EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


April 18, 2013

Sports in a minute

Safe and sound

Many have asked, following the tragic events of Monday, about the safety of former Andover High basketball great Ashley McLaughlin, who was running the Boston Marathon in memory of late teammate Alex Miliotis.

McLaughlin reported via text that she was safe and uninjured. The Miliotis family, who were in attendance, also escaped the attack unharmed.

Cardarelli is back

TD Garden favorite Jillian Cardarelli of Haverhill will be returning to Boston to perform the national anthem before the Bruins’ matchup against the Panthers on Sunday at 7 p.m. Video of her performance will be available at EagleTribune.com on Monday.

Cardarelli, a country singer, has been pursuing her career while attending college in Nashville. Her album “Just Me & You” was released on iTunes in January.

Tough times

Bad luck seems to be following the three captains of the Andover High softball team.

Junior outfielder Nicole Ericson, who hit .329 with 15 RBIs and 19 runs a year ago, is out for the season with a torn ACL suffered skiing and senior first baseman Allison Conway has missed the last several games with a concussion.

The only healthy captain is Meaghan Leary, who missed the majority of last season with a broken hand after being hit by a pitch.

It’s not a skirt

A caller, identifying himself only as a “proud Scotsman,” pointed out that the runners from the Frozen Shamrock road race in Haverhill who appeared in Monday’s sports section were running in kilts — not skirts.

Betcha didn’t know

Fun fact about the NCAA Hockey national championship, courtesy of colleague Mike McMahon.

The matchup of two Connecticut teams — champ Yale and Quinnipiac — took place on the 16th anniversary of the Hartford Whalers’ final game in Connecticut.

NBA Bound

A little torn ACL isn’t going to stop Everett’s Nerlens Noel from pursuing his NBA dream. The Kentucky freshman has announced he will enter the NBA draft.

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