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School Roundup: Sachems win in Quinlan’s return

Ryan Groark and the Sachems thumped Fenwick, 5-4, on Monday at Kasabuski Arena. 


It may have been a non-conference game, but it was still a big one for both teams at Kasabuski Arena on Monday when former Saugus boys hockey coach Jim Quinlan returned for the first time as an opposing coach with his Bishop Fenwick Crusaders. The Sachems (6-1-2) got the win, 5-4, in a hard-fought game.

“It was a great team win,” said Saugus coach Jeff Natalucci. “Our effort and hard work was unbelievable. We continue to be a resilient team in these games that go back and forth, which is a great sign.”

Brendan Ronan was the points leader for Saugus, notching a goal and two assists in the win. Nick Moore, Ryan Groark, Dante McGrane and Brenden Patterson each scored one goal. Colby Murphy, Ryan Granara, CJ Graffeo, Adam Rodrigues and Mike Sarnacchiaro each had one assist. The Sachems will face off against Swampscott in a Northeastern Conference matchup on Wednesday night.

For Fenwick (3-7-0), Rob Murphy led the way with two goals. Jimmy Moore had a goal and an assist, while freshman Tom Estella scored his first career varsity goal. Kasey O’Brien, Nick Durbano, Paul Papageorgiou and John Bernbaum each had one assist. The Crusaders will host Arlington Catholic on Saturday.


Marblehead 2, Westfield 1

James McCarthy and Drew Cioffi each scored a goal as the Magicians improve to 5-4-2 on the year. Aidan Gillis and Braden Haley each had one assist.

Marblehead will face off against Medford at Salem State on Saturday.

Peabody 4, Lincoln-Sudbury 0

The Tanners notched their first win of the season with a shutout performance on the road on Monday. Connor McCarron led the offense with two goals, while Nick Merryman and Nick Capillo each scored one. Goalie Aaron McDonnell had the shutout in net.

Peabody (1-6-2) will travel to Connery Rink on Saturday to take on the Lynn Jets.

St. John’s Prep 4, Woburn 1

Tim Usalis scored two goals in the first few minutes to help spur to Eagles (3-3-2) to a non-conference win at O’Brien Arena in Woburn on Monday. Kyle Hentosh had a goal and an assist, while Evan Beers added one goal. Christian Kukas and David Sacco each contributed one assist.

St. John’s will be back in Catholic Conference action on Wednesday night when they travel into Boston to take on BC High.


St. Mary’s 10, Central Catholic 0

Brittany McPherson had a four-point night (three goals, one assist) to help lift the Spartans to a big win at home. Marina DiBiasio had a goal and two assists, while Natalie Mellen, Ashley Wojewodzic and Sarah Ryan each had one goal and one assist. Aylah Cioffi, Kate Grey and Zoe Solomons each scored one goal and Codi Butt, Mady Hentosh and Adara Nazarian each had one assist.

The Spartans (7-2-0) will take on Winthrop/Lynn/Saugus at Connery Rink on Saturday.


Tech 63, St. Clements 35

The Tigers stayed hot and pulled to .500 on the season with a lopsided win on the road. Tech (5-5) was led by Alondra Sanchez, who put up 18 points, and Arianna Anaya, who added 16. Annmarie Teixeira (11 points) and Michayla Lawrence (8 points) also played well for the Tigers.

“This is something we’ve been striving for the last few games,” Tech coach Kaitlyn Wechsler said of reaching .500.

Saugus 48, Northeast 22

The Sachems were led by strong Krissy Italiano who scored 12 points in the win. Olivia Valente (11 points) and Alessia Salzillo (9 points) also contributed with strong performances. “It was a good game,” Saugus coach Mark Schruender said. “We came out strong and played good defense. We did some good things today.” Saugus (9-2) will look to make it a three-game win streak when the Sachems host Revere on Thursday.


Saugus 67, Northeast 43

Saugus notched a much-needed win behind a strong outing from Demetri Filaretos (20 points). Matt Waggett (10 points) and Chris McGrane (9 points) also made big contributions in the winning effort.

“It was a good win for us,” Sachems assistant coach Mark Bertrand said. “We’ve had our struggles over the last few weeks. Coach (Paul) Moran and I emphasized that we need to play for all four quarters. We did a good job against their press. The effort was outstanding, it was all about effort tonight.”

The Sachems (3-7) are back in action on Wednesday when they host Lynn Tech. Saugus beat Tech in the season opener for both teams back in December.

“They’ll be a lot more improved,” Bertrand said of the Tigers. “That was a good game for us to start but we’ve had some struggles along the way. I expect a really good game. They play in a tough conference like us, so I expect a good game.”

St. John’s Prep 68, Brighton 63

Down by 10 points moving into the fourth quarter, Nate Hobbs and the Eagles were able to turn things around and rally for the win. Hobbs put together a strong game with 26 points, while Brett McNiff logged a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. The Eagles (7-1) will aim to stay on the win column when they host Xaverian on Tuesday night.

School Roundup: Milestone night for St. Mary’s Falayi

Temi Falayi scored a career-high 23 points in Friday’s win. 


After a tough start to the season for the St. Mary’s girls basketball team, the Spartans have now rattled off five wins in a row after a 65-49 win over the Austin Prep Cougars to move to 6-4 on the season. Coach Jeff Newhall says the team is still working to get better, but they are starting to hit their stride.

“I think tonight was one of the better games we’ve played this year, especially in the first half,” he said. “We played the way we’re capable of playing, and I just told them that if we continue to do that, we will be okay.”

Temi Falayi scored a career-high 23 points and added 14 rebounds and six blocks to lead the way for St. Mary’s.

“She was a force all night,” said Newhall. “She did a great job in the paint, she broke their press, she played great defense. She really did it all tonight.”

Gabby Torres scored 12 points and Olivia Nazaire scored 10 points.

The Spartans have a quick turnaround with a home game today at 5 p.m. against Fontbonne.

“This is a big one coming up for us, and it’s the halfway point of the season,” said Newhall. “But if we can get to 7-4 at the halfway mark after starting the year 1-4, that’ll be a great place to be.”

Tech 36, Minuteman 26

The Tigers rolled to a win at home to inch closer to .500 at 4-5. Arianna Anaya had a big game, putting up 11 points, while Alondra Sanchez and Annmarie Teixeira added eight apiece and Jamila Constantine scored six.

Malvelis Hernandez and Jailene Rivera provided excellent defense for Tech.

“We’re really clicking right now,” said Tech coach Kaitlyn Wechsler, who added that her team has worked hard on offense to prepare for different defenses, and that they’re working together well.

Peabody 72, Winthrop 34

Melissa Gray had 14 points and five steals and Alyssa Alperen had 12 points to help lead the Tanners to a big win. Serena Laro just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds, while Nene Onwuogu had eight points and nine rebounds.

Peabody (4-3) will take on Bishop Fenwick on Sunday.

Arlington Catholic 48, Bishop Fenwick 35

After falling behind early, the Crusaders rallied to tie the game entering the fourth quarter, but couldn’t complete the comeback on the road Friday night. Sam Mancinelli had eight points and four assists, Sammi Gallant had six points and six rebounds and Jaxson Nadeau had six points and three steals.

Fenwick (6-3) has a home game against Peabody on Sunday afternoon.

Saugus 54, Danvers 44

The Sachems continued their strong start to the season with a 10-point win at home on Friday, moving their record to 8-2 and handing Danvers its first loss. Olivia Valente had a team-high 14 points, while Molly Granara had 10 points and Rachel Nazzaro had eight points. Krissy Italiano contributed seven points and Alessia Salzillo had five points.

Saugus will travel to Wakefield for a game against Northeast Tech on Monday.

