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November 5, 2013

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Pentucket is mourning

Our thoughts go out to the Pentucket soccer community, which is mourning the death of the father of junior Pentucket Regional High soccer player Sean Keegan. Ken Keegan, who coached soccer at the Merrimack youth level, died Sunday morning while playing a men’s league game just hours before Pentucket’s quarterfinal matchup against Watertown.

“During a time like this, all you can do is lend your support to the family in any way possible,” Pentucket coach Christian Langlois said.

Langlois learned of Keegan’s death Sunday morning and broke the news to many of his players when they gathered to take the bus to Watertown at 11 a.m. Ken Keegan coached Pentucket’s summer league team, so many of the Sachems played under him at some point.

“We called Sean, and he told us to play the game, and get a win if we could,” Langlois said. “So, we played, but we lost.”

The Sachems fell to Watertown 2-1 to cap a season in which they went 11-6-3.

“It’s horrible,” Langlois said. “We’re working on putting together a gift for the family. The guys are going to wear their soccer jerseys to the wake. It’s a terrible tragedy.”

Time change

This week’s Newburyport football game against Stoneham has been scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. Stoneham does not play home games under the lights in November.

Willmonton, Quigley shine

The Triton cross-country team competed at the Mass. State Track Coaches Association Invitational in Wrentham Saturday. Liz Willmonton placed third overall (19:35) in the 11th- and 12th-grade race. Madeline Quigley placed fourth (20:09) in the 10th-grade race.

Gagnon takes home state title

Nock Middle School sixth-grader Lucy Gagnon placed first in the Mass. Middle School Cross-Country Meet in the fifth- and sixth-grade division Saturday.

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