EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 1, 2012

Sports in a minute

Christopher Smith
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — VIEIRA IS SCORING MACHINE

Brooks soccer star Zach Vieira of Andover is having another impressive year.

The senior entered yesterday with 13 goals — one more than he scored all of last year when he was All-ISL and an Eagle-Tribune All-Star.

“We graduated our other striker, he was a senior last year, and then this year it has been kind of my job to score goals,” Vieira said.

Vieira, a four-year varsity starter, is looking at Williams College as a possible school to play at next year. Williams is his top choice and he is applying there early decision.

Vieria wants to study biochemistry. Right now, he is taking AP biology and government.

He helped Brooks advance to the N.E. Prep B title game last year.

“Every year we try to win the league and right now we’re in second,” he said. “We lost to Rivers (1-0). But if they slip up, we’re planning on winning the next (four) games and hopefully, win the league and then in the tournament. I think we’re going to go Class B again and we’re going to try to win the Class B tournament.”

COKELY IS ROOKIE OF YEAR

Simmons College freshman Meghan Cokely of Haverhill was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tennis Rookie of the Year. Cokely went 5-0 in the conference at No. 3 singles and went 11-2 overall.

At No. 2 doubles, Cokely teamed with Margaret Teague to go 5-1 in the conference.

Both Teague and Cokely were named All-Conference First Team Singles and Second Team Doubles.

BIG GAME ALERT

Second-seeded Londonderry boys soccer plays a Division 1 semifinal game against third-seeded Hanover today at 5:30 p.m. at Southern New Hampshire University while No. 2 seed Windham boys soccer plays a Division 2 semifinal contest against 14th seeded John Stark at 4 p.m. at Stellos Stadium.

The Lancers beat Hanover 3-0 on Sept. 5 as Tom Beedham, Rob Hart and Kenny Desmarais all scored and Lancers goalie Bobby Krause stopped eight shots.

Windham and John Stark did not play each other during the regular season.

TROUT’S CHANCES

Despite Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera becoming the first player since 1967 to win the Triple Crown, the American League MVP voting should be very tight between Cabrera and rookie Mike Trout, who some sportswriters with a vote think was more valuable to the Angels than Cabrera was to Detroit.

Cabrera batted .330 with 44 homers and 139 RBIs. He also led the AL in slugging percentage (.606), OPS (.999) and total bases (377)..

Promoted from Triple-A to the big leagues in late April, the Angels star center fielder led the American League in runs (129) and stolen bases (49). He batted .326 with a .399 on-base percentage, .564 slugging percentage, .963 OPS, 30 homers, 83 RBIs, 27 doubles and eight triples.

“He’s shaping up to be like a once-in-a-generation (player),” Angels catcher Chris Iannetta told The Eagle-Tribune in August. “I don’t see Cabrera every day so I can’t speak for who’s more worthy, but I know Mike has put up some great numbers — astounding numbers for his age. Ever since he’s been with this team, he’s kind of helped turn the tide and get us going in the right direction, being on base and things of that nature.”

Is Trout, at his young age (21), already a leader for the Angels?

“I think once you step on the field, age doesn’t matter,” Iannetta said. “We’re all teammates. We all go out there and win together and play together. And he does so much to help us win. He does his job to the best of his ability. He plays great defense, he steals bags, he gets on base, hits for power, average.”

BOGAERTS TOP PROSPECT

Baseball America yesterday released its picks for the top 10 prospects in the Boston Red Sox system.

They selected shortstop Xander Bogaerts as the top overall prospect in the system. Bogaerts played 104 games for Single-A Salem and 23 games for Double-A Portland, combining for a .307 average, .373 on-base percentage, 20 homers, 81 RBIs, 37 doubles and three triples. He hit .326 in 23 games for Portland.

Here are Baseball America’s top 10:

1. Bogaerts, SS; 2. Jackie Bradley, OF; 3. Matt Barnes, RHP; 4. Allen Webster, RHP; 5. Henry Owens, LHP; 6. Blake Swihart, C; 7. Garin Cecchini, 3B; 8. Bryce Brentz, OF; 9. Jose Iglesias, SS; 10. Deven Marrero, SS.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

The Kansas City Chiefs (1-6 overall, 1-2 on road) play at the San Diego Chargers (3-4 overall, 1-2 at home) today at 8:20 p.m. on the NFL Newtwork.

Matt Cassel will start at quarterback with Brady Quinn (concussion) unable to practice this week.

After starting the year with a 3-1 record, the Chargers have lost three straight (to New Orleans 31-24, Denver 35-24 and Cleveland 7-6). Their last win was a 37-20 victory over Kansas City back on Sept. 30.