Nashua’s Sola wins Elks Hoop Shoot state title

Greater Nashua Elks Hoop Shoot Champion and New Hampshire Southwest District Champion 11-year-old Ariana Sola won the Elks Hoop Shoot Girls 10-11 Division at the State Championship in Franklin.

Connor Kelly of Nashua was the 8-9 boys runner-up with with 20 free throws, while 9-year-old Taylor Joyal of Nashua and Colin Toohey of Hudson each finished third.

Nashua’s Erin Bourgeois placed fourth in the 12-13 Girls Division.

Sola successfully defended her 2015 State Elks Championship title by dropping in 20 out of 25 free throws. Her performance also earned her the Fred Rheault Memorial Sharpshooter trophy as the top girls shooter.

Runner-up honors went to Bella Stover of Portsmouth who dropped in 18 of 25. Both had hit 24 out of 25 free throws in January to win their respective Southwest and Southeast Championships.

Cameron Pollock of Manchester won the 12-13 Boys championship with 24 free throws and earned the Harry Mullen Memorial Sharpshooter Trophy as the best boys shooter.

Rounding out the other four division champions were 9-year-old Katie Yeaton of Portsmouth, 9-year-old Luke Diamond of Plymouth, 11-year-old Jordon Sharpe of Derry/Salem and 13-year-old Kelsey Wheeler of Claremont.

The state winners will now compete in the New England Regional on March 19 in Portland, Maine. The Elks National Hoop Shoot Finals will take place in Chicago in April with the six national winners having their names inscribed in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

BASKETBALL

Nashua Boys Biddy

Cavaliers 52, Satellites 12

T.J. Klein led all scorers with 12 while Travis Holbrook added 10 for the first place Cavs. Also contributing for the winners were Josh Lentz, Rishi Patel, Colin Holbrook, Brandon Metivier , Chase Bowman and Nathan Smith. The Satellites were led by Joe Bodi, Austin Bourque, Eli Woodward and Ansh Kanna. Cam Miele played well defensively for the Cavs.

Nuggets 22, Stars 12

Lead scorers with six points each were the Stars’ Nate Hill and the Nuggets’ Nicholas Sanossian and David Taylor.

Nico Frioni and Joshua Mathson played well defensively, while additional offensive punch was provided by Stars’ Danuel Morales and Frioni as well as the Nuggets’ Aadit Janu and Ethan Finamore.

Nuggets 25, Mustangs 21

Domingo Reynoso from the Mustangs led all scorers with eight points. The Nuggets got scoring from Liam O’Keefe (six points) Janu (five) and Mathson (four).

Playing well defensively were Matthew Hibbard, Steven Kouchalakos, Gus Smiley Joshua Corriveau, and Jevon Anson.

CYO

St. Chris boys Mites
reach CST final

The St. Christopher boys mites team won their first two games in the Catholic Schools Tournament to advance to the finals.

The boys defeated St Mary-Dover 38-12 and PMA 35-8 behind a strong defense and balanced scoring attack.

St. Chris girls Mites 26, St. Pat’s 6

St. Chris improved to 8-1 led by Meghan Stack’s 10 points. Sage Underwood had seven, while Kate Hansen and Julia Gadbois each had four Kelechi Okorie contributed two.

St. Chris boys Jr. Mites 29, Infant Jesus 8

St Chris, which finished the regular season at 6-2, was led by Johnny Canaway and Ebuka Okori with eight points each. Brayden Labrecque added five and Evan Walters and Ryan Fauteux four each.

St Chris will next compete in the end-of-season DeCosta Tournament.

WRESTLING

Merrimack’s Johnson third

Merrimack Youth Wrestling Program third grader Ivey Johnson came in first place in her bracket and third overall with one pin in the Girls Only K-8 Youth Wrestling Championships in Salem, Mass.

Johnson fell in her second match by a mere one point against a girl that outweighed her by 30 pounds.

BULLETIN BOARD

Nashua Babe Ruth registration

The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting player registration forms for the upcoming Babe Ruth Baseball season. Registration forms are available at the following locations: Jeannotte’s Market, Bright Spot Convenience Store, Nashua Public Library and City Clerks Office at City Hall.

Forms are also available now at the Recreation Office at Greeley Park and at www.gonashua.com.

All players league age 13 must sign up and try out to play on a Babe Ruth team. League age is a youth’s age as of May 1, 2016.

Deadline for registering is April 14. Any new players to Nashua age 14-15 need to register and try out at the dates listed below.

All returning players are asked to fill out a registration form before the season starts.

The tryout date for all players/age groups is Saturday, Apr. 16 at 10 a.m. At Ledge Street Field. A makeup date will be Sunday, Apr. 17 at 10 a.m., also at Ledge Street Field.

Nashua Softball registration

The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting player registration forms for the upcoming softball season.

Forms are available now at the Recreation Office at Greeley Park and at www.gonashua.com.

