A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

  • The Concord Boys & Girls Club eighth-grade girls’ basketball went undefeated this past weekend to win the 40th Annual Merrimack Basketball Tournament. Concord defeated the Penacook ICB team, 43-29, in the championship game. Courtesy

Published: 2/4/2019 11:22:16 PM
JV results

The Hopkinton JV boys’ basketball winning streak came to an end following a 58-52 loss to Mascenic. The Hawks were lead by Quinn Whitehead with 20 points and John Jacobsen with 10 points.

Proctor result

The Proctor Academy girls’ varsity basketball team (16-4) defeated Bradford Christian, 68-67. Victoria Morales (32 points, three assists, three steals), Angelique Ngalakulondi (19 points) and Stephanie Davis (nine points, eight rebounds) led Proctor.

UNH award

Taylor Wenczkowski of the University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team was named the Hockey East Player of the Week, after tallying four points against the University of Maine this past weekend. Wenczkowski scored three goals over the weekend, including both game-winners, in 5-2 and 3-2 victories. All three of Wenczkowski’s goals came in the third period.

Plymouth State awards

Loudon’s Warren Bartlett, a senior on the Plymouth State men’s indoor track and field team, and his teammates on the distance medley relay team received the Little East Conference Relay Team of the Week honors. Bartlett, along with Sam Brunnette, Noah Byington and Nate Belanger formed the winning distance medley relay at the Panther Invitational on Saturday. The quartet combined for a time of 10:19.89, setting a school record and running the fastest time in NCAA Division III this season.

■Matt Volonnino of the Plymouth State men’s ice hockey team scored two goals in a 4-3 overtime victory over Worcester State and dished two assists in a 4-3 overtime win over Fitchburg State. Volonnino currently leads the Panthers with 14 goals and is second on the team with 29 points. His nine power-play goals are the second-most in the nation.

■Emelie Lindqvist was named the NEHC Women’s Ice Hockey Goalie of the Week, while Brooke Maggy was selected to the Weekly Honor Roll after the duo helped guide the Panthers to a perfect 3-0 record last week. Lindqvist totaled 121 saves while posting a .976 save percentage and 1.00 goals against average. She matched a career-high 52 saves and added an assist in a 2-1 victory over Amherst College, made 37 saves in a 3-1 win over New England College and added a 32-save effort in PSU’s 4-1 win UMass Boston. Maggy scored a goal and registered three assists over the three games.

College standout

Springfield native and Kearsarge graduate John Cunningham, a freshman on the St. Michael’s Nordic ski team, was the top Purple Knight to cross the line in the 10K freestyle race of the Vermont Carnival, finishing 64th overall, and was also the top St. Michael’s finisher in the 20K classic race, finishing 53rd. St. Michael’s finished ninth out of 16 teams.

Concord Northeast

Registration is now open online for the 2019 Concord Northeast Baseball and Softball season. Visit concordnortheast.com to register. Early registration discount through Feb. 17. Registration ends March 17. Follow the Concord Northeast Facebook page for league updates. Contact league registrar Pam Wicks at pjmac228@gmail.com with questions.

Players needed

Peak FC soccer is looking for spring players for its U10 and U12 boys’ teams. The Peak FC teams play spring soccer at the NEAC Complex in Pembroke. For more information reach out to Bill Nardino at bnardino@peakfc.net.

Summit Field Hockey, a new indoor field hockey club, is looking for U14 and U16 athletes to compete in indoor practices and tournaments. Practices are coached by experienced field hockey coaches. Check out Summit at summitfieldhockey.com.

NH Lady Cannons 18U White USA Softball team is looking for one experienced player to complete its roster for the upcoming season. Contact Kevin McLaughlin at kdmcl@comcast.net.

NH Lightning 14U softball white team is looking for players and pitchers. Contact coach Johnson at 14uwhitemanager@nhlightning.org.

NH Lightning 18-plus team is looking for players, pitchers and catchers. If interested, contact 18plusmanagernhlightning.org.


Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship for any local boys and girls from ages 9-14 will be held Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the St. Paul’s Parish Center on Elkins Street in Franklin. Registration will begin at noon. There is no cost associated with this event. Each contestant will be given a chance to shoot 15 free throws. The winner of each division will be determined by who sinks the most shots. There will be six separate divisions for boys and girls. Trophies will be awarded to the first-place winners. Division winners age nine and over will have a chance to go on and compete at the State of New Hampshire Free Throw Championship. This year’s sponsors are the Knights of Columbus Council 11868 in Tilton, Council 12147 in Franklin, Council 7073 in Bristol and Council 10943 in Belmont. In the event of bad weather, the make up date will be Feb. 17. For more information call Mark Messier at 520-5548.

