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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


Sunday, February 04, 2018
Middle school result

The Hopkinton Middle School girls’ basketball team played the undefeated Auburn Middle School team and lost, 53-34, in the Tri-County League championship game. The Hawks were led by 15 points from Ellie Sintros while Kally Murdough chipped in with nine. Maddy Follansbee had five and Abby Condon scored three. The Hawks finished the season with an 11-3 record.

Youth hockey

The Concord Coach Lines Squirt 1 team defeated the Hanover Wild, 5-1. Rowan Arndt (two goals), Jaden Haas, Trevor Craigue and Daniel Commerford scored for the Caps while Colby Nyhan, Logan Hayes, Craigue and Haas provided assists. Tad Stokes and Michael Mounsey supplied strong defensive efforts.

Tryouts/Registrations

Concord National Youth Softball registration is now open 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 Saturday 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 Saturday. 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 Saturday, 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 Sunday at Boscawen Elementary School. Grades 8-12 will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Grades 4-7 will run from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Contact ICBbasketball@gmail.com.

Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race registration runs Feb. 12-26. Entrants 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.

Merrimack Valley Youth Baseball & Softball is accepting player registrations for the 2018 season at mvybs.org. MVYBS serves boys and girls ages 4-16 from Penacook, Boscawen, Webster, Salisbury, Andover and Loudon. In-person registration will be held at Penacook Community Center on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. and on March 10 at 10 a.m. For more information contact Scott McPherson at mcphersonnh@gmail.com or 496-3518.

FieldHouse Sports youth soccer clinics are now open for registration. The next five-week session of Little Strikers soccer skills clinics, for ages 3-6 begins March 3 and meets Saturday mornings. Clinics are instructional, interactive and fun. Cost for Mini Strikers (ages 3-4) is $40 and Little Strikers (ages 5-6) is $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

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.

NHTI men’s basketball clinic will be held on Saturday 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.

Concord High softball open workouts for any Concord High student will be hosted by coaches in the Concord High mini gym on Sunday (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 for players age 8-12 starts Sunday. Sessions are Sunday, 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 5:30-6:45 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. to 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 is $135. 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 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. 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 to 10 p.m. from now until April 19. Cost is $3 per visit. For more information go to concordparksandrec.com or call 225-8690.

Frank Monahan Foundation Basketball Showcase will be held Sunday 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. For more information please visit frankmonahanfoundation.org.

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.