EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 15, 2013

Under the Lights: Noah No. 1 in Indiana's heart

Michael Muldoon
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Noah is no. 1

Noah Vonleh is No. 1, literally and figuratively, at Indiana. The 6-10, 240-pound freshman forward from Haverhill is the highest-ranked recruit in Tom Crean’s six seasons at IU.

He’ll also be wearing No. 1 for the Hoosiers. Noah, who was the 8th-ranked senior in the country by Rivals.com, doesn’t seem married to any number. He was 20 as a freshman and 21 as a sophomore at Haverhill then 35 as a junior and 5 as a senior at New Hampton.

He becomes the fourth Hoosier to wear No. 1 with the most famous the first one, Jared Jeffries, who was Big 10 MVP in 2002 and last year was his 11th year in the NBA.

Jordan Hulls (IU ‘13) and Armon Bassett also wore it.

Cakes are baking

UTL birthday wishes go out to a couple ex-Eagle-Tribune MVPs. St. Anselm hockey recruit Tommy Evangelista (turns 20 Tuesday) and UConn lacrosse player Ally Fazio (turns 20 Friday).

Coffey transfers

Governor’s Academy picked up a talented three-sport athlete in 6-3 Zach Coffey from West Newbury, a transfer from Central Catholic. He saw quality minutes in football last fall (7 catches for 128 yards) and is also a promising hockey and lacrosse player. He’ll be repeating his sophomore year. Coffey’s older sister, senior Kiley Coffey, is a three-sport standout for the Govs.

pats always win

With the Jewish holiday, many schools moved Friday and Saturday events to Thursday. It seems foolish, though, that so many football teams played at 7 p.m. and drew tiny crowds with the Patriots kicking off at 8:25 p.m. Natick did it right and played at 4 p.m. Nobody should have started later than 6 p.m.

Role model

New York Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie of North Andover is known as one of the good guys of the NFL. It’s easy to see where he gets it. A friend of mine was at Lawrence General Hospital, where Zak’s mother, Dianna Gaudet, is a nurse. She called her, “One of kindest most devoted nurses you could ever imagine.”

Glory Days

Congrats to Merrimack hockey coach Mark Dennehy (BCH ‘86) who is being inducted into the BC High Hall of Fame on Nov. 26.

nets worth

I’m not a big conspiracy guy, but the rumors about new Brooklyn Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko are totally believable. The theory goes he signed for pennies on the dollar with Brooklyn’s owner Mikhail Prokhorov (net worth $13 billion), who’ll then pay him in a side deal back in Russia.

Why else give up a $10.2 million final season with Minnesota for $3.18 million with the Nets?

traveling coach

Brooks star Jayde Dawson is following coach Greg Herenda from UMass Lowell to Fairleigh Dickinson. The high-scoring Canadian had originally committed to the River Hawks but made the switch shortly after Herenda left.

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