NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

September 12, 2013

Sports in a minute

Dan Guttenplan
Newburyport Daily News

---- — An NFL player with local ties

Governor’s Academy alumnus Robert Francois appears to have found a home with the Green Bay Packers. After entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2009, and then getting waived by three separate teams, Francois started his fourth season with the Packers last weekend.

Francois has settled in as one of the leaders on special teams for the Packers. He’s played in 36 games over the last four seasons, including a career-high 16 last season. He was a members of Green Bay’s Super Bowl team in 2011.

Francois played for the Govs in 2003 before spending five years at Boston College. The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Highlands, Texas, native is roughly 40 pounds heavier than when he left the Byfield campus.

Newburyport’s new golf course

The Newburyport golf team has changed its home course this season for the first time in 25 years. The Clippers now call New Meadows in Topsfield their home after spending the last 25 years at Rowley Country Club.

“New Meadows welcomed us with open arms,” Newburyport golf coach Steve Malenfant said. “They allow the kids to golf six days a week, and the conditions on the course are outstanding. Also, they have given us access to their function room at the end of the season. We have 20 players on the team this year, and that is due to the kindness of the folks at New Meadows.”

Amesbury’s Motorsport team

Turner Motorsport BMW M3 out of Amesbury placed second in the Rolex GT at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, Calif., last weekend. Michael Marsal and Billy Johnson drove the No. 93 GT Class M3 from an 11th-place start in Sunday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Festival race. It was the best Grand-Am Rolex Series finish for Marsal and Johnson.

Amesbury to host USTA event

The City of Amesbury After School Programs will host a United States Tennis Association Free Tennis Play event Sept. 21 (10 a.m. to noon) at Amesbury Middle School. During National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the USTA is hosting thousands of Free Tennis Play Events in celebration of the 10th annual Nickelodeon’s World Day of Play. For more information on USTA Free Tennis Play Events, please visit www.youthtennis.com.

Local Schedule

Today’s games

FIELD HOCKEY: Newburyport at Masconomet, 3:45 p.m.; Georgetown at Amesbury, 3:45 p.m.; Triton at Pentucket, 3:45 p.m.

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

Tomorrow’s games

FOOTBALL: Triton at Amesbury, 7 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER: Newburyport at Triton, 7 p.m.; North Reading at Pentucket, 3:45 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER: Newburyport at Triton, 5 p.m.; Pentucket at North Reading, 3:45 p.m.

GOLF: Triton at North Reading, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL: Newburyport at Lynnfield, 11 a.m.