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Rec briefs: Ford Sayre filling Eastern H.S. finals rosters


Staff Reports
Thursday, February 14, 2019

HANOVER — The Ford Sayre Ski Council’s Junior Nordic Team has been busy filling rosters for next month’s Eastern High School Championships in Fort Kent, Maine, later this season.

To make the EHSC team for their given state, Ford Sayre competitors had to ski in two races over recent weeks. Vermont-based athletes had separate classic and freestyle races on Saturday, with the top 20 skiers making the EHSC team, including four from the Vermont state meet. New Hampshire racers started their qualification with a skate race at the Holderness School last month, then finished off the process with a classic race at Whitaker Woods in North Conway on Saturday.

Ford Sayre will be well-represented at the EHSC as a result of qualifying. Hannah Chipman took 20th in Vermont qualifiers to make the Green Mountain girls’ roster, and Keelan Durham took second on the boys’ side. Additionally, Eloise Silver-Van Meter was 23rd to earn third-alternate status for Vermont.

FSSC will send a load of athletes to the New Hampshire EHSC squad. Jacob Slaughter, Dirk Andrew, Sam Murray, Andy Rightmire, Justin Andrew and Jack Lange earned spots for the boys; Elsa and Greta Bolinger joined teammates Kennedy Lange, Catherine Bregou and Caroline Loescher on the girls’ roster.

Younger JNT skiers also had qualifiers to make the U16 Championships scheduled in Bethel, Maine, next month. Tobin Durham claimed a spot for Vermont’s boys; Spencer May, Jack Lange and Sam Murray qualified for the New Hampshire boys; and Nicoya Mowbray Parker, Elsa Bolinger and Catherine Bregou made the New Hampshire girls’ team.

The classic-style middle school race at Whitaker Woods on Saturday also featured a 1-2-3 Ford Sayre finish of Sarah Glueck, Wyethe Murray and Ann Rightmire, who landed a U16 Championships spot for FSSC as well.

Dent wins at ESWG

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. — Nine-year-old Ford Sayre Ski Council competitor Lucille Dent beat out a small field of older competitors to win a youth-level Empire State Winter Games cross country ski race at the Dewey Mountain Recreation Center on Feb. 1.

Dent, of Hanover, prevailed in the mass-start 1-kilometer race with a time of 8 minutes, 43.6 seconds, good for a 25-second victory in a field of seven competitors.

Dent was the youngest skier in the ages 7-11 division and the only competitor from beyond upstate New York.

Testorf tops for FSSC

DANBURY, N.H. — The six-race NHARA Tecnica Cup U16 Alpine qualifier series moved to giant slalom races at Ragged Mountain and Waterville Valley last weekend, giving Ford Sayre’s Anna Testorf a chance to stand out.

Testorf had the best results among teammates last weekend, earning top-30 qualifying points with 11th- and 13th-place finishes. Molly Hackett scored both days (25th, 20th), while fellow Ford Sayre competitors Meredith Olenec (21st), Grace Lewandoski (26th) and Siena Curtis (28th) all had one top-30 apiece.

The boys, meanwhile, were at Wildcat and Attitash for their GS races. Cam Reiss scored points at Wildcat, placing 18th for Ford Sayre. He added a 23rd-place result at Attitash, joined in the scoring department by teammate Jack Ross (26th).

The series wraps up with slalom racing this weekend, the boys at Ragged and Proctor Academy, the girls at Proctor and Mittersill.

Ford Sayre wins threedivision qualifiers

NEWBURY, N.H. — Ford Sayre athletes won three of the four parallel slalom races held at Mount Sunapee on Sunday as part of the ongoing NHARA Divisional Qualifier race series.

Maggie Higgins and Sam Ames won their respective U12 races in dominant fashion, each beating the field by a good 2-3 seconds. Dahlia Fuld (fifth), Reese Hamlin (sixth), Hailey Pastel (eighth) and Allie Vogelien (10th) each hit the top 10 for the girls. Ford Sayre picked up top 10s from Gavin Munsin (fourth), Abraham Musty (seventh) and Andrew McGuire (ninth) among the boys.

Lucy Curtis also grabbed a win in the U14 girls division, leading a 1-2-3-4 FSSC finish with Mia Madden, Kate Levy and Sadie Higgins. Grace Bean (seventh), Ashley Cotter (ninth) and Elena Trempe (10th) made the top 10. Nick Reiss and Zander Doyle went 2-3 for the U14 boys, with Schuyler Clapp (seventh) and Adam Goodney (10th) also making the top 10.

On the Snow,
part deux

Randolph Winter Festival

RANDOLPH — The Rochester/Randolph Area Sports Trail Alliance will have a big role in Saturday’s Randolph Winter Festival at Farr’s Hill.

RASTA will offer a variety of family-friendly activities as part of the event, which runs from 1-7 p.m. and is free of charge. The group will host back-country and cross country ski tours, a fat-tire bike tour, and snowshoe tours for children throughout Saturday.

The festival will also include winter games, horse-drawn sleigh rides, food and beverages, among other items. Visit www.randolphwinterfest.com for more information.

Northeast Slopes trip

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Bradford Parks and Recreation Commission is sponsoring a bus on Wednesday that will take residents from Bradford Elementary School to Northeast Slopes in East Corinth for a day on the snow.

