Democracy at work
Congratulations are in order for head coach Steve Sirois, his Andover boys gymnastics team and the other six Massachusetts boys gymnastics teams.
The week before last, the MIAA voted unanimously to reverse its original decision and keep boys gymnastics as a sanctioned varsity sport.
It really had no choice after Andover and the other teams delivered such reasoned arguments in favor of their sport, got tremendous support from athletic directors and former competitors and laid out their case in a logical and persuasive manner without being abrasive.
Cheers to Makin
Hap Makin of Atkinson has umpired for 52 years, both in baseball and softball, but he’s planning on calling it quits after this summer. Makin is one of the friendlier and better officials around and will be greatly missed.
If anyone goes to a game he’s working in the next month, thank him for his service and wish him well.
Congrats to McQueen
A tip of the hat goes to former Timberlane baseball coach Kevin McQueen, who directed Exeter to its huge upset win over Londonderry in the Division 1 championship game.
It was the first title for McQueen, who was the head coach for the Owls from 1984 to 1996 before he took over at Exeter in 1997. The Blue Hawks were 9-9 during the regular season and then won four tournament games.
NH jinx for No. 1
It wasn’t a good year to be seeded No. 1 in New Hampshire baseball or softball. That was proven in the state championship games.
In addition to Londonderry, top seeds Goffstown and Littleton lost in baseball. In softball, Timberlane beat No. 1 Concord in Division 1, Con-Val beat top-seed Coe-Brown in Div. 2, Litchfield defeated No. 1 White Mountains in Div. 3 and Woodsville toppled top-seed Wilton in Div. 4.
McCarthy to Sacred Heart
Three-time Eagle-Tribune softball all-star Sara McCarthy of North Andover, who opted not to play this spring, will be attending Sacred Heart University, where she plans to either play club field hockey or try to walk on to the varsity.
McCarthy said that she decided not to play softball this spring because “I haven’t enjoyed the sport for awhile — it wasn’t fun anymore.”
She admits it was a tough decision and she didn’t make up her mind until a couple of days before tryouts.
Bow tennis player Sunday Swett’s unusual state tennis title has gotten substantial coverage in the national media.
Swett, a senior and the No. 2 seed, won the singles match when her opponent, Briana Leonard of Bishop Guertin, forfeited because of excessive heckling from the crowd, Leonard’s family said.
“This is a hostile environment,” her father, Tim, said. “They are cheering for people to lose rather than win.”
Leonard’s mother, Kristen, said that the crowd’s behavior had to do with her daughter going to school in New Hampshire but living in Massachusetts (Westford). “This has been going on for the last two years,” she said.
In the Salem Little League playoffs Saturday, Max Morasse of the Blue Jays left little to chance against the Orioles. In 4 2/3 innings, all 14 outs were by strikeouts. He did give up two hits in the 11-2 victory — both to Michael Borrelli.
Dunham places 2nd
Ironman distance runner Dave Dunham of Ward Hill had another fine race up Mt. Washington Saturday, finishing second in the masters division of the Mount Washington Road Race and 22nd overall in 1:10:44.
Women’s football clinic
Because of inclement weather, last week’s UMass Football Women’s Clinic at Gillette Stadium was postponed. The first of its kind in New England, the clinic will provide an opportunity for women to meet the UMass coaching staff, see what goes on behind the scenes, learn more about the game and get to hone their skills on the field by participating in practice sessions.
No new date has been announced.