A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

  • The New Hampshire Comets 14U Blue team (pictured) went 6-0 to win the Caroline Farley Tournament 16U Division title, their sixth consecutive tournament win. Team members (from left) are: Megan Blanchette, Shannon Gifford, Penelope Ayotte, Halle Laramie, Lexi Miranda, Payton Crowley, Ellie Frederick, Alyssa DiMauro, Laura Duguie, Isabella Rivera and Ami Rivera. Courtesy

Monday, July 31, 2017

Comets win 6th tourney

The New Hampshire Comets 14U Blue softball team won its sixth consecuting tournament after going 6-0 to secure the Caroline Farley Tournament 16U Division title. The top-seeded Comets defeated the Nor’easters (16-0), Demolition (8-1) and the Nashua Northeast Hurricanes (23-0) in preliminary games. Isabella Rivera, Payton Crowley and Halle Laramie were all named Players of the Game. The Comets defeated the Rochester Slammers in the quarterfinals (7-3), the New England Shockwave in the semifinals (6-5 in eight innings) and the Barrington Blaze in the finals (11-2). Laramie had the game-winning hit in the semifinal victory. The Comets are now 38-0 this season and are heading to Strafford, Conn., for this weekend’s USA Eastern Nationals Championship.

Franklin fall sports

The Franklin High School football team will be handing out equipment on Saturday in the FHS boys’ locker room. Seniors will get equipment at 10 a.m., juniors at 10:30 a.m., sophomores at 11 a.m. and freshmen at 11:30 a.m. The first official practice will be held on Aug. 9 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the FHS lower practice field. Please be sure to register online with FamilyID.com. Please contact Athletic Director Dan Sylvester with any questions at dsylvester@sau18.org.

Franklin High School soccer and field hockey teams start practice on Aug. 14. Soccer will practice from 5-7 p.m. at Franklin Middle School. Field hockey will practice will be at Paul Smith School at a time to be determined. Volleyball practice will start Aug. 16 and run from 9-11 a.m. at the FMS Gym. Cheerleading practice will be on Aug. 18 from 9-11 a.m. at the FHS Gym. Please be sure to register online with FamilyID.com prior to these start dates. Contact Athletic Director Dan Sylvester with any questions at dsylvester@sau18.org.

Franklin Middle School fall sports will start on the following dates and times: football (Aug. 21 from 5-7 p.m. at the FHS lower practice field), soccer (Aug. 23 from 2:45-4:15 p.m. at FMS), volleyball (Aug. 23 from 2:45-4:15 p.m. at FMS Gym), field hockey (Aug. 23 from 3-4:30 p.m. at Daniell Park) and cheerleading (Aug. 28 from 2:45-4:15 p.m. at FMS Gym). Please be sure to register online with FamilyID.com prior to these start dates. Contact Athletic Director Dan Sylvester with any questions at dsylvester@sau18.org.

Wilderness 5K

The 5th Annual Wanakee Wilderness 5K will be on Aug. 19 at 9 a.m. at Wanakee, 75 Upper New Hampton Road, Meredith. Stay after the race for a chicken BBQ, swimming and boating at the camp. Register online at wanakeewilderness5k.com/ww5konlinereg2.asp. Preregistration cost is $25. Race day registration is $30.

Officials needed

The NH High School Officials Volleyball Association (NHVOA) is seeking qualified applicants for the upcoming season. Classes will be held at NH Technical Institute in Concord on Sunday nights from 5-8 p.m. Classes will be on Aug. 27, Sept. 10, Sept. 17 and Oct. 1. The test will be given Oct. 1. The fee is $20. Attendance required at all sessions. If interested, please go to nhvoa.net and fill out the online application. Contact Terry Dostie with any questions at tdostie@aol.com.


Concord High School fall sports online registration will be open through Tuesday. Athletes must register online within this timeframe.

NH Comets travel softball organization is holding tryouts on the following dates: Tuesday at Dillon Field at 5:30 p.m. for the 14U, 16U and 18U teams; Saturday at Sanel Park (Old Suncook Road) at 9 a.m. for the 10U team, 10:30 a.m. for the 12U team, 12:30 p.m. for the 14U team and 2 p.m. for the 16U and 18U teams. Contact Rob Rochette at 244-9733 or robrochette@gmail.com with questions.

NH Lightning USA/ASA softball is holding assessments for its fall 2018 Class A fastpitch teams at Martin Field in Concord. 12U and 14U assessments will be on Tuesday at 6 p.m., 16U will be on Wednesday at 6 p.m., 18U will be on Thursday at 6 p.m. and all teams will have assessments on Aug. 13 and Aug. 20. Visit nhlightning.org for more information.

NH Lady Cannons travel softball program is holding tryouts on the following dates for the 10U through 18U age groups: Wednesday (6-8 p.m. at Pembroke Memorial Field) and Thursday (6-8 p.m. at Concord Sports Center). Tryout fee is $25. No preregistration is required. Contact Whitney Roberts at 733-6096 or wproberts@plymouth.edu with questions.

