Gunstock Nordic Association again offering summer training programs

On the heels of yet another strong Nordic season, one that included Gilford's Jack Schrupp taking a National Championship, Gunstock Nordic Association is preparing to begin its summer training programs. Traditionally, these programs have been focused on training Nordic skiers, whose success during the racing season is largely dependent upon their off-season training. This year, however, GNA's head coach, Olympian Nina Gavrylyuk, is planning to expand the program to accommodate athletes of all disciplines. The programs will be offered in three options: six days of combined training, two to three days of Nordic training or two to three days of non-Nordic training. All of the programs integrate strength, agility and endurance exercises. No matter the sport, if it requires fitness Nina's programs are world-class.
Also, GNA will once again hold its week-long summer training camp for Nordic skiers 15 years old and younger. This is an intensive camp for those with prior Nordic training and space is limited. Lastly, GNA will be supporting a summer mountain bike racing series to be held at Gunstock (details to come) as well as the return of its trail running series. For more information about all of GNA's programs, visit or email questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Boles, Zimmer represent Belmont at NE Track & Field event

Representing Belmont HS at the New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field at Bridgewater State University (Massachusetts), senior Joseph Boles placed 9th in the 800m event in a time of 1:56.22, a new school record. This is the third time this season that Boles has broken the previous record of 1:58.54, set by Brendan Collins in 2004. Also competing was Junior Bruce Zimmer who placed 22nd in the shot put with a throw of 45' 7.25".

Wins follow as offense picks up for Muskrats

The Laconia Muskrats picked up two wins this week to improve to 3-6 on the season. The Muskrats were rained out last Thursday and Friday to begin the weekend. As of yesterday the team is two behind the division leading Valley Blue Sox nine games into the season. Laconia scored only five runs in the first five games but has improved offensively scoring 19 over the last four.

Laconia split the weekend home stand, beating North Adams on Saturday and falling to Plymouth on Sunday. Saturday the Muskrats jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on their way to a 6-2 victory. Christopher Beall (Arizona State University) went 2-4 with a home run, two RBI's, and scored two. Jordan Sheffield (Vanderbilt) gave up two runs in 3.1 innings as the Muskrats starting pitcher. Eric Freeman (Tennessee) earned the win in relief.

Sunday Laconia spotted the Plymouth Pilgrims a 3-0 in the first inning. Mariano Rivera (Iona) worked into the sixth inning, giving up six runs, four earned on eight hits, three walks, while striking out four. Laconia, down 6-3 in the bottom of the eight, plated four runs to take a 7-6 lead into the final frame. Plymouth responded with four of their own in the ninth inning to give the Pilgrims the 10-7 victory. Laconia's shortstop, Douglas Ruhlman (Seaton Hall), went 3-4 and scored two runs.

Tuesday the Muskrats traveled to North Adams to play the SteepleCats for the second time in the last three games. Laconia earned another win at the expense of North Adams, winning 5-3. Vinny Zarrillo (Rutgers) lead the offense with two hits, one RBI, and scored a run. Zarrillo, the leadoff hitter, leads the team with 12 hits, three doubles, and five stolen basses on the season. Laconia scored the first four runs before North Adams scored. The Muskrats scored the five runs on ten hits and three walks. The win is the third of the season and the second against the SteepleCats.

Wednesday fell to Vermont 7-1 for the second time in as many meetings. The Mountaineers scored 3 in the fourth inning and tacked on four more in the ninth before losing their shutout in the bottom of the ninth. Zarrillo drove in the only run, going 2-4 at the plate. Starting pitcher, Shea Spitzbarth (Molly College) gave up three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out eight. Spitzbarth leads the team in strikeouts with 17 in 13 innings of work.

Laconia traveled to Plymouth (Mass) yesterday. The road trip continues tonight in Vermont and then Sanford on Saturday. The Muskrats host Danbury Sunday at 6:30. During the week Laconia will play in Keene on Tuesday and again Wednesday at home.

Waukewan lady golfers open their season

The 2014 golf season opened on June 3rd for the nine-holers at Waukewan Golf Club.

The ladies were delighted to see one another for the first time since last September and the weather made the day just perfect!

As in the past, the season opener was a "best ball scramble" format played on the front nine. The course conditions were very good for an early June start. Prizes were awarded to the winning top 3 teams. With a score of 39, two teams tied; Linda Ridlon, Nancy Vercauteran, Carol Ashton and Lyn Seley and the other team of : Gerry McGillicuddy, Karen Bourgeois, Sue Connelly, and Ronnie Harris. The winning team with a score of 37 was: Roz Gay, Gail Clark, Sheila Haigh, and Bonnie Tower.

Contest holes proved challenging for all, however Nancy Magdziasz landed her drive on #3 closest to the pin, 4' 1" from the hole. Nancy Vercauteran won the other prize hole with a second shot 32' 10" from the pin on #5. The ladies chose their winnings from a table filled with prizes.

Jan Pano chipped-in for a par on #7 from about a foot off the green. Mary Cross also scored a chip-in on #5. Three of the Waukewan Ladies scored birdies: Gerry McGillicuddy on #8, Fran Howe on #7, and Nancy Magdziaz birdied #3.

The group celebrated the first day of play with cocktails and appetizers in the Bar-N followed by a scrumptious supper prepared by the Waukewan Ladies League.