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A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Basketball champs

The Belmont Middle School girls’ basketball team took first place in the Newfound Invitational tournament. Belmont beat Kingswood in the first game behind Makenzie Donovan’s 15 points and a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer by Jordan Sargent, but lost the next game to Newfound to drop into the losers’ bracket. JuJu Estremera led with six points in that game. Belmont beat Hopkinton, 26-19, to reach the final against Newfound. Shayna Thibedau, Emily Drouin and Donovan combined for 17 points. The team trailed after the first half and came back in the third quarter to put the game away. Lizzie Fleming, Chloe Sottak and Sargent each scored six in the final win against Newfound. Members of the championship team are: (front row, l-r) Elise Hall, JuJu Estremera, Jordan Sargent, Chloe Sottak, Lizzie Fleming, Bryanna Berry; (back row, l-r) Coach Mark Dionne, Ariel Bergeron, Emily Drouin, Sydney Shepherd, Emeli Reed, Makenzie Donovan, Shayna Thibedau and Coach Karyn Dionne.

JV result

The Hopkinton boys’ JV basketball team defeated Bow, 66-31, to improve to 14-2. Nick Meserve contributed a double-double with a game-high 15 points and 15 rebounds. Meserve and Cam Cyr each had four steals while Cyr and Henry Yianakopolos added 14 points each. Dave Nelson and Liam Flanagan both had strong games with eight points each, and combined for 10 rebounds.

Fencing registration

Concord Fencing Club is offering introductory, intermediate and competitive fencing instruction in foil, epee and sabre. Introductory lessons for children ages 7-14 and adults 14+ meet Mondays. Children’s lessons are from 5:45-7 p.m. and adults meet 7:15-8:30 p.m. A wheelchair Foil program meets Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. by appointment. A new eight-week session begins Monday. Two or more fencers from the same family receive a discount. Visit concordfencingclub.org or call 224-3560.

Road race

The 21st SEA 5K road race (the second CARS race) will be held on April 5 at 10 a.m. at the State Office Park East on 29 Hazen Drive, Concord. The first 250 pre-registrants get a free t-shirt. Pre-registration fee is $15 for SEA members and $18 for others. Race day registration (starting at 8 a.m.) is is $20. Children under 10 enter for free. Register online at https://millenniumreg.com/2014-sea-5k.

Rules of golf clinic

The New Hampshire Golf Association will be conducting a clinic this spring for all those interested in improving their knowledge of the rules of golf. The clinic will be held at Beaver Meadow Golf Course in Concord on April 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A $20 fee is charged to defray the cost of lunch. Call John at 540-1631 or email jjelley@nhgolf.com to register. Space is limited.

Tryouts/registrations

MV YOUTH BASEBALL/softball signups will be held at Penacook Community Center Saturday from noon-4 p.m. Contact player agent Joslyn Darling at joslyndarling@comcast.net or 738-2059.

Concord Youth Hockey has posted its tryout schedule for the 2014-15 season at concordyouthhockey.org. Girls’ tryouts start as early as Saturday, and boys’ tryouts from Mite through High School Development start March 17. You can register for tryouts online at concordyouthhockey.org.

Central Force girls’ basketball AAU program will be holding a two-day tryout Saturday and Sunday at Belmont Middle School at the following times: Saturday: grades 5-6, noon to 1 p.m., grades 7-8, 1-2 p.m., grades 9-10, 2-3 p.m.; Sunday: 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.

Concord Babe Ruth League is holding registration night at Sal’s Pizza on Storrs Street Monday from 6-7:30 p.m. Visit concordbaberuth.com or email minerys@comcast.net.

Concord Northeast will hold registrations for baseball, T-ball and softball 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 High spring sports signups will be held as follows: March 5, 3 p.m. – softball in mini gym; girls’ lacrosse in media center; girls’ track in girls’ locker room; baseball in boys’ locker room; boys’ lacrosse in lecture hall; boys’ tennis in room 2039; boys’ track in gym; and March 11, 3 p.m. – girls’ tennis in room 2038. All students interested in signing up or trying out for a spring sports should attend their sport specific meeting. Any questions, see the coach or Mr. Mello.

