McDonald’s marathon debut
Former Pentucket and UMass Lowell standout Eric McDonald couldn’t have done better at his first marathon attempt. At last Saturday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Savannah, Ga., the 23-year-old McDonald finished first in 2:29:47. Runner-up Steven Ryan of Brooklyn, N.Y., didn’t come in until 2:41:12.
Peterson’s sports life
Newburyport High alumnus Eric Peterson was named the assistant director of athletic communications at Brown University in March. The 2006 graduate of NHS earned a degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University in 2010. He worked in the athletic communications offices at Bryant University, Southern Connecticut State University and UNH before earning his post at Brown. Peterson was a member of a Class D champion 4x100 relay team at Newburyport, along with Garrett Harms, Pat Sheehan and Tom Svirsky.
Heading into the sectional final weekend, 11 of the 24 teams left in the Eastern Mass. tournament would not have made the playoffs under the old system. The one local team remaining in the playoffs, Pentucket, would have made the playoffs under the old system as the Cape Ann League Kinney Division champion.
Govs in NE Bowl Championship
The Governor’s Academy finished its regular season with a victory over Belmont Hill Saturday. The win clinched a tie for the Independent School League championship with Milton Academy. For the third year in a row, the Govs have been invited to play in a New England Bowl Championship. On Saturday at 1 p.m., the Govs will play Hamden Hall School from Connecticut at Tabor Academy.
Cup of Coffey
The Coffey siblings of West Newbury are multi-sport stars at Governor’s Academy. Kiley Coffey was co-captain and three-time All-ISL selection in field hockey. She is also a standout lacrosse player. Zach Coffey, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, had three catches for 130 yards and and two touchdowns last week in the win over Belmont Hill. He transferred from Central Catholic and is repeating his sophomore year.