EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 7, 2014

Sports in a Minute

By David Willis
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Westy honored

The Lowell Spinners will pay tribute to former Red Sox star prospect Ryan Westmoreland this upcoming season by retiring his No. 25, making him the first Spinner ever to receiver that honor.

This week, Westmoreland underwent his 15th surgery since being diagnosed with a life-threatening cavernous malformation on his brain. He reported via Facebook on Tuesday that the surgery was a success.

The Rhode Island native spent his lone professional season (2009) as a member of the Spinners, hitting .296 with 38 RBIs and 38 runs. The 19-year-old entered the following season as the No. 21 ranked prospect in the minors by Baseball America.

Westmoreland will join the eight numbers already retired by the Red Sox organization and late UMass Lowell player Dave Boutin on the right field wall at LeLacheur Park.

Oliver hired

Speaking of Lowell, the Spinners have hired former major league catcher Joe Oliver as the 11th manager in team history.

Oliver spent 13 seasons in the majors, eight with Cincinnati, two with Seattle and had brief stays with Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Detroit and the Yankees before finishing his career with the Red Sox in 2001. He most recently coached varsity baseball at Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando, Fla.

Theriault to Danvers

Andover football defensive coordinator Shawn Theriault has been hired as the new head football coach at Danvers High School.

Theriault, 32, had led the Andover defense since E.J. Perry was hired as the Golden Warrior coach prior to the 2010 season. A graduate of UMass Dartmouth, Theriault grew up and lives in Wakefield and is a middle school teacher in Billerica.

Dynamic debut

Pentucket freshman Pat Freiermuth made his varsity basketball debut count on Tuesday, scoring 14 points as the Sachems fell to Masconomet. He sat out the first two months of the season with a back injury that was feared would keep him out for the season. Freiermuth is no stranger to varsity sports. He was a starting linebacker and tight end on the Division 4 North finalist football team.

Betcha didn’t know

Former Pinkerton hockey star, Boston College-bound winger Zach Sanford, was the fittest player at the 2013 NHL Draft combine, testing at 7.4 percent body fat according to The Hockey News. More than 100 prospects tested at the combine. Sanford was drafted in the second round by the Washington Capitals, and is currently playing in the USHL with the Waterloo Black Hawks.