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UVAC Pair Crowned Champs at New England Meet

  • Silver Fox Trot 2014 Nordic Race; Garipay Field, Hanover, NH; Saturday, March 1, 2014<br/><br/>Evan Nichols, Ford Sayre (49) heads out in the boys 3-4th grade race.

    Silver Fox Trot 2014 Nordic Race; Garipay Field, Hanover, NH; Saturday, March 1, 2014

    Evan Nichols, Ford Sayre (49) heads out in the boys 3-4th grade race.

  • Silver Fox Trot 2014 Nordic Race; Garipay Field, Hanover, NH; Saturday, March 1, 2014<br/><br/>Evan Nichols, Ford Sayre (49) heads out in the boys 3-4th grade race.

White River Junction — Two members of the Upper Valley Aquatic Center swim team combined for three race victories over the weekend competing in their home pool at the New England Swimming 12-and-under championships.

Hartland’s Jack Wadsworth, 11, was a double-winner in the boys 11-12 age group. Wadsworth took the 200-yard backstroke in 2 minutes, 12.54 seconds and added a second victory in the 200 individual medley (2:23.69), winning by more than two seconds.

Reading’s Kit Oney added to UVAC’s haul with a victory in the 50 breaststroke for girls ages 11-12 (33.66 seconds). Wadsworth scored 183 points and Oney had 133 for UVAC, which also picked up 154 points from Shaun Kronenwetter. The Grantham resident’s top finish came as runner-up in the 100 back (1:00.64) for ages 11-12.

Ella Pitts (121 points), Hannah Budner (36), Isabelle Hiller (33), Madeline Hiller (27) and Erik Hansen (two) all contributed to UVAC’s 15th-place team finish (808 points) out of the 66 teams represented at regionals.

On the Snow

Glueck, Spencer Win At Silver Fox Trot

Hanover — Sarah Glueck and Sara Spencer picked up victories to highlight the Ford Sayre Ski Council’s day at the Silver Fox Trot cross country races held on Saturday at Garipay Field.

Glueck won the youngest division of the day for first- and second-grade girls, covering a one-kilometer loop in 3 minutes, 49 seconds. FSSC’s Christian Blix and Wyeme Murray were 2-3 in the boys race.

Spencer brought up the older end of the spectrum for Ford Sayre, winning the girls U16 race in 15:08. Other highlights included second place for Evan Nichols among grades 3-4 boys, a third among girls grades 3-4 for Elsa Bolinger, a third for Lucy Glueck in girls 5-6, second for Daniel Bandler (boys 5-6) and a 2-3 finish for Ingrid Miller and Perrin Milliken (girls 7-8).

Top-three finishers in each division can be found in the chart on this page.

Area Jumpers Advance In ‘Virtual’ Competition

Hanover — Nine competitors from Ford Sayre and the Lebanon Outing Club have moved on in a “virtual competition” to determine the nation’s top junior ski jumpers.

The group represents the East region in the U.S. Junior Cup Series. The region hosted events in Lebanon, Hanover, Andover, N.H., and Lake Placid, N.Y., during the winter, with the top three in points advancing.

The group includes Ford Sayre’s Caleb Zuckerman (U10 boys), Amanda Berthold (U10 girls), Evan Nichols (U12 boys), Madeleine Zuckerman (U12 girls), Elsa Bolinger (U12 girls), Aiden Cudhea (U14 boys) and Casey Nichols (U14 boys). The LOC is represented by Hannah O’Neil (U10 girls) and Zayne Smith (U12 boys).

Each competitor will submit a video to a panel of USA Ski Jumping judges for evaluation and ranking on March 16. The virtual competition is the first of its kind to compare skiers from different hills around the country in order to determine age-group national champions.

On the Ice

UVHA Squirts Champs

Tyngsborough, Mass. — The Upper Valley Hockey Association’s Squirt II squad used an overtime effort to make the finals, then beat New Hampshire East 2-1 in the title game to win the state Tier V championship on Sunday, the first state crown of any kind for the organization borne of the union of the Hartford and Lebanon youth programs several years ago.

