Local Digest

GOLF

Souhegan Woods qualifier produces 12 locals for State Am

Twelve local players were among 20 who advanced to the 2012 State Amateur Golf Championship at a State Am qualifier on Tuesday at Souhegan Woods.

Charles Konkowski of Pine Grove Springs in Spofford shot an even par 72 to post the best score of the day. Griffin Brown and Justin Jennings, who both play out of the Overlook in Hollis, were tied for seconds with 73s.

Of the 10 other local qualifiers, nine call Souhegan home, including Billy Klinger (75), Todd Boisvert (76), Chris Girouard (76), Don Kossuth (77), Chase Dembisky (77), Pat Paulson (78), Scott Lehtinen (78) and Michael Cole (78).

Also qualifying with a 77 was Lien Cameron of Green Meadow.

Nashua Country Club’s Bill Cahill was the only local qualifier last week at Lake Sunapee Country Club.

There are four more qualifiers. The State Am will be played July 9-14 at Concord Country Club.

WRESTLING

Gate City Club has strong showing in Conn. and N.Y.

Local high school wrestlers competed for the Gate City Wrestling Club recently in the Wesleyan University Club Duals, a dual-meet tournament at the Freeman Athletic Center at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and at the Titan Duals Battle Against Leukemia in Albany, N.Y.

Under the direction of coaches Kris Rowlette and Chris McBride, the Gate City grapplers went 2-2 on the day at Wesleyan, defeating Eastern Connecticut’s Atlas Wrestling Club (39-34) and New Jersey’s Central Jersey All-Stars B team (54-10), while dropping contests to the North Haven, Conn.-based Tugman Wrestling Club (35-30) and the A team from the Central Jersey All Stars (43-22).

In Albany’s Titan Duals, Gate City placed third out of 10 teams from up and down the East Coast, posting wins on Day 1 over the Colonie (N.Y.) Raiders, Titan Black (Albany, N.Y.), the Olympic Wrestling Club’s “Team Vinnie V” (Northern New Jersey and Rockland County, N.Y.), but losing a close 36-33 dual to eventual champion Parkland South High School of Winston Salem, N.C.

On Day 2, the Gate City squad fell in the semifinals to host Titan Red (Albany, N.Y.), and defeated the Canastota (N.Y.) Raiders in a close consolation finals dual to take home the third-place trophy.

Gate City Wrestling is an off-season high school wrestling club sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua. The Gate City roster at the two events included, from Nashua South High School: Kenny Kiriga (junior, 120); Markus Jacobo (junior, 152), Chris Dube (sophomore, 220 pounds) and Wilson Pellott (sophomore, 160); from Nashua North High School: Zach Lavoie (junior, 195), Anthony Fiorentino (freshman, 170), Joe Chimelski (sophomore, 182), Erik Blecharczysk (sophomore, 220), Connor McBride (sophomore, 152), Cam Bennett (freshman, 106), Peter Daniels (sophomore, 126), Evan Manns (sophomore, 170), and Marcel Laplante (sophomore, 113); from Alvirne High School: Patrick Morse (junior, 170); from Hollis Brookline High School, Zach McPherson (junior, 138); from Bishop Guertin High School: Brandon Levesque (freshman, 132), and Cole Fokas (junior, 126); from Lawrence Academy: Andrew Crane (junior, HVY); from Concord High School, Walters Ndi (sophomore, 195), from Windham High School, Tyler Siverhus (sophomore, 145) from Newport High School Nick Widmann (sophomore, 126 ) and middle schoolers Jordan Rowlette, Ben Widmann, and Brendan Kendall.

Toth, Levesque place at Body Bar Nationals

In girls wrestling, Gate City’s Olivia Toth recently won the 152 pound class in the United States Girls Wrestling Association (USGWA) New England Championships. Toth, a freshman, pinned all three of her opponents and advanced to the USGWA National Championships at Eastern Michigan University, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she placed fifth in the high school 154 pound division.

Last weekend, at the Body Bar Women’s National Championships in Lakeland, Fla., Toth placed second the Cadet (birth year 1995-1997) Division. By placing second, Toth qualified to represent the USA as part of the Cadet National Team at the Pan American Championships in Maracaibo, Venezuela in July, and earned an invitation to train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado to prepare for the Event.

Gate City’s Angelica Levesque, a Nashua South senior headed for collegiate wrestling, also placed at Body Bar Nationals with a 7th place finish in the 138 pound class in the Junior Division, after missing out on USGWA the regional and national tournaments due to injury.

SOFTBALL

Nashua’s Over-60 league looking for players to fill rosters

It’s not too late to join The Nashua Senior Softball League.

Still in need of players age 60-plus to fill out team rosters in the slo-pitch league for men of all skill levels, the NSSL is accepting players from all areas. Games are played weekday mornings, with the season running from June to mid-September.

For more information contact Henry Perras at 603-882-8896, e-mail hperras@myfairpoint.net, or Dale Stearns at 603-437-8853, e-mail dalestearns@comcast.net. Visit website www.nashuaseniorsoftball.org to view photos and obtain application forms.