News and notes

The Worcester Sharks announced the dates and teams for the next “High School Hockey Classic” games at the DCU Center. On Saturday, January 9, Shrewsbury and Marlboro will square off and on Saturday, January 16, Auburn and Hudson will meet for the second consecutive year.

Ticket prices, game times and other information will be announced shortly.

Adams tabbed for Ashland AD post

Congrats to former Marlboro and Nashoba basketball coach Jim Adams on being named the new athletic director at Ashland last week. Adams, currently an assistant principal at Millbury High, takes over for former Nashoba Regional girls’ basketball coach Naomi Martin, who resigned to take the athletic director’s spot at Lexington High.

Gill brings Stanley Cup home

Former Nashoba Regional star Hal Gill — a recent inductee into the school’s first Hall of Fame class — will bring the Stanley Cup to the school on Thursday, August 13. Gill, who won the Cup this year with Pittsburgh, will host “Coffee with the Cup” in the Nashoba gymnasium, with the time of the event to be determined at a later date. Fans will be able to meet Gill — a former football, basketball and baseball star for the Chieftains — and have their picture taken with the Stanley Cup. Admission is $10 per person and includes the opportunity for a photograph with Gill and the Cup. Fans are welcome to bring their own cameras, but professional photos will also be taken and available for purchase after the event. All proceeds will go toward the Community Competition Complex project at the high school.

Area bank looking for grid teams

Eastern Bank is looking for an area high school football team to be featured in its fall TV commercial as well as win $5,000 to support the school’s athletic department.

The contest is open to all eastern and central Massachusetts high school football teams, which are encouraged to submit videos, photos, audio recordings or essays that answer the question: “What makes your team special?” The contest ends on August 7. Submissions should be sent to a.ravens@easternbank.com and will be posted at www.easternbank.com/teamwork for the public to view.

Contest rules and an application form are located on the Eastern Bank Facebook page. Eastern Bank will award $500 prizes to support the athletics department of every team whose players are invited to the casting call.

Stellar summer continues for Beede

The accolades keep rolling in for Auburn’s Tyler Beede, as the junior-to-be was just named the top prospect in the 2009 Team One North Showcase over at http://www.teamonebaseball.com/press/?articleID=1094&year=2009&month=7

The site chose it’s top ten based upon workout, game performance and overall projectability.

Beede is also coming off a stint on the Virginia Canes U16 AAU team that captured the National Title at the World Wood Bat Association Tournament last week. Check out some information on this prestigious squad at http://www.canesbaseball.net/index.html

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