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February 26, 2014

Sports in a Minute: Benoit, McGillivray together in Jacksonville

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Benoit, McGillivray

in Jacksonville

It was an odd place to see long-time Boston Marathon director (and Feaster Five, too) Dave McGillivray and women’s road racing legend Joan Benoit out for a jog ... on a Jacksonville, Fla. highway.

But that’s exactly where they were — at the “26.2 for DONNA” this past Sunday, which benefited breast cancer and the Mayo Clinic.

Benoit did an appearance and McGillivray as a race consultant.

“Joanie was there doing an appearance,” said McGillivray. “I did a speaking gig the day before in Tampa at the Gasparilla Distance Classic and then flew to Jacksonville to ‘operationally audit’ this race – so I was running and working at the same time.”

Guess who won?

“It was a friendly tie,” said McGillivray of the 1:37 time they were clocked, “but only because Joanie was being nice and had sympathy for this old man.”

good news

for Merrimack hockey

This from Merrimack College reporter and alum, Mike McMahon: Merrimack recruit Brett Seney was named First Team All Prospect by the Ontario Junior Hockey League this week.

This is good news as Seney, a 1996-born forward, is slated to arrive at Merrimack in 2015. This season, in 49 games, Seney has 69 points for the Kingston Voyageurs.

On Seney, who is 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, from the release:

The second year native of London, Ontario finished second on the Vees in scoring, posting 26 goals, 43 assists and 69 points in 49 games played this season. With his assist and point totals ranking 10th and 9th best in the entire league respectively, Seney would be named the OJHL Gongshow Gear North-East Conference Player-of-the-Month for December after recording 14 points in 8 games played.

Witnessed Canada’s passion

Utah Jazz scout and dad of 2013 Eagle-Tribune Boys Basketball Player of the year, Jeff Nelson, was in Toronto last week to see the Raptors play the Cavaliers.

Nelson said the trip from the airport to the hotel is normally about 35 minutes. On this morning, it took less than 20 minutes because hardly any cars were on the road.

He got the reason why as he brought his bags into the hotel. Everyone was watching the Canada-USA Olympic hockey semifinal.

“Everyone was watching in lounge,” recalled Nelson. “After the win, people who were in the mall behind our hotel poured out into street to celebrate. It was a wild scene.”

Sager tourney at Renaissance

One of the better charity golf tournaments is back for a fourth year on Aug. 11 at Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill.

The Tom Sager Golf Classic donates proceeds to help support the Merrimack Valley YMCA’s Healthy Kids Initiative which provides access to physical activity and recreation to deserving youth in the Merrimack Valley.

It also funds the “Tom Sager Golf Academy,” established during the summer of 2011 to honor Sager’s passion for the game of golf and the values it delivers by providing the opportunities for youth to share in that passion. Kids from the YMCA get to partake in weekly clinics at the beautiful Haverhill course.

Contact Kate Rozzi at krozzi@mvymca.org or 978-725-6681 for more information about the event, including sponsorship opportunities for your business.

O’Boyle honored at McDaniel

Former Central Catholic wrestling star Ryan O’Boyle, of North Reading, has not wasted much time making his presence felt as a college athlete at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. The sophomore has been named the Centennial Conference Wrestler of the Year.

O’Boyle won the individual title at 133 at the CC championship Saturday. At the championship, he went 3-0 with three pins for his first crown after a runner-up finish as a freshman.

O’Boyle enters Sunday’s NCAA Div. III East Regional with an overall record of 25-1 with 15 pins.

By virtue of his championship, he was also named to the first-team all-conference.