NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

September 4, 2013

Sports in a minute

Dan Guttenplan
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Clancy’s curtain call

Newburyport High alumnus Joe Clancy will return to the football field this Friday night when his Merrimack College Warriors open at Wagner. Clancy earned Northeast-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year last fall after leading the nation in passing yards per game (399.0). His 3,945 yards and 31 touchdowns rewrote the Merrimack College record book. The Warriors, who finished 6-4 last season, will look to earn an NE-10 title after finishing fifth last season.

Fullerton sizzles

Pat Fullerton, a Haverhill native who manages Greater Boston Running Company in Newburyport, continued his dominance on the local road race circuit last week when he smoked the field in the Atkinson 5K Road Race in a course-record time of 14:21. He finished two minutes ahead of runner-up Samuel Fazioli of Salem and more than 30 seconds faster than the record set by Robert Hoppler, the UNH cross-country coach, in 1990.

Special Athletes 5K

The Newburyport Special Athletes 5K will be run tonight (6:45 start) around the lake in Wakefield. The event, which supports the Newburyport Special Athletes, will start at the Clarion Inn. For more information, contact Kevin Moore at kmoorep@msn.com.

Govs take the field

The Governor’s Academy football team will return to the field for preseason workout today in anticipation of its second title defense in a row. The Govs are currently riding an 18-game winning streak, which was culminated with a victory over Cheshire in last year’s Tom Flaherty Bowl. Former Triton coach Jim O’Leary will begin his fourth season with the Govs.

MacRae takes new role

Newburyport resident Steve MacRae has taken on a new leadership role this fall. After building the Newburyport Boys Basketball Association into one of the top youth programs on the North Shore as president of the league over the last six years, MacRae has moved on to a new role as president. He will begin his role as president of the Newburyport All-Sports Boosters tonight at the first meeting of the year at 7 p.m. in the NHS cafeteria.

Newburyport cheers

After only four students demonstrated interest in joining the cheer team at the start of the preseason last month, there was concern that the Clippers would be without a team this fall. Those concerns have been alleviated through a lot of recruiting and the hire of new coach Nadine Holohan. Football fans can expect to see cheerleaders on the sidelines during games this season.

Still swinging away

Georgetown’s Karen Richardson of Far Corner finished fifth at the WGAM Keyes Cup last week in Ipswich, scoring a two-round total of 166.

Today’s schedule

BOYS SOCCER: North Reading at Newburyport, 3:45 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER: Newburyport at North Reading, 3:45 p.m.

FIELD HOCKEY: Ipswich at Amesbury, 3:45 p.m.; Hamilton-Wenham at Triton, 3:45 p.m.; Saugus at Pentucket, 3:45 p.m.GOLF: Wilmington at Amesbury, 3:30 p.m.; Saugus at Triton, 3:30 p.m.

Tomorrow’s schedule

BOYS SOCCER: Saugus at Pentucket, 3:45 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER: Pentucket at Saugus, 3:45 p.m.

FIELD HOCKEY: Newburyport at North Reading, 3:45 p.m.

GOLF: Triton at Ipswich, 3:30 p.m.