IL football team, founders, and supporters recognized by School Board
|Athletic Director Anne Galligan, Robin Brady, Kevin Brady, Sue Frazier, and ILHS Principal Patricia Kennelly Erin Plummer. (click for larger version)|
December 16, 2009MEREDITH — From its beginnings as an idea by two mothers to its state championship win, the Inter-Lakes High School football team, its founders, and supporters were recognized by the Inter-Lakes School Board.
On Nov. 21, the Inter-Lakes High School football team took the title of Division VI state champions in a final game over Winnisquam. Last Tuesday, the team, its founders, and those who had a part to play in the team's creation were recognized by the School Board.
Sue Frazier and Robin Brady were honored for getting the team started as a club sport and gradually helping it make varsity level. Board Chair Jack Carty said Frazier and Brady built up the organization and fundraised and brought community support. Carty recalled when they asked for the team to carry the school name and then when they asked to have the team take part in NHIAA sanctioned sports.
"It was just a very well run enterprise from the get go," said Inter-Lakes High School Principal Patricia Kennelly.
Last year it was presented how the team could be a public/private partnership with district contributions and extensive fundraising.
"I thank you for the opportunity," Frazier said. "I really enjoy working with you guys, I look forward to the future."
Coach Paul Lavigne received recognition for his work with the team.
"I appreciate everything this town has done," Lavigne said.
A veteran coach, the Inter-Lakes team marked Lavigne's return to high school coaching.
"I really do love coaching high school. We had a great senior class and if it wasn't for these kids we wouldn't be here today."
This was the fifth time a team under Lavigne's coaching won a state title, though Lavigne said this one was especially significant.
"I felt like I took something that was just born a few years ago to develop it and to mold it my way," Lavigne said. "I am very proud to be a championship coach. Just being part of the organization is tremendous. I'm like a kid again."
Senior captain Kevin Brady presented his retired #21 jersey to the school and showed a trophy his mother Robin made for him with a football stand and a football.
"Thank you for your athletic ability, but, equally important, thank you for being a class-act as a student athlete," Carty said.
District Athletic Director Anne Galligan was also recognized for her efforts in the field. The board recognized American Legion Post 33 as well for selling food at the game with half the proceeds going to the football team.
"It just made a really nice ambience," Carty said.