John Habib's City Sports: Tourney time nears for JVs, too
"I couldn't do this by myself," the veteran coach said. "To run this tournament, you need to do a lot of things, like getting the teams, preparing the field and having people in place to run the concession stand. It's a lot of work."
"This tournament doesn't raise much money, and the money we do raise goes right back into the tournament," Poisson said. "We knew we could never afford to pay the umpires, but Tom approached us and offered to help at no cost. He runs an apprentice program and uses our tournament as a field test for his first-year umpires, who are evaluated behind the plate and on the bases. I owe a lot to Tom and Jim Walsh because they've been with us for almost 20 years. It's been a great relationship."
On Monday, May 27, at 10 a.m. the top two teams will compete for the title.
"It's very good baseball, and it's fun to watch the kids who are going to make an impact on the varsity level over the next two years," said Poisson.
CENTRAL boys' soccer coach Chris LaBerge is always preaching to his players about staying focused in the classroom.
"I'm always telling my kids about how important school is and why good grades lead to an opportunity to attend a college or university," said Laberge. "Now I want to back my words up by helping them off to college."
LaBerge and his three brothers — Rich, Scott and Matt — all played soccer for Central. Chris' son Keegan, a 2012 Division I first-team selection as a junior, plays for the Little Green, who have won three of the last four state titles, including the last two.
Laberge said former players from Memorial, West and Trinity will be in attendance today helping the cause. He also contacted former Little Green coaches Jim Stevenson, Bob Veilleux, Jim Baroody, Jim Shaughnessy, Bob Martel and Ray Juneau, all of whom plan to attend.
HARD TO BELIEVE a year has passed since the untimely death of Dan Duval.
The memory of the late athlete, coach, speaker and mentor continues to live on through charitable events such as the second annual Dan Duval Memorial Golf Tournament, set for Friday, June 28, at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester.
"Danny was a tireless advocate for at-risk kids, as well as adults, with drug or alcohol dependencies," said Jeff. "The mission of the fund is to provide yearly scholarships to at least one student from the five high schools in Manchester. The long-term mission is to provide some financial relief for anyone who may need help with their addiction."
Donations can be made by check payable to the Dan Duval Charitable Fund and mailed to 45 Gerard Drive, Manchester 03104.