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Alpine Eagles return to the slopes Friday

CONWAY — The Kennett High boys and girls alpine teams will open 2014 in Gilford at Gunstock Ski Area this Friday with Laconia hosting Kingswood, Plymouth and Kennett.

KHS hosts its home-opener Friday, Jan. 10 when the same four schools race at Cranmore with the first run scheduled for 10 a.m.

The Eagles said goodbye to 2013 in style by cruising to victory in their first meet of this season at King Pine on Dec. 19. Both KHS squads easily topped arch-rival Kingswood in three giant slalom races at the East Madison resort, in their lone meet before the holiday break. The Eagles managed to sweep the top spots in all six races as well as capture the team points.

The Kennett boys took the top three podium spots and first nine places in the opening morning giant slalom. Tyler Eldridge won the race with a two-run combined time of 100.10. He posted the fastest first run (29.88) and the fastest second run (30.22). Teammate Adam Wright was second in 100.46. Rounding out the top 3 was Danny Nash in third in 1:00.59.

In the second boys race, also a GS, Nash led Kennett skiers in a sweep of the top nine spots winning in 1:00.35 (fastest two runs in 30.21 and 30.14). He was followed by Eldridge, second, 1:00.65; Wright, third, 1:00.93.

In the final boys race of the day, the Eagles again claimed the top nine spots with Eldridge atop the podium in 1:00.86 based largely on the fastest first run (30.21). He was followed by Jake Remick, second, 1:00.91; and Lucas Tinkham, third, 1:01.12.

Kennett took team honors in all three races by a score of 394-378.

In the opening girls race of the season, the Eagles made quite a statement by claiming the top 10 spots and top 16 of 17 overall against the host Knights in the morning GS.

Maya Bernier took first in 1:01.43. She posted the fastest first run (30:72) and the quickest second run (30.71). She was followed by Emma Niiler, second, 1:03.10; and Maddie Glavin, third, 1:03.59.

The Eagles continued their dominance in the second GS race by taking the first 13 spots.

Bernier won in 1:00.78 (posting the fastest two runs — 30.68 and 30.10); Brooke Lemerise, second, 1:02.77; and Niiler, third, 1:03.07.

Bernier completed her hat-trick of wins in the final GS with the girls from Conway taking the top 11 spots. She won the race in 1:01.71, posting the fastest runs in 30.91 and 30.80. Lemerise was second, 1:03.46; and Glavin, third, 1:03.89.

Kennett took team honors in all three races by a score of 394-378.


Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 04:42

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Gary Smith donates 11 sets of golf clubs to Kennett High

CONWAY — Kennett High School has received a generous donation from a resident — Gary Smith of Intervale has donated eleven complete sets of golf clubs to the students.

"It's an incredible donation," Kerry Brady, athletic director at Kennett High, said. "We really want to thank Gary for his generosity. The school and students greatly appreciate this. I know we'll get a lot of use out of them."

The clubs belonged to Gary's late father, Clifton V. Smith, Jr. and late brother, Barry Smith of North Conway.

Cliff Smith was an exceptional golfer, winning the North Conway Country Club championship five consecutive years, 1956 through 1960.

Brady has gratefully accepted the donation, noting the clubs will not only be a big help to the Kennett Golf Team, but will also be used in an "Introduction To Golf" segment in the school's "Fitness For Life" and "Physical Education" curriculum.


Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 04:48

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