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November 19, 2012

One and done

First-year footballer Hartman leaves positive stamp at Salem

SALEM — For a New Hampshire football team that doesn’t make the playoffs but plays on Thanksgiving, November can equal misery.

Rain, snow, sleet and cold greet you in practice daily, with no gameday breaks in sight.

Jack Hartman savored every dreary minute.

“I stayed healthy and didn’t miss a practice,” said the Salem High senior. “I wasn’t going to miss a second.”

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Hartman was making up for lost time. This year is his first and last season of football.

Savoring every moment, he helps lead the Blue Devils in search of victory No. 1, tomorrow night at 6 p.m., against host Lawrence High at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

If anything kept Hartman and 0-9 Salem going through the dark late afternoons, it was the prospect of winning.

“Winning would mean so much. I mean it was something I have never experienced,” said Hartman. “Personally, I’m looking at it as a chance to break through. I think we feel pretty good right now. And we are definitely going in to win.”

Hartman first had to sell football on some folks, just to get the opportunity to be here.

His parents had been dead-set against it, and even boys hoop coach Rob McLaughlin, who promotes the three-sport athletes, had questions.

“I was mixed on it because of the time on court he’d be missing,” said McLaughlin. “But he was so enthusiastic about it. Maybe the experience will add a little more fire, a little more competitiveness, a little more strength over the hoop season.”

Convincing his mom was not quite as easy.

“Both my parents were on the edge about it because they were worried about me getting hurt for basketball,” said Hartman, who is a high honor student ranked 75 in the class of about 400. “My mom changed her mind this year. She was a little nervous going to double sessions, but she’s fine now.”

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