EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 14, 2013

Under the Lights: Finn's second home is the Big House

Michael Muldoon
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Big house regular

Pat Finn of Methuen, an Eagle-Tribune All-Star quarterback for Andover in 1989 and a former longtime Golden Warrior assistant, is a lucky guy. He’s a close friend of Hunter Lochmann, the chief marketing officer for University of Michigan athletics, and former Michigan captain Joe Marinaro.

So he’s gone to several games in Ann Arbor and met the gifted QB Denard Robinson and John Beilein, who guided the Wolverines to the NCAA basketball finals.

Three More years!

This weekend captain Brian Ward of Haverhill is wrapping up a memorable three-year career with the United State Hockey League’s Tri-City Storm of Kearney, Neb.

The St. Lawrence University-bound center is among the Storm’s career leaders in games (122, 16th), goals (39, 7th), assists (43, 16th) and plus-minus (16th).

He has racked up points in 15 straight games, breaking St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz’s mark of 13.

Masters winner

Ross Blacker of North Andover was at the Masters yesterday after winning a twitter contest by defending US Open champ Webb Simpson.

The question was where did Webb take his wife on their first date in Pinehurst, N.C.

“I Googled restaurants and took a guess ... Elliots on Linden,” said Blacker. “He called me personally! This is a thrill and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Blacker, a sports nut, also planned to take in a Braves game with his father, the 36th Major League park they’ve visited together.

Raider leader

All-Conference senior defenseman Nick Gorski, a captain for Central Catholic, was the MVC-DCL Division 1 winner of the Boston Bruins‐MIAA Hockey Sportsmanship Award.

Cakes are baking

UTL birthday wishes go out to ex-Central basketball great Dan “The Man” O’Shea (29 today), ex-Haverhill coach/AD John Ottaviani (74 today), Windham-Pelham hockey coach Dan Molinari (33 tomorrow) and UMass softball star Katie Bettencourt of Salem (23 Thursday).

David’s decision

Timberlane football standout Josh David will be playing his college ball at Mt. Ida. But first he’ll be playing in the CHaD East-West NH All-Star Game on June 29 at UNH. He’s trying to raise $5,000 for the charity. To contribute, visit chadallstarfootball.org and go to his player page.

world traveler

BC freshman Jordyn Hamilton of Hampstead is just back from a week in Holland on a friendly with the US U19 field hockey team.

radical realignment

The crazy conference realignments aren’t limited to Division 1 schools. Maine Presque Isle’s women’s athletic teams are joining the Great South Athletic Conference. The league consists of schools in Georgia (2), North Carolina, California, Michigan, Massachusetts (Pine Manor), Maine and Washington, D.C.

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