RESPECT FOR KNIGHTS

Rather impressive that three North Andover seniors made the 15-player Boston Herald preseason MIAA Eastern Mass. All-Star football offense: QB Jake McElroy, RB Darren Watson and kicker Gabe DeSouza. Central’s Cam Boes and Joe Howshan made second-team defense.

SHOTPUTTING WRESTLER

Professional wrestler Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, who died recently, once was one of the country’s top high school shot putters (69-3.75) and, according to Wikipedia, was in NFL camps with the Raiders and Cowboys.

MIXED RESULTS

The media’s frequent glorifying of Title IX virtually never touches on the sports which are cancelled because of the landmark federal legislation.

LAWRENCE STORM

St. John’s University basketball (@StJohnsBBall) tweeted out an interesting interview with recruit L.J. Figueroa. Check out what the sophomore from Lawrence has to say here: twitter.com/StJohnsBBall/status/1027602868923260928.

FRIDAY FOOTBALL

The Queen City Jamboree is Friday at Manchester’s Gill Stadium:

3:30: Trinity vs. West; 4:30: Timberlane vs. Goffstown; 5:30: Milford vs. Concord; 6:30: Souhegan vs. Man. Central; 7:30: Salem vs. Bedford; 8:30: BG vs. Memorial

CAKES ARE BAKING

UTL birthday wishes go out to North Andover volleyball’s Julia Webster (17 Tuesday), Methuen golf’s Corey Ciccotelli (16 Wednesday), Central football’s Osho Omoyeni (18 Thursday), Triple A baseball player Mike Yastrzemski of Andover (28 Thursday), New York Knick Noah Vonleh of Haverhill (23 Friday) and Bryant University football analytics whiz Zachary Chase from Methuen (19 Saturday).

SALUTE THE FLAG

Add to the All-Name Team Salve Regina football tri-captain John Salute.

ATTABOY TO ...

Haverhill’s Brian Ward, who has signed with the AHL’s Binghamton Devils. In the “It’s a small world” department, Binghamton’s new coach is, of course, former Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy.

ONE FINAL THOUGHT

If you can bring a smile to someone’s face today, just do it.

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E-mail Mike at mmuldoon@eagletribune.com