Recreation Briefs: Ford Sayre Nordic Wins New England Relay Crown

  • The Ford Sayre Ski Council sent a large contingent of racers to the Craftsbury Outdoor Center on Sunday and came home winners of the New England Club Relay Championship.

  • Bill Bartlett, a Newport native and Towle High School graduate, will share his experiences competing in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race during an April 10 talk at the Richards Free Library ballroom in Newport.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Craftsbury Common, Vt. — A large throng of more than 50 Ford Sayre Ski Council competitors hit the Craftsbury Outdoor Center trails and came home with a cross country skiing victory on Sunday at the New England Club Relay Championships.

Racers grouped up in teams of four, with two skiers racing classical and the other two freestyle. Clubs accumulated points based on finishes, and Ford Sayre dominated with 1,052 points, nearly double that of runner-up Northwest Vermont Endurance.

Bracketed into divisions based on the combined age of the competitors (more or less than 200 years), Ford Sayre teams won two races. The quartet of Tim Caldwell, Peter Milliken, Lou Bregou and Jay Davis took the men’s over-199 title, and Dorcas DenHartog, Ellen Chandler, Cheryl Carlson and Heidi Lange combined for the women’s over-199 crown.

FSSC also had two runner-up finishes — including junior team members Eloise Van Meter, Caroline Loescher, Nicoya Mowbray-parker and Catherine Bregou in the women’s under-200 division — and a fourth in adult competition. Three teams landed in the top 10 of the Bill Koch League youth relay.

Team scores (top five): Ford Sayre 1,052, NW Vermont Endurance 567, Craftsbury 325, Mansfield Nordic 322, Stratton Mtn. School 305.

Ross Wins Spring Series

Henniker, n.h. — Ford Sayre Academy’s Ethan Ross produced a pair of consistent runs to win the New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association’s LaFoley Spring Series slalom at Pats Peak on Sunday.

Ross trailed Proctor Academy’s Samuel McDermott through the first run but rallied with a strong follow-up to win the race. Ross’ second-run time of 45.88 seconds left him with an overall time of 1:34.44 to nip McDermott by just .11 seconds.

Frans Luttmer took 12th, Teddy Rush was 13th and Mal Flynn claimed 19th to give FSA four boys in the top 20. Ellie Stannard led the Ford Sayre girls to placing ninth, with Molly Hackett 13th and Katie Stannard 21st.

Goodney Leads at Easterns

Waterville Valley, n.h. — Eric Goodney had the strongest performance for Ford Sayre Academy at last weekend’s U16 Eastern Championships at Waterville Valley.

Goodney produced a pair of top-15s for FSA, going eighth in the slalom and 18th in super-G. FSA’s Maya Holmes hit the top 20 in super-G (16th) and giant slalom (19th), adding a 21st in slalom.

Lucy Doyle also competed for FSA with a 31st both the super-G and GS to go with a 38th in the slalom. Kimball Union Academy’s Willa MCGough was 20th in the super-G and 39th in the GS.

Four at U14s Eastern

Wilmington, n.y. — Four Ford Sayre competitors headed to the Adirondacks in mid-March for the U14 Eastern Championships at Whiteface Mountain.

Jack Ross had the top results for the club, going 18th in slalom, 38th in super-G and 44th in GS. Ella Goodney also raced, taking 32nd in slalom, while teammate Lucy Curtis was 38th in the super-G.

Luke Dwyer rounded out Ford Sayre’s group, sking to 40th in the GS and 46th in super-G.

Perras Finishes Strong

Waterville Valley, n.h. — Ford Sayre U14 skier Emily Perras saved her best day for last, racing to a season-best third place at Waterville Valley’s Dan Bean Memorial giant slalom on March 18.

Perras finished in a two-run time of 1 minute, 18.91 seconds, about a half-second behind Waterville Valley BBTS competitor Paige Tullie and a little more than two seconds behind winner Elizabeth Downs, also of BBTS. FSSC’s Casey Havrda (fifth) and Lilly Clapp (seventh) both made the top 10.

Dahlia Fuld paced the Ford Sayre U12 girls with a ninth-place result. Teammates Campbell White (11th), Campbell Madden (12th), Reese Hamlin (13th) and Virginia Adams (15th) all made the top 15.

