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A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Girls’ soccer champs

The Abbot-Downing Division III 5th- and 6th-grade girls’ soccer team (above) completed a successful season with a 1-0 win over Broken Ground in the Concord Recreation league championship. Pictured from left to right are Annie Shumski, Katy McCoy, Barbara Kilmister, Anna Quirk, Nicole LeBrun, Ella Diers and Coach Dana Adams (back row), and Clara Cooper, Lexi Adams, Libby Segal, Emma Burbank and Yvette Kagirimpundu (front row).

Fisher Cats extend stay in NH

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats and their parent club, the Toronto Blue Jays, announced a new two-year extension of the Player Development Contact between the two teams yesterday. The extension of the PDC agreement means the Fisher Cats will remain the Blue Jays’ Double-A affiliate through 2016, extending the relationship between Toronto and New Hampshire to 13 consecutive seasons.

Youth soccer

The Loudon Freedom girls’ U14 soccer team secured a spot in the NH Soccer League’s Division 1 group with a 3-1 win against Oyster River. Goals were scored by Heather Jennato, Ashley Kelley and Jillian Dusseault. Gwen Molind, McKayla Palhof and Madison Therrien played well for the Freedom.

College standouts

Freshman Beau Pingree, from Northwood, played in his first game of the season as goalkeeper for the Colby-Sawyer College men’s soccer team in a 1-0 loss against Wheaton. Pingree stepped in for the starting goalie, junior Nick Austin, after he came out with an injury and made five saves over the final 39 minutes of the game.

∎ Junior Emily Davis, from Boscawen, scored a goal for the Plymouth State field hockey team in its 4-3 overtime win over Saint Joseph’s.

Baseball players needed

The New England Ravens baseball team, based out of Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, is looking to fill a couple of open roster spots for its 2014 season. The team is registered as underclassmen, so high school players are eligible. The 2013 team garnered national runner-up honors and was selected as the outstanding sportsmanship team at the national event. The team is under the direction of FPU Head Coach Jayson King. All program coaches are high school, college coaches and/or former MLB organizational players. Contact Jim Coppo at 209-2664.

Tryouts/registrations

BOW YOUTH BASKETBALL registration is now open for boys and girls in grades 1-12. Visit bowathleticclub.com.

RUNDLETT MIDDLE SCHOOL signups for winter sports are as follows: cheerleading (grades 6-8), Nov. 12, 3:30-4:30 in Room 403; wrestling (grades 6-8), Nov. 12, 3:30-4:30 in the NAR; Nordic skiing (grades 6-8), Nov. 12, 3:30-4:30 in Room 508. Basketball tryout schedule is as follows, with girls at Abbot-Downing gym and boys at Rundlett: Monday, grades 7-8 girls 3:45-5:30 p.m., grade 8 boys 3:45-5:30, grade 7 boys 5:15-7; Tuesday, grade 7 girls 3:45-5:30, grade 8 girls 5:15-7, grade 7 boys 3:45-5:30, grade 8 boys 5:15-7; Nov. 6, grade 8 girls 3:45-5:15, grade 7 girls 5-6:30, grade 8 boys 3:45-5:15, grade 7 boys 5-6:30. First day of practice/tryouts for other sports is Dec. 2, with wrestling from 3:45-5:45 in the NAR, Nordic skiing 3:30-5 in Room 508, and cheering 3:30-5:30 in the MPR.

Learn to Skate and Learn to Play registrations for Henniker Youth Hockey Association will be held Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at Lee Clement Arena on the New England College campus. There will also be a used equipment collection/swap during this same time. Contact Vernon Briggs at 568-4836.

CONCORD RECREATION will hold the following programs in the coming weeks: basketball for ages 4-grade 6 (grade 3-6 leagues for Concord/Penacook residents only); basketball for grades 7-12 (Concord/Penacook residents only); indoor futsal (grades 3-6) classes run Saturdays through Nov. 23 (grades 3-4 meet from 9:30-10:45 a.m., and grades 5-6 meet from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.) at the Christa McAuliffe Gym; Inside Out Development (grades 5-12) Basketball Camp on Tuesday , Nov. 9, Nov. 13 and Nov. 16; archery lessons (ages 6 and up) on Fridays or Saturdays at the Heights Community Center starting next weekend through mid-December; ice skating lessons (ages 4 to adult) for beginner to intermediate skaters starting this Saturday through Nov. 23, with no class on Nov. 30 (space is limited; do not register at the arena). Visit the 14 Canterbury Rd. office, go to concordparksandrec.com, or call 225-8690.

