Recreation Briefs: UVAC Sweeps Past Two for Season-Opening Win

White River Junction — With five swimmers contributing three event wins each, the Upper Valley Aquatic Club rolled past a pair of New Hampshire-based foes to win its opening tri-meet of the youth swimming season at UVAC on Saturday.

Hannah Cox, 14; Kersten Dirrane, 16; Atticus Kangus, 12; Salli Lubbe, 10; and Ella Pitts, 10, led the charge for UVAC with their triple-victory performances. Elizabeth Brechbuhl, 16; Conrad Koehler, 15; Shaun Kronenwetter, 11; and Gabriella Miller, 12, added two-win efforts to the team tally. UVAC also picked up race victories from Brianna Aubrey, 12; Kristin Burlew, 13; Joseph Davis, 8; Sage Gilbert-Diamond, 8; Margaret Harlow, 13; Kazune Matsouka, 13; Kit Oney, 10, Sarah Rieseberg, 7; Vera Rivard, 8; Sebastian Sangha, 8; and Anna Schmidt, 9.

UVAC’s relay teams also produced 13 wins in the 20 races stages.

“I could not be more proud of our athletes, families and coaching staff,” UVAC head coach Dorsi Raynolds said in a news release. “Our swimmers have been improving their technique and building fitness during the last six weeks of training, and it shows.” The meet was the first of a 15-date schedule for UVAC, including eight at the White River Junction facility. UVAC is also scheduled to host a pair of New England Swimming championship meets later this winter, a regional meet on Feb. 15-17 and the 12-and-Under Age Groups on Feb. 28-March 3.

Team scores: UVAC 431, Exeter 266, Manchester 243.

On the Ice

Wasps Squirts Split

Brattleboro, Vt. — The Woodstock Youth Hockey Association’s squirt youth hockey team bounced back handsomely from a season-opening loss on Saturday to roll over Brattleboro, 7-1, on Sunday.

Goaltender Danny Drebber received plenty of scoring support while producing his first shutout of the season. Gunnar Wood’s hat trick powered the offense, while Riley Shepherd and Andrew Gubbins also hit the twine. Thomas Bissaillon, Gavin Huppe and Molly French earned assists. The win came on the heels of Saturday’s 7-1 loss to Barre at Union Arena in which Wood provided the only goal on a Shepherd assist.

The Wasps have a rematch at Barre and a short trip to Hanover this weekend.

Squirt White Falls

West Lebanon — The Hanover Squirt White youth hockey team dropped a 5-1 decision to Lakes Region to open its winter season on Saturday at Campion Rink.

Archer Judd converted the Wild’s lone goal, finishing a pass from Ellis DeMars.

Gavin Slide recorded eight saves in the Hanover goal.

Woodstock Girls Return

Woodstock — After a long hiatus, U12 girls hockey returned to the Woodstock Youth Hockey Association last weekend, with the Wasps falling to the Barre U14s in their season opener, 4-0, at Union Arena.

Despite playing a Blades team with an advantage in size and experience, the Wasps kept the score close thanks to the goaltending of first-year netminder Annabelle Lessard. Veteran skaters Sadie Kuhn, Lauren Forgione, Anna Helper and Khara Brettell all had solid games, Rose Donaldson played a tenacious two-way contest, and wing Audrey Lee nearly produced Woodstock’s first goal of the season on a breakaway.

Woodstock visits Hanover for its next contest.

Twin Valley Learn Programs

Meriden — The Twin Valley Youth Hockey Association will again offer learn-to-skate and learn-to-play-hockey programs at Kimball Union Academy’s Akerstrom Arena this winter.

Both youth programs run on Saturday mornings, beginning Nov. 10 and running through Feb. 23. Registration remains open for these instructional programs.

Contact Twin Valley registrar Stephanie Schell at 603-469-3527 or for more information.

On the Gridiron

Canes Close With Win, Tie

White River Junction — The Hartford Minicanes sixth-grade youth football team closed its season with a 22-8 win over Gilford on Sunday, capping a three-season record of 23-1 for the players to suited up for their final youth games.

Reece Thompson connected with Nick Porter on a 56-yard touchdown pass for the deciding points. Thompson produced a 40-yard scoring run for Hartford’s first score, while quarterback Kyle Hamilton 1-yard sneak behind blockers Colton Schaal, Nick Cameron and Gabe Ellis provided the final TD. Thompson and Porter each threw in a conversion run.

