Stinson, Higgins Set Records at Conn. Lifting Meet

New Hartford, Conn. ­— Two members of the Lebanon-based Thor’s Stone Athletic Club set American Powerlifting Association records with their efforts at the APA New England Regional Winter Championship lifting meet on Saturday.

Participating in his first APA competition, 84-year-old Jack Stinson set four marks with his lifts in the men’s 80-84 age group in the 201-pound weight class, hoisting 130 pounds in the full suqat and bench press and 205 pounds in the deadlift for a total of 465 pounds. Jane Higgins, 63, was similarly successful in the women’s 60-64 age division (114-pound weight class), with a 135-pound full squad, an 85-pound bench press and a 160-pound dead lift for a total of 380 pounds.

Mike Costello, 73, also produced an APA record for the men’s 70-74 age group (198-pound weight class) with a full squat of 245 pounds. Costello also lifted 160 pounds in the bench press and 300 pounds in the dead lift.

Other TSAC tallies, with participant name, age and weight class:

— Valerie Thompson, 55, 133 pounds: Full squat, 125 pounds; bench press, 85 popunds; dead lift, 160 pounds.

— Cal Wolf, 73, 175 pounds: push-pull bench press, 125 pounds; dead lift, 225 pounds.

— Bill Sahlman, 64, 243 pounds: Full squat, 270 pounds; bench press, 200 pounds, dead lift, 300 pounds.

— Frank O’Donnell, 56, 228 pounds: Full squat, 320 pounds; bench press, 175 pounds; dead lift, 360 pounds.

TSAC operates out of Lebanon’s Carter Community Building Association.

On Two Wheels

Rhim Reaches Podium

Wrentham, Mass. — Racing through an all-day drizzle, Norwich’s Brendan Rhim led the Killington Mountain School cycling team with a third-place finish in his division at The Ice Weasels Cometh cyclocross race at White Barn Farm on Saturday.

Competing in the Jedi Men’s field, Rhim capitalized on several mechanical issues at the front of the field to claim the final podium position with a time of 49 minutes, 53 seconds, about two minutes behind winner Curtis White of Hot Tubes (47:58).

Norwich’s Erin Donohue, a former KMS rider now competing for North Carolina’s Lees-McRae College, claimed 13th place in the Jedi Women’s division with a time of 32:26. Seven Cycles’ Marie Meaux won the women’s race in 27:00.

In the Pool

Gavell Triples for GMA

White River Junction — Participating in her first meet as a 13-year-old, Green Mountain Aquatics swimmer Catherine Gavell won three races at the recent Winter Classic swim meet hosted by the Upper VAlley Aquatic Center.

Gavell, of Lebanon, won the 50 and 200 freestyle as well as the 200 individual medley at the meet. She also produced top-three results in the 1,000 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke.

GMA’s Miriam Caveney, 14, of Canaan, was a winner as well, taking the 100 backstroke in her age group and adding a second in the 50 freestyle. Goshen, N.H.’s Benjamin van Paassen, 11, won his age-group race in the 100 breast, took second in the 200 IM and was third in the 100 IM and 50 breast.

Canaan’s MIke Caveney, 17, also competed for GMA, taking third in the 100 breast with a qualifying time for the New England Swimming senior championship. Caveney also was third in the 100 butterfly and shared sixth in the 50 free with UVAC’s ChiChi Wang.

On the Trails

Winter Wild
Schedule Released

New London — The Winter Wild uphill racing series will move to Massachusetts for its opening event of the longest schedule in its four-year history, covering eight races in three states.

The series begins on Jan. 5 at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Mass., at 7 a.m. As in past Winter Wild races, the event is geared toward both recreational and competitive types, with ski, snowshoe and hiking divisions, going base to summit and back on the same gear through the length of the race.

The remaining schedule:

— Jan. 12, Suicide Six, North Pomfret.

— Jan. 26, Black Mountain, Jackson, N.H.

— Feb. 2, Ragged Mountain, Danbury, N.H.

— Feb. 9, Whaleback Ski Area, Enfield.

— Feb. 16, Pats Peak, Henniker, N.H.

— March 2, Mount Sunapee, Newbury, N.H.

— March 16, Bretton Woods Resort, Bretton Woods, N.H.

Visit for details on registration deadlines, start times and race details. All events cost $20 in advance or $25 on race day; participants may also register for all eight races in advance for $120. For more information, contact Chad Denning at 603-748-1070 or

On Two Skis

Nordic Nibbles Upcoming

Grantham — The Eastman Cross Country Ski Center will host its seventh Nordic Nibbles progressive ski and snowshoe brunch on Jan. 13.

Fare from a variety of Upper Valley restaurants and purveyors, along with a toasty wood fire, will await participants at six stations along a route covering beginner-level trails at Eastman. Time slots are available for starts at either 11 a.m. or noon. The cost to participate is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 years of age or younger. Space is limited, and the event has a history of selling out.

Call the Eastman Cross Country Ski Center at 603-863-4500 to make a reservation. For more information on the event, visit or

Loppet for David’s House

Grantham — The Eastman Cross Country Ski Center will hold its second Loppet for David’s House on Feb. 16.

The event will feature groomed loops of various distances for classic or skate skiers, as well as a separate snowshoe course. Food will be available, and live entertainment is scheduled throughout the day beginning at 11 a.m. The loppet is for all ages and not geared to be a competitive race. Participants may start anytime between 9 a.m. and noon and proceed at their own pace.

