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A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Youth basketball

The Bow 2 3rd- and 4th-grade girls’ basketball team (above) finished its season-ending jamboree undefeated with a dramatic victory over Weare. Rachel Budd broke a tie and scored the winning basket as the buzzer sounded. The hard-working Bow team spread the scoring, with Mikayla Wray, Emma Haddock and Katie Nagy leading the way.

∎ The Concord Boys & Girls Club 7th- and 8th-grade girls’ travel basketball team defeated Londonderry, 45-23. Jasmine Bell (17 points) led Concord with some aggressive play on the boards and Lily Rivera (10 points) did a great job on both ends of the court. Lyra Canabano and Emily Tremblay chipped in with six points each, while Courtney Jacques, Rebekah Johnson, Kathleen Duhaime and Olivia Hale played well defensively.

∎ The Concord Boys & Girls Club 5th- and 6th-grade boys’ team split a pair of games with Litchfield, losing first game, 40-34, then coming back to win the second, 31-30. Concord was led by Dylan Daigneault in both games, scoring 22 points and pulling down 19 rebounds, and Jared Sylvester with 20 points. John Walter Elsnau combined for 11 points and seven steals, while Jamie Huffman chipped in with seven points and eight steals. Graham Weisberg scored the game-winning point with a clutch free throw in the second game.

∎ The Bow 2 boys’ 7th- and 8th-grade rec team won its semifinal, 48-42, with Jared Reynolds and Nicky Poole each scoring 11 points. Alex King (eight points) and Walter Chacon (six points) also contributed, while Will Russo and Lucas Cohen played solid defense and scored four points each.

∎ In Merrimack Basketball League 7th- and 8th-grade boys’ Division 1 semifinals play, St. Johns defeated Bow 3, 39-30. Bow was led by Brian Bushnell with seven points, including a 3-pointer, to go along with nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Hugh Gunnison contributed six points and four boards, while Cole Johnson scored four points, including a late 3-pointer to help in Bow’s attempted comeback, and added three steals. Caleb Mercier hustled on both ends of the floor and scored a key bucket late, and Justin Porath helped anchor the defense with four rebounds and a block.

JV results

The Pembroke JV girls’ basketball team defeated Manchester West, 47-28. The Spartans were led by their five juniors: Lindsay Young, Kayla Wirtz, Sam Joy, Stef Tumasz and Rebecca Jones.

∎ The Hopkinton JV boys’ basketball team finished its regular season at 17-1 after a win over Franklin, 66-34. Kyle Lapage led the Hawks with 14 points, while Cooper Cyr (12 points) and Jamison Crouch (12) also scored in double figures. Dave Nelson (seven boards) and Sam Chase (six boards) controlled the glass for Hopkinton, and the Hawks saw most of their players score points thanks to 23 total assists. Jake Geddis hit four 3-pointers for Franklin.

∎ The Coe-Brown JV boys’ basketball team had a convincing win over Kingswood, 69-29. Spencer Nowland was the top scorer with 15 points. Isaac Nowland and Griffen Neal each had 10 points.

Youth hockey

The Henniker Huskies Squirt 2 team defeated the Lakes Region Lakers, 5-2, to earn a berth in the state tournament. The Huskies offense was led by Austin Lunt (two goals), Camden Hilton (two goals) and Cooper Rivers (goal). Evelynn Irizarry, Paige Hoegler and Ethan Molnar added assists. The defense was strong, with Dylan Clarke and Garren Pho leading the way. Preston Briggs played well in goal.

St. Paul’s result

St. Paul’s School girls’ varsity hockey team (21-1-1) blanked Holderness, 3-0. Shayna Tomlinson opened the scoring, with assists going to Caitrin Lonergan and Rui Osaka. Brooke Avery tallied the other two goals with helpers from Lonergan (two), Tomlinson and Em Bresnahan. Goalie Kerri St. Denis recorded the shutout for the Big Red.

Proctor result

The Proctor Academy boys’ basketball fell to Vermont Academy on the road, 69-60. Ed Ogundeko (26 points), CJ Iozza (11 points) and Kyrel Jaundoo (nine points) led Proctor in scoring.

