EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 1, 2012

Yet another curious selection by Gatorade

Michael Muldoon
The Eagle-Tribune

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It’s December so it’s time for Gatorade’s annual headscratching state football MVP selections. The Mass. winner is St. John’s Prep senior Alex Moore (800 rushing yards, 13 TDs, heading into yesterday’s Super Bowl), a fine player but probably not in the top 10 in the state.

Certainly his junior teammate Johnathan Thomas (1,745 yards, 15 TDs heading into yesterday), BC-bound QB Mackay Lowrie of Roxbury Latin (35 TD passes in 8 games), Worcester Holy Name mighty-mite Quron Wright (36 TDs, 2,128 rushing yards, 10.7 yards a carry) and big-time linemen John Montelus of Everett (Notre Dame), Maurice Hurst Jr. of Xaverian (Michigan) and Tevin Montgomery of Tabor (undecided) would have been better choices.

Correct decision

No qualms with Gatorade’s pick in N.H. Bowdoin-bound Tyler Grant, a two-way star for Division 1 champion Exeter, rushed for 1,238 yards and scored 25 total TDs. Pinkerton junior Manny Latimore (29 TDs, 1,475 rushing yards) and a few others were worthy, too, but I think Gatorade got it right.

misguided media

The media continues to embarrass itself with these leaps of faith on performance enhancing drugs. You often hear ... “We can safely assume Curt Schilling never took ...” Or, “I’d be stunned if Rob Ninkovich ever...”

You have zero idea, so don’t even go there. You can be pudgy or thin and benefit from PEDs. You don’t have to be built like a Greek god.

Cakes are baking

UTL birthday wishes go out to Whittier coach Kevin Bradley (turns 52 tomorrow), ex-NFL lineman Wayne Lucier of Salem (turns 33 Wednesday), Hall of Fame ex-Central Catholic coach Dick Licare (turns 56 Thursday), ex-Cy Young winner Steve Bedrosian of Methuen (turns 55 Thursday), Northeastern catcher Josh Treff of Salem (turns 20 Thursday) and ex-Haverhill hoop great Shawna Murphy (turns 36 Friday).

Jock school

MIT is well accustomed to being No. 1. Most of its science-related majors are among the best if not the best in the nation.

But No. 1 in men’s basketball? Yes, according to the latest NCAA Division 3 rankings.

proud coach

Lawrence football coach Mike Yameen proudly points out that three of his ex-players were on Division 3 NCAA playoff teams. They were sophomore defensive back Ony Ramos (30 tackles, 3 interceptions at Framingham State), junior defensive end Darius Timmons (reserve at Framingham) and junior cornerback Dimar Torres (12 tackles at Bridgewater State).

Tweet from mia

The North Andover Fire U12 soccer team received a Tweet from none other than soccer legend Mia Hamm (@MiaHamm).

She Tweeted: “Good luck to the North Andover Fire: Kate (Cheevers), Olivia (Adamic), Ava (Sauls), Riley (Cinquegrano), Madison (Landry), Liz (Steinberg), Izzy (Ceraso), Emma (Liporto), Kylie (Palumbo), Molly (Connolly), Peyton (Sportelli) and Christina (Farmer). Listen to your coach.”

Apparently a former Tar Heel lives on the North Shore and made the request to Hamm, the wife of ex-Red Sox star Nomar Garciaparra.

Flynn resigns

Peter Flynn, who set a program record with 150 wins and two EMass. Super Bowl titles, has stepped down after 23 years at Billerica.

Follow Michael Muldoon on Twitter under the screen name @MullyET.