On assistant captain Trevor Hines , a senior forward from Newburyport: “There’s always a place for really dependable, reliable kids who care about the outcome. He’s one of our core penalty killers and ours has been one of the best in the country.”
On Ryan Heavey , a junior defenseman from Andover who passed up Division 1 opportunities to attend Babson: “His greatest attribute is he’s unbelievably competitive. He’s leading the team in penalty minutes  but I’ve never yelled at him for taking a bad penalty. And he’s a one-man breakout.”
The Beavers played at Norwich in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division 3 tournament.
Jim Curtin to be feted
Former Burlington High baseball coach Jim Curtin , who held his post for 52 years, will be honored with a retirement dinner on Thursday, April 4, at the Café Escadrille. Tickets available in the offices of Ed Gillis or Brian Curtin at the high school. . . . Former Malden High linebacker Witchie Exilhomme received a full offer to play football at American International College in Springfield. . . . The Dracut Dominators U12 and U14 fast-pitch softball teams are holding open pitching tryouts. Contact coach Scott Turgeon at coach.scott@ comcast.net.
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