Pomfret — Mark Hecox, of Henniker, N.H., led a top five that included three runners from the Upper Valley to win the second Winter Wild uphill running series race of the season, a three-mile jaunt around the perimeter of the Suicide Six Ski Area on Saturday.
Covering two circuits of the 1½-mile loop route, Hecox produced a winning effort of 29 minutes, 12 seconds. New London’s Brandon Baker took second in 29:49, while two other area competitors cracked the top five, Grantham’s John Van Hoff (fourth; 30:10) and Hanover’s Luke Webster (fifth; 30:42).
Bridget Ferrin-Smith, of St. Johnsbury, Vt., was the top woman in the field, taking sixth overall in 30:44.
The Winter Wild series continues on Feb. 2 with a three-mile race at the Ragged Mountain Ski Area in Danbury, N.H. The cost for all events on the series is $20 in advance and $25 on race day. The full schedule is available at www.winterwild.com; contact Chad Denning at 603-748-1070 or email@example.com., for more information.
In the Saddle
Roby, Brunell Rewarded
South Woodstock — The Green Mountain Horse Association included a pair of Upper Valley competitors among its honorees when it handed out awards on Sunday from its inaugural Vermont Eventing Challenge, a series of horse trials to promote eventing challenges for equestrians of all ages and abilities.
The 2012 shows consisted of the Hitching Post Farm Horse Trial in May, the GMHA’s June Horse Trials in June, the Huntington Farm Horse Trials in July, August events at the GMHA’s South Woodstock campus as well as Huntington Farm and the association’s September trials. Riders declared for one division for the season, earning points through low scores. Awards were handed out at the USEA Area 1 year-end banquet in Springfield, Mass., on Sunday.
Winners included Lyme’s Cristen Roby, aboard Top-Sider, who won the Novice Senior 1 title with 180 points, and Norwich’s Ashley Brunell, riding Snowford Bellman’s Clancy, taking the Novice Senior 2 crown. Other winners included Olivia Smith and Vanderbilt, of Skowhegan, Maine (Beginner Novice Junior); Jan McGarry and Siseio, of Chittenden, Vt. (Beginner Novice Senior); and Kiersten Wright and Jim Dandy, of North Granville, N.Y. (Novice Senior 3).
On the Mat
Hanover Blue Wave
Hanover — Hanover Blue Wave is accepting new students for its winter session of tae kwon do classes set for the R.W. Black Center.
Classes in this traditional Korean martial art will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children ages 7 and up will hold their class at 5:30 p.m., with adults to follow at 6:30 p.m. Students will learn board breaking, trick kicking and other skills associated with tae kwon do, taught by World TKD Federation-certified black-belt instructors Linda Smith-Blais and Stephen Hopkins.
Visitors are welcome to observe classes. Hanover Blue Wave will be accepting students for the rest of the month. For more information, contact Hopkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-306-9132.
In the Outdoors
Vt. Hunting Memories
Waterbury, Vt. — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has extended its deadline to Jan. 31 for entries in its annual Youth Hunting Memories Contest.
Young hunters are asked to submit a short essay or artwork telling a story of time in the field or on a hunt. Bagged game is not a requirement. The essay or art should describe why hunting is important to the entrant and must include a description of a hunting experience. Entries will be judged by such criteria as creativity, ethics, landowner relations and appreciation of wildlife, among others. Divisions for ages 9 and younger, ages 10-12 and ages 13-16 are available.
All entries must include the entrant’s first and last names, address, age, telephone number and location of the hunt. Submissions must be emailed to Ann.Shangraw@state.vt.us by 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 or mailed to 2012 Youth Hunting Memories Contest, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05671-0501.
On the Ice
White River Junction — With Carter Auch and Henry Bernard combining on the shutout, the Hanover Peewee Blue youth hockey team won its first Granite State League game of the season on Saturday in a 2-0 blanking of Twin Valley at Wendell Barwood Arena.
Griffin Stotland’s long cross-ice pass found Greg Vogel for the game’s first goal, a lead that held up until Sean Rosene’s insurance strike on a Rowan Wilson pass in the third period. In between, the duo of Brendan Brigham and Tono Correa kept the Flyers bottled up with their forechecking work.
Defensemen Emrys Elkouh, Griffin Young and Chris Bowen limited quality scoring chances on the net, all of which Auch and Bernard gobbled up for the victory.
Wild Squirts Sweep
West Lebanon — The Hanover Squirt Whites lost to Keene 5-2 on Saturday and Mount Washington Valley 8-6 on Sunday, both at Campion Rink.
Gavin Slider recorded eight saves in Saturday’s effort, getting plenty of offensive support. Casey Graham and Thomas Beaver each had an unassisted goal for the Wild.
