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Nashua Catholic Junior High's Marie Laplante closes in on Pennichuck Middle School point guard Hannah Neverett during the Tri-County Middle School League finals last weekend at Nashua Community College. Nashua Catholic went on to win the championship 37-29.
Sunday, February 12, 2012

Kids Sports Wrapup: Basketball, Gymnastics, Baseball Tryouts


Middle School

Nashua Catholic Jr. High girls win Tri-County title

The middle school basketball season wrapped up last weekend with the Tri-County Middle School League Championships at a packed Nashua Community College gymnasium. Both the boys and girls squads from Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School reached the championship game. The girls came out on top.

Girls: Nashua Catholic 37, Pennichuck 29

The Nashua Catholic girls squad capped an undefeated 15-0 Tri-County season by defeating cross-town opponents Pennichuck Middle School 37-29 in the Class I tournament finals.

Point guard Marie Laplante lead the NC scoring with 11 points, followed by Danielle Mackey (7), Mollly Dee, Adaeze Okorie, Brea Veilleux, and Megan Donovan (4 apiece), and Emma Wiliams (3). Laplante and Okorie took turns trying to contain Pennichuck’s high scoring guard, Sarah Cordova (12 points), who battled through a leg injury to lead Pennichuck to the finals.

Cordova got scoring support from Allie Nelson (6), Isabel Dunning (5), Alana Choate (3), and Hannah Neverett (2). Coach Kyle Tave’s Nashua Catholic squad also got strong performances from reserves Meredith Hall, Emily Morin, and Megan Morelli.

Boys: Mountain View 39, Nashua Catholic 33

In the boys Class I Tri-County finals, Goffstown’s Mountain View Middle School topped Nashua Catholic by a 39-33 score. The NCJH boys kept it close throughout the contest, but could not pull it out despite a balanced scoring attack from Chad Olivieri (10 points), Max Serra (6), Jack Wadden (5), Will Lewis and Colin Morrow (4 apiece), and Dimitri Stamoulis and Nate Hale (2 apiece). The NC boys finished the season at an excellent 13-2.


JR. MITES (3rd-4th grade)

PMA tops St. Chris Gold

The St. Christopher Jr. Mite “Gold “ team dropped a tough game to Presentation of Mary Academy in regular season action. Michael Popik had 7 points, while Spencer Labreque added a bucket.

MITES (5th-6th grade)

St. Chris boys reach state championships

The St. Chris School Boys Mites advanced to the finals of the NH State CYO Catholic Schools basketball

tournament with wins over St. Anthony’s of Manchester and Hudson’s Presentation of Mary Academy. In the 31-20 at Trinity High School in Manchester to advance to the finals, Michael Meads and Andre Laplante scored 8 points each, while Ben Wadden added 7, with more scoring support from Kyle Fisher (4) and Mike Polanezcsky and Alejandro Maya (2 apiece). CJ. Barrett was an extremely tough rebounder, with help under the boards

from Maya. Peyton Fisher, Chris Bourn, Alex Anastas, Ian Connolly and John Puksta all turned in strong efforts at both ends of the floor.

St. Chris girls reach state semifinals

The St. Christopher School Girls Mites advanced to the semifinals of the NH State CYO Catholic Schools basketball tournament ojn a last second basket by Peyton Ryan, securing an 18-17 victory over St. Catherine’s of Manchester.

Ryan had six points, Jennifer Marino had four, and Kristen Coumas, Brenna Herbert, Krysta Mack and Rita Dow each contributed a basket. Brenna Herbert blocked a shot in the last 10 seconds to prevent St Catherine’s from taking the lead. In the semis, the St. Chris girls were defeated by the bigger, taller Villa Augustine squad of Goffstown. Ryan, Mack, Herbert and Coumas all scored. Dow, Jennifer Marino and Grace Wilson all contributed defensively for the St Chris Huskie team.

CADETS (7th-8th grade)

St. Chris tops Resurrection

The St. Chris Girls Cadets extended their record to 8-0 with a hard fought, close victory over Parish of the Resurrection at Tyngsborough (Mass.) High School. Resurrection’s Sarah Cordova battled through injury to hang in there during the game, draining 3-pointers in the second half. Jessica Zalzal hand a standout offensive, defensive, and rebounding performance for St. Chris.

