Reds star to visit softball clinic Jan. 8

Cincinnati Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan, an Andover native, will be back in town to help softball players at a clinic this weekend.

Hanigan will help lead the Andover Softball Winter Clinic this Sunday, Jan. 8.

Clinics will run from Jan. 8, to Feb. 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Andover High School field house.

The series of six clinics will be conducted by the Andover girls varsity and junior varsity players and led by Andover High girls softball team Head Coach Steve Tisbert.

"This an excellent opportunity for girls currently in grades 4 thru 9 to brush-up and improve their skills. Ryan will be available after the clinic to sign so bring things to sign," according to organizers.

Visit sportsmanager.us/AndoverGirlsSoftball.htm to register online.

Free tennis lessons for beginners

Cedardale Health & Fitness will offer a free beginner tennis lesson for adults on Sunday, Jan. 15 from 11 to 12:30 p.m.

"The lesson is designed for people who have never played before or haven't played in many years. It is a great opportunity to develop a new skill and meet new friends. Non-members are welcome," according to a release from the club.

Contact Tennis Director Adam Molda at amolda@cedardale-health.net or call the Cedardale tennis desk at 978-373-1596 to reserve a spot.

Cedardale Health & Fitness is located at 931 Boston Road, Haverhill, and is the largest multipurpose health, recreation and fitness facility in the area.

AHS alumni hockey game to raise funds

The annual Andover High School Alumni Hockey Game will be held Saturday, Jan. 21 before the 7 p.m. varsity game against Central Catholic at the Breakaway Ice Center in Tewksbury.

There are two games planned if the turnout permits; 5:10 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. are the ice times.

A minimum donation of $60 for the event is required. All proceeds go directly to the AHS Boys Hockey Program.

Please email ahshattrickclub@yahoo.com if you would like to skate.

Learn to be an umpire this January

The Merrimack Valley Umpires Association has announced the umpire training clinic for men, women, and teenagers (over 16) will begin on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 and continue on consecutive Thursdays for the following six weeks. The clinics will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill campus, Room C-119, the Spurk Building.

The cost for the six-week program is $125, and covers the cost of study materials and exam fee. At the conclusion of the class, the Massachusetts Baseball Umpires Exam will be administered. Candidates who pass the exam and complete the required mechanics clinics will be certified as MVUA umpires.

The MVUA has been training quality umpires for over 50 years and MVUA umpires "are highly regarded and sought by all levels of baseball in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, and can be found doing high school, AAU, Babe Ruth and Little League games throughout the region," according to a release from the group.

The MVUA supports candidates of all genders, ethnic groups and ages (men and women over age 16) to become umpires.

Anyone interested is asked to contact second Vice President Rande Chabot at ranbot6280@myfairport.net or 603-437-8847, or Rules Interpreter Ron Annand at 978-681-8927 or go tomvua.org for further information and to ensure that the group has the correct amount of class books available.

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