EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 20, 2013

Under the Lights: Methuen's Lacroix starring at WPI

Michael Muldoon
mmuldoon@eagletribune.com

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Secretary of defense

WPI sophomore safety Eric Lacroix of Methuen recently was named co-Defensive Player of the Week by the Liberty League and ECAC Northwest. In a win over RPI, Lacroix, despite playing with a broken thumb, had eight tackles and forced a fumble, and had a 33-yard interception return. Through six games he had a team-high 44 tackles with two interceptions.

all-time great

Heading into Friday’s game at West, Pinkerton senior Manny Latimore was 14th in the modern era in rushing (3.592 yards) and eighth in touchdowns (58). With 1,119 yards and 15 TDs this season and potentially six more games to play, he could beat Jerickson Fedrick of Salem’s rushing record (4,568) and threaten Bruce Vieira of Pelham’s TD mark (81).

bowling for dollars

Brandon Wesley, a four-year starting quarterback at Bucknell, hopes to go bowling. Not just with the football team. He helped Plano East High in Texas to the state bowling title and has a 300 game on his resume.

The SNHU two

Southern New Hampshire women’s soccer boasts two area standouts. Sophomore midfielder Gabby Cappello, the former Eagle-Tribune MVP from Andover, is a second-year starter. She has three goals and an assist in 12 games. Freshman starting midfielder Alexa Poulin from Central has two goals and two assists.

North Pole drubbing

We made a big deal out of Whittier football playing Bellingham this fall. But in the Alaska playoffs, Ketchikan played at North Pole, 852 miles away! The hosts won 55-6. That must have been one looooooong trip home.

Cakes are baking

UTL birthday wishes go out to North Andover Fall Ball League president Rick Gorman (turns 53 tomorrow), Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien of Andover (turns 44 Wednesday), former Red Sox killer Rawly Eastwick of West Newbury (turns 63 Thursday), Pinkerton football co-captain Matt Madden (turns 18 Friday), Providence basketball player Carson Desrosiers of Windham (turns 22 Friday) and Amesbury-Whittier hockey coach Chris Kuchar (turns 43 Friday).

central to phoenix

Bill Gosselin was one of three now deceased Central Catholic Class of 1946 football players who Andover’s Ed Doherty recruited to Arizona State. He was joined by tackle Tony Balsamo and fullback Phil “The Bear” Perrino. All three became starters. Perrino was inducted into the “Maine Sports Legends” in 2006.

Another Red Raider from that era, Walter “Skeets” Scanlon played baseball at ASU.

Salem’s nickname

Salem Hall of Famer Charlie Samataro passed along an interesting story about how Salem got its nickname.

“In 1952-53 we elected to be the Blue Devils. That was my class. Salem’s Woodbury High never had a nickname since it opened up in 1925 until then.”

football shootout

The Andover-Lowell football classic in 2010, which was won by Andover 88-82, was an 8-overtime game. This fall in Wisconsin, Oconomic beat Wisconsin Lutheran 84-82 and that was in regulation! What’s even more stunning was the score was just 8-7 after one quarter.

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