Lattrell, Coke star
A pair of former Eagle-Tribune All-Stars — ex-Central Catholic linebacker and 2010 Eagle-Tribune Athlete of the Year Zack Lattrell and former Andover running back Andy Coke — both made their mark on the Brown University spring game last weekend.
Lattrell made five tackles, including a key sack in the second half, while Coke caught a 10-yard touchdown pass to help spark a late rally for the White team, and carried six times for 37 yards.
Also in attendance was two-time Eagle-Tribune football All-Star Will Heikkinen of Andover, an incoming Brown recruit.
With the massive media coverage of former Celtics center Jason Collins’ recent announcement, it seems appropriate to mention another athlete that made the same choice 14 years ago.
In 1999, Masconomet football captain Corey Johnson came out as gay to his teammates prior to his senior season. The starting guard/linebacker was accepted by his teammates and led the Chieftains to a 7-4 record including an upset of eventual EMass. Division 4 Super Bowl champion Pentucket.
Like Collins, Johnson’s story was featured in Sports Illustrated, an article written by acclaimed sportswriter and current ESPN columnist Rick Reilly.
The story can be found at sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault.
Speaking of Sports Illustrated, there is a tremendous story on Andover’s Dick Kelley at sportsillustrated.cnn.com.
Kelley, who was featured by the Eagle-Tribune’s Michael Muldoon last month, is a long-time Boston College assistant sports information director who is suffering with advanced ALS.
Current Atlanta Falcons star QB Matt Ryan and former Celtic and best-selling author Chris Herren — both former Boston College athletes — comment on Kelley’s impact on them.
Made for success
Record-setting Merrimack College receiver Isaiah Voegeli seems to have picked the ideal spot to fight for an NFL job when he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent earlier this week.