Murphy’s record-breaking day
Triton Regional High alumna Taelour Murphy started her indoor season off in historic fashion Saturday, breaking two UMass Lowell school records at the BU Season Opener in Boston. Murphy, a junior, broke UMass Lowell records in the 200- and 400-meter dashes.
Murphy won the 200 in a time of 24.21 seconds — 0.24 seconds ahead of Boston University’s Christina Wood. Murphy’s time bettered Nicole Giaquinto’s year-old school record by 0.40 seconds. Murphy also won the 400-meter dash in a school record time of 55.34, just 0.07 seconds ahead of teammate senior Elisabeth Monty. The times for both Murphy and Monty topped Therese Duncan’s school record of 55.99, set in 2001.
Amesbury coach ailing
Best wishes to Amesbury boys hockey coach Chris Kuchar, who has been hospitalized for two weeks due to a bout with pneumonia. The Amesbury community has rallied around the coach, providing meals to the Kuchar family. Needless to say, Kuchar has yet to make it to an Amesbury practice this season.
The Triton swim team
The Daily News failed to credit Triton athletic director Sean McInnis for his work that led to the inception of the coop swim team that will train out of the Newburyport YWCA this season. While the team will be comprised of swimmers from Newburyport, Triton and Georgetown, the team will compete under the name of Triton Regional High. Triton Superintendent of Schools Christopher Farmer signed the appointment letter for head coach Diane Sagaser.
Traverse for Thornton
Pentucket athletic director Dan Thornton recently shared that he completed — despite extreme conditions — hiking the Presidential Traverse back on Aug. 10 with sons Daniel and Ben. The Traverse is a hike across all of the presidential mountains in one day. The Thornton trio started up Mt. Madison and then went across the Crawford Path to the Webster Cliff Trail despite dangerous 80-mph winds. Eventually, they went more than 20 miles, covering Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce, Mt. Jackson and Mt. Webster. The hike took about 13 hours. Just to make the day more memorable, their car struck a moose on the way to the start of the hike!
Thanks to Coach A
New Georgetown wrestling coach Ryan Archambault said last week that he owes his background in wrestling to Central Catholic football coach Chuck Adamopoulos. When Archambault was an eight-grader in Georgetown, Adamopoulos was a student teacher at Georgetown High School. Already with a good eye for talent, Adamopoulos encouraged Archambault to go out for wrestling and told him he’d have success in the sport. Archambault did just that, wrestling for Adamopoulos for two years before Coach A went to Central Catholic and became wrestling coach there.
New voice of Clippers
Newburyport High alumnus Dan Leavitt will not be returning as the public address announcer for Newburyport High basketball games this season. He released the following statement yesterday:
“It has been a privilege to have worked as the public address announcer for the Newburyport basketball and ice hockey programs for the past decade. I am sorry to say that this season, because of my current employment, I will be unable to announce games. I would like to say how grateful I was to be part of such a excellent athletic program both as a player and a staff member and wish good luck to all the teams this winter.”
The Newburyport Boys Basketball Association’s seventh-grade team beat Amesbury, 55-35, on Saturday. Brett Ross led all scorers with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Harry Bovee added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Casey McLaren also scored 10 points.