Recreation Briefs: Hanover’s Knights Wins NHWGA Senior Golf Crown

Hanover's Betsy Knight shows off the hardware she earned by winning the New Hampshire Women's Golf Association senior championship on Tuesday.
Courtesy photograph

Hanover's Betsy Knight shows off the hardware she earned by winning the New Hampshire Women's Golf Association senior championship on Tuesday. Courtesy photograph

Greenland, n.h. — Hanover Country Club’s Betsy Knights shot a 4-over-par 76 to win the Senior division of the New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association Senior/Legend Championship at Breakfast Hill Golf Club on Tuesday.

The championship was split into two age divisions, with the Senior category covering ages 50-59 and the Legend division covering everyone 60 years of age and older. Knights claimed the divisional title by two shots over Derryfield’s Andrea Morrell. Going for an NHWGA triple crown after having won the New Hampshire and New England women’s amateurs earlier this summer, Abenaqui’s Dana Harrity finished four shots back at 80.

Knights and Morrell engaged in a tight duel over Breakfast Hill’s back nine before Knights prevailed. Morrell failed to sink a late birdie put that would have tied the tournament, and Knights answered with a birdie of her own to clinch the championship.

Knights joins the late Kathy Slattery Phillips as Hanover members who have won the NHWGA senior-division title. Legends competitor Dale Nims, of Lochmere Country Club in Tilton, won the overall tournament championship with a 1-over 73.

Post 84 Tourney

Springfield, Vt. — Jeffrey S. Holmes American Post 84 of White River Junction will hold its third fundraising golf tournament on Sept. 21 at Crown Point Country Club.

Registration for the tournament starts at 11:30 a.m. with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Players are encouraged to form their own teams, but individuals will be placed on teams as well. The cost to play is $75, which includes the tournament, a shared power cart, use of the driving range and practice area and post-tournament food. There will be multiple challenges to win prizes as well through closest-to-the-pin and hole-in-one opportunities, including the $25,000 prize for an ace on the par-3 18th hole that Kenny Spear won last year.

Funds raised help support veterans and children in the area as well as special community projects. For more information, contact Dan Hillard at 603-381-0457 or

In the Circle

Thor’s Stone Fundraiser

Lebanon — The Thor’s Stone Athletic Club will hold a powerlifting and throwing meet to benefit charities sponsored by the Lebanon Elks Club on Aug. 23 starting at 10 a.m.

This rain-or-shine event will be staged at the Elks Club on Heater Road, across from Fort Lou’s restaurant. Awards will go to the top three competitors in each age category in the bench press, dead lift and weight toss. The cost to participate is $50, with a registration deadline of Aug. 18.

For more information, contact Carl Wallin at 603-448-2164.

On Two Wheels

Kearsarge Randonee

New London — New London’s Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust will again team up with the New Hampshire Cycling Club for the third Kearsarge Klassic Bike Randonee on Sept. 6.

The club will offer a number of scenic rides for participants, all beginning and ending at the New London Historical Society. Riders are also encouraged to meander along the back roads of the 12 towns that the trust serves.

Participants will be treated to homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the day. Online registration is available through Sept. 4 at at a cost of $80 per rider for any of the routes ranging from 30 to 100 miles.

Call Nancy Kipp Smith for more information at 603-526-6555 or

Tour de Taste on Tap

Fairlee — Get some exercise and enjoy good food when the Upper Valley Trails Alliance hosts its annual Tour de Taste progressive pedaling picnic on Sept. 7.

The event runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and will be centered at Samuel Morey Elementary School. Three routes will be available: the 20-mile Classic Loop, the 34-mile River Road Extension and a family-friendly six-mile Lake Morey Loop. Throughout each loop, riders will be able to stop and sample food supplied by a wide array of area merchants.

Registration ranges from $10 to $30 depending on the route chosen. Online registration is available at For more information, contact Becky Lewandoski at 802-649-9075 or

On the Diamond

Vacancies for Remain For CV South Softball

West Lebanon — The Connecticut Valley South Babe Ruth League has a few vacancies remaining for its schedule of fall skills camps and low-key games at Sachem Field.

The opportunities are open to all girls in grades 7-12 hoping to work on their softball skills. Coaches from CV South will run skills clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and scrimmages on Sundays from 1-3 p.m.

The cost to participate is $50; registration is ongoing and players are welcome to join in the middle of the program if they choose. Clinics and scrimmages will continue through mid-October. Contact CV South president Ben Nichols for more information at or 603-795-4392.

