Bradley foiled in semis
Former Timberlane and Penn State wrestling star Eric Bradley of Plaistow gave it his best shot, but he lost in the welterweight semifinals of the Fight Master Bellator MMA tournament shown on Spike TV.
Fighting against Mike “The Greek” Bronzoulis, Bradley took the first round convincingly and was ahead late in the second round until Bronzoulis started elbowing him, causing Bradley’s coach to scream “illegal elbows.” Eventually, the blows weakened Bradley and Bronzoulis won by TKO when the fight was stopped.
In his previous fight, Bradley had won a unanimous decision over A.J. Matthews. Despite the semifinal loss, Bradley is hoping that his impressive performance in the tournament will be a springboard to future fights.
SI jinx for Pats?
Hopefully, there is not too much to the fabled Sports Illustrated jinx because SI has picked the Patriots to win the Super Bowl, defeating Seattle 30-23 in the finale.
Its logic is a bit odd as it claims that Tom Brady will have a big year with his new receivers just like he did in the years after Deion Branch and David Givens departed. Of course, Brady was much younger then.
Gallant stays at Merrimack
Former Salem High softball standout Alex Gallant, who played four years at Merrimack College, has been hired full time at Merrimack in the athletic department as Operations/Scheduling Manager and Director of Club Sports. In her role, Gallant serves as the game/event manager for all home Merrimack sporting events, and also assists in external relations.
Gallant graduated from Merrimack College in May of 2012 with a BA in Mathematics and Education. She played on the Merrimack softball team all four years including the 2011 season when the Warriors advanced to the NCAA East Super Regional with a record of 31-23.
She received her Master’s from the Merrimack College Graduate Program for Higher Education with a concentration in Leadership and Organization Development in 2013.