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Gavell Wins Two for GMA-CCBA at N.E. Regionals

Cambridge, Mass. — Lebanon’s Catherine Gavell scored two wins and a third-place finish to highlight participation by the Lebanon branch of Green Mountain Aquatics at last weekend’s New England Swimming 13-19 Age Group Championships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The 13-year-old set two club records in winning a pair of freestyle events in her age group. Gavell won the 50 free in 24.33 seconds, then followed that up by taking the 100 free in 53.66 seconds.

The Lebanon resident also won a bronze medal in the 200 free, clocking in at 1:57.74. Additionally, Gavell ranked eighth among 39 age-group competitors with 98 team points accumulated.

GMA’s Benjamin van Paassen, 13, of Goshen, N.H., and Katie Aman, 15, of Hanover, also swam at MIT. Van Paassen finished seventh in his age-group 200 breaststroke, timing out at 2:29.81. GMA placed 17th as a team out of 55 competiting at the MIT age-group championship.

Van Paassen’s results came on the heels of his performance at the previous weekend’s 12-and-under regionals at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center, where he won the 50-yard breast (30.99) and 100 backstroke (1:01.55), earned second place in three other events and set club records in all five. Van Paassen, who turned 13 during the 12-and-unders to qualify for the MIT age-groups, had the fifth-highest point total at the UVAC meet.

GMA’s Lebanon branch operates out of the Carter Community Building Association.

UVAC Wins Eight
At Regionals

White River Junction — Seven Upper Valley Aquatic Club competitors combined to win eight events over the past two weekends at a pair of New England Swimming regional championships.

Racing at their home facility, UVAC swimmers earned three individual wins and one relay victory at the 12-and-under regional meet on Feb. 28-March 3. White River Junction’s Gabriella Miller (girls ages 11-12) won the 200-yard breastroke in her age group, Reading, Vt.’s Kit Oney (girls 9-10) took honors in the 100 breast and North Woodstock, N.H.’s Ella Pitts (girls 9-10) topped the field in the 200 individual medley. Oney and Pitts also joined teammates West Windsor’s Sally Lubbe and Hanover’s Anna Schmidt to take the 200-yard medley relay in their age group. UVAC finished 12th as a team in the meet with 1,006.5 points.

Two more UVAC athletes made noise at last weekend’s 13-19 regional meet at MIT. Hartland’s Hannah Cox was the star, winning the 400 IM, 500 freestyle and 1,000 freestyle in her 15-16 age group, good for the No. 2 point-producing position at the meet. Cox’s time of 9:58.25 in the latter event qualified her for USA Swimming’s national championships later this year and bumped her to seventh in the age-group national rankings.

UVAC also received a winning performance at MIT from Kersten Dirrane, of Plymouth, N.H. Dirrane picked up her victory in the 200 breast among girls ages 15-16.

On the Snow

FSSC Third at States

Waterville Valley, n.h. — Getting top-10 finishes from two competitors in the giant slalom, the Ford Sayre Ski Club came away with a third-place overall team finish last weekend at the NEw Hampshire Alpine Racing Association’s U12 state championships at Waterville Valley.

Elaine Taylor topped FSSC competitors in the girls GS on Sunday, finishing fifth to lead fellow scorers Maia Garfield (21st), Riley Craft (29th), Jasmine Tracy (31st) and Isla Cotter (33rd). The boys put three in the top 15, with Joey Perras (sixth) leading teammates Colter Lingelbach-Pierce (11th) and Frans Luttmer (14th). Garfield had the top result for Ford Sayre in Saturday’s girls slalom, taking 15th, while Eric Goodney’s 40th place topped FSSC competitors in the boys slalom.

Taylor and Oliver Morgan both made the all-state team and will race this weekend at the Piches Invitational at Gunstock.

Purcell Leads U14s

Lincoln, n.h. — Alexander Purcell produced the best result of the day for Ford Sayre at last weekend’s NHARA U14 state championships at Loon Mountain.

