Concord — Sweeping four games by an aggregate 16-2 score, the Twin Valley Bantams skated to a 3-0 win over the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs on Sunday at Everett Arena to capture the New Hampshire Tier IV state youth hockey championship.
The Flyers entered as the tourney’s second seed, having gone 9-1-1 in league play. Sunday’s victory pitted two teams whose only losses had come against each other.
Captain Peter Elder led Twin Valley at states with seven goals and four assists to cap a 35-20—55 year. Andrew Freund and Grady Gilman shared the championship in goal, combining to allow just 10 pucks in the regular season. Defensemen Patrick McGlone, Jay Cogan,Chrostpher Courtemanche and Noel Forman joined forwards Jonathan Schafer, Morgan Emanuele, Raymond Gonzalez, Justin McDonald, Bryce Turner and Hunter Whyte in the championship effort.
The Flyers were coached by Shawn Courtemanche, John Gilson and Randy McDonald.
Peewee Elite Fourth
Cromwell, Conn. — Fresh off a second-place finish at states, the first-year Hanover Peewee Major Elites came home in fourth place from their participation in last weekend’s New England Tier I tournament.
Hanover skated to a 37-23-1 final record, avenging a state finals loss to Nashua Pro Ambitions at regionals with a 3-1 decision. The Wild made the New England semifinals, falling to Mid-Fairfield, Conn., the No. 4-ranked team in the country.
The roster: Tyler Vosinek, Eliana Ray, Zach Whitehead, Will Laycock, Matty Gardner, Sean Donoghue, Sammy Goodwin, Ryan Austin, Sy Oberting, Patrick Daley, Eliaz Zinman, Alex Weinman, Ben Booker, Jack Clarner, Aaron Damren and Alexander Gates. The team was coached by Greg Austin, Judy Oberting and Mark Goodwin.
In addition, five Wild playyers will represent their states at the New England Yankee Conference Festival later this month. Ray, Zinman and Sy Oberting will skate for New Hampshire, while Gardner and Gates will play for Vermont.
U12 Girls Top Essex
West Lebanon — Liz Barre scored twice as the Hanover U12 girls closed their regular season on Saturday with a 4-3 nonleague defeat of the Essex (Vt.) Sting at Campion Rink.
Barre scored on passes from Maggie Lee and Bryn Kable to stake the Wild to a 2-0 lead. Kable’s breakaway conversion of a Barre pass upped Hanover’s lead to three, and the Wild’s Rory Livingston answered a Sting goal for a 4-1 cushion.
Despite allowing more scores, defensemen Molly French, Emma Tysinger and Clara Boland combined with goalie Jacquline Gour to preserve the win. Violet Sperry, Kendyl Boisvert, Kelly Citera, Meredith Morhun and Macy Curtis also contributed to the victory.
Hanover heads to Augusta, Maine, this weekend to compete in the New England Tier II championship.
On the Snow
Ford Sayre Skiers At Regional Events
Gilford, n.h. — Maia Garfield, Riley Craft and Eva Schiffman carried the banner of the Ford Sayre Ski Council during Saturday’s Francis Piche Invitational giant slalom championship at the Gunstock Ski Area.
Craft had the top finish in the U12 races, taking fourth place, one spot ahead of Garfield. Schiffman took 20th place.
The meet brought together the top U12 skiers from around the Eastern Division of the USSA.
∎ Three other skiers represented Ford Sayre last weekend at the U14 Eastern Championships at the Stowe (Vt.) Mountain Resort. Oliver Morgan took 20th in the boys slalom, while Maggie McCutcheon took 23rd and Sarah Bozuwa was 54th among the girls. Bozuwa was 37th and McCutcheon claimed 39th in the girls GS.
On the Mat
Kantor, May Win for NLG
Williston, Vt. — Lebanon’s Avery Kantor won two disciplines and Hartland’s Sophia May took one in XCEL competition for Northern Lights Gymnastics at last weekend’s Green Mountain Invitational/Sectional 3 gymnastics meet.
Competing in the XCEL bronze division, Kantor won the vault (9.200 points) and floor exercise (8.850), taking second in her division with an overall score of 35.475. In the XCEL Silver division, May won the bars (9.350) on her way to eighth place overall. White River Junction’s Nicole Harrington was third overall in XCEL bronze (34.600), and Quechee’s Leah Ring took fourth (34.100) in the XCEL platinum meet.
At other levels:
∎ Hanover’s Natalie Feyrer tied for second in the Level 4 vault (8.900).
∎ Lebanon’s Ella Dulac was second in the floor (9.250) and third in the vault (9.100) among Level 5 juniors.
∎ Woodstock’s Mackenzie Biele took runner-up in the Level 6 junior floor (9.050).
∎ West Lebanon’s Makenzie Corbin (Level 7 senior balance beam) and Norwich’s Molly Coates (Level 8 junior vault) both earned implement wins.
∎ Hanover’s Shira Hoffer took second overall among Level 8 juniors, taking second in the bars and third in the vault and beam.
NLG’s Dulac Third in R.I.
Lincoln, r.i. — Northern Light Gymnastics competitor Ella Dulac, of Lebanon, earned a third-place all-around result at the Ocean State Classic gymnastics meet the weekend of Feb. 27-March 1.
Competing at Level 5 for athletes ages 11 and older, Dulac scored 34.80 points in all-round competition. A third in the vault (9.000) and fourth in the floor (8.775) served as the foundaiton.
White River Junction’s Sydney Nalette, in Level 4, was third in the beam (8.775) and fourth in the floor (9.175) among 8- and 9-year-olds. Hanover’s Natalie Chapman (Level 5), West Lebanon’s Makenzie Corbin (Level 6) and White River Junction’s Rachel Witkowski (XCEL platinum) all were sixth overall in their respective divisions.
Hanover’s Jenna Spaulding took ninth in Level 4.
On the Run
Shamrock Shuffle Saturday
Lebanon — The Upper Valley Running Series will again try to kick off its season with the running of the one-week-delayed Shamrock Shuffle 5K in downtown Lebanon 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. For more information on the series, visit www.uppervalleyrunningclub.org or contact Geoff Dunbar at email@example.com or 603-277-9058.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.