A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements
The Crushers U14 boys’ indoor soccer team (pictured) won the U14 A division playoffs after an undefeated season in Bow. The Crushers U16 team (pictured), coached by Heather and Michael Silverstein, won the U16 boys’ indoor championship in Bow after leading that division all season long.
The Concord girls’ JV basketball team lost to Merrimack, 39-25, grabbing a quick early lead before falling behind by 20 at the half. The team played great defense in the second half and outscored Merrimack, 15-11.
Middle school result
The Rundlett Middle School Nordic teams placed several skiers in the top 20 at the NH Series Race. Michaela Hayes placed eighth, Heather Deacon 10th, Sophia Johnson 12th and Brenna MacNamara 13th for the girls, while Nathan Nichols placed third, Oliver Spencer fourth and Alex Duncan 17th for the boys. More than 12 middle school teams from across the state participated, with more than 200 middle school skiers.
∎ The Rundlett wrestling team claimed third place at the 13th annual Rundlett Invitational that featured 25 teams from New Hampshire and Vermont. Alex Buteau avenged two early-season losses to Londonderry’s Henry Lagasse with an electrifying third-period pin. Salvatore Rinaldi, Jayson McDonald-Davis and Sam Wagner won individual titles for the Dukes. Evan Berube and Ian Schaffer garnered runner-up honors, while Tyler Simpson, Devon Gilligan and Noah Giffard finished in third place. Ethan Comeau, Adam Dwight and Justin Doherty finished in fourth place.
The Concord Police Patrolmen’s Squirt 3 Capitals fell to the Nashua Squirt 2 Panthers, 3-1. Jacob Orlen, assisted by Brendan Marcoux, scored the Caps’ lone goal. Carmelito “CJ” Escalara was outstanding in net.
In Concord Rec 7th- and 8th-grade boys’ basketball, the Black Mambas defeated the Forest Green Team, 39-36. Fletcher Waterman led the scoring for the Black Mambas with 10 points, while Jonathan Shamash pulled down several rebounds and scored six. Trevor Upton made two key steals and played well defensively. For the Forest Green Team, Ibrahim Muhamed scored 13 points and played well on both sides of the court. Naquan Jordan gave a great defensive effort.
St. Paul’s results
The St. Paul’s School boys’ varsity basketball team led wire to wire to beat Groton, 65-42. Jackson Gates led all scorers with a career-high 36 points (6-for-9 from behind the arc). Ethan Schlager (seven points, eight assists, five rebounds, three steals) and David Na (nine points) also played well for the Big Red.
∎ The St. Paul’s School girls’ varsity hockey team blanked Winchendon, 5-0. Kerri St. Denis earned the shutout in net, making 21 saves. Shayna Tomlinson, Bridget Carey, Brooke Avery, Lily Castro and Finley Frechette scored for the Big Red. Tomlinson (two) and Miriam Eickhoff added assists.
Tilton School results
The Tilton School boys’ varsity B hockey team beat the NH Monarchs U16 AAA, 5-3, behind goals from Anthony Giannelli, Chris Ruspini, Alex McGaw and Michael Notice. Zach McWhinnie was solid in net in the final minutes to preserve the win.
∎ The Tilton boys’ varsity basketball team won at Marianapolis, 62-48, behind 13 steals and six blocks. Six of the steals were at the hands of Jon Joseph, who also chipped in 16 points and four rebounds. Terance Mann led the offense with 20 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Franklin Porter (13 points, four rebounds), Nemanja Krtolica (five rebounds, four points, three assists) and Cam Durley (six points, six rebounds) also made solid contributions.
Indoor Soccer Skills clinic registrations for both teams and individuals ages 6 to adult are being accepted at FieldHouse Sports Indoor Sports Facility in Bow. The next six-week session begins today. All ages and abilities are welcome and class size is limited. Cost is $55 for ages 6-8 and $65 for ages 9 to adult. Sessions run through April. Call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Dr. in Bow.
ADULT FITNESS CLASSES are being offered by Bow Parks & Recreation Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Cardio Fit, for both men and women, will feature 45-minute cardio workouts. The first session will run for four weeks, beginning Wednesday (skipping Feb. 5) and concluding Feb. 26, with an introductory price of $15 ($20 for non-Bow residents). Call 228-2222 or stop by the Bow Community Building.
Basketball clinic will be held Saturday at the Wellness Center gym on the NHTI campus. The clinic is for boys and girls in grades 3-8 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Most clinics are $25 pre-registered and/or $30 at the door. Contact NHTI Athletic Director Paul Hogan at email@example.com or call 230-4041.
Softball clinics will be hosted by the Plymouth State University softball program Saturday, Feb. 8, 15 and 22 for all ages from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $20 for one player. Pitching, hitting & defense will be offered during all sessions. Team discounts are available. Email Head Coach Bruce Addison at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit athletics.plymouth.edu/sports/sball/index.
