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Claremont League to Host Flag Football Fundraiser

Claremont — The Twin Valley Flag Football League is seeking teams to join its first Aaron Robar Memorial Tournament, scheduled for June 8-9.

The tournament will be staged in a round-robin format, with each team guaranteed at least four games. Results from Saturday’s round-robin play will go toward determining the seeds for Sunday’s championship rounds.

The tourney will also follow the TVFFL’s nine-on-nine format and rules, save for the elimination of kickoffs and a 20-minute time limit on halves. The rulebook can be downlaoded from www.twinvalleyflagfootball.com.

The cost to participate is $300 per team, and the registration deadline is May 24 (mailed to Twin Valley Flag Football, P.O. Box 121, Claremont, NH 03743). Proceeds from the event will go toward the Aaron Robar Scholarship Fund and Relay for Life.

For more information, contact Michael Coutermarsh at 603-477-3980 or adminstrator@twinvalleyflagfootball.com.

In the Rink

Inline Demo Saturday

Woodstock — Union Arena is welcoming children between the ages of 7 and 14 to a free inline roller hockey clinic and demo day on Saturday at the Woodstock recreation center.

The clinic, hosted by Woodstock inline coach Ian Coates, will run 9-10:30 a.m. Participants are required to wear a helmet, shin guards, elbow pads, gloves and inline skates to participate; other protective gear is encouraged, but not required.

Although there is no charge to participate, youths will be asked to register to join in and their parents will be required to sign waivers for their children. The event is also being run to gauge interest in continuing to offer roller hockey in the future.

For more information, contact Coates at 802-779-4559 or hokicoates@gmail.com.

On the Tee

Quechee Golfers Win

Stowe, Vt. — Two golfers from the Quechee Club claimed low gross wins in separate divisions during their season-opening VSWGA state day tournament at Stowe Country Club on Tuesday.

Jo Allsop shared low gross in Division B with a round of 93, which tied her with Vermont National’s Josie Herrera. Jill Jenkins locked down the Division C low gross award on her own by shooting 91.

NHWGA Seeking Juniors

Manchester — The New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association will stage its Junior Girls Championship on June 27 at Intervale Golf Club and is seeking competitors to join the tournament.

Junior girls, under the age of 18 at the time of the tourney, can compete in one of eight different age and skill-level divisions. Four will cater to golfers between the ages of 5 and 11. The Munchkin and Cricket divisions play either five or seven shortened holes. The Peewee and Mini division play nine shortened holes. Golfers between 11 and 17 years of age have four divisions to choose from, playing either nine or 18 holes based on their ability.

Trophies go to the top players in each division. The entry fee is $10, and applications will be accepted through June 11. For more information or to request an application, call 603-356-9051 or 603-798-5589 or send an email to nhwga@aol.com. Applications may also be downloaded from www.nhwga.org.

Montague Golfers Successful

Burlington — Two competitors from Randolph’s Montague Golf Club came away with division victories in their season-opening Vermont State Women’s Golf Association state day tournament at Burlington Country Club on Tuesday.

Theresa Chun and Pam Neff both picked up their wins in Division D based on their handicaps. Chun won the low-gross award by shooting a round of 95, while Neff shot a 67 to take the low net award, in which handicap is figured into the final tally.

Montague’s Cecile Sayah (72) finished second low net in Division B, finishing four strokes behind Williston’s Betty Cerasoli.

To the Hoop

River Valley Blue
Wins States

Burlington — Two teams from the Thetford-based River Valley Blue AAU girls basketball program came home with wins at last weekend’s Vermont Girls State AAU tournament.

The program sent teams in six different age divisions to states. The eighth-grade team guided by Thetford Academy girls basketball coach Eric Ward took state honors in its B Division, and the 10th-grade squad coached by Jay Clark on its A Division championship. Both teams are now eligible to compete at the national tournament in Florida later this summer.

River Valley Blue has been in existence since 2007, offering skill and teamwork development for youth basketball players from around the Upper Valley.

On the Run, Etc.

