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Rec Briefs: Ford Sayre Academy Skiers Connect With N.H. Team

  • The Hanover Peewee White youth hockey team won its division of the Waterville Valley Deep Freeze Tournament last weekend. (Courtesy photograph) Courtesy photograph

Published: 12/13/2018 12:09:50 AM
Modified: 12/13/2018 12:09:59 AM

Hanover — Three skiers connected with Ford Sayre Academy’s Alpine racing program will be part of the New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association’s state team this season.

Current FSA athletes Alex Purcell and Eva Schiffman as well as alumna Courtney Couture, who competes at Colby-Sawyer College, recently were named to the team. The NHARA selects 10 men and 10 women for the squad annually; those chosen receive free entry to all NHARA races along with other perks to provide recognition for their skills. The NHARA has been running its state team program since 1973.

Additionally, two other FSA athletes, Siena Curtis and Molly Hackett, have been invited to race on the NHARA U16 developmental team this season. Recently retired from competition for the U.S. Ski Team, Cardigan Mountain School director of Alpine skiing Julia Ford was named an honorary member of the state team.

On the Ice

Peewee White Wins Title

Waterville Valley, n.h. — The Hanover Peewee White youth hockey team flexed its scoring and defensive muscles last weekend in rolling to four wins and the championship of the Waterville Valley Deep Freeze Tournament.

Goaltender Angus Spence got the Wild going on Friday by posting a shutout in a 9-0 win over Quincy, Mass. Hanover followed that up with two wins on Saturday, a 7-1 defeat of Triboro, Mass., and a 7-3 defeat of Waltham, Mass. Hanover won Sunday’s title-game rematch with Waltham, 5-2, with Patrick Vollmann earning the win in goal.

Jordan McConnell led all Hanover scorers, with Ryan Carroll and Evan George contributing to the attack as well. Trevor Carl, Kaelan Clark and Sebastian Keen excelled on defense in front of Spence and Vollmann. Tyler Gammell, Peyton Sargent and Quinn Urnezis completed Hanover’s championship-winning effort.

Squirt Green Sweeps Three

Burlington — Hanover Squirt Green rang up a trio of victories over the weekend, winning twice in the Burlington area on Saturday before claiming a victory at Wendell A. Barwood Arena on Sunday.

The Wild opened the weekend with a 4-3 win over Burlington at Leddy Arena. Scoreless entering the third period, Hanover used two Jackson Souther goals surrounded by tallies from Ronan Przydzielski and Conor LeRoy to get the decision.

Later on Saturday, Hanover headed up to Essex and took a 2-1 decision from the Sting. Przydzielski and Lucia Peraza provided the goals.

Squirt Green capped its successful weekend on Sunday at WABA, beating the host Upper Valley Storm, 6-2. Souther struck four times for the Wild, with Pereza and Przydzielsi netting the other goals. Benjamin Clary scored both markers for the Storm.

The Wild is off to the Pine Tree State next, playing four games in Maine against the Casco Bay Squirts and Maine Gladiators.

On the Ice, Part Deux

New UVCC Clinic

White River Junction — The Upper Valley Curling Club will offer a new learn-to-curl clinic at Wendell A. Barwood Arena on Saturday evening from 5:45-8 p.m.

The clinic is open to people new to this Olympic-level sport. The club provided all equipment; all participants need to bring are warm clothes, inclduing hats and gloves, along with shoes with non-sked soles. Experienced curlers teach elements of the game before the group hits the ice to test what it has learned.

The clinic costs $25 per person, and advance registration is required. To register, visit or contact the club at

On the Mat

NLG at Mass. Meet

Holyoke, Mass. — Hanover’s Brooke Nigriny had the best all-around finish and Hanover’s Janina Li was among several event winners among Northern Light Gymnastics competitors during the Thompson’s Holiday Invitational meet on Dec. 1-2.

Nigriny, competing in the Level 3 Junior B class, was second all-around with 35.150 points. Nigriny built her successful weekend on a runner-up result in the balance beam (9.100).

Li, competing in the Level 6 Senior division, finished third in all-around scoring at 35.975 points. Li won the balance beam with 9.300 points and was second in the vault (9.150).

NLG also picked up event wins from Hanover’s Lucy Wilcox (Level 3 Senior floor exercise), Vershire’s Sydney Schoenbeck (Level 4 Junior B bars), Hanover’s Skylar Nigriny (Level 4 Senior bars), Lebanon’s Whitney Aldrich (Level 5 Juior B beam), Enfield’s McKenna Cummings (Level 6 Senior floor), Etna’s Samantha Simmons (Level 8 Child vault) and Hartford’s Abby Vanderpot (Level 8 Junior vault). Northern Lights too third as a team in Level 3 and fourth in Level 4.

In the Gym

Wear Out Your TrainerFor a Good Cause

Lebanon — Wayne’s World Elite Fitness Training in Lebanon will join seven other fitness facilities around the Upper Valley for the Crush Cancer (and Your Trainer) charity fundraiser on Jan. 19.

Five years into the event’s existence, Wayne’s World owner Wayne Burwell and his peers are expanding their reach from two gyms to seven with the hope of raising $50,000 for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon. The event will offer two means for achieving that goal.

Each of the seven facilities will host an open boot camp from 10-11 a.m. At a cost of $20, participants can put in some sweat equity for an hour with their favorite trainers and gyms.

At 11 a.m., the tables get turned. Participants can take a train-your-trainer pledge of $5 per minute, where they get to dictate exercises for their trainers to perform. Train your trainer continues until 3 p.m.

Aside from Wayne’s World EFT, the other participating gyms will be the Carter Community Building Association in Lebanon; KDR Fitness in Lebanon; Form Fit Function in Lebanon; the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction; the River Valley Club in Lebanon; Dartmouth College’s Alumni Gym in Hanover; and Stone-Smith Movement Studio in Lebanon.

For more information or to get involved in the fun and fundraising, contact Burwell at

In the Gym, Part Deux

Toddler Open Gym

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department is bringing back its Toddler Open Gym program on Sunday mornings after the first of the year.

The program, which will run from 9-10 a.m. at the Dothan Brook School, is open children ages 1-5 along with their parents, grandparents or caregivers. Hartford Rec provides scooters, beanbags, hoops, jump ropes and other items for play, providing an opportunity for children and adults to socialized in a non-structured environment.

Adults must stay with their children during the hour to provide supervision. Pay is on a drop-in basis at $2 per visitor by purchasing a Toddler Open Gym season pass at $10. The first session will be on Jan. 6 and will continue every Sunday morning through March 10.

Contact Hartford Parks and Rec at 802-295-5036.

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