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Rec briefs: Wormald, Vannah set Shamrock Shuffle pace; KUA trio to U16 girls hockey nationals

  • From left, Norwich's Molly French, Canaan's Lucie Turcotte and Grantham's Shannon Moran, all students at Kimball Union Academy, were recently part of a Vermont Shamrocks U16 girls hockey team that won a New England championship and earned a slot at next month's nationals in Buffalo, N.Y.

  • Hanover's Ford Sayre Ski Council sent eight racers to last weekend's Piche Invitational at Gunstock, and their results helped New Hampshire defend its race championship. (Courtesy photograph)



Wednesday, March 20, 2019

LEBANON — Pelham, N.H.’s Jacob Wormald and Upper Valley Running Club member Sara Vanneh celebrated the unofficial opening of the Upper Valley road race series by winning Saturday’s Shamrock Shuffle 5K in downtown Lebanon.

Wormald, 23, won the overall race and the men’s division in a time of 16 minutes, 16 seconds over the 3.1-mile out-and-back course. Lebanon’s Andrew Ericksen took second (16:58), and Colin Smith, of Derry, N.H., was third (17:01).

Vanneh, 23, of White River Junction, was the top woman in the field, claiming 25th place overall in 19:50. Vanneh beat out Jericho, Vt.’s Meg Valentine (20:09) and Lebanon’s Abby Shafer (20:16) as the top woman in a field of nearly 1,000 overall finishers.

The top 50 times and other UVRC finishers can be found in the chart on this page.

On the ice KUA trio to nationals

EXETER, N.H. — Three Kimball Union Academy skaters joined the Vermont Shamrocks U16 girls hockey team to win the New England District championship in a 2-1 win over the Conn. Northern Lights on Sunday.

Norwich’s Molly French, Canaan’s Lucie Turcotte and Grantham’s Shannon Moran, all former Hanover Hockey Association skaters, were part of the Shamrock’s championship run. Moran earned the win in net, French helped lead the defense and Turcotte played a role on offense.

Another former Hanover skater, Lydia Bullock, scored the game-winning goal on Sunday with 3.5 seconds left in regulation. Bullock now lives in New York. The Shamrocks went 2-1-0 in pool play and beat archrival Casco Bay (Maine), 4-2, in the semifinals to earn their shot at honors.

The Shamrocks now head to the USA Hockey national championship tournament, scheduled for April 4-8 in Buffalo, N.Y.

U12 girls make regional final four

BEDFORD, Mass. — The Hanover Wild U12 Green girls saw their recent run in the New England District come to an end in a shootout loss to the nationally ranked Boston Eagles.

Hanover and Boston skated to a 1-1 tie through regulation and overtime, necessitating a shootout to decide the contest. The Eagles, ranked third nationally entering the game, grabbed the early lead, but the Wild’s Maeve Lee finished passes from linemates Nora Bradley and Hannah Martin-Stremlau midway through the third period to force extra time.

Goaltender Eleanor Edson combined with blueliners Kassidy Haley, Olivia Pollard, Hannah Gubbins and Faith Lindsay to allow just six goals in four games at regionals. Hanover reached the final after a 2-1 defeat of BAHA on goals from Lee and Svia Russman-Araya and assists from Mackenzie Ray and Emma Bazin.

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.

On the SnowSayre, N.H. victoriousat Piche Invitational

GILFORD, N.H. — With eight Ford Sayre Ski Council racers taking part, New Hampshire defended its title at the Francis Piche Invitational races at Gunstock over the weekend.

Maggie Higgins led the U12 girls by placing fourth in the slalom and 14th in the giant slalom, with teammate Hailey Pastel landed 17th in the GS. Sam Ames was 11th in the boys GS, with Andrew McGuire in 22nd place.

Among U14s, FSSC’s Schuyler Clapp was second and Nicholas Reiss 12th in the boys GS, and Kate Levy claimed third in the girls giant slalom. Ress was fifth, clapp 10th and Casey Havrda 12th in the slalom.

FSSC at Russell race

HENNIKER, N.H. — Ford Sayre had a strong showing in U10, U12 and U14 competition at the recent Josh Russell Slalom races at Pats Peak.

Grace Bean posted the best finish by taking second place among U14 girls. Zander Doyle was sixth and Ben Woods ninth among the boys.

Kait Christensen and Sumner Finley led their respective U10 divisions with fourth-place results. Dahlia Fuld led the U12 girls by taking fourth; Ty Christensen had a club-best fifth place among the boys.

