Battle at the net
Anyone who enjoys the hard hitting of boys volleyball should take in tomorrow’s (6:30 p.m. start) Salem at Pinkerton volleyball match.
The defending state champion Blue Devils boast returning Eagle-Tribune All-Star Eric Denning, who had 151 kills and 70 blocks last year along with fellow veterans Steve Nugent and Andrew Ruffen while Pinkerton counters with 6-foot-6 Justin Scott and talented volleyball newcomers Zach Sanford and Andrew Lechner.
Denning and Scott are considered among the favorites for New Hampshire volleyball Player of the Year.
In the aftermath of the terror, interest among runners who want to run the 2014 Boston Marathon has skyrocketed. A multitude of runners at the London Marathon April 21 expressed interest in running in Boston next year and the same sentiment was expressed at other marathons around the world
Especially if Boston officials allow this year’s non-finishers to automatically be eligible to run next year, there is a consensus that next year’s race could be bigger than the 100th Boston Marathon, which had a record 38,708 entrants.
Navy’s Mark Vetere of Andover was mighty impressive at the Penn Relays over the weekend. He won the pole vault with an impressive clear of 17-3 1/2, more than a foot higher than runner-up Derek Messmer of Indiana. It was also a school record, previously held by Tom Delaney in 2002, by a half inch.
Vetere, only a sophomore, was the Patriot League indoor champion this past winter. His previous best clear was 16-9 1/4.
All-Star game renewal
Vermont and New Hampshire will renew their high school basketball rivalry with the Twin State Basketball Classic this summer.
Organizers announced last week that the senior all-star games will be played at Essex (Vt.) High School on July 13, with the girls’ contest set for 6 p.m. and the boys following at 8.
The Twin-State hoop series had a 30-year run before being discontinued in 2010.
Fast female ...
At the first-ever Cassidy’s 5K in Salisbury last Saturday, Amesbury’s Beth Thomas was not only the top female but also the overall runner-up. She finished in a time of 18:46, just eight seconds behind Peabody’s Bill Hathaway. For a first race, there were a respectable 376 finishers.
... fast 9-year-old
Although there were only 80 finishers in Sunday’s St. Joseph 5K race, one had to be impressed by Haverhill’s Peter Crapsey, Jr.. The 9-year-old came in fourth overall in 21:50. North Andover’s Alex Sullivan was first in 18:33.
In another Sunday race, Andover’s Todd Collins ran a fine time of 16:35 to finish first at the Andover ABC House 5K. There were 184 finishers in that race.
Texans grab Griffin
In case you missed it, the Houston Texans drafted UConn tight end Ryan Griffin of Londonderry in the seventh round over the weekend. He was the fifth UConn player who was drafted and the second who was tabbed by the Texans. Defensive end Trevardo Williams was picked by Houston in the fourth round.
Griffin targeted the UConn record book for receptions by a tight end throughout his career and after catching 29 passes, including six for touchdowns and 484 yards in 2012, his 10 career TDs and 116 receptions are both second all-time by a tight end.
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