PMA didn’t have to go far to make a terrific hire for it’s new girls basketball coach. It is PMA’s cross country coach Brian Martin. He had done spring track, too, but is giving it up.
Martin replaces Joe DeBlois, who stepped down. Former JV coach Chad Pfeil is the new boys basketball coach. Former boys coach Blaine Gann passed away in April.
It was disappointing that only one of the 75 competitors was a local. But that one, Londonderry junior Starlin Ortiz, made his presence known by winning the 58th New Hampshire Decathlon over the weekend. He scored 5,836 points, 64 more than Lebanon junior Will Merchant.
Londonderry’s Jackie Luckhardt (8th, 3,359) and Pelham’s Katelyn Surprenant (11th, 3,299) starred in the heptathlon.
MUD, SWEAT AND TEARS
Proud grandmother Alma Long was rooting from North Andover as her athletic family competed in the rugged “Tough Mudder” all-terrain hike at Mt. Snow in Vermont. That included her grandson, Bentley assistant hockey coach/ex-UMaine star Ben Murphy, his wife Meg and his dad Fran Murphy, and brother-in-law Jay Liposky.
If you run into Methuen High Hall of Famer John Rimas today, wish him a happy 76th birthday.
GROUP OF DEBT
To heck with the Group of Death. If the World Cup had any sense of humor, it would have grouped the US, Greece and Italy together so we could have a Group of Debt.
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES
Michaela Jones, an 8th grader from North Andover, won the Mass. Middle School Championship mile in a meet record 5:19.18. The Pike School of Andover grad will be running for Phillips Academy.
Our final Unsung Hero of the year is Pelham sophomore lacrosse player Ashley Ramalho, who went from JV last year to splitting time between JV and varsity this year to starting late in the year.