Coaching praise

Newly-hired Windham head football coach Jack Byrne has a big fan in one of the area’s most successful football coaches.

Tom Ryan, who is heading into his seventh season as Methuen football head coach, was an assistant at Tewksbury during Byrne’s one season (2006) on the Redmen staff. Ryan joined the staff one season after Byrne graduated from Tewksbury (2001).

“Jack was always very inquisitive,” said Ryan. “He wanted to know how and why we did things. I could tell he was eventually going to be a head guy one day.”

Demeule Honored

Former Pentucket star Alex Demeule of the Stonehill College track team has been named Northeast-10 Conference Man of the Year.

Demeule beat out two other finalists for the award, which, “Honors senior student-athletes that excelled in all areas of their collegiate careers, on the field, in the classroom, and in the community” according to a press release.

Demeule earned All-American honors during the indoor track season as a member of Stonehill’s 4,000-meter distance medley relay team that placed fifth in a school-record 9:49.12 at the NCAA Division 2 Championship.

In the classroom, he delivered a 3.82 GPA and recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance.


Methuen’s Calvin Kattar scored a victory at UFC 238 on Saturday at the United Center in Chicago.

The 31-year-old Kattar beat Ricardo Lamas by knockout at 4:06 of Round 1. He improved his professional record to 20-3.

Young Zinter offered

North Andover’s Preston Zinter, who is heading into his freshman year at BB&N, received an offer from the University of Rhode Island football team last week. It came just a day after he graduating eighth grade.

Zinter, a receiver/defensive back, recently helped the eighth grade Mass. Elite All-Star football team advance to the Football University Youth National Championships. He is, of course, the little brother of Michigan football commit Zak Zinter.

Beginner dominance

If you are a high school athlete and believe it’s too late to give track a shot, take a look at what a few newcomers accomplished this spring.

Methuen senior Roan Marcano, a standout baseball player for the Rangers in 2018, won the North Decathlon this spring, setting the Eagle-Tribune area record with 6,275 points.

Lawrence junior Jerimil German, in his debut year of track, set the area record in the 100-meter dash (10.74) and placed second at New Englands.

Andover junior Michael Makiej and Central Catholic sophomore Dom Britto each took up high jumping this spring, their first in track. Makiej won the MVC title (6-4) and Britto took the EMass. Division 2 crown (6-4).

If you think you can do it, go for it.


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