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Hurricane Sandy is making its presence felt on the NHIAA tournament slate, as several games were postponed and rescheduled in anticipation of the storm’s arrival.
The Division II volleyball semifinal between Coe-Brown and St. Thomas was originally scheduled for today but will instead be played Thursday at 7 p.m. The soccer tournaments also received shake-ups in gametime and location. The girls’ Division III semifinal games between Hopkinton and Campbell and Bow and Raymond will be played at Bill Ball Stadium in Exeter tomorrow at 3 and 5 p.m., respectively, while the Division II semis will be at Stellos Stadium tomorrow, the Division IV semis will be at Hanover High School tomorrow and the Division I semis will be split, with Exeter and Manchester Central playing tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Stellos Stadium and Londonderry and Bedford playing at the same time at Bill Ball Stadium.
Casey DeSmith continued his strong start to the season, as UNH’s sophomore goalie was named Hockey East co-Defensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row.
DeSmith was sensational during a three-point weekend for the Wildcats, with the highlight being a 34-save effort in a 0-0 tie against Northeastern Saturday. He got the win in net the night before, stopping 18 of 21 shots as UNH rallied from a two-goal deficit to win, 4-3.
DeSmith is first in Hockey East in save percentage (.950) and goals against average (1.30), and second in win percentage (.900). With the win and tie, UNH cracked the national top 10, rising up to ninth in the USCHO poll.
Venezuelan fans are celebrating the selection of San Francisco Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval as the first Venezuelan to win the World Series most valuable player award.
Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio sent congratulations on Twitter, calling Sandoval’s performance great in the series that ended Sunday with the Giants sweeping the Detroit Tigers in four games.
Aparicio also referred to the possibility of the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera winning American League MVP, saying, in his words, “We should have two MVPs this year… don’t you think?”
Other Venezuelans congratulating Sandoval included ex-major league pitcher Wilson Alvarez, golfer Jhonattan Vegas and local baseball league president Jose Grasso Vecchio.