Over-40, and men's softball league meetings are April 27

CONWAY — The Conway Parks & Recreation Department will hold a meeting for all coaches interested in entering a team into the 2016 over-40 softball league and regular men's league on Wednesday. In addition, any player looking to get on a team and current captains of teams should attend these meetings.

The meetings will take place at the Conway Parks & Recreation building with the over-40 league meeting from 5-5:30 p.m., and the men's league from 5:30-6 p.m.

For questions, contact John Eastman or Mike Lane at 447-5680 or go online to www.conwayrec.com.

 

Rowe edges DJ Shaw in thrilling finish; Andy Shaw grabs a second

By Marco Thomas

OXFORD, Maine — Ben Rowe of Turner edged DJ Shaw of Center Conway by a razor-thin margin of .023-seconds in a wild, and wildly-competitive, Speedway Homes 150 for Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models on Sunday at Oxford Plains Speedway.

"I've got to thank (new crew chief) Mickey Green for coming on board," Rowe said in Victory Lane, greeted by a decidedly mixed reaction from a very vocal crowd after the race. "I haven't had a top 10 finish here in about five years — it was in the — and Mickey and his guys got us back on the right track, and my spotter (Steve Tapley) did a great job today."

Rowe started 27th, and had methodically worked his way into third position behind Bryan Kruczek of Newmarket and Dan McKeage of Gorham after McKeage had led almost the entire race to that point. Rowe found an opening under Kruczek as they headed into turn one on a restart, and contact between the two as Kruczek tried to close the hole saw him bounce into McKeage, who was forced three-wide to the outside, costing him several positions.

Kruczek, who had led briefly earlier in the race only to be taken out of the spot by a competitor who was penalized for the move, was unable to complete the race, while McKeage clearly deserved a far better fate than his eventual 10th-place finish.

Rowe, a four-time PASS North Super Late Model champion, nearly lost the race in the same fashion that he gained the race lead on a green-white-checkered finish when he went wide to fend off the challenge of Farmingdale, Maine's Johnny Clark, who nearly won the race after starting from 33rd on the pre-race grid. That move opened the door for 2014 series titlist Shaw to charge up on Rowe's inside, nearly stealing the checkered flag.

Rowe, Shaw and Clark were next chased across the stripe by Colchester, Vermont's Brent Dragon, who raced up front throughout the 150-lap test to earn a fourth-place finish in the Shaw 49, with 24th-place starter, and reigning series champion Mike Rowe of Turner rounding out the top five in his new ride, a team car to his son's winning Richard Moody Racing, Hancock Lumber-sponsored car.

Mike Hopkins of Hermon, Maine, Adam Polvinen of Auburn, Maine, Glen Luce of Turner, Maine, Dave Farrington, Jr. of Jay, Maine, and McKeage rounded out the top 10. Shaw, McKeage, Dragon and Matt Matheson of Oromocto, New Brunswick, won Super Late Model heat races. Jeremy Davis of Tamworth and Joey Doiron of Berwick, Maine, took the last-chance consolation race qualifiers.

Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, Vermont cruised to a comfortable victory in the Husqvarna 100 presented by Dave's Small Engines for the American-Canadian Tour Late Models. Therrien started sixth, and had to get by reigning ACT Late Model Tour champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, New Hampshire to claim a race lead that he would not relinquish.

Steuben's JR "Rockin" Robinson posted a career-high runner-up finish, holding off multi-time HP Hood Oxford 250 champion Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Massachusetts through the closing laps and a couple of late-race restarts. MacDonald crossed the line in third position. Helliwell ended up with a fourth-place finish. Scott Dragon of Milton, Vermont filled out the top five.

Ryan Robbins of Dixfield, the 2015 OPS Mods champion, turned back the challenges of the touring series invaders in the 40-lap PASS Modified main event. Robbins grabbed the lead from popular Westbrook, Maine racer Matty Sanborn, who was soon sidelined by mechanical woes.

Multi-time PASS Mods champion Andy Shaw of Center Conway challenged Robbins in the late stages of the race, finishing second. Robbins and Shaw were joined on the podium by North Waterboro, Maine, veteran Billy Dixon, who prevailed in a three-car battle for the spot, ahead of Evan Armington of Lovell, Maine, and New Gloucester, Maine's Ben Tinker. Sanborn and Robbins won the heat races.

Trevor Sanborn of East Parsonsfield, Maine, was triumphant in the 25-lap Legends Cars main event. The winner's semi-teammate, 13-year-old Austin Teras of Windham, Maine, led much of the race before settling for runner-up honors. Jarrett Butcher of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, nailed down a third-place finish in front of Buckfield's Chris Burgess and Peter Craig of Poland, Maine. Teras and Burgess won heat races.

