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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Football season arrives for Nashua Elks Crusaders, Nashua PAL Force


The Elks Crusaders opened the 2014 season against their cross-town rivals from PAL and dropped a 14-6 decision. After a scoreless first quarter, PAL found the end zone early in the second and the subsequent two-point conversion made it an 8-0 game. ...

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The Elks Crusaders opened the 2014 season against their cross-town rivals from PAL and dropped a 14-6 decision. After a scoreless first quarter, PAL found the end zone early in the second and the subsequent two-point conversion made it an 8-0 game.

Elks running back Jaylan Pacheco scored the Crusaders only touchdown in the third quarter. Pacheco ran hard all day and recorded nine running attempts and two first downs.

PAL found the end zone for the second time in the 4th quarter, bringing the score to 14-6. The Elks made several attempts to tie the game in the final minutes, but fell short.

The Crusaders’ offense received strong efforts from Pacheco, Casey McNally, Tommy Cullerton, Tanner Plourde, Brendon Frost and Andrew Penkala. The Crusader offensive line was led by Brandon Martin, Braden McDonnell, Justin Arnesen, Quincy Cotto, Warren Curtis, Tim Santerre, and Nathanael Tejeda. Jacob Babb played a strong game at wide receiver and blocked well.

Defensively, the Crusaders received multiple tackles from Adam Paquette, Alex Fortier, Josh McElligott, Cullerton, Penkala, McNally, Plourde, Pacheco, Arnesen, Curtis, Martin and McDonnell. The defensive line received big efforts from Mark Lagasse, Allen Godfrey, Anthony Dowd, Santerre, and Tejeda. The Elks secondary was active all afternoon and received solid performances from Cole Desmond (pass defense) and Plourde.

The Crusaders’ special team units were led by McElligott (kick-offs), McNally (30-yard return), Plourde (50-yard return), and Martin (blocked extra point). Plourde also recorded two special team tackles.

Submitted by Nashua Elks Crusaders

The Nashua PAL Force opened up their 10th season with a strong appearance against the Nashua Elks Crusaders and the Derry Demons. The NPF third grade FORCE traveled to Derry to face off against the Demons. The FORCE slash-and-burn running attack led by Derek Finlay took the first two offensive possessions to the house behind the fierce blocking of Brady Sullivan, Malikai Tyler and Bryson Borromeo. Nashua had the win against Derry 34-0. The NPF fourth grade team opened their season at Stellos Stadium against the Elks. Their attack resulted in a 33-0 victory. The FORCE hit the round running when the DAWGs took the initial kickoff to the ELKs 25-yard line. Derek Finlay took advantage and scored the first TD. The NPF sixth grade team also faced off against the Nashua Elks Crusaders. Although they did not win this game, losing 31-0, Neo Helin, played solid Defense and Robby Long and Xavier Provost had several nice runs. The NPF eighth grade team had an impressive game defeating the Nashua Elks Crusaders 14-6. This game was a battle from the beginning, both teams blocked field goals as well as preventing each other from gaining ground. NPF’s defense held off the Elks until the clock ran out.

– Submitted by
Nashua PAL Force


Coaches needed

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua is seeking volunteer coaches for the Club’s basketball program. The Club offers a variety of volunteer coaching position, including coaches for its year round Youth AAU Basketball Program.

The fall season will begin in early September and run through November. The Club will be hosting AAU tryouts for grades 6 and 7 on Sept. 8 and 10 at 6 p.m. and is looking for a head coach and assistant coach for this grade level.

AAU tryouts for grades 8 and 9 will be held Sept. 9 and 11 at 7 p.m., and an assistant coach is needed for this grade level. The Club is also seeking coaches for the its intramural basketball leagues for ages 8 to 12 and teens. All volunteer coaching candidates must be able to pass a background check. For more information or to volunteer, contact
Mohamed Kargbo at 883-0523 ext. 233 or mkargbo@bgcn.com.

Swim team tryouts

Tryouts will be held for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua swim team Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tryouts are for athletes who have never swam with the Club’s swim team before so the coaches can evaluate capability and place appropriately 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 year olds, 50 yards; 13 and up, 100 yards.

All swimmers must become Boys & Girls Club members. Placement on the team is at the discretion of the coaching staff. The team’s season runs from September through February. Practices are held Monday–Friday evenings. More information is available at 883-0523, extension 233.

Team NH openings

Team NH Baseball/NH Grizzlies, established in 1996, are looking for a few talented players to round off the U13s and U14s teams. Players will take part in local off season practices at the program’s private facility.

Players must be willing to travel to out-of-state tournaments. More information is available at teamnhbaseball@comcast.net.

GID baseball tryouts

Tryouts for Team GID Summer Tournament team will be Sept. 13 at North Common field. For more info go to leaguelineup.com/teamgid or Sporttryouts.com.

