James Pleat

JAMES PLEAT

It looked like James Pleat‘s stay in this year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship would be an extended one after he opened the tournament with a 2-under-par 68 at CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora, Colo., Saturday. That left him tied for 10th in a field of 264.

Pleat, a member at Nashua Country Club, followed up that round with a 12-over-par 84 at the Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo., on Sunday, however, and missed the cut. The top 64 scorers advanced to the match-play portion of the tournament, which begins today.

Two other New Hampshire golfers competed in the U.S. Mid-Amateur, but neither Hanover Country Club’s Pat Pelletier nor Derryfield Country Club’s Matt Burroughs made the cut.

Pelletier, who won the New Hampshire Stroke Play Championship in August, received an exemption into the tournament because of his World Amateur Golf Ranking. He was the runner-up in the 2018 New Hampshire Amateur Championship and won the 2018 New Hampshire Stroke Play title.

Burroughs and Pleat both played their way into the tournament at the New Haven (Conn.) Country Club qualifier in August. Burroughs won the 2006 New Hampshire Amateur Championship and Pleat won the 2018 New Hampshire Mid-Amateur Championship.

First for Franklin Pierce

ICYMI: Franklin Pierce won its first game as a Division II football program when it beat Curry, 29-27, on Saturday. Sixty-two of the 72 players on the Franklin Pierce roster are freshmen. Wide receiver Mike McAlister (Londonderry), linebacker Corey Markland (Seabrook), running back Peter Lawson (Pelham), linebacker Joey Poisson (Goffstown), offensive lineman Jake Kirane (Pelham) and running back Peter Lawson (Pelham) are the New Hampshire residents who played for the Ravens during Saturday’s win. In addition, defensive lineman Isaiah Jubrey (Manchester) and wide receiver Drew Wilson (Danville) dressed for Franklin Pierce, but did not play.

In addition, Franklin Pierce’s Morgan Smith became the first female to score in a Northeast-10 football game. Smith made each of her three point-after attempts. ...

Costly delay

Florida International University coach Butch Davis said Saturday night’s 40-minute lightning delay was a significant factor in his team’s 30-17 victory over UNH. The Wildcats led 9-7 when the delay came with 38 seconds remaining in the first quarter. UNH kicked a PAT to make it 10-7 when play resumed, but the Wildcats were held to seven points in the final three quarters. UNH’s final TD came on an 86-yard TD pass from freshman quarterback Max Brosmer to running back Dylan Laube.

“They had just scored right before the break,” Davis said in his postgame press conference. “It kind of gave us time to get our composure and talk about some changes and tweaks in our defense that allowed them to have some of their success in the first quarter. (After the delay) we kind of shut down some of their runs, their RPOs (run-pass options).”

UNH reportedly received $250,000 for playing FIU, an FBS program. The contract also covers a UNH/FIU basketball game that will be played Nov. 30 in Miami.

Notables

The following New Hampshire players will be competing in the New England Senior Amateur, which begins Tuesday at Biddeford/Saco Country Club in Saco, Maine: Peter Beaulieu (Profile), Ken Nilson (Ridgewood), Bob Kearney (The Shattuck), Chris Stamoulis (Derryfield), Mike Blair (Bretwood), David Kane (Derryfield), Bill Everett (Laconia), Dan Arvanitis (Derryfield), Bob Landry (Loudon), Tony Fournier (Portsmouth), Craig Steckowych (Portsmouth) and Phil Pleat (Nashua). Pleat won this tournament in 2016 and 2017. ...

The Toronto Blue Jays had seven former Fisher Cats in their starting lineup for last Wednesday’s 8-0 victory over the Red Sox: Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, Vlad Guerrero, Rowdy Tellez, Jonathan Davis, Danny Jansen and Wilmer Font. Since 2004, New Hampshire’s first season as Toronto’s Double-A affiliate in the Eastern League, 124 players who have played for the Fisher Cats have reached the major leagues, and 41 of those 124 players have come in the last three years (2017-19). ...

Strange statistic from the Londonderry High School football team’s 42-26 victory over Salem on Saturday: The Salem offense ran 25 of the 28 plays in the third quarter, but Londonderry outscored the Blue Devils 14-6 in that 12-minute span even though it didn’t score a defensive touchdown. It was similar to a 2011 game between Pinkerton Academy and Exeter when Exeter had the ball for all but 14 seconds in the second quarter, but was outscored 14-0 in the quarter. The Astros scored on two long TD runs. ...

We should know a lot more about the Division II girls’ soccer landscape after this week. Milford, which is off to a 4-0 start and has outscored its opponents, 21-4, plays at Hollis/Brookline (3-0) today and at Bow (5-0) on Friday. Hollis/Brookline has outscored its opponents, 15-1, and Bow has scored 22 goals and allowed four. ...

The Baseball Coaches Association of New Hampshire will hold its first Hall of Fame dinner on June 19, 2020, at Manchester’s Sweeney Post. The first class of inductees has yet to be announced. ...

The Dartmouth football team will open its season Saturday at Jacksonville.