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Winter Wild Sponsoring Food Drive at Suicide Six

  • Erik Lindahl of Ford Sayre finished 3rd with a time of 25:55 in the men's J2 race over 7km at the 30th Annual Bogburn Classic Cross-Country Ski Race on January 4, 2014 in North Pomfret, Vt.

    Erik Lindahl of Ford Sayre finished 3rd with a time of 25:55 in the men's J2 race over 7km at the 30th Annual Bogburn Classic Cross-Country Ski Race on January 4, 2014 in North Pomfret, Vt.

  • Erik Lindahl of Ford Sayre finished 3rd with a time of 25:55 in the men's J2 race over 7km at the 30th Annual Bogburn Classic Cross-Country Ski Race on January 4, 2014 in North Pomfret, Vt.

North Pomfret — More than 130 competitors braved subzero temperatures to compete in the 30th Bogburn Classic Cross Country Ski Races at Haydock House on Saturday.

Ford Sayre Ski Council skiers took wins in the youngest division of the six contested.

Evan Nichols won the boys third- and fourth-grade race in 10 minutes, 53 seconds, and was joined in the top 10 by teammates Hugh Clark (fourth), Jack Lange (fifth), Simon Phipps, seventh) and Christian Blix (ninth).

FSSC’s Elsa Bolinger proved victorious among third- and fourth-grade girls in 11:10, with clubmate Ann Rightmire taking third in 13:11. Other Ford Sayre competitors in the top 10 included Sarah Glueck (fourth), Katie Davis (fifth) and Margaret Frost (seventh).

Ford Sayre also earned a victory in the girls seventh- and eighth-grade division from Perrin Milliken (18:41), who was joined on the podium by Greta Bolinder (19:31) and Ingrid Miller (19:39) for a top-three FSSC sweep. The club’s Kennedy Lange (fourth), Cassandra Nichols (sixth) and Tessa Cahoon (eighth) made the top 10, as did Woodstock Nordic’s Olivia Brooks (seventh).

Danville, Vt.’s Griffin Wright (11:34) and Craftsbury Nordic’s Quincy Massey-Bierman (13:30) claimed the fifth-sixth races. Ford Sayre’s Daniel Bandler (third), Vincent Levey (fifth), Daniel Frost (sixth), Peter Burnham (seventh), Noah Phipps (eighth) and Erik Flix (ninth) packed the boys top 10. Lucy Glueck’s third-place finish prefaced a girls FSSC run that included Liz Rightmire (fourth), Carly Milliken (seventh) and Eloise Silver-Van Meter (ninth) in the top 10.

Among other highlights:

∎ Ford Sayre’s Erik Lindahl and Adam Glueck finished 3-5 in the seven-kilometer J2 boys race won by Stratton’s Russell Boswell (25:19).

∎ Ford Sayre skier Richard Powell won the masters men’s race in 51:30 over 13 kilometers.

∎ Norwich’s Kirsten Miller earned a sixth-place finish among J2 girls in 32:41 over seven kilometers.

∎ Dartmouth’s Sam Merrens, of Norwich, took second among the men, his time of 47:10 coming about three minutes behind winner Chris Stock, of Lincoln, Mass.

FSSC Pair Wins GS

Bennington, n.h. — Riley Craft and Colter Lingelbach-Pierce won their respective U12 divisions to highlight Ford Sayre participation at the John Eneguess Memorial Giant Slalom at Crotched Mountain on Dec. 30.

Craft took the win in the girls U12 race, with FSSC skiers Eva Schiffman (second), Peter Joseph (fourth) and Willa McGough (sixth) close behind. Lingelbach-Pierce claimed the boys U12 win ahead of Eric Goodney (third), Ethan Ross (fifth), Cal Kocher (seventh) and Will Blinkhorn (ninth).

In other age groups:

∎ Phoebe Garfield (fourth) and Emily Perras (eighth) topped Ford Sayre finishers in the girls U10 division.

∎ Maggie McCutcheon, Elaine Taylor and Maisey Pekala went 3-4-5 in the girls U14s.

∎ Isabelle Kocher (second) led Ford Sayre in the girls U16s, joi ned by Sophia Kocher (sixth), Carly Craft (seventh) and Caitlin Blinkhorn (ninth) in the top 10.

∎ Oliver Morgan, Colin Rozzi, Alexander Purcell and Joey Perras went 2-4-5-7 in the boys U14s.

∎ Cardigan Mountain’s Emery Gray took second and Ford Sayre’s Mal Flynn claimed sixth in the boys U16s.

