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Two soccer coaching clinics offered Aug. 8-10

The Mount Washington Valley Soccer Club will hold a pair of coaching clinics Aug. 8-10 at Kennett Middle School.

Friday, Aug. 8 — 5 to 11 p.m. Level 2 — $55.

The Level 2 diploma develops on the ideas in Level 1 diploma and is designed to help coaches implement developmentally appropriate training games to improve skill levels in a fun, safe and challenging environment. The diploma has three parts, classroom with theory of coaching U8-U10, field work with coaches and field work with U8-U10 players. Coaches not working at this age group would benefit greatly from an appreciation of the developmental abilities and needs of this important age group.

The Mount Washington Valley Soccer Club in collaboration with the NSCAA will be conducting two courses open to all current and future coaches in the Valley area and Western Maine and beyond.

The courses that will be offered are as follows: Saturday, August 9 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Level — 5 $105.

This diploma is strongly partnered with the Level 4 diploma and is designed to assist coaches in their teaching of tactics as applied in small groups. The course discusses the principal of play and the role of players. Coaches spend time designing a lesson plan and also see tactics taught in small games and are exposed to a series of different teaching methodologies.

To register, please go to NSCAA.com and on the home page look under Upcoming Courses. After completing the registration form, you will be contacted by the site coordinator just prior to the course to share more details and requirements.

You do not need to be an NSCAA member to attend the courses. All coached who attend the course who have never been a member or attended a course before will receive a free six month introductory membership which will include: access to the online resource library containing over 950 theory based articles, training plans, exercises and nutrition plans for every type of coach; and digital access to the NSCAA Soccer Journal, the official publication of the NSCAA which is produced exclusively for soccer coaches.

"This is stuff that is going to happen annually and that's continue to educate the coaches so there's going to be coaching courses made available to our coaches and any other coaches in the area," Dave Hart, technical director for the club, said. "There's always something to learn about the game."

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Clark, MWVSC executive director at 730-2225 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or David Hart at (207) 462-0246 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 05:11

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Registration now open for Midnight Owl 15K run/walk Aug. 9

CONWAY — After much preparation, organizers are pleased to announce that registration is open for the inaugural Midnight Owl 15K which will take place under the light of a full moon on Saturday, August 9.

The event has the unique format of being a midnight prediction run in which the winner is the first runner (or walker) to cross the finish line after midnight. The course will open at 9:30 p.m. and participants will decide when to start running based on their estimate of how long it will take them to cover the 15K (9.3 mile) course.

For example, if a runner estimates it will take them an hour and 15 minutes to run the course they would start running at 10:45 p.m. or when the countdown clock at the starting line reads minus 1:15:00. No watches or timing devices will be allowed. All participants will be chip timed.

The Midnight Owl 15K event is designed to appeal to both seasoned and beginner runners. Fifteen kilometers is an excellent build up race distance for seasoned runners as either a hard time trial or easy training run in preparation for a Fall half marathon or marathon. Less experienced runners and walkers, who may normally shy away from races of this distances, are accommodated by the course opening time of 9:30 p.m.

Participants starting at this time need only maintain a 16 minute/mile pace to reach the finish line by midnight. A large pace chart will be located near the race start to aid participants in deciding when they should start their race.

The Midnight Owl 15K will start towards the back of Schouler Park across from the Conway Scenic Railroad and proceed counterclockwise around the park to Main Street. From there it will head north taking lefts onto River Road and West Side Road. Participants will run the entire distance of West Side Road then take rights onto Washington Street then Main Street in Conway. From Main Street the course will bear left onto West Main Street, go by the Ham Arena, and take lefts onto Kennett Street and Hobbs Street ultimately finishing at the back entrance to the Ham Arena. A shuttle bus will be available to bring runners back to Schouler Park.

Three water stops will be located along the course. All participants will be required to wear reflective vests/clothing and either wear a headlamp or carry a flashlight. Discounted Jog-a-Lite reflective vests can be purchased through the race registration website. In addition, a limited number of these vests will be available for purchase the night of the race.

Online registration for the Midnight Owl 15K is through www.racemenu.com. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of the "Early bird" registration fee of $35 which extends from now until June 25.

Regular registration fee is $40 and extends from June 26 until July 14. All participants who register prior to this date are guaranteed a teck T-shirt.

Late registration carries a $45 fee and extends from July 15 until Aug. 7 with no guarantee of a T-shirt. There is no race day registration. All finishers will receive a commemorative finisher's medal and post race refreshments.

The Midnight Owl 15K is hosted by the Mount Washington Valley Skating Club with all net proceeds going to support its programs. For more information on the MWV Skating Club visit www.mwvsc.org. To register for the Midnight Owl 15K go to www.racemenu.com.


Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 04:05

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Cox, Glavine, La Russa, Maddux, Thomas, Torre to be celebrated July 27 in Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has announced the cap selections that will appear on the Hall of Fame plaques for each of the six members of the Hall of Fame class of 2014. Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Tony La Russa, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Joe Torre will be formally inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday in Cooperstown, N.Y., as the feature to a four-day celebration of baseball and their careers as part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2014.

Glavine, Maddux and Thomas were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Jan. 8. Cox, La Russa and Torre were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Expansion Era Committee one month earlier, Dec. 8.

Each Hall of Fame plaque will be revealed as the prelude to each electee's induction speech on July 27. The Hall of Fame plaque, which serves to reflect the totality of a career, details an individual's accomplishments in the game in approximately 90 words, while listing each team on which an individual played or managed. An artist rendering of the individual being honored tops the Hall of Fame plaque, and in many instances, a cap, where a logo may or may not featured, is included.