Purcell took seventh place in Sunday’s boys giant slalom, joining teammates Colin Rozzi (eighth) and Charlie Lang (14th) in the top 15. Purcell opened the weekend by finishing a team-best 13th place in Saturday’s slalom. Sadie Lingelbach-Pierce had the best weekend for the FSSC girls, ending up 42nd in Saturday’s slalom and 17th in the GS.

For their performances, both Purcell and Rozzi made the all-state squad and qualified for the USSA U14 Eastern Championships this weekend at Maine’s Sunday River resort. Lang, with his strong showing in the GS, will head to Gunstock this weekend for the Piches Invitational races.

FSSC Hosts Silver Fox Trot

Strafford — Upper Valley cross country skiers picked up wins in three age groups during the Ford Sayre Ski Council’s Silver Fox Trot freestyle races on Feb. 23 at the Strafford Nordic Center.

Hanover’s Adam Glueck and Norwich’s Kristen Miller led a local sweep of seventh- and eighth-grade racing. Glueck won his four-kilometer event in 13 minutes, 14 seconds, while Miller claimed the girls race by more than a minute, finishing in 14:17. Norwich’s Ingrid Miller provided the third Upper Valley win, taking the girls fifth- and sixth-grade race in 12:25. Other wins went to Mansfield Nordic’s Esther Cuneo (girls grades 1-2), Craftsbury Nordic’s Alan Moody (boys grades 1-2), Putney’s Darius Parker (boys grades 3-4), Mansfield Nordic’s Quincy Massey-Bierman (girls grades 3-4) and Cooper Hartmann of Eastern Mass (boys grades 5-6).

Ben Hegman of Mansfield Nordic won the inaugural men’s citizen’s race, with Carly Winn of Queensbury, N.Y., claiming the women’s division. In all, 235 adult and youth racers participated in the event.

On the Ice

TV Bantams Defend States

Andover, n.h. — The Twin Valley Youth Hockey Association Bantams brought home the New Hampshire Tier IV championship for the second consecutive winter, edging Upper Valley 3-2 for the title on March 3 at Proctor Academy.

The Flyers opened the tournament with a 4-1 defeat of Dover behind two goals each from Christopher Schell and Cam Perron along with the solid goaltending of Grady Gilman and Chad Fazio. The two netminders combined on a 3-0 shutout of Henniker in their next contest, secured with goals from C.J. Courtemanche, Schell and Nick Haidari. Twin Valley followed with a 3-0 blanking of host Kearsarge in the semifinals on goals from Bryce Turner, Cameron Maccioli and Patrick McGlone, then tipped the Storm in the final as Peter Elder, Schell and Perron, the latter coming late in the third period.

Timmy Berry, Noah Gaudette, Alex Plummer and Hunter Maccioli aided on attack, and defenders Tim Dupree and Lee Cogan joined Turner, McGlone and Gaudette in protecting their end of the ice.

Peewee Green at Regionals

Orono, Maine — Having earned an invitation thanks to their play at states, the Hanover Peewee Green played to a tie and two defeats at last weekend’s New England Tier II regional tournament at the University of Maine.

The Wild earned a 1-1 tie on Friday against the Rhode Island champions and skated to back-to-back 4-2 losses to teams from Maine and Connecticut in Saturday’s action. All games took place at Alfond Arena.

Hanover’s roster included Elias Adams, Phin Choukas, Colleen Donoghue, Ian Garland, Azor Goodwin, Harris LaRock, Briland Laycock, Will Laycock, David Lehmann, Gary Li, Braxton McNulty, Josh Smith, Hans Williams and Elias Zinman. The Wild finished with an overall 19-13-7 record.

Wasps Brush Field

Middlebury, Vt. — Garrett Delaney scored his first goal of the season, joining Jeremy Sigl, Ely Chynoweth, Trevor White and Charlie Plottner in the scoring department as the Woodstock Peewees routed Rutland, 7-1, on Sunday to win the Skip Brush Invitational youth hockey tournament.

The win came in something of a rubber game between the two rivals. Woodstock beat the Spartans on Friday, 3-2, to open the tournament, then lost a 7-1 decision to Rutland on Sunday. In between, Woodstock added two wins over host Middlebury, riding Max Shinder’s shutout goaltending to a 5-0 win on Friday and a 6-1 victory on Saturday, the latter aided by a Sigl hat trick along with goals from Plottner, Brady Clark and White.

