EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 19, 2013

Sports in a Minute: Salem girls basketball may have state's youngest coach

Michael Muldoon
The Eagle-Tribune

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From young to younger

Eagle-Tribune Girls Basketball Coach of the Year Anne Alosa has been hired as a full-time assistant at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. Alosa was one of the youngest coaches in any sport in the state when she was hired by Salem at age 24 two years ago.

AD Dave Rozumek opened up eyes around the state by hiring an even younger head coach to replace her. Former Salem (SHS ‘08) and Plymouth State (PSU ‘12) standout Michaela Galvin, 23, of Windham recently was named her successor. She was an assistant last winter at Pelham.

Wise Owl

Speaking of Carnegie Mellon, add to the list of brainy track athletes Timberlane salutatorian Emily Swanson, a 5-1 high jumper who is headed to CMU.

Cakes were baking

Belated birthday wishes to a pair of local stars who celebrated birthdays Monday:

University of New England softball’s Amanda Vaudreuil of Salem (21) and Iowa State basketball’s Georges Niang of Methuen (20).

betcha didn’t know

Phil Robertson, the ZZ Top-looking patriarch of “Duck Dynasty”, started for two years over Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw at Louisiana Tech.

Best in Mass. history?

Shannon Smith, who fanned 17 in a two-hitter to beat Central Catholic in the softball state semifinals, wrapped up her career in style. She fired a one-hitter while fanning 13 as Milford beat Agawam to win its second straight Division 1 state title.

Unsung hero

Lawrence track coach Anthony Ellis was bursting with pride discussing Jose Bencosme, a captain in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.

“Three years ago I had to make him run individual time trials the day after meets because he was so nervous to race,” said Ellis.

His confidence soared over the years and last fall the Westfield State-bound Bencosme gave a motivational speech at the fall pep rally.

Yo mama

Few would dare tease Damien Mama with a “Yo Mama!” taunt. He is, after all, a humongous 6-5, 360-pound high school All-American football player. Add to the All-Name team Alvirne junior track star Robert Younghusband.

Matty ice II

Boston College has offered a basketball scholarship to a sophomore from New York with a great name for a BC athlete. It’s Matt Ryan. Maybe we can call him the Iceman.

Football rules

How much more closely followed is the NFL draft than the baseball draft? Comcast SportsNet ran a repeat of a 5-week-old Patriots draft show the same day the first round of the MLB was happening.

7th-grade scholarship

It’s unusual but not unheard of that sophomore QB De’Andre Johnson of Jacksonville already has committed to Florida State. What’s eye-popping is his 7th grade brother Tyreke Johnson has offers from Vanderbilt and Fla. Atlantic.

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