I get a kick out of the fact that the list of the Bowdoin College football players with the longest streaks for consecutive games with a catch includes three ex-North Andover High stars: Mike Cavanaugh Jr. with 21, Doug Brawn with 17 and Steve Lafond with 16.
The aforementioned Doug Brawn will always hold a special place in my heart. Early in my career, I (gulp) overslept for the Knights-Masco Thanksgiving game. During that time coach Mike Cavanaugh Sr. was ticked off at me for something so I was leery of giving him a call. I got the background from another paper and then called Brawn for quotes.
The funny thing was, one of my bosses, who thankfully for my career didn’t know I missed the game, said my story was the best work I’d done yet!
Taken by storm
Brian Ward of Haverhill is starring for the Tier 1 USHL’s Tri-City Storm from Kearney, Neb. The 6-2, 190-pound forward, who is being recruited by several Division 1 colleges, has a team-high three goals in five games. He scored the winning goal with 38 seconds left vs. Sioux City.
North Andover’s 6-6 senior Isaiah Nelsen has received scholarship offers from Merrimack and Assumption. UMass Lowell, which also offered, is likely out of the picture after it received a commitment from another forward.
Young Indiana Jones
Add to the All-Name team Prospect Mountain golfer Indiana Jones, who finished fifth at the N.H. girls state championships, and Northeastern University volleyball player Ava Cramp.
Ted Brown (N.C. State ‘79) still holds the ACC career rushing record and went on to star with the Vikings. His son, J.T. Brown, took a completely different path. The 2011 Frozen Four MVP for Minnesota-Duluth, J.T. will be playing for the Lightning when the lockout is over.
Terrell Ivory, who averaged 22.3 points for Phillips as a post-grad in 1999-00, is the new Big Blue basketball coach, replacing Leon Modeste. Ivory went on to captain Davidson College and coached at powerhouse Blair (N.J.) Academy, Davidson and last year was at Colgate. He’s working in admissions at Phillips. His brother, Titus, also starred at Phillips (PA ‘96) and Penn State.
ESPN’s Jenn Brown is eighth all-time in career softball steals at the University of Florida with 48. It’s a bit surprising softball was her sport of choice. Her parents, Kevin and Rita Brown, are nationally renowned gymnastics coaches/gym owners.
Slye and the family
Assumption men’s soccer player Champion Slye comes from a family of unique names. His sisters are Miracle and Destiny and his brother is Hero.