“We believe in the system; take a kid and work him hard,” said O’Leary. “Give him the technique he needs to succeed, then let him do the job. That’s going to be especially true on defense.”
For their terrific work during the preseason, two Ipswich High seniors will join Derek Chamberlain as captains on the football team this fall: two-way lineman John Kallas and wide receiver/defensive back Nate Glaster. The Tigers open their season at Jack Welch Stadium next Friday against visiting North Reading (7 p.m.).
When Rebecca Beaulieu broke the Salem High javelin record last spring it didn’t take long to bring back memories of another great javelin thrower for the Witches from the 1970s.
Diane Mielcarz was outstanding in the event, setting the school record at 105 feet 1 inch, but since that time the javelin has evolved into a completely different implement. Veteran Salem coach Rich Stafford did the research and came up with some interesting information.
“Women today throw a 600 gram javelin,” said Stafford, who has coached the Salem girls for 18 years. “The javelin has more specifications that any other throwing implement. In 1991 the national and international governing bodies modified the contour of the (javelin) tail, and in 1999 further changed the implement by moving the grip forward. These changes were not adopted by high schools until 2002.
“Since the implement from the date in 1971 that Diane Mielcarz used to establish the school record has changed, the record will remain from the date girls’ track begin in Salem until 2002. Rebecca’s credited with the modern record, currently at 86 feet 3 inches and counting.”
Stafford is thrilled that Mielcarz will receive the deserved recognition for her accomplishment. She threw 102-2 in a meet against Hamilton-Wenham in the spring of 1971, and bettered her own mark by recording 105-1 at the state meet that same year.