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January 15, 2013

Sports in a Minute

Streak continues

The year is young but Bradford’s Dave Dunham has already extended his streak, which now stands at 35, of having won at least one race every year since he began racing in 1979. He extended the streak by taking first at the Prospect Mountain snowshoe race Jan. 6 in Woodford, Vt. It was the earliest Dunham had won a race since 1997 and only the fourth time since 2000 that he won his first race of the year.

New Billerica coach

Billerica has hired Rich McKenna as its new head football coach, replacing Peter Flynn, who resigned after 23 years and a 150-99 record. McKenna is a Billerica grad and former assistant who was head coach the past four years at Westford, where he posted a 28-17 record.

McKenna will have his hands full at Billerica. The Indians graduate 17 players, including all-conference standout Matt Clifford, from a 2-9 squad.

Vesey sparkles

North Reading’s Jimmy Vesey had an impressive tournament in Team USA’s recent gold medal run at the World Junior hockey championships. The 19-year-old Harvard freshman had a goal and four assists in seven games. His one goal came against Canada goalie Malcolm Subban, the Boston Bruins’ first-round draft pick.

Nicoll cited

Rhode Island College junior Brian Nicoll of Plaistow, who was recently featured in the Eagle-Tribune, was named Pilgrim League Wrestler of the Week last week for his performance at the Ursinus North/South Duals. He won all three of his matches to improve his record to a team-best 17-4.

Freeman returns

Methuen’s Ryan Freeman is expected back with the Northern Essex men’s basketball team for tonight’s home game against Roxbury after missing two games while he got his academics in order. The Knights (now 7-7) lost three players to grades after the first semester, including Lawrence’s Franklin Martinez.

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