By David Willis
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Andover’s Mark Zavrl finished off his track career as a Golden Warrior with a bang over the weekend, placing ninth in the javelin open (top-tier) competition at New Balance Nationals with a throw of 187-7.
That throw was the second best in the Eagle-Tribune area since the javelin was redesigned in 2003, behind just Zavrl’s area-record throw of 193-8 set earlier this spring.
Zavrl, the recent Andover High grad who is rebounding from major knee surgery, will play football and throw at Phillips Exeter next year.
Whittier ace Andrew Wells will be representing Massachusetts in the Massachusetts-Connecticut Challenge Senior All-Star Game. The game will be played on Saturday at Tufts’ Huskin Field at 11 a.m.
A minor update
Former Pinkerton multi-sport star Zach Mathieu has officially signed with the New York Mets, who drafted him in the 16th round two weeks ago. He confirmed that on his twitter, @ZMathieu50. Along with that he tweeted, “#metsnation.”
The Mets’ website still projects he will soon be in the New York-Penn League with the Hudson Valley Renegades. FYI: the Lowell Spinners host Hudson Valley Aug. 16-18.
Boxing in Lawrence
Intenze 978 Boxing is celebrating the opening of its facility at 245 Hampshire St. in Lawrence with a free amateur card on Saturday. Fights start at 2 p.m. For more information call 978-973-1556.
Love him or hate him, NESN Bruins announcer/superfan Jack Edwards has developed quite a following during the Bruins’ recent success due to his overly-dramatic calls and shameless homerism.
But did you know his father was a drama professor? Not that big a surprise, right?
Former Eagle-Tribune writer Alan Siegel caught up with the bombastic Edwards earlier this week for a story on the website “Buzzfeed.” Definitely worth a read for anyone who is, or is not, a fan of Edwards.
Here is a classic quote from Alan’s story:
“I’m sure this will delight Montreal Canadiens fans to know that I was Macduff’s son in my father’s production of Macbeth, and I was murdered eight times,” he said. “I was 10.”
Even though he has not scored a goal in the playoffs, Bruins fans can’t help but love old-time star Jaromir Jagr. Maybe it’s that he is 41-years-old with a crazy Wolverine beard and a mullet.
But this may be the best fact yet that really puts how old Jagr is into perspective.
Jagr won the NHL scoring title in 1995, the first of five times he would accomplish that feat. Who was the Major League Baseball MVP that year? None other than Red Sox star Mo Vaughn, who played his last game 10 years ago.
Beat it Doc
Colleague Michael Muldoon was dead on when he said “Good Riddance” to Celtics coach Doc Rivers. But it’s not just his overly selfish attitude of late.
As painful as it is to accept, the Celtics are heading into a rebuilding stage, and that is NOT Doc’s strength.
In his first three seasons as Boston coach, when the C’s were rebuilding, he was a very underwhelming 102-144 including the horrific 24-58 season the year before the big moves.