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A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

JV results

The Merrimack Valley girls’ JV basketball team improved to 2-0 with a win in its home opener over Kennett, 53-21. Sammi Osborne (14 points) and Sierra Dube (11 points) were the Pride’s high scorers, while Morgan Burr had six rebounds and three steals to lead the defense. Camryn Burr, Shatara Stetson and Logan Farley played solid games for MV.

∎ The Coe-Brown boys’ JV basketball team defeated St. Thomas, 56-32. Andrew Therrian (11 points) and Brody Ashley (eight) played well for the Bears.

∎ The Hillsboro-Deering boys’ JV basketball team lost to Mascenic, 55-43. Cameron Parris led the Hillcats with eight points, while Billy Dubuque had five points and played solid defense.

∎ The Concord boys’ JV basketball team beat Trinity, 51-30. Matt Giroux led the way with 20 points. Jack Annon added eight points.

∎ Excellent defense and strong rebounding propelled the Concord JV girls’ basketball team to its first win of the season, 20-19 over Trinity. Sam Turner (eight rebounds) and Emily Redlon (seven rebounds) did yeoman’s work on the boards, and Hayley Reed led all scorers with eight points.

∎ The Hopkinton JV girls’ basketball team improved to 5-0 with a 46-36 win against Sanborn. Katelyn Symonds scored all 10 of her points in the first quarter. Caroline Flood was the high scorer for Hopkinton with 12 points and was a force on the boards. Lillias Whitehead did an excellent job pushing the ball up the court and distributing it to her teammates while also scoring nine points, and Kasey Smith notched 11 points and played hard, aggressive defense. Lily Scammon and Victoria Petricca netted their first field goals of the season.

Middle school results

The Concord Christian Academy 7th- and 8th-grade girls’ basketball team (0-2) lost to the Barnstead Lady Bears. The Lady Kingsmen were led Jade Bell, Emily Stevens and Jordan Powell. Rachel Simmons and Cassidy Brayshaw also played well.

∎ The Concord Christian Academy boys’ 7th- and 8th-grade team (2-0) defeated Barnstead. Jared Sylvester (10 points), Ismael Rivera (nine) and Dylan Daigneault (eight) paced the offense, Jacob Taylor and Josh Newhook contributed four points each, and Kyle Smith (two) played a solid well-rounded game off the bench.

∎ The Rundlett Middle School wrestling team hosted Winnisquam and Merrimack and claimed 32 of 38 bouts. Adam Dwight, Adamsom Munyembabazi, Liam Devanny, Alex Buteau, Andrew Moran, Jayson McDonald-Davis and Sal Rinaldi all wrestled impressively in their wins. Connor Harrington, Sam Ferry, Abby Hameon and Justin Dougherty also earned quality victories for the Blue Dukes.

Proctor Academy results

The Proctor Academy boys’ varsity basketball team dropped its opening game in the St. Andrew’s Holiday Classic to Choate Rosemary Hall, 70-49. Tshiefu Ngalakulondi led Proctor with 19 points despite playing less than 20 minutes due to foul trouble, while Julian Roche added 11 points and 18 rebounds, and Jacob Lloyd scored 10 points.

∎ The Proctor girls’ hockey team beat Tilton School, 4-0, and lost to St. Paul’s, 2-0.

∎ The Proctor boys’ hockey team beat Pomfret School, 4-1, and Holderness, 4-2.

Tilton School result

The Tilton School girls’ varsity basketball team (5-0) beat Boys and Girls High School from Brooklyn, N.Y., 68-39, in the first game of the Pomfret Holiday Tournament. Rainey Cox led the Rams with a team-high 18 points, while Olivia Orlando had 13 points, and Cassidy Derda had 11.

Public skating

Public Skating at Everett Arena during the holidays is Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sundays 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. The arena is closed Wednesday but is open on New Year’s Day for public skating from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 228-2784.

Players needed

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. Weekly indoor practices/scrimmages begin Jan. 5 at New England College in Henniker. Contact George French at georgefrench@tds.net.

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.saucier@me.com or 944-6445.

Coaches needed

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 mark.searles@sau24.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 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 softball head coach, JV softball coach and JV baseball 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 seeking a varsity boys’ lacrosse coach. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Dan Meserve, Athletic Director, Hopkinton High School, 297 Park Ave., Contoocook, NH, 03229.

Camps/clinics/lessons

Softball clinic is being hosted by the Concord Sports Center and the NH Lady Cannons from 8-9 a.m. today for pitchers and catchers. Cost is $35. Contact Russ Saucier at Russ.saucier@me.com.

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.

CONCORD PARKS & Recreation has the following programs available in the coming weeks: archery lessons (ages 6 and up; for kids and adults) taught by instructor Dana White on Fridays and Saturdays at the new Heights Community Center, starting Jan. 10-11 and running for seven weeks through mid-February; Tae Kwon Do (ages five to adult) on Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. at the new Heights Community Center from Jan. 11-Feb. 15, taught by Daniel Jung, a 7th-degree black belt. Visit concordparksandrec.com, or call 225-8690.

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. Minimum age is 14.

SEACOAST UNITED EXPRESS 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.

Events

CONCORD HIGH SOFTBALL workouts for prospective players will be held Sundays during the winter. The first four dates are as follows: tomorrow from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Dec. 29 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Jan. 5 from 9:30-11 a.m.; Jan. 12 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meet in the CHS mini gym.

VILLAGE SPORTS in New London is offering free ice skate and snowshoe rentals through tomorrow. Call at John Kiernan at Village Sports (526-4948) for details.

FIELDHOUSE SPORTS in Bow is accepting team registrations for a double-elimination 4-vs.-4 Holiday Indoor Soccer Tournament that will take place Dec. 29. The tournament will include a Coed Middle School Division (all players must be in middle school) and a Coed High School Division (all players must be in high school). Games will be played on the multi-field, and teams can be all-male, all-female or coed. Middle school games will be played from late morning to early afternoon, and high school games will be played from late afternoon into the evening. The fee to register a team is $85 and guarantees two 25-minute tournament games. A portion of the tournament’s proceeds will benefit American Red Cross. Registration deadline is Monday; space is limited. Call Fieldhouse at 226-4646 to register, or stop in at 12 Tallwood Drive in Bow.

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 jschloss@tds.net.

CONCORD FAMILY YMCA volleyball tournament is now open for registration. This one-weekend event will be held March 15 (and possibly the 16th, depending on the number of teams signed up) from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Proceeds from the event support the YMCA Sports Programs. The tournament will include women’s, men’s and co-ed teams, open to ages 18 and up, for both YMCA members and non-members. Registration closes Feb. 22. Cost is $50 per team. Call 228-9622 or stop by the YMCA’s Welcome Center at 15 N. State St. in Concord.

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