Rec briefs: Hanover Heat AAU hoops team heading to national tournament

  • The grades 5-6 Hanover Heat AAU boys basketball team is headed to a national tournament in Boston next month. (Courtesy photograph)

Staff Reports
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

COLCHESTER, Vt. — The Hanover Heat grades 5-6 AAU boys basketball team will play in a national tournament next month after winning its division of a Vermont tourney last weekend.

The Heat claimed the sixth-grade crown at the Zero Gravity King of the Court tournament, held Saturday at Sunday at Saint Michael’s College. After an opening loss, the Heat ran off three straight wins to take the title.

The Heat opened with a 43-38 loss to Rise to the Top before finding its stride. Hanover beat ADK Mountain Men (38-8) and the Cavaliers (52-4) to set up a rematch with Rise to the Top. The Heat trailed, 29-22, with eight minutes to play in the title game before combining defense, rebounding and transition offense into a 35-31 come-from-behind win.

With the victory, Hanover earned an invitation to the Zero Gravity national tournament in Boston. That event is scheduled for June 7-9.

The roster: Wyn Casey, Wyatt Daigle, Dave Frechette, Roy Lucas, Andrew McGuire, Ryan McLaughlin, Ray Menkov, Ryan O’Hern, Jasen Oriol and Beckett Sobel. Brian Tracy is the team’s coach.

IN THE POOLRapids seeking racers

NORWICH — The Upper Valley Rapids, a new summer outdoor swim team, will host a registration session and open house at Tracy Hall on June 2 starting at 4 p.m.

The Rapids are a multi-skill program that will hold its practices at the Storrs Pond Recreation Area pool in Hanover this summer. The team is open to swimmers between the ages of 6 and 18, with a focus on fun, safety, teamwork, fitness and competitive swimming skills.

The Tracy Hall event is for all registered swimmers along with those who want to find out what the new program is all about. For learn more about the Rapids or to register for the summer season, visit uppervalleyrapids.swimtopia.com.

On the GridironFriday night lights

LEBANON — The Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department is teaming with the Lebanon High School football program for a free learn-to-play clinic on June 14.

Called Friday Night Lights, the clinic is open to players ages 7-13 who either want to learn more about football or would like a chance to brush up on their skills. The event will be held on the Lebanon High football practice field; the clinic will run from 5:30-6:30 p.m., with a cookout to follow.

The event is free, but pre-registration is recommended. Do so by visiting Lebanon Recreation’s page at lebanonnh.gov or by heading to the department’s Facebook page.

On the TEEBrave Challenge run

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — Woodstock Union High School teachers Cody TanCreti and Jeff Thomas will host a fundraising golf tournament for the Brave Challenge — an obstacle-court race for people with special needs — on June 1 at Crown Point Country Club, starting at 1 p.m. The goal is to help fund a pair of Brave Challenge races in Vermont this year.

The Brave Challenge races are scheduled for July 20 at South Burlington High School and Sept. 21 at Hartford High School. Each race costs about $10,000 to run, according to Thomas, which is why he and TanCreti are hosting a golf tournament on the event’s behalf.

The cost to play the Crown Point fundraiser is $300 for a team of four. The fee includes the 18-hole tournament, power carts and a post-tourney meal. Prizes will go the low team round, and opportunities for longest drive and closest to the pin also will be involved.

Information is available at www.bravechallenge.org/golf-tournament. For further details, email bravechallenge@gmail.com or call 802-356-6356.

H.S. teams unitefor fundraising tourney

GRANTHAM — Five Upper Valley high school golf programs are uniting to host a fundraising tournament on June 22 at Eastman Golf Links.

The 18-hole tourney helps the golf teams at Newport, Lebanon, Stevens, Kearsarge and Windsor high schools defray costs tied to their fall campaigns. In some cases, the teams have to fund themselves, and this tournament gives the public a chance to help and have fund at the same time.

The tournament, which will start at 1 p.m., costs $100 per person or $400 per four-player team to join. Sponsorship opportunities also are available, and raffle donations are welcome.

Contact Stevens High golf coach Ryan Seaver at 603-313-7985 or ryseav@gmail.com for more information or to register.

On the TrailsNCC work day

NEWBURY, Vt. — The Newbury Conservation Commission will hold its annual trails day work day on June 1 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with work scheduled for the Wells River Conservation Trails, the Cross Vermont Trail, the Blue Mountain Nature Trail and the Boltonville Nature Trail.

The NCC seeds volunteers to help keep all four sites in good shape by helping clear out winter blowdowns and cut back spring growth and brish. The NCC and the Cross Vermont Trail Association have received a grant to resurface the Wells River routes, and it’s important to get the prep work done before resurfacing can begin.

Volunteers are asked to bring weed whackers, brush cutters, loppers, shoves, rakes and chainsaws to help get the work done. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Blue Mountain Union High School parking lot in Wells River before heading off to the trails.

For more information, contact Michael Thomas at 802-757-3960 or mikethom1@charter.net.

ON THE RUNParkrun in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK — The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park will kick off a series of recreational runs — called Parkrun — on June 1 at 9 a.m.

The series will continue on a weekly basis, with a pre-start briefing each week 10 minutes before the start of the race. The runs are open to all and are free of charge, whether participants choose to walk or run. Pre-registration (at parkrun.us/register) is required for anyone wishing to have their time recorded; those that do will receive a barcode to bring for each race.

For more information on the series, visit blog.parkrun.com/us/2019/05/08/what-goes-up.

Ryan’s Run 5K

LYME CENTER — Ryan’s Run, a rural 5K race to benefit area youth programs, will be held on June 1 at the Dartmouth Skiway.

The event starts at 10 a.m. and remembers Lyme native Ryan Saunders, who died in 2012. Saunders grew up racing on the Skiway’s slopes. Money raised from Ryan’s Run supports camp opportunities for area youths.

The race cost is $20. Contact Ben Saunders at ryansrunnh@gmail.com or 603-643-0443 for more information.

Save a Stray 5K

NEWPORT — The Sullivan County Humane Society has scheduled its annual Save a Stray 5K road race for June 22 at the historic Corbin Coverred Bridge in Newport.

The run/walk is a fundraiser to help the society care for homeless animals and run spay/neuter clinics. Online registration is available at $20 per runners, and the first 100 to sign up will receive a free event T-shirt. Awards will go to the top three runners in each gender, with winners receiving a $50 cash prize. Participants are also welcome to bring their dogs with them; dogs must be leashed and will start at the back of the pack.

The race begins at 10 a.m., with day-of race registration available at 8:30 a.m. Post-race festivities include a barbecue and raffle prizes. For more information, contact laurie_waterman@concast.net or visit www.sullivancountyhumanesociety.org.