Lightning U17s in Fla. for National Championships

Bradenton, Fla. — Having claimed a spot with its play over the summer, the Lightning Soccer Club U17 boys are in Florida for the weekend to participate in the United Soccer League’s Super-Y national championships at the IMG Academy.

Lightning earned its spot by claiming the U17B New England title in August at the regional finals, beating MPS Bulldogs of Massachusetts, 5-1, to advance. The teams begin finals play at 8 a.m. today against Canada’s Toronto Lynx Juniors and will play matches against Washington, D.C., FC on Friday and F.A. Euro-New York Magic on Saturday, with more matches to follow to the top teams in the two four-club groups.

Forwards Daniel Hazlett and Rocco Linehan led the Lightning in scoring through the summer campaign, with goalkeepers Alex Bynum and Max Matel marshalling the defense. Hazlett, Linehan and Bynum recently backstopped Hanover High’s undefeated run to an NHIAA Division I high school state championship, while Matel tends net at Kimball Union Academy.

In all, 14 towns are represented on the Lightning U17 squad. The select squad reached nationals in just its second season in existence.

On the Run

Schippers Nips 10K Win

Hanover — The Upper Valley Running Club’s Ben Schippers nipped Hanover’s Alex Hall at the wire to win the 21st Hanover Turkey Trot 10K road race on Nov. 24.

Schippers, 32, of Brooklyn, N.Y., gained the victory in a race that saw both finishers record times of 35 minutes, 7 seconds. Hall, 26, took second ahead of Windsor’s Ben Pangie (35:41). Lebanon’s Laura Hagley, 29, won the women’s division in a time of 38:52.

Despite a near-zero wind chill and a course with patches of ice, a field of 125 runners turned out for the 10K, about a fifth of them from the Lebanon-based UVRC.

The top 50 finishers can be found in the chart on this page.

On the Ice

Hanover U14s Second

Jay, Vt. — The Hanover Wild U14 girls took their game to Jay Peak resort for a Thanksgiving tournament, winning two of three games against eastern Canadian foes but missing out on a championship appearance on goal differential.

Briland Laycock’s unassisted goal amounted to the whole of the scoring in Hanover’s opening 1-0 win over the Kanata Rangers. The Ottawa Ice blanked the Wild, 3-0, in the first of two Saturday games, but Hanover bounced back with a 4-0 shutout of the Russell Coyotes behind goals from Greta Close, Amelia Lubrano, Mae Butler and Mia Brown and assists from Colleen Donoghue and Brown.

Although goal differential kept the Wild from the finals, the team closed the tournament with a 5-0 consolation dusting of Russell. Catherine Miles opened the scoring, but Hanover broke the game open on quick strikes from Laycock, Donoghue, Lubrano and Brown. Cate Wagner, Maisie MacMillen and Rose Sperry joined Miles, Close, Gardner and Butler in the assist department.

Laycock, Lubrano, Wagner and Miles also earned player-of-the-game honors through the weekend.

Woodstock Squirts Busy

Woodstock — The Woodstock Squirts had a busy three-game weekend, all at Union Arena, with the Wasps claiming ties in two contests.

Charles Greene had the lone goal in Woodstock’s opener, a 6-1 loss to the Upper Valley storm. Two more contests followed on Sunday, a 2-2 tie with Pleasant Valley and a 3-3 deadlock against Brattleboro. Henry Trimpi provided the goals against PVA, while Greene netted a hat trick in the tie with Brattleboro.

Ben Plottner and Greene manned the net during the weekend for Woodstock, which received key efforts from Nicholas Lee on offense and Evan Kurash on defense.

Wild Peewees 3-1

West Lebanon — Playing the role of host, Hanover Peewee Green won three of four games and took consolation honors in the weekend’s Hanover Thanksgiving Hockey Classic at Campion Rink.

Quinn Murnaghan scored on a cross-ice Jackson Stotland pass in overtime to give the Wild a 4-3 win over Barre in their Friday opener. Murnaghan and Riley Shepherd staked Hanover to a 2-0 lead, and Stotland scored late in the second period to draw Hanover level after three straight strikes by the Blades.

Saturday action saw Hanover beat the Bethlehem Eagles, 3-1, on goals from Stotland, Rowan Wilson and Brendan Brigham before a 2-0 loss to the Burrillville Broncos. That put the Wild into the tourney consolation match, a 3-1 win over Woodstock build on Henry Bernard’s goaltending, goals from Cam Woods, Jake Derosier and Tonio Correa and assists from Joey Goff, SamSeelig and Brigham.

Hanover also took second in the team skills competition in the penalty shot and team relay.

