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Pitts Powers UVAC to November Classic Win

Young members of the Upper Valley Aquatic Club’s girls swim team display some pre-race jitters during Saturday’s November Classic meet at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction.    Jenifer Haines photograph

Young members of the Upper Valley Aquatic Club’s girls swim team display some pre-race jitters during Saturday’s November Classic meet at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction. Jenifer Haines photograph Purchase photo reprints »

White River Junction — Ten-year-old Ella Pitts, of North Woodstock, N.H., led a dominataing day for the Upper Valley Aquatic Club by winning eight individual events to highlight last weekend’s November Classic swim meet at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center.

Hartland’s Hannah Cox, 14, followed with six victories, and White River Junction’s Gabriella Miller, 12, netted three. UVAC also picked up two-win performances from Rumney, N.H.’s Kersten Dirrane, 16; West Windsor’s Sally Lubbe, 10; and 10-year-old Kit Oney of Reading, Vt. UVAC’s single-race winners included Kristin Burlew, 13), of Springfield, Vt.; Madeline Hiller, 11, of Woodstock; Atticus Kangus, 12, of Hanover; Brandy Lewis, 8, of Strafford; Audrey Steiner, 14, of Hanover; and Christopher Rieseberg, 10, of Hanover.

The meet drew 460 competitors between the ages of 5 and 21 from 15 teams from around New England in races ranging from 25 to 500 yards in length. In addition to their 29 victories, UVAC swimmers also finished second or third on 66 occasions.

On the Ice

Woodstock Peewees
Nip Hanover

West Lebanon — Led by the line of Jeremy Sigl, Brady Clark and Trevor White, the Woodstock Wasps Peewees nipped Hanover White, 3-2, in youth hockey action at Campion Rink on Saturday.

The Wasps’ top line contributed most of the scoring in the win, aided by two Eli Chynoweth assists and a breakaway goal from Peter Warhold. Max Snider picked up the win in goal, aided by big games from defensemen Henry Greene and Garrett Delaney. Charlie Plottner and Max Dodson helped withstand a late Hanover charge to secure the win.

Sigl’s last minute goal also helped Woodstock earn a 6-6 tie at Middlebury on Sunday. White set up the equalizer and also scored, and Plotter, Warhold and Chynoweth struck the twine for the Wasps, who play in the Holy Name Tournament in Massachusetts this weekend.

Woodstock Mites
All Tied Up

Meriden — The Woodstock Mites cross-ice team hit the road twice, visiting Rutland on Saturday and Twin Valley on Sunday, leaving both cross-ice contests with 14-14 ties, the latter coming at Kimball Union Academy.

Ben Plottner kept busy in the Wasps’ net, and Kyle Smith, Henry Trimpi, KAte French and Will Coates led the offense through the weekend. Lily and Hannah Gubbins also provided assists for the attack.

Woodstock stays home for Union Arena dates with CVSA and Rutland this weekend.

Hanover Blue Succeeds

West Lebanon — The Hanover Peewee Blue enjoyed a successful, if busy, weekend with two wins and a tie in games against the Barre Blades, Keene Cobras and Essex Sting.

Henry Bernard and Carter Auch backstopped the weekend with their play in goal for the Wild. Griffin Stotland, Greg Vogel, Rowan Wilson and Tono Correa handled the bulk of the scoring, with defensemen Sam Seelig, SEan Roses, Will Fichman and Emrys Elkouh playing key roles in front of the net.

Brenday Brigham, Chris Bowen and Griffin Young also contributed to the 2-0-1 start, which the Wild hopes to continue Saturday against New Hampshire East at Wendell Barwood Arena and Sunday against BAHA at Campion Rink.

Hanover Mites Sweep

West Lebanon — The Hanover Mites posted two wins over Essex in cross-ice action at Campion Rink, winning 16-6 and 13-4 on Sunday.

Blaine Gour excelled net through the weekend, making several outstanding glove saves and stops on solo breakaways. Lachlan Simmers and Macsen Elkouh led the offense with five goals each, followed by two-goal outings for Connoor Pollard, Miles Oberting and Corwith Simmers in the opener. Simmers added a second five-goal game in the nightcap, which also saw Elkouh and Simmers offer hat tricks and Oberting producing two scores.

Jack Lawson had strong two-way outings in both contests.

