Roundup: Plymouth State football team left in limbo

  • Plymouth State football coach Devin Zeman. Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 7/16/2020 6:29:18 PM
Modified: 7/16/2020 6:29:08 PM

On Tuesday, Plymouth State University announced it was promoting long-time assistant football coach Devin Zeman to co-head coach. Two days later, the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Council of Presidents announced the league will be suspending all athletics for the fall 2020 season, which includes PSU football.

“The news that we need to suspend the fall season is understandably disappointing, but the health and safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance,” Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President James Birge, Chair of the MASCAC Council of Presidents, said in a press release. “These are unprecedented times and making the difficult decision to suspend fall athletics is equally unprecedented. We will continue to monitor the facts and reevaluate the status of athletics as information and data evolves.”

Despite that news, Zeman may still get a chance to make his co-head coaching debut this fall.

“We have reached out to football programs in similar circumstances, most notably UMass Dartmouth and Western Connecticut as our Little East peers that sponsor football, to explore any opportunities for competition between the schools this fall,” PSU athletic director Kim Bownes said in her own press release. “Plymouth State remains committed to providing a safe and competitive environment for all our student-athletes, and we believe this can still be accomplished in some form for our football program.”

Zeman has been associated with the program for 17 years, has been the associate head coach since 2009 and was named the Division II/III Assistant Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston following the 2017 season when his defensive unit allowed just 9.8 points per game through the regular season, the fifth-lowest mark in the country.

Once play resumes, Zeman will lead the team with Paul Castonia, who will be entering his 18th season as PSU’s head coach.

“Devin has been an essential part of Plymouth State football for almost two decades now,” Castonia said. “I’m happy that he is being recognized for his tireless work and many contributions to the program. We have worked together as a team for many years and he has been indispensable to our success.”

Shrine players recognized

The coronavirus forced the Shrine Board of Directors to cancel the 67th annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, the high school football all-star game featuring the latest class of graduated seniors from New Hampshire and Vermont. But the board has decided to honor the players on Aug. 1, the same day the game was scheduled to be held at Castleton University in Vermont, at Storrs Pond in Hanover.

The players, who still raised money for Shriners Hospital for Children, will all receive team jerseys as well as a game program and certificate. Bishop Brady’s Patrick Brust and Jack Compton, Hopkinton’s Jack Horne and Bow’s Chris Wheeler were the local players chosen to participate in this year’s event.

Golf results

Mindy Inglis-Reid carded a gross score of 73 to win the 2020 Women’s Senior City Championship last week at Pembroke Pines Country Club. Inglis-Reid, who plays out Canterbury Woods Country Club, was eight strokes ahead of Beth Hamilton (81), who is also a Canterbury Woods member.

Deborah Crowely had the best gross score (82) in the age 60-69 flight and Sylvia Prive’s 85 was tops in the 70+ flight. Lisa Cummings (flight 50-59), Carol Howe (flight 60-69) and Marlene Brodeur (70+) were the net winners.

■The foursome of Bruce Burns, Tim Gerardi, Phil Wallingford, and Cynthia Ross tied with the team of Ryan Sylvester, Jay Salamy, Fred Hast and Ronni Wise for first place at the Concord Country Club’s Hi/Lo Tournament, which had a field of 64 players.

Men’s softball

Jacob Szulc, Gavin Moody and Mike Foley led a dramatic comeback in the Contoocook Men’s Softball League as Team Two beat Team Four, 8-7, for its first win of the year. Dale Warner pitched a gem for Team Two and was supported by James Matte and Travis Peterson in the field.

Registrationand ttryouts

The Boscawen Old Home Day Golf Classic will be held as scheduled on Aug. 20 at Den Brae Golf Resort with a popgun start at 9 a.m. The cost for a foursome is $360 and includes breakfast, golf, cart, barbeque and prizes. Sponsorships are available. To register, go to townofboscawen.org and click on the Old Home Day link.

■Concord Cannons baseball will be holding tryouts for the 2020-2021 season this summer. 10U-12U tryouts will be held July 29 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Concord Sports Center; 13U-14U tryouts will be Aug. 6 and 13 from 4-6 p.m. at Drake Field in Pittsfield; 15U-18U tryouts will be Aug. 19 and 25 from 6-8 p.m. at Drake Field. There is no tryout fee and players can register at concordsportscenter.com For more information call 224-1655.


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