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A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

JV results

The Merrimack Valley girls’ JV basketball team opened the season with a 46-28 win at Saint Thomas. Katelyn Hill and Izzy Hoyt each scored 10 points to lead MV, while Sammi Osborne and Sierra Dube added six apiece. Jillie Heath and Megan Johnston paced a Pride defense that gave up only six points in the second half.

Middle school results

Rundlett Middle School wrestled against Keene and Mount Anthony Union, Vt., with the rookies stealing the show for the Blue Dukes. Chris Walsh, Sam Wagner, Noah Merfeld, Aris Manzombie, Adamson Munyembabazi and Brendan Pearl each earned thier first victories. Devon Gilligan, Sal Rinaldi and Alex Buteau wrestled well.

Youth hockey

The New Hampshire Distributors, Inc. Concord Capitals Squirt 2 hockey team defeated South Boston, Mass., 4-3. Ben Bourgault, Cam Brown, Heath Mann and Parker Savoy scored, with assists from Ben Marceau, Aidan Pope and Emma Lariviere. Concord beat the Back Bay Squirt 1 team, 8-1, behind goals from Cooper Leppard, Jake Marcoux, Brian McDonough, Savoy, Marceau (two) and Pope (two). Matt Wheeler and Colby Despres (two) were among seven players with assists. Goalies Adam Omundson and Troy Nelson made a total of 27 saves splitting time in the two games.

∎ The Shaheen & Gordon Mites handled Dover, 9-1, behind goals from Dawson Fancher (two), Evan Crandlemire (two), Dylan Garvin (two assists), Nathaniel Johnson and Jordan Dustin. Chili Cabot (two assists) and Gage Winter (assist) also contributed. Brendan Heppler was strong in goal. Concord lost to the Manchester Inferno, 3-1, with the lone goal coming from Crandlemire on an assist from Winter.

∎ The Concord Police Patrolmen’s Squirt 3 Capitals fell to the NH East Eagles, 4-2. Both Capitals goals were scored by Jacob Orlen with assists from Trevor Brown.

∎ The Concord Capital Sig Sauer Academy Squirt 1 team beat Framingham, 2-1. Joey Ala (from Mark Hinkell and Tyler Coskren) and Coskren (from Ryan Philbrick) scored, while John Hinkell played well in goal.

∎ The Henniker Huskies Parker, Blake and Cole Contractors Bantams fell to the NH Jr. Monarchs, 4-2. Aidan Molnar and Braedon Miller (from Garrett Sprenger) scored. Chase Buckman and Keith Lehrman were tough on defense.

∎ The Henniker Huskies Firman Electric PeeWee 2 team lost to Hanover, 10-0. Connor Rogers, Noah Miller and Zachary Urban all played strong. The Huskies also lost to Upper Valley, 9-0. Strong offense was provided by Nathan Firman and Andrew Nordstrom. Austin Lunt was in net for both games.

∎ The Henniker Huskies Luba Richter DMD Squirt 2 team beat Nashua, 3-1, behind goals from Levi Jones, Owen Jones and Ben Mordarski (from Dillon O’Sullivan). Bridget Lynch had an excellent game at forward, Luca Colon and Aidan King played solid ‘D’ while Aidan Miller was outstanding in goal.

Youth basketball

In 5th- and 6th-grade girls’ basketball, Bow Team 1 defeated Antrim. Brennah Gardner led all scorers with 15 points and seven rebounds. Barrie Guertin (four points) played tenacious defense with five steals, Brooke Briehl (four points) ripped down four rebounds, and Adrianne Brummet (five points) played a strong game.

∎ In 3rd/4th boys’ basketball, Bow 3 beat Bow 2, 35-17. The leading scorers for Bow 2 were Matt Lamey (13 points) and Ryan Lover (six). Owen Guertin and Ethan Clark stood out defensively. In the losing effort, Alex Boisvert led offensively with 12 points. Andrew Conley added four, and Dylan Gazaway was strong defensively with five blocks.

Proctor result

The Proctor Academy girls’ varsity hockey team beat Kents Hill, 5-1, on Saturday after beating KUA, 2-0, on Friday.

St. Paul’s result

The St. Paul’s School boys’ varsity basketball team picked up its first win of the season against Thayer, 55-50. Ten straight points from Ethan Schlager (18 points, nine assists, nine rebounds) thrust the Big Red into the driver’s seat and they used defense and free throw shooting to hold on down the stretch. Jackson Gates (19 points, nine assists) and Hopkinton’s Andrew Thomson (10 rebounds, six points) also had strong games for St. Paul’s (1-3, 1-2 ISL).

Tilton School results

The Tilton School girls’ hockey team beat KUA, 2-1, behind goals from GB Manganiello (from Gilford’s Riley Nichols) and Tiana Cass (from Manganiello and Nichols). Sarah Erban played well in goal.

∎ Tilton’s girls’ varsity basketball team beat Marianapolis Prep, 58-41, to win the Blackburn Tournament hosted by Worcester Academy. Rainey Cox (16 points, six rebounds), Jillian Fama (10 points, 10 rebounds) and Cori Marshall (nine points) played well for Tilton (3-0), while Maureen Taggart and Cassidy Derda (14 points, four rebounds) were named to the All-Tournament Team, and Cox was named MVP.

College standouts

Dunbarton’s Brooke Simmons, a freshman on the Franklin Pierce indoor track team, finished seventh in the triple jump (10.79 meters) and ninth in the long jump (4.94), while Northwood’s Samantha Toscano was eighth in the long jump (5.03) for the Ravens at the Jay Carisella Invitational.

∎ Concord’s Antoine Gisore, a sophomore at Franklin Pierce, posted the Northeast-10 Conference’s top time thus far in the mile with a 4:16.26 to finish third at the Jay Carisella Invitational. Teammate Makopa Rugabirwa, also from Concord, placed fifth in the mile (4:19.17) and was seventh in the 3,000 (8:44.90), ranking third in the NE-10 in the event. Loudon’s Chris Bohi tied for sixth in the pole vault (3.8 meters).

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.

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.

Camps/clinics/lessons

FIELDHOUSE SPORTS is accepting registration for its Indoor Soccer Skills Clinics for ages 6 to adult. The next six-week session of clinics begins today 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.

Softball clinics are being hosted by the Concord Sports Center and the NH Lady Cannons from 8-9 a.m. as follows: Saturday (pitchers and catchers). Cost of each clinic is $35. Contact Russ Saucier at Russ.saucier@me.com.

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.; 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.

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 through mid-February; ice skating lessons (ages 4 to adult) for beginner to intermediate skaters Jan. 4-Feb. 8 (space is limited; register at the 14 Canterbury Road office, by mail, online or by fax – not at the arena). 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

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.

VILLAGE SPORTS in New London is offering free ice skate and snowshoe rentals through Sunday. 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 Dec. 23; space is limited. Call Fieldhouse at 226-4646 to register, or stop in at 12 Tallwood Drive in Bow.

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.

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. 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.

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