Hanover U14 Girls Clinch Top State Tourney Seed

White River Junction — In a game with seeding implications for the upcoming state tournament, the Hanover Wild U14 girls kept the Concord Capitals off the scoreboard in a 2-0 win at Wendell Barwood Arena on Sunday.

In a game that required more than two periods for someone to finally hit the twine, the Wild did so twice in the final stanza for the victory. Kate Wagner broke the deadlock on a pass from J.J. Taube, and Amelia Lubrano drilled a late faceoff from the Hanover end into an empty Concord net for the clinching goal.

The U14s opened their weekend with a trip to Boston on Friday and Saturday for a doubleheader with the Boston Eagles, dropping 4-1 and 2-1 decisions at the Porrazzo Skating Rink. Rose Sperry comverted passes from Colleen Donoghue and Sarah MacCormick for Hanover’s only goal on Friday. Leslie MacNamara scored on passes from Donoghue and Mia Brown in Saturday’s loss, a game that went undecided unitl a third-period tiebreaker from the Eagles.

The Wild will carry an overall record of 19-11-2 and a top Tier I mark of 4-1-1 into next week’s states, which will be held at the Rinks at Exeter.

To the Hoop

UVAL Blizzards Forming

West Canaan — The UVAL Blizzards AAU basketball program will hold an informational meeting for the upcoming season on Feb. 19 in the Mascoma Valley Regional High School gymnasium starting at 6 p.m.

Girls in grades 3-8 interested in playing club basketball from April-June are encouraged to attend.

For more information on the program, contact Dana Arey at either uvalblizzards1@gmail.com or 603-304-8585.

Pelletier Third at States

Portsmouth, n.h. — Lebanon’s Kyle Pelletier narrowly missed out on advancing to the regional level of the Elks Hoop Shoot free-throw competition, finishing third at the state finals at Portsmouth High School on Feb. 2.

Pelletier missed out on second place by one shot. The divisional winner converted 22 of 25 attempts and also posted the best score in all of the championship’s age groups.

As youngest in his age group, the 12-year-old Pelletier will stay in the same division for next year’s competition.

On the Run

NE Winter Wild Resumes

Henniker, n.h. — The NE Winter Wild uphill running series starts the second half of its eight-race series on Saturday with a visit to Pats Peak for an early-morning race.

The Pats Peak course covers two laps of a two-mile loop of the ski area’s perimeter. Runner check-in starts at 6:40 a.m., and the race heads out at 7 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow the completion of the race at 8:30 a.m.

The series continues with three more events on March 1 at Black Mountain, in Jackson, N.H.; March 8 at Mount Sunapee, in Newbury, N.H.; and March 15, the series championship, at the Bretton Woods (N.H.) resort. Each event costs $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the race. The Bretton Woods event will also an online-only offer of registration and a lift ticket for $45 through Feb. 28, increasing to $50 on the day of the race; competitors who bring a nonperishable food donation to the Bretton Woods race will pay the $20 early-registration rate as a thank you.

For more information on the series, visit www.newinterwild.com.

On the Trails

Lebanon Snowshoe Hikes

Lebanon — With snow in the forecast, there’s no time like the present to join the Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department’s weekly snowshoe hike series, which begins on Friday with a trek on the Alice Peck Day Hospital nature trails.

Friday’s hike begins at 10 a.m., with participants meeting at Lebanon City Hall for transport to the trailhead. Hikers are asked to bring snacks, water, properly layered clothing and necessary equipment. The hike is expected to end with a return to City Hall by 1 p.m.

The series includes a Feb. 21 trip to St. Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish and a Feb. 28 trek on the Kluge Trail in Enfield. Each hike is free, although pre-registration is required. Hike locations are also subject to change. Call 603-448-5121 for more details.

Wednesday Walkers Continues

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department’s Wednesday Walkers hiking series continues its winter schedule on Feb. 26 with a trip to the Cossingham Road Farm Trail in Norwich.

The program, which concludes its winter schedule on March 12 by traversing Lebanon’s Mill Road Trail, is open to all ages and abilities. Hikers are to meet at the Hartford Municipal Building at 9 a.m. for transport to the hike site, returning by noon. There is no cost to get involved; hikers are asked to bring a snack and water and to dress in appropriate layers and proper footwear.

Call the department at 802-295-5036 for more information.