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UVRays Strike Gold at FINA World Masters Finals

  • The Lebanon Youth Baseball Association's U8 team produced the program's best result at states, finishing second to Dover in last month's finals.<br/>Courtesy photograph

    The Lebanon Youth Baseball Association's U8 team produced the program's best result at states, finishing second to Dover in last month's finals.
    Courtesy photograph

  • The Lebanon Youth Baseball Association's U8 team produced the program's best result at states, finishing second to Dover in last month's finals.<br/>Courtesy photograph
Peter Harris

Peter Harris

Montreal — UVRays swimmers Fritz Bedford, Kim Lloyd and Trent Toensing combined to win eight gold medals as part of an eight-athlete Upper Valley contingent at the FINA World Masters Swimming Championship, which wrapped up on Sunday at Parc Jean Drapeau.

Already an accomplished competitor at the masters level, Etna’s Bedford (men ages 50-54) added world masters champion to his resume with individual wins in the 50-meter butterfly (26.89 seconds), 50 backstroke (29.19) and 100 back (1:03.50), setting meet records in the latter two. Bedford added two relay golds as well in the 200 free and 200 medley, the latter coming in the 200-plus age group (combining the ages of all four relay members).

Lloyd (women 40-44), of New London, hit the podium three times, highlighted by golds in the 100 back (1:10.17) and 200 back (2:33.16) and a bronze in the 200 free. Lyme’s Toensing (men 75-79) joined in a gold-medal effort in the backstroke leg of the 200 mixed medley relay in the 280-plus age category.

The Rays also sent coach Barbara Hummel (third, 50 breaststroke, women 60-64), Dan Moran (men 30-34, three top-four times), June Carson (women 65-69, four top-10s), Linda Bedford (four age-group bests) and Cliff Pollard (3,000-meter open-water race) to the championship, which ran July 27-Aug. 10.

Cox Betters N.E. Standard … Again

Irvine, Calif. — Hartland’s Hannah Cox continued to set new standards in one of her specialty disciplines on her way to an 11th-place finish at the USA Swimming Junior National Championships earlier this month.

Competing for the Upper Valley Aquatic Club, Cox knocked another two seconds off her New England-record time in the 200-meter freestyle with a finish time of 2 minutes, 1.80 seconds. Cox’s previous best was 2:03.86, a time she used to break the previous New England mark of 2:04.20 by 1984 Olympic gold medallist Samantha Arsenault.

The junior nationals were held July 31-Aug. 3 at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center.

UVAC, GMA Swimmers Compete at Zone Meet

Richmond, Va. — Two swimmers each from the Upper Valley Aquatic Club and the Carter Community Building Association branch of Green Mountain Aquatics represented New England during last week’s USA Swimming Eastern Zone Championship at the Collegiate School Aquatics Center.

UVAC’s Kristian Hansen, of Hanover, scored points for New England by placing sixth in the 800-meter freestyle, lowering his personal best in the event by more than seven seconds with a time of 9 minutes, 5.84 seconds. Hansen also placed seventh in the 1,500 free (17:19.53). Hansen also took part in four relay efforts for New England.

GMA’s Catherine Gavell, of Lebanon, amassed six top-five times to add to New England’s tally. Gavell’s accomplishments included a second in the 100 free, fourth in the 50 free, the anchor leg of the winning 400 medley relay team and top-threes in three other relays.

UVAC’s Jack Wadsworth and GMA’s Katie Aman also raced at Zones. Wadsworth ranked in the top 20 in three events, while Aman did the same in four races. New England’s zone team was third among the girls and sixth among the boys out of 10 regions represented.

On the Diamond

Lebanon U8s Second at States

Farmington, n.h. — The Lebanon Youth Baseball Association U8 team played to a runner-up finish at the inaugural New Hampshire Cal Ripken state tournament last month, a best for the LYBA’s programs this summer.

Lebanon opened the tourney on July 26 with a 7-6 win over Stratham. Reliever Sam Bates locked down the win with two bases-loaded strikeouts in the bottom of the sixth inning. Trevor Proulx’s two-run single highlighted a five-run Lebanon rally in the fifth.

Dominic Petkus powered Lebanon’s 11-3 second-game win over Roger Allen with runs-scoring hits in the first, third and sixth frames. Dover handed Lebanon its first loss, a 15-14 extra-innings affair.

Petkus, Zach Gaudet, Dawson Bates and Bodie Benoit produced RBI hits in a 6-4 defeat of Farmington on July 31 to send Lebanon to the finals, where Dover posted a 10-0 win for the championship. Jack Clary, Domineaq Taylor, Bennett Hall-Hewitt, Zachary Aldrich, Cayden Van Dolah and Zachary Meehl all added contributions to the effort for a squad coached by Mike Van Dolah, Eric Bates and Dan Gaudet.

