CHaD All-Star Football Game Moving to August 1
Date change necessitated by COVID-19 pandemic
BEDFORD – Due to the uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) is moving its annual all-star football game to Saturday, Aug. 1. The move is based on a desire to play the CHaD NH East-West High School All-Star Football Game under as normal circumstances as possible.
The new game date is the only change to the fundraiser that has generated over $2 million for CHaD over the last eight years, thanks in part to the efforts of the lead underwriter, Bedford and Nashua Ambulatory Surgical Centers. Kick-off will remain 4 p.m. at Grappone Stadium on the campus of Saint Anselm College. It will still feature more than 80 of the best players and over 20 outstanding coaches from across New Hampshire.
“There were many factors that went into the decision to move this event from June to August, paramount among them the safety of our players, fans, and community.” said Dr. Keith Loud, physician-in-chief at CHaD. “But we also wanted to acknowledge and reward these seniors for their outstanding high school careers and their fundraising efforts for CHaD. Many of them are experiencing a very different spring than previous high school classes and we felt it was important to do our best to provide this opportunity for them.
“It is, however, important to note that health and safety will always lead the discussion on the status of the game. While trends are moving in the right direction, we will continue to monitor the situation over the coming months. If physical distancing measures need to remain intact, we will make the appropriate decisions when necessary. Fundraising for CHaD is critical to operations but we will not play the game if there is a health risk to players, fans, volunteers, and the community.”
The original game date was June 27, following the graduation of these all-stars. Now, the game will be held days before players head off to the next phase of their lives, whether college, the workforce, or the armed services. The new date will also give players the opportunity to reschedule fundraising events they planned before stay-at-home orders were issued in late March. These were expected to be big fundraisers for the players, who have already raised over $38,000 for the game.
Fans who purchased tickets to the game already will receive new tickets in the mail in the coming weeks. Fans interested in supporting CHaD on the new day can visit CHaDAllStarFootball.org to get their tickets today. Tickets are $10 each for general admission.
Ticket purchases can be credited to individual players to support their fundraising mission. Fans can also make a donation to their favorite all-star (or a player from their community) while visiting the website, CHaDAllStarFootball.org.
Souhegan Boys Basketball Held Banquet over Zoom with Great Attendance From All 3 Teams
Offensive player of the year – Matt Canavan
Defensive player of the year – Madux McGrath
Coaches Award – Zavier Lawrence
Saber Award – Charlie Maroun
Offensive player of the year – Matt McCool
Defensive player of the year – Mike Maroun
Most Improved Player – Dawson Hamele
Coaches Award – Curtis Redd
Tony Barksdale Award – Bryce Desmarais
Sportsmanship Award – Matt McCool
Nashua Telegraph Honors
Matt McCool – 2nd team all state, 1st team NH sports page, and 1st team
Curtis Redd – Honorable mention team
Mike Maroun – Honorable mention team
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Area Swimmers from Executive Swim Club Competed in New England Championship Meets.
MANCHESTER – Over the weekend of February 27-March 1, swimmers competed at the New England Age Group Championships at WPI for ages 11-14. The meet was represented by over 60 teams throughout New England. Sean Bailey was a top ten finisher in the 200 Butterfly (2:08.43), as well as high finishes in the 50 Freestyle (23.43) and 100 Freestyle (51.55). Ethan Steichen was also a A finalist (top 10) for the 11-12 age group (100 Backstroke 1:04.69 and 200 Backstroke (2:18.65). William Erdtmann was an A finalist in the 200 Butterfly (2:25.22), as was Andrew Gordon, 12 (50 Backstroke, 30.85) and Jessica Black, 11, (200 Butterfly, 2:27.05). Qualifying for B finals (places 11-20) were: Meredith Lubelczyk of (100 Breaststroke, 1:09.68 and also qualifying for New England Seniors), Morgan Daudier (100 Backstroke), Kylie Donoghue (100 and 200 Breaststroke), Josh McDonald (100 Butterfly), and Noah Richardson (200 Butterfly). Also qualifying for the competition was Evan Allen (50 and 100 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, 100 Breaststroke, and Butterfly), Ela Goucher (50 Freestyle), Ian Hinsley (1000 Freestyle), Garrett Lande (50 Backstroke), Audrey Sambrook (50 Freestyle), Milena Whitney (100 and 200 Breaststroke), Jake Oliviero (50 and 100 Freestyle, 50 and 100 Backstroke). Swimming on relay teams were: Andrew Bilsbury, Maxwell Bilsbury, Jack Dorsey, Reed Erdtmann, Edward Goucher, Emmie Goucher, and Logan Pray. March 6-8 was the same meet for ages 15-18, again at WPI. Winning events for the Executive were Matthew Crane in the 50 and 200 Freestyles (21.20/1:41.34), Jack Januario in the 1000 Freestyle (9:28.08) and Allegra Walker (200 Breaststroke 2:17.06). Januario and Crane combined with Cameron Watelet of and Ivan Dodor to win the
400 Medley Relay (3:28.11). The other first place finish for Executive Swim Club was the 200 Freestyle mixed relay of Crane, Watelet, Grace Walker, and Isabelle Tagliaferro who set a New England record of 1:29.44. Also competing in finals were: Kyra Chen (200 and 500 Freestyle), Milo Clement (200 Breaststroke), Connor Donoghue (1000 and 1650 Freestyle, 400 IM), Alex Estano (100 Butterfly), Sam Granger (100 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke), Victoria Novinskiy (200 Butterfly, 100 and 200 Backstroke, 400 IM), Connor Quirbach (100 and 200 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke), Mario Rodriguez Santana (1000,1650 Freestyle, 100 and 200 Backstroke), Emma Schulman (100 and 200 Butterfly, 200 and 500 Freestyle), Olivia Shusta (500 Freestyle), Matthew Song (200 Butterfly, 400 IM), and Katie Witkop of (100 Butterfly, 100 and 200 Breaststroke). Also competing for the meet was Jerry Xu, Scott Anderson, Katie Dominici, Jack Buffett, Gavin Duhamel, Abigail Gribbin of Tyngsboro, Kylie Hoar, and Katelyn Rakiey.
The Ten and Under swimmers of Executive had their New England Championship meet February 21-23 at the University of New Hampshire. Patten Bilsbury scored in the 100 Backstroke (1:12.88), and swam in six other individual events. Helena Smart, 10, swam in four individual events, highlighted by her 50 Freestyle (30.32). Also competing for Executive were: Caden Chang of, James DiNardi, Samuel Erdtmann, Brooks Hardie, and Kylie Vaske.
The Executive Swim Club is gearing up for the long course season. They train at both the Executive Health and Sports Club in Manchester, and The University of Lowell-Massachusetts.