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January 15, 2013

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Kicker to UMass

Exeter High School senior Logan Laurent is taking his kicking talents to Gillette Stadium next season.

Exeter’s punting and kicking specialist announced last week he’s made a verbal commitment to play college football at UMass.

He received interest from bigger schools like Minnesota and North Carolina, and had a scholarship offer from the University of New Hampshire.

UMass will be eligible for FBS bowl participation for the first time this fall. The program is coming off a 1-11 inaugural season in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). It played five games at Gillette Stadium, the home of the Patriots, in 2012 and will again play all of its home games there in 2013.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Laurent handled punts, extra points, field goals and kickoffs for the Blue Hawks during their run to the Division I state championship last fall. He’s best known around the state for his consistent touchbacks and his long, clutch field goals — like the 42-yarder he hit, into the wind, that helped pave the way to Exeter’s 23-13 win over Pinkerton in the 2011 D-I championship game. It was one of Laurent’s three field goals in the game.

Middle schoolers

Patrick Corbin of Windham, executive director of the NHIAA, said he’s approved close to 50 waivers this winter allowing seventh and eighth-graders to play for high school teams. Most are from teams up north, although there are several Christian schools that have also petitioned for waivers.

Schools in Division III, where enrollments range from 301 to 650 students, are allowed to use eighth-graders; Division IV schools, with enrollments under 301, are allowed to use seventh and eighth-graders.

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