Elks Crusaders rout Berlin,48-0


Nashua Elks

Crusaders 48, Berlin 0

The eighth grade Elks Crusaders came out fast on offense as seven different players scored points.

Leading the offense was Jaylan Pacheco (three touchdowns), Casey McNally (two touchdowns and an extra point run), and Braden McDonnell (touchdown and extra point run).

Also scoring points were Brendon Frost (touchdown), Tommy Cullerton (extra point run), Andrew Penkala (extra point run), and Josh McElligott (2-point kick). Tanner Plourde ran hard and registered two first-downs.

The offensive line received big days from Brandon Martin, Tim Santerre, Warren Curtis, Justin Arnesen, McElligott, and McDonnell. Receivers Jacob Babb, Alex Fortier, and Cole Desmond ran good routes and blocked well down field.

The Nashua defense received big plays from Pacheco (three interceptions and two fumble recoveries) and Plourde (interception). Several Elks also recorded multiple tackles, including Nathanael Tejeda, Quincy Cotto, Anthony Dowd, Adam Paquette, Mark Lagasse, Desmond, Arnesen, and Penkala.

Nashua’s special team units also had a good day. McElligott handled several kick-offs, while Martin, Cullerton, McNally, Arnesen, and Cotto recorded tackles. Plourde also contributed with a nice punt return.

Nashua PAL

Force 32, Laconia 0

Nashua’s Fourth Grade Force conquered the Laconia Chiefs 32-0 with four TDs on the day. Good blocking by Toby Brown, Patrick Keegan and Mekhi Gerrin opened up the field for Derek Finlay to weave his path to the end zone.

Force 25, Salem 8

Nashua PAL sixth graders beat the Salem Rams 25–8 as Robbie Long tackled well on defense.

Goffstown 32, Force 20

The Grade Eight team saw its bid for an undefeated seson ruined at the hands of Goffstown, 32-20. Vincent Priore, Christian O’Brian, and Rubin Torres all held back the Goffstown offense on the final drive.

Pelham beat Nashua third graders (no final score kept); Goffstown 19, Force fifth graders 18; Manchester East 18, Nashua seventh graders 6.


Executive Club

Team members earn high
New England rankings

Executive Swim Club swimmers for achieving times fast enough to rank in the top six in New England.

Times either ranked in short course yards from September 2013-March 2014, or in long course meters from April-August 2014. The Executive had 21 swimmers with rankings including Miles Lim, Andrew Allen, Alex Bedard, Elliot Chun, Molly Fitzpatrick, Natalie Giraldi, Matthew Grauslys, Grant Levasseur, Joe Moleski, Morgan Stickney, Isaac Walker, Matt Falcone, Colin Allen, Julian Chun, Trent Levasseur, Lindsey Wagner, Ellen Wang, Saige Murphy, Victoria Novinksiy, Jenna Charlat, and Megan Leyden, who made “Outstanding Swimmer” status.

Both Molly Fitzpatrick and Matthew Grauslys had times ranking in the top 10 in the country. They both, along with Alex Bedard, also achieved USA Swimming’s Scholastic All-American status. This meant achieving Junior National bonus standards as well as maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA.

All swimmers will be honored at New England Swimming’s annual banquet, which will feature 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Kristy Kowal.


Nashua Panthers

PeeWee A 5, Reading (Mass.) 2

Andrew Nordstrom and Tyler Martin each scored two goals and added an assist as they helped lead Nashua to a 5-2 win over Reading in recent Valley Hockey League play.

The win improved the Panthers to 3-1-1 on the season and moves the team into second place in the Pee Wee Northeast American Division.

Mike Maroun (goal, assist) opened up the scoring for Nashua in the first period just 3:22 into the game on a goal assisted by Cody Evans (two assists) and Nordstrom. Martin then made it 2-0 five minutes later on a goal assisted by Christopher Gillis and Dylan Carr.

Reading closed it to 2-1 in the second period, but Nordstrom responded for the Panthers shortly after with a goal assisted by Maroun and Evans to make it 3-1.

Reading made it interesting in the third period closing the gap to 3-2, but Nordstrom once again answered back with a goal assisted by Brianna DeFelice and Martin to make it 4-2 and then Martin made it 5-2 with a late goal assisted by Brayden Goode to cap off the scoring.

Defensively the threesome of Carr, Gillis and Joey Turner limited Reading to only nine shots on net and in goal Cameron Reinbold (seven saves) was solid making several big stops including thwarting a breakaway chance by Reading.

NP Girls 4, Andover (Mass.) 3

Meredith Partridge who earned “Pink Panther” honors playing flawless defense and adding two assists as she led Nashua to a 4-3 nail-biting win over Andover in Middlesex Yankee Conference Girls Hockey play.

The win improves Nashua to 3-2-0 on the season and was the third straight victory over Andover.

