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February 19, 2013

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Lawrences to nationals

Competing for Iowa Lakes Community College, former Timberlane standouts and twin briothers Nate and Nick Lawrence both qualified from the junior college regional in Willmar, Minn., the weekend before last and will compete at the nationals this week in Des Moines.

Nate, who has overcome a shoulder injury followed by an injury to his sternum, placed fifth in his weight class while Nick placed first at 174 and will bring a 26-5 record to nationals.

Power of social media

The demise of boys gymnastics in Massachusetts, thanks to its apparent elimination by the MIAA after this year, has struck a nerve with gymnasts from all over according to Andover coach Steve Sirois.

Thanks to the power of the internet, word spread quickly and encouraging responses have been coming in from all over the country, including from a district judge in Oklahoma who was a former gymnast at Burlington High School, and as far away as the country of Paraguay.

The way it stands now, Andover gymnastics will continue to compete next year as a club team and will be sanctioned by the U.S. Federation of Gymnastics.

Unfortunately, there are some teams in the state that are saying that it’s MIAA gymnastics or no gymnastics at all.

No race day entries

Sunday’s Frozen Shamrock 3-Miler, which will clearly be the largest road race in the history of Haverhill, will not be taking race-day entries because the limit of 1,000 runners has already been met.

The race starts at 1 p.m. at Archie’s at Lafayette Square and is the first of the three races in the Wild Rover series. The second race will be held March 3, a 4-miler at the Claddagh Pub in Lawrence, with the final race in the series a 5-miler March 10 in Lowell.

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