XC All Stars
The Gloucester boys and girls cross country programs were well represented when it came to conference all stars. The NEC Small champion Gloucester boys had five all stars while the girls team had two.
Noah Mondello leads the way for the boys team as he was the squad’s top finisher in the NEC Championship Meet, Division 3 State Meet and the team’s only representative in the All State Meet. Joining Mondello on the team is Jacob Holscher, Everest Crawford, Willie Pierce and Matt Ciaramitaro.
Kacie Quinn and Sophie Black were named All Stars in the girls side.
Gomes’ Interesting Life
New Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes certainly has taken an interesting path to the majors. He, his mother and brother lived in a homeless shelter for about a month when Gomes was a teenager.
He also suffered a heart attack on Christmas Eve in 2002 at just 22 years old.
Gomes batted .262 with 18 homers and 47 RBIs and a .377 on-base percentage for the Oakland Athletics this past year.
Gomes has power. He has belted 136 homers over his eight-plus major league seasons.
The right-handed batter is hitting .284 with a .382 on-base percentage, .512 slugging percentage and .894 OPS in his career vs. lefties as opposed to .223/.307/.425/.732 against right-handers.
He is expected to be a platoon player for Boston.
Great job Indy
Two Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders, Megan M. and Crystal B., got their heads shaved in during halftime of yesterday’s Colts/Bills game.
Megan had agreed to have her head shaved if Colts fans donated more than $10,000 to cancer research. Fans donated more than twice that much. So Megan went through with it and Crystal also agreed to do it.
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano is undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia.
There could be a surprise team in a BCS bowl game this winter in the form of unbeaten Kent St.
Kent St. is currently ranked No. 17 in the BCS and if a team is ranked in the top 16 in the BCS with an unbeaten record it gets an automatic bid to a BCS Bowl game. There a quite a few major conference teams worried about their BCS prospects at the moment, with one week left in the season.
-Compiled by Nick Curcuru
and Christopher Smith