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Wood, Childs provided heart, soul, leadership to Post 100

Hudson – The Hudson Post 100 American Legion baseball team dropped from serious Zone 5A regular-season title consideration weeks ago, but that hasn't stopped recent Hudson graduates Mike Wood and Evan Childs from going full-tilt, fulltime.

"They've been the heart and soul of this team," Post 100 manager Blair Brissette said. "We're lucky to have had them for as long as we have. All three have been great leaders for the younger guys on this team, and we got a lot of younger guys on this team. Hopefully they've been paying attention to how these guys go about their business and will carry on the tradition."

This is Wood's fourth and final season of Legion baseball. Childs has one more year of eligibility.

"I just like to show up and do my job," Wood said. "It gives the younger guys a chance to see what it takes to have a successful team, to be a successful player. A lot of guys talk a lot about what it takes, but younger guys tend to tune them out.

" If you show them, though, that seems to leave more of an impression."

Hudson finished its season with a 6-12 mark. Four of those wins were earned by Wood, and he picked up a save in one of the other two wins, too.

Childs has been a defensive leader for the team, gobbling up everything that comes anywhere near him at second base.

Wood and Childs both said they are pleased by the progress they've seen in the team the past two years.

"We're getting better, we're playing better, the team-wide attitude is up – those are all good signs," Wood said.

Childs plans to play club or intramural baseball at the University of Connecticut next year; Wood plans to play at Johnson and Wales and then return for his final season of Legion baseball.

Rutan named District E Scholar- Athlete of Year

Patrick Rutan, a June graduate of Algonquin Regional High School, was named District E Scholar-Athlete of the Year recently, as was Lunenburg's Laura Stern.

Rutan, who will continue his academic and athletic careers at Yale University, was a senior captain of the cross-country and indoor track teams, and competed in both all four years, as well as in outdoor track.

His running career with the Tomahawks got off to a fast start as he was named Outstanding Freshman of the indoor track team back in 2005. He competed in distance races and hurdling events during both the indoor and outdoor track seasons.

Rutan clocked in a two-mile race last winter at 11:14; this spring he ran the 300-meter hurdles in 44.6 seconds and the 110-meter hurdles in 17.5 seconds.

Away from athletics, Rutan had just as rewarding a career at Algonquin, if not more so. He finished first in his class of more than 300, thanks to a 4.987 grade-point average. He recorded a perfect score on his SATs.

A member of the National Honor Society and the National Music Honor Society, Rutan participated in many musical ensembles throughout high school, including the a capella choir, the marching band and the symphonic band.

Shockers capture Taunton tournament

The Shrewsbury Shockers, an Under-10 softball team, won the Taunton Inner City Bash Tournament July 13.

Members of the Shockers include: Kayla Baker; Alexa Deraney; Juli Diliberto; Susan Eastland; Deirdre Gallo; Erin Gallo; Georgia Geidymin; Erin LeMay; Mary Martunas; Madison Schneider, Morgan Schneider; Alyssa Riggs; and Erin Shea.

Coaches of the team include Steve Gallo, Jim Lemay and Dan Schneider. Contact Ken Powers at kpthesportsguy@yahoo.com with your team's news.

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