EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 13, 2013

Red Sox to celebrate Rivera's career

Christopher Smith
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — TIME CHANGE

The date and time of Central Catholic and Haverhill’s game has been changed to Saturday at 3 p.m.

Central Catholic (1-0) and talented running back D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie (101 yards on 11 carries last week) will play at Haverhill Stadium.

Ian Kessel led Haverhill 21-19 over Beverly during Week 1 with a 155 yards on 36 carries.

MARINO WINS DEBUT

Former Methuen High track and soccer star Jennifer Marino won her debut as head coach of the Worcester Academy girls varsity soccer team this week with a 4-1 victory over BB&N in Cambridge.

Marino, a graduate of Bates where she played soccer and ran track, also teaches chemistry and physics at Worcester Academy.

SOX TO HONOR RIVERA

The Boston Red Sox will honor New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera’s career during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park on Sunday.

It will the 43 year-old’s last regular season game at the ballpark.

The 19-season veteran and all-time saves leader announced his retirement before this year began.

Rivera has made more appearances than any other visiting reliever in the history of Fenway Park.

Sunday’s games is scheduled to start at 8:05 p.m. Fans who want to see the full ceremony should be in their seats at approximately 7:30 p.m.

FOOTBALL RECRUITING

FootballStudayHall.com recently conducted a survey determining which states produce the most college football players. Data was used from 2008-13.

Massachusetts was 33rd. Fewer than 1 percent of college football players come from Massachusetts.

The top four states — without much surprise — are Texas, Florida, California, Georgia and Ohio.

HIT THE BOOKS

It’s rare to receive a college football for FBS programs. Just how rare?

The article mentioned above that was on FootballStudyHall.com stated: “Slightly more than 2,300 high school seniors a year sign LOIs to play for football with FBS programs. Based on official population estimates from the US Census, that works out to just about exactly 0.75 recruits per 100,000 population. Based on a 50/50 gender split (and I know that is not exact, but I can only spend so much time digging for data on websites ending in .gov), that is 1.5 recruits per 100,000 males nationally.”

Thus, high school football players should hit the books and not depend on being offered a football scholarship.

BIG GAME ALERT!

Methuen football (1-0) is at Lawrence (0-1) at 7 p.m. today. Methuen aired it out in Week 1 against Malden with Austin George-Williams completing 14-of-18 passes for 205 yards. Meanwhile, Lawrence QB Nelson Valerio threw for four touchdowns against Central last week.

RED SOX VS. YANKEES

The Red Sox and Yankees meet for the first of a three-game set tonight. Here are the pitching matchups the next three days:

Today: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.99) vs. RHP John Lackey (9-12, 3.48), 7:10 p.m., NESN

Tomorrow: LHP CC Sabathia (13-12, 4.82) vs. LHP Jon Lester (13-8, 3.86), 1:05 p.m., FOX

Sunday: RHP Ivan Nova (8-4, 3.17) vs. RHP Clay Buchholz (10-0, 1.61), 8:05 p.m., ESPN

SEE THE B’S

The Boston Bruins will be practicing at the TD Garden all weekend. Those practices are closed to the public. But the B’s will be at Ristuccia Arena on Monday and that will be open to the public.

The Bruins will have two sessions Monday. Some players will skate at 10 a.m. and the rest will skate at 11:15 p.m.

Follow Christopher Smith on Twitter @SmittyOnMLB