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A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

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  • Concord Little League coach Nate Craigue signals for his son Brooks to slide into third base during the first inning at Grappone Park Monday night. Craigue went on to score the first run on a straight steal from third. GEOFF FORESTER

  • Concord All-Star Nick Reynolds beats the tag at first base in the fourth inning against Laconia on Friday, July 13, 2018 at Grappone Park. GEOFF FORESTER

  • 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: 8/1/2018 12:07:57 AM
Golf results

Daniel Wilkins of Laconia tied for fifth at the New England PGA Senior Championship on Tuesday at Okemo Valley Golf Club in Ludlow, Mass. Wilkins followed a first-round 72 on Monday with a 67 on Tuesday to finish at 1 under. Kirk Hanefeld of Salem Country Club won the tournament at 7 under.

Fisher Cats

Harold Ramirez hit a grand slam as part of seven-run third inning and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats went on to beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 11-5, on Tuesday in Manchester. New Hampshire’s Taylor Saucedo worked six innings to pick up the win. While Ramirez dealt the big blow, Santiago Espinal finished a home run shy of the cycle and Eduard Pinto went 3-for-5 on the night. The Fisher Cats and Flying Squirrels meet again on Wednesday at 12:05 p.m.

UNH notes


The University of New Hampshire women’s soccer program has named Stuart Horne as an assistant coach. Horne brings more than 16 years of coaching experience to the Wildcats. As the head coach at Campbell University, Horne owns the highest winning percentage (.592) in program history, leading the Camels to a 34-23-3 overall record in three seasons. Prior to Campbell, he spent nine years as an associate head coach at Elon University.

The UNH women’s hockey coach Hilary Witt announced her team will open its season with a two-game road trip to St. Lawrence with games on Oct. 5-6, before the Wildcats play their home opener against the University of Connecticut on Friday, Oct. 12 at the Whittemore Center. UNH will play 16 regular-season home games, including 13 Hockey East matchups.

Colby-Sawyer notes

The Colby-Sawyer Athletic Advisory Council announced senior Karl Nyholm (track and field) and senior Ashley Woodside (women’s tennis) as the winners of the Charger Award for outstanding male and female athletes of the year.


Players needed

Seacoast Express United is looking for soccer players for the upcoming season in the NEP League. The program needs two boys born in 2010, two boys born in 2009 and two boys born in 2008. It’s also looking for two girls born in 2005 or 2006 to fill out the roster. Contact Darrell Betley at or at 421-4481 for more information.


The New England Wolves 18U and 16U split-season hockey teams are in search of a few more players for the upcoming fall season. The team is open to experienced skaters in birth years 2000-03. The Wolves are members of the New England Premier Hockey League. For more information, contact GM Andrew Trimble at or visit the Wolves website at


New England Fusion U16 Gold softball is looking for a utility player to add to the team. The team currently has players from Concord, Pembroke, Litchfield, Londonderry, Pinkerton Academy, Souhegan, Windham and Milford. Practices are held in Londonderry and the team competes in local tournaments as well as nationals. Player fees will be prorated. For more information, contact head coach Mike Bernier at


New England Wolves U14 Hockey is looking for a few more players for the 2018-19 season. The team is open to experienced skaters in born in 2004 and 2005. The Wolves are part of the New England Premier Hockey League and play out of the Plymouth State Ice Arena and Merrill Fay Arena in Laconia. For more information, contact General Manager Andrew Trimble at or visit the Wolves’ website at


Central Force Basketball is looking for a few girls for its high school teams for the upcoming AAU season. Call Mark Dionne at 340-1281.


Peak FC soccer and futsal club is looking for a few more boys born in 2007 and 2008 for its premier team for this fall. If interested please contact the club at or go to


Concord Capitols Football and Cheer is still looking for cheer and football players for the upcoming season. Competitive cheer for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade is available, as is flag football for girls and boys ages 5-8 and tackle football for ages 7-14. Visit to sign up or contact Jen Diachenko at or by phone at 608-7470.


The 38th annual Concord Criterium – one of the oldest bike races in New England – is returning to Concord on Saturday. The event, organized by the Sunapee Racing Team, will take place along closed roads around White Park and provides an opportunity for all racers, including pro women and men. For more information or to register, contact Patrick Ruane at or visit


The Concord High School football team will hold its third annual golf tournament Friday at Beaver Meadow Golf Course. Sign up at


Public roller skating nights are returning this summer to the Douglas N. Everett Arena on Friday and Sunday nights. Admission is $5 and skate rentals are available for $5. Skating hours are 6-8 p.m. on Fridays and 5-7 p.m. on Sundays. Adult skating hours are Fridays from 8:15-10:15 p.m. and Sundays from 7:15-9:15 p.m. Visit for more information.


