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Stateline Jammers Cruise Through Merrimack AAU

Manchester — The Stateline Jammers AAU girls basketball team ran its spring record to 12-0 by sweeping to the championship of the 10th-grade-and-under division of the Merrimack River AAU Invitational tournament at St. Anselm College and Trinity High School last weekend.

The Jammers moved through group play by beating the Penacook Pride (44-25), New Hampshire Lady Wolverines (40-29) and Rochester Rebels (38-5). That booked a spot in the title game, which Stateline claimed in a 43-25 defeat of the South Central Mass Sharks on Sunday.

The roster includes Hanover High’s Lexie Hamilton; Hartford High’s Melissa Robision; Windsor High’s Lindsey Clark; Kimball Union Academy’s Miranda Judd; Fall Mountain’s Morgan Ferland and Peighton Ahlberg; Sunapee’s Anna Richardson and Faith Larpenter; Springfield High’s Chelsea McAllister; and two home-schoolers, Hanover’s Caroline Merguerian and Newport’s Stephanie Carl. The squad is coached by A.J. McAllister and Hank Tenney.

The Jammers are scheduled to play this weekend in the New Hampshire state AAU tournament in Derry.

On the Slopes

Hanover Native
Wins at Nationals

Park City, Utah — Hanover native George Steffey, a sophomore at Stratton Mountain School, won two gold medals and finished third overall at the US Skiing U16 National Championships at Park City the week of March 31-April 5.

Steffey won the boys giant slalom by nearly two seconds on April 3. He followed that up with a victory in the dual GS on April 5. He was in position to sweep everything with a third-place opening run in the April 4 slalom, but was disqualified in his second run.

Woodstock’s Spencer Smith and Hanover’s Amanda Steffey also represented Stratton at nationals. Steffey was sixth after one run of the girls GS but ran out on the second run. She also had a good start in the slalom, holding eighth after one run, but was disqualified in the second.

On the Pitch

SCFC Thunder Rolls

Londonderry, n.h. — Julian Stott’s hat trick and a two-goal game from Nathan Gariepy powered the Sullivan County FC Thunder U14s to a debut victory in the Granite State Youth Soccer League, a 7-1 defeat of host Londonderry.

Stott and Gariepy scored 45 seconds apart before the game was six minutes old to put the Thunder in control for good. Kyle Prior converted a Luke Sandmann pass for a 3-0 lead at the half; Stott and Gariepy struck a minute apart in the second half, and Davis Cole (from Owen Johnstone) and Stott (from Noah Didehbani) completed Sullivan County’s account. Cole and Tanner Durkee shared the win in net.

SCFC is a first-year squad comprised of players from Lebnaon, Plainfield, Claremont, Cornish and Hartland. The Thunder will host two games at the Plainfield School this weekend, entertaining Pelham SC on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Hopkinton SC on Sunday at 1 p.m.

LSC U13s Split Weekend

Norwich — The Lightning Soccer Club’s U13 Fusion boys opened its spring season with a win and a loss, routing Bedford Select on Saturday, 7-2, before dropping a 3-1 decision to LRU on Sunday.

Owen Schneider and Willy Barnes but the Fusion up with early goals, and LSC pulled away from there after surrendering Bedford’s first. Samuel Purvis struck twice for LSC, with Patrick McGlone, Samuel Coyle and Noah Glenshaw also converting. Erik Spaulding made five stops for the victory.

LRU made the most of limited opportunities on Sunday, winning despite a 10-7 deficit in shots. Purvis scored the Fusion’s only goal, while Spaulding kept the home team close with his play in goal. LSC hosts Hooksett on Saturday.

Lightning U15s Draw

Newton, Mass. — Tim Alibozek kept up his scoring pace, providing the Lightning Soccer Club U15 boys their only goal in a 1-1 draw with FC Bolts on Sunday.

Alibozek gave the U15s their only lead midway through the first half, weaving through the Bolts’ defense after intercepting a ricocheted goal kick. The Bolts had the answer on an 18-yard free kick five minutes later, and the two squads played an even contest the rest of the way.

Silas Farwell-Mead, Dylan DeTurk and Yedne Atkins all had good opportunities to break the deadlock before the interval for LSC. Jamie Dinulous saw the best chance for a win go begging in the second half, sending a Alibozek wide of an open net after the Lightning forward forced a save from the FBC goalkeeper.

