EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 31, 2013

Sports in a Minute


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — ROCHE ON PLAY-BY-PLAY

Congrats to Andover’s Dan Roche. The Channel 4 sports reporter/anchor has been named play-by-play man for the Patriots preseason television production team.

Roche and ex-Pats tight end Christian Fauria will replace the team of Don Criqui and Randy Cross.

Three-time Pats Super Bowl champion Matt Chatham will be on the sidelines, along with Steve Burton offering insight. Patriots Football Weekly “personalities” Andy Hart and Paul Perillo will add insight during the games and add a mix of social media into the telecasts.

The new crew debuts on August 9 at Philadelphia.

TOURNEY ACTION HEATS UP AT GARRISON

Garrison Golf Center in Haverhill hosted its second of four Par-3 Junior Tournaments recently.

Salem’s Evan Desjardin won the Under-10 division, holding off Andover’s Will Norris, age 6, with a 38. Derry’s Rob Defeo was third.

In the 11-13 division, Casey Ouellette of Texas edged North Andover’s Dan McMillan, who scored a 34. Ari Boniface took the girls divison with a 41.

Tourney action continues in August. The final two Garrison events of the summer will be Tuesday, August 6, and Thursday, August 15, each starting at 11 a.m. The $20 entry fee includes golf, use of the practice range, lunch and prizes. Tournaments are limited to the first 36 participants.

BRADFORD AGAIN HOSts HAVERHILL JUNIORS

Bradford Country Club is hosting the Greater Haverhill Junior Golf Championships on Tuesday, August 13, at 8 a.m.

There are two divisions. The 18-hole division is open to players ages 12-17. The 9-hole division is open to players ages 11-13.

For more information, contact Bradford Country Club at 978-372-8587 or via email at info@bradfordcc.com.

SOME EXPLAINING TO DO ON THE GRIDIRON

I remain a huge fan of the new high school football system with playoffs starting before Thanksgiving. Still, there is some explaining to do by the schedule makers. Central Catholic plays Andover in September and on Thanksgiving, but the Raiders don’t play Methuen? You’re talking Central and Methuen here. By the way, the Rangers, who play Dracut twice, don’t play Andover either. As I said when I endorsed the change earlier, the schedule makers had to spend extra time with rivalries.

They make it special in football. The schedule makers did not do that. It was a simple split, basically of big and small.

Honestly, with the playoffs changing, the league should think about an east-west football split, not big and small. Do you think the folks in Tewksbury are happy that they don’t play Lowell? Sorry. Time to go MVC East: CC, Lawrence, Andover, NA, Haverhill and Methuen. MVC West: Lowell, Tewksbury, Dracut, Chelmsford and Billerica. Let the playoffs decide the rest. This should have been done already.

AND DON’T FORGET

The 60th annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, featuring the top graduating senior football players from New Hampshire playing against Vermont, will be held Saturday at Dartmouth College in Hanover.

Kickoff at Memorial Field is set for 5:30 p.m.

The 60th Annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl itself is scheduled to be played this coming Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on Dartmouth College’s Memorial Field.