EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 16, 2013

Sports in a Minute


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.

Decision time

Former Timberlane wrestling standout Nick Lawrence, who was a New England champion and then went on to have a fine two-year stint at Iowa Lakes Community College, is having a difficult time deciding on his next destination. For more than a month, he’s been weighing an offer to wrestle at Division 2 Augustana College in South Dakota versus an opportunity to go to Division 3 Rhode Island College, which is obviously much closer.

Brother Nate Lawrence, who was also a New England champ at Timberlane and went to Iowa Lakes, is headed to Bay State College in Boston to study criminal justice. Because of a chronic shoulder injury, his wrestling career is over.

Award for Visconti

Former Malden Catholic star Kyle Visconti, a New England wrestling champion from North Reading, was honored with the Battling Buckeye Champion award as a red-shirt freshman at Ohio State. The award is to honor a reserve who demonstrates excellent work ethic at practice and does well at various open tournaments throughout the season. Visconti also filled in admirably in five varsity matches, going 2-3.

Kyle’s twin brother, Devin, suffered several injuries and has transferred to Springfield College.

Shaheen in movie

Veteran local umpire John Shaheen of Methuen will be included in the upcoming 2014 film called “The Judge” starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall and Billy Bob Thornton. The setting is a high school state championship game in Indiana back in 1985 and filming was done at Adams Field in Quincy.