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A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Middle school basketball

The Belmont Middle School boys’ “A” basketball team won the Winnisquam Middle School Tournament with a 31-19 victory over Laconia in the championship game. Belmont finished the season with an overall 22-1 record and two tournament championships. Pictured are (front row, l-r) Kaleb Hibbard, Matt Pluskis, Logan Wilder, Jonny LeClair, Christopher Marden, (back row, l-r) Cole Contigiani, Hunter Kenney, Trevor Hunt, Doug Price, Tyler Fleming, and Corey Derosier.

JV results

At the Odd Fellows Jr. Varsity Boys’ Invitational Tournament, Hopkinton defeated Conant, 56-54, in overtime to win the championship. In the semifinals, Hopkinton beat Kearsarge, 49-23. Jamison Crouch scored 12 points, while Cooper Cyr tallied 11 points, and Kyle LaPage and Nick Maserve each scored eight points. For Kearsarge, Zach Beltz scored six points, while Francis Carpenter led the defensive effort. In the championship game, Cyr and Maserve each scored 14 points, and Crouch tallied 12 points. Cyr was named tournament MVP, while Crouch was placed on the All-Tournament team. In the third place game, Kearsarge defeated Newport, 55-42. Zach Mattos led Kearsarge with 12 points, while Beltz and Bromwell each tallied eight points. Mattos was also named to the All-Tournament team, while Carpenter was given the sportsmanship award.

∎ The Coe-Brown JV boys’ basketball team defeated John Stark, 62-55. Adam Edin led the Bears with 11 points, and Isaac Nowland added 10 points.

∎ The Merrimack Valley boys’ JV basketball team defeated Lebanon, 59-31. Nate Mulleavey led the Bears with 18 points, while Cole Remilard had 15 points and Bruce Barton tallied 14 points. The Pride finished the season at 9-8

Youth basketball

The McAuliffe boys’ 5th- and 6th-grade basketball team finished the regular season with a win over Abbot-Downing Friday night. Ryan Merchant, Adrian Kennedy, Scott Franklin and Christian Waldron led the effort. The team takes a 6-1 record into the rec. department tournament next week, which earned it the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye.

∎ In the Henniker Recreation League, the 7th- and 8th-grade Division I boys’ team won the championship, followed by the 7th- and 8th-grade Division II boys’ team, which finished in fourth place. The 7th- and 8th-grade girls in Division II finished second, while the 7th and 8th-grade Division III girls came in fourth.

∎ In Merrimack Valley basketball action, Bow 3 defeated Bow 1, 38-31, to finish third in the tournament. The team’s offense has was led by Mac Kimball with 10 points, Ben Kimball with eight points, Matt Haddock (six rebounds) with six points and Chris Besho with five points. Caleb Mercier added a key basket in the third quarter.

Youth hockey

The Framingham Flyers defeated The Amoskeag Beverages Concord Capitals, 1-0. Alex Nangle and Olivia Branch played a strong game up front on the forward line. Coby Mercier and Brendan Pearl played great on defense. Outstanding goaltending was played by Oliver Quinn and Nickolas Kazmouz.

Alumni soccer game

The Concord High School Boys’ Soccer Alumni Game will be Aug. 22 at 5 p.m. at Memorial Field. All past players are welcome. Contact Coach Scott Dunlop at

Fencing lessons

Concord Fencing Club is offering introductory, intermediate, and advanced fencing instruction in Foil, Epee’ and Sabre. Introductory Foil lessons for children ages 7-14 and adults 14 up meet Mondays, children from 5:45-7 p.m. and adults from 7:15-8:30 p.m. A wheelchair Foil program meets Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. A new eight week session begins March 4 . Two or more fencers from the same family receive a discount. Visit our website at or call 224-3560.


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

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 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 or visit

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

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; “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

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 or 848-9533.

NHBUA’S BASEBALL UMPIRING class starts March 17 at Laconia High School. Sign up at or by contacting Tom Fischer at 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

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 for information and registration forms that can be mailed along with a check made out to John Bly.


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 or Tara Meader at, or visit 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 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 or contact Lisa Wiggin at 219-3179.

HENNIKER YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION will hold tryouts for its 2013-14 season as follows: peewees on Monday, 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

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 The first walk-in registration session will be held March 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Abbot-Downing School. Contact Alison Nyhan at

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

BISHOP BRADY HIGH School 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, 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 or Tara Meader at 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


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 tomorrow 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 from 4-6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m.-noon, 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 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 Monday 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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