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NH College Notebook: Merrimack High grad Carter shines for Salem State

January 18. 2014 8:56PM

Merrimack High School graduate Rachael Carter began the weekend as the leading scorer in Mass. State College Athletic Association women's basketball - and she led by a lot. Through 14 games, Carter, who plays for Salem State, was averaging 20.1 points, with Fitchburg State's Amy Fahey second at 15.4.

A 5-foot, 8-inch junior guard, Carter also was second in the conference in rebounding, averaging 8.4 per game.

With 905 career points entering Saturday's game against Westfield State, Carter was on pace to become the 18th Salem State woman to reach the 1,000 mark. Her career average of 15.1 ppg was second on the school's all-time list, trailing only 1986 graduate Evelyn Oquendo's 15.9.

Oquendo also ranks first on Salem State's all-time points list, with 1,738.

Carter will return to her home state this Thursday to play against Rivier University in Nashua at 7 p.m. in what is likely to be a tough test. Through Friday, Salem State was 5-9 overall, 0-2 in the MSCAA. Rivier was 10-3 overall, 1-0 in the North Atlantic Conference.

Rivier also is led by a junior guard from New Hampshire, Alvirne High of Hudson graduate Deanna Purcell, who entered Saturday's game at Suffolk University averaging 17.2 ppg.

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AFTER a month-long break from competition between semesters, Tufts University senior Jana Hieber of Goffstown performed well last weekend at the Dartmouth Relays, placing third overall and second among collegians in the long jump, with a leap of 17 feet 9.5 inches. She also placed 12th in the 60-meter hurdles, with a time of 9.53 seconds.

A four-time NCAA Division III All-American (twice each in the indoor track and field pentathlon and the outdoor 400-meter hurdles), Hieber is considered a strong contender for a national championship in the pentathlon this winter.

Track and field is just one facet of Hieber's very active college life. Carrying a double-major of music and anthropology, she also performs with the Tufts Chamber Singers and Torn Ticket II, a student-run musical theater troupe. In addition to all that, she spent the fall semester studying abroad in Spain.

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ABE OSHEYACK has some big shoes to fill at his alma mater, Keene State College. Who's Abe Osheyack?, you ask. He's the man picked to replace KSC sports information director Stuart Kaufman, who has ably and graciously filled that role for 21 years.

The first full-time SID at Keene State, Kaufman is moving into a writer/editor position in the college's Marketing and Communications Department, with Osheyack succeeding him on Jan. 27.

"I'm unbelievably thrilled to be coming back to Keene State College," Osheyack said in a release. "Not many people get the chance to return to their alma mater, and for me, it's a humbling and exciting prospect."

Osheyack comes to Keene State from Smith College, where he's been the sports information director since August 2010.

"We look forward to Abe returning to Keene State," said John Ratliff, the school's athletics director. "Replacing a person of Stuart Kaufman's stature would be hard for anyone, but Abe has the experience and the affinity for Keene State that make him the perfect fit for Keene State Athletics."

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LEADING the No.5 team in the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision in recptions has proved rewarding for University of New Hampshire junior R.J. Harris, who was named a College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America Team honorable mention selection on Wednesday.

That's the second All-America honorable mention honor this season for Harris, who received that accolade from Beyond Sports Network in December. His other 2013 honors include All-New England Team and CAA All-Conference First Team.

A resident of Odenton, Md., Harris led UNH in receptions (76), receptions per game (6.3) and receiving yards per game (83.7) despite missing three games due to injury. He ranked 20th in the nation in receptions per game and 31st in receiving yards per game. Harris was second on the team in receiving yards (1,004) and receiving touchdowns (5). He also carried the ball 12 times for 127 yards with one TD.

Harris' best performance came after a three-game absence, when he returned Nov. 9 against nationally ranked James Madison University and recorded 10 catches for 183 yards with three TDs in a 33-17 UNH victory.

On the Wildcats' list of single-season superlatives, Harris' 76 receptions is No. 6, while his 1,004 receiving yards is No. 9. On UNH's all-time leader board, he ranks No. 2 in career receptions (210) and No. 5 in receiving yards (2,777).

"College Notebook" is compiled by the New Hampshire Union Leader staff and published weekly in the New Hampshire Sunday News. Email submissions to and include "College Notebook" in the subject field.

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