Freeman’s D1 dream
Newburyport High alumnus Derek Freeman will begin his college hockey career next month as a freshman on the Colgate University team. Freeman, who was a key member of the Newburyport High state-championship team in 2009, played hockey at the Junior level for three seasons following his graduation in 2010. Last season, Freeman played with the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL), tallying 40 points in 38 games. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound forward scored 122 points in four seasons at Newburyport, including 43 during his senior seasons. Freeman was the Cape Ann League Most Valuable Player in 2010. Freeman’s long journey to Division 1 college hockey landed him at a program that competes in ECAC Hockey, a conference that produced two Frozen Four teams last winter. Colgate had a Hobey Baker Award finalist in 2012 in Austin Smith.
Freeman’s teammate on the 2009 championship team, Billy Boudreau, recently transferred from University of Southern Maine to UMass Dartmouth. Boudreau, a defenseman and former captain at NHS, played one season at USM, appearing in nine games. UMass Dartmouth will be Boudreau’s fourth school in four years. After graduating from NHS, he played a post-graduate year at Bridgton Academy, then played at USM before transferring to UMass Dartmouth.
Wright’s TD grab
Newburyport High alumnus Jon Wright appears to have picked up where he left off last fall with the Massachusetts Maritime football team. Wright caught a 33-yard touchdown pass in Mass. Maritime’s opening game — a 24-20 victory over Maine Maritime.
The EEE virus has been detected in the Masconomet Regional School District’s region, causing sporting events to be rescheduled due to the ban on athletic fields. The Masconomet boys soccer team was scheduled to host Newburyport yesterday, but the game was rescheduled for Fuller Field in Newburyport. The field ban will extend until the first frost. The Masconomet football team is scheduled to host Pentucket on Oct. 11 and Triton on Oct. 25.