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A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Local hoops recruits

Central Maine Community College announced that Coe-Brown senior Ahna McCusker and Concord seniors Kasie Maloney and Brighid Weeden will be playing for the CMCC Lady Mustangs basketball team starting in the fall. McCusker led Coe-Brown to a 7-12 record and a berth in the Division II tournament where the No. 16 Bears fell to top-seed Portsmouth. Maloney and Weeden were key players for the Crimson Tide, which went 5-13 and missed out on the D-I tournament by just a couple of games. CMCC, an Auburn, Maine, based school, had a successful campaign this season, going 30-2 overall and 16-0 in the Yankee Small College Conference, winning the women’s basketball YSCC championship (defeating NHTI in the semifinals) and finishing the season as the USCAA D-II national runner-up.

UNH result

The University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team (2-5) fell to Monmouth, 10-8. Carly Wooters posted two goals and one assist for the Wildcats, while Krissy Schafer and Teagan Northrup each scored two goals.

Plymouth State awards

A pair of players on the Plymouth State University men’s lacrosse team were given awards by the Little East Conference for their performances last week. Loudon’s Zel Kerkel, a junior, was named the LEC Goalie of the Week, while freshman Connor Delea earned LEC Offensive Player of the Week accolades. Kerkel made a career-high 15 saves in a 14-12 victory over Norwich, including five in the fourth quarter. Delea scored four goals in the same contest.

John Stark winter awards

The John Stark Winter Sports Awards Night for all athletes and families will take place on March 21. The evening will start in the cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. for dessert and drinks before moving to the gym at 6 p.m. where all teams will be recognized and Sportsmanship and Scholar-Athlete awards will be presented. The evening will conclude with programs moving into individual classrooms for team specific recognition.

Host families needed

Winnipesaukee Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League are looking for local families to host players for the upcoming summer season. Players typically range from 19-22 years of age and will arrive the first week of June and leave the first week of August. Host families are asked to provide a spare room with a bed, access to shower and laundry facilities, and occasional meals for their player – typically breakfast. Transportation is not required. Host families are offered free season tickets for their entire household, three free weeks of baseball camp for their children, free admission to all other NECBL venues, and access to special events before and during the season. Email hosting@muskratsbaseball.com or call 413-330-6304 for more information.

Events

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.

Hillsboro-Deering High School Winter Sports Awards night will be Wednesday at 6 p.m. Teams will meet in the HDHS gymnasium before going to breakout rooms. Boys’ basketball will meet in the gymnasium, girls’ basketball will meet in the library, spirit will meet in the cafeteria, Alpine skiing will meet in room 101 and bowling will meet in room 102.

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 15 at NHTI from 1-3 p.m. For more information contact Donna Plumb at dplumb@nhiaa.org or 228-8671.

Tryouts/Registrations

Concord Northeast baseball and softball season registration is open at concordnortheast.com. Email questions to concordnortheast@gmail.com.

Concord Babe Ruth Baseball has opened registration for the upcoming season. Players can be registered online at concordbrl.com.

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. For more information contact Scott McPherson at mcphersonnh@gmail.com or 496-3518.

Frank Monahan Foundation 5K will be held on Saturday at Rollins Park in Concord. Proceeds will benefit Tedy’s Team and Concord Parks & Recreation, with the hopes of improving the basketball and tennis courts at Rollins Park. Adults are $25 per runner. Children (12 and under) are $15. First 100 runners that register will receive a free FMF 5K t-shirt. Register at frankmonahanfoundation.org.

Auditions to sing the national anthem for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats will be held on Sunday from 9-11 a.m. at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. To reserve an audition spot, performers must register online via NHFisherCats.com. The auditions are open to all soloists, duos, trios, quartets and instrumentalists. If selected, performers will receive four complimentary tickets.

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 March 21. Registration ends March 31. Send questions to cnysoftball@gmail.com.

Merrimack Valley Blue Storm Sports youth lacrosse registration is open for boys and girls in grades K-6. Season starts in late March. Teams are U.S. Lacrosse certified and partner with Positive Coaching Alliance (positivecoach.org) to ensure Blue Storm sports focus on sportsmanship, learning life lessons and having fun. Go to bluestormsports.com for more information.

Granite State Raiders AAU basketball tryouts/registrations will be held March 24-25 at Bishop Brady High School. March 24 schedule: grades 6-8, noon-1:30 p.m.; grades 9-10, 1:30-3 p.m. March 25 schedule: grades 6-8, 8:30-10 a.m.; grades 9-10, 10-11:30 a.m. For more information call Frank Alosa at 491-2495.

Indoor soccer leagues at FieldHouse Sports Indoor Facility in Bow are accepting youth and adult registrations for both teams and individuals for the next eight-week session. Games begin April 17-21, depending on the age group, and the session runs through mid-June. Coed youth leagues (ages 8-18) play on Saturday afternoons and adult leagues play on weeknights. Adult leagues offered are for women 25-plus, men 18-plus, men 30-plus and several adult coed leagues based on ability. Register at FieldHouseSports.com, call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Drive.

Camps/Clinics/Lessons

Merrimack Valley baseball annual youth clinic series run by MV players and coaches for players age 8-12 has started. Sessions are scheduled for Wednesday and Friday 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.

Soccer Skills and Goalkeeping Clinics will begin on Monday and run for six weeks at FieldHouse Sports Indoor Facility in Bow. Clinics are for players of all abilities, ages 6-60, and meet Monday afternoons. Camp will be directed by Jorge Pardo, Director of Caramba Soccer Camps. Cost is $55 for ages 6-8 and $65 for ages 9-adult. Register at FieldHouseSports.com, call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Drive.

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.

Little Strikers soccer skills clinics will start on April 7 at FieldHouse Sports Indoor Facility in Bow. Clinics, for ages 3-6, meets Saturday mornings for five weeks. Clinics are instructional, interactive and fun. Cost for Mini Strikers (ages 3-4) is $40 and cost for Little Strikers (ages 5-6) is $50. T-shirt included. Register at FieldhouseSports.com, call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Drive in Bow.

Seacoast Express United Spring Rec Soccer will hold a six-week clinic on Saturday mornings at NHTI. Clinic for grades pre-K through two will start on April 14 and run through May 19. Cost is $35 per player. Free SUSC Nike T-shirt included. Contact Darrell at dbetley@seacoastunited.com for more information.

Concord Parks and Recreation golf camp is April 24-27 for kids ages 12-16. The camp includes a junior membership for the golf season. Space is limited. Register at concordparksandrec.com.

Crimson Tide Wrestling Camp will be June 25-29 at Concord High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Camp is for wrestlers in grades K-12. Contact Nick Zeras at 785-9705 or nickzeras@gmail.com for more information.

Seacoast Express United soccer will hold a summer camp at NHTI July 23-27 for the U-10 through U-15 age groups. Cost is $220 per play. Contact Mo Abdirizak at 415-0146 or mabdirizak@seacoastunited.com for more information.

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 Sunday. 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.

NH Lady Cannons 16U White USA softball team is looking to add one player with infield or catching experience to complete its roster for the 2018 season. The team practices twice weekly at the Concord Sports Center and will participate in seven tournaments this summer. For information or to schedule a tryout contact Kevin McLaughlin at 496-5397 or kdmcl@comcast.net.

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.

Concord Crew is seeking high school and middle school students from the greater Concord area to join its team. Spring season starts mid-March. No experience needed; scholarships available. Information and registration at concordcrew.org.