On the Run

Winter Wild Food Drive

Pomfret — The Winter Wild uphill running series is adding a food drive to its first race in the Upper Valley on Saturday.

The drive will support The Haven in White River Junction as part of Saturday’s stop at the Suicide Six ski area. Competitors who bring any nonpreishable food item or paper product will receive a $10 discount coupon for any Winter Wild race the rest of the season. The discount may also be applied for race-day registrants at Suicide Six.

Saturday’s race will have a 6:40 a.m. check-in and a 7 a.m. race start for a three-mile course consisting of two laps counterclockwise around the ski area’s perimeter. An awards ceremony will follow in the base lodge. The cost to participate is $20 in advance and $25 the day of the race.

The remainder of the Winter Wild schedule:

Jan. 25: Sunday River, Newry, Maine.

Feb. 1: Ragged Mountain, Danbury, N.H.

Feb. 15: Pats Peak, Henniker, N.H.

March 1: Mount Sunapee, Newbury, N.H.

March 8: Black Mountain, Jackson, N.H.

March 15: Bretton Woods, Bretton Woods, N.H.

For more details on the series, visit www.newinterwild.com. Results from last weekend’s season-opening event at Massachusetts’ Wachusett Mountain can be found in the chart on this page.

On the Ice

Squirt Green Wins Tourney

Jay, Vt. — Casey Graham converted the winning shootout goal on Sunday to give the Hanover Squirt Greens a 4-3 win over Quebec’s Tri-City Griffons and the title at the Green Mountain Avalanche tournament at the Jay Peak Ice Haus.

Hanover bested four Canadian teams en route to the championship. The Wild opened with a 3-2 win over the Gloucester-Orleans (Ont.) Blues on goals from Spencer Lawe, Jake Kriplin and Graham, then added a 2-1 defeat of the Metcalfe (Ont.) River Rats as Augie Oberting and Jordan Larson did the scoring.

Hanover routed Ontario’s Seaway Valley Rapids, 6-1, on a four-goal Lawe effort and goals from Riley Shepherd and Oberting to make the finals. Shepherd, Kriplin and Oberting dented the net in the final, and Lawe and Ellis DeMars converted in the shootout before Graham’s tournament-winner.

Goalie Kaleb Maccioli stopped 33 of the 40 shots he faced in backstopping the Wild.

Hanover Mites Fourth at Jay

Jay, Vt. — Led by goaltender Mica McGinley-Smith and defensemen Zach Miles, Anguys Frew, Andrew Dannehy and Miles Oberting, the Hanover Mites skated to a fourth-place finish out of eight teams in their Jay Peak tournament last weekend.

The Wild started in fine fashion with a 3-2 win over Ottawa’s Osgoode Rideau; Jack Stadheim and John Murphy pushed Hanover to a tie, and Corwith Simmers netted the game-winner with 54 seconds left. The St. Lawrence Kings handed the Wild a 4-0 loss on Friday, but Hanover bounced back a day later for a 2-1 defeat of Ontario’s Metcalf Jets on two Adam Murnaghan goals, both assisted by Stadheim.

Hanover met its fourth Canadian opponent, the Leitrim Hawks, in Sunday’s consolation game. Leitrim jumped to a two-goal lead and eventually won, 3-1, as Simmers provided Hanover’s goal on a Murnaghan helper.

Wild Peewees Blank Pair

Henniker, n.h. — A day after planting a 5-0 loss on the Plymouth Predators, the Hanover Peewee Greens shut down the Henniker Huskies, 3-0, on Sunday for a perfect weekend from the win-loss and defensive points of view.

Henry Bernard earned his fifth shutout of the season on Sunday, making eight first-period saves before the offense kicked into gear. Jackson Stotland banged home a second-stanza pass from Brendan Brigham to get Hanover on the board, while Rowan Wilson and Joey Goff also scored, with Quinn Murnaghan, Carter Auch and Goff getting assists.

The Wild spread the scoring around in Saturday’s win over Plymouth at Wendell Barwood Arena, as Stotland scored twice to augment single goals from Jacob Derosier, Cameron Woods and Wilson. Toneo Correa joined Stotland, Brigham (two), Goff and Woods in the assist department.

Woodstock Squirt White Wins

Saxtons River, Vt. — Ignoring the cold conditions, the Woodstock Squirt Whites zapped Pleasant Valley B, 10-0, at Vermont Academy on Saturday.

Cody Trotin led the offense with a hat trick, while goaltender Ethan Mello stopped everything he faced for the shutout. Evan Falwell scored twice, and Faye Stevens converted on a breakaway to highlight the Wasps’ attack.

