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Strafford Boys, Tunbridge Girls Earn Tourney Titles

Strafford's Bella Bardales (20) looks to pass over the defense of Tunbridge's Jacey Blakeney (15) as Bardales' teammate Ally Owen moves in to help in the Middle School Basketball Tournament championship game held at Tunbridge Central School on Feb. 16, 2014. At right is Tunbridge's Alivia Reed. Tunbridge won the game, 28-20. Strafford defeated Chelsea in the boys title game, 57-21. (Photo by Geoff Hansen)

Strafford's Bella Bardales (20) looks to pass over the defense of Tunbridge's Jacey Blakeney (15) as Bardales' teammate Ally Owen moves in to help in the Middle School Basketball Tournament championship game held at Tunbridge Central School on Feb. 16, 2014. At right is Tunbridge's Alivia Reed. Tunbridge won the game, 28-20. Strafford defeated Chelsea in the boys title game, 57-21. (Photo by Geoff Hansen)

Tunbridge — The Strafford boys and Tunbridge girls proved victorious on Sunday in the Tunbridge Middle School Basketball Tournament held at the Tunbridge Central School.

Rescheduled because of winter storms, both teams ran the table without a defeat to win their respective divisions. Strafford earned a 57-21 win over Chelsea in the boys championship game, while Tunbridge edged Strafford, 28-20, for the girls title.

Bethel placed third in the boys division, with Tunbridge fourth. Bethel also picked up third-place honors in the girls draw, followed by Chelsea.

The tournament raised funds for the Tunbridge Central School’s athletic programs.

Central Vt. League Reaches Finals

Randolph — The Central Vermont Women’s Basketball League will wrap up its season with the final rounds of its two-division championship tournament this weekend at Vermont Technical College’s Shape Gym.

The A Division’s double-elimination tournament kicked off on Sunday with the Rochester Wreckers topping the Bethel Roots, 36-28, and Windsor Harpoon earning a 38-36 win over Central Vermont. The tourney resumes on Saturday at VTC with top-ranked Lebanon Loewen meeting Rochester at 9 a.m., the winner to face Windsor Harpoon at 2 p.m. Bethel and Central Vermont meet in an 11:30 a.m. elimination game on Saturday. The tournament continues through Sunday, with the survivors playing for the league championship at 3:15 p.m.

The B Division’s six-team tourney began on Sunday as the Clovers edge dthe Divas and Orford routed Cockadoodle. The tourney resumes on Friday night, with the top-ranked Wild Things taking on Orford at 5:45 p.m. and the Clovers engaging the second-ranked Knotty Shamrocks at 6:45 p.m. The B Division draw continues Saturday morning and wraps up with Sunday’s championship at 2 p.m.

On the Snow

Big Weekend for Glueck

Waterville Valley, n.h. — Ford Sayre’s Adam Glueck had a big final weekend on the New England Nordic Skiing Association’s Eastern Cup over the weekend, winning a 5K boys freestyle race at Waterville Valley on Saturday and following that with a runner-up finish in a 4.7K classic at the Holderness School on Sunday.

Glueck won Saturday’s J2 race in 14 minutes, 25 seconds, with teammate Erik Lindahl taking 11th in 15:16. Sara Spencer posted the best finish in the J2 girls event, taking 20th (20:36), and Tucker Cadow’s 48th-place finish (30:19) highlighted FSSC’s participation in the men’s 10K.

Only the Mansfield Nordic Club’s Forrest Hamilton (14:00.9) beat Glueck across the line in Sunday’s Eastern Cup finals, with the Ford Sayre skier clocking in at 14:16.0 and Lindahl finishing sixth in 14:51. Kirsten Miller (17:11), Spencer (19:52) and Ann Osborn (20:22) were 6-17-20 for the Ford Sayre girls, and Cadow (47:51) again led the club in the men’s 14.1K race.

Ford Sayre will send three skiers to the USSA Junior National Cross Country Championships at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt., on March 1-9. Glueck will race for the U16 New England boys, Miller will participate with the U16 New England girls and Sam Merrens will ski for the U20 New England men.

Whale Jam Saturday

Enfield — The Whaleback Ski Area will welcome young competitors on Saturday to its Whale Jam 2014 competition starting at 10:30 a.m.

The event features a U.S. Ski Team slopestyle meet for skiers and riders between the ages of 8-14. There is no charge to participate in the jam, which will run until 3 p.m.

Call 603-448-5000 for more information.

