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Roger Brown's State of Sports: Road race honors memory of Luke Capistran

By ROGER BROWN
September 23. 2018 10:05PM




WE LEAD OFF this week’s column with an important reminder that the Hillside Middle School Builders Club is sponsoring the Luke Capistran 5K on Saturday (10 a.m.) at Manchester’s Derryfield Park.

Capistran was a student at Weston Elementary School, Hillside and Manchester Central, and was a standout athlete in baseball and hockey. He passed away from brain cancer during his sophomore year at Central.

“Luke was a great kid who loved to laugh and was someone that I personally will never forget,” said Mary Hartigan-Demers, a teacher at Hillside who is a co-adviser to the Hillside Builders Club. “He always had a smile on his face and was always laughing.”

The Hillside Builders Club formed this race in Capistran’s memory seven years ago. All money raised from the race is used to send Hillside students to summer camp. Many of these students would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend a summer camp.

The event has raised almost $10,000 and has helped send 35 students to various summer camps that have ranged from basketball, golf, cooking and gymnastics, to an overnight camp.

In addition to the 5K run, there will be a 3K walk Saturday. The cost is $25 for adults, $20 for Manchester educators and $10 for students. Those interested can sign up the day of the race or online: http://www.lightboxreg.com/the-luke-capistran-memorial-5k-fun-walk_2018. Donations are also welcome.

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THERE WILL BE a familiar face on the home sideline when the University of New Hampshire football team plays at Elon (N.C.) on Saturday. Tony Trisciani, a Manchester Memorial graduate, is Elon’s assistant head coach/defensive coordinator.

Trisciani is a former UNH assistant coach. He served as UNH’s defensive backs coach from 2001 to 2005, and was also the restricted earnings running backs coach for the Wildcats from 1998 to 2000. Prior to joining the Elon staff in 2017, Trisciani was the secondary coach and recruiting coordinator at Villanova.

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After completing the second 5K of her collegiate career, Exeter High School graduate Jackie Gaughan, a freshman on the Notre Dame women’s cross country team, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Freshman of the Week on Sept. 19.

Gaughan finished the National Catholic Invitational second overall out of 203 runners with a time of 17 minutes, 27.27 seconds. Her second-place finish helped Notre Dame secure its 12th-consecutive title at the event.

“Jackie is a hard worker who deserves this recognition,” Notre Dame assistant coach Kendra Foley said. “She shows up every day dedicated to her goals and that will pay off for her in the long run.”

Earlier this month Gaughan began her collegiate career with a victory at the 2018 Crusader Open in Valparaiso, Ind. (17:22.1).

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A much-anticipated matchup in girls’ soccer will take place Thursday, when Concord will play at Bedford. The Bulldogs (6-0-0) and Crimson Tide (5-0-1) are the only unbeaten teams in Division I.

Manchester Central (8-0-0) and Concord (6-0-1), the only unbeaten boys’ teams in Division I, will meet in Manchester on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Concord has allowed one goal in its seven games, and Central has scored at least three goals in six of its eight contests.

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GOFFSTOWN’S Andrew Duval, who began the season at the University of New Hampshire but transferred to St. Anselm College last month, caught a 21-yard pass in St. Anselm’s 29-21 victory over American International College on Saturday. It was Duval’s first collegiate catch.

Duval was named New Hampshire’s Gatorade Player of the Year last season, when he did a little bit of everything for Goffstown High School. Duval caught 27 passes for 721 yards and 11 touchdowns, and rushed for 203 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries during his senior season. He also completed both of his pass attempts for 90 yards and a TD, and returned one kickoff for a touchdown. Defensively he intercepted five passes — returning one for a TD — and recovered two fumbles.

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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL announced Wednesday that 40,450,337 spectators attended minor league games during the 2018 season, which was 1,382,027 fewer than the attendance total in 2017.

Two factors for the drop-off: weather and the number of games played.

According to MiLB, 73 minor league games started in temperatures that were below 40 degrees last season. No games began when the temperature was that low in 2017.

In addition, Triple-A and Double-A leagues reduced each team’s number of regular-season games from 142 to 140 this year. The request to shorten the schedule came from Major League Baseball.

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats ranked fifth among Eastern League team in attendance last season with an average home attendance of 5,065 fans, according to MiLB figures. The Richmond Flying Squirrels were first (6,198).

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THROUGH its first two games, the Dartmouth football team (2-0) has forced seven turnovers and limited its opponents to 11 first downs.

Dartmouth, which has outscored its two opponents 75-14, will open its Ivy League schedule with a home game against Penn on Saturday (1:30 p.m.).

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CONCORD HIGH SCHOOL football coach Eric Brown on former running back/defensive back Leo Sudieh, who passed away unexpectedly last Tuesday: “He made some bad choices after high school and it got the best of him. It was certainly a tragic event. The message we tried to send to our current team was about choices and how there is always somebody here for you if you need help. That’s what football is all about. It was sad.”

As a sophomore, Sudieh helped Concord win the 2013 Division I state championship. He was a captain as a senior, and played in the 2016 CHaD New Hampshire East/West All-Star Game.

rbrown@unionleader.com


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