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A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

  • Concord Little League coach Nate Craigue signals for his son Brooks to slide into third base during the first inning at Grappone Park Monday night. Craigue went on to score the first run on a straight steal from third. GEOFF FORESTER


Thursday, February 01, 2018
Unified results

The Concord Unified basketball team lost a close game to a strong Merrimack Valley team, 50-39. Miguel Ruiz-Gonzalez led the Tide with 13 points. Drew Nadeau (10 points, six steals), Anders Hindley (seven points, eight rebounds) and Jake Purcell (four points, five rebounds) also played well for Concord.

The Winnisquam Unified basketball team beat Inter-Lakes, 36-28. The Lakers were led by Debbie Bickford (12 points), Micayla Sorell (four points), Emma Ledger (four points) and Ellie Cristiano (eight points).

Nick Brown’s 10 points led the offense for the Merrimack Valley Unified basketball team in its game against Hanover. The Pride defense was paced by Alex Drago, Angelina Bowne and Mandy Vervill.

JV results

Hillsboro-Deering’s Zoe Kemp (20 points) and Kayleigh Clancy (eight points) did all of the scoring for their team as the H-D JV girls’ basketball team lost to Fall Mountain, 56-28.

Middle school results

The Hopkinton Middle School boys’ basketball team advanced to the Tri-County League Division IV championship with a 56-45 win over Boynton. Quinn Whitehead (22 points) and Brendan Elrick (15) led the Hawks offense. Jack Morrall, Hunter Boissy, Eli Tanuvasa and Connor Tewksbury played great defense.

The Hopkinton Middle School girls’ basketball team got their first Tri-County League playoff win against a tough Boynton team, 33-28. The Hawks were led by 15 points each from Maddy Follansbee and Kally Murdough, along with great defending from Lily Owen and Annie Higginbotham.

The Hakws are now on to the championship game on Saturday against Auburn at Epping High at 10 a.m.

The Andover Middle School boys’ basketball team dropped to 9-3 with a 43-35 loss to Campton. Colby Jones led Andover with 14 points and Ryan Carey chipped in with nine points.

Youth hockey results

The Concord Coach Lines Squirt 1 Team skated to a 4-4 tie against Dedham. Rowan Arndt, Trevor Cragiue, Jaden Haas and Daniel Commerford scored for the Caps. Logan Hayes and Arndt each had the assists. Brayden Beauregard and Jackson Chadwick both played well defensively.

St. Paul’s results

Gillis Frechette had a goal and four assists to lead the St. Paul’s girls’ hockey team to a 10-0 win against St. Mark’s.

Jax Donohue had 22 points, but the St. Paul’s girls’ basketball team lost to Vermont Academy, 63-61.

Ellie Neel finished first overall on the girls’ side, Daniel Cho was first on the boys’ side and both the St. Paul’s girls’ and boys’ Alpine ski teams finished first in the team standings in a four-team slalom event at Mount Sunapee.

Tilton School results

Bennie Gantrish scored 19 points and Marco Anoro added 12 points to lead the Tilton boys’ JV basketball team to a 64-62 win against Cardigan Mountain.

The Tilton boys’ hockey team lost to Cushing, 7-0.

Proctor Academy results

Victoria Morales had 19 points and four steals and Angelique Ngalakulondi finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Proctor girls’ basketball team to a 45-41 win against New Hampton.

Basketball showcase

The annual Frank Monahan Foundation Basketball Showcase will be held on Feb. 11 at Bishop Brady High School featuring some of the best prep school basketball teams in the country plus a NHIAA game between Pembroke Academy and Bishop Brady. Proceeds from this event will benefit the James Ceriello Scholarship. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Tickets are valid for all five games. For more information please visit frankmonahanfoundation.org.

Youth soccer clinics

FieldHouse Sports Indoor Sports in Bow is accepting registrations for the next five-week session of Little Strikers soccer skills clinics, for ages 3-6 which begins March 3 and meets Saturday mornings. Clinics are instructional, interactive and fun. Cost: Mini Strikers (ages 3-4) $40, Little Strikers (ages 5-6) $50. T-shirt included. Register online at FieldhouseSports.com or call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Drive in Bow.

