Leading the pack
The MIAA All-State track meet is Saturday at Bridgewater State, and one local is the favorite to take home a title.
Central Catholic senior Maddie Arndt is the top seed in the pole vault. Her 12-0 is by far the best vault in the state for a girl this season. It is also a school record and the No. 2 best in Eagle-Tribune area history.
Seeded fourth in the same event is Pentucket star (and talented singer-songwriter) Ali Attenasio (11-1). Both she and Arndt were Eagle-Tribune All-Stars a season ago, and both are from Merrimac. Arndt was the EMass. Division 2 champ, and Attenasio won gold in Division 3.
The next highest local seeds include Methuen star Wileshka Samuel (fourth, 200), Michaela Sliney of Haverhill (third, pentathlon) and, on the boys side, Sebastian Silveira of Andover (fourth, 400 hurdles).
Speaking of Saturday’s meet, after 29 years no one has taken down Jeff Baker’s All-State record.
Baker, a former Methuen High star, set the All-State meet record in the 110 hurdles with a 13.8 in 1985. That still stands as the record, according to the meet’s record book. There is an asterisk that it was hand-timed.
Another record-holder with local ties is Shalane Flanagan, the Olympic medalist from Marblehead who set the 2-mile mark in 1999. Her mother spent many years as a teacher at Pentucket Middle School.
The Noah hunt
The Noah Vonleh tour of NBA teams has taken him across the country this week. Over the weekend, he was in New York working out for the Knicks and on Monday he tweeted pictures from his workout with the Sacramento Kings.
Sacramento, which owns the No. 8 overall pick, would need Vonleh to fall a bit to have the chance to take him. Most think he will be a top-6 pick. The Knicks don’t own a first round pick, so they would have to swing a big trade.