The third-seeded Storm entered as the third-seed in the six-team draw with a 15-5-4 record. Upper Valley started with a 3-1 defeat of Lakes Region on two James McReynolds goals, a Shane Miller strike and assists from Austin Defelice and Alex Mason. The Manchester Flames handed UVHA a 4-3 loss in its other group game, despite goals from Miller, McReynolds and Nic Houghton and a Will McGee helper.

Advancing on goal differential to the semifinals, the Storm edged Plymouth in double overtime, 4-3, to make the title game as McReynolds and Miller both potted a pair of goals. McReynolds and Miller also scored in the title victory, getting a spark from Hunter Christian and continued strong goaltending from Declan Flynn.

Defenders Ella Maher, Simon Spaulding, Charlie Macko and Gordon Willey all had strong tourneys for Upper Valley, which won despite the absence of teammate Brianna Roberts. Matthew Derosier and Vanessa Nalette also had key contributions during the Storm’s championship run.

Wasps Squirts Bear Up

Woodstock — The Woodstock Squirts sent both teams to the ice for last weekend’s Bear Invitational at Union Arena.

The Wasp Whites were 1-3 in their division of the tourney. Woodstock’s big game came in a 7-1 win over Lyndon on Friday behind Ethan Mello’s goaltending and offense from Cody Trotin (three goals), Caleb Morse (two), Dylan Deschamp and Michael Lacroix. The Wasps lost to the Granite City Rockets (6-2) and South Shore Seahawks (5-2 and 5-3) in their other games, with Noah Olson, Sam Mitchell, Caleb Palazzo and Chloe McKaig making contributions.

The Wasp Greens reached the championship game of their division, falling to Northshire, 3-1, with Charles Greene notching Woodstock’s goal. Woodstock worked plenty of overtime to get there: The Wasps won their opener over PVA Black, 2-1, on Henry Trimpi and Camden White shootout goals, and Twin Valley, 2-1 in OT. Upper Valley made the final on a 3-2 defeat of the Yale Junior Bulldogs and a 2-0 Ben Plottner shutout of the North Shore Ice Hawks.

Evan Kurash and Nicholas Lee came up with key goals to help the Wasps reach the championship game.

HHA Squirts Tune Up

Yarmouth, Maine — The Hanover Squirt Greens tuned up for their upcoming Granite State League tournament by capping a 1-1-1 non-league weekend with a tie and a loss against Maine host Casco Bay.

The Wild drew the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, 4-4, behind two Lachlan Simmers goals and solo strikes from Casey Graham and Riley Shepherd. Graham provided the solo goal in the afternoon 3-1 loss; goalie Kaleb Maccioli recorded 15 saves in the two contests.

Hanover opened the weekend with a 2-1 road win over the Essex Sting. Simmers provided both goals, Dllis DeMars and Augie Oberting earned assists, and goalie Jake Kriplin stopped 11 shots behind the defensive work of Shepherd and Jordan Larson.

Mites Stopped in Finals

Rutland — The Hanover Mites came within a waved-off goal of winning the Spartan Squirt Invitational on Sunday, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Missisquoi Squirts in the title game.

Hanover goalie Mica McGinley-Smith and defenders Andrew Dannahey, Angus Frew, Miles Oberting and John Murphy had a strong tourney, surrendering just 10 goals in four games. Corwith Simmers (five goals, two assists) and Zach Miles (4-1) led the Wild attack, with Jack Stadheim (2-1), Adam Murnaghan (2-0), Jack Wilkinson (1-1), Max Cary (1-0), Oberting (1-0), Murphy (0-1) and Alden Turner (0-2) also landing on the scoresheet.

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.

On the Mat

Blue Wave TKD Classes

Hanover — Hanover Blue Wave Tae Kwon Do will beging its spring session of instruction in this traditional Korean marshal art beginning on March 18.

Classes are held at Hanover’s R.W. Black Community Center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Sessions begin at 5:30 p.m. for children ages 7 and up and 6:30 p.m. for adults. All classes are led by World TKD Federation instructors Linda Smith-Blais and Stephen Hopkins.

Contact Hopkins at shopkins@bluewavetkd.com or 603-306-9132 for details.

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 Sunday.

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.

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 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.