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A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Youth basketball

The Concord Boys & Girls Club 7th- and 8th-grade team 2 defeated St. Paul’s, 30-19, to capture the Division 1 championship for the Merrimack Basketball League. Gabby Evans led the team in scoring with 12 points. Jada Duvert scored six points and had four steals and eight rebounds. The entire team played extremely well all season to finish at 11-2. Members of the championship team (pictured, above left) are Haley Munroe, Jada Duvert, Catherine Reynolds, Gabby Evans, Caitlyn Kelley, Ashley Kelley, Madysen Audet, Hope Neveux, Brighid Weeden, Anna Lebrun and Stephanie Oberg.

∎ In the boys’ 7th- and 8th-grade Division II championship, Bow (pictured, above right) won, 36-29, completing an undefeated season. Scoring was led by Walter Chacon with 10 points, Nicky Poole with eight points and Digger Cohen with five. Sully Blair and Will Russo contributed four points each. Great all-around defense came from Jared Reynolds, Lucas Cohen, Alex King and Austin Daniels.

∎ The Concord Boys & Girls Club 5th- and 6th-grade girls split a pair of games this weekend in the 28th annual Bow Invitational. CBGC opened up with a thrilling win vs. Inter Lakes, 35-32. Ami Rivera led Concord with 16 points, 12 rebounds and eight steals. Concord was led defensively by Jade Bell (four points, 10 steals, nine rebounds), Helen Messah (three points, 14 rebounds, four steals), Hannah Fowler (two points, six rebounds) and Nicole LeBrun (four points, four steals). In the second game, CBGC lost to Goffstown. Shea Weeden, Ananya Nadeau, Paige Weatherbee and Marissa Payne all played well.

∎ The Concord Boys & Girls Club 7th- and 8th-grade girls’ team came from behind to defeat the Jaffrey/Rindge Cardinals, 38-35, in the Bow Invitational. Lily Rivera (12 points) tied the game with a 3-pointer and then made a foul shot before stealing the ball and putting it in to give Concord a 3-point lead with less than 30 seconds left. Riley Bennett (seven points), Olivia Hale (six) and Lyra Canabano (four) all played well.

∎ Bow 2 defeated Hopkinton, 49-32, in Merrimack Basketball League high school action. High scorers from Bow 2 were Brendon Jaworski and Ian Stewart. Outstanding defensive contributions came from Mike McCarthy and Frank DeMaria.

∎ In Concord Parks & Rec 7th- and 8th-grade boys’ basketball, the Orange Team edged the White Knights, 24-22. Robert O’Connor led the scoring for the Orange Team with nine points while hitting a 3-point shot from midcourt just before the halftime horn. Jeremy Artenstein scored seven points while Joeb Daniels added six. Good all-around team defense and strong rebounding also helped lead the Orange to victory. Willy Coles scored seven of his nine points for the White Knights in the fourth quarter, sparking a ferocious comeback that fell just short. Freddy Seekamp and Jasper Anderson both played well on defense and added several assists.

∎ In Concord Parks & Rec 7th- and 8th-grade boys’ basketball, the White Knights defeated the Red Team, 36-10. David Tumaini was the leading scorer for the winners with 10 points, followed by Brendan Sheehan and Will Coles with six apiece. Austin Jewell did well on the defensive end. For the Red Team, Joey Viola handled the ball well at point guard and Jake Reale put in a great effort on defense.

∎ The Concord Boys & Girls Club 5th- and 6th-grade boys finished the regular season with a win over Merrimack and improved to 13-3, earning the second seed in the Manchester Suburban League playoffs. CBGC was led by Angelo Gray (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Jamie Huffman (12 points, eight steals). Contributing to the win was Alex Cook (10 points, five rebounds), Dylan Daigneault (nine points, nine rebounds) and Jared Sylvester (seven points). Mick Leahy (six points, five rebounds) and Max Van Fleet (four points, eight rebounds) also played well for Concord.

