, Newburyport, MA

October 10, 2013

Sports in a minute

Newburyport Daily News

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The Newburyport and Triton hockey programs will be vying for berths in the Division 1 North tournament in the 2013-14 season. Both programs recently applied for four-year commitments as Division 1 programs to the Mass. Interscholastic Athletic Association, and as of yesterday, both programs had their applications accepted.

Both Newburyport and Triton will remain in the Cape Ann League during the four-year commitment, meaning each school will play 12 Cape Ann League games each season. For the 2013-14 season, both schools will play schedules similar to the ones they played in 2012-13, since the coaches mapped out their respective schedules prior to receiving word of the Division 1 acceptance.

In future years, Newburyport coach Paul Yameen and Triton coach Drew Wile will attempt to round out their respective schedules with Division 1 opponents. Newburyport already has four or five annual games against Division 1 opponents in place.

Newburyport and Triton will be eligible for the Division 1 tournament if they win 50 percent of their games — regardless of whether they are playing Division 1 or Division 2 opponents. The only difference moving forward is that Newburyport and Triton will play its postseason games against Division 1 foes.

Plenty of additional information will be forthcoming in The Daily News.

Rugby Black Bears

Newburyport High alumnus Thomas Coffe and Amesbury High alumnus Connor Norton are members of the University of Maine rugby team. Norton, a second-year player, and Coffe, a rookie, are both enrolled in UMaine’s School of Engineering. The Black Bears are 2-2 in the New England College Maine Division. Norton was a member of the 2012 state-champion Essex County Bulldog Youth Rugby Football Club.

The Davis double

Newburyport High alumna Cassaundra Davis, a junior forward on the St. Michael’s field hockey team, scored twice yesterday afternoon to lead her team to a 4-0 win over Franklin Pierce University in Northeast-10 Conference play at Duffy Field.

Vintage baseball

The Essex Base Ball Organization will host Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts Oct. 19 at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury. The event honors Janice Sheehy, who lost her battle with breast cancer earlier this year. Sheehy was a dedicated art teacher in the Lawrence school system and mother to Essex Base Ball Organization President Brian Sheehy. The day will include four vintage base ball games beginning at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Sheehy at

Captains Corner

The Daily News would like to recognize the captains of local fall sports teams. Please email a group photo of a particular team’s captains to Daily News sports editor Dan Guttenplan at

Local schedule

Today’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.

Tomorrow’s games

FOOTBALL: Newburyport at Triton, 7 p.m.; Ipswich at Amesbury, 7 p.m.; Pentucket at Masconomet, 7 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER: North Reading at Amesbury, 3:45 p.m.; Triton at Rockport, 6 p.m.; Pentucket at Georgetown, 3:45 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER: Amesbury at North Reading, 3:45 p.m.; Rockport, at Triton, 3:45 p.m.; Georgetown at Pentucket, 3:45 p.m.