EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 21, 2013

Sports in a Minute

Dave Dyer
The Eagle-Tribune

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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.

During the 2012-2013 season Stone, a wrestling coach of 38 years, led his team to an undefeated season and the Cape Anne League championship as well as four other tournament titles.

Sughrue earned both a state and all-state championship, finishing with a record of 39-3. He has a career record of 189-20, is a three-time Division 1 state champion and three-time All-State champion. In honor of his accomplishments, Sughrue will be inducted into the Massachusetts Hall of Fame.

Memorial Day races

Local runners will be offered a great two for one deal next weekend with a pair of excellent races.

On Saturday is the long-running Sons of Italy 5K race in Methuen, starting at the Methuen Lodge at 9:30 a.m. — a fine race that supports veterans. On Sunday is the Baldi 5-Mile River Run in Haverhill, offering a terrific course from downtown Haverhill along the river to Trinity Stadium and back.

Even in majors

You see it in Little League now and then, but rarely in the majors.

In a recent game, however, Tampa Bay righty Alex Cobb struck out four batters and yet still allowed a run.

Against the Padres, Cobb fanned Will Venable, who reached first on a wild pitch, stole second on a strikeout, stole third and then scored on a balk.