By the time former Belmont Little Leaguer and Belmont Hill School baseball player Trygg Larsson-Danforth was selected by the Boston Red Sox on the third and final day of the 2010 Major League Baseball first-year player draft in the 49th round with the 1,493rd overall selection, most people probably weren't paying very close attention.
Even Larsson-Danfort, a 6-ft-6 power-hitting, left-handed first baseman, and the MVP of the Yale Bulldogs baseball team the past two seasons had stopped watching, instead opting for a round of golf and a trip to a local restaraunt.
Larsson-Danfort was a candidate to see time for the short-schedule Lowell Spinners, whose season began last weekend on June 18, but he is currently not listed on the team's roster.
Larsson-Danfort wasn't the only former Belmont Hill player to get selected either as Boston College slugger and Stoneham native Mickey Wiswall, a 6-foot-2, 212-lb, left-handed power hitter who was a member of coach Ed Gallagher's 2005 Independent School League championship team, was taken by the Seattle Mariners in the seventh round with the 222nd overall selection. Wiswall, who hit 19 home runs as a junior this season at Boston College was one of six Eagles selected in this year's draft.
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Summer pickup soccer games began at 8:30 a.m., June 26 at Town Field on Beech Street by the new Senior Center. Games will continue to be played every Saturday from now until Saturday, August 28, 2010.
Children enter grades from kindergarten through eighth grade who have interest in playing are welcome. Fields and nets will be set up.
Kids should bring water, wear shin pads and wear a white t-shirt to make it easier to make teams and keep cooler in the heat.
Parents are not required to stay, but those who want to "hang out" are more than welcome.
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The Belmont Recreation Department is once again offering two sessions of tennis instruction for teens and adults with eight, 60-minute lessons which allow lots of time for instruction as well as game play for all skill levels.
Participants should dress in light clothing and bring a bottle of water and are encouraged to arrive 10-15 minutes early to help better organize the classes. It is also suggested that younger players should use a lightweight racket for maximum benefit.
The sessions are open to anyone 13 years and older and are being held Monday and Wednesday nights at the Belmont High School tennis courts. Beginners hit the hard court from 6 - 6:50 p.m. followed by Intermediates from 7 - 7:50 p.m.
The first session is set to conclude this week on July 7 with the second – and final – summer session beginning on Tuesday, July 19 and running through Aug. 11, 2010.
Registration is available online at http://www.town.belmont.ma.us/Public_Documents/BelmontMA_Recreation/teentennis or you can complete a registration form and submit it with $75 registration fee by check only to Belmont Recreation Dept., P.O. Box 56, Belmont MA, 02478.