For Danvers (7-1), Sarah Unczur had 15 points and nine rebounds, Lily Montanari had nine points and Nicole White had seven points, nine assists and six steals.

The Falcons will have a full week off before taking on Marblehead next Friday night.

Lynn Classical 53, Gloucester 37

Paris Wilkey had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lift the Rams (8-3) to a win on the road Friday night. Classical will take on Everett in a non-league matchup on Tuesday night.

Revere 59, Salem 25

Valentina Pepic led the way for the Patriots as Revere blew out Salem. Pamela Gonzalez and Tatianna Iacoviello scored 10 points each in the win.


Bishop Fenwick 49, Arlington Catholic 46

Junior captain Isaiah Cashwell-Doe led Fenwick (4-5) with 26 points and six rebounds, but it was senior captain Ryan Veguilla (14 points) who came up with the shot of the game, hitting a layup with 30 seconds left to put the Crusaders up by three points and seal the win.

Fenwick is back in action on Sunday afternoon when they host the Peabody Tanners.

Peabody 83, Winthrop 69

Peabody’s Junior Estrella came up one assist shy of a triple-double at home against Winthrop on Friday night, finishing with 26 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists in the win. Moise Irizarry also had a big game with 20 points, five rebounds and four steals.

The Tanners (6-2) will travel to Bishop Fenwick for a matchup with the Crusaders on Sunday.

Danvers 62, Saugus 47

Saugus (2-7) got 12 points from Haris Behremovic in the loss, while sophomore Liam Murphy contributed six points and eight rebounds in his first varsity game.

The Sachems will play Northeast Tech at home on Monday night.

Beverly 80, Swampscott 48

Pat Gavin was the top scorer for the Panthers (6-2), finishing with 17 points. Luigi Derrane was right behind with 15 points, while Duncan Moreland scored 11 points and Jack Crowley had six points.

For the Big Blue, freshmen David Coleman and Manny Psowa each scored eight points. Swampscott will take on Lynn Classical at home next Friday.

Salem 59, Revere 58

Down by two points with time winding down, Salem’s Ethan Espinal (10 points) hit the game-winning three-pointer with just three seconds left on the clock to give the Witches a close win on the road Friday night. Anthony Pena was the top scorer for Salem, finishing with 25 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals. Nate Lebron added 15 points and eight rebounds.

Salem (5-3) has a road game against Lynn English next Friday night.

Lynnfield 72, Amesbury 46

Lynnfield never trailed and held a 33-23 lead at halftime.  Louis Ellis scored a game-high 25 points with eight rebounds for the Pioneers, while Dan Jameson (9 points, 5 rebounds) and senior captain Mike Carangelo (16 points, 9 rebounds) also played well for Lynnfield. The Pioneers’ bench also factored in the win with junior Matt Mortellite (7 points, 6 rebounds) and senior Will Klotzbier (4 points, 4 rebounds) hitting timely baskets and senior Bryant Dana (5 rebounds) pulling down some key rebounds.

The Pioneers look to extend their win streak to five straight Monday at Ipswich (2 p.m.).

Shawsheen Tech 66, Lynn Tech 39

Rob Wallace led the Tigers with 13 points, while Trevon Baldwin contributed seven points. Tech has a matchup with Presentation of Mary Academy on Tuesday.

School Roundup: Milestone night for Howard

Gretchen Howard earned her 18th career shutout in Wednesday’s win. 


It was a special night for the Winthrop/Lynn girls hockey team, as the Bulldogs topped Medford, 7-0, at Larsen Rink.

Abby Carleton and Kayla Morrill scored their first career goals for Lynn/Winthrop, but the night belonged to senior goalie Gretchen Howard, who notched her 18th career shutout, breaking the team record previously held by Boston College’s Katie Burt. Howard made 13 saves in the contest.

“She (Howard) was great,” Lynn/Winthrop coach Anthony Martucci said. “She didn’t have to make too, too many saves. She had 13 tonight. She’s been the backbone of our team for the last two years.”

Sydney Adamson scored two goals while McKayla Norris added a goal and an assist in the winning effort. Lynn/Winthrop (5-2) will look to stay on the win column when the team hosts Marblehead on Saturday. “We know they always play us tough,” Martucci said of the Magicians. “They’re a good team. We’re hoping to have another strong game and we’re looking for another win.”

St. Mary’s 3, Arlington Catholic 1

The Spartans improved to 5-2 behind goals from Aylah Cioffi, Sarah Ryan and Codi Butt.


Marblehead 5, Beverly 1

The Magicians took a 1-0 lead into the second period, and the offense heated up from there. James McCarthy extended the lead to 2-0 before Beverly scored its only goal midway through the second. Braden Haley added two goals and Aidan Gillis scored once to give Marblehead some breathing room.

Swampscott 5, Revere 2

Trailing 2-0 after the first period, the Big Blue netted five unanswered goals to get the win. Stevie Santanello found the back of the net twice while Louis Olivieri, Kevin Lombard and Brett Benoit eached scored one.

Danvers 3, Peabody 1

Connor McCarron gave the Tanners (0-6-1) a 1-0 lead but the Falcons scored three unanswered goals to claim the win. Rob Tibbetts scored two goals for Danvers, while Connor Purcell added an insurance goal in the late stages of the game.

Peabody goalie Aaron McDonnell made 17 saves in the loss. Nick Capillo and Brandon Muise earned the assists on McCarron’s goal.

Triton 1, Lynnfield 0

A late Lynnfield shot hit the Triton crossbar with two seconds remaining and the Pioneers came up short.


Triton 53, Tech 32

Manchester-Essex 37, Tech 35

At the CAL tri-meet on Wednesday, the Tigers fell by a close margin to Manchester-Essex but couldn’t keep pace with Triton. Top performers for Tech included Akeem Blake and Edgar Ortega. Blake took first place in three events: the high jump at five feet and 11 inches, the 50-yard dash at 5.9 seconds and the 300 at 40.6 seconds. Ortega notched the top spot in the two-mile run with a time of 11:02.2 seconds.


Triton 80, Tech 1

Manchester-Essex 60, Tech 7

A trio of Tech runners had a strong showing in the 50, with Carmina Oivier (7.2), Angelina Munoz (7.3) and Heidy Severino (7.9) among the top finishers. Karla Guerrero was among the top finishers in the 300 with a time of 55.8 seconds.


Shawsheen 98, Tech 68

Dustin Bloom led the Tigers with his first career victory. Bloom won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:14.57. Jin Purdy won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:27.91. Coral Gonzalez won the diving portion of the meet, earning 130.58 points. Allyssa Shaw came in second place in diving with 127.28 points. Romelo Lucas won first place in the 500 freestyle, while Alfred Torres earned two second place finishes (medley relay, breaststroke).

“We have a very young team of mostly ninth-graders that never swam competitively before,” Tech coach Brad Tilley said. “But they’re coming along and we’re expecting good things.”

Tech is back in the pool on Friday when the Tigers host Northeast Regional.

“A lot of our young kids are coming on,” Tilley said. “I’m very happy with the work they’ve put into the season.”


Lynnfield 49, Burlington 27

Winners for the Pioneers (10-1-1) included Chris Reardon at 120 pounds, Will Glover (126), Joe Reardon (138), Aaron Gautreau (145), Connor Stead (152), Sean McCullough (160), Anthony Wilkinson (170) and Andrew DiPietro (182). “We had a couple of kids out because of injuries,” Lynnfield coach Craig Stone said. “Some of the kids bumped up in weight and they stepped up. It was a good team win from top to bottom.”

Lynnfield hosts a quad meet on Saturday against Melrose and Triton. “They bring really good competition,” Stone said. “At this point in the year you need that type of assessment to get to the next level.”

