NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

January 22, 2013

Local sports briefs


Newburyport Daily News

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The Essex County Sportsmen’s Association’s annual Ice Fishing Tournament will be held Feb. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Artichoke Reservoir, weather permitting. The event offers $1,000 in cash prizes. The entry fee is $20 and sign-up will occur at the tournament in the Turkey Hill parking area in Newburyport. All entrants will be eligible for a raffle at the end of the tournament.

Hockey

The Friends of Newburyport Hockey will be co-hosting a fundraiser with Triton in efforts to raise funds for the construction of a new locker room at the Graf Rink. The event will be held Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge immediately following the Triton/Newburyport hockey game (puck drops at 4 p.m.). Tickets for the event are $50 and will include a buffet dinner, silent auction as well as live entertainment provided by “The Old Brigade”, who opened for the Dropkick Murphys last year for St. Patrick’s Day. Tickets will be available at the door; however, due to the level of interest, we suggest purchasing them prior to the event. For ticket information and silent auction donations, please contact friendsofnewburyporthockey@gmail.com.

Running

The 20th Annual Frigid Fiver 5-Mile Road Race will take place Feb. 3 at noon at Newburyport’s Michael’s Harborside. All race profits will go to local charities. This race will again be sponsored by the Rotary Club of Newburyport. Applications are available at Newburyport’s Ric Bayko’s running store and the Boston Running Store. You can also register at Active.com. Please go to joppaflatsrunningclub.com for additional details or email mjfiene@msn.com.

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The Frosty Knuckle 5K will be Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Hobo Cafe in Salisbury Beach. The registration closing date on Active.com will be Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. The cost is $20 pre-registration or $25 on race day.

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The Winner’s Circle Running Club Boston Training Run Series includes eight runs of increasing distances, held at two-week intervals, spanning the Boston training time frame. To make sure you don’t get bored, each run will be hosted by different WCRC members at different locations. All WCRC members are invited to participate, whether or not you are running Boston. Shorter courses will also be designed for each session for those not interested in marathon distances. Hosts are needed for Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, March 10 and March 22. Check www.runthecircle.org on the “Running” tab for information. If you would like to host, contact Mike McCormick at 978-382-0738 or mamcc12@gmail.com.

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The Snowflake Series Running Camp with Nancy McCarthy is designed to motivate runners and walkers to continue their fitness programs outdoors all through the winter, increase their speed and endurance, and have some fun. The Snowflake Series meets at the Plum Island Coffee Roasters at 8 a.m. on Sunday mornings beginning Jan. 20 for five weeks. Contact Nancy McCarthy at 978-499-0993 or e-mail Nancy@getrealfitness.com for further information.

Learn to Skate

The Graf Rink, in cooperation with the Merrimack Valley Skating Club, is accepting applications for its Learn to Skate and Tiny Tots programs. Classes will run on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Please visit www.grafrink.com for more detailed information such as class times and cost.

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Newburyport Youth Hockey is running a holiday special accepting registrations for its Learn to Skate Program at a cost of $75. The program is open to boys and girls from ages of 3 to 9 and runs through the end of February. Classes are Sunday mornings from 10 to 10:50 a.m. at the Graf Rink. Any questions, call Dick Tierney at 978-465-0128.

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Triton Youth Hockey is accepting applications for its Learn to Play Hockey program. LTPH is open to boys and girls from area towns ages 4 through 10. The program runs for 10 sessions on Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. at the Graf Rink. The sessions begin Jan. 19. The cost is $99 per child. Contact Jon Lindholm (jon.lindholm@kraft.com) for registration questions. More details can be found at www.tritonyouthhockey.com.

Rugby

The Essex County Youth Rugby Football Club is holding an open sign-up and informational meeting for all U19 (15- to 18-year-olds) and U15 (12- to 14-year-olds) Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the West Newbury Town Annex located at 381 Main Street.

Lacrosse

Triton Youth Lacrosse registration is open Jan. 31. Visit Triton’s website at www.tri-lax.com. If you have questions, call Tom Galligan at 617-548-1407 or email trilax@comcast.net.

Swimming

The YWCA Greater Newburyport will expand its Junior Breakers Swim Development Program with the new Junior Breakers Black Program. To qualify for Black Program a swimmer must be able to swim 200 yards, non-stop, wall to wall, demonstrating the front crawl stroke using rotary breathing and open turns and flip turns. Swimmers should be comfortable diving and swimming under water. Junior Breakers Black meets on Monday and Wednesday, from 4:45 to 6 p.m. Tryouts for both the Junior Breakers Orange and Black can be arranged by contacting Ilene H. Grady at igrady@ywcanewburyport.org.

Baseball/Softball

The Salisbury Youth Baseball/Softball League will hold registration Jan. 23 (5 to 7 p.m.) at Salisbury Elementary or Jan. 26 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at Play Ball in Salisbury. The cost for coed instructional baseball is $95. The cost for baseball/softball is $115 per child, and $95 for each additional child.

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The Byfield-Newbury Baseball/Softball League is open for registration at www.byfieldnewburylittleleague.com. All players in grades 1 to 6 are required to attend the evaluations on Jan. 26 at Governor’s Academy.

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Amesbury Girls Youth Softball League is holding sign-ups for the 2013 season. Girls from Amesbury and South Hampton who are in grades 3 through 8 are invited to play in the league. Registration is being held at Play Ball in Salisbury Jan. 19 and Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register by January 19 and pay $50. Tryouts will be March 23. Visit http://www.agysl.org/. Contact Jill Hooper at jill.tyler@verizon.net for more information.