, Newburyport, MA

September 10, 2013

Sports in a minute

Dan Guttenplan
Newburyport Daily News

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Triton Regional High Superintendent of Schools Christopher Farmer issued a release yesterday announcing that recently hired athletic director Sean McInnis has decided to “stay on” as the athletic director. After hiring McInnis in June, Farmer last month reopened the search for an athletic director after McInnis requested to be released from his contract due to a family emergency.

Farmer did not specify yesterday how long McInnis would remain the athletic director in his release, but the original contract was an agreement for the length of the school year. McInnis is Triton’s fifth athletic director in the last eight years.

Farmer’s statement reads: “Circumstances have changed such that Sean McInnis is in a position to withdraw his resignation. I have very readily agreed to that. Sean has made a great impression during his opening weeks with the district. Everyone has high expectations of him. I believe that the arrangement is good for Sean, and good for the district’s program, coaches and athletes.”

Boston Marathon registration

Registration for the 2014 Boston Marathon opened yesterday for anyone who beat their age/gender qualifying standard by 20 minutes or more. Registration opens tomorrow for those who beat their age/gender qualifying standard by 10 minutes or more. Registration opens Friday for those who beat their age/gender qualifying standard by five minutes or more. Finally, registration will open Monday for those who beat their age/gender qualifying standard by less than five minutes. Visit to register online.

The long wait

While some high school football teams will be playing their second game of the season this weekend, Pentucket remains idle. Because of scheduling complications, the Sachems don’t open until Sept. 20 at Amesbury. As for the other local football teams, Newburyport will open at Lynnfield Saturday at 11 a.m.; Amesbury will open at Triton Friday at 7 p.m.; and Georgetown will host Greater Lawrence Saturday at 1 p.m.

Book deals

Merrimac residents Tom and Ellen Zappala are celebrating the release of their new baseball book, “The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players,” with a local reception at the Merrimac Public Library on Sept. 21. The book focuses on the lives of the players featured on baseball cards used as prizes in Cracker Jack boxes in 1914 and 1915. Now 100 years old, these cards have become extremely collectible and valuable. The players include Eddie Collins, Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner. The event on Sept. 21 will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a talk and reception. Special guest Brian “Cappy” Sheehy will also be on hand in uniform to speak about his vintage team, The Essex Base Ball Club, and how the club continues the traditions of baseball as it was played in its infancy. A book signing by the Zappalas, along with contributor John Molori, is scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For every book sold that evening, $5 will be donated to the Merrimac Public Library for use in the Children’s Library.

Local schedule

Today’s games

GOLF: Amesbury at Newburyport, 3:30 p.m.; Lynnfield at Triton, 3:30 p.m.

FIELD HOCKEY: Saugus at Newburyport, 3:45 p.m.; Amesbury at Lynnfield, 3:45 p.m.; Masconomet at Triton, 3:45 p.m.

Tomorrow’s games

BOYS SOCCER: Saugus at Newburyport, 3:45 p.m.; Amesbury at Lynnfield, 3:45 p.m.; Masconomet at Triton, 3:45 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER: Newburyport at Saugus, 4:15 p.m.; Lynnfield at Amesbury, 3:45 p.m.; Triton at Masconomet, 3:45 p.m.

GOLF: Newburyport at Saugus, 3:30 p.m.; Triton at Amesbury, 3:30 p.m.; Pentucket at Lynnfield, 3:30 p.m.

CROSS-COUNTRY: Triton and Manchester Essex at Newburyport, 3:45 p.m.; Ipswich and Hamilton-Wenham at Amesbury, 3:45 p.m.; Pentucket at Saugus, 3:45 p.m.