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Fall skating begins soon in Plymouth and Tilton

TILTON & PLYMOUTH — US Figure Skating programs, Plymouth State Skating Academy (PSSA) at Plymouth State University and the Magic Blades Figure Skating Club (MBFSC) at the Tilton School Ice Arena, are offering lessons this fall.

The Plymouth State Skating Academy begins fall lessons in September with four successive six-week sessions beginning on Sunday September 7th at 5 p.m. The season in Tilton with MBFSC will begin on Monday, October 27 at 6 p.m. with two eight-week sessions.

MBFSC has served the Lakes Region since 1997 and PSSA since the opening of the PSU Ice Arena in 2010. These programs are two of over 1,000 US Figure Skating Basic Skills clubs across the country. Both programs offer lessons for skaters as young as three-years-old with the Snowplow Sam levels through the advanced freestyle levels of the basic skills program. Parents are encouraged to participate in practice time with their tots or are welcome to register and participate in the adult group lessons.

Both clubs are US Figure Skating Basic Skills programs offering membership through USFS, as well as the USFS basic skill badges to reward skaters for skill levels that they have mastered. Classes are comprised of a 30 minute lessons and 30 minutes of free, practice ice.

PSSA has opportunity for beginner hockey players to learn skating skills along with some stick and puck training. MBFSC accepts beginner hockey skaters to learn skating skills but does not incorporate stick and puck use; skaters are directed to local hockey programs when they are ready for advanced training.

Figure skating is both an individual and group endeavor. While students are allowed to move forward at their own pace, support from coaches and the group, and friendly competition help students achieve their goals. Some students, like Maggie DeVoy of Sanbornton, and Colleen Harriman, of Bridgewater, have been with the program over six years and have competed all over New England.

Tuition is $80 for the PSSA six week sessions, and $100 for the Magic Blades eight-week sessions, with discounts for families. To join, check out www.plymouth.edu/arena/learn-to-skate/ or www.magicblades.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or show up at the Plymouth State Ice Arena on Sunday September 5 at 5:30 for registration for either program.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 07:18

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Wavemakers start fall/winter season on September 8

The Lakes Region Wavemakers Swim Team will begin its 33rd season September 8th. The swim team is a developmental swim team ages 5-18 with swimmers of all abilities, recreational to competitive New England Champions. The swimmers just completed their summer season and are excited for the Fall/Winter Season. For more information refer to website www.lakesregionwavemakers.com or call Judy Cook, 293-0279.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 07:15

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Teams Farina Iron, CJ Avery crowned Lakes Region Flag Football champs

On  August 11, the Lakes Region Flag Football League's Men's summer adult league held its Super Bowl games and winners were crowned champions in each of 2 divisions.

The grown-up version of our exciting NFL Flag youth league Fall & Spring program (boys & girls ages 4-17; lrffl.com), the LRFFL's summer league had a total of 12 teams participating in our fourth summer of action. All games were played on the Inter-Lakes High School turf field.

All of the teams made the playoffs, with the 12 teams divided into an "A" and "B" division. The "A" division consisted of the top 6 teams based upon their regular season record, while the "B" division was made up of teams seeded #7 thru #12 based upon their record. The playoff games were spread out over 3 separate nights to enhance the competition.

The Round 1 games saw plenty of action, with the "A" division 3 Seed Team Ramrod facing the 6 Seed Globo Gym Purple Cobras and the 4 Seed Franklin's Finest battling the 5 Seed Easy Company. The "B" division 3 Seed CJ Avery team took on the 6 Seed Off At Church team, and the 4 Seed Vipers met the 5 Seed Frog Rock team. The top 2 seeded teams in each division waited upon the outcome of the Round 1 games to see who their opponent would be as they battled for a trip into the Super Bowl game. 

The Round 2 games did not disappoint either, with each of the remaining teams doing their best to make it to the big game. In the "A" division the 1 Seed Farina Iron team took on the 4 Seed Franklin's Finest (in a re-match of a Week 1 battle) and the 2 Seed White Lightning team took on the 3 Seed Team Ramrod in the first meeting of the season for these two teams. The "B" division Round 2 match-ups saw the 1 Seed Warriors against the 4 Seed Vipers for the first time this season, and the#2 Seed Turn Down For What battling the 3 Seed CJ Avery team. Turn Down For What met CJ Avery in the first week of the Regular Season, with Turn Down For What winning a shootout 48-46.

