Recreation Briefs: Ford Sayre Crowns Champs at Oak Hill Jump Meet

Thursday, February 04, 2016
Hanover — Ford Sayre’s Aiden Cudhea nipped Hanover High’s Sam Strohbehn for the high school boys title to highlight Saturday’s Ford Sayre Ski Council ski jumping meet on the Oak Hill jumps at the Storrs Pond Recreation Area.

Nearly 50 youths of all ages participated in the competition, which was staged on Oak Hill’s three jumps. Flying off the K32 ramp, Cudhea recorded a meet-best leap of 32 meters with his first try and followed with a 30.5-meter attempt on his second, finishing with 199.0 points. Strohbehn followed with 193.5 points on jumps of 31.5 and 30.5 meters, and Kennett High’s Sean Maloney took third with 185.5 points.

Ford Sayre picked up several victories across the age groups. Elsa Bollinger (153.5) and Teddy Ruth (184.5) swept the U14 girls and boys wins off the K32 hill. The club added four wins off the K20 ramp from Burke Pekala (U10 boys, 57.0) and Caroline Harrison (U12 girls, 62.0) along with Bollinger (U14 girls, 73.5) and Ruth (U14 boys, 32.0).

Jumpers from the Lebanon Outing Club placed second in one K32 division, with Cameron Summerton (137.5) following Ruth in the U14 boys. Summerton (80.0) also narrowly took second to Ruth on the K20 hill, and the LOC’s Ayla Weale (71.0) was second to Bollinger among U14 girls.

FSA’s Hackett Leads 
Tecnica Cup

Henniker, n.h. — Ford Sayre Academy ski racer Finn Hackett maintained his hold on the age-group lead in the Tecnica Cup series with a 12th-place finish in Sunday’s race at Pats Peak.

Ford Sayre’s Colin Rozzi had the best day for the club, finishing fifth in a combined time of 1 minute, 39.76 seconds. Hackett checked in at 1:45.38. Hanover’s Max Wonsavage, skiing for the Killington Mountain School, was 10th (1:43.46). Isabelle Kocher led the FSA girls by placing 11th (1:50.03).

Alexander Purcell represented FSA in Saturday’s Macomber Cup race at Cannon Mountain, placing 15th. The academy also sent Brian Seltzer to New York’s Whiteface Mountain for FIS races last week, with a 50th-place result in a Jan. 24 giant slalom serving as a highlight.

Kombi Podiums
For Clapp, Reiss

Newbury, n.h. — Ford Sayre Ski Council competitors Schuyler Clapp and Nick Reiss finished 2-3 on Saturday in the USSA U10 Kinder Kombi at Mount Sunapee.

Racers headed twice down a course that included elements of giant slalom, slalom and stubby slalom. Schuyler claimed second place, Reiss was third and two other FSSC skiers, Gavin Munson and Zach Garfield, took seventh and 10th, respectively.

Kate Levy led the Ford Sayre girls by taking fourth place. Anne Hesser was seventh, and teammate Reese Hamlin ended up 11th.

Garfield Dominates
NHARA Qualifier

Newbury, n.h. — Ford Sayre’s Phoebe Garfield dominated the field over two runs on Sunday to win the opening New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association Western Division state championship qualifier at Mount Sunapee.

Garfield rolled everybody in the U12 girls division, winning the opening giant slalom run by more than two seconds and taking the second by three. Anna Testorf, Grace Lewandoski, Goose Curtis, Lilly Clapp and Ingrid Pekala all had two top-10 finishes for FSSC.

Mount Sunapee’s P.J. Shaw won the girls U14 division with the fastest times among both the boys and girls in the age group. Ford Sayre’s Maia Garfield and Eva Schiffman swapped second- and third-place times in the two-run race, and teammates Riley Craft, Willa McGough and Pepper Joseph hit the top 10 in both runs.

FSSC’s Colter Lingelbach-Pierce edged teammate Camden Dwyer for honors among the U14 boys, with both skiers claiming one victory. Eric Goodney (two) and Calvin Kocher hit the top 10 for Ford Sayre, as did Wesley Stocken (two) for Cardigan Mountain.

Seven Ford Sayre skiers hit the top 10 in the U12 boys races, led by second- and fourth-place results for Joseph Davis and Luke Dwyer. Wyatt Knaus, Owen Smith, Jack Ross, Ethan Munson and Sam Sacerdote also hit the top 10 twice each.

On the Ice

UVHA Free Play Day

White River Junction — The Upper Valley Hockey Association will host a Try Hockey for Free event on Feb. 20 at Wendell A. Barwood Arena.

