THE TASSELS have been turned and the 2018-19 high school sports season in New Hampshire is complete, but here are a handful of sporting events (and storylines) we’ll be keeping an eye on between now and the Queen City Jamboree …
CHaD East/West All-Star Game
Saturday, June 29, UNH
This all-star football game features many of the top high school players from the Class of 2019.
The game was born in 2012, and the West will be looking for its second three-game winning streak in the series when the teams meet later this month. The West won the first three games before the East broke through in 2015. The East prevailed again in 2016, but the West has won the last two contests.
The first two games were played at UNH before the game moved to Saint Anselm College for four years. It returned to UNH last season.
Londonderry’s Jimmy Lauzon is the East’s head coach this season. Concord’s Eric Brown will coach the West.
The New Hampshire Union Leader is a co-sponsor of the event.
New Hampshire Amateur Golf Championship
Portsmouth Country Club (July 8-13)
After finishing as the runner-up in this tournament in 2016 and 2017, Hooksett’s Matt Paradis took home the trophy last summer by beating Lebanon’s Pat Pelletier 6 and 5 in the championship match at Hanover Country Club.
New Hampshire hasn’t had a player win back-to-back State Am titles since Concord Country Club’s Bob Mielcarz prevailed at Abenaqui Country Club in Rye in 1995 and John H. Cain Golf Club in Newport in 1996.
American Legion State Tournament
Nashua’s Holman Stadium (July 26-30)
Can anybody beat Rochester Post 7? That’s a question people have been asking for years, and it will be asked again this summer.
Post 7 claimed its fourth straight Senior Legion title — and its fifth in the last six years — by beating Merrimack last summer, and has won 13 straight tournament games.
The Junior Legion tournament will be played at Salem’s Michele Park from Aug. 2 to Aug. 6. Dover won last year’s Junior title and has claimed the championship in six of the 12 state tourneys since that division was created.
Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl
Castleton (Vt.) University (Aug. 3)
For the longest time it was Vermont that couldn’t find a way to win the summer’s other all-star football game. Now it’s New Hampshire that’s desperate for a victory.
New Hampshire had won 15 games in a row until Vermont broke through in 2016. The Vermonters will be trying to stretch their winning streak to four games this year.
New Hampshire leads the series 47-16-2 and will catch a break this year since St. Johnsbury quarterback Jake Cady, Vermont’s Gatorade Player of the Year, will not be on the Vermont roster. Cady’s reporting date to Division II Assumption College will prevent him from playing in the game. Cady passed for 36 touchdowns and ran for 15 more last fall.
Note: New Hampshire hasn’t entered the red zone in the last two games.
NHWGA Amateur Championship
Aug. 5-7 (Breakfast Hill Golf Club)
Will a Nashua Country Club golfer win this event for the fourth straight year? Chelsea Sedlar prevailed in 2016 (Abenaqui) and 2017 (Eastman Golf Links), and Tracy Martin beat Sedlar by one stroke last year at Portsmouth Country Club.
The Philadelphia Phillies signed former Manchester Central pitcher Olvis Geneo to a free-agent contract last Thursday. Geneo moved to Manchester from New York before his senior year and spent one season with Central.
Geneo, who throws left-handed, went 2-1 with a 2.17 ERA last season, but recorded 73 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings. He pitched at least seven innings in three of his 10 starts, but had a no-decision in two of those games.
“He does have very good velocity,” Central assistant coach Ernie Yerrington said. “Scouts had him at 90 during our game against BG. He has a very good curveball, a very good changeup and a very good two-seam (fastball). Good control … keeps everything down in the zone. Very poised on the mound. Very mature.” Yerrington said Geneo was scheduled to join the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla., Sunday.
As the Eastern League season reaches the midway point it’s a very real possibility that the league’s batting champion could finish the season with an average below .300. Entering Saturday’s games, Altoona third baseman Hunter Own led the league with a .300 average.
Pittsfield’s Tony Torchia — later to be known as a longtime minor-league manager in the Red Sox organization — led the league with a .294 average in 1968, which is the only time an Eastern League batting champion hit below .300. The lowest average by an EL batting champion since then is .310 (Bowie’s Garabez Rose in 2017).