EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 10, 2013

Sports in a Minute

Dave Dyer
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Grieving for Wade

The umpiring community suffered a grave loss last week when Ralph Wade of Plaistow passed away.

Wade was a physician by trade, but his real passion was baseball. He was a fine umpire, a stickler for rules and he enjoyed working with younger umpires and debating the more complicated situations that can arise in baseball.

He served as a vice-president of training and education for the Merrimack Valley Umpires Association. Always willing to step in for another umpire, or to assist in any way possible, he’ll be missed by his colleagues.

Traverse for Thornton

Kudos go out to Pentucket athletic director Dan Thornton, who I discovered last week at the Pentucket Pride race had completed — despite extreme conditions — hiking the Presidential Traverse back on Aug. 10 with sons Daniel and Ben.

The Traverse is a hike across all of the presidential mountains in one day, something I have attempted and failed to accomplish. The Thornton trio started up Mt. Madison and then went across the Crawford Path to the Webster Cliff Trail despite dangerous 80 mph winds.

Eventually, they went more than 20 miles, covering Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce, Mt. Jackson and Mt. Webster. The hike took about 13 hours.

Just to make the day more memorable, their car struck a moose on the way to the start of the hike!

Huskies at nationals

Nine members of the Bradford Huskies will compete at the USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic cross country championships in San Antonio, Texas this weekend.

They qualified in the regionals in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. This is the third time and second year in a

row ) in the team’s existence that nine members have qualified for nationals. The runners advancing are Benjamin Craven, Connor Flynn, James Crippen, Ean LaRochelle, Ryan Connolly, Patrick Connolly, Joseph Gallo, Collin Daugerty and Connor Alessi.

Thanks to Coach A

New Georgetown wrestling coach Ryan Archambault related last week that he owes his background in wrestling to Central Catholic football coach Chuck Adamopoulos.

When Archambault was an eight grader in Georgetown, Adamopoulos was a student teacher at Georgetown High School. Already with a good eye for talent, Adamopoulos encouraged Archambault to go out for wrestling and told him he’d have success in the sport.

Archambault did just that, wrestling for Adamopoulos for two years before Coach A went to Central Catholic and became wrestling coach there.

Goldsmith cited

Keene State sophomore Samantha Goldsmith of Derry has been named the Little East women’s cross country Runner of the Year.

Goldsmith led the Owls across the finish line in five out of her seven meets this past fall. She posted a personal record in the 6-kilometer distance at the NCAA Division III New England Regional, covering the Narragansett School course in a time of 22 minutes, 42 seconds to place 55th overall

Two weeks earlier, she captured the New England Alliance and Little East Championship individual titles on the same course, posting a 5K time of 18:36. She also produced top-10 finishes at the Keene State Invitational (6th) and the UMass Dartmouth Invitational (10th).

NE college hoop

For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, college basketball is blooming in New England. UMass Amherst was undefeated last week and cracked the top 25, Harvard is the class of the Ivy League and won the rugged Alaska Shootout (a first for an Ivy team) and Boston College is highly competitive.

Add in another terrific year being enjoyed by nearby Syracuse and the great start at Indiana by Haverhill freshman Noah Vonleh and there’s plenty of reason to become a college basketball fan.