12 - December 2, 2011 Salem Patriot Salem Patriot
by Chris White For the second straight year, Salem’s number one cross country runner, Ben Dutton, headed to the New England Cross Country Championships after qualifying with a top 25 finish at the New Hampshire Meet of Champions. This time around, however, Dutton’s expectations for the New England meet would be a little different. “I had a different mind-set going into it
this year,” said Dutton, who was Salem’s lone New England representative this year at Ponaganset High School in North Scituate, RI. ”It wasn’t just nice to be there this time. I had some goals that I wanted to achieve.” Dutton clocked a time of 16:32 to place
Ben Dutton, pictured finishing strong at the Meet of Champions, submitted an outstanding cross country season for the Blue Devils this fall. He finished the season by placing 30th overall at the New England Championships.
30th overall in the New England field on Saturday, November 12. The senior Blue Devil was also the seventh competitor from New Hampshire to cross the finish line that day, a significant improvement since placing 11th (16:11.4) overall among New Hampshire’s elite at the Meet of Champions a week earlier.
“Missing the top 10 at the Meet of Salem’s Dutton Places 30th at New England Championships
Champions was disappointing for me,” Dutton said. “But coming back with seventh place among New Hampshire runners at New England’s was pretty satisfying. The whole race, I kept running up the field and passing guys I usually didn’t.”
Dutton said competition is one aspect he
enjoys most about distance running. He first noticed his competitive nature when he began running cross country in the sixth grade and was the number seven runner on his team. By the time he was an eighth grader, he was competing for the team’s number one spot. “The fact that you can always get better and potentially beat others who are better than you is motivating for me,” explained Dutton, who is an honor roll student. His current cross country coach, Jason
Thibodeau, said Dutton’s passion for being the best helped set the tone for the whole team this season.
“He definitely pulls the team along with
him,” Thibodeau said. “The kids look to him to set the bar.”
Blue Devils Fall to Lawrence on Thanksgiving Salem’s offense paves the way for running back Jerickson Fedrick (#32)
by Chris White The Salem Blue Devils concluded the 2011 football season with a 46-28 loss to Lawrence on Thanksgiving Day. The Blue Devils hosted the game this year, after visiting Lawrence last Thanksgiving when they beat the Lancers, 44-38. Lawrence posted a 12-8 lead by the end of the first quarter, and then built a 33-16 advantage by
halftime. The Lancers expanded their lead with three touchdowns in the second quarter and were able to take control of the game. The teams traded touchdowns in the second half, as Lawrence went on to take the victory. Salem scored one touchdown in each quarter, beginning with a four-yard touchdown run by Rasheed Adigun in the first. Jerickson Fedrick
Dutton also proved to be one of the most consistent runners in the state this season, as he led Salem in qualifying for the Meet of Champions as a team and became the first Blue Devil ever to be selected to the New Hampshire all-division cross country team. “He performs consistently,” Thibodeau
said. “You can always depend on a good run from him and for him to be at the top of the pack.”
Naturally, Dutton said he hopes to continue his running career in college, where he can participate in cross country, winter track, and spring track like he does at Salem now. The University of New Hampshire, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and University of Rhode Island currently lead the list of schools he is interested in.
Salem quarterback Jonathan Soldano (#8) unleashes a long pass downfield against Lawrence
scored the second Blue Devil touchdown on a nine-yard run in the second. Finally, Abner Rodriguez crossed the goal line twice in the second half – once on a 17-yard run and again on a one-yard plunge. Statistically, the Blue Devil offense was led by
Fedrick and Rodriguez. Fedrick led Salem with 171 rushing yards on 27 carries, while Rodriguez
Boys & Girls Club Swimmers Making Waves
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stirring up the water last Saturday in their first home meet of the season, against the Exeter Swim Team. Team scores were neck and
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neck throughout the meet, but in the end, Raiders swimmers prevailed, with a winning score of 291 to Exeter’s 253. Raiders swimmers tallied 34 first place finishes, 20 second place finishes and 11 third place finishes. Sweeping their events with first place finishes across the board were Kyana Baiguy, taking first in the 200IM, 100 Fly and 500 Free, Connor Carbonneau in the 200 free, 100 breast and 500 free, Carmela Souza in the 50 free, 50 back and 50 breast, and Celeste Souza in the 100 back, 200 IM and 500 free. Following close behind with two first place finishes were Anthony
Bielecki: 100 free and 50 breast, Brittany Burns: 100 free and 100 breast, Kyle Carbonneau: 100 free and 100 breast, Hunter Cullen: 100 back and 100 free, and Dylan Kerr with first place finishes in the 50 free and 100 fly. Other first place finishers were: Colby Adams in the 200 IM, Colby Burns in the 50 fly, Tayla Caplis in the 100 free, Maddie Craig in the 200 IM, Jack Fitzgerald in the 50 back, Nick Sheedy in the 50 back, Matthew Tomarchio in the 100 free and Jayne Tracy in the 100 IM. Seven Raiders swimmers missed top honors, but scored high with second place finishes. They were Alex Bielecki in the 100 free, Kara Davidson in the 25 fly, Bryan Kerman in the 50 free, Brendan Kerr in the 100 back and 100 free, Emily MacIver in the 50 back, Hannah Schultz in the 100 free and 50 breast, and Alexa Trautz in the 100 back and 100 free.
Also scoring for the team with third place finishes were Addison
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Balbat: 100 free, Norman Kerman: 50 free and 100 free, Jessica Tracy: 50 free and Erika Wright in the 50 back. Relay teams were also strong.
Bringing home first place ribbons were the 11/12 girls medley
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relay team; Hannah Schultz, Carmela Souza, Tayla Caplis and Maddie Craig and 200 Free relay team; Emily MacIver, Maddie Craig, Tayla Caplis and Carmela Souza, 15/18 girls Kathleen Stravinskas, Brittany Burns, Alexa Trautz and Celeste Souza took top honors in their medley and freestyle relays as well. 11/12 boys Eli Cruz, Anthony Bielecki, Colby Adams and Colby Burns and 13/14 boys Brendan Kerr, Connor Carbonneau, Dylan Kerr and Hunter Cullen took firsts in their medley relay events as well. The 13/14 boys relay team of Dylan Kerr, Hunter Cullen, Connor Carbonneau and Bryan Kerman earned top honors in their 200 free relay, as well. Second place relay finishes were awarded to 9/10 boys medley
relay team: Matthew Tomarchio, Alex Bielecki, Nick Sheedy and Addison Balbat, and 11/12 boys Free relay team: Colby Burns, Norm Kerman, Colby Adams and Anthony Bielecki. Finally, third place relay finishes went to the girls 11/12 medley
relay team of Emily Arcidiacono, Emily MacIver, Kirsten Davidson and Allie Ross, and the 11/12 girls Free relay team of Hannah Schultz, Alyssa Perkins, Kirsten Davidson and Emily Arcidiacono. Raiders will travel to Goffstown next week to take on the Manchester Y Tiger Sharks.
gathered 93 yards on 17 carries. Mike Downing also chipped in 41 yards on six carries. Salem finished the season with a 7-5 overall
record. The Blue Devils were 5-4 overall in Division 1 play, as they reached the Division 1 semifinals for the second straight season.
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Staff photo by Chris White
Staff photo by Chris White
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