St. Chris 40, PMA 28

The St. Chris Cadet Boys improved to 8-2 with a win over Presentation of Mary Academy. The cadet team jumped out to a 17-0 lead with strong performances from Devin Leonard, Sam McCarthy and Jack Fahey. Patrick McCarthy finished with 10 points while Tommy Ethier had eight.

Nashua Nighthawks

8th Grade

The 8th Grade Nighthawks fell to Billerica 73-40. The team received points from Max Serra (8 points), Shane LeGraw (7 points, 2 rebounds), Dylan Gamache (6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, assist), Chad Olivieri (6 points, 5 rebounds, steal, assist), Jack Barnes (5 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), Spencer Bergeron (4 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, assist), and Ryan Penkala (2 points, rebound, assist). The team also received solid performances from Ben Seegel, Collin Morow, Garret Bozek, Casey Fisher, and Brint MacDonald.

5th Grade

The 5th Grade Nighthawks defeated Reading 43-32. Leading Nashua was Nevan Roy with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Also contributing points were Matt Wall (6 points, rebound, assist), Jake Robbins (6 points, 3 rebounds, steal, and block), Gabe Perrault (5 points, rebound, assist), Jeffrey Reza (3 points, 2 rebounds, assist, and steal), Andrew Penkala ( 2 points, 5 assists, and 2 rebounds), Chris Inzerillo ( 2 points), and Patrick Gillis (2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks, assist, and steal). The following players were solid on defense: Casey McNally, Tyler Downing, Andre LaPlante, and Chase Hart.

The 5th Grade Nighthawks defeated Salem 71-27 behind a complete team effort, with each player collecting points. Nashua was led offensively by Matt Wall (16 points, steal, assist) and Jake Robbins (11 points, 2 rebounds, block). Also scoring were Nevan Roy (8 points and 3 rebounds), Gabe Perrault (8 points and 2 assists), Tyler Downing (6points, assist, and block), Chris Inzerillo (6points, 2 rebounds, and block), Jeffrey Reza (5 points and 2 rebounds), Patrick Gillis (4 points, 7 rebounds, block, and assist), Chase Hart (3 points and 2 assists), Andrew Penkala (2 points, rebound, steal, and assist), Casey McNally (2 points, 3 assists, rebound and steal), and Andre LaPlante (2 points and 2 steals).

The 5th Grade Nighthawks defeated Chelmsford 51-19. Leading the Nashua offense were Jake Robbins (12 points, 3 blocks, and 2 rebounds), Casey McNally (9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, and assist), and Patrick Gillis (8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and a block). Also contributing points were Chase Hart (6 points, 3 assists, rebound, and steal), Tyler Downing (4 points, and 3 assists), Matt Wall (4 points), Jeffrey Reza (4 points, 2 assists, rebound, and steal), and Nevan Roy (4 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists). Also playing well defensively were Andrew Penkala (3 assists, steal, and rebound), Gabe Perrault (2 assists), and Chris Inzerillo (2 rebounds and assist).


Merrimack wins own invite title

Merrimack went undefeated, beating Amherst, Portsmouth, Londonderry and Litchfield in the championship game to win the Merrimack Youth Basketball Invitational title.

Members of the team are Zach Kerr, Jacob Swafford, Nate Anderson, Andrew Azorian, Jack Randall, Sean Lyons, Craig Mulligan, Mike Dudash, Jake Chambers, Tyler Ploss, and Chad Seaver. They are coached by Mike Dudash and Marty Swafford.

Nashua Park & Rec.

Boys Junior Biddy

Cougars 26, Hawks 14

For the Cougars, Kyle Salemi led all scorers with 9 points. Aaron Roberge chipped 8 points. Issac Smith chipped in with an important free throw. For the Hawks, Sebastian Cohelo played tough defense all night and is credited with a couple of nice assists.

Nuggets 10, Celtics 8

A very close defensive match-up, which came down to the wire. Nuggets were lead by Bryan Boyle (4), Rhett Medling (4), and Cesar Mendoza (2). Outstanding defense from Ryan Vogel to secure the win.

