EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 21, 2014

Sports in a Minute

David Willis
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — From ice to diamond

Georgetown multi-sport star Colby Ingraham has been cleared to resume baseball activities following his torn ACL suffered during football season. Most are probably familiar with Colby and his brother, C.J. Ingraham, who was also a star on the diamond for the Royals. But did you know the older generation stood out on the ice?

Their father, Bob Ingraham, played four years of hockey at Air Force, scoring 43 goals and totalling 114 points in three seasons as a defenseman.

Bob’s brother Cal Ingraham began his career at Air Force, before moving to the University of Maine and scoring a team-high 46 goals and 85 points for the Black Bears for the 1992-93 season.

More amazing? Cal did that at just 5-foot-5. His linemate was future NHL Hall of Famer Paul Kariya.

Super season

North Andover’s Brian Pinho is delivering an outstanding season in the country’s top junior hockey league, the USHL.

The Providence College-bound Pinho, a Washington Capitals draft pick, is second on the USHL’s Indiana Ice in points (44) and third in goals (20).

Former Pinkerton star and fellow Capitals pick and USHL standout Zach Sanford, meanwhile, has 16 goals and 32 points for the Waterloo Black Hawks. He is headed to Boston College.

Don’t Overlook

From players currently starring in the USHL to a player that may be headed there in two years. Austin Prep hockey team may have fallen short in the Super 8 finals to four-time champion Malden Catholic, but it took a super-human effort by Haverhill’s Elijah Harris to carry the Cougars to the title game.

In a semifinals upset of top-ranked BC High, Harris made 30 saves and allowed just a single goal in regulation and two overtimes, then stopped 8 of 10 attempts in the shootout to earn the win. Harris made 23 saves in the title game.

George, the star

Methuen’s Georges Niang, the star forward for Iowa State who colleague Bill Burt featured in yesterday’s Eagle-Tribune, was the subject of a story in “The Gazette” of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last week and told a very funny about his days in Ranger country.

As a 5-year-old, Niang was amazed to watch his father’s dunking ability on a local basketball hoop. Georges did not realize until later that the rim was actually eight feet tall, two feet under a regulation rim.

Niang is the one wowing people now, averaging 16.2 points a game.

Dracut’s new head man

Dracut football has a new head coach, as assistant Jason Rivers was hired on Tuesday. Rivers was an assistant coach for the Middies for nine seasons, with a one-year absence in 2012 when he was head coach at Ayer High School. He also works for the Dracut school system

Rivers replaces Jason Houston, a fellow former assistant who took over the job in 2010 after Jeff Moore left for his one-year stint as head coach at Lowell. Houston was 18-27 during his tenure and was let go after going 3-8 last season.

Rough Run

It has been a very, VERY, rough spring training for former Beverly High and UMass Lowell star — and charter member of the All-Name team — Jack Leathersich.

The New York Mets prospect has allowed a whopping six earned runs in just 1 2/3 innings for the big club this spring training. The 23-year-old former fifth round draft pick is coming off a very unbalanced year in which he had a 1.53 ERA in 24 games in double-A then struggled to a 7.76 ERA in 28 games at triple-A. He needs to perform a bit better to live up to his, admittedly very cool, twitter name “@LeatherRocket.”

Lax Star in NH

Three-time Major League Lacrosse offensive Player of the Year Paul Rabil of the Boston Cannons will be holding a skills clinic on Saturday at the New Hampshire SportsPlex in Bedford, N.H. from 3-5 p.m.