CONCORD HIGH WINTER sports signups will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at CHS in the following locations: girls’ basketball, Room 2038; girls’ hockey, room 2047; spirit, room 2043; boys’ basketball, gym; boys’ hockey, room 3090; wrestling, room 2138; indoor track, mini gym; Alpine skiing, student center (upper level near gym); Nordic skiing, lecture hall room 2038; ski jumping, room 2041; swimming, room 2037.

HILLSBORO-DEERING High School will have signups for all its winter sports Nov. 8 at 2:15 p.m. in the following locations: boys’ basketball in the gym, girls’ basketball in the cafeteria, cheerleading in the library, indoor track in room 222, and Alpine skiing in the modular French room. Tryouts are set for the following dates, times and locations: boys’ basketball Nov. 25 in the gym at 2:40 p.m.; girls’ basketball Nov. 18 in the gym at 2:40 p.m.; cheerleading Nov. 18 in the cafeteria at 5:30 p.m.; indoor track Dec. 2 at the school at 2:40 p.m.; and Alpine skiing Nov. 25 at the school at 2:40 p.m. All athletes trying out must either have a physical already on file with the school nurse, or they must have a current physical for 2013-2014 ready to turn in to 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.

Pembroke Rec youth basketball signups will be held Nov. 9 at Pembroke Town Library from 10 a.m.-noon. The league is for children from Allenstown and Pembroke in pre-school, kindergarten and grades 1-6. Cost is $20, and scholarships are available. After Nov. 9, registrations will be accepted at the town hall until Nov. 15. After the Nov. 15 deadline, a $10 late fee will be added. Call 848-9677.

Concord High winter tryouts are as follows: Alpine skiing Nov. 25 3 p.m. in Room E3; Nordic skiing Nov. 25 3:15-5 p.m. at Memorial Field; Ski jumping Nov. 25 3:45 p.m. in CHS gym foyer; Girls’ basketball in the CHS gym Dec. 2 freshmen 3:30-5 p.m., sophomores/juniors/seniors 4-6 p.m., Dec. 3 all players 6-8 p.m., Dec. 4 freshmen 3:30-5, JV/varsity 4-6; Boys’ basketball in the CHS gym Dec. 2 freshmen/sophomores 6-7:30 p.m., juniors/seniors 7:30-9, Dec. 3 freshmen/seniors 3-4:30, sophomores/juniors 4:30-6, Dec. 4 TBA; Cheerleading Dec. 2-3 and 5-6 3:30-6 p.m. in Rundlett multi-purpose room; Boys’ hockey Nov. 25-26 3:55-4:55 p.m., Nov. 27 1:20-2:20 at Everett Arena; Girls’ hockey Nov. 27 3:55-4:55, Nov. 29 3:55-4:55 at Everett Arena; Indoor track Dec. 2 3 p.m. at CHS Main Street; Swimming Nov. 18 and 20 8-9:30 p.m. at YMCA; Wrestling Nov. 18 3-6 p.m. in mini gym.

PATS PEAK SKI TEAM is open for enrollment for the 2013-14 season. PPST is an opportunity for avid skiers (ages 7-20) to train and race with some of the state’s best and develop skills in a team atmosphere. Visit patspeakracing.org or contact Maureen Delamater at 471-2713.

Coaches needed

CONCORD HIGH School has an opening for a boys’ freshmen basketball 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.

PEMBROKE ACADEMY is seeking a girls’ varsity assistant basketball coach. Please send a brief letter of interest and résumé to: Pembroke Academy, attn. Suzanne Klink, Athletic Director, 209 Academy Road, Pembroke, NH 03275, or email to sklink@sau53.org.

John Stark Regional High School has the following coaching openings for the 2013-14 school year: varsity Alpine skiing, JV baseball, JV softball, JV girls’ lacrosse and JV boys’ lacrosse. Send a résumé, letter of interest and three letters of reference to Mark Searles, Athletic Director, John Stark Regional High School, 618 North Stark Highway, Weare, NH 03281 or via email at mark.searles@sau24.org.

Bishop Brady High School is looking for a JV boys’ basketball head coach, a JV girls’ basketball head coach and a varsity boys’ lacrosse head coach for the 2013-14 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.

Bow High School is seeking a varsity Alpine ski coach. Contact athletic administrator Jim Kaufman at jimk@bownet.org or 228-2210 extension 303.

