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Replays show NHIAA whiffs again on video board

By Hector Longo - Staff Writer | Nov 19, 2019

They say hindsight is 20/20. I would beg to differ, at least as it pertains to the NHIAA.

These folks severely dropped the ball a year ago when they made the decision not to allow replays on the “jumbotron” at UNH for the state championship football games.

As someone who was there for the day in 2018, it clearly detracted from the experience, for not just the fans but the athletes as well.

You make a great play, don’t you want to see it again? We’re all human. Of course you do.

So the powers that be had to see the error in their ways, right? This, after all, about the kids.

It’s not about the ego of some adults, right?

So, if say the officials working the games didn’t want the replays to be shown because their judgment could be put in question, that wouldn’t be reason enough to lessen the experience for the students and the athletes, right?

Wrong. Wrong on all counts.

According to Shannon Quinn of the NHIAA, there will again be no replays on Sunday.

Here is the NHIAA statement why:

“There are a few elements that UNH has that no high schools have, including the replays on video board and play clocks. Our student-athletes are not familiar with these elements, therefore we don’t utilize them. The replays on the video board would distract the student-athletes, as would the play clock, as they are used to looking at the back judge for the count. The live action on the board is nice for parents and fans to see close ups of their student-athletes.”

That one is tough to buy. I want to believe it. I can’t.

I feel like Fred Gwynne, playing the judge in the movie “My Cousin Vinny,” on this one.

It is a fair, lucid, well-thought out argument against it.


To say the student-athletes would be distracted by the replays, but not the live-action stuff is a bit of a stretch.

The MIAA replays everything in the Mass. Super Bowls at Gillette Stadium. No distractions there.

This miscarriage of authority is about the adults in charge and their feelings – not about student-athletes being distracted.

Unless somebody in Concord has an awakening and realizes the amazing error they are about to commit, there will be no replays.

This includes the Division II title game (2:30 p.m.) between Hollis Brookline and Plymouth.

Luckily, because UNH football plays Saturday, we have an extra day to try and right this wrong.

Somebody make a call. Do what’s right. For the kids, not for the egos.

Sander by

the numbers

Hollis Brookline quarterback Sander Wimmer hits Saturday’s title game with some amazing numbers.

The senior took over the starting quarterback spot in 2017 when starter Joey Delaney was injured in the season opener against Windham.

Since then, there have been a lot of wins — 20-9 overall — a lot of yards and a lot of touchdowns racked up by the Cavaliers’ offense.

Wimmer hits the championship game with 1,157 rushing yards and 27 TDs scored on the ground.

Through the air, he has thrown for a colossal 7,245 yards with 69 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.

In 2019 alone, Wimmer has thrown for 2,716 yards and 27 TDs with just six picks.

Milford track

suffers loss

An out-of-school employment opportunity has cost Milford High its track coach, Mike Wright.

With Wright’s resignation last week and the season to commence right after Thanksgiving, Milford High Athletic Director Marc Maurais is in scramble mode, looking for a varsity head track coach.

Anyone interested in applying for the position or for the Spartans’ other opening for a girls JV basketball coach should contact Maurais as soon as possible.

Contact Hector Longo at 594-1253 or hlongo@nashuatelegraph.com.


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