Rec Briefs: Plainfield, Lebanon Challenge at CVL Track Finals

Betsy Knights and Amy Peters

Betsy Knights and Amy Peters

Keene, n.h. — The Plainfield School and Lebanon Middle School produced top-three team performances at the Connecticut Valley League middle school track and field championship held on May 31 at Keene Middle School.

The Lebanon girls took second place out of 15 schools, led by a double win from Zoe Soule in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Shelby Hanks grabbed a victory in the 800 run for Lebanon, which also won the 400 relay by a hundredth of a second over Keene.

The Plainfield girls used field event excellence to take third as a team. Kim Merchant swept the shot put and discus for Plainfield, earning female MVP honors for the meet. Merchant also shared first place in the high jump.

The Plainfield boys were third as well, getting a meet-record performance in the 400 relay from Lund Sandmann, Zach Petrin, Owen Johnstone and Marcus Roper. Among other Upper Valley highlights, Hartland’s Kyle Prior swept to three wins (800 run, 100 hurdles, shot put), as did Thetford’s Owen Pelletier (200 dash, high jump, long jump).

The Hartland girls grabbed a victory with Ileana Sirois, who took the 100 hurdles.

Team scores and the top six finishers in each event can be found in the chart on this page.

On the Tee

Knights, Peters Win Presidents Cup

North Sutton, n.h. — Hanover Country Club partners Betsy Knight s and Amy Peters came home champions on Tuesday, winning the New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association’s 32nd Presidents Cup tournament at the Country Club of New Hampshire.

Knights and Peters shot a winning score of 78 in the alternate-shot tournament, beating CCNH’s Diane Rankins and Maura Gorman by two strokes. Defending champions Dana Harrity and Nancy Kelley, of Abenaqui, were third at 81.

It’s the first such title for Knights and Peters, who have played in the Presidents Cup for 12 years.

Legion Tourney June 14

Lebanon — Lebanon American Legion Post 22 will hold the annual fundraising golf tournament in support of its two summer baseball programs on Saturday at Carter Country Club.

The tournament supports the Bill Broughton Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards a $1,000 scholarship to any Post 22 baseball player who continues playing the game at the college level. The 18-hole scramble tournament starts at noon (registration at 11 a.m.) for five-player teams at a cost of $125 per person. The tourney is limited to 16 teams.

The day includes a barbecue cookout through 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Pete St. Pierre at 603-448-3429.

On the Run

Skip’s Run Sunday

Lebanon — Runners are invited to help a worthy cause as part of the 11th Skip Matthews Memorial Run, a four-mile road race scheduled for Sunday.

Proceeds from the race benefit the Norris Cotton Cancer Center’s brain tumor fund. The day begins with a one-mile fun run and walk at 9 a.m., followed by the four-mile road race at 10 a.m. Runners will follow a loop route along the Northern Rail Trail , beginning and ending at Lebanon City Hall.

Awards will go to the top overall male and female runners along with top-three finishers for both genders. A post-race BBQ at Salt Hill Pub closes the festivities.

For details on the race or to register, visit

On the Diamond

CV South Softball Opens Workouts

West Lebanon — The Connecticut Valley South Babe Ruth softball team begins practices for its summer season tonight from 5-7 p.m. at Sachem Field.

The program is open to all girls entering the ninth through 12th grades this fall. Workouts are free of charge. Girls interested in joining the team for its summer game schedule are asked to register by Sunday at a cost of $70 for returning players and $85 for new participants. All players must have proper practice wear and must sign a consent form to join.

For more information, contact Ben Nichols at or 603-795-4392.

To the Hoop

Longhorns Take Title

Keene, n.h. — The Lebanon Longhorns ninth-grade AAU boys basketball team swept to four wins without a defeat to win the Keene State Edge Tournament at Keene State College on May 31 and June 1.

The Longhorns defeated Fall Mountain (62-5), the Springfield, Mass., Trailblazers (60-59 OT) and Keene Edge (71-40) to make the finals. Lebanon won the championship with a 71-39 decision over the Cheshire Bulldogs.

The Longhorns roster: Ryan Milliken, Alex Schwarz, Graham Chickering, Parker Smith, Glen Enneper, Paul Slabinski, Julian Stott, Jameson Rios. The squad is coached by Thetford Academy boys basketball coach Blendon Salls.

On the Trail

Tree ID Walk in Wilder

Wilder — The Hartford Tree Board will hold a tree identification walk along the Hazen Trail on Saturday.

The walk is scheduled to go from 10 a.m. to noon; participants are asked to meet at the Hazen Trail parking lot on U.S. Route 5 between Wilder and Norwich to take join in this free event.

For more information, contact the tree board at

On the Ice

Twin Valley Registering

Meriden — The Twin Valley Youth Hockey Association has opened registration for all of its 2014-15 youth hockey programs.

TVYHA will offer learn-to-skate programs up through Midget-level hockey next winter. The association plans to offer U10 developmental and U12 house teams for girls as well.

For more information, contact registrar Stephanie Schell at 603-469-3527.

On the Trail

Wednesday Walkers Sets Longer Excursions

White River Junction — With summer knocking on the door, Hartford Parks and Recreation’s Jay McDonough, the coordinator for the Wednesday Walkers hiking series, will stretch out the walks to 3-4 hours on nearby mountains, with each group meeting at the Hartford Municipal Building at 10 a.m.

Each trip is moderate to difficult in nature, intended to foster social interaction and visit places that participants may not have previously been able to experience. The schedule:

∎ June 25: Cardigan Mountain, Orange.

∎ July 9: Moose Mountain, Hanover.

∎ July 23: Mount Ascutney, Windsor.

∎ Aug. 6: Smarts Mountain, Lyme.

In all cases, walkers are asked to wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring water and either a light snack or lunch.

All walks are free of charge. Contact Hartford Parks and Rec at 802-296-5036 for more information.