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Volume 3 Number 21 November 27, 2009 12 Pages
Take the State Title
y Len Lathr
submitted by Deacon David Costello, St. Joseph Church
The Catholic Parishes of Mary, Queen of Peace and St. Joseph combined
forces this past week to prepare 112 food baskets for area families in need
because of the poor economy. Baskets were prepared by members of the
Youth Group and individual families from both communities. Families
“adopted” families and provided all that was needed for the Thanksgiving
meal. The 112 baskets totaled approximately 4,500 pounds of food. Shown
in one of the pictures are teens who
helped load the baskets when they
were picked up on Saturday. They are
Shawn Schroth, Kara English, Jenny
Courcelle, and Jillian McColgon.
The St. Joseph and Mary, Queen of
Peace parishes are in the process
of “twinning” as the ﬁrst step in
becoming one Catholic Church
community in Salem on July 1, 2010.
Max Jacques directs his teammates “This IS what it is all about” as he holds the Championship Trophy above the players.
by Chris White carries, while Alex Sobrado blocked well and added
With a speedy backﬁeld and a powerful offensive line, to the Blue Devil rushing attack with 24 yards on four
the Blue Devils primarily relied on their ground game for rushing attempts. Senior tight end Kyle Henrick also
offensive production this season. During last Saturday’s added to the Salem scoring with a six-yard touchdown
Division I championship game at Salem High School, reception 24 seconds before halftime.
however, it was the team’s aerial attack that provided the As it had done all season, the offensive line of
big play to break a 21-21 tie with Nashua North late in Coleman, Andrew Ivas, Dillon Cohen, Craig Lawlor, and
the fourth quarter. On third and 11 with 1:17 remaining, John Pascal buckled down and played a solid game to
quarterback Matt Cannone launched a 42-yard bomb to create opportunities for Salem’s skill players. Brown, who
the end zone, which Mike Lorenz caught for the game- is also a senior captain, said the team’s offensive line was
winning touchdown. one part of the team that many people thought would be
“We were just trying to take a liability for Salem this year. As
advantage of what they were giving it turns out, it was one of the most
us,” head coach Jack Gati said. “Mike important pieces to the Blue Devils’
had been making good catches in success this season.
practice all week and is our best “Many people thought our
route runner so we put him in for that linemen would be too small to have
situation.” a good running game, but they
Cannone dropped back to the 50- stepped up,” said Brown, who also
yard line, pumped once, stepped up, spends time on the line as a tight
Boys & Girls Club of Salem
and unleashed a long pass down the end.
right sideline toward the end zone. The championship game was
On the other end of the play, Lorenz the ﬁnal contest for Salem’s seniors
ran down the side, was paired with and they exit the New Hampshire
a Titan defender inside the ﬁve-yard Division I football scene on top.
line, and lunged to grab the ball as Many people did not expect the
he crossed the goal line. The junior Blue Devils to enjoy such a high
receiver managed to hold on to it as caliber season after ﬁnishing with a
Annual Award Dinner
his body hit the turf, and secured the 4-6 record last year. Not only was
go-ahead score for Salem. The visiting Salem the best team in the state,
Michael Lorenz hauls in the pass for the wining
team threatened to tie the game again but some of its players set records
Michele Nunnelley Named Youth of the Year
score in the fourth quarter.
on the ensuing drive, but defensive as well. Jacques set a school record
back Joe Scire picked off a long pass in the end zone for points in a season with 152, while Saulnier also set
by Rachel Hill
to seal Salem’s ﬁrst football state title since winning the a single-season school record by making 48 extra point
The Boys & Girls Club of Salem held its 43rd Annual Awards Dinner on
Division II championship in 1995. The last time the team attempts. Six Blue Devils made an all-state team on
November 19 at the Atkinson Country Club and Resort.
won the Division I title was in 1983. defense, and there were four Salem players who were
The Annual Dinner, sponsored this year by Salem Co-Operative Bank and
Salem, who trailed 21-14 at the end of the third selected to an offensive all-state team. Salem also had
Gabriel Chiropractic Ofﬁce, is an event where volunteers, businesses, and
quarter, received important four players who made honorable
staff receive awards for their continuing support and generosity to the Club.
contributions from a number of mention all-state.
Before the presentation of awards began, guests listened as Governor John
different players en route to the “We had no idea this was going
Lynch congratulated award recipients; he spoke of his love for Boys & Girls
28-21 victory. Cannone, who to take place this season,” said
Clubs and his high regard for those who are committed to making the Club,
completed four passes for 77 Gati, who pointed out that many
the positive place for kids.
yards and three touchdowns, of his players accepted their roles
Local businesses and individuals honored at this year’s dinner included
tossed a three-yard pass over and supported each other this
Camille Flaherty, Ken and Steve Gudek of Technical Needs, the Area News
the North defense to tight end year. “We had a lot of question
Group/Salem Community Patriot, Ed Callahan, Dave Ruffen, Steve Ring,
Darren Brown in the back of marks at the beginning, but the
Patrick E. Donovan, and Salem Co-Operative Bank.
the end zone midway through kids were coachable, learned, and
the fourth period. Kicker Chris improved.” Continued to page 7 - Boys & Girls Club Celebrates
Saulnier, who converted all The team was focused on
four of his extra point attempts,
We would be here for our team even if it was cold today.
achieving its goals this season.
added the point after to knot the Every player had the same work ethic
score at 21. and they constantly worked hard all
The Blue Devil defense came up with a couple of big season to attain their goals, Gati said. The players on the
stops down the stretch. With just over two minutes left team had a great amount of respect for each other and it
in the game, Lorenz and linebacker Joe DiPalma brought made a difference.
down a North running back on a third-and-two situation. “This season we all played as a group and all got
Only inches from a ﬁrst down, the Titans decided to go along,” Brown said. “All of the work we did makes
for it on fourth down. They ran the ball again, but Jake winning a state title that much better.”
Matthews was there to meet the ball
carrier before the ﬁrst-down marker and
made the tackle. DiPalma and senior co-
captain Greg Coleman were also there to
help out on the take-down.
Salem’s running game, though not as y
dominant as usual, was still productive.
Max Jacques, who ran the ball 16 times
for 110 yards, steadily led the Salem
offense on key drives to set up scoring
opportunities. The junior running back
also scampered 37 yards for a touchdown
Jingyuan “Jenny” Zhana, Joshua “Josh” Garcia, and Michelle Nunnelley
in the second quarter. Sophomore
Jerickson Fedrick kept the North defense
honest as he picked up 39 yards on 15
Nashua coughs up the ball which #19 Tyler Kelley picked up and returned it to the 7 yard
line to set up the Blue Devils second score.
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Ed Callahan receives award from Mike Goodwin
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