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Shirley recognized for support of Ayer-Shirley Broncos

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SHIRLEY — Officials from the Ayer-Shirley Broncos football team presented a trophy to the Board of Selectmen to thank the town for its support of the youth sports organization.

Broncos President and head coach Mike Taylor presented the trophy — a gold-toned replica of a football mounted on a sturdy wood pedestal — at the Jan. 7 selectmen’s meeting. With him were assistant coach Mike Doherty and team mom and executive counsel Lisa Carroll.

After eight years, this is her “final act” as a team official, said Carroll, since it’s the last year her son, quarterback Ryan Carroll, will play on the team.

Asked who might take her place, Carroll mentioned an Ayer couple as likely candidates.

They’re very active in the organization and have four young children, she said.

The Broncos just returned from a big game in Orlando, Fla., said Selectman David Swain, sitting in for absent Chairman Leonardo “Chip” Guercio. The team has been ranked third in the nation, he said.

Seven team members were also selected to play in the national all-star game, said Swain.

“They deserve to be commended for their hard work and dedication,” he said. “It’s an outstanding accomplishment.”

Earlier this year, the board issued a proclamation naming the middle school football field for Taylor, said Swain. The honor recognizes his longtime dedication to the Ayer-Shirley football program.

It’s quite a coup for a small-town team to stand tall against big-city teams, said Taylor, such as the opponent the Broncos faced down south: a team from Houston, Texas.

“We whooped them up pretty good,” he said.

He thanked the board and the town for their support.

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