A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

  • The four finalists from the Concord City A Tennis doubles match (from left to right) Tomas Gonzalez, Larry Barnes, Mark Blaisdell and Andy Day pose with their respective trophies. Barnes and Gonzalez won on Sunday in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. Courtesy

Published: 7/14/2019 9:01:07 PM
Golf results

DJ Knapton and Jim Steenbeke teamed up and won the Two Ball Best Ball event at Concord Country Club on Sunday with a score of 59. John Gimas and Bob Mielcarz were right behind them with a score of 61 and Bill Krueger and Dan Swacha finished in third place with a score of 63. The ladies of Concord Country Club played a game of match play versus par which uses their full handicap. Marge Bell had a tremendous round and took first place with a stunning score of 9-up. Helen Steenbeke and Lise Swacha tied for second place with scores of 4-up. Third place went to Cheryl Murphy, who finished with a score of 3-up.

Events

Former MLB pitcher Chris Carpenter and current NHL player Tim Schaller will be at the Fisher Cats game on Monday to sign autographs. Carpenter, a Raymond native, won the 2005 National League Cy Young Award and two World Series championships with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006 and 2011. Schaller, a Merrimack native, currently plays for the Vancouver Canucks but played in all 82 games for the Boston Bruins in the 2017-18 season after getting signed for the 2016-17 season.

2nd Annual Drive Out Hunger Golf Tournament to benefit The Friendly Kitchen will be held Friday at Loudon Country Club. It’s a four-person scramble format, with a 7:30 a.m. registration and 8:30 a.m. shotgun start, awards, raffles and food. Contact Val Guy or Sara Curran with questions or to register at 224-7678.

Summer girls’ high school basketball tournament will be held at NHTI on Saturday. Contact Dala Johnson at dalaj21@yahoo.com for more information.

Red Sox pitching legend Luis Tiant will be presenting his new book Son of Havana: A Baseball Journey from Cuba to the Big Leagues and Back with his co-author, Saul Wisnia at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord on July 23 at 6 p.m.

The New England PGA Championship will be held jointly at the Concord Country Club and the Manchester Country Club Aug. 5-7. The tournament has a purse of $90,000 and the top twelve finishers will qualify for the 2020 PGA Professional Championship, with a chance to advance to the 2020 PGA Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco.

47th Annual Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb will be on Aug. 17 at 8:30 a.m. The first male and female finishers will each win $1,500. A cash prize of $750 will also go to the second-place male and female riders and $500 to the third-place male and female riders. This year an additional $500 prize, plus a $250 gift card from State Bicycle Company will go to the top male and female finisher to complete the race on fixed-gear bikes. Registration remains open until the field reaches its capacity of 635 riders. Register for the Hillclimb at 9 a.m. Registration fee is $25 through Aug. 16. Race-day registration is $30 and starts at 7:30 a.m. Register online at wanakeewilderness5k.com. BBQ ($10 adults, $5 kids ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and under), silent auction, live music, swimming and canoeing (with lifeguards present) will be after the race.

NHTI athletic department will host a nine-hole shotgun start golf tournament at Loudon Country Club on Aug. 20. Cost is $225 per foursome or $65 per person. To submit a team for the event, contact the NHTI athletics department at 230-4041 or email Paul Hogan at phogan@ccsnh.edu.

Concord High boys’ soccer alumni game will be Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Rundlett Middle School. All past players are welcome. Contact head coach Scott Dunlop at scottdunlop28@yahoo.com with questions.

Friends of New England College Hockey annual golf outing will be held on Aug. 24 at Beaver Meadow Golf Course. Cost is $125 and includes 18 holes with a cart, NEC keepsake, BBQ and awards. Registration starts at 11 a.m. and shotgun start is at noon. Register at friendsofnechockey.com, contact John Lineberry at pilgrimhockeyfriends@gmail.com, or mail checks payable to: FNEC Hockey PO Box 1233 Concord, N.H. 03302-1233.

13th Annual Friendly Kitchen 5K Race & Walk will be held Sept. 6 at NHTI. The race will start at 5:30 p.m. at the NHTI Quad. All proceeds benefit the Friendly Kitchen. Race includes age-group prizes, a giant raffle, music, light refreshments, a child fun run and corporate competition. The course is flat and fast. Contact pseagroves@ccsnh.edu for more information.

Camps/Clinics/Lessons

Concord Capitols non-contact conditioning clinics for all ages will be held at Martin Field on Iron Works Road on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. Registration is required to participate. Register at concordcapitols.org or email jdiachenko@gmail.com.

