10 - September 30, 2011 | Hudson - Litchfield News
by Elaine F. Cutler, Ed. D., Superintendent of Schools, SAU 27, Litchfield School District
by Elaine F. Cutler, Ed. D., Superintendent of Schools, SAU 27, Litchfield School District
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the voters of
Litchfield for their support at the recent School District Special Meeting. As a result, $444,328 was returned to the school district for direct and indirect services for students. Speaking on behalf of the Administrative Team, I appreciate the vote of confidence in our ability to continuously improve educational services. Litchfield is indeed a wonderful place for children to learn and professionals to teach. Mr. Robert Manseau, principal of Campbell High School was recently honored in Washington, DC as a finalist for High School Principal of the Year. As a result, he had an opportunity to speak about educational issues with Senator Kelly Ayotte, Senator Jean Shaheen, and Representative Charlie Bass. Mr. Manseau has brought great honor to the town of Litchfield and the state of New Hampshire. Parents or guardians who have a student who qualifies for free
lunch may be interested in a program from Comcast communication that offers an internet connection at a greatly reduced cost. Details are available on the district Website at www.litchfieldsd.org
. Comcast wishes to be a community partner to help student’s access programs and information that may be difficult for some families due to cost.
At a recent Litchfield School Board meeting, I informed the Board
that I would be retiring on June 30, 2012 so that they would have ample time to conduct a comprehensive search for my replacement. I have served in the field of education for 43 years, and I would like to have the opportunity to spend more time with family and friends. Without question, the past five years in Litchfield have been the most satisfying and fulfilling in my career. I have so enjoyed the students, staff, and community members for their love and respect for education. I believe that my services have added value, and to an educator, nothing is more treasured. I thank the community for its support, and I will continue to do my best to improve opportunities and services to children for the remainder of this school year. The Litchfield School Board takes great pride in our schools and welcomes your comments and suggestions. You may contact any Board member or professional staff member using the directory available at www.litchfieldsd.org
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Alvirne Cross Country: Middle of the Pack at Manchester Invite
submitted by Aaron Bellomo The gun sounded for the 37th consecutive year at the 2011 Manchester Invitational. The Alvirne Squad was there to compete in this historic race along with 82 other Northeast area schools. Alvirne was represented well in the first race of the day (freshman race) in which lone runner Austin Bernard waved the Alvirne flag high with a solid 2-mile performance of (14:29, 144th/235). The AHS JV team finished
18th out of 43 teams in a 5K race compiled of 324 runners. Freshman Ryan Doyle was the first bronco to break the tape finishing (35th, in 18:40). Frank Cunniff (69, 19:15), Anthony Cestrone, (119, 20:10), Gurbir Kalsi (178, 21:10), and Carlos Bunag (224, 22:10) rounded out the top five. The 5K Varsity Large School race featured 31 teams and 206 finishers. The under-rated broncos came in needing to make a statement and came out with a middle of the pack finish, better than most “experts” would’ve predicted. The dynamic duo of Cody Ross and Aaron Bellomo started out about half way deep in a field of 200. Somehow sticking together, they managed to move their way up the ranks and stay together, working off each other all the way past the dreaded dog-pound door, (about 4400 meters into the race). Bellomo finished (28, 17:23), and Ross (38, 17:35).
Connor Sakati was able to gut out a third place bronco finish (114, 18:36), while Phil Demers (145, 19:13) and Cam Murphy (157, 19:25) complete the Bronco five.
Alvirne finished a respectable 17th of 31 teams, beating out fellow Division 1 competitors Timberlane, Exeter, Manchester West, and Nashua South. Alvirne was slightly edged by Manchester Memorial and lost to Winnacunnet, Salem, Concord, and Dover. However the team goal of making the meet of champions, likely needing five runners in the 17s, is looking increasingly plausible with each passing meet. Mathematically they’re two-fifths of the way to that objective, but there’s no equation for calculating heart. The Broncos will be competing in Thetford, VT, on Saturday, October 1.
by Sue LaRoche With a tremendous rainstorm,
Broncos Hold on for Victory Over Timberlane The Broncos opened the scoring on a four-
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sloppy conditions and a young squad, Coach Bob Nimblett knew that strange things were bound to happen at Timberlane on Friday, September 23, but for sure, he couldn’t have predicted the 28-27 nail-biting finish that gave Alvirne their first Division 2 victory of the season. The Broncos were consistent with their scoring with one touchdown in each quarter for their 28 points. Special teams played a huge role in the game for both teams. “We did take advantage of some opportunities that they gave us,” explained Nimblett, “but we should have cashed in a few more times and were unable to do so.”
