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Nashua High School South freshman Chris Dube of the Gate City Wrestling Club applies a pinning combination to his 215-pound opponent from Poughkeepsie, N.Y.'s Ironman Wrestling Club during the Titan Duals, held in Albany, N.Y. over Memorial Day weekend.
Sunday, June 12, 2011

Local Digest


Hudson Cricket Club raises $2,800 for charity

The inaugural Hudson Cricket Cup tournament concluded successfully at Greeley Park on May 14.

Waltham XI took the honor of being the HCCT 2011 champion by beating the Nashua Nukes in the title game. A total of 15 teams participated in this eight-a-side tournament played with hard tennis cricket balls, helping Hudson Cricket Club raise $2,800.

Hudson Cricket Club will use the funds generated from this event, with games played at Greeley Park and Yudickky Fields in Nashua, to benefit two charities.

The first beneficiary is Vinod Kumar who needs a Bone marrow transplant. More than 100-plus drives were conducted for him by his well wishers and the drives are still on-going both in USA and India. More details can be found at

The second beneficiary is Boston Children’s Hospital. A donation will be made to BCH in memory of Varun Kancharla. Varun (s/o Ram Kancharla) passed away recently due to complications arising out of Pneumonia.

Waltham XI beat the Lowell Rockers in the semifinals of Group 1 and Nashua Nukes topped the Andover Cricket Club in the Group 2 semifinal.

Target for Waltham XI were 49 runs to win which was wrapped up by their key batsman Mayur (17 runs) and Gaurang (18 runs). Gaurang was adjudged the MVP of the finals and Mayur who scored over 100 runs in the tournament was adjudged the MVP of the tournament.

The finals were followed by the prize distribution ceremony at Greeley Park. HCCT organizers distributed trophies to all winners, runners-up, umpires and the semifinalist captains. Global Flavors, Nashua and Darshana Patel, CPA from Andover were the official sponsors of the HCCT tournament. Local Business establishments T-Bones and Hannaford passed on gift certficates to HCCT for this tournament.

Each team paid an entry fee of $120 towards this fundraiser. Ashok Vantipalli, Prakash Venuthurupalli, Srinivas Cherukuri, Ravi Kommuri, Sridhar Dharani, Lakshma Eapur, Ram Kancharla, Srinivas Thunga, Veerender Makam and Kadhir Kanniyappan made generous donations to HCCT as well. Players and spectators appreciated HCCT commitment to the charity events, and they were all praise for organizers for carrying out the inaugural event with perfection.


Nashuan heading into ICF-NE Hall of Fame

Nashua’s Chrissy Carew, founder of “Insightful Player the bold movement of hope for our nation’s youth,” will receive the highest honor of her peers when she is inducted into the International Coaching Federation New England Chapter’s newly-established Hall of Fame, Monday night at the Chapter’s awards ceremony at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass.

ICF-NE has created the ICF-NE Hall of Fame as a way to honor the personal and business coaches who have demonstrated their exemplary coaching skills as well as served as an ambassador to the coaching community, industry and world. These select few serve as models for ICF-NE membership and the coaching community. Carew will be joined by Cheryl Richardson and Wendy Capland as the first Hall of Fame inductees.

“I love coaching trailblazers and I’m honored and deeply touched to be inducted into the first class of Hall of Fame coaches,” Carew said in a statement. “My clients are people who are driven by a compelling vision to make this world a much better place. They have an indomitable will to maximize their talents so they can make a positive difference in the lives of others. They are visionaries who persevere in good times and in bad times. They are strong leaders who are brave, resilient, passionate, focused, upbeat, generous, kindhearted and humble. When they fall down (we all do), they dust themselves off, get right back up, glean lessons learned and move forward with more gusto.”

Carew has secured a book deal with Morgan James Publishing to publish theses inspirational stories of 32 current and former NFL players. The book is expected to be released in late August.


