Rich McKenna right at home in Billerica, as head football coach
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The Jumbos hit the road for Bowdoin (Friday) and Colby (Saturday) this weekend.
Vesey helpsget the gold
In Team USA’s spirited run to the gold medal at the World Junior hockey championships, North Reading’s Jim Vesey put together an impressive tourney. Skating the wing on the Americans’ top line, the 19-year-old Harvard freshman compiled a goal and four assists in seven games. His quick finish of a Johnny Gaudreau feed in a 5-1 semifinal win sent Team Canada goalie Malcolm Subban to the bench. The US secured gold with a 3-1 win over Sweden in Ufa, Russia, Saturday. . . .
Salem State forward Nate Simpson was a workhouse in the paint last week, averaging 16.3 points and 14 rebounds in powering the Viking men’s basketball team (9-4 overall) to four straight wins. A senior from Lowell, he earned co-Player of the Week honors in the MASCAC. . . . Wilmington’s Amy Fahey netted her 1,000th career point at Fitchburg State last week with a 22-point effort in an 85-55 win over Anna Maria. The junior forward averaged 14.8 points and five rebounds in four games.
Gulizia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Craig Larson of the Globe staff also contributed to this story.