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A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Golden Gloves champs

Three area boxers reached the finals in the Northern New England Golden Gloves, a three-week tournament for amateur boxers from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Ilka Mejia (left) of Concord won the championship in the 132-pound female novice class. Gerard Rhude (center) of Hill placed second in the tournament for the 165-pound open class and received the distinctive sportsmanship award. Christopher Boyle (right) of Hopkinton won the championship in the 165-pound novice class for the second year in a row. Winners will advance to the New England Tournament of Champions in Lowell, Mass. All three train at Averill’s Martial Arts Academy in Concord.

College standouts

Northwood’s Allura LeBlanc scored 18 points with 12 rebounds, six assists and two blocks to lead the NHTI women’s basketball team (12-12) to an 87-31 victory over Hampshire College.

Bow baseball/softball

Bow Youth Baseball and Softball is now open for online registration, accepting boys ages 6-15 and girls kindergarten-age 16 at BowYouthBaseball.org.

Blue Storm lacrosse

Blue Storm lacrosse, for Merrimack Valley School District students, offers teams for boys’ U9, U11 and U13 and girls’ U11 and U13. Registration is open until Feb. 14. Sign up at bluestormlacrosse.com.

Suncook softball

Suncook softball will hold its first registration Wednesday at the Pembroke Town Hall from 5-8 p.m. For registration forms, visit suncooksoftball.com. Forms also will be available that night.

Coaching openings

Belmont High School has the following coaching vacancies for the spring: girls’ varsity lacrosse, and track and field. Send a current résumé to Erica Knolhoff, Athletic Director at eknolhoff@sau80.org.

Camps/clinics/lessons

Softball clinics will be hosted by the Plymouth State University softball program Saturday, Feb. 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.

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 6-10, Feb. 16 at NHTI; Rules 1-5, Sunday 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 Sunday 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.

Events

CONCORD HIGH GIRLS’ BASKETBALL annual pancake breakfast will be held Saturday from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at South Congregation Church, 27 Pleasant Street. Cost for the all-you-can-eat breakfast is $5 per person with tickets available at the door as well from CHS girls’ basketball members. Winter sock donations will be accepted at the door to aid the Concord homeless community.

CONCORD HIGH SOFTBALL workouts for prospective players will be held Sundays during the winter. Dates and times are as follows: Sunday 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.

North Country Mushers will hold the first Great North Woods Sled dog Challenge Saturday-Monday 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.

BLACKWATER NORDIC SKI Club of Hopkinton is hosting Thursday night skiing at the Hopkinton State Fairgrounds from 5:30-8 p.m. Night skiing could extend through Feb. 27, depending on snow and interest. Visit blackwaternordic.org.

Concussion ImPACT testing will be done March 19 and 21 at Hillsboro-Deering High School from 2:30-4 p.m. All student-athletes in grades 8-12 are highly advised to sign up and test, free of charge. The Concussion ImPACT Questionnaire and Authorization sheets can be downloaded from the HDHS website. Go to hdsd.org and click on HDHS, then Athletics, then Concussion Forms for the drop-down menu. Both forms need to be filled out and turned in to the HDHS Welcome Center by March 18. Put your name on the authorization sheet, and state the date you plan on testing. Call the HDHS athletics office at 464-1234.

Beaver Meadow Golf Course and Loudon Country Club have formed a reciprocal agreement that will allow members of each course to play the other course at no charge (free green fees) based on their membership type. As an example, 2014 season members who have seven-day-a-week membership will be allowed to play each other’s course seven times; if someone has a five-day mid-week membership they will be able to play each other’s course five times mid-week. Membership forms and rates for the 2014 season are available at beavermeadowgolfcourse.com. The Concord Parks and Rec Office (14 Canterbury Road in Concord, 225-8690) is accepting memberships until the Pro Shop opens (scheduled opening date is April 1.)

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.

The Loudon Freedom girls’ U14 Division 1 premier team is seeking a competitive goalie to play in the upcoming Spring Season. Club Fees are $150, which includes tournaments. Home games and practices will take place on the soccer fields located behind the Loudon Elementary School. Contact Andrew Palhof at Palhof@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.

nh lightning 12U softball is looking for one player to complete its roster. The team is currently practicing/scrimmaging weekly at New England College in Henniker. They will participate in seven tournaments, including the USSSA World Series in Ocean City, Md. Contact George French at 381-1239 or georgefrench@tds.net to try out.

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 $65. 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. Signups are Saturdayfrom 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.

CONCORD PARKS & REC will hold a youth spring league registration fair Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Heights Community Center (former Dame School). The following groups will be present to answer questions and accept registrations: Concord Babe Ruth Baseball, Concord Crush Lacrosse, Northeast Baseball and Softball, Merrimack Valley Baseball and Softball, Concord Little League, Concord National Softball, Concord American Softball, Parks and Rec Spring Soccer Leagues, Parks and Rec Spring Basketball Leagues. Visit concordparksandrec.com or call 225-8690.

Concord Crush Lacrosse Spring registration open through Feb. 14. Register online through the Concord Recreation Department at concordnh.gov/recreation and visit concordcrush.com. In person registrations will be accepted Saturday at the Heights Community Center (former Dame School) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

PENACOOK PRIDE AAU basketball will hold tryouts Sunday at Merrimack Valley Middle School for the following groups: Girls in grades 6-8 from 1-2 p.m., and girls in grades 9-11 from 2-3 p.m. Visit penacookpride.com. class="MonitorSports_OldRoundupSlug">

Concord American Softball League will be holding registration on three separate dates: Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Heights Community Center, Feb. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Beaver Meadow School and March 22 at Dick’s Sporting Goods from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration forms may be found at concordamericansoftball.com. Cost of registration is $75 with a $200 cap for families registering three or more children.

MV YOUTH BASEBALL/softball signups will be held at Penacook Community Center 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 Saturday 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 Saturday 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.

NEW HAMPSHIRE ELITE AAU Basketball Club will be holding tryouts for its 4th- through 8th-grade teams Saturday and Feb. 15 at Talbot Gymnasium in Exeter. Boys’ 4th- through 6th-grade tryouts are 3:30-5 p.m., boys’ 7th- and 8th-grade tryouts are 5-6:30 p.m., and girls’ 6th- through 8th-grade tryouts are 6:30-8 p.m. All players must register at NewHampshireElite.com to participate.

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 Lacrosse will have in person registration night at the Bow Memorial School on Monday, February 3rd from 6:00pm-7:30pm

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.

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