A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements
Middle school results
The Hopkinton Middle School boys’ basketball team began its season with a solid 44-25 win over Winnisquam. Hopkinton played strong defense and led 13-2 after one quarter and 27-10 at halftime. Kevin McGrath led the team with 12 points and seven steals. Caleb Yianakopolis added six points and Gerry Donahue added four points and collected six rebounds. Jake Tomlinson, Kiernan Byrne and Carter Quiet all contributed with great defense and hustle.
∎ The Hopkinton Middle School girls’ basketball team defeated Winnisquam, 44-23, thanks to a 22-4 lead after the first quarter. The Hawks were led by Abby Houston with 12 points and nine assists. Hannah Wood, Krista Amoth and Cailley Rawson added six points each.
The Henniker Huskies Parker, Blake & Cole Contractors Bantams fell to Kearsarge. Aidan Molnar led the Huskies offense with a pair of goals and Garrett Sprenger added a third. Chase Buckman had up a pair of assists, and Tim Meserve was strong forechecking.
∎ The Henniker Huskies Cold Springs RV Peewee 1 beat Keene Peewee 2, 5-3, Saturday. Gunnar Senatore scored a hat trick and Darren Early and Drew O’Brien each tallied one goal. Assists came from Shane Riley, Paul Molnar (two), Early, Austin Wallace and Reece Protzmann. On Sunday, Henniker took a 3-0 win against Lakes Region Peewee 1. Molnar had two goals and an assist, with Senatore assisting on both goals. Protzmann also assisted. Cabot Lineberry had one unassisted goal. Carter Pike and Riley controlled the puck movement with excellent passing.
∎ Henniker Huskies Firman Electric Pee Wee 2 team lost to the Manchester Flames, 11-2. Jacob Wheeler (assisted by Steven Cantin) and Noah Urban both scored for the Huskies. Maclean Timmons played strong defense and Austin Lunt stood tall between the pipes.
∎ The Henniker Huskies Luba Richter DMD Squirt 2 team lost to Manchester Flames, 10-4. Goals for Henniker were scored by Levi Jones (two goals, one assist), Owen Jones and Ben Mordarski. Bobby Arnold and Dante Muriel played strong defense, and Dillon O’Sullivan played well at right wing. Aidan Miller had a strong game in goal.
∎ The NH Tile Pee Wee 2 team played well in the Hanover Thanksgiving Tournament, going 2-1 in round-robin play to advance to the semifinals before falling to Barre, Vt., to end tournament play. The Capitals won their first game against Woodstock, Vt., 5-4 in OT, before falling to Maine Freeze, 7-0. NH Tile defeated Stowe, Vt., 7-3, before falling, 5-2, in the semifinals. Team members included Ben Daniels, Arthur Snow, Zack Painchaud, Knox Brown, Jacob Mielcarz, Harrison Briggs, Nate Shirley, Derek Kelleher, Logan Wineriter, Ben Pratt, Owen Olson, Will Shoemaker, CJ Smethurst and Ben Gardiner in goal.
Ben Bartoldus, a Hillsborough native and Proctor Academy graduate, scored 20 points for the Brandeis University men’s basketball team (5-1) in a 78-58 win over Becker. The senior guard shot 8-of-11, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range.
∎ Krystin Corliss of Barnstead (Merrimack Valley High graduate) and Tiffany Lewis of Hillsboro scored points for Plymouth State University’s women’s basketball team in a 53-48 loss. Corliss led the Panthers with a double-double (10 points, 10 assists) and a team-high four assists and three steals. Lewis scored a bucket to cap a Panther rally to make the score 51-48 in the closing minute.
Softball players needed
The NH Lightning 12U, a competitive ASA softball team based in Concord, is looking for a couple of players to complete its roster for the 2013-14 season. Contact George French at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seacoast Express United will host winter soccer training at the YMCA in Concord on the following days and times: U4-U10 Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m., U15-U18 Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m., U11-U14 Fridays 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sessions begin the week of Jan. 20 and run through the week of March 7. Classes will run for seven sessions. For more info and to register, go to seacoastunitedexpress.org.
UNH FOOTBALL tickets for seats in the UNH section at Maine’s Alfond Stadium for the NCAA second-round game Saturday can be purchased by calling 862-4000, ext. 5. No tickets will be sold in person at the Whittemore Center Box Office. The deadline to purchase tickets in the UNH section is today at noon. Tickets are $10 each.
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.
CONCORD HIGH WRESTLING team is selling gold cards to raise money for the wrestling program. If you would like to purchase one or make a donation, contact Ham Munnell at 568-0300.
PINE HILL SKI CLUB in Wilmot Flat is holding the following events this winter: Jan. 11 – family ski day (free trail use and free lesson; sign up in advance); Jan. 18 – Robb’s Hut opens (will be open every subsequent Saturday, weather-permitting, from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.); Feb. 15 – moonlight ski tour at 7 p.m.; Feb. 23 – annual pancake and blueberry brunch at Robb’s Hut (11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.); March 11 – BBQ at the trailhead (noon-1:30 p.m.). Visit pinehillskiclub.com, call 381-8685, or email email@example.com.
NH LIGHTNING 12U, a competitive ASA softball team based in Concord, is looking for a couple of players to complete its roster for the 2013-14 season. Contact George French at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NH LADY CANNONS 16U ASA tournament team has roster spots open for the 2014 season. The team’s winter training has begun, and the team will play in eight tournaments. If interested in a tryout, contact Russ Saucier at Russ.email@example.com or 944-6445.
