A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

  • Concord Little League coach Nate Craigue signals for his son Brooks to slide into third base during the first inning at Grappone Park Monday night. Craigue went on to score the first run on a straight steal from third. GEOFF FORESTER

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
JV results

The Hopkinton JV softball team defeated John Stark, 11-8. Lauren Martel and Madison Secore each scored twice for Hopkinton, and Maurgan McGrath made several big plays in the field. Lauren Desrosiers tripled and singled for Stark, while Libby Barnes picked up three hits and two RBI. Kacie Weston pitched well for the Generals with five strikeouts.

Middle School results

The Weare Middle School softball team lost to Cawley, 11-5. Weare’s Madison Porth went 2-for-3 and made a spectacular catch in the outfield. Gracie Bolduc was strong at third base with five putouts. Bolduc also turned a double play.

The Merrimack Valley Middle School softball team (3-5) defeated Pennichuck, 19-0. Livi Lacasse and Emily Kelly shared pitching duties and dealt a no-hitter. At the plate, Lacasse hit a grand slam and scored three runs. Kristen Therrien scored three runs, while Emily Theberge, Samantha Allen, Gabby Stearn and Nora Navoy all scored two runs apiece. Stearn finished with two hits, a double and three RBI.

The Hopkinton Middle School softball team was defeated by Chester, 15-3. Gina Simpkins pitched well for the Hawks, and Kyanna Landry hit a two-RBI triple. Lucy Bamford also got a hit for Hopkinton (6-2).

Youth softball results

Sulloway and Hollis defeated Dick’s Sporting Goods, 14-6. Maddie Kelley pitched three innings of one-hit ball and scored four runs. Ava Mailhiot scored a pair of runs and reached base three times. Lydia Palmer pitched well for Dick’s Sporting Goods with five strikeouts. Alexis Johns scored two runs.

Concord Northeast Local Baskit defeated Bow Plumbing and Heating, 10-8. Local Baskit was led by Abigail Vlacich, who pitcher her first game and reached base twice. Brooke Miller and Laura Lorenze had great nights at bat, adding to an altogether strong team performance offensively. Madison Oppold played well for Bow.

NHTI softball

The No. 4 NHTI softball team lost to top-seed Cleary University, 5-4, in the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association’s Small College Softball World Series. The Lynx head to the loser’s bracket in the double-elimination tournament and will play at noon on Wednesday.


Lea Crompton, a senior at Bow High, will continue her basketball career with the Northern Vermont University-Lyndon State College women’s basketball program, the team announced Tuesday. “Lea is a talented combo guard who can handle the ball, create for teammates and score herself,” Lyndon State coach Sean Lynch said. “She plays the game with a unique toughness, competitive spirit and enthusiasm. Off the court, Lea is humble, kind and has a great sense of humor. I can’t wait to coach her.” Crompton was an All-State honorable mention as a sophomore, junior and senior at Bow.

Bonner Basketball Camp

The Bonner Basketball Camp enters its 15th year and will take place June 25-29 in Concord at Rundlett Middle School, Abbot-Downing School and Christa McAuliffe School for kids in grades 3-12. Register online at bonnercamp.com.


Lady Wildcat Golf Outing with the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team will hold its seventh annual event at Breakfast Hill Golf Club in Greenland on Friday. Head coach Maureen Magarity invites all fans and supporters of the team to come meet the coaching staff, current players and former Wildcat players for a fun day of golf, lunch and camaraderie. Registration fees include 18 holes of golf, a cart, greens fees, a tee gift and dinner following play. Price for participation is $125 in general and $110 for UNH alumni and employees. There is also a lunch only option for $30. Sponsorship opportunities are available and raffle and auction donations are also being accepted. Contact assistant coach Kelsey Hogan at 862-4059 or at Kelsey.Hogan@unh.edu. Online registration is also available at bit.ly/2vmQwrp and information on sponsorships is available at bit.ly/2HEM6Pb.

