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January 11, 2013

Palleschi making a name for himself

Fabulous Freshman

Tufts freshman Tom Palleschi of Haverhill had a big-time coming out party vs. 11-0 Middlebury. He exploded for 27 points (he had been averaging 5.7 ppg) but the Jumbos fell 70-69.

The ex-Phillips great shot 13 of 18 from the floor. The 27 points was the most by a Jumbo since November 2011. He’s averaging 7.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 21.5 minutes.

1,000-point club

Senior Angelica Pascual of Lawrence recently became the 11th player in Mount Holyoke College history to reach 1,000 career points. The co-captain is averaging 11.8 points a game. She was also the leading scorer for the Lyons’ field hockey team with 15 goals.

Spot on schilling

I loved Curt Schilling’s Hall of Fame comments noting that the players, the players’ union, the media, the coaches and the owners all share the blame for the steroid era. Certainly the players and the union take the lion’s share, but there is plenty of blame to go around.

If the media, owners and coaches didn’t know, that would be a stunning level or naivete or incompetence.

Were they thinking, “Geez, historic records are falling left and right and all the players have put on 30 pounds of muscle and have horrible acne on their back. Nothing to see here, time to move on.”

Lawrence loses appeal

The Boston Herald reported Lawrence was one of 10 teams in the North whose appeal was denied to move down a division for the new football playoffs in the fall. The Lancers still could appeal.

Same name, different sport

North Andover junior Dan Marino is not a quarterback. He is, however, a promising soccer player and distance runner.

Apples and oranges

Can we please stop comparing current college football teams’ bowl success vs. previous eras. This year there were 35 bowl games (that’s 70 of the 120 1-A teams playing) as opposed to 18 games in 1996 and eight in 1967.

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