Nor’Easter Softball Club tryouts for the U12, U14, and U16 teams will be on Saturday at the Belmont High School softball field. The U12 tryout will be from 9-10:30 a.m., U14 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., and U16 from 12-1:30 p.m. To pre-register visit noreastersoftball.org. For the U18 team or to submit tryout forms, contact Fern Beaudet fbeaudet@feltoninc.com.

Rundlett Middle School fall sports online registration closes on Aug. 8. To register, sign into your PowerSchool Parent account at https://ps.sau8.or go directly to the CHS or RMS website. Look under the athletics tab for further directions. Tryouts and practices for boys’ and girls’ cross country (grades 6-8), field hockey (grades 6-8), boys’ and girls’ soccer (grades 7-8) and volleyball (grades 6-8) start on Aug. 31.

Concord Cannons Elite Baseball League Travel Program will be conducting tryouts for the 2017-2018 season on Aug. 12 for ages 10U-12U at NHTI in Concord from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tryout cost is $30. Included in the 10U-12U tryout fee is two pre-tryout workouts with Program Director Bryan Caruso on Aug. 8 and Aug. 10 at Concord Sports Center. The 13U-16U Cannons tryouts will be held on Aug. 13 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at NHTI.

Seacoast United Cubs baseball will host tryouts for their 2017-18 travel teams on Aug. 15-16, with the 9U/10U team meeting from 5-6:30 p.m. and the 11U/12U team at 6:30-8 p.m.. Tryouts are $30 per player and include a Seacoast United Cubs t-shirt. The Seacoast United Concord Indoor Facility is located at 10 Ferry Street in Concord. For more contact Jordan Anderson at janderson@seacoastunited.com.

Cap City Basketball tryouts will be held for the Cap City Select Travel/AAU team, Fall League (Concord), 3 vs. 3 Full-Court League (Manchester), and the Skills and Drills Group (Concord or Manchester). Tryouts will be held on Aug. 19 at Bishop Brady and on Aug. 20 and Aug. 27 at Bishop Brady and Ultimate Sports Academy. Visit capcitybasketball.com for tryout times, registration, and more information.

Bow Recreation Ultimate Frisbee will have games this fall for grades 5-8. Games are played Monday and Thursday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. at Gosling Field in Bow. Registration is required through Bow Recreation. For more information call 228-2222.


CHaD Battle of the Badges Baseball Classic is scheduled to be played under the lights at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. The contest, which pits police officers against firefighters, raises money for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and will be sponsored by Faro Italian Grille in Laconia.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Golf Tournament will be held on Aug. 11 at Duston Country Club in Hopkinton, beginning with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.. The format is a four person scramble and the entry fee is $75 per person, or $300 per foursome which includes lunch, and proceeds will go to the JDRF. There will be contests, raffles, and prizes, as well as an auction. For information or to sponsor the tournament, call Bob Dunlap (617-285-7310), Jon Cook (387-3534) or Duston CC (746-4234).

3rd Annual Skeleton Scramble golf tournament fundraiser will be on Aug. 20 at Beaver Meadow Golf Course at 10 a.m. The fundraiser will help Concord’s Kyle Brown as he prepares to try to make the 2018 Olympic Skeleton Team this fall. Visit kylebrownskeleton.com to register.

Boscawen Old Home Day Golf Classic will be held at the Den Brae Golf Resort in suburban Sanbornton on Aug. 24 with a shotgun start (minus the shotgun) at 9 a.m. Foursome fee is still only $360 and includes 18 holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast, chicken barbeque dinner and lots of prizes. Register your foursome or your sponsorship at townofboscawen.org, click on Old Home Day Committee. For further info visit lymancousens@comcast.net.

Franklin Savings Bank Granite State Open will be held at London Country Club on Aug. 27. This is a charitable golf tournament with proceeds going to the Veterans Amputee Golf Association. The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Teams play in pairs. There will be prizes and a raffle. To register or for more information, call 783-3372 ext.1 or email info@loudoncc.com.

11th Annual Davis & Towle Friendly Kitchen 5K will be held on Sept. 8 at NHTI. Help support the Friendly Kitchen by running or walking this flat and fast course. Awards and raffle immediately after race. 5K starts at 5:30 p.m. and children race at 6:15 p.m. There is also a corporate team competition. Contact pseagroves@ccsnh.edu.

12th Annual Andover Lions Golf Classic will be on Sept. 12 at the Country Club of New Hampshire in Sutton. The tournament is a four-person scramble format. Any number of players up to foursomes will be accepted. Please indicate the field of competition for your entry (Open Competition, Ladies Competition, or Senior Competition). Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the tournament starts with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $85 per person or $320 for a foursome. Extra shots are $5 each. An awards ceremony will be held immediately after the tournament is completed and all scores are posted. There will be prizes for firstst place teams as well as men’s and women’s drive closest to line and closest to the hole. There will also be a hole-in-one contest, putting contest and raffle drawing for various prizes. For more information call John Hanscom (748-0944), Howard George (735-5590) or Bill Leber (735-5144).


