TVFFL to Crown Champions at Barnes on Sunday
Claremont — The Twin Valley Flag Football League will crown the winner of the Aaron Robar Championship Trophy with its semifinals and league final on Sunday at Barnes Park.
The semifinals kick off at 10 a.m. with Rampage (8-2) meeting Grey (6-4) in the third meeting of the teams this season. The squads split their regular-season contests and finished first and second in the TVFFL’s Sugar River Division courtesy of stout defenses.
The second semifinal is scheduled for an 11 a.m. start and pits The Show (10-0) against the Honeybadgers (6-4) in what will also be the teams’ third encounter of the campaign. Although The Show ran roughshod over the competition this year, the Honeybadgers played them to a 28-20 decision in their most recent matchup. Sunday’s game features two of the league’s MVP candidates in The Show’s Nate Duford and the Honeybadgers’ Casey Sanborn.
Semifinal winners will meet in the championship game, which is scheduled to start before 1 p.m. Teams, friends, family and football fans are all invited to take in the action.
For more information on the league, visit www.twinvalleyflagfootball.com.
On the Run
Turkey Trot 10K Sunday
Hanover — Runners of all ages are invited to join the Hanover Parks and Recreation Department at the 21st Turkey Trot 10K road race on Sunday.
The race begins from the Hanover green at 1 p.m., with registration starting at 11:30 a.m., at a cost of $15 per person. Advance registraion is available through www.hanovernh.org. The fourth edition of the Tiny Turkey Trot, a free race for kids, kicks the day off at 12:30 p.m.
Prizes will go to top finishers. Runners are also invited to participated in the race food drive by bringing any canned food item in exchange for additional tickets to a post-race raffle.
For more information, contact Hanover Parks and Rec at 603-643-5315.
On the Diamond
Hanover Baseball Hosting Santa
Hanover — To help raise funds for a planned spring trip to Florida, the Hanover High baseball program will hold a Breakfast With Santa on Dec. 7 at the Black Recreation and Senior Center.
This event for the whole family will offer seatings at 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Donations are accepted and will go toward defraying the costs of the Marauders’ scheduled four-day spring visit to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ training camp in Bradenton, Fla.
Reservations are preferred by Dec. 4 at www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449ADA72AA02-seatings. Contact Mary Beth Stocken at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
On the Ice
TV Squirts Open With Win
Meriden — The Twin Valley Youth Hockey Association Squirts kicked off their 2013-14 season over the weekend with a 3-0 shutout of Concord at Kimball Union Academy.
Charles Cloud scored the Flyers’ first goal and assisted on the clincher from Ian Schell to lead TV. Luke Ricci also scored, and Maya Barnett, Rhys Jones and Makayla Maccioli contributed assists. Goalie Hunter Robb earned the shutout.
Hanover Bantams Win, Tie
West Lebanon — Hanover Bantam Green spent the weekend at home, earning a 3-2 win over Essex on Saturday at Campion Rink and playing the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs to a 2-2 tie at Wendell Barwood Arena on Sunday.
Jake Acker scored the late game-winner for Hanover and assisted on Grant Morhun’s second-period goal against the Sting. Sam Shepard got Hanover on the board early, and David Lehmann provided the help on Acker’s power-play winner in the third period.
The Wild saw a pair of one-goal leads slip against the Monarchs but still battled to earn a point. Morhun and Michael Fleury scored to support the goaltending of Gabe Loud and Harris LaRock and the defense of Jensen Dodge, Alan Baker, Patrick Logan and Lehmann.
Wild U14s Now 7-3
Darien, Conn. — The Hanover U14 Green girls continued their schedule of games against some of the top programs in the East, improving to 7-3 with two wins and a loss against Connecticut-based opposition lsat week.
The Wild started with a 3-1 win over the New England Junior Falcons Elite on Friday night, getting goals from Rose Sperry, Colleen Donahue and Mia Brown. Briland Laycock, Claire Gardner and Amelia Lubrano recorded assists in a game that features 51 shots on goal and 18 minutes in penalties.
The Connecticut Ice Cats handed Hanover a 2-1 defeat on Saturday, with Brown providing the offense, but the Wild rebounded by beating the Ice Cats later in the day, 4-2. Laycock recorded a hat trick, Cate Wagner also scored and Kiely Smiga-McManus made 21 saves.
