EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 8, 2013

Sports in a Minute

By Bill Burt
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Dowden honored for sportsmanship

Andover High senior Sam Dowden won the prestigious Edward “Gint” Middleton Award at the IAABO Board 130 Annual banquet recently.

The award is given to a high school player who exhibits hard work, dedication, sportsmanship and teamwork. The recipient is nominated by a committee and the winner can come from any high school north of Boston.

Board 130 vice president Rich Napolitano nominated Dowden, who made the Eagle-Tribune Super Team this winter.

“I have had the honor of officiating Sam’s games for the last four seasons,” said Napolitano. “Sam is an outstanding young man who exemplifies sportsmanship and leadership on and off the court. In the numerous games I have personally officiated during off season and regular season play, I have never known Sam to be disrespectful in any way – towards his opponent, towards officials, or towards the game of basketball.”

Also, David Berroa, of Brooks School, won our James Young Courage Award for overcoming many obstacles in recovering from a badly broken leg.

College Athletics Night in Haverhill

Haverhill High will host “College Athletics Night – Everything You Need To Know To Compete At The Next Level” on May 14 at 7 p.m. at the Haverhill High auditorium.

A panel of coaches representing all NCAA levels will be on hand. The event is free and open to the public. Items that will be reviewed include: the recruiting process, NCAA clearinghouse and eligibility, scholarships and financial aid and the college playing experience.

Jackie Bradley Jr. update

While Red Sox farmhand Jackie Bradley Jr. has been doing well in Pawtucket, averaging .302 through 11 games since joining the team on April 20, the PawSox have placed him on the 7-day disabled list (retroactive to May 4) with right biceps tendinitis.

The PawSox added outfielder Ronald Bermudez from Portland (AA) to take Bradley’s spot on the roster.

Bradley was used as the DH in his last three games, going 6 for 12. After a fast start with the Red Sox, he was sent down after batting just .097 (3 for 31). He is 14-for-43 with Pawtucket.

Doyle still steady

While former Salem star Terry Doyle started out hot in Pawtucket, going 2-0 over his first three starts, he has slowed down since, losing his last two starts to drop to 2-2.

But there is a caveat. While he struggled mightily against Columbus on April 28, allowing five runs in 3 1/3 innings, he took the loss (4-1) versus Durham when he allowed only two earned runs, both in the first inning. The first four batters got on base and he fell behind 2-0 with no outs. A throwing error made it 3-0 and he didn’t allow another run through the rest of his five-inning stint.

Doyle, who pitched at Boston College, has a 3.01 ERA.

26 for Papi

Going into last night’s game with Minnesota, David Ortiz has hit safely in a career-high 26 straight games dating back to July 2, 2012. He’s hit at a .430 clip (40 for 93, 11 doubles, 6 homers, 23 RBI, 17 walks) with a .514 OBP and .742 SLG.

It is the longest active streak in the majors and the longest hit streak by a Red Sox since Manny Ramirez’s 27-gamer in 2006.

Merrimack player wins top honor

Putting an exclamation point on what has already been one of the most memorable years in program history, Merrimack baseball senior Casey Cotter, of North Hampton, N.H., has been named the Northeast-10 Conference MVP, becoming the second Warrior in program history to earn the honor.

Cotter has spearheaded the Merrimack offense with a league-leading .419 batting average.

The leadoff hitter also leads the NE-10 in on-base percentage (.508), is third in the league in hits (65), and fourth in slugging (.535).