UNH results

The UNH men’s and women’s Alpine ski teams are fourth and fifth, respectively, after the first day of competition at the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association championships at Bates College. Taylor Vest-Burton and Sam Coffey finished fourth and fifth in the giant slalom to lead the men. Jenna Kantor (sixth place) was the top Wildcat finisher in the women’s giant slalom. Liz Guiney was sixth in the women’s Nordic 5K classic race and Erik Lindgren finished 12th for the men. The Wildcats are fourth in women’s Nordic and the men are in fifth.

Plymouth State results

The Plymouth State University men’s Alpine ski team placed seventh in the giant slalom at the Bates College Carnival, while the women’s team took 13th. Chris Beadon placed 20th out of 85 skiers to lead the men, while Eliza Whatley was 47th of 80 to lead the women.

Colby-Sawyer result

The CSC women’s basketball team advanced to its second straight North Atlantic Conference title game with a 62-52 win over New England College. Cailin Bullett led the Chargers with 20 points. Taylor DeSanty had 10 points.

Rundlett sports signups

Rundlett Middle School spring track signups will be held March 19 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the school.

Softball tryouts

The New England Diamond Gems are hosting 14U fastpitch softball tryouts on Saturdays – today, March 2, March 9 and March 16 – from noon-3 p.m. at the NH Sports Plex, 68 Technology Drive in Bedford. Email Coach Rines at diamondgemsfastpitch@juno.com for more information.

Archery program

Archery In Motion will host an open archery program for ages 7-107 Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Racquet Club of Concord. Cost for each session is $25. Call 219-0294 or email aim_llc@comcast.com to register.

Coaches needed

Concord High School has an opening for a girls’ freshman soccer 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.

COE-BROWN NORTHWOOD ACADEMY is seeking a girls’ lacrosse, boys’ lacrosse and JV boys’ soccer coach for the 2013-14 school year. Send a letter of interest, résumé and three references to: Matthew Skidds, Athletic Director, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, 907 First NH Turnpike, Northwood, NH 03261 or at mskidds@coebrown.org. Contact 942-5531 for more information.

John Stark Regional High School has the following coaching openings: JV boys’ lacrosse (for the 2012-13 school year) and varsity wrestling (for the 2013-14 year). Send a 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 to mark.searles@sau24.org.

BISHOP BRADY HIGHSchool is looking for a varsity track and field head coach for the 2012-13 school year. 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.

Concord National Youth Softball is looking for coaches to manage teams at the following levels: AA/tee ball (ages 5-8), AAA (ages 9-12), majors (ages 9-12) and senior (ages 13-16). Contact Glenn Mathews at stick7847@yahoo.com or Tara Meader at CNYS2013@gmail.com if interested. There will be two free coaches’ clinics, held at Martin Field, March 30 and April 7 from 9 a.m.-noon for those interested in learning how to coach youth softball.

THE CAPITAL CITY VIPERS (Pop Warner) are looking for experienced cheer coaches for its upcoming season (begining in August) at Tiny Mite (ages 5-7), Junior Midget (ages 10-13) and Midget (ages 11-15) levels. Contact Chanda Dinger, cheer coordinator, at 753-6236 or 6dings@comcast.net.

Events

Open softball workouts will be held at Concord Sports Center today from 9-10 a.m. All ages welcome, with $10 cost. Contact Russ Saucier at russ.saucier@ymail.com or call 944-6445.

4-hour Cycle A Thon will be held today at the Concord Family YMCA at 8 a.m.Led by instructors, cyclists will spin from 8 a.m.-noon. Participants can enter as solo riders or as part of a team, and sign up for one to four hours. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. YMCA membership is not required. Cost for solo riders is $80 for the full four hours, or $25 per hour for individuals or teams. Call 228-9622 or stop by the YMCA’s Welcome Center at 15 North State St. Visit concordymca.org.

Learn to skate and Open Skate Program will be held at the Lindsay Arena at the New Hampton School tomorrow from 2-4 p.m. This event is free.

EVERETT ARENA is open for public skating during school vacation week, tomorrow 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Monday-March 2 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission is $5, and new skate rentals are available in the Pro Shop for $5. Adult Stick Practice is Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10-11:20 a.m. Admission is $8; helmet and gloves are required. Call the Everett Arena at 228-2784.

Softball hitting and workouts for high school players will be held at the Concord Sport Center Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesday from 4-6 p.m., and March 4 and March 11 from 8-9:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per player per session. Contact the CSC at 224-1655.

