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Kiwanis Club Debuts N.H.-Vt. Covered Bridge Half Marathon

COLEBROOK, N.H. -- The Kiwanis Club of Colebrook recently announced plans for the first annual N.H.-Vt. Covered Bridge Half Marathon. It is scheduled for June 21; online registration begins March 15 at www.millenniumreg.com

In scenic North Country surroundings, the race features a mostly-flat, paved, looped course that starts and finishes in Colebrook. It moves quickly into Vermont, following Rt. 102 South through lush green pastoral farmland along the Connecticut River until it crosses into New Hampshire via the Columbia Covered Bridge. The course follows Rt. 3 back into town.

Events include individual, 4-person and 2-person relays for the half marathon, as well as a 3-mile Fun Walk. Running events begin at 10:30 and the Fun Walk at 11. Race-day registration is available for all events. Finish line festivities include music, refreshments, massages, a 50-50 raffle, and the medal ceremony.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Kiwanis Club of Colebrook's many service projects, with emphasis on its children's programs. Related links include: chamberofthenorthcountry.com for information about area lodging and restaurants and colebrook-kiwanis.org for complete race/fun walk information and to learn more about the Kiwanis Club of Colebrook.

For additional information, contact race co-coordinators Laurie Cotnoir (laurie.cotnoir@gmail.com) or Julie Riffon (julieriffon@yahoo.com).


St. J Prospectors Compete in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD -- The St. Johnsbury Prospector wrestling team participated in a tournament in Springfield on Saturday and came home with championships from Calvin Lewis and Brian Somers in the kindergarten-second grade division and Hannah Keithan and Malik Newman-Shadley in the third grade-sixth grade division.

Hudson Fenoff, Owen Wilson and Santino Dimartino all took second place in the K-2 division and Beckett Baily, Tyler Gagnon and Danny Driscoll earned third place. Jackson Ladd, Landon Labounty, Connor McElroy and Daniel Hahr all took fourth and Kyla Reynoso took fifth place.

In the 3-6 division, Quinn Murphy, Ben Rodriguez and Dylan Whitehead captured second place and Nathan May, Elise Hahr, Dawson Wilkins and Gus Zevon-Powell went home with third place finished. Madison Wilson, Sophia Stark and Dimartino came in fourth and Austin Strang and Connor Ladd were both fifth.


Former Fiesta Bowl Chief Sentenced in Scheme

PHOENIX -- A former Fiesta Bowl chief executive has been sentenced to 8 months in federal prison after acknowledging that he participated in an illegal campaign contribution scheme.

John Junker was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty two years ago to a conspiracy charge in the scheme in which bowl employees made illegal campaign contributions to politicians and were reimbursed by the nonprofit bowl.

The charge carried a maximum possible penalty of five years behind bars.

The scandal jeopardized the bowl's NCAA license and its status as one of four bowls in the national college football championship rotation.

It also exposed the lavish spending and perks that the Fiesta Bowl heaped on lawmakers and employees -- though no charges were filed involving those perks.

Among other things, Junker received cars, country club memberships and $1,200 for a trip to a strip club.


Gibbs Beats Buzzer, Seton Hall Stuns No. 3 'Nova

NEW YORK -- Sterling Gibbs hit a step-back jumper at the buzzer and Seton Hall stunned No. 3 Villanova 64-63 in a thrilling Big East quarterfinal Thursday, a loss that could cost the Wildcats a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Eugene Teague had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the eighth-seeded Pirates (17-16), who advanced to the Big East tournament semifinals for the first time in 13 years. They will play St. John's or Providence on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Josh Hart came off the bench and scored 18 to lead the top-seeded Wildcats (28-4), beaten only twice in 18 regular-season conference games while winning their first outright Big East title since 1982. Both losses were blowouts by Doug McDermott and Creighton.

Patrik Auda scored all 13 of his points in the first half for Seton Hall, a 10½-point underdog. But the Pirates, accustomed to playing close games, built a 15-point lead and recovered after Villanova spurted past them with a 16-0 run in the second half.

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