St. John’s Prep 57, Malden Catholic 15

Winners for the Prep (15-2) included Quinn Alexander at 106 pounds, Ryan Garlitz (113), Will Grady (120), Malcolm Mitchell (126), Zach Alexander (132), Sam Little (138), Chris Kwmuntis (160), Ben Klein (182), Max Rodriguez (195), Will Moulton (220) and Hunter Brown (285). The Eagles are 2-0 in the Catholic Conference.


Saugus 61, Somerville 43

After a tough loss to Classical, the Sachems (7-2) bounced back behind a career-high 17 points from Alessia Salzillo. Olivia Valente also had a strong game, scoring 13 points. Krissy Italiano contributed with nine points.

“It was a good game,” Saugus coach Mark Schruender said. “It was good for us to get mentally focused.”

The road doesn’t get any easier for the Sachems as they host undefeated Danvers on Friday. “We’ve seen them (Danvers) play a few times,” Schruender said. “They’re well-rounded and they don’t have a weakness. All of their players do something well. We’ll be challenged, we just have to go out and compete.”


Make that two wins on the week for the Panthers (5-1). Nayeli Germosen led the team with 21 points, while Destiny Coley-Papas contributed with 14. Kayla Keel added 11 points off the bench. Favour Ofuokwu and Angela Unubun dominated in the paint. KIPP has a quick turnaround as the Panthers host Pioneer Charter on Thursday.

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Delgado leads Classical to win

Classical’s Irianis Delgado led all scorers with 16 points on Tuesday night. 


Prior to Tuesday night’s game against Saugus, Classical girls basketball coach Tom Sawyer said his team would have its hands full against a talented Sachems group. Perhaps the Rams play best when their hands are full.

Behind an offensive display that saw seven different Classical scorers, the Rams rolled to a 60-37 win over the Sachems at Saugus High.

“Most impressive was that they pressed us and we handled their press,” Sawyer said. “Against Saugus, it starts with being able to handle their pressure. We were terrific tonight. Jeylly Medrano, running the point, was unbelievable handling their press. It all starts there.”

Classical seized the momentum in the early goings of the game. Paris Wilkey missed her first few shots, but the junior drained a pair of three pointers in the first quarter. Irianis Delgado muscled her way to a pair of buckets in the paint, and the Rams led 18-6 at the end of the first.

The Sachems carried their struggles into the second quarter. Classical ran a stingy 2-3 zone defense that gave Saugus issues throughout the first half.

“Classical did a good job,” Saugus coach Mark Schruender said. “They did a good job, they sped us up. I think when they started speeding us up, everybody started to take it upon themselves to come back from a poor start.”

Saugus committed three turnovers in the first two minutes of the second quarter. Classical capitalized on those mistakes with a 6-0 run that ended when Alessia Salzillo nailed a jump shot to get the Sachems back on the board. Classical led 34-12 at the half.

“Coach (Helen) Ridley and I talk before every game,” Sawyer said. “We both agreed that in this particular game we should play zone because Saugus is extremely active on offense. We gave up 12 (points) in the first half, so we stuck with it.”

Down 22 points at the start of the second half, Saugus was in need of offense. The Sachems began to hit their shots in the third quarter as a pair of free throws by Krissy Italiano slimmed Classical’s lead to 18 points at 36-18. The Rams held their end of the bargain and made a handful of buckets to carry a 48-23 advantage into the fourth quarter.

By the start of the fourth quarter, the game was in Classical’s bag. The Rams (7-3) rolled to their seventh win of the season.

Classical had three scorers in double figures. Delgado led all scorers with 16 points.

“Irianis had a terrific game tonight,” Sawyer said of the junior forward. “She’s a little banged up, had an ankle injury and didn’t know if she was going to be able to play. She’s a tough kid though, she said she wanted to play. We needed her.”

Medrano contributed with 13 points while Wilkey scored ten.

“What this shows is that we played our best game of the year,” Sawyer said. “It was an unbelievable effort by everybody, up and down our lineup. We’ll celebrate it tonight, it’s hard to win in this league.”

Classical will aim to stay on the win column when the Rams visit Gloucester on Friday.

On the Saugus side, Molly Granara led the Sachems with ten points.

“She (Granara) just competes,” Schruender said. “She’s a freshman that doesn’t know she’s a freshman. She works really hard in practice and yesterday I got on her in practice about defense. She responded really well.”

Salzillo had a strong performance of her own, with eight points.

The Sachems (6-2) will look to shake off the loss by correcting their mistakes. Saugus has a quick turnaround as the Sachems host Somerville tonight.

“Tomorrow’s a new day,” Schruender said. “We’re a game to game team. These kids are tough.”

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Spartans hit their shots in win over Saugus

Temi Falayi (left) of the Spartans and Olivia Valente of the Sachems battle for a rebound. 


LYNN — Two teams … two different perspectives. But at the end of the night, both, perhaps, had a better sense of where they were and where they needed to go.

That’s what the two coaches got out of Wednesday night’s 61-37 win by the St. Mary’s girls basketball team over Saugus at Conigliaro Gym.

Two years ago, the Saugus girls won one game. Last year, they finished .500. This year, they were off to a 5-0 start heading into Wednesday’s game, and the idea of competing against the perennial Division 3 powerhouse Spartans seemed like being in rarified air.

“These are the games we want to play,” said Saugus coach Mark Schruender.

Since both teams are in Division 3, it was mentioned that perhaps Saugus could see St. Mary’s again come February or March in the state tournament.

“We can’t worry about what happens in February,” Schruender said. “We just have to worry about tomorrow. Just get better tomorrow. We got better just by having played tonight. Now, we have to keep on getting better.”

St. Mary’s coach Jeff Newhall’s team has finally reached .500 for the season (4-4), and he’s happy about the way things have gone since his team opened at 0-3 and 1-4.

“I’m grateful that we’ve won three in a row (over Classical and Swampscott in the Boverini Tournament) and now against Saugus. Now we have to keep winning to get over the .500 mark.

“We got off to a rough start,” he said, “but Iike the way we responded.”

The book on St. Mary’s coming into the game was that the Spartans didn’t have any consistent outside shooting. Newhall can be thankful that his players didn’t read the book. St. Mary’s had nine three-pointers Wednesday night as it seized the early lead (15-5 after a quarter) and never let go. The Spartans increased that lead to 33-19 at the  half, and 48-30 after three.

“Despite what you saw,” said Newhall, “(Schruender) has done a very good job over there. They have a system, and they’re sticking to it, and they’re going to be fine.

“I think it’s fantastic that they want to play us,” said Newhall.

Senior Mia Nowicki hit a three for the Spartans’ second basket of the night and from there, it was bombs away. She finished up with three treys for nine points, Gabriella Torres had two trifectas on her way to 10 points, Ashley Sullivan had two three-pointers, and Mashayla Johnson and Christina Nowicki one each.

The high scorer for St. Mary’s was Temi Falayi with 11 as the Spartans spread it around. Also scoring nine points was Olivia Nazaire.

The Sachems (5-1) didn’t have anyone in double figures. Sophomore Alessia Salzillo had nine points, and freshman Taylor Bogdanski eight.

Schruender was happy with the way his team played.

“No one quit,” he said. “The effort was fantastic, all night long. I’m proud of my kids. St. Mary’s is a very good team. Good players, and good coaches. We just have to get better. That’s all.”

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School Roundup: Classical girls fall in OT

Paris Wilkey scored 24 points for the Rams. 


The Classical girls basketball team overcame a late eight-point deficit on the road against Danvers Thursday night to force overtime, but the Falcons held on for the 59-55 win.

Paris Wilkey led all scorers with 24 points and Soneta Srey had a big game, adding 14 points, but it wasn’t enough to deal Danvers (4-0) its first loss.

For the Falcons, Sarah Unczur logged a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, as did Lily Montanari (16 points, 10 rebounds).

