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Granite State Games turn 4: Tennis added to the sports mix as competition starts Monday

By ALEX HALL
New Hampshire Union Leader

June 15. 2018 11:11PM
Members of the Lakes Region Team take the field in the first Granite State Games in 2015. (UNION LEADER FILE PHOTO)
Granite State Games Schedule
BASEBALL

Monday:
Southern vs. Coastal, 4:30 p.m., Derryfield
Lakes vs. Monadnock, 4:30 p.m., St. Anselm
Lakes vs. Coastal, 6:30 p.m., Derryfield
Southern vs. Monadnock, 6:30 p.m., St. Anselm

Tuesday:
Lakes vs. Southern, 4:30 p.m., Derryfield
Coastal vs. Monadnock, 6:30 p.m., Derryfield

Wednesday:
3 vs. 4 seed, 4:30 p.m., Derryfield
1 vs. 2 seed, 6:30 p.m., Derryfield

SOFTBALL

Monday:
Southern vs. Coastal, 4:30 p.m., Derryfield
Lakes vs. Monadnock, 6 p.m., Derryfield

Tuesday:
Monadnock vs. Southern, 4:30 p.m., Derryfield
Coastal vs. Lakes, 6 p.m., Derryfield

Wednesday:
Coastal vs. Monadnock, 4:30 p.m,. Derryfield
Southern vs. Lakes, 6 p.m., Derryfield

Thursday:
3 vs. 4 seed, 5 p.m., SNHU
1 vs. 2 seed, 6:30 p.m., SNHU

Sunday:
Red, white and blue game, 12:30 p.m., Derryfield

BOYS' SOCCER

Thursday:
Lakes vs. Monadnock, 5 p.m., SNHU

Friday:
Southern vs. Monadnock, 5 p.m., Derryfield
Lakes vs. Coastal, 6:30 p.m., Derryfield
Southern vs. Coastal, 8:15 p.m., Derryfield

Saturday:
Southern vs. Lakes, 10:30 a.m., Derryfield
Coastal vs. Monadnock, 11 a.m., SNHU
3 vs. 4 seed, 2 p.m., SNHU
1 vs. 2 seed, 3:30 p.m., SNHU

GIRLS' SOCCER

Thursday:
Coastal vs. Monadnock, 5 p.m., Derryfield
Southern vs. Lakes, 6:30 p.m., Derryfield

Friday:
Lakes vs. Coastal, 5 p.m., SNHU
Southern vs. Monadnock, 6:30 p.m., SNHU

Saturday:
Lakes vs. Monadnock, noon, Derryfield
Southern vs. Coastal, 12:30 p.m., SNHU
3 vs. 4 seed, 3:30 p.m., Derryfield
1 vs. 2 seed, 5 p.m., SNHU

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL

Thursday:
Coastal vs. Monadnock, 5 p.m., SNHU
Southern vs. Lakes, 6:30 p.m., SNHU

Friday:
Lakes vs. Monadnock, 5 p.m., SNHU
Southern vs. Coastal, 5 p.m., SNHU
Southern vs. Monadnock, 7 p.m., SNHU
Coastal vs. Lakes, 7 p.m., SNHU

Saturday:
3 vs. 4 seed, 9 a.m., SNHU
1 vs. 2 seed, 11 a.m., SNHU

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Thursday:
Southern vs. Lakes, 5 p.m., Derryfield
Lakes vs. Monadnock, 6:30 p.m., Derryfield
Southern vs. Monadnock, 8 p.m., Derryfield

Friday:
3 vs. 4 seed, 7:30 p.m., Derryfield

Saturday:
1 vs. 2 seed Game 1, 5 p.m.

Sunday:
1 vs. 2 seed Game 2, 10 a.m., SNHU
1 vs. 2 seed Game 3, 12:30 p.m., SNHU

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Thursday:
Monadnock vs. Lakes, 8 p.m., SNHU

Friday:
Lakes vs. Monadnock, 6 p.m., Derryfield

Saturday:
Championship, 3 p.m., SNHU

FIELD HOCKEY

Friday:
Southern vs. Coastal, 5 p.m., Derryfield
Lakes vs. Monadnock, 6 p.m., Derryfield

Saturday:
Southern vs. Monadnock, 9 a.m., SNHU
Lakes vs. Coastal, 10 a.m., SNHU
Southern vs. Lakes, 1:30 p.m., Derryfield
Coastal vs. Monadnock, 2:30 p.m., Derryfield

Sunday:
3 vs. 4 seed, 10 a.m., SNHU
1 vs. 2 seed, 11:20 a.m., SNHU

BOYS' TENNIS

Saturday:
Check-in and warmup, 11:30 a.m., Derryfield
Coastal vs. Southern, noon, Derryfield
Monadnock vs. Lakes, noon, Derryfield
Coastal vs. Lakes, 3 p.m., Derryfield
Monadnock vs. Southern, 3 p.m., Derryfield

