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Rec Briefs: Etna’s Bedford Adds Another World Swimming Record

  • Etna’s Fritz Bedford added a ninth age-group world record in masters swimming during last weekend’s Leaf Peepers meet at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction.



Thursday, October 25, 2018

White River Junction — Fritz Bedford is now setting records about records.

The masters swimmer from Etna set a lifetime-mark ninth world recors last weekend when he competed for the Upper Valley Rays masters team in the 10th Leaf Peepers Masters Mini Meet at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center.

The 55-year-old went after three standards in the record book during the meet. His time of 28.16 seconds in the 50-meter backstroke missed the world standard by a half-second but was still good enough for a new regional mark. He set a new national standard in the men’s 55-59 age group with a time of 26.55 in the 50 butterfly, missing the world record by one-tenth of a second.

Bedford finally grabbed his ninth world mark in the 100 back, posting a time of 1:00.78 that clipped six one-hundredths off the previous record.

Nineteen UVRays swimmers combined to set additional standards at the meet:

■ Arnold Meardon broke regional records in the men’s 85-89 division in the 50 fly (1:07.26) and 100 individual medley (2:28.79).

■ Marilyn Williams also set two marks in the women’s 70-74 class, in the 25 freestyle (24.23) and 25 breaststroke (30.31).

■ Glenn Johnson broke the 50 backstroke mark (45.51) in his age group).

■ Rob Starkey, competing in every available butterfly event for men ages 40-44, set new meet records at 25 meters (13.94) and 200 meters (2:49.75).

■ Nick Holt, in the men’s 45-49 class, set a meet standard in the 25 free (14. 29).

■ Jim Larrick, among men 35-39, claimed “fastest man in the pool” honors with a meet-record 12.11-second clocking in the 25 free.

On the Trail

Greenway Help Day

Lebanon — The powers that be behind the Mascoma River Greenway will hold a cleanup and input day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A team of Dartmouth College engineering students is helping the city of Lebanon explore options for extending the MRG corridor from Lebanon to White River Junction and will be on hand on Saturday for input from volunteers. In the meantime, help is needed for cleanup and general maintenance of the paved recreational trail, which made its official debut earlier this year.

In addition to the Dartmouth students, representatives from the city, the MRG and the Norther Rail Trail will be available for information and conversation. The day will be staged at the MRG parking lot across from Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital on Mascoma Street. Volunteers are recommended to wear gear and shoes appropriate for the weather and to bring rakes, vegetation cutters or other necessary equipment.

For more information, call the city’s Office of Planning and Development at 603-448-1457, ext. 1473.

To the Hoop

Thetford 3v3 Tournament

Thetford — Thetford Academy has set its fifth three-on-three youth basketball tournament for No. 11 at Vaughan Gymnasium.

There will be separate divisions for boys and girls, split into grades 5-6, grades 7-8 and high school. Each team, which will have a maximum of five rostered players, will play a minimum of two games.

The cost to play is $50 per team, with registration proceeds going; toward the Thetford Academy athletic fund. Spectator admission is by donation, which will be turned over to the town’s area veterans group. Concessions will be available throughout the day as well.

The registration deadline is Nov. 2. For more information, contact Andrew Davis at andrew.davis@snowcountry.org.

Lebanon Thanksgiving Tourney

Lebanon — The Lebanon Police Department is teaming up with the Carter Community Building Association to hold its annual youth three-on-three basketball tournament on Nov. 25, the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

The tournament consists of multiple divisions for boys and girls in grades 5-12. Each team can have up to four players, and teams will play 12-minute contests in a double-elimination format. Tournament rules are available at lebanonnh.gov/1096/Annual-Basketball-Tournament.

The team fee is $50, with proceeds benefiting the Child Advocacy Center. All games will take place at the CCBA Witherell Recreation Center in Lebanon. Contact Lt. Matthew Isham at 603-448-8800 or Matthew.Isham@lebanonnh.gov for more information.

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 on Monday. 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.

