Hall of Famer Jordan

UMass announced on Tuesday it will induct the 1998 1-AA national champion football team to its Hall of Fame. Former Pinkerton standout Matt Jordan, a two-time Eagle-Tribune offensive MVP, was a senior running back for the Minuteman that year. He rushed for 236 yards on 48 attempts while also making 49 receptions for 574 yards and two touchdowns to help the Minuteman claim the title. For his career, he rushed for 1,360 yards and nine TDs.

UMass will also induct women’s basketball rebounds leader Jennifer Butler (Class of ‘03), former New England Patriot James Ihedigbo (‘06) and All-American soccer goalie Zack Simmons (‘08).

 

Impressive Gravell

It’s been an impressive stretch for co-captain Kendall Gravell. Not only did the junior go 3 for 3 with three RBIs in Windham softball’s season-opening win, but she also just found out she’s ranked No. 12 in her class of 217.

This news comes just after she finished as the state runner-up in the HOSA Bowl through the CTE nursing program. 

 

Dorandi a Pilgrim

Kayla Dorandi committed to play basketball at New England College. A three-year varsity player for Methuen, she averaged 2.1 points this winter. Former Sanborn standout Samantha Broyer just finished her freshman season third on the NEC with nine total blocks in 20 games played.

 

Phenom recognized

Windham’s freshman sensation Kate Blaisdell was recently named to the MAX Field Hockey top-50 players in the country for the Class of 2021. The Eagle-Tribune All-Star scored a state-best 26 goals, leading the Jaguars to the Division 2 state championship.

Winnacunnet’s Samantha Crochetiere, already a Boston College commit, also represented N.H. on the 2021 list.

 

Betts on it

Tuesday night was Mookie Betts’ third career three-homer game. That tied the 25-year-old with Ted Williams for the most in Red Sox history.

Sammy Sosa holds the MLB record with six three-homer games.

 

Nunez on fire

Northern Essex grad Xavier Nunez of Lawrence is leading New England College in batting (.412, 35 of 85), slugging percentage (.624), doubles (9) and RBIs (33) to go along with his three homers.

North Andover’s Connor Morin is a reserve freshman first basemen for the Pilgrims.

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E-mail Kyle Gaudette @kgaudette@eagletribune.com

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