HIGH SCHOOL TO MAJORS
Walt Weiss spent last spring as the head coach of the Regis Jesuit High School baseball team in Colorado, leading the Raiders to a 20-6 record and the 5A semifinals.
Now he is the manager of the Colorado Rockies. He was hired this past week.
It’s not like he doesn’t have any major league experience though.
Weiss played 14 seasons in the majors and was the 1988 AL Rookie of the Year.
The 48-year-old played shortstop for Colorado from 1994-97 and spent from 2002-08 as a special assistant to Colorado general manager Dan O’Dowd.
WARD NAMED COACH OF YEAR
Inadvertently left off the list of New Hampshire Division 2 field hockey honorees was Coach of the Year Amanda Ward of Windham. The Division 3 first team included Pelham senior Hannah Schaffer and Sanborn seniors Elyse Law and Becky Laliberte. Sanborn junior Meghan Dolan, Pelham sophomore Kate Surprenant and Pelham senior Bobbi Hinsman made the second team.
Pentucket boys soccer finished its season with a 16-3-2 record after a loss in the Division 2 North tournament semifinals Saturday.
But as mentioned in yesterday’s paper, the program has been much improved the past two years. Its win over Lynn Classical in last year’s tournament as the No. 8 seed marked Pentucket’s first playoff victory since 2006. The Sachems earned the No. 1 seed in this year’s tourney.
“It’s definitely the kid’s hard work,” Pentucket coach Christian Langlois said. “We have more and more players who are just putting in a ton of time in the offseason. And that’s why our players are developing so well. In 2010 we had a big senior class. But we came back and did really well in ‘11. Not as big of a senior class in 2011 but we graduated some real stars. And we still came back again with a team that didn’t have all that much experience. But it was because the kids were working and working in the offseason to prove their skills. And we’re going to graduate another 10 (this year).”