A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Published: 2/1/2017 12:06:13 AM
Youth basketball

The Concord Boys & Girls Club third- and fourth-grade girls’ basketball team, the Thunder (pictured above), won the Merrimack Basketball Tournament, going 3-0 this past weekend. The Thunder averaged more than 30 points per game while holding their opponents to just eight points per game. Team members are: (front row left to right) Gabby Grogan, Ally McGonigle, Macy Swormstedt, Kayla Smith, Jillian Nailor; (back rown left to right) Coach Kirk McGonigle, Coach Anthony Blinn, Wren Amrol, Briar Halle, Lexi Farr, Katie Blinn, Sydney Fye and Coach March Nailor.

The Bow sixth grade girls lost a pair of games in the Merrimack Basketball Tournament to Londonderry (36-32) and Hollis-Brookline (44-20). Against Londonderry, Lyndsey LaPerle had 17 points and Catherine Windsor score four to lead Bow (13-17). Against Hollis-Brookline, Windsor and LaPerle combined for 13 points. Rachel Pelletier played strong defense and Amelia Clark hustled both games.

The Bow third and fourth grade boys’ team defeated Suncook, 37-13. Jake Reardon poured in 19 points, Keenan Hubbard chipped in eight and Aidan McMahon scored three to lead Bow. Trevor Abel had several assists.

Youth hockey

The Concord Capitals Eastern Bank Squirt 2 team lost a pair of games to two different Maine Breakers Squirt teams, 2-1 and 6-3. Scoring for the Capitals were Evan Purtell (goal, assist), Cam Carter (goal), Bobby Bourgault (goal) and Wes Johnson (goal).

The Concord U10 girls defeated Hanover, 2-0. Erin Keville scored both goals for Concord. The team also finished second in a tournament at Waterville Valley. Concord won its first three games before falling to the NE Pride in the final, 3-2.

JV results

The Hillsboro-Deering JV girls’ basketball team fell to Conant, 41-16. Adanja Minard (eight points), Lydia Powell (five points) and Madison O’Brien (three points) scored for the Hillcats.

The Hillsboro-Deering JV boys’ basketball team fell to Conant 50-29. Ben Ketterer scored 10 points and had six blocks for the Hillcats.

The Hopkinton JV girls’ basketball team fell to Gilford, 49-27. Sophie Potter had 10 points and Fiona Beane added six. Emily Ehrmantraut scored a career-high seven points.

The Coe-Brown JV boys’ basketball team defeated Windham, 60-44. Brendan Eaton (12 points), Jacob Rich (11 points) and Luke McCusker (10 points) led Coe-Brown’s scoring.

The Bishop Brady JV boys’ basketball team defeated Plymouth, 57-37. Ethan Hutchinson led the scoring with 15 points. Ismael Rivera chipped in with 11 points and Tommy Fraser finished with nine.

The Concord JV girls’ basketball team fell to Winnacunnet. Megan Cox led the Tide with 11 points and seven rebounds.

The Hopkinton JV boys’ basketball team defeated Gilford, 77-73, in overtime. Tyler Allen (17 points), Colby Quiet (16 points, eight rebounds), Michael Baer (13 points each), and Caleb Yianakopolos (12 points) led Hopkinton’s scoring. Daniel Miner and Derek West each had three steals.

Middle school results

Gilford’s Mitch Townsend won the boys’ 4.4K freestyle Nordic ski race at Gunstock with a time of 13:14, more than two minutes ahead of the runner-up. Gilford’s Henry Stow (eighth) and Kearsarge’s Steven Williamson (third), Evan Pauling (fifth), Gareth Richer (sixth) and Sam Herrick (10th) also skied well.

Gilford’s Catherine Stow won the girls’ 4.4K freestyle Nordic ski race at Gunstock. Stow’s time of 14:11 beat runner-up Lili Baer of Kearsarge by 32 seconds. Gilford’s Vanessa Genakos (fifth) and Madeline Burlock (seventh) and Kearsarge’s Marlia Richer (third), Ada Gardner (fourth) and Ayla Frenkiewich (ninth) also skied well.

UNH track honored

The Wildcats swept the women’s indoor track and field America East Performer of the Week awards, with junior Elinor Purrier winning Track Performer of the Week honors for the second week in a row, while sophomore Shelby Strickland was named America East’s Field Performer of the Week. Purrier, a Montgomery, Vt. native and three-sport All-American for running, won the mile at the prestigious John Thomas Terrier Invitational at Boston University over the weekend. Purrier’s winning time of 4:34.98 was the second fastest time clocked in the country this season. Strickland, from Kennebunk, Maine, won the high jump at the same meet with, clearing the bar at 5-7. Strickland’s mark matched the best height in America East cleared this season. The women’s indoor track and field team is ranked 36th in the nation according to the most recent U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll.


