Bogar is Iowa-bound
Former North Andover softball star Aralee Bogar, who made quite an impression as a freshman, has really blossomed since moving to Byron Nelson High School, which is about 20 miles outside of Fort Worth in Texas.
Last year, Bogar set school records in one season for hits (45), runs (47) and stolen bases (33 of 33) and impressed the University of Iowa enough to offer her a scholarship, which she accepted. She is off to another good start this spring, which began with practice the last week of January.
Crew numbers rise
The popularity of crew as a varsity sport at Haverhill High is on the rise in its second complete year. One of the few sports which has both a fall and spring season, crew has attracted 25 boys and 33 girls this year at Haverhill, a significant increase from 16 and 19 a year ago.
Lacroix wins award
In case you missed it, former Salem High wrestling star Andy Lacroix was inducted into the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Hall of Fame in Providence. A two-time New England champ at Salem, Lacroix was a standout at Roger Williams and finished third at the Division 3 nationals in 2006.
Lacroix, who spent several years as a coach and English teacher at wrestling power Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania, currently is a teacher and head coach at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg.
A pass on Boston
One of the area’s top distance runners over the last two decades, Pelham’s Patrick Moulton, has run Boston in the past, but he’s opting for the Providence Marathon May 7 this year. The former Providence College standout is the general manager of Rhode Runner Inc.
Another former standout not running Boston this year is former Haverhill High and Merrimack College standout Jefferson Welch. He has moved to Manchester, N.H., and is tied up with work and wedding preparations.
While we’re on running, the unique Run to the Beach 30K last month, a free Boston Marathon training run from North Andover to Salisbury, had only seven runners go from start to finish. Since the weather was fine (mid-30s, dry, slight tailwind), race organizer Dave LaBrode isn’t sure why there was such a low turnout. There are usually 40-50 who go from point to point.
O’Reilly stays put
When he was named the new athletic director at Pinkerton last year, Brian O’Reilly wasn’t sure if he could continue to coach both football and lacrosse, but he’s back for the lacrosse season with no signs that he’ll give either sport up, saying that “coaching football last fall showed me it was possible I could still do it and be athletic director at the same time. Right now, I like coaching both sports.”
In his 35th year as boys lacrosse coach, O’Reilly enters the year with a 508-136 record and is believed to be just one of 14 coaches in the country to win at least 500 games. His teams have won 10 state titles and finished second eight times.
Fisher to Hillies
Haverhill American Legion co-coach John Trask, after 10 years assisting at Fisher College, is the new pitching coach at Haverhill High for Paul Sartori.
St. Thomas coach quits
St. Thomas of Aquinas football coach Eric Cumba, 31, has resigned after leading the team to two state titles and a runner-up to Windham in 2014. His position as assistant athletic director at the school was eliminated for next year.