EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 26, 2013

Under the Lights: Middlebrooks coming to Andover

Michael Muldoon
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — West is Best

The kids at Andover’s West Middle School are lucky, they’ll be getting a visit Tuesday from Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks. The school is being rewarded for raising $21,000 for the Jimmy Fund over the last three years.

Cakes are baking

UTL birthday wishes go out to George Washington lacrosse star Olivia Boudreau of North Andover (19 tomorrow), Providence College hockey player Conor MacPhee of Windham (21 Tuesday), Michigan soccer player Tori McCombs of Londonderry (21 Friday), Haverhill track coach Mike Maguire (47 Saturday), Tufts field hockey All-American Emily Cannon of Atkinson (21 Saturday) and Merrimack field hockey goalie Gina Rosinski of Derry (21 Saturday).

Class of 2031 star

Congrats to Salem freshman basketball coach Brian Stanton. His son, ex-Salem star Brian Jr., and his wife Megan, had their first child, Blake Thomas Stanton, on May 13. At 21 inches long, Blake could be the next great big man at Windham High!

Football scholarship

Central Catholic junior football-track standout D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie picked up his first football scholarship offer. Bryant offered him. The Bulldogs had several Raiders in recent years including Zak Adamopoulos, Michael Garcia, Andrew Regan and Jay Stahl.

10 days, 7 ots

The Arlington boys’ 6-5 win over Woburn is believed to be the longest lacrosse game in state history. It was a 7-OT marathon spread out over 10 days due to rain.

NCAA Track

Through Friday none of the area competitors in the East Regionals had qualified for the NCAA Track Championships. The top 12 advance.

Andover’s Moira Cronin, Virginia, tied 16th, high jump, 5-7 3/4; Georgetown’s Keely Maguire, UNH, 20th, 10,000, 34:53.03; Andover’s Mark Vetere, Navy, 22nd, pole vault, 16-6 3/4. North Andover’s Kirsten Kasper was competing yesterday in the 5,000.

3-point plan

Still can’t believe 6-6 Trey Ball is a high school All-American in baseball. With that name and living in basketball mad New Castle, Ind.?

3 days, 20 innings

Andrew Richards pitched 59 innings in Southern Maine’s first 45 games but he was just getting warmed up. In a three-game stretch in the NCAA tourney last week, he pitched in four straight games totalling 20 innings. Last Saturday he pitched all nine innings vs. WNEC then later that day 5.2 innings vs. Endicott. He won both games.

Pride of Louisiana

What a perfect name for LSU’s ace pitcher. Aaron Nola. Nola is an abbreviation for New Orleans, Louisiana.

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