Keeping Score: Gewanter boys close it out

Published: 11/19/2021 4:59:57 PM

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Deerfield’s twin tanks, Seth and Kade Gewanter, ended their collegiate football careers last week by helping Castleton (Vt.) University defeat Gallaudet University of Washington, D.C., 31-30, at Dave Wolk Stadium. The Spartans took the lead on a 3-yard run by Lucas Morse and the extra point by Noah Crossman with 43 seconds left.

Both boys look like Rip, the rugged no-nonsense cowboy on Yellowstone. Kade is 5-11 and 257 pounds. He anchored the defensive front and cleared the way for his 5-9, 220-pound brother and the rest of the linebacking corps to come in and make the tackles.

The Spartans roster includes two other local players, freshman defensive back Cam Lococo of Colrain/Mohawk and junior tight end Caleb Graves of Hadley/Hopkins.

Castleton is located west of Rutland near the New York border, less than an hour’s drive from Lake George. Afterward the twins met their parents Brett and Kristin Gewanter and several other friends from Deerfield. Brett had barbecued a whole turkey and brought along his meat slicer to cut up sandwiches for everyone. It was a fitting end to a cold, wet day meant for neither man nor beast, only football players.

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Williams College wrapped up its perfect 9-0 season last week by beating Amherst College, 24-19, in Amherst. The Mammoths lost three of their last five games and coach EJ Mills (145-51 record all time) is encountering strong headwinds. “The school’s rumored not to be giving EJ the recruits he’s bringing to the table,” said Amherst grad Jim Still. “EJ can flat out recruit and coach. If he’s losing then something around him has changed. He didn’t change. The talent cupboard is bare.”

The box score reported 7,000 fans at Pratt Field but it was closer to 3,000. Before the second half, several young women walked in front of the grandstand holding a white sheet with a message that said: “Raise wages at Val, declare staff essential.”

Valentine Hall is the college dining commons, and most of the staff is considered casual labor, meaning nonessential. Some longtime staffers had been making $15.50 an hour until until they heard that new hires were getting $17.50 an hour. They demanded equal pay, and they got it.

Amherst’s endowment was $2.6 billion last year (amherst.edu) and the college president is all for social justice, or so she says.

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Northfield’s Jamie Rourke and his family will be at Chestnut Hill today to watch Boston College (6-4) battle ACC rival Florida State (4-6). Rourke’s cousin from Tewksbury, Adam Fuller, is Florida State’s defensive coordinator. 

A four year starter at Sacred Heart, Fuller has climbed the college coaching ladder from WPI in 1998 to Wagner, Richmond, Assumption, Chattanooga, Marshall and Memphis. He was named the Seminoles’ defensive coordinator in 2019.

“We're having a family reunion afterward,” said Rourke, who teaches at NMH where his wife Sarah (Kelley-Yazwinski) is the medical director. “He's come a long way from our family softball games in the ‘80s at the Tewksbury State Hospital field around the corner from my grandparents’ house on Farmer Avenue.”

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Every football website and blog from here to Samoa reports Don Brown is the leading candidate to be the new UMass coach, and they aren’t wrong. According to a source close to the scene he’s negotiating a contract in the $750,000 range.

Mark Whipple won the I-AA title, then was hired back by former AD John McCutcheon in 2014 and went 16-44 in five seasons. Now AD Ryan Bamford is trying the same losing formula with Brown, who took UMass to the I-AA championship game in 2006.

When he was at Michigan, Brown was one of the highest paid defensive coordinators in the FBS. In 2019 the Wolverines lost to Penn State, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Alabama. Last December he was fired after an abbreviated 2-4 season. This year Michigan is 9-1.

Brown is currently the defensive coordinator for the 1-9 Arizona Wildcats. Not good, but good enough for Bamford.

According to the same source, Brown pushed hard for the UConn job. Instead, UConn signed Jim Mora to a five year deal starting at $1.5 million annually with a $100,000 raise per year according to Draftkings.com.

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Speaking of Mora, he’s joined the team as an assistant coach and has already begun recruiting. He was 46-30 at UCLA and prior to that he coached the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks.

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SQUIBBERS: Jets fans are worried that first year coach Robert Saleh looks like Tarzan and coaches like Jane. … SI’s Pat Forte called the Florida Gators’ victory dance after beating FCS Samford “a remarkable display of denial in the face of dysfunction.” … Former UMass linebacker Paul Manganaro picked up $180,000 in purse money after his horse Tarabi finished third in the BC Juvenile Fillies two weeks ago. … Today in Durham, Maine and UNH play for the Brice-Cowell Musket, a 43-inch flintlock made in the early 18th century by Ebenezer Nutting and named for former coaches Fred Brice and Butch Cowell, respectively. … Maine’s Montigo Moss caught a 58-yard pass to help the Black Bears beat UMass last week. Montigo’s brother Thaddeus played for LSU and his father Randy is an NFL Hall-of-Famer. He wears No. 81, his dad’s number with the Patriots. … South Deerfield’s John Cycz looked at his GPS to see how long it would take the Nantucket High School boys soccer team to get to Dalton for their playoff match at Wahconah. “Five hours and 47 minutes,” said Cycz, “Not including the ferry.” … Don’t look now, but former Lunt Silver men’s league goalie Todd Boynton is the county’s king of Pickleball. … Deposed Mets GM Zack Scott was formerly the Red Sox head of analytics, which might be why Red Sox asst. GM Raquel Ferreira declined to interview for the job. … Memo to Fox commentator Howard Kurtz: Braves pitcher Ian Anderson was pulled after a five inning no hitter, not a five inning perfect game. Stick to politics, Howard. … Analytics is nothing new; long before it hit baseball, football and basketball there was the Daily Racing Form. … During the World Series on Fox, John Smoltz pitched ads for prop bets. “They were low rent,” Baseball Digest’s Rick Cerrone told WFAN’s Richard Neer. “It’s still not too late to make it rain.’ There’s gotta be some happy medium before this game turns into Jai-alai.” … After Miss. State missed three field goal attempts in a 31-28 loss to Arkansas, coach Mike Leach had an open tryout. “Anybody wants to walk on, get over to our building.” Forty tried out, none made the cut. … Happy 46th birthday J.D. Drew. Signed for five years and $70 million, Drew struck out against Tampa Bay rookie David Price to end the seventh game of the 2008 ALCS. As Casey Stengel said, “Without the losers where would the winners be?”

Chip Ainsworth is an award-winning columnist who has penned his observations about sports for four decades in the Pioneer Valley. He can be reached at chipjet95@yahoo.com




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