A segment in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd last week, featuring 87-year-old Carlton Nebel of St. Louis caught my attention. It cited him as the likely oldest certified umpire in the U.S. and said he is now in his 52nd season.
At 83, popular Hap Makin of Atkinson, N.H., isn’t quite as old, but he’s been umpiring for a longer span. He’s been a member of the Merrimack Valley Umpires Association for 53 years.
In case you missed it, Page School of West Newbury teacher John Peterson and his sister Beth Dollas finished the Boston Marathon in 3:28 and 3:12 respectively. They were featured in an article that appeared in both the Eagle-Tribune and Daily News.
1 and 1 count
It was an extremely cold day, but a rule agreed to by both coaches before a JV baseball game I umpired last week was mainly because of a field curfew. Whatever the reason, it worked out beautifully. To quicken the pace of the game, every batter stepped to the plate with a 1 and 1 count. That made the pitchers focus and the batters reluctant to take a pitch close to the strike zone. The result was more balls put in play, fewer walks and a much faster pace to the game.
Congrats to Kiley
Merrimac’s Sean Kiley, who was a terrific wrestling coach at Pentucket High School years ago, has certainly risen up dramatically as an administrator.
After several years as an assistant principal at Timberlane, he was hired a couple of years ago as the principal at Exeter High School. Then, in the last two months, he was hired to become the next principal at Winchester High School, beating out more than 100 candidates for the head of what’s considered one of the best school districts in New England.