Nashua was led offensively by Brianna DeFelice (four goals) who gave it a 1-0 lead in the first period assisted by Julie McLaughlin (three assists).

DeFelice added her second goal of the game giving Nashua a 2-0 lead in the second period assisted by Partridge and McLaughlin. Andover then closed the gap to 2-1, but it was DeFelice once again who responded with her final two goals of the game assisted by McLaughlin and Partridge giving the Panthers a 4-1 lead entering the third period.

Andover closed the gap to 4-2 in the third period and after pulling its goalie with just over a minute remaining,scored with 20-seconds left in the game. However, Nashua goalie Sophia Hausberger (27 saves) was up to the task and held off Andover for the win.

Offensively the Panthers received strong play from Paige Anger, Taylor Anger, Abigail Bender, Victoria Cornaro, Hayley Kastner, and Hollie Matthes. Cornaro had the best chance just missing right of the goal.

Defensively the pairs of Partridge and Reilly Morris along with Kenzley Goode and Sophia Panagakis were impressive preventing several Andover scoring chances.


Nashua PAL

Second race of season held

A field of nearly 750 runners from Nashua and Hollis elementary schools took part in the second Nashua Police Athletic League Elementary School cross country race of the season at Nashua High School North.

Race distances were 2K for second and third graders, while older elementary school runners ran 3K. In the 2K race, the top 5 girls were:

Dominique Secovich (Main Dunstable), Claire Ballou (Hollis), Ella Benzekri (Bicentennial), Christina Juris (St. Christopher), and Arianna Kouchalakos (St. Christopher).

The top 5 boys were: Santiago Sommorrostro (New Searles), Jeffrey Zou (Bicentennial), Carter Gauthier (Main Dunstable), Nicholas Rushton (World Academy) and Ethan Schnyer (Bicentennial).

In the 3K race, the top 5 girls were: Rylee Bouvier (Hollis), Meredith McDermott (Bicentennial), Soray Durham (Ledge Street), Emma Armstrong (Hollis) and Lara Coady (Hollis).

The top 5 boys were: John Kotelly (Hollis), Griffin Johnson (Bicentennial). Brandon Metivier (New Searles), Nick Dahl (St. Christopher) and Christopher Kenosian (St. Christopher).

The City Championship will be held at Nashua High School North at 9 a.m. on Oct. 18.



Nighthawks Basketball tryouts

The Nashua Nighthawks travel basketball program is holding its annual tryouts for its boys and girls teams.

The tryouts will be held on Saturday October 25 at Girls, Inc. in Nashua. The cost to tryout is $20 per player (or $25 per family). Every player must attend one of the following sessions to be eligible to play.

The sessions are as follows: 8 a.m., seventh grade boys; 9:30 a.m., fourth grade boys; 10:30 a.m., fifth grade boys; 12 p.m., sixth grade boys; 1:30 p.m., eighth grade boys; 3 p.m. four and fifth grade girls; 4 p.m., sixth grade girls; 5:30 p.m., seventh grade girls; 7 p.m., eighth grade girls.


NH Grizzlies training

The New Hampshire Grizzlies will be offering training for baseball players at their private facility in southern New Hampshire until Feb. 23.

All training will be done by managers/coaches of the NH Grizzlies EBL Teams. Each has many years of training high school/collegiate /MLB players; four are former Grizzlies.

Sessions will cover skills that are age appropriate.

The times are Mondays 6-7:15 p.m.for players age 12 and under, and Mondays 7:30-8:45 p.m. for players 13 and above.

The cost is $100 per month. Pre-registration with payment for each month will be required.

Participants will be limited in order for the instructors to give personalized attention.

For more information or to register, contact the Grizzlies at teamnhbaseball@comcast.net.

NH Grizzlies openings

The New Hampshire Grizzlies U14 baseball team has a few openings left for the 2015 season.

This is a full year program with winter workouts starting in October.

Managers are not parents and all practices are at the team’s private indoor facility.

For more information, email teamnhbaseball@comcast.net or call 603-577-1772.

Four Grizzlie alums were either drafted or have played for Major League teams. Over 100 members have played on collegiate teams at all three divisions, some with scholarships.

John Roper pitching lessons

The John Roper Pitching School, run by the former Major Leaguer and Nashua Pride hurler begins in November, consisting of private and semi-private pitching lessons.

Pitching classes include pitchers fielding practice, pick off moves, covering bunts etc. There is a maximum of 10 students per class.

Group pitching lessons will be a maximum of six students. For more information, go to leaguelineup. com/teamgid or email jcrope1@yahoo.com.


NH Hammerheads
seeking players

The NH Hammerheads Softball Club, a competitive travel softball program in the Manchester area, is looking for a few 16U players to fill their 2014-2015 roster.

If interested, please contact Andrea to schedule a individual tryout at nhhammerheads@yahoo.com or 860-6872.