Sunday:
Check-in and warmup, 11 a.m., Derryfield
Coastal vs. Southern, 11:30 a.m., Derryfield
Monadnock vs. Lakes, 11:30 a.m., Derryfield
Coastal vs. Lakes, 2 p.m., Derryfield
Monadnock vs. Southern, 2 p.m., Derryfield
Coastal vs. Monadnock, 3 p.m., Derryfield
Lakes vs. Southern, 3 p.m., Derryfield

GIRLS' TENNIS

Saturday:
Check-in and warmup, 8:30 a.m., Derryfield
Coastal vs. Monadnock, 9 a.m., Derryfield
Lakes vs. Southern, 9 a.m., Derryfield
Coastal vs. Southern, 10:30 a.m., Derryfield
Monadnock vs. Lakes, 10:30 a.m., Derryfield
Coastal vs. Lakes, 1:30 p.m., Derryfield
Monadnock vs. Southern, 1:30 p.m., Derryfield

Sunday:
Check-in and warmup, 9 a.m., Derryfield
Coastal vs. Monadnock, 9:30 a.m., Derryfield
Lakes vs. Southern, 9:30 a.m., Derryfield
Coastal vs. Southern, 10:30 a.m., Derryfield
Monadnock vs. Lakes, 10:30 a.m., Derryfield
Coastal vs. Lakes, 1 p.m., Derryfield
Monadnock vs. Southern, 1 p.m., Derryfield

GOLF

Saturday:
Pembroke Pines Country Club, 2 p.m.

Sunday:
Canterbury Woods Country Club, 2 p.m.



The latest sport to join the Granite State Games slate can be credited to a coincidental conversation.

Granite State Games Chief Executive Director Patrick Mulcahy was attending one of the Games’ events last year when he ran into former Bishop Guertin of Nashua tennis coach Kay Mulcahy (no relation). Patrick Mulcahy said Kay Mulcahy expressed interest in adding tennis to the Granite State Games.

The fourth annual Granite State Games, which begin play on Monday, include tennis, with Kay Mulcahy, a Manchester resident, serving as the sport’s director. The Games end Sunday, June 24.

The Granite State Games are sponsored in part by the New Hampshire Union Leader.

The weeklong event features eight sports with teams consisting of rising seventh-graders to graduating high school seniors residing in New Hampshire or attending a public, private or prep school in the state. The Games are based on the Olympic model, with each sport featuring a round-robin tournament and championship game.

Patrick Mulcahy, a Merrimack resident, said each of the Games’ four regional teams — Coastal, Southern, Monadnock and Lakes — will participate in tennis. Each tennis team features about 15 players, Patrick Mulcahy said. The Games’ singles tournament is scheduled for next Saturday and the doubles tournament will take place next Sunday. Both tennis tournaments will be played at Derryfield School in Manchester.

In addition to tennis, this year’s games will include golf, field hockey, volleyball, soccer, baseball, softball and basketball. The Games previously included track and field and lacrosse but both were dropped ahead of this year’s games.

“With track, these kids are running all year round and their big state meets are at the end of spring,” Patrick Mulcahy said. “Our track person didn’t think it was the right time ... Lacrosse, we just had trouble getting numbers.”

Patrick Mulcahy said soccer, volleyball and field hockey are probably the Games’ strongest sports.

“They’ve been around since Day 1,” Patrick Mulcahy said. “Softball is another strong sport. We have a lot of healthy sports. We don’t have any troubled sports at the moment with (the) dropping of lacrosse and track.”

Like previous years, the Games will utilize facilities at Southern New Hampshire University and Derryfield School. The golf tournament will again be played at Canterbury Woods and Pembroke Pines. This year marks the first time the Games will be played at St. Anselm College, where the Lakes and Monadnock baseball teams will compete on Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Patrick Mulcahy said preparation for each Games is still a difficult task but the event has an incredible staff and good people directing each sport. He feels the nonprofit has done a good job spreading the word about the Games each year but that there is always room to improve.

“We are a nonprofit on a shoestring budget but as we continue to do this, hopefully we become a staple in youth sports here in New Hampshire and people become aware of that,” Patrick Mulcahy said.

One of the Games’ big selling points to student athletes, Patrick Mulcahy said, is the number of college scouts who attend. Thirty-nine colleges have committed to sending scouts this year. Last year’s games featured about 36 college scouts. Approximately 24 college scouts attended the Games two years ago and about a dozen went to the inaugural event.

The Games’ two biggest challenges, Patrick Mulcahy said, is competition from other summer tournaments and leagues and the tendency for student athletes to register at the last minute.

After all of the planning and preparation, Patrick Mulcahy said he can’t wait for the Games to begin.

“For me, it’s just a joy to see everyone’s hard work come together behind the scenes and it’s a real treat to see the kids represent their schools and regions,” he said.

ahall@unionleader.com


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