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Gunstock Ski Club holds 50th Annual Gus Pitou Memorial Giant Slalom

The Gunstock Ski Club had a full field of racers for the 50th Annual Gus Pitou Memorial Race on Sunday. The NH Alpine Racing Association (NHARA) "open" event was attended by 27 boys and girls, aged 8 to 14, from race programs across New Hampshire. The race is held annually by the GSC in memory of Gus Pitou, Gilford resident and Olympian Penny Pitou's father, who died at the age of 53 in 1965 after Penny's Olympic triumphs. Gus Pitou contributed greatly to the growth of junior skiing in the Lakes Region in the 1950s and 1960s. Although he loved to ski, his passion was teaching the sport to young children. The first Gus Pitou Memorial Giant Slalom was held in 1966 by the Gunstock Ski Club, the year after his death.
Trophies for the winners were given to racers in the top 5 places and medals to places 6 through 10. Penny Pitou was the presenter.
In the U-10 girls division, Alina Horsley from Sunapee took the top spot, Emma Sanders from GSC was second and Elizabeth Harrell from Sunapee came in third. U-10 boys had Tanner Robbins from the Gunstock Ski Club in first, Samuel Sacerdote from Ford Sayre in second and Zander Doyle from Ford Sayre in third place.
U-12 girl winners were Brianna Martindale from Sunapee in first, Jordan Galluzzo from Sunapee in second, and Charlotte Marston from Gunstock in third. Boys in U-12 were Justin Colby in third and Jackson Lalla in second (both from Sunapee), and Mitchell Berry from Gunstock in first.
U-14 trophies for girls went to Anya Elder from Gunstock in first, Riley Craft from Ford Sayre in second, and Madison Morris from Gunstock in third. Boys awards went to Christopher Golden from Sunapee in first, Drew Curtis from Gunstock in second, and Kenneth Colby from Sunapee in third.
The U-14 winners, Anya Elder and Christopher Golden, will have their names engraved on the permanent Gus Pitou Trophies that remain in the GSC Clubhouse on display.
The race was held on the Tiger trail at Gunstock and run entirely by the parent volunteers of the GSC. The Gunstock Ski Club is a parent-managed, non-profit program sanctioned by the US Ski Association and designed to offer youth skiers instruction and training to develop skills as good and safe racers as well as a lifelong passion for the sport of skiing. GSC was established in 1918 and is the oldest ski club in the state of NH. The next event at GSC will be a U-16-18-21 Tecnica Cup Slalom on January 18. For more information about the Gunstock Ski Club and its programs check out www.gunstockskiclub.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Junior hockey: Wolves take 2 from Vermont Lumberjacks

The New England Wolves opened up 2015 in style, winning 2 games at home against division leader Vermont on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Saturday's 5-3 win, which was sponsored by www.emilyclementlifecoach.com and featured intermission
entertainment by the Broadway North Wolves Dancers, was a high-paced offensive game. Scorers
included Blake Babineau, Kevin Morello, Dillon Smith and two by newcomer Matt Michaud. Defensemen
Josh Grasso and Hunter Craig each had 2 assists. Wolves netminder Harley Eliason was solid, stopping
20 of the 23 shots he faced.
Sunday's 9 a.m. game was a completely different affair, as both teams committed to sturdy defensive play and the goaltenders of both teams shined. The Wolves penalty killers successfully handled all 7
opportunities by Vermont's league- leading unit, and kept the MJHL leading goal scorer, Ryan Flanagan
(32 goals in 27 games) off of the scoresheet. In overtime, newcomer Ryan Padden (Fort Peck, Mont.)
recovered a puck in transition and slid in a backhand shot through the goaltender's legs to secure the
victory. Zach Skop stopped all 42 of the shots that came his way.
The Wolves return to action next weekend, January 17 and 18, with a two game home stand versus the
Connecticut Nighthawks. Saturday's game is at 7 p.m. and Sunday's is at 2:15 p.m. All games will be played at the Laconia Ice Arena.
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Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 09:02

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Junior hockey: Fighting Spirit sweeps series against Wild

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit completed the sweep of the Maine Wild with a 3-0 win Sunday afternoon at the Laconia Ice Arena. Goaltender Claes Endre was perfect in net as he turned away all 19 shots he faced. Spirit forward Brett Bittner was the primary offensive threat as he netted all three Spirit goals, two of which came on the Spirit power play. The 3-0 victory came on the heels of an overtime thriller which saw the Spirit grab a 2-1 win with newcomer Dominic Gruttadauria scoring the game winner. Goaltender Adam Higdon picked up his 11th win of the year stopping 20 of the 21 shots he faced. "We knew we were in for two tough games as the Wild always compete for 60 minutes. I was proud of the way our players handled the adversity thrown at them by the Wild and was happy to see us stick to our game plan and play our brand of hockey which ultimately resulted in two more wins" says Spirit coach Ben Tefft. "We will put this weekend behind us and start preparing for the showcase in Lockport. We face an unbeaten Jersey Shore Wildcats team in our first game and are excited to try and be the first to knock them off this season."

The Fighting Spirit will hit the road this weekend as they will compete in the third of three league wide showcases. They will square off against the Jersey Shore Wildcats Friday, January 16 at 5:30 p.m., the Wilkes Barre Miners Saturday, January 17 at 9 a.m., and the Syracuse Stampede Sunday, January 18 at 11 a.m. All games will be held at the Lockport Express's home arena.

For more information on the Fighting Spirit and their schedule please visit their website at www.fightingspirithockey.com. You can also follow the Fighting Spirit on Facebook and Twitter.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 08:53

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Locals excel at Elks Hoop Shoot in Plymouth

The Plymouth Lodge of Elks #2312 hosted the North District Hoop Shoot and is pleased to announce the results of the North District Championship held at Plymouth Regional High School recently.

The participants from the area Lodges did very well, as 15 area youth finished in the top 3 for their age bracket.

Winners from the Plymouth Lodge included; Kiara Brown (8-9 girls), Riley Flaherty (10-11 girls), Leia Brunt (12-13 girls) and Marcus Morel (12-13 boys).

Winners from the Laconia Lodge included; Lucas Kirk (8-9 boys) and Jacob Mello (10-11 boys).

Others from Plymouth that placed included; Orion Browne (8-9 boys) and Hayden Whitman (1-11 boys).

Those from the Franklin Lodge that placed included; Theresa LaFrance (8-9 girls), Tucker Fluery (8-9 boys), Brandon Dukette (10-11 boys) and Benjamin LaFrance (12-13 boys).

Laconia shooters who placed were Macy Swormstedt (8-9 girls), Delany Ross (12-13 girls) and Philip Nichols (12-13 boys).

The North District winners will now participate in the State Championship to be held in Portsmouth on Feb. 1st.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 08:50

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