All area youths under the age of 10 are invited to get on the ice. Participants should come with a skates and a helmet with a facemask, as equipment will not be available for rental at WABA. All youths will receive goodie bags from USA Hockey for joining in, while UVHA officials will be on hand to answer any questions.

The session will go from 9:15-10:30 a.m. and is free of charge. Visit for more information or email

Hanover U12 Girls
Finalists in Canada

Ottawa — The Hanover Hockey Association’s U12 Green girls reached a title game at a Canadian tournament for the first time in the program’s 25-year history last weekend, placing second overall at the Napean Girls Hockey Association Winter Tournament following a 2-0 loss to the hosts in the final.

The Wild surrendered just five goals in five games to march through the tourney. Hanover opened with a 2-1 win over the Kanata (Ont.) Rangers on goals from Violet Sperry and Kate French. The Wild dropped a 2-0 game to Napean on Saturday despite big games from Hannah Vogel and Lily Seelig, but a scoreless tie with the Vermont Stars ensured a playoff trip. The Wild played the Rangers to another 0-0 draw in the semifinals, with Hanover eventually advancing thanks to a 1-0 shootout tiebreaker in which Natalie Morhun scored and goaltender Shannon Moran turned aside three bids.

Maggie Hodgson, Izzy Stack, Allie Cimis, Nora Knudsen and Grace Bazin also played key roles in the Wild’s big weekend.

Squirt Green Goes 1-2

Laconia, n.h. — Behind an 18-save goaltending debut from Oliver Sperry, the Hanover Squirt Green opened a three-game weekend on Saturday with an 8-2 rout of the Laconia Lakers.

Corwith Simmers had the big offensive day for the Wild, scoring four times and setting up two other goals. Angus Frew had two goals, Zach Miles scored with two assists, Miles Oberting had a goal and a helper and Adam Murhaghan earned three assists.

Hanover followed with a pair of defeats to the Green Mountain Glades, Vermont’s top Squirt squad, on Sunday. The Wild started with a 6-2 loss at Cardigan Mountain School, giving up six unanswered goals after conversions from Murnaghan and Frew. Goals from Frew and Sperry kept the Wild in a 2-2 tie late in Sunday’s nightcap at Campion Rink, but the Glade struck twice in the final three minutes for a 4-2 win.

With a Paddle

Paddle Tennis Open House

Norwich — The Norwich Racquet Club will hold an open house for folks interested in trying the sport on Sunday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the club’s courts on U.S. Route 5 in Norwich.

Club professional Rob Parker will be on hand to give lessons to members and nonmembers alike. The club will also host counterparts from Quechee for their annual paddle challenge on Feb. 27 from noon-5 p.m.

Contact the Norwich clubhouse at 802-649-8994 or visit for more info.

On the Trails

Tiki Torch Trek

Hartland — The Hartland Winter Trails group will hold an evening Tiki Torch Trek on Feb. 13, beginning and ending at the Hartland Recreation Center.

This all-weather event will run from 5-8 p.m. and is open to anyone from age 12 on up. Snowshoes and skis are welcome. Food, music and a bonfire will all be part of the evening’s fun.

The cost is $9 per person or $25 for a family, including parents and all children. For more information, visit or contact HWT treasurer Lorraine Nichols at 802-436-1776.

With the Girls

Girls Sports Day
At Dartmouth

Hanover — The Dartmouth College athletic department will host a National Women and Girls in Sports Day clinic on Feb. 7 from 9-11 a.m. at Leede Arena.

Dartmouth athletes will hold sport-specific clinics for girls in grades K-8 throughout the morning. There is no cost involved, but parents are encouraged to register their children in advance. On-site registration will also be available starting at 8:30 a.m. the day of the clinic.

The Feb. 7 event is one of several the college is hosting as part of Women’s Sports Weekend, including home games for several Big Green women’s athletic teams. Visit for more details on the weekend’s events.

On the Run

Red Zone 5K

Wilder — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department is inviting all football fans to get their Super Bowl run on early with the third Ledyard Red Zone 5K Fun Run and Walk on Feb. 7, Super Bowl Sunday.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., with a 9 a.m. race start at the Dothan Brook School.

The cost to take part is $15; registration is available online at by noon on Feb. 5 or at the Parks and Rec office at Hartford Town Hall. Participants are invited to wear their favorite football attire as part of the race, with prizes going toward best-dressed competitors in a variety of age groups. The event is also family- and stroller-friendly, and dogs are welcome so long as they are on a leash. Proceeds benefit Hartford Parks and Rec.

Call 802-295-5036 for more info.

At the Dinner Table

Wild Game Supper

Claremont — The Sullivan County Sportsmen are gearing up for their annual Wild Game Supper, a fundraiser to be held Feb. 6 at the Claremont Senior Center.

