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14 - October 21, 2011 Hudson~Litchfield Sports Top 10 Swimmers Banquet Honors New England’s’ Best


submitted by Rhonda Bleeker On Sunday, October 16, New England Swimming held a banquet to honor the top 10 swimmers in each event and age group. The RAYS (Rockingham Area Youth Swim) Team had three swimmers achieve this status.


Jillian Serrentino in the SCY (short course yards) 100 Free, Owen Caprioglio of Litchfield in the SCY 25 Back and LCM (long course meters) 50 Back, and Bradley Valo of Windham in the LCM 50 Free and LCM 200 Individual Medley were Top 10 Swimmers. Long time RAYS Coach, Andy Hayes, came to support his swimmers, and acknowledge their achievements. In addition to those achievements, NE Swimming tracks the top 16


swimmers in each event throughout a 12-month period (Sept 2010- Sept 2011), with Jillian qualifying in 1 additional event while setting 7 SCY team records; and 4 LCM Records. Bradley qualified in 5 additional events, setting 6 Team records and Owen in 1 additional event, setting 3 team records. Two World Champion Swimmers were the Key Note speakers at


the event: New England Swimming native Eva Fabian of Keene and a high


school senior won the 10K at the 2011 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships, 2010 Open Water World Champion in the 5K and earned a silver medal in the 10k (6.4 miles!) open water event at the 2010 MOO Pan Pacific Championships among her many accomplishments. Alex Meyer of Ithaca, NY, is a Harvard graduate who swims for Crimson Aquatics Swim Team. Meyer was the first American


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From the left, front Bradley Valo, Owen Caprioglio,; left rear, Jillian Serrentino, Coach Andy Hayes


Swimmer named to the 2012 Olympic Games … Won the 10K at the 2011 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships, and Captured gold in the 25K (about 15 miles!) at the 2010 Open Water World Championships. Both World Champion Swimmers stressed the importance of hard work, perseverance, following their dreams, and dedication required to succeed. They both related to the swimmers their personal experiences, which required them to overcome setbacks and continue to grow in the sport and as people. They encouraged the swimmers to try events outside of their comfort zone, such as open


water swimming, which would enhance their overall experience base.


It was a terrific opportunity for everyone to get a glimpse into what it takes to become a World Champion, the many miles of swimming each day, the coaching, and the family support. This summer, the young swimmers will have friends to cheer for in the 2012 Olympic games.


From the left Alex Meyer, Bradley Valo, Jillian Serrentino, Owen Caprioglio, Eva Fabian


Perhaps in 2016 or 2020 someone from this group of New England swimmers will represent the USA in those Olympics … all it takes is a dream … and lots of hard work! New England Swimming, Inc., is an Eastern Zone swimming committee (LSC) of USA Swimming. USA Swimming is the National Governing Body for swimming in the United States. New England Swimming involves approximately 7300 athletes and nearly 90 teams in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont with a mission to promote and support personal excellence through competitive swimming.


More information about the RAYS is available at http://www. raysnh.org.


Hudson United U12 Boys Win Tournament


submitted by Jerry Ruigrok The Hudson United U12 boys travel soccer team, the Mustangs, won a very exciting Capital Cup tournament in Concord over Columbus Day weekend. The Mustangs prevailed over ten other U12 teams from all over New Hampshire to take home the trophy. The boys played some of their best soccer of the season during the tournament, beating several very strong teams. In the first match, the Mustangs won a very


challenging game against a great team from Concord. Concord came into the game undefeated and leading the Granite State Youth Soccer League’s (GSYSL) Division 1 (New Hampshire’s top division). Despite getting outshot, the Mustangs made their scoring opportunities count and got amazing performances from their defense and goalkeepers to pull off a 2-1 victory. With one of the best offenses and individual players the Mustangs have ever faced, the Concord team would go on to outscore their other opponents 29-5 during the rest of the tournament. It was a pivotal game for the team from Hudson.


In its second game on Saturday, Hudson United faced a Windham team that it had defeated just a week earlier in league play and again came away with a victory, 2-0. Despite being exhausted from their emotional first win just a few hours earlier, the Mustangs pulled away with a strong second half. The win left the Mustangs in a three-way tie for first place in pool play with one game to go, with only the top two teams moving on. On Sunday morning, the Mustangs would face off against one of the other first place teams in a “must win” game for a spot in the championship. John Stark United, also undefeated for the entire season, was the opponent. In another strong overall game, Hudson United again came away with a 2-0 victory, first place overall in pool play, and a spot in the championship game. A very excited group of boys, many of whom have played together since they were 7 years old, were ready for another challenge in the championship game against a team from Mount Washington Valley. It was the Mustangs’ third consecutive tournament playoff appearance over the past few seasons, but they were still looking for their first championship. Right from the start,


Hudson United dominated play and controlled possession of the ball. With numerous scoring opportunities, they were able to put two home for a final score of 2-0. A well-deserved trophy ceremony later, and the Hudson United U12 boys team was on their way home with their first championship.


Hudson United outscored their opponents 8-1 during the tournament. Despite it being a high scoring tournament, the team allowed only one goal during the entire weekend, while their opponents averaged 5.5 goals per game in their other games. It was a remarkable run of games by the Hudson defense, led by Alex Ellis, Joe DeRoche, Jarred Natola, Kyle Ping, and Ryan Ruigrok. Goalies Tyler Lizotte and Zac Reddig came up big all weekend long, each with several SportsCenter-worthy saves. The offense played extremely well as a team, with great passing and very exciting goals, including three by Garrett Lambert, two each by Connor Lambert and Ryan Ruigrok, and one by Cole Taylor. Also playing great team offense, with key assists and scoring opportunities, were Cameron Hilton, Logan Jones, Simon Morrier, and Chris Tufts. Congratulations to the Hudson United U12 boys team on an exciting and well-deserved championship in the 2011 Capital Cup tournament. For more information about Hudson United soccer, including spring tryouts on October 22, visit www.hudsonsoccer. org.


Local Hockey Player has a Great Weekend


Friday Chris Zuccaro was named Offensive Player of the Week in the Empire Junior Hockey League. The second year Monarch and Hudson native had a weekend for the ages at the Monarchs showcase. Chris had one goal and seven assists in an 18-1 win over the Salem Ice Dogs, two goals and one assist in a 10-0 win over the Buffalo Stars in the first annual Gravedigger Classic at the Verizon Wireless Arena, and finished the weekend with one goal and one assist in a 12-0 win over the Frederick Freeze. The weekend total of four goals and nine assists in four games is a good month for some players and when combined with Chris’s usual stellar D-zone play and penalty killing


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makes him a key component to the Monarchs weekend success. Then on Saturday Zuccaro was name Captain for the Junior Monarchs being selected by the players. Veteran Chris Zuccaro won the “player vote” for Captain and will be at the helm with 2 or 3 other leaders for this years team (one other Captain and one or two other assistants to be named next week). Overall, it’s been a nice couple days for local boy.


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