Area Group Takes Successful Leaps at Lake Placid

Lake Placid, n.y. — Seven Upper Valley ski jumpers tested their skills on Saturday by participating in the Norwegian Open tournament held at the Olympic Regional Development Authority’s Intervale jumps.

The bulk of the action took place on ORDA’s K48 ramp. Ford Sayre’s Katie Ball won the open girls division, and clubmates Sam Hastings and Parker Densmore finished 2-3 in the U19 boys division. All three are students at Hanover High School.

Likewise, fellow Ford Sayre and Hanover competitor Sam Strohbehn claimed second in the U16 boys competition. The Lebanon Outing Club’s Ben Emery, from the University of Vermont, claimed the open class on the K48 ramp.

Jumping off the K20 ramp, the LOC’s Zane Smith claimed second place among U12 boys. Ford Sayre’s Aiden Cudhea also competed at Lake Placid, leaping to a win off the K20 and second off the K48 in the U14 boys age class.

To the Hoop

Jammers Meeting Sunday

Orford — The Stateline Jammers AAU girls basketball program is seeking interested players for its spring teams and will hold a meeting on Sunday to get them ready for the coming season.

The meeting will take place at Rivendell Academy from 4-6 p.m. Athletes are asked to come ready to play. Teams will be fielded, if enough interest is show, in grades 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 and high school.

For more information on costs and schedules, contact director Hank Tenney at hank.tenney@valley.net.

With the Dogs

Plaisted Sixth At N.H. Race

Laconia, n.h. — Orford musher Fran Plaisted raced to a sixth-place finish in the adult six-dog speed class at the Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby Sled race on Feb. 16.

Plaisted completed the 18-mile course in 1 hour, 50 seconds.

The event was hosted by the Lakes Region Sled Dog Club and sanctioned by the International Sled Dog Racing Association.

On the Ice

Woodstock Teams Advance in States

Woodstock — Woodstock Youth Hockey saw three of its teams roll through the opening weekend of the Vermont state tournament to advance to this weekend’s finals.

The U12 girls won all four games of their opening tournament weekend and will return to Middlebury, Vt., for the finals on March 8. The Wasps earned group wins over Middlebury (6-2), CSB (5-2) and Stowe (2-1) before a 2-0 shutout of CSB in the semifinals.

Hannah Coates’ hat trick keyed the Middlebury win, with Khara Brettell, Audrey Lee and Samantha Yates providing the other scoring and Angelina Amadeo adding an assist. Rose Donaldson and Mackenzie Yates joined Brettell, Coates and Lee in the goal department in the first go-round with CSB, and Donaldson and Dodson provided the markers against Stowe. Goalie Bridget Black posted the shutout in the CSB semifinal, backed by goals from Coates and Lee.

The U12s’ success followed that of the U14 girls, who reached the state finals on the strength of their early play in Rutland the weekend of Feb. 14-16.

Sadie Kuhn’s two third-period goal pushed the Wasps past Barre, 2-1 in their opener. After a 2-0 loss to Missisquoi, Woodstock bounced back for a 1-0 overtime defeat of Barre on Kuhn’s coast-to-coast breakaway tally. The Wasps will meet Missisquoi in the finals in Middlebury on March 8.

The Woodstock Peewees also have a date in the finals of their state tournament after opening successfully the weekend of Feb. 14-16 in Stowe.

The Wasps buzzed Essex, 11-1, to open the tourney on Friday night, with Jeremy Sigl scoring four times, Gunnar Wood and Kyle Hamilton converting twice apiece and goalies Henry Green and Dylan Nault taking care of their end of the ice. Things got tougher at that point, with a 1-1 tie against St. Albans followed by a 2-1 win over Stowe built on Wood and Charlie Plottner goals and Green’s play in the Woodstock goal.

That set up a return date with Stowe, which Woodstock claimed by a 4-2 margin. The Wasps will meet Missisquoi in the championship game at Middlebury on March 8.

Squirt Green Goes 1-2

Hooksett, n.h. — The Hanover Squirt Greens dropped two of three Granite State League games on the weekend but closed on the right foot with a 5-3 win over the New Hampshire Avalanche on Sunday at Hooksett Ice Den.

Spencer Lawe scored twice in the victory, with Augie Oberting, Connor Pollard and Ellis DeMars also producing goals. Jake Kriplin assisted twice to go with one each from Curtis Rice, MacSen Elkouh and Riley Shepherd.

Hanover fell twice on the road on Saturday, getting a Casey Graham goal in a 3-1 loss to New Hampshire East and falling in a 1-0 heartbreaker later in the day to the Manchester Flames. Goalie Kaleb Maccioli played all three games, finishing with 21 saves for the weekend.

