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November 28, 2012

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Williams headed to Navy

Former Central Catholic star goalie @text5:Kyle Williams, of North Andover, has decided to hang up his pads for good after a few opportunities in junior hockey this fall and will be joining the Navy.

Williams, who helped put Central hockey on the map in the region and in the state, with two Super 8 appearances, said that while playing in Norfolk, Va. in the fall he become interested in the Navy.

“I was living pretty close to the Navy base in Norfolk,” said Williams, who graduated from Central in May. “It’s an impressive place. And then I talked to a bunch of guys down there. I just (came to the conclusion that I) wanted to serve my country.”

Williams, who hasn’t received his start date yet, has all but retired from the sport.

“It was a hard decision to make,” said Williams, who has been playing since early elementary school. “It was just time to put it away.”

Oppenheim shoots 73 in

Q-school opening round

Andover native Rob Oppenheim opened his quest for the berth into the 2013 PGA Tour with a one-over-par 73 in the first round of the PGA Qualifying School’s final stage in La Quinta, Calif.

Oppenheim will be playing six rounds of qualifying with the top 25 gaining their PGA Tour exemptions for 2013.

Oppenheim is currently tied for 139th place out of 172 entries. A year ago, Oppenheim finished two strokes behind the 27 golfers who qualified a year ago.

Andover Country Club head pro Mike Menery is caddying for Oppenheim. Round 2 is today.

More applause for Scarpa

Andover High’s 5-foot-7 quarterback @text5:C.J. Scarpa may not have padded his stats in his finale (the Warriors didn’t score), but he was impressive in the loss on Tuesday night to St. John’s Prep.

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