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Rec Briefs: Ford Sayre, Woodstock Prove Crack Paintball Shots

  • Ford Sayre’s Nicholas Van Citters takes aim at a target during the 14th Paintball Biathlon in Chittenden, Vt., on Sunday. Van Citters placed 11th in the boys grades 5-6 division, hiting eight targets and timing out at 11 minutes, 25 seconds.

  • Austin Irwin gets an embrace from his father, Chris Irwin, after participating in the Masters of the Mountain youth slalom and slopestyle meet at Whaleback on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (Courtesy photograph)



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Chittenden, Vt. — Competitors from Hanover’s Ford Sayre Ski Council and the Woodstock Ski Runners dominated the multiple divisions of the 14th Paintball Biathlon at the Mountain Top Inn and Resort.

Skiers did freestyle loops of the resort’s Nordic ski course before firing paintball pellets at targets, with accuracy and time combined to determine the standings. Distances went from one kilometer for grades 1-2 up to 4.5K for the high school and adult divisions.

The winners:

■ Grades 1-2: Girls — Annika Dent, Ford Sayre, 4 minutes, 52.27 seconds (two hits); Boys — Micah Mahood, Woodstock, 3:54.5 (three hits).

■ Grades 3-4: Girls — Olivia Outslay, Proctor, 6:22.8 (six hits); Boys — Mathew Northcott, Putney Ski Club, 7:20.5 (one hit).

■ Grades 5-6: Girls — Jane Stout, Woodstock, 10:08.0 (six hits); Boys — Quinn Uva, Woodstock, 8:51.4 (10 hits).

■ Grades 7-8: Girls — Sarah Glueck, Ford Sayre, 11:21.6 (two hits); Boys — Luke Rizio, Wilmington, 9:36.2 (six hits).

■ High School: Girls — Zoe Mitchell, Fall Mountain, 17:48.6 (seven hits); Boys — Gabriel Andrus, Fall Mountain, 15:21.1 (seven hits).

Hanover’s Cynthia Glueck won the adult women’s division, connecting on nine targets for a final time of 18: 05.2. Ford Sayre’s Jay Davis won the adult men’s race, hitting 13 targets for a final time of 13:56.8.

Masters of the Mountain

Enfield — About 160 young skiers and snowboarders hit the Whaleback ski area on Sunday for the Masters of the Mountain competition, with winners crowns in 11 different divisions.

Competitors were ranked based on runs over a slalom course and a slopestyle course. Skiers and riders from Whaleback’s Core Team joined athletes from Ford Sayre, Quechee and Suicide Six to make up the bulk of the field.

The top three results, by age group:

■ U6 girls: 1, Clara Trimarco, Ford Sayre.

■ U6 boys: 1, Grayson Gunn, Whaleback.

<sbull value="sbull"><sqbull xmlns="urn:schemas-teradp-com:gn4tera"></sqbull></sbull>U8 girls: 1, Beatrice Ziobro, Suicide Six. 2, Audry Gray, Quechee. 3, Clare Higgins, Ford Sayre.

■U8 boys: 1, Iver Hutchins, Ford Sayre. 2, Bear Brooks, Ford Sayre. 3, Austin Wright, Whaleback.

■U10 girls: 1, Deming Dwyer, Ford Sayre. 2, Kail Christesnsen, Ford Sayre. 3, Josie White, Ford Sayre.

■U10 boys: 1, Leo Bungenor, Ford Sayre. 2, Sumner Finley, Ford Sayre. 3, Reno Hailey, Suicide Six.

■U12 girls: 1, Eden Ames, Whaleback. 2, Abigail Gallagher, Whaleback. 3, Collette Soto, Quechee.

■U12 boys: 1, Jaxon Gunn, Whaleback. 2, Alex Orsino, Whaleback. 3, Finn Farrell, Suicide Six.

■U14 girls: 1, Zoe Hill, Whaleback. 2, Vivian Hamwey, Quechee.

■U14 boys: 1. Andrew Steele, Suicide Six.

■Snowboard: 1, Piper Lundrigan, Whaleback. 2, Owen Parker, Whaleback. 3, James Underwood, Suicide Six.

Ford Sayre JNT Busy

Lake Placid, n.y. — Ford Sayre’s Junior Nordic Team sent 13 athletes to the Adirondacks on Saturday for Eastern Cup sprint racing.

Keelan Durham, competing in the U18 division, finished third in his age-group qualifying round to advance to the open heats, which are usually filled with collegiate and professional racers. Durham’s time left him ranked 23rd out of more than 130 skiers of all ages.

