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    Nashua Blast U11 player Abbey Rowe wins a faceoff for the Blast during last week's season-opening lacrosse game against Merrimack.
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    With a first place finish in pool play, the Cavaliers used their momentum to beat Team Latitude in the semifinals and Great Bay in the finals to win the NERVA U14 Tournament hosted by North Shore Volleyball. The team is made up of Hollis Brookline players, back row, left to right, Alexia Philippon, Teresa Randlett, Selene Berube, Monika Schneider, Niki Maragos, coach Cori Matthews, and front row left to right, Hannah Balfour, Sarah Crocker and Taryn Collins. Not pictured is Kat Pellerin.
Sunday, April 22, 2012

Weekly kids’ sports wrapup: Lacrosse, volleyball, baseball, football & more


Girls U11

Nashua Blast opens with Merrimack

An injured Emma Pucillo cheered on her teamates from the sidelines as the Nashua Blast traveled to Merrimack for a season opener against the ladies in black.

Kicking things off between the pipes for Nashua was Payson Mooso, who held Merrimack to two goals in the first half. Helping her keep them at bay on the defensive end, were veteran players Izzy Bolduc, Hannah Fortin and Bailey Morin. Newcomer Cassidy Lavoie also did a great job supporting the defense.

Offensively in the first half, Abbey Rowe took faceoffs and also scored a goal on a pass from Campbell Haller. Working on keeping the ball in the opponent’s end for the offense were superior efforts from veteran middies Britney Pearson, Julia Sullivan, Molly Caron, Alison Hartshorn, as well as rookies Angie Clancy, Emily Morneau and Coryn Flavin.

Nashua’s attack gave it their all against a tough goalie from Merrimack. Kirsten McIntire, Calley Goulet, Alyssa DeCarteret were the vets fighting for Nashua goals, along with newcomers Vitoria Gates, Katieri Coffey and Talyor Guilfoil.

In the second half, Mooso took over on faceoffs while Rowe put on the goalie gear for Nashua, which continued to fight offensively and got its second goal from Goulet. Bolduc had a great clear at midfield to get the ball up to her offense, resulting in the Blast’s third goal scored by Guilfoil with an assist from Haller.

Boys U11

Abanaki 5, Nashua Blast 3

The Nashua Blast (Team Fiore) played a gritty game against a strong Abenaki squad. Trailing 5-0, Nashua rallied for three goals in the final quarter, but it’s as close as the Blast could get in the loss.

Luc Blondue started the rally with a nifty pass to Jason Fiore, who scored the first Nashua goal. With only 4:27 left in the game, Jacob Rodrique burned up the turf and slammed another shot into the net for the second tally. Abanaki then gifted a goal, scoring against their own goalie for the 5-3 final.

Hollis-Brookline ties Derry

Hollis-Brookline (White) netted a 3-3 tie against a tough Derry squad. HB attackmen David Wang, Lucien Boudreau, Hunter Hudzik, Willy Marinaccio and Henry Kotarski moved the ball well in the offensive zone. Midfielders Dylan Terenzoni, Ronnie Hillard, Ian Babcock, Andrew Kotarski, Sal Vella, Nick Dapolito, Teddy Moscatelli, Scott Walsh and Tom Gardiner had a tremendous amount of shots on net while keeping Derry bottled up in its zone. The HB defensive unit of Jack Sinclair, Liam Baldwin, Matthew Wojcik, Henry Burns and goalie TJ Vitullo played an outstanding game shutting down Derry’s offense.


Nashua PAL honoring Bob Ryan at annual dinner

Renowned sports journalist, TV personality and author, Bob Ryan will headline the second Nashua Police Athletic League Award Dinner on June 28 at Conway Arena.

Ryan will be named PAL’s Man of the Year. The event, which runs from 6-9 p.m., will also recognize local sports journalists, PAL athletes, volunteers and coaches. Sponsored by The Telegraph, organizers hope the evening will be a significant fundraiser for PAL, which provides coaching and mentoring to local youth athletes.

