Upper Valley schools field MLB management positions

It’s the first trip to the World Series for the New York Mets since the 2000 Subway Series against the Yankees and baseball fans in Hanover, New Hampshire will be watching. The Mets’ general manager Sandy Alderson is a 1969 graduate of Dartmouth College.

“I don’t necessarily know that it is a breeding ground, but we are fortunate to have great people who want to be in the game,” said Bob Whalen, Dartmouth College baseball coach.

Whalen knows Alderson well, as he does the newest general manager in the major leagues, 2002 Dartmouth graduate Matt Klentak with the Philadelphia Phillies.

“I am honored, I am humbled. I am unbelievably excited to be here today,” said Klentak Monday.

“My initial reaction was just really happy for him. He’s had a great career up to this point and ever since he has been at Dartmouth, this is something that he has wanted to do,” said Whalen.

Klentak played shortstop at the Big Green and was captain of the team his senior year. He has worked his way up through front office positions in several organizations since leaving the Hanover area after graduation.

“He’s a very analytical thinker. Consensus builder. He has excellent communication skills. He has always been one of those guys who made his teammates better and was a really good teammate. He was always about the team and the program and winning,” said Whalen.

And he helps motivate younger ballplayers too.

“Baseball has always been a big part of my life and a career in baseball, any time of job in baseball would be a dream,” said Caleb Broughton, Lebanon High School junior.

Broughton is a standout athlete at nearby Lebanon High, which also has big connection to the big leagues. Former Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington, who has a 2013 World Series ring of his own, graduated from Lebanon.

“To think that they were in my shoes at one point and they got into the top schools that they could get into and they worked their way up through the system and now at the top level. It’s kind of cool to think that I could do that too and I definitely would if I got the opportunity,” said Broughton.

At just 35-years-old, Klentak becomes the youngest general manager in club history. So, while the inspiration he provides may seem like a far off dream for some, for others, including ballplayers, it could be right around the corner.

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Boys Soccer Routs Springfield In First Round Of Division II Playoffs

By David Miles, Standard Correspondent

Things come in threes and that was certainly the case for the Woodstock boys soccer team as it opened the playoffs by romping past Springfield 9-0. Three early goals (including two in the first two minutes) gave the team all the momentum. Three more in the final five minutes of the half essentially closed the door. And the final cluster of three, midway through the second half, were the icing on the cake.

It may have been the third easy win over the Cosmos this season, but it was still an impressive display of teamwork. Eight of the nine goals were assisted and the only one that was not came on a penalty kick.

“We take no opponent lightly,” said senior Curran MacDonald. “We prepared as hard for this game as for any.” He did feel it was an advantage to have matched up with Springfield twice already, so that the Wasps knew their play style and had an idea of what to expect.

Coach Tom Avellino expected the visitors to “pack it in on defense. We wanted good ball movement to attack that and to leave open space where we could move to.” And he felt his squad did that most of the time. He was also happy that, with the big lead, everybody could see action in the second half.

Seven different players scored for the Wasps. Mason Thompson and Cody Carnehammar both scored twice, with Thompson scoring both times right off the bat, less than two minutes into the game. Carnehammar tallied on the penalty kick.

Alex Crompton, Cullan McCarthy, MacDonald, Jack Arthur and Peter Wilson all scored once. Crompton led the team with three assists, while MacDonald had two and Carnehammar, Wilson and Arthur all tallied one.

The assist was Wilson’s first varsity point. He enjoyed it so much that very shortly thereafter he scored his first varsity goal. He assisted on Arthur’s goal; Arthur then returned the favor by setting up Wilson’s score just 2:11 later.

“We didn’t change what we did in preparing for this game,” said Avellino. “We respect our opponent, no matter who it is, no matter what the situation is. We’ll do the same thing beginning tomorrow when we find out who we play Saturday.”

As the top seed in Division II, Woodstock has earned the right to host up to three playoff games at home. Fair Haven and Hartford matched up later in the day in the No. 8-No. 9 seed tussle for the right to advance and come to Woodstock Saturday afternoon. (Game time is still to be determined). No matter the opponent, Avellino and his charges know that they will have their hands full in the quarterfinals. The Wasps concluded their season with two hard-fought overtime wins against these two very teams just last week.

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