GIVE BJORK A BREAK
If anyone needs something good to happen this fall, it’s Georgetown senior Pat Bjork.
Bjork, one of the few upperclassmen on the football team for the Royals, spends part of his time helping the young guys get better. When QB Colby Ingraham went down, Bjork stepped into play QB, a position he had never played. He’s performed admirably, but gotten little credit since the Royals are winless and he switched numbers with a freshman, from 82 to 11, and is often misidentified.
Well Pat, this shout out is to acknowledge your hard work and sacrifice. Keep it up and something better is bound to happen down the road for you and the Royals.
Ex-OWL star scores first collegiate TD
Sandown, N.H.’s Joshua David had a shining moment for the Mount Ida College in its 56-34 win over Anna Maria in Newton, Mass.
The freshman fullback scored his first touchdown in the victory. David has been the starting fullback since week 2.
The 5-foot-9, 195-pound David starred at Timberlane Regional.
Another McEvoy story
I had a column recently in The Eagle-Tribune about TJ McEvoy, who passed away last week, and his affect on the Merrimack Valley.
I received many “TJ stories,” most pertaining to his 33-year career on the North Andover Police Dept.
Here is one from Thomas Regan:
“About eight years ago my youngest son, who was three years old at the time, disappeared one night around 6 p.m. Being a police officer myself, a lot of bad things crept into my head. After 15 minutes I called the North Andover Police Dept. and within minutes TJ showed up. He asked me ‘Where does he go to preschool?’ and ‘Where does his best friend live?’ Well, my son was at his best friend’s house, in the garage, about half-mile from the house. Two months later, the same son disappeared again. TJ showed up and my son came walking up the street like no big deal. TJ had a little chat with him and he never disappeared again. I’m not sure what TJ said to him. As father it really didn’t matter. Whatever he said worked. Thanks TJ.”
Congrats to Nick Conway
Congratulations are in order for Methuen native Nick Conway who was inducted into the UMass Boston Hall of Fame recently.
Conway is serving in the U.S. Army and was an all-star pitcher for the Methuen High.
Conway is UMB’s all-time career and single season leader in strikeouts with 234 and 82. Named the 2006 and 2008 Little East Conference Pitcher of the Year, Conway also grabbed 2008 LEC First Team All-Conference honors as well. On top of holding the career and single season mark for strikeouts, Conway also stands as the program all-time leader in innings pitched in a career with 245.0. His 86.0 innings of work which he recorded in 2006, still remains the single season best at UMB.
To date, he also stands second all-time in career wins with 14 and is third all-time in career appearances with 45 and earned run average with 3.49. His 15 and 12 strikeouts in a single game still stand as second and fourth most all-time respectively.
Ex-Phillips star to have number retired
Becky (Dowling) Calder’s jersey No. 32 will be retired by the Naval Academy Athletic Association. The ceremony recognizing Calder will be held Jan. 11, 2014, as part of the nationally televised Army-Navy women’s (1:30 p.m.) and men’s (4 p.m.) basketball doubleheader in Alumni Hall.
Calder, who attended Phillips Andover, was a member of the Class of 1998. She will become the first Navy women’s basketball player to have her number retired.
“Retiring number 32 brings immeasurable pride and a wonderful sense of accomplishment to everyone who has represented Navy Women’s Basketball for 38 years,” said Gladchuk. “Becky is the beacon of leadership through example, accomplishment and inspiration. On the court, in the classroom, in the Fleet, and in her home, Becky has set the bar as a role model who exemplifies the values of our Academy. She is honorable beyond reproach, has displayed courage in all her endeavors, and brought great commitment to the advancement of women in sport.”
In August of this year, she and her husband, Adrian Calder, moved to Atsugi, Japan, with their two children, Tyler (two years old), and Charlotte (one). Adrian is on active duty for the Navy and currently serves as the executive officer for VFA-27 (”Maces”).
Red Sox will have workout today
The Boston Red Sox will begin their first official workout of the World Series today at Fenway Park at 3 p.m.