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A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Hockey champs

The Checkmate Pizza Concord Capitals girls’ U12 team (above) won the Tier 2 state championship. In the opening game of the tourney, Concord lost to Hanover, 1-0, but then rebounded to beat NH Avalanche, 2-0, and Seacoast Lighting, 4-0, to set up a rematch against Hanover in the finals. The Capitals played some of their best hockey of the year and beat Hanover, 2-0, for the championship. The team moves up to play in the Tier 1 New England Regional Tourney in Burlington, Vt., March 21-23. Pictured are: goalie Gwen Bowler (three shutouts); kneeling (l-r), Sofia Weber (three assists), Jaelyn Kelleher, Joanna Dustin (one assist), Mickie Potvin, Raelyn Roberts (two goals), Lily Benoit (one goal); seated (l-r), Isabelle Benoit (two assists), Emily Forward (two goals, assist), Ella Roberge (two assists), Lilly Vezina (two goals, two assists), Paige Dumont, Jess Burwell (goal, two assists); coaches (l-r), Jeremy Benoit, Patrick Dumont, Scott Burwell.

JV results

The Coe Brown JV boys’ basketball team edged Oyster River, 47-45. Standouts for the Bears were Sam Lupinacci (17 points), Jayson Cleveland (12 points) and Brody Ashley (10 points).

∎ The Pembroke Academy JV boys’ basketball team avenged an earlier overtime loss to Windham by beating the Jaguars, 46-37, last night. The Spartans were led by Logan Young, who scored 10 points off the bench and played solid on both ends of the court. Robert Taylor also played well with 14 points. Collin Justin scored 13 points and Dante Timbas added seven.

∎ The Hopkinton JV boys’ basketball team beat Hillsboro-Deering, 64-29, to improve to 15-2. With teamwork at both ends of the floor, the results were 24 steals, 38 rebounds, points for every player and only 13 turnovers. Nick Meserve recorded a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds in three quarters of play, Henry Yianakopolos added 14 points and a season-high 10 steals, Cam Cyr dropped in a few 3’s with his 10 points, and Liam Flanagan grabbed 10 rebounds to go along with six points.

Reserve results

The Pembroke Academy freshman reserve basketball team finished its season with a 58-43 win over Windham, avenging a 65-35 loss to the Jaguars earlier this season. Pembroke came out of the gate with a 14-4 run and never looked back. Andy Dutton led the Spartans with 12 points, all on 3-pointers. Colby Justin had 11 points and Adam Caplette added 10. The Spartans shot 10-for-15 from the foul line.

College standout

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy graduate Mike Gibson, a sophomore on the Wheaton College men’s swimming and diving team, was named to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference list. Gibson holds a 3.55 GPA as an economics major, in addition to competing on the swimming and diving team and serving as a writing tutor on campus, a tour guide and a public service assistant.

Kearsarge youth hockey

Kearsarge Hockey is registering for an October 2014 start. There are no tryouts for the league, which holds practices two times per week and games on weekends. An information session will be held at the Helm Room at the New London Hospital March 17 at 6:30 p.m. Prices are: Learn to Skate/Learn to Play $100, Mites $200, Squirts $275, PeeWees $350 and Bantam $350. Sign up in person or by mail by April 1 and receive $50 off the price (a $50 nonrefundable deposit is required). Get registration forms at Kearsargehockey.com or the information session. To make a donation to and have a chance to win a 60/40 raffle, email henault203@comcast.net.

Concord Rec programs

The Concord Recreation Department will hold the following programs: Preschool Open Gym (18 months to 3 years old), Tuesdays through April 8; April Vacation Preschool Soccer Camp (ages 4-6, not in first grade) and April Vacation Soccer Camp (grades 1-6) from April 21-25; and April Vacation Golf Camp (ages 7-13) from April 22-25. For details, visit concordnh.gov.recreation or call 225-8690.

Concord spring hoop

Concord Parks and Recreation is extending the deadline for Hot Shots and Jumpers Spring Basketball to Monday (the late fee will be waived). Hot Shots runs from March 8 to April 12 and is for children ages 4-6 who are not in first grade. Jumpers runs from March 8 to April 12 and is geared toward kids in first and second grade. Cost for either is $45 for residents and $55 for non-residents; register at concordparksandrec.com or by stopping by the Heights Community Center at 14 Canterbury Road in Concord.

UNH gymnastics clinic

The University of New Hampshire gymnastics program will hold an April Vacation Clinic April 21-22 from 1-5 p.m. at the UNH gymnastics facility at the Field House. The cost of the clinic is $40 per day or $65 for both days. There is a 10 percent discount for additional children from the same family. Register online at unhwildcats.com, or pay at the door. For more, contact assistant coach Ali Carr at Alison.carr@unh.edu.

Henniker hockey

The Henniker Youth Hockey Association will be holding tryouts for its 2014-15 season as follows: Monday, evaluation 1 for squirts (birth years 2004-05) from 6:30-7:30 p.m., evaluation 1 for bantams (birth years 2000-01) from 7:30-8:30 p.m.; Tuesday, evaluation 1 for peewees (birth years 2002-03) from 6:30-7:30 p.m., evaluation 2 for bantams from 7:30-8:30 p.m.; March 5, evaluation 2 for squirts from 6:45-7:45 p.m.; March 6,, evaluation 2 for peewees from 6:45-7:45 p.m.; March 7, evaluation for mites (birth years 2006-08) from 6-7 p.m. All tryouts are at Lee Clement Arena at New England College. Check HYHA.com for more.

Indoor soccer skills clinics

Registration for an Indoor Soccer Skills Clinic, for both teams and individuals ages 6 to adult, are being accepted at FieldHouse Sports Indoor Sports Facility in Bow. The next six-week session begins March 10. All ages and abilities are welcome and class size is limited. Cost is $55 for ages 6-8 and $65 for ages 9 to adult. To register as a team or individual, or for more info, call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Dr. in Bow.

Little Strikers soccer clinics

Registration for the Little Strikers Indoor Soccer Clinic registrations, for ages 3-6, are being accepted at FieldHouse Sports Indoor Sports Facility in Bow. The next five-week session begins March 8. Cost (which includes a T-shirt) is $45 for Little Strikers (ages 5, 6) and $35 for Mini Strikers (ages 3, 4). To register, or for more info, call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Dr. in Bow.

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.

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.

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.

NH 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.

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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