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A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Futsal champs

The Tartan Army (pictured) finished its season undefeated and won the first Touch Futsal Championship. The team was coached by Andrew Ferrier and team members included: Daniel Aybar, Liam Conery, John Walter Elsnau, Alasdair Ferrier, Tomek Hill, Max Keef, Mick Leahy, Becket O’Neil, Luke Ramsey and Grant Rienstra.

Sky to U.S. Open Qualifiers

Jed Sky, a junior at Concord High, won a wild card invitation to the Burton U.S. Open Qualifiers taking place at Seven Springs, Pa., this weekend. Sky won the bid via a video contest sponsored by Video Games. Pro shred and GoPro team rider Tim Humphreys had this to say about Sky: “Trick for trick, Jed’s edit kills the competition! Super technical switch and regular moves on the jibs and the jumps. 900’s and 1080’s in all directions, front 270’s back to regular, solid grabs, and every move looks very intentional. Well rounded snowboarding for sure!” The slopestyle event will be simulcast on the internet on Saturday from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (burton.com/default/usopenqual2014_livecoverageandresults.html). Fox Sports 2 will air a video summary of the event the weekend of March 1.

While in Pennsylvania, Sky will also compete in U.S. Snowboarding’s Revolution Tour. Sky rides with Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team and is sponsored by Flow Snowboards.

Middle school results

The Hopkinton Middle School boys’ basketball team improved to 7-4 with a 54-24 win against Newport. Gerry Donahue led Hopkinton with 16 points and 18 rebounds. Kevin McGrath (eight points, seven rebounds), Colby Morris (11 rebounds, six points), Ben Bickford (six points, three steals) and Dustin Rose (six rebounds, three steals) all had solid games.

∎ The Rundlett Middle School girls’ A basketball team finished the season with a 42-25 win over Timberlane. Brighid Weeden led all scores with 17 points, with Olivia Hale adding eight points and 12 rebounds. Every player scored. Jillian Dussault, Haley Munroe, Anna Lebrun and Kacey Maloney played outstanding defense. Catherine Reynolds (six steals), Caitlyn Kelley (four steals, seven rebounds), Gabby Evans (nine rebounds) and Ashley Kelley (fantastic at point guard) had solid contributions.

∎ After trailing 23-9 at the half, the Hopkinton Middle School girls’ basketball team got within eight in the third quarter, but eventually fell to Newport, 42-29. Abby Houston led the Hawks with 11 points, Cloe Wood added six, and Krista Amoth and Abby Symonds played well defensively.

∎ Chichester Central School defeated Gilmanton Middle School, 49-29. Chichester was led by Sean Menard (15 points), Jack Lehoullier (nine points) and Cole Hapgood (seven points). Justin Smith (11 rebounds) provided a great defensive effort. Gilmanton was led by Mitchell James (10 points) and Brendon Bushnell (seven points).

∎ The Bow Memorial School 7th- and 8th-grade girls’ basketball team beat Three Rivers, 59-33. Sarah Martin led the Bow offense with 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Erin Boldwin had a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Emma Gagnes and Lauren Roy played solid all around games and had seven and five points, respectively. Katie Bagley had a great defensive game and poured in four points. For Three Rivers, Brooklyn Zanis had five 3-pointers and finished with 23 points.

Youth hockey

The Concord Capitals Sig Sauer Academy Squirt 1 hockey team defeated the Northern Cyclones, 4-2. Tyler Coskren (two goals), Brooks Craigue and Cam McGonigle scored, with assists from Ryan Doherty, Joey Ala, Joey Tarbell and Colin O’Brien. Goalie John Hinkell was outstanding in net.

Youth basketball

The Concord Boys & Girls Club 7th- and 8th-grade boys’ basketball team defeated Londonderry, 70-66. Concord was led by Jake Hebert (23 points), Tyler Bruns (15), Tyler Blodgett (nine) and Teddy Blodgett (eight).

∎ The Bow 2 girls’ 3rd- and 4th-grade team beat New Boston, 25-14. Anne Marie Penney led the team with 10 points, followed by Bri Fournier (seven), Ellie Pingree (four), Ashley Panzino and Kendall Murray (two each). Kate Anoli, Norah Garland and Julia Krause provided defensive pressure.

∎ Bow held on to win a defensive battle against Weare, 28-15, in 7th- and 8th-grade action. Bow used a smothering defense to frustrate the Weare offense. Bow’s balanced scoring was led by Matt Murdoch with eight points.

∎ In Concord Parks & Rec 7th- and 8th-grade boys’ basketball, the White Knights beat the Red Team, 26-18. Scott Franklin led the winners with 11 points, followed by Adrian Kennedy with nine. Andrew Champagne handled the ball well as point guard, and Jaydon Pickard played great defense. For the Red Team, Nikoli Bofinger scored four points, Antonio Bennett had a great game as point guard and Bobby Naylor put in an excellent defensive effort.

∎ The Concord Boys & Girls Club 3rd- and 4th-grade boys’ travel team lost to Brookline, 19-16. James Bruns led all scorers with nine points. Liam Dooley scored four, Gumee Thomte added two, and Shondell Johnson and Grant Gentzel both played great defense and rebounded well.

College standouts

Concord’s Antoine Gisore was named Northeast-10 Conference Track Athlete of the Week for the second straight week. Gisore met the NCAA Championships provisional qualifying standard in the 3,000 meters at the Terrier Invitational, where he finished 27th with a time of 8:21.72, good enough for first in the NE-10 and sixth in the nation in Division II.

Events

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.

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.

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 jschloss@tds.net.

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.

Meetings

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.

Players needed

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 pjeno@msn.com.

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 nelson.mark@comcast.net.

Coaches needed

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 fvezina@bishopbrady.edu 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 mark.searles@sau24.org.

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 jorourke@hdhs.k12.nh.us 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 jaydarrah@pittsfieldnhschools.org. Send a letter of interest, résumé and references to: Pittsfield Middle High School, 23 Oneida St., Pittsfield, NH 03263.

Tryouts/registrations

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 Mondayfrom 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 minerys@comcast.net.

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 joslyndarling@comcast.net 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 info@youngsvillebaseball.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 skate@mcttelecom.com.

Camps/clinics/lessons

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 tomorrow (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 phogan@ccsnh.edu 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 beaddison@plymouth.edu 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 jcoughlin@sau53.org.

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 jesse.odonnell@unh.edu 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 tfis281015@aol.com.

Umpires needed

N.H. Softball Umpire Association is looking for umps for high school softball. Contact Terri Warren at 748-9253 or email twarren29@comcast.net. Visit nhsua.org.

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