Rec Briefs: Thetford Road Race to Test Endurance and Memory

  • Members of the Lightning Soccer Club's U12 Comets boys team show off their medal after winning their division at last weekend's Nashua World Cup Columbus Day Tournament in Nashua, N.H. (Courtesy photograph)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Thetford — As part of Thetford Academy’s year-long bicentennial celebration, Upper Valley runners and walkers are invited to take part in the first Asa Burton Bicentennial Blast 5K on Saturday at 10 a.m.

The race, named for the academy’s founder, will take place on the Woods Trail, the 5K cross country route adjacent to TA’s campus. In addition to running or walking along one of the area’s most beautiful trails, competitors will also be required to answer questions about TA’s history that will be posted throughout the route.

All runners and walkers will have to finish a short post-race quiz once they’ve completed the course. Correct answers will draw reductions in a participant’s time; incorrect answers will result in added time, meaning the fastest person in the woods won’t necessarily win the race.

There is no charge to participate and no pre-registration necessary; simply show up to TA for the event. Walkers are welcome, and all participants who complete the course will receive a commemorative T-shirt. There will also be prizes for a variety of categories.

For more information, contact race organizer Charlie Buttrey at charliebuttrey@yahoo.com.

Gory Days Run

White River Junction — The Hartford Dismas House and the Main Street Museum will host its Halloween-themed Gory Daze 5K road race on Oct. 27.

The race begins at 10 a.m. at the Dothan Brook School. Halloween costumes are encouraged for all participants, and runners and walkers are both welcome. The day includes face painting, food and music for all.

The $20 race fee will benefit Dismas House, a facility for men and women transitioning from incarceration to the community. For more information, email jeff@dismasofvt.org or call 802-698-8661.

Indian River Run

Enfield — The Indian River School’s track and cross country programs will host the Tiger Run 12K and 5K on Oct. 28 at the Shaker Village Recreation Field.

The run is a fundraiser for the two IRS programs, which receive no school district funding. The 12K route closely follows that of the annual Shaker 7 Road Race, while the day will include a 5K for those seeking a shorter distance. Both events start at 10 a.m.

The cost for the 12K for ages 16 and older is $35 through the end of September, $40 from Oct. 1-26 and $45 on race day. The fee for ages 15 and younger is $5 less in all cases.

The 5K fee for ages 16 and older is $20 through Sept. 30, $25 from Oct. 1-26 and $30 on race day. The fee for ages 15 and younger is $5 in all cases as well.

The day also will include a kids fun run, which costs $2 through Oct. 26 and $5 on race day.

Online registration is available via the Mascoma Valley Parks and Recreation page on Facebook or at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/42535.

On the Pitch

LSC at Seacoast Tourney

Epping, n.h. — The Lightning Soccer Club sent its U11 Thunder, U13 Fever and U14 Storm boys soccer teams to the Seacoast Columbus Day Tournament last weekend, and two squads came home with divisional wins.

The Storm swept three contests by 9-2 aggregate with shtouts in its final two games. Jack Stadheim and Aidan Smith both had a pair of goals for LSC, with other scores coming from Nolan McMahon, Bode Wood, Carter Guerin, Alex McGrath and Will Guerin.

The Thunder also rolled to a division title. The team clinched its weekend championship with a 3-2 defeat of GPS NH NEP Elite.

The Fever took second in their division. beating Bayside FC in the semifinals before a 1-0 loss to Aztec Soccer in the final.

Half-Dozen in Nashua

Nashua, n.h. — The Lightning Soccer Club sent another half-dozen boys and girls teams to the Nashua World Cup Columbus Day Tournament, getting a near-miss title run from the U12 Comets boys team.

The Comets went 3-1-0 in the U12 Premier division, losing only to eventual champion NEFC North Elite, 1-0, LSC beat GPS NH Navy (5-0) , Peak FC Premier (13-0) and Lakes Region United (4-0) in group action.

The U12 Cyclones boys were 2-1-1 in Nashua play. The Cyclones beat Merrimack SC (2-0), drew with the Hooksett Gunners (0-0) and lost a 1-0 decision to East Bay United on a last-touch penalty kick. LSC closed with a 2-1 defeat of GPH NH White, secured with Wyatt Daigle’s game-winning volley and Ryan Carroll’s debut play in goal.

The U10 Hurricanes boys went 3-1-0 in their division at Nashua, with wins over GPS Navy (3-1), NEFC North Elite Red (5-1) and NHSL White (7-1) erasing the sting of an opening 3-1 loss to FC Vipers. Angus Newcomb, Nate McFetridge, Finn McColgan and Matt Lepene anchored the Canes’ defensive effort, with Sacha Palm Colin McLaughlin, Jesse Madory, Nolan Borne, Yuvi Sathe and Sumner Finley splitting time in the goal.

