By David Willis
---- — Hanigan on the move?
With the Cincinnati Reds signing free agent catcher Brayan Pena, many media outlets in Cincinnati are speculating that Andover native and Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan could be traded in the near future.
Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reports that the Ranger and Phillies have both shown major interest in trading for Hanigan, while ESPN’s Buster Olney said the Rays and Yankees could also show interest. And don’t forget that the Red Sox could also have a need at catcher if Jarrod Saltalamacchia does not resign.
Hanigan is coming off an injury-plagued 2013 season in which he hit just .198 while dealing with a wrist injury. But he is better known as a David Ross-type defensive catcher.
Congratulations go out to Londonderry’s Ryan Griffin for catching his first NFL touchdown in the Houston Texans’ loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
But Ryan, what was up with that dance?
Griffin celebrated the score with a dance best described as a bizarre version of the old “sprinkler” dance move.
This is the NFL Ryan. If you are going to dance, bring it.
It was a big weekend for Merrimack College basketball senior Kevin Regan, who scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a season-opening victory over Wilmington on Friday and added seven points and eight rebounds in a win over Concordia on Saturday. But he isn’t the only athlete in the family.
His brother Dennis, a defensive back for Sacred Heart, grabbed his fourth interception of the season in a win over Duquesne on Saturday.
The Regan parents, from Philadelphia, were there to see both, making a 350-mile round trip to see the brothers play on Saturday. Kevin was playing his games at Bentley University and Dennis had a home game in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Phillips Academy will play for a perfect season this weekend when the Big Blue face Brunswick (7-1) in the Jack Etter Bowl at Avon Old Farms on Saturday at 1 p.m.
But they aren’t the only Prep team with some local flair alive in a postseason bowl.
Playing in the Dan Rorke Bowl — named for the former Brooks School coach — is New Hampton Prep, which is led by quarterback and Andover resident Adam Enxing. A junior, Enxing has thrown for 807 yards and eight touchdowns and run for seven more scores. He was a backup at Andover High last season. Former Andoverite Ken Miyachi has also seen limited playing time for the team, throwing for 48 yards.
Gone to China
Two-time former Celtics guard Delonte West is giving professional basketball another shot. He recently signed with Fujian Xunxing of the Chinese Basketball League, and in their opener scored 20 points.
West, a productive NBA player whose career was derailed by bipolar disorder and personal issues, may soon take on a former teammate. Fellow former C’s guard Sebastian Telfair signed with Tianjin Steel of the same league.
Hear the beard
Londonderry’s Brian Wilson, the former San Francisco Giants closer who last season pitched for the LA Dodgers, said yesterday he would never play for the Yankees because they would force him to shave his trademark beard.
It’s a shame Wilson is such an attention-grabbing pain. It overshadows the fact he remains a dominant pitcher.