Recreation Briefs: Woodstock Squads Collide at N.H. Curling Tourney

The Woodstock Curling Club quartet of, from left, Chris Miller, Jay Flanders, Paul Flanders and Nate Miller won the Grand National Curling Club of America's championship this week in Conway, N.H.
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The Woodstock Curling Club quartet of, from left, Chris Miller, Jay Flanders, Paul Flanders and Nate Miller won the Grand National Curling Club of America's championship this week in Conway, N.H. Courtesy photograph

Conway, n.h. — The Woodstock Curling Club stole the show by putting both of its entries in the final match of the Grand National Curling Club of America championship at Ham Arena this week, with the quartet of Jay Flanders, Chris Miller, Nate Miller and Paula Flanders taking home the title.

The tournament started on Thursday and saw Woodstock’s Team Flanders and Team Gawler — consisting of Rory Gawler, Matt Geer, Rita Seto and Sarah Parkinson — rolls through their groups without a loss.

Team Flanders topped squads from Cranston, R.I.; Bucks County, Pa.; and the host club, Mount Washington Valley Curling Club, to make the final. Team Gawler’s victims included teams from Atlanta, Long Island, Rutland and Bridgewater, Mass.

Team Flanders edged Team Gawler in the final, 8-6, on Sunday to earn the championship. The tournament featured 25 squads from 14 East Coast states.

In the Ring

Thompson Triples at Meet

South Burlington, Vt. — Valerie Thompson of the Lebanon-based Thor’s Stone Athletic Club came home with gold medals in three events on Saturday at the Vermont Senior Games track and field championship at South Burlington High School.

Thompson competed in running and throwing events. She picked up a track gold by recording a winning 50-meter dash of 9.05 seconds. Her throwing golds came in the three-kilo shot put (24 feet, 10 inches) and the 500-gram javelin (49-11).

Thompson also came home with a silver medal, throwing the one-kilo discus 43 feet for her runner-up placement.

On the Run

Martino Wins Eastman Tri

Grantham — Using his race-best time in the 5K running portion of the event, David Martino raced to victory at the Eastman Splash, Mash & Dash sprint triathlon on June 21.

Trailing only Katie Aman after the initial swim leg of .33 miles, Martino completed the middle 12-mile bike segment in 32 minutes, 49 seconds. That left the run, which Martin finished in 19:25 for an overall winning time of 1 hour, 5 minutes, 26 seconds. Runner-up Michael Bolio was 18 seconds back, and Jeff Donatello took third in 1:06:13.

Karin Biskovich won the women’s triathlon, finishing fourth overall in 1:07:10.

Red, White & Blue 6.2 Friday

Lebanon — The next event in the Upper Valley Running Series — the Red, White & Blue 6.2 — takes place on Friday morning in downtown Lebanon.

Runners will depart from the vicinity of the Soldiers Memorial Building, heading to the Northern Rail Trail. After a brief stretch on Riverside Drive, the field will take a left onto the Class VI Mill Road, which reconnects with the NRT for the return to downtown and the finish line at the Rail Trail kiosk on Campbell Street.

A free one-mile fun run starts the day at 9 a.m., followed by the 6.2-mile road race at 9:30 a.m. Runners are encouraged to celebrate Independence Day in patriotic colors. The race-day cost for the event is $25 for adults, $20 for youths (ages 13-17) and $15 for ages 12 and younger.

Online registration is available by following the race link at

On the Tee

Vt. Takes Tri-States Again

St. Johnsbury, Vt. — With a trio of golfers from Fairlee’s Lake Morey Country Club contributing, Vermont claimed its fifth consecutive Tri-State women’s golf championship on June 26 at St. Johnsbury Country Club.

The two-day tournament featured match-play competition between 30-player teams from Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Vermont won the title with 157 points, with Maine scoring 130 for second place and New Hampshire finishing at 118 points.

Lake Morey’s Kathy Gaudreau scored 10.5 points for Vermont, second only to Neshobe’s Cindy Paquet (11). Two other Lake Morey golfers, Mickey Potwin and Nancy Cole, finished with 8.5 points.

The New Hampshire roster included Hanover Country Club’s Betsy Knights (5.75 points) and Chris Brownell (one point) along with Rowena Wilks of the Country Club of New Hampshire (seven points). Next year’s Tri-States will be held at The Oaks in Somersworth, N.H.

Haven Tournament

Enfield — The Upper Valley Haven has scheduled its fourth Haven Golf Tournament for Sept. 12 at Montcalm Golf Club.

Playing a “shamble” format, the tournament tees off at 10 a.m. For a $1,500 fee, four-player teams will get 18 holes on Montcalm’s Golf Digest award-winning layout, a cart, lunch, prizes and a post-tournament awards reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

Online registration and other information is available at or by calling Haven development associate Kate Dawson at 802-478-1843.

Munson Scholarship Tourney in July

Fairlee — The Doc Munson Youth Sports Memorial Scholarship Fund will hold its second fundraising golf tournament at Lake Morey Country Club on July 27.

The nine-hole scramble tournament, featuring teams of two golfers each, fires off at noon. A cocktail hour and awards banquet will follow.

The cost to play in the tournament is $110; participants are also welcome to attend the dinner for $45. For more information, contact Steve Munson at or 858-735-5595.

On the Ice

Twin Valley Registering

Meriden — The Twin Valley Youth Hockey Association is currently accepting registrations for the 2014-15 youth hockey season.

Twin Valley plans to offer programs beginning with learn-to-skate and going up to Midget play. For girls, the Flyers have plans for a U10 development team along with a U12 house team.

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:

∎ 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.

Greenway Summer Hike Series

Sunapee — The Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway (SRKG) is offering a series of summer hikes in the Lake Sunapee region. All hikes are free and led by volunteers. For information, visit

July 6 & 8: SCA trail crew on Mount Kearsarge.

July 12: Explore Wilder Pond.

July 19: Bog Mountain trail run.

Aug. 2: Lowe State Forest.

Aug. 10: Hike to Newbury Harbor.

Aug. 17: Celebrate Sutton hike.

Aug. 30: Hike Aaron’s Ledge.