Two Upper Valley high school baseball graves will be replaced next year.
Paul Silva has retired as Stevens High varsity coach after 15 seasons, but he will remain with the Cardinals as head-varsity football coach and a varsity boys basketball assistant. Meanwhile, Bill Vielleux has been promoted to baseball coach at Hartford High after assisting Kris Keelty this season.
Silva, quoting the physical aspects of the job, said on Monday that it was time for someone else to get an opportunity with the Cardinals.
“I do not feel I can do things physically that I think I will be able to do as a baseball coach,” Silva said in a telephone interview. ‘I’m not getting younger. In baseball you have infield to hit, percussion to throw, hit to outfield, much more physical stuff. I wanted to go 10 years; I went 15. Time for someone else to get the chance. ”
Stevens sports director Doug Beaupre said he hoped to keep Silva in both college positions “for as long as I possibly could.” But he understood why he would want to retire.
“I think he was just ready to go with one sport a year instead of two,” Beaupre said. “It is a huge obligation to train two sports. … I absolutely understand why he would stick to football and walk away from baseball. ”
Bill Bundy, Silva’s junior varsity coach and former baseball coach at Claremont Middle School, was hired last week as Silva’s successor to the Cardinals, Beaupre said.
Up at Hartford, Keelty and Vielleux took over college when Jarrod Grassi withdrew two games into the Hurricanes season in April. They led the Canes to 16 straight wins before driving into the U-32 – and recently MLB draft pick Owen Kellington – in a VPA Division II defeat on June 9.
“Coach Vielleux’s long association with the community and his commitment to baseball at Hartford make him an ideal person to take over a program that is on the rise,” Hartford athletic director Jeff Moreno said in a press release. “Bill provides a high level of baseball knowledge and experience, as well as a passion for hurricane athletics.”
Vielleux graduated from Hartford in 1993 and played two baseball seasons in the minor leagues of the Chicago Cubs after being drafted that year. Hartford High has since honored that achievement with a banner hanging from the left field fence at the Maxfield Sports Complex.
All-stars capital: Thetford Academy baseball is fresh from a race to the top seed in the VPA D-III playoffs and a race to the state finals, and has placed four players on the NVAC Capital Division all-league team.
Catcher / infielder Ryan Malloy and pitcher / infielder Ethan Marshia were selected to the all-league first team. Versatile Jackson Kingsbury landed on the second team. Pitcher / infielder Mack Briglin rounded out the group with an honorable mention. Kingsbury is the only senior in the group, which bodes well for Thetford next season.
“Capital League has a lot of high quality baseball teams,” TA coach Phil Chaput said in an email. “I am very proud that these players were selected to the all-league team and recognized for their success and hard work.”
The coaches in the 10-team league choose the squad. Kellington – the U-32 pitcher selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth round of last week’s MLB draft – was not surprisingly named player of the year.
TA enjoyed a 13-4 season during the spring, reaching the VPA D-III title game before falling to the Peoples Academy at Centennial Field.
All-state softball: The New Hampshire Softball Coaches Association included four Upper Valley athletes on their recent all-state list.
Stevens had three players selected as senior catcher Makayla Maccioli made the first team, senior second baseman Zoey Foote landed on the second team and junior pitcher / infielder Brianna Frisbee received honorable mention in division II. The Cardinals were 10-4 on the campaign and eventually fell to Bow in the first round of the state tournament.
Junior third baseman Skouly Kachikis represented Hannover on the D-II honorable mention team. Hannover was 2-11 this spring, with a couple of victories over Fall Mountain.
Today’s day: Recently, Rivendell Academy graduate Cora Day was the only Upper Valley athlete to make the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-American list this weekend.
A goalkeeper and defender, Day landed with a group of 49 girls and 36 boys from across the country who combined excellence in the classroom (minimum 3.75 grade points required) with excellence on the football field. An Orford native, Day maintained a 4.0 GPA to earn his place on the team.
Day backstop Rivendell girls’ soccer to the VPA Division IV championship game in 2019 – the program’s first visit in almost a decade – and the D-IV semifinals last fall.
Greg Fennell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-727-3226.