Volquez in select group of Lancer legends

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Mar. 13—I’ve adopted Lawrence Excessive boys sports activities carefully because the late ’70s. For a one-sport athlete in these 40-plus years, I might rank monitor sensation Jordany Volquez the perfect of the bunch.

Higher than soccer greats David Speller, Emilio Colon, Tivo Concepcion and Rafael Guzman.

Higher than Lancer hoop legends Rigo Nunez, Luis Perez, Juan Felix Rodriguez, Dan Cargill and Jaylen Alicea.

Higher than baseball greats Mike Calzetta, Elvis and Kebler Peralta, Max Nunez and Jairo Vasquez.

Higher than monitor speedsters Enrique and Francesco Cuesta, Johan Rafael and Jose Adames.

Higher than all of them. For high quality and amount, the Division 1 North Carolina A&T monitor recruit is a particular expertise.

He is No. 2 all-time within the space (14.08 seconds) and the reigning All-State 110-meter excessive hurdles champ. and that is No. 2 to the nice Methuen Ranger Jeff Baker, who ran a 13.87.

Just lately he set the state 55-meter hurdles document (7.31 seconds) en path to the New England title. That additionally tied the meet document on the thirty fourth annual New Englands. That mark was set by Myles Bradley of Norwich, Conn., in 2005. Bradley, who later starred at Stanford (13.75 110 hurdles), additionally has the New England all-meets document with a 7.26. Volquez is No. 2. The Lancer speedster additionally holds the New England all-time sophomore mark of seven.51.

NIGRO STEPPING DOWN

Haverhill Excessive boys swimming coach George Nigro has introduced he is retiring after 18 years as the pinnacle coach of the Hillies. … Proficient 6-0, 190-pound Lawrence Excessive receiver Joenel Figueroa has dedicated to Division 2 Southern Connecticut. The Eagle-Tribune All-Star caught 27 passes for 529 yards and seven TDs within the fall.

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MORE THAN AN ATHLETE

Brown All-American E.J. Perry of Andover made fairly a reputation for himself on the NFL Mix in Indianapolis. He earned the No. 1 general quarterback athleticism rating in line with NFL NextGen Stats: 4.65 40-yard sprint, 34.5 inch vertical leap, 10-3 broad bounce, 6.85 3-cone drill and 4.18 20-yard shuttle. His shuttle and cone drill have been tops amongst QBs.

Simply as fascinating, the down-to-earth Perry was filmed cleansing up trash on the sideline after the Mix. The Kimmi Chex @kimmichex twitter video went viral with 51,800 views and 5,260 retweets.

DEAN’S LIST FAMILY

The Gravell women, all former Windham Excessive softball stars, are doing a fantastic job within the classroom. UVM freshman training main Morgan has a 3.93 GPA; Tennessee sophomore journalism main Peyton has a 3.81 GPA and St. Anselm junior nursing main Kendall is on Dean’s Record.

They’re the daughters of Windham baseball coach Leo Gravell and spouse Kelley.

RANGERS GET BOOST

AD Matt Curran was greatly surprised when the Methuen Excessive College Athletic Boosters donated $40,000. Will probably be used for uniforms, scouting software program, gear, coaching provides and two monitor and area document boards. The Boosters president is Invoice Bryant. … Joenel Aguero, who left St. John’s Prep for IMG (Fla.) Academy, is returning to St. John’s for his remaining season. The 5-11, 195-pounder from Lynn is listed as an athlete by ESPN, which ranks him the No. 23 junior nationally.

SUPER SILVERIO

Two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star Jason Silverio of Methuen was the lone native soccer participant chosen to the Jack Grinold/EMass Scholar-Athlete crew. Twenty-six seniors have been chosen. … Pupil assistant coach Nick Napolitano of Methuen is NCAAs-bound with the Keene State basketball crew. The Owls punched their ticket on an alley-oop dunk by Jeff Hunter with 3.2 seconds left in OT within the league finals.

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RIP JOHN RIMAS

John Rimas died not too long ago at age 83. He was a Corridor of Fame athlete at Methuen’s Tenney Excessive and scored 1,104 factors at Merrimack Faculty. Rimas was a longtime Methuen coach and educator. His son, John, is within the Central Catholic Corridor of Fame. … Add to the All-Title Workforce not too long ago fired Florida Gulf Coast College basketball coach Michael Fly.

IC4A STANDOUTS

Two native UNH relayers positioned on the IC4A monitor championships at BU. They have been senior Spenser Sawyer of Windham (4×800, fifth, 7:36.50) and sophomore Zach Plaza of Derry (distance medley, eighth, 10:19.75). … Tennessee’s 6-5, 225-pound junior reliever Ben Joyce hit 103 MPH on three straight pitches in an early-season sport vs. UNC Asheville.

CAKES ARE BAKING

Blissful Birthday needs exit to Haverhill basketball’s Kya Burdier (18 Monday), North Andover skier Nina Muse (Monday), Bradford Christian hoopster Colleen Phiri of Haverhill (16 Wednesday), Central announcer Ray Pilat (78 St. Paddy’s Day), Andover area hockey’s Lily Farnham (Thursday) and Brewster hockey’s Rhyan Pitari of Methuen (16 Saturday). …

Ex-NBA star Micheal Ray Richardson, 66, has a 6-foot-5 son who performs professional soccer. Frenchman Amir Richardson, 20, performs for Le Havre AC of Ligue 2 in France.

FEELING A DRAFT

Georgia schoolboy Druw Jones is anticipated to be the No. 1 prospect for the 2022 baseball draft. He is the son of ex-Braves nice Andruw Jones. Different MLB children projected for the primary spherical, in line with James Dator of SB Nation, are Jackson Holliday (son of Matt) and Justin Crawford (son of Carl). … Seton Corridor guard Bryce Aiken isn’t any child. He is a 25-year-old, sixth-year senior. His highschool teammate was NBA star Kyrie Irving.

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ONE FINAL THOUGHT

When you can put a smile on somebody’s face, simply do it.

E-MAIL: mmuldoon@eagletribune.com

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