EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 20, 2013

Sports in a Minute: Martini a workout Warrior

Michael Muldoon
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — workout warrior

If they had a contest for the fittest area coach, my money would be on Andover assistant basketball coach Carol Martini. When asked how she stays in such great shape, she began, “Well, I get up at 3:45 ...”

Guess, I’ll have to be content being a fat sportswriter!

Air force honors

Air Force senior Jake Hawkins of Derry recently was named the Mountain West Cross Country Athlete of the Week. The Pinkerton grad won the 115-runner 5K Colorado State Open in a career-best time of 14:55.10. The physics major made the U.S. Track and Field Coaches All-Academic Team last year.

Putting teeth into the defense

St. John’s Prep has a talented defensive end in Jack Lambert of Groveland, a sophomore who forced two fumbles with big sticks against Brockton. Unlike his scary looking Hall of Fame namesake from the Pittsburgh Steelers, young Jack has all his teeth.

Jack, who is also a promising baseball player, replaced his graduated brother Ryan in the Prep lineup.

Go Triton

The Triton football team is 2-0 but the Vikings’ greatest accomplishment has come off the field. They have raised $22,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund and continue to do impressive fundraising.

AARP freshmen

This was an interesting quote from legendary ex-BU coach Jack Parker in the New England Hockey Journal.

“There was a team in Hockey East last year that had 28 players, and three players came in as 18-year-olds. Every other player came in as a 21-year-old freshman.”

walk-on stars

This from CBSsports.com’s Bruce Feldman: “Two the nation’s top three rushers, Rutgers’ Paul James (No. 1 with 494 yards) and Iowa’s Mark Weisman (No. 3 with 425 yards) came to their colleges as walk-ons.”

Hypocrisy and sports

ESPN’s Rick Reilly predictably is getting killed by colleagues for defending the use of the word Redskins for the Washington Redskins. Journalists cry a river that athletes won’t take a stand then they destroy anyone who isn’t politically correct. It’s an extremely hypocritical profession.

walk-on stars

This from CBSsports.com’s Bruce Feldman: “Two the nation’s top three rushers, Rutgers’ Paul James (No. 1 with 494 yards) and Iowa’s Mark Weisman (No. 3 with 425 yards) came to their colleges as walk-ons.”

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