Kansas for Noah?
New Hampton's Noah Vonleh, the 6-8 super sophomore from Haverhill, is teammates with 6-2 postgrad Evan Manning of Kansas. His father, Kansas assistant Danny Manning, was the former KU great and longtime NBA player. Some conspiracy theorists wonder if Evan is attending New Hampton so the Jayhawks can get an advantage recruiting Noah. Danny can come to all of his son's games while other coaches have NCAA restrictions.
Vonleh missed the New Hampton opener with a blister on his finger but has played like the No. 2 sophomore in the country with 15 points and 19 rebounds in his debut and 19 points and 14 rebounds the next game.
Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen may be the leading candidate to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State. Stan Verrett on ESPN the other night said it may be a natural because Mullen and his wife are both from Pennsylvania. That might be a surprise to Mullen's neighbors growing up in Londonderry.
Patrice O'Neal, who died Tuesday from complications from a stroke, made a name for himself as a top comedian. But Greater Lawrence Tech fans will remember him as a 6-4, 320-pound lineman they faced in the 1987 EMass Division 5 Super Bowl. An Eagle-Tribune picture of the West Roxbury star shows him dwarfing Reggie linemen Jim Carlson and Tom Cuddy. The cutline referred to him as West Roxbury's answer to Refrigerator Perry.
He was actually more celebrated back then than his junior teammate Ron Stone, who later would play 12 years in the trenches in the NFL.
The Youth Football Conference New England champion Pelham Razorback 5th grade team has a couple players from fine sports backgrounds. Shawn McAdam is the nephew of Comcast Sports Net baseball writer Sean McAdam and Gannon Fast is the son of former Eagle-Tribune Offensive MVP Ralph Fast of Pinkerton fame.
According to CoachingSearch.com and others, Florida running backs coach Brian White, the ex-Pentucket and Harvard standout, is being considered for the vacant UMass football job.
Brown's x factor
Paula Abdul was among the 1,330 spectators at the Brown-St. Mary's NCAA Sweet 16 soccer game last Sunday in Providence. Brown senior starting forward Austin Mandel is the entertainer's nephew. The former Los Angeles Lakers cheerleader didn't have much to cheer about as Brown lost 3-2.
The Eagle-Tribune will begin its Fall All-Stars Sunday with the boys and girls cross country teams including our Runners of the Year. Over the next couple weeks, we will run all the all-stars and conclude with the fall Coaches of the Year.