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A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Tryouts/ registrations

Dragons ASA Softball organization is holding tryouts today and Saturday for the following teams at the following times: 16U, 9-11 a.m.; 14U, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; 12U, 1-3 p.m.; and 10U, 3-5 p.m. All tryouts will be held at Barnstead Elementary School, 91 Maple St., Center Barnstead. Email valleyasasoftball@gmail.com with questions.

Youngsville Granite Heat baseball team is looking for players to try out for the U13 and U14 AAU teams. Tryouts will be tomorrow-Tuesday at the Youngsville Baseball complex. The program will include winter workouts and the 2015 season. Those interested are welcome to play fall baseball for an additional fee. Call or email Coach Spencer at 674-3203 or sgalloway@goffstown.k12.nh.us, or visit youngsvilleaau.org.

Youngsville Athletic Association baseball is looking for youth (ages 9-12), middle school and high school baseball players for its fall ball season. Season consists of doubleheaders on Saturdays or Sundays starting Sept. 6 and running through Oct. 26. Signups are from 5-7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday at the Youngsville Park across from Lake Massabesic. Contact Coach Spencer at sgalloway@goffstown.k12.nh.us or 674-3203, or visit youngsvilleaau.org or youngsvillebaseball.org.

NH Northern Lights softball team will be holding tryouts for a 16U team Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the New England College softball field on Old Concord Road in Henniker. Contact Coach Shawn Atkins at skatkins@gsinet.net or 495-6170 with any questions.

NH Lady Cannons softball will hold tryouts on Saturday from 9-11 a.m. for the following age groups: 10U, 12U and 16U. Tryouts will be held at the Concord Sports Center. The Cannons offer a year round training program and are the only ASA club in the Concord area with their own training facility. Contact Russ Saucier at Russ.saucier@me.com or call 944-6445.

NH Grizzlies baseball team will be holding tryouts Saturday and Aug. 17 at Campbell High at the following times: 11-12-year-olds from 9-11 a.m., 13-14-year-olds from noon-2 p.m. and 15-16-year-olds from 3-5 p.m. Registration is 30 minutes before tryouts and the cost is $35. The NH Grizzlies is New Hampshire’s oldest premier, year-round baseball program. Four alumni have been drafted by MLB and more than 75 have played college ball, 96 percent with athletic scholarships. Contact teamnhbaseball@comcast.net or call 577-1772.

Nor’Easter Softball Club will be holding tryouts for the 2015 season for U12, U14, U16 and U18 teams. U12 (9-10 a.m.), U14 (10:30-11:30 a.m.), U16 (12:30-1:30 p.m.) and U18 (2-3 p.m.) tryouts will be Aug. 23 at the Belmont High School softball field. To pre-register, visitnoreastersoftball.org and send forms to fernb@metrocast.net or bring forms to the tryout. There is no tryout fee.

Concord Cannons travel baseball teams will hold tryouts for the 2015 season Aug. 23 at Concord Sports Center, 2 Whitney Road, in Concord. Cost per player is $30. The 10U, 11U and 12U tryouts will be held from 9-11:30 a.m., while the 13U, 14U, 15U and 16U-18U prospect teams try out from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. For information, call 224-1655 or visit concordsportscenter.com.

Rochester Slammers softball team will hold tryouts for the 2015 team at Roger Allen Park in Rochester. The schedule consists of six to eight tournaments. The cost to play typically runs between $250-350 per player. Email rochestergirlssoftball@gmail.com with the following information: age, division (that you are trying out for), player name, player’s date of birth and any additional questions. Visit rochestergsl.com and contact Chris Dias at 396-2515 and Chris Proulx at 828-4596.

Youth field hockey registration for girls in grades 3-6 living in the Merrimack Valley School District is being held at Penacook Community Center. Practices and games will be held Wednesdays from 6-7:15 p.m. and Sundays from 3-4:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 27 and ending Oct. 19. Practices will be held on the field hockey field behind Merrimack Valley Middle School. Girls will need shin guards, a mouth guard and a stick (some sticks will be available if one is needed). Cost is $35. Call Kim at 796-2773 with questions.

Quonquer the Quad team fitness challenge will be held Oct. 5 at NHTI. The event will include 20 stunts and 4+ miles on campus, designed by alumnus Eric Marsh of FIT to be completed by teams of four members, 12 years or older. The event will conclude with a kid’s challenge, directed by NHTI cross country Coach Tom Walton. All proceeds will benefit the Jen Kemp Scholarship fund for NHTI students. Registration can be done online at nhti.edu/quonquerthequad.

