February 25, 2015

Newfound's Szendre could use your support

Roger Brown

Last Thursday Newfound Regional High School football coach Andrew Szendre was taken to Brigham and Women's Shapiro Cardiovascular Center in Boston, where he was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle disease.

Szendre, who is also Newfound's varsity boys basketball coach, has yet to return from the hospital. Szendre, 32, works as a paraprofessional at Newfound Regional and does not have disability insurance. He and his wife Jennifer have three children.

A fund has been set up by the Szendre family to help offset medical expenses. Those in the New Hampshire football community who would like to contribute to the fund can do so by clicking on the following link: http://www.gofundme.com/n37dzw


February 18, 2015

Cathcart named Pembroke's head coach

Roger Brown

Former Goffstown head coach Rob Cathcart has been named the varsity football coach at Pembroke Academy.

Cathcart, a New Boston resident, replaces Ray Connolly, who resigned in January after one season as Pembroke's coach. The Spartans were 2-6 in Division II last season.

Cathcart spent nine seasons as Goffstown's coach (2002-2010). He served as the defensive coordinator on Travis Cote's staff at Bishop Guertin last season.

"I got out of it when my kids were college age, but then I got the itch to coach again," Cathcart said. "We used to scrimmage Pembroke when I was at Goffstown and they had some good athletes. For some reason the pieces never seemed to come together."

Cathcart guided Goffstown to the semifinal twice. He also served on the NHIAA football committee for three seasons.

"I really wanted to get back into it as a head coach," Cathcart said. "Excited to get going again."

February 16, 2015

Granite State Lineman Challenge will take place in July

The 2015 Granite State Lineman Challenge will be held July 11 (11 a.m.) at Manchester Memorial High High School. Twelve teams competed in the event last year, and there will be room for more teams this year.

Early registration is May 31. The cost is $150 for the first five-player team, and an additional $20 for each participant over the first five players. Lunch and t-shirts will be provided. Events will be similar to last year with the exception of the tire pull.

Those with questions can contact Ray Connolly at rconnolly@mansd.org.

NHFR holding donation drive for 2015 season

NHFR logo.jpgA hearty thank you goes out to all who have helped support the New Hampshire Football Report in the past, either through sponsorships or private donations.

Special thanks to Arnie McRae, Michael Garczynski of MG Sports and the Milford High School football booster club.

NHFR is currently seeking donations and sponsors to help keep the site running through the 2015 season. If you would like to help NHFR in its effort to promote football in New Hampshire, please consider making a donation or becoming a sponsor.

Sponsorship options are available upon request. Donations of $20 or more can be made through PayPal by using any major credit card. Just click on the "Donate" button on the right sidebar. Donations can also be made by check and sent to the following address:

Roger Brown
20 Thornhill Road
Stratham, N.H.

February 14, 2015

Bishop Guertin names Moore head coach

Roger Brown

Bishop Guertin High School has named Jeff Moore as the school's varsity football coach.

Moore, a Nashua resident, has served as the head coach at Lowell (Mass.) High School, Dracut (Mass.) High School and The Groton School in Groton, Mass. Most recently he was the defensive coordinator at Framingham State University.

Moore works as a police officer in Lowell.

"After a thorough search, we are happy to bring Coach Moore to Bishop Guertin," Bishop Guertin athletic director Peter Paladino said. {Moore's] experience at both the high school and collegeiate levels will bring excellence to our program and to our student ­athletes. Jeff's vision for the program is consistent with the school's mission to educate the whole person. I am confident he will instruct and challenge our student­athletes, help them realize their potential as players and as individuals and help achieve their goals of playing at the next level."

Paladino said there were more than 35 applicants for the job, which opened when BG decided not to retain former head coach Travis Cote. Cote guided BG to three playoff appearances in his four seasons as the program's head coach. The Cardinals won the Division II championship in 2011, Cote's first season at BG.

Cote had a 25-17 record in his four seasons with the Cardinals.

Former Pinkerton QB headed to Oregon

Roger Brown

Jake Froehlich, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound quarterback who played at the Tilton School, has accepted a preferred walk-on position from the University of Oregon.

Froehlich, a Wolfeboro resident, spent four seasons at Tilton. He transferred to Pinkerton Academy before his junior year, but transferred back to Tilton after three games with the Astros.

Froehich was named to the NEPSAC Class C All-New England Team following his senior season.



February 11, 2015

Former Windham player spreading positive message

Stay positive.pngWhen CJay DiPrima talks about the mental toll battling cancer takes on a person, he's speaking from experience. 

DiPrima, who played football at Windham High School, planned to continue his football career at Franklin Pierce University, but had to change that plan when he was diagnosed with grey zone lymphoma. Football was no longer a priority, and DiPrima was forced to withdraw from school in the fall of 2012, following first semester at Franklin Pierce.

