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A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Basketball champions

The Bow 3 3rd- and 4th-grade girls’ basketball team capped off an undefeated season (10-0) by beating Hopkinton 1, 22-9, in the Division 1 championship game of the Merrimack Valley Basketball League. The winning team is: first row (l-r), Sidney Roberge, Campbell Lucey, Catherine Windsor, Meagan Wrey; second row (l-r), Coach Jeff, Sheridan Brummet, Sophia Chacon, Ally Boone and Coach Kevin.

Unified basketball

Hopkinton/John Stark beat Bow, 31-30. Bow had a chance for the win following a steal in the final seconds, but a missed shot was pulled down by Emmy Campbell for the General Hawks, who then ran out the clock. Ellie Coe scored her first 3-pointer of the season and was the high scorer for the General Hawks. For Bow, Jack Rich led the offense with 14 points, Zach Jukowski played great defense and added eight points, J.J. Chern scored six points, and Keith Descoteaux had his first varsity hoop.

∎ Concord High lost to Hanover, 38-24. Connor Reid and Drew Nadeau led the scoring with 11 points apiece, with help from Justin Wilson’s five assists. Sean Daley pulled down six rebounds.

JV results

The Hillsboro-Deering JV boys’ basketball team lost to Fall Mountain, 65-58. Tyler Wood scored 20 points and Canes Monta had a triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 steals.

∎ Sam Lupinacci finished with 15 points and Jayson Cleveland had 14 as the Coe-Brown boys’ JV basketball team beat St. Thomas, 62-48. Shawn Spenard also had 10 points for the Bears.

∎ The Hillsboro-Deering girls’ JV basketball team played tough defense in the second half against Fall Mountain, but it wasn’t enough as the Hillcats fell, 41-27. Brittani Lupien had 10 points for H-D and Nicole Mooney finished with five.

∎ Izzy Hoyt scored 14 points to lead the Merrimack Valley girls’ JV basketball team to a 57-37 win against Kennett. Cortney Angwin (six points), Lindsey Yetton (five points), Jillie Heath (four points, two steals) and Sierra Dube (four assists, five steals) also played well for the Pride (11-2).

∎ Kasey Smith was 8-for-12 from the floor and finished with 16 points, and Katelyn Symonds had 22 points to lead the Hopkinton girls’ JV basketball team to a 50-18 win over Kearsarge. Caroline Flood (six points, 13 rebounds, four steals) and Victoria Petricca (two points, nine rebounds) controlled the glass for Hopkinton and McKayla Reale added four points.

∎ The Concord girls’ JV basketball team trailed by 10 going into the fourth quarter, but pulled out a 36-34 win over Keene. It was a full team effort for the Tide, highlighted by a key 3-pointer from Hayley Reed, six straight points from Emily Otto and four steals each from Cailin Casey, Sam Clapp and Tori Pelletier.

Freshmen result

The Pembroke Academy freshman reserve basketball team beat Hopkinton, 55-31. The Spartans were led by Colby Justin who scored 14 points. Adam Caplette had seven and Andy Dutton had six. Brian Baillargeon and Tyler Fontaine both hit the scoring column for the fist time.

Youth basketball

The Bow 7th- and 8th-grade boys’ basketball team lost to Mount Royal, 43-42. Bow was led by Ben Boisvert and Mason Grasso with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Bow was down by 20 late in the game and used a smothering defense led by Neeraj Nike, Walter Chacon and Alistar Mayo to mount a comeback that came up just short.

Central Force tryouts

The Central Force girls’ AAU program will be holding a two-day tryout March 1-2 at Belmont Middle School at the following times: March 1: grades 5-6, noon to 1 p.m., grades 7-8, 1-2 p.m., grades 9-10, 2-3 p.m.; March 2: grades 5-6, noon to 1 p.m., grades 7-8, 1-2 p.m., grades 9-11, 2-3 p.m. Email Mark at cableguy10@hotmail.com for details.

Babe Ruth registration

Concord Babe Ruth League is holding registration nights at Sal’s Pizza on Storrs Street from 6-7:30 on the following dates: Monday and March 3. Visit concordbaberuth.com or email minerys@comcast.net.

