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December 20, 2012

Haverhill's David is Mr. Soccer

Mr. Soccer

Few people can match James David of Haverhill’s love of soccer. The sophomore was a part-time starter as a midfielder at Fitchburg State and also was an assistant at Fitchburg High and coached a youth team in Fitchburg, too.

Still dunking

Marques Johnson, the 6-7 former UCLA and Milwaukee Bucks star, has a tradition of throwing down a dunk on his birthday. He’s 56 now, but managed to throw one down. It was mighty close, though. Like Joe DiMaggio, the streak may end at 56.

80-foot game-winner

Check out bostonherald.com for the amazing video of Pat Santos’ 80-foot heave to give East Boston a 43-42 win over Madison Park. It came off a missed free throw with one second left so MP coach Dennis Wilson wondered how in the world it could have counted.

No final exam

Sports information directors tend to be overworked and underpaid, so we’ll forgive Brandeis for writing that Colby Smith and North Andover boys basketball reached the state finals last winter. It is accurate to say the slender freshman has been a major factor for the Judges, averaging 16.6 minutes a game.

Teddy bears for newtown

The Windham-Pelham High hockey team is participating in “Operation Fuzzy Wuzzy II” on Saturday at 5:20 p.m. at the Salem Icenter lobby. The team is asking for fans to donate Teddy Bears to give to the children of Newtown, Conn.

Thomas’ promise

St. John’s Prep junior Johnathan Thomas, who was brilliant in the playoff win over Andover with 209 rushing yards and three TDs, already has an offer from UMass and BC reportedly is close to offering.

Russell vs. rondo

Never would have guessed that Bill Russell (4,100) had more assists with the Celtics than Paul Pierce (4,013), Rajon Rondo (3,775), JoJo White (3,686) and Dennis Johnson (3,486).

‘Dream recruit’ Vonleh

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