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Recreation briefs: Vt. Shamrocks are national champs with Upper Valley help

  • The Vermont Shamrocks 16U girls hockey team, which won a USA Hockey national championship on Monday, includes a handful of skaters with Upper Valley connections. (Courtesy photograph)

  • The Upper Valley Aquatic Club's Jack Wadsworth earned medals in four races and set five team records at the recent Eastern Zone North Short Course Sectional swim meet in Ithaca, N.Y. (Courtesy photograph)


Staff Reports
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

AMHERST, N.Y. — Boasting a roster including five girls with Upper Valley connections, the Waterbury-based Vermont Shamrocks blanked Wisconsin’s Baldwin/River Falls Black Cats, 5-0, on Monday to win the USA Hockey 16U Tier II girls hockey national championship at the Northtown Center at Amherst.

Grantham’s Shannon Moran, a member of the Kimball Union Academy’s girls hockey team, posted a 27-save shutout in the title game, capping the program’s seventh straight appearance at nationals. It was also the Shamrocks’ second title in the 16U division.

Vermont scored twice late in the first period to take control, the goals coming from Abby Chauvin and Abby Robbins. Norwich’s Molly French set up the Robbins tally.

Lilly Truchon upped the lead to 3-0 in the second period. Lydia Bullock, a former Upper Valley resident now living in Lake Placid, N.Y., and Madison Chagnon completed Vermont’s scoring in the final period.

The Shamrocks went 5-1-0 in the tournament, allowing just six goals. In addition to Moran, French (also at KUA) and Bullock, the Vermont roster also included Canaan’s Lucie Turcotte (KUA) and Kelly Citera, a former Hanover Wild youth skater now attending Vermont Academy.

Capitals fall in finals

AMHERST, N.H. — Another regional team with significant Upper Valley representation, the Concord Capitals, reached the finals of the USA Hockey 19U Tier II national tournament before dropping a 6-1 decision to the Boston Junior Eagles in Monday’s title game.

The Capitals included Woodstock High’s Alessandra Cimis, Hanover High’s Violet Sperry and Kimball Union’s Ashley Penney, Abigail Flanagan, Molly Flanagan, Mikah Baptiste and Taylor Coburn. Molly Flanagan had a team-high 10 points for Concord, which reeled off four straight wins after dropping an opening-game shootout before Monday’s defeat.

The Vermont Shamrocks 19U team, which edged Concord for New England honors last month, went 1-2-0 in group play and didn’t advance to knockouts. Vermont’s squad included Hanover High’s Clara Boland and KUA’s Olive Scull, Alexis Bartlett, Bella Parento and Angelina Tommola.

Dann in Tier I tourney

IRVINE, Calif. — Kimball Union freshman Gretchen Dann participated in last week’s USA Hockey 16U Tier I national championship tournament with the Bedford, Mass.-based East Coast Wizards.

The Wizards finished second behind the Chicago Mission in the Olympic division of pool play to reach knockout action. East Coast beat the Minnesota Elite Gray in Sunday’s quarterfinals, 2-1, before being bounced from the tourney semifinals by Rochester (N.Y.) Youth Hockey, 3-1.

Dann, of Hanover, skated in all five of the Wizards’ games, playing defense.

In the Pool Wadsworth sets marksat sectional meet

ITHACA, N.Y. — West Lebanon’s Jack Wadsworth set several Upper Valley Aquatic Club marks during the recent Eastern Zone North Short Course Sectional swim meet at Ithaca (N.Y.) College.

Wadsworth set UVAC records in five events: the 50-yard freestyle (21.30 seconds), the 100 backstroke (48.99), the 200 back (1:47.14), the 100 butterfly (50.49) and the 400 individual medley (3:56.99). Additionally, Wadsworth claimed silver medals for runner-up finishes in the 100 and 200 back and bronzes for third place in the 400 IM and the 200 IM (1:52.71).

The UVAC’s girls 400 medley relay team of Isabella Hamlin, Isabelle Hiller, Salli Lubbe and Grace Wenger also broke a 5-year-old club mark in their race with a time of 3:54.91. The foursome finished in eighth place.

UVAC sent nine swimmers to the meet, eight of whom competed in finals in their events. The White River Junction-based team placed 16th overall, 14th among boys and 18th among girls.

Storrs Pond formingsummer swim team

HANOVER — The Storrs Pond Recreation Area is gauging interest toward forming a summer swimming team this year.

