EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 11, 2013

Sports in a Minute

Bill Burt
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Moynihan drafted by USHL

We listed a few of our top local hockey stars whom were drafted by the USHL earlier this week, including No. 6 pick overall, Brian Pinho, of North Andover, who starred at St. John’s Prep.

Well, we left a pretty good one out: Windham’s Connor Moynihan. He was selected in the 26th round, 378th overall.

Only 15, the Windham High frosh was one of the youngest players picked in the draft by the Des Moines Buccanneers. The 6-3, 200-pound foward, who is leading the Windham High baseball team with a .600 batting average, made the transition from defenseman to forward this past season with the Islanders of the U.S. Elite Hockey League.

Moynihan is projected to be a high draft pick in the June QMJHL draft (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League).

COACH Cavanaugh gives kudos

New University of Connecticut head hockey coach, Mike Cavanaugh had a busy few days holding press as he leaves Boston College, where he was for 18 seasons. He helped recruit talent that won four national titles.

But Cavanaugh went out of his way to give props to his hometown, of North Andover, where he played hockey almost as soon as he could walk.

”[Boston College] will always be a special place in my heart, but it will be no more special than Bowdoin College was to me when I went there as an undergrad or North Andover High School was and the town of North Andover that I grew up in,” said Cavanaugh. “They’re all special to me. I think that it’s important to always remember your roots.”

Fantasy Camp is back

The One Day Fantasy Camp for pro wrestling will be held Saturday, June 15 at the New England Pro Wrestling Academy at 100 Belmont Street in North Andover.

The cost of the camp is $79.

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be a Professional Wrestler, this would be your opportunity. All campers will learn techniques, do a “promo” and more during this four-hour Fantasy Camp. There will be a 30-minute break for lunch (not included) and time for questions and answers with the pros, including “Firebrand” Brian Fury, “Fabulous” Johnny Vegas and “Brand New Bad” Todd Hanson.

Special discounted prices will be offered to those that wish to join the school. The minimum age is 15 (with parental consent).

For more information, send an email to info@neprowrestling.com or call 978-852-8534.

Mother’s Day 3K race

The Mother’s Day 3K will be tomorrow at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, home of the New Hampshire Fishercats in Manchester, N.H. Registration, which costs $30, will available on race day beginning at 8 a.m. at the ballpark.

Proceeds from the 3K Family Fun Run and Road Race will benefit The Mom’s Place at Catholic Medical Center. The race starts and ends inside the ballpark, and kids 11 and under race free.

Sox pitchers on record pace

Heading into last night’s tilt with Blue Jays, Red Sox pitchers have compiled at least 10 or more strikeouts 21 times, tops among all major league teams. Sox pitchers are on pace for 97 double-digit strikeout games, which would mark the most all-time of 61, set by the 2012 Rays. Also of note, the Red Sox game against the Yankees in New York on June 2 has been selected as ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball Game of the Week and will air on ESPN2 with first pitch scheduled for 8:06 p.m. The game will move to ESPN if the NBA Western Conference Finals goes less than 7 games.

Merrimack’s Palmieri honored

After leading the team in nearly all offensive categories and after finding a spot on the Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team earlier this month, Merrimack College senior Tawny ,Palmieri of Peabody, added another postseason accolade after being named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region First Team.

Wrapping up a sensation three-year career with the Warriors after transferring from UMass, Palmieri boasted tremendous numbers in her final campaign with the Navy and Gold. The infielder led the team with a .432 batting average on 54 hits while tallying a team-best 31 runs.

Palmieri knocked in nine doubles, two triples and eight homers while totaling 34 RBI, as well.