The bus leaves the school at 11 a.m., and will return home from the ski area at 3 p.m. Minors must either have a chaperone or written permission to attend with another person who is older than 18 years of age. Ski passes will be $5, purchased at Northeast Slopes. Skiers can bring their own equipment, but skis will also be available for rent at the area.

Northeast Slopes is joining the Oxbow High ski team to host downhill races, obstacle courses and other activities. The trip will take place on Feb. 21 should weather interfere with the original date.

Contact Bradford Rec at 802-222-4727, ext. 310, or recreation@bradford-vt.us for more details.

On the Ice HHA U14 girls win

WEST LEBANON — The Hanover Wild U14 White girls hockey team picked up goals from three different players in a 3-1 win over Chittenden-South Burlington at Campion Rink on Saturday.

Nedra Dwinell and Cam Callaham broke a scoreless tie with second-period goals, the latter set up by Claire Falcone. The Whitecaps solved Wild goalie Mattie Cetin in the third, but Lacey LaRoche clinched the win on a breakaway.

Hanover Squirts sweep

WEST LEBANON — The Hanover Squirt Greens swept three games the weekend of Feb. 2-3, beating New Hampshire East, Chitten-South Burlington and Rutland.

The Wild took a 6-1 decision from NHE at Campion Rink, getting first-period goals from Timothy Rudd, Ronan Przydzielski and Benjamin Fogg. Przydzielski struck twice more later in the game for a hat trick. Lucia Peraza also scored.

Hanover rallied from a goal-down to beat CSB, 3-1. Jackson Southern brought the Wild back from the 1-0 deficit, adding the eventual game-winning goal two minutes later.

Savo Ftorek notched a shutout in the Wild’s final game, a 4-0 blanking of Rutland in which all four Hanover goals came in a 90-second span of the first period.

ON THE ICE, PART DEUX UVTA Skate-a-Thon set for Sunday

FAIRLEE — The ice is all set, and so is the Upper Valley Trails Alliance for its annual Skate-a-Thon fundraiser on Lake Morey.

The Upper Valley Trails Alliance’s annual opportunity to do laps on the Lake Morey Skating Trail to benefit the UVTA is Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The day revolves around the skating trail, a 4½-mile loop on the lake that is also the longest groomed trail of its kind in the United States.

The entry fee ranges between $10 and $25, depending on the participants’ age and UVTA membership status. The fee comes with free Nordic skate rentals (on a first come, first served basis) along with hot chocolate, soup, lunch and raffle ticket. Skaters can earn additional raffle tickets with each lap they complete.

All proceeds from the day go toward the UVTA’s work to develop and maintain recreational hiking trails and other outdoors programs throughout the Upper Valley. The Skate-a-Thon has been making turns on the Lake Morey Skating Trail since 2003.

Tickets are available online at www.uvtrails.org and can also be purchased on the day of the event by cash, check or credit card. For more information, contact the UVTA at 802-649-9075 or info@uvtrails.org.

Ice fishing tourney

FAIRLEE — The Orford-Fairlee Lions Club is gearing up for its annual ice fishing tournament on Lake Morey later this month.

The tournament will take place the weekend of Feb. 23-24, going from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. the first day and 6 a.m.-2 p.m. the second. The cost to participate is $10 a day or $15 for the weekend for adults and $10 either for one day or the whole weekend for children. The Lions Club also plans on offering a family pass.

Email townclerk@fairleevt.org for more information on the tournament.

On the Mat Northern Lights news

WILLISTON, Vt. — Two Northern Lights Gymnastics athletes posted all-around victories, one of which also contributed to a team title, at the Green Mountain Invitational and Sectional No. 2 meet on Saturday and Sunday.

NLG’s Level 8 team won its division with the aid of three excellent performances. Chester, Vt.’s Tristan Prescott led the way by taking the bars (8.700 points) and floor exercise (9.050) to take all-around honors with 35.250 points. Teammate Samantha Simmons, of Etna, was second (35.000), and NLG’s Abby Vanderpot, of Hartford, claimed third (34.525).

Hartford’s Rachel Austin came home a champion as well, claiming Level 3 Junior A all-around honors with 36.150 points.

Northern Lights placed second as a team in Level 5 action. Lebanon’s Whitney Aldrich paced the effort by winning the bars (8.850) and balance beam (9.150) to place second overall (35.100).

IN THE POOL UVAC hosting fundraiser

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Upper Valley Aquatic Club will stage its official Swim-a-Thon at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center on Saturday, raising funds to support the club’s competitive and instructional programs.

Most of the club’s 125 swim team members will be participating over a two-hour period, with the goal of swimming a combined 200 lengths of the pool. Donors are encouraged to support the effort either through a flat donation or one based on the distance a swimmer completes.

Funds raised by the event go toward the purchase of new equipment, provide scholarships for swimmers, cover meet fees and help pay for travel to competitions. Ten percent of the donations raised will go directly to the UVAC financial aid fund, while 5 percent of the money will be given to the USA Swimming Foundation.

Contact the center’s Lisa Vallejo Sorensen at 802-296-2850, ext. 111, or email uvacswim.org for more information.

On the Run 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.