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Windsor’s Morse Wins Patriots PPK Age Division

Foxborough, Mass. — Winning versions of the NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick competition apparently runs in the Morse family.

Windsor’s Caleb Morse is the latest to claim a significant award in the annual youth football event, winning the New England Patriots team championship for his age group on Sunday at Gillette Stadium prior to the Patriots’ game with the Miami Dolphins. Sunday’s event pitted boys and girls in five different age divisions against their peers from the six New England states; Morse won the boys age 10-11 division. Four youths competed in each age group of Sunday’s team championship.

Morse’s distances on Sunday will now be compared to those from the league’s other team championships to determine who will qualify for the national competition later in the football season. Morse advanced to Foxborough out of a meet held at Windsor High School earlier in the fall.

It isn’t the first time a member of Morse clan has enjoyed PPK success. Caleb Morse’s great uncle, 1973 Windsor High graduate John Murphy, won a national title in the NFL’s signature youth football event in the early 1960s. The NFL inaugurated PPK in 1961; the program claims participation from more than 3 million boys and girls annually.

Three other Upper Valley youths took part in Sunday’s tournament. Katey Comstock, a sophomore offensive lineman and linebacker on the Windsor High football team, competed in the girls 14-15 age group; Windsor’s Wyatt Larson made the field for the boys 8-9 age group; and Claremont’s Kiley Bundy earned a spot in the girls 8-9 age group finals.

In the Pool

More Marks for Bedford

White River Junction — Etna’s Fritz Bedford became the fastest backstroker for his age group anywhere with a pair of world records at the fifth UVAC Leaf Peepers Masters Meet at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center on Saturday.

Bedford, a member of the UV Rays masters team, broke the world mark in the 100-meter backstroke by one one-hundreths of a second with a time of 59.91 seconds, becoming just the second masters swimmer to record a sub-minute race. Bedford, who turned 50 in September, added a second mark later in the meet with a time of 27.39 seconds in the 50 back, besting the old mark of 27.66. Bedford concluded his meet with a 26.54 in the 50 butterfly (a top-five time in the world), a 28.23 over 50 meters as the backstroke leader of the Rays’ 200 medley relay team and Fastest Man in the Pool honors for a touchdpad-verified 11.99 in the 25 fly, the best time over the distance by any swimmer in any stroke for the meet.

Rays coach Barbara Hummel produced two New England records, recording a time of 41.82 seconds in the 50 breastroke and a 1:34.82 in the 100 breast in her age group. The Leaf Peepers meet drew 93 athletes from six Northeast states.

On the Court

Ref Clinic at CCBA

Lebanon — Certified college and high school basketball referee Larry Ruffing will lead a free clinic on officiating the sport on Sunday at the Carter Community Building Association’s Witherell Center gymnasium.

The clinic is open to anyone wishing to officiate the sport at the recreational level as well as people looking to perhaps pursue officiating high school games. The day will cover rules, mechanics, court coverage and a few minor topics, finishing with a question-and-answer session. Ruffing brings 20 years of experience to the class as a certified NCAA and high school referee.

The clinic will run from noon-2 p.m., and there is no charge to participate. Call the CCBA’s Witherell Center at 603-448-6477 to register.

On Two Wheels

Donohue Bronzes
At Nationals

Beech Mountain, n.c. — Hanover High School graduate Erin Donohue rode her way to a pair of third-place bronze medals competeing for the Lees-McRae College cycling team at the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships last weekend at the Beech Mountain Ski Resort.

The Bobcats (646 points) finished third as a team at the championships, behind Fort Lewis (Colo.) College (732) and Marian (Ind.) University (658) and ahead of more than three dozen other collegiate teams. Donohue, of Norwich, also earned a bronze medal in a team coed relay race. The nationals included competition in dual slalom, team relay, downhill, cross country and short track; men’s and women’s scores from all events were combined to determine the team champions.

Donohue, a sophomore, finished 12th in short track and 18th in cross country for Lees-McRae.

On the Pitch

Hanover JVs Win States

Nashua, n.h. — Gus Cooke provided the deciding score in a penalty kick tiebreaker as the Hanover High boys junior varsity soccer team beat Londonderry last weekend to win the Roger Desmarais Tournament and, with it, the unofficial New Hampshire state championship.

Cooke’s kick capped a scoreless final against the Lancers. The Marauders won their group in the 16-team tournament, then defeated Nashua North in the semifinals, 2-1, before topping Londonderry in the final.

Asher Brown, Avery Kravitz and Chris Powell scored in group play for Hanover, which tied Manchester Central (1-1) and Bedford (0-0) before besting Alvirne (2-1) to advance. Brown and Powell provided the markers against Nashua North, whose only tally came on a Hanover own goal. Kieran Read earned the win in the finals tiebreaker, with Powell, Robbie Murdza and Connor Edson joining Cooke in the conversion column.

On the Ice

Squirt Green Wins

West Lebanon — The Hanover Squirt Green youth hockey team opened its season on Saturday with a 7-2 win over Keene at Campion Rink.

The Wild received multiple-point efforts from Ellis DeMars (one goal, two assists), Spencer Lawe (two goals), Casey Graham (1-1), Augie Oberting (1-1) and Lachlan Simmmers (1-1) to win going away. Jack Kriplin completed the scoring for Hanover, with Jack Gardner also earning an assist in the contest. Caleb Maccioli made 10 saves in goal behind the defense of Riley Shepherd and Curtis Rice.

