NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

November 20, 2013

Sports in a minute

Dan Guttenplan
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Lucky Runners

The Winner’s Circle Running Club has the running community’s equivalent of seven winning lottery tickets. The Club secured seven club invitational entries to the 2014 Boston Marathon. These numbers bypass the normal Boston Athletic Association qualifying standards as well as any fundraising obligation. For the price of the standard entry fee ($325), seven lucky Winner’s Circle members can secure numbers for what is expected to be the largest Boston Marathon ever in terms of participation numbers.

The Boston Athletic Association’s requirements for applicants are that they must be members of the Winner’s Circle Running Club, and must be able to run a 6-hour marathon. The Winner’s Circle’s criteria for the race includes the service to the club, participation in club events, demonstrated ability to run a marathon, and motivation to run Boston this year. The WCRC Board of Directors will make the final selections at the next board meeting on Dec. 5. Applicants will be notified shortly after.

Castantini’s College Career

Beth Castantini, who scored 1,000-plus points during her basketball career at Newburyport High, is a sophomore member of the UMass Dartmouth basketball team. As a freshman starter, she averaged 7.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.5 steals. She shot 80 percent from the free-throw line. The Corsairs advanced for the Little East Conference championship game for the first time in school history. In UMass Dartmouth’s opener this season — a 91-43 victory over Elms — Castantini had 10 points and six rebounds.

The Wishbone Classic

The first annual Wishbone Classic street-hockey tournament will be Nov. 29, starting at noon, at Nwburyport High. Visit Amesburysport.com to download an application. Players in grades K through 8 are welcome. Newburyport resident Pam Federico organized the event.

Powder Puff?

The annual Powder Puff football game between Pentucket and Triton will be Saturday at noon at Pentucket High. One interesting angle: Pentucket senior Julie Stasiuk will face off with her cousin, Molly Clay of Triton.

Eiserman still minding net

Former Newburyport High state-champion goaltender Chris Eiserman is now playing hockey for Fredonia State in New York. In Fredonia’s season-opening 6-4 victory over Potsdam, Eiserman earned the win while making 40 saves.

Row, row, row

The Essex Rowing Club recently completed its season, after competing in events all over the Northeast, such as the Head of the Charles, Head of the Fish, and the Textile Regatta. Locals Joshua Bruk of Merrimac and Ben Thibeau of West Newbury are members of the club.

Niko’s season-finale

Georgetown High alumnus Niko Edwards completed his football season with Hebron Academy on Saturday. Edwards, a quarterback, had 19 carries for 136 yards and two touchdowns.

Brother runs, too

Former Pentucket and UMass Lowell star Eric McDonald wasn’t the only member of the family to run his first marathon the weekend before last at the Rock ‘N Roll Marathon in Savannah, Ga. His brother, Nathan, also ran his first marathon and finished in 3:43:33, well under his goal of four hours. He had moved from Groveland to Augusta, Ga., a year ago.

Boosting Amherst

In the 128th meeting between Amherst College and Williams, former Georgetown football and baseketball star Jaymie Spears of Haverhill keyed Amherst in its 20-7 victory. The sophomore defensive back had an interception and team-high seven tackles (including six solo).