Danvers coach Pat Veilleux had nothing but good things to say about the Rams.

“This was without question our biggest test so far,” Veilleux said. “Classical is multi-faceted. They’re talented, tough, physical and as they showed tonight, very resilient. Someone had to win this game, and if it had gone on any longer, I couldn’t have handled it, and I’m sure (Classical coach) Tom (Sawyer) couldn’t have either.”

Peabody 57, Beverly 41

Tanners coach Stan McKeen knew it’d be a long winter break if his team went into it 0-3, but fortunately for Peabody, it got the first win of the season out of the way against Beverly.

Sophomore Liz Zaiter had the hot hand, scoring 13 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Nene Onuwuogo had a big game as well with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Serena Laro and Katie Wallace played excellent defense for Peabody, and Wallace did a good job running the offense at point guard.

Saugus 40, Marblehead 34

Krissy Italiano put up a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to help lead Saugus to a win, while Kiley Ronan chipped in eight points and five steals. Alessia Salzillo and Molly Granara each scored seven points in the win.

The undefeated Sachems (3-0) will hit the road for a game against Malden on Wednesday.

Swampscott 53, Gloucester 42

Maggie DiGrande hit five three-pointers en route to 18 points to lead the way for the Big Blue, and Jaymie Caponigro had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Ella Parker also had a solid game with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Swampscott (3-1) is back in action on Tuesday when they take on Lynn English in the Walter J. Boverini Tournament.

Greater Lawrence 44, Lynn Tech 42

The Tigers fell in a close game despite a great all-around team effort, according to coach Kaitlyn Wechsler. Jamila Constantine scored 15 points to pace Tech, followed by Arianna Anaya with 11 points. Alondra Sanchez had eight points and Malvelis Hernandez scored six.

Winthrop 34, Salem 32

It came down to free throws in this one between the Vikings and the Witches, and Winthrop’s Cailyn Driscoll hit the two deciding free throws to give the Vikings the close win. Driscoll finished with 13 points to lead Winthrop.


Marblehead 57, Saugus 42

Patrick Bugler had a big day for the Magicians (3-2), finishing the game with 20 points. Derek Marino added 12 points in the win.

Marblehead will be back in action on Wednesday on the road at Masconomet.

Dimitri Filaretos led Saugus with 11 points, followed by Chris McGrane with nine points. Cam Williamson had a big night on the glass with six points and 10 rebounds, and Mike Mabee provided a spark off the bench with six points.

Gloucester 89, Swampscott 70

Despite the loss, Swampscott got an impressive performance from Tony Broadnax, who notched a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds while also adding six assists. Jackson Byrne contributed 10 points in the loss.

Gloucester was led by senior captain Evan Mason’s 21 points.

The Big Blue will have all of next week off before returning to action on January 3 on the road at Marblehead.


St. Mary’s 4, Hingham 1

After trailing 1-0 entering the third period, the Spartans (2-2-0) rattled off four unanswered goals to steal a victory from Hingham in the consolation game of the Serino Christmas Tournament at Valley Forum in Malden on Thursday evening.

“To come back against a team like Hingham, one of the top-ranked teams in the state, was really good to see,” said St. Mary’s coach Mark Lee. “It took a total team effort to pull this one out, and I’m really proud of all our guys for how hard they worked.”

Anthony Bono led the way with two goals, while Jason Loeser and Kyle Ouellette added a goal apiece. Dante Maribito contributed two assists in the win.

St. Mary’s will host Lowell Catholic next Thursday.


Bishop Fenwick 91, Marian 68

Catherine Christuk and Sophia Lumino each scored multiple wins in the pool for the Crusaders on Thursday. Christuk won the 200-yard freestyle (2 minutes, 9.13 seconds) and the 100 breaststroke (1:12.88), while Lumino took the 200 individual medley (2:21.03) and the 500 freestyle (5:33.56). Other individual winners for Fenwick were Connor Christuk in the 50 freestyle (23.86) and Rowan Emerson in the 100 freestyle (58.60).

The Crusaders also had three relay teams take first place. The 200 medley relay team of Emerson, Connor Christuk, Garrett Collins and Michael D’Iorio won with a time of 1:54.13, the 200 freestyle relay team of D’Iorio, Lumino, Connor Christuk and Bryce McCarthy won the a time of 1:50.06 and the 400 freestyle relay team of Emerson, McCarthy, Collins and Catherine Christuk won with a time of 4:08.33.

School Roundup: English swim team sneaks by Salem

Shanel Turransky and the Lynn English swim team squeaked past Salem with a 93-91 win. 


It was an exciting meet between the Lynn English and Salem swim teams Tuesday night at Lynn Tech, with the meet coming down to the final relay.

The Bulldogs needed to grab the top two places in the final relay to earn the victory, and they did it, swimming to a 93-91 victory.

The team of Amanda Fabrizio, Peter Phelan, Emma Trahant and Caroline Zuffante finished first for English in the final relay, followed by the team of Andy Nhiv, Erik Whittier, Chris Haskell and Devin Curley.

The Bulldogs also performed well in the diving portion, with Shanel Turransky taking first and teammate Hannah Trahant finishing second.

Zuffante won the 200-yard freestyle, Emma Trahant won the 100 free, Kylie Moorehouse finished second in the 50 free, Fabrizio finished second in the 100 butterfly, Peter Phelan came in second in the 500 free. The team of Turransky, Moorehouse, Emma Trahant and Zuffante finished second in the 200 free relay, and Turransky earned a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke.

“We had some depth tonight,” English coach Lisa Trahant said. “We didn’t have a lot of first place finishes, but we got what we needed to get the two-point win.”

Marblehead 103, Swampscott 75

Ellie Ronan placed first in the 100 backstroke (one minutes, 3.87 seconds) and the 200 freestyle (2:04.71) to help lift the Magicians to a win in the pool on Tuesday. Tom Rockett won the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.03 seconds, and he also teamed with Cooper Caldwell, Lucas Perez and Felix Litvak to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:50.51). Katie Walker placed first in the diving competition with a score of 258.25.

For Marblehead, Tessa Diaz captured both the 100 butterfly (1:08.05) and the 100 breaststroke (1:20.05). Diaz was also a part of the 200 medley relay team, along with Emma Sutherland, Kasey Kennedy and Will Cronin, that took first place with a time of 2:05.84.

Danvers 101, Lynn Classical 83

The Falcons had three double-winners on the day, with Cambria Cloutier winning the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke, Rafael Hicaro won the 100 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke and Jared Casey won the 50 freestyle and the 200 freestyle. Tyler Keyes won the 100 butterfly. The relay team of Cloutier, Hicaro, Keyes and Casey won both the 400 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.

Classical got wins from Jacob Lang in the 200 freestyle and Sarah Sirois in diving, as well as the 200 freestyle relay team of Lang, Elias Bakas, Eric Macorri and Harrison Sitz. The 400 freestyle relay team of Gabriella Marquez, Alaina Gridley, Rachel Brennan and Carly Mendonca qualified for sectionals with their time, and Mendonca qualified for sectionals as an individual in both the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke.


Danvers 72, Saugus 14

The Danvers boys cruised to a win over the Sachems on Tuesday, their first win of the 2016-2017 season. Bruno Abbatessa won the shot put with a distance of 39 feet, 6 1/2 inches, Mike Daras won the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.3 seconds and Bryan Perham won the 55 dash with a time of 6.7 seconds. Anthony Spignese won the 300 (40.5), Andrew Moriarty won the 600 (1:38.2), Kevin Jordan won the 1000 (3:02.7), Evan Denman won the mile (5:22.1) and Joseph Lauretti-Pereira won the two-miles (11:46.0).

