Saco Valley Swim Team competes in Lisbon

The Saco Valley Swim Team kicked off the 2015-­2016 season with a visit to Evergreen Fitness Center, located in Lisbon recently. The Evergreen Silver Fins played host to the swimmers of the Mount Washington Valley at their beautiful multi­purpose facility and 4-lane, 25-meter pool.

The town of Lisbon is located just west of Littleton and boasts a population of approximately 1,000 people, and most of their finest youth swimmers turned out on Oct. 25 to participate against the SVST. The Silver Fins graciously held a pot lunch for all participants and volunteers immediately following the event.

Some SVST veterans made appearances at the Lisbon meet after putting in some hard work at practice including fast swimmers Audra Bosak ­Harper, Dominick Perry, sisters Purlin and Kaeli Twigg­ Smith and Piper Lopashanski. Not one of these talented teammates seemed to be hampered by their breaks from competition as they swam some impressive races against the Silver Fins. Along with the other swimmers, they adapted perfectly to the longer distance pool by posting over 30 personal best times for Saco Valley.

Gretchen Heon and Katie Millett continue to proudly represent the up and comers for the team with terrific performances in their events. Jason Millett is finishing his final year in the 8 and under category this season by making improvements to already fast times at every meet. New to the 9 and 10 year division at this competition was Connor Wiggin, turning in strong swims in Lisbon at the 50 meter distance events. He joins a strong contingent of 9 and 10 year olds including, Aaron Zakon, Carter Tasker and Vivian Rober­Carpenter, who all have been practicing very well at our local pool in Intervale and building up remarkable endurance in the water.

Solid performances can always be counted on from friends Ben Biche and MacCary Kelsch, who have been reliable contributors to the team for many years. These two always seem to find themselves racing against each other and end up with smiles after every race. The anchors of the team, Mazy Karuzis and Joey Trumbull, continue to impress not only with their superb results, but also with their leadership abilities as they guide the next generation of swimmers of the SVST into the future.

Unique to this swim meet were the relays, which included a four-person inner tube relay and a candle relay. The tube relay began with one member of a team sitting in the tube as the other three members pushed, kicked or propelled the tube with whatever means necessary to the other end of the pool. The sitter would then exit the tube and a different teammate would climb in, and then the race was on back to the other end, with the process repeating itself for each swimmer before the finish.

Lots of fun and interesting and varying techniques to be the fastest tube relay team were seen in a very entertaining event! The candle relay involved a four person team asked to swim with an unlit match to the end of the pool to a waiting volunteer, who would then make sure the match was dry enough to light a candle before the swimmer returned to the other end of the pool to start the next member of the team. Impressively, all candles from all teams successfully lit after each swimmers' respective laps, again with varying techniques used by the teams.

Another successful outing by the SVST at another great venue! On deck during the meet were Coaches Bob Magg and Lawton Harper, who together with Julie Bosak continue to lead the SVST during practice in the pool at the New England Inn in Intervale.

Hard work by all the swimmers and coaches 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 current aquatic offerings and job opportunities at the WMAC in Intervale please see or call us at (603­) 733-­5915.


Tenth annual Gasping Gobbler 5k Walk & Run is this Saturday

LOVELL — Runners and walkers are invited to take part in the 10th annual Gasping Gobbler 5k Walk & Run set for Saturday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. The 3.1-mile course is at the Lovell Athletic Fields on Smarts Hill Road.

The popular race benefits the Lovell Recreation Department's youth and adult programs, helping to make them affordable and accessible. The course consists of three wheel-measured loops around the grass and dirt perimeter of the athletic complex and simulates many school cross-country courses and is very spectator friendly. The first 50 entrants receive a drawstring bag!

Visit to pre-register.

The cost is $12 if you pre-register and $15 on race day. Refreshments and awards will be presented after the race at the Lovell VFW Hall. Turkey awards go to first place male and female runners, first place walker and "middle of the pack", as well as age category prizes and ribbons for the Top 10 walkers.

For more information, contact Stan Tupaj at (207) 925-1500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Harlem Rockets Comedy Basketball Team are coming to Kennett Middle School this Thursday

CONWAY — The Kennett Middle School PTSA will be hosting some very special guests this Thursday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Seidenstuecker Gymnasium at Kennett Middle School. The Harlem Rockets, a talented group of basketball entertainers who combine incredible showtime basketball skills and family-friendly comedy will face the Kennett Eagle All Stars in a game benefiting the 8th Grade trip to Philadelphia in May 2016

Having played over 2,500 games in 16 years without a single defeat, the Harlem Rockets offer something for everyone to enjoy. Sports enthusiasts will be intrigued by the athleticism and size of the Rockets.

Basketball aficionados will be dazzled by the ball-handling wizardry of Clarence "Mugsy" Leggett. Mugsy is one of the world's extraordinary dribblers and a former Harlem Globetrotter. Satiated by the appearance of the "Twin Towers" Curtis "Tiny" Johnson standing 7' 5" tall and "Super Mario" standing 7' 3" tall. Yes, (2) 7-Footers will be in the building.

And since this is comedy basketball, the Harlem Rockets present to you the all-time funny man and one of show basketball's greats — James "Speedy" Williams, who was featured in the movie, "Above The Rim" starring Tupac Shakur and Duane Martin. Speedy was also one of the Original Nike Free-Style Ballers in a Nike commercial. And, Speedy performed live at the MTV Music Awards while Jay Z did his thing. Better known as The "Crowned Prince Of Laughs."

The Harlem Rockets incorporate the audience, especially children, into the show and are always available to meet the fans and give autographs at halftime and after the game.

In this special event to raise money for the Kennett Middle School 8th Grade trip to Philadelphia the Kennett Eagle All Stars have graciously agreed to face the Harlem Rockets. Kennett Eagle All Stars players include representatives from Kennett Middle School, John Fuller, Conway El, Pine Tree and Mount Washington Valley. Suiting up will be Joe Murphy, Kim Livingston, Tom Allen, Bethany Metts, Ron Gautreau, Brendan Williams, Marcelo Maiorano, Noah Weeder, Kelly Jon Scruggs, Matt Kelly, Ali Janowicz, Gredel Shaw, Ali Wagner, Andy Shaw, Colleen Koroski, Dan Fallon, Michael Thompson, Lauren Beckwith, Teddy Nutting, Kelley Murphy, Jerry Capozzoli and Jocelyn Judge.

Tickets for what promises to be a fun-filled evening for the community are available at Kennett Middle School by contacting (Kelley Murphy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at the door). Tickets in advance are $8 for students and senior citizens and $10 general admission, at the event student and senior citizen tickets will be $10 with general admission $12 each.

Other sponsors for this event include: ReMax Presidential, Heartland, HomeRun, Parsons Kitchens, Inc, Mike Lyons Roof Repair, Mountain View Service Center, Jon Hurteau Heating Services, Transform Structural Integration, The UPS Store, barn Door Screen Printers and Colonial Motel.


Conway Rec Turkey Trotters to toe the line this Monday

CONWAY — The Conway Recreation Department will hold its annual Turkey Trot Race this Monday, Nov. 12, in Center Conway, beginning at about 3:45 p.m.

Turkeys will be awarded to the top boys and girls finishers in the 5-6 year-old age category, the 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 age groups.

Four other turkeys will be raffled off after the races. Everyone who participates in the races is eligible for the raffle.

"The turkey trot is definitely one of the highlights of the fall," Mike Lane, assistant recreation director, said. "It's great to see so many kids participate."

All children who participate will receive a ribbon.

The race is open to all children from Albany and Conway.

There will be a rec. bus from Conway Elementary and Pine Tree School.

For questions call 447-5680 or go online to


Hometown gymnasts open season in style

CONWAY — The kick-off of the competitive gymnastics season started on a high note for Saco Valley Gymnastics Training Center of Conway with several team and individual wins at the Halloween Spooktacular Meet at Tri-Star Gym in Dover recently.

The Level 6 Team captured gold with a first place team win, scoring a combined 106.625.

Individual accomplishments included: in the Ghost Division — Karina Knapp, first in vault, first in floor and fifth all-around; Abigail Brewster, third in vault, second in beam, second in floor and third all-around; and Nadia Fitzsimmons, second in uneven bars, first in balance bean, third floor and first all-around.

Spider Division — Marlee Marsden, third in beam and fifth all-around; Cassidy Kreiger, third in floor and fourth all-around; Kaelynn Daigle, second in vault, third in uneven bars, second in beam, second in floor and third all-around; and Grace Perley, third in vault, second in uneven bars, first in balance beam and second all-around.

Witch Division — Brooke Barron, fifth all-around; Ashley Ames, first in vault, third in uneven bars, second in beam, second in floor and second all-around; and Madeline McGrath, third in vault, second in uneven bars, first in beam, first in floor and first all-around.

Level 5 competitor Addy Nelson secured second place in her division with a first in vault, second in uneven bars, second in balance bean and second on floor.

Level 4 team won silver with a second place team finish with a combined score of 95.625.

Individual accomplishments included: Ghost Division — Ashlyn Mattei, second in uneven bars, third in beam, second in floor and second all-around.

Spider Division — Kristen Johnson, third in uneven bars, second in beam and third all-around.

Witch Division — Jordan Meier, fifth all-around; Gabrielle Croto, first in vault, fourth in uneven bars, fourth in balance beam, first in floor and third all-around.

Level 3 team also pinned down silver with a second place team result with an all-around score of 54.300.

Individual accomplishments included: Ghost Division — Sophia Brown, fifth all-around.

Spider Division — Mia Marsden, sixth all-around.

Excel level athletes included Elizabeth Graustein, placing sixth all-around in the silver division. Gold division gymnasts placed well with Anya Nicoll securing second in vault, third in uneven bars, first in beam and second in floor for a second place all-around showing. Rounding out the gold level excel field was Nora Goodman with a third in vault, and a third on floor for a third place all-around spot.

Saco Valley Gymnastics Training Center athletes look forward to hard work on their skills in preparation for their next meet in Biddeford Maine at the Gobble Wobble at Duziak's gym on Nov. 21 and Nov. 22.