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UVAC Swimmers Set Records, Repeat as CVI Champs

White River Junction — The host Upper Valley Aquatic Club dominated team competition, topping 10 other squads to repeat as champions of Saturday’s Connecticut Valley Invitational youth swimming meet at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center.

UVAC scored 993 points in its repeat victory, well ahead of the second-place Taunton (Mass.) Tiger Sharks (263) and the Springfield, Vt.-based Connecticut River Valley Stingrays (203). The host club scored 42 individual and relay victories and set or tied .

Sophia Gulick and Hannah Cox had the biggest days for UVAC, each winning three races. Competing in the girls open division, Cox won the 100-yard backstroke (1 minute, 2.42 seconds) and broke meet records in her other two victories, the 200 free (1:56.16) and the 200 individual medley (2:11.60, nearly six seconds better than the old mark). Competing among girls ages 11-12, Gulick set a meet mark in the 200 free (2:04.23) and tied a meet record in the 50 butterfly (29.67), adding a third win in the 50 breaststroke (35.69).

UVAC’s Anna Schmidt, Kit Oney, Salli Lubbe and Ella Pitts also combined for a record-setting time in the 200 medley relay for girls ages 10 and younger.

UVAC’s other individual wins came from the following competitors (x = meet record):

∎ Brandy Lewis (girls 8 and under): 25 free, 18.86.

∎ Sally Lubbe (girls 9-10): 50 fly, 31.72 (x).

∎ Ella Pitts (girls 9-10): 100 free, 1:05.28; 100 IM, 1:16.26.

∎ Kit Oney (girls 9-10): 50 breast, 38.56 (x).

∎ Anna Schmidt (girls 9-10): 50 back, 35.67.

∎ Hannah Scott (girls 13-14): 100 back, 1:06.68.

∎ Louisa Oney (girls 13-14): 100 free, 57.14.

∎ Gabriella Miller (girls 11-12): 200 IM, 2:21.33 (x).

∎ Charlotte Pitts (girls open): 50 free, 25.53.

∎ Kersten Dirrane (girls open): 100 breast, 1:08.93 (x).

∎ Declan McCullough (boys 8 and under): 25 back, 19.90.

∎ Christopher Rieseberg (boys 9-10): 100 free, 1:18.28.

∎ Erik Hansen (boys 11-12): 200 free, 2:16.97.

∎ Shaun Kronenwetter (boys 11-12): 50 back, 32.62.

∎ Jake McCoy (boys 13-14): 100 fly, 1:12.05.

∎ Connor Koehler (boys open): 200 free, 2:10.43.

∎ ChiChi Wang (boys open): 100 free, 52.04; 50 free, 23.78.

The Carter Community Building Association branch of Green Mountain Aquatics produced numerous highlights, led by Benjamin vanPaassen’s efforts. The 12-year-old from Guilford, Vt., won the 100 freestyle, 200 IM and 50 breaststroke for his age group, all in meet-record time. Catherine Gavell, 13, also won three races, setting a meet mark in the 50 free and also taking the 100 butterfly and 100 breast. Hanover’s Katie Aman, 15, also broke a meet record while winning the 100 fly, adding top-three finishes for GMA in the 100 backstroke and 200 IM for her age group.

GMA placed fourth out of 10 scoring teams at the CVI, missing the top three by just one point.

GMA Goes to Pentathlon Meet

Northfield, Vt. — Green Mountain Aquatics’ Lebanon-based swimmers hit the water at the Norwich University pentathlon meet over the weekend.

The meet featured competition in all four strokes along with the individual medley, which combined all four in one event. GMA’s Cecilia and Eloise Hampton, of Plainfield, both earned meet awards for posting times in all five races.

GMA swimmers will participate in an invitational meet at the University of New Hampshire this weekend, then head to the USA Swimming IM Extreme meet at the University of Maryland on Feb. 1-3.

