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October 17, 2013

Sports in a Minute

Playing for a cause

Windham field hockey is hosting Souhegan tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. It’s Senior Day and it features the two top teams in Division 2, but it’s more than that. The team has organized a blackout to raise money for the March of Dimes in honor of Clairee Ann Ward, Windham coach Amanda Ward’s daughter, who was stillborn on Aug. 22. T-shirts will be available for $10 with proceeds going to the March of Dimes.

Griffin on the board

Londonderry’s Ryan Griffin registered his first two NFL catches on Sunday as his Houston Texans fell to St. Louis.

Griffin made a pair of grabs for 18 yards, as he saw more time at tight end in place of injured Pro Bowler Owen Daniels. Griffin, a UConn product, previously had made two special teams tackles this season, his rookie campaign.

Local low

While Griffin did have two catches, it is a decidedly rough time to be an NFL player from The Eagle-Tribune local area.

Griffin’s Texans — expected to contend for a Super Bowl — have lost four straight, while North Andover’s Zak DeOssie is of course a member of the New York Giants, who are 0-6.

Family ties

Pentucket field hockey midfielder Sam Fiore notched her first goal of the season last Thursday.

That last name is a very familiar one to Sachem sports fans, and should ring a bell for anyone that follows the local football scene,

Sam is the younger sister of Pentucket football great Matt Fiore, a two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star lineman (2007-08) who went on to have a stellar career at Plymouth State, making 46 tackles and 6.5 sacks as a senior last fall. Matt is now a football coach at Pentucket.


Patriots rookie receiver Kenbrell Thompkins has been indispensable this season, highlighted by his game-winning touchdown catch on Sunday. Hard to believe he was not selected in the 2013 NFL draft. But his is not the only undrafted rookie free agent making a mark.

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