The team would involve miltiple skill levels for ages 6-18 and would compete in the Vermont Swim Association, with races and practices at the Storrs Pond lap pool. The program, which would be overseen by both the SPRA and Norwich Recreation Department, aims to focus on fun, safety, teamwork, fitness and building competitive skills.

The season would run seven weeks, from mid-June through the first weekend of August, and practices would most likely be held on weekday mornings from 8-9 a.m., with occasional evening workouts as well. To be on the team, a swimmer must able to enter and exit the pool without aid, swim with the face in the water and go one pool length (25 yards) unassisted in the freestyle technique. This is not a learn-to-swim program; swimmers new or experienced in competition are welcome to join.

For more information, contact Alexa Manning at findalexa@yahoo.com. Sufficient interest is required for the program to go forward.

ON THE PITCHLightning clubs open spring seasons

NORWICH — The Lightning Soccer Club sent teams around New England for spring season-opening matches over the weekend:

<sbull value="sbull"><text xmlns="urn:schemas-teradp-com:gn4tera"></text></sbull> The U19 Rush played PGS Maine Phoenix Blue to a scoreless draw in Meriden.

■The U17 Sonic also played to a 0-0 draw against Seacoast United Benfica in Andover, Mass. Goalie Andrew Enelow earned the shutout for LSC.

■ The U16 Blast saw a 2-0 lead evaporate in a 2-2 draw with Boston Bolts in Revere, Mass. Noah Boyer and Isak Larusson staked LSC to its two-goal cushion before the Bolts rallied to share the points.

■ The U15 Fire played on the turf at Kimball Union Academy, dropping a 2-1 contest to Aztec Boston Elite.

■ The U14 Storm played Seacoast United to a wild 4-4 draw, coming back from a pair of two-goal deficits in the process. Ryder Hayes and Jack Stadheim struck to fill a 2-0 hole, and the two hit again after Seacoast built a 4-2 advantage.

■ The U13 Fever lost a 5-3 contest to the Boston Bolts at KUA’s Pope Field. Zach Tracy and Ayden Gardner accounted fro two of LSC’s goals, with Ian Press and Adam Goodney serving assists.

■ The U11 Thunder rolled to a 5-2 win over Seacoast United on the road.

■ The U10 Bolts lost games to GPA Mass. Boston Metro West Elite Blue and FC Stars Central Gold at a Lancaster, Mass., festival.

■ The U10 Hurricanes split two games at the same festival, beating NEFC West Elite and losing to Seacoast United Maine South.

■ The U17 Chargers girls played GPS Mass. South Coast to a 1-1 tie at KUA.

■ The U14 Sparks girls fell at home to Seacoast United North Shore, 3-0.

On the Snow Higgins sweeps Stowe’sSugar Slalom

STOWE, Vt. — Ford Sayre’s Maggie Higgins swept to a pair of victories during Saturday’s Sugar Slalom at Stowe Mountain Resort.

Higgins took the U12 girls slalom in a two-run time of 1 minute, 7.8 seconds, beating runner-up Beatrice May by a shade less than a second. Teammate Kate Levy claimed fourth in the slalom (1:10.48) among the girls, and Schuyler Clapp claimed third out of the U14 boys (1:08.21).

Higgins made it a weekend sweep by winning the U12 girls parallel slalom on Sunday, a feat Clapp matched by beating the U14 boys field. Clare Higgins claimed fifth in her U8 girls division.

FSA at Sugar Slalom

STOWE, Vt. — Ford Sayre Academy also sent racers to Stowe’s Sugar Slalom to compete in events for U16s through college age.

Saturday saw Alexander Purcell finish seventh in the men’s division, with Eva Schiffman taking 11th and Lucy Curtis finishing 20th amoug the women. Schiffman shot up to third in Sunday’s racing, followed by Curtis in 26th and Molly Hackett in 28th. Purcell repeated his seventh-place result on Sunday as well.

On the Court

Buddy Up Tennis returns

LEBANON — The River Valley Club will stage its second Swing Into Spring with Buddy Up Tennis to provide adaptive matches for kids with Down Syndrome on April 28.

Last year’s Swing Into Spring event raised $8,000, which allowed RVC to start the first Buddy Up Tennis program in New England. This month’s event will give volunteer buddies a chance to team up with partners in round-robin play, take part in a return-the-pro’s-serve competition, socialize and enjoy snacks and drinks.

The event begins at 9 a.m., runs until noon and includes a pair of 75-minute sessions. Players ages 13 or older and owning a 3.0 rating or better are welcome to register.

Information and online registration is available at www.swingin2spring.org.

