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March 26, 2013

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D’Agostino power

The rise of Masconomet grad Abbey D’Agostino continued this winter in a big way.

The Dartmouth College junior became the first woman to win both the 3,000 and 5,000-meter national titles at the NCAA Division 1 meet in Arkansas. She won the 3,000 in 9:01.08 while her 5,000-meter time of 15:28.11 was the fifth fastest female time in NCAA history.

Prep’s Connolly resigns

This must be the season for successful coaches to step down. First, there was Andover’s Jim Tildsley, then North Andover’s Mike McVeigh and Reading girls coach Kim Penney, who is leaving after 15 years, and now St. John’s Prep’s Sean Connolly, who resigned yesterday.

Connolly took over in 2008 and compiled an 89-25 record, including 19-3 this past season. His 2011 team won the Division 1 state title.. He reportedly is pursuing other interests outside of coaching.

A year ago, Penney’s team had a 48-game winning streak that included a Division 2 state title. This year’s team got all the way to the Division 2 semifinals despite losing Assumption College recruit Megan O’Brien to an ACL injury in the pre-season.

Gatorade to Healy

Reading senior Olivia Healy was recently named the Massachusetts Gatorade girls basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-10 Healy, who is headed to the University of Richmond on scholarship, averaged 27.8 points, 11.0 rebounds, 5.3 steals and 3.8 assists for Reading.

Red-hot Dartmouth

Dartmouth College isn’t exactly known as a baseball power but it tied a 110-year-old school record last week by starting the season with eight straight wins. At the time, it was also the only unbeaten Division 1 program in the nation. Following the weekend, it’s 11-1 — its best 12-game start in history.

One of the top two pitchers for Dartmouth is former Brooks School pitcher Michael Johnson of Georgetown. He has won his first three games, sporting an ERA of 1.89 with an impressive 23 strikeouts and just three walks in 19 innings.

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