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August 28, 2013

Sports in a Minute: Haverhill's Phiri in exclusive company

joining the greats

Was doing a little research and discovered this winter Haverhill’s Saul Phiri was just the ninth area boys hoopster in the 43-year history of the team named an Eagle-Tribune All-Star as a freshman.

The others were: Haverhill’s Noah Vonleh in 2010, Georgetown’s Jaymie Spears in ‘08, Central’s Jonathan Cruz in ‘03, Andover’s Chris Vetrano in ‘01, Andover’s Tommy McLaughlin in ‘98 and Whittier’s Luis Reyes in ‘96.

Unfortunately for the Hillies, Phiri has transferred to Worcester Academy.

professional duo

A couple recent stories mentioned North Andover High hockey teammates Steve Heinze and Ed Ronan went on to make the NHL. It’s believed only one other time did area teammates go on to play in the pros in any sport.

Ex-Lawrence High teammates Dave Rozumek (1976-79), the Salem High AD, and Ray Preston (1976-84) were both longtime NFL linebackers.

Fabulous five

Fairfield-bound Tyler Nelson from Central Catholic is believed to be only the fifth guard raised in the area to sign a Division 1 basketball scholarship.

The others were former Andover High stars: Joe Bramanti ‘11 (Wright St.), Chris Vetrano ‘04 (UNH), Sean Ryan ‘92 (Monmouth) and Ted Kelley ‘82 (BC).

Football guru

I’ve followed Massachusetts and New Hampshire high school football closely for 35 years and worked at The Eagle-Tribune for 27 years and I’ll say our football guy David Willis ranks up with the Herald’s Dan Ventura as the best in the biz.

Few can match D-Will’s combination of writing talent, knowledge and love of the sport, work ethic and above all award-winning videos. Check out on-line his piece on Pinkerton’s Manny Latimore to see what I’m talking about.

Foul mood

Chicago Bulls second-round pick Erik Murphy had a disastrous opening game in the Las Vegas Summer League. The 6-10 forward racked up a whopping 10 fouls in under 19 minutes of play and missed all six of his 3-point tries. He was 3-for-9 overall from the floor. In another game, he broke his nose.

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