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Norwich’s Werner Second at U.S. Squash Tourney

Newtown Square, Pa. — Norwich’s Margeret Werner came home with runner-up hardware on Sunday, working her way to the finals of the girls under-15 division at the U.S. Squash Association’s Junior Silver Squash Championships at the Squash Club at Episcopal Academy.

Werner, 14, is an eighth-grader at Richmond Middle School.

The three-day tournament featured top players from around the country. Placed into the 32-player main draw, Werner started Friday with a straight-sets defeat of Pennsylvania’s Keeley Osborn, followed by a five-game elimination of Connecticut’s Emma Mactaggart. Saturday produced two more victories, ousting Connecticut’s Allison Chun in four games in the quarterfinals and Pennsylvania’s Mia Rosini in five in the semis. Werner rallied from an early 2-0 deficit against Caroline Neave in the final, tying the match before the Harrison, N.Y., native squeaked out a 3-2 decision.

The weekend performance pushed Werner up the national rankings to 32nd in the girls U15 division.

Hanover’s Hannah Nice also competed in the Silver Squash Championship. Playing in the girls U17 division, Nice opened Friday play with a three-set sweep of Connecticut’s Nicole Powers before dropping a three-setter to Nicole Powers, of Newtown Square, Pa., in the round of 16.

On Two Wheels

Rhim, Dickey Sweep to Top

Cambridge, n.y. — Working as a tandem late to defeat the field, Norwich’s Brendan Rhim and Killington Mountain School cycling teammate Ansel Dickey finished 1-2 in their age group in Sunday’s one-day Tour of the Battenkill race.

Rhim and Dickey saved themselves for much of the race, using KMS partners’ work to keep the close to the field entering the late-race climbs in the final 12 miles. Each unleashed an attack to knock the lead group down to a handful. Rhim eventually built a lead of over a minute to win the race, and Dickey, of Truro, Mass., threw one last burst at rival Greg Ratzell before beating to the line for second place.

Rhim finished with a time of 3 hours, 7 minutes, 55 seconds. Dickey’s clocked a runner-up time of 3:09:10.

On One Wheel

Unicycle Lessons

West Lebanon — David Kano will present a five-week series of lessons in learning to ride a unicycle beginning Saturday in the Seminary Hill School parking lot.

Lessons will be held on consecutive Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon and are open to anyone age 12 and older. Kano will employ “unitrainer” technology to get participants up and riding. Registrants are welcome to bring their own unicycles, although they are not required to participate.

Classes are $5 for the five-week cycle or $2 on a drop-in basis. Call Lebanon Recreation and Parks at 603-448-5121 to register or get more information.

On the Mat

WR Budokan Open House

White River Junction — The White River Budokan will hold an open house for all ages interested in learning more about the facility’s offerings on Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Instructor Ron Treem will be on hand, along with other dojo members, to offer samples of class activities. Those in attendance are encouraged to try a class; children will have one available from 10:30-11:30 a.m., while adults will get their turn from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants are recommended to wear loose, comfortable clothing.

The White River Budokan is located on the second floor of the Tip Top Building, at 85 North Main Street in White River Junction.

On the Pitch

LSC U15s Throw Shutout

Pittsfield, Mass. — Tim Alibozek’s goals and the combination goalkeeping of Nick Bertrand and Brendan Amos combined to send the Lightning Soccer Club’s under-15 boys to their second shutout of the season on Sunday in a 2-0 blanking of Soccer Domain Academy at Berkshire Community College.

The Lightning made the most of a small field and a cold day to improve to 2-0-0. Ian Caldwell headed a cross off the goalpost and Alibozek missed a golden chance in the first 20 minutes, and Bertrand was called up to make a diving save on a SDA free kick to keep the game level into halftime.

Coach Rob Stainton dropped a defender in favor of added midfield support in the second half, and it made the difference in the game. Alibozek broke through for the game-winning goal in the 55th minute, adding a 25-yard blast on a Hugh Townsend pass for insurance in the closing minutes.

In the Pool

UVAC Receives Grant

White River Junction — The Upper Valley Aquatic Center has been named as one of 41 programs around the country as a recipient of a grant from the U.S. Swimming Foundation to reduce the cost of learn-to-swim programs for children.

More than 130 applications reached the foundation, according to a news release. In all, the USSF distributed more than $250,000 for the program.

The grant makes the UVAC a partner in the Make a Splash program, a child-focused water safety initiative to provide all children an opportunity to learn how to swim. According to the release, more than 1.8 million children around the country have taken lessons through a Make a Splash program since June 2007.

On the Run, Etc.

Fairlee Triathlon Resumes

Fairlee — Triathlon competition will return to Lake Fairlee this summer in the form of the New England Trifest, a series of three events tied together and set for June 29-30.