DiPriima, 21, has been in remission since May of 2013. His fight against cancer prompted DiPrima and longtime friend Tom Mullin to form Stay Positive Apparell LLC, a company that spreads a positive message to those dealing with cancer (patients, friends and family members) and also raises money for the fight against cancer. Mullin has an aunt who battled breast cancer.

The company sells t-shirts, sweatshirts, winter hats, baseball hats, wrist bands and sweatpants with the Stay + logo. The color of the plus sign changes depending on the form of cancer. Pink, for example, is used to raise awareness about breast cancer.

"It was a phrase that inspired me," DiPrima said. "Tom and I came up with the idea when were helping my sister create t-shirts for spirit day at school. Tom suggested we market it that way (with the plus sign) because "Stay Positive" wouldn't fit on the front.

"The majority of our sales are done through our web site (www.staypositiveapparel.com). Business is steady. It's catching on slowly, but marketing isn't cheap."

DiPrima and Mullin, both of whom are Windham residents, run their business while attending Northern Essex Community College. They began selling items just before Christmas in 2013. Thirty percent of the profit from each sale goes to Massachusetts General Pediatric Oncology, which is where DiPrima was treated, and the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed for funding research to find cures for childhood cancers. 

In addition to selling Stay + apparel through the company web site, the items are also available at events that promote cancer awareness. DiPrimia and Mullin will be at the Catwalk for Cancer at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, Mass., next month.

"All of us experience difficulties in day-to-day life," DiPrima said. "Going through chemo was hard and keeping a positive attitude helped me get through it. If you don't stay positive it will lead you into depression."

February 8, 2015

Windham's McInnis headed to Merrimack

Thumbnail image for Windham logo.jpgWindham High School quarterback Brendan McInnis said Sunday he will sign a National Letter of Intent this week and will continue his football career at Merrimack College, a Division II program in North Andover, Mass., that competes in the Northeast-10 Conference.

McInnis said he made his decision after visiting Merrimack on Saturday. He was also considering Saint Anselm College and Assumption, and said he was also exploring the possibility of spending a year in prep school.

"I'm the only quarterback they're bringing in this year and they said I'd have a chance to compete right away -- that was a big part of it," McInnis said. "It's a promising situation. I ended up in the right place for me."

McInnis was a two-year starter for Windham who led the Jaguars to the Division II championship last season. He threw five touchdown passes against St. Thomas Aquinas in the Division II championship game.

McInnis completed 155 of 251 passes for 2,750 yards (62 percent completion percentage) during his two years as a starter. He was intercepted five times in those two seasons and passed for 43 TDs. He averaged 17.74 yards per competion.

McInnis also rushed for 1,237 yards (8.69 yards per carry) and 13 touchdowns. He will represent the East in this year's CHaD New Hampshire East/West All-Star Game.

February 5, 2015

Media Blitz: X marks the spot

2014 Spaulding.jpgHigh School: Exeter's Vorster makes defensive call >> Union Leader

High School: Niyomugabo headlines UNH's class >> Concord Monitor

College: McDonnell impressed with UNH recruits >> Portsmouth Herald

February 4, 2015

UNH releases 2015 recruiting class

The University of New Hampshire football program's 2015 recruiting class:

NamePositionHeightWeightHometown/Last School
 Michael Balsamo DB/RB 6-0 200Atkinson, N.H./Central Catholic H.S.
 Jack Carroll DL/OL          
 6-2 290          
Oakton, Va./Gonzaga College H.S.
 Quinlen Dean LB/WR          
 6-1 205Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt
 Jalen Gardner DL/OL 6-2 300New Haven, Conn./Hillhouse H.S.
 Evan Gray RB/LB 5-10 225          
Centreville, Va./Westfield H.S.
 Brendan Hill TE/DE          
 6-4 235Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield H.S.
 Clayton Jimerson

DE/TE 6-3 230Milton, Ga./Cambridge H.S.
 Robert Kelly K/P 6-2 180St. Albans, Vt./Bellows Free Academy
Malik Love WR/DB 5-10 165Alcoa, Tenn./Holderness School
Justin Malone-Woods TE/DE          
 6-2 225San Diego, Calif./Loomis Chaffee
Matt Matulis OL/DL6-2
 255Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista H.S.
Ivan Niyomugabo QB/DB          
6-0205Penacook, N.H./Merrimack Valley H.S.
Isiah PerkinsDB/QB6-0175Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown
Nick VelteOL/DL6-3290
Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute
Amechie WalkerWR/DB5-9170Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg H.S.
Malik WilderWR/DB5-9175Bronx, N.Y./Brunswick School