The club also sent the U11 Surge, U13 Bugs and U15 Sparks teams to the Nashua tourney. None of the squads advanced to knockout play.

On the Ice

Curling Club Activities

White River Junction — With the ice to soon go down at Wendell A. Barwood Arena, the Upper Valley Curling Club set up a pair of opportunities for people interested in learning more about the sport.

The UVCC will hld a free open house on Oct. 20 from 6-8 p.m. Experienced curlers will be on hand to show the basic elements of the game and will answer questions about play, strategy and the equipment involved. Participants are recommended to wear warm clothing, including hats and gloves, as well as clean shoes with non-skid soles.

Although there is no charge to participate, the UVCC asks would-be visitors to register for the clinic first at uppervalleycurling.org.

The club will follow that up with its first learn-to-curl clinic of the season on Oct. 27 from 5:45-8 p.m. After learning game strategies from experienced curlers, participants will hit the ice for a short game. The learn-to-curl clinics cost $25. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited.

The UVCC hosts league competition at WABA through the winter. To learn more, visit the club website or email uppervalleycurling@gmail.com.

HHA Learn-to-Play

West Lebanon — The Hanover Hockey Association has scheduled its first learn-to-play youth hockey clinics for the new skating season.

HHA will hold a weekend of free clinics at Campion on Oct. 13-14 for boys and girls ages 4-8. The events start at 10:30 a.m. both days, and registration is open at www.hanoverhockey.org.

Beyond that, HHA has three six-week learn-to-play clinics scheduled for later in the season. Operating on Saturdays and Sundays at 8:10 a.m. and beginning on Oct. 27, the winter season clinics cost $100 for each six-week session.

For more information on HHA’s learn-to-play offerings, contact coordinator Tracy Purcell at tapurcell80@gmail.com.

Campion Rink SeeksPlayers for Leagues

West Lebanon — Campion Rink is seeking players interested in joining its B and C hockey leagues for the coming winter season.

Campion’s C league will play on Saturday nights and is geared toward players more interested in a fun and team-oriented atmosphere. The season starts before the end of the month and continues through next March. The rink plans to field four teams, each of which will play a 21-game regular-season schedule along with playoffs. C league is a co-ed activity.

B league is targeted for athletes with hockey experience seeking a competitive atmosphere. Campion Rink plans to have eight teams in its B League, also with a 21-game season and playoffs, with the bulk of games played on Sunday nights.

The cost to play for the season is $425 for B league and $350 for C league. Prospective players can sign up online or download a registration form from www.campionrink.org.

For more information, contact the rink at 603-643-1222.

To the Hoop

New Referee Class

White River Junction — Vermont Board 105 of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials will hold classes for people interested in becoming high school referees this month.

The program is open to Vermont and New Hamsphire residents and will consist of Monday and Thursday night classes at Hartford High School beginning Oct. 29. There is a cost involved for materials as well as the referee exam required to begin working games.

For more information, contact Dan Pause at 802-683-9315 or danpause@gmail.com.

In the Pit

Windsor Gaga Tourney

Windsor — The Windsor Recreation Department is going gaga over gaga ... or gagaball, hosting a tournament for youths and adults on Nov. 7 at the Windsor Recreation Center.

Gagaball is a variation on dodgeball, played in an octagonal pit with a soft foam ball. The object of the game is to dodge, strike, run or jump to avoid an opponent hitting you below the knees with the ball. The whole point of the game is motion. The last survivor wins.

The tournament is open to anyone ages 5 and older, and divisions for youths, high schoolers and adults are planned. The cost to take part is $5 per person.

Contact Windsor Rec at 802-674-6783 to learn more.

On the Diamond

Hartford Softball Tourney For Scholarships

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department is calling on all adult softball teams to join in its inaugural Softball for Scholarships tournament the weekend of Oct. 13-14.

Games will be played at the Maxfield Sports Complex from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. The team fee is $160, and all proceeds will go toward the department for use in school sports registration, equipment purchase and summer program registration.

A concession stand will be on hand at the tournament, which will also include a 50-50 raffle and merchandise sales. Tournament champion T-shirts also will be available.

Teams can register for the tourney online at the Hartford Recreation website. For more information, contact tournament organizers Brandon Dyke at 802-738-6827 or teamfreakyfish1010@gmail.com or Jessica Dyke at 802-738-6762 or bswifey84@gmail.com.