Bethel’s Brown Wins Regional Wrestling Crown
Randolph — Bethel eighth-grader Tristan Brown has been packing them in lately — trophies, that is.
Fresh from winning his division at the Vermont state championships last month, Brown added a regional title to his resume on March 10 when he claimed his weight class at the Youth New England Wrestling Championships in Lowell, Mass. Competing at Lowell High School and representing the Randolph Ghosts wrestling club in the 215-pound division, Brown swept three matches to secure his latest title.
Brown got his first taste of wrestling in sixth grade with the Ghosts, compiling a record of 21-0. Unable to compete last year for funding reasons tied into Bethel’s recovery from Tropical Storm Irene, Brown returned to the Ghosts this year; his three wins at the New Englands upped his season mark to 18-1.
The New England honor came on top of the Vermont state middle-school title won at Spaulding High School in Barre in February. Coached by Jeff Norton, the Randolph Ghosts are a cooperative program modeled after and serving as a feeder for the one uniting Randolph Union High and Whitcomb High this winter.
Youth wrestlers had to finish in the top three at the Vermont state meet to qualify for the New Englands. Randolph’s Brandon Gilbert also represented the Ghosts at Lowell, wrestling in the 74-pound weight class.
In the Pool
UVAC Girls Win States
White River Junction — Led by a quartet of triple winners, the Upper Valley Aquatic Club girls won the New Hampshire Swim Association Championship meet in their home UVAC pool on Sunday, combining with the boys for a second-place overall finish.
The meet brought 13 teams from the state and 940 athletes from New Hampshire and Vermont to UVAC. More than a third of the NHSA Championship’s records fell during the meet.
UVAC’s multiple winners included (R-meet record):
∎ Hannah Cox, Hartford (girls ages 15-16): 500-yard freestyle (R), 200 freestyle (R), 100 butterfly.
∎ Kersten Dirrane, Rumney, N.H. (girls 15-16): 200 individual medley (R), 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke (R).
∎ Stephanie Miller, White River Junction (girls 13-14): 200 IM, 100 back, 100 breast.
∎ Ella Pitts, North Woodstock, N.H. (girls 9-10): 100 IM, 50 back, 100 free.
∎ Lauren Punger, Bellows Falls, Vt. (girls 17-19): 200 IM, 100 fly (tie).
West Windsor’s Salli Lubbe (50 fly-R), Springfield, Vt.’s Sophia Gulick (50 free), Goshen, N.H.’s Shaun Kronenwetter (50 free), White River Junction’s Gabriella Miller (50 back) and Claremont’s Hannah Scott (50 free) also picked up wins for UVAC in their respective age groups.
Additionally, UVAC picked up four wins in relay action. Reading’s Kit Oney and Hanover’s Anna Schmidt joined Pitts and Lubbe to set meet records in winning the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay for girls ages 9-10. Miller and Gulick teamed up with Plainfield’s Hannah Budner and Woodstock’s Madeline Hiller to sweep the same relays for girls ages 11-12.
On the Run
Lebanon — Claremont marathoner Justin Montgomery set the pace in a close race, edging Lebanon’s Joshua Fontaine to win the Shamrock Shuffle 5K road race on Saturday.
The race drew more than 1,000 runners for the second straight year. Montgomery earned the win with a time of 16 minutes, 16.6 seconds, with Fontaine less than a second behind (16:17.4). South Royalton’s Will Kirk was third (16:23.4) and West Lebanon’s Nicole Santos topped the women’s field in 17:53.6, good for 12th overall.
More details on the results can be found in the chart on this page.
On the Pitch
Lightning U16 Boys
Lancaster, Mass. — The Lightning Soccer Club U16 boys opened their spring soccer season last weekend by going 2-1 at the NEFC College Showcase preseason tournament, placing third out of eight teams and coming within a tiebreaker point of winning it all.
The Lightning dropped their first game to Maine champion MCU Portland Phoenix Elite, 1-0, despite Max Matel’s work in goal. LSC bounced back to drop eventual champion Southeast SC of Connecticut, 3-1, as Wyett MacDonald, Sam Emery and Morgan Dewdney scored to help the Lightning rally from an early deficit.
LSC finished with a solid 3-0 shutout of Vermont’s Capital SC on strikes from Dewdney, Henry Allison and Jack Doherty. Matel posted the clean sheet, with Connor Skehan, Luke Strohbehn, Jackson Greenspan and Craig covering on defense.
On the Ice
Peewee White 3rd
Woodstock — The Hanover Peewee White youth hockey team closed its season with a third-place finish in the Irish Division of the Pot-o-Gold Tournament, held last weekend at Union Arena and West Lebanon’s Campion Rink.
The Wild went 3-1 during the tourney, led by the six-goal, four-assist scoring of forward Alex Weinman. Hanover opened with a 4-2 win over the Southern N.H. Cavaliers in which Patrick Daley scored once with three assists to compliment three-point games from Weinman and Hunter Whyte. Jacob Derosier and Sam Shepard both had two-goal games in a 7-1 rout of the Western (Conn.) Junior Colonials, and the Wild dropped their final round-robin game, 6-2, to the Troy-Albany (N.Y.) Junior Engineers despite a goal from Brian Pattison.