In the Snow

Shaker Museum SnowFest

Enfield — The Enfield Shaker Museum will host a full day of winter recreational activities on Saturday as part of its annual SnowFest, running from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Visitors are welcome to hike or snowshoe the Shaker Trails (snowshoes will be available on first-come, first-served loan basis) or engage in other fun events, including dog sledding, pick-up snow soccer, a museum Shaker-quest and more. Sleigh rides will be held throughout the day, and refreshments and lunch will be available.

The cost is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 13-17 and $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Families of three or more get in for $20. Funds raised by the SnowFest go toward the museum’s educational programs.

Advance registration is requested, particularly for rental snowshoes. Call 603-632-4346 or email events@shakermuseum.org for more information.

On Two Skis

FSSC Nordic in BKL Duathlon

Jericho, Vt. — Unintentionally asked to ski an extra lap, Ford Sayre Nordic’s Kirsten Miller made the most of it to win a seven-lap race for seventh- and eighth-grade girls during Sunday’s Bill Koch League cross country races at the Ethan Allen Biathlon Range.

Some competitors in the division were told to ski six loops in the intended four-kilometer race, while others were directed to seven laps. Miller won the latter in 15 minutes, 39.5 seconds, edging Mansfield Nordic’s Olivia Cuneo by 13 seconds. Norwich’s Ann Osborn (17:23.0) took fourth, and Sophie Miles (18:01.6) was 11th in Ford Sayre’s next-highest result. Norwich’s Ty Stotland took second among the six-lappers. Eliot Ketchel of Green Mountain Valley won a boys 7-8 race that included three Ford Sayre skiers in the top 10: Jack Burnham (fifth; 17:28.5), Brook Leigh (seventh; 17:54.8) and Malcolm Silver-VanMeter (10th; 19:26.5).

Among fifth- and sixth-graders, Norwich’s Daniel Bandler (fourth; 10:17.9) and Patrick Osborn (sixth; 11:24.6) both cracked the boys top-10, and Norwich’s Ingrid Miller (10:10.4) claimed second among the girls. Ford Sayre’s Simon Phipps took fourth in the boys grades 1-2 race, and Eloise Silver-VanMeter was fourth over two kilometers with the grades 3-4 girls.

Ford Sayre heads to the Mountain Top Inn in Mendon, Vt., this weekend for the eighth Paintball Biathlon.

Denny Wins U14 Slalom

Middlebury, Vt. — Skiing for the Killington Mountain School, Quechee’s Julia Denny outraced the competition by nearly a second to win a Vermont Amateur Racing Association slalom at the Middlebury Snow Bowl on Sunday.

Fourth after the first run, Denny laid down a time of 47.23 for a two-run tally of 1:33.34 to rally for the win. Denny’s second-run time was more than a second better than any other competitor, good enough to top Pico’s Rebecca Clark by .95 for the overall victory. Suicide Six’s Grace Vollers took fourth place in 1:35.19.

Okemo’s William Beney won the boys slalom in 1:29.03. Suicide Six’s Harrison Hoops and Elliot Shoemaker had the best finishes for area skiers, taking 11th and 12th place, respectively.

Loppet for David’s House

Grantham — The Eastman Cross Country Ski Center will hold its second Loppet for David’s House on Feb. 16.

The event will feature groomed loops of various distances for classic or skate skiers, as well as a separate snowshoe course. Food will be available, and live entertainment is scheduled throughout the day beginning at 11 a.m. The loppet is for all ages and not geared to be a competitive race. Participants may start anytime between 9 a.m. and noon and proceed at their own pace.

Each participant will be asked to seek pledges to cover their entry fees: adults, $50; children, $15; families, $125 if registering before Feb. 15. For more information, contact Eastman Recreation at 603-863-6772 or visit www.davids-house.com/loppet.

On the Ice

Wasp Peewees Roll

Manchester, Vt. — Despite having just seven skaters at their disposal, the Woodstock Peewees rolled into Riley Rink and left with a 7-1 win over Northshire on Saturday.

Peter Warhold, Tervor White, Jeremy Sigl and Brady Clark provided the scoring for goaltender Max Shinder, aided by the work of defensemen Garrett Delaney and Henry Greene in killing a five-on-three disadvantage. Warhold, White and Sigl joined Ely Chynoweth in the assist club.