Ryan, a 2011 inductee into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame, is known for his work at The Boston Globe, ESPN and Basketball Times.

Local journalists of the year awards will be presented for print and broadcast. PAL will recognize youth athletes of the year in football, boxing, cross country and cheerleading. A PAL coach of the year and volunteer of the year will also be named.

Tickets to the event are $60 a piece or $400 for a table of eight and can be purchased at Conway Arena and at Nashua PAL, 52 Ash St., Nashua.


Girls U14

Cavaliers win NERVA U14 Tournament

With a first place finish in pool play, the Cavaliers used their momentum to beat Team Latitude in the semifinals and Great Bay in the finals to win the NERVA U14 Tournament hosted by North Shore Volleyball. Coached by Cori Matthews, the championship team is made up of Hollis Brookline players Alexia Philippon, Teresa Randlett, Selene Berube, Monika Schneider, Niki Maragos, Hannah Balfour, Sarah Crocker, Taryn Collins and Kat Pellerin.


NECC Catching Camp set for two weeks of training

The New England Catching Camp still has space available for the 2012 Summer Camps. There will again be two weeks of camp to choose from.

The four-day, 16-hour camps will be held July 23-26 and Aug. 6-9. This camp has drawn hundreds of baseball and fast-pitch softball catchers from across the country over the last 11 years, and is the only camp in New England exclusively for catchers. NECC will be offering a session for player’s ages 8-12 from 8 a.m.-noon and ages 13-18 will meet from 1-5 p.m. daily.

The camp will be held at Lions Field in Hudson, and will focus on all the skills needed to excel at the games most demanding position.

The sessions will include training on receiving, blocking, throwing, all fielding skills, as well as proper stretching and conditioning.

To register or get more information on Summer Camp visit NECC’s Web site at and click on the link for Summer Camp or call coach Jay Weaver at 882-8981.

Nashua Baseball Academy vacation camp this week

The Nashua baseball Academy is holding a baseball camp for April school vacation Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day April 23 to April 27. This camp will be held rain or shine at the indoor and outdoor facility at 265 Proctor Hill Rd. in Hollis. The camp, for players ages 8-14, will focus on baseball skills and fun competitions and games. E-mail or call 233-5587 to reserve a spot.


BST Summer Academy accepting applications

BST Basketball is now accepting registration for its Summer Academy program. The Summer Academy program is for boys of all skill levels, grades 4-12 (classes: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021).

The program is Monday and Wednesday evenings, starting Monday, June 18, at SNHU-Manchester. Grades 4-7 workouts run from 5-7 p.m., followed by grades 8-12 from 7-9.

For more information, visit, mouse onto “Advanced Academy” or e-mail


Nashua Parks & Recreation Dept.

Swimming lesson registration open

The Nashua Parks & Recreation Department is now accepting summer swim lesson registrations. Registration forms will be available at the Recreation Office in Greeley Park and online at

Parents can sign up their child for two of the three sessions prior to July 6. After July 6, registrations will be accepted for remaining session(s). Swim lessons are $20 per child or a maximum of $60 per family per session. Each session runs two weeks and lessons are one-half hour in length. All lessons take place between 9 a.m.-noon. Session dates are: June 25-July 6; July 16-27; and Aug. 6-17

Sign ups for sports/study camps now underway

Registration forms are available at all Nashua private and public schools at the main office, Nashua Public Library, City Clerks Office at City Hall, Jeannotte’s Market, Bright Spot Convenience Store, and at the Recreation Office at Greeley Park. A registration form can be downloaded from the city Web site at as well as a complete listing of all the summer camps being offered. Summer camps include basketball, football, soccer, baseball, drama, volleyball, field hockey, ice hockey, archery, tennis, cheerleading, lacrosse, skateboarding, science camps, cooking and track & field. New camps include art/drawing, Wicked Cool for Kids and yoga. Call the recreation office at 589-3370 with any questions.


Nashua PAL

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 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 or 438-2303. Registration forms must be turned in by May 23.