Tom Darrin: Honored by Reading

Honor for Darrin

Windham wrestling coach Tom Darrin was honored over the weekend when he took the Jaguars to Reading for a quad-meet. Darrin, who coached for 34 years at Reading and in 1999 was inducted into the Massachusetts Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame, had the wrestling room named after him.

Darrin is now in his third year at Windham, where he has already built a winning program and last year was honored as the New Hampshire wrestling Coach of the Year.

Struggling BC

It wasn't a good week to be a supporter of Boston College athletics, not by a long shot.

The highly regarded hockey team, after Sunday's 2-2 tie with Merrimack College, is 1-2-1 in its last four games, the women's basketball team dropped to 5-10 and lost former Central Catholic star Katie Zenevitch to a concussion in an embarrassing 38-35 home loss to Virginia Tech, the men's basketball team fell to 5-10 with the tough part of the schedule still to come and standout linebacker Luke Kuechly announced that he will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

What's more, early reports are that the Eagles' football recruiting is not going particularly well.

New 'Cats assistant

New Whittier Tech wrestling coach Harry Takesian has a new assistant coach on hand. It's former Wildcat wrestler Chris Grandmaison, who had been helping out at Andover. Grandmaison had considerable success at Whittier and later competed in mixed martial arts.

Central game changed

With the Patriots set to take on the Broncos Saturday night, Central Catholic boys basketball has moved its Saturday gave vs. Lawrence to 5 p.m. It was originally set to tip off at 6 p.m.

DH at Londonderry

Pinkerton and Londonderry will have their traditional basketball doubleheader Friday at Londonderry and the focus this year will be on the girls game, which gets underway at 6 p.m. The Astros are unbeaten in New Hampshire and Londonderry has lost just once, to powerhouse Bishop Guertin. In recent years, the Mack Plaque rivals have always had some intense battles.

Masco still in CAL?

Is Masconomet making a mistake by delaying its eventual exit from the Cape Ann League? It says here that, yes, it is. After North Andover leaves the CAL, the Chieftains will have little competition and, more important, if it delays a move to another conference, its options may be limited.

Study on boy swimmers

The MIAA Swimming committee formed a sub-committee last week to address the hot topic of boys swimmers participating in girls meet. The issue came to the forefront in November when Norwood's Will Higgins broke the South sectional record in the 50-yard freestyle race (should it count as a record?) and it came up again when Methuen's Scott DelRossi nearly won the Division 1 state crown in the 50 freestyle, only to be edged by Haverhill's Sarah Driscoll.

They will present their findings at the next swim committee meeting, scheduled for April 12.

Boon for indoor track

The unusually warm weather may not be good for the high school ski season, but it's probably been great for indoor track runners from schools, like Haverhill and Pentucket, which don't have access to an indoor facility. By running outside almost every day, workouts are better and injuries are less likely.

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