EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 15, 2012

Every day is President's Day in Ames

Michael Muldoon
The Eagle-Tribune

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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.

Character counts

Pentucket grad Colin Macdonald won Western New England University’s Barsalou Award, which goes to the freshman men’s soccer player who exhibits character and leadership. Macdonald scored four goals including the winner in OT vs. Westfield.

Wrestling with tragedy

Eagle-Tribune wrestling guru Dave Dyer proudly put together a lengthy list of NFL stars who also made names for themselves on the mats. I didn’t have the heart to mention that the Chiefs’ Jovan Belcher, who had just committed that stunning murder-suicide, was a high school All-American wrestler on Long Island.

money-making machine

CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman wrote that Notre Dame made $2.5 million (100,000 fans at $25 apiece) just on fans entering the lottery for tickets to the BCS national championship game.

Season’s greetings

Merry Christmas to University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono, Bears QB Jay Cutler, who is a native of Santa Claus, Ind., Coast Guard basketball player Eli Sponseller of North Pole, Alaska, and Syracuse basketball player Rakeem Christmas.

Follow Michael Muldoon on Twitter under the screen name @MullyET.