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Athlete of the Month: Portsmouth's Rick Holt a man for two seasons
"Dad would always say he played for Division I Portsmouth and won a football title in 1981," said son Rick. "Well let's just say the shoe is on the other foot."
After throwing a complete game victory to lead Portsmouth past Goffstown for the NHIAA Division II state baseball championship and being called the best player on the football field by the opposing head coach who won the annual ChaD New Hampshire East-West High School All-Star Game, Holt was selected as the Apple Therapy Services/Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center New Hampshire Union Leader Athlete of the Month for June.
There was a three-way tie for second place between track and field athletes Emma Checovich of Winnacunnet of Hampton and Betsy Garnick of Bishop Guertin of Nashua, and golfer Lauren Thibodeau of Hampstead. Each of the three collected 12 points.
"That was probably one of my best high school games on the mound," said Holt. "Once we won the title, I made the decision to call it quits in baseball and concentrate on football. I figured there was no better way to go out in baseball than to win the state title."
His performance helped him earn Athlete of the Month honors for the second time, the first having come after he pitched Portsmouth Little League to a state championship in 2007.
"My family and I enjoyed the banquet the first time, and I'm looking forward to going back," Holt said.
He said he hasn't discussed his role at UNH with McDonnell and doesn't know if he'll play right away or redshirt his freshman season.
He plans to major in business administration, possibly with a minor in communications.
Garnick, a senior, broke her own state record at the NHIAA Outdoor Track and Field Meet of Champions on June 1. She set the record of 14.24 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles and broke that record a week later in 14.20 seconds in the New England Interscholastic Championships at New Britain, Conn. She owned the previous mark of 14.27, set in 2012. She also won the state long jump championship, with a leap of 17 feet, 10.75 inches.
In golf, 13-year-old Thibodeau birdied five straight holes en route to a tourney-record score of 2-under-par 71 at Manchester's Intervale Country Club. That made her to became the first golfer to win three straight New Hampshire Women's Golf Association Junior Championships.
Previous 2013 winners: January — Sean Dohert, Conway, biathlon; February — Drew Ledwith, Keene, swimming; March — Kaleb Tarczewski, Claremont, basketball; April — Mariah Crisp, Greenland, softball, and Eric Jensen, Gorham, baseball; May — Carson Cross, Brentwood, baseball.
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