Drivers from seven different states and five Canadian provinces participated in the giant, opening day racing program.

 

Conway Rec. plans Foxwoods Casino trip for April 29

CONWAY — The Conway Parks and Recreation Department is happy to announce its annual spring adult trip to Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, Conn.

The bus will be departing from the Conway Parks and Recreation Department facility in Center Conway on Friday, April 29 at 5 a.m., driving to Wakefield where participants will then board a luxury coach to travel the rest of the way, arriving at the casino by 9:30 a.m.

The trip will return to the recreation center at approximately 9 p.m. The cost is $50 and this covers your transportation a voucher for the buffet meal and $10 in free game vouchers.

All interested adults ages 21 and over can come to the Conway Parks and Rec. office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to register. Registrations will not be accepted by phone. Reservations will be limited to the first 40 people sign-up. The recreation department needs 30 people signed up by April 15 for the trip to happen. You can pay by check or cash.

If you have any questions contact director John Eastman at 447-5680.

 

Munck commits to Becker College

CONWAY — Justin Munck, a 2013 graduate of Kennett High and member of the 2010 state championship hockey team and 2011 runner-up team, has committed to attend Becker College this September and play hockey for longtime head coach Steve Hoar, who is in his ninth year at the helm of the Hawks.

After graduating from Kennett, Munck played his junior hockey for both the Portland Jr. Pirates Elite Team, and most recently the New England Wolves Premier team. The 6'2", 200-pound Munck is a strong shutdown defenseman who plays a rugged brand of hockey and proved durable playing in every game with the Wolves.

"Justin is a character kid with a strong compete level who plays a physical game and knows how to separate a player from the puck," said Wolves Head Coach Steve Jacobs. "He was a workhorse for us, playing big minutes while being first off the bench on the penalty kills, and also playing some power-play. He has a good sense on when to join the rush showing his puck skills and creativity.

"We could always count on Justin to make the correct reads and keep the game simple," he continued. "He has excellent vision, escapability, and consistency while making the crisp first pass. This will serve him well at Becker."

"I would like to thank my parents, the Wolves coaching staff and all those that have helped me along the way and I am looking forward to the opportunity I have at Becker," said Munck, who lives in Conway.

Becker College, located in Worcester, Mass., went 10-15-1 last season.

 

SVST sets 30 personal bests in Colebrook

BARTLETT — The Saco Valley Swim Team (SVST) rounded out the winter swim season with a visit to the North Country Community and Recreation Center in Colebrook recently. The Colebrook Owls played host to the Evergreen Silver Fins along with the SVST swimmers at their beautiful facility which houses a four-lane, 25-yard pool.

The SVST had a strong showing by posting 30 personal best times out of the 34 swims which translated into 16 first, 9 second and 6 third place finishes. It speaks volumes about how hard the swimmers have been working at practice. Every swimmer had at least two personal best times.

Jason Millett, while still 8 years old, swam in the 9-10 age group events, which included the 100-meter freestyle and the 50-meter butterfly.

Katie Millett and Gretchen Heon continued to have major improvements in times. It is hard to imagine a 7-year-old doing the 100 Individual Medley but they both did it very well.

Hannah Kelsch and Alex Sweeney, who recently aged up to the 9-10 age group, faced many challenges with the longer distances, but they both did well in the eight events they swam.

Zoria Arsenault, who was attending her first swim meet, got on the starting block and turned in three fine performances.

Dominick Perry, Michael Trumbull and Joey Trumbull had 11 best times between them. There is some great competition between these three both at meets and during practices.

The current SVST late winter session goes until May 6. The spring/summer session will begin on Monday, May 9, and run through the end of July.

The swim team welcomes new members at all levels from 6-18 years old. During the summer session the swim team will participate in a variety of swim meets, including the well-loved meet at Brewster Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee.

On deck during the meet were coaches Bob Magg, Meghan Skidmore and Megan Heon. These coaches, along with Lawton Harper, continue to lead the SVST during practice at the White Mountain Aquatic Center in Intervale.

Hard work by all the swimmers, coaches and swim team parents make the SVST one of the finest activities in the valley — in hopes that one day the team can host other teams at a new pool.

The Saco Valley Swim Team is part of the White Mountain Aquatic and Fitness Foundation which is dedicated to bring to our area an aquatic and fitness facility to serve Valley families and visitors.

To learn more about the White Mountain Aquatic Center's programs and its board's mission to bring a non-profit Aquatic & Fitness Complex to the valley please go to http://whitemountainaquatic.com/, call us at (603) 733-5915 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..