On the Tee

Stateline Sports Tourney

Springfield, Vt. — The snow will eventually melt, and when it does, golfers will take center stage for the third Stateline Sports Golf Classic at Crown Point Country Club on May 4.

The tourney is dedicated to the memory of Stateline Sports co-founder Bob Vanier, who died in 2011. All proceeds from the tournament go toward the Carter Community Building Association’s Pat Walsh Sneaker Fund, which provides footwear to underprivileged children in the Lebanon area.

Registration and a pre-tournament barbecue begin at noon, with the shotgun-start tourney firing off at 2 p.m. The top three teams earn prizes, as will winners of closest-to-the-pin and longest-drive competitions. A chance to win a 2014 car will also be available.

The tournament cost of $60 includes greens fees, carts, use of the range and practice areas and the barbecue. Singles and groups are encouraged to register by the April 15 deadline. Contact Bud Hill for more information at 603-298-8090 or bud.hill@statelinesports.com.

On the Ice

Learn-to-Curl at UA

Woodstock — Taking advantage of the ongoing Olympic tournament in Russia, the Woodstock Curling Club will host a learn-to-curl clinic at Union Arena on March. 9

The clinic is scheduled to run from 1:30-3:45 p.m. at a cost of $20 per person. The club provides the stone and other equipment; all participants need to bring are warm clothes and non-skid shoes. Clinic-goers will begin with an off-ice introduction to the rules of curling, then move onto the rink for on-ice instruction.

Space is limited for the clinic. Participants are asked to register in advance with an email to uppervalleycurling@gmail.com.

Bruins Alumni, UASC Events

Woodstock — The Boston Bruins Alumni hockey team will return to Union Arena on March 1 for its annual benefit game tied to the TD Bank Bear Squirt Invitational tournament, one of two big events scheduled for the Woodstock community center in the coming weeks.

The Bruins will meet coaches from the visiting Squirt tournament teams in a 4 p.m. faceoff. The B’s will be bringing their own referees to the contest, including one “clown ref” who originally trained with the Ringling Bros. Circus. Proceeds from this 10th edition of the game go toward Union Arena operations and programming. Contact UA general manager Dan French at 802-457-2500 for ticket information.

Meanwhile, the Union Arena Skating Club will hold its annual skating show on March 8 starting at 5 p.m. For a complete schedule of events, including public skating and open stick hockey, visit the UA website at www.unionarena.org.

On the Run

NE Winter Wild Resumes

Newbury, n.h. — The NE Winter Wild uphill running series resumes the second half of its eight-race series on March 1 with a visit to Mount Sunapee for an early-morning race.

Runners will cover a four-mile route, beginning and ending at Spruce Lodge. Competitors must check in by 6:15 a.m. for the 6:30 a.m. start. Awards will follow the completion of the event at 8:30 a.m.

The series continues with races on March 8 at Black Mountain, in Jackson, N.H., and March 15, the series championship, at the Bretton Woods (N.H.) resort. Each event costs $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the race. The Bretton Woods event will also have an online-only offer of registration and a lift ticket for $45 through Feb. 28, increasing to $50 on the day of the race; competitors who bring a nonperishable food donation to the Bretton Woods race will pay the $20 early-registration rate as a thank you.

For more information on the series, visit www.newinterwild.com.

On the Trails

Wednesday Walkers Continues

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department’s Wednesday Walkers hiking series continues its winter schedule on Feb. 26 with a trip to the Cossingham Road Farm Trail in Norwich.

The program, which concludes its winter schedule on March 12 by traversing Lebanon’s Mill Road Trail, is open to all ages and abilities. Hikers are to meet at the Hartford Municipal Building at 9 a.m. for transport to the hike site, returning by noon. There is no cost to get involved; hikers are asked to bring a snack and water and to dress in appropriate layers and proper footwear.

Call the department at 802-295-5036 for more information.

Lebanon Snowshoe Hikes

Lebanon — With plenty of snow on the ground, there’s no time like the present to join the Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department’s weekly snowshoe hike series, which continues on Friday with a trek on the trails of the St. Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish.

Friday’s hike begins at 10 a.m., with participants meeting at Lebanon City Hall for transport to the trailhead. Hikers are asked to bring snacks, water, properly layered clothing and necessary equipment. The hike is expected to end with a return to City Hall by 1 p.m.

The series closes with a Feb. 28 hike on the Kluge Trail in Enfield. Each hike is free, although pre-registration is required. Hike locations are also subject to change. Call 603-448-5121 for more details.