July 22, 2014

Clarifying Concord's situation

Roger Brown

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The Concord High School football team did not advance out of pool play at Saturday's Under Armour 7-on-7 Northeast Regional, as was originally announced at the event (and reported).

There was confusion when Concord, Lebanon and St. Johnsbury (Vt.) each finished with a 2-2 record in pool play. Two teams from each pool advanced to the single-elimination portion of the tournament.

Concord, Lebanon and St. Johnsbury each went 1-1 in head-to-head competition. The second tiebreaker, points scored, eliminated Lebanon. Concord and St. Johnsbury scored the same number of points, but St. Johnsbury advanced because it beat Concord head to head.

"If Concord had scored one more point they would have moved on," tournament director Steve Dembowski said. 

After pool play it was announced that Concord had advanced, but was replaced by St. Johnsbury because Concord had left Exeter High School -- the tournament's site -- thinking (correctly) that it had lost the tiebreaker.

As it turned out, St. Johnsbury advanced out of pool play via the second tiebreaker, not because Concord had left early.

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July 21, 2014

Sanbornton's Preston named preseason All-American

Lake Forest College's John Preston, a Sanbornton resident, has been named to the USA Network's USA College Football 2014 Preseason All-America Team. Lake Forest is a Division III school located in Lake Forest, Ill.

Preston, a senior linebacker, was a First Team All-Midwest Conference selection in 2013 after leading Lake Forest with 72 tackles. He also recorded a team-high four interceptions, forced a fumble and had one fumble recovery. He recorded at least four tackles in each of Lake Forest's 10 games and had at least eight tackles in seven of those games.

Despite moving from fullback to linebacker during his freshman season, Preston has made 193 tackles in his career, including 15 tackles for loss and three sacks. He was named MWC Defensive Performer of the Week as a freshman and earned D3football.com Team of the Week honors last season.

Lake Forest is coming off back-to-back 8-2 seasons and has won 15 of 18 league games during that span.

Preston was an all-state player at Bishop Brady High School before he transferred to Tabor Academy.

July 19, 2014

St. John's Prep wins UA North Regional at Exeter

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St. John's Prep of Danvers, Mass., topped a field of 40 teams to win the Under Armour 7-on-7 tournament's North Regional at Exeter High School on Saturday.

St. John's Prep beat Tewksbury, Mass., 16-8 in the championship game. Boston College-bound tight end Jake Burt caught a TD pass for St. John's Prep in that victory.

York, Maine, and Winthrop, Mass., were the other teams that reached the semifinals.

Four New Hampshire teams -- Kennett, Timberlane, Windham and Merrimack Valley -- advanced out of pool play and into the Round of 16. 

Kennett and Windham each reached the quarterfinals. Winthrop, Mass., beat Kennett, and Tewksbury eliminated Windham. Kennett and Windham each went 4-0 in pool play.

Exeter, Goffstown, West, Pembroke, Portsmouth, Lebanon, Dover, Memorial, St. Thomas, Londonderry, Winnacunnet and John Stark are the other New Hampshire teams that competed in the event.

By reaching the North Regional championship game, St. John's Prep and Tewksbury each advanced to the New England championship, which will be held at Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody, Mass., on July 30. The finalists from each of three regionals, plus four wildcard teams will fill the New England championship's 10-team field.
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July 16, 2014

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QB camp will be held in Windham

Complete QB logo.pngLooking to sharpen your skills as a quarterback before the 2014 season? If so, the Complete QB Quarterback Development Camp may be for you.

The Complete QB camp will be held at Windham High School on Aug. 2-3, and is open to those entering grades 4-12. A Complete QB t-shirt, a camp manual and a Hudl account are included as part of the $250 registration cost. 

Walk-in registrations will be accepted on the first day of camp for an additional fee of $50.

For more information on the camp or to register, visit www.completeqb.com.

Space available for Alvirne TD Club golf tournament

Alvirne Golf Tourney.pngThe Alvirne Touchdown Club Golf Tournament will be held Aug. 4 at the Overlook Golf Course in Hollis. The tournament is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.

The fees are $125 per player and $500 for a foursome. Golf, a cart and lunch are included. 
Hole sponsorships are also available for $100.  