Pittsfield Middle High School Athletic Department has the following anticipated coaching positions open for the 2013-14 school year: girls’ middle school basketball, boys’ middle school baseball, boys’ JV baseball and girls’ varsity softball. Previous experience playing and or coaching is preferred but not required. Contact Jay Darrah, Director of Athletics, at jaydarrah@pittsfieldnhschools.org. Send a letter of interest, résumé and references to: Pittsfield Middle High School, 23 Oneida St., Pittsfield, NH 03263.

HILLSBORO-DEERING HIGH SCHOOL has the following coaching vacancies for 2013-14: varsity girls’ softball head coach, JV girls’ softball coach and JV girls’ basketball coach. Apply online at hdsd.org and attach a letter of intent, résumé and three letters of reference. Contact Jim O’Rourke, Hillsboro-Deering High principal, at jorourke@hdhs.k12.nh.us with any questions.

Hopkinton High School is looking for a varsity ski jumping coach. Applicants should have ski jump experience and should contact Athletic Director Dan Meserve at dmeserve@hopkintonschools.org.

RUNDLETT MIDDLE School has openings for a boys’ basketball coach and a girls’ basketball 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.

Hopkinton Middle School is looking for a boys’ basketball coach for the 2013-14 season. Send a résumé to David Chase, Hopkinton Middle School Athletic Director, 297 Park Ave., Contoocook, NH 03229 or email to dchase@hopkintonschools.org. Coaching or playing experience preferred.

A LOCAL INDOOR POOL is looking for a lifeguard and swim instructor. Call 224-7787 for details.

Special Olympics New Hampshire is looking for a practice coach to run the Young Athletes Program for the Concord community. It is a volunteer position for someone with a passion to work with children ages 2-7. Practice sessions follow the school calendar and are held weekly for 60 minutes and include activities created by specialists from the fields of special education, physical education, adaptive physical education, physical therapy and occupational therapy. Contact Bill Jones at BillJ@sonh.org or 624-1250, ext. 33.

Camps/clinics/lessons

NH BASKETBALL COACHES Organization Fall Basketball Coaches Clinic will be held at Exeter High School Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Featured clinicians are the Tilton School’s Marcus O’Neil, Plymouth State’s Andrew Novack and Bishop Guertin’s Jim Migneault. Cost is $35 for pre-registered coaches; group discounts are available. Coaches of all levels are welcome. A complete brochure can be found at eteamz.com/nhbco, or contact Jeff Holmes at 531-0466, or email jholmes@sau16.org.

Basketball clinics for boys and girls will be held at NHTI’s Wellness Center gym as follows: Saturday from 8:15-11:15 a.m. (grades 3-12), Nov. 9 from 8:15-11:15 a.m. (grades 3-12), Nov. 16 from 8:15-11:15 a.m. (grades 3-10) and Dec. 1 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. (grades 3-8). Contact NHTI Athletic Director Paul Hogan at phogan@ccsnh.edu or call 271-6484 ext. 4209.

INDOOR SOCCER clinics, for ages 6 to adult, are being offered at Fieldhouse Sports Indoor Sports Facility in Bow, with the next session starting Monday and running for six weeks. Cost is $55 for ages 6-8 and $65 for ages 9 to adult. Sessions run consecutively from November through April. To register, call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Dr. in Bow.

NEW HAMPTON SCHOOL is offering tennis, basketball, lacrosse and adventure camps running Saturdays through Nov. 6. All activities are for grades K-6 and take place from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The adventure clinic takes place at the Alpine Tower on Burleigh Mountain, and activities include a ropes course, short hikes and cooperative games. Call 677-3508 or email Jonathan Schwab at jschwab@newhampton.org.

CONCORD SPORTS CENTER will offer hitting clinics Saturdays from Nov. 9-30 at 9-11 a.m. The cost is $35 per session, or pre-register for all four and pay $120. Contact Russ Saucier at Russ.saucier@me.com, or call 944-6445.

ANDOVER OUTING CLUB is looking for prospective ski jumpers ages 7 and up to participate in the club’s ski jumping program this winter. The program normally starts in the second week of December on gentle slopes. Kids need only bring regular skis and a helmet. A waiver must be signed before practicing, but kids can try it without paying. Cost for the whole program is $100 to AOC for equipment ($75 for additional family members) and $65 to Proctor Academy. Practices are Mondays and Tuesdays from 4-5:15 p.m. Meets are on Saturdays and/or Sundays starting in January. Email Tim Norris at tim@proctornet.com with questions.

