EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 14, 2013

Sports in a Minute

Bill Burt
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Reduced price tickets

If you plan on going to see the Central Catholic girls in the Div. 1 state championship game versus Holy Name on Saturday at the DCU Center in Worcester, you might want to go to Central starting today at noon through tomorrow at 3 p.m. to buy tickets.

Tickets for adults are $17 on-line but can be bought for $13 at Central today and tomorrow.

Students and seniors tickets cost $11.50 on-line but only $8 at Central.

Merrimack hosting pre-game party

The Merrimack Athletic Department will host a “Join the Battle” pre-game party tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. in the North Shell at Agganis Arena before the Merrimack hockey team takes on the Boston University Terriers in the quarterfinal round of the Hockey East Tournament.

The pre-game fan rally will go until game time at 7 p.m. There will be refreshments provided along with appetizers for all in attendance. The Merrimack College pep band will also make a special appearance and perform at the rally.

Bates, Dennehy on radio TODAY

Merrimack junior Shawn Bates, a native of Saskatchewan, Alb., and head coach Mark Dennehy will be guests on ESPN New Hampshire radio previewing the weekend series with Boston University.

Bates will be on today at 1 p.m. and Dennehy will be on today between 3-6 p.m.

Bates finished off the regular season ranked third on the team in scoring with 17 points (seven goals and 10 assists) in 30 games. The junior also ranked fifth on the team with 73 shots while scoring one game-winning goal and one game-tying goal during the regular season.

Fans can listen on 1250 and 900 AM locally, online at www.espnnewhampshire.com, and all over the world by downloading WGAM’s Smartphone app.

story worth reading

As the Big East plays its final conference tournament at Madison Square Garden this week, Sports Illustrated senior writer Alexander Wolff writes a great story about the individuals and moments most responsible for the rise and downfall of the legendary college basketball conference.

One of the league’s best players of all time, Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing, is featured reaching for a jump ball against Walter Berry of St. John’s on a regional cover of this week’s SI.

Austin Prep Hall of Fame

On April 6, Austin Preparatory School will host its Third Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Wyndham Andover hotel in Andover.

The event will honor athletes from five decades of Austin Prep athletic history, from the school’s origins in the 1960s through the 21st Century. This year, six individuals and one team will be inducted.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50, which includes dinner and a cash bar. To purchase tickets, go to www.austinprepschool.org and click Athletics.

The inductees are:

Thomas Carr ‘77, hockey; Edward “Ted” Coppinger ‘77, basketball & baseball, the 1977 Cross Country Team, Paul Shea ‘88, Cross Country, Rebecca “Kate” McHugh ‘99, girls basketball, Kathryn “Katie” Powers ‘04, girls hockey & softball; and Lawrence native Rev. Arthur Johnson, OSA (past faculty), a contributor.

Boxing Writers dinner

If you love boxing, like I do, you might want to buy tickets and head to the 88th annual Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) awards dinner on Thursday night, April 11 at Capitale in New York City.

Tickets are priced at $200 per person.

A limited number of special VIP tickets are also available for $400 per person, which include premium seat at dinner, photo opportunity with honorees, and a special VIP gift.

Credit card (Mastercard, Visa and American Express), PayPal, check and money order payments must be received no later than March 31, 2013. Checks should be payable to the BWAA and mailed to Boxing Writers Association of America, PO Box 153, Rockaway Park, NY 11694.