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Recreation Briefs: Lebanon’s Higgins Wins Pan Am Olympic Lifting Title



Monday, June 15, 2015
Savannah, Ga. — Lebanon’s Jane Higgins took a trip to Georgia last Thursday and came home a regional champion, winning her age-group weight class at the Pan American Masters Olympic Lifting meet.

Higgins, who competed at 114 pounds in the 65-69 age class, set several records at the championship. Her winning lift of 60 pounds in the snatch set a Pan Am record, while her winning weight of 84 pounds in the clean and jerk broke both the national and Pan Am records. Her total tally of 144 pounds also set new national and Pan Am standards.

Higgins trains out of Lebanon’s CCBA Witherell Center with the Thor’s Stone Athletic Club and is coached by former Dartmouth College track and field coach Carl Wallin.

On the Run, Etc.

Pyer Wins Sprint Tri

Hyannis, Mass. — West Lebanon’s Maggie Pyer outraced six other women to win her age division on Saturday at the Hyannis Sprint Triathlon.

On a 55-degree day with the water at a cool 60 degrees, competitors covered a course that included a quarter-mile swim followed by a 10-mile bike and 3½-mile run. Pyer was the fastest in her group in the final two segments, riding in 35 minutes, 27 seconds, and running in 30:04 for a winning overall time of 1 hour, 23 minutes, 33.2 seconds.

Pyer also finished 239rd overall out of the 413 athletes who completed the three-stage route.

On the Pitch

LSC U17s to Semis

Meriden — The Lightning Soccer Club’s U17 Storm boys are headed to the New England Premiership semifinals after downing FC Stars of Mass United in their final league game on Sunday at Kimball Union Academy.

The win — built on goals from Mason Thompson, Ian Caldwell, Mitchell Kelly and Asa Berolzheimer — capped a 7-3-1 campaign for the Storm, with a 5-2-1 Premiership record. The Storm’s season included 2-0 wins over FC Stars (two Jamie Dinulos goals) and Hauppage Blue Devils (goals: Tim Alibozek, Berolzheimer) at the Needham, Mass., tourney and a 2-1 loss to the N.H. Classic (goal: Berolzheimer) in the N.H. State Cup semis.

The Storm will play its NEP semifinal in Taunton, Mass., on Saturday.

At the Net

Terrell Scholarship

White River Junction — Friends of the late Pat Terrell are seeking applicants for the Pat Terrell Memorial Scholarship, funds that can be applied toward tennis programs run by the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department.

The scholarship honors the memory of Terrell, an avid tennis player who died in late March at the age of 70. Applicants are asked to send their name, address, age, school grade, phone number and email address, describing in a few sentences why they are applying and to which program they wish to enroll.

Send letters to Hartford Parks & Recreation, 117 Bridge St., White River Junction, VT 05001. Call 802-295-5036 for more information.

On the Diamond

Youth Softball Starting

West Lebanon — The Connecticut Valley South Babe Ruth Softball League will kick off its summer season next week.

The program will begin with a practice on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at Sachem Field, next to Campion Rink. The program is open to girls entering the seventh through 12th grades this fall.

The cost to participate is $85 for new players, including a jersey, and $70 for returnees with last year’s jersey and visor. Contact Ben Nichols at 603-795-4392 for more details.

On the Tee

Speed Golf at NGC

Newport — Forget the golf spikes: Newport Golf Club will be in the market for folks with running shoes when it hosts a series of speed golf tournaments during the summer months.

The competitions will be held on the second and fourth Fridays of June, July and August, beginning on June 12. Speed golf combines both scoring along with speed — with golfers running from spot to spot with each shot — to determine each week’s winners.

The cost for Newport GC nonmembers to play is $10, with $5 going to each tournament’s winnings. For more information, contact Newport head professional Vince Molesky at 603-863-7787.

Eastman Hosting
WGS Qualifier

Grantham — Eastman Golf Links wants to send somebody to Las Vegas … at least four somebodies, actually.

Eastman will hold a qualifier for the World Golf Scramble on June 14, starting at 8 a.m. The event is open to golfers of all abilities, for foursomes that will be seeking an invitation to the WGS finals in the Nevada desert on Aug. 13-15.

The qualifier will operate under standard 18-hole scramble rules (visit rules.worldgolfscramble.com for details). Should at least five teams register, Eastman will send the low net winner to Vegas. A minimum of nine teams will allow Eastman to send a low net and low gross squad to the finals.

Visit eastmangolflinks.com and head to the event registration link to sign up. Call the Eastman pro shop at 603-863-4500 with questions.

Shrine Game Tourney

Springfield, Vt. — The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl will hold its annual fundraising golf tournament on July 27 at Crown Point Country Club.

The tournament runs in conjunction with the annual football game between graduated Vermont and New Hampshire high school football stars, set for Aug. 1 at Castleton State College. The tournament is a four-player team scramble with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.

The cost per golfer is $95 and includes 18 holes of golf, a power cart, a luncheon and prizes, including five hole-in-one opportunties.

For more information, contact tournament chairman Mike Gunn at 802-885-4060.

On Two Wheels

Tour de Zack

Quechee — Zack’s Place will hold its fourth Tour de Zack bicycle ride on July 18 on the Quechee green.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and riders are sent off on their choice of two routes at 10 a.m. One route covers 27 miles through Quechee and West Hartford, while the 47-mile trek travels through Bethel, Barnard and Woodstock before returning to Quechee.

Lunch will be provided by Jake’s Quechee Market for all riders at 1 p.m. or when they return. The cost to take part in the event is $65, while those wishing to dine only will be charged $15.

All proceeds from the Tour de Zack benefit Zack’s Place, the Woodstock enrichment center for special needs adults and children. Contact Zack’s at 802-457-5868 for more information.

On the Run, Etc.

Eastman Tri Signups

Grantham — Signups are underway for the 13th Splash, Mash and Dash sprint triathlon, which will be slated by Eastman Recreation on June 20.

This USA Triathlon-sanctioned event offers divisions for adults and children. Adults will cover a course consisting of a one-third mile swim, a 12-mile bike and five-kilometer run. The kids cover 200 meters in the water, followed by two miles on the bike and a one-mile run. Adult swimmers hit the water at 8 a.m., and the youth event starts at 10 a.m.

Both events serve as fundraisers for the Upper Valley Humane Society. For more information or to register, visit www.eastmannh.org/tri or call 603-863-6772.