Hanover Girls Unbeaten

West Lebanon — The Hanover Wild U12 girls improved to 4-0-1 on the young season, taking an 8-1 win over Rutland on Saturday and back-to-back victories over the Vermont Stars on Sunday by scores of 8-4 and 5-1.

Hannah Curtis got Hanover going against the Spartans with a pair of goals off Cate Wagner rebounds. Mia Brown finished with a team-high five goals, Rose Sperry produced an unassisted marker in the second period, and the Wild picked up assists from Maggie Lee, Katie Whalen and Curtis to aid the solid goaltending of Jacqueline Gour and Celina Barton. Bryn Kable, Emma Tysinger and Laura White also contributed to the solid defensive effort.

Brown (hat trick) and Wagner (two goals) had strong games in Sunday’s opener against the Stars, with Clara Boland, Curtis and Katie Whalen also scoring. Boland’s goal set Hanover in motion in the nightcap; Sperry would add two scores and Brown and Whalen woulsd contribute one each as the Wild pulled away for its third win of the weekend.

U14 Girls Best Rutland

West Lebanon — Matti Harmon struck for a pair of unassisted second-period goals to propel the Hanover Wild U14 girls to a 5-1 win over Rutland at Campion Rink on Saturday.

Mae Butler converted one-touch passes from Maddie Lyons and Amelia Lubrano to put the Wild on the scoreboard in the first period. Kelly Brigham and Julia Surgenor struck in the third stanza for the Wild, which rode Kiely Smiga-McManus’ play in net the rest of the way.

Hanover hosts the Vermont Stars on Saturday.

Woodstock Squirts
Tie Tigers

Woodstock — The Woodstock Wasps Squirts surrendered an early goal to visiting Middlebury, but rallied behind a score from Gunnar Wood to earn a 1-1 tie with the Tigers at Union Arena on Saturday.

OWen Coates and Andrew Gubbins set up Wood’s breakaway strike in the second period. Veteran defensive pairing Riley Shepherd and Molly French excelled along with goalie Danny Drebber to keep Middlebury’s powerful offense in check the rest of the game. Drebber finished with 11 saves.

Woodstock travels to Massachusetts for the Holy Name Tournament this weekend.

Wasps U12s Host Tourney

Woodstock — Despite the able goaltending of Annabelle Lessard, the Woodstock U12 girls dropped three close contests as they hosted the Veterans Day Girls Classic at Union Arena over the weekend.

The tourney drew teams from New York, Connecticut an New Hampshire, and the Wasps were competitive in each of their four games. The eventual champion New Hampshire Avalanche took a 4-0 win from the Wasps in the opener, and the Shoreline Sharks added a 3-0 win in the Wasps’ second game. Through both, Woodstock picked up solid play from Rose Donaldson, Sofia Kantola, Audrey Lee and Sadie Kuhn.

The Wasps broke through on Saturday with a 2-1 win over the Brewster Bulldogs on goals from Lauren Forgione and Hannah Coates and contributions from Sidney Pilot, Lauren Miller and Samantha Yates. Defensemen Khara Brettell and Anna Hepler skated well in the Wasps’ finale, a rematch with Brewster that the Bulldogs claimed, 1-0. Woodstock hosts Twin Valley and Middlebury this weekend.

On the Gridiron

TVFFG Playoffs Set

Claremont — The championship weekend for the Twin Valley Flag Football League has been set, with Robar’s Rampage and The Show earning divisional titles as a result of last week’s regular-season finales.

The Show (9-1) topped Bundy’s Boys (8-2), 15-6, in a showdown to decide supremacy in the Connecticut River Division on Sunday, with Cam Blewitt’s touchdown interception return serving as the deciding play in the game. Robar’s (7-3) won the Sugar River Division ahead of the Outlaws (7-3) with a 22-8 defeat of Honeybadgers (3-7) keyed by five sacks by the defense. The Outlaws were handed a 21-0 forfeit win over the Wet Bandits (1-9) to close Sunday’s regular season; Team Grey (5-5) used a rushing TD and three passing TDs from Jesse Note for a 30-0 win over the Sharks (0-10) in the day’s other game.

The TVFFG playoffs will play out over Sunday at Barnes Park, with quarterfinal matchups starting as follows: Team Grey vs. Outlaws, 8 a.m.; Honeybadgers vs. Bundy’s Boys, 9 a.m.; Wet Bandits vs. Robar’s Rampage, 10 a.m.; Sharks vs. Show, 11 a.m. Quarterfinal winners will meet in semifinal games beginning at noon, and the survivors play for the league championship at 7 p.m.

