Rec Briefs: Milliken Win Leads Ford Sayre Nordic at White Mtns.

  • Ford Sayre’s Greta Bolinger (191) competes in the New Hampshire Nordic Coaches Association girls five-kilometer freestyle cross country ski race at White Mountains Regional High School in Whitefield, N.H., on Feb. 17, 2018. Bolinger placed fourth in a race won by teammate Perrin Milliken.

  • Ford Sayre’s Perrin Milliken (185) leads the field during the New Hampshire Nordic Coaches Association girls five-kilometer freestyle cross country ski race at White Mountains Regional High School in Whitefield, N.H., on Saturday

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Whitefield, n.h. — Ford Sayre’s Perrin Milliken nipped the Dublin School’s Agnes Macy by less than a second to win the New Hampshire Nordic Coaches Association’s girls five-kilometer freestyle race at White Mountains Regional High School on Saturday.

Milliken completed the cross country ski course in 12 minutes, 55.9 seconds, with Macy closing 12:56.5. Milliken, who is a senior at Hanover High School, led a slew of Ford Sayre Junior Nordic Team members to top-20 results at Saturday’s race, which brought in close to 300 competitors from around New England for the two A-Division events.

Greta Bolinger (13:06.5) was fourth and Kennedy Lange (13:37.0) grabbed sixth in the girls race for Ford Sayre. Catherine Bregou (11th), Emily Bregou (12th) and Johanna Bandler (20th) also cracked the top 20.

Andy Rightmore, a Hanover junior, had the top Ford Sayre result in the boys 5K, finishing fourth in 11:33.7. John Cunnington, a senior at Kearsarge High, took sixth for Ford Sayre (11:39.6), while Jacob Slaughter, a Thetford Academy junior, was eighth. Mascoma junior Justin Andrew took 10th for Ford Sayre.

The Hanover-based club also nearly pulled out a victory in the U16 boys skate race. Dublin’s Quinn Wilson won in 11:28.0, with Ford Sayre’s Daniel Bandler (12:13.8) and Dirk Andrew (12:23.1) taking the next two positions.

The NHNCA’s Coaches Series Races consist of two events, starting with Feb. 3’s classic at North Conway’s Whitaker Woods. Cunningham was fourth for Ford Sayre’s top result in that race, while Catherine Bregou took 12th to lead the girls.

Trio Sweeps Qualifier

Enfield — The Ford Sayre Ski Council’s Kate Levy, Lucy Curtis and Zach Tracy each recorded two wins as the NHARA state championship qualifying series for U12 and U14 alpine skiers continued with two giant slalom races at Whaleback on Sunday.

Levy won the U12 girls division with a pair of victorious runs. Campbell Madden was the only other Ford Sayre racer to finish in the top 10, taking eighth and 10th in her two runs.

Curtis earned her sweep in the U14 girls division. Grace Bean (second, seventh), Ella Goodney (third, fourth), Greta Holland (third, eighth), Grace Lewandoski (fifth twice) and Emily Petras (sixth, eighth) all recorded a pair of top-10 finishes. Clubmate Lilly Clapp also claimed eighth place in one of the two runs.

Tracy captured both runs of the U12 boys division, edging out teammate Nick Reiss on both occasions. Charlie Forbush (third, fourth, Gavin Munson (seventh, eighth), Schuyler Clapp (seventh, eighth) and Zach Garfield (10th twice) all had a pair of top-10s, while teammates Sam Ames (third) and Adam Goodney (sixth) had one each.

Luke Dwyer had the best day among U14 boys, taking second and third. Connor Hamlin (third, eighth), Jack Ross (fourth, sixth), Joey Davis (fifth), Wyatt Knaus (eighth) and Mack Levy (ninth) netted the other top-10s.

The qualifying series closes this weekend with slalom action at the Dartmouth Skiway.

Five to U16 Easterns

Hanover — Five members of the Ford Sayre Academy alpine team will compete at the U16 Eastern Championships at Stowe Mountain Resort next month after wrapping up qualifying last weekend.