Woodstock completed a weekend sweep by routing Brattleboro 6-2 at Union Arena on Sunday. Sigl scored three times, once shorthanded, and set up two goals to lead the Wasps. White had two goals and a helper, and Chynoweth also scored.

Squirt White Goes 2-1

White River Junction — Gavin Slider posted a shutout and stopped 17 shots over three games as the Hanover Squirt White youth hockey team closed a two-win, one-loss weekend with a 6-1 win over Essex in a nonleague game at Wendall Barwood Arena on Sunday.

Slider made four stops in the win over the Sting. Casey Graham had a pair of goals, Ellis DeMars set up three goals, and teammates Archer Judd, Jackson Liu, Jordan Larson and Will Tarnowski also dented the net.

Hanover grabbed a 2-0 road win on Saturday morning over Laconia behind Slider’s eight-save goaltending and scores from DeMars (from Graham) and Judd (from William Brannen). New Hampshire East threw the only curveball in an otherwise successful weekend, beating Hanover 7-1 at Campion Rink on Saturday afternoon as DeMars scored unassisted and Slider teamed with Alexander Stevens on 14 saves).

Peewee Green Goes 1-0-1

West Lebanon — The Hanover Peewee Green continued their solid January run with a 4-0 blanking of the New Hampshire Avalanche on Saturday and 2-2 tie with New Hampshire East on Sunday, both at Campion Rink.

The Wild controlled the Avs behind two Ian Garland goals and single strikes from Elias Zinman and Phin Choukas. Will Laycock, Gary Li, David Lehman and Braxton McNulty joined Choukas and Garland in the assist department.

Hanover battled through penalties against NHE in Sunday’s draw. McNulty potted a Lehman rebound and Laycock converted a crease-jam pass from Adams for the Wild’s goals. Briland Laycock, Hans Williams, Azor Goodwin and Colleen Donahue all contributed with aggressive play, particularly on the penalty kill, and goaltenders Harris Larock and Josh Smith both had excellent weekends in the net.

Hanover U14s Busy

Troy, n.y. — The Hanover U14 girls played two tight contests in the Empire State on Sunday to cap a two-weekend stretch of activity that included two wins, two losses and a tie.

The host Albany Ice Cats nipped the Wild in Sunday’s doubleheader, 3-2 and 4-0. Julian Taube and Clare Gardner had the goals in the opening, which featured 14 saves from goaltender Keily Smigus-McManus. Hanover fired 26 shots on goal in the night cap but couldn’t sneak one into the Albany net.

Saturday’s 2-2 tie with the New Hampshire Avalanche at Campion Rink came with a measure of controversy. Julia Surgenor appeared to score the game-winning goal in the closing moments on a Gardner pass, but the score was eventually overturned. Hanover, which beat Essex 8-0 and St. Albans 3-0 the previous weekend, visits Seacoast Select on Saturday.

Woodstock Squirts Split

Woodstock — Behind Danny Drebber’s shutout goaltending and a Tommy Billaillon natural hat trick, the Woodstock Squirts blanked Northfield on Saturday at Union Arena, 5-0.

Bissaillon struck twice in the first period and once early in the second for his trifecta. Kate French and Owen Coates also scored for the Wasps; Coates also earned an assist on the day, as did Bissaillon, Gunnar Wood, Andrew Gubbins and Charles Greene. Drebber’s shutout was his 11th of the winter.

Rutland’s top squad handed Woodstock a 2-0 loss at Spartan Arena on Sunday. Gubbins, Silas Bohen, Gavin Huppe, Nicholas Lee, Molly French and Riley Shepherd all starred for the Wasps.

TV Bantams Take Two

Meriden — The Twin Valley Bantams received contributions at both ends of the ice in two wins last weekend, blanking Pleasant Valley 4-0 on Friday and taking a 5-1 decision from Kearsarge on Sunday, both at Kimball Union Academy.

Noah Gaudette, Peter Elder, Christopher Schell and Nick Haidari did the scoring against PVA, with Tim Dupree earning a pair of assists. The Flyers split the shutout goaltending duties between Grady Gilman and Chad Fazio.

