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.
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).
Friar to the core
In the Where Are They Now department, ex-Brooks basketball great and (briefly athletic director) Harold Starks is back at his college alma mater. The former point guard under Rick Pitino is coordinator of student-athlete mentoring/athletic alumni events at Providence College.
Check YouTube for 8-year-old ballhandling whiz Stephon Marbury II. The third grader obviously inherited the dribbling genes from his father and uncle Sebastian Telfair, who both once played for the Celtics.
Fairfield senior B.J. Merinder of Andover opened up his season with wins at third doubles and fifth singles against Rider. Merinder has battled back from a couple shoulder surgeries during his college career.
BC has offered Brooks School’s 6-0 sophomore point guard Ikenna Ndugba of Boston, according to New England Recruiting Report.
Hire the coach
Seton Hall, which went just 3-15 last year in the Big East, has always been a tough place to recruit. So how did coach Kevin Willard earn commitments from Isaiah Whitehead and Angel Delgado, the 14th and 44th-ranked seniors nationally, respectively, by Rivals.com? Easy. The Pirates’ new assistant coaches are their old high school coaches.
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