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submitted for Rhonda Bleeker The RAYS (Rockingham Area Youth Swim) summer season has just concluded with the Granite State Championships in Manchester. Fifteen Swim Teams and hundreds of athletes competed in the Championship meet. The Ray’s team had a successful season with many wins and several swimmers breaking records. The Manchester Swim Team and RAYS Summer Classic was also held this past weekend at the same venue. The RAYS had numerous outstanding performances in the Granite State Championships: The 8 & under boys were led by Owen Caprioglio and Bradley Valo. Owen was first in the 25 Free and 25 back, second in the 50 Free, 100 Medley Relay and 100 Free Relay. Bradley was second in the 25 Breast, 100
Individual Medley, 100 Medley Relay, and anchored the 100 Free Relay to 2nd, he was third in the 50 Free. The Girls 9-10 - 200 Medley Relay team of Hannah Pickett 10, Emi Caprioglio 9, Sasha McNeal 10, and Ally Gillespie 10, took first, and was second in the 9-10 age 200 Free style relay. Individual winners included Sasha McNeil, first in the 50 Butterfly, and in the 50 freestyle, second in the 100 Free, Hannah Pickett, first in the 50 Backstroke.
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second in the100 free, third in the 100 back. Nicholas Bergstrom, 15, second in the 50 Free, and third in the men’s 100 freestyle. On July 30, the RAYS captured first place in the
Girls IM Relay
Hannah Terry12, was first in the 200 IM and third in the 11-12 girls 50 butterfly. Meghan O’Connor15, first in the15-16 100 butterfly. The girls 15-19 medley relay team of Julia Bushell 16, Jessica Martin 16, Meghan O’Connor 15, and Tori Claverie 16, captured first place for the RAYS. Julia also won the 100 Backstroke, second in the 200 IM, was third in the 50 free and Tori was second. Meghan was second in the 100 backstroke. The Girls 200 Freestyle Relay was
won by Tori Claverie 16, Julia Bushell 16, Jessica Martin 16, and Emily Matsco 15. Emily was also second in the 200 Free. Jessica Martin 16, was first in the women’s 15-16 100 Breaststroke, and first in the 200 free.
Christen Nelson took third in the Boys 9-10 100 freestyle and third in the 50 Breaststroke. Addison Carder-Cannillo,12, was third in the 11-12 200 IM. Alex Flinn15, was third in the 15- 16 100 butterfly. Joon-Ho Lee ,19, was first in the 200 IM,
Peterborough Pentathlon. Each swimmer entered must compete in the same five events: 50 Fly, 50 back, 50 Breast, 50 Free, and the 200 IM. The swimmers times are cumulative and the team with the lowest overall time is the winner. Individual winners by age group were: Boys 11-12 first place: Addison Carder-Cannillo, Girls 15-19 first place: Meghan O’Connor, Boys 15-19 first place: Nick Bergstrom. The RAYS had an outstanding season with quite a few long-standing team records being broken. The record-breaking swimmers are led by two young swimmers: Bradley Valo, 8 years old of Windham, setting six LCM records
Jillian Serrentino, 10 years old, setting five records
Other LCM Record Breakers were: Sasha McNeal, two records; Owen Caprioglio, one; Christian Nelson, one; Hannah Terry, one; Brianna Nowick, one and, Alex Flinn, one. For additional team information, including meet results, record times, fall/winter tryouts, practice schedule, visit www.mv.com/org/rays-nh
Scott Jones and Theresa Utz complete RAGBRAI 39 in July
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submitted by Ken Jones RAGBRAI is an acronym for Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. It is a non- competitive, seven-day, bicycle ride across Iowa that draws recreational riders from across the United States and overseas. They ride from a community on Iowa’s western border to a community on Iowa’s eastern border, stopping in towns across the state. RAGBRAI is limited to 8,500 weeklong riders and 1,500-day riders. Iowa is flat, but not nearly as flat as it looks - as Scott and Theresa found out. Scott Jones, 1984 graduate of Bishop Guertin High School and Hudson resident, now living in St. Louis, MO, completed the 480-mile bicycle ride across Iowa in blistering heat. The first four days and nights were brutally hot, with highs in the upper 90s and heat indices over 110 at times. Even at night, the heat index remained above
100 degrees. These days also featured their most difficult rides and the combination sent them into survival mode. There was little room to enjoy the adventure. They estimate that they drank over five gallons of liquids per day and even with a tent fan, they were forced to sleep in their own sweat and had to drink regularly during the night to prevent further dehydration. This wasn’t their idea of how RAGBRAI was going to play out! The intense heat finally broke and they fully
