By Bill Burt
---- — Five locals makes USA Selects
It was a banner day for North of Boston hockey talent at the USA U17 Select camp in Williamsville, N.Y.
Five local players, Tyler Bird of Andover, Robert Carpenter of North Reading, J.D. Dudek of Derry, N.H., Ara Nazarian of Boxford and Nick Cross of Saugus, all made the all-star game at the five day camp.
In fact, Dudek, who is bound for Boston College, scored a goal in the 2-2 final.
Haverhill loses another star
Saul Phiri, one of a handful of freshmen ever named an Eagle-Tribune All-Star in basketball, is leaving Haverhill for Worcester Academy.
He will sorely be missed.
The sweet-shooting 6-foot-3 leaper averaged 13.3 points and 7.6 rebounds last winter while canning 31 3-pointers. Two years earlier, Noah Vonleh left Haverhill High after two years for prep school and will be playing for the University of Indiana in the fall.
Doc and JJ good buddies
It should be no surprise that J.J. Redick was dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers for two second round choices. The new VP/head coach of the Clippers is Doc Rivers.
They both live in the Orlando area and have reportedly played several rounds of golf together over the years. Redick often worked out at Rollins College in Winter Park, which is less than a mile from Rivers’ home.
When with the Celtics, Rivers tried several times to deal for Redick. Celtics President Danny Ainge apparently wanted Redick as well, which probably prompted Rivers to pull the trigger soon.
Some Sox nuggets
Heading into last night:
At 51-34 (.600), the Red Sox own the best record in the AL and the 2nd-best record in the majors behind Pittsburgh (.622, 51-31).
Boston’s 51 wins were tied with Pittsburgh for the most in MLB. No other AL team had more than 49 wins.
This was just the second time in franchise history that the Sox have won 51 games through July 2. They also did it in 1978 (52-24).
Renaissance hosts another ‘Haverhill Day’
Due to an overwhelming response for Haverhill Day on July 1, and the heavy rainstorm which closed the course, Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill will host another day on July 15 for locals who want to play the private course.
For a greens fee of $75 you can play the 2012 NEGCOA Golf Course of the Year, with a portion of the proceeds going to support One Tail at a Time, Inc. (onetailatatime.com/), a local 100-percent volunteer-based organization and a registered approved non-profit dog rescue.
Tee times will run from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To register call 978-241-6710.