Recreation Briefs: Hartstein Sets Quick Pace, Wins Shamrock Shuffle

  • Hanover’s Kevin Hartstein crosses the finish line to win the Shamrock Shuffle 5K road race on Saturday in Lebanon. Hartstein ran a victorious time of 17 minutes, 16 seconds, to front a field of nearly 1,000 runners. Baar Graf photograph

  • Participants in last year’s Skating Club at Dartmouth skating show pose for a picture at Thompson Arena. This year’s SCaD Skating Spectacular is scheduled for Sunday, also at Thompson Arena, starting at 5 p.m. Paul Stinson photograph

  • Reid Swartz

Published: 3/22/2017 11:40:05 PM
Modified: 3/22/2017 11:40:11 PM

Lebanon — Hanover’s Kevin Hartstein pulled away early from the pack and cruised to the win at Saturday’s Shamrock Shuffle 5K, the opening road race of the eight-stop Upper Valley Running Series.

Hartstein, 27, led from the start and posted a winning time of 17 minutes, 16 seconds. Enfield’s Benjamin Jones, 19, was second in 17:30, with Lebanon’s Taylor Black placing third in 17:43.

Hanover’s Mary Peters, 25, was the first woman across the finish line. Peters posted a time of 19:25 to finish 12th overall in a field of nearly 1,000 competitors.

The top 50 finishers can be found in the chart on this page.

On the Ice

SCad Show Hits Ice

Hanover — The Skating Club at Dartmouth will hold its annual Skating Spectacular at Thompson Arena on Sunday, with the show starting at 5 p.m.

The Skating Spectacular mixes performances from skilled national and international competitors with SCaD members showing off their improved abilities. Sunday’s show will include visits from guest skaters Kevin Shum and Heidi Munger as well as a speedskating demonstration from former Olympic competitors.

In addition to serving as a fundraiser for SCaD, the show also raises money for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. More than half of the proceeds from Sunday’s event will go to CHaD, which has received more than $23,000 from the show, including matching donations from Positive Tracks, over the past two years. SCaD and Positive Tracks also are holding two raffles as part of Sunday’s program as an additional fundraiser.

Tickets are available online at at a cost of $15 for adults. Tickets also will be sold at Thompson Arena on the day of the show.

KUA Pair to Nationals

Auburn, Maine — The Vermont Shamrocks, with a roster including Kimball Union Academy’s Olive Scull and Taylor Coburn, rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a 4-2 win over the Maine Gladiators at Norway Savings Bank Arena over the weekend to win the New England U16 championship and earn a spot at nationals.

Coburn, a Barre, Vt., native, brought the Shamrocks into a 2-2 tie with a pair of goals. Vermont scored twice in the final seven minutes to get the win. The Shamrocks also beat state champions from Rhode Island and Connecticut to advance through the tournament.

The Shamrocks will play in the USA Hockey Tier II U16 nationals in early April in Troy, Mich. Scull, of Strafford, and Coburn also competed on the KUA girls hockey team this winter, helping the Wildcats qualify for the NEPSAC Division II quarterfinals.

On the Snow

Bonewald ReceivesMcCrillis Award

Newbury, n.h. — The Mount Sunapee Area Ski Club honored Glenn Bonewald on Saturday with its John W. McCrillis Award during an award banquet at the Mount Sunapee Ski Area lodge on Saturday night.

The ski club’s vice president, Bonewald learned the sport as a youth at the now-defunct King Ridge Ski Area in New London. He competed on the Eastern circuit, trained with the Waterville Ski Academy team and also raced for Kearsarge Regional High School.

As an adult, Bonewald continued in skiing by servicing as an instructor and coach at King Ridge, working with area high school teams that also trained there. Bonewald’s coaching experience included a six-year stint with the Kearsarge varsity, winning six state titles and finishing runner-up seven times. Bonewald also had a hand in the creation of the Kearsarge Middle School ski program. He continues to wear various hats with the Mount Sunapee Ski Club, directing the annual ski swap and working as a volunteer at youth and high school races.

The John W. McCrillis Award was established in 1995 by McCrillis’ grandchildren to recognize people in the Newport and Sunapee area who have made signficant contributions to skiing.

Garfield Tops U14s

Newbury, n.h. — Ford Sayre’s Phoebe Garfield led the pack to win the New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association’s U14 title at Mount Sunapee on March 11-12.

Garfield started by claiming the giant slalom on the meet’s opening day, with teammates Siena Curtis (ninth), Grace Lewandoski (22nd) and Meredith Olenec (23th) close behind. Garfield took second place in the slalom a day later, but her combined effort was enough to earn top ranking in the state. Curtis finished fifth in the slalom, Olenec was 14th and Lewandoski grabbed 25th for Ford Sayre.

Courtland Doyle had the top FSSC result in the boys giant slalom, finishing 23rd. Cam Dwyer bounced back from a rough opening day to take second in the slalom for the Ford Sayre boys.

