EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 6, 2013

Under the Lights: Ahern more than just a golfer

Under the Lights
Michael Muldoon

---- — Who knew?

The most under-reported local sports fact has to concern veteran Andover golf standout Colin Ahern. I’ve probably read a hundred stories on him and not one mentioned he was a great hockey player at Providence College. He was a captain and was named All-ECAC and still is No. 16 all-time in scoring (61-86—147).

Helpful coach

A huge pet peeve of mine is schools and coaches having zero records. Luckily, former Andover girls soccer coach Dick Loschi is an exception to the rule.

Yes, Tuesday officially was the first time Haverhill girls soccer ever beat Andover. Loschi said the rivalry began in 1994 and the Hillies never beat Andover when he was coaching from 1994-05. Tribune records show they hadn’t won from 2006-12 either.

Our records go back through the 2000 season and Andover was 14-0-1 in that span and had outscored the Hillies 59-2.

Memory loss

Here’s my favorite story on why you can’t believe any undocumented stats. A former area Hall of Fame coach was telling me his star player was the first he ever had average 20 points a game. I wrote it then soon sheepishly discovered he did have a previous 20-point scorer. The year before!

Betcha didn’t know

New North Andover basketball coach Paul Tanglis and new Methuen coach Anthony Faradie were starters together at Framingham State a decade ago.

Cakes are baking

UTL birthday wishes go out to Central Catholic soccer-basketball star Courtney Walsh (18 today), Bucknell point guard Katherine Harris of Derry (turns 21 Tuesday), Lawrence wrestling coach Rob Niceforo (turns 40 Wednesday), BU hoop captain Rashidat Agboola of Methuen (turns 21 Wednesday), Monmouth QB Ben Onett of Plaistow (turns 20 Wednesday) and “Mr. Salem” Charlie Samataro (turns 78 Friday).

Super Bowl raffle

How cool is this? The winner of the Super Bowl trip raffle to benefit Andover native Dick Kelley’s fight against ALS will be announced live on national TV. It will be during the broadcast of the Oct. 12 BC-Clemson football game. Tickets still can be purchased at dkfightsals.com.

Kraft’s Grandson

Belmont Hill junior quarterback Harry Kraft, the son of Patriots president Jonathan Kraft and grandson of owner Bob, threw for 250 yards and four TDs last Saturday. That helped ease the pain of a loss the week before on his 104-yard pick-6 in overtime!

Hire the coach

Seton Hall, which went just 3-15 last year in the Big East, has always been a tough place to recruit. So how did coach Kevin Willard earn commitments from Isaiah Whitehead and Angel Delgado, the 14th and 44th-ranked seniors nationally, respectively? Easy. The Pirates’ two new assistant coaches are their old high school coaches.


Follow Michael Muldoon on Twitter under the screen name @MullyET.