Amidst the loud clank of iron, the heady smell of ointment, the haze of chalk dust, and the supportive roar of the crowd, the Angel Power Fitness team garnered team honors and a handsome plaque at the Galaxy Gym in Moultonborough on March 29. Competing in the RAW division (no lifting suit), each team member won at least one trophy.
Once again the Williams family brought home plenty of gold. And Fryeburg's Lucas Spencer — all 100 pounds of him — stole the hearts of the big crowd, as his astounding 235 pound dead lift made eyes pop.
Team trainer Angel Williams placed third in arguably the toughest division filled with top-notch competitors, yet she still set state records in all three lifts (squat, bench press, and dead lift) for her age and weight group.
Her husband, Audley III, won the overall Master's with an enviable 780 pound total including state records in the squat and the dead lift.
Not to be outdone, Audley IV also won his age group and set state records with a neat 415 total. Young Lucas grabbed the overall teen trophy with a 480 total.
Ted Sares won the Masters Class (70 plus) for the second straight year, made all of his nine lifts, and broke his own state records in each of the three categories.
Team member Sam Prevost was unable to make the event.
During a break, Ted asked Chester resident and first-time bench presser Dave Bertolami what he planned to open with and when Dave replied "405 pounds," Ted shook his head in disbelief and simply walked away. Needless to say, Dave made the lift and went on to win the category.
It was a memorable day with some truly inspiring competitors like the intense Charley Rogers (who won the best All-Around Lifter for the second straight year), always tough Aimee Manfredi-Sanschagrin, the explosive Mark Smart, and super strong Chad Croteau.
Now the team members will let their bodies recover before deciding on the next competition. Meanwhile, active competitor Ted will round out the year competing in the Main State Championships (APF) in Westbrook, Maine, the Eastern Canadian Pro-Am Wars (CPF) in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada, and the Mid Atlantic Regional (RAW) in Charlottesville, Virginia. He also is contemplating a major event in Venice, California combining it with a visit with his daughter who lives nearby.
The team extends two-big thumbs up to Elite Powerlifting Federation official Bill Durant and to Wayne McClay and his great crew at the Galaxy Gym. The meet was well run with experienced spotters and judges, the setups were fabulous, and a great time was had by all.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 04:36
Spring truly is just around the corner and the MWV Cal Ripken Baseball program is ready to go. Coaches and directors made their rounds at the local schools to announce the registration date for all levels of Cal Ripken Baseball on April 6 at the Conway Elementary School from 1-3 p.m. Registration forms were also left at the schools and passed out to interested players. Registration forms can be returned to the school's front desk if attending Sunday's event is a problem.
Registration for the program is $50/player for the minor and major leagues and $30/player for the rookie league (a coach pitch development league). Scholarships are available as MWV wants all interested players to be able to participate. Teams will play approximately 10-12 games plus practices and the regular season will be complete before the school year is done. The regular season games are played within the valley which avoids travel issues. This year will include some games under the lights of Schoular Park for our local fans to enjoy.
MWV Cal Ripken also has an optional travel team at the major league and minor league level. Last year, the 12U team won the NH State Championship and competed in the New England Regionals while the 10U team won the District Championship and just missed winning the States as well. This is consistent with the quality level of baseball taught by the local coaches.
Further information can seen on the league's website: http://mwv.baberuthonline.com or you can visit the league's Facebook page at MWV Cal Ripken Baseball.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 03:56
CONWAY — MWV Lacrosse Club is excited to announce its Girls Spring 2014 programs.
MWVLAX continues to grow girls lacrosse in the Mount Washington Valley. The youth girls program will field three grade based teams for third to sixth, seventh to ninth and ninth to 12th grade girls.
This year's girls program will teach new and returning players the fun of lacrosse
The U19 girls team has been very successful and will be expanding to become seventh through ninth and 10 through 12th grade teams.
New programs this year include a girls third through sixth grade team and a introductory kindergarten through second grade program.
MWV Lacrosse also remains the proud sponsor of the Kennett High School Boys Varsity and JV lacrosse programs and youth boys programs.