Each participant will be asked to seek pledges to cover their entry fees: adults, $50; children, $15; families, $125 if registering before Feb. 15. For more information, contact Eastman Recreation at 603-863-6772 or visit

On the Ice

Hanover Mites
Douse Flames

Manchester — The Hanover Mite Green youth hockey team used a three-goal second period to post a 4-1 win over the Manchester Flames on Saturday at Westside Arena.

Macsen Elkouh put the Wild on the board by baning home an Eric Tysinger pass midway through the first period. The Flames tied the game three minutes later, but it was all Hanover after that as Blaine Gour, Lachlan Simmers and Tysinger scored in the second stanza.

Zachary Hawthrone, Jack Gardner and Bridger Close combined on defense to shut down Manchester the rest of the way. Alex Rockmore picked up the win in goal.

Woodstock Squirts Sweep

Woodstock — The Woodstock Squirts picked up two wins against Upper Valley rivals on Saturday, beating Upper Valley at Wendell Barwood Arena, 2-0, and tackling Hanover White at Union Arena, 3-0.

Danny Drebber threw both shutouts in goal for the Wasps, aided by Gunnar Wood, Molly French and Charles Greene on defense. Andrew Gubbins and Tomy Bissaillon scored in the win over the Storm, aided by Gavin Huppe and Riley Shepherd assists. Silas Bohen tallied twice against the Wild and Gubbins added the other goal, with assists going to Gubbins, Shepherd and Nicholas Lee.

Woodstock visits Rutland this weekend.

Hanover Peewees
Double Up

Canaan — Moving the puck as well as they have all season, the Hanover Peewee Green powered to a 4-1 win over Cardigan Mountain School on Saturday to kick off a two-win weekend.

Will Laycock scored unassisted to get the Wild going against CMS. Ian Garland, Braxton McNulty and Elias Adams also scored, with Gary Li, Azor Goodwin and Briland Laycock providing assists.

Hanover followed that success with a 6-0 blanking of Barre in non-league action on Sunday at Campion Rink. The Wild used a four-goal first period as foundation. Elias Zinman had a two-goal game for Hanover, with David Lehmann, Adams, Garland and Will Laycock adding the other goals. Hans Williams, Colleen Donaghue and Briland Laycock all contributed assists, and goalies Harris LaRock and Josh Smith shared the shutout.

U12 Wasps Win

Woodstock — With Annabelle Lessard posting the shutout in goal, the Woodstock U12 girls hockey team blanked the Hanover U10s on Sunday at Union Arena, 3-0.

Rose Donaldson, Lauren Forgione and Anna Helper forged an airtight defense for the Wasps in their best performance of the young season. Sadie Kuhn scored twice for Woodstock, Khara Brettell provided the other on a breakaway, and forwards Sidney Pilot, Hannah Coates, Lauren Miller and Audrey Lee provided constant pressure in the offensive zone.

The Wasps visit Rutland this weekend.

TV Squirts Split

Meriden — The Twin Valley Squirts made themselves at home on Saturday at Kimball Union Academy, riding a solid defensive performance to a 5-1 win over Concord.

Max Van Dijk, Will Forman, Makayla Maccioli, Ian Schell, Andrew Duany and Luke Greene all had outstanding games in the back for the Flyers, while Hunter Robb finished with 15 saves in goal. Quinn Murnaghan Jon Cloud, Peyton Wilkerson, Charlie Cloub and Kaleb Maccioli did the scoring.

The New Hampshire Monarchs, the top-ranked team in New Hampshire Tier IV, overpowered Twin Valley for an 8-2 win on Sunday. James Surgenor and Makayla Maccioli provided the Flyers’ goals.

Flyer Bantams
Blank Wasps

Woodstock — The Twin Valley Bantams used strong play from all three lines and shutout goaltending from Chad Fazio and Grady Gilman to grab a 7-0 over Woodstock at Union Arena on Sunday.

Nick Haidari lit the lamp twice for the Flyers, who scored three goals in the first period and rolled from there. Hunter Maccioli, Peter Elder, Cormac Coyle, Lee Cogan and Christopher Schell also scored for Twin Valley.

Haidari added a first-period assists for a three-point game. Elder and Cogan also had helpers for Twin Valley.

Peewee White Sweeps

White River Junction — Having earned a 5-3 win at Woodstock earlier in the day, the Hanover Peewee Whites completed a doubleheader sweep of youth hockey play, beating Essex 4-1 at Wendell Barwood Arena on Sunday.

Forward Patrick Daley and defenseman Ben Booker both had two-goal games in the win over the Wasps. The Wild rallied from a two-goal deficit with four strikes in the third period, Sam Shepherd’s conversion of a Jackson Stotland centering pass putting Hanover ahead to stay.

The Wild took the sting out of Essex by outshooting the visiting Sting 38-9 in Sunday afternoon’s victory. Alex Weinman had a hat trick, Cameron Woods had a goal and an assist in the first period and Hunter Whyte earned two assists for Hanover, while goalie Eliana Ray and blueliners Aaron Damren, Brian Pattison, Jacob Derosier and Duncan Bailey silenced Essex with their play in the defensive zone.

Woodstock Peewees Swept

Waterbury, Vt. — In addition to a 5-3 loss to Hanover on Sunday, the Woodstock Peewees dropped a 9-3 contest to Harwood on Saturday.

Peter Warhold had two goals and an assist for the Wasps in Saturday’s defeat, and Jeremy Sigl also tallied for Woodstock. Ely Chynoweth chipped in an assist.

Trevor White’s two-goal game kept the Wasps in Sunday’s date with Hanover, which was eventually decided by a four-goal final stanza for the Wild. Jeremy Sigl had a goal and an assist, and Brady Clark and White added single assists for Woodstock, which also picked up strong goaltending from Max Schinder until the visitors pulled away.