Belmont softball clinics

Belmont High School Softball Clinics will be held March 1 and March 15 at Belmont High for kids in grades 1-8. Grades 1-5 participate from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by grades 5-8 from 1-4 p.m. There is no cost, but donations are welcome at check-in. Staff includes former players Caitlin Clary and Chelsea Durso, and Belmont High coaches Bill Clary, Trish Geoffrey and Bill Hart. To register, e-mail player info and clinic dates to wclary@icloud.com or call Bill Clary at 393-7982.

Baseball players needed

The New Hampshire Baseball League (NHBL) is seeking new players to participate in the +38 Division for the 2014 season. The wood-bat league consists of 10 teams, with games on Sundays. Players must be age 38 or older during the season of play. For more information or to register, go to NHBL40.com.

Events

PINE HILL SKI CLUB in Wilmot Flat is holding the following events this winter: Saturday – 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.

Sandwich Sled Dog Race will take place Saturday at 9 a.m. from Floyd’s Field on Bennett Street in North Sandwich. Teams will take off at two-minute intervals for a 45- or 20-mile dog sled race or a 20-mile skijor race around Sandwich and Tamworth. Visit sandwichsidehillers.com or contact Julie Dolan, Race Secretary, at sidehillers@gmail.com or contact Race Marshal Marsha Colcord at 986-8375 or tecnalanowridge@gmail.com.

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. 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. 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.

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.

NORTHERN XPRESS AAU basketball team (7th- and 8th-grade) is looking for players. The team is coached by former college and high school coaches. The team will attend seven tournaments in NH and Mass. Cost is $400 for uniforms, practices and tournaments. Contact Bill Rees at northernxpress@yahoo.com or 490-9980 fo

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.

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.

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

MV YOUTH BASEBALL/softball signups will be held at Penacook Community Center today (7-8 p.m.), Saturday (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.

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

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 Thursday. Sign up at bluestormlacrosse.com.

Youngsville baseball program will hold signups at Avalanche Screenprinting in Hooksett Saturday 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.

NEW HAMPSHIRE ELITE AAU Basketball Club will be holding tryouts for its 4th- through 8th-grade teams Saturday 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.

CONCORD NATIONAL YOUTH SOFTBALL currently has three registration events scheduled at Abbott-Downing school for girls ages 5-16 living in the south end who are interested in playing softball this spring. These events will be held on Saturday, March 8 and March 15 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Concord American Softball League will be holding registration on three separate dates: 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.

Concord Northeast will hold registrations for baseball, T-ball and softball 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. class="MonitorSports_OldRoundupSlug">

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 Babe Ruth Baseball registration is now open for all players ages 13 and older. Visit bowathleticclub.com or email League President Mike Celenza at mike@celenzalaw.com.

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

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">

HOPKINTON YOUTH LACROSSE registration is open for all boys and girls ages 8-14 for Hopkinton Youth Lacrosse. Cost is $85 per player, and registration can be completed at hopkintonrec.com.

Camps/clinics/lessons

Softball clinics will be hosted by the Plymouth State University softball program Saturday and Feb. 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, Sunday at NHTI; 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.

Strength and conditioning clinic put on by Brewster Academy’s Josh Lee will be held Sunday for middle school athletes at the Talbot Gymnasium in Exeter. The clinic will run from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for 5th-6th-grade boys and 5th-7th-grade girls, and from 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. for boys 7th grade and older and girls 8th grade and higher. Participants must register online at NewHampshireElite.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.

VALLEY BASEBALL YOUTH CLINIC Series (grades 1-5) will have sessions on March 2 and 9 from noon to 1 p.m. and March 17, 18, 20 and 21 from 5:30-7 p.m.). Contact Head Coach Sean Wheeler (swheeler721@aol.com / 848-9533) for more information or to register. Space is limited. Cost is $10 per session.

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.

IHB BASEBALL CAMP hosted by Pembroke Academy is open to both boys and girls ages 6-13 from July 14-17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $75 for the week. There will be many special guests, including current and former major leaguers. Registration can be done online at ihbsports.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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