EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 25, 2013

Sports in a Minute: Many happy returns

Michael Muldoon
mmuldoon@eagletribune.com

---- — Many happy returns

St. John’s Johnny Thomas’ improbable 107-yard interception return against Central Catholic was amazing, earning No. 1 in the SportsCenter weekend plays list. But Jacob Zinda outdid him with a 109-yard return for Temescal Canyon (Calif.) High. And it came on his birthday! Frankie Williams’ 104-yard pick-6 in overtime gave BB&N a 16-10 win over Belmont Hill.

Saturday stars

Amherst beat Hamilton 23-7 led by junior linebacker Ned Deane of Andover (9 tackles, sack, interception) and sophomore defensive back Jaymie Spears of Haverhill (6 tackles, 45-yard interception return).

Sophomore Andrew Coke of Andover (10 carries, 39 yards, TD; 1 catch, 25 yards) and senior linebacker Zack Lattrell from Central (5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss) helped Brown paste Georgetown 45-7.

Stonehill senior linebacker Chris Esposito of Georgetown had 13 career tackles prior to this season but had 10 Saturday in a 41-38 win over Assumption.

Comedy fundraiser

Local referee Paul Halloran does some great work with his autism fundraiser. It’s being headlined Oct. 13 in Stoneham by the brilliant comedian Don Gavin. For more information visit facebook.com/ComedyNightForAutismSpeaksAndNlg

Golden Domers

The McVeigh men of North Andover are crazy about basketball, but they like their football, too. Mike McVeigh, son John and grandson Jack had quite the weekend in South Bend taking in the Notre Dame-Michigan State football game last weekend.

Python Pride

Pelham football’s 3-0 start is even more impressive considering the Pythons had won just three games in the previous three years (3-6 last year, 0-9 ‘11, 0-9 ‘10). Quad-captain Chris Medeiros (354 rushing yards, 4 TDs) has been the big star thus far.

Methuen Change

The Dracut-Methuen football game has been changed again. Kickoff has been moved from 1:30 to 2 p.m, Saturday at Nickerson Field.

streak-busters

The Central Catholic field hockey team had never beaten (0-7-1) or even scored on Andover until its 1-0 victory Saturday. The Golden Warriors had held a 39-0 scoring advantage but freshman Mary Lambert ended the hex with a second-half goal giving the Raiders a 1-0 win. Sydney Thornhill was brilliant in net.

feeling a draft

The NHL Central Scouting Service came out with its 214-player North American preliminary list for the 2014 NHL Draft. The players included Windham’s Danny Moynihan (Quebec Major Juniors), ex-Pinkerton star Joey Dudek (Kimball Union), North Andover’s Tyler Bird (Kimball Union) and North Reading’s Bobo Carpenter (Austin Prep).

Great scott

Gotta love Attleboro’s talented defensive lineman Scott Friedlander. He’s 6-10, 280, does double-duty as a trumpet player in the band, is a top scholar and is in the drama club.

mini marbury

Check YouTube for 8-year-old ballhandling whiz Stephon Marbury II. The third grader obviously inherited the dribbling genes from his father and his uncle Sebastian Telfair, who both once played for the Celtics.

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