Peter Warhold had a hand in the weekend scoring for the Wasps, and defenders Henry Greene and Max Dodson contributed to the championship tournament performance.

Mites Close With Win

Manchester — The Hanover Mite Whites closed their season in fine full-ice fashion, beating the Manchester Flames on Saturday, 8-2, at West Side Arena.

The Wild reeled off the game’s final eight goals after yielding an early 2-0 disadvantage. Jack Stadheim scored unassisted and Connor Pollard converted a Zach Miles pass to tie the game by the first intermission. Corwith Simmers ran off a natural hat trick during a run of five straight goals, and Miles provided the final marker.

Jack Wilkinson assisted on two Simmers goals for Hanover, which received 10 saves from goaltender Miles Oberting in the final. Angus Frew, Jacob Rimberg and Matt Walsh also contributed with their two-way play.

On the Ice (Part Deux)

UA Community Skate Party

Woodstock — Union Arena will cap its 10th skating season on Wednesday by hosting a free community skating party from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Skaters on Wednesday will get the unique perspective of cruising on green ice, a leftover from the Pot O’Gold youth hockey tournament scheduled for this weekend. Rental skates will also be available free of charge as part of the community skate, and deals will be available both at the concessions counter and the pro shop.

UA will also be holding a membership sale for the 2013-14 season. For more information, contact UA general manager Dan French at 802-457-2500, ext. 11.

On the Diamond

Leverone Clinic Wednesday

Hanover — The Upper Valley Sports Education Foundation, the Montshire Cal Ripken League and Dartmouth College will unite to host a play smart baseball clinic on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at Leverone Field House.

The clinic is open to coaches, athletes and parents involved in Upper Valley major and minor play. It will feature multiple topics, including avoiding injuries, proper stretching techniques, mechanics, strength screening, preseason conditioning and positive coaching from parents.

The list of presenters will include a variety of people from coaching, medicine, physical therapy and other related fields. The clinic is free of charge to all visitors. For more information, send an email to info@uvsef.org.

On The Run

Shamrock Shuffle Saturday

Lebanon — The outdoor running season gets its unofficial kickoff on Saturday with the return of the Shamrock Shuffle 5K to downtown Lebanon.

The race, which leaves from Colburn Park at 11 a.m., is a fundraiser for the Lebanon Recreation Department. Preregistration is available through tomorrow at www.shamrock5k.com, at a cost of $20 for adults, $15 for ages 13-17 and $10 for ages 12 and under. Race-day registration will also be available for an additional $5. A variety of food will be available to runners pre- and post-race, while an after-the-run party is set for the garden outside of the Salt Hill pub.

The race also will be the starting event for the inaugural Upper Valley Running Series consisting of five different Upper Valley races. The other events will be the Road to the Pogue in Woodstock on May 11 (6.1 miles), the Tuck Run for Kids in Hanover on May 18 (5K/10K), the Skip Matthews Memorial Run in Lebanon on June 17 (4 miles) and the Red, White and Blue 10K in Lebanon on July 4.

For more information on the UVRS, visit www.uppervalleyrunningclub.org.

Evans-Brown Wins Winter Wild

Enfield — The sixth race of the Winter Wild uphill running series went to Concord’s Sam Evans-Brown on Sunday at Whaleback Mountain.

The 27-year-old completed the route in 13 minutes, 17 seconds, for a three-second win over Eric Morse, of Berlin, Vt. David Veale, of Chester, N.H., was third in 13:47. Bridget Ferrin-Smith, of St. Johnsbury, Vt., took 10th place (15:29) as the fastest woman in the field.

More results from Winter Wild at Whaleback can be found in the chart on this page.

On the Tee

NHGA Schedules
Rules Clinics

Concord — The New Hampshire Golf Association will welcome all golfers interested in expanding their knowledge of the game to a rules clinic on April 6 at Concord Country Club.

The clinic will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with a $15 fee charged to defray the cost of lunch.

For more information or to register for the clinic, contact the NHGA’s John Jelley at 603-569-3471 or jjelley@nhgolf.com.