On the Track

U.V. Vixens Return

Woodstock — After a summer of vacations and away matches, the Upper Valley Vixens roller derby team returns to its home track at Union Arena on Saturday night for doubleheader action with the New Hampshire Cherry Bombs.

Twin State Derby’s two home teams, the White Mountain Mayhem and Green Grass Kickers, will meet in the undercard at 4:30 p.m. The Vixens meet the New Hampshire Roller Derby squad in the nightcap immediately afterward. The night wraps up with an after-party at Bentley’s restaurant in Woodstock.

Tickets are $10 in advance (at or $12 at the door. Children ages 12 and under get in for free. Ten percent of the night’s receipts will be donated to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center’s Women’s Health Resource Center. Contact Taylor Long at or 206-419-8580 for more details.

On the Mat

Blue Wave Classes Set

Hanover — Master instructors Stephen Hopkins and Linda Smith-Blais will begin their fall classes in the Korean martial art of tae kwon do on Sept. 2 at the R.W. Black Community Center.

Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays this fall, with children ages 7 and up beginning at 5:30 p.m. and adults to follow at 6:30 p.m. Participants will learn skills such as breaking boards and performing trick kicks. Visitors are welcome to observe classes at any time.

For more information, contact Hopkins at or 603-306-9132.

On the Run, Etc.

Whale of a 5K on Tap

Enfield — Whaleback Mountain will hold its second Whale of a 5K and Dash for a Pass on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m.

The five-kilometer run and uphill dash will take place on the mountain’s trails, with four season passes up for grabs for winners of the adult and youth divisions. Children will run halfway up the mountain in their dash race. All proceeds from the race will go to the Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation, which will provide a courtesy barbecue for all participants after the race.

Race-day registration starts at 8:30 a.m. The Dash for a Pass costs $15, while the Whale of a 5K is $25. Online registration is available at Call Nicole Hall Hewett at 603-646-0703 or for more information.

Sprouty Run Sept. 6

Sharon — The fourth Sprouty Run will hit the pavement Sept. 6 at the Sharon Elementary School.

The 10- and five-kilometer runs will start at 9 a.m., with a fun loop race following at 10:15. Race-day registration ($15 for the 5K, $25 for the 10K) will be available starting at 8 a.m. Kids under the age of 12 are free.

For more information, contact Clare Holland at

Hurricane Hill 5K/10K

White River Junction — The Friends of Hartford Track will stage the Hurricane Hill 5K/10K Trail Run as part of the Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series on Sept. 13 at the Hartford Town Forest and Conservation Area.

Race-day parking and registration will be held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center, with bus transportation to the starting line. Both runs begin at 9 a.m.; the 10K will be the qualifying run for WNHTRS standings purposes.

The cost to run is $20 through Sept. 12 and $25 on race day. Advance registration is available through

Rail Trail Run & Ride

Andover, n.h. — Special Olympics of New Hampshire is inviting runners and cyclists to take part in its inaugural Rail Trail Run & Ride on Sept. 27 at Proctor Academy.

Activities will take place on the Northern Rail Trail. Runners may compete in 5K or 10K runs, while bicyclists can take part in either 50K or 100K rides. A 4.5-mile family fun ride is also scheduled as part of the day, which starts at 8:30 a.m. Race fees range between $25 and $65, depending on the event chosen. No advance registration is required.

For more information on the event or on SONH, contact Chelsea Gill at 603-624-1250 or

On the Pitch

Soccer Referee Training

Bethel — The Vermont Soccer Officials Association will hold the second of two training sessions for potential referees on Aug. 23 at Whitcomb High School from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The workout will include the learning of rules, a test and a field practice. Completing the training and passing the test will make participants eligible to work varsity and subvarsity high school games this fall. The cost to take part is $50, which includes membership in the VSOA for the coming season.

The association will also hold a training session at Williamstown High School on Aug. 22, also from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, contact Frank Martel at or 802-782-4489 or Gary Blodgett at or 802-558-3147.

On The Ice

Kearsarge Signups

Andover, n.h. — Kearsarge Youth Hockey is seeking players to join its teams this winter, with openings at all age levels.

Practices begin in October, with travel teams working out two evenings a week and playing one or two games per weekend. Levels range from learn-to-play and learn-to-skate (birth year after 2008) to Bantam (birth year 2000-01). Tuitions vary by level of play, from $100 to $350 for the season.

For more information, contact Laura Henault at or 603-863-8909.