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January 24, 2013

Hillie dynasty deserves special recognition

The next generation

Colleague Dave Dyer wrote about Haverhill High replacing the banners in the Mansfield Gym. There is some controversy on how to handle the girls basketball dynasty. Coach Kevin Woelfel’s clubs won an amazing six Division 1 state titles.

I’d make sure to play that accomplishment big. First, it’s one of the great accomplishments in area history. And let’s not forget many of those girls are now the mothers of talented young athletes who might be deciding between Haverhill, Central Catholic and school-choice schools.

To the Summit

The honors are beginning to pour in for New Hampton senior Noah Vonleh of Haverhill. He was selected to the Junior National Select Team that will take on the World Team in the Nike Hoop Summit on April 20 in Portland, Ore.

On the mark

That’s former Pinkerton Academy sprinter Mark Daniels (PA ‘03) who is the fine young Patriots/MMA writer for the Boston Herald.

another juggernaut

After winning four straight Division 1 swim titles at Andover High, Alexa Korsberg would have been hard pressed to find a program which has enjoyed similar success. She may have found it, though. Korsberg will swim at Kenyon in Ohio, which won 26 straight Division 3 national titles from 1984-09.

Let bonner shoot

The “Let Bonner Shoot” movement is gaining steam. Spurs forward Matt Bonner of Concord, the greatest player ever to come out of New Hampshire, should be in the NBA 3-point contest. Even Eva Longoria tweeted it!

If you agree, like the “Put Matt Bonner in the NBA 3 Point Contest” Facebook page.

Coach canned

Amherst (Mass.) High assistant boys basketball coach Eric Wheeler was fired for telling one of his players to “take out” South Hadley coach Jeff Guiel. Supposedly he was just trying to pick up a technical on Guiel for being out of the coach’s box.

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