John Habib's City Sports: Lemire eyes Trinity job; L.L. fun starts today
Paul Lemire is planning to return for his second stint as the head baseball coach at Trinity High of Manchester and the school wants him.
"I definitely want the job," said Lemire, who coached the Pioneers for three seasons before relinquishing his post to Eddie Poisson in 1988. The post opened up again when Poisson recently resigned after 27 seasons with the Pioneers.
"I've never met Paul, but I welcome his application," said Trinity athletic director Chip Polak, who scheduled a meeting Friday (yesterday) with Lemire. "He's the logical candidate, the best person for the job. Where in the city are you going to find a coach with better credentials?"
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SALLY DRECKMANN, president of the Manchester Central Little League, is expecting between 500 and 750 fans today and tomorrow when her league hosts the state tournament for age levels 9-10, 11 and 11-12.
"I went to watch Salem play Bedford for the District I title (last Monday) and they drew 300 people alone for that one game," she said. "I don't see why we wouldn't see between 500 and 750 for our tournaments."
Dreckmann said parking will be plentiful. "We have our back parking lot and street parking on Lincoln, Auburn and Maple Streets. People can also utilize the parking lot at the JFK Coliseum (on Maple Street) and the Easter Seals parking lot across the street (Lincoln Street) from our field."
Food and soft drinks will be sold at the concession. "We actually have the real deal Fenway Park hot dogs," said Dreckmann. "We will also be circulating donation cans for the Jimmy Fund during each game each day."
The best-of-three 11-12-year-old state tournament between Salem and Rye is scheduled to start today at 4 p.m.
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LAST MONDAY, veteran sports official Chet Swiesz died at the age of 65. Longtime friend and fellow official Moe Bilodeau called his passing a big loss to the community of Manchester and the state.
"I've known Chet since I was 10 years old growing up with him on Boynton Street," said Bilodeau. "He blossomed as a husband, father and grandfather over the years. As an official, he never got caught up in the politics. He officiated for the love of the game and kids."
Bilodeau recalled a funny story officiating a Pop Warner football game with Swiesz, who was the head referee that day.
"The team captains join us at midfield and Chet introduces us to them," said Bilodeau. "He introduced me as 'Mister Eyes-Are- Gone' and another official as 'Mister Weak Back,' I couldn't stop laughing watching the kids' reaction. But that was Chet, always having fun."
Bilodeau said Swiesz, with his signature beard, always played a good Santa Claus around Christmas time.
"One year when he was getting evaluated for officiating football, he got marked down for having a beard," said Bilodeau of the bald-headed Swiesz. "Chet took his cap off, pointed to his head and told the guy "buddy, I can't put any of it up here."
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THE 56TH ANNUAL Red Ryan CYO Golf Tournament will be held at the Derryfield CC beginning Tuesday.Doug Smith, tournament director, said 95 golfers will compete the season.
In the Intermediate Division, there will be a new champion crowned since last year's winner, C.J. Konkowski of Bretwood in Keene, now at the University of New Hampshire is not eligible for the 16-18-year-old division.
Newly crowned NHGA Junior champion Tom Hixon of Rye and runner-up Matt Paradis of Derryfield CC and Manchester Central, will be competing this year in the field of 24 golfers.
In the juniors (ages 13-15), last year's champion, Joshua Lacasse of Bow, had moved on to the intermediate level. Last year's runner-up, Brandon Gillis of Nashua, will return in hopes of capturing the junior tournament in a field of 47. Medalist winner in 2012, Doug Champagne of Bow, returns along with semifinalist Macky Seppala of New Ipswich, Dylan Lortie of Hudson and Roman Ojala of New Ipswich to challenge Gillis.
In the mite divisions (under 13), defending champion Phillip Schmitz of Amherst will return to compete in a field of 24. Ryan Fitzgerald of Hollis, a semifinalist, will also be back. Tournament action begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Smith said once again Derryfield CC, under head pro Mike Ryan, will be donating the course to run the annual event.
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GARY WEBSTER, state chairman of the New Hampshire American Legion baseball program, said the senior tournament will officially be named after George Smith of Manchester. Smith, the longtime athletic director of Henry J. Sweeney Post of Manchester, died last month.
"George Smith was Mister American Legion baseball in the state of New Hampshire," said Webster. "When I came aboard as a committee member in 1986, George stepped to the plate when I told him we had no place to hold the state tournament. He put together at least three state tournaments and personally was a big help to me. I always sought his advice. It's only fitting we name our biggest state tournament after him."
Lemire, who serves as the athletic director at Sweeney Post, said Smith will formally be buried on Tuesday, July 30 at 11 a.m. at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. The public is welcome to attend the ceremony.
Concord's Memorial Field will host the senior tournament July 26-30. The junior legion tournament, annually played at Gill Stadium, will also be held in Concord Aug. 2-6.
This year, the Manchester Babe Ruth League is hosting the 13-year-old New England Baseball Regionals, beginning Saturday, July 27, at Gill Stadium.
"City Sports" is published Saturdays in the New Hampshire Union Leader. Email staff sports reporter John Habib at firstname.lastname@example.org.