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Haverhill Stadium renovation must be finished

By: Mark Behan – July While watching a recent baseball game at Trinity (formerly Haverhill) Stadium, I was reminded of the movie Field of Dreams. I know: What does a…

Knights ousted in College World Series

Knights ousted in College World Series

  By: Mark Behan – June, 2013 The Northern Essex Community College baseball express was derailed in Tyler, Texas, at the National Junior College World Series. The Knights were eliminated…

Mayhew makes history with all-time best

Mayhew makes history with all-time best

By:  Mark Behan – June, 2013 Alex Mayhew is worth cheering about. If you are not familiar with Alex Mayhew, it may be because you blinked. At 5-7, 150 pounds…

Knights capture Region XXI, advance to World Series

Knights capture Region XXI, advance to World Series

By: Mark Behan May – 2013 This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Northern Essex Community College baseball team. After all, the Knights were coming off a magic…

McVeigh and Tildsley retire; Dunham leads Striders

McVeigh and Tildsley retire; Dunham leads Striders

By: Mark Behan – May 2013 After a combined 70 years of coaching and 875 wins between them, two Lions of the Winter have retired. Longtime Andover High School girls’…

Moving forward after marathon bombings

By: Mark Behan – April 24, 2013 Chances are you’ve seen him in the video that played over and over again – an endless loop shown on the news and…

Haverhill sprinter Figuereo smashing Merrimack records

Haverhill sprinter Figuereo smashing Merrimack records

By Mark Behan – April 18, 2013 “So, Noelia Figuereo, you’ve just won two national titles. What are you going to do next?” If Figuereo had been the Super Bowl…

Dracut Principal inducted into Wrestling Hall of Fame

Dracut Principal inducted into Wrestling Hall of Fame

  By Mark Behan - April 4, 2013 Following in the footsteps of his namesake and late father, Dr. Robert Fitzgerald Jr. is a hall of famer. The longtime Methuen High…

Ward commits to St. Lawrence, keeps NHL dream alive

Ward commits to St. Lawrence, keeps NHL dream alive

By Mark Behan – March 28, 2013 Moments into his high school hockey debut, then-Haverhill High freshman Brian Ward wasted little time scoring his first goal.  The goal brought the…

Methuen’s Conway leads first-year hockey team

Methuen’s Conway leads first-year hockey team

By Mark Behan – March 21, 2013 After dropping six of eight hockey games, the Methuen/Tewksbury girls’ playoff hopes were evaporating like spring snow.  Sitting below .500, the Red Rangers…

Red Sox Start with Low Expectations

By Mark Behan – February 23, 2013 “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” ― Alexander Pope From 1959 to 1966 the Boston Red Sox…

Northern Essex Hoops Team Winning On and Off the Court

Northern Essex Hoops Team Winning On and Off the Court

  By: Mark Behan – February 15, 2013  Wilfredo Andujar is married with four children. He works the night shift at Joe’s Crab Shack in Methuen. He attends Northern Essex…

Rafferty Fired, Rehired as North Andover Football Coach

By: Mark Behan – High School Sports Reporter – February 15, 2013 He’s back! And we are not talking Arnold Schwarzenegger and his next Terminator movie. John Rafferty is back…

Bill Blood: Beloved Methuen Coach and Teacher Remembered

Bill Blood: Beloved Methuen Coach and Teacher Remembered

  By: Mark Behan – January 2013 While he could appear as serious as another coach named Bill – as in Belichick – Bill Blood had a lighter side. “He…