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East Bridgewater track will be named in coach’s honor

George McCabe has been at East Bridgewater since 1973.

George McCabe has been at East Bridgewater since 1973.

Track facility to be named for coach

George McCabe has left quite a legacy at East Bridgewater High.

On Sept. 12, the school board voted to name the track facility at the new junior/senior high in honor of McCabe, the boys’ track and cross-country coach at East Bridgewater since 1973. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for Nov. 29.

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“It’s an unbelievable honor. I never expected it and to have this happen now when I’m still coaching is very special,’’ said McCabe. “It’s also a tribute to the thousands of athletes and eight assistant coaches who were with me all these years.’’

His accomplishments include two all-state cross-country championships and a total of eight Division 4 state titles in indoor and outdoor track and cross-country.

A 2004 inductee to the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Hall of Fame, McCabe was also the Globe’s Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2002 and Indoor Track Coach of the Year in 2009.

McCabe, who coached all four of his sons at the high school — Shawn, Brian, Kevin, and Jeremy — thanked his wife of 45 years, Cheryl, for “being like a second assistant coach for me, always keeping me in line.’’

Their daughter, Shannon, was scorekeeper and manager for the Viking boys’ track teams.

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Her children, Megan and Mac, are track and cross-country athletes at the high school.

A runner at East Bridgewater High (class of 1965), Mc-
Cabe retired as social studies department chairman at the high school in 2005.

He currently serves as chairman of the School Committee and with the town’s School Building Committee and Capital Needs Committee.

In their endorsement letter, Lorraine Sullivan and Maureen Hanratty, parents of track athletes from the class of 2011, said that McCabe takes pride in every effort put forward by his athletes, “whether they break a record or barely break a sweat.’’

Evan Jastremski contributes early

Evan Jastremski, a Globe All-Scholastic at Marshfield High last year, is off to a solid start for the Brandeis University men’s soccer team, which won its first seven matches of the season.

Jastremski has one goal, and it couldn’t have come at a better time — 3:15 into overtime for a 2-1 victory against MIT.

“Evan hasn’t really been a surprise, but I didn’t anticipate he’d be so good so quickly. He has great speed, is really strong in the air and has the ability to finish plays,’’ said Brandeis veteran head coach Mike Coven , a Duxbury resident.

“We don’t get a lot of freshmen who come right in and start, but this kid can run all day, which really caught my eye when he played in high school.’’

A four-year starter at Marshfield, Jastremski was the 2012 Atlantic Coast League Player of the Year, an All-New England selection, and a two-time Eastern Mass. All-Star. He had career totals of 57 goals and 23 assists for the Rams.

Kaufman to shift from SID to writing

Milton native Stu Kaufman will conclude his 32-year career as a sports information director — the last 20 at Keene State College in New Hampshire — in January when he becomes a writer/editor in Keene’s marketing and communications office.

Kaufman, who was also SID at the University of Massachusetts Boston, was recognized in August with three awards for athlete profiles and features by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

“When I started out in this business, I used a typewriter and I’ve never lost my love for writing,’’ said Kaufman, a 1974 graduate of Milton High, where he played varsity tennis. “In an age of websites, instant stats, and game videos, I believe even more in well-written stories.’’

Kelley gets noticed
in Bentley goal

Walpole High graduate Katie Kelley has stepped into the starting lineup for the field hockey team at Bentley University as a sophomore.

Through five games, she had compiled a 4-2 record, with four shutouts, a 1.15 goals against average and .811 save percentage. Kelley was honored as the Northeast-10 Conference Goalie of the Week after blanking Franklin Pierce and Southern Connecticut.

At Walpole, under the tutelage of Marianne Murphy, a Bentley Hall of Famer, Kelley compiled an 82-6-2 record, earning Globe All-Scholastic and second team All-American honors.

Bentley’s three-game shutout skein was spoiled on Tuesday when St. Michael’s edged the Falcons, 3-2, behind the seven-save performance of junior goalkeeper Sarah Healey, a former standout at Canton High.

Here and there

Bridgewater State University junior Dallas O’Brien of Mansfield outdistanced the field by 45 seconds last weekend when the Bears nipped host East Connecticut, 29-30, in a dual cross-country meet. O’Brien, who attended Xaverian Brothers High, covered the course in 24:05. He was named Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week. O’Brien was conference rookie of the year in 2011 and an all-MASCAC pick last season. MASCAC Cross Country Rookie of the Week honors went to James MacVarish of Massachusetts Maritime Academy, a graduate of Norfolk County Agricultural School in Walpole. He was 20th at the University of New England Invitational with a time of 28:47 and has posted the top time in each of the Buccaneers’ meets this season.

Dedham’s Sarah Duncan, a graduate of Noble & Greenough School, is a junior tri-captain and leading scorer for the Trinity College field hockey team that was 3-2 at mid-week. Duncan, a defender, had a pair of goals for the Bantams. . . . Wentworth Institute of Technology senior captain Eric Anderson of Abington (BC High) was selected Commonwealth Coast Conference Golfer of the Week after shooting a career-best even-par 71 in a tri-match win over Newbury and Daniel Webster.

Marvin Pave can be reached at marvin.pave@rcn.com.

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