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Belmont's Cassie Contigiani reaches for the ball at second base in an attempt to tag Franklin's Mariah Gauthier out during the game between the schools on Wednesday afternoon, April 16, 2014 at Odell Park in Franklin. Contigiani dropped the ball and Gautheir landed on second safely.

(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

High schools: Bird’s five-hit shutout leads Franklin over Belmont in softball, 6-0

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Franklin put a season-opening loss behind it in a hurry. Just two days after giving up nine runs, the Golden Tornadoes softball team (1-1) shored up the defense and received a five-hit shutout from pitcher Kelsey Bird in yesterday’s 6-0 victory over Belmont (0-2). Belmont’s biggest threat came in the fifth with Franklin ahead 4-0. With one out, the Raiders … 0

Capsule outlook of the area’s high school volleyball teams

Thursday, April 17, 2014

High school boys’ volleyball outlook Coe-Brown Division: I Coach: Ryan Smith (2nd year) Last year: 6-10, did not qualify for tournament Returning starters: Charles Swansburg, so., OH Top newcomers: Borja Rodriguez, jr.; Isaiah Allen, fr.; William Girard, fr. Outlook: The Bears are young, with no seniors and with underclassmen making up nine of their 12 roster spots. How quickly that youth matures will … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Thursday, April 17, 2014

JV results The Concord JV baseball team lost to Manchester Central, 8-3. Jared Grondin went 2-for-2 and Matt LaTourette chipped in with two hits and an RBI. ∎ The Concord girls’ JV lacrosse team lost to Pinkerton, 11-7. Becca Proulx and Addie Palisi led the Tide with two goals each. Sarah Harper, Tori Pelletier and Olivia Painchaud each had one. Paige Hyndman and Allie … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Saturday, April 5, 2014

College standout Weare’s Rebecca Beaulieu scored a game-high five goals in the Mount Ida women’s lacrosse team’s 15-14 victory over Fitchburg State. ∎ Penacook’s Mike Lavery scored three second-half goals to lead the Norwich men’s lacrosse team to an 8-4 victory over Johnson & Wales. Canterbury’s Andrew Dustin had … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Friday, April 4, 2014

Basketball clinic The Concord Boys and Girls Club will be starting its eight-week Skills and Drills clinic on Monday. The clinic will be held Mondays and Wednesdays through May 28. The cost of the session is $100. Proof of recent physical and immunization records are also required when … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Camps/clinics/lessons NH GOLF ASSOCIATION will hold a rules of golf clinic Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Beaver Meadow Golf Course in Concord. A $20 fee is charged to defray the cost of lunch. Call John at 540-1631 or email jjelley@nhgolf.com to register. Space is limited. Hillcat Baseball … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

College standout Rebecca Beaulieu of Weare tallied three goals and an assist to lead the Mount Ida women’s lacrosse team to its first GNAC conference victory of the season, a 20-4 win over Anna Maria. ∎ Alissa Toscano of Northwood, a junior on the Keene State women’s track and … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Youth basketball The Bow boys 5th- and 6th-grade basketball team finished third out of nine teams at the Deerfield Hoop Classic. Bow beat Pittsfield, 47-40, behind 20 points from Steven Guerrette and 16 points from Shaun Lover. Cooper Larrabee played solid defense and 4th-graders Andrew Driscoll, Matthew Lamy … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Youth hockey The New Hampshire Distributors, Inc. Concord Capitals Squirt 2 hockey team defeated Groton, Mass., 3-2, in a shootout in Valley League playoff action. Heath Mann and Zan Alberici scored for Concord. Jake Marcoux had an assist. Ben Bourgault and Brian McDonough scored for Concord in the … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Sunday, March 30, 2014

College standouts Concord’s Phoebe Clark and Bow’s Lindsay Bucknam scored two goals and an assist apiece in the SNHU women’s lacrosse team’s 18-10 loss to No. 4 LeMoyne. ∎ Weare’s Rebecca Beaulieu scored two goals in the Mount Ida women’s lacrosse team’s 15-9 loss to Norwich. ∎ Hill’s John Pickowicz … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Saturday, March 29, 2014

College standouts Franklin’s Derrick Sylvester improved to 4-1, pitching a complete game in the SNHU baseball team’s 6-3 victory over Bentley. Sylvester yielded three runs on eight hits while striking out seven. ∎ Concord’s Katie Kennard went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI in Plymouth State’s 13-1 victory … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Friday, March 28, 2014

Youth basketball In second-round action at the Deerfield Hoop Classic, the Bow 4th- through 6th-grade boys’ team defeated Hudson, 35-28. Steven Guerrette scored 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Matthew Lamy (seven points), Shaun Lover (six points) and Andrew Driscoll (four points) also scored, while Cooper Larrabee and … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Men’s basketball A LEAGUE PLAYOFFS Franklin eliminated Somers, 65-61. Franklin was led by Mason Roberge with 15 points. Somers was led by Dave Gagnon (20 points). B LEAGUE PLAYOFFS Goody’s narrowly beat the Bulls, 96-92. Ben Constant scored 29 points to lead Goody’s, while James Johnson added 15. … 0