A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements
The Merrimack Valley JV girls’ basketball team improved to 16-3 and advanced to the final of the JV Tournament. Mason Kimball led the way with 19 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Morgan Waldo (13 points, 10 rebounds, four assists), Sierra Dube (nine points, six rebounds), Logan Kenney (seven points, eight rebounds) and Sammi Osborn (five points, three assists, three steals) all contributed.
∎ Four local boys’ JV basketball teams competed in the Odd Fellows Boys’ JV Basketball Invitational. Kearsarge knocked off Bow, 38-32. Zach Mattos (10 points) and James Bromwell (12) led the Cougars, while Tucker Johnson (nine points) and Sean Stewart (eight) paced Bow. Hopkinton defeated Hillsboro-Deering, 49-29. The Hawks were led by Cooper Cyr and Kyle LaPage with 11 points apiece while Jamison Crouch added eight. Joey Kulbacki (10 points), Austin Murdough (five) and Chase Spruce (five) led H-D. Hopkinton and Kearsarge will face off today in the semifinals. The winner will play the winner of the other semifinal between Conant and Monadnock.
Middle school result
The Bow Memorial middle school girls’ 7th- and 8th-grade basketball team beat Hudson, 44-18, in its first game of the Bow Invitational tournament. Lauren Roy and Andrea Fortin led the offense for Bow with 10 points each. Taylor Darrell had nine, while Abby Horner and Erin Boldwin scored four each.
The New Hampshire Distributors, Inc. Concord Capitals Squirt 3 team defeated the Manchester Monarchs Squirt 3 team, 9-1. Graham Lewis had three goals and an assist and Troy Nelson scored three goals. Cameron Brown had a goal and assist, while Ben Marceau and William Hadley had a goal each. Ben Bourgault and Aiden Roy had an assist apiece. Ethan Rule had 17 saves in goal.
Bow 3 defeated Bow 4 to win the 5th- and 6th-grade boys’ Merrimack Basketball League Division III championship, 32-18. Tenacious defense by Connor O’Mahony and Max Tanner helped keep Bow 4’s offense in check. Keegan Sanborn lead Bow 3 with 14 points, with Zachary Robinson and Neeraj Naik adding six points. Anthony Sampo’s rebounding and all-around play helped secure the win. Ryan Shepard scored eight points for Bow 4. Bow 3 finished the season 9-0.
∎ The Concord Boys & Girls Club 7th- and 8th-grade team 2 (11-2) defeated St. Paul’s to capture the Division 1 championship for the Merrimack Basketball League. Gabby Evans led the team in scoring with 12 points. Jada Duvert scored six points and had four steals and eight rebounds. The entire team played extremely well all season. Members of the championship team are Haley Munroe, Jada Duvert, Catherine Reynolds, Gabby Evans, Caitlyn Kelley, Ashley Kelley, Madysen Audet, Hope Neveux, Brighid Weeden, Anna Lebrun and Stephanie Oberg.
∎ In the boys’ 7th- and 8th-grade Division II championship, Bow won 36-29, completing an undefeated season. Scoring was led by Walter Chacon with 10 points, Nicky Poole with eight points and Digger Cohen with five. Sully Blair and Will Russo contributed four points each. Great all-around defense came from Jared Reynolds, Lucas Cohen, Alex King and Austin Daniels.
∎ The Hopkinton Hornets 5th- and 6th-grade girls’ basketball team (6-3) finished in third place with a 34-22 win over Dunbarton. Eight Hornets reached the scoring column with Fiona Beane, Sophie Potter, Izzy Gagnon and Alex Hamilton each scoring six points. Each player took turns shining both defensively and offensively.
Tilton School results
The Tilton School JV boys’ basketball team lost to three hot-shooting teams in the Lakes Region JV Basketball Tournament. The Rams lost to Dublin, Holderness and Proctor. Alex Winkelmann showed great leadership and Jay Heffernan was the team’s top rebounder.
∎ The boys’ JV B basketball team (2-7) fell to Brewster, 39-25. The Rams were led by Will Zheng with nine points and Charles Zhuang with four points.
