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Central Catholic romps to track title

Central Catholic made it look easy in the Merrimack Valley Conference Track & Field Championships. Central, led by a record-breaking mile run by Angus MacDonald, and a third straight MVC 200 meters title by Danielle Diodati, won both the boys' and girls' crowns, easily outdistancing their nearest competitors. MacDonald was clocked in 4 minutes, 19.14 seconds to eclipse the mark set in 1975 by Tewksbury's Jim Stonach, and Diodati blazed home in 26.81 seconds. Those performances helped keep all comers at arm's length. CC boys scored 93 points and Andover was runner-up with 66, while the girls totaled 121 points to 88 for Tewksbury. Andover's Colleen Shannon set a meet record in the 800 with a time of 2:17.84 to break the mark of 2:18.58 set in 2004 by Andover's Brittany Moriarty.

Conn. College honors Henry

Jake Henry of Winchester was named cowinner of the Anita L. DeFrantz Award at Connecticut College. It is given annually to a graduating senior whose athletic ability, leadership, and sportsmanship best exemplify the qualities of DeFrantz, who, after graduating from Connecticut College, won a bronze medal in rowing at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and later served as vice president of the International Olympic Committee. A tricaptain and leader of the defense on the school's hockey team, Henry led the Camels to a 10-13-2 record, and their first postseason berth in eight years. In 92 career games, Henry had 13 goals and 28 assists.

Scholastic odds 'n' ends

Acton-Boxborough got a split decision in the finals of the North Sectional Tennis Tournament. Its doubles team of Ryan Lemos and Charlie Normington won in straight sets, but Surainder Ashokoraj lost in the singles final . . . . Lots of offensive lacrosse fireworks by several area players: Billerica's Greg Melaugh had six goals and two assists in a 15-4 win over Lexington; Steve Manning had five goals and six assists in Tyngsborough's 15-11 triumph over Arlington Catholic; Marc Novaco had four goals and an assist in Chelmsford's 9-7 victory over Malden Catholic; and Scott Capraro had a school-record six goals and three assists in Tewksbury's 13-5 rout of North Reading. . . . Salem's baseball and softball teams dealt Manchester Central a double whammy this month. Connor Nolan delivered one of them when he pitched a no-hitter and struck out 14 in a 6-0 victory. The other was doled out by junior outfielder Katie Bettencourt. She had four hits, two of them home runs; drove in eight runs; and scored three more in a 15-3 rout. . . . Concord-Carlisle has maintained its No. 1 ranking in the Globe's softball Top 20, and its star pitcher, Kim Miner, continues on a torrid pace. She's 10-0 with 127 strikeouts and an itsy-bitsy 0.18 ERA. . . . Also at 10-0 was North Andover's Britt Hart. The Knights, perfect through their first 14 games, climbed from No. 20 to 14 in the poll. . . . Yet another pitcher at 10-0 was Phillips Academy's Michelle Hollebeke of North Reading. She had 103 strikeouts and a 0.72 ERA.

Campus corner

Mount Ida freshman Lila Pemberton of Acton finished sixth among 18 Novice Fences Division riders at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships in West Springfield. She was aboard a gray gelding named Aspen and successfully maneuvered a course of 8-10 fences 2 feet, 6 inches high. Pemberton is an equine major at Mount Ida. . . . Brandeis freshman Beth Pisarik of Chelmsford was named Rookie of the Year after competing in the Division 3 New England Championships and running a personal best time of 4:55 in the 1,500 meters. . . . Freshman Sara Christopher of Andover had an immediate impact on the Connecticut College lacrosse team. She had 26 goals in her rookie season for the Camels, who finished the season 4-10 overall and 1-8 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. . . . Merrimack sophomore Greg Rogowski of Cohoes, N.Y., has been named the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division 2 Player of the Year. He led the team with 42 goals and 17 assists. . . . Heather Tuden of Londonderry, N.H., wrapped up her collegiate gymnastics career at Springfield College by captaining the team to an 8-2 record. Tuden qualified for the NCAA Division 3 nationals after placing fourth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships in the floor routine. . . . The University of Massachusetts at Lowell wound up its baseball season at 33-20 after falling to Franklin Pierce, 9-4, in the NCAA Regionals.

Around and about

The Friends of Merrimack College will host its 26th annual President's Cup Golf Tournament June 4 at Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover. The tournament, expected to draw more than 200 golfers and 50 business sponsors, benefits student scholarship programs at Merrimack and has surpassed $1 million in aid. For more information, contact Joanne Mermeisten at 978-837-5117 or by e-mail at joanne.mermeisten ... Pro Lanes in North Reading has reached the end. Faced with dwindling participation and unable to keep up with the ever-popular candlepin bowling, Pro Lanes owners Marcy and Dean Antonucci have sold the establishment to a developer. Soon to come? Walgreens.

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