Public ice skating at the Douglas N. Everett Arena in Concord will continue for the season through March 12. Skating hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $5 (kids under age three are free) and skate rentals are available if needed for an additional $5. Cash or check accepted. Adult stick practice (ages 14 and up) will also be returning for the season through March 11. Practice hours will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10-11:20 a.m. Admission is $10. Helmet and gloves are required and full equipment is recommended. Practice hours will be from 3:30-4:45 p.m. on Friday afternoons. Admission is $10. Full equipment is required.

Adult drop-in basketball hosted by Concord Parks and Recreation for players 18 and older will be at the Green Street gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 8-10 p.m., and at the new Community Center Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.-noon. Fee is $3 for residents (with ID) and $4 for non-residents.


Concord High School and Rundlett Middle School spring sports registration is open and closes on March 4 for CHS and April 15 for RMS. Students must register through FamilyID by that time in order to play. The direct link is familyid.com/organizations/concord-school-district-athletics or visit the Concord School District website sau8.org/departments/athletes, which will provide more detailed information and spring sport schedules. All athletes are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Spring sports meetings for CHS student-athletes will be held on Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. in the following locations: track and field in the aerobics room, softball in room 2047, baseball in the Media Center, girls’ lacrosse in 3087, boys’ lacrosse in 3090, girls’ tennis in room 2042 and boys’ tennis in room 2043. All students who plan to tryout for a spring sport are required to attend this meeting.

Seacoast Express spring soccer season tryout registration is now open. All tryouts are free of charge and will be held on Sunday at the indoor facility at 10 Ferry St., Suite 105 in Concord. The tryouts will be held at the following times for the following age groups: 2011-2009 girls and boys 1-2 p.m.; 2008-2007 girls and boys 2-3 p.m.; 2005-2006 girls only 3-4 p.m.; 2004-2001 girls only 4-5:30 p.m. To register online go to seacoastunitedexpress.org/soccer-club/seacoast-express-united/tryouts/spring-2019-tryouts. For more information contact dbetley@seacoastunited.com.

Alliance FC Premier Boys Soccer Club is holding tryouts for the spring season on Monday and Feb. 18. Tryouts for players born in 2000-01 are from 5-6:30 p.m. and 2002-04 are from 6:30-8 p.m. Alliance FC is seeking skilled high school level players looking for high level training and competition. For more information, please contact Marc Ferland at 224-1388 or marcferland19@gmail.com.

Cap City basketball spring AAU tryout registration is now open. The first tryout in Concord will be Feb. 16 at Bishop Brady High School at the following times, which are broken down by age group: advanced 2nd grade-4th grade girls, 1-2 p.m.; advanced 2nd grade-4th grade boys, 2-3 p.m.; 5th-6th grade girls, 3-4 p.m.; 5th-6th grade boys, 4-5 p.m.; 7th-8th grade girls, 5-6 p.m.; 7th-8th grade boys, 6-7 p.m.; all high school girls, 7-8 p.m.; all high school boys, 8-9 p.m. The second tryout in Concord will be March 10 at Bishop Brady at the following times, which area also broken down by age group: advanced 2nd-6th grade girls, 11 a.m.-noon; advanced 2nd-6th grade boys, noon-1 p.m.; 7th grade-all high school girls, 1-2 p.m.; 7th grade-all high school boys, 2-3 p.m. The tryout fee is $30 and gets players into all seven Cap City tryouts (there are five other tryouts in Manchester and Hampton). For more details about the season and information about the tryouts in Manchester and Hampton, email capcitybasketball@gmail.com or go to capcitybasketball.com.

Central Force AAU basketball program will be holding a two-day tryout for the upcoming spring season on March 9-10 at Winnisquam Middle School. Girls in grades 9-11 will go from 1-2 p.m.; girls in grades 5-6 will go from 2-3:30 p.m.; girls in grades 7-8 will go from 3:30-5:30 p.m.; and boys grades 7-8 will go from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The registration fee is $25. Contact Mark at 340-1281 with any questions.

