UVAC’s Hansen Claims Two Golds at Sectionals

  • UVAC's Kristian Hansen

  • Team Police's Chris Plummer (10) scores one of his two goals during the squad's 12-5 victory over Team Fire in the ninth CHaD Battle of the Badges charity hockey game on Saturday, April 3, 2016, at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Buffalo, n.y. — Upper Valley Aquatic Club competitor Kristian Hansen came home with three medals, two of them golds, from his trip to western New York for last week’s USA Swimming Northern Speedo Sectionals.

Hansen, 16, of Hanover, qualified for the maximum seven events at sectionals and made the finals in all seven.

The Hanover High student-athlete won his golds in the 400- and 800-meter freestyle, recording a time of 4 minutes, 5.28 seconds in the former and 8:30.77 in the latter.

Hansen also claimed a bronze medal for a third-place result in the 1,500 freestyle, completing the race in 16:17.03. The teenager’s other events included the 200 free (ninth), 400 individual medley (12th), 200 backstroke (14th) and 200 IM (24th).

UVAC scored 79 points to finish 17th out of more than 50 teams in Buffalo. Hansen accounted for 73 of those points.

On the Pitch Lang T-15s at Nationals

Sandy, Utah— Norwich’s Charlie Lang joined the the nation’s top under-16 ski racers last week at the U.S. Skiing U16 national championships at the Snowbird resort, coming home with a pair of top-15 finishes.

Racing for the Green Mountain Valley School of Waitsfield, Vt., Lang finished 14th in the slalom and 15th in the super-G to go with a 22nd-place result in the giant slalom. Ford Sayre’s Alex Purcell also qualified for nationals, earning 31st in the super-G for his best finish.

Craft 14th at Can-Ams

Carrabassett Valley, Maine — Ford Sayre’s Riley Craft wrapped up her ski season March 25-28 at the invitation-only Can-Am championships at Sugarloaf, rallying after a fall took her out of contention in slalom competition with the region’s top U14 skiers.

A slalom fall kept Craft from a strong slalom finish, but she bounced back to finish seventh and 14th in her two giant slalom runs. The meet was to include a skills competition and super-G, but deteriorating conditions prevented both.

Schiffman Wins T-Shirt Race

Newbury, n.h. — Ford Sayre’s Eva Schiffman stood out among nearly 400 youth skiers to descend from New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts on Mount Sunapee for the season-ending Chip Gilroy T-Shirt Race on March 26.

Boys and girls in three age groups raced against each other in a two-run dual slalom. Schiffman won the girls U14 race in 45.09 seconds, with a victory margin of more than a half-second.

Ford Sayre teammates Siena Curtis, Maya Holmes, Ellie Stannard and Jasmine Tracey finished 11-12-15-18.

Anna Testorf nearly matched Schiffman among U12 girls, taking second by just a tenth of a second behind Mount Sunapee’s Maya Speigel (48.94). Ella Goodney, Goose Curtis and Lilly Clapp were 4-5-16 for FSSC.

Nick Reiss led the Ford Sayre charge among U10 boys by taking fourth, with Schuyler Clapp (ninth), Zach Tracy (12th), Tyler Holbrook (17th), Ty Cristensen (21st) and Adam Goodney (24th) also flying the Ford Sayre banner. Connor Hamlin (11th), Luke Holmes (20th) and Wyatt Knaus (24th) represented the club in the U12 boys division.

Eric Goodney led Ford Sayre in the boys U14 class, taking sixth ahead of teammates Teddy Ruth (10th) and Camden Reiss (17th).

On Two Wheels Rhim Preps for Pro Season

Anniston, Ala. — Norwich’s Chris Rhim got his first taste of the USA Cycling Pro National race caldendar last weekend, joining his new Holowesko-Citadel team for a successful run through the Alabama Cycling Classic.

Holowesko-Citadel’s Travis McCabe won the field sprint in the closing 200 meters of the 90-minute Sunny King Criterium on Saturday. Rhim played the role of domestique in the race, helping teammates stay up front and controlling other teams’ breakaways before crossing the finish line in 16th place.

Holowesko swept the podium and put riders in five of the top six positions at Sunday’s 91-mile Fort McClellan Road Race, with Rhim racing to sixth place in 3 hours, 41 minutes, 7 seconds, finishing 3:10 behind teammate and race winner Oscar Clark. The Pro National calendar will pit Rhim and Holowesko against top teams from around North America on a schedule highlighted by Tour of Utah and the Amgen Tour of California later this year.

On the Mat Rising Sun Promotions

Newport — Rising Sun Martial Arts promoted five of its participants to the level of black belt at a ceremony on Saturday at the Newport club.

