With the NHL locking out its players, two local products will be skating in the AHL.
Ex-Phillips great Chris Kreider, who was the talk of the NHL for his dazzling play as a late-season call-up in last spring’s playoffs, is with the Connecticut Whale. Andover’s John McCarthy, who saw action in 10 games with San Jose last winter, is with the Worcester Sharks.
Goobers and Raisinets
Add to the All-Name Team Burlington High quarterback Jimmy Goober.
Prep-ing in Georgetown
Georgetown seems to be the town of choice for St. John’s Prep legends. Ex-Prep and NFL QB Brian St. Pierre lives there as does Matt Antonelli, who played Triple A ball this year with the Orioles and Yankees. The Yanks eventually released him so he’s looking for a new team for 2013. He has 11 hits in 21 big league games, all coming with San Diego in 2008.
Not half bad
Brittany Moriarty, 26, of Andover (1:26.48) and Kelly LeCours, 47, of Bradford (1:27:00) placed second and third, respectively, at the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon.
King of the pitch
Sports Illustrated football writer Peter King was a captain in high school. But not football. His resume lists soccer and baseball.
Dallas Cowboys star Miles Austin racked up a Northeast Conference record 2,867 receiving yards at Monmouth.
Who had the old record? Pinkerton grad Jason Bain of Wagner (2,294 from 1997-00).
perfect 300 game
Ken LaChapelle may not be a bowler, but he had a perfect 300 game. The Northbridge High football coach become the third coach in Bay State history with 300 wins. He trails only Brockton’s former great coach Armond Colombo (316 wins) and Bill Broderick (303-68-42), who coached several places including a remarkable 121-15-3 record from 1911-23 at Haverhill High.
What made the night perfect was his grandsons Daiton LaChapelle and Koby Schofer both scored for the Rams.
The mantra has always been that just because you were a great player, doesn’t mean you’d be a great coach. Perhaps more apropos is that you wouldn’t be a great analyst. ESPN has had three all-time stinkers in Emmitt Smith, Magic Johnson and Jerry Rice.
Twenty-nine of the 31 players in the Maine-Fort Kent men’s soccer program are foreigners.
I get a kick out of the fact that the list of the Bowdoin players with the longest streaks for consecutive games with a catch includes three ex-North Andover stars: Mike Cavanaugh Jr. with 21, Doug Brawn with 17 and Steve Lafond with 16.
The aforementioned Doug Brawn will always hold a special place in my heart. Early in my career I (gulp) overslept for the Knights-Masco Thanksgiving game. During that time coach Mike Cavanaugh Sr. was ticked off at me for something so I was leery of giving him a call. I got the background from another paper and then called Brawn for quotes.
The funny thing was, one of my bosses, who thankfully for my career didn’t know I missed the game, said it was the best work I’d done yet!
Cakes are baking
UTL birthday wishes go out
Darrien Myers, Sr., S, 5-10, 175, Lawrence Academy
ESPN’s Jenn Brown is eighth all-time in career softball steals at the University of Florida with 48. It’s a bit surprising softball was her sport of choice. Her parents, Kevin and Rita Brown, are nationally renowned gymnastics coaches/gym owners.
Slye and the family
Assumption men’s soccer player Champion Slye comes from a family of unique names. His sisters are Miracle and Destiny and his brother is Hero.
The NCAA thought it had legislated against Kentucky basketball players living like oil sheikhs. The rule was at least half of a dorm had to be non-athletes. But John Calipari and Co. built a $7 million dorm right out of cribs. The Wildcats live big and some regular students are beyond lucky, too.
Fennis 9-16..... Luis Puello is working out with the crew. Attending Middlesex CC this year as a student and will play college hoops next year
Ikenna Ndugba will transfer from Latin Academy to Brooks School and reclassify into the class of 2016, per his AAU coach.
Oswald Tower (born November 23, 1883 in North Adams, Massachusetts, USA- died May 28, 1968) was an American basketball administrator and instructor at Phillips Academy Andover (1910-49). Before arriving at Phillips he coached at Wilbraham Academy (MA), 1907-10. He served on the National Basketball Rules Committee from 1910 to 1960, was an editor of the Official Basketball Guide and an official rules interpreter from 1915 to 1960.
Oswald Tower was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor in 1959.
DJ....live in Andover?
.......Joe Fichera, Salem, �84, lists Rich Langlois as coach and ISU bound..like recent Blue Devil Dearden?
Quickie quiz: Besides Ricky Nault, who are the only other local boys basketball coach ever to win two state titles? Answer below.
Bob Licare Sr. (North Andover 1974-75), Salem’s E.J. Perry (2007-08), Pinkerton’s Tony Carnovale (1988, 90).
Pinkerton 1947-49- Pinkerton 1957-58, Timberlane 1981-82
Note: The Mass. state tourney format was adopted in 1972.
*Monkey’s Eyebrow is a real town in Kentucky