January 3, 2013

Sports Shorts: January 3, 2013


---- — Local girls’ hockey players compete in tourney

CROMWELL, Conn. — The Vermont Shamrocks Select U19 girls’ hockey team, featuring several local players, finished in the top eight teams in the Coinnecticut Polar Bears Tournament on December 27 through 30.

The Shamrocks lost to the host Polar Bears (6-0) and Rice Prep (3-0), and defeated Illinois (3-2) and Hamilton, Ont. (3-0) in the preliminary round. In the playoffs, the Shamrocks dropped a 3-0 decision to the Buffalo Bisons, the runner-up in last year’s Tier I Division.

The Polar Bears tournament featured 140 teams from across the country and Canada. It is the largest girls’ hockey tournament in the world.

Competing for Vermont were local players Emily Raville, Amanda Peterson, Alexis Guay, Ashley Terry, Jess Huber, Christina Emery and Amy LoTemplio. Emery was solid in net for the Shamrocks, with several outstanding saves.

Mountaineering Festival set for Jan. 18-21

KEENE VALLEY — The Mountaineer and Adirondack Rock and River have teamed up to host 17th-Annual Adirondack International Mountaineering Festival, which will be held from January 18 to January 21.

Friday night, a slideshow will be given by Majka Burhardt, one of the finest alpinists in the world, at Keene Central School at 8 p.m. On Saturday, renowned guide and mountaineer Freddie Wilkinson will present “Alpine Dispatches: Mountaineering and Storytelling in the 21st Century” at 7:30 p.m. at Keene Central School. Prior to the show, there will be an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at the nearby town hall, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday’s entertainment will be the Adirondack’s own Ian Osteyee, who will present at the Keene Arts Playhouse. On Saturday and Sunday, demo gear will be available for testing at Adirondack Rock and River, located on Alstead Hill Road, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be instructional clinics on ice climbing, mountaineering, snowshoeing and avalanche awareness on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Registration is limited and more information is available at,

Open Family Swim program being held

PLATTSBURGH — The Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department is sponsoring an Open Family Swim night at the Wellness Center, at PARC at 295 New York Road. The program is currently running every Friday evening through March. Each session will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. These sessions are not only for children, but are open to persons of all ages not in diapers.

There is a $2 per person charge for all participants. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Certified lifeguards are on duty at all times. Participants have use of the locker rooms, but everyone using the facility is responsible for bringing their own towel and it is recommended that water shoes be worn.

For more information, call the Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Office, at 562-6860, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit the website, at

Lifeguard Training Course scheduled

PLATTSBURGH — The Department of Sport and Wellness is offering a non-credit Lifeguard Training Course from January 30 to March 13, Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to `0 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students must pass a pre-swim test given first class.

The cost of $225 includes all class materials and Red Cross fees. For detailed information and enrollment form, check under Red Cross programs at the Recreation website, at For more information, e-mail Leith Bardon, at