UV Running Series Commences With Shamrock 5K

  • Ford Sayre skier Adam Glueck races at the 2014 USSA Cross Country Junior (J2) National Championships in Stowe, Vermont.

    Ford Sayre skier Adam Glueck races at the 2014 USSA Cross Country Junior (J2) National Championships in Stowe, Vermont.

  • Ford Sayre skier Adam Glueck races at the 2014 USSA Cross Country Junior (J2) National Championships in Stowe, Vermont.

Lebanon — Ignore the evidence in the yards and on the roads of the Upper Valley: Spring running season is upon us, with no greater testimony than the start of the Upper Valley Running Series, which arrives with the Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department’s annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K on Saturday.

The series opener covers a five-kilometer up-and-back course from Colburn Park to the Lebanon Memorial Pool. The 5K begins at noon, with a one-mile fun run for kids preceeding the Shuffle at 11 a.m. The cost to participate is $25 through race day for the 5K for adults, $20 for youths ages 13-17 and $15 for youths ages 12 and under. The fun run is free. Proceeds from the Shuffle go to Leb Rec’s youth activities scholarship. Details are available at www.shamrock5k.com.

The UVRS will encompass seven events from now through autumn. The remaining schedule (with contact websites, where available):

May 10: Road to the Pogue, Woodstock, 6.1 miles (www.roadtothepogue.com).

June 22: Shaker Seven, Enfield, 7 miles (www.enfieldmainstreet.org).

July 4: Red, White and Blue 6.2, Lebanon, 10 kilometers (www.lebrecruns.com).

Aug. 3: Run From the Law, Canaan, 5 kilometers.

Oct. 4: Foliage Five, Thetford, 5 miles (www.lebrecruns.com).

Nov. 23: Turkey Trot, Hanover, 10 kilometers.

The goal of the UVRS is to foster running in the Upper Valley and reward participation and performance in its events. Age-group prizes go to the top three runners in each division, and runners who compete all seven events will receive a finisher prize at the end of the year.

For more information on the esries, visit www.uppervalleyrunningclub.org or contact Geoff Dunbar at geoff@dunb.org or 603-277-9058.

On the Snow

Glueck an All-American

Stowe, Vt. — Ford Sayre’s Adam Glueck raced his way to All-American recognition to highlight Upper Valley participation at last week’s U.S. Junior Cross Country Skiing Championships at the Trapp Family Lodge.

The Norwich resident earned his honor in the 5K classic for 14- and 15-year-olds on March 3, finishing sixth out of 63 competitors in 14 minutes, 57 seconds. Glueck had a chance to double his success in Friday’s 5K freestyle, but he was collected in an early crash on a downhill portion of the course and finished 26th.

Among other local competitors:

∎ Dartmouth and FSSC skier Sam Merrens, competing in the boys 18-19 division, was 23rd in the 10K classic on March 3 and 38th in the mass-start 15k freestyle on Friday.

∎ Independent skier Kirsten Miller, racing in the girls 14-15 class, was 35th in the 5K classic on March 3 and 13th in the 5K freestyle on Friday.

Lebanon High graduate and St. Lawrence University skier Erin Perryman, Woodstock High’s Zane Fields and Norwich resident Elise Hardy, a member of California’s Sugar Bowl Academy, also raced at Stowe.

The FSSC competitors also helped New England win the Alaska Cup at the Nordic junior nationals, avenging last winter’s loss to Alaska in Fairbanks.

Lindahl Helps Vermont

Ripton, Vt. — With Thetford Academy’s Erik Lindahl in the fold, Vermont skied to a team vistory at the New England Nordic Skiing Association’s J2 championships on March 7-9 at the Rikert Nordic Center.

Lindahl, who also skis for the Ford Sayre Ski Club, had his best result in the one-kilometer sprint on Saturday, finishing 13th out of 96 competitors. He also claimed 18th in Friday’s 5K freestyle and 54th in Saturday’s 5K classic. Vermont beat out New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine for team honors.

Hanover High’s Sara Spencer, also racing for Ford Sayre as part of the New Hampshire roster, was 36th in the 5K freestyle, 34th in the 5K classic and 28th in the freestyle sprint.

FSSC Girls Second at States

Newbury, n.h. — With strong results from Maia Garfield, Riley Craft and Eva Schiffman, the Ford Sayre Ski Club’s U12 girls raced to a second-place team finish, behind only Waterville VAlley, at the New Hampshire Amateur Racing Association state championship at Mount Sunapee.

Garfield led a 5-7-8 finish for FSSC in Saturday’s giant slalom, with Craft and Schiffman following. Garfield repeated her fifth-place finish in Sunday’s slalom, while Willa McGough took 14th. Ellie Stannard, Kate Stannard, Jasmine Tracy, Emma Sablan, Molly Hackett, Pepper Joseph, Siena Curtis and Jane Goodrich also contributed to Ford Sayre’s runner-up team result.

Eric Goodney had FSSC’s top finish in the boys GS on Saturday, taking 28th place. Wesley Stocken was 26th a nd Cal Kocher 28th to lead Ford Sayre in the boys slalom.

LaLiberte Wins Storrs Meet

Lebanon — Former Kennett High School skier Torin LaLiberte came out on top of a small field on Saturday in the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association Jump National Championships at the Storrs Hill Ski Area’s K50 ramp.

LaLiberte, who attends St. Michaels’ College, scored a meet-winning tally of 125.5 points to edge fellow Kennett grade and current Lebanon Outing Club member Ben Emery. LaLiberte had a best jump of 37 meters to nip Emery, who leaped 36.5 meters in the better of his two jumps and finished with 123.3 points. Emery attends the University of Vermont.

