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February 7, 2013

Nault knows just one thing: winning

Rare bad week

It’s remarkable that seventh-year Central Catholic boys basketball coach Rick Nault has only twice lost two games within a seven-day span: Dec. 27 and 29 in 2006 and Jan. 29 and Feb. 3 this winter. Nault boasts a spectacular .888 winning percentage (150-19).

Baseball fanatics

There is a junior baseball standout at Spanish River (Fla.) High by the name of Fenway Parks. Six years ago an Indiana couple named their son Wrigley Fields.

All in the family

New coach Tracy Vadala, who replaced her sister Kristen after last year, is keeping it rolling with the Andover gymnastics team, which finished 9-1. Tracy was a standout gymnast at Salem High and went on to star for the Merrimack College softball team. Another sister, Leeann, is a Golden Warrior assistant.

Twin milestone

Madison Park of Boston senior twins Amber and Krystal Edwards scored their 1,000th points in the same game.

Backfield mates

Bob Perryman of North Andover had a couple reasons to watch the Super Bowl more closely than most. First, he was a six-year NFL player (Patriots, Broncos). Second, the fullback played three years in college with 49ers coach/Michigan QB Jim Harbaugh.

Northern essex woes

The Northern Essex women’s basketball team had to cancel its season midseason for the third time in seven years. The reason again was lack of players.

Dynasty intact ... barely

Bishop Guertin won its 11th straight Division 1 girls indoor track title, shading Londonderry 74-73. The Cardinals have senior Betsy Garnick of Pelham to thank. She won the long jump on her last try (17-6 1/2) and also took the 55 hurdles (8.33) and 55 meters (7.35). She ran the first leg of the 4x200 relay which got the third in the final event the Cardinals needed to clinch the win.

Hodge and Bucyk

Two players with famous names in Bruins history are playing hockey locally. Sophomore forward Ashley Hodge from Newburyport High plays on the Masconomet co-op team. She’s the daughter of Ken Hodge and the granddaughter of Ken Sr. Junior goalie Jeff Bucyk of Amesbury plays on the Amesbury-Whittier co-op team. He is the grandson of Hall of Famer Johnny Bucyk.

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