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September 29, 2013

Under the Lights; Pinkerton's Salovitch into Hall of Fame

Hall of Famer

On Dec. 6, Ross Salovitch will become the first football player ever inducted into the Husson College Hall of Fame. He was an All-Division 1 linebacker for Pinkerton in 2003 then headed to Husson, which was just starting the program. A captain his senior year, he posted 249.5 career tackles, 39 tackles for a loss, 12.5 sacks, 6 fumble recoveries, 4 interceptions, and 1 blocked kick. Salovitch is in his second season as the head coach at Epping-Newmarket.

Ranking Thomas

St. John’s Prep great Johnny Thomas has had people buzzing around the Bay State. Hopefully, the knee injury he suffered yesterday doesn’t end his high school career.

He was on pace to rank with the best ever out of EMass. Probably the most highly-recruited running backs of the modern era were St. John’s Rob Konrad from North Andover in the mid-’90s (Syracuse), Brockton bruiser Rudy Harris in the late ‘80s (Clemson) and Bourne star Robert Perryman in the early ‘80s (Michigan). Perryman now lives in North Andover.

The Maryland recruit from Peabody doesn’t have the national ranking those three did. But if he’s able to come back soon, a big if, you certainly could debate if he ranks with (or even above) them as a high schooler.

Other grid greats

Other great EMass. backs in the last 35 years would include Xaverian’s Derrick Knight, Brockton’s Anthony Comer and Darnell Campbell, Lynn Classical’s Tim Frager and Mansfield’s Omari Walker, who all played at BC. Also, Dartmouth’s Jordan Todman (UConn), Everett’s Diamond Ferri (Syracuse), and Walpole’s Adam Shinnick (Penn State) and Ryan Izzo (UMass lax).

Cakes are baking

UTL birthday wishes go out to Haverhill golf coach Kevin Murphy (turns 41 Wednesday), ex-four-time Eagle-Tribune swim MVP Nick D’Innocenzo of Andover (turns 23 Friday), ex-Central hoop star Bobby Licare (turns 48 Friday), Pentucket field hockey coach Ruth Beaton (Friday) and Salem wrestling coach Trevor Dearden (turns 24 Saturday).

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