Former Haverhill swimmer Paige Crimmin, who is working in New Zealand and last year swam across the treacherous Cook Strait, is gearing to swim the English Channel this summer, sometime between June 38 and July 8 depending on the weather and the tides.
Crimmins’ parents will be among her helpers for the arduous challenge. Only about 40 percent of those who attempt to swim the Channel are successful.
’Next LeBron’ commits
Kansas coach Bill Self once again showed why he’s one of the nation’s top recruiters last week when he landed 6-foot-8 USA Player of the Year Andrew Wiggins, who had narrowed his choices to Kansas, Florida State, North Carolina and Kentucky.
Wiggins averaged 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds last year, is being compared to LeBron James and is already considered the likely No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft.
Chasse honored again
Haverhill’s Josh Chasse, an outfielder for Daniel Webster College, has been named all-New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) for the second time in three years. A leadoff batter, who is the school’s all-time leader in walks and ranks fourth in hits, Chasse is an outstanding fielder, making just one error in 91 chances this year.
Blast for Everson
Methuen’s Hannah Everson has been pitching effectively, its seems, for her entire life, but she’s never been known as much of a hitter. But the Worcester State senior recently hit her first career home run in the ECAC championship game to Wheaton.
Prior to the title game, which Wheaton won 5-3, Everson posted a pair of wins, including a 5-0 shutout of Keene State in which she threw 6 2/3 perfect innings with five strikeouts.
Stone, Sughrue honored
North Reading/Lynnfied coach Craig Stone and Methuen senior Paul Sughrue received the 2013 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) scholastic awards for Coach of the Year and Wrestler of the Year for the state of Massachusetts.