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July 3, 2013

Sports in a Minute: Salem's Stoodley honored by Plymouth

Plymouth honors

Senior Casey Stoodley of Salem was co-winner of the Janet Nell Award as Plymouth State’s female athlete of the year. She was the first Plymouth volleyball player to earn honorable mention All-American recognition.

Junior softball captain Nora Galvin of Windham was co-winner of the Brad Wilby Award. The ace pitcher is also a President’s List student.

Senior Cory Licata of Derry won the Peter S. Cofran Award for outstanding service and support for PSU.

Coming attractions

Later in the summer we’ll be running our seventh annual “Coming Attractions”, previewing some top incoming freshman athletes to watch during the 2013-14 school year. Last year’s honorees including Eagle-Tribune All-Star catcher Kathleen LeFebre of Methuen High.

If you want to recommend an incoming freshman, e-mail me at mmuldoon@eagletribune.com.

Our first NBA player

The NBA draft is 67 years old but Andover’s Todd Orlando is the only local high schooler ever drafted. The Celtics took him in the fifth round out of Bentley in 1984.

Central’s Leo Parent was in Golden State’s camp in 1989 but that may be the extent of our high schoolers in the NBA.

Alex Oriakhi, who like Parent is from Lowell, spent his freshman year at Brooks. He was chosen Thursday in the second round by the Suns.

With the draft cut back to two rounds, it’s a lot harder to get drafted. But we could see the local streak end. Incoming Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh of Haverhill could even be a one-and-done college player and Georges Niang had an eye-opening freshman campaign at Iowa State.

Providence transfer Carson Desrosiers from Central also certainly has the size and shotblocking skill to attract NBA attention.

ESPN’s local star

Google “Daniel Ferguson ESPN” for a nice story on Pinkerton grad Daniel Ferguson’s impressive work for the network’s NBA Draft coverage. He was the go-to guy for all the video on the 13 foreign players drafted.

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