Camps/Clinics/Lessons

Free Concord High School softball clinic for capital-area softball players in grades 4-8 will be hosted by CHS coaches and players on Sunday. The clinic will focus on hitting and fielding. Players should bring a glove and sneakers. Plan to arrive at the Warren St. entrance of the Concord High gym at 10:45 a.m. The clinic will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check for updates on Twitter @CHSTideSoftball. Email izzylrd@gmail.com or abbyrhere@yahoo.com with questions.

NHTI men’s basketball clinics will be held on Sunday and Feb. 10 at the Wellness Center gym on campus from 8:30-11 a.m. The clinics are for boys and girls in grades 3-8. Pre-registered campers can attend for $30, or $35 at the door. Contact NHTI Athletic Director and men’s basketball coach Paul Hogan at phogan@ccsnh.edu, or call 230-4041 for more information.

FieldHouse Sports Soccer Skills and Goalkeeping Clinics will begin on Monday. Six-week clinics (for players ages 6-60 of all abilities) meet on Monday afternoons and are directed by Jorge Pardo, director of Caramba Soccer Camps. Cost is $55 for ages 6-8 and $65 for ages 9-adult. Register online at FieldHouseSports.com, call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Drive in Bow.

Concord High softball open workouts for any Concord High student will be hosted by coaches in the Concord High mini gym on Feb. 11 (1-3 p.m.), Feb. 18 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), Feb. 25 (1-3 p.m.). Players will work on hitting, throwing, catching and pitching. Follow @CHSTideSoftball on Twitter for updates. Contact head coach Duke Sawyer at sawduke2@comcast.net for more information.

Merrimack Valley baseball annual youth clinic series run by MV players and coaches will begin in February. The clinic is geared for players age 8-12. Sessions are Feb. 11, Feb. 18, March 4 and March 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The other three sessions are scheduled for March 12 , March 14 and March 16 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. The clinics are held at Merrimack Valley Middle School. Contact coach Sean Wheeler (848-9533) to sign up for one or all sessions. Space is limited.

Seacoast United Baseball Club clinic will run Feb. 26-27 from 9 a.m.-noon at the SUSC Concord Indoor Facility. Players will receive instruction on a wide variety of general baseball skills and situations and apply their skills during controlled game play on both days of camp. Cost: $135.00. Camp includes a t-shirt with registration. Contact Jordan Anderson at janderson@seacoastunited.com to register.

Umpire certification through the New Hampshire Baseball Umpires Association will be available to anyone interested in umpiring high school baseball in the state for varsity, JV, freshmen and middle school. Classes begin March 25 at 2 p.m. at Laconia High School. Cost is $65. For more information, please contact Baseball Umpire Development Chairman Gary Noyes at 455-2714 or gnoyes76@gmail.com.

Players needed

N.H. Lightning 14U ASA softball is looking to add a pitcher and infielder for the 2018 season, which will include winter workouts and six tournaments. To schedule a tryout or for more information, contact Will Johnson at willjohnsonnh@gmail.com or 497-0512.

New England Royals 18U softball team is looking for two players for the summer season. Player fee is $300 and includes uniforms, five tournaments and winter workouts. Tryouts will be at Concord Indoor Sports on Ferry Street from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 25, March 11 and March 18. Contact Peter Jenovese at 724-5023 or peterjenovese@gmail.com.

NH Comets 12U Blue team is looking to add a pitcher and catcher to complete its 2018 season roster. To schedule a tryout or for more information call 856-5840.

Seacoast Express United soccer is looking for players for the upcoming spring season for the following teams: U9/U10 boys and girls (players born in 2008 and 2009), U12 boys (need a goalkeeper), U13 boys (need three players born in 2005), U14 girls (need three players born in 2004) and U15-U18 boys and girls (all high school ages). Contact Darrell Betley at dbetley@seacoastunited.com.

Events

Concord High girls’ basketball team is fundraising for Kooper Buchholz, a second grader at Christa McAuliffe School who was recently diagnosed with Leukemia and is also the younger brother of Kylar Buchholz, a sophomore on the Crimson Tide team. To donate, please go to gofundme.com/teambuchholz.

