A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

  • The Thunder 5th/6th grade Boys & Girls Club girls’ basketball team pose after the championship game against Bedford. Front row (left to right): Sydney Fye, Mia Katane, Gabby Tarsa, Ally McGonigle, Jillian Nailor. Back row (left to right) Coach McGonigle, Coach Blinn, Briar Halle, Lexi Farr, Katie Blinn, Wren Amrol, Kayla Smith, Coach Nailor. Courtesy

Published: 3/19/2019 7:27:34 PM
Youth basketball

The Thunder 5th/6th grade Boys & Girls Club girls’ basketball team (24-8) lost in the championship game to undefeated Bedford. The Thunder held Bedford to a season low in points, but was unable to generate enough offense. Team members include Sydney Fye, Mia Katane, Gabby Tarsa, Ally McGonigle, Jillian Nailor, Briar Halle, Lexi Farr, Katie Blinn, Wren Amrol and Kayla Smith.

John Stark spring sports

The John Stark spring sports parent/athlete meeting is scheduled for March 28 at 7 p.m. in the high school gym. After a brief presentation by the athletic director, parents and athletes will be sent to various classrooms to meet with coaches. All athletes and at least one parent/guardian are expected to attend. If you cannot attend, you must contact your child’s coach to make alternate arrangements.

Ski award

The Mt. Sunapee Area Ski Club is honoring Garry George, the longtime Proctor Ski Area manager and coach, as the 25th recipient of the John W. McCrillis Award at Mt. Sunapee on Saturday. The award is given to someone who has made a large contribution to the sport of skiing. A reception starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and an award presentation. Reservations can be made by calling Mt. Sunapee at 763-3500. Cost is $30 per adult and $15 per child. Dress is coat and tie or equivalent.


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 Sunday. 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 Monday. 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.

Paul Hogan Basketball Camps will be held at NHTI on the following dates throughout the summer: Rip City Basketball Camp (June 24-28 and July 8-12), Girls Point Guard/Post Player Camp (June 30-July 2), Boys Point Guard/Post Player Camp (July 5-7) and the 26th Annual Specialist Basketball Camp (July 21-25). Information on all camps can be found at hogancamps.com or by calling 340-1719.

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.

Play On! Soccer Camp will be held at NHTI July 15-19 for boys and girls in grades 1-3. A second session for grades 4-11 will be held under the direction of Coach Heidi Crockett & Derek Johnson.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

Central Force Basketball is looking for a few more girls for their 5/6th grade girls’ team for the upcoming season. Call Mark at 340-1281 for more information.


John Stark winter sports awards night for all athletes, parents and family will take place on Wednesday. The evening will start in the cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. for dessert and beverages before moving to the gym at 6 p.m. where all teams will be recognized and Sportsmanship and Scholar-Athlete awards will be presented. The evening will conclude by programs moving into individual classrooms for team specific recognition.

15th Annual NHTI/Delta Dental 5K Benefit Road Race will be held on April 19 at 6 p.m. A kids fun run will be at 6:45 p.m. Email race director coach Paul Hogan at phogan@ccsnh.edu.

Summer boys’ and girls’ high school basketball tournaments will be held at NHTI this summer. The boys’ tournament will be July 13. Contact Paul Hogan at phogan@ccsnh.edu for information. The girls’ tournament will be on July 20. Contact Dala Johnson at dalaj21@yahoo.com for information.


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