Standings, schedules and statistics can be found online at www.twinvalleyflagfootball.com.

On Two Wheels

Rhim Wins
Cyclocross Title

Windsor — Killington Mountain School rider Brendan Rhim, 16, of Norwich, swept to victory the Men’s Category 1-3 division on his way to a state chammpionship on Saturday at the Paradise Cross Frenzy cyclocross races.

Rhim’s time of 59 minutes, 32 seconds, outdistanced runner-up Cooper Willsey by 21 seconds, with KMS teammate Ansel Dickey taking fourth place in 1:00:36. Peter Vollers Jr., ov Woodstock, added to the championship haul by winning the Men’s Category 3-4 race in 34:48.

KMS riders headed south to Putney, Vt., on Sunday for the West Hill Shop Cyclocross race, where Rhim completed his weekend title sweep by outracing Todd Bowden to victory. Rhim’s time of 52:09 was five seconds faster than Bowden, last year’s Canadian cyclocross champion in the men’s masters (ages 40 and older) division.

With a Spike

CCBA Volleyball
Playoffs Begin

Lebanon — More Cowbell enters as the top seed as the Carter Community Building Association’s fall volleyball league begins its postseason tonight.

With a .921 winning percentage, More Cowbell took top honors ahead of Mission Unblockables (.817), Ballard (.556), Salty Geezers (.544), IHOP (.444), Spike-a-Delics (.333) and Mountaineers (.106). The top seed will rest tonight as the other six teams begin the tournament tonight at 6:45 p.m. with the following matchups: Mission vs. Mountaineers, 6:45 p.m.; Ballard vs. Spike-a-Delics, 8 p.m.; and Salty Geezers vs. IHOP, 8 p.m.

The tournament concludes on Tuesday with quarterfinal winners advancing to join More Cowbell at 6:45 p.m. The semifinal survivors will then meet in the championship contest at 8 p.m.

On the Run

Barton Wins Eastman

Grantham — White River Junction’s Mike Barton got past veteran distance runner Neal Graves and a pair of high school standouts to win the Eastman Turkey Trot 5K on Saturday.

Barton took the race in 17 minutes, 10 seconds, holding off Graves, of Croydon, by 11 seconds. Kearsarge High’s Conor Terhune took third (18:34), while Lebanon High’s Teddy Bessette (18:52) was fourth. Croydon’s Sara Graves was sixth overall and the fastest woman on the course, finishing in 19:56.

The annual Eastman Recreation fundraiser drew 76 runners.

Zack’s Place 5K

Woodstock — Zack’s Place, the Woodstock center for people with special needs, will hold its sixth fundraising road race, the Turkey Trot 5K, on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22.

The race will begin and end at Woodstock Elementary School, with a 10 a.m. start. Pre-registration is available online at www.runreg.com/Net/3099 for $25; race-day registration will also be available, at $30, from 8-9:30 a.m. All pre-registered runners will be guaranteed a commemorative race T-shirt. Race packets can be picked up at WES on Nov. 21 from 4-6 p.m. or prior to the race. Awards will follow the conclusion of the race.

For more information, contact Dail Frates at 802-457-5868 or visit www.zacksplacevt.org.

In the Saddle

GMHA Members Honored

South Woodstock — The Green Mountain Horse Association honored several longtime members during its annual meeting at the GMHA Youth Center on Nov. 4.

Maegan and MAcey Carbino, Emma and Iris Hudson and Wyatt Slater of South Royalton’s Hitching Post Farm were recognized with prizes and a plaque for their hours of summer volunteer work as junior volunteers of the year. The association’s senior volunteer of the year award went to Windsor’s Jennifer Dionne, controller of the GMHA’s summer horse trials, among other duties.

The Connie McCollom Lifetime Achievement Award went to Norwich’s Mary Hutchins, recognizing her contributions as technical delegate for multiple dressage shows and horse trials and her service as a judge. A seven-year member of the GMHA board, Hutchins helps oversee a gradual transformation in the way the association handles its business practices and financial situation.

The GMHA, founded in 1926, operated a 65-acre equestrian facility in South Woodstock and counts approximately 1,500 equine enthusiasts among its membership.