EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 17, 2013

Griner revolutionizing women's basketball

Michael Muldoon
The Eagle-Tribune

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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.

They handed Timberlane one of the worst losses in school history, 85-26, in their state tourney opener. BG was stunned in the finals by Bedford 39-38.

New mexico shootout

Bryce Alford of La Cueva High in New Mexico outscored Cullen Neal of Eldorado 52-39 but Neal’s club won 89-79. Their fathers, ex-Indiana great Steve Alford and former Georgia Tech star Craig Neal, coach together at the University of New Mexico. Alford will play for the Lobos and Neal is headed to St. Mary’s.

end of discussion

These NFL combine 40-yard dash times are a complete joke. They don’t use automatic timing so the accuracy is non-existent. It’s not even worth discussing them. I have no idea why they don’t invest a few thousand bucks and do it right. Guess the NFL doesn’t have the money.

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