NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

December 3, 2013

Sports in a minute

Dan Guttenplan
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Freeman’s fast start

It’s safe to say former Newburyport High state-champion hockey player Derek Freeman will never forget his first collegiate goal.

The Colgate University freshman scored for the first time in college Nov. 22 against defending national champion Yale in a 5-2 loss in Hamilton, N.Y. Freeman, who led the Newburyport hockey team to back-to-back appearances in the TD Garden for state-championship games in 2009 and 2010, has appeared in seven of Colgate’s 15 games so far. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound freshman capitalized on a puck that deflected off the official’s skate to the front of the net in the second period.

Freeman was there for the sliding shot that beat Yale goaltender Alex Lyon to the goal line closing Yale’s lead to 2-1. Yale is ranked in the top 10 of just about every ranking system for hockey publications.

Freeman, who played for the New Hampshire Monarchs in the EJHL last year in preparation for Division 1 collegiate hockey, tallied 122 points over his career at Newburyport.

Daily News All-Stars

The Daily News All-Star series will make its return this week as we recognize the best local student-athletes from each of the fall sports teams. The first team will appear in Thursday’s section, and we will run an All-Star team per sport for each successive day until the series is complete.

A smaller sample?

All of the MIAA Super Bowl games Saturday at Gillette Stadium being limited to 10-minute quarters. The thought here is that the usual 11-minute quarters should actually be expanded to 12, as is the case in New Hampshire. For the final game of the season, why not play more football to determine the state champions?

North Shore soccer

Soccer north of Boston doesn’t usually get a lot of credit, but it should have gotten a lot this year. We all know Newburyport (21-0-2) won the Division 3 girls championship, coming out of a Cape Ann League-laden Division 3 North bracket.

In addition, the Central Catholic (18-1) girls team was clearly one of the best in the area in years. On the boys’ side, Masconomet (23-1-1) won the Division 2 title and its toughest win in the tournament was over previously unbeaten North Andover (21-1). Somerville (21-2-1), meanwhile, lost on penalty kicks in the Division 1 finale and St. John’s Prep (17-3-1) had another terrific season.

Running it again

Page School of West Newbury teacher John Peterson is once again running the Boston Marathon for Team Go Kids Boston, which promotes good nutrition and fitness. Peterson finished shortly before the terrorist bombs last year. Anyone interested in donating to his cause should go to:

http://www.crowdrise.com/gokids2014bostonmarathon/fundraiser/johnpeterson1

250th gridiron win

Austin Prep’s Bill Maradei, whose squad beat Whittier Tech twice this year, achieved a milestone last week when he became the 14th football coach in state history to win 250 games when the Cougars defeated Lowell Catholic, 46-6.

The win was also the 150th for Maradei at Austin Prep after winning 100 at Dom Savio.

Maradei is one of two coaches in state history to win 100 games at two schools, the other being Bill Broderick, who accomplished it at Haverhill and Salem.

Retiring coaches

There are a couple of head jobs open in New England college football after the announcement that Thom Boerman has retired at Bentley College and Rich Cavanaugh stepped down at Southern Connecticut. Boerman was at Bentley for 28 years, the last five as head coach posting a 33-17 record while Cavanaugh leaves after 29 years and 170 wins. He had 19 winning seasons and claimed three NE-10 titles.