The lone winner for Saugus was Nichollas Silva, who won the high jump with a height of six feet even.

Lynn Classical 51, Gloucester 35

Classical notched its first win of the year behind wins from Adam Washington in the high jump (5-3), Samson Srey in the 50 hurdles (7.5) and Tyler Way in the 50 (5.7). Emmanuel Kalambayi won the 300 (41.1), Junior Mejia won the 1000 (3:15.0), Kevin Durant won the mile (5:12.2) and Gilley Kabamba won the two-miles (10:29.7).

Gloucester got wins from Kevin Gabriele in the shot put (36-6) and Jacob Belcher in the 600 (1:41.0).

Beverly 74, Winthrop 11

Beverly was led by double-winner Connor Cademartori, who won the high jump (5-7) and the 1000 (2:59.6). Other winners for the Panthers were Thomas Adams in the 50 hurdles (7.2), Kyle Chouinard in the 50 dash (5.8), John Jones in the 300 (39.9), Brian McPherson in the 600 (1:35.7) and Kyle Hewson in the mile (5:17.9).

For Winthrop, Andrew McGrail won the shot put (39-2) and Nikolas Beshere won the two-miles (11:36.9).


Danvers 44, Saugus 42

Despite winning six out of the 10 events on the day, the Sachems fell to Danvers in a close meet. Gianna Filaretos and Ailyn Minaya each won two events for Saugus, with Filaretos taking the high jump (4-8) and the 55 hurdles (10.2) and Minaya winning the shot put (30-4) and the 55 dash (7.9). Other winners for the Sachems were Haley Dennis in the 300 (48.0) and Olivia Tapia-Gately in the two-mile (14:35.9).

For Danvers, Rebecca Henion won the 600 (1:54.8), Katie Crum won the 1000 (3:30.2) and Lindsay MacInnis won the mile (6:29.6).

Gloucester 47, Lynn Classical 33

Agnes Bangura notched two wins for the Rams on Tuesday, taking the high jump (4-6) and the 50 dash (6.3), while Tori Adams won the shot put (23-7).

Gloucester got wins from Kaitlin Marquis in the 50 hurdles (7.8), Lila Olson in the 300 (51.4), Carly Curcuru in the 600 (1:50.6), Leah Rudolph in the 1000 (3:32.9), Lillie Favazza in the mile (6:59.8) and Aidan Cunningham in the two-miles (15:35.1).

Beverly 68, Winthrop 18

Beverly swept the field of events en route to an easy win on Tuesday. Natalie Coughlin won the high jump (4-6) and the 50 hurdles (8.4) for the Panthers, while Gracie Sparkman won the shot put (35-7 1/2), Grace Byrd won the 50 dash (6.5), India Ingemi won the 300 (45.5), Uatchet Juch won the 600 (1:53.3), Abby Walsh won the 1000 (3:05.1), Lexi Sutyak won the mile (5:40.9) and Martha Callaghan won the two-miles (13:43.3).


Bentonville (Ark.) 33, St. Mary’s 26

The Spartans fell to Bentonville High School of Bentonville, Ark. in the KSA Pre-Holiday Tournament at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports at Disney in Orlando, Fla. on Tuesday. Olivia Nazaire led the way for St. Mary’s with 14 points, while Mia Nowicki added six points.

Saugus 52, Gloucester 39

Forward Olivia Valente had a huge game for the Sachems, recording a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Meanwhile, point guard Alessia Salzillo almost notched a rarer type of double-double, finishing with 10 points and seven steals. With the win, the Sachems are now 2-0 on the year.

Saugus will play a road game against Marblehead on Thursday evening.

Essex Tech 52, Lynn Tech 17

Alondra Sanchez led the way with seven points for the Tigers (1-2), while Annmarie Teixeira scored four points.


St. Mary’s 50, Briarwood (Ala.) 37

The Spartans kept rolling in the KSA Pre-Holiday Tournament in Orlando, riding a big first half to a victory over Briarwood of Birmingham, Ala.

Jonathan Mola stepped up and had a huge game for St. Mary’s, logging 22 points. Stephen Fama also had a big day with 14 points. Lisandro Pacheco and Jonny Mercado each chipped in with five.

The Spartans now move onto the final round of the winners bracket, taking on Canon-McMillan of Canonsburg, Penn. at noon today.

Marblehead 90, Winthrop 42

Marblehead had 12 players score points, including a huge game from Patrick Bugler, who notched 20 points, five rebounds and four assists in the win. Derek Marino also had a solid game with 14 points.

The Magicians are back in action on Thursday night when they take on Saugus on the road.


Beverly 5, Lynn/Winthrop 3

McKayla Norris scored two goals for Lynn/Winthrop, while Emma Carlton added the third goal.

The Bulldogs will travel to Larsen Rink for a game against Saugus on Wednesday.

For Beverly, senior captain McKinley Karpa notched a hat trick to lead the way, while captain Izzy Primack had a goal and three assists and junior captain Marlee Hamor scored one goal.


St. John’s Prep 40, Danvers 36

The Prep battled back from a 36-28 deficit with two pins in the final two matches to sneak out a win over Danvers on Tuesday. Evan Chaisson got the pin in the 220-pound weight class to make it 36-34 in favor of Danvers, then Will Moulton sealed the win with a pin in the 285-pound class. Other winners for the Eagles were Ryan Garlitz (113 pounds), Will Grady (120 pounds), Malcolm Mitchell (126 pounds), Zach Alexander (132 pounds), John McNaught (138 pounds) and Ben Klein (182 pounds). The win puts St. John’s Prep at 8-0 on the year.

Saugus field hockey tops Peabody

Saugus’ Krissy Italiano, right, and Peabody’s Camila DeOliveira battle for possession. Item Photo by Katie Morrison

By Katie Morrison

SAUGUS — The Saugus field hockey team is strong, experienced and looking to make some noise in the Northeastern Conference this season.

The Sachems scored three goals in the second half to shut down Peabody, 3-1, at Stackpole Field Tuesday.

The Tanners came out firing, scoring after just six minutes. Mallory LeBlanc took a free hit just outside the circle in Saugus’ end, and Nicole Ferrante found the ball in front of the net, giving Peabody a 1-0 lead.

From that point on, Saugus maintained possession for the majority of the game. The Sachems had a few good chances in the first half, including four corners. At one point, the Sachems had three corners over the course of just a few minutes, but couldn’t find the goal. On the third corner, Peabody sweeper Sara Feinstein cleared the ball out of the Tanners’ end.

The Sachems didn’t waste much time knotting the score at one in the second half. Just a few minutes in, Katie Italiano got a stick on the ball after Peabody goalie Sofia Rodriguez came out of the net and broke through the scrum to score the equalizer.

Rodriguez was busy in the second half, and Saugus created more scoring chances right away. At one point, the ball popped out of a scrum in front of the goal and Rodriguez lunged to knock the ball away with her blocker.

Later in the half, Rodriguez slid into the stick of Ailyn Minaya, knocking the ball away. But Minaya picked up her own rebound and put it away, giving Saugus a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

Minaya and Italiano were right in the middle of Saugus’ third goal as well. About three minutes after Minaya’s first goal, Italiano crossed the ball to Minaya, who slipped it past Rodriguez to give Saugus some insurance.

“Ailyn was very aggressive, attacking the goalie…it was nice to see someone making the goalie work,” Saugus coach Barbara Guarente said. “(The Sachems first game of the season) against Gloucester, we didn’t work the goalie at all, so it was nice to see that.”

Guarente was also happy with the communication between her players on the field, which was led by defender Sam Allan.

“They talked a lot more this game than they did in the first game, the communication and movement was better,” Guarente said.

“They were moving to the ball…we still have to work a little bit on that, but for the most part, they were actually cutting to it, so that was good,” Guarente added. She also credited Priscilla Geha, Alessia Salzillo and Liz Schrippa with their strong performances.

