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Lightning U14 Girls Settle Into Home of the Patriots

Foxborough, Mass. — The Lightning Soccer Club U14 Stars girls soccer team took the maxim of go-big-or-go-home to a literal extreme on Saturday, opening the Needham (Mass.) Memorial Day Tournament with a 1-1 draw against the NSC Breakers in a match played on the artificial surface at Gillette Stadium.

Rain, wind and the unfamiliar pitch — not to mention the grandstands usually filled by fans of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution — made for a challenging debut for the Stars. Goalkeeper Mahler Meyerrose played a major role in the tie, making several big saves against NSC’s physical offense. Support from defenders Juliana Taube, Clare Gardner, Claire Saunders and Danielle Usko helped LSC gain a share of the points.

The Stars, through the midfield of Maeve Sneddon, Maddie Lyons, Katy Fallon, Anna Dickson, Emma Glazer, Sarah Jones, Iva Wich and Kyra Wood, produced several near-miss opportunities on the opposition net. Mallory Lloyd, Amelia Lubrano, Mary Grzanna, Sydney Clarke and Hannah Stark took turns up front.

LSC finished the tournament 1-1-1 with a 2-0 win over JPSCA FC Martin Bears and a 2-1 loss to Super9 GU14, both from New York. The Stars visit Hollis on Saturday.

On the Tee

Toland Qualifies
For State Am

Amherst, n.h. — Former Hartford High School golf standout Joe Toland made the field for this summer’s New Hampshire Amateur by placing second in a qualifying tournament on Tuesday at Souhegan Woods Country Club.

A three-year member of the University of Charlotte men’s golf team, Toland — playing out of Hanover Country Club — shot an even-par 72 to easily make the field for the state am. Only Atkinson’s Nicholas Pandelena did better, winning the tournament with a 5-under 67.

The state am will be contested at the Golf Club of New England in Stratham on July 8-13.

Shrine Tournament
Registration Open

Lebanon — The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl all-star high school football game will hold its associated fundraising golf tournament on July 29 at Crown Point Country Club in Springfield, Vt.

The 18-hole shotgun tournament costs $95 per player, including a cart, prizes and lunch. As with the case with the annual football contest pitting graduated Vermont and New Hampshire high school football stars, proceeds from the golf tournament go toward the Shrine’s hospitals for children in Boston, Montreal and Springfield, Mass.

Foursomes may register via mail at Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, P.O. Box 820, Lebanon, NH 03766. Call the Shrine office at 603-448-1042 for more information.

New London Hospital Tourney Scheduled

New London — New London Hospital will hold the 10th edition of its fundraising golf tournament on June 24 at Baker Hill Golf Club in Newbury, N.H.

The New London Hospital Golf Invitational, which has raised more than $275,000 over its history, supports charity care and financial assistance programs along with education and training for its doctors, nurses, emergency providers and other clinicians. It has also aided in the purchase of new equipment and upgraded technology over the years.

The entry fee is $250 per golfer and includes greens fees, power cars, lunch, gifts, prizes and a post-tournament reception. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. for a 1 p.m. shotgun start. For sponsorship or participation information, contact Christina O’Halloran at 603-526-5526 or christina.ohalloran@newlondondhospital.org.

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 nhwga@aol.com. Applications may also be downloaded from www.nhwga.org.

On the Diamond

CV South
Seeking Players

Lyme — The Connecticut Valley League South Babe Ruth softball program is still seeking players for its summer teams.

League president Ben Nichols would like to field two squads this season, at the U14 and U16-18 levels. Practices are scheduled to begin on June 10, with games set for the following week. CV South is also hoping to take part in Dartmouth College’s two-day camp in late June. The season continues until early July’s state championships and, if successful, the New England tournament set for July 19-21.

Contact Nichols for more information at 603-795-4392 or nicholstrees@gmail.com.

To the Hoop

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 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 www.wnhtrs.com or contact series coordinator Chad Denning at 603-558-2342 or cdenning@teamamp.org.

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 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

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 molly@gmhainc.org for more information.