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KidSports: Elks Hoop Shoot set for Jan. 5

Courtesy photo Merrimack's Caleb Bell ponders an escape during a recent tournament in Fitchburg, Mass.

Nashua youths 13-year-old Morgan Gillis, 12-year-old Joshua Caruso, 11-year-old Ebuke Okorie, and 9-year-olds Ryan Caruso and Elosiella Sadoski will be seeking to win the 2019 New Hampshire State Elks Southwest District Hoop Shoot Championship on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. at the Monadnock Regional High School Gymnasium in Swanzey.

The 2019 State Elks Southeast District Hoop Shoot will also take place at the same time as a joint event.

The 2019 South District Champions will advance to the State Elks Championship Hoop Shoot in the Epsom Central School Gymnasium on Sunday Feb. 3 to compete against the North District champions from Laconia, Claremont, Franklin, Littleton, Lebanon and Plymouth.

State winners will be advancing to the New England Regional Hoop Shoot in South Portland, Maine on March 23. The Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Finals will take place in Chicago on April 19.

National winners will have their names inscribed in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. The Nashua Lodge of Elks #720 has had only one National Hoop Shoot champion, Caleb Donnelly of Hudson in 2006.

Nashua Biddy

Basketball

Hawks 37, Cavs 24

The Hawks’ Gavin Theriault led all scorers with 15 while other offensive contributors included Caleb Daigle, Atme Napimann, Chase Brisebois, Navein Sribalavore, Evan Grenier, Prince Napimann, and Drew Bedard.

Jon Moore led the Cavs with 12 while others contributing were Hieu Hoang, V.Penumatsa, Jack Reilly, Logan Osborne and Harrison Josh.

Bullets 27, Cavs 12

The Bullets were led by Sam Gordon with eight points, while others contributing were Nick Kutschke, Tyler Benzekri, Evan Taylor, Steven Tran, Erza Baez, and Mason Sartor.

For the Cavs Dylan Klein, Moore and Osborne stood out

Cavs 47, Eagles 37

The winners were led by Moore with 15, Osborne (eight), and Harrison Joshi (six). Also contributing were Klein, Hoang, Penumatsa, and Ryme O’Brien.

They all helped offset a 20-point effort by the Eagles’ Linc Vanderhorst. Also contributing were Jacob Munroe, Avin Ortiz, Jaydne Cora, and Sam Chetan.

Wrestling

The Merrimack Youth Wrestling Program won several medals while competing recently in the Sixth Annual Fitchburg Holiday Tournament held at Monty Tech Vocational High School in Fitchburg Mass.

Kindergartners Bennett Meehan, Caleb Bell and Matthew Snavely faced tough competition with Snavely clinching one win by points to take home fourth place medal. Meehan and Bell finished third and fifth respectively.

Kameron Lewis, grade 1, faced very experienced competition and placed fourth. Second grader Calissa Bell worked hard in her respective bracket bringing home fourth place medal.

Luke Emond and Rhys Dewar represented Merrimack’s fourth grade contingent. Dewar pinned his way through his first two opponents and secured his champ title with a tech fall while facing his final opponent.

Emond wrestled well against the best of the best in terms of competition in New England.

Fifth graders John Regal, Griffin Turgeon and Jackson Meehan worked hard in their respective brackets.

Regal and Turgeon wrestled tough against older and more experienced wrestlers while Meehan pinned two of his three opponents, falling narrowly in his final match 0-3 to earn second place medal.

Ivey Johnson, grade 6, faced a similar path as Meehan pinning two of her opponents but falling to her third to earn second place. In the finals she was commanding the match most of the way on points but was pinned late.

Seventh grader Owen Forrest came home with a very hard earned third place medal on the day. He gave the top competitors in the region a run for their money in his first two matches falling in both very narrowly by a couple of points.

He finished strong pinning his final opponent.

Bulletin board

Baseball

Nashua Cal Ripken

registration

Registration is now open for the 2019 Nashua Cal Ripken spring baseball season at www.nashuacalripken.org.

Any child living in Nashua ages 4 to 12 is eligible to play.

The registration fee is $40 for T-Ball, Rookies and Minors (ages 4-8) while AAA & Majors (9 to 12) is $50 with a family cap of $75. There is a 10 percent early registration discount if you register before Tuesday.

Also, anyone interested in volunteering as head or assistant coaches should also register.

For more information go to www.nashuacalripken.org.

Field hockey, lacrosse

Free dual sport clinic

at Nashua South

The a series of free field hockey/girls lacrosse clinics at the Nashua High School Medium Gym continue on Sundays Jan. 6, 27 and Feb. 3.

The clinics are open to girls from kindergarten through eighth grade. Field hockey clinics are 12-1 p.m. each day and lacrosse from 1-2 p.m.

All equipment will be provided. Those interested can sign on at www.signupgenius.com.

For more information, contact South field hockey/girls lacrosse coach Ciki McIntire at mcintirec@nashua.edu.