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June 21, 2013

Agganis Classics begin this weekend

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The awards ceremony for players Sunday at Manning Field at 11 a.m is followed by the beginning of the Agganis Classics. The 16th annual Softball Classic will get the action started at 1 p.m. at Fraser Field in Lynn, followed by the 19th annual Baseball Classic at 3 p.m.

The 9th annual Basketball Classics will then be held Monday at Lynn Classical High School’s gym, with the women tipping off at 6 p.m. followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, the 2nd annual Lacrosse Classics will be played at Manning Field, with the women up first at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday, the 18th Soccer Classics are slated to be played with the women taking the pitch at Manning at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men’s contest at 7:30 p.m.

The main event is the 52nd annual Football Classic, played at Manning Field at 7 p.m. Thursday. The long-running tradition is one of the most prestigious high school all-star games in the Bay State and honors the memory of The Golden Greek, Harry Agganis.

The Football Classic will be preceded by the awarding of the Harold O. Zimman Foundation Award, the Paul F. Cavanaugh Award, the Dr. Elmo Benedetto Athletics Award and the Attorney Charles Demakis Heritage Award.

Once a national star in football and baseball at Boston University, Agganis turned down the Cleveland Browns to sign with the Boston Red Sox. In 1955, at the age of 26, he passed away. The Agganis Foundation has awarded scholarships to students from the North Shore/Boston area for decades.

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