6th annual SummerFun Fishing Derby set for July 9

The 6th Annual SummerFun Fishing Derby will take place on Saturday, July 9 from 9-11 a.m. at the Horse Pond Fish and Game Club.

Sign-in will begin at 8. The fishing derby, sponsored by the Horse Pond Fish and Game Club, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Target Department Stores and Nashua PAL is for boys and girls ages 5-12 years. Registrations are limited to the first 75 fishermen and all participants must be accompanied by an adult.

All participants should bring their own fishing rod, tackle and bug spray. No fly rods will be allowed. All entrants will receive a tee-shirt and prizes will be awarded to top finishers. Awards include: Youngest to Catch a Fish, Most Fish Caught, Largest Fish Caught and Largest Tree Limb Caught.

This is a free event and is part of the SummerFun Calendar of Events. Following the fishing derby, the Horse Pond Fish and Game Club will be holding a free cookout with hamburgers, hot dogs and chips.

To register for the fishing derby, call the Nashua Recreation Department at 589-3370. The Horse Pond Fish and Game Club is located off Broad Street on Horsepond Ave, about a half mile from the Nashua Mall.


First Rosanne’s Rush scheduled for June 26

The first annual Rosanne’s Rush For Research 5K Run/Walk will be held at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 26 at Nashua High School South. The scenic course will wind through the trails of Mine Falls Park. Money raised will be used to fund research for the treatment and cure of Triple Negative Breast Cancer. One hundred percent of the net proceeds raised will be donated to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

New England Patriots Hall of Fame linebacker and three-time Pro Bowl select Steve Nelson will be in attendance to support the event and will sign autographs. Various signed memorabilia will also be available for auction. An opportunity drawing will also be held to help raise funds. Opportunity drawing items include Red Sox tickets, an autographed basketball by Boston Celtics great Ray Allen, a signed photo of Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, restaurant gift cards and much more.

The race registration fee is $25 for adults and $15 for children under the age of 12. The first 200 registrants in the 5K run/walk will receive race t-shirts. Refreshments will be provided to all registrants.

Individuals and businesses are invited to make a donation, even if they do not participate in the walk. Checks may be made payable to “Rosanne’s Rush For Research” and mailed to the race committee chair:

David Sullivan

Rosanne’s Rush For Research

PO Box 7401

Nashua, NH 03060-7401

For more information about the race, to register, or to download registration or sponsorship forms, visit Mailed entries must be received by June 23.


Gate City grapplers reach Titan Duals finals

The Gate City Wrestling Club, an off-season high school wrestling team comprised primarily of grapplers from Nashua North, Nashua South, Alvirne and Bishop Guertin High Schools and training out of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua, recently competed at the Titan “Match Against Leukemia” Duals in Albany, N.Y.

Hosted by Titan Wrestling, the premier off-season high school wrestling club in upstate New York, the dual-meet format event featured teams from all over New York state. The Gate City squad advanced to the finals by going undefeated in the first five rounds with wins over the Titans “Black” squad, Ironman Wrestling of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the Albany Area All Stars, Raider Wrestling of Colonie, N.Y., and New Rochelle, N.Y.’s Westchester Wrestling Club.

Despite the unbeaten run leading up to the finals, Gate City came up short in the championship match against the tournament host Titan “Gold” team.

According to GCW coach Kris Rowlette, “We wrestled tough all weekend – just not tough enough to beat Titan in the finals.”

With the entire Gate City squad wrestling well. strong performances were turned in by junior Moses Diaz (171 pounds, Manchester Memorial, 6-0), Nashua North freshman Marcel Laplante (112, 6-0), Bishop Guertin sophomores Cole Fokas and Andrew Crane (119 and heavy, respectively, both 4-2) Nashua South sophomore Tyler Ellwood (152, 4-2), Alvirne sophomore Zach Breen (125, 3-1), Londonderry freshman Jon Young (140, 4-2) and Elm Street Middle School’s Cam Bennett (96, 4-2).