Bow High field hockey program will host a World Camp USA 2-day technical skills training camp for grades 6-12 at New England College on Monday-Tuesday. The training is designed as a European camp with up-and-coming international drills, live demos and a fun cultural hockey experience. Register at worldcampusa.com/camps and contact info@worldcampusa.com or Rebecca Cleary at rcleary@bownet.org for more information.

Girls’ Basketball Day Camp will be held at Southern New Hampshire University Monday-Friday for girls in grades 3-9. Sign up at nhhoopskills.com or contact the director Karen Pinkos (SNHU women’s head basketball coach) at 645-9662.

Play On! Soccer Camp will be held at NHTI Monday-Friday 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.

26th Annual Specialist Basketball Camp, part of Paul Hogan Summer Basketball Camps, will held July 21-25 at NHTI. Camp information can be found at hogancamps.com or by calling 340-1719.

NH Lightning two-day softball camp, open to all players ages 7-14, will be July 22-23 at Martin Field in Concord from 9 a.m.-noon, with an optional Pitching/Catching clinic from 1-2 p.m. The cost is $25 for the Fundamentals Clinic and $40 total for the Fundamentals and Pitching/Catching Clinics. Register before May 31 for a $5 discount. Email President@NHLightning.org to sign up.

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.

CARAMBA Soccer Skills Camps, run by licensed coach Jorge Pardo, are accepting registrations. The summer camp in Gilmanton will run from July 22-26, in Chichester from July 22-26, in Concord from July 29-Aug. 2 and Aug. 12-15. Register online at soccerskillscamp.org. For more information call 496-3579 or email carambasoccercamps@gmail.com.

Central Force Basketball will be holding a skills camp on Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at Laconia Middle School. The camp is open to all girls going into grades 5-8 of any skill level. There will be a limited number of openings. For more information and to find the signup form, visit centralforcebasketball.com.

Tryouts/Registrations

New England Storm Jr. Olympic fastpitch softball program is holding tryouts at various locations during July. The Storm currently has 145 players from 60 cities and towns and two states. U10, U12, U14, U16, U18 and 18+ teams are offered. Practices are held at a handful of indoor facilities during the winter months. Visit newenglandstorm.org or email director John Gambale at jgambale.nestorm@aol.com for more information.

Concord Cannons baseball will be offering tryouts for the 2020 season for its 10U-18U teams. The 10U-12U teams will tryout on Monday from 5:30-7 p.m., Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon and Aug. 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. The 13U-14U teams will tryout July 16 from 5:30-7 p.m., Aug. 10 from noon to 2 p.m. and Aug. 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. The 16U-18U showcase teams will tryout on July 16 from 5:30-7 p.m., Aug. 10 from noon to 2 p.m. and Aug. 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. All tryouts will be held at Concord Sports Center and all tryouts are free. To learn more about Cannons Baseball visit concordcannons.com or contact Bryan Caruso at 224-1655 or concordcannons@icloud.com.

Penacook Youth Soccer sign-ups for grades K-12 are on Thursday at Penacook Elementary from 5:30-7 p.m. There will also be a coed high school team this fall. Contact Tami Porter for more information at penacooksoccer@yahoo.com.

Seacoast United Cubs Travel Baseball Club is hosting tryouts at the Seacoast United Concord Indoor Sports Facility on the following dates and times. Tryouts for the 9U/10U team are July 29 (5:30-7 p.m.), July 31 (5:30-6:30 p.m.) and Aug. 12 from 5-6 p.m.). Tryouts for 11U/12U are July 29 (7-8:30 p.m.), July 31 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) and Aug. 12 (6-7 p.m.). Tryouts for 13U are July 30 (5:30-7 p.m.), July 31 (7:30-8:30 p.m.) and Aug. 12 (7-8 p.m.). Tryouts for 14U/15U are July 30 (7-8:30 p.m.), July 31 (7:30-8:30 p.m.) and Aug. 12 (7-8 p.m.). Contact Jordan Anderson at janderson@seacoastunited.com.

NH Lightning travel softball tryouts are scheduled to take place on the following days: 12U and 14U on July 29 (6 p.m.-8 p.m.); 16U, 18U and 18-plus on July 30 (6 p.m.-8 p.m.); 10U on July 31 (6 p.m.-8 p.m.); 10U on Aug. 10 (9 a.m.-10 a.m.); 12U on Aug. 10 (10 a.m.-11 a.m.); 14U on Aug. 10 (11 a.m.-noon); 16U on Aug. 10 (noon-1 p.m.). All tryouts will be held at Martin Field in Concord or at Concord Sports Center in case of bad weather. There are no tryout fees. Email president@nhlightning.org with any questions.