U12 Wasps Split

Woodstock — The Woodstock U12 girls got their weekend off to a roaring start with a 9-0 shutout of Brattleboro, closing 5-3 road loss with Northfield.

Bridget Black earned the clean sheet on Saturday, getting plenty of scoring support. Hannah Coates posted a hat trick, Samantha Yates scored twice, Rose Donaldson supplied an end-to-end goal and Eliza Dodson, Elizabeth Peck and Khara Brettell also hit the net. Mackenzie Yates, Sofia Kantola, Audrey Lee and Donaldson earned assists.

Lee, Donaldson and Hannah Coates provided the goals in Sunday’s road loss to the North Stars.

Kearsarge Bantams Fall

Durham, n.h. — The Kearsarge Bantams dropped their sole game of Thanksgiving weekend, a 4-0 decision to Oyster River at Jackson Landing on Saturday,

Behind the play of goaltender Corey Henault, Kearsarge kept close to the Bobcats. Oyster River held just a 1-0 lead through two periods, but used a three-goal burst in the third to pull away.

For Oyster River, the win avenged an earlier 3-1 defeat to Kearsarge at Proctor Academy on Nov. 17.

Kearsarge is now 1-2-1 on the season, results that include a 3-1 loss at the New Hampshire Monarchs on Nov. 23 with Matt Jarvis scoring the Bantams’ lone goal.

Woodstock PWs Visit Tourney

West Lebanon — The Woodstock Peewees played some noteworthy hockey in reaching the consolation game of the Hanover Thanksgiving Hockey Classic at Campion Rink over the weekend.

Although the Wasps went 1-3, they played tight hockey against several quality opponents. Woodstock started with a 5-4 overtime loss to the Concord Capitals on Friday led by two Brady Clark goals and singles from Trevor White and Jeremy Sigl, who forced overtime with a tying goal in the final 20 seconds of regulation. The Wasps earned a 4-2 win over Stowe on Saturday on two Sigl goals to go with scores from Mike Cimis and Trevor White.

Woodstock built a 2-0 lead on the pre-tourney favorite Maine Freeze on goals from Sigl and Clark before falling, 3-2, on Saturday. The Wasps dropped a 3-1 decision in the tourney consolation game with Hanover, with Sigl scoring and White assisting. Tommy Bissaillon also contributed to Woodstock’s scoring in the tournament.

Wild Mites Reach Consolation Final

Essex Junction, Vt. — Outscoring its foes 50-20 for the weekend, the Hanover Mites took third place out of 26 teams at the Essex Thanksgiving Tournament over the weekend.

The Wild won all four of its opening games to make the consolation final with Chittenden-South Burlington. The Wild jumped to a 2-0 lead on goals from Kali McDonnell (assist: Corwith Simmers) and Angus Frew (assist: Simmers), but needed a late Simmers goal to secure a 3-3 final score.

Ben Ashton made 15 saves in goal for the Wild. Adam and Jake Murnahan, Jack Wilkinson, Max Cary and Mateo Trimble all contributed to Hanover’s weekend success.

On the Mat

NLG Trio Victorious

Wilder — Lebanon’s Ella Dulac, Norwich’s Shaylee McBride and Hanover’s Destiny Donohue earned all-round victories to highlight efforts by Northern Lights Gymnastics at their own Harvest Classic meet the weekend of Nov. 23-24.

Dulac swept all four disciplines (vault, bars, floor, beam) to take honors in Level 5 competition for 12-year-olds, producing a final all-around score of 35.650 points. McBride prevailed in Level 7, leading all 13- and 14-year-olds with three implement wins and a top all-around tally of 34.750. Donohue won Level 8 for the 15-and-over crowd, her 35.275 all-around tally also built on three individual wins.

NLG’s Gracie Gamache and Anna Stafford both placed second all-around in their divisions, Lebanon’s Gamache in Level 5 for 11-year-olds and Hanover’s Stafford in Level 5 for 12-year-olds.

On the Diamond

Skills Camp at Dartmouth

Hanover — The Dartmouth College baseball coaching staff will host an advanced skills damp this weekend at Leverone Field House.

The event, which runs from 11 a.m. on Saturday through 1 p.m. on Sunday, is designed to provide quality instruction in hitting, pitching, catching and infield defense from the Dartmouth coaching staff as well as other New England college and high school coaches. The cost for the camp is $175.

For more information, contact Evan Wells at or (603) 646-9775.

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 Saturday 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 Contact Mary Beth Stocken at for more information.

On the Slopes

Whaleback TNRL Returning

Enfield — Whaleback Ski Area has begun signu-ps 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 for more information.