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January 23, 2014

SPORTS BRIEFS


Derry News

---- — Take the ‘Plunge’ for Special Olympics

Hundreds of people will be headed to Hampton Beach in February to plunge into the Atlantic Ocean.

Individuals will be participating in the Sixth Annual High School Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 1, and the 15th Annual Penguin Plunge on Sunday, Feb. 2, to benefit Special Olympics New Hampshire.

Participants solicit support from family, friends, business associates and others to raise a minimum of $350 for the Penguin Plunge and $175 for the High School Plunge.

Many of the individuals participating in one of the two plunges will be wearing costumes to coincide with the days’ theme, “School Spirit” for the High School Plunge and “Zombies” for the Penguin Plunge. In addition to jumping in the water, the day includes live music, food, awards and fun.

For those not interested in plunging, they can register as a “Pampered Penguin.” Pampered Penguins who raise the minimum fundraising goal expected receive the same benefits as a Plunger, without having to get wet.

For more information or to register for one of the two plunges, visit sonh.org or call 624-1250.

Hoop clinic is for young players

CONCORD — NHTI will host a basketball clinic Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Wellness Center gym on the Concord campus. The clinic is for boys and girls in third through eighth grade. It runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The clinic will feature an opportunity for campers to receive positive skill instruction, competitive drills and small games with each clinic.

NHTI men’s coaching staff, along with NHTI men’s basketball players, will provide the instruction under the guidance of veteran NHTI head men’s basketball coach Paul Hogan.

The clinic is $25 for those who preregister or $30 at the door.

Contact Hogan for information at phogan@ccsnh.edu or call 230-4041.

Sign up now for Youngsville Baseball

Youngsville Baseball will be holding signups for the upcoming season at Weston Elementary School, 1066 Hanover St., Manchester, on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m

Online sign-up is open at youngsvillebaseball.org.

Youngsville is a member of the Cal Ripken baseball organization. It offers four divisions of baseball for 4- to 12-year-olds. Players must be team age by May 1, 2014. AAU players also are welcome.

Residents of the following towns are eligible to play at Youngsville: Derry, Manchester, Auburn, Allenstown, Bedford, Candia, Deerfield, Raymond, Epsom, Goffstown, Hooksett and Pembroke.

For more information, call 627-4820, email info@youngsvillebaseball.org or visit youngsvillebaseball.org.

Sign up for Pedal to End Cancer

BOSTON — Athletes from across New England are invited to take part in the 10th annual American Cancer Society’s Pedal to End Cancer on Sunday, March 2.

It’s a three-hour cycling event in which participants solicit sponsors and test their endurance to raise funds toward the lifesaving mission of the American Cancer Society.

Since Pedal to End Cancer began as Spin for Hope in New England in 2005, more than $2.5 million has been raised for the fight against cancer. What started with six clubs raising $100,000 has grown to more than 75 clubs raising nearly $400,000 last year.

For more information on Pedal to End Cancer and to find a participating club, visit pedaltoendcancer.org or contact Melissa Kosman at melissa.kosman@cancer.org.

Bring food donations to Lancer game

LONDONDERRY — Londonderry High School is participating in the annual Hoops for Hunger program.

During the two basketball game Friday, Jan. 24, they will be collecting nonperishable food items for the St. Jude Food Pantry. In addition, all gate receipts from those games will be donated to the food pantry as well.

Items that are especially needed are peanut butter, jelly, tuna fish, soups, pasta, sauce, and canned fruits and vegetables. Do not donate items in glass containers.