Nuggets 27, Stars 25

An exciting come-from-behind win for the Nuggets, with key baskets from Ethan Leary (6 points), Jack Ayer (4 points), and Keval Botadra (4 points). Big rebounds from Miles Rios (4 points) and Julian Gonzalez (3 points).

Bulldogs 26, Spurs 10

After a tight game through two quarters, 8-8 at the end of the 2A, the Bulldogs were able to pull ahead late thanks to a great second half run. Isaac Colon led the team in scoring with 6 points, thanks to some great passes from Jaden Murphy, who also finished with 4 points. Roy Hill opened the game up with 5 points in the 2B period while Viraj Jayaraman, Andre Ducharme, Peyton Adams, Nitish Bodicharla, and Dean Adams also scored for the Dawgs. Dean’s basket sent the crowd into a frenzy after he caught an end to end pass right on the money from Alex Meesig to record his first basket of his career. Another great defensive performance thanks to Lee Hill, Sahil Mahendraker, Caleb Plourde, and Kobey Marshall.

Boys Biddy

Satellites 45, Knicks 37

Matt Lambalot led all scorers with 15 points, followed by Steve Lambert with 13 for the ’Lites. Richie Mecardo led the Knicks with 13 and Nick Quirion had 9 points.

Billy Harvey played his first game this season for the Satellites, after sitting out the entire season due to injury.

Satellites 49, Bullets 28

The Satellites had 11 players with points in this one led by Steve Lambert, Spencer Desrosier, Alex Bozack and Matt Lambalot, Colton Welch and Ethan Carta-Ducharme led the Bullets offensively, while Vincent Priore played a solid game both ways to keep the Bullets close.

Lancers 63, Hawks 22

Scoring for the Lancers were Chaz Magras (14), John Champa (13), Sam Mena (8), Rob McLaughlin (8), Harper Niven (8), Steven Durkee (6) and Ayoub El-Sabir (6). Austin Carlson and Dean Donnell had solid games as well.

Sonics 53, Braves 45

The Sonics bench sparked a rally from an earlier deficit to beat the Braves. Tim McMeniman had a huge game off the bench with 14 points, while Tony Agor chipped in with 9 and Nate Kumar 2. Jordan Buckmire led the starters with 11 points. The Braves received strong games from Miles Johnson, who had 16 points, and Mason Dane with 10 points.

Sonics 58, Jazz 45

The Sonics received balanced scoring to beat the Jazz. Jordan Buckmire led the Sonics with 12 points while Matt Savoia added 9. Robert Batsevich and Mike Riley each added 8 points for the winners. The Jazz received strong efforts from Joey Roy with 12 and Alex Koutsos with 7.

Boys Bantam

Stars 63, Knicks 51

Brendan Barrett led all scorers with 21, followed by Brian McAfee with 14, Mayur Patel with 13 and Andrew Ball with 7. For the Knicks, Rishi Kamdar had 16 followed by Chandler Doucette with 11. Rikin Kamdar and

Matt Lavallee each had 6.

Knicks 62, Jets 41

The Knicks were led by Matt Lavallee with 22 points. Danny McCoy, Chandler Doucette and Scott Schmidt scored 8 points each for the winners. The Jets were led by Nick L’hereaux with 12 points.



Cavaliers AAA scores 12th straight win

In Valley League Youth Hockey action, the Cavaliers won their 12th straight game, downing the Tewksbury (Mass.) Redmen 8-2.

The Cavs jumped out in the first period with three goals in less than two minutes of play and never looked back. Cavs defensemen Sean Kelly, Anil Rao, Ben Goolsby, James Gillis (two assists) and Jared Debruin prevented the Redmen from generating any offense. The Cavs front lines of Brandon Hugh (assist)/Isaac Rogers (goal)/Austin Ciszek (goal) and Parker Mabbett (four goals)/TJ Vitullo (goal, assist)/Max Sears (goal, assist) controlled the game in both the offensive and neutral zones, prohibiting the Redmen from mounting a comeback. Cavs goalie Chris Sullivan recorded another big win between the pipes.


