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

  • Concord All-Star Nick Reynolds beats the tag at first base in the fourth inning against Laconia on Friday, July 13, 2018 at Grappone Park. GEOFF FORESTER

  • Bailey Cassin throws the ball infield during a Capital Area 8U All Stars softball team practice at Sanel Park in Concord on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. The state champion team is heading to the regional tournament. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) ELIZABETH FRANTZ

  • The Capital Area 8U All Stars state champion softball team practices at Sanel Park in Concord on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, before heading to the regional tournament. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) ELIZABETH FRANTZ

  • Concord Little League All-Star Nick Reynolds slides in safely as Laconia shortstop Ben Beaudoin tries to apply the tag in the second inning at Grappone Park in Concord on Friday, July 13, 2108. GEOFF FORESTER

Published: 2/10/2019 10:49:24 PM
Youth basketball

The Concord Boys & Girls Club Thunder fifth- and sixth-grade basketball team improved to 15-5 with a 33-24 win over Hollis Brookline. Kayla Smith led the team with a game-high 17 points, while Gabby Tarsa added six. Defensively, Ally McGonigle and Mia Katane held the Thunder hold HB to eight second-half points.

■The Concord Parks & Rec seventh- and eighth-grade Blue Knights boys’ basketball team knocked off the Black team, 40-26. Zack Doward finished with 19 points and Alain Twite added 11. Aba Massaquoi played excellent as point guard. For the Black team, Gavin Richardson added nine points while Nate Wachter was strong defensively and on the glass.

Middle school results

Both the Hopkinton Middle School Nordic ski teams landed athletes in top positions at the New Hampshire Nordic Coaches Series Classic Race in Conway. Ava Rothe (eighth), Ellie Clarner (18th) and Liam O’Brien (20th) were some of the top finishers. Natalie Noble, Jonas SInger and John Newsom also performed well on a fast, slick course.

College standouts

University of New Hampshire freshman Chris Pinkham (Concord) finished sixth overall in the standings and won his heat in the 500 meter run with a time of 1 minute, 4.70 seconds during the David Hemery Valentine Invitational meet at Boston University. Junior Matthew Adams (Concord) finished 25th in the event, while Ian Daly placed 33rd and set a new personal best at 1:06.17.

■Southern New Hampshire junior Tom Blandini (Bow) finished 1-for-4 and scored a run for the Penmen baseball team during a 4-3 loss to California State University, San Bernadino. The Penmen lost the second game of the doubleheader as well, falling 8-5.

Prep results

The St. Paul’s School wrestling team finished fifth during the Class A wrestling tournament. The Big Red finished with 121 points. Northfield Mount Hermom won with 306.5.

Events

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 (goalies have free entry). 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 (goalies have free entry). 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.

Tryouts/Registrations

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.

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

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.

Concord National Youth Softball registrations are open for girls ages five and up. Register online at concordsoftball.org or in person at Abbot Downing School from 4:30-6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Feb. 19, Feb. 21, March 4, March 6, March 12 and March 14. Email cnysoftball@gmail.com with questions or follow the CNYSoftball Facebook page.

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.

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 on Saturday 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.

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.

Camps/Clinics/Lessons

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.

Plymouth State University softball team will host clinics Sunday 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.

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.

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. For more information or to schedule a personal tryout, contact Kevin McLaughlin at kdmcl@comcast.net.

NH Lightning 14U softball white team is looking for players and pitchers. If interested in playing, contact coach Johnson at 14uwhitemanager@nhlightning.org.

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


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