Recreation Briefs: Montshire U10 Ripken Baseball Makes New Englands

Brooklyn Raney, an instructor at the Elite Hockey Training Center and Kimball Union Academy's dean of students, makes silly faces with young players Tuesday at Dartmouth College's Thompson Arena.
Valley News — Tris Wykes

Brooklyn Raney, an instructor at the Elite Hockey Training Center and Kimball Union Academy's dean of students, makes silly faces with young players Tuesday at Dartmouth College's Thompson Arena. Valley News — Tris Wykes

Hanover — The Hanover Baseball Association’s Montshire U10 baseball team ran roughshod over the competition to claim the Vermont Cal Ripken state championship on Monday at Thompson Terrace, advancing to the New England tournament with the victory.

Montshire routed Lake Region in Saturday’s opening game, 20-0, as Ben Williams homered and tripled to lead six players with two or more hits. Jay Poulter and Sam Sacerdote combined on a four-inning no-hitter.

Montshire wrapped up the championship with 4-1 and 7-2 defeats of Central Vermont. Max Galbraith and Mason Gantrish scored in the first inning of the first game to give Montshire all the offense it would need to support pitchers Ian Hedgepeth and Poulter. John Hill and Alexander Stevens each drove in two runs in the title-game win, with Poulter and Sacerdote again handling the pitching.

Jack Maynes, Ayush Mishra, Cameron Bonner and Lachlan Simmers also contributed to Montshire’s title. The team now moves on to the eight-team New England tournament, which begins on July 19 in Exeter, N.H., against Maine’s state champ.

On the Track

Leb Rec a State Winner

Pelham, n.h. — Athletes from the Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department’s Hershey youth track and field program came home with one event win and several other top finishes at the New Hampshire Hershey state meet on June 26.

Kenzie Leuthauser had Lebanon’s top individual performance, winning the long jump and 50-meter dash and taking runner-up in the 100 dash for girls ages 9-10. She also joined Madison Labbie, Isabella McClellan and Katharine Cole to place second in the 400-meter relay. Shelby Hanks placed second among girls ages 13-14 in the 800 run.

Lebanon also earned a slew of good results in the boys 9-10 age group. Justin DeCarlo took second in the softball throw, 200 dash and 400 dash, and Evan Wood took second in the 50 dash and third in the softball throw. DeCarlo and Wood were also part of a silver-medal effort in the 400 relay with Lane Shelton and Ben Adams.

Other results for Lebanon at Hershey states:

∎ Girls ages 9-10: Labbie — seventh, 100 dash; McClellan — eighth, 100 dash.

∎ Girls 11-12: Olivia Lammert — seventh, long jump.

∎ Girls 13-14: Sofia Miller — fourth, 800 run; seventh, long jump; eighth, 200 dash.

∎ Boys 9-10: Wood — fifth, 100 dash; Shelton — seventh, 50 dash.

∎ Boys 11-12: James Grant — seventh, 800 run; Jacob Smith — eighth, 800 run.

Getting Fit

Fitness Class for Girls

White River Junction — Hartford High School student-athlete Esme Cole has begun a three-days-a-week fitness class for girls entering the sixth through eighth grades this fall.

The class, called Fun and Fit, meets on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-noon behind Hartford High School. The program, which features the help of other Hartford High athletes, is geared toward having fun, getting in shape and gaining confidence.

There is no cost for the program, which runs through July 23. For more information, contact Cole at or 802-356-8196.

In the Pool

UVAC Gets Camp Gift

White River Junction — The Upper Valley Aquatic Center has received a $3,000 gift that will go toward helping 10 children take part in the center’s summer splash camp at no cost.

The camp offers half-day programs for children between the ages of 6 and 10. In addition to daily half-hour swim lessons, the camp includes water play, outdoor games, arts and crafts, hikes and other opportunities.

Call 802-296-2850 or visit for more details on the program.

On the Tee

Haven Tournament

Enfield — The Upper Valley Haven has scheduled its fourth Haven Golf Tournament for Sept. 12 at Montcalm Golf Club.

Playing a “shamble” format, the tournament tees off at 10 a.m. For a $1,500 fee, four-player teams will get 18 holes on Montcalm’s Golf Digest award-winning layout, a cart, lunch, prizes and a post-tournament awards reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

Sponsorship opportunities, with guaranteed tournament play, are also available. Online registration and other information is available at or by calling Haven development associate Kate Dawson at 802-478-1843.

Munson Scholarship Tourney in July

Fairlee — The Doc Munson Youth Sports Memorial Scholarship Fund will hold its second fundraising golf tournament at Lake Morey Country Club on July 27.

The tournament honors the memory of Doc Munson, a founding father of several community and youth organizations in the Bradford, Vt., area.

The nine-hole scramble tournament, featuring teams of two golfers each, fires off at noon. A cocktail hour and awards banquet will follow.

The cost to play in the tournament is $110; participants are also welcome to attend the dinner for $45. For more information, contact Steve Munson at or 858-735-5595. Golfers may pre-register for the tournament online at

On the Trail

Wednesday Walkers Sets Longer Excursions

White River Junction — With summer knocking on the door, Hartford Parks and Recreation’s Jay McDonough, the coordinator for the Wednesday Walkers hiking series, will stretch out the walks to 3-4 hours on nearby mountains, with each group meeting at the Hartford Municipal Building at 10 a.m.

Each trip is moderate to difficult in nature, intended to foster social interaction and visit places that participants may not have previously been able to experience. The schedule:

∎ July 23: Mount Ascutney, Windsor.

∎ Aug. 6: Smarts Mountain, Lyme.

In all cases, walkers are asked to wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring water and either a light snack or lunch.

All walks are free of charge. Contact Hartford Parks and Rec at 802-296-5036 for more information.

Greenway Summer Hike Series

Sunapee — The Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway (SRKG) is offering a series of summer hikes in the Lake Sunapee region. All hikes are free and led by volunteers. For information, visit

July 12: Explore Wilder Pond.

July 19: Bog Mountain trail run.

Aug. 2: Lowe State Forest.

Aug. 10: Hike to Newbury Harbor.

Aug. 17: Celebrate Sutton hike.

Aug. 30: Hike Aaron’s Ledge.