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Roger Brown's State of Sports: Lavigne delivers in debut

New Hampshire Union Leader

June 24. 2018 10:46PM
Connor Robert, right, from Bedford and whose cousin was a CHaD child as he hands off to Plymouth's Garrett Macomber during practice by Team West at Memorial High School in Manchester for the CHaD East-West NH High School All-Star Game to be held Saturday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)

BEDFORD’S Grant Lavigne had a productive night at the plate in his professional debut Saturday.

Lavigne, a four-year starter at Bedford High School, collected a single in his first professional at-bat and went 2-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout for the Grand Junction (Colo.) Rockies in an 8-5 loss to the Ogden Raptors. Lavigne, who played first base and hit sixth in the batting order, also scored twice.

The Colorado Rockies chose Lavigne with the 42nd pick in this year’s draft. He signed with the Rockies last Tuesday — he received a $2 million signing bonus — and reported to Grand Junction on Wednesday. Grand Junction is Colorado’s Rookie League affiliate in the Pioneer League.

Lavigne, 18, is the youngest player on the Grand Junction roster. He’s one of a handful of players who collected at least 100 hits during their NHIAA career (103). Portsmouth’s Mike Montville, who had 107 hits from 2007 to 2010, holds the unofficial NHIAA record for career hits.

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The teams that will participate in Saturday’s CHaD East-West All-Star Football Game at the University of New Hampshire will hold fund-raisers this week at Buffalo Wild Wings in Manchester. The East all-stars will eat at Buffalo Wild Wings on Tuesday (8 p.m.) and the West all-stars will do the same Wednesday at 8.

The dinners are part of a month-long promotion Buffalo Wild Wings is doing at its five locations — Manchester, Nashua, Concord, Newington and Rochester — to help support Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. If patrons who eat at any of those locations this month tell their server they are eating for CHaD, 15 percent of the bill will be donated to CHaD for its efforts with the all-star game.

This year’s contest will be the seventh CHaD All-Star Game. The West ended a two-game losing streak last summer and leads the series 4-2. Saturday’s kickoff at Wildcat Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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ICYMI: Two incoming UNH players were selected in last weekend’s NHL Entry Draft. Ottawa took left wing Angus Crookshank in the fifth round (126th pick) and Tampa Bay picked goaltender Ty Taylor in the seventh round (214th selection).

The Wildcats will have six NHL draft picks on their 2018-19 roster, which is the most since UNH had seven drafted players on its 2007-08 team.

In addition to Crookshank and Taylor, UNH’s drafted players are senior Marcus Vela (San Jose), sophomore Max Gildon (Florida), sophomore Benton Maass (Washington) and sophomore Mike Robinson (San Jose), of Bedford.

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Former John Stark quarterback Parker McQuarrie took a visit to the University of Michigan last weekend and became a minor internet sensation when he posted a picture of himself in a Michigan uniform holding Charles Woodson’s Heisman Trophy.

In addition to Michigan, McQuarrie has scholarship offers from Boston College, Rhode Island and Rutgers. McQuarrie, a Weare resident, will play at the St. Paul’s School in Concord this season.

Drew McQuarrie, Parker’s older brother, is a defensive lineman at Boston College.

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Harvin Groft (The Oaks Golf Links), Josh Kibbe (Hoodkroft CC) and Alec Brunelle (Atkinson Resort and Country Club) are the New Hampshire players who have qualified for this year’s New England Amateur, which will be held July 17-19 at Portland (Maine) Country Club. All three qualified last week at Webhannet Golf Club in Kennebunk, Maine.

In addition, the following New Hampshire players have exempt status for this year’s tournament: Brett Wilson (Golf Club of New England), Craig Steckowych (Portsmouth CC), Ryan Kohler (Hooper Golf Club), Connor Greenleaf (Windham CC), John DeVito (Passaconaway CC), Jim Cilley (Ridgewood CC), Jamie Ferullo (Rochester CC), Cameron Salo (Bretwood Golf Club), Matt Paradis (Concord CC), Ryan Tombs (Manchester CC), Phil Pleat (Nashua CC) and Michael Martel (Nashua CC) The last of the three New England Amateur qualifiers will be held today at Blackstone National Golf Club in Sutton, Mass.

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Portsmouth Country Club’s Eric Evans, a Dover High School graduate, won this year’s Seacoast Amateur Golf Championship on Sunday by finishing a stroke ahead of Jeff Cole, who plays out of the York (Maine) Golf and Tennis Club. Evans posted a three-day total of 213 (3 over par).

Evans, who plays for the University of Hartford golf team, carried a three-shot lead into the final round at Rochester CC. The tournament opened at The Oaks Golf Links in Somersworth, and the middle round was held at York Golf and Tennis.