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May 30. 2014 9:40PM

JV lacrosse coaches at Manchester High Central granted stipends

Manchester High Central's junior varsity lacrosse coaches granted stipends

05/29/14 Southside Middle School's Razvan Ionescu, center, leads the field on his way to winning 100-meter hurdles heat during the Manchester Middle School Track and Field Championships at Livingston Park on Thursday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)

Bishop Guertin catcher Tori Dubois puts out Timerland Owls Izzy Theberge in a close play at home plate duirng thier game on Thursday afternoon in Nashua. Bruce Preston / Union Leader 

THE CITY school board’s athletics committee recently approved a proposal to pay Manchester High Central’s boys’ and girls’ junior varsity lacrosse head coaches.

“We’ve had JV teams at Central for a few years, but our coaches were hired on a volunteer basis,” said city athletics director Chris Donovan. “The numbers are strong at Central, and it was time to pay our JV coaches just like we do in other sports.”Morgan Lemmon heads a girls’ JV program that includes 41 players, according to Donovan, while boys’ JV coach Chris Sutton is in charge of 45 athletes.

05/29/14 McLaughlin Middle School's Haleigh Shea clears 4 feet 2 inches in the high jump during the Manchester Middle School Track and Field Championships at Livingston Park on Thursday. Thomas Roy/Union Leader 

Manchester Memorial High currently doesn’t have enough lacrosse players to field a JV team for the boys or girls. West doesn’t have a girls’ varsity team and doesn’t have enough players to field a boys’ JV program. According to Donovan, West has 25 kids playing boys’ lacrosse. Memorial has 22 boys and 27 girls playing in its program.

05/29/14 McLaughlin Middle School eighth-grader Tove Boire pulls away from the field on her way to winning her 100-meter hurdles heat during the Manchester Middle School Track and Field Championships at Livingston Park on Thursday. Thomas Roy/Union Leader 

The committee agreed that if Memorial and West reach the number of players Central has, it will approve and fund JV programs, including head coaches, at those schools.

“The money to pay the coaches will come out of my athletics budget,” said Donovan. He declined to reveal what the JV coaches are being paid, saying, “It’s a stipend, and it’s my understanding stipends are not supposed to be public information.”

Donovan also said he is looking into restoring stipends for varsity hockey assistant coaches, to comply with a longtime agreement between the school board.

Currently, according to Donovan, the only paid varsity assistants are coaches in the football and indoor and outdoor track and field programs.

THE NEW Hampshire American Legion baseball season officially starts Wednesday, June 11. On Friday, June 6, at the Derryfield Country Club, Sweeney Post of Manchester will hold its 15th annual John “Jumbo” Reilly Golf Tournament. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the baseball team. The shot gun start is 8 a.m.

Registration fee is $100 per player, which covers greens fees, cart rental and a barbecue dinner. The field is limited to 120 players.

Organizers are seeking sponsors, at $100 per hole and $200 for inclusion on the event T-shirt. For more information, contact Sweeney Post athletics director Paul Lemire at 234-1326.

THE Manchester Parks and Recreation Division will conduct tryouts for the Hershey Track Meet on Tuesday at Livingston Park. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by competition at 6 p.m. Tryouts are for boys and girls ages 9-14 as of Dec. 31, 2014.

Events in the 9-10-year-old age group include the 50-, 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes, along with the standing long jump and softball throw. Events are the same for the 11- and 12-year-olds, except there’s no 50-meter dash. Events for the 13- and 14-year-olds include the 100- 200-meter dashes, the 800- and 1,600-meter runs, the standing long jump and softball throw.

For more information call Brenda Dwyer at 665-6817.

The New Hampshire Softball Coaches Association will host the 30th annual Granite State Games at Padden Field in Manchester on Wednesday, June 18, at 5 p.m. A rain date is set for June 25.

Top senior softball players from each of the four NHIAA high school divisions will compete in the round-robin tournament. Between games, awards will be presented to the coaches and players.

“City Sports” is published Saturdays in the New Hampshire Union Leader. Email staff reporter John Habib at

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