EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 28, 2013

Under the Lights: Lawrence's Choquette shining on and off the court

Michael Muldoon
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Scholar-athlete

All the hard work has paid off for Lawrence volleyball star, Anthony Choquette, who is ranked in the top 5 percent of his class. He’ll be playing at prestigious Vassar and between scholarships and financial aid, he said he will only be paying $2,000 a year.

More good news, Thursday he helped Lancers beat 8-0 Milford, which was state runner-up last spring.

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New Haven soccer/softball star Lucy Francisco of Lawrence was named to the NE-10 Academic All-Conference team. She boasts a 3.78 GPA. Francisco is batting .326 for the 32-11 Chargers and leads the club with 13 doubles. The second baseman is second on the club with 29 runs and 35 RBIs.

In the Navy

Sawyer Rogers of Andover, a star on the Brooks crew and cross country teams, will continue his rowing career at his dream school, Annapolis.

Multi-sport stars

The Brooks lacrosse team features three area residents, all juniors, who also star in another sport. They are attack Seve Elkin of Andover (soccer), defender Andrew Konovalchik of North Andover (wrestling) and 220-pound midfielder Geoff Fulgione of North Andover (football/wrestling).

Quick on the draw

Pinkerton freshman Brett Dattilo certainly inherited the family gift for face-offs. Dattilo, whose brother Bobby is now playing with the Rochester Rattlers of the MLL, won 17 of 19 faceoffs against a tough Hanover club.

Cakes are baking

UTL birthday wishes go out to Central basketball coach Wilfredo Pagan (24 today), Olympic gold medalist sprinter Gerry Ashworth of Haverhill (turns 71 Wednesday), BC women’s hockey player Kristina Brown of North Andover (turns 22 Wednesday), UNH soccer players Steve and Rob Palumbo of Kingston (turn 22 Thursday), UMass Lowell softball player/Dean’s List student Brianna Martin of Methuen (turns 20 Friday) and Merrimack softball player Corrine Gosselin of Lawrence (turns 20 Saturday).

Belated birthday wishes to Central football/track star Ryan Doherty (Friday).

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Baseball fun fact: Pelham captain Alex Newton’s grandfather, Fred Newton, taught Jerry Remy at Somerset (Mass.) High.

Time to step it up

Hats off to North Reading High track. While so many far bigger schools whine that they can’t afford an automatic timing system, the Hornets had a creative mattress sale and raised the money. The cost, said girls coach Sotirios Pintzopoulos, ranges from $6,000-$24,000.

Money well spent for a sport which has to fight to stay relevant.

Sleazy agent

Sports Illustrated had a funny note on ex-Raiders owner Al Davis. They wrote that in his declining years he had to end some nearly completed negotiations because he was feeling ill. The next day he asked where they had left off. The agent said they had agreed on a figure $1 million higher than the actual figure. Davis just took him at his word!


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