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February 6, 2014

Sports in a Minute: In the spirit of hockey cooperation


I’ve seen it listed Methuen-Tewksbury and Tewksbury-Methuen but the players on that co-op girls hockey team say they prefer the latter and the nickname Red Rangers. They wear Methuen’s blue and white colors when playing home games at Methuen High and Tewksbury red and blue for road games.


Al Retelle of Andover, who died Jan. 30 at age 83, was quite a guy. He was the owner-operator of Merrimack Valley Ski Area, longtime president of the Merrimack Valley Bird Club, ran the Boston Marathon at age 60 and was as big a Golden Warrior fan as you’d ever find.

What he was most known for was his generosity. Once a friend of Retelle’s, and apparently more an acquaintance than a bosom buddy, had car problems in Albany. Al drove from Andover to Albany to help him out.


BC football has an attractive home schedule next year including USC on Sept. 13, Clemson on Oct. 18 and Louisville on Nov. 8.


We know Ricky Nault as the fabulously successful Central Catholic basketball coach. But what makes Ricky and his wife Nicky Nault special has nothing to do with sports. The Jan. 20 New Yorker magazine has a profile on chronically ill children which goes into great detail about the amazing Naults.


The UMaine women’s basketball team has players from Serbia, England, Germany, Sweden, Finland and Austria.


Congratulations to Jim Weymouth, who won the MIAA District A Athletic Directors President’s Award of Merit. Weymouth took over as Methuen’s athletic director in July of 2006.


Fox 25 News in Boston anchor Shannon Mulaire has an athletic background. She was first-team all-conference for Wellesley College soccer in 2002 and also starred for the lacrosse team. Her husband is ESPN’s Randy Scott.

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