A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Friday, December 22, 2017
JV results

Tea Rodney stroked home a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime and the Merrimack Valley girls’ JV basketball team held on for a 33-28 win over Pembroke. Hayley Kenney led MV with 13 points, while Rodney finished with seven. Emily Philbrook chipped in with five points and four steals.

The Hopkinton girls’ JV basketball team outscored Sanborn, 16-5, in the third quarter on the way to a 52-36 win. Sophie Potter, Emily Young and Annie Bamford led the way for Hopkinton, which improved to 5-0.

Shepryd Murdough netted 10 points for the second straight game, but the Hopkinton JV boys’ basketball team lost to Sanborn, 57-30. Evan Jacobsen added six points, while both Daniel Miner and Jack Vallari chipped in with four.

The Hillsboro-Deering JV boys’ basketball team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 37-30 victory over Newport. Jack Ferguson paced the Hillcats with 15 points.

Middle school results

Ben Rose paced the Merrimack Valley Middle School boys’ basketball team with 17 points in a 63-55 win over West Running Brook. Gavin Wheeler chipped in with 11 points for the Pride.

Ryan Carey and Cam Perkins combined for 23 points for the Andover Middle School boys’ basketball team in a win over Franklin.

UNH honors

Brian Carter, a 6-foot-2, 236-pound defensive end for the University of New Hampshire football team, was named to the Phil Steele 2017 FCS Freshman All-America First Team. Carter played in 13 of 14 games for the Wildcats and finished with 28 tackles, 1½ sacks, a fumble recovery and one pass breakup.

Seven University of New Hampshire football players were named to the Phil Steele 2017 Postseason All-CAA Team. Wide receiver Neil O’Connor took home First Team honors after catching 97 passes for 1,396 yards and 10 touchdowns during the season. Defensive lineman Rick Holt was named to the Second Team, while Quinlen Dean, Jae’Wuan Horton, Jake Kennedy, Trevor Knight and Malik Love were all selected to the Third Team.

Players needed

Capital Alliance FC soccer is looking to finalize rosters for its spring seasons. Practices and “soft tryout” nights are Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. for G03, G04 and G05 at Fieldhouse Sports in Bow. Contact Ben Stephenson for more information at 491-3819. G06, G07 and G08 will be Friday evenings from 5-6 p.m. at Fieldhouse Sports. Contact Andy Palhof at 568-7494. Teams will all play in the NEP and cost will average around $425/session for SNHU coaches, tournaments and league play.

NH Lightning 18-plus softball team has an opening for a catcher for the 2018 tournament season. Winter workouts start Jan. 6. Tournaments will be in late June and July. For more information contact Stu Beckett at scb7201@gmail.com.

New England Royals 18U softball team is looking for two players for the summer season. Player fee is $300 and includes uniforms, five tournaments and winter workouts. Tryouts will be at Concord Indoor Sports on Ferry Street from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates: Jan. 21, Feb. 25, March 11 and March 18. Contact Peter Jenovese at 724-5023 or peterjenovese@gmail.com.

NH Lady Cannons 16U White USA Softball team is looking for one player with middle infield or catching experience to complete their 2018 roster. The Lady Cannons hold workouts twice a week at Concord Sports Center beginning in January and will compete in seven tournaments over the summer. Call 496-5397 for tryout information.

Cannons Baseball is seeking players for the 11U and 15U teams for 2018. The head coach is Dale Emerson. The team does not conflict with town league All Stars. The 15U team starts in January with winter workouts and plays June through August. The team does not conflict with high school baseball. The co-head coaches of the team are Bryan Caruso and Matt Tupman. For more information call 224-1655.

NH Comets 12U Blue team is looking to add a pitcher and catcher to complete its 2018 season roster. To schedule a tryout or for more information call 856-5840.