Adult open gym, hosted by Concord Parks & Recreation, will be at the Green Street Community Center Gym Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings from 8-10 p.m. from now until April 19. Cost is $3 per visit. For more information go to concordparksandrec.com or call 225-8690.

Hopkinton High School Hoops for Hunger will be celebrated at Thursday’s game. Non-perishable food items and cash donations will be accepted at the boys’ game vs. Newfound. All donations will go to the Hopkinton Food Pantry.

Franklin High School Hoops For Hunger Week will be this week through Friday. Anyone who brings at least two non-perishable food items to the girls’ home game against Newport on Friday will get free admission. Cash donations are also accepted and all proceeds will go to the Bread and Roses Food Kitchen in Franklin.

Pine Hill XC Ski Area Annual Pancake Brunch will take place at Robb’s Hut on Feb. 24 from noon to 2 p.m.

U18 High School Tennis Preseason Jamboree at the Health Club of Concord will be on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 from noon to 7 p.m. at 10 Garvin Falls Road in Concord. Players will play multiple matches against players of similar ability both days. To register, contact Dave Page at polarbr69@aol.com. The deadline to register is Feb. 20. For more information, contact Gary Roberts (327-4284, gpro66@gmail.com) or Rebecca Killinger (229-2046, killinger888@comcast.net).

NHIAA officials job fair will be held for anyone interested in officiating high school athletics in New Hampshire. The event will take place on April 4 at NHTI from 1-3 p.m. For more information contact Donna Plumb at dplumb@nhiaa.org or 228-8671.

Tryouts/Registrations

Concord National Youth Softball registration opens online on Thursday at concordsoftball.org. Girls in grades kindergarten and up in the south end of Concord are encouraged to join. You can also register in person at Abbot-Downing School from 5-7 p.m. on the following dates: Tuesday, Feb. 22, March 7 and March 21. Registration ends March 31. Send questions to cnysoftball@gmail.com.

Concord Little League registration event will be held at the Concord Boys & Girls Club on Wednesday from 5:30-7 p.m. Questions can be emailed to concordnhlittleleague@gmail.com.

Concord Northeast baseball and softball season registration is open at concordnortheast.com. Sign up before Feb. 10 for the early registration discount. Email questions to concordnortheast@gmail.com.

Spartans spring basketball tryouts at the Derry Sports Zone, 7 A Street, in Derry will be on Feb. 10. Tryouts for grades 3-6 will be from 9-10 a.m., grades 7-8 will be from 10-11 a.m. and high school tryouts will be from 11 a.m. to noon.

Cap City Basketball AAU tryouts will be held on Feb. 10, Feb. 24 and March 11 for boys and girls in grades 2-10. Players must attend tryouts on all three dates. There will be at least one team for every age group for boys and girls for the upcoming spring season. All tryouts will be held at Bishop Brady High School. Tryout times (same on all three dates) for grades 2-4 will be 2-3:20 p.m., grades 5-7 will be 3:30-4:45 p.m. and grades 8-10 will be 4:45-6 p.m. Cost is $30 in cash or $35 with a check and covers all three tryout dates. Email capcitybasketball@gmail.com with questions.

Penacook Pride AAU girls’ basketball tryouts will be held on Feb. 11 at Boscawen Elementary School. Grades 8-12 will be from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Grades 4-7 will run from 12:30-2 p.m. Contact ICBbasketball@gmail.com.

Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race registration runs Feb. 12-26. Entrants in the race, a grueling 7.6 miles up New Hampshire’s famously steep and scenic Mt. Washington Auto Road, are chosen by a lottery, accessible at mtwashingtonautoroad.com/mount-washington-road-race. Lottery registration opens on Feb. 12 at 8 a.m. and closes on Feb. 26 at 11:59 p.m. Following the close of registration for the lottery, a computer randomly selects the runners who will be entered in the race. The entry fee, charged to those who are selected, is $95. Notification of acceptance or rejection by the lottery will be sent via email to each applicant on March 1. This year’s race will take place on June 16 with a 9 a.m. start.