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AD Cup brings smiles to Winnisquam community

by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

Winnisquam alum Steve Welch poses for a picture with coach Amy Dutton on the sidelines during the AD Cup on Saturday in Tilton. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
July 30, 2012
TILTON – Several common themes developed over the course of the afternoon at Winnisquam Regional High School's soccer field on July 28. Every time a player would jog, or limp, off the field for a substitute player during the AD Cup for longtime coach Amy Dutton, remarks would all center on how grueling getting back out and playing was after a few years away from the game. But more importantly, one couldn't wipe the smiles off the faces of the alumni that took part in the event for their former coach, as hot and humid weather did little to deter the fact that they were all taking part in an event near and dear to their hearts.

"This is awesome," said Winnisquam alum and one of the event's organizers, Steve Welch. "We all just wanted to bring a smile to Amy's face and everyone's just happy to be a part of this."

Welch split the players into two teams – Team Amy and Team Dutton – based on graduation year, with odd years and even years squaring off. Former players from all over came back to Tilton for the contest, which was organized to support Dutton's battle with cancer. The energetic coach was right in the thick of the action on the sidelines on Saturday, chirping at her former players while following the action from the bench area.

A good crowd of spectators was also on hand to take in the game, with the sidelines lined with friends and well-wishers. Several of Dutton's current crop of players from the Belmont High School girls' soccer team were also in attendance to watch the festivities.

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