Patriots trade Thomas
With this week’s addition of Antonio Brown, the New England Patriots had an embarrassment of riches at wide receiver entering Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins. But with so many players vying for snaps, there wasn’t going to be enough room for everybody, so the Patriots addressed their logjam on Tuesday by trading veteran Demaryius Thomas to the New York Jets in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick in 2021.
The exchange marked the first time since Bill Belichick became New England’s head coach in 2000 that the Patriots have swung a trade with the Jets, who were the last team that Belichick had yet to do business with. With the move, New England’s receiving corps now consists of Brown, Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett, Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski, with first-round pick N’Keal Harry and veteran Cameron Meredith both also on reserve lists.
Indians take rematch
Facing off for the first time since last fall’s Division 4 North Final, Amesbury girls soccer once again took the victory over Manchester Essex, this time winning 2-0 behind goals by McKenna and Avery Hallinan. McKenna Hallinan also had an assist on her sister’s goal, Lily O’Neill had the other assist, and Alli Napoli made 11 saves in the win for the 3-0 Indians. Alyssa Pettet also had an outstanding game for Amesbury.
Triton girls soccer earned its first win of the season in come-from-behind fashion on Tuesday, beating Lynnfield 2-1 thanks to a pair of second half goals by Alyssa Mullen and Caroline Gay-Killeen. Gay-Killeen and Darcie McDonough, the team’s usual starting goalie who played in the field due to a hand injury, both picked up assists, and Emily Colby got the win after making 11 saves while subbing in for McDonough in net.
Vikings stay unbeaten
Triton golf picked up a decisive win over Amesbury on Tuesday, 142-75. The Vikings were led on the links by Drew Bouley with 30 points, followed by Nick Ritchie (25), Rick Gardella (24) and Cael Kohan (23). Triton is now 4-0 on the season and will look to stay unbeaten today when the Vikings face Masconomet on the road.
Clippers down Vikings
Newburyport girls volleyball improved to 2-1 on the season after sweeping Triton in straight sets on Tuesday, winning 28-26, 25-18, 25-19. Jessica Rosseau led Newburyport in kills (6) and blocks (3) while Mia Berardino led the Vikings with five kills and four aces.
For the record
Apologies to Georgetown’s C.J. Goldey, who was omitted from last week’s write-up of Georgetown football’s 26-8 win over Tech Boston. Goldey was actually the one who recorded Georgetown’s third-quarter safety, which made the score 20-8 and went a long way towards sealing the opening night win for the Royals. Georgetown will look to make it 2-0 this Friday when the Royals face Lowell Catholic on the road.
Red vs. Blue
The Amesbury Police and Fire Departments will holding their second annual Red vs. Blue Softball Game this Saturday at noon, a rematch of last year’s pitched battle in celebration of the city’s 350th Anniversary. The game, which is sponsored by Amesbury Chevrolet in coordination with the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce, will be held at the Town Park on Highland Street and is free and open to the public. As part of the game, both departments’ unions will put $250 on the line, with the winner donating the $500 to either the Amesbury Holiday Program (fire department) or the Pettengill House (police department). Amesbury Chevy will also match that $500 donation with one of their own.