Bright future for girls hoops
The Northeast seventh and eighth grade girls hoop squad, coached by former Haverhill High standout Caitlin Masys, did well recently at the Bay State Games, winning two of three contests and narrowly missing a berth in the medal round.
Local heroes were plentiful starting with superb Game 1 efforts from Methuen's Tyra-Ann Scott (15 points and 12 rebounds) and Andrea Terranova of Haverhill (11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists). Despite a Game 2 loss to the eventual silver medalists, Kelly Dorandi of Methuen (7 points and 7 assists) had a solid outing. And in Game 3, Plaistow's Ally Ruth (17 points including 3 for 4 from 3-point range) and Haverhill's Cassidy Lawver (5 points) excelled.
Brett Johnson, Michaela Martin, Courtney McDonald and Jordyn Poole, all of Haverhill, contributed stellar defense and excellent rebounding throughout the tourney.
"These girls worked really hard," Masys said, "practicing every week since the beginning of April."
Monarchs making summer cool
The AHL's Manchester Monarchs will hold their first-ever Summer Fan Fest at the Verizon Wireless Arena Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The plaza of the arena will have inflatable bounce houses, a dunk tank, photo opportunities with mascot Max, games with former Monarchs players and a blowout sidewalk sale.
A portion of Elm Street will also be blocked off for a street hockey tournament. Four divisions of eight teams each will play three 14-minute long games in a round-robin style tournament with the top four teams in each division competing for the championship. To sign your team up, visit monarchsjungle.com/street-hockey-tournament.
For more details on the event, visit manchestermonarchs.com.
Tiger hawks Japanese heat rub
After a pay cut from Nike, less endorsement deals left, and big expenses like a $100 million divorce settlement, an injured Tiger Woods is pursuing alternative income streams.
Woods recently signed an agreement to hawk a heat rub in Japan, a far cry from his commercials for Pepsi and Gillette during the glory days.
The last time Woods showed up in Japanese TV ads was in 1997, when he promoted Asahi Wonda coffee, back before he became a phenomenon.
A rising New Zealand swim star has won a landmark legal battle to compete for his nation without his parents' permission.
The New Zealand Herald reported that phenom Justin Wright, 17, was denied permission because of his romance with 24-year-old U.S. Olympic gold medalist Rhiannon "Rhi" Jeffrey, but Wright won a legal battle that removes that obstacle.
The parents said that Jeffrey had "stolen [Justin] from the cradle," but in what is reportedly a legal first in the country, the talented teen won court permission last week to be a member of the organization without his parents' permission.
"I couldn't believe [my parents] had done that," Wright said. "But now that we have been through the court and I can swim I am pretty happy."
"It was unfortunate that it came to this," Jeffrey, a Florida native, said. "I can understand their reservations about the age difference but I see myself as a big kid anyway."
Big game alert
Little League: Andover National vs. Stoneham at Tewksbury's Poulin Field, 7:30 p.m.
Step No. 2 on the road to Williamsport as the Mass. Section 4 tourney's round-robin play begins featuring the top four 12-year old teams in the northeast region.
Tops on TV
MLB: Red Sox at Baltimore, 12:35 p.m., NESN
Getaway day provides some afternoon delight for Sox fans as Andrew Miller (3-1, 5.68 ERA) takes the mound to battle the O's Jake Arrieta (9-6, 5.10).