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March 17, 2013

Griner revolutionizing women's basketball

Best of all-time

It was always difficult to call someone the greatest female basketball player of all time. It could be Cheryl Miller, Lisa Leslie, Candace Parker, Nancy Lieberman, etc. But now it’s over. Nobody compares to Baylor’s 6-8 senior Brittny Griner, probably the most underappreciated superstar in North America. She’s averaging 23.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.1 blocks and shooting .599.

It’s stunning how she can throw down a ferocious dunk in traffic.

Eyes of texas

America’s top young male diver, Amherst High senior Michael Hixon, has signed a scholarship to Texas. He’s the grandson of Hall of Fame Andover basketball coach Wil Hixon and the son of Andover Hall of Famer Dave Hixon, the Amherst College basketball coach.

Triple threat

March 7 was a day to remember for BU junior Rashidat Agboola of Methuen. She was named first-team All-America East, All-Defensive team and All-Academic team. She’s averaging 11.8 points, a league-best 9.0 rebounds and a league-best 1.6 blocks. The business major also has a 3.60 GPA.

Her brother, Tunde, who played at BU as a walk-on, is now a grad student at Harvard.

Cakes are baking

UTL birthday wishes go out to Methuen sports personality Ray Pilat (turns 69 today), ex Methuen and UNC swim star Laura Moriarty (turns 23 tomorrow), the greatest mother of all-time Joanne Muldoon of Andover (Wednesday), former NHL hockey player Ed Ronan of North Andover (turns 45 Thursday), ex-NFL lineman Jason Ball of Londonderry (turns 34 Thursday) and ex-NFLer Mark Buben of Methuen (turns 56 Saturday).

nothing to fear

Love this advice from veteran Methuen High track coach Roger Fuller to talented Ranger sophomore middle distance runner John St. Hilaire: “Don’t be afraid of your talent.”

No mercy

Ex-Central Catholic great Scott Hazelton’s wife, Julie Tardif Hazelton, and brother-in-law, Chris Tardif, are first-ballot Timberlane Hall of Famers. And their father, Bucky, was the AD there for 23 years. But that didn’t mean Hazelton’s Bishop Guertin girls basketball team would take it easy on the Owls.

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