LITTLE STRIKERS INDOOR SOCCER Clinic registrations, for kids ages 3-6, are being accepted at FieldHouse Sports Indoor Sports Facility in Bow. The next five-week session begins Saturday. Clinics meet on Saturday mornings. Cost (which includes a T-shirt) is $45 for Little Strikers (ages 5-6) and $35 for Mini Strikers (ages 3-4). Skills Clinics are available for ages 6 to adult on Mondays. Call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Drive in Bow.
Softball umpire apprentice program for the N.H. Softball Umpire Association will hold clinics from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the following dates: Rules 1-5, Sunday at NHTI; Rules 6-10, Feb. 16 at NHTI; Rules 1-5, Feb. 9 at Plymouth State; Rules 6-10, Feb. 23 at Plymouth State. You must attend clinics covering rules 1-10, though you can attend either section. Visit nhsua.org.
Baseball coaches clinic, put on by the NHHSBCA, will be held Feb. 9 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Pembroke Academy, with guest speakers from Franklin Pierce, SNHU, Hartford and Keene State, a scholarship raffle (games tickets, rounds of golf, gift cards, etc.) and lunch will be sold. The clinic is open to any coach and discount rates for leagues are available. Contact Josh Coughlin at email@example.com.
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL FLY TYING course starting Feb. 18 at the Passaconaway Club located on Garvins Falls Road in Concord, hosted by the Basil W. Woods Jr. chapter of Trout Unlimited i. The classes will be conducted from 7-9 p.m. and run for five weeks. Two flies will be taught each night and all materials will be supplied as well as vises and tools as needed. Basic tying skills are required. The cost is $75 per student for a maximum of 15 students. Minimum age is 14. To register go to concordtu.org, and follow the link to the registration form.
LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY classes are being offered at the Tri-Town Ice Arena Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Cost is $159 and includes a free public skating pass. Sessions start March 1 and run through May 7. Call 485-1100 to reserve a spot.
Lacrosse clinic will be put on by the UNH women’s lacrosse team March 15 at UNH’s Bremner Field. The clinic, open to girls in grades 9-12, runs from 9 a.m.-noon and costs $75. Register online at events.unh.edu under the UNH Durham subsection and event name 2014 Women’s Lacrosse High School Spring Clinic. Contact assistant coach Jesse O’Donnell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 862-4731.
BASEBALL UMPIRING SCHOOL will be hosted by the NH Baseball Umpire Association at Laconia High School March 16. Sign up at nhbua.org or by contacting Tom Fischer at email@example.com.
N.H. Softball Umpire Association is looking for umps for high school softball. Contact Terri Warren at 748-9253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit nhsua.org.
CONCORD HIGH SOFTBALL workouts for prospective players will be held Sundays during the winter. Dates and times are as follows: Sunday from 9-11 a.m.; Feb. 9 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Feb. 16 from 9-11 a.m.; Feb. 23 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; March 2 from 9-11 a.m.; March 9 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; March 16 from 9-11 a.m.; March 23 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet in the CHS mini gym. Email Duke Sawyer at Sawduke2@comcast.net.
BLACKWATER NORDIC SKI Club of Hopkinton is hosting Thursday night skiing at the Hopkinton State Fairgrounds from 5:30-8 p.m. The first night will be this Thursday and could extend through Feb. 27 depending on the snow and interest. Visit blackwaternordic.org for details.
Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics will be held Sunday at Hampton Beach, with a High School Plunge to be held Saturday. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of $350 for the Penguin Plunge and $175 for the High School Plunge. Visit sonh.org or call the 624-1250.
Harlem Wizards will play a game of trick basketball Feb. 5 at Merrimack Valley High School at 7 p.m. against a team of teachers from the MV School District. All proceeds from the game will benefit the family of Haley Roy, a 16-year-old sophomore at MV who recently has been diagnosed with lymphoma. Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for adults in advance, available at Capital Sporting Goods and online at harlemwizards.com. Tickets at the door, if available, will be $2 additional.
North Country Mushers will hold the first Great North Woods Sled dog Challenge Feb. 8-10. The stage race will take place in Twin Mountain, Colebrook and Berlin. In all, the three-day race will cover 90 miles. Contact Race Director Jaye Foucher at 573-5799.
PINE HILL SKI CLUB in Wilmot Flat is holding the following events this winter: Feb. 15 – moonlight ski tour at 7 p.m.; Feb. 23 – annual pancake and blueberry brunch at Robb’s Hut (11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.); March 11 – BBQ at the trailhead (noon-1:30 p.m.). Visit pinehillskiclub.com, call 381-8685, or email email@example.com.
Free snowshoe rentals are available every Monday and Tuesday in January at Village Sports in New London. Snowshoe poles, gaiters, instruction and maps are included. Call John Kiernan at Village Sports at 526-4948.
Capital City Vipers football and cheering will hold its annual meeting Friday at 6 p.m. at the Concord Boys & Girls Club. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
NE DIAMOND GEMS Jenovese 14U AAU softball team is looking to fill the shortstop position in its 11-player lineup. The team practices four hours weekly from January to April at the Bedford Sportsplex and plays in six more games on Friday nights. The team plays eight tourneys through the spring/summer in NH, Massachusetts and Maine. Email Peter Jenovese at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NH Comets U10 team is looking for a few players to complete its roster for this summer. The team has begun indoor workouts, and practices are held every weekend. Contact Coach Mark Nelson at 724-7697 or email email@example.com.
