Elm Street girls win Nashua Middle School Tournament

The Elm Street Middle School girls basketball team topped Fairgrounds, 45-40, to win the second annual Nashua Middle School Basketball Tournament.

Katie Loranger had 16 points to lead the winners while Aryanna Murray (11) and Maya Rioux (eight) also contributed.

Fairgrounds top scorers included Julianna Martin (17), Iruka Obinelo (eight), Lily Vogel (six), Meredith McDermott (six).

Elm Street finished its season at 9-3 in Tri-County Division I, clinching a bye and the No. 2 seed and will host the winner of Hudson vs. Merrimack in the semifinal round on Wednesday.

Fairgrounds concluded its regular season at 9-4 in TriCounty Division 2, earning a first-round bye and wrapping up the the No. 4 seed. The Falcons will host No. 5 Timberlane Middle School on Tuesday.

Nashua Biddy
Basketball

Bantam

Celtic 52, Bruins 41

Jacob Contino led all scorers with 20 points, while Andrew Curtin came off the bench and scored four quick points and played aggressive defense.

Celtics 51, Jets 38

Aaron Roberge (20) and Chase Nickerson (14) paced the Celtics.

Boys Biddy

Bullets 54, Pistons 17

The Bullets were led by Jayden Tempro with 12 points and Isaac Zhang with 10. Jack Peters paced the Pistons with 14 points.

Cougars 30, Royals 24

Javonte Lopez led a balanced Cougars attacks with seven points, while Luis Ortiz added six points and Ryan Bourgeois and Kevin McMeniman four each.

Jalen Creed led the Royals with a game-high nine points points, while Caedan Sheahan and Keith O’Donnell added four each.

Knicks 36, Lancers 16.

Playing strong defensive games for the Knicks were Jordan Raisanen, Jaden Bernard and Joseph Savino. Ariyan Cora and David Mullaney led the offense with 14 and eight points, respectively, while the Lancers were paced by Jack Lobdell with eight.

Cavs 34, Stars 27

The Cavs were led by Colin Holbrook with 13 and Brandon Metivier with seven, as well as help from Chase Bowman, T.J. Klein, Adeen Ahmed and Alan Small.

The Stars were led by Kaleb Milano and Josh Kane, while also contributing were Amaury Almonte, Silas Fier ,Nick DiGesse, Holden Wilmot, and Brady Sullivan.

Knicks 43, Cavaliers 25

The Knicks (7-2) had eight players in the scoring column with Ariyan Cora (13),

David Mullaney and Camden Brown (six apiece). Austin Borroto, Arvin Challuri and Regan Brunet also had big games for the Knicks.

Adeen Ahmed had eight points and Holbrook six to pace the Cavs.

Jazz 43, Lakers 40

The Jazz were led by Elias Bourque’s 12 points. Jack Sullivan led the Lakers with 13 points. Devon Rouleau and Vibhav Sharma piched in six points each for the jazz.

Boys Jr. Biddy

Nuggets 27, Sonics 8

The Nuggets’ Evan Linscott led scorers with eight, followed by Nick Sanossian with seven and David Taylor, six. Liam McFadden led the Sonics with four points. Carter Richard, Jason Brinley, Ben Couter and Aaden Mercer played well defensively.

WRESTLING

Merrimack hosts
Tomahawk Throwdown

The Merrimack Youth Wrestling Program hosted and competed in the first annual Merrimack Tomahawk Throwdown Wrestling Tournament.

The MYWP had 43 of the 350 wrestlers competing.

Kindergartners for Merrimack took the following medals: Grayson Chestnut, second; Olivia Dine, third; Natasha Kourdriashova, fourth; Aaron Lacharite, third and Andrew Schuster, fourth. Chestnut pulled in one win by pin and Dine had one win by points in an exciting last second come from behind turnaround.

First graders took the following medals: Isla Curley, fourth, and Ryan Marone, third. It was both Curley and Marone’s first career wrestling competition.

Second graders took the following medals: Amir Safa, fourth; Liam Newman, second; Benjamin Koudriashov, first; Collin Schuster,first; Kael McAloon, second; Aiden Kennedy, fourth; Micah Dodds, fourth; Luke Emond,fourth; Liam Bright first; Emmi Haddad, third; Rhys Dewar, first. Dewar and Schuster breezed through their brackets pinning all of their opponents. Haddad and Newman each had one win by pin. Koudriashov, McAloon and Bright also each had two wins by pin on the day.

Third graders took the following medals: Liam Harman, second; Gage Kidd, fourth; Mike Neacy, fourth; Cayden Dine, first; Jackson Meehan, first; Sophia Weilbrenner fourth and John Regal third.

Dine and Meehan pinned all of their opponents. Harman captured two wins by points on the day, and Regal grabbed one win by points.

Ivey Johnson, grade four, took third place.

Fifth graders took the following medals: Anthony Almonte, third; Owen Forrest, second; J.J. Bright, third, and Mitchell Krupp and Danny Safa, both fourth.

Bright snagged one win by pin while Almonte beat one of his opponents by points. Forrest captured two wins by points.