Anyone interested can contact Alvirne TD Club President Paul Masotta at:  paulmasotta@yahoo.com 603.879.9211. You can also register online by visiting  www.AlvirneBroncosFootball.org 

July 14, 2014

Top talent will be in Exeter

Here are some of the top players from teams that will be competing in Saturday's Northeast 7-on-7 North Regional at Exeter High School:

Top Players
Zach DubielQBBonny Eagle
Led Bonny Eagle to Class A state championship last season. Also an all-state DB.
Robbie LawQBConcord
Set school record with 1,623 passing yards last season. No INTs in 12 games.
Jake BurtTESt. John's Prep
Committed to Boston College.
Ivan NiyomugaboQBMerrimack Valley
Picked up an offer from St. Anselm last month. Drawing FCS interest.
Gerry NvuleTE/DEBuckingham, Browne & NIchols
Has offers from Holy Cross and UMass.
James SullivanRB/DBTewksbury
Had 1,282 yards rushing (21 TDs) and 250 yards receiving (2 TDs) for D3 champs
Nick AndreasQBDanvers
Maine, UMass and UConn among schools showing interest in dual-threat QB
Jack CampsmithQBChelmsford
Three-sport athlete is also a standout in basketball and baseball

Pool play set for Northeast 7-on-7's North Regional

Here's how the 40-team field will be divided for Saturday's Northeast 7-on-7 North Regional at Exeter High School:

POOL A: Exeter, Methuen (Mass.), Goffstown, York (Maine), Longmeadow (Mass.)
POOL B: Manchester West, Kennett, Greater Lawrence (Mass.), Pembroke, North Middlesex (Mass.).
POOL C: Portsmouth, Timberlane, Wakefield (Mass.), Haverhill (Mass.), Bonny Eagle (Maine).
POOL D: Concord, Lebanon, Winthop (Mass.), Mahar (Mass.), St. Johnsbury Academy (Vermont).
POOL E: Dover, Merrimack Valley, Marshwood (Maine), Swampscott (Mass.), Cathedral-Springfield (Mass.).
POOL F: Manchester Memorial, Windham, St. John's Prep (Mass.), Chelmsford (Mass.), Leavitt (Maine).
POOL G: St. Thomas, BB&N (Mass.), Londonderry, Danvers (Mass.), Wells (Maine).
POOL H: Winnacunnet, Tewksbury (Mass.), John Stark, Salem (Mass.), Massabesic.

Click on the following link to see the event's complete schedule: 

July 13, 2014

Kennett wins inaugural Granite State Lineman Challenge

Nine teams and 71 players competed in Saturday's Granite State Lineman Challenge. Here are the team and individual results: 

Kennett High School*66 points
Londonderry High School (1)66 points
Pembroke Academy 58 points
Concord High School47 points
Nashua South47 points
Nashua North (1)44 points
Merrimack High School34 points
Merrimack Valley High School33 points
Manchester Memorial 32 points
Londonderry (2)31 points
Londonderry (3)20 points
Nashua North (2)19 points
* Kennett won tiebreaker with Londonderry (1).

Mike Patnode (Pembroke) 51 points
Jake Szulc (Concord) 43 points
Kris Skinner (Concord) 38 points
Shane Gillen (Pembroke) 27 points
Nick Sherwood (Kennett) 27 points
Mike St. Jacques (Pembroke) 25 points
Josh Brathwaite (Londonderry 1) 22 points
Taylor Smith (Londonderry 1) 22 points
Jacob Cameron (Kennett) 21 points
Matt Freda (Londonderry 1) 20 points
Jason Lessard (Pembroke) 17 points
Steven Holmes (Merrimack Valley) 16 points
Joel Symes (Nashua North) 16 points
Jon Contreras (Concord) 14 points
Trevor Harvey (Merrimack Valley) 13 points
John Plante (Merrimack Valley) 12 points
Tyler Eaton (Kennett) 11 points
Clay Legault (Memorial) 10 points
Zel Kerkel (Merrimack Valley) 9 points
Tim Whitehead (Londonderry 1) 9 points
Nick Barberra (Londonderry 1) 8 points
John Hixon (Nashua South) 8 points
Steve Lambert (Nashua North 2) 8 points
Mike Muchemore (Nashua North 1) 7 points
Cameron Reddy  (Londonderry 2) 7 points
Antonio DeJesus (Nashua South) 5 points
Matt Lavallee (Nashua North 1) 5 points
Sean Psaledas (Londonderry 1) 5 points
Will Scharlotte (Concord) 4 points
Owen Armbricht (Pembroke) 3 points
Reece Moore (Merrimack) 3 points
Casey Sandman (Kennett) 3 points
Jason Theriault (Merrimack) 3 points
James Benoit (Nashua North 2) 2 points
Justin Devanna (Merrimack) 1 point
Tyler Grant (Londonderry 3) 1 point