Haidari scored twice in the first period, on passes from Schell and Timmy Berry, to key Sunday’s victory. Schell, Cameron Maccioli and Gaudette provided the other goals, with Berry adding a second assist on Schell’s strike and Elder posting an assist on Gaudette’s goal.

Laconia Stops Mite Green

Laconia, n.h. — A seven-goal first period did in the Hanover Mite Green in a 10-2 loss to Laconia on Sunday.

The Lakers scored three minutes into the game, only to have the Wild’s Griffin Auch equalize on a Lachlan Simmers pass. Laconia built a 5-1 lead before Simmers’ unassisted wrist shot accounted for the Wild’s other goal.

Simmers, Jack Gardner and Bridge Close all had good scoring chances over the rest of the game, forcing several big saves from the Laconia goaltender.

Woodstock Girls Split 

Northfield, Vt. — The Woodstock U12 girls earned a shutout win on Sunday in the opening game of a road-home doubleheader, toppling Northfield 2-0 at Kreitzberg Arena.

Hannah Coates started the scoring for the Wasps on a Lauren Miller assist, a lead that held until Audrey Lee’s empty-net clincher on a pass from Anna Hepler. Annabelle Lessard stopped everything she saw in the Woodstock goal to earn the shutout.

Woodstock nearly pulled off the sweep in a Sunday afternoon Union Arena date with Middlebury, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 win. Coates and Sadie Kuhn scored for the Wasps, Miller earned an assist, and Hepler and Lee received key help on defense from Sidney Pilot and Samantha Yates before the Tigers completed their comeback.

In the Outdoors

Vt. Hunting Memories

Writing Contest

Waterbury, Vt. — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has extended its deadline to Jan. 31 for entries in its annual Youth Hunting Memories Contest.

Young hunters are asked to submit a short essay or artwork telling a story of time in the field or on a hunt. Bagged game is not a requirement. The essay or art should describe why hunting is important to the entrant and must include a description of a hunting experience. Entries will be judged by such criteria as creativity, ethics, landowner relations and appreciation of wildlife, among others. Divisions for ages 9 and younger, ages 10-12 and ages 13-16 are available.

All entries must include the entrant’s first and last names, address, age, telephone number and location of the hunt. Submissions must be emailed to Ann.Shangraw@state.vt.us by 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 or mailed to 2012 Youth Hunting Memories Contest, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05671-0501.

On the Mat

Hanover Blue Wave TKD Classes

Hanover — Hanover Blue Wave is accepting new students for its winter session of tae kwon do classes set for the R.W. Black Center.

Classes in this traditional Korean martial art will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children ages 7 and up will hold their class at 5:30 p.m., with adults to follow at 6:30 p.m. Students will learn board breaking, trick kicking and other skills associated with tae kwon do, taught by World TKD Federation-certified black-belt instructors Linda Smith-Blais and Stephen Hopkins.

Visitors are welcome to observe classes. Hanover Blue Wave will be accepting students for the rest of the month. For more information, contact Hopkins at shopkins@bluewavetkd.com or 603-306-9132.

On the Diamond

NHSUA Seeks Umpires

Hanover — The New Hampshire Softball Umpire Association will hold a pair of sessions next month for those interested in umpiring high school softball this spring.

Both apprentice program clinics will cover rules 1-10 of the softball rulebook. One session will run Feb. 2 and 17 at Manchester Memorial High School, and the other will be held Feb. 10 and 24 at Plymouth State University; all sessions will go from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information or an application, contact Tom Ebol at tome1940@myfairpoint.net or 603-493-8383.

With Weights

Vt. Senior Meet

Shelburne, Vt. — The Vermont Senior Games Association is seeking participants for its state weightlifting championship at the Shelburne Health and Fitness Club on Feb. 16.

The competition is open to anyone age 50 and older as of Dec. 31. Organized into age groups, the championship will include events in leg extension, leg press, seated chest press and standing biceps curl. The meet will run from noon-2 p.m., at a cost of $35.

For more information, visit www.vermontseniorgames.org or contact Barbara Jordan at 802-658-4486.