A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Sunday, February 04, 2018

UNH results

The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team defeated UMass, 3-1, thanks to Kohei Sato’s first collegiate goal at 17:43 in the first period. Liam Blackburn opened the scoring for UNH at 2:35 on a power-play goal with assists from Richard Boyd and Jason Salvaggio. Sato’s goal (assisted by Max Gildon and Frankie Cefalu) put the Wildcats up, 2-0, after the first. The Minutemen scored in the second, but Marcus Vela’s power-play goal at 10:59 in the third (Gildon asssited) added some insurance. Danny Tirone made 26 saves. The Wildcats improved to 10-13-5 overall and 5-9-4 in Hockey East. UMass is 11-16-1 and dropped to 5-12-1 in conference play.

The UNH women’s hockey team fell to Maine, 3-0, despite outshooting the Black Bears, 28-16. Ava Boutilier made 13 saves for the Wildcats. UNH is now 13-11-7 overall and 8-8-5 in conference play. Maine is 17-9-4 overall and 11-6-3 in conference games.

Iba Camara had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the UNH men’s basketball team fell to Albany, 83-74. Tanner Leissner finished with 15 points, five rebounds and five assists. UNH dropped to 9-15 overall and is 5-5 in America East. Albany improved to 18-7 and overall and 6-4 in America East.

Carlie Pogue scored 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the UNH women’s basketball team to a 74-68 victory over Albany. The Wildcats, currently tied for third in America East, simultaneously snapped a three-game losing streak and ended the Great Danes’ eight-game winning streak. Kat Fogarty had 16 points and five rebounds and Brittni Lai had 14 points and five assists for UNH. The Wildcats are now 15-8 overall and 6-4 in conference play. Albany is 19-4 overall and 8-2 in conference play.

University of New Hampshire senior Elinor Purrier finished fifth in the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games. Purrier, a member of the UNH women’s track and field team, finished fifth in a field that included former Olympians and national champions. Purrier’s time of 4:31.85 was around two seconds shy of her personal- and school-record time of 4:29.44 that she ran at last year’s Millrose Games.

College standouts

Franklin’s Dana Bean, a sophomore on the Colby-Sawyer men’s basketball team, grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with seven points and two blocks in an 80-63 loss to Husson. Colby-Sawyer is now 13-7 overall and 10-4 in the North Atlantic Conference.

Concord’s Cassidy Emerson, a junior on the Plymouth State women’s basketball team, had her third double-double of the year, posting 12 points and 12 rebounds in a 94-87 victory over Western Connecticut State. Emerson also had four assists and three steals. Concord’s Deb Morrill, also a junior, scored 10 points, dished nine assists and grabbed seven rebounds. The Panthers’ 94 points were the most in a single game in the program’s last 11 years. Plymouth improved to 6-12 overall and 2-8 in Little East Conference play.

Middle school result

The top-seeded Hopkinton Middle School boys’ basketball team fell to No. 2 Auburn, 69-59, in the Tri-County League Division IV championship game. The Hawks finished 11-0 in
regular-season play and 13-2 overall. Ryan Brown and Connor Tewksbury played great defense in the championship. Quinn Whitehead (19 points), Jack Morrall (14 points) and Hunter Boissy (10 points) led the offense.

Youth basketball

The Bow third- and fourth-grade Suburban League team defeated Concord Boys & Girls Club, 55-22. All eight players scored for Bow, with Peyton Larrabee and Jake Reardon leading the team with 14 points apiece.

The Concord Boys & Girls Club seventh- and eighth-grade girls’ team (16-3) defeated Londonderry. Elizabeth Blinn led Concord with 13 points and nine rebounds. Libbey Hicks (nine points), Isabella Rivera (eight points), Martina Pike (eight points) and Jayce Mendez (six points) were the other top scorers for Concord.

Bow K defeated Bow S in fifth- and sixth-grade basketball. Bow K’s offense was led by Barry Duffy (12 points), Adam Folsom (six points), Aidan McMahon (six points) and Jonathan Gancarz (six points). Brady Lambrou and Patrick Walton led the defense.

St. Paul’s results

The St. Paul’s School girls’ varsity hockey team defeated New Hampton, 8-1, behind two goals from Natalie Tulchinsky and two from Gaby Roy.