Nashua School of Gymnastics

NSG at Sectionals in Dover

The Nashua School of Gymnastics Compulsories (Levels 4-6) had their Sectional No. 1 Meet this past weekend at Tri-Star Gymnastics in Dover. Gymnasts needed a 33.00 or higher to qualify for States. The Optional Gymnasts (Levels 9 & 10) traveled to New York for the Manhattan Classic Invitational Meet.

Level 4 (Age 6-8)

Elaina Greco had an All Around Score of 36.75 (1st place); she scored a 9.525 (1st place) on vault, 8.85 (2nd place) on bars, 9.125 (2nd place) on beam and 9.25 (1st place) on floor.

Amanda Beauregard had an All Around Score of 35.75 (2nd place); she scored an 8.85 on vault, 8.85 (2nd place) on bars, 9.15 (1st place) on beam and 8.9 (3rd place) on floor.

Sue Mai White had an All Around Score of 35.3 (3rd place); she scored a 9.05 (4th place) on vault, 8.8 (4th place) on bars, 8.5 (4th place) on beam and 8.95 (2nd place) on floor.

April Koczalka had an All Around Score of 34.55 (4th place); she scored an 8.9 on vault, 8.55 on bars, 8.6 (3rd place) on beam and 8.5 (4th place) on floor.

Cristina Cross had an All Around Score of 34.05; she scored a 9.15 (3rd place) on vault, 9.05 (1st place) on bars, 7.35 on beam and 8.5 (4th place) on floor.

Annika Sinclair had an All Around Score of 33.375; she scored a 9.225 (2nd place) on vault, 8.25 on bars, 7.9 on beam and 8.0 on floor.

Level 4 (9-10)

Sara Thomas had an All Around Score of 35.175 (1st place); she scored a 9.225 (1st place) on vault, 9.1 (2nd place) on bars, 8.15 (2ndplace) on beam and 8.7 (1st place) on floor.

Cloe Rivest had an All Around Score of 32.10; she scored an 8.95 (3rd place) on vault, 7.5 on bars, 8.4 (1st place) on beam and 7.25 on floor.

Level 5 (7-8)

Corey Foster had an All Around Score of 33.975 (1st place); she scored a 8.65 (1st) on vault, 8.15 (2nd) on bars, 8.725 (1st) on beam and 8.95 (1st) on floor.

Samantha Gates had an All Around Score of 31.725 (3rd place); she scored a 7.80 (3rd) on vault, 8.50 (1st) on bars, 6.75 (3rd) on beam and 8.625 (2nd) on floor.

Level 5 (9-10)

Emily Colburn had an All Around Score of 35.725 (1st place); she scored a 8.475 (1st) on vault, 9.15 (1st) on bars, 9.125 (1st) on beam and 8.975 (1st) on floor.

Breanna Vivier had an All Around Score of 34.30 (2nd place); she scored a 8.25 (3rd tied) on vault, 8.70 (4th) on bars, 8.70 (3rd tied) on beam and 8.65 (2nd) on floor.

Sarah St. Lawerence had an All Around Score of 33.20 (3rd place); she scored a 7.90 (6th tied) on vault, 8.35 (8th) on bars, 8.575 (5th) on beam and 8.375 (3rd) on floor.

Emma Lynch had an All Around Score of 32.350 (10th place); she scored a 7.90 (6th tied) on vault, 8.050 (9th) on bars, 8.15 (7th) on beam and 8.25 (6th tied) on floor.

Megan Magoon had an All Around Score of 29.90 (12th place); she scored a 6.00 (10th) on vault, 7.70 (10th tied) on bars, 8.60 (4th) on beam and 7.60 (11th) on floor.

Level 5 (11)

Madelyn Campano had an All Around Score of 34.35 (2nd place); she scored a 8.90 (1st) on vault, 8.90 (2nd) on bars, 8.35 (4th) on beam and 8.20 (5th) on floor.

Reece Greenleaf had an All Around Score of 33.975 (3rd place); she scored a 8.375 (3rd) on vault, 8.50 (4th) on bars, 8.60 (1st) on beam and 8.50 (3rd) on floor.

