EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 14, 2013

Sports in a Minute

By Bill Burt
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — EX-UMASS LOWELL STAR A STEP AWAY FROM MAJORS

Former UMass Lowell pitcher Jack Leathersich of Beverly has moved one step closer to realizing a dream.

The New York Mets have promoted the lefthander with eye-popping strikeout numbers to their Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate Las Vegas, one step from the big show.

Leathersich earned the promotion from the Double-A Binghamton Mets with outstanding bullpen work. He has a 2-0 record with a 1.53 earned run average in 24 appearances. He has struck out 55 batters in 29.1 innings.

“I’m staggered by the numbers, but not by the path that he’s on,” says UMass Lowell Baseball Coach Ken Harring. “He’s a special talent.”

Leathersich, following his junior year at UMass Lowell, was chosen by the New York Mets In the fifth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. In his final season with the River Hawks Leathersich went 6-2 with a 1.62 ERA striking out 12.74 batters per nine innings.

KEOGH ON SUNDAY

You want to check out our weekly rendition of “Around the Horn” this Sunday with recent St. John’s Prep grad Brian Keogh, of North Andover, being highlighted.

Keogh is one of the top volleyball players north of Boston.

He overcame a brutal leg injury last summer, missing his soccer season.

HOOPS FOR HOPE BEGINNING

It’s the biggest field of high school basketball talent in the two-decades old history of the summer league.

And the boys games open tomorrow with a host of “mini-rivalries” going at each other as they prep for their winter schedule. Here is the Saturday game schedule for local teams:

9 a.m., Lawrence vs. Londonderry.

10:15 a.m., Andover vs. Nashua South; Haverhill vs. Salem; and Gr. Lawrence vs. Pelham.

11:30 a.m., North Andover vs. Central Catholic.

12:45 p.m. Methuen vs. Preps 1; Nashua South vs. Pentucket; St. John’s Prep vs. Pinkerton.

There is no cost to watch the games.

MIAA CHOOSES NEW DIRECTOR

Bill Gaine, the former Deputy Executive Director of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association (MSSAA), has been chosen as the Executive Director of the two organizations.

Gaine came out of retirement to succeed Richard Neal, who has served as Executive Director for 34 years. The appointment is effective July 1.

Gaine was formerly the Deputy Executive Director, a position he held from 1994 until June 2012 when he retired. Following his retirement he continued to serve the two Associations in a part-time position.

UMASS LOWELL ADDS THREE TO STAFF

Michael Harding, Biko Paris and Nick Leonardelli were officially announced as assistant coaches for Pat Duquette and the UMass Lowell Men’s Basketball team.

Harding comes to UMass Lowell after three years as the head coach of the Saint Michael’s College men’s basketball program. During the 2010-11 season, Harding’s first as a college head coach, he led Saint Michael’s to the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament for the first time since 2007 and earned a road win in the first round of the playoffs.

Paris joins the UMass Lowell coaching staff with an impressive basketball record. A four-year player for Boston College, Paris averaged 10.3 points and 3.5 assists during his senior year in 2010-11.

Leonardelli comes to UMass Lowell after holding the Manager of Basketball Operations title for the Bucknell Bisons for the past two seasons. While at Bucknell, the program set a two-year school record with 53 wins.

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