Sacred Heart will play seven of its 11 games on the road this season, which isn't welcome news for coach Paul Gorham's cause. The Pioneers have had a winning record in Northeast Conference play in only one of his eight seasons, although last year's 5-6 overall and 3-5 conference marks were an improvement from the prior two seasons.And . . .
First impressions are not always what they seem, but at Princeton, coach Bob Surace has suffered through a 1-9 record, and a last-place finish in the Ivy League, in each of his first two seasons at his alma mater. With a 2-18 overall record, he doesn't want a repeat.Dartmouth plays host to Sacred Heart on Oct. 13 and travels to Princeton for the final game of the season on Nov. 17. The photo accompanying the Haley column is of Tiger mentor Surace.
Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino '14 was just .19 away from a berth on the U.S. Olympic team in last night's 5,000 meters at the Olympic Trials, finishing fifth in a strong PR. Find a story in her hometown paper here. Dartmouth grad Ben True also narrowly missed advancing in the 5,000. Find a story in his local paper here.
Dartmouth sports publicity has stories on D'Agostino and True.
Two local products, former Olympian Andrew Wheating of Norwich and Hanover's Russell Brown – who has run the fastest time by an American this year – have advanced in the 1,500. Both have met the all-important "A" standard and are mentioned in this story.
•Congrats to That Certain Nittany Lion who yesterday played in the Julian Cup, the competition pitting graduated seniors from New Hampshire against their counterparts from Vermont in a Ryder Cup-style event. Interestingly, one of the other players representing New Hampshire is a Penn State golf recruit (who shot a blistering 65). The Julian cup honors the memory of former PGA Tour player Jeff Julian, who died of ALS. Jeff was the grandson of Dartmouth basketball coaching legend Doggie Julian.
•The three of us who coached the Green Machine Cal Ripken team have joined forces again to head up Hanover's summer Senior Babe Ruth baseball team and we are slated to open play tonight. It's fun for us because the bulk of the team is made up of players we coached five or six years ago, including a Certain Former Catcher who helped us win the LL title his final year. But it's also frustrating because there's only one other Senior Babe team in the entire Upper Valley area this year, and we're scrambling to fill out a schedule so that we don't play the same team a dozen times.