Nashua PAL names Montminy as Player of Year

The Police Athletic League (Nashua PAL) announced that its 2016 Basketball Player of the Year is 15-year-old Brian Montminy.

Montminy, along with PAL’s Athletes of the Year in football, cross country, boxing, and cheerleading will be honored with other award winners – including Hollywood actor, writer and producer Mike O’Malley, the 2016 PAL of the Year – at the Sixth Annual PAL Sports Dinner at Conway Arena on June 30.

A freshman at North High School, Montminy is a member of the Nashua PAL/St. Patrick’s Gate City Thunder basketball team, which competes in the Nashua YMCA Saturday afternoon league.

Montminy’s coach, Nebby Exantus, said that "Brian understands teamwork and accountability, always attending and working hard in practice, and competing with intensity in our league games."

Montminy also pays football at Nashua High School North, and saw action last fall at wide receiver, safety and running back in freshman, JV and varsity games. Although his academic career at North is just starting, he has so far made the Honor Roll each quarter.

All proceeds from the PAL Sports Dinner support PAL’s academic, athletic and other enrichment programs available to all Nashua children, including its at-risk youth. For tickets, tables and sponsorship information, contact the PAL Youth Safe Haven at 594-3733 or youthsafehaven@nashuapal.com.

LACROSSE

Nashua Blast U15 Girls dominate

The Nashua Blast U15 Purple Girls moved to 2-0 and extended their winning streak from last year to 12 straight games as they dominated Windham, 11-2, and earlier beat Bow 13-4.

In the Windham game, Melanie Hutchinson gained control on the opening draw and fed Kalie Keegan who put a low liner past the Windham goalie 10 seconds into the game.

One minute later, Julia Cote scored on a pretty crease roll making the score 2-0. Before you could blink the Blast were at it again with Kirsten McIntire driving in from the 12 meter and scoring to make it 3-0 three minutes into the game.

With 11 minutes left in the half, Lindsay Hult found a streaking Keegan who fired a low bounce shot for her second goal of the game, making the score 4-0 Nashua. McIntire notched her second goal with 3:15 left in the half extending the score to 5-0 at halftime.

Meanwhile, the defensive combination of Bailey Morin, Theresea Ellison, Maddie Sewade, Elinor Addonizio, Olivia Kingston and Bella Cebrero shut down Windham. Goalie Payson Mooso stopped all five shots she faced in the first half and finished with seven saves on the day.

The Blast got the second half scoring started on a feed from McIntire to a cutting Hutchinson who shot top right for a score two minutes in. Cote soon made it 7-0 and McIntire added her third goal with 17 minutes to play. Bailey Moran also scored to make it 9-0.

Windham tallied 35 minutes into the game, but Lindsay Hult answered with eight minutes left. McIntire scored the final Blast goal to make it 13-1.

Kiley O’Brien, Grace Bellavance, Britney Pearson, Amelia Piercy, Sarah Signorello, and Liv Hlebichuk also played well.

In the Bow win, McIntire got the scoring started off an assist from Hult just two minutes into the game. Shortly thereafter Hult would feed Signorello to make it 2-0. Hutchinson, assisted by Cote, made it 3-0 with 17 minutes left in the half. Two minutes later, Cote would set up Kalie Keegan for a nice catch-and-shoot goal. The Blast went ahead 5-0 on an Amelia Piercy goal assisted by O’Brien with 10 minutes left in the half.

The Blast would add another goal from Cote assisted by Signorello. Emily Morneau put one past the Bow goalkeeper and then Hutchinson added her second goal of the game to push the score to 8-1. Bellavance added a goal and Cote scored on a fast break with just 10 seconds left in the half, assisted by Liv Hlebichuk.

Starting the second half with a 10-1 lead, the Blast got an unassisted goal by Taylor Guilfoil scored 2:30 in.

Other scorers were Cote (three goals) and McIntire (two). Mooso wound up with six saves on the day while Morin, Theresa Ellison, Kingston, Maddie Sewade, and Elinor Addonizio anchored the defense.

Midfielders Britney Pearson, Bellavance, Hult, Piercy, Hutchinson, and O’Brien controlled the draws and the pace all day.

The Blast, coached by Korey Hlebichuk and assistant Ciki McIntire, host Bedford Sunday at 1 p.m. at Stellos Stadium.

BULLETIN BOARD

Softball

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 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.

Contact the Nashua Park-Rec office for future clinic dates.

Nashua 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 – seven and eight 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 nine-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 tryout as they return to their former Junior Teams. Only new players need to register and tryout.

Senior League – Ages 13-16, and 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:

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, Apr. 22 at 6 p.m. at Roby Park.

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

Baseball

Nashua registration

Registration is now open for the 2016 spring baseball season at www.nashua
calripken.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.

Basketball

Milford Summer League

Registration for the 19th annual Milford Summer Basketball Leagues will be held at the Light of the World Christian Church on Saturday, May 7 (9-11 a.m.), Thursday, May 12 (6-8 p.m.) and Saturday, May 14 (9-11 a.m.)

Space is limited in the league (108 slots) and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Boys and girls who are either age 10-14 as of Aug. 1, 2015 or currently in grades 5-8 are eligible to sign-up.

For more information go to www.msblhoops.com.

Football

HBJC registration

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

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 argiaco
nia@yahoo.com.

HB Jr. Cavs need coaches

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.hbjrcavs.com.

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

Soccer

Nashua 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 additional 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.

Tennis

Granite State 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.

Fundraisers

Nashua Elks Crusaders
seeking 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 denise
rosher@comcast.net.