JIII Skiing shy; Toby Nice of Burke Mountain Academy placed fifth in the Giant Slalom at the USSA/Rolex Junior Olympics Saturday in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Nice had a time of 73.72 in his first run and 67.14 in his second for a combined time of 140.86, just 1.19 off the winning time.

Another local, Trevor Murphy of St. Johnsbury, finished his JIII season with a 10th-place showing in the GS.

At 13 the youngest competitor on the slopes, Murphy ran his first run in 75.01 and his second in 68.22 for a total of 143.23.

The overall winner was a Vermonter, Jeremy Transue, who won with a combined time of 139.67.

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JIV Skiing shy; Jessica Demetrakopolis and Michael Johnson each won the Vermont State JIV Giant Slalom Championships Sunday at Bromley Mountain.

The state's top 150 11- and 12-year-old ski racers descended to Bromley for the two-day event with a slalom on Saturday.

Burke girls now have a two-year hold on the event, with another Burkie, Ashley Spina, having won it last year.

The 1998 Burke juniors making the squad include Demetrakopolis from East Burke, Johnson from Lyndonville, Ashley Maxfield from Craftsbury, Tadd Dwyer from Lyndonville, Colin Devore from East Burke and Andy Stephen from Montpelier.

In Saturday's girls slalom event, Demetrakopolis finished eighth and Maxfield 15th. Top 10 finishers won medals.

In the boys division, Johnson won the first run but crashed on the second, putting him out of contention. First-year JIV Devore skied to a strong sixth place.

In Sunday's GS, Demetrakopolis won and Maxfield finished fourth. In the boys GS, Johnson won, with Devore eighth and Dwyer (who was under the weather) 25th.

Burke juniors will host an invitational slalom on March 29 to honor the memory of Marie Devore, who passed away last summer.

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Women's Hockey shy; The New England Women's Regional Ice Hockey Tournament was held in Portland, Maine the weekend of March 13-15.

The Vermont Northern Lights 19-and-under team came in second out of five New England teams, amassing a 3-1 record.

The Northern Lights' only loss was to the defending national champion Connecticut Polar Bears, 3-0. The Polar Bears now go on to the nationals in California.

Local members of the Northern Lights are Naomi Drown, Erin Lawson, Bonnie Kirchoff and Jennifer Kirchoff.

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College Achievements shy; Andrew Johnson of Greensboro, a sophomore at Middlebury College and Lyndon Institute alumnus, paced the Panthers cross country ski team at the NCAA Skiing Championships held in Bozeman, Mont. last week. Overall, the Middlebury nordic and alpine squads combined for a seventh-place finish.

The Panthers nordic squad finished eighth in the 10K race, led by Johnson's 19th- place finish. Johnson and teammate Chad Giese provided a solid one-two punch with fifth- and sixth-place finishes, respectively, in the 20K freestyle race. Both skiers garnered All-American honors.

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Newport Recreation Department shy; The Newport Rec. Dept. is now accepting applications for summer employment for the positions of lifeguard, playground supervisor, ticket booth operator, dock attendant and maintenance workers. Applications can be acquired at the recreation office in the Municipal Building.

Saturday Playworld will be open Saturday at the Municipal Building.

The Winter to Spring Swim Program has started and is held on Fridays, continuing until April 10. The time is from 6-7 p.m. withe bus leaving from the Municipal Building at 5:35 p.m. Limit is 40 per trip and one is considred registered when payment is made. No telephone registrations accepted. Children in the third grade and under must be accompanied by an adult.

The recreation department will be sponsoring a spring trout stocking program. On sale will be brook trout and rainbow treout, either 6-8quot; or 10-12quot; in length, sold in lots of 25 or 50 fish. The delivery date will be May 15. For additional information, call the Rec. Office at 334-6345.

The recreation department is now in the process of fundraising to contruct a skate park at Gardner Park for skateboarding and in-line skating. The project would include paving the hockey rink and providing a half pipe, jumps. etc. Donations can be sent to the Newport Recreation Department at 74 Main St., Newport, Vt. 05855. Additional information is forthcoming.

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The Caledonian-Record

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