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November 24, 2012

Mimi and the 138-point scorer

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).

AHL happenings

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.

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