Coaches needed

Concord High School has openings for a JV boys’ basketball coach and freshman boys’ basketball coach. 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.

John Stark Regional High School has the following coaching openings for the 2014-15 school year: JV field hockey, varsity boys’ volleyball and girls’ JV lacrosse. Send a résumé, letter of interest and three 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.

Pittsfield Middle High School has the following anticipated coaching positions open for the 2014-2015 school year: girls’ middle school soccer, boys’ middle school soccer, boys’ middle school basketball, JV girls’ basketball, and varsity girls’ softball. Previous experience playing and or coaching is preferred but not required. All interested applicants should contact Jay Darrah, Director of Athletics at jaydarrah@pittsfieldnhschools.org. Please send a letter of interest, resume and references to: Pittsfield Middle High School, 23 Oneida St, Pittsfield, NH 03263.

Rundlett Middle School has openings for a field hockey coach, spirit coach and a boys’/girls’ cross country coach. 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.

Players needed

Concord Cannons Fall Baseball League will begin its ninth season in September. There will be three different leagues: 12U, middle school and high school. All teams are guaranteed 14 games and a weekly team practice at Concord Sports Center. Players will receive one game shirt and game hat, one batting cage punch card, good for 10 30-minute sessions at CSC ($150 value) and discounted private instruction lessons. Cost is $275 per player and $225 per player for Cannons travel players. To reserve your place on a team, call 224-1655 or visit concordsportscenter.com.

Tri-Town Ice Arena is accepting applications for its fall Learn to Play Hockey, Mite Development and House League programs for ages 4-15. Sign up early and save up to $100 if eligible. Go to tri-townicearena.com or contact Jeremy at 270-1024 or jeremyvega3@yahoo.com for more info.

Camp/Clinics/ Lessons

Granite State Racing Team/Concord’s Running Club is a club of runners of high school age and older of all abilities. The club meets at the northeast corner of the Memorial Field parking lot on South Fruit Street in Concord at 5 p.m. every Tuesday. The team conducts weekly track workouts led by Coach Amber Ferreira. Contact Jim Monahan at jmonahan11@comcast.net or at gsrtnh.com.

Concord Recreation is offering the following camps: quick start tennis classes Wednesdays, Aug. 27-Oct. 1, ages 8-10 playing from 4-5 p.m., ages 11-13 playing from 5-6 p.m.; beginner tennis for ages 14-17 Thursdays from Aug. 28-Oct. 2. Fall soccer registrations are open for children ages 4-6, grades 1-6 and high school, non-residents may sign up for Division I (ages 4-6 and grades 1-2) while Divisions II and III (grades 3-6) and high school are for Concord/Penacook residents only, deadline to register is Aug. 22 for Division I and high school and Friday for Divisons II and III. Visit concordparksandrec.com or call 225-8690.

Field hockey camp will be held at Hopkinton Middle School Aug. 18-22 from 3-6 p.m. Cost is $100. Contact Patty Connolly at pconnolly@hopkintonschools.org.

UNH gymnastics classes are offered on Wednesday afternoons at the UNH Field House Sept. 3-Dec. 10. Classes are open to boys and girls age 3 to 8th grade of all levels. Class times are 4:15-5:15 p.m. (Session A) and 5:15-6:15 p.m. (Session B). Each session costs $175 plus a $20 registration fee. Register online at unhwildcats.com/sports/gymnastics. For info, contact Melanie Newsky at 862-4148 or melanie.newsky@unh.edu or UNH gymnastics assistant coach Ali Carr at 862-3834 or alison.carr@unh.edu.

Northern Xpress AAU basketball will hold a clinic on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6-8 p.m., running through Aug. 22 at the Armand Dupont Middle School in Allenstown. Clinic is open to boys and girls grades 4-12. Cost is $25. Call Bill at 490-9980 or email northernxpress@yahoo.com.

Events

Girls’ basketball open gym for grades 4 and up will be held Sundays from 9-10:30 a.m. at Abbott-Downing School in Concord. The focus will be on learning and developing the fundamentals of all aspects of basketball and scrimmages. No cost. Contact Glenn Mathews at stick7847@yahoo.com or call 731-8565.