Concord Little League First Responders Day will be Saturday. Concord Little League will honor the Concord Fire Department, Concord Police Department and the New Hampshire State Police by inviting first responders and their families to a special event at Grappone Park on Liberty Street with a day of baseball games, plenty of food and a brief ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

Pembroke Friends of Football and Cheer is sponsoring its annual fundraiser golf tournament on Saturday at Loudon Country Club. The event will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $100 per person, which includes green fees, golf carts and a catered meal. Prizes will be awarded for first and last place. Contact Michele Bachelder at bachelderm44@gmail.com for more information or to register.

NHTI Athletics Department Golf Series will be held at Beaver Meadow Golf Course on June 8. Cost is $450 for a team of four. Greens fees, cart and dinner are included. The tournament will be a shotgun start beginning at 1:30 p.m. Registrations begins at 12:30 p.m. There will be a silent auction, raffle, closest to the pin, longest drive, and other opportunities to win prizes. The second event is a nine-hole shotgun start tournament at Loudon Country Club on Aug. 21. Teams are $175 for a foursome or $50 per player. Driving range is open at 2 p.m., shotgun start at 3 p.m. with dinner and awards at 5 p.m. Space is limited. To submit a team, contact the NHTI Athletics department at 230-4041 or email phogan@ccsnh.edu.

Hopkinton High Booster Club and football team Color Run will be on June 15 at Houston Field in Hopkinton. Entry fee is $25 and includes a t-shirt. For more information go to events.myschoolcolorrun.com/event/2018-Hopkinton-Hawks-Booster-Club-NH.

Franklin Animal Shelter fundraiser golf tournament will be held June 18 at Canterbury Woods Country Club. The event will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $400 per team, which includes green fees, golf carts, breakfast, lunch and prizes. Go to the franklinanimalshelter.com and click on the “Events” tab for more information or to register, or contact Tom at gsalfranklin@yahoo.com or 671-3909.

5th Annual Save A Stray 5K to benefit the Sullivan County Humane Society will be held at Corbin Covered Bridge in Newport on June 23 at 10 a.m. Register online at pinnaclestrive.com/index.php?n=schs_save_a_stray_5k. Pre-registration fee is $20. Children under 12 are free. Visit sullivancountyhumanesociety.org for more information.

Belmont High senior Wyatt Paquin has been invited to represent New Hampshire on the Down Under Sports golf team in Queensland, Australia on July 5. Paquin will have a chance to compete for both individual and team championship titles, but is required to cover the cost of the 10-day trip. To help Paquin take his talents to an international stage, donations can be made online at DownUnderSports.com/payment/C752-EC08-5BEC.

Concord High School Boys’ Soccer Alumni Game will be held on Aug. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Rundlett Middle School. All former players are welcome. Contact head coach Scott Dunlop at scottdunlop28@yahoo.com with any questions.

Players needed

New England Wolves U14 Hockey is looking for a few more players for the 2018-19 season. The team is open to experienced skaters in born in 2004 and 2005. The Wolves are part of the New England Premier Hockey League and play out of the Plymouth State Ice Arena and Merrill Fay Arena in Laconia. For more information, contact General Manager Andrew Trimble at scoringconcepts@gmail.com or visit the Woldves’ website at AmericanHockeyInstitute.com.

Central Force Basketball is looking for a few girls for its high school teams for the upcoming AAU season. If interested, call Mark Dionne at 340-1281.

Concord Sunset League is looking for baseball players, coaches and sponsors for the upcoming summer season. If you are interested, call Steve at 496-3674 or 224-3377 ext. 16.

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

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 Comets 18U White USA softball is seeking a utility player and pitcher to complete its roster for the upcoming season. The team will play in five Class A tournaments during June and July. Players born in 1999 to 2002 are eligible. For more information, contact Dan Morin at 496-7549 or danmorin@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.

