Merrimack wrestlers excel in Fitchburg
The Merrimack Youth Wrestling Program competed in the annual Fitchburg Holiday Tournament with several doing well.
Kindergartner Grayson Chestnut raked in another first-place medal, plowing through the competition with two pins.
Andrew Schuster, also a kindergartner, took third place on the podium with one strong win by points.
Rhys Dewar, grade two, went on a pin rally, taking down three of his opponents by pin to bring home second place on the day.
Second graders Collin Schuster, Kael McAloon and Liam Bright all made strong showings in tough brackets. Schuster took a second-place medal with one win by pin and one win by commanding points.
McAloon took third with two pins on the day. Bright, a first-time competitor, fought hard to bring home a fourth-place spot.
Third graders Cayden Dine, Jackson Meehan and Christian Chestnut battled hard in tough brackets. All had one pin on the day with Dine taking third and Meehan and Chestnut taking fourth.
Fifth graders J.J. Bright and Mitchell Krupp faced tough competition with Bright pinning two of his opponents to finish second and Krupp narrowly falling in his second match by a mere two points to take third.
Jazz 25, Saints 24
The Jazz scored the winning basket with three seconds left, despite the Saints battling back from an 11-4 halftime deficit.
Chris McQuinn led the Jazz with 10 points and Elias Bourque pitched in with seven points. Akhil Kamilla and Daniel Miranda had a strong all-around game for the Jazz.
The Saints’ Ian Stewart led all scorers with 12 points.
Cougars 27, Sharks 16
Javonte Lopez scored 11 points and Luis Ortiz eight to lead the Cougars. Kevin McMeniman added four points, while Mihir Bhalla and Koustav Datta had two each.
Ryan Bourgeois and Nick Esp played well defensively and on the boards.
Ryan Vogel led the Sharks with four points, while Dean Adams and Ryan Haskell added three each.
Bullets 35, Cavs 23
The Bullets were led by Isaac Zhang and Ty Washam with eight points each. Adeen Ahmed led the Cavs with seven points and T.J. Klein added six.
Bullets 45, Bucks 29
The Bullets were led by Isaac Zhang with 14 points and Nick Dahl with 13.
Cougars 34, Trotters 18
Javonte Lopez scored eight points to lead the Cougars while Luis Ortiz and Ryan Bourgeois scored six apiece and Koustav Datta and Naveen Ravindran had four each.
Mihir Bhalla, Nick Esp, and Kevin McMeniman each had two.
The Trotters were led by Donavan Gannon with six points, while Jared Schofield and Ryan Zhang had four each and Dylan Dichard added two.
Bullets 42, Warriors 32
The Bullets were led by Jack Washam with 15 points and Jayden Tempro with 10.
Celtics 61, Blazers 45
Aron Roberge and Tyler Mondi each scored 14 points and Andrew Curtin and Jacob Contino contributed with eight points each.
Cavaliers help out Toys For Tots
The Southern NH Cavaliers Hockey Association along with members of the NE Stars Squirt Elite recently took part in a fundraiser for the Toys For Tots Program, participating in a shootout during practice time.
Each player also shopped for toys to benefit the Marine’s Toys for Tots program. Donations included games, race cars, bikes, scooter, dolls and many other items for boys and girls of all ages. In total about $9,400 in toys were donated.
Southern NH Cavs Mites openings
The Southern NH Cavaliers Mini Mite limited travel program for youths ages 5 through 8 has openings.
There are 12-week sessions with two hours of ice time per week and a high coach-to-player ratio. Players should know how to skate before they participate. The coaches are USA Hockey certified.
Uniforms are provided and equipment is available.
For information, including cost, etc., contact Amy Doughty at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-397-1768.
Nashua Ripken registration open
Spring registration for the Nashua Cal Ripken Baseball League for youths ages 4 through 12 is now open online at nashua
Registration fees have been established:
For T-Ball, Rookies and Minors, $40 per player; Triple A and Majors, $50 per player and the 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 nashuacalripken.org.
MCAA baseball, softball clinics
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 mcaa.us.
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 contact Chris Mazzeo at 801-7585 (email@example.com) or Scott Bilodeau at 508-615-6310 (Scott.Bilodeau@easton.com).