Thomas Brannen led the way against MVW with a hat trick. Graham had a three-point day, and Ellis DeMars finished with a goal and an assist. Slider and Alexander Stevens combined on 11 saves for Hanover.
Hooksett, n.h. — Phin Choukas’ top-shelf snipe with five minutes to play sent the Hanover Peewee Green to a 2-1 win over the New Hampshire Avalanche on Sunday, a victory that capped a three-win weekend.
Colleen Donahue’s second-stanza goal enabled the Wild to rally from an early deficit, with assists to Hans Williams and Azor Goodwin. David Lehman, Braxton McNulty, Gary Li and Elias Adams contributed on the backcheck to help goalies Harris LaRock and Josh Smith complete the perfect weekend.
Hanover took two games on Saturday, both on the road. Ian Garland and Elias Zinman scored unassisted goals in a 2-1 victory over the Manchester Flames. The Wild followed with a 4-0 afternoon defeat of Concord on scores from Lehman, Garland, Briland Laycock and Choukas.
Squirt Green Victorious
West Lebanon — Avenging their only league loss of the season, the Hanover Squirt Greens took down the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs on Sunday, 5-2, at Campion Rink to cap a two-win weekend.
Rhys Jones grabbed the win in net, supported by a two-goal game from Sean Donaghue. Matty Gardner, Sam Goodwin and Jack Bayreuther provided Hanover’s other goals, aided by assists from Trey Chickering and Bayreuther.
The Wild routed Chittenden-South Burlington on Saturday at Campion, 9-0, getting goals from Gardner, Bayreuther, Spencer Lawe, Sylas Oberting and Nate Adams. Hanover improved to 27-1-3 on the season with the victories.
Flyers Buzz Plymouth
Meriden — Cam Perron carded a hat trick and two teammates added two goals each as the Twin Valley Bantams rolled over Plymouth, 11-0, at Kimball Union Academy on Sunday.
Noah Gaudette and Alex Plummer both lit the lamp twice for Twin Valley, which also received goals from Bryce Turner, Timmy Berry, Nick Haidari and Christopher Schell. Tim Dupree joined Schell, Haidari and Perron in the assist department, and goalies Chad Fazio and Grady Gilman earned the shutout.
Wasp U12s Tie CSB
Woodstock — The Woodstock U12 girls shook off an early goal to claim a 1-1 tie with Chittenden-South Burlington on Saturday.
Anna Hepler’s breakaway goal on a Rose Donaldson feed provided the draw for the Wasps. Defenders Sadie Kuhn and Lauren Forgione joined goaltender Annabelle Lessard in denying further CSB attacks.
Woodstock dropped a 2-0 game at Barre on Sunday in its other game of the weekend. Hannah Coates, Audrey Lee and Sidney Pilot had the Wasps’ best scoring chances.
On the Diamond
NHSUA Seeks Umpires
Hanover — The New Hampshire Softball Umpire Association will hold a pair of sessions next month for those interested in umpiring high school softball this spring.
Both apprentice program clinics will cover rules 1-10 of the softball rulebook. One session will run Feb. 2 and 17 at Manchester Memorial High School, and the other will be held Feb. 10 and 24 at Plymouth State University; all sessions will go from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
For more information or an application, contact Tom Ebol at email@example.com or 603-493-8383.
Vt. Senior Meet
Shelburne, Vt. — The Vermont Senior Games Association is seeking participants for its state weightlifting championship at the Shelburne Health and Fitness Club on Feb. 16.
The competition is open to anyone age 50 and older as of Dec. 31. Organized into age groups, the championship will include events in leg extension, leg press, seated chest press and standing biceps curl. The meet will run from noon-2 p.m., at a cost of $35.
For more information, visit www.vermontseniorgames.org or contact Barbara Jordan at 802-658-4486.
On the Run
New Lake Fairlee Triathlon
Fairlee, Vt. — Triathlon racing will return to Lake Fairlee next summer with the arrival of the New England Trifest, which is scheduled for June 29-30.
The event will be staged at Camp Horizons in Fairlee and will consist of Olympic- and half-distance triathlons as well as an off-road duathlon for kids ages 7-14. The swim portions of the triathlons will be held in Lake Fairlee, with biking segments going through the towns of Fairlee, West Fairlee, Thetford and Norwich. All running portions will be held along country roads in Fairlee.
For more information on the Trifest, visit www.sunmultisportevents.com.
This article has been amended to correct an earlier error.
The Hanover Squirt White youth hockey team lost two games at Campion Rink, falling to Keene on Saturday, 5-2, and to Mount Washington Valley, 8-6, on Sunday. The outcomes of the Wild's games were incorrectly reported in Thursday's Recreation page.