The St. Paul’s girls’ varsity basketball team defeated Bradford Christian Academy, 46-44. Adia Burrows led St. Paul’s with 17 points.

Tilton results

The Tilton School boys’ varsity hockey team lost to Phillips Exeter, 6-2.

The Tilton JV girls’ basketball team defeated High Mowing, 48-8.

MVYBS registration

Merrimack Valley Youth Baseball & Softball is accepting player registrations for the 2018 season at mvybs.org. MVYBS serves boys and girls ages 4-16 from Penacook, Boscawen, Webster, Salisbury, Andover and Loudon. In-person registration will be held at Penacook Community Center on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. and on March 10 at 10 a.m. For more information contact Scott McPherson at mcphersonnh@gmail.com or 496-3518.

Players needed

N.H. Lightning 14U ASA softball is looking to add a pitcher and infielder for the 2018 season, which will include winter workouts and six tournaments. For more information, contact Will Johnson at willjohnsonnh@gmail.com or 497-0512.

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: Feb. 25, March 11 and March 18. Contact Peter Jenovese at 724-5023 or peterjenovese@gmail.com.

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.

Seacoast Express United soccer is looking for players for the upcoming spring season for the following teams: U9/U10 boys and girls (players born in 2008 and 2009), U12 boys (need a goalkeeper), U13 boys (need three players born in 2005), U14 girls (need three players born in 2004) and U15-U18 boys and girls (all high school ages). Contact Darrell Betley at dbetley@seacoastunited.com.


Concord High girls’ basketball team is fundraising for Kooper Buchholz, a second grader at Christa McAuliffe School who was recently diagnosed with Leukemia and is also the younger brother of Kylar Buchholz, a sophomore on the Crimson Tide team. To donate, please go to gofundme.com/teambuchholz.

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

Frank Monahan Foundation Basketball Showcase will be held Feb. 11 at Bishop Brady High School featuring some of the best prep school basketball teams in the country plus a NHIAA game between Pembroke Academy and Bishop Brady. Proceeds from this event will benefit the James Ceriello Scholarship. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Tickets are valid for all five games. For more information please visit frankmonahanfoundation.org.

Pine Hill XC Ski Area Annual Pancake Brunch will take place at Robb’s Hut on Feb. 24 from noon to 2 p.m.

U18 High School Tennis Preseason Jamboree at the Health Club of Concord will be on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 from noon to 7 p.m. at 10 Garvin Falls Road in Concord. Players will play multiple matches against players of similar ability both days. To register, contact Dave Page at polarbr69@aol.com. The deadline to register is Feb. 20. For more information, contact Gary Roberts (327-4284, gpro66@gmail.com) or Rebecca Killinger (229-2046, killinger888@comcast.net).

NHIAA officials job fair will be held for anyone interested in officiating high school athletics in New Hampshire. The event will take place on April 4 at NHTI from 1-3 p.m. For more information contact Donna Plumb at dplumb@nhiaa.org or 228-8671.


Concord National Youth Softball registration is now open at concordsoftball.org. Girls in grades kindergarten and up in the south end of Concord are encouraged to join. You can also register in person at Abbot-Downing School from 5-7 p.m. on the following dates: Tuesday, Feb. 22, March 7 and March 21. Registration ends March 31. Send questions to cnysoftball@gmail.com.

Concord Little League registration event will be held at the Concord Boys & Girls Club on Wednesday from 5:30-7 p.m. Questions can be emailed to concordnhlittleleague@gmail.com.

Concord Northeast baseball and softball season registration is open at concordnortheast.com. Sign up before Saturday for the early registration discount. Email questions to concordnortheast@gmail.com.

Spartans spring basketball tryouts at the Derry Sports Zone, 7 A Street, in Derry will be on Saturday. Tryouts for grades 3-6 will be from 9-10 a.m., grades 7-8 will be from 10-11 a.m. and high school tryouts will be from 11 a.m. to noon.

Cap City Basketball AAU tryouts will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24 and March 11 for boys and girls in grades 2-10. Players must attend tryouts on all three dates. There will be at least one team for every age group for boys and girls for the upcoming spring season. All tryouts will be held at Bishop Brady High School. Tryout times (same on all three dates) for grades 2-4 will be 2-3:20 p.m., grades 5-7 will be 3:30-4:45 p.m. and grades 8-10 will be 4:45-6 p.m. Cost is $30 in cash or $35 with a check and covers all three tryout dates. Email capcitybasketball@gmail.com with questions.

