EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 28, 2013

Sports in a minute

Christopher Smith
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.

CATS AND DOGS

It’s a great time to catch a New Hampshire Fisher Cats game this weekend in Manchester because the Red Sox’ Double-A affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs, are in town to play them.

The Fisher Cats and Sea Dogs played the first of a four-game set at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium last night.

They will play again tonight at 7:05 p.m. and tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. Sunday’s game will be a 1:35 p.m. start.

It’s a good opportunity to see talented Red Sox third base prospect Garin Cecchini.

HAVERHILL DAY

Due to an overwhelming response for Haverhill Day (July 1) not everyone who wanted to experience Renaissance could be accommodated.

But don’t worry. Another Haverhill Day will take place Monday, August 5.

For a greens fee of $75 you can play the 2012 NEGCOA Golf Course of the Year, with a portion of the proceeds going to support One Tail at a Time, Inc., a local 100-percent volunteer-based organization and nonprofit dog rescue in Massachusetts.

Tee times will run from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. To register, call the Golf Shop at 978-241-6710.

SOX AND JAYS

The Red Sox and Blue Jays play the second game of a four-game set at Fenway Park today at 7:10 p.m. Red Sox rookie right-hander Allen Webster (0-2, 11.25 ERA) will be opposed by Toronto veteran right-hander Josh Johnson (1-2, 4.60).

The Red Sox faced Johnson earlier this year with the right-handed not factoring in the decision after giving up four runs, three earned, on nine hits and two walks over 6.0 innings.