A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

  • The Concord Boys and Girls Club girls’ grade 7/8 travel team won the Laconia Basketball Tournament this past weekend. Concord went undefeated to win its second tournament of the year and improve to 19-2. Courtesy

Published: 2/24/2020 10:40:39 PM


Concord Little League baseball skills session will be held Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Concord Seacoast United facility on 10 Ferry Street. All Concord area baseball players ages 4-12 are welcome. Visit concordnhlleague.com to register and more for information.

Plymouth State softball clinic will be held this winter on Saturday. The clinic costs $30 and is led by Plymouth State softball staff and players. For more information contact Bruce Addison at beaddison@plymouth.edu.

Little Strikers soccer skills clinics at FieldHouse Sports in Bow are accepting registrations for their next five-week sessions. Clinics meet either Saturday mornings starting this Saturday or Tuesday afternoons starting March 17. Clinics are instructional, interactive and fun. Cost is $40 for Mini Strikers (ages 3-4) and $50 for Little Strikers (ages 5-6). Register online at FieldhouseSports.com, call 226-4646 or stop in at 12 Tallwood Drive.

Concord High softball winter workouts for all players interested in playing for Concord High this year will be held each Sunday until spring tryouts. The next dates/times are: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; March 8, 9-11 a.m. All workouts are at the CHS gym. Check Twitter @CHSTideSoftball for updates or changes. Questions can be emailed to Concord coach Duke Sawyer at sawduke2@comcast.net.

FieldHouse Sports 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 9. Clinics are for all abilities and meet Monday afternoons. Space is available in 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.

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.


Central Force girls’ AAU basketball program will be holding a two-day tryout March 7 and March 8 at Winnisquam Middle School at the following times: Grades 9-11 from 1-2:30 p.m., grades 7-8 from 2:30-4 p.m., and grades 5-6 from 4-5 p.m.. Parents should arrive early for paperwork. Go to centralforcebasketball.com for more info.

Concord Northeast Baseball and Softball registration is open online and in person. Register at concordnortheast.com until March 15 to avoid late fees. In-person registration will be: Saturday, 9-11 a.m. at Dick’s Sporting Goods; March 10, 5:30-7 p.m. at Arnie’s; March 14, 2-3:30 p.m. at Concord Sports Center. Evaluations for softball and baseball will be on March 21 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Concord Sports Center. Contact pjmac228@gmail.com with questions.

Concord National Youth Softball registration is open online through March 15 at concordsoftball.org.

Concord Crew registrations are open for its spring rowing season. Season starts March 16 and runs until May 31. Experience the challenge, athleticism, teamwork and fun that is the sport of rowing! Athletes from all local high schools and middle schools areaccepted. Registration and information are available at concordcrew.org.

Granite State Raiders basketball tryouts/registrations will be held March 21-22 at Bishop Brady High School. Grades 6-8 (boys and girls) will be held from 8-9 a.m. and grades 9-11 (boys and girls) will be from 9-10:30 a.m. Registration fee is $30. Call Frank Alosa at 491-2495 and visit granitestateraiders.com for information.

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 serves 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

Concord Co-ed Softball League is looking for players for the upcoming season. If you are 18-plus, have previously played softball and would like to play again, let the commissioner of the league know. Interested players should email their name, cell number and playing position experience to commissioner@concordcoedsoftball.com and your information will be shared with a team in need. The CCSL is in its 28th year and there will be at least a dozen teams playing during the 2020 season. The cost to play is usually around $30 per player (although some teams have full sponsorships and the cost is less). Games are played in Bow, Concord, and Pembroke Monday through Thursday (with an occasional Friday game) at 6 p.m. For more information about the league visit ConcordNHCoedSoftball.com.

Granite State Lady Vipers AAU basketball program (based in Epsom) is actively seeking players for the following four teams: grade 5-6 team, grade 7-8, grade 9-10 and grade 11-12. For more information visit GSLadyVipers.com.

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.


14th Annual SpringAhead 5K Road Race will be held on March 7 at 11 a.m. at NHTI. This race celebrates the time change and benefits NHTI cross country teams. The race has a flat, fast course and includes age group awards, light refreshments and a big raffle. Contact pseagroves@ccsnh.edu for more information.

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 age 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.

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 through the end of March. Training is offered on weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., during February vacation week and on weeknights for athletes U10 and older. Visit gunstockskiclub.com for more information about the club or to register.

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