Penacook Pride AAU girls’ basketball tryouts will be held on Feb. 11 at Boscawen Elementary School. Grades 8-12 will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Grades 4-7 will run from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Contact ICBbasketball@gmail.com.

Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race registration runs Feb. 12-26. Entrants in the race, a grueling 7.6 miles up New Hampshire’s famously steep and scenic Mt. Washington Auto Road, are chosen by a lottery, accessible at mtwashingtonautoroad.com/mount-washington-road-race. Lottery registration opens on Feb. 12 at 8 a.m. and closes on Feb. 26 at 11:59 p.m. Following the close of registration for the lottery, a computer randomly selects the runners who will be entered in the race. The entry fee, charged to those who are selected, is $95. Notification of acceptance or rejection by the lottery will be sent via email to each applicant on March 1. This year’s race will take place on June 16 with a 9 a.m. start.

FieldHouse Sports youth soccer clinics are now open for registration. The next five-week session of Little Strikers soccer skills clinics, for ages 3-6 begins March 3 and meets Saturday mornings. Clinics are instructional, interactive and fun. Cost for Mini Strikers (ages 3-4) is $40 and Little Strikers (ages 5-6) is $50. T-shirt included. Register online at FieldhouseSports.com or call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Drive in Bow.


Free Concord High School softball clinic for capital-area softball players in grades 4-8 will be hosted by CHS coaches and players Sunday. The clinic will focus on hitting and fielding. Players should bring a glove and sneakers. Plan to arrive at the Warren St. entrance of the Concord High gym at 10:45 a.m. The clinic will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check for updates on Twitter @CHSTideSoftball. Email izzylrd@gmail.com or abbyrhere@yahoo.com with questions.

NHTI men’s basketball clinics will be held on Sunday and Saturday at the Wellness Center gym on campus from 8:30 to 11 a.m. The clinics are for boys and girls in grades 3-8. Pre-registered campers can attend for $30, or $35 at the door. Contact NHTI Athletic Director and men’s basketball coach Paul Hogan at phogan@ccsnh.edu, or call 230-4041 for more information.

FieldHouse Sports Soccer Skills and Goalkeeping Clinics will begin on Monday. Six-week clinics (for players ages 6-60 of all abilities) meet on Monday afternoons and are directed by Jorge Pardo, director of Caramba Soccer Camps. Cost is $55 for ages 6-8 and $65 for ages 9-adult. Register online at FieldHouseSports.com, call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Drive in Bow.

Concord High softball open workouts for any Concord High student will be hosted by coaches in the Concord High mini gym on Feb. 11 (1-3 p.m.), Feb. 18 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), Feb. 25 (1-3 p.m.). Players will work on hitting, throwing, catching and pitching. Follow @CHSTideSoftball on Twitter for updates. Contact head coach Duke Sawyer at sawduke2@comcast.net for more information.

Merrimack Valley baseball annual youth clinic series run by MV players and coaches will begin in February. The clinic is geared for players age 8-12. Sessions are Feb. 11, Feb. 18, March 4 and March 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The other three sessions are scheduled for March 12 , March 14 and March 16 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. The clinics are held at Merrimack Valley Middle School. Contact coach Sean Wheeler (848-9533) to sign up for one or all sessions. Space is limited.

Seacoast United Baseball Club clinic will run Feb. 26-27 from 9 a.m. to noon at the SUSC Concord Indoor Facility. Players will receive instruction on a wide variety of general baseball skills and situations and apply their skills during controlled game play on both days of camp. Cost: $135.00. Camp includes a t-shirt with registration. Contact Jordan Anderson at janderson@seacoastunited.com to register.

Umpire certification through the New Hampshire Baseball Umpires Association will be available to anyone interested in umpiring high school baseball in the state for varsity, JV, freshmen and middle school. Classes begin March 25 at 2 p.m. at Laconia High School. Cost is $65. For more information, please contact Baseball Umpire Development Chairman Gary Noyes at 455-2714 or gnoyes76@gmail.com.