BISHOP BRADY HIGH School is looking for a varsity girls’ tennis head coach for this spring. Email a cover letter, résumé, and three letters of reference to Fred Vezina, Athletic Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or send it to Bishop Brady High School, 25 Columbus Ave., Concord, NH 03301.
John Stark Regional High School has the following coaching openings: JV softball, JV girls’ lacrosse and JV boys’ lacrosse. Send a current résumé, 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 email@example.com.
Hillsboro-Deering High School has the following coaching vacancies for this spring: varsity assistant baseball coach, varsity assistant softball coach, two assistant track coaches (throwing events coach and a hurdles/jumps coach) and JV baseball coach. Apply online at hdsd.org and attach a letter of intent, résumé and three letters of reference. Contact Jim O’Rourke, Hillsboro-Deering High principal, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
HOPKINTON HIGH School is seeking a varsity boys’ lacrosse coach and an assistant varsity track coach with a strength in distance events. Applicants should send a résumé and cover letter to Dan Meserve, Athletic Director, Hopkinton High School, 297 Park Ave., Contoocook, NH, 03229.
Pittsfield Middle High School Athletic Department has the following anticipated coaching positions open: boys’ middle school baseball, boys’ JV baseball and girls’ varsity softball. Previous experience playing and/or coaching is preferred but not required. Contact Jay Darrah, Director of Athletics, at email@example.com. Send a letter of interest, résumé and references to: Pittsfield Middle High School, 23 Oneida St., Pittsfield, NH 03263.
LAKES REGION FLAG FOOTBALL League is open to boys and girls between the ages 4-17 (coed age divisions are 4-6, 6-8, 9-11, 12-4 and 15-17) and is accepting registration for the spring season. Signup fee is $60 per player before Saturday and $65 after. Credit card payments are accepted online, and checks are also accepted. The season begins in early April with player evaluations and ends with Super Bowl Saturday June 14. Sign up at lrffl.com. class="MonitorSports_OldRoundupSlug">
CONCORD BABE RUTH baseball is accepting registrations for the 2014 season. Signup dates are Feb. 2from 6-7:30 p.m. at Sal’s Pizza on Storrs Street and Feb. 8from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the new Heights Community Center on Canterbury Street. Forms also can be downloaded and mailed. Visit concordbaberuth.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MV YOUTH BASEBALL/softball signups will be held at Penacook Community Center Feb. 5 (7-8 p.m.), Feb. 11 (7-8 p.m.), Feb. 15 (9 a.m.-noon), Feb. 18 (7-8 p.m.), Feb. 20 (7-8 p.m.) and March 1 (noon-4 p.m.). Contact player agent Joslyn Darling at email@example.com or 738-2059.
Concord Northeast will hold registrations for baseball, T-ball and softball Feb. 8 at Concord Heights Community Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 20 at Broken Ground School from 5-8 p.m., March 5 at Broken Ground from 6-8 p.m., March 18 at Broken Ground from 6-8 p.m., and March 22 at Dick’s Sporting Goods from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. All Concord residents ages 4-12 are eligible to play Cal Ripken T-ball and baseball. All Concord residents ages 6-16 living on the east side of the Merrimack River are eligible to play Babe Ruth softball. Online registration is open at concordnortheast.com.
Concord American softball will be holding registration Feb. 8 at the new Heights Community Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The registration cost is $75 per player. The registration form can be found at eteamz.com/concordamericansoftball and mailed to: Concord American Softball League P.O. Box 1771 Concord, NH 03302-1771.
Youngsville baseball program will hold signups at Avalanche Screenprinting in Hooksett Feb. 15 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and March 15 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Youngsville is a member of the Cal Ripken baseball organization that offers four divisions for children 4-12 years old (must be team age by May 1, 2014). Kids from the following towns are eligible: Manchester, Auburn, Allenstown, Bedford, Candia, Derry, Deerfield, Raymond (70-foot baseball: Epsom, Goffstown, Hooksett and Pembroke). Contact 627-4820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONCORD YMCA volleyball tournament is now open for registration. This one-weekend event will be held March 15 (and possibly the 16th, depending on the number of teams signed up) from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The tournament will include women’s, men’s and co-ed teams, open to ages 18 and older, for both YMCA members and non-members. Registration closes Feb. 22. Cost is $50 per team. Call 228-9622 or stop by the YMCA’s Welcome Center at 15 N. State St. in Concord.
BOW YOUTH LACROSSE registration for the U9-U15 spring season is open at bowyouthlacrosse.com.
BOW YOUTH BASEBALL and softball registration, for ages 7-16, is now open online. Visit bowyouthbaseball.org.
Hopkinton Youth Sports Association Baseball and Softball online registration is open at hysanh.org. Players can register for Cal Ripken baseball (ages 4-12) and Babe Ruth baseball (ages 13-15) along with Babe Ruth softball (ages 6-16). Visit the website or email HYSA registrar Skate Murdough at email@example.com.