FSA’s Eva Schiffman, Riley Craft and Siena Curtis secured their invitations to the girls races with slalom performances at Gunstock on Saturday and Mittersill on Sunday. Craft was fourth, Schiffman fifth and Curtis seventh in Saturday’s slalom, and KUA’s Willa McGough, of Meriden, took 10th. At Mittersill, Craft led Curtis and Schiffman to a 7-8-9 result to clinc Easterns.

The boys competed on Saturday at Ragged Mountain and Sunday at Proctor Academy’s Blackwater Ski Area, with Colter Lingelbach-Pierce and Ethan Ross securing spots at Easterns. Lingelbach-Pierce took fourth at Ragged and followed with a ninth at Proctor. Ross was 14th at PA.

The U16 Easterns are scheduled for March 8-13.

On the Ice

Bantams Rally for Tie

Manchester — The Hanover Wild Bantam Greens closed their Granite State League regular season by rallying for two late goals to gain a 3-3 tie with the Manchester Flames at JFK Coliseum on Sunday.

The Flames struck for the opening goal in the first period only to Hanover’s Griffin Auch tie the game on a Hank Trimble pass. Manchester regained the lead, stretched it to 3-1 and appeared set to grab the victory when the Wild pulled off its comeback in the final seconds.

Casey Graham drew the Wild within a goal on a pass from Alex Rockmore. Graham added a second moments later following the ensuing faceoff, taking the puck at the Manchester blue line and beating the Flames’ netminder with 1 second left. Luke Ives made 17 saves for his half of the tie.

Hanover finished 7-8-1 in league play, including a 4-0 loss to division-leading New Hamshire East on Saturday. The Wild will be the fifth seed in the six-team state tournament in Nashua, bound for a opening date with No. 2 Lakes Region.

On the Ice, Part Deux

Learn-to-Curl Session

White River Junction — The Upper Valley Curling Club will hold another learn-to-curl clinic for those interested in understanding the particulars of this growing Olympic-level sport on Saturday at Wendell A. Barwood Arena.

The clinic runs from 5:45-8 p.m. and costs $25 per person. Experienced curlers will teach the basics of the game before newcomers get to try out their knowledge on the ice. The club provides all equipment; participants are asked to wear warm clothes and shoes with non-skid soles.

For more information on the club and its schedules, visit www.upervalleycurling.com or email uppervallyecurling@gmail.com.

On the Pitch

UVRC Forming H.S. Club

Lebanon — The Upper Valley Rugby Club is looking for a few good teenaged boys and girls to join its new high school-level club program for ages 14-18.

The process will begin with a no-commitment informational get-together to be held on Friday at the Kilton Public Library in West Lebanon from 5:30-6:30 p.m. UVRC organizers will talk about the sport, how it is played, what new competitors will need in order to play and answer any questions. Coaches, administrators and other high school-age players will be on hand.

For more information, email Grant at uppervalleyrugby@gmail.com.

On the Diamond

Vermont Seeks Umpires

Lyndonville, Vt. — The Vermont Baseball Umpires Association is starting classe sin the coming week for people interested in officiating high school baseball.

Both classes will go for four weeks. One will be held on Tuesdays at Lyndon State College, and the other will go on Wednesdays at U-32 High School in East Montpelier. Both will run from 6-8 p.m. each night.

The fee to take part is $45. Registrants will receive a rulebook, casebook, season rules guide and printable sheets. Each class will go over rules of the game, umpiring mechanics and game management situations. Both courses are open to current umpires as well as those wishing to become officials, coaches looking to better understand the rules and students seeking an entry into umpiring.

For more information, contact VBUA commissioner Bruce James at 802-626-3317, 802-535-6622 or neumpire@hotmail.com.

In the Classroom

Walk With Ease Class

White River Junction — The Upper Valley Aquatic Center, working with the Arthritis Foundation, will offer a program called Walk With Ease, aimed toward getting adults with arthritis moving, starting on March 5.

Wellness coach and certified fitness instructor Kathleen Danforth will lead the classes, which will run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4-5 p.m. through April 13, with another session planned for later that month.

The cost of the class is $90, and participants need not be UVAC members in order to register. Email svanabs@uvacswim.org or call 802-296-2850, ext. 104, for more information.