Practices and games start in April and end in mid June. Please contact us for more information, we love to talk lacrosse.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 04:59
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Sacred Heart fencing team posted its highest-ever team finish at the NCAA Fencing Championships on the final day of competition Sunday at Ohio State, placing 11th in the team competition. The Pioneers' finish bests their 13th place in 2013. Juniors Andrew Holmes (Centereach, N.Y.) and Jonathan Jacovino (Brownfield, Maine) both finished 11th in their respective events to earn Third-Team All-American honors.
"This was a great result for these amazing athletes and our program", said head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "All three weapons in the men's events were very competitive this year and I am very pleased at how our fencers performed. There are no easy outs in this competition and the way that Jon, Andrew and Devon fenced over the two days of competition was a testament to their hard work and dedication to the sport and to their team."
Jacovino tied the best finish by a Sacred Heart epee fencer in the NCAA Tournament with his 11th-place result, going 12-11 over the two days of the men's competition. He tied Justin Dion's place in 2011. Just like Holmes, Jacovino was 5-3 on Sunday by defeating Penn's Royce Shipp, Penn State's Yasser Mahmoud, Alex House of Princeton, Simon Jones of Brown, and Stanford's Paul Riviere. Devon Clark (Teaneck, N.J.) finished one bout behind Jacovino with a two-day record of 11-12, putting him in 16th.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 04:48
CONWAY — The Conway Recreation Department is now accepting sign-ups for spring programs. Permission slips can be picked up at the Conway Rec. Dept. office in Center Conway or downloaded off the website at www.conwayrec.com and returned to the office in Center Conway.
You may also mail forms, please make sure postage is dated three days prior to the registration deadline! Please sign up early as all deadlines are final! There will be a $10 registration fee for all programs.
T-Ball players will receive a t-shirt to keep while softball players will receive a visor and socks to keep. If you have any questions please contact the Conway Rec. Dept. office at 447-5680.
Five-Year-Old T-Ball — Five-Year-Old T-Ball for all boys and girls will begin Wednesday, April 30 from 3:30-4:15 p.m. at the Conway Rec. Dept. If the field is unplayable at that time we will be in the gym. This program will run every Wednesday through June 11. The program is designed to introduce children to their first recreation experience and promote, fun, skill development and good sportsmanship. A registration fee of $10 will be charged.
Volunteer coaches are needed for this program. Please contact John or Mike if you would like to help out and coach a team. Players must be 5 years old by April 30 to participate. Registration deadline is April 18.
6 and 7 Year Old T-Ball — Six and seven-year-old T-Ball for all boys and girls will begin on Tuesday, April 29, from 3:30-4:15 p.m. at the Conway Rec. Dept. If the field is unplayable at that time we will be in the gym. The program will run every Tuesday and Thursday through June 12. The program will cover skill development along with game participation. A registration fee of $10 will be charged.
Volunteer coaches are needed for this program. Please contact John or Mike if you would like to help out and coach a team. Players must be six years old by April 29 to participate. Sign-up deadline is Friday, April 18 at 5 p.m.
Girls second and third grade Rookie Softball — Officials will once again be offering rookie softball for all girls in grades second and third. All girls in these grades will be required to play softball in this program before moving up to the next level. This softball program will begin for all first year players on Thursday, April 17 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Conway Rec. Dept. in Center Conway. Returning players will start on Monday, April 21 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. If the field is unplayable practice will be in the gym.
This program is designed to introduce softball to the beginner player. Conway will practice and play games against Fryeburg Rec. Girls will be introduced to hitting by hitting off of a pitching machine instead of live pitching. This will help develop the skill and confidence of the level of the beginner player. A registration fee of $10 will be charged. Sign-up deadline is Monday, April 14 at 5 p.m.
Girls Softball Grades 4-6 — Girls softball try-outs will be held on Wednesday, April 16 at the Conway Rec. Dept. in Center Conway from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Try-outs are for girls in grades 4-6 who are not currently on a team.
Girls who are already on a team must still register by the deadline and will receive a phone call from their coach when their first practice is. Games are played twice a week, but schedules will vary based on weather. The registration fee is $10. Sign-up deadline is Monday, April 7 at 5 p.m.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 03:54