A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

  • The Thunder girls’ fifth- and sixth-grade Boys & Girls Club basketball team (23-6) won four games to win the Bow Invitational championship. The Thunder beat Stratham, 36-31, in the final. Thunder team members are: (front row left to right) Mia Katane, Gabby Tarsa, Sydney Fye, Jillian Nailor, Ally McGonigle, (back row left to right) coach Nailor, Briar Halle, Lexi Farr, Kayla Smith, coach Blinn, Katie Blinn, Wren Amrol and coach McGonigle. Courtesy

  • The Bow Memorial School girls’ team (28-0) won four games to claim the 34th Annual Bow Basketball Invitational title. The Lady Wildcats beat Goffstown (45-18), Dover (52-40), Jaffrey-Rindge (50-24) and Winnisquam (71-38). Bow was led by Isabella LaPerle (12 points per game) and Alexandra Larrabee (11 points per game). Team members are: (front row left to right) Juliette Tarsa, Kate Labrecque, Isabella LaPerle, Lyndsey LaPerle, Kendall Murray, Sidney Roberge, (back row left to right) Sabrina Bernard, Catherine Windsor, Ellie Pingree, Alexandra Larrabee, Rachel Pelletier and Emily Kiah. Courtesy

Published: 3/4/2019 11:11:07 PM
Plymouth State notes

After winning the MASCAC conference title over the weekend, the Plymouth State men’s ice hockey team will play at Hobart College in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday. The Panthers (17-7-3) defeated Salem State, 3-0, to claim the MASCAC title, while Hobart (19-7-2) received an at-large bid after falling to Norwich, 2-1, in the NEHC championship game. Plymouth State is seeking its first NCAA Tournament victory. The Panthers previously qualified for the NCAA Tournament twice, most recently in the 2014-15 season. Ryan Stevens was named the MASCAC Player of the Week and earned the MASCAC tournament MVP selection after dishing three assists in a 6-1 semifinal victory over Worcester State and scoring the game-winning goal and assisting on another in the championship game.

■Loudon’s Warren Bartlett, a senior at PSU, was one of three members of the men’s indoor track and field team to earn NCAA Division III All-New England honors. Sam Brunette and Terrell Lewis were the other two Panthers to earn the award. Bartlett earned All-New England honors for his performance in the mile over the course of the season, notably setting the school-record on Feb. 9. Bartlett and Brunette will both compete in the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.

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


Franklin High School Winter Sports Banquet is scheduled for Thursday starting at 6 p.m. in the FHS cafeteria. A pot luck meal and dessert will be served with the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams responsible for bringing main dishes and the indoor track and field team responsible for bringing desserts.

13th Annual SpringAhead 5K Road Race will be held on Saturday 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 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 Monday. 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 softball open workouts for all CHS students interested in playing softball will be held in the CHS mini gym on Sunday 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.

Merrimack Valley Blue Storm Lacrosse is offering youth clinics on Sunday at Boscawen Elementary School. The girls’ clinics will start at 3 p.m. and the boys’ clinics will start at 4 p.m. No equipment necessary. Go to mvbluestormsports.com for details or contact kbstearns@icloud.com.

Free Concord High School softball clinic will be on Sunday for players ages 8-13. Clinic will be in the CHS mini gym from 9-11 a.m. Check-in starts at 8:40 a.m. Bring glove and bat if you have one. Clinic will be run by CHS players and coaching staff and will include fielding and hitting instruction. For changes and updates check @CHSTideSoftball on Twitter. Email abbyrochette2019@yahoo.com with questions.

FieldHouse Sports Indoor Sports Facility Little Strikers soccer skills clinics are accepting registrations for the next five-week session for ages 3-6. Tuesday afternoon clinics begin March 12. Clinics are instructional, interactive and fun. Cost is $40 for Mini Strikers (ages 3-4) and $50 for Little Strikers (ages 5-6). T-shirt included. Register online at FieldhouseSports.com.

NH Lightning Softball Club is inviting all softball players ages 7-12 to a free softball fundamentals clinic run by the NH Lightning and experienced coaches and players on March 24. Registration begins at noon and clinics run from 12:30-2 p.m. at Concord Sports Center on Whitney Road in Concord. For information or to pre-register, contact president@nhlightning.org.

FieldHouse Sports Indoor Facility Soccer Skills and Goalkeeper Clinics are taking registrations for the next six-week sessions, directed by Jorge Pardo of Caramba Soccer Camps, which begin March 25. Clinics are for all abilities, ages 6-60, and meet Monday afternoons. 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.

Training for new field hockey officials will take place on March 27, April 3 and April 10 at the NHIAA in Concord from 6-8:30 p.m. Understanding the rules, officiating mechanics and situational play will be among the topics discussed during the classroom dates, and the training will extend to on the field in the spring and summer. The fee is $25 and a registration form can be completed at the New Hampshire Field Hockey Umpires Association’s website (nhfua.org). Email Cathy Pease at cathyatreach@gmail.com for more information.

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.

Pass Set Crush volleyball camp is available for girls entering grades 7-9 in the fall of 2019. 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 and outstanding high school and college players from around the country. In addition to two daily sessions of volleyball, Pass Set Crush offers swimming, boating, yoga, water carnival, campfires, beach BBQ and more. Campers are housed in cabins with supervision, three nutritious meals are served daily, a nurse is on staff 24 hours a day, and the three beaches are staffed with lifeguards. Please contact Joan Forge for further 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.


Rundlett Middle School spring sports registration is currently open and closes on April 15. 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.

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 Wednesday, March 12 and March 14. Email cnysoftball@gmail.com with questions or follow the CNYSoftball Facebook page.

Merrimack Valley Youth Baseball & Softball registration is currently open and closes on Saturday. 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.

Franklin spring sports sign-ups are now posted at Franklin Middle School and Franklin High School. Electronic registrations can be completed at FamilyID.com. Contact Athletic Director Dan Sylvester at dsylvester@sau18.org with any questions.

Central Force AAU basketball program will be holding a two-day tryout for the upcoming spring season on Saturday-Sunday 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 Sunday 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 will be 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.

FieldHouse Sports Indoor Facility youth and adult, team and individual indoor soccer league sign-ups for the eight-week session running April through mid-June. Adult leagues (Women 25+, Men 18+, Men 30+, Adult Coed) begin the week of April 16 and play weeknights. Youth leagues (ages 8-18) begin the week of April 20 and play on Saturdays. Register online at FieldHouseSports.com, call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Drive in Bow.

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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