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August 7, 2013

Sports in a Minute: Yastrzemski named an All-Star

Michael Muldoon
The Eagle-Tribune

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Yaz an all-star

Mike Yastrzemski of Andover was named to the N.Y.-Penn League All-Star Game, which will be Aug. 13 in Norwich, Conn. He’s batting .321 (35 of 109) for the Aberdeen IronBirds with 16 runs and 13 RBIs.

A couple of his fellow All-Stars have familiar names: L.J. Mazzilli (son of Lee) and Ben Verlander (brother of Justin).

Don’t specialize

Many coaches selfishly pressure young athletes to specialize. Interestingly, six of seven NFL Hall of Fame inductees had major success in other sports.

Jonathan Ogden (NCAA shot put champ), Curley Culp (NCAA wrestling champ), Cris Carter (had big-time basketball offers), Dave Robinson (member of South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame), Warren Sapp (set his high school’s home run record) and coach Bill Parcells (cited influence of high school basketball coach).

merrimack in the nhl

Four Merrimack hockey players were at NHL Prospect Camps this summer.

They were incoming freshman Chris Leblanc (Ottawa) and returning standouts forward Mike Collins (Minnesota), forward Quinn Gould (Chicago) and goalie Sam Marotta (Vancouver).

Gould had a ready-made welcoming party as former Merrimack coach Ron Anderson and former Warrior goalie and assistant Mike Doneghey work for the Blackhawks.

Coach Turiano

Marc Turiano of Andover, a 2010 graduate of Salem State, has been named the women’s volleyball coach at Salem State.

Turiano played at St. John’s Prep and was an assistant at the Prep, Salem State and Missouri State University-West Plains.

Beyond com-pare

UMass Lowell distance standout Ben Pare of Methuen has one of my favorite twitter handles: @parraynotpear. Now even I can’t mispronounce his name!

flacco playing merrimack

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco’s brother will be playing this fall for New Haven.

Mike Flacco, 26, is a 6-6, 250-pound tight end who played five years of minor league baseball.

New Haven is at Merrimack Oct. 12.

Creative tide

The Alabama football team has a precautionary video it was showing the players to avoid pitfalls. At one point, it flashes to a young man in a jump suit giving an emotional message. He was a budding hoop star now serving time.

Meanwhile, a song played about “a mother’s love.” At the back of the room where the 2013 Alabama players were meeting was a weeping woman ... the jailed star’s mother.

Presidential coincidence

Brown has a football recruit Kyle Kosei Obana from the Punahou School in Honolulu. He’s Obana, not to be confused with President Obama, who also went to Punahou.

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