EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 11, 2012

Sports in a minute

Christopher Smith
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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 POWER

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).”

Nine of those 10 seniors were starters.

“Even though some of the younger guys didn’t get to play too much in the state tournament games, they played a lot during the season and they know the expectations and they know the level they need to get up to,” Langlois said. “And I think the success we’ve had the past few years is what is motivating kids to work even harder.”

BIG-GAME ALERT!

No. 2-seed North Andover plays against fifth-seeded Concord-Carisle in the Division 2 North soccer tournament championship today at 5:30 p.m. at Manning Field in Lynn.

North Andover coach Bill Tarbox will retire at the end of the season and after 40 years coaching high school locally, including 22 years at North Andover High.

“Winning game after game after game — that would be ideal,” Tarbox told The Eagle-Tribune heading into the playoffs.

So far so good — North Andover has just kept on winning.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

The Kansas City Chiefs (1-7 overall, 1-3 on road) play at the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3 overall, 3-0 at home) at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

The Steelers are coming off a huge victory, beating the defending-Super Bowl champion New York Giants 24-20 at New York last week.

SOX’ CATCHER SITUATION

The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms on a two-year, $6.2 million deal with free agent catcher David Ross.

Ross, 35, is a career .238 hitter with a .324 on-base percentage. He spent the past four seasons playing for the Atlanta Braves. He batted .256 with nine homers and 23 RBIs in 62 games last year.

Ross, who played eight games for the Red Sox in 2008, is known for being a strong defensive catcher. He threw out 44 percent of base stealers last year.

He threw out 48 percent of base stealers in 2009, leading the National League.

With the signing, it seems the Red Sox are in the market to trade either Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway.