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February 17, 2014

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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.”

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