Local swimmers compete at Brewster Beach

BARTLETT — Members of the Saco Valley Swim Team (SVST) recently competed in two meets held at Brewster Beach on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. Families are able to enjoy a day at the beach while cheering on the team in the water, making the Brewster Beach meet as pleasant for parents and siblings as it is fun for the competitors.

Thirteen swimmers from the SVST competed on July 8 against four other teams. Conditions were ideal for an outdoor meet with no wind. SVST swimmers turned in 20 best times from the 39 events they competed in.

Joey Trumbull continues to improve his times in the longer distance swims. He was able to improve his 200-meter freestyle time by 7.4 seconds. All the hard work and training he has been putting in at practice has been paying off.

The second Brewster Beach meet was held on July 15 with 12 SVST swimmers hitting the water. Weather conditions were less than ideal with large waves, wind and cool water, but the hometown swimmers still posted 17 season-best times out of the 37 swims.

One of the most memorable moments during the meet was when Connor Wiggin and Alex Sweeney each swam two legs of the medley relay, which normally features four swimmers, each swimming one leg. This was a tough challenge but they rose to the occasion and made their teammates and coaches proud.

The team would like to thank all the parents for helping out: Melissa Carr and Leah Kelsch for organizing the bullpen, along with Trevor Tasker and Erin Sweeney for standing out on the docks to time the swimmers. The team would not be able to participate in these meets if it did not have this sort of support.

To learn more about the team and join the fun, contact Megan Heon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The fall swim team session will start mid-September.

The SVST is part of the White Mountain Aquatic and Fitness Foundation, which is dedicated to providing a sustainable, non-profit facility to achieve the lifestyle benefits of health, wellness and fitness. It will offer a whole, new, unique and diverse menu of dry land and aquatic programming for the Mount Washington Valley, its surrounding areas and to visitors. To learn more about the foundation visit www.whitemountainaquatic.com or call (603) 733-5915.

 

Deer hunting basics class for women offered Oct. 1

CONCORD — Women who are thinking about hitting the woods to try hunting the elusive whitetail deer can sign up for a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Deer Hunting Basics class that will take place Oct. 1, 2016, at state Fish and Game Department’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
 
Registration is now open. To sign up, fill out a print-and-mail application available at www.nhbow.com. The workshop fee of $55 is due with registration. Registration is limited to 15 participants. If you are interested in attending, fill out and mail in your application right away. Only mailed applications will be accepted.
 
This introductory workshop for women is taught by Fish and Game Hunter Education instructors.  The class will cover the seasonal habits of deer, various hunting techniques, how to identify sign, choices of firearms, recovering your game and clothing/gear. This workshop does not include an actual shooting experience.
 
"Beyond BOW" workshops are in-depth sessions designed to expand on the offerings of the traditional Becoming an Outdoors-Woman fall and winter programs, helping women gain the skills needed to participate in outdoor activities on their own.
 
The New Hampshire Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (www.wildnh.com) and the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation (www.nhwf.org).

Adult flag football pick-up play night is Tuesday

CONWAY — The Conway Parks and Recreation Department adult flag football league pick-up play night will be offered this Tuesday at 6 p.m. for anyone who wants to play in the league this year — but especially anyone who is new and wants to be drafted onto a team.

The draft will follow the pick-up game, at 7 p.m., to determine each team.

All players must be 18 years of age by Aug. 30 and cannot be currently competing in a high school sport.

This night is not mandatory, but registration must be completed by Aug. 30 at 6 p.m.

The cost will be set by Wednesday, which will be determined by the number of players.

Payment must be made before Tuesday, Sept. 6, which will be opening night.

The cost of the program will include a mouth guard and a T-shirt to be worn on game day.

Anyone with questions can contact John Eastman, Conway Parks & Recreation directorate (603) 447-5680.

 

Registration for Conway Rec fall programs begins

CONWAY — Registration is now open for the Conway Parks and Recreation Department's fall programs. These include bowling, soccer, field hockey, flag football & pond hockey.

Bowling – for boys and girls in grades kindergarten, first and second grades. It will be held on Thursday afternoons beginning on Sept. 15 and running through Oct. 20 (there will be no bowling on Oct. 6). Transportation will be provided for bowlers to the Rec. Dept. from Pine Tree School and Conway Elementary School. All participants must be picked up at the Conway Recreation Department in Center Conway at 5:15 p.m. The cost of the program will be $25 which will cover the cost of shoes and two strings of bowling per week. There is a limit of 20 kids for this program and children must be registered by this Friday, Sept. 9. Volunteers are greatly appreciated.

Field hockey — for girls in grades 3-6. All participants must be registered by this Friday, Sept. 9. The program will begin for all players on Wednesday, Sept. 14 and run every Monday and Wednesday through Oct. 19. Players will be separated into two teams, a third and fourth grade team and a fifth and sixth grade team. Game times will differ from practice times. Transportation will be provided to the Rec. Dept. from Pine Tree School and Conway Elementary School. The cost of the program is $10.

