, Newburyport, MA

October 9, 2013

Sports in a minute

Dan Guttenplan
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Amesbury hockey’s charity

Ten players from the Amesbury/Whittier Tech hockey program performed a fall-themed community service project Saturday. The players moved over 1,000 pumpkins — netting a total weight of over 25,000 pounds — to Main Street Congregational Church in Amesbury. The pumpkins will be sold, and the profits used to help the Amesbury community for meals, clothes and other essentials. Seven other players have volunteered in the Amesbury Youth Hockey Learn to Skate program. On Saturday, 80 youth-level players attended Learn to Skate, Amesbury’s largest turnout in five years.

Amesbury seniors Andy Reidy and Zach Fitzgerald, juniors Tabor Smith and Travis Motsis, and sophomores J.T. Chamberlain, Brendan Foley, Jake Harlow and Heath King played in the Hockey Night in Boston Summer Showcase. Chamberlain, Harlow, Smith and Fitzgerald were selected in the Select Showcase, which included some of the best players in New England.

Jersey switch

The Daily News reported yesterday that Pat Bjork did not get the start for the Georgetown football team in a loss to Ipswich Friday night. It turns out Bjork did start; only he switched jerseys from No. 82 to 11 before the game in order to look more like a quarterback in the pocket. Bjork will start again this week when the Royals take on Lynnfield.

Clancy’s path to the pros?

A story posted on about Merrimack College quarterback Joe Clancy, a native of Newburyport, written by Shaun DePasquale, wonders if the 6-foot-3 QB will be on the radar of NFL teams after following up his incredible junior season (3,945 yards, 31 TDs and 16 interceptions) with an even better senior season (25 TD passes, 1,971 yards and only three interceptions through five games). The story is titled “The Best QB No One Knows About: Merrimack’s Joe Clancy.”

Turkey Trot, Part 1

The Joppa Flats Running Club will host the annual Thanksgiving Day race at Maudslay State Park. This will be the 25th year John Wile has directed. The race has generated over $200,000 for various charities over the last 25 years. The Joppa Flats Running Club will continue contributing all of the net proceeds from this year’s race to local charities.

Turkey Trot, Part 2

The Winner’s Circle Running Club’s 24th Annual Wild Turkey Trot will be run on Thanksgiving morning at Pipestave Hill in West Newbury. For more information, visit or email Scott Walsh at In what seems to be a jab at another local Turkey Trot, the email blast for this race begins, “Why spend Thanksgiving at an industrial park?”

Long-running race

It’s worth noting the popular and unique Bobby Bell Road Race in Haverhill is only five days away. Now in its 27th year, it’s the longest continuous race in the region other than the Yankee Homecoming 10-Miler. It’s unique because of its adjusted scoring system. The race starts Sunday at 11 a.m. in front of the Lasting Room. A 5-Mile Joyce Moriarty Walk begins at 10:30 a.m.

Ambitious proposal

Several communities have upgraded — or are planning to upgrade — their athletic facilities in recent years, but few have proposed to do as much as Lynnfield. According to the plan laid out, Lynnfield will develop four artificial turf fields for all outdoor sports, including three with lights, add a new track while rebuilding fields and constructing a building at the stadium for concession stands, locker rooms, bathrooms and a trainer’s room. The cost for the project is, for now, $8.75 million.

Local schedule

Today’s games

CROSS-COUNTRY: Newburyport and Pentucket at Georgetown, 3:45 p.m.; Amesbury at North Reading, 3:45 p.m.; Triton and Saugus at Ipswich, 3:45 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER: Newburyport at Lynnfield, 3:45 p.m.; Triton at Amesbury, 3:45 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER: Amesbury at Triton, 7 p.m.

GOLF: Georgetown at Amesbury, 3:30 p.m.; Danvers at Triton, 3:30 p.m.

Tomorrow’s games

FIELD HOCKEY: North Reading at Newburyport, 3:45 p.m.; Amesbury at Ipswich, 3:45 p.m.; Triton at Hamilton-Wenham, 3:45 p.m.; Pentucket at Saugus, 3:45 p.m.

GOLF: Ipswich at Newburyport, 3:30 p.m.; Manchester Essex at Triton, 3:45 p.m.; Georgetown at Pentucket, 3:30 p.m.