Bedford, Hummel Set World Marks at BU Masters Meet

Deb Keane's photo of team attached,(L-R: Bonnie Cruz, Jim Burnett, Cindy Edson, Deb Keane, Betsy Gonnerman)

Deb Keane's photo of team attached,(L-R: Bonnie Cruz, Jim Burnett, Cindy Edson, Deb Keane, Betsy Gonnerman)

Boston — Upper Valley Aquatic Center masters swimmers Fritz Bedford and Barbara Hummel added to their swimming resumes by each setting a world record during their participation in last weekend’s two-day New England and Colonies Zone Champoinship at Boston University.

Bedford, of Etna, who set a pair of world marks at the UVAC in October, broke his own record in the 50-meter backstroke with a time of 27.36 seconds, bettering his previous standard by .03 seconds. Competing in the men’s ages 50-54 division, Bedford had a stellar meet at Boston, winning each of his six events, with adding a New England record in the 50 freestyle (24.91), a Colonies Zone record in the 50 butterfly (26.62) and a Zone and New England mark in the 200 backstroke (2:15.90).

Hummel, head coach of the UV Rays masters swim team, played a role in setting a world record as well in the women’s 200-meter medley relay. Hummel teamed with New England Masters teammates Tracy Grilli, Joel Feldman and Jacki Hirsty for the record in the women’s 240-plus age group (determined by the sum of the athletes’ ages). Their time of 2:22.18 cut more than five seconds off the previous record.

Hummel also had a strong meet in individual competition. Competing in the women’s 60-64 age group, she set a Zone record in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:35.88) and won the 50 breast in 42.55 seconds.

With Bedford’s wife, Linda, also participating, the UVAC trio scored enough points to place 12th among all small-sized teams at the championship.

Cox, Dirrane Set PRs

Greensboro, n.c. — UVAC swimmers Hannah Cox and Kersten Dirrane set several personal records competing against some of the nation’s best swimmers at last weekend’s Winter Junior National Championships.

Cox, of Hartland, busted her previous top results in the 500-yard freestyle, clocking a 4:46.66 that was nearly 10 seconds better than her previous standard, and the 400 individual medley (4:19.16) as well as the 200 IM (2:05.19). Cox placed in the top 18 in four of her five races, including the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:39.72) and 200 free (1:48.14).

Dirrane, of Rumney, N.H., recorded PRs in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.00) and 200 breast (2:18.94). She made the top 50 in both races and helped the UVAC to 11 points and a 55th-place showing among the more than 400 teams represented at junior nationals.

Cox and Dirrane are next bound for the New England Senior Championships this weekend in Worcester, Mass. They will be joined there by six UVAC teammates: Norwich’s Elizabeth Brechbuhl, White River Junction’s Stephanie and Gabriella Miller, New London’s Kimberly Lloyd, Hanover’s ChiChi Wang and Charlotte Pitts, of North Woodstock, N.H.

On the Mats

Roebuck Leads Lights

Holyoke, Mass. — West Lebanon’s Isabella Roebuck came home with the sole all-around win for Wilder’s Northern Lights Gymnastics at the Thompson’s Holiday Invitational gymnastics meet on Dec. 7-8.

Competing in the Level 4 senior division, Roebuck won overall honors with a score of 35.600 points. Roebuck won two individual disciplines en route to all-around supremacy, taking the vault (9.300) and balance beam (9.175). Two other NLG competitors ranked third in their divisions’ all-around scoring: Etna’s Samantha Simmons in Level 4 (34.275) and Lyme’s Annalee Wilson in Level 8 (32.150).

White River Junction’s Sydney Nalette (Level 4 floor exercise), Hanover’s Jenna Spaulding (Level 4 vault), West Lebanon’s Makenzie Corbin (Level 6 beam) and Norwich’s Shaylee McBride (Level 7 uneven bars) joined Roebuck in recording implement wins in their respective divisions. Northern Lights’ Level 8 team finished second, its XCel platinum team was third and three other teams recorded top-three results.

On the Run

UVRC Quintet Wins

Concord — The Upper Valley Running Club quintet of Betsy Gonnerman, Deb Keane, Cindy Edson, Jim Burnett and Bonnie Cruz combined to win the age-graded team division of the Concord Jingle Bell 5K road race on Saturday.

The seven teams in the race were graded on their performances as compared to world-record times in each competitor’s age and gender, with the top three runners counting toward the team score. Gonnerman earned an 88.01 p ercentage for a women’s 60-69 age group time of 24 minutes, 30 seconds, Keane posted a 77.19 percentage for a 24:06 among women 50-59, and Edson finished the win with a 76.39 percentage for women 40-49 (21:00). Edson and Gonnerman won their respective age groups, and Keane took third in hers.

