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June 4, 2014

Sports in a Minute: Methuen's Pare named UMass Lowell's top scholar-athlete

STILL SHINING

Ben Pare was Moynihan Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Methuen High’s 2010 valedictorian. He hasn’t skipped a beat at UMass Lowell, where he was a standout distance runner and recently the biology major won the school’s Scholar-Athlete Award. He intends to go to medical school in the fall of 2015.

“He’s an A-1 kid academically and all-around,” said River Hawks coach Gary Gardner. “He goes above and beyond the call.”

65-0 LOSS

Prairie City (Ore.) High, which didn’t have a baseball program the previous eight years, has struggled big time this season. Unfortunately, Prairie City, a school with just 46 students, is in the same league with defending 1A-2A state champion Grand Union. This season GU beat the Panthers 40-0, 22-1 and last week 65-0 in 5 innings. And the Prairie City coach vehemently stated Grand Union didn’t run it up.

TWITTER BASHER

Got a chuckle out of this quote from Broncos GM John Elway: “I call Twitter the microphone for morons.”

PARTY ON

Never thought I’d live long enough to see an Eagle-Tribune All-Star candidate miss a state tourney game for his graduation party.

LAX HOTBED

Maryland is lacrosse country. To wit: 25 of the 29 members of the Salisbury (Md.) University Division 3 national champion women’s lacrosse team are from the state.

MIKEY LIKES IT

Mikey Diekroeger showed why he’s a Stanford recruit with a game-ending triple play to clinch Atherton (Calif.) Menlo High’s 2-1 playoff win over Capuchino.

STAY OR GO

Fans and sportswriters are quick to criticize young players who they believe left school prematurely. But almost nothing is said or written about those who stay too long.

North Carolina junior forward James McAdoo probably would have been a lottery pick if he left as a freshman but now is likely a mid-second rounder. In football, Matt Barkley some thought would be a top-10 pick but came back for another year and plunged to the fourth round in 2013.

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