CV South Plans Fall Softball

West Lebanon — The Connecticut Valley South Babe Ruth League has scheduled a series of skills camps and low-key games for autumn, beginning Aug. 19 at Sachem Field.

The opportunities will be open to all girls in grades 7-12 hoping to work on their softball skills. Coaches from CV South will run skills clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and scrimmages on Sundays from 1-3 p.m.

The cost to participate is $50; registration is ongoing and players are welcome to join in the middle of the program if they choose. Clinics and scrimmages will continue through mid-October. Contact CV South president Ben Nichols for more information at nicholstrees@gmail.com or 603-795-4392.

On the Mat

Blue Wave Classes Set

Hanover — Master instructors Stephen Hopkins and Linda Smith-Blais will being their fall classes in the Korean martial art of tae kwon do on Sept. 2 at the R.W. Black Community Center.

Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays this fall, with children ages 7 and up beginning at 5:30 p.m. and adults to follow at 6:30 p.m. Participants will learn skills such as breaking boards and performing trick kicks. Visitors are welcome to observe classes at any time.

For more information, contact Hopkins at shopkins@bluewavetkd.com or 603-306-9132.

On the Pitch

Soccer Referee Training

Bethel — The Vermont Soccer Officials Association will hold the second of two training sessions for potential referees on Aug. 23 at Whitcomb High School from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The workout will include the learning of rules, a test and a field practice. Completing the training and passing the test will make participants eligible to work varsity and subvarsity high school games this fall. The cost to take part is $50, which includes membership in the VSOA for the coming season.

The association will also hold a training session at Williamstown High School on Aug. 22, also from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, contact Frank Martel at fmartel55@yahoo.com or 802-782-4489 or Gary Blodgett at gblodg@comcast.net or 802-558-3147.

On The Ice

Kearsarge Signups

Andover, n.h. — Kearsarge Youth Hockey is seeking players to join its teams this winter, with openings at all age levels.

Practices begin in October, with travel teams working out two evenings a week and playing one or two games per weekend. Levels range from learn-to-play and learn-to-skate (birth year after 2008) to Bantam (birth year 2000-01). Tuitions vary by level of play, from $100 to $350 for the season.

For more information, contact Laura Henault at henault203@comcast.net or 603-863-8909.

In the Circle

Thor’s Stone Fundraiser

Lebanon — The Thor’s Stone Athletic Club will hold a powerlifting and throwing meet to benefit charities sponsored by the Lebanon Elks Club on Aug. 23 starting at 10 a.m.

This rain-or-shine event will be staged at the Elks Club on Heater Road, across from Fort Lou’s restaurant. Awards will go to the top three competitors in each age category in the bench press, dead lift and weight toss. The cost to participate is $50, with a registration deadline of Aug. 18.

For more information, contact Carl Wallin at 603-448-2164.

On Two Wheels

Last-Mile Ride

Randolph — Gifford Medical Center will hold its fifth Last Mile Ride on Friday and Saturday, expanding the event to two days for the first time.

Friday’s events include a five-kilometer road run and walk, with registration starting at 4:30 p.m. and the run/walk following at 6 p.m. ($25 registration). Saturday’s activities include a 38-mile bicycle ride and an 80-mile motorcycle rally, with registration at 8:30 a.m. and the event start of 10 a.m. ($50 registration; barbecue lunch afterward). All proceeds from the two days’ events go toward end-of-life care programs at Gifford.

For more information, contact Gifford’s Robin Palmer at rpalmer@giffordmed.org or 802-728-2284.

Make-a-Wish Charity Ride

Lebanon — Upper Valley resident Matthew Steinberg will hold a fundraising event to support his upcoming charity bicycle ride for the Make-a-Wish Foundation on Sunday at the Carter Community Building Association.

Sunday’s event will include a variety of exercise opportunities for all ages. It begins with a one-hour spin class at 8:30 a.m., a Zumba dance fitness class at 9:45 a.m. and a yoga class starting at 11 a.m. Each class is $10, with all proceeds going toward Make-a-Wish.

Steinberg is in the midst of planning a charity ride to benefit Make-a-Wish. Called “7 Summits for a Wish,” Steinberg is hoping to ride to the top of seven New England mountains on a 500-mile, multi-day ride, with a goal of raising $15,000.

For more information, visit Steinberg’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/7-Summits-for-a-Wish/1430682070546917?sk=info.

Tour de Taste on Tap

Fairlee — Get some exercise and enjoy good food when the Upper Valley Trails Alliance hosts its annual Tour de Taste progressive pedaling picnic on Sept. 7.

