EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 1, 2013

Sports in a Minute


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — SAD NEWS

Former Merrimack forward Jordan Black passed away Thursday morning after a car accident in suburban Detroit, according to The Mack Report.

Black was 30 and played for the Warriors from 2003-06 before going to Wayne State for the 2006-07 season, but did not see any action at WSU.

In three seasons at Merrimack, Black, a native of Canton, Mich., played in 79 games and recorded 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points.

According to Black’s obituary, “His life WAS friends. Where there was a party Jordan was present. He held his friends in the utmost regard. His friends were everything to Jordan. His life WAS hockey. He played juniors and college and no matter where he went, family was there to cheer him. He made hockey his career by training young up and coming skaters from Alaska to Zimbabwe. If there was a rink, Jordan was there.”

Funeral services will be at St. Cyprian Catholic Church on Pennsylvania Road in Riverview, Mich., at 10 a.m. today and a memorial contribution fund is being arranged by the family.

GREAT JOB, GREG

Let the folks in the Garden State know, Greg Herenda means business.

The Merrimack College product and recent UMass Lowell coach is shaking things up in his home state of New Jersey, already in just his first year at Fairleigh-Dickinson University.

The Knights, after an early head-scratching loss to Division 2 Metro State, have gone on the road and knocked off the two hoop bosses in Jersey, first Rutgers and most recently yesterday, Seton Hall.

Talk about some incredible recruiting fodder, despite the 3-6 start, Herenda and FDU have piled up legimitate ammunition in those two victories. And it hasn’t taken a long time.

Of course, Herenda is no stranger to turning programs into winners. At Lowell his first season, he inherited a club that was picked last (14th) in the preseason for the Northeast-10. The team went out and won 22 games.

So, if I’m Iowa or Princeton or anyone else coming up on the Knights’ slate, I keep my head up and pay attention to detail before Greg’s boys come out and get you.

JAMBOREE FOR SUPER CAUSE AT PINKERTON

As he has done at Pinkerton Academy in the past, coach Pete Rosinski has locked down a pretty entertaining field for this upcoming Boys Basketball New England Jamboree.

The event will be held this Saturday, 3-6 p.m., at the Hackler Gymnasium. Invited this year for a series of scrimmages along with the talented host team are: Norwich Free Academy of Connecticut, Charlestown, Dartmouth and Lowell high schools, all from Massachusetts; plus St. Raphael’s of Rhode Island.

Admission is free, but the coach is asking fans to bring canned goods or some kind of cash donation to help this year’s cause, the Derry Food Pantry. In case of snow, the event will be made up on Sunday at noon.

QUIET DAY FOR GRIFFIN

It was a quiet day offensively Londonderry’s Ryan Griffin in the 34-31 loss to the New England Patriots. The Houston Texans rookie tight end did not have a catch on the day, but he did register one tackle in the kicking game, nailing Patriot Josh Boyce at the New England 24 in the first quarter.

BEST OF LUCK TO ALL TODAY

Today is a day of panic and a day of promise for so many high school athletes as the season switches from fall to winter sports.

Tryouts and opening practices will be held all over the region today, with prospective athletes getting their shots to shine.

May all stay healthy and may as many dreams as possible be realized.

Remember this is not an easy week for players or coaches. So be positive, do your best and go for it.

MONDAY NIGHT CLASSIC

There are solid Monday Night Football matchups and there are special ones.

Tonight’s battle with 9-2 New Orleans heading to 10-1 Seattle has to be put in that special category.

It’s Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham challenging that raging Seahawks defense coached by Pete Carroll for the inside track on the top spot in the NFC.

I know the game is on ESPN (at 8:30), but this one is definitely “Must-see TV.”