Concord High winter sports Meet the Coach Night is scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Individual team meetings will start at 7:15 in the following rooms: girls’ basketball media center (2143), girls’ hockey room W2038, spirit room W2013, all indoor track auditorium, boys’ basketball lecture hall (room W2083), boys’ hockey room W3090, wrestling room W2047, all skiing student center, all swimming room W2041. Team photos will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at CHS.
Concord High winter tryouts are as follows: Girls’ basketball in the CHS gym today freshmen 3:30-5, JV/varsity 4-6; Boys’ basketball in the CHS gym today TBA
CONCORD BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB will be conducting tryouts for its high school basketball teams Friday from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Christa McAuliffe School. The tryouts are open to anyone in 9th-12th grade that is attending a local high school (Concord, MV, Bishop Brady, etc). An application will need to be filled out before tryouts. The application can be downloaded at concordkids.org. Contact Athletic Director Tim Sprague at Sprague@concordkids.org.
CONCORD CAPITALS & Concord Youth Hockey are accepting registrations for the 2013-2014 independent high school players’ program. Players born from 1995 to 1998 and high school freshman born in 1999 are eligible. Registration/tryout dates and ice times are today at 8:25 p.m., Friday at 7:50 p.m., and Tuesday at 8:25 p.m. All registrations/tryouts are held at the Everett Arena. The season starts Dec. 20 and ends March 15. Player fees are $529 which include practice and game ice times and a year-end tournament. Contact Program Coordinator Wes Riley at 603-496-0146 or by email at URAA@aol.com or visit ConcordYouthHockey.org.
John Stark Regional High School has the following coaching openings for the 2013-14 school year: JV softball, JV girls’ lacrosse and JV boys’ lacrosse. Send a current 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pittsfield Middle High School Athletic Department has the following anticipated coaching positions open for the 2013-14 school year: 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 email@example.com. 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 and JV girls’ softball 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
TILTON SCHOOL is looking for an assistant coach for its varsity B hockey program. Contact Assistant Head of School Steve Poirot at 286-1731.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS of Greater Concord are looking for two head basketball coaches for their high-school age teams. Contact Athletic Director Tim Sprague at Sprague@concordkids.org.
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.
Tri-Town Ice Arena in Hooksett is offering ‘learn to play hockey’ classes. Cost is $159 for 20 on-ice sessions, that also includes a free public skating punch card valued at $60. Contact the arena at 485-1100.
UNH gymnastics program will hold its annual “Meet the Team” Saturday at Lundholm Gymnasium. The 1 p.m. exhibition performance will be followed by a youth gymnastics clinic at 2:30 p.m.
Softball clinics are being hosted by the Concord Sports Center and the NH Lady Cannons from 8-9 a.m. as follows: Saturday, throwing and fielding; Dec. 14 hitting; and Dec. 21 pitchers and catchers. Cost of each clinic is $35. Contact Russ Saucier at Russ.email@example.com.
Basketball clinic will be held at the NHTI Wellness Center gym Saturday. The clinic is for boys and girls in grades 3-8 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. NHTI men’s coaching staff along with NHTI men’s basketball players will provide the instruction under the guidance of veteran NHTI head men’s basketball Coach Paul Hogan. Clinic is $25 pre-registered and/or $30 at the door. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 230-4041.
Andover Outing Club is looking for prospective ski jumpers ages 7 and older 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 email@example.com with questions.
FIELDHOUSE SPORTS is accepting registration for its Indoor Soccer Skills Clinics for ages 6 to adult. The next six-week session of clinics begins Dec. 16 and is coached by Mark Ruest, Director of the NH Soccer Academy and longtime Director of Coaching for the NH Soccer Association. All ages and abilities are welcome for these one-hour clinics, and class size is limited. Cost is $55 for ages 6-8, and $65 for ages 9 to adult. Sessions run consecutively from November through April. To register as a team or individual, call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Drive in Bow.
Hockey Winter Mentor Camp will be held Dec. 30 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Laconia Ice Arena. The camp includes two on-ice sessions (9-10:30 and 1:15-2:30), one dryland session and video skating analysis (11-noon) as well as pizza lunch. Cost is $100. Visit ScoringConcepts.com.
Tennis lessons for ages 10-under are being offered the Racquet Club of Concord. The club is also offering a Stroke of the Week for adults Mondays from 6-7 p.m. Call 496-4267.
BILL KOCH SKI LEAGUE (for ages 6-11) runs Fridays from Jan. 3-Feb. 7 from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. As part of the New England Nordic Association, this league provides a supportive environment for parents and children and is the perfect way to introduce children to cross-country skiing. Children are required to have their own equipment. Visit concordparksandrec.com or call 225-8690 for more information.
Soccer clinics put on by Seacoast Express United and the YMCA of Concord will be held at the YMCA: Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. (through Jan. 14), U15-U18 boys and girls; Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. (through Jan. 15), U4-U10 and U10-U12 boys and girls; Fridays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. (through Jan. 17) U11-U14 boys and girls. Cost for all programs is $65 for YMCA members and $85 for YMCA non-members. Register at seacoastunitedexpress.org.
Fly tying classes will be starting Jan. 7, hosted by The Basil W. Woods, Jr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Beginner (six weeks) and intermediate (five weeks) classes will be 7–9 p.m. at the Passaconaway Club on Garvin’s Falls Rd. in Concord. Materials will be provided as well as vices and tools as needed. The cost for the beginner’s class is $50 and the intermediate class is $75. See www.concordtu.org. The classes are limited to 15 students on a first come, first served basis. Students under the age of 18 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.