Concord City “B” tennis tournament will be held the week of Aug. 13. Deadline to register is Aug. 9 at 9 p.m. Tournament is intended for 3.0-4.0 rated players. Previous winners are welcome to play again. Players need to be available to play after 5 p.m. on weekdays and on Saturday. Entry fee is $15 for singles and $30 per doubles team. Payment due at first match. Email Jeff Siegel at if interested.


Belmont High School alumni soccer matches between alumni and current players will be on Aug. 10. The girls’ match will be at 7:30 p.m. and the boys’ match will be about 9 p.m.


10th Annual ForMatt Foundation Golf Tournament will be held Aug. 10 at Derryfield Country Club in Manchester. The non-profit Foundation was formed to honor the memory of Matt Choiniere, a former Concord High student-athlete who passed away in 2008 at the age of 22. The ForMatt Foundation provides grants for children that allow them to participate in healthy activities such as sports, music, art, theater and more. The registration fee is $100 per player. Hole sponsorships (with your business name printed on a sign to be placed at the hole) are available for $100. To register, sponsor, donate or find out more, go to or call Vint Choiniere at 707-4736.


Concord High School Boys’ Soccer Alumni Game will be held on Aug. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Rundlett Middle School. All former players are welcome. Contact head coach Scott Dunlop at with any questions.


Wanakee Wilderness 5K is on Aug. 18 at 9 a.m. at Wanakee United Methodist Center, 75 Upper New Hampton Road, Meredith. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. The 5K trail race goes through the hills and mountains with a view of Lake Pemigewasset. Registration is $25 ahead of time or $30 on race day. There will be a BBQ and silent auction after the race. Register at


Par for Hooves Golf Scramble to Benefit Live and Let Live Farms will be held Sept. 24 at Pembroke Pines Country Club. The fee is $500 per foursome. For additional ways to sponsor and more information, contact Chris Robinson at or 340-1479.



Concord Parks & Recreation Field Hockey Camp for grades 3-9 are running through Fridayfrom 5-8 p.m. Instruction by Merrimack Valley varsity field hockey coach Kim Kenney and coach Kate Letendre will provide young athletes the opportunity to improve their skills.


CARAMBA Soccer Camps, run by USSF A licensed director Jorge Pardo, will be held for players in grades 1-8 throughout the summer. Field and goalie training locations and dates are: Center Point Fields in Concord (Aug. 6-9). High school age players may attend the Aug. 6-9 training. Contact Jorge Pardo at 496-3579 or, or visit for more information.


Tennis camp for ages 8-14 taught by Concord Parks and Recreation staff will run from Aug. 6-10 from 5-7:30 p.m. Players will be challenged at their own level of play with beginners focusing on fundamentals and experienced players fine tuning their skills and training for competitive play. For more go to or call 225-8690.


Concord Parks & Rec preseason soccer camp for grades 3-6 with international coaches will be Aug. 20-24 from 5:30-8 p.m. The camp will feature drills for foot skills, tactical practices and freestyle soccer. For more go to or call 225-8690.


Nor’Easter Softball Club tryouts for the 2019 season will be held on Aug. 12 at the Belmont High School softball field. The 12U team will run from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; The 14U team from 10:30 a.m. to noon; and the 16U team from noon to 1:30 p.m. A rain date is scheduled for Aug. 19. For more information, contact Fern Beaudet at or at 867-8080.


NE Royals softball tryouts for the 18U and 18+ teams will be at Hansen Park in Bow on Saturday at 6 p.m. All 16U and 18U players are invited to the no-fee tryout. This year’s player fee was $300, which includes tournaments, uniforms and insurance. Contact Peter Jenovese at 724-5023 or for more information. To register for the tryout, go to​.


NH Lightning softball tryouts will be at Martin Field in Concord on Aug. 12 for U10 at 9 a.m., U12 at 10 a.m., U14 at 11 a.m., U16 at noon and U18/18+ at 1 p.m. Call Jim Rosenberg at 387-6424 with questions.


