Girded for gridiron
Beverly High head football coach Dan Bauer was chosen to represent Massachusetts high school football coaches at the fifth annual National Football League Youth Football Summit, which was scheduled to start Friday and wrap up today in Canton, Ohio. The summit focuses on youth and high school football.
Among the topics planned for the symposium were coach-player relationship issues, motivational techniques, and using technology to improve coaching. Bauer was one of 51 high school football coaches -- one from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia -- selected to take part in the event.
''I really feel honored and very lucky to go," said Bauer, when reached before departing for Canton. ''I'm hoping to bring back lots of good information, information that I would be willing to share with anyone. It's a good initiative and it's something that's good for all [football] programs."
Bauer was somewhat surprised to be selected for the summit because he didn't enter his name. Tim Hegarty, the father of one of Bauer's players, Ryan Hegarty, told Bauer after he had received the congratulatory letter from the NFL that he was the one who had submitted the coach's name for the honor via the Internet.
The summit will have tangible benefits for Bauer and his staff, as each selected coach will receive a $5,000 ProScout Video computerized scouting package for their school.
The software could give Bauer's team, which has gone 4-7 in each of his first two seasons, an extra edge in the always-tough Northeastern Conference.
''That's a great bonus because we were in the market for one of those," said Bauer.
Marblehead sailor wins title at regatta
Marblehead sailor Bill Lynn did his hometown proud at the Land's End National Off-shore One Design Regatta at Marblehead Race Week. Lynn, who won the crowded Sonar class, was awarded the Caribbean Rendezvous title last Sunday as the best overall boat.
He also earned the Marblehead Racing Association's top honor, the Cressy Trophy, which is awarded to the top boat at Marblehead Race Week. In six races in the Sonar class, Lynn and his crew recorded three first-place finishes and never placed worse than fifth.
Georgetown tabs Prescott for AD job
Georgetown Middle/High School has a new athletic director. He is former Malden Catholic football coach Guy Prescott. Prescott, 38, replaces Carol D'Antuono, who left the school in June to take a job as a teacher in her hometown of Lexington. D'Antuono spent two years as Georgetown's athletic director. During her tenure Georgetown added boys' and girls' lacrosse. Prescott, who spent 14 years as a teacher at Malden Catholic, was the head football coach at from 2000 to 2003.
Morse named pitcher of month
North Shore Spirit pitcher Bryan Morse was named the Can-Am League Pitcher of the Month for July. The 27-year-old lefthander went 6-1 with a 1.25 ERA in July. He allowed just seven earned runs and surrendered 31 hits in 50 1/3 innings, while striking out 27.
Morse pitched a complete game shutout against Elmira (N.Y.) last Sunday to earn his league-leading ninth win and lower his ERA to 2.49. The shutout was his third of the season, also tops in the league. The complete-game was his fourth of the season, tying him with North Shore teammate Ryan Bicondoa for the league lead.
Softball 'King' set for benefit game
The four-person softball act, ''The King and His Court," is coming to Fraser Field on Aug. 15. Softball's answer to the Harlem Globetrotters, Eddie Feigner, or ''The King," and his court -- a catcher, a shortstop, and a first baseman -- routinely beat nine-person softball squads. They square off against a group of local players led by former Bishop Fenwick ace Jackie Collier and Peabody star Ashley Mullin at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Joey Fund, a foundation that raises money to fight cystic fibrosis. Tickets are $5 ($3 for children).
Christopher L. Gasper can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.