The Sachems missed the tournament in 2015, but Guarente and the Sachems have their sights set on playing in November.

“We have 13 seniors, a lot of returning players,” Guarente said. “I told them in the first practice that there’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to go far in the league and make the tournament, and hopefully we keep the trend going.”

As for Peabody, there’s still work to be done, but there were positives to take from Tuesday’s loss.

“We had a really good first half, scoring first, but we came out kind of flat in the second half and lost a lot of confidence after (Saugus’ first) goal,” Peabody coach Pam Grant said. “It took a little talking to, and we picked it up in the last 10 minutes, but it’s a matter of finishing the whole game like we started.”

SCHOOL: Lynnfield wins battle of girls tennis powers

Lynnfield’s Olivia Skelley paired up with Camie Foley to win the first doubles match, 6-3, 6-2, in a win over Marblehead on Wednesday.



In a heavyweight matchup between undefeated Marblehead and Cape Ann League powerhouse Lynnfield, the Pioneers (15-1) showed the strength of their squad and were able to beat the Magicians, 4-1.

The Pioneers earned two wins from singles players Sarah Mezini winning 6-0, 7-6 and Katie Nevils winning 6-2, 6-1.

In doubles, the partnership of Olivia Skelley and Camie Foley played a dominant match, winning 6-3, 6-2. The second doubles pairing for Lynnfield cruised to a strong win as well, winning 6-2, 6-1.

The lone win for the Magicians came from Julia Channing in third singles, 6-1, 6-2.

For Marblehead, the run for an undefeated season fell just short, but even so, the Magicians feel confident going forward.

“We made it to the quarterfinals last year in the tournament, and we have an even better team this year, so we feel good about our chances,” said Marblehead coach Catherine Castoldi.

Castoldi mentioned that her players felt good about how they played, and put everything they had into their matches, but couldn’t pull off the victories against the stronger Pioneer team.

“Lynnfield plays in a very strong league, and we don’t really face that in our league,” said Castoldi. The Magicians are 14-0 in the Northeastern Conference and are looking to close their season on a positive note against Beverly for their final match of the regular season.


Swampscott 15, Saugus 3

The host Big Blue broke things open against the Sachems with a seven-run second inning, featuring eight of their 20 hits. Christina King had four knocks and a RBI for Swampscott (13-6) who got three hits apiece from Kasey Kennedy (2 RBI), Hannah Leahy (three-run home run) and Leanne Nisbet (2 RBI).

Saugus (13-7) mustered just four hits in its regular season finale; singles from Pauline Ascolese and Brooke Westmoreland along with a two-run double from Mikayla Niles and a RBI double from Alessia Salzillo.

Peabody 11, Beverly 1

On senior day for the Tanners, they overpowered their opponents with the bats, improving their record to 10-8.

Tianna Dawe completed all seven innings pitched, striking out seven and scattering four hits.

On the offensive side, Dawe unloaded on the Panthers pitching going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run. Alyssa Alperen continued the hitting for the Tanners going 2-for-2 with a home run, and senior Katie Tansey also belted out a home run.

SCHOOL: Marblehead clinches tournament spot

Marblehead’s Ashley Stiles went 3-for-3 in a win over Winthrop on Wednesday.



The Marblehead softball team (11-2) qualified for the state tournament with a 4-3 win over Winthrop on Wednesday. Sarah Plakans got the win on the mound, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out nine. Sabrina Doughman got the big hit on offense when she knocked a two-run double to give the Magicians the lead. Ashley Stiles went 3-for-3 in the win.

“It feels good to make it in,” Marblehead coach Johnny Gold said of getting into the tournament. “It was one of the first goals we set at the beginning of the season, so it feels good to accomplish it. Now we need to keep pushing forward.”


St. Mary’s 1, Archbishop Williams

Michaela Hamill knocked in the game’s lone run in support of starting pitcher Mia Nowicki, who shined in a complete game one-hitter, featuring 14 strikeouts.

Danvers 11, English 1

The Falcons offense led the way in a rout of the visiting Bulldogs.    

Revere 5, Beverly 4 (F/8)

Despite the loss, Beverly pitcher Natalie Stilwell pitched a good game, giving up just four hits and striking out four batters in four innings of relief work. Ally Cabral went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and two RBI, while Marlee Hamor (3-for-4) and Olivia George (2-for-4) each notched one RBI.

Gloucester 3, Saugus 2

Gloucester snapped the Sachems’ win streak in a tight game. Starter Brooke Westmoreland gave up three runs, though just one was earned, and struck out three in three innings of work. She had to leave the game after getting hit in the shin with a line drive.

Shannon Gayron was great in relief, tossing four shutout innings and giving Saugus a chance to stage a comeback, which they did in the sixth inning.

Down three, the Sachems plated two in the sixth, but a runner was thrown out at home to end the threat.

Saugus managed just four hits, and Alessia Salzillo had two of them. Catie Sheehan went 1-for-3 with a RBI, and Alex Almquist added the other hit.

Austin Prep 7, Fenwick 1

Mikayla Porcaro’s sixth-inning RBI single scored Julia Fusco (2-for-3) for the host Crusaders’ (5-8) only run against the Cougars, who broke a 4-1 game open with a three-run seventh.

Alexcea Glynos yielded 10 hits while striking out five and walking none in the loss.


Danvers 10, English 0

In a rout of the Bulldogs, the visiting Falcons (11-2) received strong pitching from Dean Borders who picked up his fifth win of the season.

St. John’s Prep 9, Xaverian 4

Lynn’s Brendan Powicki led the way for the Eagles (10-4) on Monday, grabbing the win on the mound, tossing a one-hitter. Mike Yarin added three RBI on the offensive end.

Marblehead 13, Winthrop 0

Garret Keough was the story for the visiting Magicians as he scattered just five hits in a complete game effort, featuring 12 strikeouts in addition to 2-for-5 performance at the plate.  Marblehead (7-5) banged out  11 hits in total, including three from Spencer Carr (run, 5 RBI) and two apiece from Drew Gally (2 runs) and James McCarthy (3 runs, 3 RBI).

Beverly 17, Revere 3

In a rout of the visiting Patriots, the Panthers (10-3) featured outstanding contributions from Nick Cotraro (4-for-5, 5 RBI), Garrett Desmond (2 RBI) and Spencer Brown (4-for-5, 4 RBI). The latter turned in a strong outing on the mound as well, pitching six innings of three-hit ball, striking out eight en route to the win, clinching Beverly’s 13th straight trip to the state tournament.


Fenwick 15, St. Mary’s 2

Merry Harrington scored seven goals and Tori Hernandez added four tallies in leading the visiting Crusaders past the Spartans. Molly Camelo tallied twice for Fenwick (10-2) who got nine saves from goaltender Meghan Woodworth in the win.

Maddie Hentosh and Liz Weisse scored one goal apiece for the Spartans.

Marblehead 15, Saugus 1

The Magicians continued their strong season with another win on Wednesday, lifting their record to 14-1.

Hadley Carlton and Grace Arthur each notched three goals and one assist, while Amanda Gregory had two goals and three assists. Corinne Mayle and Caroline Driscoll each had two goals and one assist, Niamh Healy had two goals and Lucie Poulin had four assists.

Peabody 13, Gloucester 7

The Tanners improved to 11-2 behind a balanced scoring effort that saw seven different players register points. Lauren Wolff led the way with five points, followed by Kirsten Bradley with four and Emma Bradley with three. Chloe Gizzi had two points, while Amanda Bradley, Carla Patania and Jillian Amirault each had one point.

Goalie Gianna Denisco had nine saves in the win.