Ford Sayre’s Elsa Bolinger was sixth among U16 girls, while teammates Kennedy Lange (ninth) and Greta Bolinger (11th) both had strong U18 performances. Sam Murray was second in the U16 division qualifying round.

Sunday saw 15 JNT competitors continue the Lake Placid Eastern Cup with mass start classic racing. Durham finished 34th overall and fourth in the U18 division while Andy Rightmire was close behind, taking 38th overall and 10th among U20s. For the women, Greta Bolinger claimed sixth among U18s. Ford Sayre’s Murray and Jack Lange were 4-5 in the U16 boys division, and Elsa Bolinger took third among U16 girls.

Other Ford Sayre Nordic news:

■ Dirk Andrew and Caroline Loescher had the top Ford Sayre results in Saturday’s New Hampshire Coaches Series race at the Holderness School, one of two events that go toward determing rosters for the U16 and Eastern high school championships at season’s end. Andrew was 11th in the boys race (12:52.2), and Loescher placed 16th among the girls (15:52.1).

■ Ford Sayre swept the top three spots of the girls middle school race at Holderness, with Sarah Glueck (16:05), Wyethe Murray (16:20) and Ann Rightmire (16:41) doing the honors. Caleb Zuckerman (15:05), Simon Phipps (15:05) and Adam Gilbert-Diamond (15:06) finished 3-4-5 for Ford Sayre in the boys’ race.

FSSC Sweeps Qualifier

Enfield — Alpine racers from Ford Sayre swept the top spots in the first NHARA Western Division qualifier of the season, held on Sunday at Whaleback.

The closest race came in the boys U14 slalom, where Ford Sayre’s Zach Tracy charged back in the second of two runs to pip teammate Ethan Munson by two hundredths of the second. Munson nipped FSSC partner Nick Riess by the same margin for the runner-up slot. Mia Madden took the girls U14 decision ahead of teammates Kate Levy and Grace Bean.

Sam Ames represented FSSC atop the podium after winning the boys U12 slalom, beating out teammate Andrew McGuire with fellow Ford Sayre skiers Ty Christensen (fourth) and Abe Musty (sixth) finishing well up the order. FSSC’s Maggie Higgins routed the girls U12 field, winning both runs by more than 5 seconds each; Mount Sunapee’s Rayanna Wagaman took second, with Ford Sayre’s Dahlia Fuld third.

FSA’s Testorf in Super-G

Bartlett, n.h. — Ford Sayre Academy’s Anna Testorf posted four top-10 finishes in super giant slalom competition during NHARA Speed Week at Attitash from Jan. 22-25.

The week consisted of six races over four days, and Testorf excelled on the first two days in soft snow and wind by posting a pair of second-place finishes to go with a fourth and an eighth. Lucy Doyle cracked the top 20 four times, and teammates Molly Hackett and Eva Schiffman did the same thing twice. Ethan Ross had a second and a seventh for FSA, and Frans Luttmer posted a fifth and a ninth.

After rain and freeze, the Jan. 25 conditions proved much firmer and faster. Testorf still produced strong results by going ninth and 13th in races that will help determine placements for the Eastern U16 championships later this season. Siena Curtis added a 16th place for the FSA girls, and Cam Reiss with 18-19 in two races.

In the Pool

UVAC Dominates CVI

White River Junction — Upper Valley Aquatic Club swimmers Rosie Keith and Jack Wadsworth broke multiple records at last weekend’s Connecticut Valley Invitational at the Upper Valley Aquatic Club, a meet that also saw UVAC swimmers set four meet relay marks.

Competing in the girls 11-12 age group, Keith swept to four wins. The Lyme resident broke meet marks in winning the 500 freestyle, the 100 free and 50 backstroke and also claimed the 200 individual medley. Wadsworth, of West Lebanon, set marks in his two senior open races, the 100 butterfly and 100 back.

UVAC split its relay marks between the boys and girls. Wadsworth joined Will Kainen, Erik Hansen and Zethan Moss to bust boys open division records in the 200 medley and 200 free relays. The girls open quartet of Emma Dunbar, Grace Wenger, Clare Brown and Maggie Wenger busted the 200 free relay standard. The foursome of Claire Uiterwyk, Esme Kimber, Kate Bartlett and Keith broke the mark in the girls 12-and-under 200 medley relay.

Individual race winners included:

■Hailey Belardo, Lebanon (girls 8 and under): 50 free, 50 fly, 25 free.