Events

Concord basketball is holding open gym time for CHS students planning to participate in basketball this winter on Sundays from 6-7:30 p.m. The open gym includes weight-room access.

PICKLEBALL will be played weekly on Tuesdays from 3-5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-noon at the new Heights Community Center. Cost is $2 and all equipment is provided. All ages and ability levels are welcome. Contact Dave Stevenson at 225-5207.

Open gym for girls’ high school basketball players in the area will be held at Concord High School on Sundays from 4-6 p.m. Open gym is an opportunity for girls to shoot around as well as play in pick-up games. Open gyms will run through November. For more info or questions, contact Coach Achilles at mike_achilles@comcast.net or 860-1873.

JOHN STARK GENERALS Football Boosters Club is honoring both the team’s alumni and its graduating seniors Saturday at 6 p.m. at the final game of the season against Con-Val. Any football alums who would like to be involved should contact Boosters Club President Tony Sawyer at ktmj@comcast.net.

TRI-TOWN ICE ARENA is hosting a “Try Hockey For Free Day” event Saturday from 10-10:50 a.m. Register at tryhockeyforfree.com. Kids 4-10 years of age should pre-register. Call Jeremy at 270-1024.

Pats Peak will hold its 11th annual Octoberfest and 43rd annual ski team ski and snowboard sale Sunday. The Octoberfest celebration is from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. with free admission. The ski and snowboard sale is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This is an opportunity to buy and sell new and used ski and snowboard equipment and accessories, with a portion of the benefits going to the Pats Peak ski team. Drop-off times for equipment to sell are Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Flag football tournament will be held Nov. 9 at NHTI. Teams can be co-ed and need to have 10 players. Registration is $100. Space is limited. Checks should be made out to NHTI, Concord’s Community College, and checks or cash along with the tournament registration form can be dropped off at the NHTI Athletic Offices in the NHTI Wellness Center. Contact Bridget Hersey at bhersey163@students.ccsnh.edu and leave a message with your contact information and team name.

EVERETT ARENA is open for ice activities. Public skating is Monday-Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sundays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Skate rentals are available in the pro shop. Adult stick practice for ages 14 and older is Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10-11:20 a.m., and through Nov. 21 is offered Monday through Thursday from 3:30-4:45 p.m.; helmet and gloves required. Youth stick practice for ages 13 and younger is Fridays through Nov. 22 from 3:30-4:45 p.m.; full equipment required. Call Everett Arena at 228-2784.

Basketball tournament, the Andover Lions Club’s annual Christmas Tournament, will be held Dec. 26-27 at Proctor Academy. There are still openings for one boys’ team and one girls’ team. Contact Dick O’Connell at xlpdroc@metrocast.net or call 934-0245.

PLayers needed

Racquet Club of Concord, on behalf of the Comstock Lode Senior Tennis Group, is seeking female and male players ages 50 and older who are available to play Wednesday mornings from 10:30-noon. Contact Phil Pahl at 219-0905 or pahlrp12@comcast.net, or Kevin Lew-Hanson at 219-0292 or kevinlh@optonline.net.

Manual Wheelchair Softball for Team NH is hopeful of starting next summer. The game is played on a blacktop surface with a 16”/14” softball utilizing standard softball bats. Practice will start late next spring with games being played next summer. If you utilize a manual wheelchair and are interested in playing softball, contact Norm Harrison at 321-0461 or norm.harrison@yahoo.

LAKES REGION WOMEN’S Hockey Club has openings for women age 21 and older. Games are Tuesday nights at the Laconia Ice Arena from 8:15-9:45 p.m. Full equipment is required, but no experience is needed. Contact Sara Rosenbloom at sararosenbloom@hotmail.com, or call 528-6393.

TEAMS NEEDED

CONCORD MEN’S BASKETBALL League season is under way. Teams interested in participating should contact Andy Pappas at 545-4305 for information.

Proctor Academy needs boys and girls teams for the middle school Christmas basketball tournament at the school Dec. 26-27, sponsored by the Andover Lions. Contact Dick OConnell at 934-0245.

MEETINGS

Bow Soccer Club will hold its annual meeting Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at Bow Middle School. All are welcome to attend.

CONCORD HIGH winter sports Meet the Coach Night is scheduled for Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Team photos will be held Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. at CHS.

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