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Rec briefs: Higgins tops at Pan Americans


Staff Reports
Wednesday, June 05, 2019

ORLANDO, Fla. — Thor’s Stone Athletic Club weightlifter Jane Higgins came home from a trip to the recent Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championship with honors for the best lifter in her age group.

Competing in the 55-kilo weight class, Higgins, 71, beat out 16 other competitors for top honors. She set a national record for her age group with a 63.8-pound lift in the snatch, and her top clean-and-jerk of 85.8 pounds was both a new national and Pan American mark.

The meet was held from May 30-June 2 at the Wyndham Resort Hotel in Orlando. Thor’s Stone AC is based in West Lebanon.

ON THE DIAMONDREA Youth Day returning

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The third Robert E. Ammel Youth Day baseball skills day and fundraiser has been scheduled for June 15 at the Maxfield Sports Complex.

The day remembers longtime umpire and youth sports supporter Bob Ammel Jr. and is highlighted by a free baseball skills and drill clinic led by the Lebanon Post 22 and White River Junction Post 84 American Legion baseball programs. The skills session starts at 4:30 p.m., followed by a barbecue dinner and raffle at 6 p.m. Post 22 and Post 84 then take the field for baseball action at 7 p.m.

Youngsters ages 12 and younger are encouraged to take part. Proceeds from the day go to the Robert E. Ammel Memorial Scholarship Fund. Details are available at roberteammel.org or by emailing bobammelsf@gmail.com.

In the PoolWorld’s largest lesson at UVAC

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION —As part of an effort to raise awareness in the area of water safety, the Upper Valley Aquatic Center will be joining in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on June 20.

The nationwide event, in its 10th year, seeks to highlight the importance of swim lessons in combating drowning, which is one of the leading causes of unintended death during the summer. UVAC’s event, scheduled to run from 1:30-6 p.m., includes a fire truck and safety lesson followed by a free introductory swim lesson and time in the facility’s splash pool. Adults can also take part in free introductory swim lessons later in the day

Pre-registration is required by June 18 to get involved. Contact Karen Cox at kcox@uvacswim.org or 802-296-2850, ext. 106, for more information.

ON THE RUN

Windsor 5 & Dime trail run

WEST WINDSOR — The Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series moves to Ascutney Outdoors for its next race, the Windsor 5 & Dime, on June 15.

The race will be split into 5K and 10K divisions. The former offers a pace more suited to families and the recreational runner seeking a new outlet. The 10K is part of the WNHTRS standings and will take advantage of Ascutney Outdoor’s expansive network of single- and double-track trails.

Racing starts at 9 a.m. The day-of-race registration fee is $20, although online registratoin is available through wnhtrs.com. Proceeds will go toward supporting Ascutney Outdoors.

Skip’s Run coming

LEBANON — The Upper Valley Running Series hits its stride in the coming weeks, beginning a three-races-in-three-weeks stretch with Skip’s Run on Father’s Day.

Skip’s Run is a four-mile out-and-back with a large portion of the route held on the Northern Rail Trail. The race begins and ends at Colburn Park in downtown Lebanon. Brady’s Fun Run-Walk, a one-mile event, opens the day at 9 a.m., and Skip’s Run follows. Awards and a barbecue complete the day.

The UVRS will go to Enfield for the Shaker 7 on June 23, followed by the Red, White and Blue 6.2 back in Lebanon on July 4. Details for all races and online registration can be found at www.uppervalleyrunningclub.org/2019series.

Discounted pricing for advance registration ends on Friday.

On Two WheelsRanger rolling this weekend

TUNBRIDGE — Cyclists of all sorts will be rolling in and out of the Tunbridge Fairgrounds on Sunday in the latest edition of The Ranger.

The event consists of two rides: a 36-mile gravel road race and mountain bike-style enduro along with an 18-mile route largely on hard-packed dirt that will also offer one segment of Class IV road for those interested in trying. The enduro will feature timed segments that will ultimately determine the winning rider.

The Ranger also offers a Junior Ranger program for youths, who will have 2.5- or 5-mile route options, mostly on flats, to try while parents try their hand and the harder stuff. All riding begins at 9:30 a.m., and the day wraps up with a party at 11:30 a.m. that will include live music, food, drink and other activities.

The cost is $75 for either ride and $130 for families, which includes adults along with all children participating in Junior Ranger action. Visit www.therangervt.com for more information and links to online registration.

On the TEEH.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.