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Hector Longo puts a lot of interesting stuff on his Bleacher Creature blog. Last week he had the area boys basketball 3-point leaders.
The leaders were Whittier’s Andrew Wells 78, Central’s Tyler Nelson 72, Pelham’s Keith Brown 61, North Andover’s Derek Collins and Notre Dame’s L.J. Figueroa 58, and Haverhill’s Matt Jameson and Andover’s Chris Dunn 54.
Ex-Methuen High tennis standout Joe Perrone is the envy of all his friends. He’s just a year out of high school but already is a junior at UMass Lowell. Yes, he left MHS with 27 college credits. Scholarships cover all his tuition and books costs. Perrone, who has a 4.0 GPA, will be working for the dean this summer.
Perrone still loves his tennis. He started a club team and 30 people signed up.
CBS analyst Len Elmore had a long NBA career and graduated from Harvard Law. But his family life hasn’t been idyllic. His 6-11 brother, Robert Elmore, was a three-time all-conference player at Wichita State, which is back in the news for making the Final Four. After being cut by the New Jersey Nets, Robert died in 1977 of a heroin overdose while playing overseas.
Another brother, Cliff, died of drug-related AIDS in 1985.
Colleague Dave Dyer wrote about Groveland’s Kacey Hill missing the Boston Marathon cut by one second. That brings new meaning to the term Heartbreak Hill.
Virginia sophomore Moira Cronin of Andover won the high jump at the Virginia Invitational with a personal best 5-10 3/4. That equals the fifth best in school history and surpassed her career best of 5-10, which she did twice with the Golden Warriors.
Cronin tweeted after the meet: “She’s backkkkkkkk.”
Cakes are baking
UTL birthday wishes go out to Salem basketball star Emily Hickey (17 today), Fordham track star Melissa Higgins of Windham (turns 20 Tuesday), BC hockey All-American Alex Carpenter (turns 19 Friday) and Phillips softball player Kasey Hartung of Haverhill (turns 17 Friday).
Big, bad bobby
Bobby Martin Jr. of Waltham, a 6-6 sophomore forward at Nobles, is gaining national attention. His father starred on those great Pitt teams of the late ‘80s with Charles Smith, Jerome “Send It In” Lane and Sean Miller.
The crazy conference realignments aren’t limited to Division 1 schools. Maine Presque Isle’s women’s athletic teams are joining the Great South Athletic Conference. The league consists of schools in Georgia (2), North Carolina, California, Michigan, Massachusetts (Pine Manor), Maine and Washington, D.C.
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