Happy Derby Day, are you feeling Enticed?
Here’s a few local and regional tids and bits while you get ready for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Who’s your pick? Ours revealed toward the end:
The Battle of the Bridge between Nashua North-South has always been a good idea. The events for many of the sports promote a community atmosphere,especially in the spring and the fall when the weather is better. Thursday’s girls-boys lacrosse doubleheader is a great promotion for the sport at Stellos, and Holman always seems to come alive for the night version of North-South baseball.
The all-day North-South fall Bridge Battle is also a great thing. Winter? Well, it’s difficult since everything is indoors at different venues, but it’s still great for the rivalry. Now, you wonder, wouldn’t it be great if more schools did the same thing if possible with their chief rivals? Pinkerton and Londonderry have done it for years. Souhegan and Milford would be a natural. Alvirne and Campbell you could mention, but unfortunately the two schools are in different divisions for most sports. Perhaps Bishop Guertin and Merrimack or Alvirne?
-Hard to believe two things: One, that three months ago Friday was the ill-fated New England Patriots Super Bowl loss to the Eagles, and two, that in four weeks from just this past Friday we will have the Nashua Silver Knights home opener.
What will the season bring? That’s a great question, as the club, under the leadership of new general manager Rick Muntean, strives to capitalize on the popularity that has come from winning back-to-back Futures League championships. There likely won’t be many changes; Muntean has said he will use this season to gauge how things work here, etc., and then go from there. Either way, it will be a great night on Friday, June 1.
— Hard to believe it’s been a year this past week since the final athletic event in the history of now-closed Daniel Webster College, the baseball game with Rivier University at Holman Stadium. The sad thing is what happened to DWC isn’t unique if you’ve followed the story of the unfortunate closing of Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass., a school that had competed against the Eagles and Raiders in the past. So many lives are impacted, including those in athletics. For example, old friend and athletics communications veteran Jim Seavey, who used to work at UMass-Lowell and was a Lowell Spinners official scorer extraordinaire in the team’s early years, left a sports information position at Mass Maritime in November to take a job in the Mount Ida athletic department. And now the school is closing. Just a shame to see these schools around New England shutting down, and their athletic legacies with them.
— A big celebration is planned for Souhegan High School baseball coach and area legend Bill Dod’s retirement next month after 50 seasons of coaching baseball. It will be held at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats game on Saturday, June 9 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. The left field pavillion has been reserved and there is an inclusive ticket/all-you-can eat fee. For more info contact Sabers assistant baseball coach Mike Beliveau and any photos you migh have can be sent to Kerry Dod at email@example.com. It should be quite an event to honor one of the best.
— Speaking of things closing, Derby Day always makes one think of Rockingham Park in Salem and its horse racing history, another sports venue that is no more. Who do we like? We’ll go with Enticed, 30-1 odds.
What can we say, we like longshots and were, well, enticed. Enjoy one of the best events there is. Wonder if Tom Brady & Co. will be at Churchhill Downs as usual.
Tom King can be reached at 594-1251, firstname.lastname@example.org., or @Telegraph_TomK.