GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

November 5, 2012

Crunch Time


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Big Game Alert

The fifth seeded Rockport boys soccer team will be facing off against No. 4 St. Mary’s tonight at Manning Field in Lynn (6:00 p.m.) in the Division 3 North Quarter Finals.

The Vikings are looking to get back to the sectional semi finals for the fourth season in a row and they have a little history with the Spartans.

In 2010 the two teams met in the Division 3 North Final on the same Manning Field turf and it was Rockport that came away with a hard fought 1-0 win for the sectional title thanks to a late penalty kick goal. Tonight’s meeting will be the first meeting between the two teams since the 2010 North Sectional Final.

Aviles

dealt again

Former Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles is on the move again, being dealt by Toronto along with Yan Gomes to the Cleveland Indians for right-hander Esmil Rogers.

Aviles was acquired by the Blue Jays on Oct. 21 as part of the deal that allowed John Farrell to become the new Red Sox manager. Reliever David Carpenter was also sent from Toronto to Boston.

Rogers split time last season with Cleveland and Colorado@Text5:, going 3-3 with a 4.69 ERA in 67 combined games. The 27-year-old is 11-12 lifetime in the majors with a 5.95 ERA.

Gomes played 43 games with Toronto last season, his first in the majors. He hit .204 with four home runs and 13 RBIs.

Teen makes Masters field

Guan Tianglang, a 14-year-old middle school student from China, will become the youngest player in Masters history next April after he won an Asian amateur event devised to help grow the game of golf in that region of the world.

Guan won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Thailand, shooting a final-round 71 to hold off Pan Cheng-tsung of Chinese Taipei by a single stroke.

He holed a 5-footer for par on the last hole at Amata Spring Country Club to clinch his spot in the Masters.

The youngest player in the field, Guan led wire to wire with the knowledge that a victory would get him to the Masters in 2013. This tournament, which began three years ago with the backing of Augusta National Golf Club and the R&A, exempts the winner into the year’s first major and into the finals of International Final Qualifying for the Open Championship.

At 14 years, five months and 17 days, he will be the youngest player to compete in the Masters by more than two years. Italy’s Matteo Manassero was 16 when he played in 2010 by virtue of winning the 2009 British Amateur.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru

and Chuck Frye@text1: