NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

February 27, 2013

Local sports briefs


Newburyport Daily News

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The Winner’s Circle Running Club Boston Training Run Series includes eight runs of increasing distances, held at two-week intervals, spanning the Boston training time frame. To make sure you don’t get bored, each run will be hosted by different WCRC members at different locations. All WCRC members are invited to participate, whether or not you are running Boston. Shorter courses will also be designed for each session for those not interested in marathon distances. If you would like to host, contact Mike McCormick at 978-382-0738 or mamcc12@gmail.com.

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The first Smuttynose Palooza 5K will be run March 9 in Salisbury. The race will begin and end at the beach. For more information, contact Arlon Chaffe at arlon@locorunning.com.

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The Couch to 5K Running Program, for brand new or returning runners, will begin March 9 at 8 a.m., location to be announced. This free nine-week clinic will prepare Newbies and Former Runners for the Green Strides Mother’s Day race which is open to men, women and children. Families are encouraged to train together. No experience required. A second C25K program to prepare for the second annual Derek Hines Flag Day Race to be held June 14, will begin April 6 at 8 a.m. Contact Nancy McCarthy at 978-499-0993 or Nancy@getrealfitness.com for further information.

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The 32nd annual April Fool’s 4-Mile Road Race will be run March 30 (11 a.m.) at the Winner’s Circle in Salisbury. The race features a flat and fast certified course which attracts top runners, along with a fun atmosphere and great post race party, making the event inviting to all. Profits from this race will benefit the American Red Cross and the Alzheimer’s Association. Special thanks is due to the 2013 race sponsors: The Institution for Savings and the Smuttynose Brewing Co.

Youth Flag Football

Newburyport Youth Flag Football, a member of NFL Flag Football, has opened online registration for the spring season at www.syffl.com. Limited spaces available for ages 5/6, 7/8, 9-11 and 12-15. Teams are coed. Games for ages 5-15 are all played in Newburyport beginning in April. Contact Jeff Johnson at jeff@syffl.com.

Baseball

The Newburyport Pitching/Catching School will present a week long clinic from March 11 to 15 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Newburyport High School. The school will be run by Newburyport High School varsity baseball coach Steve Malenfant, who will be joined by Rob Daigle and Kyle Hildebrand. Students will learn basic fundamental skills of pitching and catching skills from the staff and will be both filmed and evaluated during the weeklong sessions. In addition, a written evaluation will be given to each player at the end of the session. Current NHS players will also serve as counselors. The cost is $100 per player. More information is available from coach Malenfant at 978-462-8408 or at mally2@comcast.net.

Learn to Skate

The Graf Rink, in cooperation with the Merrimack Valley Skating Club, is accepting applications for its Learn to Skate and Tiny Tots programs. Classes will run on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Please visit www.grafrink.com for more detailed information such as class times and cost.

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Newburyport Youth Hockey is holding registration for its Learn To Play Hockey Clinics on Sunday mornings at the Graf Rink between 10 and 11 a.m. and on line at www.NYHL.org. The clinic is open to boys and girls interested in learning basic hockey skills and will start March 16. The fee for the five sessions is $60 (if currently in NYHL Learn to Skate) and $80 if new to program. For further info, call Dick Tierney at 978-465-0128.

Soccer

Seacoast United Soccer Club is looking to add players to the boys U15 and U16 age groups. Anyone interested in playing for the club should contact Peter Decker at pdecker@seacoastunited.com. For more information about Seacoast, check out www.seacoastunited.com/.

Rugby

Essex County Youth Rugby spring sign-ups are available at www.essexcountyyrfc.com/. Essex is now an affiliate of the London Irish Professional Rugby Club in England and is offering a three-day camp at Amesbury Sports Park during April vacation. Visit essexcountyyrfc.com for more information.

Youth Baseball/Softball

Amesbury Little League registration is open for the 2013 spring season. The program is open for boys and girls between 5 and 12 years of age. All registration for this season will be online at www.amesburylittleleague.org. Please register before March 1. If there are any questions please contact Peter Arsenault at pharsenault@msn.com.

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Byfield-Newbury Little League Baseball and Softball is accepting registration for all players K-8 at http://www.byfieldnewburylittleleague.com/ to register or contact the Registrar at bnllregistrar@gmail.com.Triathlon

The fourth annual Tri for the YWCA, will be March 24 (8 a.m.) at the YWCA Greater Newburyport, 13 Market Street. Events will include an indoor swim of 10 minutes in a 25-yard pool; indoor cycle of 25 minutes on a spin bike; and a 3K outdoor run. This is for all ages and fitness levels. Enter as an individual or team. Registrants who are not members of the YWCA can pay a $5/visit “Drop in” fee for swim and bike practice. Register on line only: http://www.active.com/running/newburyport-ma/tri-for-the-ywca-2013/.

Hockey

Newburyport High hockey games are broadcast on WNBP 1450 AM or 106.1 FM.