After all these years, the former Pentucket wrestling legend has not lost his compassion. When a Saugus player began to panic and hyperventilate after a leg injury last Saturday, Hayden sprinted over to hold the opposing player’s hand and calm him down as medical professionals hustled to help.
Hayden’s Sachems, undefeated at 5-0, may field the smallest inside linebacker duo in all of football in 5-foot-5, 140-pound Josh Wesolowski and 5-foot-7, 160-pound senior co-captain Chris Croteau. Perhaps toughness and fearlessness run in the family for the two hard-hitters. They are cousins.
The Newburyport golf team placed 10th out of 19 teams in the EMass. Division 3 North tournament. Brendan Crowther led the Clippers with a score of 84 over 18 holes at Far Corner. Travis Koocher (86), Ben Ventura (86), Kyle Bushnell (91), Griffin Brown (93) and Steven Simkins (95) also competed for Newburyport (10-5).
In his final comments to the team, Malenfant shared that only 2 percent of the golfing public is able to play 18 holes in less than 100 strokes. As someone who is in the 98 percent of the golfing public, I enjoyed that stat.
Help on the way
While the Georgetown varsity football team has had a forgettable start at 0-6, the Royals freshman team provided reason for optimism Monday when it posted a 38-30 victory over Amesbury. The Royals forced a turnover in the final two minutes and drove for the game-winning score.
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.
FIELD HOCKEY: Newburyport at Georgetown, 3:45 p.m.