CHS softball workouts for all Concord High students interested in playing softball will be held in the mini gym once a week until tryouts. Workouts will be conducted by the coaching staff, and players will be able to hit, field, throw and pitch. The schedule is as follows: March 3, 9-11 a.m.; March 10, 6-7:30 p.m.; March 17, 9-10:30 a.m. Email Duke Sawyer at sawduke2@comcast.net with any questions.

FREE IMPACT CONCUSSION testing is available for all Hillsboro-Deering 8th-graders. HDHS has received a grant from Concord Hospital Rehab Services for the testing, which will be March 4 at HDHS starting at 2:30 p.m. Eighth-graders who currently play a sport or plan on playing sports at HDHS are welcome to turn in the ImPACT questionnaire and authorization sheet before the end of February in order to sign up. All paperwork can be picked up and turned in at the HDHS Welcome Center.

HARLEM ROCKETSwill play at John Stark on March 8 at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium. The Harlem Rockets, a group of basketball entertainers who combine incredible showtime basketball skills and family-friendly comedy, will face the General All-Stars in a game benefiting the John Stark volleyball program.

Camps/clinics/lessons

Plymouth State softball clinic will be held today and March 2 for players of all ages with two sessions per day. Ages U14 and younger will be from 9:30-11:30 a.m., while U15 and older will be from noon-2 p.m. Cost is $20 per session and team discounts will be accepted. Email Coach Bruce Addison at beaddison@plymouth.edu or visit athletics.plymouth.edu/sports/sball/index.

NEC SOFTBALL will host a preseason clinic, open to all youth players ages 14-18, today and March 3 from 2-4:30 p.m. at the NEC Field House. The first session will focus on hitting, and the second session will be geared towards fielding. Cost is $70 for the two weeks or $35 for one week, with payment in the form of checks made out to NEC head softball Coach Ben Master at 98 Bridge Street, Henniker, NH 03242. Contact Coach Master at cmaster@nec.edu.

Concord Recreation is offering the following programs for the spring season: Spring basketball league (for ages 4 through 2nd grade) at the Green Street Community Center from March 9-April 13 (sign up by Tuesday to avoid $10 late fee); “Sporties For Shorties” (ages 4-6), an introductory class to several sports, at the New Heights Community Center, 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays from March 5-April 9. Concord Recreation’s 2013 spring brochure has been delivered to area elementary schools; it can also be viewed at onconcord.com/recreation.

YOUTH BASEBALL CLINIC series will be conducted by the Merrimack Valley baseball program March 11-15 at Merrimack Valley Middle School. Session 1 (March 11, 13 and 15 from 6-7:30 p.m.) will focus on the fundamentals of fielding, hitting and baserunning (cost is $35). Session 2 (March 12 and 14 from 6-7:15 p.m.) will be for pitchers and catchers (cost is $20). Players in grades 3-6 may sign up for both sessions for $50. Space is limited. Contact Head Coach Sean Wheeler at swheeler721@aol.com or 848-9533.

NHBUA’S BASEBALL UMPIRING class starts March 17 at Laconia High School. Sign up at nhbua.org or by contacting Tom Fischer at tfis281015@aol.com. The class runs for six Sundays from 1-5 p.m., with a field test Memorial Day weekend.

Baseball clinic, Pembroke Academy’s 3rd annual, will be held March 24 at Pembroke Academy from 9 a.m.-noon for 8-12-year-olds. The clinic will be run by players and coaches of PA. Fundamentals of throwing, fielding and hitting will be covered. Cost is $30. For information or to pre-register, contact Coach Joshua Coughlin at jcoughlin@sau53.org.

THE YMCA LIFEGUARD COURSE is a national certification which includes the following components: CPR/AED for professional rescuer, basic first aid, oxygen administration, Lifeguard classroom pool and water skills, and eLearning. The cost is $275 for full members and $325 for program members. The course will be held at the Concord Family YMCA. A Lifeguard pre-class test will be held today from 9:30-10:30 a.m., with classes on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5-10 p.m., and March 2 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

AMERICAN RED CROSS Lifeguarding and Waterfront program is being offered Friday, March 2 and 3 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. To register or for more information, contact Karen Jenovese at 724-7484 or email karen@swimnh.com.

