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December 10, 2013

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Grieving for Wade

The umpiring community suffered a grave loss last week when Ralph Wade of Plaistow passed away.

Wade was a physician by trade, but his real passion was baseball. He was a fine umpire, a stickler for rules and he enjoyed working with younger umpires and debating the more complicated situations that can arise in baseball.

He served as a vice-president of training and education for the Merrimack Valley Umpires Association. Always willing to step in for another umpire, or to assist in any way possible, he’ll be missed by his colleagues.

Traverse for Thornton

Kudos go out to Pentucket athletic director Dan Thornton, who I discovered last week at the Pentucket Pride race had completed — despite extreme conditions — hiking the Presidential Traverse back on Aug. 10 with sons Daniel and Ben.

The Traverse is a hike across all of the presidential mountains in one day, something I have attempted and failed to accomplish. The Thornton trio started up Mt. Madison and then went across the Crawford Path to the Webster Cliff Trail despite dangerous 80 mph winds.

Eventually, they went more than 20 miles, covering Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce, Mt. Jackson and Mt. Webster. The hike took about 13 hours.

Just to make the day more memorable, their car struck a moose on the way to the start of the hike!

Huskies at nationals

Nine members of the Bradford Huskies will compete at the USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic cross country championships in San Antonio, Texas this weekend.

They qualified in the regionals in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. This is the third time and second year in a

row ) in the team’s existence that nine members have qualified for nationals. The runners advancing are Benjamin Craven, Connor Flynn, James Crippen, Ean LaRochelle, Ryan Connolly, Patrick Connolly, Joseph Gallo, Collin Daugerty and Connor Alessi.

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