EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 26, 2013

Sports in a Minute

By Bill Burt
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Cincotta releases rap album

North Andover junior Nick Cincotta not only made a lot of noise on wrestling mat this winter, but he his voice and rap music are turning heads as well.

Last week, Cincotta released his first album, “Undefined,” with 10 songs. The talented Cincotta is also a student representative to the North Andover School Committee.

We will be highlighting Cincotta’s career as a musician and his new album in a few weeks.

If you’d like to hear it go to: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/undefined/id623384452

Merrimack to play at Frozen Fenway

Merrimack College will participate in Frozen Fenway 2014, taking on Providence College on January 4, 2014 in the program’s first-ever game at Fenway Park.

“Even though this has been done before, playing at Fenway is still truly exciting for all involved,” said head coach Mark Dennehy. “Merrimack is proud to be a part of this event.”

Game times and ticket information will be announced in the coming months.

Returning Merrimack College hockey season ticket holders who renew by May 3 will have access to preferred Merrimack seating for Frozen Fenway. Call 978-837-5324 or email athletics@merrimack.edu to reserve tickets. After May 3, preferred tickets will be an option as part of 2013-14 season ticket packages.

This will mark Merrimack’s first outdoor game since 1986 when Merrimack played UConn outdoors at the Huskies’ home rink.

UMass Lowell honors hockey team

The UMass Lowell ice hockey team, fresh off its most successful season as a Division I program, was honored by the University campus and community on Tuesday in the Celebration of Champions at the Tsongas Center lobby.

The ceremony was emceed by Bob Ellis, the 29-year voice of the UMass Lowell hockey team, and speakers included Chancellor Marty Meehan as well as Head Coach Norm Bazin.

Each member of the team received their NCAA Tournament plaques.

The River Hawks captured the Hockey East regular-season and tournament championships before winning the NCAA Division I Northeast Regional tournament and advancing to the team’s first appearance in the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Things look good for next year as the team returns all but four players.

Nelson lit it up in LA

Central Catholic junior Tyler Nelson picked right up where his basketball season ended in March at the T.D. Garden while playing for the 11th grade Boston Athletic Basketball Club (BABC) team in last weekend’s tournament in Anaheim, Calif.

Nelson’s team went 4-0, and the Eagle-Tribune Player of the Year played big roles in winning three of the game, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer in the opener against Memphis, and 20 first-half points against a Detroit team and several 3-pointers in the win over a team from Oakland, which boasts to projected No. 1 picks in the NBA in 2014 and 2015.

“You could make the argument that Tyler was our MVP,” said BABC coach Leo Papile. “His role on this team is as a shooter. But he gets some help from our big guys, who really understand the inside-out game. In the game-winner he hit I knew it was as in as soon as he let it go. He’s like a field goal kicker at the end of a game, the one you know is going to make it.”

Nelson is traveling to Hampton, Va. for a five-game schedule this weekend, beginning tonight.

Renaissance hosts Haverhill community

If you want a chance to golf at one of the premiere facilities in New England, well, you have that opportunity on July 1.

That’s when Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill invites the local residents to enjoy the private course for the day while giving back as well.

For a greens fee of $75, you can play the 2012 NEGCOA Golf Course of the Year, with a portion of your proceeds going to support The One Fund Boston http://onefundboston.org/

Tee times run from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To register for a tee time call the golf shop at 978-241-6710.