On the Pitch

LSC Fury Gets Furious

Meriden — The Lightning Soccer Club’s U12 Fury girls lived up to their nickname over the weekend with a 10-0 rout of Londonderry United.

The Fury owned an 8-0 lead by halftime thanks to a four-goal performance from Reese Hamlin and two-goal efforts from Rosemary Candon and Audrey Rupp. Rupp completed her hat trick int he second half, with Braelyn Park also scoring.

Sadie Ross and Peyton Richardson shared the duties in goal, posting a shutout.

Surge Leads League

Durham, n.h. — The LSC U11 Surge girls maintained their spot atop the league standings with a 2-0 win over Oyster River Youth Academy on Saturday.

Karley Hollis put the Surge ahead with a laser strike over the Oyster River goalkeeper. Aila Van Dolah extended the lead to two goals with a highlight-reel effort later in the contest.

The Surge hosts the Merrimack Tonahawks in a matchup of the league’s two undefeated leaders this weekend.

In other LSC girls action:

■ The U15 Sparks dropped a 1-0 decision to Valeo FC Coura in Meriden.

■ The U13 Bugs claimed a 2-1 victory over NEFC NS United.

Comets Soar Over Seacoast

Epping, n.h. — The LSC U12 Comets boys made the most of a cold assignment with a 3-1 road defeat of Seacoast united Maine South Premier Blue over the weekend.

Brady Donovan put the Comets ahead with a first-half goal. Thatcher Bacon’s penalty-kick conversion in the second half served as the game-winning goal, and Connor Newcomb later added a clincher.

In other LSC boys matches:

■ The U13 Fever lost to a strong GPS Mass Elite squad, 6-1, getting its one goal on a Cabot McLaren conversion of an Adam Goodney cross.

■ The U14 Storm dropped a 4-2 contest on the road to Valeo FC Lyon.

■ The U11 Thunder cruised at home to an 8-1 win over SFC New England White.

On the Run

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 Saturday.

The race begins at 10 a.m. at 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 Sunday 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 also 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 $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 $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.

Nor’witch Distance Races

Norwich — Distance runners are welcome to hit the back roads of Norwich on Sunday for the Nor’witch Halloween Half’with, Full’witch and Ultra’witch races.

All three races will begin and end on the Norwich green. The 50K ultra starts at 9 a.m., the standard marathon-length Full’wtich kicks off at 10 a.m. and the 13.1-mile Half’witch has an 11 a.m. start time.

The cost to participate is $75 for the half-marathon, $115 for the full marathon and $120 for the ultra. Online registration is available through the race website, www.runthewitch.com. Runners may also sign up in person up to an hour before racetime.

Run for Pie Upcoming

Grantham — Eastman Recreation will again put sweets in front of feets when it hosts the annual Run for Pie 5K on Nov. 3, beginning and ending at the South Cove Activity Center.

The event, which is also the final race of this year’s Upper Valley Running Series, serves as an opportunity to help those in need. Proceeds from the day benefit families in Enfield, Springfield, N.H., Grantham and Newport, and each participant is asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the local food pantry.

Runners can take to the 5K road race course, while walkers have a two-mile option at their avail. Advantage registration is open at www.runreg.com/run-for-pie-5k. Day-of registration will start at 9:30 a.m., with the run and walk to follow at 11 a.m.

The cost to participate is $15 for individuals and $32 for families in advance, increasing to $18 for individuals and $38 for families on race day. The price includes a hearty post-race lunch. Fresh homemade pies will go to race winners, and others will be raffled off after the race.

For more information, contact Eastman Rec at 603-863-6772 or recreation@eastmannh.org.

Plaised Opens Season

Waterville, Maine — Orford musher Fran Plaisted opened the dog-sled race season with a trio of events at the Central Maine Dryland Challenge Rig Race on Sunday.

Plaisted won the adult one-dog speed class division with a time of 6 minutes, 19 seconds over a 2-mile course.

Plaisted also took fourth place in the adult four-dog speed class in 6:48 and fifth in the adult two-dog speed division in 8:44.

The Down East Sled Dog Club hosted the event, which was also sanctioned by the International Sled Dog Racing Association.