WNHTRS Offers
‘Dirty’ Run

Hanover — The Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series will begin its 2013 schedule the non-points Dirty 5K at Storrs Pond Recreation Area on Sunday.

The event, contested on a course that will include wide-packed trails, meadows and single track, is meant as a introduction to trail running and will be among the shortest offered by the WNHTRS this spring and summer. Winners will be crowned in a variety of age groups; the $10 entry fee will help defray the costs of administering the WNHTRS’ upcoming eight-race schedule.

The WNHTRS is open to first-time trail runners as well as the experienced athlete. The schedule:

∎ June 8: West Windsor 5 & Dime, Windsor.

∎ June 15: Six in the Stix, Newport.

∎ June 29: All Out Trail Run, Claremont.

∎ July 6: Wicked Wildcat Wander, Langdon, N.H.

∎ July 20: Frenzy in the Forest, Sunapee.

∎ Aug. 10: Stoaked Trail Run, Hanover.

∎ Sept. 7: Farnum Five.5, Lebanon.

∎ Sept. 21: Lost a Lot Trail Race, Lebanon.

Advance full-series registration is $100; ages 15-19 can sign up for the full series at $50, and juniors (ages 12-14) are free. Runners may also register for series events on a per-race basis for $20 per event in advance and $25 the day of the race. For more information on the series, visit www.wnhtrs.com or contact series coordinator Chad Denning at 603-558-2342 or cdenning@teamamp.org.

Beginner 5K Class

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation wants to send another group of first-time runners on their way by offering a beginner’s 5K running program later this summer.

The class is for ages 15 and older, geared to get anyone ready for the third Hartford 5K on Aug. 3. The class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 4, spending the summer building endurance for the race.

Classes meet from 6-7:30 p.m. at Hartford High School. The registration deadline is May 28, and the cost is $25 for Hartford residents and $35 for nonresidents. Call Hartford Rec at 802-295-5036 for more.

On Two Wheels

Rhim, Dickey Race in N.M.

Silver City, n.m. — Norwich’s Brendan Rhim and his Killington Mountain School cycling teammate, Ansel Dickey, spent the first weekend of May participating in the Tour of the Gila, a five-day, 323-mile stage race in which Rhim finished 21st in the men’s cat 1-2 division.

Rhim completed the race in 14 hours, 4 minutes, 56 seconds, trailing Spanish Olympic rider and winner David Muntaner Juaneda by 20:46. After taking 28th place in the opening stage on May 1, a 94-mile stretch that included grades as steep as 19 percent, Rhim gradually improved his standing through the five stages with a series of consistent finishes.

Dickey, of Truro, Mass., ended the tour in 49th place, trailing Muntaner Juaneda by 46:58. Dickey’s tour was highlighted by a seventh-place finish in stage 4, a 32-mile criterium through Silver City on Saturday.

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.

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.

In the Outdoors

Wednesday Walkers
Back in the Woods

White River Junction — The arrival of spring means the resumption of Hartford Parks and Recreation’s Wednesday Walkers hiking series.

The series is open to everyone. All walks begin with a 9 a.m. meeting at the Hartford Municipal Building for transportation to that day’s trailhead. The spring schedule:

May 22: Quechee Gorge, Quechee.

June 5: Clay Brook Trail, Lyme.

All hikes are free. Participants are asked to wear boots and appropriate clothing and bring a light snack and water for the trip. Call Hartford Parks and Rec at 802-295-5036 for more information or to confirm a scheduled outing.

Lebanon Hiking Series

Lebanon — The Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department will hold a series of hikes through the month of May.

Krissy Flythe will lead the outings. Participants are reminded to bring snacks, a backpack (if needed), water and hiking boots. The schedule:

∎ May 10: Farnum Hill Reserves, Lebanon (easy-moderate).

∎ May 24: Boston Lot, Lebanon (moderate-difficult).

∎ May 31: Cardigan Mountain, Canaan (difficult).

All hikes are free of charge. Contact Lebanon Rec at 603-448-5121 for meet-up information or other details.

On Two Wheels