EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 6, 2013

Sports in a Minute


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — HUGE WEEK AHEAD

This should be a huge “sort itself out” week in the Merrimack Valley Conference baseball race, opening with Billerica coming to Central Catholic this afternoon.

As we currently sit, Billerica leads the small division at 6-2, with Lawrence right there at 6-3. Haverhill is hanging around at 4-4.

In the large division, Chelmsford stands at 6-1, and Central remains in second at 6-2,

Huge games in the division this week include Billerica at Central today, with the Raiders headed to Chelmsford on Friday.

Lawrence High’s pitching staff will be tested depth-wise in what will be a pivotal stretch. The Lancers head to Methuen today and Haverhill Friday, with a home date against North Andover sandwiched in the middle on Wednesday.

We won’t know the champs after this week in both divisions, but the races could be a lot clearer come Friday night.

WARRIOR ON COURSE

Merrimack College’s Ali Reed continues to roll through her college golf season. The sophomore from Westborough shot 75 in the opening round of the NCAA Super Regional at Joliet Country Club in Illinois, to grab the low score among four individuals, second overall.

Indianapolis University’s Jaclyn Schindler leads at 73, but Reed needs to keep her eyes on the three individuals behind her.

The leading individual, following rounds 2 and 3, will move on to the NCAA National Division 2 Championships, May 15 in Daytona Beach.

LAWRENCE BOYS CLUB STEPS UP

Recently, the New England Patriots and their charitable foundation hosted their annual “Science of Sports” Science Fair and, as always, a team from the Lawrence Boys Club stepped up and delivered a monster performance. The group called “GPA+1” studied the question, “How hard do you need to slide the stone in order to knock the opponent’s stone out of the target in curling? “

The group of Ayanna Vasquez, Kim Perez, Kiahyette Guzman and Bryanna Matias delivered a powerful performance, scoring a third-place overall to pick up a $500 scholarship.

Congrats to the girls, and the Patriots for pitching in.

CAN’T FIGURE FLOYD

Imagine what Floyd Mayweather Jr. could do with a little personality. And imagine what he could do if he didn’t feel the need to be loved.

Folks paid $1,000 per ticket and $70 for the pay-per-view Saturday night to watch Mayweather outclass the next great one, Robert Guerrero.

Afterward, there was more talk of why the defensive genius Mayweather gets disrespected for his precision and craftsmanship.

Floyd is a big pro wrestling guy. He’s just too busy being proud of himself. The 36-year-old should again have embraced a villain’s role.

Again, though, Mayweather proves why boxing will always remain the kind and ultimate fighting will always be the proverbial “red-headed step-child.”

Mayweather picked up $32 million in the win.