The dinner raises money for several SCS initiatives. The group hosts a kids fishing derby each year, stocking a local pond and awarding prizes. The Sportsmen also sponsor a youth shooting day and have a scholarship program that helps kids attend Barry Conservation Camp to learn about fishing, shooting, hiking, canoeing and other outdoors activities.

The supper features a variety of wild game, some of it donated by local hunters. This year’s menu will include venison, bison, bear, wild boar, elk, domestic ham, salmon, halibut, sea bass and lingcod, with beverages and dessert included in the meal. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with dinner set for 6 p.m. A raffle and 50-50 drawing are also part of the dinner’s fundraising plans.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Hubert’s in Claremont and Newport. For more information, contact SCS president Lloyd Mann at

On the Slopes

Winter Tri at Whaleback

Enfield — Whaleback Mountain will hold its first Baxter Outdoors Winter Triathlon and 3K Snow Run on Feb. 6.

The event will include a 3K run on the snow and a 9K triathlon for individuals and teams. All competitors will start with the snow run at 10 a.m. Those in the triathlon will continue after completing the run, followed by with a 3K leg on snowshoes and a closing 3K leg on skate-style Nordic skis. All triathlon transitions will take place at the start-finish line by the Whaleback base lodge.

The cost for the snow run is $30 the day of the event. Solo triathlon registration is $50 day-of, while team triathlon registration is $85. Race fees include entry to the race, snacks, water and a variety of Baxter Outdoors gifts.

To register, visit and click on the Events tab. For more information on the Baxter Outdoors Packed Powder race series, visit

On the Trails

Wednesday Walkers 
Back in Stride

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department’s Wednesday Walkers series is days away from starting its winter schedule of recreational hikes around the Upper Valley.

The program features two-hour walks along easy-to-moderately difficult terrain throughout the region. Participants are asked to bring boots and other clothing appropriate for the season.

Yak Traks or similar devices are recommended for walking on snow-covered terrain.

The winter schedule:

∎ Feb. 10: Boston Lot Lake, Lebanon.

∎ Feb. 24: Hazen Trail Hike, Hartford.

∎ March 9: Quechee Gorge, Quechee.

Each hike begins with a meet-up at Hartford Town Hall at 9 a.m. for transportation to that day’s trail head. Hikes usually end around noon. Participants are reminded to bring water and a snack as well.

There is no charge for each hike. For more information about the hikes, cancellations or to sign up, call Hartford Rec at 802-296-5036.

It’s Party Time

Occom Pond Party
Set for Feb. 13

Hanover — The Hanover Recreation Department’s annual Occom Pond Party will take place on Feb. 13, coinciding with Dartmouth’s Winter Carnival activities.

The day — which goes from noon-3 p.m. — includes family skating, sleigh rides, snow tube slides and other fun activities on and around the pond. Parking will be available at the Dewey and Maynard lots only.

Hanover Rec is also seeking teams for the annual snow sculpture contest that will be part of the celebration, with prizes going to top entries. The department is also seeking volunteers to help with a pre-party construction day on Feb. 6.

For more information on the day or the snow sculpture contest, call Hanover Rec at 603-643-5315.

On the Diamond

NHSUA Seeks Umps

Concord — The New Hampshire Softball Umpire Association is seeking apprentices for the coming spring season.

The NHSUA oversees officiating of high school softball in the Granite State. Interested candidates should contact Terri Warren at 603-748-9253 or for an application or more information. Candidates can also visit the association website,, for details.

Ump Program in N.H.

Laconia, n.h. — The New Hampshire Baseball Umpires Association will hold its spring training program for new umpires on March 20 at Laconia High School at 10 a.m.

The program is for new umpiring candidates. The session starts at 10 a.m.

For more information, contact chairman Gary Noyes at or 603-455-2714.

With a Stick

Boys Lacrosse
Referee Clinic

Randolph — The Vermont Lacrosse Officials Association will hold its annual boys lacrosse referee clinic for new officials on March 20 at Randolph Union High School.

The class is open to anyone interested in officiating subvarsity and varsity high school lacrosse this spring. The required classroom clinic will run from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants must be VLOA members; first-year dues are $20 and must be paid prior to the clinic. Candidates interested in officiating only youth-level games will have a separate clinic in April.

Information on all future VLOA clinics can be found online at


Ford Sayre’s Lilly Clapp placed eighth and ninth in her giant slalom runs at Sunday’s New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association Western Division state championship series qualifier at Mount Sunapee Resort. Her name was accidentally omitted from an earlier version of this story.

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