Staying in shape
for senior season
He hikes in the Blue Hills with his dog, Bear, by his side and plays in two recreational hockey leagues to stay in shape over the summer.
“Great for the legs,’’ said Sam Calley , a 5-foot-11, 260-pound defensive tackle from Weymouth who is gearing up for his final season at Curry College.
A senior captain, Calley showed plenty of spring in his step last season, when he led the Colonels with six sacks, was second with 9.5 tackles for loss, and racked up 54 total tackles.
“He’s humble, hard-working, and a great teammate who befriends everyone, from our freshmen on up,’’ said Curry head coach Skip Bandini, whose team opens its season Sept. 6 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
“There’s no better defensive lineman in our league, and he may just be the best.’’
A first team New England Football Conference (Boyd Division) selection last season, Calley also captained the Weymouth High football team as a senior.
“We never wanted to see him off the field,’’ said Weymouth head coach Kevin Mackin. “He was explosive, quick, and smart, and what he’s accomplished at Curry doesn’t surprise me. He wants to succeed and he has the drive and intensity to do it.’’
Calley was presented the Coaches Award after his final high school season for dedication to the football program. He helped power Weymouth to a 7-4 finish, earning a share of the Bay State Conference Carey Division title.
Curry special assistant coach Mike Brown, a Weymouth native, and defensive line coach Bill deLuze watched him play in high school and were impressed with his strength and character.
“I feel lucky he chose us,’’ said Bandini.
Calley didn’t crack the starting lineup at the Milton School as a freshman, but did appear in seven games.
He had picked up some valuable tips from Weymouth assistant coach Steve Anzalone, a former All-American defensive end at Northeastern University, and he was mentored during the 2010 season by Curry senior defensive lineman Chris Goll.
“Of course I wanted to play right away,’’ said Calley, whose family now resides in Quincy. “But I learned a lot from Chris and Coach deLuze and I was able to get accustomed to the speed of the college game.’’
A starter his sophomore year, Calley registered 45 tackles and two sacks and then had a breakout junior season. His 2012 stats also included a blocked kick and three pass breakups. His tackles for losses totaled 57 yards and his sacks resulted in minus-51 yards.
“My quickness helps me get a step on the offensive linemen, my strength helps me get past them, and I have a good motor chasing guys down from behind,’’ said Calley, who feels as a captain his primary role is to give the right advice at the right time — in his own quiet way.
Curry was 6-4 overall last year (5-2 Boyd), and Calley said he hopes to lead the team to postseason contention.
“I always feel I can play better through lifting and running,’’ said Calley, a JV hockey defenseman in high school, “and that’s more important to me than any statistics.’’
His father, Larry, played football, and his mother, Lillian, played softball and basketball at Quincy High. His older brothers, Anthony and Craig, were football teammates at Weymouth High. Younger brother Curtis is a rising junior and aspiring football player at Quincy High.
All are loyal Curry fans.
“They’re at all my games. We’re always talking about football and hockey,’’ said Calley, a criminal justice major who would like to play football after college.
“A tryout would be awesome,’’ he said.
Here and there
Representing the Bluefish Swim Club, 17-year-old Connor Green of Milton and Catherine Erwin, 14, of Walpole delivered impressive performances earlier this month.
Competing at the Speedo Junior Nationals in Irvine, Calif., Green placed second in the male 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter backstroke. Erwin swam in several events at the New England Age Group Championships at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool, highlighted by third place in the female 13-14 200-meter fly. She also swam the lead leg for the 13-14 Bluefish team that won the 400-meter freestyle relay, and was key to the club’s win in the 400-meter medley relay. . . .
Brian Parkkonen, former director of tennis at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Tennis Center in Florence, S.C., has been hired in the same capacity at the Weymouth Club. A native of Marquette, Mich., he was the professional tennis registry’s South Carolina Pro of the Year. . . .
The Boston College High boys’ varsity eight boat posted two victories at this summer’s Henley Royal Regatta in England while reaching the school semifinals. Crew members included Brian Latu (Norton), Brendan McLaughlin (Rockland), Christopher Tedeschi (Scituate), and Michael Murphy (Braintree). . . .
The Hatherly Country Club duo of John and Mary Mulcahy of Scituate captured their fourth consecutive Massachusetts Father & Daughter title Aug. 8 at the Golf Club of Cape Cod. Their 3-over par 75 clinched the Senior Division by three strokes. . . .
Quincy High graduate Dan Nichol, a standout defensive lineman at Springfield College from 1998 to 2001, is beginning his first season as strength and conditioning coach with the Western Michigan University football team. Nichol spent the previous five seasons as head speed, strength, and conditioning coach at University of Maine and held similar positions at Dartmouth and Tennessee-Martin. . . .
Milton’s Colleen Kelly, a 2011 Babson College graduate and a field hockey captain and All-American at the Wellesley School, successfully teamed up with her former college coach, Julie Ryan, at the 4Goals Cup tournament at Brown University late last month. They helped lead a squad composed mainly of Quinnipiac University alums (Ryan’s alma mater) to win the tournament and a $10,000 cash prize. Kelly works and plays club field hockey in New York City.
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