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October 22, 2012

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COME ON, PARENTS!

In Eagle-Tribune sports reporter Mike Muldoon’s “Oath to our athletes, parents and coaches” column that runs before every new school year, he writes: “Ted Williams was dead wrong. The toughest thing in sports isn’t hitting a baseball. It’s being a parent of an athlete. Good parents shut their mouths, stay glued to their seats and let the players play, the coaches coach and the officials officiate.”

It’s only Oct. 22 and I’ve already seen too many parents yelling and even cursing at referees during high school games.

By doing so, parents not only are embarrassing themselves but also their kids.

Remember: Just a couple of loud parents can make a whole school look bad.

HEAD OF THE CHARLES

UMass Lowell’s varsity four finished 31st out of 38 in the Women’s Collegiate Fours at the Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday.

The varsity four rowed the 5,000-meter course in 12 minutes, 18.08 seconds and was led by junior coxswain Rachel Paquette and also consisted of seniors Melinda Neale of Plaistow and Kim Haskins, as well as sophomores Jenna Bueno of Methuen and Rachel Piela.

They carried a 500-meter pace of 2:03, 2 seconds better than their previous best time.

BOUDREAU’S MOTIVATION

North Andover boys soccer co-captain Connor Boudreau gained some perspective from watching his brother Ryan Boudreau’s injury-proned high school soccer career.

Ryan, who graduated from North Andover in 2011, injured his hip as a freshman. His junior year, he suffered a fractured back. Then, he broke his collarbone his senior year.

“He loves the game and he taught me to never really take anything for granted in the game because every second counts and at any moment you could get hurt and end up losing your season like he did,” Connor said.

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