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New England Flames

Three titles for seven teams

The New England Flames Girls AAU Basketball organization was the only club to have captured state titles in three age groups, having won the sixth, eighth, and ninth grade divisions, while finishing second in the fourth grade division.

The Flames also captured third and fourth place in the fifth grade, and fourth in the seventh grade division.

Sixth Grade Flames

It was the second straight title for the Flames who now advance to the nationals in Tennessee. In pool play, they defeated the GS Rockettes and Seacoast Lady Spartans by an average of 27.5 points.

In the semifinals, the Flames led the Derry Lady Spartans 31-6 at halftime and went on to win 49-24. In the championship game against the NE Crusaders, Flames snapped a 41-41 tie with 39 seconds left with a basket, then hit two free throws in the final seconds for a 43-39 win.

The sixth grade players are Christina Balsamo (Hollis), Erin Carney (Hudson), Aaliyah Forman (Nashua), Bianca Gershgorin (Nashua), Jennifer Marino (Merrimack), Hannah Muchemore (Nashua), Aryanna Murray (Nashua), Addison Smith (Hudson), Halle VanBallegooyen (Amherst), and Rebecca Wright (Weathersfield, Vt.).

The team is coached by Leonid Gershgorin and Chris Murray.

Eighth Grade Flames

The Flames won their third title in four years, beating in order, the NE Crusaders, 47-16; Gilford, 63-5; the Derry Lady Spartans, 58-28; the NELP-Spartans 60-35 in the semis, and the NE Crusaders, 48-24 in the finals.

Members of the eight grade Flames include: Mercedes Greeley, Maddy Buffet, Shardeia Spearman, Danielle Sirois, Katie Kirsch, Nicole Haney, Joanna Balsamo, Abby Yuan, Courtney Schaub, Sabrina Johnson, and Carly Huckins. Bob Johnson coached the team, assisted by Dave Schaub.

Ninth Grade Flames

In winning the state title, 55-43 over NH Elite (seacoast area), the Flames shot 50 percent frm the floor. They won their early games by an average of 15 points beating Guilford and the Mass Frenzy twice on the way to the finals.

The Flames are coached by Frank Girginis, assisted by Scott and Sandy Purcell. They now advance to the national AAU tournament in Boston.

The Flames team consists of some of Amanda D’Amico (Merrimack), Molly Dee (Bishop Guertin), Meghan Donovan (Bishop Guertin), Hannah Fabiano (Campbell), Abbi Field (Bishop Guertin), Eireann Kolden (Trinity), Meagan Morelli (Bishop Guertin), Bri Nordengren (Merrimack) and Amanda Wetmore (Alvirne).


Nashua Cal Ripken

Giants 14, Rockies 7

Leo Kopicko went 3 for 3 for the winners and Chase Devins had a big double in a five-run first. Luis Cano had a big bases loaded single for the Rockies.

Pirates 16, Dodgers 13

The Pirates’ Branden Metivier just missed the cycle with a two-run double, triple and single for the Pirates.,The Dodger were paced by Brady Swisher (double) and Nolan Mederos (triple).

Angels 14, Red Sox 6

The Angels, down 6-4, exploded for 10 runs in the last two innings .Sean Michaels (three hits, three runs scored, great infield defense) and Anthony Forgione (four hits, two runs, pitched well and also caught) led the winners.

The Red Sox were led by Drevor Richard with three hits and two runs scored.

Phillies 6, Royals 4

Down 4-1 the Phillies rallied, led by Ryan Lopez (homer), Mason Matylewski (two hits, winning pitcher), Owen McMillan (two hits) and River Hard (defense at second).

Jimmy Reel (two hits), Liam Novak (three RBIs) and pitcher Colton Welch (eight strikeouts) led the Royals.

Athletics 10, Diamondbacks 3

The A’s offense was led by Nathan Chisholm (homer), Jake Smith (2 for 2 with three runs), Parker Obenhofer (2 for 3 with two RBIs and three runs scored). Outfielder Mason Linscott made a great defense play.

Isaac Zhang (1 for 1 with two runs) led the D-Backs.

Tigers 13, Rangers 3

The Tigers got multiple hits from Matt Tourangeau and Bobby Canaway, plus excellent pitching from Owen Kelly, Trent Gerlowski and Jaxon Gendreau.

For the Rangers Nick Tilton and Grace Cardin blasted back to back doubles.

Diamondbacks 9, Astros 3

Ryan Ovalle smashed a big two-run triple that scored Martin Coetzee and Jackie Curtin for the D-Backs. Quinton Bolton’s single sparked an early Astros lead.

Phillies 13, Diamondbacks 12

Owen Mcmillan’s walk off base hit, driving in Ryan Lopez, gave the Phillies the win. Gavin Belesca hit two homers for the D-backs.

Royals 13, Cardinals 2

Varun Lingadal went 2 for 2 with three RBIs to pace the Royals, while Jeffrey Lugo had an RBI double for the Cards.

Angels 8, Giants 5

Keegan Mills’ monster homer sparked an A’s rally.

Tigers 8, Cardinals 4

Dylan Dichard’s infield single sparked a game-winning Tiger rally while Cardinals pitcher Braeden Welch pitched hurled two scoreless innings.

Giants 11, Orioles 4

Dylan Homsy, Sean Sullivan, Leo Kopicko and Chase Devins all had RBI singles for the Giants. Kenny Reel and Elias Bourque had the only two hits for the Orioles.

