EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 5, 2013

Sports in a Minute


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Fired-up Edwards

Perhaps the happiest person to have participated in the recent Agganis Games North-South football clash was Georgetown’s Niko Edwards.

The recent Georgetown High graduate was the team’s quarterback last year until the fourth game against Bishop Fenwick, when a vicious tackle tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus in his left knee, thereby ending his season.

After some challenging rehabilitation, Edwards was selected for the Agganis Games and played safety.

“Just for being recognized for something you did, and people knowing that you could have been better than just those three games is awesome,” said Edwards, who is planning on playing football in the fall at either Tilton Academy or Hebron Academy.

Surging Brats

The Bay State Brats have boasted one of the most successful softball teams in the region for a decade but it was supposed to slip a bit this year with an entirely new roster. Instead, Bo Durso’s team has won three straight tournaments and, after winning the NCMASA “Umpires Open” in Sterling, has a sparkling 25-2-1 record.

Morrissey ends career

Former Salem standout Brenna Morrissey had a fine senior season at Georgia State.

Although her average dipped a bit from a brilliant junior campaign, Morrissey — who started her college career at Assumption College — batted a solid .259, had several key hits and had no errors in 62 attempts at second base while also serving as the team’s designated hitter. She also ended her college career on a high note, breaking up a no-hitter with a single in her last at-bat.

Attractive schedule

The Merrimack College hockey schedule was released recently and it’s an attractive one.

It’s highlighted by a road trip to 2012-13 national champion Yale, a home-and-home with NCAA runner-up Quinnipiac, a two-game trip to seven-time national champion Denver University and a non-conference clash against Providence in the Frozen Fenway.

One tough race

Newton’s Revenge, a brutal 7.6-mile bike race up the Mt. Washington Auto Road, will start at 8:40 a.m. tomorrow. More than 170 cyclists are registered for the 6,288-foot summit of the highest peak in the northeastern United States. They’ll be competing in the first of two bike races held each summer on the 7.6-mile Auto Road.

Spread out recruits

Third-year Merrimack College women’s basketball coach Monique LeBlanc can certainly be credited with some creative recruiting. Among her four recruits are a point guard, Michelle Obach, from Tyler, Texas, who was three times All-State, Providence College transfer Lexi Sells and Aria Johnson, a small forward from California via Colorado State and Cuesta College.

Key Legion games

After a couple of days off, the action will be intense in American Legion action over the next week, starting tomorrow when Methuen is at Newburyport at 1 p.m. and North Andover is at Andover at 5 p.m.

On Sunday, Gloucester is at Methuen for a doubleheader, Lawrence will be at Newburyport (Rowley) and Haverhill travels to Middleton.