July 28, 2015

Shrine Camp: Day 4

Roger Brown

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It was media day for the New Hampshire and Vermont Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl teams Tuesday, but not a lot of New Hampshire media members made the long trek to Castleton State College.

"Not a lot of love for the New Hampshire people," New Hampshire coach Greg Gush said. 'I got a lot of questions about picking this team after the CHaD teams were selected, and the general feeling I get from the Vermont people is this is going to be a blowout. They think this is their year, but I couldn't be happier with what we have. I think we have a pretty solid team."

The 62nd Annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl will be played Saturday at Castleton State (5:30 p.m.). New Hampshire, which will be looking to stretch its winning streak to 15 games, has a 46-13-2 edge in the series.

"I know they're going to be well-coached," Gush said. "Defending the option is assignment football. We'll have to play well."

Because of the time taken up by media day and the heat, a classroom session replaced one of New Hampshire's outdoor practices Tuesday. Gush said the team will wear full pads for a portion of Wednesday's practices.

"They don't have to learn how to hit," Gush said. "They're like rabid dogs. We'll give them a little more (live contact) Wednesday, and that will be it until Saturday." 
Tickets to Saturday's game can be purchased online at www.shrinemaplesugarbowl.com, or by calling (603) 448-1042. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on game day. ... Gush said he may be ready to name New Hampshire's starters Wednesday. He stressed that regardless of who starts, he expects everybody to play significant minutes during Saturday's game.. ... Vermont quarterback Austin Robinson ran the same option attack at Middlebury that Vermont is expected to run Saturday. Robinson completed 35 of 55 pass attempts for 532 yards and 12 TDs (three interceptions) last season, when he also ran for 567 yards and 12 TDs.

UNH selected third in CAA poll

Predicted Order of Finish (1st-place votes)
1. Villanova
2. James Madison
3. New Hampshire
4. William & Mary
5. Richmond
6. Delaware
7. Maine
8. Stony Brook
9. Towson
10. Albany
11. Rhode Island
12. Elon

Timberlane will compete for 7-on-7 title Wednesday

Roger Brown

Timberlane is one of 10 teams that will compete for the Under Armour Northeast 7-on-7 New England Championship on Wednesday (4-9 p.m.) at Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody, Mass.

The finalists from each of the tournament's three regional events earned an automatic berth in the championship field. Timberlane, which lost to Billerica, Mass., in the North Regional, is one of five wildcard teams that was selected. Timberlane is the only team from New Hampshire in the event.

The field:
Billerica (North champion)
Buckingham Browne & Nichols (East champion, North runner-up)
Newton South (South champion)
Foxboro (South runner-up)
Milton (East runner-up)
Timberlane (wildcard/North)
Stoughton (wildcard/South)
St. John Paul (wildcard/South)
Revere (wildcard/East)
Algonquin (wildcard/South/East)

The teams will be divided into two five-team pools and play four 20-minute games. The top two teams from each pool will advance to the semifinals. Timberlane's pool includes St. John Paul, Stoughton, Billerica and Milton.

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QB camp will be held in Windham

Complete QB logo.pngLooking to sharpen your skills as a quarterback before the 2015 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 Saturday and Sunday, 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.

Media Blitz: UNH stadium remains on schedule

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July 27, 2015

Shrine Camp: Day 3

Roger Brown

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The New Hampshire Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl team voted on team captains Sunday, and New Hampshire coach Greg Gush announced the captains Monday. New Hampshire will have four captains:

Jeff Madden, PK, (Kingswood)
Kyle Gaudet, WR/DE (Gilford)
Christian Kamacho, MLB (Campbell)
Will Scharlotte, MLB/OL (Concord)

Madden earned his spot as a captain by being the team's top fundraiser.

"The kids kind of gravitated toward them," Gush said. "I'm not surprised at all that the kids selected the other three and that those four will be representing them."

New Hampshire will take on Vermont in Saturday's 62nd annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl at Castleton State College (5:30 p.m.). New Hampshire has won the last 14 games and leads the series 46-13-2.

New Hampshire practiced in full pads for the first time during Monday's third practice session. Gush said Timberlane's Brian Lonergan stood out Monday. Lonergan will play noseguard in Saturday's game.

"He's 5-10, 185, but he looks like he's chiseled out of granite," Gush said. "He's a wrestler, and he's extremely fast off the ball. We anticipate him having a big game for us."

Gush said John Stark's Jacob Sawyer and Bishop Guertin's David Hanna will see significant time at defensive tackle.

Media Day will be held for both teams today.
Tickets to Saturday's game can be purchased online at www.shrinemaplesugarbowl.com, or by calling (603) 448-1042. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on game day. ... Gush said Winnacunnet's Sean Cotter will be New Hampshire's punter. ...The first Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl was held at Nashua's Holman Stadium in 1954. ... Salem's Max Jacques holds the game's rushing record. Jacques ran for 248 yards in the 2011 game.

July 26, 2015

Shrine Camp: Day 2

Roger Brown

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In more years than not, the New Hampshire Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl team's offense has done most of its work on the ground. That may not be the case this year. 

