NOAH HIGHEST PICK
When Haverhill’s Noah Vonleh was drafted ninth overall last month by the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, he became the highest draft pick ever from the area in any sport.
The highest picks are:
Basketball: Vonleh, 9th, 2014; Todd Orlando, Andover, 116th, 1984
Hockey: Steve Heinze, North Andover, 60th, 1984; Zach Sanford, Pinkerton, 61st, 2014; Ethan Philpott, North Andover, 64th, 1993; Jimmy Vesey, North Reading, 66th, 2012
Baseball: Carlos Pena, Haverhill, 10th, 1998; Dennis Livingston, North Reading, 23rd, 1984; Steve Bedrosian, Methuen, 53rd, 1978; Jay Yennaco, Windham, 74th, 1995
Football: Gene Goudreault, Haverhill, 15th, 1941; Bill Quinlan, Lawrence, 37th, 1956; Rob Konrad, North Andover, 43rd, 1999; Steve Doig, North Reading, 69th, 1982; Bob Lovely, Haverhill, 101st, 1956
Coach Ken Bourassa feared he wouldn’t have enough players to field a team. But he and some of his Windham tennis players went to work and convinced four seniors with no experience to play. James Baiguy, Bryan Deranian, Devin Marino and Blake Allgood improved by leaps and bounds. The Jags started out 0-6 but finished with a respectable 5-9 record.
“I thought it was a great season,” said Bourassa. “Those four kids had such a great experience. You should have seen how much they improved.”
CAKES ARE BAKING
UTL birthday wishes go out to hockey legend Bobby Carpenter of North Reading (51 today), Harvard assistant softball coach Brenna Morrissey of Salem (24 today), University of Michigan athletics chief marketing officer Hunter Lochmann of Andover (42 Tuesday), Plymouth State two-sport star Masha Lange from Timberlane (19 Tuesday), UMass Lowell lacrosse player Kristy Robertson of Haverhill (19 Tuesday), and Methuen soccer twins Megan and Nicole Langlois (15 Wednesday).
There are always a few athletes who do double duty at the Agganis All-Star Games. Collin Couillard of North Andover was one this year. He competed in the baseball and football games.
Assistant coach Alex Skinner has replaced Jim Hamilton as the girls basketball coach at Brooks. Skinner, who is the boys tennis coach and the assistant director of admissions at his alma mater, is the third girls hoop coach in the last three seasons. The Haverhill native was our 2008 tennis MVP and a basketball super teamer for the Green and White.