EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 24, 2013

Hillie dynasty deserves special recognition

Michael Muldoon
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.

If local players “took out” boys MVC basketball coaches every time they left the coach’s box, there wouldn’t be a coach left!

Cavanaugh honored

North Andover Hall of Famer Mike Cavanaugh Jr., an 18-year assistant at BC, won the American Hockey Coaches Association Terry Flanagan Award which honors “an assistant coach’s career body of work.” He’s helped lead the Eagles to an amazing 10 Final Fours and four national titles.

Big shoes to fill

Whoever replaces Alabama’s D.J. Fluker will have big shoes to fill, in every sense of the expression. The 6-6, 335-pound All-American wears a size 22 shoe.

Football Follies

There is a certain science to picking all-star teams. In football, often the best players play the same position so you balance the team out listing the players at another position.

A star running back, for example, often is a star linebacker of defensive back. But the player at least has to be pretty good at the other position. A buddy of mine from the Southern part of the state said his town’s local star, who made the 26-player Mass. Football Coaches Association All-State team as a defensive back, couldn’t have played more than a handful of plays on defense the entire season.

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