Sports in a Minute: Local boy making international soccer news

Aydin Jay of Boxford, whose family owns Perfecto's Caffe in North Andover, has had two training sessions for a top club in Croatia. The New England Soccer Journal wrote a story about his incredible resume.

Aydin Jay getting looks

Interesting story in the New England Soccer Journal about Milton Academy sophomore Aydin Jay, whose parents Phil and Joanne own Perfecto’s Caffe in North Andover.

The soccer sensation is turning a lot of heads, according to the story. Jay is coming off his second training stint with Dinamo Zagreb, a Croatian club that’s produced soccer stars such as Luka Modrić (Real Madrid) and Mario Mandžukić (Juventus).

The Boxford resident is already drawing interest from several major Division 1 colleges. A noted midfielder with superb dribbling skills and vision, Jay was part of the New Revolultion Junior Development program before deciding to play at Milton Academy.

Go to nesoccerjournal.com to view the story.

 

Locals earn relay honors

A pair of local runners — senior Michelle Gencorelli of Andover and sophomore Katy Nippert of Salem — helped lead the WPI women’s 4x100 meter relay to NEWMAC Relay of Week honors recently. 

Gencorelli and Nippert helped produced the 23rd ranked time of 48.81 at the UMass Minuteman Invitational.

 

Lawrence Legion needs support

The Lawrence Legion baseball team is hosting a golf tournament this morning (April 19) at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club to help raise funds for the upcoming summer season. Golf Friday starts at 8 a.m. if you can make.

The moral of the story is Lawrence Legion is in need of support.

If you have any interest in helping out, email Bob Durso at bdurso20@yahoo.com or call Jim Licciardi at 978-618-6580.

 

Run for Troops Dinner

There are still a few tickets available the 8th Annual Run for the Troops 5K Dinner and Auction on Friday, April 26 at the Andover Country Club.

This pre-race event honors veterans and their service to our country. Over 100 veterans will be in attendance.

Entertained will be provided by the Singing Trooper — Marine Sergeant Daniel Clark — and musical guests The Martin Acoustics Duo. Award winning journalist and Andover native Emily Riemer from WCVB NewsCenter 5 will be returning as our Master of ceremony.

The evening includes a delicious buffet dinner, an abundant silent auction and compelling guest speakers.

Tickets are available online at www.runforthetroops5k.com. Individual tickets are $50, a table of 10 is $500 and veterans are guests at no charge. Representatives from the beneficiaries — Homes for Our Troops, Ironstone Farms, Brides across America, Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, Operation: Blue Pride and Homeland Heros Foundation — will be in attendance.

If any question send email to andoverRFTT5K@gmail.com.

 

Merrimack star gets invite

Merrimack College senior Ryan Boulter, of Mansfield, Mass., has been selected to compete in the sixth annual Gotham Hoops Invitational, set for April 27, at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The showcase event hosts 36 of the nation’s top men’s basketball seniors for tournament play in front of fans and professional scouts. Notable players joining Boulter at the event are Northeast Conference Tournament MVP Darnell Edge, All-NEC Second Team selection Mike Holloway Jr. — both out of Farleigh Dickinson University — and Hofstra University’s All-CAA Defensive Team selection Jacquil Taylor.

Boulter finished his career as one of the most successful student-athletes to play at Merrimack. He is tied for the winningest athlete in school history (76 wins), and was one of eight players in program annals to play in three different NCAA Tournaments. He was named the NE10 Championship’s Most Valuable Player, leading the Warriors to their first conference tournament crown in 19 years just one month ago.

The sharpshooter was a Northeast-10 All-Conference Third Team selection in 2018-19, finishing the year as NE10’s top 3-point shooter with a career-high 103 makes. He was the first Warriors to hit over 100 3-pointers in a single season since 1996.