New Hampshire Football Report

Shrine teams report Sunday

CASTLETON, Vt.— Seventy-two of the finest high school football players from New Hampshire and Vermont will begin practicing for the 66th Annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl on Sunday. This year’s game will be played at Castleton University’s Spartan Field on Aug. 3.

Vermont head coach Marty Richards, formerly of Mt. Mansfield High School, and New Hampshire head coach Bill Raycraft, formerly of Windham High School, have both stressed the importance of their players being in good physical condition when reporting to camp. The two teams will be headquartered at Castleton University for six days before playing in the Shrine Game on the following Saturday.  

Media day will be held next Tuesday at Castleton. Coaches and players will be on hand, as will Shrine Hospital patients.  

On game day the traditional Shrine parade will begin a 3 p.m. and will feature Shrine units from throughout New England and parts of Canada. Pregame introductions start at 5 p.m. with kick-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Also featured is the all-star high school and alumni band made up of more than 80 musicians from both states. Cheerleaders will again be cheering for both teams. 

The Maple Sugar Bowl Game is sponsored by the Cairo Shriners of Rutland, Vt. and Mt. Sinai Shriners of Montpelier, Vt. This game is played as a fundraiser for our area Shriners Hospitals for Children. General admission tickets for the Bowl Game are on sale at outlets throughout New Hampshire and Vermont for $12.  

On Game Day tickets will be priced at $15. Tickets are also available through the Shrine Football Office, P.O. Box 820, Lebanon, NH  03766 or by calling (603) 448-1042. They can also be purchased online at, by selecting the “Game Ticket” under the “2019 Game” heading or at the various outlets listed on the website.

Internet live streaming coverage of the game will again be broadcast by NSN Sports courtesy of Mascoma Savings Bank. Their website address is

Fan parking will be offered at $10 per car and is easy walking distance to the stadium. Handicap accessible parking is available next to the Pavilion for those needing assistance.

A pair (2) of Red Sox vs. New York Yankees tickets for a September game, and (4) New England Patriots tickets vs. the Cleveland Browns will be raffled off to benefit the game. Raffle tickets are $5 per ticket and the winners will be drawn at halftime.

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