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August 3, 2013

Jean DePlacido column: Riley Rocks Family Carnival to be held at Beverly High

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The Kyle Arrington All-American Fundamentals Showcase, a combine held by the New England Patriots cornerback, was a big success, and several local kids did well at the event. Bishop Fenwick’s Eric Razney won Speed Racer for fastest 40 (4.49) and 20 yard shuttle (4.04).

Tristan Smith from Hamilton-Wenham was fastest in the offenses and defenses line while Chris Cervizzi from Brooks School (North Reading) won the fastest L/drill. Seth Harold of Governor’s Academy won the top quarterback performer in his age group. The top Young Gun was Hunter Smith of Hamilton-Wenham, who ran a 4.71.

“The day went very well and a lot of football fundamentals were learned,” said NFL Player Agent Sean Stellato, who represents Arrington and several other pro players. “The kids competed very hard.”

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Thomas Lane still has two more years of high school remaining, but the Phillips Andover rising junior has committed to Boston College on a substantial scholarship. The pitcher from Georgetown has been playing AAU for Legends out of Middleton since he was 14.

“I decided to commit early because I knew BC was the best fit for me,” said Lane. “I took some time to think about it, and talked with my family. I fell in love with the school and the baseball program immediately.”

His Legends coach Ryan Leahy, a former BC star and pro player, believes Lane has made a great choice.

“I’ve coached Thomas for two years on the Legends 18 and under prospect team,” said Leahy, who is from Salem and is a St. John’s Prep graduate. “He’s a big righthander, who throws his fast ball as high as 89 and has a very good feel for the off-speed stuff. Lane has the right combination of academics and athletics going for him and had offers from UVA, Duke, William & Mary, Wake Forest, and Fordham.

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