By Bill Burt
---- — Ex-Pentucket star leaves NFL for college
Former Pentucket Regional football star @text5:Chris White@text5: is going back to college.
Sort of. The Groveland native has decided to leave his job as assistant special teams coach with the Minnesota Vikings and return to his college coaching roots with the University of Iowa.
White was named special teams coordinator and running backs coach at the Big Ten school.
Happy Valentine’s day
It appears @text5:Bobby Valentine’s@text5: managerial career in the major leagues is over. The ex-Red Sox manager was named executive director of athletics at Sacred Heart University.
He replaces outgoing director, @text5:C. Donald Cook@text5:, who plans to retire at the end of June.
“We recognize that Bobby is an out-of-the-box selection, but we believe his entrepreneurial spirit, extensive sports background and love of athletics make him an ideal choice,” said SHU President @text5:John J. Petillo@text5:.
Valentine, who is considered one of the best athletes to come from Connecticut, is the only three-time all-state football player in state history. He was widely recruited out high school and attended USC. He was voted by Sports Illustrated as one of the best athletes of the 20th century from Connecticut.
@Sports Minute head color 2 decks:Claddagh race almost full
The Claddagh Pub 4-Miler, scheduled for this Sunday, is almost full. Only a limited number of online registrants will be accepted, closing at 1,100 entries.
This race is the second Installment of the Wild Rover Race Series at the Claddagh Pub in Lawrence. The Frozen Shamrock 3-Mile Run has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m.
This is the 20th year of the race, with every race hosted by @text5:Jay Karamourtopoulos@text5: and the Claddagh Pub.
This popular race benefits the @text5:Barry Karamourtopoulos@text5: Scholarship Fund at Lawrence High.
@Sports Minute head color 2 decks:Combat Zone at The Rock
Billerica’s @text5:Cody Anderson@text5:, 19, had his first two scheduled matches as a pro canceled and then his last opponent scratched twice as well. But Anderson’s early pro career is finally expected to go off without interruption when the Combat Zone comes to Rockingham Park on Friday night.
Anderson (1-0), who fights out of Nashua Team Triumph, will face 32-year-old @text5:Ryan Hodge @text5:(4-7), from Gainesville, Fla., as the main event at 185 pounds.
”I want to see him unleash in the cage and do what he does in training,” said @text5:John Fain@text5:, the head of Team Triumph. “Cody has phenomenal knees, elbows and feet. I want him to really do some damage. He’s absolutely peaked and he’s ready to go.”
Lawrence’s @text5:Rodrigo Almedia@text5: (9-2) and Derry’s @text5:John Santos @text5:(0-0) will also be fighting at 155 pounds and 145 pounds respectively in the pro division.
In the amateur division, several locals will be fighting, including @text5:Jordan Pope@text5: (1-1) of Londonderry, @text5:C.J. Ziogas@text5: (0-0), of Pelham, @text5:Peter San Antonio@text5: (7-4) of North Andover, @text5:Dan Dinan@text5: (0-0) of Groveland, @text5:J.T. Harold@text5: (1-1) of North Andover and @text5:Cheyenne Vazquez @text5:(1-1) of Lawrence.
The doors open at 6 p.m. with the first fight at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $30, $50 and $100. Tickets are available at Rockingham Park, Stateline Tickets in Salem and online at ticketweb.com.
Coye leads Regis
Regis College freshman volleyball player @text5:Joe Coye@text5: of Plaistow was named New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Rookie of the Week.
The rookie began the week with 14 kills on a .458 hitting percentage in a 3-0 victory over Lesley. He also added a pair of service aces, five digs, and two total blocks. Coye followed that up with a team-best nine kills on a .444 hitting percentage while adding a dig and a block in a 3-0 setback to Lasell College.
He leads the Pride in kills (48), attacks (142), and total blocks (12). He is also second in service aces with five and third in digs with 31.