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

  • 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

  • Bishop Brady table tennis players swept the Nashua Table Tennis Club’s Winter Classic Tournament titles. Sophomore Joe Bergeron edged teammate junior Wil Spencer in the boys’ final, while sophomore Jaidan Bergeron did not lose a set all tournament to win the girls’ crown. Courtesy

Published: 2/23/2019 12:00:52 AM

JV results

The Hopkinton JV boys’ basketball team concluded the regular season with a commanding 58-21 win over Newport. Every player on the Hawks’ bench scored, led by Noah Gillis with seven points and Jack Vallari with six.

■The Coe-Brown JV boys’ basketball team lost to ConVal, 43-26. Jack Lano (13 points) and Cole Smith (six points) led Coe-Brown.

Youth basketball results

The Thunder Concord Boys & Girls Club fifth- and sixth- grade girls’ team (19-6) defeated Derry, 22-2. Katie Blinn (eight points), Kayla Smith (seven points), Gabby Tarsa (two points) and Briar Halle (two points) were the top scorers for the Thunder. Ally McGonigle and Wren Amrol led the defense.

Prep school results

The St. Paul’s School varsity boys’ basketball team defeated St. Sebastian’s, 58-52. Weare’s Parker McQuarrie contributed four points in the Big Red’s victory.

■The Tilton School varsity boys’ hockey team defeated New Hampton, 4-1, in the Lakes Region semifinals.

■The Proctor Academy varsity boys’ hockey team fell to Kimball Union, 4-1.

College standout

Bow’s Tom Blandini, a junior on the Southern New Hampshire University baseball team, went 1-for-1 with a stolen base in the Penmen’s 7-4 victory over Mercy. SNHU improved to 3-2 with the win.


Plymouth State University softball team will host clinics on Saturday. These sessions will be led by Plymouth State coaches and players and will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bank of New Hampshire Field House at ALLWell North on the Plymouth State campus. For more information, 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.; March 3 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; March 10 from 9-11 a.m.; and March 17 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.

Concord Parks and Recreation youth floor hockey program will be held on Saturdays at the new City Wide Community Center from early March until mid-April. Program is for ages 5-11. Registration deadline is Friday. More information is available at concordparksandrec.com.

Cap City Basketball clinic will be on March 2 at Bishop Brady High School. Boys and girls in grades 4-6 will go from 4-5:30 p.m. and boys and girls in grades 7-9 will go from 5:30-7 p.m. Age- and skill-appropriate groups will be formed for shooting, ball handling, footwork drills and competitive play. Cost is $25 cash or check at the door.

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. Registration for all three events is available online at unhwildcats.com.

Pass Set Crush volleyball camp is available for girls entering grades 7-9 in the fall. This is an overnight adventure camp with a concentration in volleyball. The camp is located at Geneva Point Center on Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough. The two sessions are July 7-11 and July 14-18. Plymouth State University women’s volleyball coach Joan Forge directs the camp and the staff features several New Hampshire volleyball coaches. In addition to two daily sessions of volleyball, the camp offers swimming, boating, yoga, water carnival, campfires, beach BBQ and more. Campers are housed in cabins with supervision, three meals are served daily, a nurse is on staff 24 hours a day, and the three beaches are staffed with lifeguards. Contact Joan Forge for more information at 387-1202 or visit passsetcrush.com.

Panther Volleyball Day Camp, hosted by Plymouth State University women’s volleyball coach Joan Forge, will be held on July 22-25. This camp will feature two sessions. Panther Camp One is 9 a.m.-noon for girls entering grades 5-8 and is designed for beginner to intermediate players. Players will have fun while learning the basic fundamental skills, rules and strategies to be successful playing the sport of volleyball. Panther Camp Two is 1-5 p.m. for girls entering grades 9-12 and is designed for beginner, intermediate and advance players who want to play and excel at the high school level. The players will be challenged with improving their basic fundamental skills and will be given the opportunity to learn more advanced strategies, position specific skills, transition and concepts of team play. For information please contact Joan Forge at jcforge@plymouth.edu or call 603-387-1202.

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.


13th Annual SpringAhead 5K Road Race will be held on March 9 at NHTI at 11 a.m. Celebrate the time change by running a race on a flat and fast course that benefits NHTI cross country programs. There will be age awards, light refreshments and a spring-themed raffle. Contact pseagroves@ccsnh.edu.

Hillsboro-Deering Winter Sports Awards Night will take place on March 14 in the high school gymnasium at 6 p.m.

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.


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 Thursday 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 Parks and Recreation spring basketball league registration for players 4 years old through second grade is open. Registration deadline is March 4. More information is available at concordparksandrec.com.

Concord Northeast Baseball and Softball registration is open online. Visit concordnortheast.com to register. 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 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 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 ages 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.

Merrimack Valley Blue Storm Lacrosse registration for the spring season is now open. Go to mvbluestormsports.com to register or email kbstearns@icloud.com with questions.

Hillsboro-Deering High School spring sports sign-ups will be on March 4 at 2:20 p.m. in the following locations: baseball in the ISS room, softball in the cafeteria and track and field in the gym.

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.

Cap City basketball spring AAU tryout registration is now open. There will be a tryout in Concord on March 10 at Bishop Brady at the following times, which are 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.

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.

Granite State Raiders basketball tryouts/registrations will be held on March 17 at Bishop Brady High School. Grades 6-8 will run from 9-10 a.m. while grades 9-11 will run from 10-11:30 a.m. Registration fee is $30. For more information, contact Frank Alosa at 491-2495.

Hillsboro-Deering High School spring tryouts for the following sports on March 18: baseball in the gym from 2:30-5 p.m.; softball in the gym from 5:30-8 p.m.; and track and field in the cafeteria/outside lots from 3-5 p.m.

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. Questions about registration may be sent to joliver@tinmountain.org.

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