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Raiders Leading the UNH Wildcats on Offense and Defense

Raiders Leading the UNH Wildcats on Offense and Defense

The University of New Hampshire football team is being led by two Raiders!

Photo Credit: UNH Athletics

Congratulations to Bret Edwards ’18, who was recently named the starting quarterback as a redshirt freshman, and to Mike Balsamo '15, a starting inside linebacker and defensive anchor.

The Eagle Tribune: Former Central star Balsamo leading UNH defense

The Eagle Tribune: Former Central Catholic star ready to lead UNH offense

Good luck, Mike and Bret, and go, Wildcats!

Bret Edwards making a throw during practice

Photo Credit: UNH Athletics, Dave O'Brien

Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition
Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,300 students from over 60 cities and towns. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

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Mission: Central Catholic High School makes Jesus known and loved.
We educate the whole person for college and for life, with particular care for the least favored and those in need.

Raider Athletics

Raider Athletics represents a proud tradition of excellence that enriches the Central Catholic experience for both participants and spectators.

Our student-athletes bring home State, Sectional, and Conference Championships on a regular basis while representing the school community with pride.

Central Catholic offers twenty-seven (27) Varsity sports in competitions governed by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC) as well as two (2) seasons of Cheerleading under the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators' Association (MSSAA).

More than half of our student body, approximately 800 students, compete on at least one of these teams, an experience that fosters teamwork, dedication, sportsmanship, and the pursuit of excellence, lessons that carry over into all aspects of life.