Headed to Iowa
Former New England heavyweight champion Terrance Jean-Jacques of Haverhill, who went on to wrestle at Wyoming Seminary, will have quite the challenge in the next few years.
Jean-Jacques has accepted a scholarship offer (about 35 percent) at Big Ten wrestling power Iowa and will head there next month with four years of eligibility. He had started his collegiate career at Rutgers last year but withdrew after a semester for financial reasons.
”I dreamed about it and it’s happening,” said Jean-Jacques. “I went to a dual meet there in January against Penn State and they had 15,000 fans. It was amazing.”
Terrance’s brother, Corey, who was a New England placers at St. John’s Prep last year, will be prepping at Avon Old Farms this year and playing both football and wrestling.
Haverhill Youth wrestlers
Several former wrestlers from the Haverhill Youth program fared well at the Bay State Games.
Tom Pagliarulo from Haverhill, who wrestles for Central Catholic, was a Bay State Games scholastic division gold medalist. He defeated Globe All-Star Casey Connor of Barnstable in the final, 5-4.
Whittier grad Shahib Blount placed fourth in the 187 pound open division and Haverhill’s Reese Millington and Whittier’s Xavier Boisvert of Whittier wrestled at 132 and 138 and did well in the scholastic division.
New Hillie coach
Kerry D’Ambroise has been name the new field hockey coach at Haverhill High School. She most recently served as the assistant field hockey and lacrosse coach at South Burlington High School in Vermont for the past two years. Prior to that, she was the assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Plymouth State University.
D’Ambroise, who is a graduate of Lowell High School and is mulling several teaching offers for next year, was a four-year starter and all-conference for both the field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams at Plymouth State. She replaces Tara Early, who resigned for personal reasons.