Hall of Fame calls for Kaste

Haverhill High's Bill Kaste will be inducted into the state girls volleyball coaches association's Coaches Hall of Fame Oct. 16.

The ceremony will take place at Joe's American Grill on the waterfront in Boston.

Kaste has achieved a lot since leading Hillie volleyball starting in 1993.

On the girls side, he has posted 204 wins and has been named MVC Coach of the Year in 1994, 1996 and 2002, leading his teams to the Division 1 North Finals in 1996, 2000 and 2002.

Haverhill's boys volleyball squad has also excelled under Kaste, most recently via last year's state finals berth. Kaste has racked up 175 wins, 10 State Tournament appearances in the last 14 years and two titles as Division 1 North finalist in 2001 and 2008. He was named MVC Coach of the Year in 2000 and last year.

Andover's best head to Japan

Rachel Moore and Maggie D'Innocenzo of Andover will be representing the National Swim Coaches Association of the USA in a dual meet against Itoman Swim School in Osaka, Japan this weekend.

The Crimson Aquatics teammates, coached by Andover's Mike Spring, qualified for this honor by way of their performance this past summer at National and Junior National Championships in Palo Alto, Calif.

Both swimmers will compete in five events in Osaka against an Itoman team with members that competed in the 2008 Olympics.

Moore and D'Innocenzo have recently achieved Olympic Trial Cut Times in four events apiece while representing Crimson Aquatics.

Crowley out, Cardaci in at Lowell

Big changes in the girls basketball scene at Lowell High, starting when Mike Crowley ended a successful 16-year career at the school by resigning last June.

Crowley racked up a 238-111 record with the Red Raiders, going to the state tournament 14 times and reaching the Division 1 state semifinals five years ago.

The Pelham resident decided to take the head coaching job at nearby Tynsgboro High and was hired by former Lowell wrestling coach and new Tyngsboro athletic director Tim O'Keefe.

Hometown boy Jimmy Cardaci was hired this week to replace Crowley.

Cardaci played for the Red Raiders in the late 1990s. After going to Thomas College, he worked his way up the Lowell High coaching ranks, working as boys varsity assistant before being hired to head up the girls hoop program.

A proven winner

A breakthrough freshman season was just the beginning for Kingston's Steven Palumbo, who is picking up right where he left off.

After missing UNH's first two men's soccer games due to injury, Palumbo stepped in and scored the only goal in a recent victory over Adelphi.

The game-winner allowed the sophomore midfielder to continue his personal scoring streak as all four of his career goals put UNH in the win column.

Big game alert

Boys soccer: Phillips at Brooks, 2:45 p.m.

The area's two prep school powers in an early-season matchup in North Andover.

Brooks is coming off an 11-2-2 campaign last season, good for second place in the ISL. The Big Blue was 12-3-3 in 2010.

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