EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 14, 2013

Rondo racking up the assists

Christopher Smith
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — RONDO’S RECORD

The Celtics game notes recently had an interesting note on point guard Rajon Rondo.

It stated: “Rondo recorded 20 assists against the Raptors on Nov. 17 and it marked the sixth time in his career that he has surpassed the 20 assist mark. .. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rondo has more games with 20 or more assists than all of the other players in Celtics history combined: Bob Cousy (2), Sherman Douglas (2) and Nate Archibald (1).”

LOCALS LEAD ST. A’s

Tucker Mullin of Andover scored a goal and added an assist to lead Saint Anselm hockey 5-2 over the University of Southern Maine on Saturday.

Mike Richard of Derry and John Hyslip also scored goals as the Hawks improve to 8-3-2 overall and 5-3-1 in the ECAC East.

BEST IN COUNTRY

UMass Lowell senior Eric McDonald of Groveland won the mile and posted the fastest time in the country this year at the Tufts University Jumbo Invitational on Saturday at the Gantcher Center.

McDonald finished in 4:16.09 – which translates to a 4:12.86 on a banked track (which will be used at the NCAA Championship) – and is the No. 1 time in NCAA Division II.

Ben Pare of Methuen placed fourth (4:21.98).

UMass Lowell junior Jill Baillargeon of Methuen placed second in the 5,000 meters (19:41.14) and freshman Bridget Persico of Methuen placed seventh in the pole vault (7-6.5) in the women’s meet.

PIKERTON ATHLETES HONORED

Thirty-four Student-Athletes were selected to receive NHIAA/NHADA Scholar Athlete Awards.

“This award is presented each year to high school seniors who have excelled in athletics as well as academics while demonstrating outstanding school and community spirit and leadership. The recipients have letter or will letter in two sports during their senior year while maintained a B+ average,” according to a press release.

The Annual NHIAA/NHADA Scholar Athlete Awards will be presented Feb. 4 at 9:30 a.m. for Division 1 schools at The Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord.

The Pinkerton recipients are Corey Adams, Carl Berling, Sam Breslin, Patrick Chabot, Rachael Charewicz, Dominic Corsetto, Jordan Daigle, Carli Davis, Alison Deyett, Patrick Doolittle, Felicia Dowling, Maddison Driscoll, Matthew Dunn. Mark Franklin, Andrew Herlihy, Kayla Komaridis, Sean Kopetz, Thomas McCarthy, Rebecca McGrath, Siobhan McLaughlin, Brenna McNally, Anthony Messina, Hannah Pierce. Christopher Poggi. Natalie Rees, Nichola Salema, Justin Scott, Austin Smith, Nicholas Stilian, Ryan Thomas, Jacob Veilleux, Julie Venglass, William Webber and Tayler Wright.

WILSON’S RECOVERY

Former Londonderry pitcher and free agent reliever Brian Wilson worked out for New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson on Saturday in California, according to a ESPNNewYork.com on Sunday.

Wilson has been working out “under the Giants’ supervision,” and soon will begin throwing from a mound as he rehabs from his second Tommy John surgery, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Wilson already completed his long-toss program, according to the Chronicle article.

There is a shot he will wind up back with the Giants. But wouldn’t it be more fun if he ended up with an American League team?

One possible AL landing spot for the free agent closer might be Detroit, a team that reportedly was interested in Joel Hanrahan before he was traded to Boston.

ATTEND BRUINS PRACTICE

Now that the Boston Bruins are back in business, you are able to see them practice for free.

The team practices regularly at Ristuccia Arena (190 Main St. in Wilmington) and those practices are open to the public.

JACKSON’S WORLD SERIES

Sure you know that Shoeless Joe Jackson and some of his Chicago White Sox teammates were accused of throwing the 1919 World Series.

But did you know Jackson batted .375 with a .394 on-base percentage, .563 slugging percentage, one homer, six RBIs, three doubles, five runs and no errors during the series?