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12 - December 16, 2011 Salem Patriot

Blue Devils Start Swim Season Strong

by Chris White The Salem Blue Devils kicked off the 2011-2012 swim season at

the Workout Club and Wellness Center in Londonderry last Friday. The Blue Devils competed against the host, Londonderry, plus four other teams – Windham, Campbell, Pelham, and Timberlane. In the team competition, the Salem girls beat Windham (100-68), Campbell (136-8), Pelham (134-22), and Timberlane (118-38), but fell to Londonderry (108-62). Meanwhile, the Salem boys defeated Timberlane (24-22), but lost to Londonderry (132-13), Pelham (48- 16), and Windham (109-15). Patricia Caiati led the Salem girls with strong performances in the in the 500 free (second overall, 5:55.78) and 100 breaststroke (second overall, 1:21.61). Also earning top five finishes for Salem were Celeste Souza in the 200 IM (third overall, 2:39.28) and 500 free (fourth overall, 6:36.28), Kathleen Stravinskas in the 100 fly (fourth overall, 1:19.83), Michaela-Erin Duffy in the 200 IM (fourth overall, 2:53.08) and 100 backstroke (fourth overall, 1:13.04), Kelly Merkle in the 100 backstroke (fifth overall, 1:51.91), Christina McCann in the 100 fly (fifth overall, 1:23.62), and Brittany Burns in the 200 free (fifth overall, 2:33.60) and 100 free (fifth overall, 1:08.12).

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Andrew Moro led the Salem boys, placing second in the 200 IM (2:30.05) and third in the 100 fly (1:12.39). “We have a solid group of returning swimmers,” Salem coach Scarlette LeBlanc said. “Times-wise at the meet, we did very well. This was our first meet this season, so these times will be our starting off point from here on out.”

Salem hosts its first home meet tonight (Friday, December 16) at 6:30 p.m. against Laconia.

by Chris White Salem’s wrestlers competed at their first invitational of the season last Saturday as they hosted the Blue Devil Classic at Salem High School. The Blue Devils (113 points) placed fifth overall out of ten teams in the team results. Concord was the top team with 216 points. The Blue Devils had one winner on the day – Phil Smith at the 170-weight class. Smith defeated teammate Cody Sharpe 14-8 in the finals, as Sharpe settled for second at 170. Other Salem placers included Ryan Bolduc (113: second), Alex Lira (120: third), Jon Rheaume (126: second), and Zach Hicks (138: second). Prior to the Blue Devil Classic, Salem opened its season with a dual meet at home against Manchester Central on Wednesday, December 7. The Blue Devils won the meet 41-18 and had six pins on the night. Winners for the Blue Devils included Bolduc (113: pin), Lira (126: pin), Ryan Foster (132: pin), Hicks (145: tech. fall), Cam Zagami (160: pin), Sharpe (170: pin), and Smith (182: pin). The Blue Devils will be in action again this Saturday, December 17 at Nashua South.


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Salem’s Ryan Foster (in black) tries to gain an edge on his Central Catholic opponent Blue Devil wrestler Chris Fernandes takes his opponent to the floor Gubellini Signs Softball Scholarship to Quinnipiac Staff photo by Chris White by Chris White

Last month, Salem High senior Nicole Gubellini signed a softball scholarship to attend Quinnipiac University. She will join the Bobcats in Hamden, CT, starting next fall. “It’s a really beautiful place and a good school,” Gubellini said of Quinnipiac, a Division 1 institution. “I really like the coach too. She played on a pro team and it’s a good fit for me.”

Gubellini’s scholarship clearly didn’t happen by accident. She is dedicated to the sport and played on travel teams (New England Firebirds and Central Mass Rapids) in the summer and the fall. Her hard work and love for the game also separate her from

others and caught the eye of her future college coach. “I practice a lot,” Gubellini said. “I think she knows I’m working hard and sees I’m enthusiastic about the game - not just skilled.”

Although Gubellini usually finds herself pitching on the mound or hitting at the plate for Salem, she said she is ready to play and contribute wherever Quinnipiac may need her. “I like to play and be involved as

much as I can,” she said. “I hope I can hit, pitch, and potentially play the field.”

Salem senior Nicole Gubellini has inked a softball scholarship to play at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT

Right now, Gubellini is focusing on running the 55-meter dash for the Salem winter track team, but the softball season is not far from thought. Gubellini said if the Blue Devils come into the softball season prepared, then they will have a chance to do well this spring. “We all played together in the summer,” Gubellini said. ”That brought us together and we worked on what we needed to work on. I think we’ll do well this season if we work hard and have a good attitude.”

11 Christmas Services in Four Cities and two States – One Church

submitted by Patricia Klinger, Granite United Church This time of year it’s easy to get lost in the avalanche of wrapping paper, gift receipts, and shopping lists. Presents & parties can make for a lot of fun, but also a lot of Christmas related stress. So Granite United Church, based out of Salem, is hosting “Christmas Unwrapped.” They will be holding 11

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Christmas Services beginning Saturday night, December 17 and going through Christmas Eve. They will also be broadcasting their services on their Website,, throughout the week and on Christmas day! The 11 services will span four cities, including their current locations of Salem, and Haverhill, MA, as well as a Christmas service in Danvers, MA, and Lawrence, MA. Granite is holding 11 services because they believe that a lot of people want to go to church for Christmas and they want to give them multiple opportunities across the Merrimack Valley that will fit into their busy Christmas schedule. Each one of the services at


Granite United will feature a fresh take on traditional Christmas music in an upbeat environment while hearing the Biblical Christmas story in a way that makes them excited about the upcoming celebration! Granite United Church has a lot to celebrate with their community, too! They just completed an outreach campaign where they collected Christmas gifts with a total value of over $10,000 to benefit almost 300

individuals and give back to two Community Programs they have worked with in the past. Granite has worked closely with the Key Program out of Salem which supports at risk teens and their families and Emmaus House in Haverhill, where homeless families learn that “everybody matters.” Over 500 cards were given out with a gift request on them, each card had a gift value of about $20. This campaign kicked off mid-November during a service at Granite’s newest location at in Haverhill where over 400 people filled the Haverhill High School Auditorium.

During the Christmas services, they are asking attendees to bring a non- perishable food item with them to church for a Food Drive they have planned to benefit area food pantries in great need of supplies. You can learn more at Granite United Church, led

by Lead Pastor, Anthony Milas, believes that No Perfect People Are Allowed and welcome all guests during the week of Christmas and anytime to come and enjoy church! For locations and service

times check out their Website at or call 893-4065.



Staff photo by Chris White

Staff photos by Chris White

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