Merrimack Valley Blue Storm girls’ lacrosse clinics are happening every Sunday at the Concord Sports Center. Grades preK-fifth are from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m and clinics for middle schoolers run from 7-8 p.m. Each sessions costs $15. Email kbstearns@icloud.com with any questions.

Concord High softball will hold open workouts for all Concord High students interested in playing softball. Workouts will be conducted in the CHS mini-gym by the CHS coaching staff. The dates are Sunday from 1-3 p.m. and Feb. 12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For changes check Twitter @chstidesoftball. For more contact sawduke2@comcast.net.

NHTI basketball clinics led by men’s head coach Paul Hogan and his team will be held at the Wellness Center gym in Concord on Sunday, Feb. 11 and Feb. 12. Clinics run from 8:30-11 a.m. The clinics are for boys and girls in grades 3-8. The clinics will feature an opportunity for campers to receive positive skill instruction, competitive drills and small games with each clinic. Campers can attend clinics for $25 pre-registered or $35 at the door. Contact NHTI Athletic Director Paul Hogan for information at phogan@ccsnh.edu or call 230-4041.

Concord Fencing Club is offering a seven-week introduction to foil fencing course that begins Monday. The course is for ages 7-13 and runs 5:45 to 7 p.m. and 14-year-olds to adult from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. All fencing gear provided. The course will be held at 126D Hall St. in Concord. Call 224-3560 or visit concordfencingclub.org for more information.

Pembroke Recreation Commission February vacation registration ends Tuesday. from 5-6 p.m. at Pembroke Town Hall. The cost of the program is $20 a day and includes one field trip. Call 848-9677 with additional questions or if you can’t make the final registration day.

Plymouth State softball hitting and pitching clinics will be held on Feb. 11. Registration is limited. Email Bruce Addison at beaddison@plymouth.edu. Additional clinics for pitching, hitting and defense will be held Feb. 18 and Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon for all ages. Cost is $30 for one player. Team discounts are offered.

UNH women’s soccer camps are now open for registration. The 2017 Junior Wildcat Girls Soccer Camp will be held from July 10-13. All female players in grades 1-5 (as of the 2017-18 academic year) are invited to register. Four morning sessions will be taught by UNH women's soccer staff and players. Each day runs from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. This session costs $180. The 2017 UNH Girls Soccer Overnight Camp will be held from July 16-19. This session is open to all female player in grades 6-12 (as of the 2017-18 academic year). The overnight option costs $530 and the commuter option totals $430. For more details go to UNHWildcats.com or contact UNH assistant coach Amanda Webb at Amanda.Webb@unh.edu.

UNH field hockey summer camps are now accepting registrations for three 2017 camps: session I (June 28-July 1), session II (July 5-8) and a youth clinic (July 6-7). Session I and II are open to junior high and high school students (as of fall 2017). There are overnight ($475) and commuter ($375) options for both sessions. The youth clinic will be held from 9-11 a.m. and is open to ages 5-12. The cost is $35 per day or $60 for both days. To register for session I and session II go to unhwildcats.com/sports/2015/6/23/Camps.aspx. For specific camp questions or to register for the Youth Clinic, please contact Ross Gorham at Ross.gorham@unh.edu or 422-2925. Please contact Carrie Kimball at ckimball@unh.edu with questions.


NHIAA awards ceremony will be held Monday. Division I will be presented at 9:30 a.m. and Division III will be presented at 11:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord.

Plymouth State University Live, Lightning-Fact Auction will be on Feb. 11 from 3-6 p.m in the PSU Welcome Center. The auction is the primary fundraiser to decrease the cost of the baseball team’s annual spring trip to Florida. Cost is $25 to attend and there will be dozens of items up for bid, including Boston Red Sox tickets.

UNH ski program, in conjunction with SkiNH.com and Learfield, is offering a limited number of discount ticket packages for alpine and Nordic ski areas throughout the state for the 2016-17 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.


Cap City Basketball will be holding its AAU tryouts on Feb. 11 and Feb. 18 at Bishop Brady High School. Tryout times for both boys and girls are as follows: U8, U9, U10, 3-4 p.m.; U11, U12, 4-5 p.m.; U13, U14, 5-6 p.m.’ U15, U16, U17, 6-7 p.m. The AAU teams practice two times per week and will play in five to seven tournaments. Cost for tryouts is $20.

Concord Northeast baseball and softball registrations are now open for the 2017 season. The program offers T-ball (ages 4-6), baseball (ages 6-12) and softball (ages 6-16). For more information email the league registrar, Pam Wicks, at pjmac228@gmail.com or visit concordnortheast.com.