Also competing on the Gate City team were Nashua North’s Peter Daniels and Chris Anderson, South’s Chris Dube and Kenny Kiriga, Bishop Guertin’s Patrick Sands, Pinkerton Academy’s Brett Wilson and Zach Daigle, and middle schooler Jordan Rowlette.


Nashua Over-60 Senior League

Jok’s Auto 9, Calvary Lock & Key 3

Jok’s pitcher Peter Burr kept things under control as his team backed him up with timely run-producing hits. Everyone on the team hit, and Clarence Farwell (triple, single) along with Dan Birck (triple, double) led the charge. CLK’s Gene O’Callaghan and Bill Watson came away with 2-for-3 days.

Pine St. Eatery 14,

Amherst Autoworks 9

Both teams combined for 44 hits with Pine St. providing 24, and half of those came from the top of the order; Del Patton (5 for 5), Paul Archer (4 for 5, including a homer plus a walk) and pitcher Steve Stitt (3 for 5 plus a walk). Stitt also made some nifty fielding plays on the mound. Also chipping in with 3-for-4 days were Bill Mulley and Les Johnson (triple).

AA got timely hitting from second baseman Ed Jaracz (4 for 4). Bob Larose hit a homer along with two other hits.

M&N Sports 14, Hanson’s Automotive 3

M&N dropped in 18 hits while pitcher Charlie Howe limited Hanson batters to eight. Manager George Mosnicka led his team from the leadoff spot, going 3 for 4 with a walk. Frank Twardosky and Steve Brzozowski each reached base with two hits and a walk in four chances. Dick Moushegian got on three times and Gerry Moore twice for Hanson’s.

Hanson’s Automotive 11, Dr. Dionne’s Seniors 4

Hanson’s pounded out 21 hits in overpowering a less than stellar defensive DDS team. Hanson pitcher Ron Lewis led by example going 4 for 4, including two doubles. Outfielder Ben Tosi, along with solid fielding, also was 4 for 4. Ron Monteiro (3 for 3 with a pair of doubles) and Dick Moushegian (3 for 4 plus a walk) added to the mix. Lenny Rapone had the only home run for the team. DDS shortstop Dan Birck got a homer, double and single.

M&N Sports 8, Art’s Painting 1

M&N pitcher Bob Lemieux silenced the painter squad’s bats while his team backed him up with 16 hits. M&N was led by Don Fusco with a 3-for-3 day. Bob Lavoie had a single and triple for Art’s.

Jok’s Auto Sales 10, Pine St. Eatery 4

Jok’s was led by Ed Gifford, Les Johnson, Hap Webster and Wayne Connor, all getting three hits. Del Patton had the hot bat for PSE pounding out a 3-for-3 day.

M&N Sports 13, Dr. Dionne’s Seniors 4

M&N’s 23 hit attack salted the game away by the fifth inning as pitcher Bob Lemieux handcuffed the most of the Senior lineup. Big bats for M&N were Lemieux (triple) and Al Abele both going 4 for 4.

Dan Birck led DDS with a perfect 3-for-3 day, including a triple and homer.

Calvary Lock & Key 5, Art’s Painting 1

CLK used 12 hits to come away with the win in a low scoring contest. CLK pitcher Chick Hamel had his stuff working as he limited the painters to eight hits without issuing any walks. Hot bats for CLK were from Bill Watson and Rod Robuccio popping out 3 for 3 with Robuccio getting a double and two triples.

Pine St. Eatery 12, Hanson’s Automotive 9

PSE trailed through five innings, but exploded for five runs in the sixth to go up 11-6 and held on for the win.

Both teams had 18 hits. PSE got great hitting from manager Paul Archer (4 for 4) and power stroking from Del Patton (two homers, walk). John Croes also helped the offense with a solid 3-for-3 day. Hanson’s got a perfect day from outfielder Ben Tosi (4 for 4) and a 3-for-4 outing from leadoff batter Lenny Rapone.