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New England Roundup: New Hampshire

November, 10, 2010
MacKenzie Anderson earned the respect of teammates long before she cracked the goal line in her team's Division IV football finale.

New HampshireA back-up defensive tackle for Hanover High, Anderson carried the football on consecutive goal-line plays in a 42-7 home win over Merrimack Valley of Penacook on Oct. 29.

Calling Anderson's number was the coaching staff's way to recognize a player who didn't miss a practice as an upperclassman.

It was an important behind-the-scenes feat. She helped prepare Hanover's starters as a member of the scout team.

“One of the only seniors that hadn’t scored a touchdown [this season] was Mackenzie. We just decided to give it a shot,” said Hanover head coach Mike Ivanoski, who rewarded members of the offensive and defensive lines with goal-line carries in the final week's of the season. “The first time she got hit hard at the 1. We had to make a decision to do it again. We went again on second down and she powered it in.”

Anderson's second effort was a microcosm for Hanover's season.

A perennial playoff team, Hanover (3-6) opened with five consecutive losses. Three setbacks were by seven or fewer points. But, the Marauders finished with three wins in four games.

Ivanoski said Anderson, the first female he coached in 16 seasons, never sought attention. She relished playing an important – but often anonymous – role in the trenches. The coach also said she recorded a crucial quarterback sack in Hanover's 24-21 Week 3 loss at Lebanon.

But Anderson's touchdown was a truly memorable moment – for herself, her teammates and Hanover's fans.

“Her work with the scout teams,” Ivanoski said, “she just gained that respect.”

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New England Roundup: New Hampshire

September, 1, 2010
Support for 15-year-old Cooper Doucette extends well beyond state lines.

New Hampshire“A lot of teams and organizations are stepping forward to keep Coop’s spirits up,” said Nashua High School North head football coach Jason Robie.

Doucette, a North sophomore, underwent surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston on Aug. 17 to stabilize his neck and C5 vertebra, which, three days earlier, he broke during a tackling drill. He experienced paralysis from the mid-torso down as a result of the break.

Long-term implications are unknown. But this much is certain: Stars with New Hampshire ties stepped forward to ensure the injured Titan remains upbeat.

University of Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly, a Manchester native and former UNH offensive coordinator, sent a signed card.

Nashua native Ted Phillips, the president and chief executive officer of the Chicago Bears, sent a Super Bowl XLI football. Walpole’s Ryan Durand, a guard for the Tennessee Titans, also sent a football.

Even Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who doesn’t have formal ties to New Hampshire, sent a game-used bat signed to Doucette.

Closer to home, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats are hosting a fundraiser. The Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays will donate $3 for every club ticket purchased and $4 per premium ticket sold for tomorrow’s game at Stadium against the Harrisburg Senators.

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