Merrimack Valley Youth Baseball & Softball is accepting player registrations for the 2017 season. MVYBS serves boys ages 4-15 and girls ages 4-16 residing in Penacook, Boscawen, Webster, Salisbury, Loudon (softball only) and Andover (baseball only). Sign up online at leaguelineup.com/mvyouthball. Please contact Scott McPherson at mcphersonnh@gmail.com with any questions.

Blue Storm Sports lacrosse sign-ups are now open for boys and girls in grades 1-8. Go to bluestormsports.com to register and for more information.

Beaver Meadows Golf Course is accepting registrations for its indoor winter golf leagues. Call 228-8954 or visit beavermeadowgolfcourse.com.

Coaches needed

John Stark Youth Football/Cheer Association is looking for head football coaches for the following teams: flag football, 3rd/4th grade tackle, 5th/6th grade tackle and 7th/8th grade tackle. Interviews will be conducted on Feb. 14 at the Old Town Hall in Weare. Interested parties can contact Paul Massaro at 234-6534 or massaro6@comcast.net

Concord High School is looking for a girls’ varsity tennis coach, a boys’ freshman lacrosse coach, a girls’ varsity soccer coach and a boys’ freshman soccer coach. Please send resume and three letters of reference to Steve Mello, Director of Physical Education & Sport, 170 Warren Street, Concord, NH 03301 or email:smello@sau8.org.

Franklin High School has the following coaching vacancies: head JV baseball coach and head varsity field hockey coach. Franklin Middle School is also looking for an assistant track and field coach and a head coach for field hockey. All interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and up to three references to Athletic Director Dan Sylvester at dsylvester@sau18.org.

Hopkinton High School is looking for the following spring coaches; varsity track and field, JV boys’ lacrosse and assistant varsity girls’ lacrosse. Interested applicants should send a letter and resume to Athletic Director Dan Meserve at dmeserve@hopkintonschools.org.

Hillsboro-Deering High School has the following coaching vacancy: head cross country coach. Interested candidates should apply at hdsd.org.

John Stark Regional High School has the following coaching openings for the 2017-18 school year: varsity boys’ soccer and varsity football assistant. Send a current resume, letter of interest and three current letters of reference to Mark Searles, Athletic Director, John Stark Regional High School, 618 North Stark Highway, Weare, NH 03281 or via email at mark.searles@sau24.org .

Bow Memorial School is looking for a middle school cheerleading coach. Interested candidates please email Jim Kaufman at jimk@bownet.org.or call 228-2210 ext. 303.

Volunteers needed

Concord Babe Ruth League is in need of Board Members including a Treasurer. Contact minerys@comcast.net for information..

Merrimack Valley Youth Baseball & Softball, serving Penacook, Boscawen, Webster, Salisbury and Andover, is seeking volunteers for the coming year, including several board positions. Please contact Chris Drew at 568-2358 or sully0923@yahoo.com for more information.

Players needed

14U Plex softball team is looking for two more girls to round out its roster. The team is coached by Stacy Seidner and Jen Boyden. Stacy and Jen both played and coached at the collegiate level and are looking for girls trying to improve their skills, game strategy and overall strength and conditioning. Contact Stacy Seidner at sseid4444@gmail.com.

Central Force AAU girls’ basketball program is looking for players, including a point guard, for their high school teams. Please call Mark Dionne at 340-1281 for more information.

NH Comets USA/ASA Junior Olympic 12U team is looking for a couple of competitive softball players to fill its roster for the 2017 spring/summer season. Players must be born in 2004 or 2005. Winter workouts run from November to April. Contact John Carignan at 834-0560 or jcarignan@wilsonfive.com.

U16 ASA Junior Olympic New England Fusion Golf softball team is looking to finalize its roster with an experienced catcher and corner infielder. If interested, contact Mike Bernier at 513-8018 or at michael.bernier@myfairpoint.net.

NH Lightning 18U Black softball team has a few open spots for the 2017 season. If interested in a private tryout, or have any questions about team and program, please email to scb7201@gmail.com or call 344-7201. Open tryout schedule can be found at nhlightning.org.

New Hampshire Comets are looking for a few solid 10U players for the 2017 season. Call 856-5840.

NH Lightning U14 Blue team is looking for players for the 2017 season. Email Coach Ted Merrow at themerrows@comcast.net for a private tryout.

Nor’Easter Softball Club is looking for players to fill their 2017 rosters for 14U and 16U teams. Interested athletes and parents should contact Bill at wclary@iCloud.com for 14U team information and Shawn at Shawndg72@hotmail.com for 16U team information.

Plex ASA U14 softball team is looking for a few more players to round out their roster, specifically a catcher and a utility player. Please contact Stacy at 497-7855 if interested.

Capital Soccer Club is seeking a U13 (2004 birth year) goalkeeper and U14 (2003 birth year) players for its elite teams playing in the Northeast Soccer League (Maple). See club information at capitalsoccerclub-nh.com. Contact Ben Stephenson at 491-3819.

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