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April 16, 2013

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Coaching timetables

North Andover and Andover are in the early stages of looking for new basketball coaches for next year but both hope to have new coaches named by the end of the school year.

North Andover had its vacancy for a boys coach posted last week while Andover will post its girls vacancy soon. Andover AD Don Doucette is in the process of hiring a new golf coach for the fall and wants to complete that process first.

According to one source, there were 80 applicants for the North Andover job before it was even posted. Among the top names rumored to have applied are former Central Catholic star Scott Hazelton, who is currently the head girls coach at Bishop Guertin, and Whittier coach Tom Sipsey. One report was that Hazelton also is applying to the Andover job.

How many pitches?

We’ve all heard about how Japanese pitchers are more durable but the performance by 16-year-old Tomohiro Anraku in a high school game was truly amazing. He threw 232 pitches while going the distance in a 13-inning game. Three days later, he threw 159 pitches in a complete-game victory.

Did you know ...

An amazing stat about Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan is that not only did he have the most no-hitters in history (seven) but he also had the most no-hitters lost in the ninth (five).

Football excitement

Never underestimate the value of high school football, particularly with a successful team, on the overall sports program.

That’s the thinking at Blackstone-Millville Regional high school, which is starting a varsity program after just one year of JV action.

Athletic director Timothy Johnson is rather amazed at the support his football program received last season. There were as many as 800 people at JV games last year as B-M posted a surprising 5-4 record and the excitement for next year is already building.

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