In conjunction with the Hall of Fame, the six members of the class of 2014 have made their selections for the logo inclusion on their Hall of Fame plaque: Bobby Cox – Atlanta; Tom Glavine – Atlanta; Tony La Russa – no logo; Greg Maddux – no logo; Frank Thomas – Chicago White Sox; and Joe Torre – New York Yankees.

Each electee has provided a statement about his cap selection, stated below:

Bobby Cox — "I was fortunate to manage 29 years in the major leagues in two wonderful cities in Toronto and Atlanta. I can't imagine two better places for me to spend my managerial career. With 25 of those years in Atlanta, my Hall of Fame election is a direct result of all the success of those great Braves teams that were assembled."

Tom Glavine — "During the course of my major league career, I had the opportunity to play for two great organizations. Though I spent five great years with the Mets, my baseball life has been defined by the city of Atlanta, from the club selecting me out of high school to where my family makes our home today. My path to Cooperstown was largely determined by my 17 major league seasons in a Braves uniform. I'm proud my Hall of Fame plaque will feature a Braves logo."

Tony La Russa — "The Chicago White Sox gave me my start in the game as a big league manager for my first eight seasons in my 33-year managerial career. In Oakland, we recorded four first-place finishes in 10 years, winning three pennants and a World Series. And in St. Louis, our clubs won three pennants and two titles in 16 years. It's the totality of the success of each of those three teams that led me to Cooperstown, so I am choosing to not feature a logo so that fans of all clubs can celebrate this honor with me."

Greg Maddux — "My wife Kathy and I grew up in baseball in Chicago, and then we had just an amazing experience in Atlanta with the Braves. It's impossible for me to choose one of those teams for my Hall of Fame plaque, as the fans of both clubs in each of those cities were so wonderful. I can't think of having my Hall of Fame induction without support of both of those fan bases, so, for that reason, the cap on my Hall of Fame plaque will not feature a logo."

Frank Thomas — "I was drafted by Chicago in the first round and for 16 of my 19 seasons, I was fortunate to play there. I had wonderful seasons in Oakland and Toronto as part of my career, but my Hall of Fame election is celebrated most by the fans of Chicago and the priceless memories I will always treasure on the South Side, which is why my plaque will feature a Sox logo."

Joe Torre — "I was lucky that my career took me only to great baseball towns. Every place where I played or managed is special to me because of the memories and the friendships that each afforded me. When I became the manager of the New York Yankees, it was an opportunity to realize my lifelong dream of winning the World Series. We were fortunate enough to succeed in our first season in 1996, and in the years that followed, we wrote some great new chapters in Yankee history. I am honored that I will wear the Yankee logo on my cap in Cooperstown to represent what our teams achieved together."

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. From Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum observes daily regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend until the day before Labor Day. Ticket prices are $19.50 for adults (13 and over), $12 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $7 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger.


Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 04:00

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Kilometers for Key Club 5k Charity Race on August 2

CONWAY — The Kennett High Key Club will host a 5K road race and two mile fitness walk on August 2. The race/walk is a fundraiser for the charities that the Kennett Key Club supports, which include Camp Sunshine, the UNICEF Eliminate project, the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute, and Children for Peace International.
Registration can be completed on-line at runreg.com for $10 for runners or $5 for walkers, or on the day of the race, starting at 8 a.m. for a slightly higher fee of $15. The race begins at 9 a.m.
There will be prizes for too finishers. This is a fun-filled event that will benefit many worthy charities, so sign up and spread the word!
If you have any questions, please email Eliza Burke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 06:08

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Johnson wins Cranmore Hill Climb

CONWAY — Jim Johnson, of Madison, ran away from the field in the 27th Annual Cranmore Hill Climb on Sunday, winning the race by over two minutes.

Run in overcast conditions, Johnson, 37, covered the course in 52:01 to take top honors. Matthew Veiga, 27, of Lynn, Mass., was the runner-up in 54:15. Rounding out the top three was Todd Callaghan, 44, of Beverly, Mass., who finished third in 54:29.

Kim Nedeau, 34, of Everett, Mass., was the top female finisher crossing the line in 1:02:48, 16th overall. She was followed by Kelsey Allen, 31, of Sterling, Mass., 1:04:33; and Christin Doneski, 43, of Hopkinton, 1:05:03.

The course was two laps up and down Cranmore, totaling 6.6 miles with 1,229 feet of elevation per lap.

The race attracted 188 runners from across New England.

Local finishers besides Johnson included: Leslie Beckwith, of Albany, 27th, 1:07:27; Dana Holmes, of Glen, 1:7:34; Paul Bazanchuk, of Center Conway, 34th, 1:09:21; Daniel Doherty, of Center Conway, 45th, 1:12:20; Marc Ohlson, 53rd, 1:14:17; Dawn Heinrich, of Wolfeboro, 59th, 1:15:40; Kyla Brustin, of North Conway, 1:18:55; Frank Holmes, of Eaton, 1:20:49; Abbey Larkin, of Glen, 1:23:20; Andrew Light, of Glen, 95th, 1:25:21; Scott Johnson, 104th, 1:28:50; Mary Doherty, 148th, of Center Conway, 1:42:04; and Chris Ballou, of Madison, 151st, 1:42:52.

The Cranmore Hill Climb has in the past served as the host of the 2009, '11 and '13 USA Mountain Running Championships and the 2013 NACAC Mountain Championships.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 05:03

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