Burnett was fourth among men 60-69 with a time of 22:19 (73.80 percentage). Cruz finished fourth among women 40-49 in 24:20 (63.73 percentage). UVRC’s team 241.59 beat New Hampshire Tech cross county (221.06) and Get Fit NH (212.89).

On the Ice

Peewee Green Rolls

Keene, n.h. — Carter Auch’s natural hat trick set the tone for the Hanover Peewee Green’s 7-0 blanking of Keene on Saturday.

Auch’s offense staked the Wild to a 3-0 lead, with Jackson Stoddard and Rowan Wilson earning assists. Stoddard and Sam Seelig extended the advantage, and Wilson closed the scoring with a pair of goals. Wilson added a second assist, and Seelig also had a helper for the Wild, which also had backchecking help from Cameron Woods and Brendan Brigham and stout defense from Quinn Murnaghan and Joey Goff. Henry Bernard needed just three saves for the shutout.

On a down note, Hanover lost Seelig for the immediate future when he broke his leg in a scrimmage on Sunday. It’s the second straight year Seelig has been injured in a game, and his teammates will keep him in their thoughts.

Wasp Squirt White Nips PVA

Woodstock — Dylan Deschamp scored four goals and Cody Trotin potted the game-winner late in the third period as Woodstock Squirt White nipped Pleasant Valley on sunday at Union Arena, 6-5.

Deschamp produced a natural hat trick in the first period before PVA warmed to the contest. Evan Falwell also hit the net for Woodstock, which received key goaltending from Ethan Mello late in the game to set up the comeback win.

The Wasps stay in the neighborhood this weekend with games against Upper Valley and Hanover.

Woodstock Squirt Green Falls

Waterbury, Vt. — Harwood yielded just an end-to-end Charles Green goal to post a 2-1 win over Woodstock Squirt Green over the weekend.

Ben Plottner played well in the Woodstock net to keep the Wasps in the contest, denying Harwood a two-on-one breakaway during the contest.

The Wasps meet Upper Valley and Middlebury this weekend.

Wasp U12s Stopped

Clifton Park, n.y. — Despite Bridgit Black’s effective goaltending, the Woodstock U12 girls dropped a 4-2 contest to the Clifton Park (N.Y.) Eagles last weekend at Glens Falls Arena.

Emily Dean set up Hannah Coates for the Wasps’ first goal, and Samantha Yates netted the second on a sharp feed from Sofia Kantola.

Woodstock meets Middlebury and Northfield this weekend.

Woodstock PW Tie Two

Waterbury, Vt. — Dylan Nault and Henry Greene each came up with key stops in goal to aid the Woodstock Peewees in a 2-2 road tie with Harwood and a 4-4 home draw with Barre over the weekend.

Charlie Plottner’s two unassisted goals accounted for the Wasps’ offense against the Highlanders. Charlie Scribner, Brady Clark, Trevor White and Jeremy Sigl scored. Sigl zipped a slap shot over the Barre goalie’s glove to tie the match late in regulation. Sigl and Kyle Hamilton had an assist apiece in the Barre tie.

Woodstock meets Stowe and Northfield this weekend.

Wild Squirts Win Twice

West Lebanon — The Hanover Squirt Greens used a 21-6 shots advantage to nick a 2-0 decision from Rutland in a nonleague contest on Saturday at Giorgetti Park.

Ellis DeMars and Augie Oberting provided the scoring for the Wild. Kaleb Maccioli recorded his second goaltending shutout of the winter, behind the defense of Curtis Rice and Jacob Kriplin.

With Sunday games against New Hampshire East and Manchester cancel ed by the season, the Wild met the Hanover U12s for a scrimmage and took home another 2-0 decision on goals from Lachlan Simmers and Macsen Elkouh. DeMars had an assist and Maccioli posted a nine-save shutout.

On the Ice, Etc.

Busy Santa on Skates

White River Junction — Santa Claus will take a break from Christmas toymaking to join in a pair of skating events on Saturday.

The first Skate With Santa will take place at Wendell Barwood Arena from noon-1:30 p.m. Music, hot cocoa and snacks are part of the afternoon’s event.

Union Arena takes over as a Skate With Santa host, joining the Union Arena Skating Club in staging a skate on Saturday starting at 4:30 p.m. All ages are welcome at both events.

In the Outdoors

Ice Sports U. at Lake Morey

Fairlee — The Lake Morey Resort will open a portion of the adjoining lake for its first Ice Sports University day on Jan. 25.

In the spirit of the upcoming Olympics, participants will learn the basics of sports such as curling, Nordic skating, pond hockey, ice fishing and snowshoeing, with instructors offering complimentary one-hour lessons at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for those interested. The day ends with friendly competition from 3-4 p.m.

Day passes are $25 for adults and $10 for children. All equipment, except helmets, will be provided, and hot chocolate and the resort’s amenities will be available to all. Overnight packages are also available. For more information or to register, visit or call 1-800-423-1211.