AD SITUATION STILL UNKNOWN

The North Andover athletic community is waiting for answers from the Superintendent of Schools & School Committee about the hiring process for the new athletic director/assistant principal.

The NAHS position, according to outsiders, is considered one of the primo AD jobs in the state, with their college-grade facilities and the incredible number of student-athletes in town. Despite the move to the “mighty” Merrimack Valley Conference the school has more than held its own in almost every sport for boys and girls.

With current AD Jon Longley’s contract not being renewed, that job would probably draw a few dozen worthy candidates from the state and beyond.

But word has it that the position, for some unexplained reasons, was not opened up for the best available candidates.

Is that true? Do the sports-crazed residents really want this hiring system for one of its most important public institutions ... the high school?

Think of the search for the boys basketball coach, which was opened up and drew a handful of great candidates, including the guy who finally got, Paul Tanglis, an NAHS alum. It was legit and it hired a legit candidate.

The townspeople, particularly those that care about youth sports, deserve better. This is a very important decision that should not be shrouded in secrecy.

Stay tuned. We sure will be.

WHITE ATTACKING RECORD

We recently documented the fabulous tennis career of North Andover High senior Kyle White, who holds the school record for wins (47), beating the mark of Michael Terranova, who tallied 45 victories before graduating in 2012.

White, who was also the co-captain of the boys hoop team, has a chance to put some distance between him and second place as the state tournament begins this week.

The most amazing aspect of White’s story is that he didn’t pick up a tennis racquet until a few weeks before his freshman year, later focusing on the sport and becoming an all-time great.

Ortiz owns Turner Field

David Ortiz’s home run on Monday was his seventh in only 12 games played at Turner Field, and it came on his 36th at-bat at the ballpark.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, it marks the fewest at-bats ever needed to hit seven homers at Turner Field, well ahead of the next-fastest players to the mark: Mark Teixeira is second at 48 at-bats and Albert Pujols is third at 54.

Also, since the start of 2005, Ortiz has 21 homers and 47 RBI in 191 at-bats as a first baseman. Among players with at least 75 at bats as a first baseman in that time, he has the best at -ats/HR ratio (9.1) and AB/RBI ratio (4.1).

DECARLO STARS IN CLASSROOM, TOO

UNH sophomore sprinter Christopher DeCarlo of Derry, N.H. was named to the America East All-Academic team.

DeCarlo, a civil engineering major with a 3.92 GPA, took home the first America East All-Academic Team honor of his career. The sophomore was also inducted into the National College Athletic Honors Society, Chi Sigma Alpha, earlier this year.

During the season, DeCarlo placed in the top-eight in 10 events. At the Stony Brook Wolfie Invitational, the sophomore’s relay team won the 4x100-meter relay with a total time of 43.76 seconds. He also placed sixth in the 100-meter dash at Stony Brook (11.52 seconds). The highlight of his season came during the America East Track and Field Championships where he earned fifth with the 4x100 relay team (42.52 seconds).

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