Almost to Brooks

The Brooks wrestling team enjoyed a fantastic season, finishing 18-1 as the New England prep champion, but it was almost even stronger.

Phillips Exeter freshman star A.J. Pedro of Methuen, who was a New England champ, finished third at prep nationals and 30-2 at 152, came close to attending Brooks.

”I was on the waiting list there and I probably would have gone (to Brooks) — we have a good relationship with the Konovalchik family,” said Pedro. “But then I got an offer from Phillips (Exeter) and I couldn’t pass it up. It turned out OK ... I love being here (at Phillips Exeter).”

Flagg making mark

Austin Prep seems to be a great place to be a goalie. Not only does the boys team feature Haverhill’s Elijah Harris, but the rising girls team can boast Methuen’s Caty Flagg, who is enjoying an outstanding season.

Flagg, a sophomore, finished the regular season with a state-leading nine shutouts, has a goals-against average of 0.91 and a save percentage of .955. Her nine shutouts are just two fewer than what is thought to be the state record.

Durkin’s 8th title

Jared Durkin, an eighth grader who attends the Timberlane Middle School but wrestles for the Salem Boys Club, won what is thought to be a record eighth straight state title Sunday at Londonderry High. Jared’s brother, Jake, wrestles at Triton.

Timberlane won the team title, however, with Salem finishing second. Winning titles for Timberlane were Casey Broadhurst, Dylan Tremblay and Noah Beaulieau. It was Beaulieu’s third straight crown. Nick Roeger, Barret Kappler, Taylor Donovan and Dom Valenti all came in second.

For Salem, seventh graders Tristin Cabinta, Tyler Glynn and Riley Millette were all champions and sixth graders Joey Willson, Mikey Glynn and Matt Adams all won their weight classes to lead Salem to the 5th-6th grade title.

No to Ortiz

It looks like the Red Sox are about to cave in to David Ortiz’s demand for a contract extension. If that’s true, I hate to disagree with sports editor Bill Burt, but that’s not a smart move.

The Sox and Ortiz agreed to a two-year deal just last year and that should be honored. If they agree to a two-year deal now, will he want another extension next year?

Ortiz will be nearly 40 for the start of the 2015 season and it’s highly unlikely, at that age, that he’ll be healthy, productive or both. I doubt that many if any other teams would want a 40-year-old DH at high numbers so it says here that the Sox should wait until the end of the season to talk contract.

Besides, doesn’t Ortiz play his best when he has something to prove?

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