They will also be available in mid-March at the following locations: Jeannotte’s Market, Bright Spot Convenience Store, Nashua Public Library and City Clerks Office at City Hall.

The age divisions are as follows, with all league age is age as of Jan.1, 2016:

Rookie League (ages 7-8): Players in the Rookie League register and there are no tryouts. Players are assigned to a team.

Junior League (ages 9-12): Nine year olds can register and tryout for the Junior League. Any 9 year old not making a Junior League team will be assigned to a Rookie League team. All returning Junior League Division players do not need to register or tryout as they return to their former Junior teams. Only new players need to register and tryout.

Senior League (ages 13-16): All 13 year olds and new players need to register and tryout. All returning players stay with their old team.

There were not enough interested players to have either a Rookie League or a Senior League last year, but there will be registrations again this year in hopes of securing enough players to run these two leagues.

Tryout dates, which are subject to change depending on field conditions/snow, are as follows:

9 and 10 year olds at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 at Roby Park.

11 and 12 year olds at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21 at Roby Park. Note: Makeup date for all 9-12 year olds is 6 p.m. Friday, April 22 at Roby Park.

13-16 year olds at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 at Roby Park.

Nashua Little League tryouts

Greater Nashua Little League tryouts will be at 4 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 14) and again Sunday, March 6 at Play Ball, 9 Congress St., Nashua.

All players ages 7 through 12 must try out if they are not already on a Minor League or Major League roster.

For online registration, visit www.nashualittleleague.org. Players can also register at one of the tryouts.

Children ages 5-13 are eligible. There is a $40 registration fee, capped at $90 per family. The Major and Minor League seasons go from April 1 to June 30, while Farm League and T-Ball seasons are from April 18-June 30.

There is also a new 13-year-old division that has limited space.

For more information, contact the Nashua Little League at 978-226-3868 or email playeragent@nashualittleleague.org.

Nashua Cal Ripken registration open

Registration is now open for the 2016 Nashua Cal Ripken spring baseball season at www.nashuacalripken.org.

Any child ages 4-12 and living in Nashua is eligible to play. The registration fee is $40 for T-Ball, Rookies and Minors (ages 4-8), while AAA and Majors (ages 9-12) is $50 with a family cap of $75.

For more information, visit www.nashuacalripken.org.

Cal Ripken
umpire training

The Nashua Baseball Umpires Association will hold its eighth annual six-week umpire training program for those interested in becoming a certified Cal Ripken Baseball umpire from Feb. 28-April 9 at the Nashua YMCA.

The NBUA Umpire Academy will provide in-depth rules, field and plate mechanics to prepare those wishing to umpire this spring.

For specific class information, including times and cost, visit www.nashuaumpires.org, or email Scott at nashuaumps@gmail.com.

SNH Cavaliers hockey clinic

The Southern New Hampshire Cavaliers will be holding a free hockey clinic for youths ages 4-9 at 8:20 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at Skate 3 in Tyngsborough, Mass.

Youths who are experiencing hockey for the first time are welcome as basic skills will be taught.

The event is part of USA Hockey’s Try Hockey program. To register, visit www.TryHockeyForFree.com. For more information, contact president@cavaliershockey.org or call 809-8589.

NEFC NH Soccer Club tryouts

Tryouts for the NEFC NH Soccer Club will be held for four teams for the spring season on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 6-7 p.m. at the New Hampshire Sportsplex, 68 Technology Dr. in Bedford.

There are spots available for the U11 and U12 boys as well as the U12 and U14 girls. The organization competes in the New England Premier League and plays its home games at the field at Presentation of Mary in Hudson.

There will be tryouts for all teams in June at dates to be announced. For more information, go to http://www.nefc.us/newhampshire.

Nashua Soccer registration

Registration for the Nashua Youth Spring Soccer League is now open for youths in Nashua and surrounding towns born between Oct. 1, 1996 and Sept. 30, 1996.

Youths are encouraged to register at www.NashuaYouthSoccer.org by March 6. Those who register by that date will be guaranteed placement on a team; those who register after will be wait-listed and must pay an additonal late fee.

Also, coaches and volunteers are needed.

Nashua World Cup names director

Nashua World Cup Soccer has named Bruno Victal as Club Director. A native of Brazil, Victal was a professional soccer player brought to the area by the New Hampshire Phantoms in 2001.

The organization is also looking for players to round out current teams. Visit www.nashuaworldcup.org, or to arrange a tryout contact Jamie Modelski at jmodelski66@charter.net.

FUNDRAISERS

Nashua Crusaders seek donations

The Nashua Elks Crusaders, a non-profit youth football and cheer organization, is seeking help from the community in purchasing new equipment and uniforms.

Donations can be made to Nashua Crusaders P.O. Box 7248 Nashua, NH 03063. Also, for more information on sponsorship opportunities, email necpresident15@gmail.com or deniserosher@comcast.net.