, Newburyport, MA

November 13, 2013

Sports in a minute

Dan Guttenplan
Newburyport Daily News

---- — 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.

Football playoffs

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.

McManus recognized for brains

Triton Regional High alumnus Andrew McManus was recently recognized for his commitment to athletics and academics at Western New England University. McManus, a junior on the football team, was named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team. He will be included on the national ballot, which will be announced later this month.

Another honor for Davis

St. Michael’s College field hockey junior Cassaundra Davis (Newburyport High) was named to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference first team last week. She was among 14 players across the 11-school league selected. Davis was one of eight forwards chosen for the first team.

Davis, who landed on the NE-10 All-Rookie Team in 2011 before missing the entire 2012 season due to injury, was the first St. Michael’s all-conference first team pick 2008. She is currently tied for seventh in the league in goals (12) and is ninth in points (29), posting career highs in each category, as well as in assists (5). In 34 career contests, Davis has 45 points and 19 goals. Of the 26 goals in which she has played a hand during her career, 15 either gave her team the lead or tied the game.

From Port to the NBA

Two Newburyport natives have made nice careers for themselves in the NBA. Newburyport High alumni Sean Sullivan and Steve Markos are beginning their 12th seasons with the Boston Celtics. Sullivan is the senior director of event presentation, while Markos is the director of corporate partnership sales.

Winner’s Club meeting

The Winner’s Circle Running Club will hold its November meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. upstairs at the Winner’s Circle, preceded by the usual club run starting at 5:30. Topics to be discussed include the USATF-NE Grand Prix performance of club member Vicki Miller, who finished first in her age group.

This week’s football schedule

Division 4 Playoffs: Bedford at Pentucket (Saturday, 1:30)

Division 4 Non-Playoffs: Triton at Newburyport (Friday, 7); Winthrop at Amesbury (Friday, 7); Georgetown at Greater Lawrence Tech (Saturday, 10)

New England Bowl Championship: Governor’s Academy vs. Hamden Hill (Saturday, 1, Tabor Academy)