Fryeburg Rec Women's Softball League playoffs are in full swing

FRYEBURG — Action in the Fryeburg Rec Women's Softball League is heating up.

With the playoffs in full swing just three teams remain in the hunt for the championship trophy and bragging rights: Frechette Tire, Mount Washington Valley Towing and Chalmers/Jockey Cap.

American Air Systems and 302/Settlers Green have both been eliminated from the double elimination tournament.

Frechette Tire, the No. 3 seeds in the tournament, currently sit alone atop the winner's bracket, having gone a perfect 2-0 to be the the lone team without a blemish on its record.

Frechette knocked off No. 2 seeds MWV Towing on July 20, and continued their winning ways by beating top seeds Chalmers/Jockey Cap 7-2 on Wednesday at the Field of Dreams Complex.

302/Settlers Green, the No. 4 seeds, lost to No. 5 American Air Systems on July 20.

MWV Towing ousted 302/Settlers Green in the opening round of the loser's bracket on July 25.

Chalmers/Jockey Cap earned an opening round bye at the top team during the regular season, and then met American Air Systems on Monday night at the Field of Dreams. Chalmers/Jockey Cap won the contest to advance to the winner's bracket finals, where the team met Frechette on Wednesday.

MWV Towing and American Air Systems met Wednesday night, also at the Field of Dreams. MWV Towing prevailed 11-1 to advance to the loser's bracket finals.

MWV Towing will play Chalmers/Jockey Cap on Monday (6:15 p.m., at the Field of Dreams) for the opportunity to play for the championship against Frechettes on Wednesday (6:15 p.m., at the Field of Dreams.

Chalmers/Jockey Cap or MWV Towing would need to beat Frechette twice to lift the crown.

 

Fryeburg Academy Soccer Camp returns for 12th year

FRYEBURG — Fryeburg Academy boys' varsity soccer coach Bob Hodgman-Burns will run the 12th annual Fryeburg Academy Soccer Camp this summer.

The camp, open to boys and girls in grades K-8 from across Western Maine and the Mount Washington Valley, runs July 25-29.

Coach Hodgman-Burns will be joined by current and former members of the Raiders soccer program for a week of skill and tactical development. Campers will learn proper passing techniques; shooting skills; team play; and there will be individual drills offered to practice during the off-season.

"It's a fun camp," Hodgman-Burns said. "Aside from learning proper techniques, I hope the campers will learn an appreciation for the game. It's a great introduction to the game and a way to develop your skills in a no stress environment."

Coach Hodgman-Burns is in his 11th year as the boys' varsity coach at Fryeburg Academy where he is a two-time Western Maine Conference All Star coach. His Raiders have qualified for post-season play eight years in a row. This past year he coached soccer at an academy in Switzerland.

He is also the former girls' varsity soccer coach at Kennett High. A member of the Kennett High Sports Hall of Fame, Hodgman-Burns was a three-sport standout at Kennett and later at Wheton College. He is also a member of the Mount Washington Valley Soccer Club.

Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for children in grades K-2, and from 9 a.m. to noon for grades 3-8, at the Fryeburg Recreation Complex (The Field of Dreams) in Fryeburg on Route 302, just beyond Rite Aid.

The cost of the camp is $50 for the week for K-2 children and $80 for grades 3-8 youngsters. Each camper will receive a T-shirt and a soccer ball.

All campers are asked to bring shin-guards, a snack, their own water bottle and sunscreen.

For questions or to register, feel free to contact Coach Hodgman-Burns at (207)-256-0865, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Dodgers win Cal Ripken Minor League title

CONWAY — The Pine Tree Dodgers won the 2016 MWV Cal Ripken Minor League Championship by topping the River Cats at Dick O'Brien Field in Center Conway recently to wrap up the regular season.

Both teams struggled with the bats against two pitching staffs that threw strikes. Only four walks were issued the entire game, but the Dodgers took advantage of their opportunities and drew some errant throws that resulted in enough offense to put them on top.

The River Cats showed no signs of quit and aggressively ran the bases only to be thrown out at the plate on some very close plays.

In the Cats' final at-bat, with runners on first and third with two outs, a high fly ball was hit toward third base. You could see all the fans hold their breath as the third baseman got under the ball and made the catch to secure the win.

The Dodgers finished the regular season 8-2, and entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed.

The Dodgers team members are Tavon Porter, Ryan McDonald, Zach Moore, Haden Leavitt, Anthony D'Agostino, Liam Chesley, Jacob McDonald, Caleb Day, Spencer Glackin, Parker Brown and Capon Keisman along with coaches Peter Moore and Todd McDonald.

 

We Live SAFE classes offered

Elwood McLlarky, president of the Conway Boxing Club, is Giving Our Community a Fighting Chance, offering free self-defense classes for adults and children at the Conway Village Congregational Church (Brown Church) in Conway.

The classes are called "We live SAFE," with SAFE as an acronym for Self-defense, Anti-bullying, Fitness and Education.

McLlarky calls the classes: "A great workout with a dose of building confidence and physical awareness."

Adult classes are Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. Child classes are Saturday from noon to 1 p.m.

Clinics, seminars, team classes, group and one-on-one are also available.

Fore more information, call (603)733-9601 of visit We Live SAFE on Facebook.

 

Eastern States Cup returns to Attitash for endure and downhill races this weekend

BARTLETT — Attitash Mountain Resort is a stop on the Eastern States Cup Mountain Bike Series for the fifth consecutive year this Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24.

The Eastern States Cup, a regional championship series featuring two disciplines of mountain bike racing, enduro and downhill.

Enduro is a discipline of mountain bike racing that is quickly becoming very popular among athletes. Enduro events feature athletes competing against one another in timed stages. Each stage is different, testing rider's technical and physical ability with climbing and downhill sections. Saturday's Enduro race will be the USA Cycling State Championships in New Hampshire and will feature five stages at both Attitash and Bear Peak.

Sunday's downhill race will take place entirely at Bear Peak. Competitors will have one timed run to get to the bottom of the course as quickly as possible. Bear Peak has been the host of the downhill event at Attitash for the last two seasons as Attitash expands mountain bike terrain and trail offerings there.

"Attitash is once again looking forward to hosting some of the best East Coast downhill and enduro racers," said Attitash Mountain Bike Programs Coordinator Nate Waterhouse. "We've been working hard on our courses and believe they will pose a fun challenge to the athletes."

Attitash Mountain Resort offers over 20 miles of mountain bike trails including technically challenging downhill trails and eight cross country trails for all abilities. Mountain biking is open daily with rentals available at the Dirt Trax Bike Shop in the Attitash Base Lodge.

For more information, including hours of operation, ticket pricing and event schedules visit attitash.com or call 1-800-223 SNOW.