Pinho in Draft
Ryan Fitzgerald of North Reading and the Valley Junior Warriors is ranked 46th overall among North American skaters for the June 30 NHL draft. The BC recruit is the son of longtime NHL star Tom Fitzgerald.
St. John’s Prep star center Brian Pinho of North Andover, who has signed with Providence, is ranked No. 121 among American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting midseason rankings and Phillips defenseman Connor Light is No. 178.
What makes North Andover’s hot play in boys basketball even more noteworthy is that the 9-1 Knights are doing it without standout junior Brendan Miller. He’s been out since Dec. 28 with mono. Miller is due back in four weeks which would be the final week of the regular season.
Many schools have nearly a month off for Christmas break while Penn State has just two weeks. Penn State senior Tyler Santracroce of Lawrence said, “The joke around here is the NCAA took that away from us, too!”
Quite a comeback
Tri-City Storm forward Brian Ward of Haverhill returned last week after six weeks out of the lineup due to a separated shoulder. He made an immediate impact with a goal and three assists in two games.
The picture of Tufts basketball star Tom Palleschi of Haverhill which ran in the paper last week was from SportsPix. The company’s owner? None other than ex-Celtic GM Jan Volk.
There could be a Cannone backfield someday at Bates. Matt is a sophomore reserve quarterback for the Bobcats. His brother, Danny, the talented Windham High fullback-scholar, will be headed to Bates in the fall.
Don’t tell proud alum Brian McNally, the longtime local AD, but University of Washington folks delight in calling Washington State in tiny Pullman a cow school. The WSU athletic director’s name? Bill Moos!
Vonleh on TV
Sunday at 5 p.m. ESPN will broadcast the New Hampton vs. Huntington (W.Va.) Prep boys basketball game in the Hoophall Classic from Springfield College. Haverhill’s multitalented 6-8 Noah Vonleh, the No. 8 senior in the country, will be taking on Huntington’s spectacular 6-8 Andrew Wiggins, the unanimous No. 1 player.
If you are a hoop nut like Londonderry’s Ed Gillick, check out thehoophallclassic.com for the schedule, which includes a who’s who of the country’s top players and teams playing Saturday-Monday. It’s worth the trip.
DeVondre Seymour, a 6-6. 320-pound junior at Gwinnett (Ga.) High, is racking up the big-time offers. He is the nephew of ex-Patriots star Richard Seymour, who has adopted him.
Big shoes to fill
Whoever replaces Alabama’s D.J. Fluker will have big shoes to fill, in every sense of the expression. The 6-6, 335-pound All-American wears a size 22 shoe.
It’s safe to say a Georgia Tech star football lineman’s parents were basketball fans. His name? Shaquille Olajuwon Mason.
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