Keeping Score: Getting a Reid on the NMH Hall of Fame

  • Courtney Reid (right) standing alongside Frontier coaching legend Vi Goodnow. Reid helped Goodnow and the Red Hawks win the WMass Div. II crown as an eighth-grader when she scored the game-winning goal. Contributed photo

  • South Deerfield native Courtney Reid enjoyed a successful career at the University of Michigan where she became an All-American and still sits second on the program’s all-time assist list. contributed photo

Friday, June 02, 2017

Good morning!

There’s a local angle to last week’s mention that Olympic gold medalist Tessa Gobbo is being inducted into the Northfield Mount Hermon School’s sports Hall of Fame today. South Deerfield’s Courtney Reid — together with Gobbo, NHL hockey player Brian Pothier, and multi-sport coach Dick Peller — are also being honored.

Reid’s the daughter of Mary Lou and Jim Reid, a longtime South Deerfield dentist and Greenfield Men’s Hockey League standout (sorta) who taught Courtney to play hockey at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.

Frontier field hockey coach Vi Goodnow saw Reid’s precocious talent and started her when she was an eighth grader. Goodnow’s faith was rewarded when Reid scored the game-winning goal to beat Greenfield in the WMass Division II championship game. Three years later, Reid helped NMH win the New England Prep School championship.

Twenty colleges came courting with scholarships, and she chose the University of Michigan. In 2000, she was named the Big Ten Tournament MVP, was named to the Big Ten first team and was a first-team, All-American. According to the school’s field hockey media guide, “Reid left Michigan with the program’s career record for assists (56) and still ranks second on the all-time list.”

Head field hockey coach Marcia Pankratz wrote in an email: “Courtney was my first-ever recruit at Michigan. Having been an ice hockey player, she had great hand/stick skills. She was super-fit and could out-run anyone. We were blessed to have her help set the foundation for our championship tradition.”

Reid will be joined on the dais by 40-year-old Brian Pothier, a New Bedford native who attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and played four seasons for the Engineers. Afterward, he turned pro and played nine seasons with four different teams in the NHL, playing 362 games and scoring 118 points from the blue line.

As for Dick Peller, NMH historian Nelson Lebo was called to the rescue. “Dick Peller’s a retired chair of the math department and was a baseball and boys’ soccer coach for many, many, many years. He also initiated the Hot Stove League which occurs each January.”

The Hot Stove get-together attracts a panel of hardball alumni that includes ESPN’s Buster Olney, Red Sox special assignment scout Galen Carr and Orioles pitcher Ollie Drake.

Just remember that’s an NMH kid who’s trying to shut down the Red Sox when Drake’s on the mound. Nothing personal, it’s just business.

SiriusXM unearthed Andy Griffith’s 1953 classic “What it was, was football.” The iconic North Carolinian was 27 years old when he did his stand-up routine as a southern hillbilly watching his first football game … “This whole raft of people was lookin’ at each other across this pretty little green pasture. The best I can reckon, it’s some kind of contest where they see which bunchful of men can take a funny little pumpkin and run from one end of that cow pasture to the other without either getting knocked down or steppin’ in something.”

SQUIBBERS: Those six home runs Boston hit in Chicago on Monday helped move them out of the cellar past San Francisco for fewest long balls in the majors. They still anchor that slot in the American League, however, trailing Seattle by six dingers, 54-48 as of this writing. Boston would be tied for eighth if they had the 14 home runs that Big Papi hit last April and May. … If Ottawa had prevailed in the NHL conference finals, the Stanley Cup would be in two tire stores, Bridgestone Arena and the Canadian Tire Center. … “The box score is the catechism of baseball, ready to surrender its truth to the knowing eye,” wrote author Stanley Cohen. … The UMass hockey team opens the season Oct. 6 and 7 in Tempe against Arizona State, followed by a game at Union College in Schenectady. The home opener is against AIC on Oct. 20, when fans will get a look at Cale Makar. The Hockey News projects Makar will be the fifth overall pick in the June draft. He’s a shifty defenseman who rushes the puck, and that will put some excitement back in the Mullins Center. … The fabled Chicago White Sox — a franchise that began in 1901 — plays its home games at Guaranteed Rate Field. Think that’s bad, how about the PGA’s Waste Management Open? Tiger Woods is the early favorite. … Charges were dropped against the Predators fan who tossed a catfish on the ice in Pittsburgh. The Washington Post reported that Jacob Waddell told a Nashville radio station he was “just a dumb redneck with a bad idea.” Not if he opens a fried catfish restaurant, the guy’s already a brand name. … Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said of Game 1, “It’s ours for the bleeping taking.” So it seemed, until PK Subban’s goal was deemed offside. “I’ve watched it at least 50 times and never saw a clear shot it was offsides,” said GM David Poile. Home cooking, as if Pittsburgh needed it. …. The brochure for the Temple Hills Country Club outside Nashville promises, “anyone who has had the privilege of playing knows what awaits them.” Not the folks who found a skinned deer at the bottom of the country club’s swimming pool. The Tennessean reported that three men were charged with littering and hunting out of season. … A broken axle kept NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney out of the top ten of the Coca-Cola 600. Blaney was driving with Greg Belanger’s name across the windshield as a Memorial Day tribute. His Ford Fusion got as close as sixth but ultimately finished 24th after the axle mishap. … Manny Ramirez’s contract with the Kochi Island Fighting Dogs expired Thursday. It’s not known if the deal, that included all the sushi Ramirez could eat, was re-upped. … At Minute Maid Park in Houston last weekend a blackbird (too small to be a crow) wandered around the infield oblivious to balls and strikes and a ground ball that was hit past it to shortstop. …. Like all events at America’s Most Beloved Sardine Can, tickets for the college “Gridiron Series” at Fenway Park are over-priced on the secondary market— $84.40 behind the end zone for the Nov. 11 game between UMass and Maine; $161 for a 50-yard line seat a week later for the BC-UConn game. … Shawn Mendes for Southwest Airlines kissing a wall and singing “Cuz I know I can treat you better” is why recording games and fast-forwarding is worth the extra few bucks. … Chance Adams’ star is about to rise over Yankee Stadium. The 6-foot-2, right-hander is 22-3 in the minors; 4-0 this season with a 1.03 ERA at Triple-A Trenton. … Is it possible that every team in the AL East will finish 81-81? …. “Always go to other peoples’ funerals,” said Yogi Berra. “Otherwise, they won’t come to yours.”

Chip Ainsworth is an award-winning columnist who has penned his observations about sports for four decades in the Pioneer Valley. He can be reached by email at sports@recorder.com.