Even though he pitched like a pro for the Colby-Sawyer College baseball team, Sean Gildea’s chances of playing for the Boston Red Sox are slim.

However, the crafty left-hander will have a chance to pitch at famed Fenway Park, the team’s home, in a game on July 22

(7 p.m.) following the Red Sox-White Sox game.

Gildea, a recent Colby-Sawyer graduate and the 2007 Commonwealth Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year, was selected to play in the prestigious New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-Star game on

July 22 at Fenway Park.

The NEIBA All-Star teams are comprised of college players from across New England. In the July 22 game, a team of Division I All-Stars will play a combined team of Division II and III stars, including Gildea.

Last spring in his Colby-Sawyer swan song season, Gildea was Josh Beckett-like great. He boasted a 6-2 record and held hitters to a paltry .178 batting average. He was even better in conference play, going 5-0 and not allowing a single run in 29 innings.

Gildea, Colby-Sawyer’s all-time strike-out leader, not only got it done on the mound, but also in the classroom. The 22-year-old received the school’s Scholar Athlete Award.

Tickets for the NEIBA All-Star game will be available at Gate D at Fenway Park immediately following that day’s Red Sox game for $5 each. For information on the game, visit www.neiba.org.



From Haverhill to New York to Idaho, Billy Mottram is a traveling man.

Mottram, a former Haverhill High two-sport standout, enjoyed a superb baseball career at Dowling College in New York. He was recently drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 36th round of the

Major League Baseball draft. And now he’s playing pro ball for the minor league Class A Boise

(Idaho) Hawks.

In his first eight games with the Hawks, Mottram, 22, is batting .161 (5-for-31) with one home run and two RBIs.



Congratulations go out to Haverhill High School spring track athletes who were recognized at a recent banquet at the Roma Restaurant.

Top awards went to Samantha Stabile and Peter Early, who were selected as the team’s most valuable performers, and to

seniors Jennifer Racine and

Danny Wang, named the team’s most outstanding athletes.

Stabile and Early were among the state’s best this spring in the sprints and jumps, while Racine and Wang starred in the distance events.

A trio of Hillies who graduated Haverhill High among the best ever to wear the Brown and Gold were awarded the Hillie Pride Award. Head track coach Mike Maguire presented the award, which he earned as a Hillie athlete 23 years ago, to Colleen

McNaughton, Courtney Mortimer and Corey Gobbi.

Olivia Paquette, a field event specialist, and Patrick Lawlor, a miler, were selected as the team’s most improved athletes, and Elyssa Penney, a middle-distance runner, and Derek Peters, a sprinter, were each presented the coach’s award.



It was a nice gesture by the Mill City Maulers, a semi-pro football team based in Lawrence, to dedicate their first game of the season last Saturday to the late Paul Buckley Jr.

Buckley, a former Maulers player, died on Jan. 13, 2007, the result of head injuries he suffered after being attacked outside a house party in Haverhill. Ticket proceeds from the game were given to Buckley’s family.

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