New Hampshire coach Greg Gush likes to call passing plays and plans to call quite a few Saturday, when New Hampshire faces Vermont in the 62nd annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl at Castleton State College (5:30 p.m.).

"We like to run 50 to 60 plays and we're hoping to throw the ball 30 times," Gush said following New Hampshire's third practice session Sunday. "We're gonna run the Spread (offense). We'll be two by two, three by one, empty with quads on one side and one receiver on the other. We're gonna throw everything at them." 

New Hampshire could use as many as three quarterbacks in Saturday's game: Pinkerton Academy's Jack Hanaway, Bishop Brady's Brendan Johnson and Portsmouth's Connor DiCesare. Gush said Kyle Manning, his quarterback at Campbell, will likely be used on defense.

"They all come to the table with strengths," Gush said. "We could change quarterbacks each series."

Gush said the New Hampshire team is deep at the receiver position. He mentioned Kyle Gaudet (Gilford), Kevin Gould (St. Thomas) and Andrew Stevens (Alvirne) as receivers who could have a productive day Saturday.

"We're certainly not lacking people who can catch the football," Gush said

Tickets to Saturday's game can be purchased online at www.shrinemaplesugarbowl.com, or by calling (603) 448-1042. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on game day. ... New Hampshire will be trying to stretch its winning streak to 15 games Saturday. ... Jeff Madden (Kingswood) will be New Hampshire's kicker. ... Media day will be held Tuesday, limiting New Hampshire to two practices that day.

July 25, 2015

Shrine Camp: Day 1

Roger Brown

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The New Hampshire and Vermont Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl teams reported for practice at Castleton State College on Saturday. After the players underwent physicals, New Hampshire held two practice sessions. 

"It was a very encouraging first day," New Hampshire coach Greg Gush said. "During the first session we worked on defense and a little bit of special teams, and the second session was offense and special teams. We really like the group we have up here."

Gush said New Hampshire will hold three practices per day on most days this week. New Hampshire is scheduled to practice today from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m., 2-4 p.m. and 6:15-8:15. This year's game will be played Saturday at Castleton State. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

New Hampshire will run a spread offense. Gush said the defense will offer several different looks.

"We could run a bunch of plays by the end of the day," Gush said. "At the end of practice we run 50 plays as quickly as we can. Part of that is conditioning and we did that in about 12 minutes. By the end of the week we'd like to have it under nine minutes.

Gush said Gilford wide receiver/defensive end Kyle Gaudet is one of the Division III players who looked impressive. "It's clear that he hasn't avoided the weight room since he got done playing," Gush said. "He catches everything thrown at him. He's a player. No doubt about it."

Most of the players on the New Hampshire roster are practicing a position on each side of the ball. Gush said he should have an idea who will be the team's offensive and defensive starters by Wednesday.

"I want to make sure I give everybody a fair shake," he said.

Tickets to Saturday's game can be purchased online at www.shrinemaplesugarbowl.com, or by calling (603) 448-1042. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on game day. ... New Hampshire has won the last 14 games and has a 46-13-2 edge in the series. ... This is the first time the game will be play at Castleton State.

For more news about the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl and football in New Hampshire, follow Roger Brown on Twitter: @603SportsMedia.

July 24, 2015

Skills camp at Memorial approaching

Memorial logo.pngThere will be a skills-and-conditioning camp at Manchester Memorial's Chabot/McDonough Field on Monday through Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m. each night.

The camp will be run by Manchester Memorial head coach Peter Colcord and his staff. The camp is open to any player age 8 through those entering their senior year in high school. The cost is $50 for all four sessions.

For more information or to register, contact Colcord at coachcolcord@yahoo.com or by calling 867-0757.

July 23, 2015

UNH returns to practice Aug. 6

Allen Lessels
UNH Insider

UNH logo.jpgA little of this and a little of that . . . It's coming. And fast.

Does it seem like the summer is slip-sliding away at a quickening pace?

This bit of news likely won't make things slow down at all: The CAA's Football Media Day is set for Tuesday in Baltimore.

UNH coach Sean McDonnell and two of his three captains, quarterback Sean Goldrich and linebacker Akil Anderson - the third is defensive tackle Julian Turner - will head to Baltimore that day, do a round of interviews and find out where their team has been picked in the league's pre-season poll.

It's one of the early signs that the 2015-2016 school year and all sorts of UNH athletics seasons will soon be here.

"Summer's coming to a quick close," McDonnell said. "You get through the fourth of July, next thing you know it's the 12th and then the 16th and the 20th and it's about time for the kids to come in. It's going fast."

McDonnell's players, many of whom are on campus now participating in optional conditioning programs and workouts, report to fall camp on Aug. 6 and UNH's own Media Day is Aug. 8.

The Wildcats open the 2015 season with a night game at San Jose State on Sept. 3, six weeks from this Thursday.

UNH plays its first three games on the road. After San Jose State, the Wildcats are at Colgate on Sept. 12 and at Stony Brook on Sept. 19.

The first of five home games is Sept. 26 against Central Connecticut at 6 p.m. The other home games are against Elon on Oct. 3 at 3:30, against Rhode Island on Oct. 31 at 1 p.m., against Richmond on Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. and against Maine on Nov. 21 at 1 p.m.
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