EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 26, 2013

Sports in a minute

By David Willis
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Farnham to Endicott

Andover High multi-sport Eagle-Tribune All-Star Cam Farnham has made his college choice, and will be playing football and baseball at Endicott College.

“Cam is really thrilled,” said Andover football coach E.J. Perry. “He felt like he could play Division 2 baseball or football, but Endicott offered the chance to play both. The way he can catch and with his speed, we feel like he could be a Division 3 All-American one day.”

At just 5-foot-6 and 141 pounds, Farnham was an Eagle-Tribune football All-Star in the fall, leading the area with 11 TD catches. He caught 35 passes for 548 yards on the season. He was also an Eagle-Tribune All-Star in baseball last spring, hitting .458. He is currently the Golden Warrior’s leader in the 55-meter dash in indoor track.

Farnham, of course, is a member of the legendary Farnham athletic family, and plans to continue wearing his family’s trademark No. 46, which was recently retired by Andover High football.

Licare, Parent honored

at UMass Lowell

Two of the area’s all-time greatest basketball players (and teammates) will be among those honored today at UMass Lowell.

Central Catholic legends Bobby Licare of North Andover and Leo Parent of Lowell will be honored at halftime of today’s UMass Lowell-Assumption College game (4 p.m. start).

Licare and Parent, who were teammates at both Central Catholic and UMass Lowell, will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of their national championship win with the then-Chiefs in 1988.

Their former coach, Don Doucette, the current athletic director at Andover High, will also be there for the festivities.

Ice, not blood

While they may share a last name, and quite a bit of hockey talent, Central Catholic goalie Colin Soucy — who was featured in yesterday’s Eagle-Tribune — and Salem winger Cody Soucy are not related.

Cody, a sophomore, leads the red-hot Blue Devils with 14 goals and is second with 21 points. Colin is from North Andover.

NFL ace

Anyone looking for outstanding insider NFL info need look no further than Pro Football Weekly’s Eric Edholm, who grew up in Andover, lived in Haverhill and got his start as a writer at The Eagle-Tribune.

Edholm’s twitter — @Eric_Edholm — is one of the best in the business, both for information and entertainment value.

For an interview with Edholm from the Super Bowl last season, visit eagletribune.com/patriots

Three-point inspiration

Step aside LeBron James and Kevin Durant, the best story in basketball is eighth grader Owen Groesser of Rochester, Mich.

The 13-year-old with Down Syndrome hit two long 3-pointers on Wednesday after receiving the chance to play for the eighth grade basketball team he serves as manager for. A night later, he got to play again and hit two more baskets.

His baskets became a viral sensation, and he was even interviewed on SportsCenter.

Stats for losers?

According to Profootballfocus.com, Pats star Wes Welker led the NFL by dropping 15 catchable passes in 2012. That came in 133 catchable targets, or a 11.28 drop rate.

Reason for concern, maybe. But one drop behind him was Detroit’s Calvin Johnson, who set the NFL record 1,964 receiving yards this fall. He had 14 drops on 136 catchable targets.