EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 18, 2013

Sports in a Minute


The Eagle-Tribune

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HALL GETs THE CALL

When the 6-foot-6 righty comes calling, college baseball coaches are bound to pay attention.

And so it was this summer for Central Catholic’s Aaron Hall, who took his game to the road with Show Baseball, hitting tournaments in Georgia, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Maine.

Former big league pitcher Scott Cassidy, the LeMoyne head coach, liked what he saw. And he made the connection with Hall.

“Coach noticed my size and liked how I work downhill on the mound,” said Hall. “My mechanics are pretty good, so he expect me to make some progress.

“He’s been in the big leagues, and knows what it takes together. That’s definitely important as my goal is to make it someday.”

By committing early to LeMoyne with a solid scholarship package, Hall, who spent a lot of time this summer working with ex-big league bonus baby Jeff Allison, can now focus on the upcoming hoop season with the Raiders.

He’ll head to LeMoyne as a pitcher.

“Right now, I’m a pitcher only, but maybe they’ll let me try some first base, too,” he said.

EX-PAT COLLINS SPEAKS AT WHITTIER tonight

Former New England Patriot running back Tony Collins, now an inspirational speaker, will be speaking at Whittier Tech High School, tonight, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Collins’ appearance will be open to the public, free of charge. He’ll be talking about his life choices and mistakes and pitfalls along the way that athletes face, especially during the college recruitment process.

WHO WANTS TO BE A BASKETBALL REF?

Classes for those that would like to be a basketball official this winter begin on Mon., Sept. 30, for the upcoming season.

If you live in Essex County and are at least 18 years old, you are eligible.

The IAABO Board 130 classes are on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at North Andover High.

The exam will on Mon., Nov. 4th at Salem (Ma.) High. The cost of the course is $175.

You can register on their home page: www.iaaboboard130.org.

MOTORING UP THE CHARTS

The Merrimack College cross country teams are on the move in the Eastern Regional rankings.

Taking first at the Kirsh Cross Country Cup at Franklin Pierce, the Warrior women bumped up to 2nd in the 10-team field. The Warrior women are currently chasing only powerhouse Stonehill in the rankings.

The Merrimack men, meanwhile, stood strong, holding their ground in sixth place in the poll this week.

TROVATO HOSTING YOUTH CLINICS

Haverhill High boys basketball coach Mike Trovato will host a 3-night basketball clinic for any boy from Haverhill in grades 4-8. The clinics will be held at Haverhill High School, Wednesday, Sept. 25, Monday Sept. 30 and Wednesday October 9 from 6:30-8 p.m. The cost of the three-day clinic is $30. For more information, contact coach Trovato at mtrovato11@aol.com.

RANGER GAME OFFICIAL NOW

Once Friday night, then Saturday, the Methuen High home football opener is officially set for Saturday, 2 p.m., at Nicholson Stadium.

Methuen, a surprise under first-year coach Tom Ryan, stands at 2-0, will host 1-1 Cambridge Rindge & Latin, a 1-1 team in Division 1.

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