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Chris Duffy's Sports Editor's Notebook: Senior Games right around the corner

Union Leader Sports Editor

June 19. 2018 10:55PM
Kentucky Wildcats player Wenyen Gabriel speaks with members of the media during SEC Media Day last October. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Good morning! Time to empty the notebook while counting the days until the CHaD all-star football game (11), the NHGA State Am (20) and UNH’s football opener (72) ...

• Registration is open for the New Hampshire Senior Games. The Games, in their 31st year, begin June 29 with candlepin bowling at Lakeside Lanes in Manchester and conclude Sept. 3 with a 5k road race at Pease International Tradeport.

In addition to candlepin bowling and the 5k race, the Games offer archery, badminton, basketball (three on three), tenpin bowling, cornhole (bean bag toss), disc golf, golf, pickleball, power walking, race walking, racquetball, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis, tennis and track and field.

The sports are broken into 11 age groups. For more information, or to sign up, visit

• Manchester’s Wenyen Gabriel, who opted to make himself eligible for Thursday’s NBA draft, is not listed on anyone’s mock draft. More likely, according to the Messenger-Inquirer of Owensboro, Ky., Gabriel, who just finished his sophomore season at Kentucky, will remain undrafted and end up in the G-League, improving his game and getting stronger.

Here’s what Kentucky coach John Calipari told the newspaper regarding Gabriel’s decision to stay in the draft: “He wanted to go for it, and he was adamant.”

• Almost lost amid the New Hampshire Fisher Cats excitement created by the sons of former major leaguers has been the team’s fine pitching. No. 9 Blue Jays prospect T.J. Zeuch, the reigning Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, took a five-game win streak into Tuesday night’s scheduled start at Erie.

Erik Kratz, an original Fisher Cat (2004), just turned 38 and is playing for the Milwaukee Brewers these days. In nine games, the catcher has three homers and is batting .313. The Brew Crew is his eighth organization.

Adam Lind, who was almost an original Fisher Cat — he played here in 2006 — is hitting .226 with two homers in 15 games for the Pawtucket Red Sox. Speaking of the PawSox, Rhode Island legislators are working on a bill to finance a new stadium to keep the team in Pawtucket. If that doesn’t go well, Worcester, Mass., continues to lurk as a possible landing spot for the club.

• By our check, Hudson’s Tyler Brown, a right-handed pitcher, is the only Granite Stater playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League, the granddaddy of summer baseball leagues. Brown, out of Northeastern University, is playing for the Orleans Firebirds, the team that Nomar Garciaparra played for when nobody could pronounce his name.

• Our own summer league teams, the Keene Swamp Bats and Winnipesaukee Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, and the Nashua Silver Knights of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, list plenty of locals on their rosters. Taking in an NECBL or FCBL game on a summer night is a real treat. We show the teams’ upcoming schedules as well as league standings every day on the Scoreboard page.

Gavin Bayreuther’s team, the Texas Stars, came up one win short of winning the Calder Cup, losing to the Toronto Marlies in Game 7 of the Cup final.

Bayreuther, a defenseman from Canaan, played plenty of hockey in his first full season as a pro. His regular season began Oct. 6 and his playoff run ended June 14. Compare that to his final season (2017) at St. Lawrence University, which ended March 12. Bayreuther had 32 points (7-25) in the regular season, then added three goals and five assists in 22 playoff games.

• UNH’s hockey schedule has not been released yet, but, because some opponents’ schedules have, we can provide an insight into some early non-leaguers. The Wildcats play at Colgate the weekend of Oct. 12-13, at Colorado College the following weekend, and host Miami of Ohio the weekend of Nov. 23-24. More to be announced, of course.

Colleen Mullen, a former star guard at UNH, is the new head women’s basketball coach at the University of Albany. Mullen, a 2002 UNH grad, is also a former recruiting coordinator for women’s basketball at Southern New Hampshire University. She was most recently the associate head coach and recruiting director at Army.

• I confess I once did what Phil Mickelson did last Saturday at the U.S. Open. But I can’t remember the course. It was either Legends, Chuckster’s or Mel’s.

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