The Wild visits the Concord Capitals on Sunday.

Woodstock Peewees Victorious

Woodstock — The Woodstock Youth Hockey Peewees jumped all over Burlington for a 6-2 win at Union Arena over the weekend.

Jeremy Sigl did the bulk of the damage with four goals for the Wasps, who also received a goal and an assist each from Gunnar Wood and Charles Scribner. Brady Clark also added a sharp assist on one of Sigl’s goals.

Henry Greene backstopped the effort in goal for Woodstock, which visits Hanover this weekend.

Peewee Green Rolls

West Lebanon — Hanover Peewee Green used a Cameron Woods hat trick as the foundation for an 8-1 nonleague win over Essex on Saturday at Campion Rink in the team’s season opener.

Riley Shepherd fed Quinn Murnaghan early in the first period to get the Wild on the board before linemate Woods took over. Shepherd finished with two goals, and defenders Mattie Gardner, Jake Cerosier and Tonio Correa joined forwards Jackson Stotland and Carter Auch in keeping goalie Henry Bernard largely free of threat.

Correa and Brandan Brigham also scored for Hanover, which also received an assist from Rowan Wilson.

CSB Sweeps Wasp U14s

Woodstock — Chittenden/South Burlington swept a season-opening home-and-home series from the Woodstock U14 girls, taking a 3-1 win at Union Arena on Saturday followed by an 8-0 shutout of the Wasps in Essex Junction, Vt., on Sunday.

Sadie Kuhn provided Woodstock’s only goal on Saturday, while Annabelle Lessard played a strong game in net to keep the Wasps in the contest. CSB had no desire for a close rematch and rolled to Sunday’s win on its home ice.

Woodstock visits Middlebury this weekend.

Twin Valley
Learn-to-Skate

Meriden — The Twin Valley Youth Hockey Association will start its learn-to-skate and learn-to-play-hockey programs on Nov. 2 at Kimball Union Academy. The sessions will run every Saturday morning, from 9:15-10:15 a.m. The programs will continue through Feb. 22.

For more information, contact Stephanie Schell at tschell@aol.com.

At the Net

USPTA Chooses Woodstock

Woodstock — The United States Pro Tennis Association’s New England division has chosen the Woodstock Sports Center to host its annual convention for the second straight year.

Personnel from USPTA-New England will be at the center, part of the Woodstock Racquet and Fitness Club, from Friday through Sunday for the convention, which will include several clinics that are open to the public. The schedule includes a session with former Wimbledon runner-up Tim Gullikson on modern advanced doubles play on Saturday morning as well as a clinic on the art of volleying with former Zimbabwe national team coach Feisal Hassan and WRFC pro Tim Hopewell on Saturday afternoon.

Registration for the events is $25 for one or $40 for both. Festivities also will include a Saturday luncheon with association CEO John Embree in which the center will receive New England facility of the year recognition. Visit www.uspta.com or contact Hopewell at tennis@woodstockinn.com or 802-457-6658 for a complete list of the weekend’s events.

On the Run

Whale of a 5K

Enfield — The Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation will put Whaleback season passes on the line when it hosts its first Whale of a 5K/Dash for a Pass race on Nov. 2.

The uphill run and hike will follow the contours of the mountain’s ski trails, with the course for the childrens division (ages 14 and younger) going halway up the mountain. Adult and youth race winners will receive a 2014 season pass to Whaleback, and each age division winner will get a Save the Whale T-shirt. All proceeds from the day will go toward the UVSSF, which is working toward keeping Whaleback’s trails open for the winter.

The Dash for a Pass race is $10, while the 5K is $20. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., races start at 10 a.m. and a barbecue will follow at 11 a.m. Email info@uvssf.org for more details.

Run for Pie

Grantham — Why focus on the meal? Eastman Recreation will eat dessert first by holding the Run for Pie 5K road race on Nov. 9.

The five-kilometer course will be along Eastman’s paved and dirt roads, while an associated two-mile walk will be held on a wooded trail along the west side of Eastman Pond. True to the race’s name, homemade pies will go to winners of the race.

Advance registration is available at eastman.org at a cost of $15 for individuals and $32 for families. Race day registration starts at 9:30 a.m. at a cost of $18 for individuals and $38 for families. Race time is 11 a.m. Call 603-863-6772 or email charlie@eastmannh.org for more information.

On the Trails

Baker’s Crossing Walk

Lebanon — The Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department will lead a easy and scenic quarter-mile walk in the Baker’s Crossing Conservation Area on Nov. 17.

The walk will cover a route along the Mascoma River and floodplain meadow, starting at 1 p.m. While scheduled for an hour, anyone interested in extending the walk along the Northern Rail Trail for up to two more hours will be accommodated.

Participants are asked to meet at the Baker’s Crossing parking area, on Hardy Hill Road just east of the Packard Hill Covered Bridge, to join the walk, which is free of charge.

Wednesday Walkers Back

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department is hitting the Upper Valley’s prime hiking spots again this fall with the resumption of its Wednesday Walkers program.

Meeting every two weeks, trip leader Jay McDonough will guide walkers on two-hour hikes at various locales. Hikers meet at 9 a.m. at the Hartford Municipal Building for transport to the hike site, returning by noon. The schedule:

Nov. 6: Velvet Rocks, Hanover.

Hikers are recommended to bring boots, appropriate clothing, water and a snack. For more information on this series of free hikes, call Hartford Parks and Rec at 802-295-5036.