Saturday March 2, 2013

WILMINGTON -- On Senior Night, the Twin Valley girls basketball team was defeated by Arlington, 47-36.

The Wildcats, who trailed 26-12 at the intermission and turned it over 25 times on the night, battled back to within seven points in the fourth quarter. But that’s as close as they would get and finished the regular season with a 7-13 mark.

Hannah Swanson had a double-double (10 points, 13 rebounds) to pace Twin Valley, which honored 12th graders Abbi Molner, Lexi Reinertson and scorekeeper Whitney Murdock. Jordan Niles and Reinertson each finished with five points.

Molly Elwell and Jenna Lacoste led the winners with 15 and 10 points respectively.

Team Unified

HINSDALE, N.H. -- As Hinsdale Team Unified prepared for their quarterfinal playoff game on Monday in Nashua, they took a moment at practice to reflect on their team goals and accomplishments. Players agreed they had achieved their goal of qualifying for the playoffs, but more importantly, along the way made many fantastic memories. Junior Sam Calderwood said it best, "we will play this playoff game like all the others, with all our effort to win, but if we don’t, be happy because we know that we tried our best."

The 2013 Unified team welcomed four new members this year. Seniors Ashlyn Murano and Kelsey Butler were first-time basketball players as well as sophomore Charity Emond, while junior Glen Spencer had limited playing experiences. The five returning players stepped up their intensity this year, each taking turns leading in points, rebounds and aggressive defense. Those are: senior floor leader Mackenzie Shultz, junior co-captain Sam "Stretch" Calderwood, sophomore co-captain "Downtown" Kobe Boudreau, sophomore Trevor Grover, and sophomore John Struthers-Howe. Volunteer coaches, Kelly Kruse and Deborah Parsons are both Hinsdale High School staff members.

While earning the 7th seed with a 4-2 record, Hinsdale will be traveling to take on undefeated and 2nd seeded Nashua-South (5-0) on Monday at 5 p.m. This will be Hinsdale’s second year to qualify in as many tries as only the eight teams with the best records advance to the playoffs. Last year, Hinsdale lost a close quarterfinal game at Keene. Hinsdale’s only two losses this year came at the hands of Keene, with one game decided by the roll off the rim at the buzzer to come up short 39-38. Keene is seeded No. 3 this year with a 6-0 record. If Hinsdale can get past Nashua on Monday, the Wednesday semifinal game could be a potential rematch in Keene. The NH Unified Championship game is scheduled for Saturday, March 9 at 5:30 p.m. in Manchester on the Southern NH University campus.

Figure Skating

BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro Figure Skating Club members Amelia Opsahl and Rose Dumaine competed on Feb. 23 at "Skate for the Love of it," an Ice Skating Institue (ISI) competition hosted by FMC Ice Sports in Brockton, Mass.

Amelia Opsahl returned home with two silver medals, one for her Compulsory Moves and one for her Spotlight Light Entertainment program, an awe inspiring performance to "Love Shack" recently performed at her home skating show in Brattleboro.

Rose returned home with two gold medals, one for her Compulsory Moves event and one for her Artistic Freeskate elegantly perform to "The Rose," also her recent show performance in Brattleboro. Both competitiors will be attending the ISI District 1 Champsionships to be held in Natick, Mass., in June, and both girls have qualified to compete at the 2013 State Games of America in July in Hersey, Penn.

Both girls skate seasonally in Greenfield, Mass., representing FMC Ice Sports an ISI facility, in addition to their home skating with Brattleboro Figure Skating Club. Opsahl resides in Chesterfield, N.H., and Dumaine resides in Jacksonville. Both girls are coached by Suzanne McCaughtry of Keene, N.H., and Stacy Chickering of Chesterfield, N.H.

Southey Choas

BELLOWS FALLS -- The Southey Chaos Boys AAU Basketball Club will have an open gym on Sunday, March 17 at 9 a.m. at Bellows Falls Union High School.

All boys in grades 6-11 are invited to attend.

"The Southey Chaos operates on the belief that every player who has a desire to improve should be given an ample opportunity to do so," said head coach Evan Chadwick. "We achieve this by making the program local and inexpensive, so kids can focus on playing the games instead of how they are going to shoulder the expense of getting there."

For more information, interested athletes can contact Evan Chadwick at 802-275-4844 or southeysports@gmail.com.