River Rival connection
The UMass Lowell women’s indoor track team in benefitting from an infusion of talent from the River Rival Region. Triton Regional alumna Taelour Murphy, a UMass Lowell junior who broke two school records in the opening meet of the season, turned in another strong performance Saturday at the Northeastern University Jay Carisella Invitational at the Reggie Lewis Center. Murphy, a Salisbury native, won the 60-meter dash (7.62) and 200 meters (24.97).
“Her top end speed is good,” said UMass Lowell coach Gary Gardner. “In the past week, we really worked on her start.”
Pentucket Regional alumna Alexis Kitsakos also won an event for UMass Lowell at the Northeastern Invitational. The junior from Merrimac won the 500 meters in 1:17.19, the second fastest time among America East runners this season.
IC alumni at Bishop Fenwick
Newburyport’s Immaculate Conception has been well represented on the Bishop Fenwick athletic fields this school year. IC alumna Rachel Connelly was the captain of the Bishop Fenwick field hockey team, which qualified for the state tournament. IC alumnus Charlie St. Pierre was a captain and starting offensive lineman for the state-champion Fenwick football team. Ryan Connelly will serve as a captain for the Fenwick basketball team. Carson Christuk is an All-Central Catholic League swimmer. Maggie Schlich was a promising freshman on the field hockey team. Brothers Cam and Tyler Mirra both played for the soccer team that made the state tournament. Chris Terry was a promising freshman on the Super Bowl winning football team.
One Pentucket hockey player has recorded 100 career points in the history of the program. Who is that player? Check the bottom of the column for the answer.
Frozen Four to Boston
This is good news for area college hockey fans. The TD Garden in Boston has been selected as the host site for the 2015 men’s hockey championships. Boston was also the host in 1998 and 2004.
The 2014 Frozen Four will be held in Philadelphia April 10 and April 12.
The popular Winner’s Circle Running Club Boston Training Run series starts Saturday. Eight runs of increasing distance will be held at two-week intervals, spanning the Boston training time frame. All WCRC members are invited to participate, whether or not you are running Boston. This week’s WCRC Boston Training Long Run (10-12 miles) will be at the Winner’s Circle Sports Bar in Salisbury starting at 9:30 a.m.
The Winner’s Circle Running Club’s New Year’s Day Classic (a.k.a. Hangover Classic) 10K and 5K Road Races will be run on Jan. 1, at the Carousel Lounge at Salisbury Beach, MA. Proceeds will benefit the charitable activities and youth and adult running programs of the Winner’s Circle Running Club. For more information visit http://www.runthecircle.org/hangover.htm or email Nick Paquette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amesbury hockey growing
Amesbury hockey coach Chris Kuchar reported last week that his team has 48 candidates this year. The program appears to be moving in the right direction, as was evidenced by an opening-night tie against Triton on Saturday. As recently as 2007, the participation numbers at Amesbury were so low that the school had to form a coop with Whittier to keep the program alive. Now the team’s participation numbers are on par with Triton and slightly lower than Newburyport.
Amesbury sophomore Brendan Foley assisted on the team’s second goal in a 2-2 tie against Triton Saturday night. The Daily News erred in identifying the Indians player credited with the assist in the original report.
Newburyport will host the 10th annual Institution For Savings Girls Basketball Tournament Dec. 27 and 28. Newburyport, Triton, Manchester Essex and Ipswich will compete in the tournament. Games will be played at 5 and 7 p.m. each night. A youth clinic will run 3 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 27.
Aztec Soccer recently announced that Greg Cosgrove has joined its coaching staff effective immediately. A native of the United Kingdom, Cosgrove has an impressive coaching and playing history and adds to the depth of Aztec Soccer’s coaching staff. Cosgrove has his USSF National “A” License, NSCAA Premier Diploma and UEFA “B” License. His coaching experience includes spending 2000-2013 with FC Stars of Massachusetts, 2000-2004 as a Massachusetts ODP Staff Coach and 2002-2004 as a Region 1 ODP Staff Coach. His initial duties with the Aztecs will include serving as a head coach with U10 and U11 girls teams and running vacation clinics.
The one and only 100-point scorer in Pentucket hockey history is Billy Bomba, who played for the Sachems from 2001 to 2004.