A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements
High school tennis
The Pembroke Academy girls’ tennis team defeated Milford on Friday, 8-1, in the Spartans’ first match of the season. Isabella Bauer and Kelsey Harper won their singles matches by scores of 8-6 and 8-0 before teaming up to win their doubles match in a tiebreaker, 9-8. Gabby Bonanno and Allyson Daniels also won their singles matches (by scores of 8-5 and 8-2) and their doubles match, 8-1. No. 1 singles player Melina Katikaridis won her match 8-2 and later teamed with Steph Tumasz for an 8-4 victory at No. 1 doubles.
The Shaefer Mortgage Concord Capitals PeeWee 2 team entered the Valley Hockey League playoffs as the No. 1 ranked team and defeated its quarterfinal and semifinal opponents. The Caps had a strong offensive showing against Tri-Valley in the quarterfinals, winning 8-0 behind four goals by Kambal Vaidya. In the semifinals, the Caps fell behind 2-0 in the first period against a strong Nashoba Valley team. In the third, Jake Nelson deflected Max Hinkell’s shot from the point for a goal and also scored the tying goal, with assists from Anders Norton and Evan Makris. Hinkell later scored the game-winner. Jackson Hinkell played strong in net in the final two minutes to preserve the win.
Tilton School results
The Tilton School boys’ JV tennis team fell to Proctor Academy, 6-3. Naiyi Hu (No. 2, 8-6), Henry Park (No. 4, 8-4) and Mikael Pluhar (No. 5, 8-4) won their singles matches for the Rams.
∎ The Tilton varsity softball team defeated Kent’s Hill, 16-5. Jordan Bluhn (four hits, five RBI), Olivia Harding (three hits, four RBI), Sophia Blanchard (three hits, two RBI), GB Manganiello (two hits, two RBI) and Audra Spaulding (two hits, three RBI) led the Tilton offense. Bluhn earned the win in the circle with Megan Sargent pitching two no-hit innings in relief.
∎ Tilton School’s varsity baseball team improved to 2-0 with an 11-1 win over Gould Academy. Isaiah Habib gave up one hit and struck out four batters over three innings to pick up the win. Blaise Healy paced the Rams offense with three hits and also pitched a scoreless inning.
The UNH women’s lacrosse team (4-7, 1-2 America East) erased a four-goal second-half deficit to defeat Binghamton (2-8, 1-2 AE), 13-12. Laura McHoul had a team-high nine points (two goals, seven assists) and Jenny Simpson (three goals) scored her 100th career goal in the victory. Amber Casiano scored four goals and Nicole Grote tallied two.
Plymouth State results
The Plymouth State University women’s lacrosse team (5-2) used a balanced attack to defeat UMass-Dartmouth, 18-4, in the Little East Conference opener. Caitlin Swanson led the Panthers with five goals. Amy MacDonald, Shannon Connerty and Meghan Grabowski each scored three goals. MacDonald also had a team-high three assists and Connerty added one. Meghan McNabb scored two goals and dished out two assists.
∎ The PSU men’s lacrosse team defeated Salem State in a conference game, 13-8. This is the third straight win for the Panthers (5-1), who remain undefeated in Little East play (2-0). Chris Annunciata scored a team-high three goals and Zach Frank added two goals and three assists. Mike Ventura and Nick Morello added two goals apiece. Jesse Kutz made nine saves in net.
∎ The PSU softball suffered its first Little East Conference losses of the year after losing a doubleheader to Rhode Island College. The Panthers dropped the opener, 4-3, in eight innings. Jenn Bove hit a two-run single to give the Panthers a lead before the game went to extra innings. RIC used a five-run third inning and a four-run fourth to defeat PSU, 11-3, in five innings. Bove knocked home a run for the Panthers.
∎ The PSU baseball team (12-8, 3-1 Little East) picked up a pair of conference wins, sweeping a doubleheader against Western Connecticut State, 4-2 and 6-3. Pitcher Rew Wilson posted a save in the first game and earned a win in the second. Wilson allowed just one hit and struck out 11 in eight innings of work between the two games. Dave Hall hit a game-winning RBI single in the first game and Brandon Cox had three hits and three RBI in the nightcap. Cox made five hits and drove in five runs.
The New England College women’s lacrosse team fell to Norwich, 15-7. Sarah Merrill led the Pilgrims with two goals. Eleni Hatsis and Meredith Merce both added a goal and assist.
