A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements
Six New England Masters swimmers (above) recently participated in the 2014 United States Master Swimming Speedo One Hour Postal National Championship held at the Concord Family YMCA in Concord. The swimmers were Lucy Ann Zeller, Liz MacBride, Curt Whittaker, Joyce Bledsoe, Jan McClure and Maurice Regan. The six swam a combined yardage of 20,500 yards (approximately 11.5 miles), with Curt Whittaker swimming 4,030 yards in the one-hour event. Whittaker plans to swim the English Channel as part of a relay team in the summer of 2014.
The Hillsboro-Deering JV girls’ basketball team picked up its first victory of the season with a 35-7 rout of Mascenic. The Hillcats (1-7) were led by freshmen Amber Wallgren and Nicole Mooney.
∎ Brody Ashley scored 19 points to lead the Coe-Brown JV boys’ basketball team to a 60-42 win against Hanover. Jayson Cleveland finished with 11 points for the Bears and Taylor Dow added 10.
∎ The Hillsboro-Deering JV boys’ basketball team lost to Mascenic, 47-35. Tyler Wood led the Hillcats with nine points, Cameron Parris had eight points, and Canes Monta finished with six points, six steals and six rebounds.
The Pembroke freshman reserve boys’ basketball team beat Sanborn, 52-47, to improve to 4-4. The Spartans were led by Adam Caplette, who scored eight points and hauled down 16 rebounds. Andy Dutton was high scorer with 12 points, and Matt Beaucher and Joey Herling had eight each.
The Merrimack Valley unified basketball team edged Hopkinton, 32-30. Top scorers were Matt Parent, Tia Hoyt and Kaitlyn McGowan. Shoshuna White and Danielle Decicco played well defensively for the Pride.
∎ The Concord unified team lost to Gilford, 32-28. Leading the offense for Concord were Drew Nadeau (10 points, three rebounds), Max Rand (five points, steal) and Trish Sloper (four points).
∎ Bow’s Zach Jukoski had 17 points and played excellent defense, but the Falcons unified basketball team lost to Stevens, 34-31. Jack Rich had 10 points for Bow, JJ Chern chipped in with four points, including a first-half buzzer beater, and Hunter Murray played well defensively.
Middle school result
The Hopkinton Middle School Nordic team competed in a classic biathlon race at Gunstock yesterday. Simon Doneski, Zach Berliner, Clifton Sullivan, Henry Lavoie and Steven Benson had strong finishes for the boys’ team, while Carley Kanter, Lily Sabol, Amelia Basset, Mary Trafton and Lilly Hoffman had great races for the girls.
The Rundlett Middle School boys’ A basketball team finished its regular season on a high note, beating Timberlane, 55-31, to improve to 7-8 following an 0-6 start. Tyler Blodgett led all scorers with 17 points and did a great job distributing the ball. Josh Adams, Kurtis Stadnicki and Matt Burke scored eight points apiece. Zach Miles and Liam Bennett provided a spark off the bench, contributing both offensively and defensively. The Blue Dukes move on to the playoffs and face Londonderry, which they split with during the regular season.
In Concord Youth Hockey action, the NH Tile Pee Wee 2’s swept a pair of weekend games, defeating Mt. Washington Valley, 5-0, and Plymouth, 6-1. Against Mt. Washington Valley, Jacob Mielcarz (two goals) and Zack Painchaud (goal, assist) led the offense, while Derek Kelleher (goal), Knox Brown (goal), Harrison Briggs (assist), Cam Jarvi (assist) and Owen Olson (assist) also scored points. In the Plymouth game, Ben Daniels, Olson, Logan Wineriter, Mielcarz, Kelleher and James Shea scored goals, with Arthur Snow, Jarvi, Mielcarz, Olson and Wineriter picking up the assists. CJ Jacobs and Ben Pratt led the defensive effort, and Ben Gardner played well in goal to pick up both wins.
Loudon’s Krystin Corliss scored 12 points and Hillsboro’s Tiffany Lewis added seven points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds as the Plymouth State University women’s basketball team lost to Keene State, 60-57.
The Tilton School varsity B hockey team lost to Académie St. Louis, 4-2. ASL jumped to a 4-0 lead before Tilton battled back and scored twice in the third. Andrew Markham scored Tilton’s first goal on the power play, assisted by Will Vogel and Alex Winokur. Jakub Myska scored the second goal, assisted by James Edmunds. Tilton also lost to Winchendon School, 4-2. Anthony Gianelli and Andrew Markham scored Tilton’s goal.
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 tomorrow 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 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 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 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.
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 today (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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
N.H. Softball Umpire Association is looking for umps for high school softball. Contact Terri Warren at 748-9253 or email email@example.com. Visit nhsua.org.