Canterbury Woods Ladies Invitational Golf Tournament is seeking players, sponsors and raffle prizes to benefit Child and Family Services Camp Spaulding. The tournament will be held Aug. 20 at Canterbury Woods Country Club. Shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m., using the two best balls of four format. Registration is $60 per golfer, which includes green fee, cart, lunch and prizes. Hole sponsorship is $100 per hole. For information, contact event coordinator Kate Messinger at 783-9921. Players can access the registration form at canterburywoodscc.com. Registration forms must be received no later than Tuesday.

ForMatt Foundation Golf Tournament is seeking players, sponsors and raffle prizes for a charity golf tournament in memory of 2004 Concord High School graduate Matthew Choiniere. The tournament will be held Friday at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester. Shotgun start is 8 a.m. using scramble format. Registration is $125, which includes green fee, cart and lunch. Hole sponsorship fee is $100 per hole. For information, contact Vint Choiniere at 707-4736 or vint@formattfoundation.org.

Concord High boys’ soccer alumni game is Aug. 21 at 5 p.m. at Rundlett Middle School. All previous players welcome to participate. Contact Coach Scott Dunlop at scottdunlop28@yahoo.com.

Boscawen Old Home Day Golf Classic will be held Aug. 21 at Den Brae Golf Course in Sanbornton. Registration at 8 a.m., popgun start at 9. Fee of $90 includes 18 holes of golf, cart, hole-in-one prize of $10,000, continental breakfast, chicken barbecue and raffle prizes. Registration and sponsorship forms are available at townofboscawen.org or by contacting Lyman Cousens at 796-6446.

Concord Family YMCA’s triathlon will be held at Clough State Park Sept. 7. The 17th annual event features both an adult division (half-mile swim, 14-mile bike ride, three-mile run) and a youth division (125-yard swim, two-mile bike ride, half-mile run). The course is a swim in Everett Lake followed by a bike ride on the roads of Dunbarton, Goffstown and Weare and a run through Clough State Park. The registration deadline is Sept. 4 at noon (no race-day registrations). Register online at concordymca.org/2014-tough-at-clough-triathlon/, and visit concordymca.org/try-a-tri-with-the-y/.

Friends Program golf tournament to support its Youth Mentoring Program Sept. 8 at the Concord Country Club. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Player fees are $115 per person or $460 per foursome. To register to play or become a sponsor contact Friends Development Director Mark Foynes at 228-7604 or mfoynes@friendsprogram.org. Players can also register online at friendsprogram.org/events.

Legends Golf Mini Golf Tournament will be held on Sept. 17 (rain date is Sept. 18) and is being put on by the Hooksett Chamber of Commerce. A nine-hole best ball format mini golf (two-person teams) tournament, a longest drive competition and a closest to the pin competition will be held. Cost is $5 for Chamber members and $10 for non-Chamber members to enter the mini golf tourney, while $10 buys five drives and $15 buys 10 drives in the other competitions. Events run from 5 p.m. until dusk.

Andover Lions Annual Golf Classic will be on Sept. 22 at the Country Club of New Hampshire. Individuals and foursomes are welcome to golf and help support the Lions Club. Entry fee is only $65 per person or $260 per foursome. Prizes will be awarded and there will be a putting contest and a hole in one contest. Food will be provided. Sponsors for carts and holes are also welcome. Contact Howard George at 735-5590 or Bill Leber at 735-5144.

Hope Classic Golf Tournament will be held Sept. 26 at 7 a.m. at Beaver Meadow Golf Course. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Concord. It’s $500 per foursome. Registration forms available at MakingStridesWalk.org/concordnh and beavermeadowgolfcourse.com. For sponsor information or to dedicate a pink hole flag to someone special, contact Rod Forey, Tournament Director, at rforey@comcast.net or 344-2221.

Special Olympics New Hampshire invites runners and bicyclists to participate in the inaugural Rail Trail Run & Ride event being held Sept. 27 at Proctor Academy. The event will be all-inclusive, featuring a variety of running and bicycling race events and a family fun festival. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to take part in the 5K and 10K running/walking events and 100K and 50K bicycling events. All of the races start and finish at Proctor Academy. Contact SONH special events manager Chelsea Gill at 624-1250 ext. 42 or by emailing chelseag@sonh.org.

GSBL Grand Slam Scramble golf tournament will be held Oct. 4 at Beaver Meadow Golf Course. Contact Troy Barber at mothman@fritter.com or 919-795-7639. Contact Rob Porter at porternh@comcast.net or 770-0438 with questions.

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