New England Wolves midget hockey tryouts will be on March 13 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Merrill Fay Arena in Laconia. The season starts the last week in August and runs through mid-November. The team participates in the NEPHL Split Season league, showcase tournaments and playoffs. Tryout cost is $20. Visit ne-wolveshockey.com for details.

Concord Crush Youth Lacrosse registration is now open. There are spring teams for boys and girls in grades 1-8. There’s also a co-ed “learn to play” winter clinic for grades 1-4, and spring clinics for pre-K and kindergarten. Go to concordcrush.com for more details or register through Concord Parks & Recreation.

Merrimack Valley Youth Baseball & Softball registration is now open. Players ages 4-16 residing in Penacook, Boscawen, Webster and Salisbury are eligible to play in MVYBS. Girls residing in Loudon are also eligible for softball. Boys aged 13-15 residing in Andover are eligible to play Babe Ruth baseball with MVYBS. Register at mvybs.org. Contact player agent Scott McPherson at mcphersonnh@gmail.com with any questions.

Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb registration is open. Cyclists who wish to compete in this historic bike race to the summit of the highest peak in the northeastern United States can sign up at mwarbh.org. This event is the only opportunity to cycle the Auto Road which is otherwise closed to bicycles. Registration starts at $150 plus fundraising. Entrants may also participate in the Practice Ride, held on July 14. The Practice Ride is limited to 300 participants. the Hillclimb begins at the base of the 7.6-mile Mt. Washington Auto Road and finishes at the mountain’s peak, 6,288 feet above sea level. This event is the main annual fund-raising event for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany, N.H. Tin Mountain Conservation Center provides environmental and recreational education for children, schools and families in communities in the White Mountains and the Mt. Washington Valley. Questions about registration may be sent to joliver@tinmountain.org.


FieldHouse Sports Little Strikers Soccer Skills Clinics are accepting registrations for its next five-week sessions. The sessions (for ages 3-6) will be held on Tuesday afternoons beginning this Tuesday. Cost for ages 3-4 is $40 while ages 5-6 costs $50. Register online at FieldHouseSports.com, call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Drive in Bow.

FieldHouse Sports Field Hockey Skills Clinic is accepting registrations (coed grades K-6). Beginners are encouraged and the clinic meets Thursday afternoons for five-week sessions. The next five-week session starts this Thursday. Former Bow varsity field hockey coach will lead the sessions. Cost is $65. Register online at FieldHouseSports.com, call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Drive in Bow.

Plymouth State University softball team will host clinics Saturday, Feb. 17 and Feb. 23. These sessions will be led by Plymouth State coaches and players and will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All clinics will take place in Bank of New Hampshire Field House at ALLWell North on the Plymouth State campus. For more information, including costs, team discounts and pre-registration instructions, please refer to the Plymouth State Softball webpage: athletics.plymouth.edu/sports/sball/index.

Concord High softball open workouts for all CHS students interested in playing softball will be held in the CHS mini gym on Sunday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Players will be able to throw, catch, hit and pitch. Contact Duke Sawyer at sawduke2@comcast.net with questions and check Twitter @chstidesoftball for schedule changes.

FieldHouse Sports Soccer Skills and Goalkeeper Clinics are taking registrations for its next six-week sessions. The sessions, which begin Monday, are run by Jorge Pardo of Caramba Soccer Camps and are designed for all abilities (ages 6-60). The clinics meet Monday afternoons and the cost is $60 for ages 6-8 and $70 for ages 9-adult. Register online at FieldHouseSports.com, call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Drive in Bow.

University of New Hampshire field hockey team will be holding a spring clinic/tournament and two summer camps. The April 7 clinic and tourney (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) is open to U14, U16 and U19 high school or club teams, as well as U16 and U19 individuals. Participants will receive instruction from the UNH field hockey coaches and student-athletes. All games will be played at UNH’s Memorial Field. The day includes a minimum of four and maximum of five 25-minute games, 7 vs. 7 play and a one hour pre-tournament clinic. Session 1 of the summer camp will be June 30-July 3 and Session 2 will be July 25-28. The summer camp sessions are open to junior high and high school students as of fall 2019. Players of all skill levels are welcome. Each session includes four days of field hockey instruction and a full evening program. The overnight option includes three meals daily and housing in a UNH residence hall. The day-only option includes two meals daily (lunch and dinner). Registration for all three events is available online at unhwildcats.com.

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