Recreation Briefs: Northern Lights Wins at Mass. Meet
Alan Baker, center, of the Hanover Bantam Green youth hockey team, rests his head against the glass behind his bench during a Jan. 30 practice at Campion Rink in West Lebanon. While many Vermont youth hockey teams have started their state tournaments, most New Hampshire squads still have regular-season games to play before states arrives. The Wild, which plays in New Hampshire Tier II, is competing for a spot in next month’s states, which will be held at St. Anselm College in Manchester in early March. (Valley News - Libby March)
Shirley, Mass. — Northern Lights Gymnastics’ Level 8 team produced three event winners en route to claiming the division title at the Kickoff Classic gymnastics meet on Feb. 2 at 360 Gymnastics.
The Wilder-based gym’s roster in the Level 8 meet consisted of three junior athletes (Hanover’s Destiny Donahue and Victoria Vincelette, Thetford’s Claire Weider) and two seniors (Lebanon’s Rachel Pollard and Lyme’s Annalee Wilson). Pollard placed first in the balance beam with 8.65 points, Wilson took the uneven bars (8.70) and Vincelette was a winner in the vault (9.10) to propel Northern Lights to the win.
Vincelette and Wilson both claimed third in all-around scoring. Donahue and Vincelette tied for second in the floor exercise at 9.10 points apiece.
NLG’s Level 7 team produced an all-around champion in Hanover’s Shira Hoffer, who won the children’s division with a tally of 36.90 points. Hoffer’s overall victory was built on wins in the floor exercise (9.30) and bars (9.45). Norwich’s Mary Coates won the Level 7 children’s vault (9.20), and Norwich’s Shaylee McBride took third in the Level 7 junior vault (9.30).
In the Outdoors
Morey Skate-a-Thon Saturday
Fairlee — The Upper Valley Trails Association has combined the Lake Morey Skate-a-Thon, which was postponed by poor ice conditions last month, with the Taste of the Lake and has scheduled both events on Saturday at the Lake Morey Resort.
The Skate-a-Thon, which will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is staged on Lake Morey, around the longest groomed ice-skating trail in the United States. Participants may use their own skates or borrow a pair of nordic skates, provided by Nordic Skater, for the trip around the 4.5-mile loop. Registration ($20-$25 for adults, $10-$15 for children) nets free skate rentals (while available), hot chocolate, soup and a raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets can be earned for each circuit of the trail. Registration is available online at www.uvtrails.org or at Lake Morey Resort on the day of the event.
Taste of the Lake will run concurrently with the Skate-a-Thon, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., also on the lake. Several area restaurants will provide samples for participants to try out. Tickets for this event are $15 and must be purchased in advance, either at www.uvtrails.org or at the Lake Morey Resort. Registrants must specify either the 11 a.m.-noon or noon-1 p.m. shift.
Both events are fundraisers for the UVTA, which oversees trail building and maintenance efforts throughout the region. For more information, contact the UVTA at 802-649-9075.
On the Ice
Are Athletes Make
Vt. All-Star Teams
West Lebanon — The Upper Valley will be well-represented at next month’s New England Yankee Conference youth hockey festival, an all-star tournament that features teams in various age groups from Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine.
Vermont’s boys rosters will include Sharon’s Gavin Ratlife (select 17s), Norwich’s Henry Meyerrose (15s), Jonathan Courchesne, of Springfield, Vt. (14s) and three 13s: Norwich’s Samuel Seaver, South Strafford’s Will Moore and Woodstock’s Cullen MCCarthy and Steven Townley. Athletes chosen for the Vermont girls teams include two in 14- and 15-year-old competition (Norwich’s Maddie Lyons and Mahler Meyerrose) and three U13s: Hanover’s Catherine Miles, Norwich’s Rose Sperry and Woodstock’s Mia Brown.
All were chosen out of tryout camps held earlier this winter.
West Lebanon — The Hanover Peewee Green youth hockey team closed out the Granite State League portion of its schedule by squeezing a 3-2 defeat out of Nashua on Sunday at Campion Rink.
The Wild made a one-goal lead work for most of the game. Briland Laycock converted a David Lehmann pass six minutes into the contest to get Hanover started. Ian Garland kept the Wild in front later in the opening stanza on passes from Phin Choukas and Elias Adams, and Gary Li’s unassisted tally proved to be the game-winning goal.
Netminders Harris LaRock and Josh Smith still had to be stout to earn the victory. Defenders Adams, Leymann, Li and Braxton McNulty also excelled for Hanover, which held off the Panthers over the final 3½ minutes when the visitors pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker.
