FARNHAM’S FAST START
Andover’s Cam Farnham, who starred as a kick returner for Endicott College in the fall, is off to a similar start in baseball.
The freshman and former Eagle-Tribune All-Star outfielder has played in nine of Endicott’s first 11 games, hitting .303 (10 for 33), scoring nine runs, driving in thee runs and going 3 for 4 on stolen bases. That earned Commonwealth Coast Conference Rookie of the Week.
While just one player from an area team was named to the annual Eastern Mass. All-Scholastic hockey squad, The Eagle-Tribune region was well represented.
High-scoring Austin Prep forward Bobo Carpenter (26 goals) of North Reading was named to the super team while Eagle-Tribune Player of the Year Lloyd Hayes of Central Catholic and West Newbury (12 goals) and Malden Catholic superstar Tyler Sifferlen of North Andover (25 goals) were named All-Scholastics.
Also honored was Division 1 co-Coach of the Year John McLean of Malden Catholic, who lives in North Andover, and super teamer Ara Nazarian (22 goals) of Malden Catholic who played his youth hockey in North Andover.
Missing (questionably) from the team was Austin Prep goalie Elijah Harris of Haverhill.
Colleague Mike McMahon on Monday featured North Reading’s Ryan Fitzgerald, who is headed to the college hockey Frozen Four as a member of Boston College.
When Fitzgerald takes the ice in the semifinal on April 10, there will be a very familiar face on the opposing team.
Playing for Union — the Eagles’ opponent — is Mike Vecchione, who starred as Fitzgerald’s linemate at Malden Catholic. Vecchione, a Saugus resident, has 12 goals on the season.
St. John’s Prep legend Pat Connaughton is once again taking on the seemingly impossible task of going from Division 1 college basketball standout to Division 1 baseball ace pitcher for Notre Dame with no rest time.