NH College Notebook: UConn's Dubois receives preseason softball accolades
The online publication College Sports Madness recently named Mont Vernon's Jacklyn Dubois to its preseason all-American Athletic Conference team.
A University of Connecticut sophomore and Bishop Guertin High School of Nashua graduate, Dubois last year appeared in 36 games and started 33 for at catcher or designated hitter, compiling a .284 batting average, fourth-highest on the team. Among her 25 hits were three doubles and six home runs. She also scored 21 runs and drove in 18.
Dubois and the Huskies open their 2014 season Friday with games against Hofstra and DePaul at Clearwater, Fla.
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FORMER Manchester Memorial High and Kimball Union Academy of Plainfield forward Peguy Ngatcha recently accepted a scholarship offer from Wright State University of Dayton, Ohio.
A native of Cameroon, Ngatch currently is attending Northwestern Ohio, an NAIA school, where he played in 20 of 21 games last fall and scored 15 goals.
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St. Anselm's men's and women's ice hockey programs combined to raise more $10,200 during their "Pink in the Rink" event, held last month. After offsetting costs, the Hawks will be donating $5,200 to the Breast Cancer Research Wing at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. The two-day event saw close to 2,000 fans fill the Thomas F. Sullivan Arena throughout the weekend to help raise funds and awareness to combat breast cancer.
Both teams' players donned pink jerseys at each of their two games Friday and Saturday, in addition to pink accents in their game-day apparel and equipment. The women's jerseys, predominately pink with white piping down the sides, were donated by Hawks booster Bob Rotondo.
During the intermission in each of the four games, fans were able to participate in a special chuck-a-puck contest. Fans threw specially-numbered pucks onto the ice surface from their seats and the person closest to center ice took home a prize, including a snowboard, a cooler, and lift tickets. The prizes were donated by Tom Bullock of Amoskeag Beverages, headquartered in Bow.
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The Southern New Hampshire University softball team was picked to repeat its first place finish this season in the Northeast Division of Northeast-10 Conference Coaches' Preseason Poll. SNHU received 13 out of 15 first place nods for 104 points to earn the overall top spot in the poll.
The University of New Haven and Adelphi University tied for the first place spot in the Southwest Division, earning seven and six first place votes, respectively.
On the Northeast side, Stonehill College was chosen to finish second with one first place vote and 83 points, while Merrimack College, Saint Anselm College, and Assumption College round out the top five in the division. Franklin Pierce was selected seventh.
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