The Whites have this weekend off, then meet CVSA the following week.

Wasp Squirt Green Goes 1-2

Woodstock — Following Saturday losses to Northshire A and PVA, the Woodstock Squirt Greens blanked Northshire B, 8-0, in youth hockey action at Union Arena on Sunday.

Ben Plottner gained the shutout for the Wasps and was amply rewarded at the other end of the ice with a Mason Harkins hat trick and two goals from Camden White. Sadie Gravelle, Lily Gubbins and Sophie Yates accounted for the other goals.

Woodstock dropped a 1-0 decision to Northshire A on Saturday despite Plottner’s play in goal. Harkins, Henry Trimpi and Charles Greene accounted for the Wasps’ goals in Saturday’s 5-3 loss to PVA.

Two Wins for Woodstock Girls

Woodstock — Woodstock’s U12 girls enjoyed a pair of 3-1 wins last weekend, beating Stowe at Union Arena on Saturday and defeating Northfield on the road on Sunday.

Bridgit Black dominated in goal through both victories. Hannah Coates tallied twice in the Stowe win, with Khara Brettell also hitting the twine. Coates, Brettell and Samantha Yates did the scoring honors in the Northfield win.

Woodstock Peewees Busy

Woodstock — The Woodstock Peewees earned wins over Twin Valley, Harwood and Hanover on a busy weekend.

Charlie Plottner, Owen Coates and Jeremy Sigl led Woodstock to a 3-2 win over Twin Valley on Friday, withy Henry Greene and Dylan Nault sharing the win in goal. The Wasps followed that with an 8-0 blanking of Harwood on Saturday as Kyle Hamilton netted a three-goal hat trick.

Sunday’s 5-2 defeat of Hanover included two Sigl goals, a win for Nault in the net and scores from Gunnar Wood and Michael Cimis as well as assists for Andrew Gubbins, Trevor White and Charlie Scribner.

TV Squirts Sweep

Meriden — With Rhys Jones and Luke Ricci scoring two goals each, the Twin Valley Squirts broke a 2-2 tie en route to a 5-2 win over Rochester on Sunday at Akerstrom Arena.

Ian Schell and Jones both gave the Flyers one-goal leads only to have the Blackhawks, the top team in New Hampshire Tier IV, ralley each time. Charlie Cloud, Andrew Duany and Jones assisted. Twin Valley overcame six penalties to get the points.

Twin Valley began the weekend by recording a 5-0 blanking of Manchester on Saturday. Schell powered the offense with two goals, while Jones, Ricci and Makayhla Maccioli also found the back of the net. Hunter Robb was stout in goal, recording the shutout.

On the Ice, Part Deux

Lake Morey Skate-a-Thon

Fairlee — The Upper Valley Trails Alliance welcomes all winter enthusiasts to negotiate the nation’s longest groomed ice skating trail during the Lake Morey Skate-a-Thon on Jan. 19.

Particpants may use their own skates or borrow a set of Nordic skates for the event on the 4.5-mile groomed skate trail on Lake Morey. Registration ($20-25 for adults; $10-15 for children) nets free skate rentals (while available), lunch, s’mores and a raffle ticket. Additional tickets can be earned for each lap around the trail. The Skate-a-Thon runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds assist the UVTA in its trail management projects.

Registration is available online at www.uvtrails.org. For more information, contact the UVTA at 802-649-9075.

In the Outdoors

Ice Sports U. At Lake Morey

Fairlee — The Lake Morey Resort will open a portion of the adjoining lake for its first Ice Sports University day on Jan. 25.

In the spirit of the upcoming Olympics, participants will learn the basics of sports such as curling, Nordic skating, pond hockey, ice fishing and snowshoeing, with instructors offering complimentary one-hour lessons at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for those interested. The day ends with friendly competition from 3-4 p.m.

Day passes are $25 for adults and $10 for children. All equipment, except helmets, will be provided, and hot chocolate and the resort’s amenities will be available to all. Overnight packages are also available. For more information or to register, visit www.lakemoreyresort.com or call 1-800-423-1211.

On the Slopes

Whaleback Ski Clinics

Enfield — Whaleback Mountain will offer a four-week adult ski and snowboard clinic on Sunday afternoons this season.

Clinics are for all abilities and run from 1-2:30 p.m., with costs starting at $50. Whaleback is also offering six-week youth clinics, also on Sunday, with three-hours classes starting at 1 p.m. and costs beginning at $150.

For more information, contact Whaleback at 603-448-5500 or visit www.whaleback.com.