Meghan Cox had an All Around Score of 33.80 (4th place); she scored a 7.65 (6th) on vault, 8.875 (3rd) on bars, 8.575 (2nd) on beam and 8.70 (1st) on floor.

Hannah Speight had an All Around Score of 30.725 (7th place); she scored a 7.45 (7th) on vault, 8.00 (6th) on bars, 7.325 (7th) on beam and 7.95 (7th) on floor.

Level 6 (9-10)

Jenna Hantula had an all-around score of 33.875 (1st); she scored an 8.10 on vault, 8.2 (1st) on bars, 9.125 (1st) on beam, and an 8.45 (1st) on floor.

Devon Rosier had an All-around Score of 33.05 (2nd); she scored a 8.100 (1st) on vault, 7.85 on bars, a 8.95 on beam and a 7.70 on floor.

Abbey Catalano had an All-around Score of 30.50 (3rd); she scored a 8.10 On vault, 7.20 on bars, 7.35 on beam and 7.85 on floor.

Level 6 (12)

Kyra Rivest had an All-around Score of 34.10 (1st); she scored a 8.65 (1st) on vault, 8.35 (1st) on bars, 8.4 (1st) on beam and a 8.70 (1st) on floor.

Level 9 (13)

Skyler Goss had an All Around Score of 30.55; she scored a 7.675 on vault, 6.85 on bars, 7.55 on beam and 8.475 (7th) on floor.

Level 9 (15)

Megan Middlemiss had an All Around score of 32.525 (6th); she scored an 8.65 (6th) on vault, 7.65 (5th) on bars, 7.55 on beam and 8.675 (5th) on floor.

Level 9 (17)

Laura Maggioli scored an 8.30 on vault, 7.75 on beam and 8.45 (6th) on floor.

Level 10 (17)

Molly Fitzpatrick scored a 7.65 on beam and 8.525 on floor.


Nashua Little League

Registration now open for 2012

Nashua Little League offers levels for all boys and girls from age 5-12 years old. We also have The Challenger Division (5-18 year olds), a program for developmentally and physically challenged youth, helping them to enjoy the full benefits of Little League participation in an athletic environment structured to their abilities.

Spring baseball registration fee: $35 for the first child and $30 for each additional child (family cap is $75). Every child that applies by the March 11 deadline will be placed on a team. To register, visit This is for minors and majors only. Walk-ins are welcome.


Session 1: Sunday, Feb. 12 from 5-6 p.m. for ages: 7*, 8, 9, 10; and 6-7 p.m. for ages: 10*, 11, 12 and players who want to change teams.

Session 2: Sunday, March 11 from 1:30-3 p.m. for ages 7*, 8, 9, 10; and 3-4 p.m. for ages 10*, 11, 12 and players who want to change teams.

*Players can try out for the next level but must be approved by league.

Location: Bishop Guertin High School at Roedel Field House, 194 Lund Rd., Nashua, 03060.

For additional information, visit or contact Marion at (978) 226-3868 or via e-mail at

Nashua Cal Ripken

West, Northwest merge to form Central league

Nashua Central Cal Ripken baseball is now accepting registrations for the spring season. Nashua West and Nashua Northwest have recently merged to create Nashua’s newest baseball league for players age 4½ thru 12. Registration can be completed online at or in person from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday through March 11 at the Nashua West Clubhouse (above the concession stand), located at the corner of Grand Avenue and North Seventh Street (Next to the Ledge Street School).

The fee is $45 for each player, new and returning, and $60 maximum for each family. Visit for more information and to register.


NH U14 Black Flies holding tryouts

The 2012 New Hampshire Black Flies 14U AAU baseball team is seeking one or two players to complete the roster.

Based in Bedford, this highly competitive program offers a small roster size, indoor winter training

at the Hampshire Dome and the Playball of Nashua, professional instruction and league play

(both AAU and GSBL). The team will be ending the season in July with a trip to compete in the AAU

National Championships, which will be held in Fort Myers, Fla., at the spring training facilities of the

Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins. For additional details or to request a tryout e-mail