Porter (eight tackles), Max Pfeiffer (fumble recovery), Tyler Crawford (seven tackles) and Riley Packard (pass coverage) led the defense.

Andrew Knight, Dylan Doyle, Ethan Radiconi, Keevan Haley, Logan Dunne, Trevor Lebrecque, Lucas Getman and Matt Carlson also contributed to the victory.

Hartford’s fourth- and fifth-graders battled Gilford to a 6-6 tie in their contest. Jared Vanderpot followed blocks from Hunter Hamel and Alex Bushway for a 20-yard TD run for the Minicanes’ only score. Hamel and William Ackers both ran well with the football during the game, while Devin Denk, Chris Phelps, Michael Cimis and Alex Lober starred for the defense.

On the Pitch

LSC U9s End 5-1-2 Slate

Norwich — The Lightning Soccer Club’s U9 Fury boys swept wins from one of its fellow clubmates as well as a foe from southern New Hampshire over the weekend to complete a 5-1-2 fall season.

The Fury opened the weekend with a 4-2 victory over the LSC U10 Fire at Huntley Meadows. After an own goal late in the first half, the Fury’s Jack Gardner scored for a 2-0 lead after halftime. Spencer Lawe netted the Fury’s other two goals, both in the second half. Carter Davis, Palmer Okai, Griffin Gamache, Nathan Clay and Josh Bucci all had a role in the win with their midfield play, while Danile Mladek and Tinashe Mulhauri excelled at pressuring the ball. Gardner and Ian Hedgepeth shared the win in goal.

A late Mulhauri penalty kick gave the Fury a 2-1 win over Tri-Town in Goffstown, N.H., on Sunday. Clay scored LSC’s other goal in the first half on an Okai helper. Hedgepeth and Bucci both had key saves to preserve the victory.

On the Diamond

Team Seeks Players

Bow, N.H. — The New Hampshire Comets U16 Blue ASA girls softball program is seeking two players to complete its roster for the 2013 season.

The team practices weekly during the offseason and will compete in seven tournaments next June and July. The squad won three tournaments as a U14 entry last summer.

For more information, contact coach Bill Santis at refer to the N.H. Comets.

To the Hoop

Hartford Adult League

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department will hold an organizational meeting for all people interested in playing in an adult basketball league this winter on Nov. 8 at the Hartford Municipal Building at 5:15 p.m. At least one member of each team planning to join must attend this meeting.

The deadline for registering players (ages 18 and older) and submitting team rosters (minimum seven players) is Nov. 16. Full payment is due at that time. Most games will be played on Sundays and Wednesdays anytime between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Games will take place at Hartford High School and the Carter Community Building Association’s Witherell Center in Lebanon.

For more information, contact Brett McCoy at 802-295-5036.

On the Run

Eastman Turkey Trot Set

Grantham — Eastman Recreation is gearing up for its latest edition of its annual Turkey Trot 5K run and two-mile walk, set for Nov. 10 at the South Cove Activity Center.

The event is a fundraiser for area food pantries that support families in Grantham, Enfield and Springfield, N.H. Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for a donation on race day. The 5K course will follow a route along Eastman’s paved and dirt roads, while walkers will cover a wooded trail on the west side of Eastman Pond.

The cost to participate is $15 per person or $30 per family in advance, increasing to $18 and $38, respectively, on race day. Online registration is available at Homemade pies will go to winners of the running race, and lunch will be served to all participants at the race’s conclusion. Contact Eastman’s Charlie Taber at 603-863-6772 or for more information.

Zack’s Place 5K

Woodstock — Zack’s Place, the Woodstock center for people with special needs, will hold its sixth fundraising road race, the Turkey Trot 5K, on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22.

The race will begin and end at Woodstock Elementary School, with a 10 a.m. start. Pre-registration is available online at for $25; race-day registration will also be available, at $30, from 8-9:30 a.m. All pre-registered runners will be guaranteed a commemorative race T-shirt. Race packets can be picked up at WES on Nov. 21 from 4-6 p.m. or prior to the race. Awards will follow the conclusion of the race.

For more information, contact Dail Frates at 802-457-5868 or visit