EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 30, 2013

Sports in a Minute

Dave Dyer
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Dunham takes gold

Dave Dunham of Bradford must be in good health. The weekend before last, he took two gold medals and a silver medal at the U.S. Mountain running championships at Mount Cranmore in North Conway. He finished in 25th place overall, taking first in his age group (45-49), and also got gold as a member of the masters (40-49) team. The silver was as a member of the Open team for the Central Mass Striders.

Major league BR coach

One of the most experienced baseball men in the Intertown Babe Ruth League this summer was only an assistant coach. That would be former major league player Jerry Moses, who began his career with the red Sox.

Moses was an assistant for the Ipswich 13-14 team that did not have a lot of success. Although he was not extremely vocal, the Ipswich players and other coaches certainly paid attention when he spoke.

In high school, Moses was an outstanding football player and he declined several football scholarship offers from SEC schools to sign with the Sox. A 1970 All-Star catcher, he was the youngest Red Sox to hit a home run, when he was 18. He blasted one off Jim “Mudcat” Grant.

Crimmin’s wise choice

The last-minute decision by Paige Crimmin not to try swimming across the English Channel, because of lingering flu symptoms and the extremely cold water, proved to be a wise one.

In the same week when she had been planning the swim, a 34-year-old British swimmer, Susan Taylor, died from the elements after collapsing less than a mile from completing the swim despite being in terrific shape.

“That could have been me,” said Crimmin, who returned to New Zealand, where she is studying and working, after taking a side trip to Thailand for some mountain biking.

Crimmin will be the subject of “Around the Horn” in Sunday’s Eagle-Tribune.

‘Super 8’ baseball

In case you didn’t hear, the MIAA approved a IA Tournament of eight baseball teams, starting next year, which will be similar to the “Super 8” in hockey. The eight teams will be selected by the Division 1A Selection Committee on Memorial Day (traditional cut-off day) regardless of division or location.

The eight teams selected will be considered the strongest teams in the state. Division IA teams will be power seeded. Each of the baseball teams selected must participate only in the Division IA Tournament. and all games for this tournament will be nine innings.

Football is coming

Don’t look now, but the opening of the New England Patriots’ preseason camp isn’t the only sign that football is just around the corner. There are only two weeks and a day until high school football practice begins in New Hampshire. All other high school sports can begin in New Hampshire Aug. 19, which is also the first day Mass. teams can begin football practice..

In some football-crazy states, practice begins much earlier. Georgia, for example, allows practice to begin July 25 with full contact allowed Aug. 1.

Impressive ultra runner

An item in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” caught my eye a couple of weeks ago. The top female finisher in the Western States Endurance Run in California, 38-year-old Pam Smith of Salem, Ore., came in ninth overall in a field of 383 with a stunning time of 18:37:20. Not only is that a fabulous time under any circumstances for the 100.2-mile run, that climbs 18,000 feet and descends 22,970 feet, but this year’s race was the hottest in 40 years, with temperatures reaching 102 degrees.

Celtics tickets

Apparently, the complete dismantling of “The Big Three” hasn’t fazed Boston Celtics’ season ticket holders. According to the Celtics, 90 percent of season ticket holders have renewed for next year. That’s well above the league average, which is about 80 percent.