The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on December 27, 2009 · P7
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Sunday, December 27, 2009
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DECEMBER27,2009 GlobeNorth 7 B OSTON S UNDAY G LOBE Alifetime of running Name a distance, and chances are Mary Harada has run the event. And not only run it but beaten the field, too. Whether it be the 400 meters, the 800, the 1,500, 3,000, or 5,000 ... or the 5K, 6K, 8K, or 10K on a cross-country course, the pride of West Newbury has likely clocked a national or a world record at one time or another. Her reward for her records, and four decades of running, is election into the United States Track & Field Masters Hall of Fame. No official date has been set for her induction, but Harada believes it could be at the National Masters Track & Field Championships next July in Sacramento. The 74-year-old Harada still runs competitively and is considered the one to beat in her age division nearly every time she toes the line. This past summer, Harada won the 800 and 1,500 meters in both the Massachusetts Senior Games in Springfield and the Ocean State Senior Games in Providence. Then she was off to Finland for the World Masters Athletic Games, where she fin- ished fourth in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters. In October, at the World Masters Games in Australia, she won the 5,000, placed second in the 1,500, and was third in the 800. In the USATF Masters Championships in Maryland, she won the mile and 3,000 meters and was second in the 800. That’s how it’s been for Harada for more than 40 years, or since she began running, she says, ‘‘for some exercise.’’ ‘‘If anyone asked me back then if I’d be doing this 40 years from now, I would have thought them out of their mind,’’ said Harada. ‘‘But it’s become a way of life for me. I got into road races initially, then track, and decided Iliked doing that better. I am a very competitive person and it’s the competition I love the most, competing against others my own age and against myself as well.’’ In March, she’ll travel to British Columbia for the World Masters. Aretired professor of history and government at Northern Essex Community College, Harada called her selection to the hall ‘‘very pleasing, but not the thing you spend a lot of time thinking about whether you’ll get in or not.’’ Nonetheless, she said, ‘‘it’s nice to be recognized first by a committee and then by your peers for what you’ve managed to accomplish over the years.’’ While most people are slowing down at 74, that’s not the case with Harada. To her, 74 is just a number. ‘‘I’m really not sure how one is supposed to feel at 74,’’ she said. ‘‘I think it all depends on attitude and physical condition. I’m fortunate to be physically healthy, and Ithink I’m still in my right mind. ACanadian runner, Earl Fee, who’s 80, once told me that the trick is as you get older to age more slowly than your competitors.’’ Genes are certainly on Harada’s side. Her mother lived to be 90 and her father 102. One aunt reached 100 and two others a bit longer. Harada runs four times a week, sometimes 6 miles, other times 8. She’s a regular at Fitness Factory in Newburyport, where she’ll ride the bike and lift weights. ‘‘One reason she has been so successful is that she trains hard yet understands the aging process,’’ said Cathy Utzschneider , Harada’s coach of four years with the Liberty AC. ‘‘She respects that process and is careful to adjust her training when she feels her body is talking to her. She is an inspiration to all women athletes.’’ When Harada travels overseas, it’s not just to compete, but to take in the cultural aspects as well. Having a PhD in European history, she is in awe at the churches she has seen and the opera houses she has visited. Her favorite? The opera house in Sydney, which she calls ‘‘magnificent.’’ Of couse, she adds, she also loves the wine and cuisine. She will be joined at the induction ceremony by four-time Boston Marathon champion Bill Rodgers, now 62 and residing in Boxborough. ‘‘I’ve always been an admirer of Bill Rodgers and it’s nice to be included with him,’’ she said. Harada serves as president of the Liberty AC, the oldest all- women’s running club in the country, and members are brimming with joy at her selection. ‘‘It’s a real honor for her and for the club,’’ said Carrie Parsi of Gloucester, a member since 1978 who won her age division (70-74) in last spring’s Boston Marathon. ‘‘We are all so proud of her. Her selection is well deserved.’’ Most, if not all, of Harada’s records have been broken over the years, but if she stays healthy, chances are pretty good she’ll be reclaiming them starting in June. That’s when she turns 75 and begins to compete in the 75-79 age division. Around and about If you want a break from the onslaught of college football bowl games, head on over to Lawrence High tonight for the semifinals of the 35th annual Greater Lawrence Christmas Basketball Tournament. Games are at 6 and 7:45. This year’s tournament included Greater Lawrence, Salem (N.H.), Central Catholic, Methuen, Andover, North Andover, Lawrence, and Pinkerton Academy. The championship game is Tuesday at 8 p.m. ... The girls’ version of the tournament is at Methuen and semifinals are tomorrow at 5:30 and 7 p.m. and the title game Wednesday at 7. The field included Lawrence, Methuen, Salem, Andover, Lowell, Pinkerton, North Andover, and Central Catholic. ... Merrimack senior Casey Miller scored 28 points, including her 1,000th, in a 98-83 loss to Edinboro. She’s the 17th Merrimack woman to net 1,000 points. Ideas or information may be sent to Mary Harada has been running for more than 40 years. John Vellante NOTEBOOK By Sapna Pathak GLOBE CORRESPONDENT O ne of the top-scoring guards in the Greater Boston League, Franklin Salvadore, is used to shouldering the offense for the Somerville High boys’ basketball team. After averaging 16 points per game as ajunior, the 5-foot-9 Salvadore plans to pick up where he left off. The Highlanders, hit hard by graduation from last year’s 12-10 squad, however, expect Salvadore to take on additional responsibilities this season. ‘‘Franklin’s going to be asked to handle the ball for us,’’ said Somerville head coach Mark Antonelli. ‘‘He’s predominantly a shooting guard; he’s used to coming off screens and shooting away, but since we lack a natural point guard, he’s going to have to run the offense a lot more too.’’ The request was not a surprise to Salvadore, who began preparing for the role during summer league play. Still, Salvadore’s knack for scoring was apparent in the season opener against Malden Catholic, when he poured in 27 in his team’s 50-32 win. The team captain’s flexibility is pivotal for a young squad that isn’t blessed with height; the tallest Highlander stands 6- foot-3. Somerville beat Malden Catholic three days after the opener, 51-47, in overtime before losing to host West Roxbury, 66-57, last Tuesday night. ‘‘I’m not used to playing point guard at all; it does put a lot of pressure on me to have to score and also set the offense,’’ said Salvadore. ‘‘But I always try to do things to perfection, so once I’m more used to the position I think I’ll be more relaxed.’’ While Salvadore settles into his new role, senior Jonathan Tsirigotis is the closest thing to a true point guard. The 5-9 guard is coming back from a severe knee injury suffered during the summer, which forced him to miss the fall soccer season. Senior captains Chi Che and Ricky Arisme, along with Salvadore, are Antonelli’s lone returning starters. Newcomers include Travis Price, a sophomore forward, Seamus Desmond, junior guard, and seniors Max Laurent, Alex Kritikos, Guebell Dieudonne, John Raymond, and Chris Gibson. ‘‘We’re just trying to figure out the right mix, the right combination for everyone to be at their best right now,’’ said Antonelli. ‘‘With only three guys returning from a 15-man rosterwho saw legitimate playing time, a lot of guys are being asked to do different things this year. Franklin’s not the only one.’’ Arisme, a 6-3 power forward, took on different responsibilities when the Highlanders graduated their leading rebounder, Ricardo Bonhomme. Now at Worcester Polytechnic, Bonhommeaver- aged 14.0 points and 11 rebounds per game. ‘‘He was the heart and soul up front,’’ said Antonelli. ‘‘We’re not very big up front, so Ricky’s being asked to be a true post player, which is something we’re trying to find, too. We even had Ricardo run the offense sometimes last season, so that’s another thing that Ricky might do, too. It’s something we’re getting used to now, but it could definitely help us out in the season.’’ Arisme agreed. ‘‘Last year, I mainly was there to draw attention from Ricardo and set him up underneath,’’ said Arisme. ‘‘But now I’ve got more of a leadership role on offense. It’s a lot harder getting used to different things, but it’s going to work itself out. We’ve got a bunch of good players who will do anything they need to for the team, so we’ll be fine.’’ Looking ahead, Antonelli said he hopes that with more ball- handlers, the Highlanders will prove a difficult team to scout and an even tougher one to defend. With powerhouses like Everett and Lowell on their schedule, the Highlanders’ versatility will be even more crucial. ‘‘We could surprise some people,’’ said Che. ‘‘We’re a young team, smaller than most, but if we’re confident in ourselves, anything can happen. I’m pretty sure we can make the [postseason] tournament and then who knows what might happen.’’ A6-1 small forward, Che serves as the team’s vocal leader; a4.3 GPA-student, he plans to attend an Ivy League school next fall. His dedication in the classroom is just as aggressive as that on the court. ‘‘Some coaches tell guys to give their bodies to their team,’’ said Antonelli. ‘‘Chi literally does that. This summer, he took a charge and knocked himself unconscious. He’s our heart and soul, our glue guy. He’s very intellectual and has a fire and competitive spirit you can’t teach. He’s a dive-on-the-floor kid and with him, Franklin, and Ricky, we’ve got a good foundation to build the rest of the team around. It’s a work in progress, but those guys solidify the core.’’ Somerville’s next regular season game is Jan.8, at Malden. Sapna Pathak can be reached at New season, new missions Graduation losses force Somerville players to adapt to shifting roles PHOTOS BY JON MAHONEY FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE Following significant losses to graduation last year, returning Somerville starters like Franklin Salvadore (left) and Chi Che (right) are being asked to take on unfamiliar duties. HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL High 5 Aaron Barbosa , Dracut: The senior guard poured in 21 points to propel the Middies to a 3-0 start with a 76-46 win over Haverhill. Asia Ewing , Westford: The senior forward led the Grey Ghosts to their fourth straight win, a 56-25 Dual County League victory over Boston Latin, with a 14-point, six-rebound performance. TJ Jann , Westford: The senior forward had 13 points and 12 rebounds as the Grey Ghosts improved to 4-0 with a 74-40 Dual County League win over Boston Latin. Bria Tiro , St. Mary’s (Lynn): In a 57-52 victory over Cardinal Spellman, the senior guard pumped in a career-high 29 points to power the Spartans to a 4-0 start. Ryan Woumn , Lynn English: The senior guard led all scorers with 18 points as the Bulldogs rolled to 3-0 with a 75-55 victory over Peabody. Game of the week The 35th Greater Lawrence Boys’ Basketball Christmas Tournament tapped off Tuesday night at Lawrence High. Central Catholic, which has captured 10 titles in the last 13 years, is a favorite to capture another crown with 6-foot-11 Carson Desrosiers dominating the paint. But don’t discount coach Dave Fazio’s Andover squad either. The semifinals are scheduled for tonight, with the final Tuesday at 8 p.m. Pathak’s Top 10 Boys’ Teams 1. St. John’s Prep (3-0) 2. Central Catholic (3-0) 3. Westford (4-0) 4. Lynn English (2-0) 5. Everett (2-0) 6. Andover (2-0) 7. Somerville (2-1) 8. Salem (2-1) 9. Bishop Guertin, N.H. (1-0) 10. Lowell (1-1) Pathak’s Top 10 Girls’ Teams 1. 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