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September 26, 2013

Mack Plaque rivalry on tap this weekend

Pinkerton, LHS compete for annual trophy

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The two schools also team up to support the community.

The field hockey teams from both high schools are hosting a Toys for Tots drive on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Pinkerton field hockey field. All new toys and monetary donations are welcome.

Pinkerton adds homecoming activities to Mack Plaque week and will induct its new Hall of Fame list on Friday night.

Pinkerton has taken the trophy for about a dozen years in a row. Three plaques hang on a lobby wall at the fieldhouse, with the winning school and date engraved. Each trophy holds 10 years, so a new plaque was ordered this year as space was getting tight.

Although traditionally Pinkerton seems to have the most Mack Plaque wins, Londonderry High athletic director Howard Sobolov said this could be the Lancers’ year.

“It’s been a while,” he said. “But I’m always upbeat and positive and hopeful.”

The last time Londonderry took the plaque home was in 2000. The following year the schools tied.

Both Powers and Sobolov joined high school administrators and team captains for a pre-Mack Plaque dinner at Pinkerton Monday night. Athletes were told to be good sports and have fun.

Schools take on the annual rivalry with a strong passion to win, but teamwork and good sportsmanship always top the list.

“It is a great rivalry, games are always close and competitive,” Powers said. “It’s great to see the school’s student body get involved and the communities to come out and support them.”

Pinkerton senior Tim Wood plays soccer and said every Mack Plaque week brings out a lot of school spirit.

“It’s a great opportunity to show off our talents and abilities at both schools,” he said. “It’s one of the biggest and the healthiest of rivalries.”

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