Moeckel vs. Isaiah
A couple former North Andover basketball players, Dan Murphy and Derrick Stoudemire, thought they were experiencing deja vu when they watched Knights star Isaiah Nelsen bank in the go-ahead, last-minute 3-pointer in the shocker over Central Catholic.
It reminded them of when their teammate Bill Moeckel banked in a 16-footer (he didn’t call glass!) in 1984 to beat Burlington 57-56 in the Division 2 North semis. The 2013 Knights trailed by 18 with 12 minutes left while 1984 group trailed by 14 with 5:42 left.
North Andover High had a win for the ages Tuesday and Stoneham, under former Knight Eagle-Tribune All-Star Paul Tanglis (NA ‘00), enjoyed a memorable win as well. The Spartans came back from 14 down in the second quarter and beat Lexington in OT.
6 teams in one
The 8-3-1 Masconomet co-op girls hockey team includes players from North Andover, Georgetown, Hamilton-Wenham, Triton, Newburyport and Masco.
Locals include: from North Andover, senior forward Amanda Coppa (3-0—3), freshman defenseman Alex Casale (1-2—3) and freshman defenseman Emma Johns. From Georgetown, freshman forward Katie Terban (5-8—13), sophomore forward Jensena Moner (5-1—6), junior defenseman Emily Mulligan (1-0—1) and freshman forward Tracy Long (1-0—1).
Just as the Merrimack PA announcer congratulated Jordan Heywood for being a Humanitarian Award finalist, the junior defenseman was taking a seat in the penalty box.
Cakes are baking
UTL birthday wishes go out to Whittier sharpshooter Andrew Wells (18 today), ex-Celtic Jim Loscutoff of Andover (turns 83 tomorrow), Pinkerton hockey coach Casey Kesselring (turns 39 Tuesday), Phillips football coach Leon Modeste (turns 58 Thursday), Brooks wrestling coach Alex Konovalchik (turns 46 Saturday) and Choate football star Jerickson Fedrick of Salem (Saturday). Belated wishes to budding gymnastics sensation John “Bumblebee” Ryan of Haverhill (turned 6 Friday).
Congrats to Andover High football offensive coordinator Steve Silva. His wife, Stephanie, gave birth to a 19-inch, 7-pound, 8-ounce boy, Danye, on Jan. 23.
Silva reports Danye, like his old man, looks like a quarterback.
Why was the Coventry (R.I.) High hockey team delirious after beating Mount St. Charles? It was the Oakers’ first win over the Mount in the Coventry program’s 45-year-history.
Toe the line
Add to the All-Name team Classical High of Providence 1,000-point scorer Terrill Toe.
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