∎ The Tilton boys’ varsity hockey team lost to Holderness, 4-3 in overtime, in the Lakes Region semifinal. Payton Baldillez (goal, assist), Nikko Markham (goal, assist), Blaise Healy (two assists), Hunter Laslo (goal) and Justin Goldman (assist) provided the scoring. Goalie Brenden Cain made 22 saves.
∎ The Tilton girls’ varsity hockey tied New Hampton, 2-2, on Wednesday.
Proctor Academy results
The Proctor Academy boys’ varsity hockey fell to Kimball Union Academy, 5-1, in the Lakes Region semifinal.
∎ The Proctor girls’ varsity basketball team fell to Tilton, 50-38. Elemy Colome scored 16 points and had seven steals. Amber Wilson had 11 points and eight rebounds. Annika Paulin had 15 rebounds.
The UNH men’s basketball team (8-18, 4-10 America East) beat Binghamton (3-23, 1-13 AE), 68-56, to snap a two-game losing streak. Patrick Konan scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Ferg Myrick had a team-high 10 rebounds and scored 11 points, while Scott Morris scored a career-high 15 points.
∎ The women’s basketball team (10-16, 5-9 America East) fell to Binghamton, 55-42. Cari Reed (13 points, three 3s) and Kelsey Hogan (12 points, four rebounds) led the Wildcats.
∎ The women’s lacrosse team fell to 14th-ranked UMass, 18-9. Laura McHoul scored three goals and Jenny Simpson added two goals and an assist.
∎ Coley Oliver finished fourth in the men’s slalom and Randa Teschner finished fourth in the women’s slalom to lead the UNH ski team to third place in the EISA championships at Bates College. Taylor Vest-Burton and Sam Coffey finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the men’s slalom. Liz Guiney finished sixth in the 10k freestyle women’s Nordic race. Erik Lindgren finished 29th in the men’s Nordic race.
∎ The men’s indoor track team finished 11th at the New England Championships. Kevin Greene finished second in the 1,000 meters in a NCAA-qualifying time of 2:24.43, ahead of teammate David Gervais, who finished fifth. Greene also ran on the third-place 4x800 relay team that also included James Anderson, Timothy Brown and Dean Bhatt.
∎ The women’s indoor track team finished 10th at the New England Championships behind senior Keely Maguire’s second-place finish in the mile with a time of 4:45.25. The fourth-place distance medley relay team of Darcy James, Morgan Costa, Anne Twombly and Elise Beattie finished in a school-record time of 11:36.
Plymouth State results
The Plymouth State women’s hockey team fell to Norwich, 6-0, in the ECAC East semifinals. Norwich outshot PSU, 53-3. Ali Ponte made 47 saves for the Panthers.
∎ The PSU men’s ski team finished eighth and the women finished 13th in the final EISA race of the season at Bates College. Chris Beadon was the top Panther, coming in 12th place in the slalom. The Panthers placed four skiers in the top 30. Eliza Whitley (50th) was the top female Panther to finish.
The CSC women’s basketball team won its first ever North Atlantic Conference title and seventh conference championship in program history with a 65-59 win over Castleton. Taylor DeSanty was named the NAC Tournament MVP after scoring a game-high 27 points in the championship to go along with seven rebounds and three steals. Cailin Bullett had six points, five rebounds and five assists and earned all-tournament honors.
Little League signups
Suncook Little League season signups will be held March 7 from 6-8 p.m. and March 10 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. both at the Pembroke Library. Ballplayers should bring a copy of their birth certificate. Check the league website for information at suncooklittleleague.com.
Learn to skate and Open Skate Program will be held at the Lindsay Arena at the New Hampton School today from 2-4 p.m. This event is free.
EVERETT ARENA is open for public skating during school vacation week, today 5:30-7:30 p.m. and tomorrow-Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission is $5, and new skate rentals are available in the Pro Shop for $5. Adult Stick Practice is tomorrow, Wednesday and Friday from 10-11:20 a.m. Admission is $8; helmet and gloves are required. Call the Everett Arena at 228-2784.
Softball hitting and workouts for high school players will be held at the Concord Sport Center Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesday from 4-6 p.m., and March 4 and March 11 from 8-9:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per player per session. Contact the CSC at 224-1655.
