Northern Lights Captures Multiple State Titles
Westminster, Vt. — Five members of the Northern Lights Gymnastics program came home as all-around state champions on Saturday and Sunday from the Vermont State Gymnastics Championships at Bellows Falls Union High School.
Additionally, five NLG members will be heading to important regional meets in the coming weeks as a result of their recent efforts. More than 300 gymnasts took part in last weekend’s state finals.
Two athletes from the club’s youngest competitive level came home with state honors. Etna’s Samantha Simmons won the floor exercise (8.60 points) and took runner-up honors in the other three events to win the all-around title for Level 4 among 6- and 7-year-olds with 34.425 points. Wilder’s Abby Vanderpot claimed Level 5 for 7- and 8-year-olds (31.80), sweeping to victories in the vault (8.00), uneven bars (7.10), balance beam (8.40) and floor (8.30).
Hanover’s Destiny Donohue won an all-around state championship in Level 8 among 13- and 14-year-olds, claiming the beam (9.20) and floor (9.225) en route to a division-best all-around tally of 35.625 points. Hanover’s Lucy Fallon claimed the Xcel Bronze title for ages 11-12, winning the bars (9.15) and earning top-three results in the other disciplines to score 35.20 all-around points. White River Junction’s Bella Gray took the other state all-around title, taking the Xcel Bronze division for ages 13-14 with 35.725 points thanks to a sweep of her four individual events.
In addition to the five state champions, several other NLG athletes placed in the top three overall in their classes. Norwich’s Amelia Wallis (Level 6, ages 8-10), Hanover’s Victoria Vincelette (Level 8, ages 15 and over) and Hartland’s Sophia May (Xcel Bronze, ages 8-10) finished second overall, and the trio of Hanover’s Shira Hoffer (Level 7, ages 11-12), Grantham’s Sierra Keat (Level 7, ages 15 and over) and White River Junction’s Emma Libbey (Xcel Bronze, ages 11-12) came home third in their divisions.
Five Northern Lights competitors are bound for regional meets in the coming weeks. Donahue, Vincelette and Lyme’s Annalee Wilson all qualified for the Level 8 regionals in Burlington, Mass., on April 27-28, with Donahue and Vincelette competing for the Super team and Wilson in action on the ages 15-and-up squad. White River Junction’s Emma Prime and Rachel Witkowski both made the Xcel Gold ages 14-and-older side that will compete at regionals in Boxborough, Mass., on June 7-8.
In the Outdoors
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 April 6, 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 email@example.com.
On the Run
N.H. Grand Prix
Lebanon — The Lebanon-based Upper Valley Running Club is off to a quick start in the New Hampshire Grand Prix thanks to club members’ results in the Shamrock Shuffle 5K in Lebanon on March 16.
UVRC runners amassed 195 points in the series-opening event, putting 60 runners on the course. Jeremy Huckins, Nicole Santos, Nancy DUnbar, Amy Mitson and Bob Katz all won their respective age divisions. UVRC holds a 55-point lead on the Greater Derry Track Club in the Grand Prix standings; the series resumes on April 21 with the Red’s Shoe Barn 5K in Dover.
The Shamrock also served as the first stop on the new Upper Valley Running Series, a six-race tour of events ranging between five and 10 kilometers. Joshua Fontaine, Will Kirk, Justin Montgomery, Patrick Connelly, Ken Snow, Perry Seagroves and Katz lead the men’s age groups through one event; Shannen Arseneault, Nicole Santos, Mitson, Dunbar, Nancy Peabody, Joanne Brown and Sachiko Burkinshaw hold the leads in the women’s age groups.
The UVRS resumes with the Road to the Pogue in Woodstock on May 11, followed by the Tuck Run for Kids in Hanover one week later.
On the Ice
West Lebanon — Campion Rink is seeking players for its April Showers hockey tournament, set to run throughout the month of April.
Three teams are set to play on a rotating basis. Games begin on March 29 and continue through April 12, with each team guaranteed six games.
The cost to participate is $100. Call Campion Rink at 603-643-1222 or visit www.campionrink.org for more information.
Woodstock — The Woodstock Junior Wasps handed the Troy-Albany Junior Engineers their only loss of the weekend, taking a 6-4 victory in the Irish Division championship game to win their bracket of the Pot-O-Gold youth hockey tournament at Union Arena.
The Wasps swept to three wins in preliminary round action before topping the Engineers in the final. Hanover’s Peewee White took third place, scoring in overtime to top the Southeastern Connecticut Seahawks, 3-2.
The Hanover Junior Marauders took the bronze in the Squirt division, beating Middlebury 1-0 in the third-place game. The Upper Valley Storm Peewees and Woodstock Bantams also skated in the March 16-18 event.
Set to Start
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com for more information.
South Woodstock — The Green Mountain Horse Association’s ongoing efforts to pay for a footing system upgrade has begun a matching funds challenge thanks to a boost from an anonymous donor.
Anyone raising $5,000 toward the upgrade will receive a matching $5,000 from the donor. Doing so will enable the initial donor the opportunity of receiving a fence section-sized plaque installed on GMHA’s main riding ring. The first group to raise the $5,000 and request the matching donation will receive the plaque.
To date, the fundraising effort has netted $80,000 toward the final cost of $225,000 for upgrading all of GMHA’s rings. The effort is essential for the association, which hosts 65 equestrian events at its South Woodstock campus annually.
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 April 6 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the Tee
Concord — The New Hampshire Golf Association will welcome all golfers interested in expanding their knowledge of the game to a rules clinic on April 6 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 email@example.com.