Local roundup: Mascoma hires a new athletic director

  • New Mascoma High athletic director Rodney Brown. (photo courtesy Mascoma Valley Regional School District))

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Published: 7/9/2019 10:01:57 PM
Modified: 7/9/2019 10:01:51 PM

WEST CANAAN — Mascoma High School has hired Concord native Rodney Brown as its first full-time athletic director.

Brown, who is scheduled to begin his new duties on Monday, replaces John Kelly, who retired from the previously part-time position he held for 11 years. Brown’s responsibilities will include oversight of all of Mascoma’s athletic and co-curricular activities, equipment, programming, staff and scheduling of facilities.

“The committee that interviewed all of the candidates really felt that he was very personable and had some great, innovative ideas that he hopes to bring to Mascoma,” interim SAU 62 superintendant Amanda Isabelle said in a phone interview on Tuesday. “He’s just very eager to expand our programs. … We’re not looking to build professional athletes but give kids experiences they can have for a lifetime.”

Brown — who will be paid $60,000 for the full-year position, Isabelle said — has experience in coaching, teaching and administration, although this will be his first full-time AD job at a New Hampshire public high school. The SAU 62 school board approved the hire at its June 22 meeting.

Brown was the teen and sports director at the Allard Center YMCA in Goffstown the past year, having moved to that position after a 12-year run as a special educator and behavior specialist at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine. Brown was also a sports management assistant at Noble, where he coached track and soccer as well.

Brown holds a masters degree in sports management from Southern New Hampshire University and a bachelors in business administration from St. Joseph’s College in Maine.

NECBL Baseball Sanford 4, Upper Valley 0

SANFORD, Maine — Upper Valley Nighthawks starting pitcher Andrew DeRoche (Trinity) struck out nine over six innings in his second start of the summer, but two first-inning defensive miscues and a two-hit night by the offense led to a shutout defeat at Goodall Park.

Sanford did all of its damage in the first inning against DeRoche, who gave up four unearned runs on a ground ball that the snuck through the legs of third baseman David Marcano (NJIT) and a dropped third strike by catcher Andrew Cossetti (St. Joseph’s), both with two outs. DeRoche walked two and allowed two hits in the opening frame, but gave up only one more hit over the next five innings on 109 pitches, his longest outing of the season.

Meanwhile, Upper Valley’s hitters had no answers against Mainers starter Trevor LaBonte, who entered the game with an 0-2 record and an 8.30 ERA. He had a no-hitter going through 5⅔ innings until Jack Zyska (Notre Dame) broke up it up with a single into left field. LaBonte left the game in the eighth with seven strikeouts.

Upper Valley (15-11) finally had something cooking in the eighth inning, putting runners on first and second with one out. But it was too little, too late: Cossetti, the next batter, struck out and Brian Moore (Lipscomb) was caught trying to steal third base to end the threat. Zyska, Gehrig Anglin (Wright State) and Greg Hardison (UNC-Greensboro) all struck out in the ninth to end the contest.

Upper Valley hosts the North Adams SteepleCats on Wednesday.

GOLF Quechee Clubto have new GM

QUECHEE —- The general manager of the Quechee Club has been replaced.

The Board of Trustees on Monday voted to terminate Sean McLaren, according to an email Quechee Club board chairman Paul Marinelli sent to members.

The club plans to hire John Erickson, an experienced general manager, on an interim basis, and he will also assist in recruiting a permanent replacement, according to Marinelli’s email.

A Quechee Club official said the club would have no comment.

McLaren came to Quechee two years ago after working for about 30 years at golf clubs in Virginia, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Pelletier, Hunnewellin hunt at Vt. Amateur

RUTLAND — Two Lebanon golfers better known for their New Hampshire exploits are in good shape to advance at the Vermont Amateur after Tuesday’s first round at Rutland Country Club.

Both representing the Quechee Club, Pat Pelletier shot an even-par 70 to share second place after the opening 18 holes, and Andy Hunnewell recorded a 3-over 73 and is tied for 14th place. Pelletier was last year’s New Hampshire player of the year and the runner-up at the New Hampshire Amateur, while Hunnewell is a veteran match-play competitor at his home state championship.

Montague’s Bill Wilkinson is also in position to move on after a 4-over 74 that left him tied for 20th place. Wilder’s Jay Zanleoni is at 76, tied for 40th, and Lake Morey’s Erik Lindahl is a shot back at 77, in a deadlock for 48th place.

The top 40 golfers and ties after Wednesday’s second round advance to Thursday’s 36-hole finale. Everyone is chasing two-time defending Vermont Amateur champ Drake Hull, who fired a 4-under 66 on his home course to take a four-stroke lead on Pelletier and the Country Club of Barre’s Bryson Richards on Tuesday.

Trio out at N.H. Amateur

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Hanover’s Jack Meehan, Dartmouth College alumnus Jim Jankowski and Claremont’s Zach Melcher, the only Upper Valley golfers in the field, came up short on bids to make the match-play field in the New Hampshire Amateur at Portsmouth Country Club on Tuesday.

Meehan, a rising senior on the Hanover High golf team, finished two days of medal play at 16-over-par 160, four shots off the match-play cut. Jankowski, playing out of Baker Hill Golf Club in Newbury, N.H., was at 20-over 164, and Melcher shot a 24-over 168 over the tourney’s two qualifying rounds.

Manchester’s Ryan Brown won the qualifying medal at 3-under 141. Match play will decide the new champion by Saturday; last year’s winner at Hanover Country Cub, Matt Paradis, isn’t playing in this week’s tournament.

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