According to Danny Ventura of the Boston Herald, the ISL will not have championships this fall nor dish out awards. The league does, however, hope to provide some competition this fall, pending it is safe to do so.
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* As noted in the Wheaton College Athletics’ Summer Baseball Update (Week 4), Mike Gibbons, a New York Mets draftee that is pitching for the Brooklyn Cyclones, picked up his second minor league victory on the bump. Chris Denorfia – also a Wheaton Baseball Alum – went 6-for-14 last week with the Chicago Cubs.
Cahoon, who walks away after 12 years with the program, guided UMass to a 13-18-5 overall record last season, along with an eighth place finish, which earned the Minutemen a spot in the Hockey East tournament.
“It’s been an honor to coach and work with so many fine student-athletes over the last 12 years here at UMass,” Cahoon said in the college’s press release on Tuesday. “Their efforts and the efforts of the faculty, staff and community members will be fond memories of my time here at Massachusetts. I look forward to the continued growth and development of this program so that it will sustain itself at the most elite level within Hockey East. The privilege has been all mine.”
The Herald confirmed that Cahoon’s decision came about during a meeting with UMass athletic director John McCutcheon last week.
“Actually, the way it went was that Toot and I sat down last week and had some heartfelt discussions and he presented some concerns that he had and I presented some concerns that I had, and at the end of the discussion we felt it was the right time for us to part ways,” McCutcheon said. “We’ve made a lot of progress. We’ve gotten to a good point. There are some good young men in the program. But, unfortunately, our won-loss record wasn’t what we wanted over the last four or five years. We want to get to the next level.”
Cahoon leaves UMass with a record of 166-225-42. His 166 wins are the most in program history.
He’s also compiled a record of 330-380-73, which spans over 25 years of coaching at Lehigh, Norwich and Princeton. He was also the Hockey East Coach of the Year in 2003.
Cahoon began his hockey career as a player with Marblehead High School’s boy’s varsity squad before spending four seasons with Boston University; he helped the Terriers earn back-to-back national titles in 1971-72.
The first few weeks of the Worcester Tornadoes season is officially in the books.
The local independent baseball squad concluded its most recent six-game home stand with three wins and three losses. Yet, despite a few excruciating contests against Newark and New Jersey, fans were able to enjoy a few exciting home runs on Sunday afternoon by the former Boston Herald All-Scholastic Johnny Welch.
Welch, who is in his first season with the Tornadoes, has appeared in 14 games thus far and has recorded 12 runs, 17 hits, four doubles, four home runs and nine RBIs. He’s also tallied one stolen base and 13 strikeouts, too.
Last season, Welch joined the CanAm League with the Pittsfield Colonials, who’re no longer in existence, and appeared in 69 games. He experienced one of his better seasons at the dish, as he registered 15 home runs, 45 RBIs and seven stolen bases.
Welch’s best season in a Minor League setting was with the Florence Freedom in 2010, a member of the Frontier League, where finished the year with 93 hits, 13 doubles, one triple, 14 home runs and 46 RBIs.