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October 22, 2013

Sports in a minute


Newburyport Daily News

---- — Triton’s tourney bid

The Triton girls soccer team clinched a state-tournament berth for the first time in more than 10 years yesterday with a victory over Pentucket. The Vikings (8-5-1) are led by first-year coach Mike Weisberg. The team’s previous coach, Dick Loschi, had the squad on the brink of a tournament berth in 2010, when the Vikings needed one victory in their final four games to qualify. The Vikings were unable to pull off the feat. Before Loschi took over in 2009, Dan Boyle led Triton to a record of 27-67-13 over six seasons.

Garden in January?

The Triton boys basketball team will play a regular-season game at the TD Garden this season. The Vikings will play Bishop Fenwick Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. at the home of the Celtics and Bruins.

Former Gov on the shelf

Former Governor’s Academy football player Robert Francois, now a linebacker with the Green Bay Packers, was placed on injured reserve Oct. 7 after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in a game against the Lions. Francois was playing in place of starting inside linebacker Brad Jones, who left the game with a hamstring injury. The lost left the Packers especially thin at inside linebacker. Francois will also be missed on special teams. He’s been one of the team’s top coverage players since 2011.

Eideh’s college first

Newburyport High alumnus Yazid Eideh scored his first collegiate goal as a member of the Keene State soccer team Saturday in a 3-1 victory over Little East Conference rival UMass Boston. Eideh gave KSC (5-9-0) a 2-1 lead with a left-footed shot that bounced into the net.

Davis honored again

Newburyport High alumna Cassaundra Davis, a St. Michael’s College junior, was honored for the second time this season by the Northeast-10 Conference, earning a spot on last week’s NE-10 Weekly Honor Roll. In a 2-0 victory over Dowling College, Davis scored both goals for the visitors.

Local ties to Tufts

The Tufts football team lost a tough one Saturday, 49-35 to Williams, which made it 28 defeats in a row for the Jumbos. This was a particularly tough loss because Williams, like Tufts, entered the game with an 0-4 record. Former Pentucket standout Tommy Beaton is the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator for the Jumbos. Newburyport High head football coach Ed Gaudiano and athletic director Bob Clarke were defensive assistants at Tufts until 1988, when they came to Newburyport together.

Senior Night Alert

The Newburyport field hockey team will host Triton tomorrow night at Amesbury Park at 7. Parents of senior players will be honored before the game. Similar ceremonies will take place for the boys and girls soccer teams on Friday night. The boys will host Triton at World War Memorial Stadium at 5, and the girls’ game will immediately follow.

Local schedule

Today’s meet

CROSS-COUNTRY: Newburyport at Amesbury, 3:45 p.m.

Tomorrow’s games

BOYS SOCCER: Newburyport at Pentucket, 3:45 p.m.; Rockport at Amesbury, 7 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER: Newburyport at Pentucket, 3:45 p.m.; Amesbury at Rockport, 6 p.m.

FIELD HOCKEY: Triton at Newburyport, 7 p.m. (Amesbury Sports Park); Pentucket at North Reading, 7 p.m.