CHS softball workouts for all Concord High students interested in playing softball will be held in the mini gym once a week until tryouts. Workouts will be conducted by the coaching staff, and players will be able to hit, field, throw and pitch. The schedule is as follows: March 3, 9-11 a.m.; March 10, 6-7:30 p.m.; March 17, 9-10:30 a.m. Email Duke Sawyer at email@example.com with any questions.
FREE IMPACT CONCUSSION testing is available for all Hillsboro-Deering 8th-graders. HDHS has received a grant from Concord Hospital Rehab Services for the testing, which will be March 4 at HDHS starting at 2:30 p.m. Eighth-graders who currently play a sport or plan on playing sports at HDHS are welcome to turn in the ImPACT questionnaire and authorization sheet before the end of February in order to sign up. All paperwork can be picked up and turned in at the HDHS Welcome Center.
HARLEM ROCKETSwill play at John Stark on March 8 at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium. The Harlem Rockets, a group of basketball entertainers who combine incredible showtime basketball skills and family-friendly comedy, will face the General All-Stars in a game benefiting the John Stark volleyball program.
Plymouth State softball clinic will be held Saturday for players of all ages with two sessions per day. Ages U14 and younger will be from 9:30-11:30 a.m., while U15 and older will be from noon-2 p.m. Cost is $20 per session and team discounts will be accepted. Email Coach Bruce Addison at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit athletics.plymouth.edu/sports/sball/index.
NEC SOFTBALL will host a preseason clinic, open to all youth players ages 14-18, March 3 from 2-4:30 p.m. at the NEC Field House. The first session will focus on hitting, and the second session will be geared towards fielding. Cost is $70 for the two weeks or $35 for one week, with payment in the form of checks made out to NEC head softball Coach Ben Master at 98 Bridge Street, Henniker, NH 03242. Contact Coach Master at email@example.com.
ARCHERY IN MOTION will host an open archery program for ages seven-and-up tomorrow, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Racquet Club of Concord. Cost for each session is $25. Call 219-0294 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Concord Recreation is offering the following programs for the spring season: Spring basketball league (for ages 4 through 2nd grade) at the Green Street Community Center from March 9-April 13 (sign up by Tuesday to avoid $10 late fee); “Sporties For Shorties” (ages 4-6), an introductory class to several sports, at the New Heights Community Center, 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays from March 5-April 9. Concord Recreation’s 2013 spring brochure has been delivered to area elementary schools; it can also be viewed at onconcord.com/recreation.
YOUTH BASEBALL CLINIC series will be conducted by the Merrimack Valley baseball program March 11-15 at Merrimack Valley Middle School. Session 1 (March 11, 13 and 15 from 6-7:30 p.m.) will focus on the fundamentals of fielding, hitting and baserunning (cost is $35). Session 2 (March 12 and 14 from 6-7:15 p.m.) will be for pitchers and catchers (cost is $20). Players in grades 3-6 may sign up for both sessions for $50. Space is limited. Contact Head Coach Sean Wheeler at email@example.com or 848-9533.
NHBUA’S BASEBALL UMPIRING class starts March 17 at Laconia High School. Sign up at nhbua.org or by contacting Tom Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org. The class runs for six Sundays from 1-5 p.m., with a field test Memorial Day weekend.
Baseball clinic, Pembroke Academy’s 3rd annual, will be held March 24 at Pembroke Academy from 9 a.m.-noon for 8-12-year-olds. The clinic will be run by players and coaches of PA. Fundamentals of throwing, fielding and hitting will be covered. Cost is $30. For information or to pre-register, contact Coach Joshua Coughlin at email@example.com.
THE YMCA LIFEGUARD COURSE is a national certification which includes the following components: CPR/AED for professional rescuer, basic first aid, oxygen administration, Lifeguard classroom pool and water skills, and eLearning. The cost is $275 for full members and $325 for program members. The course will be held at the Concord Family YMCA. Classes are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5-10 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
AMERICAN RED CROSS Lifeguarding and Waterfront program is being offered Friday, Saturday and 3 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. To register or for more information, contact Karen Jenovese at 724-7484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
YEAR-ROUND SWIM LESSONS for children six months and older are being offered through the NH Swim School. Class sizes are no larger than four students and the cost is $40 per month. Visit nhswimschool.com or call Karen Jenovese at 724-7484.
