Hudson - Litchfield News
8 - May 28, 2010
Spring Break: The Hudson Tour – Part Three
Editor’s note: As a community newspaper, the Area News Group loves it when our readers ask to be involved. Ms. Scourick asked to share her and her son’s spring break trip, and we are very happy to share it with our readers. This is the third and final installment of this three-part ‘tour.’
submitted by Mary Scourick
Day 4 - Monday, April 26
A friend from our church in New Hampshire had told us before we left that her brother- in-law was pastor at the Hudson (IL) Baptist Church—he offered to provide us with a tour of the town. On the way there, however, we got a little sidetracked—first, we saw a sign to the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Cemetery (a national veteran’s cemetery), so we went about 15 miles out of our way to visit. It was a great educational experience for Jackson, as I explained that my Aunt Alice (a retired Army nurse) was buried in a national cemetery in Arizona. As we left the cemetery, we ended up on historic Route 66, which was fun. In a small town we passed through, there was a gigantic statue of a green space person, so we just had to stop for the photo opportunity. We arrived in Hudson, IL, around 11 a.m., and the Baptist pastor gave us a tour of the historic markers in the town park, and took us by old homes and the elementary school, which was under renovation. We then stopped at the Baptist church, the oldest church building in the town. Pastor Noel took us upstairs to the bell rope, and allowed Jackson to ring the church bell! After the noon siren sounded, we headed off on our trek to Iowa, going through Peoria, IL, the Quad Cities, and Cedar Rapids, IA. We arrived in Hudson, IA, around 4:40 p.m., taking a photo in front of the town’s welcome sign, and then headed to the Hudson Herald (the local paper) for a brief visit and photo. Our speedometer showed that we had logged 1,640 miles from
Welcome to Hudson, IL
Route 66 sighting
Hudson, NH, to Hudson, IA! We drove around the town, passing the Hudson High School sports fields, and then made our way to our home-away- from-home in neighboring Waterloo for the night. Our Hudson Tour had ended.
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Tie Not Good Enough for Girls’ Tennis
by Sue LaRoche
As a result of losing a second level of tiebreaker that is governed
by the NHIAA, the girls’ tennis teams, sporting a 9-5 record this season, will not be playing in the playoffs. In a sport that only sees the top eight teams competing in the playoffs (in a division with 20 teams), the girls found themselves in a three-way tie for the eighth and final spot. They unfortunately lost out to Spaulding, even though they beat them head to head. Coach Dave Lelesi’s squad won two of their three final matches last week. They began the week with a 7-2 loss to Concord. Nicole Wilcox and Yashaswani Mopharti won their singles matches for the lone victories for the Broncos. On Thursday, the Broncos rebounded with a 9-0 victory over Nashua North. Catilin Sullivan teamed with Gina Lupoli at third doubles for her first varsity win. Briannah
Bellot played with Cheyenne Tessier at second doubles to win her first varsity match. And Deanna Trearchis, Wilcox, Tessier, Kate Martin, Mopharti, and Lahari Venuthurupalli all won their singles matches. “We did a nice job controlling the match from start to finish,” explained Lelesi. On Friday, the Lady Broncos hosted Nashua South and won
6-3. Wilcox won at second singles to finish 11-3 on the season. Venuthurupalli and Moparthi also won their singles matches to finish 10-4 on the season. The doubles teams of Traarchis/Wilcox, Martin/Tessier, and Mopharti/Venuthurupalli all won their matches, clinching the victory. “I am very proud of how this team competed all season long. We grew a lot for a young team and I’ve really enjoyed coaching this team because of how hard they’ve worked,” lauded Coach Lelesi. With Coach Lelesi’s top six returning next year, he should be in the hunt again for a playoff spot.
Gymnastics Prep-Op Team Takes First Place
submitted by Sandie Gentile
The New England Gymnastics Training Center of Hudson Prep-Op teams competed in the State Meet that was held in Brentwood on May 16. Our Prep-op Novice took home a third-place Team Trophy, with Prep-op Advance taking home the first-place Team Trophy. Many gymnasts took home top-place medals and ribbons for individual events, with two gymnasts taking home first place in their individual age and two gymnasts taking home second place in the all-around for their individual age groups. NEGTC coaches, parents, and friends are very proud of all the gymnasts. Prep-Op Novice, 6-8 Age Division: Kaelyn Gagnon of Hudson placed second with an all-around score of 36.125. She received a 9.075 on vault, (fifth), 9.375 on bars (third), 9.075
on beam (first), and 8.6 on floor. Prep-Op Novice, 9-10 Age Division: Rachael Lavalle of Pelham placed sixth with an all-around score of 36.925. She received a 9.45 on vault (fifth, tie), 9.475 on bars (third, tie), 9.0 on beam (eighth), and 9.0 on floor (eighth, tie). Helen Smith of Hudson placed 16th with an all-around score of 35.250. She received a 9.025 on vault, (12th), 9.175 on bars (10th), 8.6 on beam (13th), and 8.45 on floor (14th). Prep-Op Intermediate, 13 Age Division: Jessica Wambsganss of Hudson placed 15th with an all-around score of 33.975. She received an on 8.85 vault (fifth), 8.825 on bars (11th), 8.25 on beam (14th), and 8.05 on floor (13th). Kaleigh Whitnell of Litchfield placed 19th with an all-around score of 31.925. She received an 8.175 on vault (16th), 7.65 on bars (17th), 7.7 on beam (17th), and 8.4 on floor (11th). Prep-Op Advanced, 10-12 Age Division:
Megan Lacasse of
Litchfield placed first with an all-around score of 37.550. She received a 9.2 on vault (first), 9.5 on bars (first), 9.425 on beam (first), and 9.425 on floor (first).
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Pelham: We are located diagonally across from St. Pat’s School Windham: S. Lowell Rd into Pelham. At Yellow-blinking light, take left on Main St. We are 300 yards on left. Hudson: Rt 111E to 128S. Left on Nashua Rd. Stop-straight. 300 yds on left.
High School will host the 10th annual Cougar Basketball Camp. This year, the camp will have two sessions, with week one going from July 19- 23 and week two following from July 26-30. This year’s camp will be co-directed by Shawn Flynn, the head of the Cougar girls program, and Pat Roye, head boys’ basketball coach. Assisting will be current members of both programs and other members of the Cougar coaching staff. The camp will concentrate on teaching the fundamentals of the game to each age group so that the players can work independently to improve. Each day will feature lectures, demonstrations, drills, and game situations, and there will be very little idle time. For more information, check out the Campbell Website, or contact Coach Flynn or Coach Roye at the high school by calling 546-0300.
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