EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 29, 2013

Sports in a Minute: Windham frosh on Fire

Hector longo
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — FAB FROSH ON FIRE

Windham High freshman Connor Moynihan wasted no time announcing his presence on the varsity level. The sweet-swinging lefty, who is a designeted hitter right now but is bound to at some point show off his 80 mph fastball on the mound at some point, has been nothing less than fearsome at the plate.

Moynihan is 7 for his first 8, an .875 batting average. Considering he’s belted two doubles and two triples, that would place his slugging percentage at 1.625 and his OPS at 2.500. Somewhere, the sabermetricians are shuddering. By the way, he’s already earned the nickname of, “Horse,” by his teammates.

For more on the high school baseball scene, please see “Touching all the Bases” on Page 11.

BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY

Central Catholic junior Tyler Nelson picked right up where his basketball season ended in March at the TD Garden while playing for the 11th grade Boston Athletic Basketball Club (BABC) team in last weekend’s tournament in Anaheim, Calif.

Nelson’s team went 4-0, and the Eagle-Tribune Player of the Year played big roles in winning three of the game, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer in the opener against Memphis, and 20 first-half points against a Detroit team and several 3-pointers in the win over a team from Oakland, which boasts to projected No. 1 picks in the NBA in 2014 and 2015.

“You could make the argument that Tyler was our MVP,” said BABC coach Leo Papile. “His role on this team is as a shooter. But he gets some help from our big guys, who really understand the inside-out game. In the game-winner he hit I knew it was as in as soon as he let it go. He’s like a field goal kicker at the end of a game, the one you know is going to make it.”

Nelson is traveling to Hampton, Va. for a five-game schedule this weekend, beginning tonight.

RENAISSANCE HOSTS COMMUNITY

If you want a chance to golf at one of the premiere facilities in New England, well, you have that opportunity on July 1.

That’s when Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill invites the local residents to enjoy the private course for the day while giving back as well.

For a greens fee of $75, you can play the 2012 NEGCOA Golf Course of the Year, with a portion of your proceeds going to support The One Fund Bostonhttp://onefundboston.org/

Tee times run from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To register for a tee time call the golf shop at 978-241-6710.

‘FREE GOLF’

Yep, I saw the Granite Fields Golf Club ad on the pages of The Eagle-Tribune with the phrase “free golf.” Heck, times aren’t great and anything free is good for me.

So I went to www.granitefields.com and the explanation is a good one and a great deal. Buy a $250 golf gift card at Granite Fields, and you only pay $200. It’s basically buy five rounds (weekdays 18 holes with carts is $40) and get the sixth free plus $10.