It should now be a net gain for safety at Holman

Here’s some worthwhile information while we hopefully can start the weekend on a sunny note:

If you haven’t been to Holman Stadium in a while, you will be surprised when you do. The city of Nashua along with the Nashua Silver Knights have taken the major step of installing netting all the way around the seating bowl, not just the screen behind home plate.

In other words, while some of the intmacy may be lost, fans will be much safer in their seats from foul balls, etc.

Was it an issue? Well, it always seemed as if there were some close calls as some dangerous balls off the bats at Silver Knight games had fans reacting quickly. A couple of times some fans weren’t so lucky.

So now, they are safe. On the flip side, it will take some getting used to. Caggiano notes that players these days are in much better shape and the ball comes even quicker off the bat.

“I’m sure there will be some fans (complaining), but I’d rather have that than have to call somebody and tell them their family member got hit by a ball,” Nashua Parks-Recreation Superintendent Nick Caggiano said. “People are there to have a good time at the ballpark. It’s a safety thing. It’s just different, as the fans were unprotected.”

Caggiano said it was something the city had been considering for the last couple of years, especially after an incident or two at Fenway Park in Boston. Naturally, the Silver Knights were involved in the discussions, first with previous owner Drew Weber and now with new owner John Creedon, Jr.

The city and the Silver Knights split the cost of the netting and installment, estimated by Caggiano at around $9,000. One took the first base side, the other the third base side.

“It’s a good thing,” Caggiano said. “Now we have protection.”

Can’t argue with him there.

—- In case you didn’t hear, the Nashua City Golf Tournament has been revamped. Remember, last fall it nearly wasn’t played, but now it has been moved to a July event after years of being played in September.

This year’s tournament will be July 20-21 at Sky Meadow Country Club and Nashua Country Club. Entries are being limited to 48 golfers, and tournament officials are expecting a waiting list to form quickly. For more info, email

It’s an interesting twist to a local golf tradition.

—-The Joe Yukica Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame handed out 38 scholar-athlete awards at its annual dinner this past week. Local winners were Michael Loveless, Austin Ouellette and Brian Montminy of Nashua North, as well as Bobby Bunis and Thomas Hayes of Merrimack. The awards were based on athletic, academic, and community achievements. But the highlight of the night was and Andy Mooradian Award for outstanding contribution to football to old friend/foe Tom Daubney, who was Portsmouth’s head coach form 1970-92. Daubney was one heckuva competitior and gave Nashua teams coached by Ken Parady fits. It was a great rivalry.

—- Do you know what today/tonight is? It’s New Hampshire Night at the New England Revolution’s game vs. San Jose at Gillette Stadium. The Revs are expecting some 4,000 fans and 110 youth soccer teams from New Hampshire to play in exhibitions on the field from 8 about 5:45, as they worked with the New Hampshire Soccer Association. Local participants are the Nashua Youth Soccer League, Litchfield Youth Soccer League, Hudson United Soccer Club, and the Merrimack Soccer Club.

—The National High School Coaches Association the other day announced their 145 Academic All-Americans for the 2018-19 school year.

The state with the most? Georgia, with 14. Next came Massachusetts with 13.

How many from New Hampshire schools, you wonder? According to the list they sent out…zero. Zip. Nada.

They thought they had one when they listed Salem’s Tyler Glynn, who wrestles at Central Catholic in Lawrence, Mass. The release put Central Catholic in New Hampshire. Oops.

Tom King may be reached at 594-1251,