Swihart with Sea Dogs on rehab assignment

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland Sea Dogs shortstop Marco Hernandez, the MiLB.com Top Star winner from the Eastern League All-Star Game, has been promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket in several moves announced by the Sea Dogs Thursday.

Boston Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart is expected to join the Sea Dogs on a Major League rehab assignment on Thursday at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium when the Sea Dogs face the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

Other moves include; outfielder Manuel Margot activated from the temporary inactive list, infielder Reed Gragnani rejoining the Sea Dogs from Pawtucket, infielder Tzu-Wei Lin received from High-A Salem and right-handed pitcher Kyle Martin being activated from the disabled list. Right-handed pitcher Kyle Kraus was transferred to High-A Salem, right-handed pitcher Mike Augliera and outfielder David Chester were placed on the disabled list.

Swihart, 23, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 3 with a left foot sprain. In 40 games with the Red Sox this season, he is hitting .241 (32-for-133) with one home run and 11 RBIs.

Bruins sign first-round pick Zboril

The Boston Bruins signed first-round defenseman Jakub Zboril to an entry-level contract Wednesday.

The Bruins drafted Zboril 13th overall last month.

Zboril, an 18-year-old from Brno, Czech Republic, played last season with Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he recorded 13 goals, 20 assists and 73 penalty minutes in 44 games. His 13 goals established the club record for goals by a rookie defenseman.

Former RPI coach named assistant for Colby football

WATERVILLE, Maine — Sean Conerly, who has worked for both Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Union College, has been named an assistant coach for the Colby College football team.

Conerly, a New Orleans native, was a versatile coach for RPI. He was defensive line coach, special teams coordinator, director of video and football operations, and an admissions associate.

“We are excited to add Sean to the coaching staff. He brings experience from two proud Division III institutions, both as a player and a coach,” Colby head coach Jonathan Michaeles said in a news release. “He is also a proven recruiter who should transition seamlessly to NESCAC and Colby.”

St. Joseph’s names Howe new swim coach

STANDISH, Maine — Margaret Howe has been hired as the head coach of the Saint Joseph’s College men’s and women’s swimming program.

Howe comes to Saint Joseph’s after coaching at various levels, including a stint at Boston College, where she served as a masters coach for nearly four seasons, and a year at Crimson Aquatics, a Massachusetts club that has produced multiple Junior National Team members. She has also coached at the Little Rhody Aquatic Club and worked various camps and clinics.

Howe swam for four years for head coach Tom Groden at Boston College, where she earned a pair of varsity letters while claiming Eagle Academic Award honors all four years with a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference honor roll accolades.


Joe McLaughlin

McLaughlin (right) is a Stearns High School and University of Maine graduate who worked for three years at the Aroostook Republican and News in Caribou as a reporter and editor. He has worked on the BDN...