EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 3, 2013

Sports in a minute

By David Willis
dwillis@eagletribune.com

---- — COMEAU TO MINUTEMEN

Two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star Courtney Comeau of Andover has committed to run track at UMass Amherst starting next fall.

Comeau, a hurdler, was an Eagle-Tribune All-Star the spring of her sophomore year and last winter. She missed last spring due to a back injury.

Comeau already had a family connection to the UMass track program. Her cousin, former Eagle-Tribune boys track MVP Pat Farnham, is a sprinter for the Minutemen.

FRESHMAN FANTASTIC

After Pentucket’s upset victory over archrival Triton on Saturday, I noted the contributions of freshman linebacker Patrick Freiermuth, who made a team-high 12 tackles and intercepted a pass.

But, upon reviewing the highlights (which can be viewed at eagletribune.com/sports), I realized I had I forgotten to mention that he made another one of the biggest plays of the day.

When the Vikings attempted an on-sides kick with moments left, it was Freiermuth who made the recovery.

PAST IS GONE

The next time you say the New England Patriots have the advantage over a team because they “know what it takes to be a champion,” consider this:

With Vince Wilfork done for the season, Tom Brady is the only player on the roster from the championship years.

That’s right, Brady is now the lone link to the golden era of Tedy Bruschi, Troy Brown and Mike Vrabel. No one else on the roster has a Patriots Super Bowl ring.

Doesn’t feel that long ago, but it is.

KOBELSKI DONE

It’s been a bad week-plus for the St. John’s Prep football team.

Most every football fan knows that the Prep lost Maryland-bound superstar running back Johnny Thomas for the season with a torn ACL suffered against Everett. But that isn’t the team’s only major injury in recent weeks.

The Eagles also lost star linebacker/fullback Greg Kobelski of Andover for the season after he suffered a dislocated shoulder in their win over Central Catholic.

VOTE O’REILLY

Longtime Pinkerton coach Brian O’Reilly is one of eight coaches in the running for “Best coach in New Hampshire” on the USA Today High School sports website (usatodayhss.com).

There is a poll for best coach in each state. O’Reilly is the only local in any state. St. John’s Prep coach and Groveland resident Jim O’Leary is the closest to a local in the Mass. voting.

DOWN ON THE FARM

A pair of local professional hockey players were sent to the AHL just before the start of the NHL season.

Former Boston University star John McCarthy of Andover was demoted to the Worcester Sharks, where he has played the majority of the last two seasons.

Also, former Phillips star Chris Kreider, who exploded onto the scene in the 2011 postseason with New York, was sent to the AHL by the Rangers. A number of New York hockey people blame erratic former Rangers coach John Tortorella for stunting the former star prospect’s progress.

On the other hand, record-setting Merrimack College winger Stephane Da Costa will start the season in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators.