A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

  • 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: 1/9/2020 10:49:49 PM
Modified: 1/9/2020 10:49:11 PM
Middle school

The Rundlett Middle School girls’ A basketball team improved to 8-2 with a 36-34 win over Elm St School. Aidah Smalley led the offense with 19 points and had three steals, Sofia Payne poured in eight points and Jenna Ross pulled down six rebounds.

■ The Rundlett Middle School boys’ B basketball team lost to Windham 53-36 on Tuesday. Emmanuel Boko scored 15 points for Rundlett and Sam Pfitzenmayer finished 13. On Thursday, Rundlett beat Londonderry 51-45 in overtime. Theo Schniebel scored 13 points, Pfitzenmayer had 11, Ken Mercado finished with 10 and Jackson Greene had six points and three key assists.

Youth basketball

The Bow 6 boys’ basketball team improved to 15-3 with recent wins over Hudson (61-38) and Concord Boys & Girls Club (51-42). Against Hudson, Bow was led by Gavin Buxton (16 points), Tommy Tsouros (16 points) and Jake Reardon (10 points). Against Concord, the leading scorers were Tsouros (17 points), Peyton Larrabee (12 points) and Buxton (10 points). Cale Goodnow and Brendan O’Keeffe played strong defense in both games.

Basketball fundraiser

The Bishop Brady and Merrimack Valley basketball programs and communities are coming together on Saturday to help fight cancer with a fundraising even that features a basketball quadruple header and includes raffles, silent auction items, wall honor signs and other fundraising initiatives and meaningful touches. The games start with the JV girls at 9 a.m. followed by the JV boys at 10:30 a.m., the varsity girls at noon and the varsity boys at 1:30 p.m. All funds raised will be donated to the Payson Center for Cancer Care in Concord in the names of both Bishop Brady and Merrimack Valley.

Youth soccer clinic

FieldHouse Sports in Bow is taking registrations for the next 5-week session of Little Strikers soccer skills clinics for ages 3-6. Clinics meet either Saturday mornings starting Jan. 25 or Tuesday afternoons starting Feb. 11. Space available in current session. Clinics are instructional, interactive and fun. Cost: Mini Strikers (ages 3-4) $40, Little Strikers (ages 5-6) $50. T-shirt included. Register online at FieldhouseSports.com, call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Drive in Bow.

Events

4th Down and 4 (Miles) road race will be held on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m. at Delta Dental 2 in Concord. This race is a fundraiser for NHTI cross country teams and features light refreshments, age group awards and a large raffle. Contact pseagroves@ccsnh.edu.

Douglas N. Everett Arena has public skating hours Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Sundays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person, children 3 and under are free. Skate rentals are also available for an additional $5. Cash or check only, but an ATM is available in the lobby. The Everett Arena also has adult stick practice (ages 14 and up) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10-11:20 a.m. Admission is $10 (goalies have free entry). Helmet and gloves are required and full equipment is recommended. The stick practice hours end on March 9 and the other public skating hours end March 13. Concord Parks & Recreation is also offering ice skating lessons with session two starting in January and continuing through February. Classes have limited registration. Registration cannot be done at the Everett Arena and must be completed with Concord Parks & Recreation by mail, fax, online, or in person. Go to concordnh.gov/skating for more information.

