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September 20, 2013

Jean DePlacido column: Hale making immediate impact running at Williams

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Another local star who is now a college freshman, Cataina Rocha, helped Providence College earn its second win of the young season at the Stony Brook Invitational. Providence had 26 points, besting three other colleges, and Rocha was the fourth scorer for the Friars. The former Peabody High star and Massachusetts Gatorade Runner of the Year last year, placed 7th in her college debut in 18:40.48.

Providence, ranked No. 1 in the preseason polls and maintaining that position, beat Columbia, Stony Brook and Marist.

The Friars have a big test next weekend when they compete in the Boston College Invitational. The competition will be stiff with last year’s national champion, Oregon, coming to Boston along with highly regarded Wisconsin.

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Fred Glatz didn’t operate the clock in St. John’s Prep’s opening football game against Bridgewater-Raynham two weeks ago — but the former football coach and athletic director had a good reason to miss the game.

Glatz was a coach at UMass Amherst 50 years ago when the Minutemen won the Yankee Conference with an 8-0-1 record back in 1963. The team was honored at a reunion and went to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough to see UMass take on UMaine in their first home game.

“They didn’t win, but we had a good time,” said Glatz, who had a .701 winning percentage in his 17 seasons as the Prep’s head coach. “It was good to see all of the players, and that’s a great place to watch a college football game.”

Glatz was back in the Cronin Stadium press box at his customary seat operating the clock when the Eagles beat Brockton last Saturday.

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Through two games, the Prep’s Johnny Thomas has five rushing touchdowns and has gained 424 yards. He is averaging almost eight yards a carry and would easily be over 500 yards heading into the third game of the year at Central Catholic tonight (7 p.m.) if not for a number of holding calls against the Eagles that wiped out long gains.

Last year Thomas ran for over 1,800 yards in 11 games but had teammate to share the workload. So far this season, he has found a way to make something out of nothing time and time again.

Tonight the young St. John’s defense will have its hands full trying to contain UNH-bound .

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Jean DePlacido is a part-time writer and columnist for The Salem News. Contact her at jmdeplacido@aol.com.

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