Mike O’Malley is Nashua’s PAL of the Year

The nonprofit Nashua Police Athletic League and Youth Safe Haven announced that its board of directors has chosen Mike O’Malley as its 2016 PAL of the Year.

O’Malley is a Nashua native who is a Hollywood actor, writer and producer. He will be honored at the sixth annual PAL Sports Dinner at Conway Arena on Thursday, June 30.

O’Malley, a graduate of Bishop Guertin High School and the University of New Hampshire, has had a long and varied career as an Emmy-nominated actor in television ("Yes, Dear," "Glee," "Parenthood," "My Name is Earl," "Justified") and film ("Concussion," "Pushing Tin," "Eat Pray Love," "Deep Impact," "28 Days," "The Perfect Man" and the upcoming "Sully," directed by Clint Eastwood), as well as Children’s Television (Nickelodeon’s "GUTS!").

He has also written and produced several highly successful and award-winning projects for film and television, including "Certainty" (Best Screenplay, 2011 Boston Film Festival), "Shameless" (Showtime) and currently "Survivor’s Remorse" for Starz, which O’Malley created and executive produces along with NBA star LeBron James.

Many sports fans remember O’Malley from ESPN’s long-
running series of promotions featuring a rabid, Bruins jersey-clad, Red Sox cap-wearing Boston sports fan, "The Rick."

Nashua PAL offers youth enrichment pro-grams to all of Nashua’s youths, including at-risk juveniles, at its Youth Safe Haven on Ash Street and its after-school open gymnasium at the St. Patrick’s Center on Spring Street and Main Street.

The PAL Sports Dinner annually honors PAL’s youth players of the year in football, cross country, cheerleading, boxing and basketball. Past PAL of the Year honorees include New York Daily News columnist and ESPN commentator Mike Lupica, Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts, and Boston Globe columnists Bob Ryan and Dan Shaughnessy.

Tickets and tables can be reserved at 594-3733 or youthsafe

For more information about PAL, visit nashuapal.com/www. nashuapal.com/programs.html.



Nashua Catholic girls
win New England title

The Nashua Catholic Junior High School girls basketball team captured the New England CYO Regional championship with a 36-28 win in Fairfield, Conn., over St. Thomas Aquinas of Fairfield.

Wildcats scorers were Elizabeth Bonnette, Chloe Tardif, Liza Field, Kristen Coumas, Jen Marino and Eliza Blomquist.

St. Thomas led throughout the first half, but two minutes into the third quarter Coumas hit a big 3-pointer to give Nashua Catholic the lead. The Wildcats never looked back from that moment on, and controlled the pace of play throughout the remainder of the game.

The team is coached by Beth and Todd Zingales.



Local wrestlers shine

Seventh grader Aiden Hanning continued his impressive season by taking first place with five wins in the 125-pound bracket to pace the Merrimack Youth Association wrestling program’s efforts in the recent Marshwood New England Youth Wrestling Invitational in Portland, Maine.

Hanning conquered his first four opponents by points and pinned his final competitor in the championship match.

Also, Merrimack first grader Rhys Dewar placed fourth on the day with two wins by points.

Second grader Jackson Meehan took the runner-up title with two pins on the day.

Mitchell Krupp, grade four, also competed in the tournament with one win by points. He fell in a very close match with a last minute decision by a couple of points in his final round.

Anson Dewar, grade seven, brought home a second place trophy with three wins by points in the 100-pound bracket.



Nashua Park-Rec clinics

The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will be running several free softball clinics this spring, with focus on fielding/hitting, and pitching/catching.

The first fielding/hitting clinic will be held on Saturday Apr. 16 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Roby Field complex on Spit Brook Road.

The clinics are open to any Nashua girls ages 7-15 and all clinics are free of charge.

The clinics will use a multiple station format, keeping the girls in constant motion, and will work drills for both novice and advanced skill levels.

Applications for those who have not yet signed up for the 2016 Nashua Softball program will be available at the clinic.

Note: Players who may be interested in attending the pitching clinic later this spring will be asked to remain at the field for a short period after the April 16 clinic.

The players will be asked to throw a couple of pitches, so coaches can assess skill levels which will help with selecting the drills that will be run in the pitching clinic.

Nashua Park-Rec 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 are also be available 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 – 7- and 8-years-old; 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 Team will be assigned to a Rookie Team.

All returning Junior League Division players do not need to register or try out as they return to their former Junior Teams. Only new players need to register and try out.

Senior League – Ages 13-16, and all 13-year-olds and new players need to register and try out. 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 condtions/snow, are as follows:

Nine-and-10-year-olds – Tuesday, April 19, 6 p.m. at Roby Park.

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

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


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, April 16 at 10 a.m. at Ledge Street Field. A makeup date will be Sunday, April 17 at 10 a.m., also at Ledge Street Field.

Nashua Cal Ripken registration

Registration is now open for the 2016 spring baseball season at www.nashuacalripken.org. Any child living in Nashua age 4 to 12 is eligible to play.

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


MYA elections set for May

The Merrimack Youth Association (MYA) will be having elections for positions on the MYA Executive Board on May 12 at the MYA Building.

The Nominating Committee is now accepting names for the following two-year terms: vice president, assistant secretary and member at large.

To place a name in nomination, contact committee chairperson Gary Krupp at 424-3732 or mya

All volunteers and parents of an MYA participant are eligible to vote in this election. All are welcome to attend our monthly meetings, the second Thursday of every month in the MYA building.

For more information, call 424-3732.


HBJC registration

The Hollis Brookline Jr. Cavaliers Football and Cheer Program registration is open for the 2016 season.

The next on-site registrations will be held at the Brookline Fire Department back room from 9-11 a.m. on April 16.

Prior to on-site registering, applicants will need to register on the NHYFSC site (nhyfsc.org). For more information on registration please go to hbjrcavs.com website and review the registration process located under FAQ tab as well as what forms are required.

For information regarding football, contact Fred Hubert and for information regarding cheer, contact Robin Giaconia at argiaconia@yahoo.com.

HB Jr. Cavs Coaches Needed

The Hollis Brookline Jr Cavaliers Football and Cheer Athletic Program (HBJC) is currently seeking applications for all levels of football and cheer coaching positions.

These positions include head coaches, assistant coaches and junior demonstrators.

For information or to complete an application, go to www.hb

For football related questions, contact football director Fred Hubert at fhubert67@yahoo.com.
For cheer coaching questions, contact cheer coordinator Robin Giaconia at argiaconia@yahoo.com.


Nashua spring league registration

Those who still wish to register for the Nashua Youth Spring Soccer League and missed the March 6 deadline will be wait-listed and must pay an additonal late fee. The league is for youths in Nashua and surrounding towns born between Oct. 1, 1996 and Sept. 30, 1996,

Go to www.NashuaYouthSoccer.org to register for for more information.

Also, coaches and volunteers are needed.

Granite State Kids Tennis Registration

Granite State Kids summer junior tennis program is currently accepting registration.

It provides tennis instruction and match play for youths ages 5-18, for all levels, beginner through competition.

Beginner play is Monday and Wednesday mornings. Intermediate practice is Tuesday morning with match play on Thursday.

The season starts June 27 and continues through August 4. The season winds up with a Tennis Carnival and NH JTT State Tournament.

Registration and more information is available on www.granitestatekids.com.


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 ordeniserosher@comcast.net.