Coach ‘O’ times two
Around Haverhill High football circles, head coach Tim O’Connor is known as Coach O. At last week’s game at Lawrence, however, as well as at most Hillie games, he is not the only “Coach O” in attendance. Former Haverhill track coach and athletic director John Ottaviani, who is also known as Coach O, was also in attendance as a loyal fan.
At the Bradford Elementary School road races the weekend before last, there were only 17 runners in the 10K race compared to 124 in the 5K, illustrating the fading appeal of the once popular distance. In that 10K, Gary Cuneo of Groveland took first by more than 11 minutes, finishing in 34:33.
On a positive note, there were 76 runners in the 12-and-under 1-mile race.
Out of line
New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, who is about to become a free agent, is reportedly not close to agreeing to a new deal. He has turned down a generous offer of seven years at $23 million per year and, according to a person close to him, is seeking a 10-year, $310-million contract.
For someone who will be 31 on Oct. 22, this seems way out of line. There are plenty of cities in this country which don’t have a budget of that amount.