6 area youths win Elks Hoop Shoot contest
Champions move on to districts
Six Greater Nashua youths recently won the 45th annual Greater Nashua Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest at the Elm Street Middle School Gym.
Crowned as local champions in their respective divisions were: 12-year old Colin Toohey of Hudson and Nashua’s 12-year-old Ariana Sola, Ryan Haskell, 11, Aliyah Vasquez, age 10; and nine-year olds Navein Sribalaharan and Taylor Joyal.
Top shooters in the contest were Navein Sribalaharan with 19 out of 25 free throws in the 8-9 Boys Division and Colin Toohey with 19 free throws in the 12-13 boys division.
A tie-breaker in the 8-9 boys division for second place was won by Nithin Venkatramanan with third going to Brayden Labrecque.
Joshua Kane, age 13, dropped in 18 out of 25 free throws to win the runner-up spot in the 12-13 boys division with Ryan Bourgeois finishing third.
Ryan Haskell won the 10-11 boys division with 16 free throws, edging out runner-up Trevor Lebrecque. Third went to Josh Caruso.
Meanwhile, Ariana Sola won the won the girls 12-13 division with 15 free throws with Grace Cardin finishing second and Julia Gadbois placing third. Aliyah Vasquez won the 10-11 girls division with nine free throws with runner-up honors going to Morgan Gillis. Rounding out the three girls division winners was 8-9 champion Taylor Joyal with eight free throws, ahead of second place finisher Ariana Davila.
Winners received first place gold trophies while trophies were also awareded to second and third place finishers.
The six area champions will move on to compete in the Elks South District Hoop Shoot championship on Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Derry Boys and Girls Club.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the competiton starting at 9 a.m. The South District will feature the champions from Nashua, Manchester, Concord, Keene, Dover, Portsmouth, Rochester and Derry/Salem.
There will be an awards luncheon immediately after the competition at the Derry/Salem Lodge of Elks Home.
District winners will advance to the state Finals on February 5, with state championsrs advancing to the New England Regional Hoop Shoot in South Portland, Me., in March. The Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Finals will take place in Chicago in April.
Broncos 24, Clippers 22
Ayden Clough hit a shot late in overtime for the Broncos. Adam Murray and Lucas Smith played well for the winners,
Broncos 27, Saints 25
This time Clough sank a half court buzzer beater for the difference. Nate Kangethe and Aiden Preston contributed to the victory.
Alex Landry and Tommy Canaway played well for the Saints.
SNH Cavs down Wizards, 3-1
The Southern New Hampshire Cavs downed the East Coast Wizards, 3-1, at Conway Arena with three unanswered goals after the visitors had grabbed a 1-0 lead.
Kevin Perry and Emma Dunn played well defensively, as did goalie Connor Reeves then put on a clinic that stopped the few shots that were put goal easily.
Bailey Landsteiner, along with Squirts Gavin Asimakopulos and Brendan Doughty (playing up a level due to injuries) played well in a scoreless second period, each with a shot on goal.
Logan Bower tied the game on a breakaway goal, assisted by Niko Mastakouras, who later scored an empty netter.
A slap shot from Matt Tataronis, assisted by Will Roncone, proved to be the game winner.
New England Edge bounce back
The New England Edge followed up a tough loss with a gritty 3-1 win over Andover in a Valley League Hockey game at Hudson’s Cyclones Arena.
Earlier the Edge fell 5-1 to Belmont with Brayden Goode scoring the lone goal of the game assisted by Caden Canney.
After trailing Andover 1-0, the Edge (4-2-1, third place in VL) ralled in the second period as Canney tied the game on a rebound off a Nick Dias shot. Dias then scored in the third to give the Edge the lead for good, assisted by Canney.
With 1:42 remaining in the game Braedon Dubis ended any comeback hopes by Andover with a power play goal.
In net, Colin O’Neil and Riley Pelletier combined to stop 14 of 15 shots with defensive help from Jack Boisvert, Owen Graham, Brady Pelletier and Dubis.
Up front, Jake Ciulla, Phillip Lima, Michael Livingstone, Aiden Gustafson and Goode played well.
MYA Wrestlers do well at tourney
The Merrimack Youth Association Wrestling team produced two champions and two second place finishers in the 23rd annual Jon Spohn Memorial Classic in Salem
Kindergartner Grayson Chestnut brought home a first place medal putting him in the running to compete in the Gene Mills National Tournament.
First time Kindergarten division wrestlers, Olivia Dine, Tyler Colon and Andrew Schuster performed well, with Schuster winning one match by points and one by pin.
Second grader Rhys Dewar dominated his way through to first place with one win by pin and two wins by massive points.
Collin Schuster, grade two, pulled in a second place medal with a strong showing by pinning two of his opponents in the championship round. Second grader Ben Koudriashov received third place on the podium with three wins by pin.
Other second graders, Kael McAloon and Emmi Haddad each had wins by pin. Also doing well were first time wrestlers Aiden Kennedy and Luke Emond.
Cayden Dine, grade three, took second place with two wins by pin and one hard fought loss by points in the championship round.
Third graders Liam Harman, Christian Chestnut and Jackson Meehan also competed with Chestnut taking one win by pin and Meehan taking two wins by pin.
Fifth graders Mitchell Krupp and Owen Forrest wrestled well, with Krupp bringing home one win by points. Seventh grader Hunter Adams also competed well.
NH Blue Elite win national title
The New Hampshire Blue Elite team recently captured the National AYC Championship in Orlando, Fla. The team, which was part of a competition that included some 200 teams from around the country, is made up of athletes from various organizations in the New Hampshire Youth Football and Spirit Conference.
Athletes on the team included Jordan Howe and Garyn Hobbs of the Bedford Jaguars; Grace Brooks, Kaylene Silva, Kelcy Acevedo, Alyiah Brown, Alivia Espinal, Madison Goulet, Rachel Medeiros, Nevaeh Spence of Nashua Pal Force; Olivia Dame of the Goffstown Screamin Eagles; Molly O’Keefe, Gwen Grondin, and Lillia Szewczyk of the Hudson Litchfield Bears; Amaya Rivera of Nashua Crusaders; Delina DaSilva, Chloe Trachier, and Riley Gaudette of the Windham Wolverines.
The NH Blue Elite was coached by Kate Spencer, Laural Dillon, Lori Radke and Cheyenne LeBlanc.
Nashua Cal Ripken
registration is open
Spring registration for the Nashua Cal Ripken Baseball League for youths ages 4 through 12 is now open on line at www.nashua
Registration fees have been established:
For T-Ball, Rookies and Minors, $40 per player; Triple A and Majors,$50 per player.
Family maximum cost for two or more players is $75.
There is a discount for those who register before Jan. 15. For more information, go to www.nashua
MCAA Clinics will be held on weekend in Wilton
The MCAA will be holding a series of baseball and softball clinics on Saturdays and Sundays beginning in January at the New England Extreme Sports Training Complex in Wilton.
Baseball clinics are Saturdays 5-6 p.m. for ages 8-10, and 6-7 p.m. for ages 11-12. The clinics will be on Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 25 and March 4.
Softball will be held on Sundays for ages 8-12 from noon to 1 p.m. The dates are Jan. 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 26 and March 5.
Registration can be done on line at www.mcaa.us (click on the Sports Pilot link).
For cost and information, contact for baseball Rob Howard at 912-0012 (email@example.com) or Travis Cote at 320-2884 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For softball information, contact Chris Mazzeo at 801-7585 (email@example.com) or Scott Bilodeau at 508-615-6310 (Scott.Bilodeau@easton.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or denise