George Dube, 12, of Goshen, N.H., advanced to first-degree junior back belt, while Evan Miller, 13, of Bradford, N.H., made second-degree level. Internationl standards don’t allow martial artists to reach full black belt standing until they turn 16, but junior-level recognition enables underage participants to continue to their progression.

Two more Rising Sun athletes, John Cunningham, of New London, and Griffin LaBrie, of Claremont, moved to full black belt having reached age 16. Transitioning from fifth-degree junior to third-degree adult black belts, both have completed their teaching apprenticeships and are working through the process of becoming assistant instructors.

Jennifer Boyd, of Newport, was also promoted on Saturday, reaching second-degree black belt. Boyd first begain martial arts in 2001 and took time off for college and the beginning of a medical career before resuming her training. As a result of her teaching work, Rising Sun awarded her the title of assistant instructor at Saturday’s ceremony.

On the Ice Trio Joins in Battle of Badges

Manchester — Two members of the Hartford Fire Department joined in Saturday’s annual CHaD Battle of the Badges fundraising hockey game at Verizon Wireless Arena, an event that raised more than $210,000 for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.

Hartford’s Christian Henault and Will LaLiberty joined the Team Fire roster that ultimately dropped a 12-5 decision to Team Police in Saturday’s game. Jeff Clattenburg, a member of the Lebanon Fire Department, served as an alternate captain for the Fire squad.

Players chosen for the ninth annual contest committed to raising at least $1,500 for CHaD in order to suit up.

The game drew a crowd of more than 6,000 spectators and helped increase the amount of money raised for CHaD through the game to nearly $1.7 million.

On the Run, Etc.Getting Muddy at Oxbow

Bradford, Vt. — The Oxbow High School track and field team will host its first Woods Road Mud Run on April 23, a fundraiser to help the Olympians purchase their first record board for the program.

The run will cover 3.75 miles over a wooded course, with walkers and runners both welcome to participate.

The event begins at 11 a.m., with competitors meeting in the OHS cafeteria in the case of rain or on the OHS track should the weather cooperate.

The cost to join in is $10 for ages 12 and up and $5 for ages 11 and younger, a fee that includes a post-race barbecue port lunch along with prizes. As a low-waste event, organizers are asking participants to bring their own plates, forks and water bottles.

Registration is available by emailing Amy Cook at amycook@fairpoint.net.

For more information, contact Keisha Luce at 603-728-5636 or events@oxbowhs.org.

Zackathlon Offers Options

South Pomfret — Zack’s Place is calling all runners, riders and those looking for a little exercise to join in the Zackathlon at Suicide Six Ski Area on May 22.

The event will offer multiple options for all ages and abilities. The day begins at 9 a.m. with a 45-mile bike ride through Pomfret, Barnard, Bethel, Sharon, Hartford and Woodstock, along with a biathlon consisting of a 4.5-mile run around, up and over the Suicide Six summit and a 17-mile bike ride.

Those choosing only the 4.5-mile run or 17-mile ride will go at 10 a.m., and a one-mile run up Su Six’s Easy Mile kicks off at 11 a.m. Everything returns to the ski area, where Zack’s Place personnel will provide a lunch featuring food from local sources.

The costs to participate are $15 for the one-mile run or $45 for the run or either bike ride. The biathlon costs $45 for individuals and $65 for teams.

All registration begins at 8 a.m., and all proceeds benefit Zack’s Place.

Online registration is available at www.zacksplacevt.org.

Race Around the LakeSet for May 22

Barnard — Five- and 10-kilometer options highlight the third Race Around the Lake, which is scheduled for May 22 at Silver Lake State Park.

The event raises money to help fund BarnArts youth programs. Last year’s race drew 180 runners, and this year’s schedule includes a run or walk option for the 5K or a 10K run, in both cases beginning at Silver Lake. Both routes include elements of scenic paths, wooded single track and back roads with lake views.

Early registration is available at $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and younger. Those who sign up by May 1 will receive a free T-shirt.

The day also includes a complimentary lunch, music, an awards ceremony and a free kids’ race along Silver Lake.

Contact BarnArts executive director Linda Treash at 802-234-1645 or info@barnarts.org for more details.

On the Diamond Claremont Ump Clinic

Claremont — The New Hampshire chapter of the American Softball Association and the Claremont men’s modified-pitch softball league will hold a free clinic for prospective umpires on April 30 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Claremont Recreation Department office on South Street.

The clinic will cover umpiring rules and mechanics. New Hampshire ASA and the Claremont league are looking for men and women, regardless of experience, to work games this spring and summer.

For more information, contact Claremont men’s modified umpire-in-chief Jaime DeForge at deforge.jaime@yahoo.com or 603-558-5084.