■Isak Tell, Plainfield (boys 8 and under): 50 free, 25 fly, 25 back, 25 breastroke.

■Adelaide Cesanek, Grafton, N.H. (girls 9-10): 50 fly.

■Molly Kimber, East Corinth (girls 9-10): 50 back.

■Miles Vogt, New London (boys 9-10): 100 IM.

■Kate Bartlett, Norwich (girls 11-12): 50 fly (new meet record), 50 free.

■Ari Cioffi, Springfield, Vt. (girls 13-14): 100 free, 200 IM, 50 free.

<sbull value="sbull"><sqbull xmlns="urn:schemas-teradp-com:gn4tera"></sqbull></sbull>Brandy Lewis, Strafford (girls 13-14): 500 free (new meet record).

<sbull value="sbull"><sqbull xmlns="urn:schemas-teradp-com:gn4tera"></sqbull></sbull>Andres Savellano, Hanover (boys 13-14): 200 IM.

<sbull value="sbull"><sqbull xmlns="urn:schemas-teradp-com:gn4tera"></sqbull></sbull>Clare Brown, Grantham (girls senior open): 500 free (new meet record), 200 IM.

<sbull value="sbull"><sqbull xmlns="urn:schemas-teradp-com:gn4tera"></sqbull></sbull>Grace Wenger, Hanover (girls senior open): 200 free.

<sbull value="sbull"><sqbull xmlns="urn:schemas-teradp-com:gn4tera"></sqbull></sbull>Maggie Wenger, Hanover (girls senior open): 100 back.

<sbull value="sbull"><sqbull xmlns="urn:schemas-teradp-com:gn4tera"></sqbull></sbull>Erik Hansen, Quechee (boys senior open): 100 free.

In addition to the victories, UVAC swimmers posted 25 runners-up and 21 third-places.

On the Ice

Sharon Hockey Tourney

Sharon — The fourth Sharon Hockey Tourney will hit the ice of the Sharon Outdoor Rink behind the Sharon Academy middle school on Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The tournament is set up with fun in mind. Teams are encouraged to mix ability levels for four-on-four play, with a maximum of two subs available and at least two children on the roster. The cost to skate is $50, and prizes will go to the youngest team, best costume and the winner of the tournament cup.

Proceeds from the tourney will benefit the Sharon Fire Department and the Sharon Community Rink. For more information, contact Steve at 802-763-8014 or gagliardones@gmail.com.


With Rod and Reel

Youth Derby Coming

Quechee — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department will hold its 18th youth ice fishing derby on Saturday at Dewey’s Pond.

Young anglers will be placed in age groups based on the number of participants and will compete for prizes in a variety of categories within each age group. Food, refreshments, fishing holes, bait and limited equipment will be available.

Participants should be dressed appropriately for the weather. There is no charge to take part, although would-be anglers should pre-register for the derby at www.hartfordrec.com.

Day-of registration will also be available at Dewey’s Pond.

Call 802-295-5036 for more details.

On the Run

Red Zone 5K

Wilder — Runners will get their first chance of 2019 to race outdoors while getting ready for another Super Bowl as part of the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department’s Red Zone 5K on Sunday.

The 5-kilometer walk and run starts and ends at the Dothan Brook School, with action kicking off at 10:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to don football garb, with awards going to the best-dressed among runners and walkers. The event is family-, stroller- and dog-friendly (leash required for all four-legged participants), with benefits going toward Hartford Rec’s scholarship program.

The cost to run or walk is $10 in advance and $20 the day of the race. Contact Hartford Rec at 802-295-5036 for more information or to register.

Shamrock Shuffle 5KRegistration Open

Lebanon — Registration is underway for the Shamrock Shuffle 5K, the unofficial start to the Upper Valley’s outdoor running season.

The 18th edition of the Shuffle is scheduled for March 16, with an 11 a.m. start for the kids 1-mile fun run and a noon start for the 5K run around downtown Lebanon. The race begins and ends on Colburn Park in front of Lebanon City Hall.

Once registered, runners can pick up their race packets on the night before the race, from 6-8 p.m. at city hall and can also be received the day of the race. Runners are encouraged to register online through www.shamrock5k.com; pre-registration (through March 10) is $22.50 for ages 17 and older, $17.50 for ages 13-17 and $12.50 for ages 12 and younger; late registration fees increase $2.50 across the board after March 10. Long-sleeve T-shirts are guaranteed to all pre-registrants to desire to have one.

Call Lebanon Rec at 603-448-5121 for more information or assistance.