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March 14, 2014

Sports in a Minute: Salem softball greats coaching together at WPI

SALEM SOFTBALL REUNION

Whitney Mollica Goldstein and Katie Bettencourt played softball together at Salem High and UMass and now are coaching together. Goldstein is the first-year head coach at WPI and recently added Bettencourt, who is studying for her master’s in sports management at SNHU, as an assistant.

Baseball icon Don Zimmer is Goldstein’s grandfather and Bettencourt’s father is legendary area coach Dave Bettencourt. They obviously learned from the masters. The Engineers are off to a 5-3 start after going just 11-23 last year.

CAKES ARE BAKING

SIAM birthday wishes go out to St. Joe’s of Maine basketball player Andrew Ruffen (19 Sunday), flaky reliever Brian Wilson of Londonderry (32 Sunday), Merrimack softball player Becca Armstrong of Methuen (21 Sunday), the Voice of the Rangers Ray Pilat (70 Monday), Villanova diver Michelle Hall of North Andover (22 Wednesday) and the best mother a son could ever ask for Joanne Muldoon of Andover (Thursday).

CELL BLOCK

South Carolina’s loose cannon basketball coach Frank Martin was suspended a game when he was caught swearing at a player during a game. This is just the tip of the iceberg. If I were a high school or college coach in these ultra-sensitive, politically correct times, I’d be very fearful of cell phones. Very fearful.

AUSTIN PREP HALL

Current Andover resident Michael McAuliffe (AP ‘78) and former Andover resident Kim MacElhaney Bruff (AP ‘03) are being inducted into the Austin Prep Hall of Fame on April 5 at the Wyndham Hotel in Andover.

McAuliffe, a golf All-Scholastic, played golf at Dartmouth. Bruff, who was out on maternity leave this year, is the Tewksbury-Methuen girls hockey coach and was a three-time All-Scholastic for the Cougars.

Michael Callahan (AP ‘87) of North Andover will be accepting for his late brother Richard Callahan (‘89), a three-sport captain.

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