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June 28, 2013

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PORTER IS THE REAL DEAL

Congratulations to Otto Porter who was selected in the NBA draft last night.

I actually got the chance to cover Porter when he was a freshman and sophomore in high school.

Once upon a time (not too long ago), I worked at the Southeast Missourian in Cape Girardeau, Mo. One of the high schools I covered was Scott County Central in Sikeston, Mo. where Porter starred.

I watched Porter several times back then and being a Syracuse grad, I used to ask my co-workers, “Should I call Jim Boeheim and tell him about this kid or should I wait for Boeheim to find him?”

I obviously was not surprised when Porter received a full ride to play basketball at Georgetown University.

BARD THROWS

Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard who was demoted to Double-A Portland and then shutdown because of control issues, told The Eagle-Tribune that yesterday was the first day he was allowed to throw in three weeks.

He doesn’t know when he will pitch in a game again. This is only a first step.

After Bard was optioned to Double-A Portland after a very brief stint with the Boston this year, he walked 13 batters in 3.2 innings (five relief appearances). Bard has been hampered with control issues since early last season.

CENTRAL LACROSSE

Aram Jeknavorian will not return as Central Catholic lacrosse coach next year. He said the decision was not his. He is pursuing other lacrosse opportunities.

COTE HONORED

Pinkerton junior Jessica Cote has been named a 2013 Brine National High School All-American and has been selected to represent the New England Region at the 2013 Brine National Lacrosse Classic in Boyds, Md. from this coming Sunday through Wednesday.

“The Brine National Lacrosse Classic brings the top high school lacrosse players in the country to one venue, where regional teams will compete to become the 2013 National Champion,” according to a press release.

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