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Rec briefs: Ford Sayre’s Jack Lange takes fifth at Junior Nationals

  • Ford Sayre's Peter Milliken participates in the New England Club Relay Championship meet in cross country skiing on Sunday in Craftsbury, Vt.

  • Ford Sayre ski club's Jack Lange participates in the 2019 U.S. Cross Country Junior Nationals from Anchorage, Alaska on Monday. Lange finished fifth overall in the boys U-16 5K individual start freestyle.



Wednesday, March 13, 2019

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Ford Sayre Ski Club Nordic skier Jack Lange placed fifth overall in the boys U-16 5K individual start freestyle race at the 2019 U.S. Cross Country Junior Nationals on Monday, leading three representatives from the club at the Alaska meet.

Lange finished the race in 12 minutes and 52.7 seconds, 1.9 seconds behind fourth-place finisher Victor Sparks, from the Midwest Region’s Loppet Nordic Racing club. Evan Nichols, of Hanover, took 13th (13:12.9) overall in the boys U-16 race for Ford Sayre and Sam Murray placed 23rd (13:22.5) out of 73 participating racers. Keelan Durham took 26th in the U-18 10K freestyle race.

On the girls side, Elsa Bolinger placed 20th (15:08.7) in the U-16 race. Greta Bolinger took 31st and Kennedy Lange placed 64th in the U-18 5K race for the club.

Team New England finished Day 1 in first place in the Alaska Cup with 348 points. Team Midwest was second with 276 points and Team Alaska was third with 259 points.

Catherine Bregou leads at U-16 Championships

BETHEL, Maine — Catherine Bregou led the Ford Sayre ski club with a sixth-place finish in the 5K skate race at the New England Nordic Association U-16 championships in Bethel, Maine late last week.

Bregou also placed fifth in the 5K classic and 13th in the sprint. Hanover High skier Noah Phipps placed 10th overall in U-16 with a 15th place finish in the 5K skate, 11th place finish in the 5K classic and a 14th place finish in the sprint.

May Spencer also took 25th in the 5K freestyle and Tobin Durham took 27th in the 5K classic.

Ford Sayre takes third at XC relay championships

CRAFTSBURY, Vt. — The Ford Sayre ski club placed third overall at the New England Club Relay Championships in cross country skiing on Sunday.

The club, which brought nine four-person teams with competitors ranging from 8- to 67-years-old, got a highlighted performance in the master’s category — combined age of over 200-years-old — by Tim Caldwell, Peter Milliken, Lou Bregou and Jay Davis.

Sarah Glueck, Simon Phipps, Wyethe Murray and Caleb Zuckerman took second place overall in the U-14 category and Brayton Osgood, Kate Crawford, Elissa Bradley and Evan Dethier placed third in the under-200 mixed gender category.

Ford Sayre alpine qualifies for Piches and Easterns

JACKSON, N.H. — Ford Sayre U-12 girls and boys both placed third overall at the U-12 NHARA State championships at Wildcat Mountain over the weekend, and its U-14 boys and girls took third overall at the U-14 NHARA State Championships at Cranmore Mountain to qualify for future events.

Maggie Higgins and Hailey Pastel will represent the U-12 girls at the upcoming Francis Piche’s Invitational; Sam Ames and Andrew McGuire will represent the U-12 boys. Additionally, U-14’s Kate Levy, Casey Havrda, Nicholas Reiss and Schuyler Clapp will take part in Piche’s Invitational. Lucy Curtis, Mia Madden, Sadie Higgins, Zach Tracy and Tehan Munson qualified for Easterns, which will be held at Whiteface Mountain.

On the ice Hanover U-14 girls win gold

PORTLAND, Maine — Hanover Wild’s U-14 girls teram earned its third championship in as many weeks during the Maine Hockey Development’s March Challenge over the weekend.

The Wild started off their American Division run with a 1-1 tie against Casco Bay and went on to beat Belmont in game two of round robin play, 3-1. Nedra Dwinell, Ada Acker, Danielle Rudd each netted goals in the victory, with assists from Lacy LaRoche and Cam Callahan. The Wild next beat Biddeford, 6-0, with a hat trick from LaRoche.

Hanover then beat Belmont in the semifinals with a 2-0 win and defeated Casco Bay, 1-0, in the championship. Dwinell scored the lone goal in the final.

UVHA to hold annual meeting

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Upper Valley Hockey Association will be holding its Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be held at the offices of Kinney Pike Insurance in White River Junction and is open to the public.

For questions, please email secretary@uvha.org.