EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 10, 2013

Sports in a Minute

Dave Dyer
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.

Sox 4th in attendance

With the season winding down, the Boston Red Sox currently have the fourth best attendance in the American League, averaging 34,744 fans per game. The Yankees league the AL at 40,158 with Texas (39,038) second and the Angels (37,181) third.

The Los Angeles Dodgers lead all of baseball with an average crowd of 45,696 while, from the National League, St. Louis and San Francisco are both averaging just over 41,000.

The worst attendance in the majors belongs to Tampa Bay (18,719) followed by Miami (19,039) and Houston (19,830).

Welch wins series

Haverhill’s Jefferson Welch captured the overall title in the 2013 Good Times Summer Road Race Series. Welch finished first in half of the 10-race series and came in second in the final race, the Last Call 5K, running a personal-best 16:21, less than three seconds behind Scott Boiko of Chelmsford.

Dunham 11th in ‘World’

Competing in the Masters Mountain Running World Championships in the Czech Republic last week, Bradford’s Dave Dunham finished 11th overall and scored on the USA team which took home the silver medal, coming in two points behind the gold medal winning German team.

The long wait

While most local high school teams will be playing their second game of the season this weekend, Pentucket remains idle. Because of scheduling complications, the Sachems don’t open until Sept. 20 at Amesbury.