A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements
John Stark-Hopkinton hockey
Kyle Kolehmainen scored the tying goal with 50 seconds left in the third period to hand Stark-Hopkinton (0-0-1) a dramatic 6-6 tie with Portsmouth (1-0-1) in its first game of the season. After jumping out 2-0 in the first period through goals by Garrett Thomas and Robbie Ferguson, the visiting Stark-Hopkinton squad suffered through a tough stretch in the second, giving up six penalties in the period and allowing four consecutive goals to Portsmouth. Jake Blanchette added a second-period goal to make it 4-3. The teams traded goals back-and-forth in the third period, but the Clippers had a 6-4 lead in the closing stages. Alex Lajeunesse pulled one back for Stark-Hopkinton with 2:05 left, and Kolehmainen added the equalizer.
Kolehmainen had an assist to go along with his crucial goal, while Ferguson and Blanchette also had a goal and an assist each. Cooper Bourque had a third-period goal, and Scott Olson had an assist.
The Bow 5-6 girls’ Team 1 defeated Weare. Seven Bow players scored, led by Brennah Gardner (14 points, six rebounds), Meri Krause (10 points) and Elizabeth Guertin (eight points). Annika Geiben Lynn and Barrie Guertin both played tough defense.
∎ The Bow 2 Division 1 girls’ team beat Antrim, 18-14. Molly Kermen and Taylor Burnham scored for Bow, while the rest of the team turned in a great defensive game.
∎ The Concord Boys & Girls Club 5th- and 6th-grade girls’ team lost to Litchfield, 33-26. Kylar Buchholz (14 points, nine rebounds), Annie Shumski (big fast-break defensive stop), Barbara Kilmister (10 rebounds, five points), Marissa Payne (six points, six rebounds) and Abigail Corbett (nine rebounds) led Concord.
∎ Travis Reynolds led the offense with 16 points, helping the high school division Bow P-Cup Boyz defeat the Hillsboro Wildcats, 60-43. Erik Swenson added 10 points and Mike McCarthy (nine points) anchored the strong defensive effort. Also contributing in the win was Kyle Milne.
Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano’s Pee Wee 3 hockey team lost to Oyster River 1, 6-1, and beat Oyster River 2, 10-1. Graham Lewis, Scott Prospert, Ian Dennison, Hayden Parent and Colin Platt scored, Eaton Tarbell and Eric Bedard played well on defense and Curtis Mann played well in net.
∎ The Sig Sauer Academy Concord Capitals Bantam 2 team scored 14 goals combined in shutouts of Rochester 1 and Lakes Region. It was a total team effort.
A baseball clinic for high school players will be put on by the Plymouth State University baseball program Jan. 19 from noon-4 p.m. at the PSU fieldhouse. Cost is $75 before Jan. 10, $100 after. Bring indoor shoes, glove, batting glove and catcher’s gear (if applicable). Registration is from 11:15 a.m.-noon. Contact PSU Coach Clay Jenkins at 236-2553 or email email@example.com.
FIELDHOUSE SPORTS in Bow is accepting team registrations for a double-elimination 4-vs.-4 Holiday Indoor Soccer Tournament that will take place Sunday. 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 today; space is limited. Call Fieldhouse at 226-4646 to register, or stop in at 12 Tallwood Drive in Bow.
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.
CONCORD HIGH SOFTBALL workouts for prospective players will be held Sundays during the winter. The first four dates are as follows: Sunday 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org or 944-6445.
NE DIAMOND GEMS Jenovese 14U AAU softball team is looking to fill the shortstop position in its 11 player lineup. The team practices four hours weekly from January to April at the Bedford Sportsplex and plays in six more games on Friday nights. The team plays eight tourneys through the spring/summer in NH, Massachusetts and Maine. Email Peter Jenovese at email@example.com.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.