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January 10, 2013

Tough choice for Ryan brothers

Tyler over St. Anthony’s

The Ryan boys of Haverhill, Mikey and Luke, had a bit of a dilemma. Their basketball-crazed father Mike Sr., the former Haverhill Gazette sports editor, had given them St. Anthony basketball T-shirts a few years ago. But their mother, Keri Guertin Ryan, is an assistant girls basketball coach at Central Catholic.

What would they wear to the Central-St. Anthony boys basketball game a couple weeks back?

They settled on their “Nelson 11” shirts in honor of family friend Tyler Nelson, the Central star.

Wishful Thinking

I really have a hard time with baseball writers using the phrase “post-steroid era.” Methinks there are still plenty of performance-enhancing drugs in the game.

back at Brooks

Former Moynihan Scholar-Athlete of the Year Alex Skinner of Haverhill is now working in admissions at Brooks. He starred in tennis (Eagle-Tribune MVP) and basketball (Eagle-Tribune Super Teamer) at Brooks and went on to captain the 2012 BC tennis team.

Dazzling Daily Double

Don’t tell Brent Musburger but University of Oregon volleyball player Alaina Bergsma, a 6-3 senior, was named National Player of the Year this fall and last fall won the Miss Oregon USA beauty pageant.

Football’s finest

The region will be represented June 29 at UNH for the CHaD New Hampshire East-West All-Star football game.

The East players include Timberlane running back Josh David and receiver Ryan McCarthy, Windham’s linebacker Danny Cannone, fullback Kevin Cooney and quarterback Joe Lorenz, Londonderry fullback Troy Ward, Pelham lineman Chadd Loring, and Pinkerton stars Jake Bernaiche (lineman), David Hansen (lineman), Chris St. Onge (safety), Matt St. Onge (fullback) and Brett Stuart (defensive back).

Pinkerton’s Dave Bernaiche and former Haverhill coach Ken Sciacca are among the coaches.

Jersey makes it

Jersey Burns of Salem, the 2012 girls Moynihan Merrimack Valley Scholar-Athlete winner, made the Holy Cross lacrosse team as a walk-on. The pre-med major continues to shine in the classroom with a 3.94 GPA.

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