Holy Cross Athletics Newsstand: July 2012

Welcome to the Holy Cross Newsstand, a daily listing with links to stories from around the country on the Crusaders. Here are the stories from July of 2012.

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Tom Hennessey -- Brookline’s humble sports hero
July 30, 2012 * By Joe Campagna * Brookline Tab
A shock wave followed by a river of emotion flowed through Brookline last week after word spread that Tom Hennessey, a popular and respected sports icon, educator and political figure, had died. A Brookline native whose family roots go back more than a century, Hennessey passed away at the age of 70, shortly after undergoing cancer surgery. . .

One month until opener at Holy Cross
July 30, 2012 * By Allen Lessels * Manchester Union Leader
UNH football players report back to the Field House for preseason camp and begin preparations on Friday for their Aug. 30 opener at Holy Cross. “You go from that first year when you come to camp and everyone is trying to see what everything is all about, to now,” said senior running back and co-captain Dontra Peters. “I’m excited for my last go at it and want it to be the best it can be. . .

Q&A With Holy Cross Pole Vaulter Mackenzie Arndt
July 29, 2012 * By Michael Muldoon * Lawrence Eagle-Tribune
How did you get into vaulting? “Basically, because I did gymnastics since I was 3 years old. My freshman year they told all the cheerleaders and gymnasts to try pole vaulting. I know where my body is in the air. It came easily to me. . .

Whited feels lucky to get one more year of college ball
July 26, 2012 * By Chris Beaven * Canton Repository
His playing days will end soon enough. Sean Whited knows that, and is more than prepared for it. But the McKinley High School graduate, now starring at Holy Cross, can’t hide his enthusiasm for having one last go around playing college football. “Most of my friends have started their jobs and are out working, while I get to play football again,” Whited said. . .

Patriot League should pick up football expansion, scheduling challenges
July 26, 2012 * By Brad Wilson * Easton Express-Times
With the years-long debate over football scholarships finally over, the Patriot League can move ahead toward grander and greater accomplishments. That was the message delivered across the board from league coaches and athletes at the annual media day Wednesday at Green Pond Country Club. . .

Holy Cross announces community ticket football program
July 26, 2012 * By Jacqueline Reis * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
The College of the Holy Cross hopes some younger faces will help fill its 24,000-person stadium this fall with help from alumni and other boosters. It also hopes to entice more local residents with special season ticket prices. The college is asking alumni and anyone else to pay $8 for tickets that will be given free to Worcester children through the South Worcester Neighborhood Improvement Corp., the Nativity School of Worcester and other organizations. . .

Holy Cross to start selling discounted tickets to Worcester residents
July 25, 2012 * Katelyn Tivnan * New England Cable News
A lot of Worcester, Mass. residents could be making tracks to Fitton Field this fall thanks to a new a new football ticketing program at Holy Cross. Engaging the community through football, that's the goal of a new program now being offered in Worcester. The College of the Holy Cross is announcing it will start selling discounted tickets to Worcester residents. They are also encouraging alumni to donate tickets to the school for inner city children. . .

Hard work pays off for Mike Ahmed
July 18, 2012 * By Ben Larsen * Springfield Republican
Hard work will get you places. Opportunity, too. Combine those two together? That’s a recipe for success and one that Mike Ahmed has made the most of this summer, playing for the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod Baseball League. After his sophomore season, the 2010 East Longmeadow graduate and Holy Cross third baseman signed a temporary contract to play in the nation’s top summer league. . .

Brendan Candon's Sideline Swap
July 16, 2012 * By Casey Vock * Inside Lacrosse
Brendan Candon, a former defenseman at Holy Cross, is taking a unique path into the lacrosse industry with the launch of his start-up company, Sideline Swap, a site that makes it easy for athletes — lacrosse players, in particular — to buy, sell and trade gear online. Candon, who hails from Long Island and is a graduate of Chaminade, said the concept for the venture came during a pick-up softball game back in the summer of 2010. . .

Speed has never been an issue for Fenner
July 14, 2012 * By Nick Toney * KCChiefs.com
Nine-year old Chandler Fenner asked if he could try football before youth league track began. His father, Maurice, had a quick response. “He told me ‘speed kills,’” said Fenner. “Speed makes all the difference. And that’s the same message I’ve been getting up here (as a member of the Chiefs).” Fenner’s greatest asset on the football field is his speed. . .

Liz Frisoli coaching lacrosse Huntingdon College
July 13, 2012 * By Stephen Tobey * Winchester Star
When one thinks of sports in Alabama, football and NASCAR immediately come to mind. Liz Frisoli is hoping the residents of that state can acquire a taste for women’s lacrosse. Frisoli, a 2001 graduate of Winchester High, took over as the head coach at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. last September. . .

Two Minutes With Ann Zelesky
July 12, 2012 * By Shalyn Hopley * Worcester Magazine
Ann Zelesky has lived in Worcester her whole life. After attending Worcester State, she coached basketball and softball for 14 years at Saint Peter-Marian High School. Her coaching led the teams to 17 district championships and six state championships; all said, she compiled a 525- 75 record during her tenure. Since then she has been at Holy Cross, where she is associate athletic director. . .

Holy Cross gives Milan Brown extension
July 11, 2012 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Holy Cross men’s basketball coach Milan Brown hits the road this morning for five days of recruiting, but before heading out, he and HC took care of some business here first. Yesterday, Holy Cross and Brown agreed on a one-year contract extension, with the deal keeping Brown at the helm of the Crusaders through the 2015-16 season. . .

More Than a Commentator
July 9, 2012 * By Tzvi Twersky * Slam Magazine
Long before a suited, seated and silvered Tom Heinsohn became a TV commentator, before he became an awarder of Tommy Points and source of Celtic-colored commentary, a lean, limber, 6-7 Tom Heinsohn was an All-League forward for Boston who was best known for getting Tommy points on low-arcing shots, winning Championships and spreading Celtic Pride throughout New England. Most current NBA fans only know the former and have little insight into the latter. . .

Walpole's Murray making a strong pitch for Holy Cross
July 8, 2012 * By Jason Mastrodonato * Boston Globe
Before Donny Murray was throwing 90 miles per hour for the New Bedford Bay Sox, before he finished his first season at Holy Cross ranked No. 43 in the NCAA’s Division 1 with a 4.78 strikeout-to-walk ratio, he was just a soft-tossing, 5-foot-10, 160-pound ninth-grader at Boston College High. And the last player to make the freshman squad. . .

Abraham named Bautista's HR derby pitcher
July 5, 2012 * By Shi Davidi * SportsNet
Brian Abraham resumed throwing batting practice for the Toronto Blue Jays last week after an emergency appendectomy in Chicago a month ago, and Jose Bautista wasted little time in giving him an all-star assignment. The advance scouting and video co-ordinator will pitch to the slugger in Monday's home run derby at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium, when Bautista aims to improve on his first-round exit from a year ago. . .

Another Ahmed Making Strides for Bourne Braves
June 5, 2012 * By Taylor C. Snow * Falmouth Enterprise
Bourne Braves’ fans may notice a familiar name this season as they inspect the stat sheet handed out nightly at the ballpark. Does the name Ahmed ring a bell? Currently, one of the Braves’ top players, Mike Ahmed, a Massachusetts native and the brother of Nick Ahmed who played for Bourne in 2010 and was the 85th overall pick in the 2011 Major League baseball draft, is following a path similar to Nick’s with the goal of someday reaching the big stage. . .