WINCHESTER, N.H. -- The Bond Auto Parts Spring Dash will be held at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday. The action will begin at 5 p.m., with the main gates opening at 3 p.m.
On the card are the Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, Thunder Stocks, Lightning Stocks, and the Young Guns. General admission is $25 per adult, $15 per senior citizen, $5 for children 13-18, and free for anyone under 12.
The defending champions are Russ Hersey (Sportsman Modifieds), John Lavoie (Super Stocks), Kim Rivet (Mini Stocks), Craig Chaffee (Lightning Stocks), and James Thompson (Thunder Stocks).
Area drivers that competed at Monadnock Speedway last season are: Young Guns -- Ryan Shaw of Hinsdale, Taylor King of Vernon, and Winchester natives Joe Collins, Ethan Marsh, Chris Lawrence and Dylan Stebbins; Lightning Stocks -- Dick Houle of Brattleboro, Vernon’s Pat Houle, Hillary Renaud and Josh King, and Winchester’s Eric Silvernale and Tim Leblanc; Mini Stocks -- Putney’s Adam Manley, Hinsdale’s Joshua King, and Winchester’s Julia Raymond, Mike Stebbins and Gordon Farnum; Super Stocks -- Putney’s Dana Shepard, Dave Striebel of Hinsdale, and Stuart Wheelden of Guilford; and Sportsman Modifieds -- Alyssa Rivera of Bellows Falls, Brattleboro’s Jim Brow, and Josh King of Vernon.
BRATTLEBORO -- The Connecticut River Valley Baseball League resumes the tradition of New England Town Team adult baseball on Sunday, April 21, when it begins its 12th season at four local ballparks. All eight of the League’s teams are in action on Opening Day, with three New Hampshire teams hosting clubs from Vermont, and one all-New Hampshire game.
The games, all of which are free to the public, begin at 11 a.m. when the defending CRVBL champion Claremont Cardinals host the Putney Fossils at Barnes Park; the Keene Black Dawgs entertain the Chester Crush at Marlborough Field in Marlborough, and the league’s newest entry, the Sunapee Old Lakers, play host to the Newport Polar Bears.
At 1 p.m., the Walpole Wild Blue will open its home season against the Brattleboro River Rats. Ceremonies at Walpole’s baseball complex include the throwing out of the first pitch by Walpole resident and internationally-renowned film maker Ken Burns, a live rendition of the National Anthem by 12-year-old singer Izzy Patterson and a commemoration remembering longtime CRVBL umpire coordinator Ed Gillogly, who died earlier this year.
CRVBL teams play a 14-game regular season, with most games on Sundays. The league champion is decided by a double-elimination playoff series in August.
Area players on the River Rats team include Brattleboro’s Will Bissonnette, Michael Lang, Kevin McElhinney, Guillermo Wachtelhausen and John Waitekus, Caleb Record of Newfane, and Hinsdale’s Brian Benjamin; and on the Fossils are: Brattleboro’s Travis Watson, Dave Guadalupe and Kyle Whitworth, Hinsdale’s Rocky Smith, Steve Kapral of Dummerston, Quinton Carr of Townshend, and Putney’s Richard Bissell, Nick Garcia, Danny Lichtenfeld, Greg Narleski and Steve Stanley.
Mount Snow News
WEST DOVER -- Thanks to a deep snow pack on the trails of Mount Snow’s Carinthia, the east’s only all freestyle terrain mountain face, the southern Vermont resort has decided to reopen for one more weekend of skiing and riding this Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21, rain or shine. Mount Snow opened for the season in mid-November and this will stand as one of its latest closing dates in the last decade.
The plan is to operate the Nitro Express Quad from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days which will access advanced terrain only including two trails with no terrain park features and at least two other full terrain parks. In addition, if the snow holds up the resort plans to operate the Beartrap Double which will provide access to Mount Snow’s famous mogul run, Beartrap, complete with 80’s music blasting from the lift tower mounted speakers.
"This has been such an exciting season, we wanted to keep that excitement going and take advantage of all the snow we still have at Carinthia," said Kelly Pawlak, Mount Snow’s general manager. "We are looking forward to one more weekend of fun and hope to see a great turnout of people to help us celebrate what was a fantastic winter."
Lift tickets will be $29 for all ages except kids 5 and under ski for free. Season passholders at mountains that have already closed for the season can show their season pass at the ticket window and get $5 off the ticket price. Carinthia Base Lodge will be open for food and beverage, seating, retail and bathrooms. Equipment rentals, lessons and snow guarantees will not be available.
For more details about this weekend, visit www.mountsnow.com.