Bow Recreation Bootcamp will be on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. for adults. Teen Fit Camp is also on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:15-9 a.m. throughout the summer. Registration is required. Contact the Bow Recreation office at 228-2222.

Seacoast Express United soccer camps will be held this summer. Seacoast United Express Community Camp is Monday-Aug. 11 from 4-7 p.m. at 10 Ferry St., Unit 105 in Concord. Cost is $120. For more information on all camps and to register go to seacoastunited.com.

Caramba Soccer Camps is offering summer camps for players ages 7-18. Camps are run by Jorge Pardo, a USSF A level coach. High school preseason camp is Monday-Aug. 10. For more information, call 496-3589 or visit soccerskillscamp.org.

Concord Parks and Recreation tennis camps are being offered. Little Hitters is a four week program that introduces kids ages 4-7 to the game of tennis. The class runs Tuesday, Thursday, Aug. 8 and Aug. 10. Youth Tennis Camp, for ages 8-14, will teach fundamentals and fine tune skills. The camp runs from Aug. 7-11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit concordparksandrec.com for more information.

Coaches needed

Bishop Brady High School is looking for the following coaching positions for the 2017-18 school year: (fall) girls’ varsity soccer assistant, boys’ varsity soccer assistant, boys’ JV soccer, varsity field hockey assistant; (winter) boys’ varsity basketball assistant, Alpine skiing and boys’ varsity ice hockey head coach and assistant coach. If interested in any of these opportunities please email Annie Alosa, Director of Athletics, at aalosa@bishopbrady.edu or send resume and information to Bishop Brady High School, 25 Columbus Ave., Concord, 03301.

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is seeking coaches for the following sports: varsity softball, varsity baseball, and JV baseball. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, resume and three references to Matthew Skidds, Athletic Director at 942-5531 mskidds@coebrown.org.

Concord High School is looking for a JV volleyball coach and girls’ varsity ice hockey head and assistant coaches. Please send resume and three letters of reference to Steve Mello, Director of Physical Education & Sport, 170 Warren Street, Concord, 03301 or email smello@sau8.org.

Rundlett Middle School is looking coaches for its field hockey, girls’ soccer, boys’ basketball and girls’ basketball ‘A’ teams. Please send resumes and three letters of reference to Steve Mello, Director of Physical Education and Sport, 170 Warren Street, Concord or email smello@sau8.org.

Franklin High School has the following coaching vacancies: head JV baseball coach and head varsity field hockey coach. Franklin Middle School is also looking for a head football coach, assistant football coach, assistant track and field coach and a head field hockey coach. All interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and up to three references to Athletic Director Dan Sylvester at dsylvester@sau18.org.

Hillsboro-Deering High School has the following coaching vacancy: boys’ JV soccer head coach. All interested candidates should apply at hdsd.org. Click on employment, then athletics and fill out an application.

Hopkinton Middle High School is hiring for the following coaching positions: varsity cross country assistant, varsity Nordic assistant, middle school Nordic and middle school boys’ basketball. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and resume to Dan Meserve, Athletic Director, at dmeserve@hopkintonschools.org.

John Stark Regional High School has the following coaching openings for the 2017-18 school year: varsity swimming and varsity boys’ volleyball. Send a current resume, letter of interest and three current letters of reference to Mark Searles, Athletic Director, John Stark Regional High School, 618 North Stark Highway, Weare, NH 03281 or via email at mark.searles@sau24.org.

Merrimack Valley High School has openings for boys’ varsity and JV lacrosse coaches. Experience at the high school level is preferred. Contact Kevin O’Brien, Athletic Administrator at kobrien@mvsdpride.org.

Pembroke Academy is seeking a varsity girls’ soccer assistant coach for the 2017 fall season. Prior coaching or playing experience preferred. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest to mdesilets@sau53.org and pfamulari@sau53.org.

Winnisquam Regional High School is looking for a head cross country coach and a middle school head cheerleading coach. If interested, send a letter of interest, coaching resume and Winnisquam Regional School District application form to, Athletic Director Brian Contorchick, Winnisquam Regional High School, 435 West Main Street, Tilton, 03276, or at bcontorchick@wrsdsau59.org.

Players needed

Concord Capitols Football and Cheer is looking for football players and cheerleaders in grades K-8. The league offers flag football and tackle football. Anyone interested in signing up please contact Jen at jdiachenko@gmail.com or 608-7470. More information can be found at concordcapitols.org

Capital Soccer Club is seeking a U13 (2004 birth year) goalkeeper and U14 (2003 birth year) players for its elite teams playing in the Northeast Soccer League (Maple). See club information at capitalsoccerclub-nh.com. Contact Ben Stephenson at 491-3819.

Officials needed

NH Wrestling Officials Association is in need of apprentices. A minimum of two years experience in the sports as a coach or wrestler is required. Training is set to begin on Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact NHWOA President Rick Ross at 396-8238 to reserve a seat.

NH Field Hockey Umpires Association is looking for officials for the upcoming season. The membership services the NHIAA member schools, along with prep and private schools in the state. Experience with sports and officiating is preferred but not necessary and training will be provided. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. For more information, email nhfhua@gmail.com.