That sent the Wild to the division’s third-place game against the SE Connecticut Seahawks. Down 2-0, Whyte and Weinman scored in regulation, the latter late with the goalie pulled, and Ben Booker notched the overtime game-winner to cap Hanover’s 22-11-5 season with a 3-2 win.
Pawtucket, r.i. — The Hanover U14 girls went 1-2 during their trip to the USA Hockey New England Tier I regional championship over the weekend of March 8-10 against tough competition.
The Wild dropped games on either end of its one victory, a 4-1 defeat of the Rhode Island Sting Gold. Hanover did all of its scoring in the third period, with Maddie Lyons, Claire Gardner, Ella Williams and Julia Taube denting the net and Amelia Lubrano (two), Julia Surgenor (two), Greta Close and Clare Gardner providing assists.
Hanover met Connecticut foes in its two other games. The Mid-Fairfield Stars stopped the Wild, 4-1, with Lubrano knocking home a waist-high Surgenor feed, while the Connecticut Polar Bears U14-AAs blanked Hanover, 4-0, despite 34 saves from goalie Kiely Smiga-McManus.
The Wild finished the season 12-11-9, earning the regionals invitation by winning the New Hampshire Tier I state title earlier in the season.
Tyngsboro, Mass. — After a wild tie to open the tournament, the Kearsarge Youth Hockey Peewees peeled off three straight victories to take the New Hampshire Tier IV state championship on March 3 at Skate 3 Arena.
In a foreshadowing of a championship matchup to come, the Thrashers began the tournament by playing Dover to a 7-7 tie. Kearsarge followed by ousting Back Bay, 3-1, before a 7-2 semifinal rout of Henniker to set up a rematch with Dover, with Kearsarge owning the final, 4-1.
Kearsarge finished its year with a 12-1-5. The roster: Lukas Weber, Nicole Kimtis, Max Phillips, Finn Weber, Carter McLean, Robert Johnston, Noah Newton, Kevin Altman, Sofia Weber, Zander Luperchio, Cory Henault and Chris Daigle.
On the Slopes
Morgan Wins Piche Race
Gilford, n.h. — Ford Sayre’s Ollie Morgan came home a champion on Sunday, winning his division of the Piche Invitational giant slalom at Gunstock Ski Area.
Morgan topped all skiers in the U12 boys division. Teammate Charlie Lang nearly did the same in the U14s, taking second place in the two-run event, one spot ahead of Cardigan Mountain’s Emery Gray.
Ford Sayre’s Elaine Taylor also raced, taking 15th place in the girls U12s.
FSSC Finishes Strong
Lyme Center — Ford Sayre Ski Council competitors filled the top 10 in several age groups at the club’s Tecnica Winter Finish races on Saturday at the Dartmouth Skiway.
FSSC had its best results in the U12 division, with winners in both races. Maia Garfield outraced Isla Cotter for a 1-2 Ford Sayre finish among the girls; Ella Edmonds (fourth), Jasmine Tracy (fifth), Riley Craft (sixth) and Willa McGough (ninth) also made the top 10. Joey Perras won the boys U12 race ahead of clubmate Colter Lingelbach-Pierce, with Frans Luttmer (fourth), Kyle Rozzi (fifth), Josh Chu (sixth), Eric Goodney (seventh), Ethan Ross (eighth) and William Blinkhorn (10th) also making the top 10. Cardigan Mountain’s Seth Gray took third behind Perras and Lingelbach-Pierce.
Phoebe Garfield, Molly Hackett, Meredith Olenec and Siena Curtis went 3-6-8-9 for FSSC among U10 girls, while Sam Sacerdote (seventh) and Camden Riess (ninth) excelled in the U10 boys. Ford Sayre packed five in the top 10 among U14 girls with Sadie Lingelbach-Pierce (second), Sofia Sacerdote (fourth), Isabelle Kocher (fifth), Carly Craft (eight) and Sara Bozuwa (10th); ex-Ford Sayre athlete Julia Denny claimed third skiing for the Killington Mountain School.
Jack Brendel, Max Wonsavage and Mal Flynn were 4-6-7 for FSSC among U14 boys.
Enfield — The Granite State Sharp Shooters, a new youth target rifle team with members ranging between 10 and 16 years of age, will hold a spaghetti dinner and silent auction on April 6 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Enfield Community Building.
The club hopes to raise money from the night to help purchase needed equipment. The 12-member team is an offshoot of the Enfield Outing Club, meeting at the EOC facility to work on marksmanship skills. Coached by Scott Thompson, Ken May and Roy Holland, the Sharp Shooters recently competed in small-bore rifle events in Hudson, N.H., and Taunton, Mass. The team is open to interested youths between the ages of 10 and 18 who have completed the basic National Rifle Association rifle course.
The dinner will include vegan and meatball spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, beverages and a choice of one dessert. The cost is $7 for ages 13 and older, $4 for ages 4-12 and $20 per family. For more information, contact Ken May at 603-568-2256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the Snow
Plaisted Fifth in Quebec
Saint-Just-de-Bretenieres, Quebec — Orford musher Fran Plaisted continued the International Sled Dog Racing Association season by claiming fifth place in a March 10 race in Canada.
Plaisted’s result came in the Daaquam River International Championship sled dog race. Competing in the adult four-dog speed division, Plaisted completed the 10-mile route in 35 minutes, 52 seconds.
The event was hosted by the Club D’attelage Des Chiens du Traineau du Quebec.
On the Tee
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 email@example.com.