Discount lift tickets are being offered by the University of New Hampshire ski program in conjunction with SkiNH.com for alpine and Nordic ski areas throughout the state for the 2019-20 season. All tickets are good for any day. All proceeds from sales go to the UNH Ski Team. For more information, contact UNH ski coordinator Cory Schwartz at corys@unh.edu or 512-2317. The following packages are available. ALPINE: Mount Washington Valley Booklet, for $399 you get two tickets all of the following ski areas – Cranmore Mountain Resort, King Pine, Bretton Woods, Abenaki Ski Area; Old Man of the Mountain Booklets, $399, two tickets to all of the following ski areas – Cannon Mountain, Loon Mountain Resort, Waterville Valley Resort, McIntyre Area; Lakes Region, $399, two tickets to all of the following ski areas – Mount Sunapee Resort, Ragged Mountain Resort, Dartmouth Skiway, Gunstock Mountain Resort, Pats Peak Ski Area, Whaleback; NORDIC – Nordic Booklet #1, $175, you get two tickets to each of the following ski areas – Bear Notch Ski Touring, Bretton Woods, Great Glen Trails, Jackson XC, Waterville Valley, Mount Washington Valley, Franconia XC, Gunstock Mountain; Nordic Booklet #2, $175, you get two tickets to each of the following ski areas – Purity Spring Resort, Granite Gorge XC, Loon Mountain Resort; Nordic Skier Wolfeboro; Pine Hill Ski Club; Windblown XC, Dartmouth XC, Dexter’s Inn Trails by Norsk, Eastman XC, Ski Hearth Farm.

Gunstock Ski Club is offering a free trial day for athletes interested in joining the club (season or day pass sold separately). Gunstock Ski Club is a non-profit Alpine ski racing program for athletes ages 6-19. Contact program director Josh Bedard at jbedard40@gmail.com to sign up for a trial day or email info@gunstockskiclub.com for more information. The club trains from late November through the end of March. Training is offered on weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., during Christmas and February vacation weeks (for both New Hampshire and Massachusetts) and on weeknights for athletes U10 and older. Visit gunstockskiclub.com for more information about the club or to register.

Tryouts/Registrations

NH Spartans basketball will be holding spring AAU tryouts at the Derry Sports Zone on Saturday. Players in grades 3-6 (boys and girls) will tryout from 8-9 a.m., grades 7-8 will tryout from 9-10 a.m. and grades 9-12 will tryout from 10-11 am. Contact Chris Coates at CoatesNew@hotmail.com with questions. The Spartans are the largest AAU basketball program in New Hampshire.

Indoor soccer leagues for adults and youth at FieldHouse Sports in Bow are accepting team and individual registrations for the next 12-week session. Adult leagues are women 25-plus, men 18-plus, men 30-plus begin the week of Jan. 27. There are also several coed adult leagues. Youth leagues for ages 4-18 begin the week of Jan. 24. All divisions based on skill level. Registrations accepted as space allows. Register online at FieldHouseSports.com, call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Drive.

Concord Little League registration is open for its 70th season. Register boys and girls ages 4-12 at clubs.bluesombrero.com/concordnhll. Concord Little League services all of Concord, Bow, Henniker and Hopkinton. Contact concordlleague@gmail.com with questions.

Concord Crush Young Lacrosse spring season registration is open. Registration is done through the Parks & Recreation website at concordparksandrec.com. Concord Crush offers the opportunity for both boys and girls from grades K-8 to learn and play the sport of lacrosse. Visit concordcrush.com for more information.

Merrimack Valley Blue Storm Sports youth lacrosse is now accepting registrations for the spring season for boys and girls in grades K-8. The season starts in March and the Blue Storm coaches are US Lacrosse ‘certified’ and partner with Positive Coaching Alliance to ensure a focus on sportsmanship, learning life lessons and having fun. Go to mvbluestormsports.com for more information and to register.

Players/teams needed

New Hampshire Nor’Easter Softball Club is looking for a few dedicated athletes to fill its 2020 roster. If interested, contact danperk78@yahoo.com or at 603-387-2039 to learn of opportunities and tryout information.

Health Club of Concord is seeking senior mixed doubles tennis players (age 50 and older) to play Wednesday and/or Friday mornings. Membership includes tennis, swimming, aerobics, all facilities and free parking. Tennis court time is discounted for members. Contact Myrna at the Health Club of Concord at 224-7787 to join.

Camps/Clinics/Lessons

Amoskeag Youth RugbyClub’s Try Rugby workout will be on Jan. 20 at the NH Sportsplex in Bedford from noon to 2:30 p.m. for girls and boys ages 14-18. Meet the coaches, watch and/or come ready to participate in an introductory rugby practice. No experience necessary. Event is free but pre-registration requested at form.jotform.com/93285580584165 or contact coach John Banarhall at amoskeagyouth@comcast.net. Amoskeag Youth Rugby Club holds weekly practices in Manchester beginning in February for the spring season.

