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June 25, 2013

Sports in a Minute

Asar continues on

Haverhill’s Kamal Asar, formerly of North Andover, continues to amaze people in the North Shore Baseball League. Asar, 47, is in his 16th year with the Kingston Night Owls and 29th year in the Northeast/North Shore League. Despite being twice the age of many of the players, he still has decent speed and is a more than competitive player.

Mollica opts for WPI

Former Salem High and UMass Amherst softball standout Whitney (Mollica) Goldstein, who was the interim coach at Amherst College this year, has been hired by WPI as its fulltime coach. She will also be a physical education teacher.

At Amherst, she guided the Lord Jeffs to a 24-12 record. Her batting prowess rubbed off as the team batted .344.

A former All-American at UMass, Goldstein was an assistant at Amherst for two years before taking over last year.

Hanging it up

In case you didn’t hear, St. John’s Prep coach Pat Yanchus is retiring after 33 years and 491 wins. This year’s team set a school record in total wins and finished 22-2. His teams in 1999 and 2000 won back-to-back state titles.

The best bet as his successor is Dan Letarte. He played for Yanchus and has been an assistant for the Eagles the last 18 years.

Busy Buxton

North Andover’s Jeff Buxton, who is also a fine umpire, is getting well deserved praise for directing the North Andover spring league through the rain-plagued playoffs and immediately organizing the “Big Diamond Summer League.”

The league includes North Andover, Andover, Methuen, Salem, N.H., and other towns and is geared primarily for players not quite good enough to make the original Legion and Babe Ruth teams. It was scheduled to begin today.

Bradley on Spike TV

Former Timberlane and Penn State wrestling star Eric Bradley of Plaistow will be competing in the Fightmaster Bellator elimination round on Spike TV tomorrow at 10 p.m.

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