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High school notebook: Misiri keeps Concord ties while playing away

Last modified: 9/28/2013 12:34:01 AM
Last year, when U.S. Soccer decreed that high schoolers had to choose between their school teams and the Development Academy programs, it cost Concord High four players – Jordan Misiri, Kyler Thayer, Dan Vignati and Augustine Fornor – who all chose to play for Seacoast United.

Three of those four have come back to the Crimson Tide this fall, helping Concord to a 4-1-1 record. Misiri, however, broke his left tibia twice last season and never got to showcase his talents with Seacoast, so he’s back in the midfield for the Hampton-based club this fall. But that doesn’t mean the Concord High senior has deserted the Tide team.

He was working the scoreboard two weeks ago when Concord faced Timberlane at Memorial Field, and that won’t be the only time Concord has the most talented scorekeeper in the state.

“We don’t have (Seacoast) practice on Thursdays, and Concord plays games on Thursdays, so I get to see those games,” Misiri said. “I just want to support them as much as I can and let them know I’m there and that I care. I wanted to play with them, but I just thought Seacoast was the best chance for me to get a college scholarship.”

The Tide definitely appreciates the support, but having Misiri in the midfield would be even better. has him ranked No. 7 on its Northeast college prospect list and gives him four out of five stars.

“We wish we had him,” Concord Coach Scott Dunlop said. “He’s a player on a whole different level. He’s a Division I talent, that’s for sure.”

Misiri began playing soccer in his native Congo when he was 5, but it wasn’t until he tuned into professional soccer (Barcelona and Ronaldinho were his favorite) a few years later that he really fell in love with the sport. He came to the United States when he was 12, landing first in Manchester before moving to Concord four years ago. He was an integral part of the Tide’s 2011 semifinal team, along with his older brother Rizy, who his now playing for New England College.

The younger Misiri said he has talked with coaches from several schools, including Northwestern, Lafayatte and UMass-Lowell, but he hasn’t made any decisions yet.

“Nothing is too serious right now,” Misiri said. “I want to go somewhere were I can get a good education and that has a good soccer environment.”

While breaking his tibia twice wasn’t any fun for Misiri, he did find some positives in the situation. He said the experience has him leaning toward a career in orthopedic medicine.

“Going through all that really influenced me,” he said. “I’d like to have a lot of knowledge about what goes on in the body, so I think I want to go for it.”

Getting the goal

Merrimack Valley senior Maggie Carey had never played goalie in her field hockey life, but when the Pride found itself in need at that position, Carey answered the call.

“The night that I called her, about two weeks before the season started, she didn’t even hesitate, she said, ‘I will do whatever you think is best for the team,’ ” MV Coach Kim Kenney said. “I asked her because I knew she was an aggressive player, and she played catcher for softball, so I knew she would keep her eye on the ball and do anything to not let it go by.”

During the first half of the preseason, Carey was tutored by former MV goalie Kaitlyn Warren, a junior at Plymouth State who has recently become the starting goalie for the Panthers. Warren and Carey worked together three hours a day for a week, and then Carey got one more week to hone her new skills before the regular season began.

Carey’s work and willingness, and Kenney’s instinct, has paid off. The Pride is 4-2, tied for fifth-place in Division II, and Carey has 51 saves in those six games.

“She has had great games so far this season and we have played some very tough teams early on,” Kenney said. “She has surpassed my expectations. I figured by the time the tourney came around she would be in a groove, but she has been nothing but dedicated to getting better and learning the ropes. I watch her at practice and am constantly in awe of what she’s doing.”


After a successful trial run in May, the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association has brought back bass fishing this fall. There will be a 42-team qualifying tournament on Thursday at Lake Winnipesaukee with the top 13 teams advancing to the championship tournament on Oct. 5 on Lake Winnisquam.

The first tournament awarded individual medals, but the events this fall will also crown a team champion. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and NH B.A.S.S. Nation will assist the NHIAA with running the tournaments. Updates will be available at and on Twitter @NHfishandgame.

Games of the week

The Belmont volleyball team puts its 5-0 record on the line tonight when it hosts Lakes Region rival Inter-Lakes (5-1) at 6 p.m. All five of the Red Raiders wins are of the 3-0 variety and Inter-Lakes has won five straight.

∎ The Bow football team (2-1) will try to win its third straight game to keep pace in the competitive Division III South conference when it visits Gilford (2-1), which has also won its last two games.

(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3341 or or on Twitter @timosullivan20.)


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