∎ The NEC softball team defeated visiting UMaine-Farmington, 8-7 and 4-1, in a doubleheader to improve to 3-11 overall, 3-1 in North Atlantic Conference play. Olivia Stanley pitched the entire opening game to earn the win, allowing only one earned run and striking out two. Kiley Williams went 3-for-3 and scored three runs and Brittany Distante went 3-for-4 to lead the Pilgrims. Alyssa Krause of Northfield scored a run in the first inning. In the second game, Elizabeth Harrigan allowed five hits and struck out 11 to earn the victory.
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.
Franklin Men’s Softball League is looking for additional teams to join the league. The nine-man modified pitch league season starts in late May. Contact Marc Duncan at 508-509-0812.
FRANKLIN WOMEN’S SOFTBALL LEAGUE is looking for teams interested in joining a modified-pitch softball league. Games take place on Monday and Tuesday nights at Odell Park in Franklin. Contact Angela Carey at 998-9966 or via email at email@example.com.
LOUDON FREEDOM SOCCER Club is looking for U12 and U14 girls to play during the upcoming spring season, which starts in mid-April. Contact Andrew Palhof at firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch with a specific coach. LFSC competes in the Granite State Soccer League. Cost for the spring session is $125, not including uniform cost.
NH LIGHTNING SOFTBALL Club is seeking one more player for its 14U-Black team. The team will play in seven ASA-sanctioned tournaments throughout northern New England, concluding in late July. Call 344-7201 or email email@example.com to arrange a workout. Visit nhlightning.org.
The Central Force girls’ AAU basketball program has openings on its 7th-, 8th-, and 10th-grade teams. Call Mark at 340-1281.
GRANITE STATE BASEBALL League (GSBL) is currently looking for players to compete in the 2013 season. Teams play 18 regular season games on Sundays starting in April, playoffs begin in August and the league hosts an annual All-Star Game. There are currently 22 teams that compete in +21, +28, +38 divisions. Visit gsbl.net or email GSBLbaseball@yahoo.com.
The NH Northern Lights U14 girls’ softball team is looking for more positional players and pitchers for upcoming season. The team plays ASA and other tournaments. Practices are held in Hillsboro. Contact Shawn Atkins at 495-6170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sunset League is the nation’s oldest after-supper baseball league, and it is seeking players for this summer season, which will begin the first week of June. Call Steve DeStefano at 496-3674 or 224-3377 (ext. 16).
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 email@example.com.
John Stark Regional High School has coaching openings for 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com, 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 8-12), majors (ages 9-12) and senior (ages 13-16). No experience necessary. Contact Glenn Mathews at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tara Meader at CNYS2013@gmail.com. CNYS will host a free coaches clinic, held at Martin Park, today from 9 a.m.-noon for those interested in learning how to coach youth softball. Visit concordsoftball.org.
CAPITAL CITY VIPERS (Pop Warner) are looking for experienced cheer coaches for its upcoming season (beginning in August) at Tiny Mite (ages 5-7), Junior Midget (ages 10-13) and Midget (ages 13-15) levels. Contact Chandra Dinger, cheer coordinator, at 753-6236 or email@example.com.
The Sunset League is the nation’s oldest after-supper baseball league, and it is seeking coaches, players, and sponsors for this summer season, which will begin the first week of June . Call Steve DeStefano at 496-3674 or 224-3377 (ext. 16).
WHIFFLEBALL tournament will be held at NHTI on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Sign up with Coach Lloyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TINKER’S EIGHTH ANNUAL Gold Ball Golf Tournament will take place on June 22. The tournament benefits the McDonough Foundation. Call Tinker at 219-0675 or email Tinker at Tinker99@comcast.net.
SUMMER HIGH SCHOOL Tournament for boys’ and girls’ basketball teams are being held at NHTI. The boys’ tournament will be June 29 (contact Coach Paul Hogan at email@example.com). The girls’ tournament will be held July 13 (contact Coach Kevin Gibbs at firstname.lastname@example.org).