Instructional fall baseball

The Nashua Baseball Academy will run two fall baseball programs for ages 12 and under and for ages 13 to 17. The 12U program is limited to 12 athletes (10 minimum) and will play a local schedule on weekends through mid October. The focus of the program will be skill development based on instruction, repetitions and competitions. The age 13-17 program is also limited to 12 athletes (10 mininum) and will play on weekends through mid-October.

No tryouts are necessary. A fee will apply based on enrollment numbers. More information is available at 233-5587 or nashuabaseballacademy@comcast.net.

Tryouts at Nashua

Baseball Academy

Tryouts for the 2015 Nashua Baseball Academy teams will be held on on September 14 at the Baseball Academy, rain or shine, at 265 Proctor Hill Road in Hollis. Tryouts are at 9 a.m. for the 10U, 11U and 12U. Tryouts are at 10:30 for ages 13U through 19U.

Features of the program include winter workouts, professional coaches, state of the art facility exclusively designated for our programs, fall baseball program, full uniform and more.

The following teams will be competing in 2015: 10U New Hampshire, Diamond Devils, 11U NH Diamond Devils, 12U NH Diamond Devils, 13U New Hampshire Knights, 14U NH Knights, 15-19 Senior NH Knights

All ages are determined as of May 1, 2015. There is a $25 tryout fee. More information is available at nashuabaseballacademy@comcast.net, or 233-5587.

All Star team for 2015

The Nashua Baseball Academy is seeking the best baseball players in southern New Hampshire to compete in the New England AAU spring league and then attend Cooperstown, N.Y,. in the summer to compete for a national championship.

This is an age 12-and-under team and ages are determined as of May 1, 2015.

Any athlete from southern New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts are eligible to try out.

The team will be under the Nashua Baseball Academy umbrella and will compete as the New Hampshire Diamond Devils. Tryouts are by appointment and ongoing. Athletes should be able to play two positions and have All Star experience to be eligible to tryout.

Athletes should bring full baseball gear and be in uniform. There will be a $25 tryout fee.

This All-Star team will not conflict with Cal Ripken or Little League programs but will in fact work with those programs to eliminate conflicts. Schedule tryouts at 233-5587 or email nashuabaseball

Nashua Babe Ruth

Fall Baseball

The Nashua Parks & Recreation Department will be running a fall Babe Ruth Baseball League for current Babe Ruth and Ray Oban players for ages 13 and 14 who will be league age 14 and 15 years next spring.

Games will be played on the weekends starting after Labor Day and running through mid-October. Cost of this league is $20 for the fall season. There will be no tryouts, and players will be assigned to teams.

Registration forms are available at the Parks & Recreation Office in Greeley Park or can be downloaded from the Park-Rec website at gonashua.com. More information is available at 589-3370.

Merrimack Youth

Baseball Elections

Merrimack Youth Baseball will hold open elections for the upcoming board of directors on Thursday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the MYA Building at 487 Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack.

The following positions are up for election: Three vice president positions, treasurer, financial secretary and two league player representatives. These positions all have two-year terms.

Interested parties should contact current MYB president, John Blades, at 781-953-4774 or email john.blades@gmail.com to get their names on the ballot.

Nashua Youth Soccer


Registration for the Nashua Youth Soccer League fall season has closed. Any registrations received now may be put on a waiting list.

The league is open to boys and girls in Nashua and surrounding towns, born between Oct. 1, 1995 and Sept. 30, 2009. The season is tentatively set to begin Sept. 6. To register, visit NashuaYouthSoccer.org. Also, coaches and volunteers are needed.

Gymnastics classes

being held at UNH

The University of New Hampshire gymnastics program will offer gymnastics classes for the community on Wednesday afternoons at the UNH Field House from Sept. 3 to Dec. 10. Classes of all levels for boys and girls are taught in a safe, progressive manner.

The fall session, which is open for children ages 3 and going through eighth grade, features two separate class times: 4:15-5:15 p.m. (Session A) and 5:15-6:15 p.m. (Session B). Each session costs $175, plus a $20.00 registration fee, if not already paid, for the 2014-15 school year.

Register online by visiting www.unhwildcats.com/sports/gymnastics.

For more information contact Melanie Newsky at 862-4148, melanie.newsky@unh.edu, or UNH gymnastics assistant coach Ali Carr at 862-3834 or alison.carr@unh.edu.

Bedford Girls Softball


The Bedford Girls Softball League is currently accepting registrations for its fall ball program that goes from after Labor Day until Nov. 1.

Those interested may currently sign up atbedfordsoftball.com. Registration for girls born between Jan. 1, 1997 and Dec. 31, 2004, is $75 ($55 for players using their own uniforms), plus a $20 late fee. There will be skills development with practices once a week and games on Saturdays.