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February 4, 2013

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HONORING VAN

The Pinkerton girls basketball team is honoring the late Ralph Van Nostrand, who coached the Astros boys volleyball team for seven years (61-45 record) and also was the announcer at Pinkerton home football games and the timekeeper during school basketball and hockey games.

The team is wearing “VAN” patches on their uniform in his honor.

Van Nostrand died Jan. 21, 2012 at just 60 years old.

“I would go fishing with him,” Pinkerton girls basketball coach John Barry said. “He was a real good friend of mine.”

BEANPOT TODAY

The first day of the Beanpot is today at the TD Garden.

Semifinal 1 has Boston University going against Northeastern at 5 p.m. Semifinal 2 has Boston College squaring off against Harvard at 8 p.m. Both games are on NESN (Channel 51).

DA COSTA UPDATE

Former Merrimack star hockey player Stephane Da Costa has nine goals and 15 assists (24 points) in 31 games for the Binghamton Senators.

DON’T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB

Former NFL quarterback and current San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh appeared on an episode of “Saved by the Bell: The New Class.”

He played himself and apparently was Screech’s cousin in an episode titled “Little Hero,” which aired in 1996.

Harbaugh is not the first NFL player to appear on “Saved by the Bell.”

Former New England Patriot Bob Golic was a main character on “Saved By The Bell: The College Years.” Golic’s brother brother is Mike Golic, co-host of ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning radio show.

BAKER FOLLOWED SISTER

A couple of weeks ago, there was an article in The Eagle-Tribune sports section on Andover resident April Baker, a talented gymnast who signed a letter of intent with Rutgers University.

Interestingly, Baker’s sister Cortni Baker, who is two years younger than April, was involved with gymnastics before April.

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