Rec briefs: Baskin sets N.H. middle school 400-meter mark

  • Competing for the Hanover Recreation Department youth track and field team, Richmond Middle School eighth-grader Matt Baskin won a pair of most valuable athlete awards at recent meets. (Courtesy photograph)

Staff Reports
Published: 6/12/2019 7:24:34 PM

LITCHFIELD, N.H. — Richmond Middle School eighth-grader Matt Baskin capped a lengthy stretch of success by winning the boys 400-meter dash in state record time at the New Hampshire Middle Schools Meet of Champions held at Campbell High School on June 4.

Baskin beat of 28 qualifiers in the MOC 400, clocking a time of 55.49 seconds, with the runner-up trailing by more than a second. Baskin also took third in the 100 dash (11.88) and fourth in the 200 (24.73).

Baskin won MVP awards earlier in the season for his efforts at a pair of meets. He swept the 100, 200 and 400 at a U-32 Middle School meet on May 18, then won the 200 and 800 and was runner-up in the 100 at the Connecticut Valley League championship at Lebanon High on June 1.

Hanover’s boys placed third as a team at CVLs, with Hartford fourth and Lebanon fifth. Jaden Swamp won the 110 hurdles at the meet for Hartford. Lebanon grabbed a win in the 4x200 relay.

Hanover’s girls claimed the CVL championship by 18 points over Keene and winning the 4x100 relay. Thetford was third behind Madelyn Durkee, who swept the 100 and 400 dashes and ran a leg of the winning 4x200 team.

Lebanon tied for sixth, as Mikka Scholtz won the high jump. Hartford’s Sophie Trombley won the 800 and triple jump as part of an eighth-place team performance. Newport sixth-grader
Maddox Lovely also had a victory in the 110 hurdles.

ON THE DIAMOND REA Youth Day returning

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The third Robert E. Ammel Youth Day baseball skills day and fundraiser is set for Saturday 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 or by emailing

In the Pool UVAC joining inworld’s largest lesson

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 or 802-296-2850, ext. 106, for more information.


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 Saturday.

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 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

Discounted pricing for advance registration ends on Friday.

On the TEE 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 for more information or to register.

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