EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 26, 2013

Sports in a Minute

Dave Dyer
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.

Olympic pipe dream

A committee that was formed to put in a bid for Boston to host the 2024 Summer Olympics is either dreaming or high on an illegal substance.

It is estimated that hosting the Olympics would cost about 25 billion dollars, which is about 10 times the city’s operating budget for one year. It would involve building a massive stadium and other venues, near public transportation, with no real site in mind.

And wherever the competition sites were located, it would create a traffic nightmare.

This will never happen.

All-Star hoop game nixed

An All-Star high school basketball game scheduled for last Friday at New Hampshire Tech, called the “NH Chips All-Star Underclassmen Showcase” for boys and girls was abruptly called off when it was discovered that 48 underclassmen could lose their eligibility because of it.

Section 10 of the NHIAA bylaws, regarding eligibility, states, “The NHIAA does neither sanction nor endorse any All-Star team or competition (during the school year) in any sport at any level. A student athlete who is a member of an NHIAA school team may not participate in an All-Star game/event, in season or out, without losing eligibility in that sport for one full year (365 days).”

However, the Senior Showcase, featuring top seniors, was still played as scheduled Saturday.