Youth hockey

The Schaefer Mortgage Concord Capitals peewee 2 team completed a 3-0 weekend. Jackson Hinkell played a strong weekend in goal, netting two shutouts. In Friday’s game, the Caps beat the Nashua PeeWee 3 team, 3-2. Jake Nelson, Anders Norton and Anthony Velez provided the scoring with assists from Devin Philbrick, Nelson and Kambal Vaidya. Hinkell made a number of great saves to preserve the win. On Saturday, the Caps beat the Renegades, 6-0. A strong defensive effort by Elija Czysz and Evan Makris on the backcheck kept the goal 0-0 through two when the offensive floodgates opened. Velez (two goals), Kyle McKinnon, Vaidya (two goals) and Czysz scored for the Caps. Carter Gaglia (two assists), Czysz, Nelson, McKinnon and Philbrick assisted. On Sunday, the Caps beat the Marlboro Tri-Valley Indians, 4-0. The score was tied 0-0 through two periods, based on strong defensive play by Noah Dumont, Max Hinkell and strong backchecking by Gaglia and McKinnon. Scoring for the Caps was Makris (two goals), Hinkell and Philbrick.

∎ The Angelina’s Restaurant Concord Capitals Squirt 2 team fell short in their Granite League State Tournament losing to the NH Avalanche, 5-1, and the Northern Cyclones, 4-1. The Capitals bounced back in their Valley League matchup to beat the Methuen Squirt 1 team, 4-2. Leading the charge for the Capitals in the VHL matchup was Alex Pfierer with a hat trick and an assist while Cam McGonigle also chipped in with a goal and assist. The defensive core for the Capitals was led by Alex Reynolds in goal with defensive support from Ian Dennison, Nate Carter, Cooper Leppard and Eaton Tarbell.

JV result

The Winnisquam JV boys’ basketball team beat Inter-Lakes, 55-50, to capture the North Country Lakes Region JV tournament. Michael Buxton led the Bears with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Marshall Bourdeau added 10 points and six rebounds, and Torrey Martinez scored nine points. Winnisquam finished the season at 19-2.

Ski jumping

Luke Daniels and Matt Doyle earned positions on the Eastern Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined team. This year’s Junior National Competition will be held Wednesday-Saturday in Minneapolis. The athletes will compete both individually and as a team on the K68-meter ski jump as well as a cross-country individual and team sprint. Both athletes train at the Andover Outing Club.

St. Paul’s result

The St. Paul’s School girls’ varsity hockey team earned the fourth seed for the New England Division I tournament with a 4-0 win over Lawrence Academy. Shayna Tomlinson scored twice while Miriam Eickoff and Brooke Avery had one goal each. Caitrin Lonergan contributed with three assists and Avery added one. Kerri St. Denis was spectacular in goal, earning her second consecutive shutout.

Tilton School result

The Tilton School boys’ varsity B hockey team defeated Governor’s Academy in its season finale, 5-3. Ryan Bishop (two goals, assist), Michael Notice (goal, two assists), Will Vogel (goal, assist) and Ian Kulac (goal) led Tilton. Jason Magliano played well in goal.

UNH result

Kayla Gray scored career-highs on the vault, floor exercise and all-around, matched her personal best uneven bar score (fifth) and registered the highest Wildcat beam (third) score, to lead the UNH gymnastics team to third place in a quad meet at West Virginia against some of the toughest competition in the country.

Camps/clinics/lessons

ARCHERY IN MOTION will host an open archery program for ages seven-and-up today, 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.

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. Cost is $275 for full members and $325 for program members. The course will be held at the Concord Family YMCA. Classes are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5-10 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

AMERICAN RED CROSS Lifeguarding and Waterfront program is being offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 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 cost $40 per month. Visit nhswimschool.com or call Karen Jenovese at 724-7484.

Plymouth State softball clinic will be held Saturday 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, Sunday 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 tomorrow 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.

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

Concord National Youth Softball will hold open registration sessions Saturday 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.

NEW ENGLAND DIAMOND GEMS are hosting 14U fastpitch softball tryouts on Saturdays – this coming Saturday, 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.

Football and cheerleading signups for Pembroke Junior Spartans are under way with registration ongoing. There will be a registration session Sunday 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.

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.

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.

Suncook Little League season signups will be held March 7 from 6-8 p.m. and March 10 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. both at the Pembroke Library. Ballplayers should bring a copy of their birth certificate. Check the league website for information at suncooklittleleague.com.

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.

RUNDLETT MIDDLE SCHOOL spring track signups will be held March 19 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the school.

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.

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

EVERETT ARENA is open for public skating during school vacation week through Saturday 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 today, 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 tomorrow 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: Sunday, 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 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.

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