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Caplan recognized for her officiating

Samantha Caplan of Tewksbury has been honored by the Massachusetts State Referee Committee as the Young Female Soccer Referee of the Year. Previously, she had been named Middlesex County Referee of the Year. A recent graduate of Tabor Academy, Caplan will attend George Washington University in the fall. Caplan began to referee when she was 8, and worked games in Tewksbury youth leagues. Now, at 18, she is working prestigious tournaments such as the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions, the State Cup, and the Northeast Regionals. Last weekend she was in Virginia Beach officiating at the regionals. ``I loved to play the game, but I found refereeing to be something special," she said. ``The players respect you and your knowledge of the game." It was a busy season for Caplan. In addition to refereeing, she traveled to England to take part in a school play and to New York for a school chorus competition.

YMCA swimmers place in the top 10

Seventeen members of the Andover-North Andover YMCA Synchers earned Top 10 finishes in the recent age group National Championships in Seattle. More than 1,000 swimmers participated in the nation's largest synchronized competition. Top 10 places were notched by Amber Blum, Rebecca Ely, and Emily Ingram, all of North Andover, Sheila Cremin, Jessica Mancini, Erica Potts, Emily Stone, and Molly Trerotolo, all of Andover, and Claire Rudder of Sudbury, in the 14-15 team group; Meghan Arsenault and Maggie Conlon, both of Methuen, Stephanie Garcia-Restrepo of Billerica, Charlotte Gorski of Manchester, N.H., and Ashley Cohen, Rita Gillan, Kelly Mahoney, and Beth O'Connor, all of Andover, in the 18-19 team group; Gillan and Garcia-Restrepo in 18-19 duet; Garcia-Restrepo, Cohen, and Conlon in 16-17 trio; and Gillan in the 18-19 solo. Seventeen other swimmers placed in the Top 20. The team will compete next in the US Open International in Orlando, Fla., July 16-21.

Scholastic odds and ends

Lexington and Winchester dominated the All-Middlesex girls lacrosse team with five selections each. Named to the elite team from Lexington were Shelley Butler, Lauren Schuler, Kate Kimball, Katherine Diaz-Macinnis, and Kelly Harvell. Winchester honorees were Tissy O'Connor, Anna Collins, Jackie Wilson, Rachel Collins, and Courtney Bryan. Others on the team included Amy Hollis, Heather Lautman, and Dominique Lozzi, all of Reading; Kayla Pomponi of Belmont; and Lauren McMillan, Brittany Kelleher, and Katie Pirello, all of Wakefield. . . . Central Catholic has named the MVPs of its spring teams. Honored were Rick Sarmento, baseball; Brian Gerow, lacrosse; Matt Sansoucie and Amanda Carroll, boys and girls tennis; Colleen Sorenson, girls track; and Nate Bartlett, volleyball. Others honored included Melissa Lucas, as outstanding offensive softball player, and Zac Camacho and Mike Page, as runner and thrower of the year, respectively, in boys track.

The Merrimack Valley Conference has cho sen its All-Conference boys and girls tennis teams. Singles players on the boys team include Jeremy Hogan, Eric Krupnik, and Dave Adams, all of Andover, Alex Loyer of Chelmsford, and Ernie Guerrero of Central Catholic. Doubles tandems named were Seth Davidovits and Julian Vastl and Steve Ochs and Seth Johnson, all of Andover, and Kenny Sims and Alex Ciampi and Corey Duggan and Pietro Stergiou, all of Chelmsford. Adams, who was undefeated as a sophomore, was Player of the Year, and Don Smith of Methuen was Coach of the Year. Andover placed three singles players on the girls team: Hannah Zarkar, Caroline Koch, and Hannah Hoerner. Alyson Boehm and Leia Freedman, both of Lowell, Kelly McCarthy of Notre Dame, and Amanda Carroll of Central Catholic rounded out the All-Conference singles team. Doubles slots went to Jenn Byrne and Samantha Pelosi and Wafaa Muhammed and Lauren Kalpas, all of Chelmsford, and Rikki Sartor and JooHee Yoon of Andover. Carroll and Julia Brodowski of Lowell were the Division 1 and 2 Players of the Year.

Lost in the heartache of North Reading's 5-3 loss to Harwich in the EMass title game was Matt Scioli's first-inning RBI double. It was the 34th hit of the season for Scioli, and that tied the North Reading record. He failed to break the record, however, and finished the season batting .420, with 15 runs scored and 15 runs batted in. . . . Congratulations to North Andover softball player Christine Gillespie and Pelham, N.H., basketball star Frank Hojlo. They were named the Merrimack Valley's Student-Athletes of the Year by Moynihan Lumber and were presented plaques and $1,000 scholarships. . . . Tommy Arrigg of Andover, who starred in baseball at Brooks and Phillips Academy, will play at Division 1 Holy Cross next season. He plans on a pre-med course of study.

North Andover is in the market for a junior varsity volleyball coach. If interested, call athletic director Frank Millerick at 978-794-3144, ext. 1125.

Here and there
Defenseman Joe Ryan of Stoneham was the top player with New England ties selected in the recent National Hockey League draft. He was picked in the second round, 48th overall, by the Los Angeles Kings. Ryan played last season with Quebec in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and in 61 games had 6 goals and 18 assists for 24 points. Belmont Hill left winger Matt McCollem was selected in the sixth round, 154th overall, by the St. Louis Blues. He had 15 goals and 11 assists in 28 games. Andover native John McCarthy, who had a pair of goals and assists as a freshman at Boston University, was tapped in the seventh round, 202d overall, by the San Jose Sharks. . . . Former Timberlane wrestler Eric Morrill beat Keaton Thompson of Alabama to win at 125 pounds in the National Open Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach. It was the second straight title for Morrill, who won last year in a lower weight class.

Senior Eric Kelly of Reading was a key member of the Westfield State men's track and field team that won its ninth straight New England Alliance championship and its 10th straight Mass. State Conference crown. Westfield has claimed the Mass. State Conference title 23 times in the past 24 years. In addition, Westfield finished fifth in the New England Division 3 Championships for its best finish since 1995. Kelly earned All-New England honors by placing sixth in the 400 hurdles in the New England Championships with a time of 56.99. He also won the Mass. State Conference 400-meter hurdles title and was a member of the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay squads that claimed conference crowns.

Riptide ripples
First baseman Lyndsey Angus is making a strong early case to be considered for MVP honors in the Pro Fastpitch women's professional softball league this season. Angus, a native of Leominster, led the league, after 15 games, in slugging percentage (.800), ranked second in batting (.425) and on-base percentage (.558), and was tied for third in runs batted in (16). . . . Four Riptide home games will be televised on Fox Sports Network: July 19 vs. China National Team, July 27 vs. Connecticut Brakettes, Aug. 3 vs. Arizona Heat, and Aug. 16 vs. Texas Thunder. . . . The Riptide is idle until Wednesday, when it opens a four-game series in Philadelphia.

Spinner yarns
Lowell's longest road trip of the season, nine games, ends tomorrow in Auburn. Then, after an off day Tuesday, the Spinners return home to LeLacheur Park for games Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday against Mahoning Valley.

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