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McElroy in the Holy Cross outfield

As stated here previously, regarding Div. 1 Merrimack Valley Athletes It Starts With Baseball.

And last Sunday we wrote about several locals who made their mark this weekend, because today officially opens the season, and we’re going to Holy Cross in Worcester for two really good ones.

Ex-North Andover High three sports tall Jake McElroy focused on baseball and he quickly became an everyday player for the Crusaders, moving to the outfield.

He is joined by another North Andover native, a sophomore Matt Remley, who attended St. John’s Prep. who should be starting on the mound when Holy Cross plays four games at the University of Troy (Alabama).

We will report on both this spring.

National Honor of AsikNorthern Essex Community College basketball star Mehmed Asik was named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Player of the Week last week.

The 6-foot-3 Turkey native averaged 21.5 and 14.5 rebounds per game last week and hit a buzzer against Quinsigamond to help keep the Knights’ 11-game winning streak alive.

For the season, Asik is averaging 13.4 points and 9.1 rebounds in 21 games for the NECC (17-7).

Kyle is clutch

Inhabitant of North Andover Kyle Webster had a great senior season as one of the top rebounders in the state for St. John’s Prep basketball, averaging over 12 rebounds per game.

But it was his clutch shot Tuesday night at St. John’s Shrewsbury at the free throw line that saved the build.

Webster, who plays football (left tackle) and baseball (first baseman) at SJP, was fouled after getting an offensive rebound with 0.1 seconds remaining and SJP down two points.

He calmly did both to force overtime, and the Prep dominated the extra four minutes.

Merrimack is the best recruit?Our Mike McMahon, who covers Merrimack College hockey, says he learned the program had received a commitment from 2003-born forward Jordan Hughesman. The Winnipeg native has yet to announce his engagement on social media.

Hughesman is a 6-foot-2 forward who currently plays for the Selkirk Steelers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. In 35 games this season, Hughesman has 12 goals and 25 points for 37 points. He is currently in the middle of an 18-game point streak.

Hughesman is projected for 2023 and will play another year of junior hockey next season. Once he arrives in North Andover, he will become the first Manitoba native on Merrimack’s roster since Casey Guenther, who graduated in 2005. Guenther was a goaltender. The last Manitoba skater to wear the Warriors colors was Rob Beck, who finished his career with 113 points (50 goals, 63 assists) before graduating in 1997.