KIdSports: Nashua PAL football team advances in playoffs

Courtesy photo Nashua's Rocco Geraci recovers a fumble in a recent PAL 13U win over the Blue Storm.

FOOTBALL

Nashua PAL team

in title game

The Nashua PAL Force 13U football team topped Windham, 22-13, and was scheduled to face Pelham this weekend in the state title game.

Earlier, Nashua topped the Blue Storm, 35-0, in its regular season finale.

Derek Finlay got the scoring going early with a touchdown run and PAT kicks, while Jack Peters made a splash with two rushing TDs to add to PAL’s early lead.

Defensively, Nashua’s Charlie Bellavance and Toby Brown Jr. continued to seal the edges and Finlay went high for an interception. Xavier Jalbert and Rocco Geraci recovered fumbles for two scoop-and-scores, sealing the win.

AWARDS

Nashua Catholic

Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School recently hosted their fall sports award ceremony where top athletes were recognized for their accomplishments throughout the season.

Here are the award winners:

Boys Soccer Awards: Jamie Vanderburgh, Golden Boot; Nick Young, Heart and Soul;Connor Lennon, Coach’s Award; Colin Tran, Perseverance.

Girls Soccer: Kate Hansen, Becky Sauerbrunn Unsung Hero;

Hailey Barker, Carli Lloyd Toughness;

Kate Daley,Abby Wambach All-Around;Emma-Kate Lingley, Coach’s Award.

Volleyball: Meghan Stack, SMASH;

Krystal Cabral, Wildcat; Kaylie Skinner, Most Valuable Player.

Cross Country: Bobby Canaway, Most Valuable Runner, Matt Nardone, Most Improved Runner; Trevor Labrecque, Team Leadership.

CHEERLEADING

Nashua PAL teams take home championships

The six Nashua PAL Force cheer teams had a very successful day at the recent NHYFSC State Spirit Competition at Southern New Hampshire University.

The Tiny Mite and Division 8 teams gave their best performances of the season.

All four teams that were eligible to place and advance to the New England Regional Spirit Competition set for Nov. 17 at Manchester’s SNHU Arena were able to secure their spots.

Division 10 Large White, Division 12 Large Blue and Division 14 Large Blue were all recognized as state champions.

Division 12 Large Red, led by newly recognized NHYFSC Coach of the Year Mallorie Garcia came in third place.

The four advancing teams will continue to work on their skills and perfect their routines for Regionals with the hope of advancing further to the AYC National Spirit Championships held in Kissimmee Florida.

BASKETBALL

Elks Hoop Shoot Dec. 1

All area youth groups such as CYO, Biddy Basketball, church groups, etc. as well any other interested area boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 13 are eligible to participate in the 47th Annual Greater Nashua Elks’ “Hoop Shoot” Free Throw contest on Saturday Dec. 1 in the Elm Street Middle School Gymnasium on Chestnut Street, starting at 8 a.m.

There is no charge or fees to participate in the Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program.

The competition is open to interested youths from the Hudson, Litchfield, Nashua, Hollis, Brookline, Amherst, Milford, Wilton and Merimack.

A youth’s age on April 1, 2019 will determine his or hers appropriate age division.

There will be six divisions, three each for boys and girls: 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13.

Trophies will be presented to the top three in each division. Contestants will shoot five warmups before shooting 25 free throws for score, and must wear basketball or tennis shoes to compete.

T-shirts, slacks or pants may be worn but basketball uniforms are preferred, but not necessary.

As each age category is completed, contestants may leave. The entire contest usually lasts about two hours, enabling any youths to make any scheduled league games elsewhere.

The competition goes from local, to district, to state, to regional, and then to the national level. National winners will have their names inscribed in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Nashua Elks have sent 11 to the Elks National Hoop Shoot Finals: Steve Piwowarski, Missy Ayotte, Debra Killmon, Ellen Tipping, Ryan Robinson, Ryan Sullivan , Michael Panagoulias, Caleb Donnelly, Max Coleman, Tom O’Hearn of Hudson and Tilak Patel of Nashua

Elks Youth Chairman Al Savage (888-0064) is in charge of the local contest. Area winners will compete in the State Elks Southern New Hampshire District Free Throw contest in Keene on Saturday, January 5.

BULLETN BOARD

Baseball

Nashua Cal Ripken

elections

The Nashua Cal Ripken League will be holding its annual Board of Director elections on Monday.

All positions will be open and candidates are being sought. The descriptions of each board position are listed in their by-laws at nashuacalripken.org

The positions are:

Executive Board – president (two-year term) vice president (one-year term); secretary (one-year term), and treasurer (2-year term).

Auxiliary Board – registrar (two-year term), player/coach development director (two-year term), media and communications director (one-year term), field and city liaison (one-year term), purchasing director (two-year term) and fundraising director (one-year term).

Anyone interested should read the roles and responsibilities of each and read the rest of the by-laws to understand how a non-profit 501C3 organization works.

Anyone interested including current members would need to send an email to secretary@nashuacalripken.orgby midnight on Oct. 28 to be a candidate.

Each candidate will be able to speak at the Nov. 5 meeting and there will be a paper ballot vote following. Interested candidates may reach out to current board members if there are any questions relating to a role.

Nashua Little League

in fundraiser

The Greater Nashua Little League 10U All-Stars have joined the Jimmy Fund League, a circuit that provides the opportunity to play baseball after the regular season ends by participating in local tournaments and fundraising efforts, including canister collection car washes, etc.

Last year the Jimmy Fund Little League throughout New England and raised more then $250,000 for the Dana-Farber Institute. Contact the Greater Nashua Little League for details.

Soccer

Nashua World Cup is now accepting registrations for both its World Cup Youth Soccer programs, a six-week program offered to youths ages 4-9 years of age looking to learn about the game of soccer, and the Spring Academy program for 7-8 year-old players ready for the next level.

Both programs are run by professional level coaching overseen by Patrick Mulcahy of In The Net Sports Academy.

For more information and to sign up visit www.nashuaworldcup.org or email patrick@inthernetsportsacademy.com.