A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Friday, February 09, 2018
JV results

The Merrimack Valley boys’ JV basketball team defeated Kearsarge, 53-29. Bailey Gabour led the Pride with 12 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Trenton Waters with five points. All MV players hit baskets to make the scoresheet. The Pride are 10-4.

The Merrimack Valley girls’ JV basketball team lost to Kearsarge, 46-39. Hayley Kenney led the Pride with 11 points and Taylor Bailey was right behind her with 10. Rhiley Tanguay added six points and Sadie Merrow chipped in five. MV is 10-5.

The Hopkinton girls’ JV basketball team defeated Stevens in a tight 39-37 contest. Bree Hamilton scored eight points for the Hawks and pulled down key rebounds while Maddie Bishop led the team in scoring with 10 points. The Hawks are 10-3 and host Hillsboro-Deering on Friday.

The Hopkinton boys’ JV basketball team defeated Hillsboro-Deering, 41-26. Tom Hoffman scored a game-high eight points for the Hawks while Jack Horne (three points) pulled down 15 rebounds along with three steals and three blocks. Evan Jacobsen (seven points), Danny Miner (five points), Zach Conroy (five points), Michael Oberheim (four points), Shepyrd Murdough (four points), John Jacobsen (three points), and Jack Vallari (two points) all contributed towards the Hawks balanced offense.

Unified result

The Concord High unified basketball team lost a tough game to Bow, 40-28. Miguel Ruiz-Gonzalez and Drew Nadeau scored 10 points each for the Tide while Tanya Blasko chipped in with six points.

Youth hockey

The Concord Coach Lines Squirt 1 hockey team lost to the Dover Wild, 5-3. Jaden Haas scored two goals and Trevor Craigue chipped in one for Concord. Rowan Arndt recorded an assist.

UNH result

The University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team defeated Maine, 71-56. Tanner Leissner led UNH with 21 points and Iba Camara earned his 10th double-double of the season with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Jacoby Armstrong scored his 1,000th career point for the Wildcats. UNH improved to 10-15, 6-5 in America East.

The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team lost to Maine, 77-46. Olivia Healy led the Wildcats with 15 points. UNH is 10-15, 6-6 in America East.

Plymouth State result

The Plymouth State men’s hockey team defeated UMass-Dartmouth, 6-2, to clinch its sixth MASCAC regular season title in seven years. The win locks up a top seed and a first-round by for the Panthers in the conference tournament, which begins Feb. 24.

The Plymouth State women’s basketball team fell to Southern Maine, 67-60. Southern Maine used a 7-0 run over the final four minutes to edge the Panthers. PSU junior Debra Morrill of Concord scored 11 points on 5 of 11 shooting and eight assists. Fellow junior and Concord native Cassidy Emerson scored six points. PSU is 6-16, 2-9 in the LEC.

The Plymouth State men’s basketball team lost to Southern Maine, 71-67. Nashua’s Mike Osgood scored a game-high 25 points for the Panthers (9-13, 1-10 LEC).

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. To schedule a tryout or 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.

NH Lady Cannons 16U White USA softball team is looking to add one player with infield or catching experience to complete its roster for the 2018 season. The team practices twice weekly at the Concord Sports Center and will participate in seven tournaments this summer. For information or to schedule a tryout contact Kevin McLaughlin at 496-5397 or kdmcl@comcast.net.

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 8-10 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 Sunday 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.


Central Force Basketball is holding tryouts for its girls’ team on March 10 at Belmont High School and March 11 at Belmont Middle School. On March 10, grades 5-6 tryout from 9 to 11 a.m., grades 7-8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., grades 9-12 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. On March 11, grades 9-12 tryout from noon to 1:30 p.m., grades 7-8 from 1:30 to 3 p.m., grades 5-6 from 3 to 5 p.m. Tryout fee is $25. Call Mark at 340-1281 for more information.

Michael Carter Williams Starz AAU tryouts for players in grades 8 to 11 will be held Sunday at 20 Kenniston Road, Wilmot, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Please arrive early for registration. Contact Junior Delahoz and Jesus Rodriguez at mcwstarz1@gmail.com or jdelahoz12@gmail.com for more information.

Concord Little League registration event will be held at the Concord Boys & Girls Club on Thursday 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 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 Sunday 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 Monday-Feb. 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 Monday 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.

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.

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: Feb. 22, March 7 and March 21. Registration ends March 31. Send questions to cnysoftball@gmail.com.

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.


Health Club of Concord Tennis Camp is being offered for players ages 7 to 14. Cost is $199 for members, $269 for non-members. The camp will be held Feb. 26 through March 2, 9 a.m. to noon. Email tennisinfo@healthcluborconcord.com or call 224-7787 for more information.

Seacoast United is offering a two-day goalkeeper camp for ages 10 to 16 on March 1 and 2 at the indoor facility in Concord. Andy Pringle, Seacoast United’s director of goalkeeping, will run the camp. Cost is $65 per player. Reach out to Darrell Betley at dbetley@seacoastunited.com for more information.

NHTI men’s basketball clinic will be held on Saturday at the Wellness Center gym on campus from 8:30-11 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.

Concord High softball open workouts for any Concord High student will be hosted by coaches in the Concord High mini gym on Sunday (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 for players age 8-12 starts Sunday. Sessions are Sunday, 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 5:30-6:45 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 is $135. 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.