Sixth grader Mateo Pena-Galvo, in his debut wrestling tournament, took second with his first career win by pin.

Sixth grader Gavin Ross barreled through his bracket, taking first place and winning all by points.

Seventh graders took the following medals: Hunter Adams, fourth; Jeffrey Burke, fourth; Preston Ostrom, fourth; Alex Griffin, third; and Camden Wheeler, second. Wheeler completed all of his wins on the day by pin. Griffin gained one win by points.

Eigth graders took the following medals: Anthony Maglio, second; Michael Matheson, third; Molly Brody, second; Anson Dewar, first; and Collin Jones, second.

Maglio and Brody each defeated one of their opponents by pin, while Matheson had one win on the day by points. Dewar and Jones each completed their two wins on the day by points.

CONTESTS

Elks State Hoop Shoot
event set for Feb. 5

Five Nashua Elks Hoop Shoot Champions and 2017 State Elks Southwest District Hoop Shoot Champions will compete agains the Southeast, Northeast and Northwest District Champions for the Elks State Hoop Shoot Free Throw Championship on Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Epsom Central School Gym.

The locals competing will be 12-year-old Arian Sola, who won the 10-11 girls title a year ago; 10-year-old Grace Cardin, 9-year-old Aliyah Vasquez, 12-year-old Ryan Haskell, and 9-year-old Navein Sribalaharan.

Each boy and girl in their respective age division (six), will shoot 25 free throws for a score, with five extra tiebreakers as need.

The six state champions will go on to compete in the New England Regional Hoop Shoot competition in Portland, Maine on March 22.

There are 12 regional contests around the country, and those winners will compete in April’s nationals in Chicago. Nashua has sent 11 regional champions to the nationals in the last 40 years.

Merrimack K of C
Free Throw event

All boys and girls ages nine to 14 are eligible to participate in the local level of competition for the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. at St. John Neumann Gym in Merrimack, Route 101A (708 Milford Road).

The competition includes each participant shooting 15 free throws. Trophies will be provided to the winners in each age category.

Winners in each age group advance to the State Free Throw Championship in March. All boys and girls 9 to 14 years old are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions.

Participation is free and youths do not need to be affiliated with the Knights of Columbus or the church to participate.

Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For additional information contact Peter Gendron at 603-424-6494.

HOCKEY

Cavs top Nashoba

The Southern New Hampshire Cavaliers Pee Wee Two Team recently downed the Nashoba Grizzles, 8-2.

Bailey Landsteiner scored the first goal for the Cavs off a feed from Emma Dunn. Within the next four minutes, Dunn scored two more goals with assists by Cam DeFilippo and Landsteiner. Connor Reeve was in goal for the Cavaliers and withstood early brief pressure, allowing one first-period goal.

The second period started on a fast break with Will Roncone feeding Logan Bower the puck for a goal. A few seconds later Bower threaded Nashoba’s defense to Matt Tataronis, who burned a slap shot for goal number five.

The Grizzles answered with a score but Roncone got his second goal for the night with an assist by Bower for a 6-2 lead.

Lanisteiner (Dunn assist) and Niko Mastakouras (assist Lanisteiner) finished the scoring for the locals.

The defense of Travis Asimakopulos and Niko Mastakouras held the Grizzlies to four shots in the final 15 minutes.

BULLETIN BOARD

Soccer

NYS spring registration

Spring registration for the Nashua Youth Soccer League is now open. Boys and girls in Nashua and surrounding towns born between Oct. 1, 1997 and Sept. 30, 2011 are eligible.

General registration will be open through Feb. 19. The cost is $35 for those who register by that date. Late registration will be open Feb. 20 through March 5 with a $40 cost that includes a $5 late fee.

Registration will close on March 5 at 11:59 p.m.

Registrations received by March 5 will be guaranteed placement on a team. Registrations received after this date may be wait listed.

Players can register online at www.NashuaYouthSoccer.org

Baseball

Greater Nashua Little League registration now open

Spring registration for the Greater Nashua Little League for youths ages 5 through 13 is now open online at http://www.nashualittleleague.org/.

Cost is $40 per player with a max. cap of $90 for families with three-plu members. Practices start in mid-April and the season runs through mid-June before the All-Star tournaments begin.

There is also a 13-year-old Intermediate Division.

Nashua Cal Ripken registration

Spring registration for the Nashua Cal Ripken Baseball League for youths ages 4 through 12 is now open on line 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.

For more information, go to www.nashuacalripken.org.

Umpire Training

The Nashua Baseball Umpires Association will hold its ninth annual Umpire Academy starting on February 12,and the training is offered to anyone interested in becoming a certified Cal Ripken Baseball umpire.

The group provides in-depth rules, field and plate mechanics to help prepare anyone wishing to umpire this spring.

This year’s program will run through early April. For specific class information including times, locations and cost, visit www.nashuaumpires.org or email Scott at nashuaumps@gmail.com.

Baseball/Softball

MCAA Clinics

The MCAA is currently 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 remaining clinics will be on Jan. 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).