yard run by Brandon Rule after he had tackled the Timberlane punter on their own 4-yard line setting up the first score (Beaulieu tacked on the extra point). Alvirne missed on another scoring opportunity when Britton Doyle knocked a mishandled snap into the end zone where Timberlane recovered for a touchback. In the second quarter Rule again found pay dirt on a 37-yard touchdown run giving Alvirne a 13-0 lead as the extra point was no good. But special teams again factored in as Timberlane took the ensuing kickoff the length of the field and narrowed the gap to 13-7 at the half. The Broncos’ final two touchdowns were on passes from Josh Cohen to Tony Beaulieu (5 yard pass and 17 yard pass) with a two point conversion (Cohen to Andrew Stevens) and an extra point by Beaulieu to give Alvirne a commanding 28-7 lead … or at least that was what the fans thought. Timberlane proceeded to score three unanswered touchdowns and only a
missed 2-point conversion, kept the Owls from taking a lead. With 1.7 seconds remaining in the contest, Timberlane failed to hit a 37-yard field goal, which fell short on the goal line, giving the visiting Broncos the victory. Nimblett was pleased with the victory but stressed that, “the team must learn to play four full quarters and that special teams play a major role in the game.” He continues to encourage his team to, “remain focused on their assignments especially in tense moments of the game.” Cohen finished 3 for 4 for 32 yards, Brandon Rule finished with 108 yards and two touchdowns and Tony Beaulieu increased his season totals to five touchdowns and nine conversion kicks for 39 total points on the season. Lucas Notini recovered a pair of fumbles for the Broncos. Alvirne, with a record of 2-2 overall (1-2 in Division 2), will take on Division 2 opponent Dover on Friday, September 30, at home.
Hudson-Litchfield Bears Week 2 and 3
submitted by Jim Wilcox Week 2 Scores: Bears 3rd grade (L), Windham (W)
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Bears 4th grade 25, Pelham 26 Bears 5th grade 0, Salem 6 Bears 6th grade 0, Salem Gold 25 Bears 7th grade 16, Manchester South West 6 Bears 8th grade 40, Manchester South West 0 The Grade 7 Bears traveled to the Manchester South Sabres for a week two match up on Sunday, September 18. The Bears outplayed their opponents from the opening kickoff to the final whistle, defeating the Sabres 16 to 6. On the offensive side of the ball, the offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage, opening gaping holes for the running back who took full advantage with several big yardage gains. The offensive line’s incredible effort resulted in two touchdown runs of 10 yards and 15 yards, providing the Bears with significant momentum. On the defensive side of the ball, the Bears hard hitting, swarming defense manhandled the Sabres’ offense, holding their opponents to only a few first downs. The Bears aggressive defense forced two turnovers, an interception and a fumble recovery. With newly gained momentum, the Grade 7 Bears travel to Stellos Stadium to square off against Nashua PAL Force. Week 3 Scores: Bears 3rd grade (W), Nashua PAL Force (L) Bears 4th grade 25, Goffstown 0
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PAL Force 6 The 3U Hudson Litchfield Bears held on for a hard fought victory against Nashua PAL at Stellos Field, with a final score of 27-25 that was not decided until the last minute. With the win the Bears improved their record to 2-1. It was a total team effort as all of the Bears played well on both sides of the ball. Trent Leduc ran the ball on two critical fourth down plays as the offensive line blocked well for him. The line was led by the outstanding blocking of Mason Bennett, Greg Rainville, Josh Hoagland, Brad Morse and Alex Lawson. Playing well on the defensive side of the ball was Anthony Martone, Brody Burke, Chris Grondine, Owen Medina, Caleb Carten, John Newell, Armani Rogers and Josh Leigh. Next up for the Bears is a tough home game against the undefeated team from Plymouth. Week 3 had the Grade 7 Bears traveling to Stellos Stadium to face the Nashua PAL Force on Sunday, September 25. The PAL Force took advantage of a slow start by the Bears and jumped out to an early lead. Despite being down at halftime, the Bears remained poised and controlled the second half of the game, shutting down PAL’s offense while the Bears’ offense ran at will on PAL’s defense. As they had done the prior week, the Bears offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage, creating huge running lanes for their running back who averaged over seven yards per carry in the second half. The offensive line is proving itself to be the centerpiece of the Bears’ offense. Defensively, the Bears regrouped in the second half and held PAL to zero points and minimum yardage. For the second straight week, the Bears aggressive defense forced two turnovers, an interception and a fumble recovery. While the Bears were unable to overcome the first half deficit, the resilient Bears showed they can overcome adversity and play hard nose football to the final whistle.
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