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A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Bantam champions

The NH Jr. Monarchs Bantam Major Select hockey team (above) captured the Granite State Tier III championship last weekend at Laconia Ice Arena. The Monarchs entered the tournament as the fifth seed, and after losing their opening game to No. 2 NH East, they strung together three straight wins to capture the title. The victories came against Keene, 4-2; the top-seeded Concord Capitals,7-5, in the semifinals; and NH Jr. Monarchs Bantam Minor Selects, 7-1, in the championship. They will represent New Hampshire in the Northeast sectionals in Burlington, Vt., March 15-17. The NH Jr. Monarchs are Kevin Bolduc, Jack Canary, Jack Cavanaugh, Aidan Cremin, Jason Drebber, Matthew Hall, Connor Jackson, Michael Komisarek, Cameron Labrecque, Max Lamora, Josh Lariviere, Brandon Levesque, Peter Maccini, Miles Myrdek, Kevin O’Brien, Logan Pacheco, Joseph Sanclemente, Jacob Sylvester and Derrick Terrazanno. Coaching staff is Head Coach John Hall, assistants Dennis Cremin and Vinnie Terrazzano, and manager Martin Canary.

Youth hockey

The Framingham Flyers topped 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, while goalies Oliver Quinn and Nickolas Kazmouz both did well sharing time in net.

NEC news

New England College men’s ice hockey goaltender Shawn Sirman was named to the ECAC East Second Team All-Conference for his performance this past season. Sirman started 24 games for the Pilgrims and had a .903 save percentage.

Plymouth St. result

The Plymouth State University men’s hockey team downed Fitchburg State in the MASCAC tournament semifinal, 7-1. Kyle Greco led PSU (19-6-1) with two goals and two assists. Freshman Zach Fox added a goal and two assists. The Panthers will face the winner of the UMass-Dartmouth/Salem State game in the MASCAC final Saturday.

UNH news

Eleven members of the University of New Hampshire ski team were selected to compete in the 2013 National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Skiing Championships, which are being hosted by Middlebury College from March 6-9. The members are: Anya Caldwell Bean, Liz Guiney and Annika Taylor (women’s Nordic); Erik Lindgren and Per Lindgren (men’s Nordic); Taylor Vest-Burton, Sam Coffey and Coley Oliver (men’s Alpine); and Catherine Blanchard, Jenna Kantor and Randa Teschner (women’s Alpine).

∎ UNH gymnast Kayla Gray was named the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Gymnast of the Week. Gray, a sophomore, set career highs on vault, floor exercise and all-around, matched her personal-best uneven-bar score and registered a team-leading mark on balance beam to lead the Wildcats to third place at the recent West Virginia’s Wendy M. Roach Invitational Quad-Meet.

Hopkinton alum leads NYU

Junior Emily Cousens, of Hopkinton, won the 1-mile race at the University Athletic Association Indoor Championships, helping NYU finish in fifth place. She also anchored the distance medley relay team (third place) and took third in the 3,000-meter race.

Henniker youth hockey

The Henniker Youth Hockey Association will be holding tryouts for its 2013/14 season on the following dates: PeeWees Monday; Squirts Tuesday; Bantams March 6; Mites March 8. All tryouts are scheduled for 7:30-8:30 p.m. to be held at the Lee Clement Arena at New England College. Visit hyha.com.

Penacook Pride AAU tryouts

Penacook Pride AAU basketball will be holding tryouts March 6 at the Loudon Elementary School gym for the following teams: 4th-grade boys from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and 8th-grade boys from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Visit penacookpride.com.

ICB hoops tourney

An ICB basketball 3-on-3 double-elimination tournament will be March 9 (grades 3-12) and March 10 (adults) at the Loudon Elementary School gym. Signups need to be in by Saturday. Registration fee is $15 per player; teams must include four players only (one sub). Visit icbbasketball.com.

Bow Recreation

Bow Recreation is registering for the following sports programs: floor hockey (starts March 8 with classes for boys/girls ages 4 and up to eighth grade); tee ball (starts April 30 for boys/girls ages 3-6); and lacrosse (starts May 2 for boys/girls ages 4 and up to fourth grade). Stop in at Bow Recreation or call 228-2222.

Softball coaches clinic

The New England Diamond Gems will be running a coaches clinic for youth softball, junior varsity and high school coaches Saturday at the Bedford Sportsplex from 9-11 a.m. Coaches interested in attending should email Coach Rines at diamondgemsfastpitch@juno.com.

Flag football fundraiser

The Lakes Region Flag Football League will hold the Flag Football Breast Cancer Fundraiser March 17 on the Inter-Lakes High turf field from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The fundraiser will benefit Stacey Dickinson, of Meredith, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Players without experience are welcome; ages 4 and up can play. Adults who wish to play will be asked for a $10 donation, while kids will be asked to give $1. Individuals, or those who wish to form a team, are invited. Visit lrffl.com, lakesregionflagfootball on Facebook or #LRFFL on Twitter.

Field hockey coach needed

Concord High School has an opening for a JV field hockey 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.


ARCHERY IN MOTION will host an open archery program for ages 7 and older today 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 today, tomorrow 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 Fencing Club is offering introductory, intermediate and advanced fencing instruction in Foil, Epee’ and Sabre. Introductory Foil lessons meet Mondays, children (ages 7-14) from 5:45-7 p.m. and adults (14 and older) from 7:15-8:30 p.m. A wheelchair Foil program meets Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. 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.

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 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.


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 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 on Monday, squirts Tuesday, 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 Tuesday 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 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 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.

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.


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 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 today from 4-6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m.-noon, and Monday 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 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 ROCKETS will 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.

CHS ALUMNI SOCCER GAME with the Concord High School Boys’ soccer team will be Aug. 22 at 5 p.m. at Memorial Field. All past players are welcome. Contact Coach Scott Dunlop at scottdunlop28@yahoo.com.

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