Last season the Campbell High School softball team rebounded from a slow start to finish the year with a respectable 10-6 record. The youthful Cougars were bumped from the first round of the tournament by the Raymond Rams in an 11 inning classic 7-6.
Campbell coach Laurie Gatherum is looking to build on that success.
“We had five freshmen in the starting lineup last year and it took Raymond 11 innings to knock us off,” she said, adding “With many of the same starters returning, we will be looking to go deeper into the tournament this year.”
In her fourth season, Gatherum sports another young squad, as co-captain Amanda Disciscio is the lone senior on the team. Junior outfielder Shelby Bowen is the other co-captain for the Cougars who returned a talented group of sophomores led by pitcher Julia Nolan and catcher JulieAnn Fernandez. Fellow sophomores Jacquie Landry, Erin McLaughlin, Hayley Kmon, and Kristen King will be counted on to spark this year’s team. There is help from the freshmen class as well, as infielders Samantha Radcliffe and Julia Marra will see plenty of time this year.
Gatherum lists consistency on the mound and in the batters box as keys to Campbell’s season.
“Last year we had three freshmen pitchers who split time on the mound. Now with some experience under their belts, we’ll be looking for more innings and longer outings from all three of them,” she said. Last season the top of the Cougars batting order carried the load for the offense, but the coach is looking for some help from the rest of the lineup this year.
“We had to rely on the top of the order to get on base and score runs last year,” Gatherum noted. “We need to have a more consistent lineup to be successful.”
The Cougars face a challenging schedule this spring with games with traditional powers Hopkinton, Somersworth, Raymond, and Sanborn upcoming. Gatherum looks to northern teams like Franklin and Gilford as the pre-season favorites in class M.
At a recent meeting of the Litchfield School Board, resident Steven Callinan approached the school and presented a proposal to create a varsity wrestling program at Campbell High School next school year. Speaking on behalf of the Litchfield Youth Wrestling Cougars, a charter team of USA Wrestling, Callinan explained the history of Campbell High School’s wrestling activity and that of their first year youth program. His presentation addressed the need to adopt the sport of wrestling at the high school level because of the overwhelming involvement at the youth level. Callinan asked the Board to consider endorsing the sport next year due to the fact that there are at least eight incoming middle schoolers coming up to the high school next year presently involved in the sport.
During the question and answer portion of his presentation, Callinan further explained that it was his intention, along with many of the supporters in attendance at the Board meeting, to create a booster club, entitled “Campbell High School Wrestling Cougars.” This organization would completely fund and support the program at Campbell High School.
During the dialogue between this support group and the School Board, it was emphasized that the district was not in a financial position to add new sports programming to the Athletic Department offerings. An agreement was established between the two groups in that the Litchfield School District will endorse and sponsor a high school wrestling program, but that the Wrestling Booster organization must provide all funding now and into the future. It was emphasized by Board members that this program will exist only if it is entirely funded by private donations. No taxpayer funds will be used. If the funding is not available, the program will not operate.
The complete proposal and the Letter of Agreement are available at the district Website: www.litchfieldsd.org.
Fundraising efforts have already begun. If you would like to assist the Wrestling Booster Club with this project, e-mail Steven Callinan, president of Litchfield Wrestling, at Callinannh@comcast.net or call 262-5640.
Granite State American Kenpo Karate School in Litchfield is proud to announce the 2008 Students of the Year awards. The students who received these awards display dedication, hard work, perseverance, and commitment to their karate training.
Front row: Madeline Davis, little ninja; Jarrod Broussard, Kenpo kid
Back row: Neal Foley; Gary Jordan; Chelsea, Don, Daniel Soracco
Jamie Sherburne with her Hudson Knights of Columbus Council trophy was the winner at the State Free Throw Contest on March 21 for girls age 12. The Hudson Council is proud that one of their winners went on to be State Champion!