Health Club of Concord is seeking senior tennis players (male and female) 50 and older to play on Wednesday and Friday mornings for mixed doubles. Seniors are eligible for discounted membership that entitles them to full access to the facilities and free parking. There is a nominal court fee to play. Contact Myrna at 224-7787 at the club to join. The Health Club Racquetball League is also looking for experienced players.


Concord Crush spring season registration is now open. Crush offers both boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams for grades 1-8. A Little Crush option is available for those younger than first grade. Registration and details available on the City of Concord Recreation Department website. Deadline to sign up for the spring season is Dec. 31.

Lakes Region Flag Football is accepting registrations for its winter indoor flag football league at the Tilton Sports Center starting in January. There will be coed divisions for ages 8-10 and 11-14 (players’ ages as of Jan. 1). Games are played on Saturday afternoons beginning Jan. 13 and run until March 31. Games for the 8-10 division will be played at 11 a.m., noon or 1 p.m. and 11-14 division games will be at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. Season will start with a combine, one week of practice, six weeks of regular season games, playoffs and a Super Bowl. Registration fee for this official NFL Flag Football league is $125. Register online at lrffl.com.


Ice skating lessons are being offered by Concord Parks & Recreation for basic beginners, beginners and intermediate skaters. Session 2 runs Jan. 6-Feb. 10. Go to concordparksandrec.com or call 225-8690 for more information.

Concord Crush Learn to Play lacrosse clinics will be held this winter. This will be a co-ed clinic for players in grades 1-4. Clinics will be held Monday evenings beginning Jan. 22 and running through March. Clinics will be held at Seacoast Indoor, 10 Ferry St. This clinic is open to all area players. Register through the City of Concord Recreation department website. Cost is $30.

Plymouth State University Softball clinics will start on Jan. 28 with special guests Dick Blood, the former head coach at Cornell University, and Harold Sachs, the former Salem High coach and current pitching coach at Merrimack College. Blood will lead a hitting clinic from 9-10:30 a.m., and Sachs will holding a pitching clinic from 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost for these is $40 per player. Four more clinics will be led by Plymouth State softball coaches and players and will be held on four separate Saturdays; Feb. 3, 17 and 24 and March 3, from 9 a.m.-noon. The cost is $30 per player. There is also a team discount – if five or more players from the same team/league particpate, the cost is $15 per player. All clinics will take place in the Bank of New Hampshire Fieldhouse in ALLWell North on the Plymouth State campus. Contact Bruce Addison at beaddison@plymouth.edu for more information and to register.


Adult open gym, hosted by Concord Parks & Recreation, will be at the Green Street Community Center Gym Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings from 8-10 p.m. from now until April 19. Cost is $3 per visit. For more information go to concordparksandrec.com or call 225-8690.

Lions 7th annual middle school basketball Christmas tournament has openings for one boys’ team and one girls’ team. Tournament is Wednesday and Thursday at Proctor Academy. Entry fee is $100 per team. Contact Dick O’Connell at 934-0245 or xlpdroc@metrocast.net.

Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil, which has helped provide close to 60,000 meals through the generous non-perishable food item donations of patrons over the years, has kicked off its seventh season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The 2.5-mile drive-thru light show features more than two million LED lights throughout the 400 displays. There will be 60 different scenes this year including holiday, patriotic, and racing themes along with the popular Tunnel of Lights which brings visitors into the speedway’s infield. Admission is $20 per car at the gate. Buses are $20 for the first 15 people and $2 for each additional person. The Gift of Lights will run daily through Dec. 31 (except Monday).

Annual Amy Annis Volleyball Tournament is scheduled for Jan. 7 and will begin at 11 a.m. at both the Gilford Middle School and High School gymnasiums. The fundraising event is a fun, recreational co-ed tournament for high school age students through adults. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research, as well as the Amy Annis Scholarship Fund, which is given annually to a graduating senior. The entry fee is $100 and there is a 16-team limit that will be on a first-registered basis. To register or to find out more information, contact Joan Forge at 387-1202, or at forge@worldpath.net.