Host families needed

Winnipesaukee Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League are looking for local families to host players for the upcoming summer season. Players typically range from 19-22 years of age and will arrive the first week of June and leave the first week of August. Host families are asked to provide a spare room with a bed, access to shower and laundry facilities, and occasional meals for their player – typically breakfast. Transportation is not required. Host families are offered free season tickets for their entire household, three free weeks of baseball camp for their children, free admission to all other NECBL venues, and access to special events before and during the season. Email hosting@muskratsbaseball.com or call 413-330-6304 for more information.


Post 72 Junior American Legion baseball tryouts will be held on Sunday (registration at 8:30 a.m., tryouts 9 a.m. to noon), June 3 (9 a.m. to noon), June 9 (9 a.m. to noon) and June 10 (9 a.m. to noon) at Farmington High School. Any player age 13-17 who attends any of the following high schools is eligible to tryout: Prospect Mountain, Kingswood, Gilford, Belmont, Moultonborough, Inter-Lakes, Brewster Academy and Pittsfield. Contact coach Gary Noyes at coachnoyes@metrocast.net, 393-8349 (work phone) or 630-1881 (home phone).

Concord Flyers Girls Track & Field program will be opening its 27th season on June 4. The program runs from June through early August and is for girls age 7-15. Practices will be held at Memorial Field in Concord on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-7 p.m. There will also be practice meets Sunday mornings in June from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On Thursday evenings during July, the program participates in open track meets at Merrimack Valley High School at 6 p.m. The fee for new team members is $90 (uniform included) and $80 for returning team members. For more information, call Jack Fraser at 225-4170, text 731-0765 or email jackf438@hotmail.com.

Peak FC, a new non-profit soccer and futsal club launching in June and based out of Pembroke and Concord, will play soccer and train at the NEAC complex in Pembroke and play futsal at the new Concord Community Center. The new club will offer a full-year option (Aug.-June) and also offer seasonal options for kids who are multi-sport athletes. Peak FC will offer beginner and advanced camps, clinics and other training opportunities. Tryouts are scheduled for June 8 and June 22 from 5-8 p.m. at NEAC Fields in Pembroke. There is no cost for tryouts but players must register online at peakfc.net.

Fieldhouse Sports Indoor Facility adult summer leagues are accepting both team and individual registrations. Divisions include: Adult Coed, Men’s Over 30, Men 16 and older (leagues begin June 12-14) and Women’s 16 and older (begins June 25). All abilities are welcome. No experience needed. Teams play one weeknight game a week. Register at FieldHouseSports.com, call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Drive in Bow.


Cap City Basketball Spring Skills & Drills clinics will be held every Tuesday through May 29. Clinics for boys and girls age 4 through fifth-grade beginners are from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and advanced fifth-grade through ninth-grade players will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. All clinics will be held at the Concord Boys & Girls Club at 55 Bradley Street. Cost for all seven sessions $150 pre-paid online, or $160 at the door. Single-day sessions cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

Concord Parks and Recreation field hockey introduction program is being offered for players ages 2-5. The Elementary School Skills program introduces players to the basic fundamentals needed to be successful in the game of field hockey. Classes progress from technical skill work to small game play. This program runs on Tuesdays through June 5 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The instructor is Caitlyn Smith of Seacoast United.

Bow Recreation free field hockey clinic for grades 3-4 on Friday from 2:30-4 p.m. at Bow Elementary School. The clinic will teach the fundamentals of field hockey. Sticks will be provided and players should dress accordingly. Running shoes, mouth guards and shin guards are required. To register, call 223-3920.

UNH men’s basketball team Elite Camp will be on June 23 for players entering grades 9-12 next fall. The camp features personalized skill instruction, 5 v 5 game play, college admission and NCAA Eligibility Center informational sessions, and a reversible UNH jersey. It will take place at Lundholm Gymnasium in the UNH Field House. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. and the session runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Lunch is included in the camp cost of $125. Register online at unhwildcats.com. For questions, contact assistant coach Joshua.king@unh.edu. The team will also hold a Boys and Girls Basketball Day Camp for grades 2-9 from July 23-26.

