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April 16, 2013

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Drover’s injury

North Andover junior wrestler Brad Drover, who recently broke his wrist in the FloNationals in Pennsylvania, is expected to be out 6-8 weeks but hopes to be back for a major tournament over Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately, he’ll miss the Prep-Public School All-Star meet April 28, where he was scheduled to face local Brooks rival Andrew Konovalchik, who has since pulled out as well.

Drover was having a great tournament before the injury. He won his first three matches and took down the Pennsylvania state champ, ranked fourth in the country, before getting pinned and breaking his wrist.

Uproar in Walpole

In a situation reminiscent of North Andover football coach John Rafferty, players, parents and alumni are loudly protesting the dismissal of girls basketball coach Stacy Bilodeau, the Walpole High School girls’ basketball coach who was let go in late March after 11 years on the job.

“It’s been very nice to hear and I’m very pleased about the support from former players, and players and parents,” said Bilodeau, who said she was caught by surprise when she learned that school principal Stephen Imbusch was not renewing her one-year contract. “I’m just really sad right now about not being able to coach the girls.”

Her team went 13-8 this season and won the Bay State Conference Herget Division title. Her overall record was 175-78.

Bilodeau was not given a specific reason for the dismissal but it’s thought that parents who complained about their children’s lack of playing time or the competitiveness of the program might be behind the decision.

A really prefect game

Sussex (N.J.) High Point High pitcher Ally Frei was more than perfect in a game last week.

In a 5-0 victory over Vernon High, Frei faced the minimum 21 batters and struck them all out. Nearly as impressive, Vernon batters only had two foul balls. Thus, of Frei’s 63 strikes, 61 either came while looking or via swings and misses.

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