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March 15, 2014

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MANNY CHOOSES FUTURE

Reigning Eagle-Tribune football offensive Player of the Year Manny Latimore of Pinkerton committed this week to play football at Lackawanna Junior College in Scranton, Pa., in the fall, Astros coach Brian O’Reilly confirmed.

Lackawanna has an impressive football reputation. The school sent three players from the 2013 team to Division 1-A football teams including the player Latimore hopes to replace at running back, De’Chavon Hayes, who will play for Arizona State.

Latimore rushed for 1,672 yards last season and finished his career with a Pinkerton Academy-record 4,142 yards and 64 touchdowns.

Fellow Pinkerton star linebacker Matt Madden has not yet made a college choice, but hopes to set plans in the near future.

TASTE OF BIGS

Lawrence’s Ruben Sosa, a minor leaguer for the Houston Astros, earned his first at-bat with the big club when he appeared in a spring training game for the Astros earlier this week. He ended up 0 for 1.

Sosa, a former star at Lawrence High and Greater Lawrence, hit .272 with three triples and a home run as a utility man for triple-A Oklahoma City last season. His stellar versatility — he can play all four infield and three outfield positions — and terrific speed are his greatest assets as he attempts to make the majors.

O’Boyle seeded No. 2

Former Central Catholic standout and New England champion Ryan O’Boyle of McDaniel College is seeded No. 2 at 133 pounds in the Division 3 wrestling national championships at Cedar Rapids, Iowa this weekend and he could face a former rival if he reaches the finals. The No. 1 seed is Billerica’s Ken Anderson.

O’Boyle is a league and regional champ and brings a 28-1 record into the tournament.

VALLEY FLAVOR

St. John’s Prep boys basketball team put four players on the All-Catholic Conference squad and they all have something in common. All are from the Merrimack Valley. Max Burt and Max Butterbrodt are both from North Andover, Ben Judson is from Plaistow, N.H. and Kareem Davis is from Lowell.

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