NH Comets softball tryouts for the 2019 softball season are set. The 10U team will have tryouts on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m., Sunday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. and Aug. 12 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The 12U/14U tryouts will be Monday from 6-8 p.m., Aug. 4 from 9-11 a.m. and Aug. 12 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The 16U/18U tryouts will be Aug. 7 from 6-8 p.m. and Aug 12 from 5-7 p.m. All tryouts will be at Sanel Park, 127 Old Suncook Road, Concord. Contact Bob Palisi at 231-1446 or Chris Kelley at 759-8894 with questions.


Concord High School and Rundlett Middle School athletics registrations are open. Parents must sign in to their PowerSchool Parent account at, or go to and choose Athletics. If you have not yet signed up to PowerSchool Parent, you will need the one-time Access ID and access password for each of your children, which may be obtained from Rundlett Middle School at 225-0862 or Concord High at 225-0819. CHS registration closes Wednesday. Rundlett registration closes Sept. 8. Athletes are strongly encouraged to register at this time.


NH Lady Cannons softball tryouts for the 2019 season for the 10U, 12U and 14U teams will be held Aug. 11 from 10 a.m.-noon at Concord Sports Center. The 16U and 18U team tryouts will be on Aug. 8 from 5:30-7 p.m. and Aug. 11 from 10 a.m.-noon at Concord Sports Center. For more information go to or contact Bryan Caruso at 224-1655.


Merrimack Valley High School fall sports start on Aug. 13 at 8:30 a.m. except for football and spirit. Football equipment handout will be on Aug. 9 for grades 11-12 from 3:30-5 p.m. and on Aug. 10 for grades 9-10 from 3:30-5 p.m. Fall spirit tryouts will be on Aug. 20 from 8-10 a.m. at Penacook Elementary School. Athletes starting on Aug. 13will meet on their respective game field in the stands. All athletes must have a physical on file (given after Jan. 1 of athletes’ eighth-grade year) and current ImPact test (must recertify every two years). Physicals and ImPact tests are required prior to trying out. Interscholastic Athletic Agreement forms must be signed by the student-athletes and returned on Aug. 14.


Hillsboro-Deering High School fall sports tryouts/first practice will be on Aug. 13 at the following times and locations: football practice, 7:30 a.m., HDHS football field; girls’ soccer tryouts, 7:30 a.m., HDHS soccer fields; girls’ volleyball tryouts, 8 a.m., HDHS gym; cross country practice, 8 a.m., Grimes Field; boys’ soccer tryouts, 9 a.m., HDHS soccer fields; golf tryouts, 2 p.m., Angus Lea Golf Course. All athletes trying out must have a physical already on file with the athletic trainer or school nurse, or they must have a current physical for 2018-19 ready to turn in to their coach. All athletes must also have a current ImPact test results on file with the athletic trainer. Athletes without a physical and/or ImPact test result will not be allowed to participate.


Hopkinton High School fall sports will begin on Aug. 13 at the following locations and times: boys’ soccer, at the high school, grades 10-12 from 7:30-10 a.m., incoming freshmen from 5-7 p.m.; girls’ soccer, Houston Field 3, 8-10:30 a.m.; field hockey, high school field hockey field, 8-11 a.m.; cross country, high school, 8:30-10 a.m.; golf, high school parking lot, 10:15; football, Hillsboro-Deering HS, 7:30 a.m. In order to start practicing, student-athletes must have a physical on file from within the last two years. All other paperwork may be filled out at the myschoolbucks website. If a student-athlete does not make a team and/or decides not to play, the athletic fee can be refunded.


Cap City Fall Basketball tryouts will be on Aug. 12, Aug. 14 (grades pre-K through sixth), Aug. 15 (grades 7-12), Aug. 18 and Aug. 26 for boys and girls of all abilities between pre-kindergarten and 12th grade. Tryout fee is $30 and covers all three tryout dates (Aug. 26 tryout is only for those who could not attend the first three). Cap City Basketball offers a variety of Fall League and AAU teams. For specific tryout times for each grade level visit or email


Concord Crew fall registration is open. No experience needed and everybody rows. Concord Crew is a non-profit organization providing middle and high school age kids throughout the Capital Area with an opportunity to learn new skills, achieve and maintain great fitness and make friends. Go to Register by Aug. 27.


Bow Recreation is now taking registrations for archery, lacrosse, kickball, tennis, fall soccer and fitness programs like boot camp, line dancing, meditation, pilates and yoga. For more information call 223-3920 or go to

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