EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 26, 2013

Sports in a Minute

David Willis
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Chasing a legend

With 93 points (41 goals, 52 assists) heading into his senior season, Merrimack College star Mike Collins is on pace to record the most career points for a Warrior since 1998, according to The Eagle-Tribune Mike McMahon.

Whose mark is he chasing?

None other than former Pinkerton Academy hockey coach Casey Kesselring. Before coaching the Astros to their first two state hockey titles in program history (2009, 2012), Kesselring scored 133 points during his career at Merrimack College. He graduated in 1998. Kesselring recently stepped down from his job at Pinkerton to become head coach at hockey powerhouse New Hampton School.

Tackle by Griffin

Houston Texans backup tight end Ryan Griffin of Londonderry has not yet made a catch in the NFL, but he did register his first professional stat on Sunday. The rookie made a special teams tackle in the Texans’ loss to Baltimore on Sunday.

Griffin now has exactly two tackles fewer than Houston safety and former NFL defensive Player of the Year Ed Reed has made this season.

Pens’ pest

North Andover’s Bobby Farnham was demoted by the Pittsburgh Penguins to their AHL affiliate the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

But not before Farnham had a glowing feature written about him in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette. The story referred to him as, among other things, “fearless” and the next coming of famous NHL badboy Claude Lemieux, and called for him to make the Pens’ roster.

“They will tell you that Farnham is 70 inches and 180 pounds of incessant irritation, as enjoyable to have around for opponents as a pebble in the skate. Which is pretty much exactly what Farnham has in mind,” wrote Post-Gazzette columnist Dave Molinari.

Farnham shines

Speaking of the Farnhams, Andover’s Cam Farnham has emerged as Endicott College’s top kick returner in his freshman season. The 5-foot-6, 150-pounder has returned six kicks for 196 yards (32.7 average), including a 93-yarder in the opener.

“I should have gotten in on that one,” he said last week.

Serenading Nashville

Haverhill singer Jillian Cardarelli performed the national Anthem for the NHL’s Nashville Predators before their Sunday matchup with the New York Islanders. Currently residing in Nashville while pursuing her singing career, Cardarelli has frequently performed the anthem at the TD Garden before Celtics and Bruins games.

Web Gem

If you have ever known someone with a disability, or simply have a soul, the story of Teddy Kremer of the Cincinnati Reds has to warm your heart.

Kremer, a 30-year-old with Down Syndrome and life-long Reds fan, has become bat boy and emotional leader for his favorite team. His family won an auction for him to be bat boy for one day last year, and his enthusiasm led the Reds to hire him.

ESPN’s excellent E:60 series documented his story this week, and it is really worth a watch. Google “Teddy Kremer Reds” to find a link to the story.

Straight outta Compton

Richard Sherman is known as the shutdown corner and outspoken leader of the Seattle Seahawks, currently the best team in the NFL, and also the man that asked Tom Brady, “You mad bro?” after the Seahawks beat the Patriots last season.

But bet you didn’t know he was the salutatorian of his senior class at Dominguez High School.