Nationals 10, Rangers 5

Josh Lentine and Frankie Colon had big hits for the Nationals. Nathan Smith had a big triple for the Rangers, who also got a great defensive play from Nate Collins.

A’s 13, Dodgers 4

Henry Grabowski and Harrison Spalthoff had three hits apiece to lead the winners. Alex Thibeault and Ryan Haskell had the lone RBI’s for the Dodgers.

Diamondbacks 10, Rockies 2

Ian DeLuca pitched well for the D-backs while Zach Hureau made a couple of solid defensive plays for the Rockies.


Nashua Blast

U11 Purple girls tie Hampstead

This game came down to the final seconds before ending in an 11-11 tie.

Nashua got the scoring started first two minutes on an unassisted goal by Julia Cote. Hampstead scored a minute later to tie the score 1-1. Olivia Johnson would untie the score a few minutes later on an unassisted goal. Cote found the back of the net unassisted to give the Blast a 3-1 lead. Hampstead scored the next three goals to take a 4-3 lead. That did not last long as Cote scored again, assisted by Kiley O’Brien.

Johnson scored again for the Blast unassisted and then scored again assisted by O’Brien with just over a minute left before the half for a 6-4 Blast lead.

With the score 6-6, Cote scored twice (O’Brien assist) and Johnson added a goal. Cote added another (O’Brien assist) to break a 9-9 tie.

With Hampstead up 11-10, an obstruction call with 16 seconds to play allowed Johnson to feed Cote for the game-tying goal with 4.7 seconds left.

Halee Mele played well in goal making nine saves. Midfielders Lindsay Hult, O’Brien and Grace Bellavance played well both ways as did Charlotte Moloney, Caitlyn Harrington, Liv Hlebichuk and Julia Mendes.

Blast White U13 girls split pair

Kirsten McIntire scored the game winner with 57 seconds left in an 8-7 tussle with Manchester.

Kaylie Keegan (McIntire assist) and Taylor Guilfoil scored early on for the Blast, who also got a goal from Sarah Signorello for a 3-3 halftime tie.

Guilfoil (two goals), Signorello (Keegan assist), Keegan (Pearson assist, game-tying goal) scored in the see-saw second half.

Calley Goulet, Ida Gnanou, Cara Lecklider, Bella Primeau and Anyssa Mitchell played well on attack while so did middies Grace Wilson, Olivia Howley, Emily Colburn and Sophie Searles. Bailey Morin, Madison Sewade, Nicole Yeaton, Emily Morneau , Olivia Kingston and Bailey Morin anchored the defense. Payson Mooso had 11 saves in goal.

The Blast had earlier bowed to Oyster River, 15-12, after falling behind 6-1 early.

Guilfoil tallied three goals, Keegan had three goals and three assists while McIntire contributed four goals and an assist. Sarah Signorello rounded out the scoring for the Blast with two goals of her own.Mooso had eight saves in the second half.

Blast U13 Purple girls on a roll

Nashua losts its opener to Pelham but has won its last seven in a row.

The teams is anchored by an attack consisting of Campbell Haller, Gwyn Hartley, Hannah Fortin, Izzy Bolduc, Lucci O’Keefe and Emmerson Martin.

Draw control from middies Julia Sullivan, Julia Gagnon Emma Pucillo and Kaylee Hubbard has helped while other midfielders playing well are Grace Lambert, Nikki Calder, Molly Caron, Liz Harrington, Jocelyn Theriault, Casey Enos and Julia Kaplan.

Anchoring the team and assigned to shut down the opposing offense has been great play from Playing well defensively have been Mikayla Breslin, Kateri Coffey and first year players Lauren Schalk and Peyton Ryan.

Abbey Rowe has been solid in goal for the Blast, who finish the regular season on Sunday, June 1 at 11:45 a.m. vs. Lakes Region at Stellos Stadium.



The Nashua Jr. American Legion team will be hosting its second day of tryouts on Sunday at North Common Field from 10 a.m. to noon.

There will be a $20 registration fee due at tryouts. For more information contact Greg Coy at 552-0945 or


Merrimack Legion Post 98 will sponsor tryouts for its Junior and Senior baseball programs on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday June 1, 3 p.m. both days at the Merrimack High School varsity field.

Junior legion players are 17U and Senior legion players are 19U. Each team will play 18-20 games from June 10 – July 31. Call or email Mike Henzley for more information at 341-2330,, or visit


The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua is hosting a Summer Swim Camp for swimmers ages 6 to 19 from June 2 until Aug. 3.

Practices are held Monday-Thursday nights. Tryouts will held Tuesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 29 from 6:30-8 p.m. Tryouts are for newcomers only so the coaches can evaluate capability and appropriately place swimmers into a practice session.

Swimmers must be able to perform freestyle and backstroke in the following distances in order to participate: 6-8 year olds, 25 yards; 9-12: 50 yards; 13 and older, 100 yards.

All swimmers must become Boys & Girls Club members. For questions, call 883-0523.


G.I.D is looking for competitive players for 17-18U tournament team beginning in June and extending through August. Those interested can email John at or go to www.leaguelineup. com/teamgid.


Team NH Baseball is currently looking for a few more players for its2014 U13 team. Season includes indoor and outdoor
practices and one tournament in New York.

Call Mike Jackson at 577-1772 for more info or email


The Nashua PAL Force is currently accepting coaching applications as well as athlete registrations for the upcoming football and cheer season.

For more information on
registration or coaching, visit