Crimson Tide Wrestling Camp will be June 25-29 at Concord High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Camp is for wrestlers in grades K-12. Contact Nick Zeras at 785-9705 or nickzeras@gmail.com for more information.

Concord Parks & Recreation Learn to Row program is being offered by Concord Parks along with Concord Crew for students in grades 7-12 from June 25-July 19 . The program runs Monday-Thursday from 5-7 p.m. Attendees will perform light land work on rowing machines, light conditioning exercises and learning the basics of sweep oar rowing and teamwork while out on the Merrimack River. Go to concordparksandrec.com or call 225-8690 for more.

Plymouth State basketball annual summer youth basketball camp will be held from June 25-28 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The camp is designed for boys and girls of all skill levels, ages 7-16. Tuition is $195 for the four-day camp, which will be directed by current women’s and men’s basketball coaches, Allison Flynn and Andrew Novick, along with current and former players and coaches in the local area. The completed application and payment should be mailed to the address listed on the brochure. For more, contact Allison Flynn at ajflynn1@plymouth.edu or Andrew Novick at asnovick@plymouth.edu or call Plymouth State Athletics at 603-535-2770.

Paul Hogan Basketball Camps information for this summer can be found at hogancamps.com or by calling 340-1719. Rip City Basketball Camp at NHTI is June 25-29, girls point guard and post player camp is July 1-3, boys point guard and post player camp is July 5-7, and the 25th annual Specialty Basketball Camp is July 22-26.

Hawks Baseball Camp for players ages 7-15 will be held June 25-28 at Hopkinton High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Dave Chase at 4chaseteam@comcast.net for a flyer and more information.

Hawks Softball Camp is open to all area girls ages 7-14. The camp stresses fundamentals and fun and is led by Hopkinton varsity softball coach Dan Meserve. The camp runs from June 25-28 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Hopkinton High School and the cost is $80, which includes a t-shirt and prizes. Email dmeserve@hopkintonschools.org for more.

10th Annual IHB Youth Baseball Camp to benefit CHaD (Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth) and other local charities will take place June 25-28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily at Sanel Park in Concord. The camp is open to both boys and girls ages 6-13. The cost is $75, which includes two tickets to New Hampshire Fisher Cats home game on June 28 against the Portland Sea Dogs. To register go to ihbbaseball.net or email Camp Director John Bly at coachbly20@comcast.net.

Crimson Tide Youth Cheerleading Camp will be held at Rundlett Middle School from July 9-13. Camp registration forms are available through elementary school physical education teachers or by emailing head coach Laura Norwalt-Owen at lnorwalt-owen@sau8.org.

Tide Jumpers basketball camp is open to students in grades K-2 and will run from July 16-20 from 9-11 a.m. at the City Wide Community Center. Concord High varsity coaches Dave Chase and Tim LaTorra will lead the camp, which will emphasize ball handling, shooting, layups, passing and catching, sportsmanship and the basics of defense. Games are incorporated into each day. Go to concordparksandrec.com or call 225-8690 for more.

Basketball Developmental Camp is open to students in grades 3-4 and is focused on honing individual skills and preparing the camper for next season. The camp will run from July 16-20 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the City Wide Community Center. Concord High varsity coaches Dave Chase and Tim LaTorra will lead the camp. Go to concordparksandrec.com or call 225-8690 for more.

Middle School 3v3 & Shooting Camp is open to students in grades 5-8 and will run from July 16-20 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the City Wide Community Center. Concord High varsity coaches Dave Chase and Tim LaTorra will lead the camp, which focuses on skill development, shooting and understanding how to play three-on-three basketball.

Play On! Soccer Camp will be held at NHTI on July 16-20 for boys and girls in grades 1-3. A second session for grades 4-11 will be led by Heidi Crockett and Derek Johnson.

Seacoast Express United soccer will hold a summer camp at NHTI July 23-27 for the U-10 through U-15 age groups. Cost is $220 per play. Contact Mo Abdirizak at 415-0146 or mabdirizak@seacoastunited.com for more information.