The "A" Division Super Bowl featured the 1 Seed and undefeated Farina Iron team (6-0) taking on the 3 Seed Team Ramrod (6-1), whose only loss of the season came at the hands of Farina Iron in Week # of the Regular Season. The first half saw both teams come out on fire, and Team Ramrod got a QB sack in the end zone to take an early 2-0 lead and after taking over on offense, quickly scored a touchdown and extra point to go up 9-0.

Farina Iron's offense began to click midway through the half, and the score at halftime was Farina Iron 25, Team Ramrod 22.

The second 22 minute stanza saw Farina Iron's offense come out firing, and the defense began to put the kibosh on Team Ramrod's offense. Final score saw Farina Iron win their first LRFFL Men's Summer League Super Bowl after their second trip in a row to the big game, 63-28.

The "B" Division Super Bowl saw the 3 Seed CJ Avery team (3-4) playing the 4 Seed Vipers (3-4) for the championship. CJ Avery was on a three game winning streak, and the Vipers had won two in a row going back to the Regular Season and the first round of the playoffs. With both teams looking to extend their winning streak, CJ Avery took a 26-6 lead at the half and outlasted a scrappy Vipers team 38-18.

It was CJ Avery's second Super Bowl win in three seasons, having won the 2012 "A" division Super Bowl.

Follow the Lakes Region Flag Football League all year round: lrffl.com, and like us on Facebook: lakesregionflagfootball.

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Waukewan Ladies spend season's final day on the course

The Waukewan Ladies were delighted to play the final round for the season on August 26, a beautiful day filled with sunshine. The game of the day was a Best Ball Scramble. 47 women competed and the winning team scored an even par of 36. These 4 ladies won a trip to the prize table: Janet Pano, Carol Ashton, Karen Bourgeois, and Nancy Vercauteren.

The four contest holes included Closest to the Pin in 2 shots on hole 14 and Carol Ashton took the prize landing only 2' 11" from the hole. The woman who won the contest on 10 was Bobbie Fairman who hit her ball closest to the pond...without going in. Whew...that was close! Val Langbehn clocked it with the longest drive on 13, while Sharon Corcoran landed closest to the pin on 11, only 20' 11" from the hole.

Two lucky women shared the chip-in pot; Pat Armstrong on 18 and Lynn Allen also on 18. They each walked away with over $10. Mary Dickerson won a trip to the birdie tree on 12.

For the second time in just a few weeks Pat Armstrong won the 50/50 raffle of $47. She must have a lucky charm!

The 2014 Waukewan Lades league final numbers were tallied and prizes were awarded to the low gross and low net players by flight for the season. Flight D: 2nd place low net: Jackie Belanger; 1st place low net: Nancy Vercauteren; 2nd place low gross Sharon Corcoran and 1st place low gross: Shirley Eaton. Flight C: 2nd place low net: Kathy Boselli, 1st place low net: Estelle Smith. 2nd place low gross: Lynn Seley and 1st place low gross: Linda Lee. Flight B: 2nd place low net was tied by Brenda Trudeau and Barbara Saimond. 1st Place low net: Ellen Vail. Low gross 2nd place: Barb Barbuto, and 1st place low gross: Betsy Cox. Finally the A Fight winners were as follows: 2nd place low net: Val Langbehn, 1st place low net: Faith Bartlett. Low gross 2nd place: Denise Doyle and our 1st place low gross player for the 2014 season was Laurie Fox. 

New officers for the 2015 season were presented to the league and were unanimously voted in. Congratulations to President: Kathy Sweeney, Vice President: Fran Howe, Secretary: Bobbe Fairman, and Treasurer: Barb Barbuto.
As always, our final week ended with a tasty banquet prepared by club owner Tim Noe and Heidi Barkley. The Waukewan Ladies all look forward to an exciting 2015 season.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 06:57

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