Sports in a Minute: Offers coming in for Newburyport's Batchelder 

Rose Raymond/photoFormer St. John's Prep standout Will Batchelder of Newburyport, now at Governor's Academy, has received multiple Division 1 offers over the past week. 

Batchelder offered

Newburyport’s Will Batchelder, who recently transferred to the Governor’s Academy after earning Salem News Boys Basketball MVP honors at St. John’s Prep this past winter, has been enjoying a huge summer on the offseason hoops circuit and now has a couple of Division 1 offers to show for it. The 6-foot-0 guard, who will repeat his sophomore year, recently picked up offers from George Washington University and Brown University. According to the Middlesex Magic AAU Twitter account, Batchelder is the first 2022 prospect to receive an offer from George Washington.

Newburyport Post 150 falls

The Newburyport Post 150 Senior Legion baseball team saw its season come to an end on Saturday night, as the team lost its District 8 tournament opener to Middleton-Peabody 8-0. Newburyport, which went undefeated in its last four regular season games to lock up a postseason berth, finishes its season 8-7-1.

Ipswich Post 80 on brink

The Ipswich Post 80 Junior Legion baseball team, which includes players from the Triton and Georgetown school districts, finished the regular season atop the standings, but now the team is playing for its tournament life. Ipswich lost its playoff opener 2-0 to North Andover on Sunday, dropping Post 80 to the loser’s bracket, where it will face Methuen in an elimination game tonight at Triton High at 6 p.m.

McLaren’s ASFL fundraiser

In case you missed last week’s note, Newburyport’s Casey McLaren will be taking part in A Shot For Life, a highly competitive basketball shooting competition that doubles as a fundraiser for brain cancer research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Dr. Curry Research Lab. McLaren, the three-time reigning Daily News Boys Basketball MVP and a Tufts University commit, competed last year and will be among the state’s top shooters vying for the honor of being named “The Best Shooter in Massachusetts.” He is also responsible for raising at least $1,000 for the event, and if anybody would like to support his efforts, they can make a donation a leave a comment with McLaren’s name at

NHS Alumni Baseball Game

The annual Newburyport High School Baseball Alumni Game will be played on Saturday, July 27 at 11 a.m. (Rain date Sunday, July 28). All past players are invited and encouraged to attend whether they are able to play in the game or not. Organizers will be collecting $20 and all proceeds will benefit the Sean Perkins Foundation. For more information, contact Mark Rowe at

Want to play for NECC?

Athletes who haven’t yet made college plans can still sign up to play a varsity sport at Northern Essex Community College. Athletic Information Sessions, where prospective athletes can learn about the college’s varsity sports as well how to get started this fall, will be held on the Haverhill Campus today from 9:45 to noon and on Monday, Aug. 12 from 9:45 to noon.

“These sessions are open to athletes who have attended another college as well as those who are new to college,” said Meredith Gagnon-Dube, NECC Enrollment Services.

At the information session, interested students can learn about enrolling at the college and applying for financial aid, fill out an application, tour the campus, meet with Dan Blair, the college’s athletic director, and tour the Wellness Center. After the information session, they can stay and complete the Academic Assessment test at noon, if they wish. Check in begins at 9:45 am in the Behrakis Student Center, 100 Elliott St, Haverhill Room 106. Those interested are encouraged to sign up in advance by completing this form.

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