When John Goodwin of North Andover toes the starting line in tomorrow's Boston Marathon, he'll be running for a very special person in his life -- his 7-year-old daughter, Ann. Goodwin is a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team, which each year runs to fund cancer research.
"I've run marathons before, but my last was 10 years ago," said Goodwin. "I'm not that good a marathoner and I'm not going for time at all. I'm only doing it because it's the only way I can actually help my daughter." Goodwin's daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor a year and a half ago and is being treated at the Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana-Farber.
"She's too young to even realize how sick she is," said Goodwin. "She's undergone surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible and chemotherapy. The treatment is working, but she's still not out of the woods. We're so lucky to have all the best doctors and the best treatment available, but it's so hard to see my kid go through all this and not be able to help her. I'm running so new treatments and even cures can be developed. Hopefully down the line another child won't have to go through what my daughter is going through."
The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team was among the first to be given recognition by the Boston Athletic Association. Since 1990, its runners have raised more than $19 million. This year's goal is $3 million, which is earmarked for the Claudia Adams Barr Program at Dana-Farber.
The Woburn Mite II Stampede won both the Valley League and Middlesex Youth Hockey League championships this season with combined records of 23-7-2 and capped the 2003-2004 campaign by winning the annual Hallenborg Tournament in Billerica. Members of the team, all from Woburn, include Mike McCarron, Brendan Curran, Declan Newman, Mike Foley, Connor McGrath, Rey Perkins, Nicholas Baldino, Christian Baldino, Joey Mestone, D. J. Gibbons, Sean McElhinney, Jeremy Flibotte, Adam Gately, Sarah Foss, Mike Wierzbicki, and Robby Galvin. The coaches were Scott Galvin, Myles Curran, and Gary Mestone.
SCHOLASTIC ODDS 'N' ENDS -- Central Catholic basketball standout Marquis Victor has earned himself a full scholarship at Division 2 Assumption College, one of the elite programs in the Northeast-10 Conference. Victor helped Central Catholic win 61 of the 74 games he played in and two North Sectional championships. . . . State Player of the Year Chris Vetrano of Andover, just one of a handful of players to score 2,000 career points, will have his No. 12 jersey retired. . . . Bob Rosmarino of Greater Lawrence and Brad Gottchuck of Littleton will be inducted into the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame a week from tonight at Lantana's in Randolph. . . . North Andover junior attacker Jim Connolly had six of his team's 10 goals in a win against Hamilton-Wenham. . . . Presentation of Mary got a combined no-hitter from Kris Morency and Geena Constantin, but it went for naught in a 2-0 loss to Notre Dame of Tyngsborough. Three errors in the fourth inning opened the gates for both Notre Dame runs.
CAMPUS CHATTER -- Post-season honors continue to pour in for University of Massachusetts at Lowell basketball player Elad Inbar of Kiryat Haim, Israel. Less than a week after being named Division 2 Player of the Year, he was selected a Basketball Times All-American and the Division 2 ECAC Player of the Year. . . . Jenny Rabanal of Lexington is the High Point (N.C.) University Woman of the Month. Rabanal is a sophomore tennis player and, heading into the Big South Championships, was 14-4 in singles and 11-12 in doubles. . . . Junior Beth Arnold of Arlington and sophomore Alison Colarusso of North Andover combined for seven goals, but they weren't enough to prevent Merrimack from losing to St. Michael's, 10-9, in a recent Northeast-10 Conference lacrosse game. Arnold had four goals and Colarusso three goals and an assist.
LOCK MONSTER BITES -- With two weeks left to the regular season, the Lock Monsters were in a great position to grab the eighth and final playoff spot in the American Hockey League. They were six games over .500 and held a 6-point edge. Then they went into a nosedive. They lost their final eight games of the season and now, instead of playing in the Calder Cup playoffs, they're dusting off their golf clubs. The Lock Monsters finished their season with 76 points and in sixth place in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. That was 9 points behind Portland, which claimed the last playoff spot. . . . The Lock Monsters have named forward Martin Sonnenberg their Man of the Year. That makes him eligible for the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award given annually by the American Hockey League. Sonnenberg was cited for his contributions to the community and charitable organizations in and around the Merrimack Valley.