Soccer — for boys and girls in grades 3-6. All participants must be registered by Friday, Sept 9. Players will be separated into two teams, a third and fourth grade team and a fifth and sixth grade team. This program will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 16 for all players and runs every Tuesday and some Thursday through Oct. 25. Transportation will be provided to the Rec. Dept. from Pine Tree School and Conway Elementary School. The cost of the program is $10.

Flag football — for children in grades 2-4. Children must be registered by this Friday, Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. Tryouts will be held for new players on Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. All new players will be drafted onto teams. Games and practices will be held on Tuesday and Thursdays. The cost of the program is $10. Reminder – Children participating in the North Conway Community Center Tackle Football Program are not eligible for the Conway Recreation Department flag football program. The program will run through the end of October.

Fall pond hockey — for grades K-6 at the Ham Arena beginning on Friday, Sept. 23 and running through Friday, Oct. 21. This unique program allows kids who have never tried hockey to participate without having to purchase equipment. Equipment is provided by the Ham Arena including skates. The cost of this program is $15 and children must be registered by Friday, Sept. 16. Children who play squirts, peewees or bantams for MWVYHA are not eligible. For a full description of this program please the website (www.conwayrec.com).

Registration forms are available online at www.conwayrec.com or by stopping by the rec office Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Football reunion planned for Kennett players from the Gary Millen era

By Lloyd Jones

CONWAY — Kennett High football means so much to so many. A group of former Eagles have banded together to organize a football reunion for any players who suited up for the late head coach Gary Millen and assistants Peter Ames and Phil Haynes from 1977-2005.

The Eagles won six state championships under the guidance of Millen, Ames and Haynes.

The reunion is scheduled to take place at Cranmore Resort on Saturday, Sept. 17, beginning at 5 p.m. Former players and their spouses are invited. This is a 21 and over event.

Jason Veno, Class of 1993, Chris Bailey, Class of 1988, and Jody Rogers, Class of 1991, are organizing the reunion, which Ames and Haynes, "are really excited about."

"We've talked about this for years," Veno said during an interview at the Sun on Tuesday. "I got talking to Chris and Jody, and we all agreed let's do this. Phil had always wanted to do it. He's always wanted to get everyone together. I think he talks about it with a lot of people."

"They had one, but I couldn't go because one of my teammates was getting married, they had a 10-year reunion of the first state championship (in 1986) back in '96," Bailey said. "That was just for that one team, and I had heard that it was great to get everyone together."

The 1986 team went 11-0 and steamrolled to the championship. Nine of the 11 games were shutouts. The Eagles gave up just 15 points that season.

The reunion will included food, cash bar and the airing of Kennett highlight videos. The cost is $20 per person.

"We are really hoping people will commit and pay upfront so Cranmore will have an accurate number to work with to help plan how much food is needed," Bailey said.

"We don't know if we're going to get 50 people or 200," Veno added. "We'd love to see 200."

As a little extra incentive, the first 50 players who pay upfront by mailing in their payment will receive a commemorative mug at the reunion. The commemorative mug is a gift being provided by The Gary Millen Foundation.

The reunion will also serve as a fundraiser for the current Kennett football team. The Boosters are going to help run the evening. There will be memorabilia for sale (helmets, etc.) as well as a raffle.

"The reunion is for all Kennett football players and coaches from the Millen, Haynes and Ames era (1977-2005)," Bailey said. "Obviously we would be honored if other players from earlier teams wanted to come as well and they certainly are welcome also."

The trio are quick with answers when asked what Kennett High football meant to them.

"It means a lot," Veno said. "You really become close friends with a lot of these guys. The friendships last forever. Winning championships was something. You don't get a lot of chances to win championships."

"Life," Rogers said. "At that time, it was life, it was everything. In my life, a big part of it was Chris and his squad his junior year. Kennett football had a whole new meaning."

"It's meant everything," Bailey said. "It's really a big part of why I wanted to get involved in education was my experience in athletics, and in particular in football. Those football coaches were mentors to me both in the classroom and on the field, Gary, Peter and Phil. There's something about football that makes it special. There are so many positions, and if you're all not working together, you're not going to be successful."

"It's true," added Veno. "There are other sports, and you can have a dominant pitcher in baseball and win. Football, you might have a great quarterback but you need all those other pieces. You all have to play together, and that's something over that stretch of championships that Kennett football really did. Not only that, but you can have a lot of talented people, but you have to have all those guys play together."

Checks can be made out to Kennett Football Boosters and mailed to Kennett High School c/o Chris Bailey, 409 Eagles Way, North Conway, N.H. 03860.

For additional information or questions, contact Bailey by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.