BARTLETT — The MWV Ski Team and NHARA (NH Alpine Racing Assoc.) will once again be hosting the Eastern High School Championships at Attitash (races will be on Illusion at Bear Peak) on March 7-9.
This event brings about 225 high school alpine skiers, their coaches and the families of many of them to the Valley from Maine, N.H., Vermont, Mass., Conn. New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and SARA (Southern Alpine Racing Association).
The event consists of a training day on Friday, March 7, a slalom race on Saturday, March 8 followed by a dinner that evening at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, and a giant slalom race and team awards on Sunday.
The New Hampshire teams always do well if not win, the Kennett Alpine Team has been well represented over the years. New Hampshire athletes will be qualifying at the Meet of Champions on March 5.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 04:57
Do you have an interest in umpiring baseball?
If you do the New Hampshire Baseball Umpires Association is conducting a training session for any interested new umpires who are at least 18 years of age. The session begins March 16 and runs every Sunday through the end of April from 1 to p.m. in Laconia.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 04:40
CONWAY — Spring is in the air and that can mean only one thing — hockey tournaments! The Mount Washington Valley Youth Hockey and the Ham Arena is proud to host the Granite State Squirt Hockey Tournament this weekend.
The action starts this Friday at the Ham Arena at 6:40 p.m. when the Eagles (the No. 6 seed) face off against Upper Valley (No. 1 seed). It won't be an easy task as Upper Valley has dominated all season with a 15-2-1 record.
"We are excited about making the tournament this season and having the tournament in our barn gives us a slight home ice advantage," said MWV Head Coach Steve Seavey. "We will take anything we can and maybe we can do something special and upset the cart this weekend. We had some very close games this season against the top teams and ended up with four ties. A big reason for the team's success was the play of our goaltender Bryson Wrobleski. He has been stellar in the cage all year long."
Two members of the Eagles, Bryce Terry and Colby Olivier have been invited to participate in a spring and summer competitive AAA level tournament hockey team called the Nor Easters. The Nor Easters play the top teams from all over New England in several tournaments in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire in the off season.
Olivier and Terry have been standouts for the Eagles all year long. Terry, a prolific goal scorer led the team with 59 goals including 15 hat-tricks. His counterpart Olivier has been outstanding on the defensive blue line shutting down the top players all season. They will both have to be on top of their game this weekend if the team is going to make a run for the cup in the Granite State Tournament.
Face-off against Upper Valley is Friday evening March 7 at 6:40 p.m. at the Ham Arena in Conway.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 04:35
FRYEBURG — The Central Maine Community College women's basketball team finished its season, 18-0 in conference and 27-2 overall.
The Mustangs captured a three-peat Yankee Small College Conference Championship by handing University of Maine Augusta a statement win of 100-48 for the Championship title.
The Mustangs point guard, Sophomore Captain Maggie McConkey is from Fryeburg and was a standout three-sport athlete at Fryeburg Academy. McConkey had six points and five assists in the title game.
The number one ranked team in the country in USCAA Division II, CMCC will travel to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships to be held March 6-8 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
The game and schedule can be seen at http://uscaabasketball.prestosports.com/2014_Championships/Women-s_Division_II_Bracket.pdf.
Last year the Mustangs lost by six in Nationals. This year they are hoping to go one step further!
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 06:05
CONCORD — Hunter and Bowhunter Education courses are underway around the state, so get set for the 2014 spring gobbler season and more by logging onto the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department website to sign up for a class.
New this year, the Hunter Education class also covers bowhunting. If you took hunter education prior to Jan. 1, 2014, you must take the separate bowhunter education course – or the new combined course – in order to purchase an archery license. Bowhunter-only education courses will continue to be offered only for the 2014 calendar year.
"We urge people to try to get your course in early in the year, especially if you want to go turkey hunting in May," said Hunter Education Coordinator Josh Mackay. "Don't delay, because spring classes and online field days are filling up fast. We are constantly adding courses to the schedule. If you don't see one in your area check back often."
To sign up for a class, visit http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed.htm. Under "Find a Class," click on the link for traditional hunter/bowhunter education, online hunter education or traditional bowhunter education courses. Scroll down and use the handy calendar search engine to find classes. Once you find a class, simply click on the event to preview all the details about the course and register. After you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email. If you need help using the online system, call the Hunter Education office at 271-3214.
To accommodate the increasing number of people taking the online Hunter Education course — approximately 1,800 people completed the online course in 2013 – the program will offer additional field days this year. Those taking Hunter Education online must complete their testing and hands-on requirements at a structured field day event.
Who should sign up for hunter education? New hunters applying for a license, and hunters without a previous hunting license, must first take a hunter education course. (An exception is those purchasing an apprentice hunting license; learn more at http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/apprentice.html.) If you're age 16 or older, you need a license to hunt in New Hampshire; youth are encouraged to take hunter education between the age of 12 and their 16th birthday.
To meet this requirement, Fish and Game offers Hunter and Bowhunter Education classes around the state, as well as Trapper Education. To receive a certificate of completion, participants in these programs must be 12 years old by the end of the course. Courses are available from February through October, but they fill up fast, so don't wait until fall, or you could miss out!
Last year (2013), trained volunteer Hunter Education instructors presented 71 traditional Hunter Education courses, with 1,970 students certified; 48 Bowhunter Education courses, with 1,444 students certified; and 48 online Hunter Education course field days, with 1,099 students certified. Overall, the program certified 4,443 new hunters in 2013!
Find out more about Fish and Game's Hunter Education Program, made possible by federal Wildlife Restoration Funds, a user-pay, user-benefit program, at http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed.htm.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 05:47