Dwyer Wins U12 Title

Lyme Center — Ford Sayre’s Luke Dwyer used the home-hill edge to his ultimate advantage, sweeping to slalom and giant slalom victories at the NHARA U12 championships at the Dartmouth Skiway on March 11-12.

Despite racing in winds gusting to 40 mph, nothing could slow Dwyer. Ethan Munson (fifth), Nick Reiss (11th) and Schuyler Clapp (18th) followed Dwyer in the top 20 in the GS, while Zach Tracy (fifth), Reiss (eighth) and Munson (11th) were right behind Dwyer in the slalom.

Lucy Curtis took sixth place in the girls GS and third in the slalom for Ford Sayre’s best results in the girls competition. Sadie Higgins was 15th in the slalom for the club’s only other top-20 result.

FSA Sends Three To Eastern U16s

Stowe, Vt. — Three Ford Sayre Academy competitors qualified to compete at the U16 Eastern Championships on March 9-14 at Stowe Mountain Resort.

Ethan Ross, a first-year U16 skier, was 17th and 39th in the two slaloms, following with a 36th-place finish in the giant slalom. Kyle Rozzi posted a 25th-place finish in the second of the two slaloms, competing his meet by racing to 50th in the GS.

Lainie Taylor competed in the girls divisions, taking 18th in the giant slalom and 32nd in the second slalom race.

Down the road at Okemo Mountain Resort, 155 other racers competed in the U16 Eastern Finals. FSA’s Eva Schiffman recorded 12th-place finishes in both the girls slalom and super giant slalom, while teammate Frans Luttmer was seventh in the boys super-G.

Purcell Sails at Tormey

Killington, Vt. — Ford Sayre Academy’s Alex Purcell produced a pair of top-10 finishes to highlight area participation at the George Tormey race series on March 11-12.

Racing first at Killington, Purcell followed Hanover’s Max Wonsavage, racing for the Killington Mountain School, to take seventh in the boys slalom. Wonsavage was sixth, while FSA’s Finn Hackett took 14th. Ford Sayre’s Caitlin Blinkhorn was seventh in the girls race.

The series moved to the Middlebury Snow Bowl the next day for a giant slalom. Purcell led FSA in the boys race by placing third. Blinkhorn, Maya Holmes and Jasmine Tracy were 4-5-11 for FSA in the girls GS.

With Weights

Pelleter Sets Record

Concord — Lee Pelletier, a member of the Lebanon-based Thor’s Stone Athletic Club, set a new regional age-group record during an invitational Olympic weightlifting meet in Concord.

Pelletier won his age group and weight class in the snatch with a New England-record lift of 119 pounds. Pelletier also won his division in the clean and jerk, lifting 122 pounds.

Pelletier, 78, competed in the 77-kilo weight division and is coached by Darrin Clement.

In the Pool

Regional Mark for Swartz

Boston — Reid Swartz of the UV Rays masters swim team set a new regional record for his age group at last weekend’s New England Short-Course Yards Championships at Harvard University’s Blodgett Pool.

Swartz, 23, broke a decade-old mark in the men’s 200-yard backstroke, carving nearly a second off the record with a new standard of 1 minute, 55.44 seconds. In addition to that win, Swartz won the 50 backstroke in 24.25 seconds and the 100 freestyle in 48.43 seconds in the men’s 18-24 age group.

Swartz added a pair of runner-up finishes as well in the 100 butterfly (53.16) and 50 freestyle (21.97).

To the Hoop

Threepeat for Lebanon

Sharon — Lebanon made it three Central Vermont Women’s Basketball League championships in a row on March 12 in a 62-46 win over Montpelier at Sharon Academy.

After an 11-3 season, Lebanon entered as the second seed in Division A. Lebanon opened the playoffs by beating Windsor, 53-37, then handed top-seeded Tucks its first loss of the season in a 32-29 semfinal. That sent the defending champs to the final and led to their eventual defeat of fourth-seeded Montpelier.

The Lebanon rosters: Bri Barnes, Brenda Griggs, Kristy Heath, Cindy Hampton, Wendy Moody, Abby Bergeron, Val Truell, Stacey Smith, Courtney Ness and Heather Peel.

For a Good Cause

Bethel Rec Fundraiser

Bethel — The Bethel Recreation Committee will hold a black-tie fundraiser featuring the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s string quintet along with a dinner by Willy Walker on May 13 at the Bethel Town Hall.

The evening kicks off fundraising efforts directed toward the second phase of the committee’s master plan project at the Bethel Recreation Center. Participants have two options to join the event: a $100 ticket including dinner and the music program or a $25 balcony seat to the concert. A silent auction will take place during the evening as well, with offerings from several Bethel-area businesses.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Dietre Feeney at 802-234-6407 or Corey Stearns at 802-316-1062. Ticket sales end on April 30.

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