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Guertin’s Fischer earns top honor

Bishop Guertin High School senior Caroline Fischer got some much-expected and much-deserved news this week.

The Providence College-bound distance standout, our Telegraph Cross Country Runner of the Year, added Gatorade New Hampshire Cross Country Runner of the Year to her already loaded resume.

“We couldn’t be happier for her!” said her mom, Cardinals’ cross country and track coach Danielle Fischer. “She’s been working on achieving this prestigious award since freshman year.”

It was a massive fall season for Fischer, who capped it with a sweep of both the Division I State Meet and the New Hampshire Meet of Champions.

HOLLIS BROOKLINE BROTHERS HEADING WEST

For twin siblings, college often offers the first opportunity for separation. New challenges, solo

challenges.

Not for the Wimmer Brothers.

The Hollis Brookline High School seniors decided at some point during the Cavaliers’ unprecedented run to the Division II state football championship that it is just not time to break up the band.

Quinten and Sander Wimmer will step out of the box and boldly go where few from these parts do. The pair will play football and attend Pitzer College in Southern California.

Pitzer is part of the The Claremont Colleges, a cluster of schools similar to the NESCAC schools academically. It is currently rated as the No. 37 liberal arts college nationally by niche.com.

For these two, the draw of Southern California and the idea of playing football there together could not be passed up.

“We toured a lot of colleges on the East Coast, lot of NESCAC schools, and decided that wasn’t for us,” said Sander.

There was some desire to think bigger, maybe push it football wise at an FCS or FBS (Division 1) program.

It was at that point where the desire and commitment to academics kicked in.

Their dad, David, was a four-year letter winner at Virginia Tech. He could easily explain the demands football has on student-athletes at that level.

The Pomona-Pitzer Sagehen team competes in the Division 3 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

“They’re Division 3 and they’re highly competitive, plus it’s such a strong academic school and that’s what we are looking for, academics first for us,” Sander said. “We’ll have fun out there, the weather will be nice, and we are super-excited.”

AND FINALLY

While we first and foremost would like to congratulate Merrimack’s Jared Dyer on earning a scholarship to play football at Holy Cross, it’s a perfect opportunity to preach, too.

Please notice that Dyer is a three-sport athlete, competing in both basketball and track in the spring. Even more interesting in that dynamic is the fact that on the football field, Dyer played inside at defensive tackle, outside at end, tight end and

fullback.

You got the feeling if coach Kip Jackson asked him to return punts, Dyer would have sprinted on the field.

Dyer’s versatility is as much a strength as any he has.

The bottom line is this is yet another argument against specialization.

Congratulations to a great, well-rounded kid.

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