Fenwick 14, St. Mary’s 4

Senior captain Dan Hannon recorded his 100th career point for the host Crusaders as they cruised past their Catholic Central League rivals.


Marblehead 80, Salem 51

George Goetz, the Magicians’ senior captain, was a triple winner in the high-hurdles (15.7 seconds), long jump (21 feet, 9inches) and high jump (5-10). Marblehead (6-0) winners included senior Adam Linsky in the mile (4:48) and junior Oliver Jacob in the 400-meter hurdles (59.9).


Marblehead 103, Salem 33

The Magicians improved to 5-1, led by double-winner Sara Caulfield, who claimed first in the long jump (16-1) and triple jump (34-9). Other Marblehead winners included Dani Maney with the javelin (100-10) and Alix Livermore in the 800 (2:32.3).

SOFTBALL: Saugus outlasts Beverly

Saugus pitcher Brooke Westmoreland improved to 7-3 on the mound on Monday, while also having a big day at the plate.



Senior leadership won the day at Saugus High School Monday as the Sachems’ softball team won a pulsating 4-3 victory over Beverly.

The win pushes Saugus to 9-3 under first-year coach Steve Almquist.

Senior Brooke Westmoreland stood out both in the circle and at the plate. She went the distance, giving up seven hits and three runs, striking out six and allowing no walks, raising her record to 7-3. She also went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.

Shortstop Pauline Ascolese had a triple and a RBI, but made her biggest contribution on the game’s last play. In the top of the seventh, with two out and a Beverly runner on second, Ascolese dove for a line drive hit into the hole between short and third, making the catch and saving the game.

“It was a real web gem,” Almquist said. “What a fantastic play. If it gets through, the game’s tied.”

Also starring for Saugus were Mikayla Niles (1-for-3, RBI) and two freshmen, Emma Howard (2-for-2, 2 runs) and Alessia Salzillo (3-for-3, walk).

Beverly, Almquist said, “is a well-coached team. “They’re so tough. They make the plays, they hit the ball, they have good pitching, and they don’t make mistakes. We found a way to grind out a victory today.”

For Beverly, Ally Cabral went 2-3 with two doubles, a RBI and a run scored. Marlee Hamor was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Olivia George went 1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored.


Lynn Classical 15, Salem 3 (F/6)

Tori Adams tossed a complete-game four-hitter to lead the Rams (7-4) to a dominant win over Salem on Monday. Adams struck out nine batters in the complete-game effort.

Meghan Leavitt led the way on the offensive end, going 2-for-4 with a walk and three RBI.

Peabody 2, Swampscott 0

The Tanners got a great all-around performance from Lynn native Tianna Dawe, who pitched a complete-game two-hitter with two walks and seven strikeouts, while also going 1-for-3 with an RBI at the plate. Amanda Crawford also contributed offensively, going 1-for-2 with a solo home run. The win improves Peabody to 7-6.

Hannah Leahy was the tough-luck loser for Swampscott, going six innings and allowing one earned run on three hits. She also came through with one of the Big Blue’s two hits.

Arlington Catholic 2, St. Mary’s 1

At Arlington Catholic, the Spartans (10-2) gave up two first-inning runs to the Cougars and then didn’t allow a hit after that. However, their bats weren’t alive, said coach Paige Licata.

“This was kind of a reality check for us,” said Licata, who felt that there may have been a letdown after Friday’s dramatic 7-6 win over Austin Prep. “It showed us what we can’t wait for that big finish all the time.”

Fenwick 22, Matignon 1 (F/6)

Natalie Medros got the win on the mound for the Crusaders (5-7), giving up just one run on two hits in four innings pitched. Lexi McNeil led the way on offense, going 2-for-2 with three RBI and two runs scored. Rachel Fisher went 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored, while Emily Fernandez went 1-for-1 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Tech 9, St. Clements 8

Yennifer Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a home run, a triple and three RBI to help lead the Tigers (1-6) to their first win of the season on Monday. Megan LeBlanc went 3-for-4 with two RBI, three stolen bases and two runs scored and Briana Reynoso struck out four batters in the circle.

Sachems softball outslugs Peabody, wins fifth straight

Saugus pitcher Brooke Westmoreland notched another win for the Sachems on Wednesday after beating Peabody.



PEABODY — The Saugus softball team is on a roll.

The Sachems slugged their way to their fifth straight win, beating Peabody, 13-5, on the road on a rainy Wednesday afternoon.

Saugus has beaten some of the most formidable teams in the Northeastern Conference over the past couple weeks, taking down Classical, Revere and Danvers.

Wednesday, it looked as if the Sachems’ winning streak might come to an end. But a huge 11-run sixth inning gave them a sizable lead.

Saugus couldn’t get much going offensively early. Peabody struck first as Alyssa Alperen hit a leadoff single off of Saugus pitcher Brooke Westmoreland. A bunt single moved her to second, and she came home on an error. The Sachems got the run back in the second, as Caity Sheehan drew a leadoff walk and scored on a three-base error.

Peabody scored three in the fourth without the benefit of a hit. Four walks and a sacrifice fly from Kaitlin Thibodeau-Corey gave the Tanners a 4-1 lead. Alperen drove in the fourth run with a bases-loaded walk that she had to battle for, fouling off several pitches before taking ball four.

The Sachems had something cooking in the fifth. A fielder’s choice with a runner on and singles from Emma Howard and Pauline Ascolese loaded the bases with two outs, but freshman pitcher Tianna Dawe got Westmoreland to ground out to escape the jam.

She wouldn’t be able to elude damage in the sixth, however.

A leadoff single from Sheehan set the wheels in motion for a Saugus eruption. With the rain starting to come down steadily and the temperature dropping, Dawe began to lose command. She got Alessia Salzillo to ground into a fielder’s choice for a quick out, but then the wheels fell off.

Jillian Cooper was hit with the bases loaded, and then Shannon Gayron drew a walk to push the runners along and bring Saugus within one. Howard smacked a bases-loaded single to bring across the tying run, and Ascolese’s single gave Saugus a 5-4 lead. Dawe walked Westmoreland before being lifted for Mallory LeBlanc.

“We made too many mistakes. Routine mistakes killed us,” said Peabody coach Butch Melanaphy. “Tianna had a tough outing, but the mistakes behind her hurt. She’s learning, it’s a learning curve. Saugus is a good team, no doubt about it. They’ve improved tremendously.”

LeBlanc also struggled to contain the Saugus offense. Sheehan drove in two with a booming double, Salzillo’s single scored two more, and Mikayla Niles narrowly missed a home run, instead settling for a RBI double. Cooper singled in a run before the Tanners could get out of the inning.

“I’ve never seen anything like that inning,” said Saugus coach Steve Almquist. “You tell the kids to keep fighting and hanging in there, they were hitting the ball hard all game, and you tell them eventually it’s going to fall. Luckily we got a couple breaks and were able to take advantage. I couldn’t be happier.”

Westmoreland settled down in the final two innings, allowing a run on Dawe’s single in the seventh, but otherwise kept the Peabody offense quiet. She also helped her cause with a solo home run, hit out of the park in dead center, in the seventh.

“She was getting a little frustrated, she was around the zone all game, and I told her to hang in there,” said Almquist. “She’s such a competitor. She does whatever I ask of her, she’s huge. A lot of games this year we haven’t given her any run support, so we finally broke out and gave her a little breathing room.”

The Sachems, who started the season 2-3, are now 7-3 at the halfway point in the season.

“We’re starting to figure some things out,” said Almquist. “We have a long ways to go, but this is a great win.”

SCHOOL: St. Mary’s baseball starts on high note

Matt Costanza allowed just three hits with nine strikeouts in a shutout win over Arlington Catholic.



The St. Mary’s Spartans began their defense of their 2015 state title with a 1-0 win on the road at Arlington Catholic on Wednesday.