enjoyed the last three days. The vended food on the route every day was fantastic! The little towns they went through were wonderful and the people were incredibly genuine. With over 10,000 bikes, many worth more than the cost of the owner’s cars, they never saw a single bike locked nor heard of any issues. They are happy to report that Theresa and Scott got along great, in spite of the heat frequently pushing their patience to the limit. Several times Scott was close heat exhaustion and Theresa was right there to help get him cool off and he was even able to reciprocate a few times when she was close to being spent. Perhaps their proudest accomplishment is that they did not sag (take a ride from the support van) once or walk a single hill. They rode the entire route! This is pretty cool considering that in their group of 45, at least half sagged at some point during the week and on one hill alone, “Twister
Hill” from the movie Twister, they saw at least 75 percent of the people riding with them get off their bikes and walk up. But, not them.
Major League Slugger Attributes Success to Commitment
by Chris White On Monday night, some of
us watched Minnesota Twins slugger Jim Thome belt career home runs number 599 and 600 against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Thome became only the eighth player in major league history to join the 600 home run club (the seven
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others: Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Sammy Sosa, Alex Rodriguez, and Ken Griffey, Jr.).
In a post-game interview, Thome was asked
what message about the game of baseball he had for the Little Leaguers out there watching on television, and what they could accomplish with hard work. Thome replied, “Well, always dream. I think if you dream big, dreams can come true. And I think there’s always a commitment. There’s a huge commitment in baseball and in all sports.” Bingo! Thank you, Jim Thome. You just said the magic words when you explained how those dreams can come true - through commitment to your sport. A player’s commitment is probably one of the most underrated aspects in any sport, at any level.
It’s sad to see how some coaches
evaluate the players on their team and what they base their decisions on. For example, if a coach had two players with about the same ability level playing the same position, the coach would most often choose to play one player over the other because of athletic attributes like his size, quickness, or upside. It’s very rare to see a coach choose to give more playing time to one of his less athletic players who shows more passion for the game and logs more hours in the gym, which can be a shame sometimes because a more passionate, dedicated player would be more likely to leave it all out on the floor for his team. And yet, commitment isn’t always understood well from the players’ side either. A couple weeks ago, I wrote an article about why it’s beneficial to participate in multiple sports during your high school years. But it’s not beneficial unless you
commit to each of your sports appropriately, meaning the sport that is in season takes priority over your other sports plus other extra-curricular activities like work and vacation. And in the summer, when it’s time for all sports,
you have to let your coaches know what you’re doing if there are conflicts. All that’s needed is a little communication between player and coach, but sometimes it doesn’t happen because some players don’t understand the importance of it. Therefore, they don’t understand the importance of commitment either. This is why I’m bringing up Jim Thome this
week. I think we can all learn a thing or two from him. I’ve always hated him because he’s been a Red Sox-killer over the years, but after I saw that interview Monday night, I love him because of what he said. That interview made me think, “Hey, maybe I should listen more to what this guy has to say.” Think about how important his dedication was to making him successful in baseball. After hitting a milestone home run, one of the first things he mentioned when giving advice to young baseball players was to be committed to your sport and you will be successful. Thome, one of the seemingly few power hitters of the last 20 years not ever linked to steroids, is living proof of this philosophy – the guy is a work horse and has been playing in the majors since 1991. To do that, you have to understand how to work hard and love what you do.
Clearly, he understands what it means to be committed. And on Monday night, he reminded us of what it means to be committed too.
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