Onorato named MVP
Yale sophomore Sarah Onorato, a Phillips Academy graduate from North Reading who was featured in the Eagle-Tribune earlier in the spring, was recently named the team MVP after completing one of the most successful seasons in school history.
Onorato set school records in hits (64), doubles (19), home runs (14) and batting average (.430). In addition, her 37 runs scored tied for the second most in a season all-time. She led the Ivy League in each of those categories as well as slugging percentage and on base percentage.
Former North Andover coach Dave Castricone currently leads all wrestling coaches with all-time victories with 671, but at least one local coach is well on his way to catching him.
Following last year’s 29-2 campaign, Winchester’s Larry Tremblay of North Reading stands at 621-81-5 and he stated last week that he’d love to catch Castricone. But Tremblay believes that the eventual leader will be St. John’s Prep coach Manny Costa, who passed the 500 mark last year.
In case you haven’t heard, Tim O’Donnell is creating a documentary film highlighting the career of Lowell wrestling coach George Bossi. The film is not yet funded and a fundraiser was held April 27 looking for donations.
The 77-year-old Bossi has won more than 600 wins in a career spanning nearly a half century. Lowell had a down year last year, but he will return to coach next year and vows that the Red Raiders will be improved.
Facing alma maters
There was an interesting coaching clash in girls lacrosse at Londonderry Saturday. Head Londonderry coach Mike Boyle played lacrosse at Pinkerton while head Pinkerton coach Rob Daziel played lacrosse at Londonderry.
Two-sport standout Harry Denoncourt of Timberlane has committed to Bridgewater State and will either wrestle or play football there and possibly both.
Neals to UMass Amherst
Opting for academics first, North Andover standout wrestler Ryan Neals has decided to attend UMass Amhest next year rather than go to one of the schools recruiting him for wrestling.
Neals will compete for the UMass club team will focusing on his academics. He plans on majoring in biology and head off to dental or medical school after graduation.
Under significant pressure, the MIAA agreed last week to reconsider its termination of boys gymnastics as an official sport. The matter will be brought up for a new vote in June.
Tough year for UMass
The UMass Amherst softball team completed a rare losing season with a doubleheader split against St. Louis. How rare? The 18-25 UMass mark was the first losing season in 33 years under head coach Elaine Sortino, who entered the year with more than 1,120 victories.
On a positive note, Salem’s Katie Bettencourt came on strong in her senior year to hit well over .350. Moreover, she recently captured the UMass Spring Scholar Athlete award. A double major, she has a 3.21 GPA and has engaged in more than 50 hours of community service.
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