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12 - November 25, 2011 Salem Patriot Salem Patriot

Salem lineman Dan Stacey was a first team defensive all-state selection for football this season

by Chris White Salem High School enjoyed another successful sports season this fall. Every fall team was represented in post-season competition, while a number of Blue Devils were selected to play in all-star contests after the season. Tayllar Righini and Jersey Burns represented the Salem girls soccer team in the Lion’s Cup all-star game, and Blue Devil volleyball players Jackie Cone and Stephanie Long played in the New Hampshire volleyball all-star game. Meanwhile, field hockey’s Sarah Frahm was chosen to play for New Hampshire in the senior field hockey all-star game against Vermont. All-state teams for each sport were also announced recently. The following is a list of Salem athletes named to New Hampshire all-state teams this fall: Field Hockey First Team: Sarah Frahm, Samantha Gauvain Second Team: Amanda Travaglini Girls Cross Country

Meet of Champions: Alyssa Lambert Boys Cross Country Meet of Champions: Ben

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Salem Fall Athletes Named to All-State Teams

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Girls Volleyball First Team: Jackie Cone Honorable Mention: Stephanie Long Girls Soccer Second Team: Tayllar Righini Honorable Mention: Jersey Burns

New England Championships: Ben Dutton

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Football First Team Offense: Jerickson Fedrick (running back) First Team Defense: Dan Stacey (lineman), Mike Downing (linebacker) Second Team Offense: Justin Lozowski (lineman) Second Team Defense: Kevin Dembkoski (linebacker) Honorable Mention: Kris Phipps, Christian Fancy, Abner Rodriguez

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Salem’s Tayllar Righini took second team all-state honors for soccer and was selected to play in the Lion’s Cup all-star game

Thankful for Our American Football Tradition

by Chris White There are a lot of things to be thankful for on Thanksgiving, but the football games are one tradition I enjoy most. There’s just something about these games that give them a certain mystique that can’t be found anywhere else. High school games often showcase two big-time rivals competing against each other in their final game that season, while family, friends, and alumni stand in attendance. This stirs up some great competition on the field, as players from each side give it everything they have in their last game in front of their biggest fans. Whether or not the contest has post-season implications, it is naturally played like a championship game. The high school Thanksgiving football tradition began

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well over a hundred years ago. Some rivalries (like Boston English versus Boston Latin) have dated back as far as the 1880s, which only adds to the fun. With rivalries so intense and deep-rooted, sometimes a disappointing season can be salvaged with a victory in the Thanksgiving Day game while a loss could put a damper on the season. In the meantime, watching college and pro games not

only gives an excuse to grab a seat in front of the TV, but also provides an opportunity for the football fan (or non-football fan) to gain some perspective on the game. Basically, when you’re forced to watch certain teams play on Thanksgiving afternoon, you may end up growing an appreciation for what

other teams and athletes (besides the Patriots) have to offer. In my childhood years, I would always look forward to

watching Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders every Thanksgiving. No matter what else happened, it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Barry running around on the TV screen. It’s an appreciation like this that is one of the main reasons the Lions play every Thanksgiving Day. Back in 1934, the Lions were struggling to attract fans – especially with the success of the Detroit Tigers baseball club in town. Lions’ team owner George Richards came up with the idea of scheduling his team to play on Thanksgiving, knowing this would be the only professional sporting event in the country people would be able to attend or listen to on the radio that day. The Lions lost to the Chicago Bears 19-16, but the game

attracted a great audience at the stadium and on the radio. People were given the opportunity to learn about professional football on Thanksgiving, and the Lions’ tradition was born. In 1966, the Dallas Cowboys would follow a similar plan, as they were new to the league and began to establish their presence by playing home games on Thanksgiving. Even though the Lions and Cowboys may have started

playing on Thanksgiving for their own interest and promotion, let’s just say I’m thankful for the opportunity they gave us to appreciate football on Thanksgiving.

submitted by Sue Lock The Phantom Gymnastics Prep Op team recently competed in its first meet of the season at the NH Judges Cup in Brentwood. It was a

Area Gymnasts Compete in NH Judges Cup Prep Op

Advanced Team, back row, left to right: Michelle George, Kylie Lowell, and


Kylie Muzerall. Front row: Ally DeCloux, Emily Cambra, Lillian Oliveri (Salem), Nicole Faber

(Salem), Juliana Iarrobino, Leah Faber (Salem).

Prep Op Novice Team, left to right: Emma Stahly, Julia Huberdeau,

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great start to the season as all three levels; Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced, won the first place team trophies. The girls also took six of the first place individual all around titles. In the Novice Division, Brittney Waller of Salem placed first in the all around in the Child age group with a 37.325. She also took first on vault, bars, and floor, and third on beam. Brytni Benjamin of Windham placed second in the all around with a 36.975. She took first on beam and placed second on vault and floor. In the Senior age group, Kierstin Lock of Salem placed first in the all around with a 36.35. She also came in first on bars and floor, second on vault, and third on beam.

In the Intermediate Division, Erin Faber of Salem placed first in the all around in the Child age group with a 37.375 and took first on vault, bars, and floor. In the Junior age group, Julia Worden of Windham placed first on vault and floor and third on bars. In the Senior age group, Amber Chopelas of Salem placed second in the all around with a 35.65, along with placing second on floor, and third on vault and beam. Ashley Myer of Salem took third on bars and beam.


In the Advanced Division, Leah Faber of Salem placed first in the all around in the Child age group with a 36.4 and took first on bars, beam, and floor. In the Senior age group, Nicole Faber of Salem placed third in the all around. She also came in second place on bars and floor, and third on vault. Lilly Oliveri, also of Salem, placed third on beam and floor.





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