Offers at NECC
Few decisions have been made, but all seven sophomores on the Northern Essex men’s basketball team have received offers from four-year schools to continue their careers.
Two players, North Andover’s @text5:Matt Sifferlen@text5: and Lawrence’s @text5:Junior Veras@text5:, however, have decided to stop playing and focus on academics. Sifferlen is expected to attend UMass Lowell next year.
Haverhill’s @text5:Kyle Davis@text5: has more than 25 schools interested in him according to NECC coach@text5: Darren Stratton@text5:.
The Knights, incidentally, will apparently finish 13-13 instead of 11-15 because losses to Gateway and Vermont Tech are being reversed because those schools used ineligible players.
Phillips picks ‘Easterns’
The Phillips Academy girls swimming team, which was unbeaten in dual meets this year and is 29-1 in duals over the last four years, decided not to attend the New England Prep School championships because the meet only allows each school to enter two swimmers per event.
Instead, the depth-strong Big Blue decided to attend the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships at La Salle University in Philadelphia. It allows up to five swimmers in each event.
Among those who favored the decision were junior@text5: Lauren Conte @text5:of Methuen and senior captain @text5:Lucy Frey @text5:of Andover.
“We’re excited to get a feel for the schools that are out there and compete with them,” said Frey, who will swim at Skidmore College next year.
Phillips ended up finishing fourth, led by diving champ @text5:Lilybet MacRae@text5:, who set a new meet record and pool record with 512.45 points.
Congratulations are due to Londonderry girls coach @text5:John Fagula@text5:, who won his 600th game last week at Timberlane. Following are a few tidbits you might not know about the personable head coach, who had a storied career at Nashua.