By Christopher Smith
---- — HARLEM native IS SOX FAN
Merrimack College basketball star Gelvis Solano, who is averaging a team-high 22.5 points per game, is from Harlem but is a Boston Red Sox fan. He became a Red Sox fan because his dad is one.
“I just don’t like the Yankees,” he said. “The only part of the Yankees I like is probably Robinson Cano. I hate A-Rod. I just don’t like him.”
Well, Solano said this Wednesday before Cano, then a free agent, signed a 10-year contract with the Seattle Mariners. So now, there apparently is nothing Solano likes about the baseball team from the Bronx.
In case you missed it, SI.com ran an article on Haverhill’s Noah Vonleh, who is playing basketball at Indiana University. It is titled, “Indiana benefiting from hoops obsession of Vonleh, the other top frosh.”
Vonleh averaging 13.3 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game.
The unranked Hoosiers are 7-2. The two loses came against ranked teams, UConn and Syracuse.
Vonleh and Indiana will play Oakland at 7 p.m. tomorrow on ESPN2.
Caitlin Dell’Orfano, who helped Central Catholic girls basketball win a state championship last year and is a senior on this year’s squad, has committed to play at Southern New Hampshire University.
A Christmas tree at the Billerica library is decorated with paper ornaments on which kids wrote what made them thankful.
Most of the kids wrote the obvious things: my mother, my dad, my sister, my pets, etc.
But one of the ornaments stated: “I am thankful for Bill Belichick.”
PELLETIER TO BE HONORED
Central baseball coach Marc Pelletier is one four coaches this year who will be inducted into the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He and the three others will be honored at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westborough on Jan. 24-26, 2014.
Central Memorial’s Alex Campea, Holyoke’s Joseph McCarthy and West Bridgewater’s Carl Ohlson also will be inducted.
BIG GAME ALERT
Pentucket girls basketball opens its season tomorrow at home against a pretty powerful Reading program, which won the Division 2 state title in 2012 and last year made the state semifinals after beating North Andover 50-33 in the Division 2 North final.
The Sachems won the Division 3 state title in 2012.
THE FACE OF YANKS?
Sox DH David Ortiz recently made an interesting comment about Robinson Cano on WEEI. Cano, a free agent, left the Yankees to sign with the Seattle Mariners.
“He was the face of that ballclub,” Ortiz said.
Well, the face of the franchise has been and will continue to be shortstop Derek Jeter until Jeter retires. But Cano’s influence on the Yankees certainly extended beyond the field.
“I feel like Cano has taken on that role, the leadership role, within the Latin players,” said Cano’s ex-teammate Hideki Matsui told The Eagle-Tribune through a translator in 2011. “He really sort of took the young Latin players under his wing. And I think he definitely has that sort of leadership personality in him that eventually he can take on that role for the entire clubhouse. And he’s got a great role model in Derek Jeter.”
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
The Dallas Cowboys (7-5 overall, 2-4 on road) play at the Chicago Bears (6-6 overall, 4-2 at home) today at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Many think Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo will never win the big game because he is the king of bad decisions and that might be true. But his seven interceptions are two fewer than Tom Brady has this year and his four fumbles are four fewer than Brady has this year.
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