Kid Sports Weekly Wrapup
6th Graders win MVBL championship
In the opening game of the playoffs, the 6th Grade Nighthawks defeated Andover (Mass.) Blue 70-35.
Alonzo Linton scored 11 points, grabbed four rebounds and recorded three steals to lead Nashua.
Clay Medling contributed a season-high 10 points. Also scoring were John Champa (10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals), Yanis Nyantenji (10 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals) and Razz Alkalay (6 points, 6 rebounds). Sclyler Boykin and Alex Amigo played well at the guard position and dished out numerous assists.
In Game 2, Nashua defeated Methuen, Mass., 58-33. Xahn Frater had nine points and seven rebounds to lead the way. Also contributing to the offense were Sclyler Boykin (8 points), Ryan Lynn (8 points, 4 rebounds, one block) and Alonzo Linton (7 points, 8 rebounds).
Matthew Franco and Yanis Nyantenji both contributed six points, and Alex Amigo and John Champa each had five points. Tyson Thomas was strong on defense with three steals.
In the championship game, Nashua beat Lowell, Mass., 52-48. Lowell entered the game as the reigning champs, but the ’Hawks were determined to change that. Lowell gained an early advantage, but Nashua settled down and received big games from Xahn Frater (19 points, 18 rebounds, 3 steals), Yanis Nyantenji (17 rebounds, 8 points), Alonzo Linton (9 points, 5 rebounds), John Champa (7 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds) and Sclyler Boykin (7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals), who hit two critical free throws near the end of the game.
5th Graders open playoffs with win over Haverhill
The 5th Grade Nighthawks beat Haverhill, Mass., 64-63 in overtime to open the playoffs.
Nevan Roy scored 32 points and pulled down seven rebounds. The ’Hawks also received strong offensive performances from Jake Robbins (10 points, 11 rebounds), Jeffrey Reza (7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists) and Patrick Gillis (5 points, 7 rebounds).
Guiding the offense from the point-guard position were Gabe Perrault (1 point, 8 assists), Andre LaPlante and Tyler Downing. Also scoring were Casey McNally (3 points, 4 assists), Matt Wall (2 points) and Chase Hart (3 points).
Defensively, Nashua received big games from Andrew Penkala (1 point, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals) and Chris Inzerillo.
5th Graders beat Billerica in semis
The Nighthawks once again received strong games from Nevan Roy (12 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals) and Jake Robbins (11 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist) as Nashua beat Billerica, Mass., 40-15 in the semifinals.
Nashua also received points from Chase Hart (3 points, 2 rebounds), Jeffrey Reza (3 points), Andre LaPlante (3 points, 1 steal), Patrick Gillis (2 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block), Chris Inzerillo (2 points, 3 rebounds), and Andrew Penkala (2 points, 3 rebounds). Nashua received solid defensive performances from Gabe Perrault (3 assists), Casey McNally (3 rebounds, 2 assists) and Matt Wall (2 rebounds, 1 block).
5th Graders fall to North Andover in MVBL final
Despite its hard work and a solid team effort, Nashua fell 50-36 to North Andover, Mass, in the championship game. Nashua’s offense was led by Nevan Roy with 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and two blocks. The ’Hawks also received solid games from Jake Robbins (9 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal), Andrew Penkala (4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal), Patrick Gillis (4 points), Chris Inzerillo (2 points, 4 rebounds), Tyler Downing (2 points, 2 assists, 1 steal), and Andre LaPlante (2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist).
The following players also played extremely hard all game: Gabe Perrault, Chase Hart (1 steal, 1 rebound), Jeff Reza (2 assists, 1 rebound), Casey McNally (1 steal) and Matt Wall.
8th Graders take top seed into OT
The 8th Grade Nighthawks almost knocked off the top seed from Lowell, Mass., but fell in overtime 54-52.
Nashua was led by Chad Olivieri who scored 18 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and dished off two assists.
The team also received good offensive performances from Dylan Gamache (11 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal) and Jack Barnes (10 points, 3 rebounds). Also scoring were Garret Bozek (4 points), Max Serra (4 points), Brint MacDonald (3 points), Spencer Bergeron (2 points) and Shane LeGraw (1 point).
The team received solid defense from Ryan Penkala (2 rebounds, 1 steal), Casey Fisher, Gamache and Bozek.
GS Raiders set for today
The Granite State Raiders will be holding tryouts at the Concord Boys & Girls Club for this year’s AAU teams on Sunday (7th and 8th Grade boys from 8-9:30 a.m.; 9th Grade boys: 9:30-11 a.m.; 10th and 11th Grade boys from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). All players must bring $30 registration fee and new players need to bring a birth certificate copy. For more information, contact Frank Alosa at 491-2495 or visit www.granitestateraiders.com.