COE-BROWN NORTHWOOD ACADEMY is accepting nominations for its 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction. Applications can be obtained through the main office or at coebrown.org on the “Athletics” page. All applications must be received in the Academy office no later than July 1. Contact Athletic Director Matthew Skidds with any questions at 942-5531 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concord YMCA is offering the following programs: Soccer (Futsal) for ages 3-14, basketball for ages 7-16, strength and sports conditioning for ages 13-18, Kempo Karate and Hapkido for ages 7 and up, and Couch to 5K for ages 18 up. Visit concordymca.org or contact Concord Family YMCA at 228-9622 or email@example.com.
AMERICAN RED CROSS lifeguarding program will be held at Colby-Sawyer College on Wednesday nights through April 17 from 4-9 p.m. Visit swimnh.com to register, or call 724-7484 for more information.
TRI-TOWN ICE ARENA is offering a spring session of “Learn to Play Hockey” beginning April 22. The program is open to ages 4-10, and the cost is $99. The arena will also be offering a Spring Drills and Skills program for mite- and squirt-aged players starting April 22. Call 485-1100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concord Recreation is offering the following programs for the spring season: 5K YES I CAN! program (ages 18+) meets twice a week through June 6 (Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.); Tot Tennis (ages 3-5), Wednesdays May 8-June 12 from 10-10:45 a.m. at Keach Park courts; adult beginner tennis lessons (ages 16+) Thursdays May 9-June 13 from 7-8 p.m. at the Merrill Park courts; adult tennis league (ages 16+), Tuesdays from May 7-June 11 from 7-8 p.m. at Merrill Park; youth tennis lessons (ages 8-15, check website for times and dates); youth tennis league (ages 16+), Thursdays from May 9-June 13 from 6-7 p.m. at Merrill Park; April vacation preschool soccer camp (ages 4-6), April 22-26 from 1-2 p.m. at Keach Park; April vacation soccer camp (grades 1-6), April 22-26 from 8:30 a.m.-noon; April vacation golf camp (ages 7-12), April 23-26 from noon-5 p.m. at Beaver Meadow Golf Course; soccer fundamentals (ages 4-6), May 4-June 15 at Keach Park; Coed Division I youth spring soccer (grades 1 and 2), Saturdays from May 4-June 12 from noon-1 p.m. at Keach Park; youth golf lessons (ages 7-13), Fridays from May 10-31 at Beaver Meadow Golf Course from 4-5 p.m.; warm-up golf clinics (ages 18+), check online for times; adult golf clinics (ages 18+), Tuesdays from April 30-May 28 for women and Thursdays from May 2-30 for coed, 6-7 p.m.; and family fitness and fun (parents and children), Wednesdays May 8-June 12 at Keach Park. Visit concordparksandrec.com or call 225-8690.
BOW RECREATION is offering tee ball and youth lacrosse programs. Tee ball is available for the following age groups: ages 3-4 (12:15-12:45 p.m. Wednesdays or 9-9:30 a.m. Thursdays); ages 4-6 (9:45-10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-noon or 1-1:45 p.m. Wednesdays, or 9:45-10:30 a.m. or 11-11:45 a.m. Thursdays); a more-competitive league for 6-year-olds (practices on Tuesday evenings with games on Sundays). Youth lacrosse is open for children ages 4 through sixth grade at the following times: ages 4-6 (10-10:45 a.m. or 1-1:45 p.m. Fridays); coed grades 1-4 (3-4 p.m. Fridays); girls-only grades 1-4 (3-4 p.m. Thursdays). All programs are open to residents and non-residents. Stop by the Bow Community Building or call 228-2222.
UNH gymnastics program is holding classes for school-age community children Wednesday afternoons at the UNH Fieldhouse through May 1. The spring session, which began March 13, features two class times: 4:15-5:15 p.m. (session A) and 5:15-6:15 p.m. (session B). Each session costs $90 plus a $20 registration fee if not already paid for the 2012-13 school year. Contact Melanie Brown at 862-4148 or email@example.com.
PAUL HOGAN BASKETBALL Camps for this summer will be held on the following dates at NHTI: Rip City Basketball Camp June 24-28, girls point guard/post player camp June 30-July 2, boys point guard/post player camp July 5-7 and the 20th annual Specialty Basketball Camp July 21-25. Check hogancamps.com or call 340-1719.
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.
PLAY ON! SOCCER CAMP will be held at NHTI from July 8-12 and July 15-19 for boys and girls in grades 4-10, adding a second week due to the popularity of the camp under the direction of Coach Don Welford and Derek Johnson. Check hogancamps.com.