Allie Vogelien (eighth) and Campbell Madden made the U12 girls top 10, and Henry Ruth (sixth) and Abe Musty (seventh) did the same among the boys.

Five head to Easterns

WILMINGTON, N.Y. — Five Ford Sayre racers headed to Whiteface Mountain for the Eastern U14 championships over the weekend.

Lucy Curtis had the best performance, going 13ths in the slalom and 27th in the super-G. Sadie Higgins was 39th in the girls slalom, Zach Tracy landed in 31st in the boys slalom and Mia Madden took 36th in the girls super-G.

Ethan Munson also represented FSSC at Whiteface.

U10s at Masters of Mtn.

SOUTH POMFRET — Ford Sayre packed the top 10 among boys and girls during the U10 Masters of the Mountain event at Suicide Six on March 10.

The day included a mogul run along with a giant slalom and a trip through the ski area’s terrain park. Ford Sayre swept to wins in both divisions, with Kait Christensen topping the girls and Sumner Finley winning amng the boys.

Josie White (third), Salome Baertschiger (fourth), Deming Dwyer (fifth), Zinnia Fuld (seventh) and Eliza Harris (10th) made the girls’ top 10. Leo Bungener, Harris Bushell, Owen Osterberg and Connor Sloop followed Finley to give Ford Sayre a sweep of the top five boys slots; Rowan Riordan finished seventh and Wolfgang Wu was ninth.

New England retains cup with Ford Sayre help

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Team New England capped the U.S. Junior National Cross Country Championships by winning the Alaksa Cup for the sixth straight year, the 10th time in 11 years and the first time at an Alaska-hosted meet.

Ford Sayre skiers helped in the accomplishment. Highlights included Sam Murray’s sixth-place run in the boys U16 classic sprint, a seventh from Keelan Durham in the U18 classic sprint, an 11th from Elsa Boinger in the U16 girls classic sprint and a fifth from a U16 boys 3x3 relay made up of Murray, Jack Lange and Evan Nichols.

Ford Sayre finished the championship rated 15th in the nation among junior programs.

JNT results at Easterns

FORT KENT, Maine — Ford Sayre Junior Nordic Team members racked up the top-five results at the recent Eastern High School Championships.

Andy Rightmire’s runner-up finish in the boys 7.5K classic topped the club’s tally, and Jacob Slaughter was two spots back in fourth. Rightmire also took fourth in the 1.1K Nordic cross sprint.

Rightmire, racing for New Hampshire, ultimately shared fifth place in the overall high school boys standings, with Slaughter taking 15th place for the Granite State. Hannah Chipman, competing for Vermont, was fifth overall among the girls, boosted by a fifth in the 5K freestyle. Catherine Bregou took sixth for Team New Hampshire.

Storrs Hill party

LEBANON — The Storrs Hill Ski Area will wrap up a successful winter when it hosts an end-of-season party for the public on March 30.

The hill will be open for skiing and riding from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at a cost of $5 per person. The day will include sledding as well as a pond skimming event. Grilled meal deals will also be available.

Visit Storrs Hill’s page on Facebook for more details.

Whaleback wrapping up

ENFIELD — The Whaleback Ski Area will cap its season this weekend.

The mountain made the call this week based on current weather and the forecast for the immediate future. Whaleback will be open on Friday from 3-7 p.m., operating from the chairlift only. It will finish the campaign by opening from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

According to a news release, Whaleback has offered 79 days of operation, backed by an improved snowmaking system. More than 600 children have hit the hill this winter as part of the mountain’s snow sports school porgram.

On the Diamond

LYBA registration

LEBANON — The Lebanon Youth Baseball Association has kicked off registration season for its four levels of youth baseball.

Players looking to join in minor (9U, 10U) and majors (11U, 12U) have a Saturday deadline to sign up. Those registering by March 18 will get a $10 discount.

Also, minor and major participants much undergo a skill evaluation as part of the registration process, displaying their throwing, catching, batting, fielding and pitching abilities. Both evaluation sessions will take place at Lebanon High School on Saturday, with minors going from 2:30-4 p.m. and majors going from 4-5:30 p.m.

LBYA also sponsors an introduction to baseball program for 5U and 6U players as well as rookie league ball for 7U and 8U athletes. No evaluation is required for participants in intro or rookie ball. Visit www.lyba.siplay.com for more information.