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October 30, 2012

Methuen volleyball needs to play to make tourney

Need to play

Like most events, yesterday’s Somerville-Methuen volleyball match was called off by the storm. Ordinarily, with Wednesday as the deadline to play all regular season matches, it would not be rescheduled since it’s a non-league game. But the Rangers are 9-9 and need one more win to make the tournament. Unfortunately, Methuen is scheduled to face unbeaten Andover tonight and Somerville already has a match scheduled for tomorrow.

“I’m hoping the MIAA will extend the deadline a day or two,” said Methuen athletic director Jim Weymouth.

Another possibility would be for Methuen to play a doubleheader, traveling to Somerville this afternoon before facing Andover this evening.

Methuen’s boy swimmers

Once again, the Methuen swimming team has a boy swimmer winning events. One year after Scott DelRossi came within a eyelash of winning a Division 1 state title (23.85 to 23.93 for Haverhill’s Sarah Broderick), junior Jack Gregg has been placing first in freestyle events. Coach Jason Smith says Gregg, one of four boys on his team, is more versatile than DelRossi.

DelRossi’s near state title, incidentally, was one reason why there were rule changes this year, among them that boys can’t swim on the same relays with girls in the sectional and state meets and they can’t swim in the same heats in those meets.

Methuen is one of three MVC schools with boys, the others being Billerica and Dracut. The Middies have more than 10.

Tough year for Graham

Former Methuen High football coach Pat Graham hasn’t enjoyed much success since leaving the Rangers two years ago. His switch to Merrimack College was short lived because of a personality conflict. This is his first season as linebackers coach at St. Anselm College. The St. A’s defense has given up 42.7 points per game, including a record-setting 81 to Merrimack, during a 1-8 season.

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