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The Second Annual Ken Blanchette Scholarship Fund Poker Tournament will be held on Sunday, April 11 at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley, MA. Registration will start at noon and the tournament will start at 12:30.

The proceeds will benefit deserving student-athletes from Ayer High School, the Bromfield School, Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, and North Middlesex Regional High School. Last year we were able to raise nearly $2000 and awarded scholarships to four student-athletes to help assist in furthering their education. The entry fee is $75 with $50 returned in the prize pool, and $25 going to the fund. There will also be a 50/50 raffle during the tournament.

First prize last year was $1000 with over $2500 handed out in the prize pool. The scholarships will be handed out at Nashoba Publishing Sports Night on May 24. Please come out and play for a good time and to help support the local student-athletes.

For further information, please contact Derek Blanchette at dj141632@ or Ken Blanchette at or at 978-400-8437.

Ayer/Shirley Football & Cheer registrations

The Ayer/Shirley Broncos are now accepting online registrations for the 2010 season. Boys and girls between the ages of 5-14, grades K-8th, are encouraged to participate. For more information, as well as to register, please visit our website at You may also contact Doug Lawton, Football Director, at Doug@asyfc or Karen Guthiel, Cheer Director, at Karen@asyfc, by April 30.

Ayer/Shirley Broncos seeking coaches

The Ayer/Shirley Youth Football & Cheer is currently seeking coaches for our 2010 season. Interested candidates should contact Doug Lawton, Football Director, at or Karen Guthiel, Cheer Director, at, by April 30.

Shirley Legion Baseball

All baseball players in nearby communities who may be interested in joining the 2010 Shirley Junior Legion baseball team should e-mail jimcanning@ or visit Junior Legion baseball is intended for ballplayers who are 17 years old or younger. You cannot turn 18 years old during the 2010 calendar year. Junior Legion games will be played between mid-June and mid-July.

Lunenburg Phillies tryouts/workouts

The Lunenburg Phillies, going into their 27th year, will be holding tryouts/workouts for the upcoming season beginning Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 9 a.m. at Marshall Park in Lunenburg, weather and field conditions permitting.

The Phillies, a semipro baseball team in the nine-team Central New England Baseball Association is open to players over 19 years of age. Workouts will continue until they commence a 40 game schedule, which runs from late May through early August.

Players interested in trying out for the team should call Joe Ruth at 978-597-5495 for details. Interested active college players are encouraged to call.