Mimi and the 138-point scorer
Jack Taylor of Grinnell College in Iowa’s 138-point game is the talk of the basketball world. Grinnell coach Dave Arsenault caught the attention of Hall of Fame coach Mimi Hyde 13 years ago. For the 1999-00 season, her Methuen High girls team followed Arsenault’s unorthodox theories: substitute like hockey teams and jack up 3-pointer, after 3-pointer after 3-pointer.
Although roundly criticized, like usual Mimi got the last laugh. Led by Jillian Middlemiss, Amy Johnson, Kaitlin Gallo and Meredith Waldie, the 3-point mad Rangers surprised everyone and made the EMass. finals at the FleetCenter/Boston Garden.
Current head coach Karen McLaughlin, who was Hyde’s long time assistant, said Arsenault is coming out with a book and Methuen will be prominent in it.
Cakes are baking
UTL birthday wishes go out to ex-Major Leaguer from Haverhill Mike Ryan (turns 71 today), ex-NFL quarterback Brian St. Pierre of Georgetown (turns 33 Wednesday), ex-NFL lineman Kevin Hunt of Londonderry (turns 64 Thursday) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Paul Thompson of Derry (turns 24 Friday).
Bobby Farnham of North Andover’s season was highlighted in the paper the other day. His teammate with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins is the aforementioned former Pinkerton and UNH star Paul Thompson, who is one of the team’s leading scorers with 6 goals and 3 assists in 16 games. Andover’s John McCarthy of the Worcester Sharks (16 games, 2-6—8) and ex-Phillips star Chris Kreider of the Connecticut Whale (14 games, 4-6—10) are forwards biding their time during the NHL lockout.
same old laSpada
Billerica’s Nick LaSpada, who is arguably the greatest QB in MVC history, played wide receiver as a postgrad at Taft. He caught the winning TD pass in a 41-36 win over Kent then sealed the win with a late interception. He hopes to attend Yale.