Rec Briefs: UVAC to Celebrate Life of Late Swim Program Coach

  • The Hanover grades 7-8 youth boys lacrosse team completed a 14-3 season by taking runner-up at last weekend’s state championship.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

White River Junction — The Upper Valley Aquatic Center will celebrate the life of Dorsi Raynolds, the center’s longtime swim team coach, during a memorial service at the facility on Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m.

Raynolds died on April 16 after a battle with cancer. She spent 32 years as a professional swim coach, the last 10 of them at UVAC, where she guided youth competitors to multiple meet titles and sent a hanful on to college programs.

The center will hold a tree dedication in Raynolds’ memory as part of an outdoor ceremony on Saturday. UVAC will also hold paper plate awards and offer light snacks. Attendees are recommended to bring a blanket or lawn chair; should weather intervene, the ceremony will move to the blachers above the competition pool.

Call 603-667-1737 or email slinville@uvacswim.org for more information.

The ceremony will also provide visitors the chance to assist in a fundraising effort in Raynolds’ name. Abby LeBlanc has formed Team Dorsi for the upcoming Prouty, with a goal of raising $3,000 for cancer research. Contact LeBlanc at 802-230-6761 to help.

With Sticks

Hanover U14s State Runners-Up

Amherst, n.h. — The Hanover grades 7-8 youth boys lacrosse team played to a runner-up finish at the New Hampshrie U14 state tournament on Saturday at Souhegan High School.

Seeded third, Hanover opened semifinal play against undefeated Peterborough and earned an 8-7 win in overtime. Andrew Claus converted a pass from Henry Carter in sudden death to earn the win. Kyle Smith topped the scoresheet with four goals, with Lachlan Simmers (four assists), Augie Oberting and Bridger Close providing the others.

That set up a date in the finals against another undefeated foe in Lakes Region. Smith scored twice, Claus rippled the twine once and defenders Owen Kitchel, Ethan Derksen and Roan Downard provided cover for goalie Max Galbraith as Hanover took a 3-2 lead into halftime. The Lakers, however, posted five straight goals in the second half and worked their way to a 10-7 victory and the state crown.

Mitchell Rowley, Sasha Green, Nick Lee and Jack Gardner joined Claus, Oberting and Close in winning battles in the midfield. Simmers scored twice in the second half of the final for Hanover, with Smith and Carter netting the others.

Hanover finished its season 14-3, with the losses coming to Lakes Region (twice) and the Cardigan Mountain School junior varsity.

In the Pool

Splash Camp Scholarships

White River Junction — Thanks to grants from Norwich Solar Technologies and the Coach Family Foundation, the Upper Valley Aquatic Club will again be offering financial aid for families requiring it to attend the facility’s summer Splash Camp.

Any child who receives free or reduced school lunch or similar assistance is welcome to apply. The camp begins today, with 10 one-week sessions scheduled through Aug. 17. Each camp offers daily swim lessons and other activities. Weeks 2, 3, 9 and 10 are sold out.

For more information, contact UVAC’s Karen Cox at 802-296-2850, ext. 106.

On the Run

Skip Matthews Run

Lebanon — The annual Skip Matthews Memorial Race hits its 15th birthday on Sunday in downtown Lebanon. The four-mile race commemorates the life of Matthews, who died from brain cancer in 2003.

Since then, the race — which begins and ends in front of City Hall and covers part of the Northern Rail Trail — has raised money for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center’s tumor research program.

The day kicks off with Brady’s Fun Run/Walk, a one-mile route starting at 9 a.m. The four-mile run gets going at 10 a.m. River Valley Community College will provide post-race massages, and awards along with a barbecue will follow immediately after the race.

The cost to participate is $25 for adults (ages 19 and older) and $20 for youths (ages 18 and younger). There is no charge for the one-mile run run/walk. Online registration is available through the link at www.skipsrun.org. Day-of-race registration will also be available until 8:30 a.m. for the fun run/walk and 9 a.m. for the four-miler.

For more information, contact Fran Oscadal at foscadal@gmail.com or 603-448-4121.

Shaker 7 Set

Enfield — The Enfield Village Association will fire up the annual Shaker 7 road race on June 24 for its 14th edition.

The race covers a seven-mile route around Mascoma Lake, beginning and ending at Shaker Recreation Park in Enfield. A three-mile walk option is also available. Proceeds from the Shaker 7 go toward projects and events run by the EVA, which seeks to enhance the town’s cultural, recreational and natural resources.

The cost to participate is $30 for adults and $15 for students. Online registration is available through www.enfieldmainstreet.org. Day-of-race registration will be available starting at 7:30 a.m., and both the run and walk will fire off at 9 a.m.

The Shaker 7 is part of the nine-race Upper Valley Running Series overseen by the Upper Valley Running Club. For the complete schedule of events, visit www.uppervalleyrunningclub.org.

Save a Stray 5K

Newport — The Sullivan County Humane Society will hold its fifth Save a Stray 5K road race on June 23, beginning 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 free.

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.