Central’s Joel Ayala-Casco is tackled by Memorial’s Kyle Blais at Gill Stadium in Manchester last Friday.

SOME leftover news items from Friday night’s Manchester Central-Manchester Memorial football game, courtesy of New Hampshire sports historian Gary Smith:

• Central’s 42-15 victory Friday night improved the team’s record to 2-5 and the program’s all-time record to 693-486-67. According to the National Federation of High School Associations record book, 52 high school programs nationwide had more all-time victories that Central when the 2019 season began. Valdosta, Ga., leads the way with 926 wins. Everett, Mass. (823), Brockton, Mass. (797) and New Britain, Conn. (779) are the only New England programs that began the season with more all-time victories than Central.

• Central’s record includes 61 victories against Manchester West, 48 against Saint Joseph Cathedral/Bishop Bradley/Trinity, and 47 victories against Memorial. Central has more wins against Concord than any other opponent (76-34-11).

• Memorial’s all-time record is 179-391-5. The Crusaders have a winning record against only three New Hampshire opponents: Laconia (5-4-1), West (35-20-0) and Milford (2-0).

Bob Chabot guided Memorial to an 85-54-4 record and six NHIAA championships (1962, 1965, 1969, 1971, 1972 and 1973) as the program’s head coach from 1961 to 1975, but he is the only Memorial coach with a winning record. Current head coach Rob Sturgis became the 12th head coach in the program’s history when he was hired in 2018.

• Memorial won its first six games against Central and held the Little Green scoreless in four of those games. Central has a 6-1 record against Memorial on Thanksgiving. Memorial’s win came in 2014 (41-14). The teams will meet on Thanksgiving for the eighth time this year.


The Dartmouth football program raised its record to 5-0 by beating Marist 49-7 Saturday. Dartmouth has outscored its opponents 77-0 in the first quarter this season, and leads all FCS teams in scoring defense (8.2 points per game).

Marist head coach Jim Parady has strong ties to New Hampshire. Ken Parady, Jim’s father, was a high school head coach at Laconia and Nashua, and his sister, Vicky Parady-Guay, is the director of athletics at Sanborn Regional in Kingston.


The boys’ soccer game between ConVal (11-0-1) and Lebanon (11-1-0) that was postponed Thursday, has been rescheduled for Wednesday in Lebanon. ConVal is the only unbeaten team in Division II, and has surrendered four goals in its 12 games. Lebanon’s lone loss was a 2-1 setback at ConVal on Sept. 6.


Boston College completed six passes in its 45-24 triumph over N.C. State on Saturday, but three of those completions when to former Exeter High School tight end Hunter Long. A redshirt sophomore, Long has 18 receptions for 361 yards and a TD this season. He has three catches in each of his last four games.

BC coach Steve Addazio on Long: “He’s a 6-5, 265-pound guy that runs real fast and he’s got great hands. He’s a playmaker. He’s a good blocker, and he does all the other things well as well. But he’s an explosive playmaker in the throw game, and that’s been fairly consistent. That’s what you need. You need to be explosive. You need to make plays. He made two big screen catches for us that were huge, and he will continue to grow and develop.”


Bishop Guertin pitcher/first baseman Brett Anderson has committed to play for the Futures Collegiate Baseball League’s Nashua Silver Knights next summer. Anderson, who is a senior at BG, was New Hampshire’s Gatorade Player of the Year last season, when he hit .477 with a .521 on-base percentage, and had a 5-2 record with one save. He struck out 77 in 47 innings. Anderson will play college baseball for the University of Hartford.


ICYMI: Stan Lencki Sr., who was the head golf professional at Manchester Country Club from 1979 to 2000, was part of the second class inducted into the New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame last Thursday. This year’s class included Nashua’s Phil Pleat, who has won 20 New Hampshire Golf Association events; Thomas J. Leonard, Jr., who won the New Hampshire State Am eight times; and Laura Shanahan-Rowe, who became the first New Hampshire female to win a USGA event when she claimed the 2001 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.


Nomination forms for the 2020 CHaD East-West All-Star Game were sent to NHIAA head coaches last week. The selection meeting for both teams will be held Dec. 10 and the teams will be announced shortly thereafter.

The 2020 game will be played June 27 at a location to be announced. The University of New Hampshire’s Wildcat Stadium won’t be available this summer because the track is being renovated. Londonderry High School’s Jimmy Lauzon (East) and Souhegan High School’s Robin Bowkett (West) have been named the head coaches for the 2020 game.


The field hockey tournaments in all three divisions begin this week. The Division I tournament will start Tuesday, followed by Division III on Wednesday and Division II on Tuesday. First-round games will be played at home sites.