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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Area Digest


Landry, Piwowarski, Norris being honored

Picking up where the American Defenders left off, the Nashua Lions Club as part of their “Lions In Sight” project has announced the 2010 inductees to the Nashua Sports Legends Hall of Fame, which will be held at Holman Stadium on July 4 at 8 p.m.

Leading the list this year is former Nashua High, UMass and Detroit Lions quarterback Greg Landry. The Nashua native was the first quarterback selected in the first round of the 1968 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions after a stellar career at UMass where he was selected as All-Yankee Conference. In 1971, as a member of the Lions, Landry passed for 2,237 yards and 16 touchdowns and was named to the Pro Bowl. He remains the last Detroit Lions quarterback to be selected to the Pro Bowl.

Richard “Dick” Piwowarski is the man who put Bishop Guertin athletics on the map as a major force in Division II football. After a highly successful career as football, basketball and baseball coach at the former Spring Street Junior High, Mr. P was named athletic director and varsity football, basketball and baseball coach at the catholic school in the spring of 1966, and the rest is history.

For over four decades Steve Norris directed the Nashua High School Royal Purple marching band following in the shoes of the legendary Elmer “Pop” Wilson growing the NHS music program and winning numerous awards and recognition for the high school band.

While the likes of Harvey and Marandos left their mark on the Holman Stadium grid iron, Norris and his students were part of the football history with stellar halftime performances.

The Nashua Lions took on the Sports Legends Hall of Fame program earlier this year when they partnered with the city to make the event part of the Fourth of July program.

Mayor Donnalee Lozeau will join club president Tom Lavoie in making the presentations beginning at 8 p.m.

“These three individuals have left their mark on Nashua and its rich sports history directly and indirectly. The Lions are pleased to join with the city in keeping this tradition going,” Lavoie said.

Landry, Piwowarski and Norris will join last year’s inductees Charles “Buzz” Harvey, Tony Marandos, Fran Tate, George “Birdie” Tebbetts and Edward F. Lecius on plaques that will be displayed at the entrance to Holman.

All three, along with their families, have been invited to attend the ceremony which is open to the public and sponsored by the City of Nashua.

The Nashua Lions Club was chartered in September of 1923 and meets on the first and third Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.


Local trio help Mass. team to Regionals

Amanda Gerlitz (Hollis), Tori Sousa (Nashua) and Morgan Andrews (Milford) aided the U17 Stars of Massachusetts into a spot at the US Youth Region 1 Girls Soccer Regional Tournament July 1-6 in West Virginia.

Teams earn a spot in the Regionals either by winning their local State Cup tournament or by being the highest placed team in the Region 1 Premier League that has not won their state cup.

The Stars have yet to complete their state cup run; however, they have earned the Region 1 Premier League berth.

The Stars placed third in the league, while the first and second place teams recently won their state cup titles and therefore will be attending the Regionals representing their states (New Jersey, Maryland).

The Stars still have a chance to secure the Massachusetts State Cup berth by earning a spot in and winning the final State Cup game, which is scheduled for today at 3:30 p.m. in Lancaster, Mass.


Local vet takes part in Golden Age Games

Nashua’s Richard St. Louis is currently in Des Moines, Iowa, taking part in the 24th National Veterans Golden Age Games this week.

With more than 700 athletes from 39 states and the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands, the National Veterans Golden Age Games is one of the most progressive and adaptive rehabilitative senior sports programs in the world. The Games serve as a qualifying event for competition in the National Senior Games in a number of competitive events.


Milford Rotary’s 100 holes set for July 30

Imagine a day of golf in which you tee off at sunrise and attempt to complete 100 straight holes of uninterrupted golf by sundown. If this is your ideal day of golf, then you are in luck.

The Milford Rotary Club presents the 16th annual 100 Holes of Golf Tournament. This one-of-a-kind charity tournament will be held on Friday, July 30, at the Amherst Country Club.

Participation in the 100 Holes of Golf Tournament ranges from volunteering to sell raffle tickets to playing all 100 holes of golf, so that all individuals interested in giving back to local communities can take part regardless of golfing ability.

So whether you want the bragging rights of such an amazing golfing experience, or you just want to volunteer your time, the Milford Rotary Club has a way for you to get involved and support a great cause.

This yearly charity golf tournament raises money for more than 30 local organizations through the support of local sponsors, raffle ticket buyers, and tournament golfers.

The proceeds of this year’s tournament will benefit organizations like the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Nashua, Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley, Granite State Organizing Project and the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, just to name a few.

To join the over 65 registered golfers and 50 volunteers, or simply to learn more about how to take part in this unique charity event, contact John Siemienowicz at 672-1300, Ext. 113.


D.A.R.E. Classic 5K scheduled for Aug. 4

On Aug. 4 the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon will be the site for the 20th annual New Hampshire State Police D.A.R.E. Classic 5K Road Race. The five-kilometer race will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be open to all runners.

Pre-registration is $15 on or before July 30, and $20 thereafter. Registration for the race will also be taken on the evening of the event. T-shirts will be given to the first 300 runners to register.

There will be team and individual awards for law enforcement category runners, as well as awards for individual men and women in nine age categories.

In addition, there will be a free one-mile fun walk/run at 6 p.m. for children, parents and anyone else who wishes to participate.

No registration is required for the fun walk/run.

Prior to race, there will a number of exciting on-site activities such as a demonstration by a State Police K-9 team and many random merchandise drawings.

Also on display will be the State Police Motorcycle Unit and a variety of colorful D.A.R.E. vehicles owned by police departments throughout the state. These vehicles will be invited to lead the fun walk/run participants around the track.

As in past years, all of the race proceeds will be forwarded to the New Hampshire D.A.R.E. Program, which will use the money to help fund D.A.R.E. educational classes throughout the state.

The D.A.R.E. Program is a proactive approach to law enforcement to educate children about the perils associated with drug and alcohol abuse and violence.

Further information may be obtained by contacting race director, TFC Maureen Steer of the New Hampshire State Police at 271-2877.