YEAR-ROUND SWIM LESSONS for children six months and older are being offered through the NH Swim School. Class sizes are no larger than four students and the cost is $40 per month. Visit nhswimschool.com or call Karen Jenovese at 724-7484.

SUMMER BASEBALL camp to benefit CHAD (Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth) and the Red Sox Foundation will be held July 1-5 (no camp on July 4) from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Pembroke Academy. Cost is $80 for the week, which includes two tickets to the NH Fisher Cats game against Binghamton. Camp is open to both boys and girls ages 6-14. Visit ihbbaseball.org for information and registration forms that can be mailed along with a check made out to John Bly.

Tryouts/registrations

Football and cheerleading signups for Pembroke Junior Spartans are under way with registration ongoing. There will be a registration session March 3 at the Pembroke Town Library from 10 a.m.-noon. For information or to print a registration form, go to pfof.org or contact Lisa Wiggin at 219-3179.

ANDOVER SOFTBALL program, for girls ages 4-14, is holding signups at the Andover Elementary/Middle School lobby today from 9-11:30 a.m. Salisbury, Webster, Danbury, Wilmot and Franklin residents are welcome to sign up. Registration is $25, with spots open on the U6, U8, U10, U12 and U14 squads. Contact Melissa Thompson at 455-4622.

CONCORD NORTHEAST BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL League’s registration deadline is March 10 . Baseball registrations, including for 12U-70-foot field, are open to anyone in the city of Concord south of Penacook. Softball registration is limited to players from Concord east of the Merrimack River and South of Penacook. Information and registration documents can be found at concordnortheast.com.

Concord National Youth Softball will hold open registration sessions today and March 2 at Abbot-Downing Elementary School from 9 a.m.-noon. All girls ages 5-16 interested in playing Babe Ruth softball/tee ball are eligible. Contact Glenn Mathews at stick7847@yahoo.com or Tara Meader at CNYS2013@gmail.com, or visit concordsoftball.org to register online.

Bow youth baseball/softball is holding online registration at bowyouthbaseball.com. Registration is open until today.

CONCORD NATIONAL LITTLE LEAGUE is accepting registrations for the spring season for children ages 5-12 living south of Pleasant Street. CNLL offers tee ball, pony, minors, majors and challenger divisions. Mail-in registration materials can be found at concordnationals.org. The first walk-in registration session will be held March 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Abbot-Downing School. Contact Alison Nyhan at awnyhan@gmail.com.

Concord High School spring sports signups will be March 6 at 3 p.m. as follows: Softball in mini gym; girls’ lacrosse in student center; girls’ track in girls’ locker room; baseball in boys’ locker room; boys’ lacrosse in media center; boys’ tennis in Room 2039; boys’ spring track in Room 3090. Girls’ tennis will be March 12 at 3 p.m. in Room 2038.

HILLSBORO-DEERING HIGH will have sign-ups for baseball, softball and track and field March 7 at 2:10 p.m. Softball will meet in the gym, baseball will meet in the cafeteria, and track and field will meet in Room 222. All spring sports tryouts and practices begin on the following dates: Softball March 18 from 2:30-5 at the HDHS gym, baseball March 18 from 5:30-8 at the HDHS gym, and track and field March 18 from 2:30-5 at the HDHS cafeteria. All athletes must either have a physical already on file with the school nurse or must have a current physical for 2012-2013 ready to turn into their coach. Any athlete who does not turn in a physical or have one on file will not be allowed to participate until doing so.

HENNIKER YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION will hold tryouts for its 2013-14 season as follows: peewees March 4, squirts March 5, bantams March 6 and mites March 8. All tryouts are scheduled for 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Lee Clement Arena at New England College. Visit the HYHA web site at HYHA.com.

Players needed

NEW HAMPSHIRE COMETS U16 softball team is looking for one player to complete its roster for the 2013 season. Contact Rick Ladd at rladd026@comcast.net or 715-2857.

TEAM NH BASEBALL/NH GRIZZLIES is looking for some qualified baseball players at the U14 and U15 levels to attend games/tournaments during the summer season. The program does not conflict with school or rec teams and is open to players looking for extra baseball. Contact Mike Jackson at Grizzmgr@comcast.net.

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