NH Comets Softball tryouts for the 2020 season will be as follows: 10U will be on July 30, 6-8 p.m., Aug. 3, 9-10:30 a.m. and Aug. 10, 9-10:30 a.m.; 12U/14U will be on Aug. 1, 6-8 p.m., Aug. 3, 10:30-12 p.m., Aug. 6, 6-8 p.m., Aug. 10 10:30-12 p.m.; 16U/18U will be on Aug. 3, 12-1:30 p.m., Aug. 6, 6-8:00 p.m. and Aug 10, 12-1:30 p.m. Tryouts will be at Sanel Park, 127 Old Suncook Road, or at the Concord Sports Center if it rains. Contact Bob Palisi at 231-1446 with questions.

Concord Parks and Recreation fall soccer league registration is underway. The department offers leagues for children as young as 4 years old and up to sixth grade. There is limited space in all age groups and pre-registration is required. For more information, call 225-8690 or check online at concordparksandrec.com.

MV Blue Storm fall football league is open for registrations. Blue Storm offers two tackle teams, as well as a flag football team and participates in the New Hampshire Youth Football & Spirit Conference. The season begins the first week of August. Visit nhyfsc.org to register or email Katherine Bucklin Stearns at Kbstearns@icloud.com for more information.

Concord Capitols Football sign ups for grades 3-8 are now available online concordcapitols.org. If interested in playing in the league, contact Jen Diachenko at Jdiachenko@gmail.com or at 608-7470.

Concord High School falls sports registration is now open and will remain open until Aug. 5. All athletes are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Online registration is through FamilyID at familyid.com/organizations/concord-school-district-athletics. Visit the CHS website, chs.sau8.org, and look under Athletics for additional information.

Rundlett Middle School fall sports registration is now open and will remain open until Sept. 6. All athletes are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Online registration is through FamilyID at familyid.com/organizations/concord-school-district-athletics. Visit the RMS website, rms.sau8.org, and look under Athletics for additional information.

Hillsboro-Deering High School fall sports will begin Aug. 19 for all teams, except for football (Aug. 16) and bass fishing (Aug. 12). Football practice will begin at 7:30 a.m. on the HDHS football field, while the details of bass fishing practice will be announced at a later date. For the other sports starting on Aug. 19, girls’ soccer tryouts will start at 7:30 a.m. at the HDHS soccer fields, boys’ soccer will start at 9 a.m. on the HDHS soccer fields, cross country will start at 9 a.m. at Grimes Field, girls’ volleyball will start at 8 a.m. in the HDHS gym and golf tryouts will be held at Angus Lea Golf Course at 2 p.m. All athletes trying out must have a physical on file with the athletic trainer, school nurse, or have a current physical to turn in to the coach. All athletes must also have current ImPact test results on file with the athletic trainer. Athletes will not be able to participate until both items are completed.

Merrimack Valley High School fall sports start on Aug. 19, except for football, which begins with the equipment handout on Aug. 15 from 5-7 p.m. and the first practice on Aug. 16 at 8 a.m. All other sports (boys’ soccer, girls’ soccer, field hockey, cross country, bass fishing and spirit) being on Aug. 19 at their respective game fields at 8 a.m. All Interscholastic Athletic Agreement forms must be turned in by Aug. 17 for football players and Aug. 20 for all other athletes. All athletes must also have a current physical (given after Jan. 1 of eighth-grade year) and ImPact test results (needed every two years) on file in order to participate.

New England Wolves U16 full-season hockey team, coached by former NCAA hockey player Greg Lenti, will include 2-3 practices on ice per week, skill sessions all fall with the Wolves EHL Jr. coaches and director of player development Tim Kunes, competition in the NEPHL and United Tier 1 League, use of Wolves video room and JR Facilities, two workouts a week (minimum) and use of synthetic ice at Wolves training center (465 Province Rd. in Laconia). Uniforms and apparel included in tuition. For more info or to try out contact GM Andrew Trimble at scoringconcepts@gmail.com.

Concord Cannons Fall Baseball league is now accepting registrations for individual players and full teams looking to play this fall. The league consist of three divisions 12U, middle school and high school. Teams will play 14 games and practice weekly at Concord Sports Center. For more information please contact Bryan Caruso concordcannons@icloud.com or by calling 224-1655.

Players/Coaches needed

Concord Capitols Independent League Baseball team is looking for additional players, age 16-20, with high school baseball experience or first-year college baseball experience. Contact Skip Foy at 568-5477 or email Skip@SkipFoyInsurance.com.

Concord Sunset Baseball League is looking for one more coach and sponsors for the current season. If you are interested please call Steve at 496-3674 or 224-3377 ext-16.

Anyone interested in paddling canoes, kayaks and paddleboards is cordially invited to join The Tuesday Night (5 p.m.) Paddle-Together Group in Contoocook. For more details, contact Tom Walton at twalton@nedelta.com or 731-5210.




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