Loss of Farmer
The running community suffered a big loss last week when Mike Farmer, the longtime Amesbury cross country head coach and track assistant, passed away after a long battle with cancer.
A graduate of Central Catholic, Farmer was an avid member of the Winners Circle Running Club and was for years the race director of the Heartbeat Five Miler in Amesbury. He was funny and adept at sarcasm but also incredibly supportive and understanding.
New girls hockey team
Haverhill High will be joining forces with Pentucket and North Andover to start a girls hockey team beginning next season. Practices and games will be held in Haverhill and a coach should be named within the next month.
North Andover has been in a co-op with Masconomet for several years and Haverhill has used girls in the boys program, including last year when Michaela Kane was the starting goalie for the JV team.
Moreover, a number of incoming freshman girls from the Pentucket and Haverhill youth programs are expected to play.
TD for Rivera
In case you missed it, Greater Lawrence’s Cristian Rivera scored the only touchdown for the North, a 4-yard run, in its 13-6 loss to the South last week in the Agganis All-Star Classic at the Manning Bowl.
Among other highlights for the North, Pentucket’s Cody Rothwell hauled in a 34-yard pass and Haverhill’s Tommy Morgan delivered a perfect pass to North MVP Alex Moore of St. John’s Prep.
Step up for Hillies
According to Haverhill athletic director Tom O’Brien, the Hillies captured five conference championships in the past school year, which hadn’t been done since 1998. Winning titles were girls volleyball, girls soccer, girls lacrosse, golf and boys basketball.
Ben Pare, a former state champ in the mile while at Methuen, has been named a captain for the UMass Lowell cross country team, which will be in its first season competing in Division 1 this fall in the America East Conference.
Hamel 1st at Plaistow
Derrick Hamel of Northwood, N.H., was the overall winner at the Plaistow Days 5K over the weekend, winning in 16:22. Nate Webber of Atkinson was second (16:59) in the field of 367 finishers while Salem’s Corey Gobbi was third in 17:27.
In the NH-VT Senior Girls Lacrosse All-Star Game played June 22, Londonderry’s Julia Wasserman scored for the New Hampshire team, which prevailed in an exciting 19-16 contest. Pinkerton’s Rob Daziel coached the New Hampshire team.
Windham High’s Heather Tornquist was selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s All-American East Region second team as a third baseman. The East Region is made up of the following states: New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.
School closing down
The New Leadership Charter School in Springfield, which built up a strong boys basketball program and won state titles in 2004 and 2010, is closing because of struggling academics.
In addition to some fine teams, New Leadership produced some outstanding individuals, including 2009 graduate Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, who holds the state’s all-time basketball scoring record for boys and girls with 3,070 points. She starred at the University of Memphis.