SHOOTER’S GOLD BASKETBALL Camps for boys and girls in grades 1-8 will be held in six towns in New Hampshire during two weeks. Week 1 will be July 8-12 in Meredith, Gilford and Littleton. Week 2 will be held July 15-19 in Laconia, Hooksett and Enfield. Printable forms can be found at hogancamps.com.
Concord Northeast Baseball and Softball League is holding a Special Meeting of the Members today at 6:30 p.m. at the East Congregational Church on Mountain Road. The proposed changes to the league’s by-laws will be discussed. Both the current by-laws and proposed changes can be found at concordnortheast.com. All regular members are encouraged to attend and are eligible to vote. Review the proposed changes prior to the meeting. The monthly Board of Directors meeting will commence at 6:45 p.m.
CONCORD AMERICAN Softball League registration for the upcoming season is still open. Visit concordamericansoftball.com.
CONCORD BABE RUTH League registration is ongoing. Visit concordbaberuth.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for registration options.
Pembroke Junior Spartans football and cheer programs are holding sign-ups for the 2013 football season the following dates: today and May 5 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Pembroke Town Library, and June 2 from 10 a.m.-noon at Three Rivers School in Pembroke. The program is available to kids in grades 5-8 from Allenstown, Pembroke, Chichester, Epsom and Hooksett. Go to pfof.org or contact Lisa Wiggin at 219-3179.
CONCORD POST 21 Junior and Senior American Legion Baseball tryouts will be held today (6-9 p.m.) at Concord Sports Center. Players eligible to try out must attend Concord HS, Hopkinton HS, Merrimack Valley HS, Pembroke Academy, Bishop Brady HS, Pittsfield HS or Concord Christian Academy, or your residence must be closer to Concord HS than the high school that you currently attend. This year, players must be able to play for Concord Senior Legion (ages 14-19) in order to participate in the Concord Junior Program (ages 14-17). Your age on Jan. 1, 2013, is your relevant age for this season.
BOW YOUTH BASEBALL and Softball will accept registrations for the Babe Ruth Division through today. Players between the ages of 13-15 from Bow, Chichester, Epsom and Allenstown are eligible. Space in the 13-year-old prep league and 14- and 15-year-old divisions are available. Contact Michael Celenza at email@example.com.
CAPITAL CITY VIPERS football and cheerleading registration will be held tomorrow at the Rundlett Middle School gym foyer from 5-7:30 p.m.
FIELDHOUSE SPORTS in Bow is accepting team and individual registrations for the spring indoor soccer session. Games will begin Saturday and will end June 22. Youth leagues (ages 5-18) will play on Saturday afternoons and evenings, while adult leagues (ages 19-60) will play one weeknight per week (Monday-Thursday from 6-11 p.m.). To register as an individual or as a team, call Fieldhouse Sports at 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Dr. in Bow.
LIMELIGHT ELITE All-Star Cheerleading team will hold assessments for placing on the team for the 2013-14 season April 18 from 5-6:30 p.m., April 29 from 5-7 p.m., May 11 from 9 a.m.-noon and May 12 from 1-4 p.m. All assessments will be held at the Limelight Gym located at 7 Tallwood Drive, Unit 1 in Bow. Limelight Elite offers teams from Tiny (ages 5 and under) to adult. All ages are welcome, and everyone will be placed on a team according to their skill level and team needs. To register or for more information, contact Janice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAKES REGION FLAG FOOTBALL League’s women’s spring season registration is under way and open to all women in the Lakes Region area older than 18 as of April 1, 2013. The seven-week season starts April 19 at 7 p.m. with hour-long games played Fridays on the Inter-Lakes High turf field. The LRFFL youth flag football league is open to all boys and girls in the Lakes Region area between the ages of 4-17. There are five co-ed age divisions: 4-6, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-17. Register at lrffl.com.
CONCORD FLYERS girls’ track and field program will begin its 22nd year May 20 at the Memorial Field track. All area 3rd-8th-grade girls are eligible to participate. Practices will be held every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evening (with a few exceptions) from 5:30-7 p.m. There will also be a few practice meets on Sunday mornings during late May and June from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The team will also travel to Manchester’s Livingston Park on Thursday evenings during late June and July for open meets that begin at 6 p.m. The registration fee for new team members is $80 (uniform included) and $40 for returning team members. Contact Jack Fraser at 225-4170 or email Jack at email@example.com.