The event runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and will be centered at Samuel Morey Elementary School. Three routes will be available: the 20-mile Classic Loop, the 34-mile River Road Extension and a family-friendly six-mile Lake Morey Loop. Throughout each loop, riders will be able to stop and sample food supplied by a wide array of area merchants.

Registration ranges from $10 to $30 depending on the route chosen. Online registration is available at www.uvtrails.org. For more information, contact Becky Lewandoski at 802-649-9075 or becky.lewandoski@uvtrails.org.

In the Saddle

GMHA Century Ride

South Woodstock — With all parts of its original route repaired from the damage of Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, the Green Mountain Horse Association will revive its historic three-day, 100-mile competitive trail ride on Aug. 29-31.

Irene damaged multiple portions of the 100-mile route, none more important that the Taftsville Covered Bridge. The span’s reopening last September made it possible to restart the trail ride, which will mark its 78th year with August’s competition.

Riders will cover 40-, 35- and 25-mile segments of the trail ride over the three-day competition. They will head across U.S. Route 4 in West Woodstock, traverse trails in the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, cover sections of River Road in Woodstock and Taftsville and cross the covered bridge before heading back toward the GMHA campus.

The 100-miler is part of Distance Days at GMHA, a four-day festival of distance trail riding that will feature six different competitive trail ride events and three days of pleasure rides. For more information, contact the GMHA at 802-457-1509.

On the Tee

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.

Sponsorship opportunities, with guaranteed tournament play, are also available. Online registration and other information is available at uppervalleyhaven.org or by calling Haven development associate Kate Dawson at 802-478-1843.

On the Run, Etc.

Reed Makes Tri Podium

Milwaukee — Norwich’s Jeff Reed earned a podium spot for his time in the men’s age 60-64 division on Sunday at the USA Sprint Triathlon Age-Group National Championships.

Reed, 60, raced to a fifth-place finish in his age group, posting a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes, 37.62 seconds. The result qualifies Reed, the recently retired coach of the Hanover High boys lacrosse program, for the United States squad for next year’s world championships in CHicago.

Several other Upper Valley residents also competed in the weekend’s national meet. Enfield’s Mike Libuda, 65, also qualified for Team USA in the Olympic-distance category on Saturday, finishing 19th in 2:36:17.47 in the men’s 65-69 age class. Meriden’s Chuck Landry, 58, is on the wait list for the U.S. roster after his 31st-place time (2:20:10.68) among men ages 55-59. Landry’s wife, Carla Chandler, completed her Olympic-distance triathlon in 2:40:32.23 to finish in the middle of the pack among women 45-59.

Sprouty Run Sept. 6

Sharon — The fourth Sprouty Run will hit the pavement Sept. 6 at the Sharon Elementary School.

The 10- and five-kilometer runs will start at 9 a.m., with a fun loop race following at 10:15. Online registration (https://register.chronotrack.com/reg/form?eventID=9505) is available, at a cost of $12 for the 5K and $20 for the 10K through Saturday. The cost increases to $15 and $25, respectively, from Sunday to the date of the event. Race-day registration will be available starting at 8 a.m. Kids under the age of 12 are free.

The run was started with the purpose of supporting good health, community spirit and “The Sprouts” — a Sharon Elementary school group that works to get local food into the school cafeteria. Last year, the Sprouts gave $1,000 to the school to buy local food for the cafeteria. There will be free T-shirts to the first 200 registrants.

For more information, contact Clare Holland at clare.holland@earthlink.net.

Rail Trail Run & Ride

Andover, n.h. — Special Olympics of New Hampshire is inviting runners and cyclists to take part in its inaugural Rail Trail Run & Ride on Sept. 27 at Proctor Academy.

Activities will take place on the Northern Rail Trail. Runners may compete in 5K or 10K runs, while bicyclists can take part in either 50K or 100K rides. A 4.5-mile family fun ride is also scheduled as part of the day, which starts at 8:30 a.m. Race fees range between $25 and $65, depending on the event chosen. No advance registration is required.

For more information on the event or on SONH, contact Chelsea Gill at 603-624-1250 or chelseag@sonh.org.

Hurricane Hill 5K/10K

White River Junction — The Friends of Hartford Track will stage the Hurricane Hill 5K/10K Trail Run as part of the Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series on Sept. 13 at the Hartford Town Forest and Conservation Area.

Race-day parking and registration will be held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center, with bus transportation to the starting line. Both runs begin at 9 a.m.; the 10K will be the qualifying run for WNHTRS standings purposes.

The cost to run is $20 through Sept. 12 and $25 on race day. Advance registration is available through www.wnhtrs.com.