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April 22, 2014

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Burke makes choice

Salem senior Olivia Burke signed a letter of intent last week to play volleyball at Assumption College. Burke was a three-year starter and a second team All-Division 1 player last fall for the Blue Devils, who were the state runner-up. She is also an excellent track competitor with top marks in the long jump (16-8), triple jump (35-4) and high jump (5-3) and is ranked 14th academically in a class of 365.

... as does Williams

On the same day that Olivia Burke officially committed to Assumption to play volleyball, Salem senior Meaghan Williams signed a letter of intent to play softball at Franklin Pierce. Williams is a versatile outfielder for the perennial power Blue Devils and will major in health science. She was also an outstanding goalie on the Salem field hockey team.

Saugus debates future

There is a healthy debate in Saugus on whether the school should petition to rejoin the Northeastern Conference or stay in the Cape Ann League.

From a purely competitive perspective, the move to the CAL, which went into effect at the beginning of this school year, has not been successful. Outside of boys basketball, no other Saugus team has made the MIAA tournament, which is the same as saying no other team has finished at even .500.

There were, of course, other reasons for the school to vacate the NEC in favor of the CAL. The biggest was the belief that the CAL had smaller schools and, as a result, the Sachems would be more successful.

But that hasn’t been the case and extra travel time and lack of tradition rivalries has made Saugus officials ponder a reversal.

Fu 1st in doubles

Andover’s Connor Fu, playing in the Easter Bowl tournament in Califonia, a prestigious national tournament, captured the doubles tournament in the 12-and-under division with partner Nathan Arimilli from Austin, Tex. It will likely place him as the No. 1 doubles player in the country for his age when the next rankings come out.

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