NSG Levels 9, 10 solid in Fla., Vt.
The Nashua School of Gymnastics Levels 9 and 10 gymnasts traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for the Tim Rand Invitational Meet on March 4.
Level 9 (Sr Division)
Megan Middlemiss placed 5th in the All Around with a score of 34.10. She placed 7th on vault, 5th on bars, 7th on beam and 4th on floor.
Laura Maggioli placed 8th All Around, 3rd on beam and 6th on floor.
Taylor Christiansen placed 12th All Around.
Level 9 (Jr Division)
Skyler Goss placed 12th All Around.
Shannon Fitzpatrick participated and competed on beam.
Molly Fitzpatrick placed 12th All Around and 5th on floor.
The Level 9 and 10 NSG gymnasts also traveled to Brattleboro, Vt., on March 11 for the Hip-Hop Classic.
Laura Maggioli took 2nd Place in the All Around; She placed 3rd on vault, 2nd Tie on bars, 1st on beam and 5th on floor.
Taylor Christiansen took 4th Place All Around; She placed 5th on vault, 5th on bars, 2nd on beam and 3rd
Shannon Fitzpatrick took 6th place on beam and floor.
Molly Fitzpatrick took 1st place on vault, beam & floor.
Registration dates set for Force, Crusaders
Registration for the 2012 flag football, tackle football and spirit for Nashua PAL Force and Nashua Elks Crusaders is set for Wednesday, April 4 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, April 14 from 9-11 a.m. at the Elm Street Middle School. It is mandatory that participants also register online with the state officials at http://leagueathletics.com/Registration/Default.asp?snid=jBMCZ1O7X&org=nhyfsc.org
2012 PAL football camps scheduled for June
The Nashua PAL Force City Football Camp, a week-long camp which focuses on strength and speed technique along with the dynamics of offensive and defensive positions, is scheduled for June 11-15 from 6-8:30 p.m. each day at Artillery Field (behind Holman Stadium). All participants must currently be in grades 2-7. There is a $20 cost per participant.
The NPF Position Specific Camps, which focus more on fundamental and techniques of specific offensive and defensive positions along with more one-on-one instructional time are schedules as follows:
Offensive skills positions of quarterback, receivers and running backs, along with defensive the positions of linebackers, safeties and corners on June 18 and 19 at Artillery Field (behind Holman Stadium) from 6-8:30 p.m. All participants must currently be in grades 2-7. There is a $10 cost per participant.
Offensive and defensive linemen on June 21 and 22 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Artillery Field (behind Holman Stadium). All participants must currently be in grades 2-7. There is a $10 cost per participant. For more information, contact NPF football director Jason Fiore at email@example.com or 438-2303. All registration forms must be turned in by May 23.
Nashua Cal Ripken
South registration open
Nashua South Cal Ripken is currently accepting registration information for the upcoming 2012 season. Any boy or girl (ages 5-12) born between May 1, 1999 and April 30, 2007 is eligible to apply. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn the game of baseball and play against great competition. Nashua South is hosting the 11-year-old New England Regional All-Star Tournament this year. Visit www.NashuaSouth.org for more information.
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 www.nashuacentral.org. The fee is $45 for each player, new and returning, and $60 maximum for each family. Visit www.nashuacentral.org for more information and to register.
Nashua Little League
Registration 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). To register, visit www.nashualittleleague.org. This is for minors and majors only. For additional information, visit www.nashualittleleague.org or contact Marion at (978) 226-3868 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NH U14 Black Flies need two players
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 season ends in July with a trip to compete in the AAU National Championships in Fort Myers, Fla., at the spring training facilities of the Red Sox and Twins. For additional details or to request a tryout e-mail email@example.com.
Hudson Heat U10 needs to fill roster
The Hudson Heat dirls fastpitch U10 team is looking for a couple of girls, who are serious about softball, to fill out their roster for the upcoming tournament season. Hudson Heat Softball is a very successful organization focusing on teaching solid techniques and mechanics to play at a very competitive level. They are looking for girls born in 2001 or 2002, who are ready to train and compete at the highest level. If interested, contact coach Brian Coyle at HudsonHeatGold@yahoo.com for additional information on trying out for this team.
MYA spring registration now underway online
Registration for the Merrimack Youth Association’s spring soccer season is open online at www.myasoccer.org. Early registration closed March 17. Late registrations will be accepted through April 1. The spring season runs from April 28-June 16.