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.
Football and cheerleading signups for Pembroke Junior Spartans are under way with registration ongoing. There will be a registration session March 3 at the Pembroke Town Library from 10 a.m.-noon. For information or to print a registration form, go to pfof.org or contact Lisa Wiggin at 219-3179.
CONCORD NORTHEAST BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL League’s registration deadline is March 10 . Baseball registrations, including for 12U-70-foot field, are open to anyone in the city of Concord south of Penacook. Softball registration is limited to players from Concord east of the Merrimack River and South of Penacook. Information and registration documents can be found at concordnortheast.com.
Concord National Youth Softball will hold open registration sessions Saturday at Abbot-Downing Elementary School from 9 a.m.-noon. All girls ages 5-16 interested in playing Babe Ruth softball/tee ball are eligible. Contact Glenn Mathews at email@example.com or Tara Meader at CNYS2013@gmail.com, or visit concordsoftball.org to register online.
NEW ENGLAND DIAMOND GEMS are hosting 14U fastpitch softball tryouts on Saturdays – this coming Saturday, March 9 and March 16 – from noon-3 p.m. at the NH Sports Plex, 68 Technology Drive in Bedford. Email Coach Rines at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CONCORD NATIONAL LITTLE LEAGUE is accepting registrations for the spring season for children ages 5-12 living south of Pleasant Street. CNLL offers tee ball, pony, minors, majors and challenger divisions. Mail-in registration materials can be found at concordnationals.org. The first walk-in registration session will be held March 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Abbot-Downing School. Contact Alison Nyhan at email@example.com.
Concord High School spring sports signups will be March 6 at 3 p.m. as follows: Softball in mini gym; girls’ lacrosse in student center; girls’ track in girls’ locker room; baseball in boys’ locker room; boys’ lacrosse in media center; boys’ tennis in Room 2039; boys’ spring track in Room 3090. Girls’ tennis will be March 12 at 3 p.m. in Room 2038.
HILLSBORO-DEERING HIGH will have sign-ups for baseball, softball and track and field March 7 at 2:10 p.m. Softball will meet in the gym, baseball will meet in the cafeteria, and track and field will meet in Room 222. All spring sports tryouts and practices begin on the following dates: Softball March 18 from 2:30-5 at the HDHS gym, baseball March 18 from 5:30-8 at the HDHS gym, and track and field March 18 from 2:30-5 at the HDHS cafeteria. All athletes must either have a physical already on file with the school nurse or must have a current physical for 2012-2013 ready to turn into 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.
HENNIKER YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION will hold tryouts for its 2013-14 season as follows: peewees March 4, squirts March 5, bantams March 6 and mites March 8. All tryouts are scheduled for 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Lee Clement Arena at New England College. Visit the HYHA web site at HYHA.com.
RUNDLETT MIDDLE SCHOOL spring track signups will be held March 19 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the school.
NEW HAMPSHIRE COMETS U16 softball team is looking for one player to complete its roster for the 2013 season. Contact Rick Ladd at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-2857.
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.
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.
COE-BROWN NORTHWOOD ACADEMY is seeking a girls’ lacrosse, boys’ lacrosse and JV boys’ soccer coach for the 2013-14 school year. Send a letter of interest, résumé and three references to: Matthew Skidds, Athletic Director, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, 907 First NH Turnpike, Northwood, NH 03261 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact 942-5531 for more information.
John Stark Regional High School has the following coaching openings: 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 9-12), majors (ages 9-12) and senior (ages 13-16). Contact Glenn Mathews at email@example.com or Tara Meader at CNYS2013@gmail.com if interested. There will be two free coaches’ clinics, held at Martin Field, March 30 and April 7 from 9 a.m.-noon for those interested in learning how to coach youth softball.
THE CAPITAL CITY VIPERS (Pop Warner) are looking for experienced cheer coaches for its upcoming season (begining in August) at Tiny Mite (ages 5-7), Junior Midget (ages 10-13) and Midget (ages 11-15) levels. Contact Chanda Dinger, cheer coordinator, at 753-6236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.