring. The Wasps host Barre and visit Lyndon this weekend.
Hanover Mites Third
Essex Junction, Vt. — A combined team of skaters from the Hanover Mites’ White and Green teams outscored five teams by a margin of 70-11 to take third place out of 23 teams at the Essex Junction Mite Thanksgiving Jamboree.
The cross-ice tournament saw highlight-reel play from Hanover goaltender Blaine Gour, who made 25 saves in a 10-2 win over Barre in cross-ice consolation action on Saturday night. Corwith Simmers scored the first of his two goals in the first minute, and the Wild kept up the pressure throughout the rest of the contest. Hanover picked up scoring from every skater on the roster, led by hat tricks from Jack Gardner and John Hill and two goals and two assists from Lachlan Simmers.
Miles Oberting (two), Angus Frew and Jack Wilkinson (one each) also had assists for the Wild.
PVA Squirts Best Mites
White River Junction — The Hanover Mite Greens suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday in a 5-2 defeat to the Pleasant Valley Squirts at Wendell Barwood Arena.
Griffin Auch rebounded a Macsen Elkouh shot six minutes after PVA’s opening strike for a 1-1 tie, but the visitors gradually pulled away. John Hill converted a Lachlan Simmers pass with 10 minutes left for the Wild’s other goal, which drew the hosts to within 4-2 before PVA’s late clincher.
Squirt Blue Victorious
Andover, n.h. — Curtis Rice and Brendan Wolter scored twice each as the Hanover Squirt Blues rolled to a 9-3 win over Kearsarge at Proctor Academy on Sunday.
Teddy Lyons, Hank Trimble, Jacob Kriplin, Ben Wagner and Tommy Barton also scored for the Wild. Owen Callahan contributed his continued strong play in goal to the victorious effort.
Owen Kitchel and Lucas McLory each assisted for Hanover, which is 3-1-1 in league play this season.