Peewee Green Sweeps
West Lebanon — The Hanover Peewee Green took two games over the weekend, knocking off Oyster River 4-0 at Campion Rink and Berlin 8-1 at the WBA.
Saturday’s blanking of the Cats came courtesy of Henry Bernard’s 18-save shutout goaltending. Quinn Murgnahan and Cameron Woods struck in the first period for the Wild, with defensemen Jackson Stotland and Rowan Wilson scored on end-to-end rushes in the third.
Stotland had a hat trick and set up Tonio Correa’s first-period goal to lead Sunday’s win over the Sabres. Woods had a pair of goals, and Jacob Derosier threw in three assists, including helpers on strikes from Carter Auch and Joey Boff. Brendan Brigham and Sam Seelig aided in the victory with the play all over the ice.
Woodstock Squirts Draw Twice
Woodstock — The Woodstock Squirt Greens finally got to enjoy home ice advantage over the weekend, holding Essex to a 3-3 tie at Union Arena.
Ben Plottner backstopped the draw in goal, helped by two Henry Trimpi goals and one from Charles Greene in the final two minutes of the game.
The Wasps visited Lyndon on Sunday for a 1-1 tie. Plottner kept Woodstock in the game with his netminding, and Greene provided the Wasps’ lone goal.
Woodstock Girls Tie
Woodstock — The Woodstock U12 girls earned a 2-2 tie with Rutland in a Union Arena rematch on Saturday and followed that with a 3-2 defeat at home over Stowe on Sunday.
Bridget Black excelled in goal for the Wasps in the draw with the Spartans, keeping the hosts in the game while Hannah Coates and Sammy Yates provided the offense. Coates scored twice in the win over Stowe, including the game-winner, while Elizabeth Peck also hit the net.
Woodstock has dates with Northfield and Middlebury this weekend.
Wasp Peewees Stopped
Woodstock — The busy Woodstock Peewees dropped a pair of games on Saturday, falling at home to Essex, 3-2, before ending up on the back end of a 5-2 defeat to Barre at the Central Vermont Civic Center.
Henry Greene played well in both contests, keeping Woodstock in the Essex contest with help from goals from Jeremy Sigl and Charles Plottner. Tired from the early effort, the Wasps saw Barre pull away midway through their match to take the decision despite goals from Plottner and Kyle Hamilton.
Woodstock grabbed a win on Sunday with a 10-0 blanking of Lyndon at Fenton Chester Arena. Greene earned the shutout, Plottner and Hamilton posted hat tricks, Owen Coates struck twice, and Charlie Scribner and Trevor White added single tallies.
Squirt Green Blanks Pair
West Lebanon — Jacob Kriplin and Kaleb Maccioli notched back-to-back shutouts as the Hanover Squirt Greens blanked St. Albans and New Hampshire East in weekend action.
At the Collins-Perley Sports Complex, Kriplin recorded a six-save clean sheet in a 3-0 shutout of host St. Albans. Macsen Elkouh had two goals, the latter helped by Curtis Rice and Riley Shepherd, and Spencer Lawe also scored for the Wild, which held a 23-6 shots edge in the nonleague affair.
Hanover followed that with an 8-0 pasting of NHE behind Maccioli’s 10-save work in the net. Lawe topped the scoresheet with four goals to go with strikes from Elkouh, Kriplin, Jack Gardner and Lachlan Simmers. Connor Pollard led the defense, while the offense picked up assists from Kriplin (two), Bridge Close, Jordan Larson, Augie Oberting and Curtis Rice.
On the Slopes
Whaleback TNRL Returning
Enfield — The Whaleback Ski Area has begun signups for one of the mountain’s traditional events, the Thursday Night Race League.
The league features A, B and C divisions for skiers and riders of all abilities. The season will start with a Jan. 2 time trial to determine league assignments, with weekly dual slalom racing scheduled to begin on Jan. 9. Teams are made up of four skiers, with at least one competitor of each gender on the roster. The cost to participate is $500 per team or $125 per individual, and the deadline to register is Dec. 12.
Registration is also under way for other Whaleback ski programs, including after-school recreation skiing, Mini-Core development squad and Core Team competitive squad. Visit www.whaleback.com for more information.