On the Diamond

CV South Softball Organizing

Norwich — The Connecticut Valley South Babe Ruth softball programs is seeking players for as many as three age levels this season.

The club expects to field teams at the U14 and U16 levels. The club is also looking into putting together a U18 squad if interest is high enough. Registration for the summer is $85, which includes a custom jersey and visor. Players returning with last year’s jersey and visor to sign up for $70. While a home field has yet to be determined, past sites have included the diamonds at Hartford High School and the Lyme School.

CV South will hold two meetings in the coming weeks to answer questions, collect fees and provide any other necessary information. One will be held on May 8 at Lebanon’s Elks Field immediately after the conclusion of the Lebanon High School game (approximately 6 p.m.), and on May 11 at Norwich’s Huntley Meadows field after the Hanover High contest (approximately 12:30 p.m.).

For more information, contact CV South president and coach Ben Nichols at nicholstrees@gmail.com or 603-795-4392.

On Two Wheels

KMS Pair Victorious

Ware, Mass. — With Norwich’s Brendan Rhim holding the field at bay, Killington Mountain School teammate Ansel Dickey rode to victory in the men’s pro 1-3 division at the Quabbin Road Race on Saturday.

Dickey, of Truro, Mass., broke from the pack with 10 other riders and won the 65-mile circuit race in 2 hours, 33 minutes, 20 seconds.

Rhim won the field sprint in his supporting role, eventually taking 12th place, finishing 50 seconds behind the lead pack.

On the Run, Etc.

Winter Wild Rewards Sunapee MS

Sunapee — Organizers of the Winter Wild uphill running series presented a check this week for $5,000 to the Sunapee Middle School for its participation in the race series.

Winter Wild opened a division this season under the banner of the Let’s Move youth exercise initiative and invited area schools to join in. SMS won the competition, receiving a trophy as well as a check earlier this week at a ceremony in the school’s gymnasium.

The money will go into the SMS scholarship fund for athletics, according to a Winter Wild news release.

On the Tee

UA Open May 17

Woodstock — Union Arena will hold its third Union Arena Open fundraising golf tournament on May 17 at Woodstock Country Club.

The event is part of UA’s ongoing anniversary project, raising money as part of the facility’s 10th anniversary. The tournament begins with a 1 p.m. shotgun start, with a social hour, dinner and silent auction to follow at 5:30 p.m. Room for foursomes and individual golfers remains; the evening activities are also open to people not participting in the tournament.

Registration and information are available online at www.unionarena.org.

For more information, contact UA general manager Dan French at 802-457-2500, ext. 11, or tournament director Andy Townley at 802-734-2903 or golf@unionarena.org.

On Two Wheels

Ride of Silence May 15

Grantham — The Ride of Silence, an effort to raise awareness for bicycle safety on area roads, will take place in Grantham on May 15.

The ride, part of a national effort begun 10 years ago, will begin and end at the Grantham park-and-ride lot, starting at 7 p.m. The ride will cover 8.5 flat miles to the Croydon Fire Station and back to the Grantham lot. The ride will be done at a slow pace meant to resemble a funeral procession; this year’s Upper Valley ride will be done in memory of Tristin Roy and Bob Saturley and in recogntion of Jill Davis and Michael Feeney, riders who have been injured while on area roads.

There is no talking during the ride — which will be escorted by members of the Grantham and Croydon police departments — and helmets are mandatory. A rain-out date of May 18 at 10 a.m. is scheduled should weather intervene on May 15.

In the Saddle

GHMA Eventing Clinic

South Woodstock — The Green Mountain Horse Association has scheduled its first festival of eventing clinic for Aug 5-8 at its home facility in South Woodstock as a run-up to the Aug. 9 one-day competition for elementary, beginner novice and novice riders and the Aug. 10-11 meet for novice through intermediate equestrians.

The clinic will offer riders and horses intruction, briefings, unmounted sessions and fun in such areas as dressage schooling, stadium exercises and cross country gallops. There will also be opportunities to experience fast-pace work on GMHA’s steeplechase course. Registration opens on June 25.

Contact GHMA’s Molly Hutchins at 802-457-1509, ext. 219 or molly@gmhainc.org for more information.