McNicholas Rides to Win at Lake Sunapee Road Race

Sunapee — Dylan McNicholas won a pack finish of 15 riders to win the top classification of the 40th Lake Sunapee Road Race on Sunday.

McNicholas claimed the victory in the Pro 1-2-3 division, finishing a 69-mile route in 2 hours, 37 minutes. Luciano Pavan earned second place, followed by Anthony Clark in a field of 89 riders.

The event’s other winners included:

∎ Cat 4: Daniel Nuzzo-Mueller, 1:51:50 (46 miles).

∎ Cat 5: Jonathan Hillman, 2:02:15 (46 miles).

∎ Masters 40-plus: Paul Richard, 1:49:16 (46 miles).

∎ Masters 50-plus: Tom Officer, 1:50:25 (46 miles).

∎ Women’s Pro 1-2-3: Silke Wunderwald, 2:08:44 (46 miles).

∎ Women’s Cat 4: Kristen Beard, 1:07:50 (23 miles).

The road race drew nearly 400 competitors to the Lake Sunapee region.

To the Hoop

Heat Takes Two Titles

Keene, n.h. — Two teams from the Hanover Heat AAU girls basketball program swept to championships at last weekend’s Kollision in Keene Zero Gravity youth tournament at Keene State College.

The Heat’s fifth- and sixth-grade teams both ran the table, going 4-0 in their respective divisions. The fifth-graders won two games each on Saturday and Sunday, while the sixth-graders needed to take three games on Saturday before claiming their championship game on Sunday.

Claremont Memorial Tourney

Claremont — The Claremont Parks and Recreation Department is recruiting three-player teams for its Bruce Edwards Memorial Battle at Barnes basketball tournament, planned for the weekend of June 21-23 on the Barnes Park outdoor courts.

The tournament recognizes the late Bruce Edwards, a longtime teacher and coach who died last month at 64. Tournament organizers are seeking adult players “that still have love for the game of basketball and want to bring back that inner athlete, as well as to bring the community together and help remember a man who devoted his life for the betterment” of his community.

For more information, contact Claremont Parks and Rec at 603-542-7019. Players and teams are welcome to register for the tournament in person at the city’s new recreation center.

On the Pitch

SCFC Blanks Two

Meriden — The Sullivan County FC Thunder continued to run roughshod on U14 competition in the Granite State Youth Soccer League, posting two shutout wins in weekend.

The Thunder (7-0-0) earned its second lopsided win over Pelham (3-2-2) on Saturday, 8-0. SCFC bolted to a five-goal lead by halftime through Julian Stott, Nate Gariepy (twice), Owen Johnstone and Kyle Prior. Sullivan County added to its tally after the break as Ethan Sweet, Luke Sandmann and Stott all found the twine to support the shutout netminding of Tanner Durkee and Davis Cole (combined three saves).

Hampshire FC (3-2-1) provided a stiffer challenge at home on Sunday, but the Thunder still prevailed, 2-0, on goals from Sweet and Noah Didehbani. Stott and Gariepy earned assists, Durkee and Cole combined again on the clean sheet and defenders Cameron Magari, Shamus McKim, Carter Adams and Jo Jo Hammond combined to limit Hampshire to just four shots on goal.

SCFC closes its regular season on June 1 against NHPSA Classics in Bedford.

Lightning Sweeps Seacoast

Epping, n.h. — The Lightning Soccer Club’s U15 boys swept a pair of games from Seacoast United Premier on the road last weekend, both by 3-0 scores.

Saturday’s N.H. State Cup match, played in Pembroke, came down to a three-goal second half for the Lightning. Ian Caldwell, Jacob Armstrong and Bennett Newlove all converted after the break, sending LSC to Saturday’s final against LUSC.

LSC and Seacoast reunited on Sunday in a New England Premiership match that led to the same final score, with the Lightning again using a three-goal second half to prevail. Yedne Atkins and Hugh Townsend broke the scoreless tie, and defender Benjamin Chaimberg followed his own rebound for his first goal of the campaign to close the scoring. Nick Bertrand and Brendan Amos combined on both shutouts in goal.

On the Gridiron


Claremont — The Twin Valley Flag Football League is seeking teams to join its first Aaron Robar Memorial Tournament, scheduled for June 8-9.

The tournament will be staged in a round-robin format, with each team guaranteed at least four games. Results from Saturday’s round-robin play will go toward determining the seeds for Sunday’s championship rounds.

The tourney will also follow the TVFFL’s nine-on-nine format and rules, save for the elimination of kickoffs and a 20-minute time limit on halves. The rulebook can be downloaded from

The cost to participate is $300 per team, and the registration deadline is today (mailed to Twin Valley Flag Football, P.O. Box 121, Claremont, NH 03743). Proceeds from the event will go toward the Aaron Robar Scholarship Fund and Relay for Life.

For more information, contact Michael Coutermarsh at 603-477-3980 or

On the Tee

NHWGA Seeking Juniors

Manchester — The New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association will stage its Junior Girls Championship on June 27 at Intervale Golf Club and is seeking competitors to join the tournament.

Junior girls, under the age of 18 at the time of the tourney, can compete in one of eight different age and skill-level divisions. Four will cater to golfers between the ages of 5 and 11. The Munchkin and Cricket divisions play either five or seven shortened holes. The Peewee and Mini division play nine shortened holes. Golfers between 11 and 17 years of age have four divisions to choose from, playing either nine or 18 holes based on their ability.

Trophies go to the top players in each division. The entry fee is $10, and applications will be accepted through June 11. For more information or to request an application, call 603-356-9051 or 603-798-5589 or send an email to Applications may also be downloaded from

On the Run, Etc.

WNHTRS Schedule Set

Hanover — The Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series officially begins its 2013 schedule with the inaugural West Windsor 5 & Dime in Windsor on June 8.

The event kicks off an eight-race slate, the longest in the WNHTRS’ brief history. Events are open to first-time trail runners as well as the experienced athlete. The remaining schedule:

∎ June 15: Six in the Stix, Newport.

∎ June 29: All Out Trail Run, Claremont.

∎ July 6: Wicked Wildcat Wander, Langdon, N.H.

∎ July 20: Frenzy in the Forest, Sunapee.

∎ Aug. 10: Stoaked Trail Run, Hanover.

∎ Sept. 7: Farnum Five.5, Lebanon.

∎ Sept. 21: Lost a Lot Trail Race, Lebanon.

Advance full-series registration is $100; ages 15-19 can sign up for the full series at $50, and juniors (ages 12-14) are free. Runners may also register for series events on a per-race basis for $20 per event in advance and $25 the day of the race. For more information on the series, visit or contact series coordinator Chad Denning at 603-558-2342 or

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

Wednesday Walkers
Back in the Woods

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:

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 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 Two Wheels