COLUMN: Nashua’s Levine gets call to Tewksbury High Hall of Fame

It’s an honor that is so well-deserved. Longtime Nashua resident Steve Levine will be inducted into the Tewksbury (Mass.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony this fall.

A retired physical education teacher and coach, Levine retired back in 2011 after 38 years of service to the Redmen community.

Over that time, Levine coached over 100 athletic seasons at Tewksbury in soccer and both indoor and outdoor track.

“He touched an awful lot of lives through the years,” said Tewksbury Athletic Director Ron Drouin. “He is certainly a worthy recipient.”

A member of the Mass. Track Coaches Hall of Fame, Levine’s teams won over 400 dual meets, nine state championships and 25 conference titles. In soccer, the former Nashua YMCA volunteer rolled up over 300 wins at Tewksbury.

Levine is not the lone local connection to the Tewksbury High event. The championship 1981 football team is also being honored. That team was coached by Bob Aylward, who later moved on to coach at Nashua High School.

The induction event is set for October 27 at the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Club. Tickets will go on sale during the first week of September through the Tewksbury High School Athletic Department.

Money Talks

The news item is pretty substantial, especially during the Major League Baseball All-Star Break. Marcus Smart was given at four-year, $52 million contract extension by the Boston Celtics on Thursday. Quick math, $13 million a year, as opposed to the $6.05 million one year qualifying offer Boston made to the restricted free agent.

The funny thing is, Boston fans hit the sports radio air waves with a typical, “Why pay Marcus so much? Even The Sportshub’s Michael Felger went so far as to call the contract was unnecessary because the Celtics were, “competing against themselves” for Smart, who got little or no serious interest in the free-agent market.

Look, I’m no big Smart guy. Check my Twitter feed (@mvcreature) and you’ll see my affinity to chronicled every clanked three he’s thrown up there at the absolute wrong time, and there have been gobs of them.

The Celtics obviously think differently. Danny Ainge thinks he will help. So go for it. I’m not paying the tab.

And that’s my issue with the fans, screaming that Smart, or any other athlete out there, “isn’t worth the money.”

What do you care?

The Golden State Warriors’ annual salary budget just went over $300 million. Anybody complaining about it in the Bay Area should be wrapped up in one of the team’s three recent championship banners and flogged.

Are you that worried about the finances of Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck? Do you figure if they don’t sign Smart, your $150 balcony tickets will go down in price next year? Or will the Celtics take 50 cents off of every beer sold?

Of course not.

Red Sox fans lauded the move when their team axed Hanley Ramirez, shaving $22 million off their projected $250 million payroll for 2019. You think John Henry is turning that savings over to you, the consumer? Of course not.

Along the same lines, that’s why I could care less if David Price opts out of his seven-year, $217 million deal with the Sox after this season, saving the team about $31 million per. Ticket prices at Fenway aren’t going anywhere but up, with or without the pouty southpaw.

Wyc is worth bazillions. If he wants to pay Smart that kind of dough, go for it, especially if it inches the Celtics closer to their next title.