In case you missed it, Salem’s Brittany Wallace signed a letter of intent during the early signing period to play softball at the University of Hartford. At about the same time,two-year captain and starting point guard Brenna Blakslee committed to WPI in Worcester. Also a soccer and tennis player for the Blue Devils, she is ranked No. 1 in her class academically.
At first glance, a 2-8 record might not seem so great, but the season was definitely a success for the North Andover girls swim team. The Knights were competitive in almost every meet and their two wins were the first every on the varsity level. Moreover, they finished the season with 22 swimmers, which is double the amount of year ago, and only two of that number were seniors.
Just wondering ..
Why are all the MIAA Super Bowl games Saturday at Gillette Stadium being limited to 10-minute quarters? For the biggest games of the season, the usual 11-minute quarters should actually be expanded to 12, which is what they are in New Hampshire. A lot can happen in eight minutes of football.
North shore soccer
Soccer north of Boston doesn’t usually get a lot of credit, but it should have gotten a lot this year. Masconomet (23-1-1) won the Division 2 boys title and its toughest win in the tournament was over previously unbeaten North Andover (21-1). Somerville (21-2-1), meanwhile, lost on penalty kicks in the Division 1 finale and St. John’s Prep (17-3-1) had another terrific season.
In girls soccer, Newburyport (21-0-2) won the Division 3 state crown and Central Catholic (18-1) was clearly one of the best team in the area if not the state in years.
Running it again
Page School of West Newbury teacher John Peterson is once again running the Boston Marathon for Team Go Kids Boston, which promotes good nutrition and fitness. Peterson finished shortly before the terrorist bombs last year.
Anyone interested in donating to his cause should go to:
250th gridiron win
Austin Prep’s Bill Maradei, whose squad beat Whittier Tech twice this year, achieved a milestone last week when he became the 14th football coach in state history to win 250 games when the Cougars defeated Lowell Catholic, 46-6. The win was also the 150th for Maradei at Austin Prep after winning 100 at Dom Savio.
Maradei is one of two coaches in state history to win 100 games at two schools, the other being Bill Broderick, who accomplished it at Haverhill and Salem.
There are a couple of head jobs open in New England college football after the announcement that Thom Boerman has retired at Bentley College and Rich Cavanaugh stepped down at Southern Connecticut. Boerman was at Bentley for 28 years, the last five as head coach posting a 33-17 record while Cavanaugh leaves after 29 years and 170 wins. He had 19 winning seasons and claimed three NE-10 titles.
Co-op on way out
According to officials at Pelham, this will be the last year of the Windham-Pelham cooperative ice hockey team because Windham will have enough players to strike out on its own. There is no word yet whether Pelham’s numbers will be sufficient for a separate team of its own.