Woodstock Squirts Stopped in Semis

Manchester, Vt. — After three wins to open the tournament, the Woodstock Squirt Greens saw their run in the Vermont postseason come to an abrupt halt in a 3-1 loss to Pleasant Valley last weekend at Riley Rink.

All was roses for the Wasps through group play. Woostock started with a Ben Plottner shutout of Missisquoi, 4-0, with Henry Trimpi netting a hat trick and Charles Greene tallying the Wasps’ other goal. Cam White contributed the hat trick in a 5-1 defeat of Barre, with Nicholas Lee and Greene also scoring. The Wasps closed group play by blanking Essex, 2-0, on goals f rom Greene and Trimpi, but PVA kept Woodstock from the title game with the semifinal decision.

Next up for the Wasps: this weekend’s Bear Squirt Invitational tournament at Union Arena.

UVHA Step-Up Skates

White River Junction — The Upper Valley Hockey Association will be holding step-up skates for up-and-coming youth hockey players the weeks of March 10 and 17.

USA Hockey-registered Mites (2006-07 birth years), Squirts (2004-05), Peewees (2002-03) and Bantams (2000-01) are welcome to participate. The sessions are free and open to both UVHA skaters and athletes from other youth hockey organizations. All sessions will be held at Wendell Barwood Arena.

Visit the UVHA’s Facebook page for the step-up schedule or email uvhaboard@gmail.com for more information.

Kearsarge Signups Soon

New London — The Kearsarge Youth Hockey Association will hold an information and sign-up meeting for the 2014-15 season on March 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Helm Room of the New London Hospital.

The KYHA takes all comers and is reducing its prices to recognize its 50th year of operation. The club plans to offer programs from learn-to-skate/play through Bantams, and families that sign up in person or by April 1 will receive a $50 discount. The KYHA is also seeking donations for its 60-40 raffle, at a cost of $50 per chance.

For more information, visit www.kearsargehockey.com or contact Laura Henault at henault203@comcast.net.

On the Ice, Part Deux

Learn-to-Curl at UA

Woodstock — Taking advantage of the ongoing Olympic tournament in Russia, the Woodstock Curling Club will host a learn-to-curl clinic at Union Arena on March 9.

The clinic is scheduled to run from 1:30-3:45 p.m. at a cost of $20 per person. The club provides the stone and other equipment; all participants need to bring are warm clothes and non-skid shoes. Clinic-goers will begin with an off-ice introduction to the rules of curling, then move onto the rink for on-ice instruction.

Space is limited for the clinic. Participants are asked to register in advance with an email to uppervalleycurling@gmail.com.

Bruins Alumni, UASC Events

Woodstock — The Boston Bruins Alumni hockey team will return to Union Arena on March 1 for its annual benefit game tied to the TD Bank Bear Squirt Invitational tournament, one of two big events scheduled for the Woodstock community center in the coming weeks.

The Bruins will meet coaches from the visiting Squirt tournament teams in a 4 p.m. faceoff. The B’s will be bringing their own referees to the contest, including one “clown ref” who originally trained with the Ringling Bros. Circus. Proceeds from this 10th edition of the game go toward Union Arena operations and programming. Contact UA general manager Dan French at 802-457-2500 for ticket information.

Meanwhile, the Union Arena Skating Club will hold its annual skating show on March 8 starting at 5 p.m. For a complete schedule of events, including public skating and open stick hockey, visit the UA website at www.unionarena.org.

On the Tee

NHGA Rules Meeting

Concord — The New Hampshire Golf Association will hold its annual spring rules of golf clinic on April 5 at Concord’s Beaver Meadow Golf Course.

The clinic runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. A $20 fee is charged to cover lunch for all participants.

For more information or to reserve a spot at the clinic, contact the NHGA’s John Jelley at 603-540-1631 or jjelley@nhgolf.com. Space is limited.

Stateline Sports Tourney

Springfield, Vt. — The snow will eventually melt, and when it does, golfers will take center stage for the third Stateline Sports Golf Classic at Crown Point Country Club on May 4.

The tourney is dedicated to the memory of Stateline Sports co-founder Bob Vanier, who died in 2011. All proceeds from the tournament go toward the Carter Community Building Association’s Pat Walsh Sneaker Fund, which provides footwear to underprivileged children in the Lebanon area.

Registration and a pre-tournament barbecue begin at noon, with the shotgun-start tourney firing off at 2 p.m. The top three teams earn prizes, as will winners of closest-to-the-pin and longest-drive competitions. A chance to win a 2014 car will also be available.

The tournament cost of $60 includes greens fees, carts, use of the range and practice areas and the barbecue. Singles and groups are encouraged to register by the April 15 deadline. Contact Bud Hill for more information at 603-298-8090 or bud.hill@statelinesports.com.