Squash fundraiser

HANOVER — The Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center will hold their second Squash Cancer Tournamnent on the Berry Sports Center’s squash courts on Saturday.

The tournament is held in the memory of tournament committee member Keith Van Winkle, who died in September after an 11-year bout with the disease. The tournament is an all-levels mixed event with a best-of-three-games format. Designed to be both fun and social, the tournament includes opportunities to either play, sponsor a player or come to watch.

The day also will include a special exhibition match at 4:30 p.m. between Dartmouth senior Carson Spahr and pro Chris Hanson, the reigning back-to-back U.S. national champion. Tournament organizers hope to raise $25,000 to benefit work at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

Visit www.squashcancertournament.com for more information.

On the Run

Color Splash run

THETFORD — The Clara Martin Center will hold its third Color Spalsh fun run on May 5, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Thetford Academy.

The untimed 5-kilometer race will take place on the wooded trails of Thetford Academy’s cross country running network. Walkers and runners are both welcome. The cost to participate is $35 for adults and $20 for chidlren ages 12 and younger. There will also be free activities for children.

Registration is open from 8:30-10 a.m., and the event goes until 2:30 p.m. Register online at 222.claramartin.org/color-splash.

WNHTRS schedule set

HANOVER — The 2019 schedule is set for the upcoming Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series, with the traditional kickoff race, the Dirty 5K, coming up on May 12.

The series is comprised of nine races this year, with the Dirty 5K and the Chad Denning Challenge on a to-be-announced August date in Meriden, serving as the only non-points events. The rest of the schedule:

■Six in the Stix, Newport, June 8.

■Windsor 5 & Dime, Windsor, June 15.

■All Out Trail Run, Claremont, June 29.

■Frenzy in the Forest, Sunapee, July 13.

■Hurricane Hill 5K/10K, White River Junction, July 20.

■Stoaked Trail Run, Hanover, Aug. 3.

■Farnum Five.5, Lebanon, Sept. 7.

Participants can register for the entire series at a cost of $99; ages 15-19 go for $65 for the full schedule, and junior classes (under 12, ages 12-14) are free.

Individual races registratoin is also available; full details are available at www.wnhtrs.org.

In Threes DisasTour VIII coming to Vt.

ROCHESTER, Vt. — The Rochester/Randolph Area Sports Trail Alliance will host its DisasTour VIII multi-sport triathlon on April 27.

The event, open both to individuals and teams, consists of a 19-kilometer cycling trek, an 8K paddle and an 11K run. Advance registration is $50 per leg for individuals and $100 for ironmen and ironwomen; race-day registration is $55 and $110, respectively. Visit www.bikereg.com/disastour-2019 to sign up.

On-site registration also will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. on the park in Rochester. The race starts at 10 a.m., and most finishers usually cross the line at Rochester’s Green Mountain Bikes between 12:30 and 2 p.m. A 3 p.m. party and awards wraps up the day.

For more information, contact Kinley Tener at Tener_Kinley@hotmail.com or 802-7700-4328, or Tracy Beers at tswilson99@gmail.com or 610-349-9977.

On the Diamond Adult Softball Meeting

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Teams interested in playing in this summer’s Hartford Parks and Recreation co-ed slow-pitch softball league are required to attend a team meeting for upcoming season on April 23 at 6 p.m. at the Hartford Municipal Building.

Each team planning to play in this season’s league must have a representative on hand. Co-ed slow-pitch games will be played at George Ratcliffe Park in White River Junction between May 13-Aug. 10, with games starting at 6 p.m. Teams must register and pay the $500 team fee in full by May 3 to be included.

Online team registration is available at www.hartfordvt.myrec.com. For more information, call the department office at 802-295-5036.

On the trail Wednesday Walkers resuming

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department’s periodic series of Wednesday Walkers hikes resumes with a trek through the Hartford Town Forest on April 24.

Wednesday Walkers gives participants a chance to enjoy short treks to a variety of Upper Valley locations. Each trip begins with a meet-up at the Hartford Municipal Building at 9 a.m. before traveling to that day’s site. Each hike designed to be done by noon. Participants should dress for the weather, bring water and a snack and wear shoes meant for trail conditions. The remainder of the spring schedule:

May 15: Boston Lot Lake, West Lebanon.

May 29: Colette Trail, Enfield.

Each hike is free, but participants are asked to register in advance at www.hartford-vt.org. A minimum of three hikers is required for any given trip to proceed. Call Hartford Parks and Recreation at 802-295-5036 for more information.