EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 6, 2013

North Reading's Mucciarone to Tufts

Michael Muldoon
mmuldoon@eagletribune.com

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Tufts women’s basketball landed a top prospect in St. Mary’s of Lynn senior Jennie Mucciarone. The 5-7 guard from North Reading averaged 13.4 points a game last winter to give her 868 career points and is ranked sixth in her class academically. She’s also a star in soccer (four-year starter) and softball.

Pigskin perrys

Last weekend was an unforgettable one for Andover’s football-obsessed Perry clan. Andover High, coached by E.J. Perry, beat Lawrence as freshman E.J. IV (3 TD passes, 1 TD catch) starred. Princeton offensive coordinator James saw his QB complete his first 29 passes, an NCAA Division 1 record. And the Tigers beat Cornell, whose quarterback Jeff Mathews, eclipsed James’ Ivy League passing yardage record a few weeks back.

John is the passing game coordinator at Delaware, which shocked No. 9 Towson, 32-31. UD scored 15 points in the final 48 seconds on two TD passes and a 2-point conversion pass by back-up QB Trevor Sasek.

Mass. mismatches

The Mass. North Sectional high school football quarterfinals last weekend were, by and large, eminently forgettable. The average victory margin for the 28 games was a whopping 20.2 points.

Pinpoint passer

Junior Matt Cannone of Windham was 10 of 12 for 102 yards and a TD and rushed 17 times for 72 yards to carry Bates past Bowdoin 17-10. The TD pass was to junior Kevin Davis of North Andover, who caught five passes for 75 yards.

4 plays, 23 points

Reading’s 29-28 quarterfinal playoff win over Cambridge was one of the wildest games you’ll ever come across. In a span of 1:04, the two clubs combined for 23 points on just four plays from scrimmage. Reading took the lead with 1:29 left, Cambridge answered with a 76-yard TD pass. Then Reading won it two plays later on a 60-yard TD pass from All-Scholastic Drew Belcher and a 2-point conversion pass.

Basketball woes

This is the fifth time in the last eight years that the Northern Essex women’s basketball team has been unable to start and/or finish the season. Former assistant Brent Bass, who is the new head coach, said he’s still confident he can build the program.

Foreign invasion

It might be time for the NCAA to put some restriction on foreign athletes. To wit: The 11-player NCAA Division 2 men’s soccer All-East scholar-athlete team was comprised of just three Americans along with players from Norway (2), England (2), Denmark, France, Germany and Iraq.

high school geniuses

Baylor head coach Art Briles and SMU offensive coordinator Hal Mumme, two brilliant offensive minds, were rival high school head coaches in Texas in 1986.

Most improved

Florida State was 113th nationally in fumbles lost with 17 last year but is first this fall with just one lost in eight games.

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