Ford Sayre put Ben Ames across the line in third place in the U10 boys division. Adam Goodney, Charlie Forbush and Gavin Munson were 5-6-7 for the U12s. Joey Davis led the U14s to taking fifth, with Wyatt Knaus sixth and Connor Hamlin ninth.

Hundreds Hit T-Shirt Race

Newbury, n.h. — More than 500 junior racers from all over New England descended upon Mount Sunapee for Saturday’s running of the annual Chip Gilroy T-Shirt Race, a dual giant slalom for four age divisions.

The largest group was the U10 girls, with nearly 100 racers in attendance. Kait Christensen gave Ford Sayre its best result by placing 17th. Lillian Miller was 21st and Harper Traendly 22nd for FSSC. Sadie Ross had a good first run in the U12s for Ford Sayre but was disqualified for missing a gate.

Anna Testorf took second among U14 girls, finishing behind only Sunapee’s Gretl Shaw. Greta Holland (10th), Grace Lewandoski (13th), Lucy Curtis (14th) and Grace Bean (17th) all landed in the top 20. Eva Schiffman, Katie Stannard and Ellie Stannard swept the podium in the U16 girls race, while teammate Siena Curtis was fifth.

Hayden Clapp (seventh), Abe Musty (10th), Ben Ames (18th) and Henry Ruth (19th) cracked the top 20 for the FSSC U10 boys. Schuyler Clapp (eighth), Gavin Munson (ninth), Sam Ames (12th), Ty Christensen (14th) and Wynn Bushell did the same in the U12s.

Luke Dwyer was fourth in the U14 race for FSSC; teammates Connor Hamlin and Wyatt Knaus tied for 16th, and Ford Sayre’s Nate Finley and Jack Ross were right behind. Owen Stannard’s 16th-place time and Pierce Hamlin’s 19th-place finish in the U16s closed the day for Ford Sayre.

With the Dogs

Iditarod Comes to Newport

Newport — Newport native and Towle High School graduate Bill Bartlett will return to the area to share his experiences in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race during a talk at the Richards Free Library’s ballroom on April 10.

Owner of an animal science degree from UNH as well as a keen interest in sled dogs, Bartlett ran the famous Alaska race — with town support — in 1980. In addition to having a career in bovine podiatry, Bartlett and his wife, Heidi, have owned Bartlett’s Blueberry Farm for nearly 40 years.

The talk will go from 6:30-8 p.m. and is free to the public. The ballroom is handicapped accessible, and light refreshments will be served.

On the Ice

UVHA Annual Meeting

White River Junction — The Upper Valley Hockey Association will hold its annual membership meeting on April 25.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Kinney Pike Insurance Agency in White River Junction. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, contact UVHA secretary Sarah Morlock at secretary@uvha.org.

On the Hardwood

Spring Hoop Ref Classes

White River Junction — Vermont Board 105 of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials will hold spring classes for new officials next month.

The sessions will be held on Mondays and Thursdays at Hartford High from April 2-30. There is a cost for class materials and for the post-class exam.

Contact Dan Pause at 802-683-93215 or danpause@gmail.com for details.

 On the Run

Save a Stray 5K

Newport — The Sullivan County Humane Society will hold its fifth Save a Stray 5K road race on June 23, begininng at the Corbin Covered Bridge.

The race, which will start at 10 a.m., is a fundraiser for SCHS, which provides help for homeless animals and sponsors spay and neuter clinics. Pre-registration is $20 and comes with a free event T-shirt for the first 100 runners to sign up. Kids under the age of 12 are welcome to run at no cost. Race-day registration will also be available, starting at 8:30 a.m.

The day will include prizes for the top male and female finishers in several age groups, raffle prizes and a post-race barbecue, all taking place at the covered bridge. Visit www.sullivancountyhumanesociety.org or contact Laurie Waterman at 603-381-0715 or laurie_waterman@comcast.net for more information.


Ford Sayre’s Lucy Curtis raced to a 38th-place finish in the girls super giant slalom at the recent U14 Eastern Championships at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, N.Y. Her result was inadvertently omitted in a writeup of Ford Sayre U14 finishes at the meet in an earlier version of this story.