We’re two regular basketball seasons into North Andover’s Merrimack Valley Conference existence, meaning the 11-team boys breakdown will soon be up for debate again, as to who falls where. History and size dictate that Andover, Central, Lawrence and Lowell will be in the large and that Tewksbury, Dracut, Chelmsford and Billerica will remain small.
Then there are the usual swing types, Methuen, Haverhill and North Andover.
So we asked coach first-year Knights Paul Tanglis, whose club went 9-6 in league play, if he’s happy battling with the big boys in the large?
Remember, now, enrollment would nudge the Knights to the small.
“You know, we’re right where we want to be,” said Tanglis. “I think it’s good, going out to battle the Centrals and Andovers on a regular basis. This is where I wanted to be when I took the job. And it’s where we’d like to stay.”
SPOILED CENTRAL FANS?
Now, I’ve sat and watch the basketball season unfold, and I learned quickly that the Central student section — be it for boys or girls — simply doesn’t travel.
But when I walked into Memorial Gym (still on Hampshire Street) and see the “Red Sea” is a no-show for last night’s Raider Roundball Presidents Day Classic opener between No. 9 Central and No. 14 BC High, I find it unacceptable.
It’s not a school night. Nor is it mid-terms. Work can hardly be an issue for most, but the Raider students seem to think they can turn it on and off.
Perhaps, they are spoiled.
“I guess they’re getting ready for Andover,” said Central leader Tyler Nelson, clearly taking the high road and watching his’ classmates’ backs. “I hope they are anyways. I don’t want it to be like a road game.”
Perhaps, they’ll show tonight when Central hosts No. 7 Cambridge in the finals tonight at 7:30.
RIGHT TIME FOR MONARCHS
If Olympic hockey just isn’t taking care of your addiction to sticks and blades, it might be the right time to think AHL, and more specifically the Manchester Monarchs.
The Monarchs are sizzling, extending their win streak to four games with their third win of the weekend yesterday. And coming up, Manchester hosts three home games this week, Friday (Springfield), Saturday (Portland) and Sunday (Worcester) at Verizon Wireless Arena.
Tickets can be had at www.manchestermonarchs.com. And fear not hockey fans, the Bruins will be back before you know it.
Today marks the first official open-workout day for pitchers and catchers at Red Sox spring training at Fenway South in Forth Myers, Fl.
Best part about it is that the workouts is they are free and run daily through Feb. 26 when exhibition games begin.
All the players on the 57-man squad are to report on Feb. 20.
The first games are a doubleheader on Feb. 27 with Northeastern and Boston College.