UVM student and Andover Outing Club competitor Catie Stone won the women’s division and was third in the open class behind LaLiberte and Emery.

On the Ice

TV Peewees Champs

Nashua, n.h. — The Twin Valley Peewees skated their way into Sunday’s final and knocked off neighborhood rival Upper Valley, 5-2, to claim the Granite State League’s Tier IV state championship at Conway Arena.

Twin Valley entered as the six-team tourney’s top seed following a 21-1-1 record in league play. The championship came on the heels of a B Division title at the Central Mass Winter Classic two weeks ago.

The roster: Kyle Young, Jack Sandmann, Andrew Hadlock, Carson Stew, Patrick Hyjek, Noah Farnsworth, Joey Dupreee, Jacob Hyjek, James Surgenor, Matthew Sites, Kyra Russman, Celia Barnett, Jon Cloud, Will Morman, Max Vandijk and Jared Audette. Mark Bean, Tim Dupree, Tim Cloud and Ed Vandijk served as the team’s coaches.

Wild Peewees Second

East Swanzey, n.h. — Bouncing back from an earlier defeat, the Hanover Peewee Green extended the Hudson-based Northern Cyclones to double overtime of the championship game before succumbing, 3-2, to take second place at the New Hampshire Tier III state tournament on Sunday at Cheshire Ice Arena.

The Wild edged Back Bay, 2-1, to open the tourney on Friday, riding Quinn Murnaghan and Jacob Derosier goals to the victory. Rowan Wilson finished a Jackson Stotland pass for Hanover’s only goal in a 4-1 loss to the Cyclones, but the Wild advanced to the semifinals on total points nonetheless.

Third-period goals from Stotland and Wilson highlighted a 2-0 shutout of Concord in the semifinals. Derosier netted both Hanover goals in the final, the second coming with the Wild down two men, and goalie Henry Bernard stood on his head to keep the Wild in the contest.

Brendan Brigham and Tono Correa played a key role on offense for the Wild, and defenders Carter Auch, Sam Seelig and Joey Goff had strong weekends for Hanover as well.

Hanover Mites Sweep

South Burlington, Vt. — The Hanover Mites closed their hockey season by sweeping two games from the Essex Sting on Saturday at Cairns Arena.

The Wild began with a 5-2 decision, spotting the Sting the game’s first two goals before reeling off the rest. Zach Miles and Corwith Simmers both owned two-goal, one-assist contests for the Wild, who also received a goal from Angus Frew.

Goalie Mica McGinley-Smith backstopped the afternoon’s 2-1 win for the sweep. Simmers and Frew netted the goals, Miles posted an assist and defenders Jack Wilkinson, Miles Oberting (one assist) and Adam Murnaghan joined McGinley-Smith in shutting out Essex for 2½ periods to close the campaign with a win. Alden Turner and Max Carey also had good two-way games for the Wild.

Vet Benefit Game

West Lebanon — The Friends of Veterans, a nonprofit group supporting homeless vets in Vermont and New Hampshire, will stage a fundraising hockey game between teams from the two states’ Army and Air National Guard units on Saturday at Campion Rink.

Doors open at 3 p.m. for the game, which faces off at 4. Tickets are $5 per person and free to children ages 5 and younger. Representatives from the VA Medical Center and the Mobile Vet Center Van will be on hand to answer questions about veterans’ medical benefits.

Call 802-296-8368 for more information.

On the Sled

Plaisted Races In Quebec, N.H.

Saint-Just-de-Bretenieres, Quebec — Orford-based musher Fran Plaisted has had a busy schedule the last two weekends, racing in multiple divisions of two International Sled Dog Racing Association events in the Northeast.

Plaisted competed in the Daaquam River International Championship in Quebec on Sunday. Plaisted’s best result came over 12 miles in the adult six-dog speed class, recording a time of 36 minutes, 3 seconds. Plaisted also raced in the four-dog division (sixth over 10.8 miles, 38:55) and seventh in the one-dog skijoring class (12 miles, 48:15).

That followed three races for Plaisted on March 2 at the Tamworth (N.H.) Sled Dog Race. Plaisted won the six-dog speed division (12 miles, 43:01), took second in the skijoring race (8 miles, 35:09) and was fifth in the four-dog sled race (8 miles, 24:15).

In the Sunshine

Hartford Seeks Summer Staff

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department is seeking individuals to serve as camp leaders and lifeguards for its upcoming summer programs.

Applicants ages 18 and older are sought for the job of assistant director for the Ventures camp along with camp recreation leaders. Hartford Parks and Rec also is in need of an assistant pool director, lifeguards and swim instructors for its summer programs.

Interested persons may apply online at www.hartford-vt.org or call 802-295-5036. Positions will remain open until filled.

On the Diamond

VBCA Clinic Saturday

Essex Junction, Vt. — The Vermont Baseball Coaches Association is inviting coaches at all levels of the game to its annual spring clinic and meeting on Saturday at Essex High School.

The clinic begins at 8:30 a.m. at a cost of $25 per participant. Speakers will include longtime Middlebury College baseball coach Bob Smith and professional hitting instructor Matt Raleigh, a Swanton native and former standout at Missisquoi High School and Western Carolina University.

For more information on the day or the VBCA, contact Bruce Bosley at bruce@packnetwork.com or Jeff Stetson at jstetson@anesu.org.