Hillsboro-Deering High School will have signups for baseball, softball and track March 7 at 2:15 p.m. Baseball will meet in the gym, softball in the cafeteria and track in room 222. H-D spring tryouts begin March 24. Baseball will be held in the gym from 2:30-5:30 p.m., softball will be held in the cafeteria from 2:30-5:30 and track will be held in the gym from 5:30-8. Athletes must already have a physical on file with the school or have a current 2013-14 physical ready to turn into their coach.

CONCORD NATIONAL YOUTH SOFTBALL currently has registrations 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 March 8 and March 15 from 9 a.m.-noon.

Youngsville baseball program will hold signups at Avalanche Screenprinting in Hooksett 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 Recreation is offering a high school basketball division for Concord/Penacook students in grades 9-12. The division runs on Saturdays, March 15-April 19 from 12-4 p.m.

Concord American Softball League will be holding registration 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.

The Granite State Raiders AAU basketball program will hold registration and tryouts at the Concord Boys & Girls Club March 22 (boys grades 6-8 from 8-9:30 a.m.; boys grades 9-11 from 9:30-11 a.m.) and March 23 (boys/girls grades 3-5 from 8-9 a.m.; girls grades 6-8 from 9-10 a.m.; girls grades 9-11 from 10-11 a.m.; boys grades 6-8 from 11 a.m.-noon; boys grades 9-11 from noon-1 p.m.). A $30 registration fee is due at sign-up. Contact Frank Alosa at 491-2495 or visit granitestateraiders.com.

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.

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

Bow baseball players ages 13-15 interested in playing Babe Ruth Baseball should register and sign up as soon as possible. Go to bowathleticclub.com to register online. Email League President Mike Celenza with any questions at mike@celenzalaw.com. Bow Babe Ruth Baseball will not conflict with middle school or high school team baseball. Teams are forming soon.

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.

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

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">

Camps/clinics/lessons

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 Saturday and run through May 7. Call 485-1100 to reserve a spot.

Belmont High Softball Clinics will be held Saturday 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.

VALLEY BASEBALL YOUTH CLINIC Series (grades 1-5) will have sessions Sunday and March 9 from noon-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 will be held at Pembroke Academy and 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.

Events

Public skating will be held at Everett Arena during school vacation week from 11:30-1 p.m. through Saturday, and Sunday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission for public skating is $5 and skate rentals are available in the Pro Shop for $5. Also, adult stick practice for ages 14 and older is offered tomorrow and Friday from 10-11:20 a.m. Admission is $9 and helmet and gloves are required. Call Everett Arena at 228-2784.

CHaD Battle of the Badges Hockey Championship will be held Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. The game features police officers and firefighters playing to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Tickets are $10, with children 10 and younger free. Visit CHaDHockey.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.; 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.

PINE HILL SKI CLUB in Wilmot Flat is holding the following events this winter: March 11 – BBQ at the trailhead (noon-1:30 p.m.). Visit pinehillskiclub.com, call 381-8685, or email jschloss@tds.net.

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.

Special Olympics New Hampshire will host a spring term of the Young Athletes Program at the CenterPoint Church gym, starting March 22. The Young Athletes Program engages children with and without intellectual disabilities through developmentally appropriate play activities and raises awareness about the abilities of children with disabilities through inclusive peer participation. One-hour practice sessions will be held March 22, March 29, April 5, April 26, May 3, May 10 and May 17 from noon-1 p.m. There is no cost. Pre-register by contacting Coach Stacy Macri at smacr@concordnhschools.net or 225-7183. The program is limited to 20 children.

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

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.

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.

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.

Northern Xpress AAU basketball 7th- and 8th-grade girls’ team, staffed by former college and high school coaches, is looking for players. The team will attend seven tournaments in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Cost is $400. Contact Bill Rees at northernxpress@yahoo.com or call 490-9980.

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.

Pembroke Academy is looking for both a head and assistant girls’ varsity lacrosse coach. Send a brief letter of interest and résumé to Athletic Director Suzanne Clink by email at sklink@sau53.org, or call 485-7881 ext. 2085.

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: varsity assistant baseball coach, varsity assistant softball coach, two assistant track coaches (throwing events coach and a hurdles/jumps coach), JV baseball coach and JV boys’ soccer coach. Contact Athletic Director Jay Wood at 464-1234.

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.

Rundlett Middle School has openings for boys’/girls’ spring track coaching positions. Send résumé and three letters of reference to Steve Mello, Director of Physical Education & Sport, 170 Warren St., Concord, NH 03301 or email: smell@concordnhschools.net.

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