The weekend will feature half-Ironman and Olympic-distance triathlons based at Camp Horizons on the lake, as well as an off-road duathlon for youths ages 7-14. The half-distance tri, which starts at 7 a.m., will include a 1.2-mile swim of the lake, a 56-mile loop bike segment and a 13.1-mile run. The Olympic-distance tri will cover much of the same territory, only less of it: a 0.9-mile swim, 28-mile bike and 6.2-mile run. Kids in the duathlon will cover two half-mile runs sandwiching a one-mile bike ride.

Online registration and more information is available at www.sunmultisportevents.com.

WNHTRS Slate Set

Hanover — The Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series has set its schedule for the 2013 season, beginning with the non-points Dirty 5K at Storrs Pond Recreation Area on May 12.

The WNHTRS follows with an eight-race slate, with all events running between five and 14 kilometers in length. The series is open to first-time trail runners as well as the experienced athlete. The schedule:

∎ June 8: West Windsor 5 & Dime, Windsor.

∎ June 15: Six in the Stix, Newport.

∎ June 29: All Out Trail Run, Claremont.

∎ July 6: Wicked Wildcat Wander, Langdon, N.H.

∎ July 20: Frenzy in the Forest, Sunapee.

∎ Aug. 10: Stoaked Trail Run, Hanover.

∎ Sept. 7: Farnum Five.5, Lebanon.

∎ Sept. 21: Lost a Lot Trail Race, Lebanon.

Advance full-series registration is $100; ages 15-19 can sign up for the full series at $50, and juniors (ages 12-14) are free. Runners may also register on a per-race basis for $20 per event in advance and $25 the day of the race. For more information on the series, visit www.wnhtrs.com or contact series coordinator Chad Denning at 603-558-2342 or cdenning@teamamp.org.

Beginner 5K Class

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation wants to send another group of first-time runners on their way by offering a beginner’s 5K running program later this summer.

The class is for ages 15 and older, geared to get anyone ready for the third Hartford 5K on Aug. 3. The class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 4, spending the summer building endurance for the race.

Classes meet from 6-7:30 p.m. at Hartford High School. The registration deadline is May 28, and the cost is $25 for Hartford residents and $35 for nonresidents. Call Hartford Rec at 802-295-5036 for more.

In the Outdoors

Wednesday Walkers
Resumes

White River Junction — The arrival of spring means the resumption of Hartford Parks and Recreation’s Wednesday Walkers hiking series.

The series is open to everyone. All walks begin with a 9 a.m. meeting at the Hartford Municipal Building for transportation to that day’s trailhead. The spring schedule:

April 24: Gile Mountain, Norwich.

May 8: Hurricane Forest Wildlife Refuge, Hartford.

May 22: Quechee Gorge, Quechee.

June 5: Clay Brook Trail, Lyme.

All hikes are free. Participants are asked to wear boots and appropriate clothing and bring a light snack and water for the trip. Call Hartford Parks and Rec at 802-295-5036 for more information or to confirm a scheduled outing.

Lebanon Hiking Series

Lebanon — The Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department will hold a series of hikes through the month of May.

Krissy Flythe will lead the outings. Participants are reminded to bring snacks, a backpack (if needed), water and hiking boots. The schedule:

∎ May 3: Alice Peck Day Loops, Woodlands and Lizzie Elliot Loop, Lebanon (easy).

∎ May 10: Farnum Hill Reserves, Lebanon (easy-moderate).

∎ May 24: Boston Lot, Lebanon (moderate-difficult).

∎ May 31: Cardigan Mountain, Canaan (difficult).

All hikes are free of charge. Contact Lebanon Rec at 603-448-5121 for meet-up information or other details.

With a Disc

Ultimate Frisbee Returns

White River Junction — Hartford Parks and Recreation, teaming with local pickup group UFX, will sponsor another season of twice-a-week pickup ultimate Frisbee play at Watson Park.

Mary Bouchard will oversee play, which will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. until dark starting May 6 and running through Aug. 28. All ages and abilities are welcome; casual instruction is provided, and participants are recommended to wear cleats or running shoes with good traction.

There is a $2 drop-in fee per week. The club will also hold its fifth Cinco de Mayo Sombrero Ultimate Tournament on May 4 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Club details can be found by visiting www.ufxultimate.org.

On the Ice

Twin Valley Registration

Meriden — The Twin Valley Youth Hockey Association has begun accepting registrations for the 2013-14 season.

TVYHA will sponsor teams at the Squirt, Peewee and Bantam levels. A cross-ice Mites program is planned, as are learn-to-skate and learn-to-play programs. Twin Valley is also hoping to being an in-house program for U10 girls.

For more information on costs and schedules, contact registrar Stephanie Schell at 603-469-3527 or tschell@aol.com.

Hanover Registration
Under Way

Hanover — Registration for next winter’s Hanover Hockey Association programs are under way through the month of April.

Players from age 6 to 16 are welcome to join HHA’s programs, which will include in-house squads as well as travel teams through at least four divisions of play (Mite, Squirt, Peewee, Bantam). Registration continues through April 30.

Visit www.hanoverhockey.org for details on costs, schedules and other information.