EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


December 15, 2012

Every day is President's Day in Ames

President’s day

Former Iowa State wrestler Tony Coltvet (and scores of others) have become big fans of ISU freshman basketball standout Georges “The President” Niang of Methuen.

“I watched the ISU-Iowa game and right away fell in love with the ‘President.’ Our winters here are brutal. Sitting in my wood burning sauna will help me get through the winter, but, equally so will watching this kid play for the next four years,” e-mailed Coltvet.

The Prez is averaging a healthy 10.5 points and 5.3 rebounds off the bench in 10 non-league games.

The smart choice

I receive a lot of grief from my colleagues for my minuscule number of Twitter followers (@MullyET). But who has the brainiest followers? I have Brooks basketball coach John McVeigh (master’s in chemistry from Duke) and ex-Methuen track/football standout Keith “Go Go” Gormley, an NYC-based digital marketing guru.

Cakes are baking

UTL birthday wishes go out to Eagle-Tribune colleague David Willis (turns 29 Tuesday), former minor leaguer Jim Wood of Windham (turns 25 Wednesday), Methuen Hall of Famer John Feugill (turns 37 Thursday) and ageless Andover track coach Art Iworsley (turns 66 Friday).

belated gold medal

It took eight years but Dartmouth grad Adam Nelson is finally getting his gold medal. The International Olympic Committee now has the technology to do more sophisticated testing on frozen urine samples. Recently four throwers were stripped of their 2004 medals including Ukraine’s Yuriy Bilonog, who beat Nelson for gold in the shot put.

That’s great news for Carl Wallin, who coached Nelson with the Big Green. Maybe he’ll get another gold in 2016 from another ex-Dartmouth All-American, Methuen Olympic javelin thrower Sean Furey.

Chevy runs deep

In case you were wondering about Pinkerton’s Eagle-Tribune All-Star field hockey player Chevy Collins, that’s just a nickname. Her real first name is Chavonne.

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