NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

September 26, 2013

Sports in a minute

Dan Guttenplan
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Spears starring

Former Georgetown football and basketball standout Jaymie Spears, a sophomore defensive back for the Amherst football team, sparked his team’s 23-7 victory over Hamilton Saturday. Spears made six tackles and had an interception, which he returned 45 yards.

Rowe’s NE-10 honor

Newburyport High alumna Molly Rowe, a sophomore defenseman for the Bentley University field hockey team, made the Northeast-10 Conference Honor Roll for the week ending September 23. During a week in which Bentley went 2-1 with two shutouts, Rowe led the defense at center back by making several key circle clears. She played every minute of each game and also scored a goal, the first of her career, against Assumption Thursday night.

UMass Lowell ranked No. 1

The UMass Lowell hockey team was selected as the nation’s No. 1 team in the USA Today preseason poll. Of the other New England schools, Boston College was fourth, Quinnipiac 11th, UNH 13th and Providence 15th. For the first time in recent memory, Boston University wasn’t ranked in the preseason.

Start your engines

Amesbury’s Turner Motorsport is preparing for the final race of the 2013 Grand-Am season at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn., this Saturday. The race potentially marks the last time Turner Motorsport will race the iconic BMW M3 at the BMW sponsored track, as Lime Rock is not on the 2014 United Sports Car Series schedule. To celebrate 20 years of racing and Turner Motorsport’s 280th professional race start at Lime Rock Park, the No. 97 GS class M3 running in Saturday morning’s two-and-a-half hour Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race will feature a retro livery recreated from the Speed World Challenge E46 325i touring car which ran at Lime Rock in 2003. Will Turner and Don Salama will be behind the wheel together for the first time since 2009 at Laguna Seca where they made history as the first E90 chassis BMW to win in Grand-Am racing in the No. 95 328i ST class BMW.

Race schedule

National Farmers Market Association’s Fresh Food 10K & 15K Run, hosted by Heat Event Management, will be Oct. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury. The registration closing date is Oct. 4 at noon. Visit freshfoodrun.com for more info.

Apple Harvest Run

The Apple Harvest Run will be Oct. 6 (1-mile run at noon, 5-mile run at 12:30 p.m., 5K at 12:40 p.m.) at Action Cove Playground in West Newbury. Register at www.appleharvestrun.org. The annual event is a fundraiser for the John C. Page Elementary School PTO, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting educational and cultural programs for the school’s students.

Green Stride Half

The third annual Green Stride Newburyport Half Marathon and Relay will be Oct. 20 at 11 a.m., starting at 260 Merrimac Street. Visit http://www.newburyporthalfmarathon.com/ for more information.

All Women and One Lucky Guy

The All Women and One Lucky Guy Half Marathon will be Nov. 3 at 11 a.m., starting at Newburyport High. Visit http://www.allwomenshalf.com/ for more information.

Today’s games

FIELD HOCKEY: Manchester Essex at Newburyport, 3:45 p.m.; Amesbury at Masconomet, 3:45 p.m.; Ipswich at Triton, 3:45 p.m.; Lynnfield at Pentucket, 3:45 p.m.

GOLF: Masconomet at Newburyport, 3:30 p.m.; Ipswich at Amesbury, 3:30 p.m.; Triton at Danvers, 3:45 p.m.

Tomorrow’s games

FOOTBALL: North Reading at Newburyport, 7 p.m.

FIELD HOCKEY: Pentucket at Ipswich, 3:45 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER: Amesbury at Masconomet, 3:45 p.m.; Ipswich at Triton, 7 p.m.; Lynnfield at Pentucket, 3:45 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER: Masconomet at Amesbury, 3:45 p.m.; Triton at Ipswich, 3:45 p.m.; Pentucket at Lynnfield, 3:45 p.m.

GOLF: Pentucket at Triton, 3:30 p.m.