Boston College freshman Jordyn Hamilton of Hampstead is just back from a week in Holland on a friendly with the United States U19 field hockey team. The former Pinkerton All-American scored four goals in 18 games last fall for the Eagles.
Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi wrote an interesting piece on Florida State’s “Famous Jameis” Winston. The quarterback was at football practice at 6:30 a.m., took a plane to Miami and used his 97 MPH fastball to fan all nine Hurricanes he faced.
ESPN’s Trent Dilfer said he could someday be the No. 1 pick in the draft. I assume he meant football. The redshirt freshman has yet to throw a varsity pass but even FSU great Charlie Ward gushed about him.
Add to the All-Name team Dartmouth lacrosse player Johnny Carson. Hope you enjoyed your April 15th Columbia pitcher Zack Tax. LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo, a projected high first-round pick, has to be on the All-Name team, too, along with his aspiring actor brother Hughtavious Mingo.
Twenty-nine of the 66 members of the Harvard men’s heavyweight crew squad are foreigners.
The crazy conference realignments aren’t limited to Division 1 schools. Maine Presque Isle’s women’s athletic teams are joining the Great South Athletic Conference. The league consists of schools in Georgia (2), North Carolina, California, Michigan, Massachusetts (Pine Manor), Maine and Washington, D.C.
Brittney Griner isn’t the only WNBA rookie who can dunk. Toni Young, the seventh overall pick from Oklahoma State, is a 6-2 forward who tied the national high school record with a 6-4 high jump. She placed fifth in the NCAAs last year, which was her first year competing in college. She cleared 6-1.5.
King and his court
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams’ 18-month-old grandson has a great basketball name. He’s Court Williams.
The New England Revolution U18 team got a goal from BB&N junior Christian Sady of North Andover but the Revs lost 2-1 to the Revolution Empire. That snapped their 12-game unbeaten streak.
James Southerland starred in Syracuse’s run to the Final Four, but he’s not the real star in the family. His sister, senior Sabrina Southerland of Cardozo High in New York City, ran a 2:03.59 in the 800 meters, the fastest by an American high schooler since Mary Decker in 1974.
lacrosse’s Slow change
For decades known as a sport for the privileged, the lacrosse explosion in the public schools is one of the sports stories of the decade. Change, however, is still a ways off in the college ranks. At Dartmouth, for example, 31 of 41 of the men’s players and 16 of the 28 women’s players attended prep schools.
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