Woodstock Squirts Advance
Woodstock — The Woodstock Squirts went 3-1 over last weekend to advance from the playdowns for their division in the Vermont Amateur Hockey Association state tournament, in contests staged at Union Arena.
Playing in the A/B division, the Wasps opened play on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Middlebury built on a Gunnar Wood goal, a Wood-assisted strike from Nicholas Lee and Danny Drebber’s shutout goaltending. Pleasant Valley pulled a 2-0 upset of the Wasps in Saturday’s second game despite the defensive play of Woodstock’s Charles Greene and Molly French.
The hosts advanced to the next stage of the tournament with a sweep of its two games on Sunday. Tommy Bissaillon scored twice and Silas Bohen added a clincher in a 3-0 win over Brattleboro, then the Wasps received goals from Wood and fellow captains Andrew Gubbins and Riley Shepherd in a 3-0 defeat of Harwood.
Woodstock heads to Middlebury this weekend for the next stage of states.
Wasps Girls Blanked
Meriden — The Woodstock U12 girls closed their regular season with back-to-back 2-0 defeats, falling to Twin Valley on Saturday at Kimball Union Academy and to the Brattleboro U14s on Sunday at Withington Rink.
Wings Audrey Lee, Sidney Pilot and Hannah Coates had aggressive games against the Flyers, even though the offense never quite came. Defenders Rose Donaldon and Karah Brettell combined with netminder Annabelle Lessard to keep the Wasps in both games. Sadie Kuhn and Lauren Forgione had the best scoring chances against Brattleboro, and forwards Samantha Yates, Anna Heper and Sophia Kantola excelled on the forecheck.
The Wasps begin their state tournament in Morrisville, Vt., this weekend.
Woodstock Mites Done
Meriden — The Woodstock Mites concluded their regular season on Sunday, as the travel and house teams both suited up for road wins over Twin Valley at KUA.
The travel Wasps posted a 14-6 win over the Flyers. Ben Plottner claimed the win in goal, Henry Trimpi and Kyle Smith led the scoring, and Lily Gubbins and Evan Falwell also contributed to the scoresheet.
The house Wasps also took a victory, 11-6. Michael Lacroix was the winning goaltender for Woodstock, aided by multiple scores from Thatcher Jacobs and Gail Morse. Myah Earle and Carson Jaccks also found the back of the net for the Wasps.
On The Run
Winter Wild Wraps Run
Henniker, n.h. — The Winter Wild uphill running series will conclude a three-races-in-three-weeks run with a trip to Pats Peak on Saturday.
Competitors in four divisions will do two circuits of a two-mile counterclockwise route, heading up the Puff and Twister runs and back down cruisers Breeze, Zephyr and Blast to the finish line. Check-in begins at 6:40 a.m., with a schedule 7 a.m. race start. Advance registration is $20, with race-day registration increasing to $25.
After a week off, Winter Wild will close its season next month with a trip to Mount Sunapee on March 2 followed by the series championship at Bretton Woods on March 16. Contact Chad Denning at 603-748-1070 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.winterwild.com for more information.
On the Diamond
Baseball Schools Scheduled
Hanover — Hanover High School athletic director and baseball coach Mike Jackson is again teaming up with former Lebanon High and Boston Red Sox pitcher Rob Woodward for a pair of baseball schools next month.
The Rob Woodward Pitching School will take place at on March 15-16-17, while Jackson’s Hanover Hitting School is scheduled for March 23-24. Both Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department-sponsored clinics will take place at Hanover High.
For more information on schedules and fees, contact Jackson at email@example.com or 603-381-5719.
On Two Skis
Loppet for David’s House
Grantham — The Eastman Cross Country Ski Center will hold its second Loppet for David’s House on Saturday.
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 Pitch
Speak at Dartmouth
Hanover — Former U.S. women’s national soccer team captain Julie Foudy will give a speech on Title IX, the federal law mandating gender equity in high school and college athletics, on Feb. 26 at the Hopkins Center’s Alumni Hall.
In her 7 p.m. lecture, Foudy will touch on her 17-year career with the national team, which included two Olympic gold medals (1996, 2004) and a silver medal (2000). Foudy — who, among other things, is a soccer analyst for ESPN — will share her experiences in the sport and her formula for success in the game and in life. Foudy was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007.
Foudy’s speech, which is schedule to run until 8 p.m., is part of the celebration of 40 years of coeducation at Dartmouth and is free to the public. For more information, contact Dartmouth’s Melissa Motroni at 603-646-8619.