5 locals win Elks ‘Hoop Shoot’ district titles

Five locals won the 2017 State Elks Southwest District "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw contest recently at the Derry Boys and Girls Club and will move on to the state finals on Feb. 5 in Epson.

Twelve-year-old Ariana Sofa had the hottest hand in Girls competition, sinking 20 of 25 free throws. Other local girls division winners included Nashuans 9-year-old Taylor Joyal, (8-9) and 10-year-old Aliyah Vasquez (10-11 division).

Nashua’s Ryan Haskel, 11, dropped in 21 out of 25 free throws to win the 10-11 boys division, while 9-year-old Navein Sribalaharan of Nashua hit 14 of 25 to take the 8-9 boys division title. Keene’s Mathew Wagner dropped in 22 of 25 to win the 12-13 boys division with Hudson 12-year-old Colin Toohey placing third with 17 free throws.

The six winners all received gold trophies. The Southwest District champions will join their Southeast District Champion counterparts – Derry/Salem having four winners, 8-9 boys champ Nicholas Sharpe (24 of 25), 10-11 boys champ Jordan Sharpe, 10-11 girls winner Sophie Pollini, 12-13 girls champion Emma Pollini, and Portsmouth’s 12-13 boys champion Jason Yeaton – to compete in the state finals against the Northwest and Northeast District champions next month.

State Champions go on to the New England Elks Regional competition in South Portland, Maine, on March 22, with the winners going on to the Elks National "Hoop Shoot" Finals in Chicago in April.

National winners will have their names inscribed in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Approximately 1.5 million youths have competed nationally in this year’s Elks National "Hoop Shoot" program.

Nashua Boys Jr. Biddy

Nuggets 27, Bulldogs 26

David Taylor led all scorers with nine points followed by Evan Linscott and Raymond Farmer with eight, Patrick Klein (six), Benett Azevedo and Brayden Cote (four) and two apiece by Tyler Leatherman, Noah Natalino, Dylan Klein, Dawson Bolton, Sebastian Laleau, and Nick Sanossian.

Nashua Boys Biddy

Cavs 50, Wildcats 46

The Cavaliers’ Colin Holbrook led all scorers with 23 points and a clutch free throw with no time on the clock that pushed the game into overtime where an 8-3 run secured the game.

Brandon Metivier scored 11 for the Cavs and T.J. Klein added six. Also contributing offensively were Adeen Ahmed with six and Alan Small and Nathan Smith. The Wildcats were led by Javari Ellison with 17. Also contributing were Dylan Homsy with 10, Nate Campbell, eight, along with Tyler Madeira, Michael Rzasa, Levi Hennessy. The Cavs’ Chase Bowman stood out defensively.

Cavs 39, Satellites 14

Cavs opened up with a 14-2 run and never looked back, and were led by Klein, Holbrook, and Adeen Ahmed with eight apiece. Vedanth Penumatsa also played well.

The Satellites were led by Eli Woodward, Richard Martin, Tyler Zwinkler, Eaven Jimenez and Theo Leonard.

Cavs 29, Pistons 27

Holbrook led the winners with 13 while Matt Brodeur played well defensively. Jack Deters’ 11 points led the Pistons.

WRESTLING

Merrimack shines
in Chelmsford

The Merrimack Youth Wrestling Program had three champions and four runners-up in the recent Chelmsford (Mass.) Youth Wrestling Tournament.

Second-graders Emmi Haddad and Collin Schuster, claimed their first career crowns.

Haddad breezed through her bracket pinning all three opponents. Schuster had one pin on the day.

Fellow second graders Benjamin Koudriashov and Kael McAloon both took home second place medals with two wins by pin each. Luke Emond fought hard to earn a fourth place medal.

Third grader Cayden Dine edged out his opponents in a three-way tie for first place medal. Jackson Meehan and John Regal, grade two, both brought home third with Meehan taking one pin on the day and Regal bringing home his first career win by points.

Kindergartners Andrew Schuster and Tyler Colon both brought home third place medals with Colon landing his first career win. Olivia Dine battled her way to fourth place.

Ivey Johnson, grade four, on return from a seasonlong injury grabbed second place with two nail-bitter wins in OT.

Fifth grader JJ Bright took second place on the day with two wins by pin.

Owen Forrest and Mitchell Krupp, grade five, took third and fourth place respectively with Forrest bringing home one win on the day by points.

Zachary Maszczak, grade eight, took a third place medal with one win by points.

BULLETIN BOARD

Hockey

Southern New Hampshire Cavs looking for Mini Mite players

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 vp@cavaliershockey.org or call 508-3971768.

Baseball

Nashua Cal Ripken registration for ages 4-12 now open online

Spring registration for the Nashua Cal Ripken Baseball League for youths ages 4 through 12 is now open online at www.nashuacalripken.org.

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 www.nashuacalripken.org.

Baseball/Softball

Series of MCAA clinics
available over the weekends

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 (baseball@mcaa.us) or Travis Cote at 320-2884 (tacote@comcast.net).

For softball information, contact Chris Mazzeo at 801-7585 (chris.mazzeo@comcast.net) or Scott Bilodeau at 508-615-6310 (Scott.Bilodeau@easton.com).

Fundraisers

Nashua Crusaders seek
help with equipment, uniforms

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.