Plymouth State softball clinics will be held this winter on the following dates: Jan. 26, Feb. 15 and Feb. 29. The Jan. 26 clinic is a hitting clinic with Dick Blood (former Hopkinton High and Cornell head coach) and costs $50. All other clinics cost $30 and are led by Plymouth State softball staff and players. Cost for all three sessions in $80. For more information contact Bruce Addison at beaddison@plymouth.edu.

Soccer Skills and Goalkeeper Clinics, directed by Jorge Pardo of Caramba Soccer, is taking registration for the next six-week session will at FieldHouse Sports in Bow. Camps begin Jan. 27. Clinics are for all abilities, ages 6-60, and meet Monday afternoons. Space is also available in the current session. 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.

Coed Field Hockey Skills Clinics for grades K-6 at FieldHouse Sports in Bow is accepting registrations for the next five-week session, which begins Feb. 6. Beginners are encouraged. Space is available in current session which runs to Jan. 30. Clinics meet Thursday afternoons and are coached by Rony Jacober, director of Summit Field Hockey and assistant coach at New England College. Cost is $65. Register online at FieldHouseSports.com, call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Drive.

Women’s Lacrosse Coaching Clinic is being offered by the Plymouth State University women’s lacrosse program and head coach Sandy Bridgeman on Feb. 16 at the Bank of New Hampshire Field House at ALLWell North. The coaching clinic is designed for high school and club coaches and includes two separate sessions on the same day. Interested coaches have the option of attending both sessions at a discounted rate. Session One – Essential Skills, Drills and Concepts – will run from 9:30-11:50 a.m. and costs $50 per person. Session Two – Next Level Skills, Drills and Concepts – will run from noon-2:30 p.m. and is also $50 per person. Attending both sessions costs $90 per person. Bridgeman, now in her 23rd year as a college coach, and the Plymouth State coaching staff will work with coaches in the classroom and provide on-field demonstrations covering topics including goalkeeping, mastering the draw and offensive and defensive team concepts. The day will include multiple opportunities for Q&A sessions with the staff. Online registration is available at tinyurl.com/PSUCoachesLaxClinic. All questions can be directed to Sandy Bridgeman at sandrab@plymouth.edu or 535-301.

N.H. Lightning softball 2nd Annual Free Spring Skills Clinic for any interested players ages 8-12 will be on March 15. The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Concord Sports Center. Pre-register at nhlightning.org. This clinic has limited spaces to ensure a quality player to instructor ratio, so sign-up soon. Email questions to president@nhlightning.org.

Panther Volleyball Camp for girls entering grades 5-12 will be led by Plymouth State University women’s volleyball head coach Joan Forge this summer July 27-30 at PSU’s Foley Gymnasium. The camp is broken into two sections: Section one is open to girls entering grades 5-8 and is designed for beginner to intermediate players. Athletes will learn basic fundamental skills, rules and strategies to be successful in the sport of volleyball from 9 a.m.-noon each day. Section two is for girls entering grades 9-12 and is for beginner, intermediate and advanced players who want to play and excel at the high school level. Attendees will be challenged with improving basic fundamental skills and will have the opportunity to learn more advanced strategies, position-specific skills, transition and concepts of team play. Section two meets from 1-5 p.m. The main focuses of both sessions will be to incorporate life lessons including character development, teamwork and sportsmanship. Drills and daily scrimmages are aimed at developing the complete player. Athletes will be separated into courts according to skill level to both challenge and maximize their learning experiences. The fee for section one of the camp is $150, while section two fees are $200. Registration fees include a camp tee shirt. Camp staff includes Forge and other college, Junior Olympic and high school coaches, as well as collegiate players. Online registration is available at tinyurl.com/PSUYouthVBCamp. All questions can be directed to coach Forge at jcforge@plymouth.edu or 535-2778.




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