Matt Costanza, one of just three returning starters from the state championship team, was brilliant, dueling against UMass Amherst commit Christian Rosati, who went 6-0 with a miniscule 0.91 ERA for the Cougars last season. Costanza, an AIC commit, went the distance, allowing just three hits. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out nine. A couple of errors forced Costanza to pitch out of some jams, something he did with ease.

The Spartans scored the only run they’d need in the second. Antonio Felix, one of the other returning starters (along with Donnie Weisse), walked and stole second. Ryan Turenne singled to right to drive him home.

St. Mary’s squandered the opportunity to score more in that inning, leaving the bases loaded. In the fifth, Jack Ward hit a booming double out to the fence, but was stranded.

Cody Murtaugh made a huge catch in right to help his pitcher, diving to save what could have been a leadoff double.

Turenne went 2-for-3, and Ward, Weisse and Nick Peveri all added hits.

“It was a very good way to start the season,” said St. Mary’s coach Derek Dana.

Beverly 9, Lynn Classical 8

In a back-and-forth game, Beverly scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Beverly’s (2-0) offense got help from everyone, getting multi-hit games from three players—Spencer Brown, who also drove in three runs, Sean Hanlon and Matt Enos, who each drove in a run.

Dylan Stevens started the game for Beverly, but was relieved after two innings as Classical got to him early.

For Classical (1-2), Brandon Devin went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run and three runs scored, while Christian Burt went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Andre Gaudet went 1-for-4 with a bases-clearing double.

Marblehead 10, Gloucester 5

The Magicians saw great balance on the offensive side of the ball, getting contributions from all over the lineup on Wednesday. Tim Kalinowski went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base, Tedd York went 3-for-4 with a run scored, Garrett Keough went 1-for-2 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base and James McCarthy went 1-for-3 with an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base. Derek Marino added an RBI as well, while Cole Garvanti walked twice and scored twice.

On the mound for Marblehead (2-0), Jake Hamelburg got the win after going 4 2/3 innings and giving up five runs on five hits.

Lynnfield 7, Triton 3

In a 12-hit victory, the Pioneers opened their season with a strong win. Lynnfield’s bats were on fire as they plated four runs in the first inning and added three more throughout the game.

Lynnfield starter Nick Colucci had a solid night, pitching five innings, allowing one earned run, two hits and striking out five. Colucci also helped himself on offense, hitting a double and triple.

Colucci was relieved in the sixth inning by Dan Jameson, who didn’t allow a run and earned the save, striking out one.

Pioneers Spencer Balian and Mike Stellato  each drove in two runs. Sophomore Dan Jameson tossed two innings of strong relief in his first varsity appearance.

Danvers 18, Revere 3

Danvers bats came alive in a rout against Revere bringing their record to (2-0).

Jordan DeDonato had three RBI in the game, adding a triple, and teammates Andrew Olzak, Zach Dillon and Tim Unczur had two RBI each.

Dean Waters made his first start of the season, lasting three innings.

Salem 15, Saugus 5

Sammy Ramirez stole the show in the Witches first win of the season, striking out 10 Sachems in seven innings of work while finishing 4-for-4 with three RBI at the plate.

Wesley Shaejbe and Eddie Duran both finished 3-for-4 with two RBI for Salem (1-1), while Saugus got two hits apiece from Jimmy Alcott and Kyle Autilio, with the former adding a RBI.

BC High 7, Prep 0

The visiting Eagles, 3-1, were “outplayed in all phases of the game,” according to coach Dan Letarte. The Prep mustered just two hits, one each from Andrew Selima and Mike Yarin.


Lynn Classical 4, Beverly 3 (8 innings)

The Rams pulled off an extra-inning win at home on Wednesday afternoon. Meg Leavitt went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Madison Angelli went 2-for-4 with the game-tying RBI late in the game. Alaina Gridley also went 2-for-4. Tori Adams got the win on the mound, going the distance and giving up three runs on six hits with eight strikeouts.

For Beverly, Ally Cabral went 3-for-5 with a run scored. Freshman pitcher Rona Scott struck out four in the loss.

Peabody 17, Lynn English 0 (5 innings)

The Tanners (1-1) were led by Tianna Dawe, who went 3-for-3 with four RBI and three runs scored. Alyssa Alperen also went 3-for-3, with three RBI and two runs scored. On the mound, Mallory LeBlanc pitched a one-hitter for Peabody, striking out three without allowing a walk.

“We’ve just been playing really well,” said Peabody coach Butch Melanaphy. “We need to continue this momentum and move forward.”

Marblehead 1, Gloucester 0

Sammy Treff’s sharply hit ground ball to third base plated Sarah Bornstein for the walk-off win, after the latter delivered a one-out triple in the bottom half of the seventh inning.

Maddie Ernst allowed just three hits while striking out eight in a complete game shutout for the Magicians (2-0), whose offense managed just five hits, including a double from Hannah Garthe.

Saugus 13, Salem 1

It was a complete team win for the Sachems, as they came back from a disappointing opening loss on Monday.

The Sachems (1-1) came out firing as the whole team was getting a hold of the ball. Katie Sheehan led the team in hits, going 4-for-4 with a monster three-run home run and double. Alex Almquist had a solid offensive day going 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI. Pauline Ascolese had a three-run home run, and Alessia Salzillo went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and one RBI.

Saugus starter Shannon Gayron dominated, pitching six innings, allowing one earned run, allowing seven hits and striking out three.

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Swampscott hangs on for win over Saugus

Saugus’ Rachel Nazzaro releases a shot as Faye Parker goes for the block.


SAUGUS – With the Saugus girls’ basketball team down by 14 points to Swampscott after a quarter, it looked like this game might be a blowout. But the Sachems came back and gave Swampscott some trouble, and Swampscott escaped with a 54-50 win at Saugus High.

The Sachems scored the first four points of the game, but the Big Blue went on an 18-0 run to close out the quarter and grab a commanding lead. Meghan Hartmann, who led all scorers with 25 points on the night, racked up 12 points before the end of the first.

But the Sachems weren’t without their opportunities.

“We said in the first quarter that we liked the shots we were getting, and we thought (Swampscott was) shooting very, very well. So we were just thinking that the stats were going to correct themselves,” said Saugus coach Mark Schruender.

The numbers did, indeed, even out as the game went on.

The Sachems spread out the scoring in the second quarter with Olivia Valente scoring four points and Marisa Stockwell and Alessia Salzillo chipping in three apiece. They limited Swampscott to eight points in the quarter, and held Hartmann scoreless.

“We closed out a little bit better on the shooters in the second quarter,” said Schruender. “Then we were getting good looks. In the second quarter, we moved a little bit better with the basketball, and that freed up some offensive rebounds and freed up shooters a little better and shots started going in. We got a little confidence going into halftime.”

The Sachems closed the gap to 10 at the half, 26-16.

Saugus captain Mikayla Niles, who finished with 12 points, led the Sachems in the third quarter with eight points. Krissy Italiano chipped in four, and all of a sudden, it was a tight game. The Sachems trailed by just three, 39-36, at the start of the fourth.

Swampscott responded by turning up the pressure.

We went full court, put the pressure on and try to make them make mistakes, try to contain them, because our zone was falling flat a little,” said Swampscott coach Katelyn Leonard. “I thought that got them in a kind of hurry-up offense, and helped us control the game.”

The lead switched sides often in the fourth, but Swampscott was able to get out in front thanks to some big blocks from Faye Parker and a big quarter from Hartmann.

They’re a really tough team. They’re young and feisty and they can shoot,” said Leonard. “Another two minutes, and who knows who’s game that would have been.”

Big Blue’s Jamie Caponigro scored 10 points and pulled down eight boards. Parker was a force in the paint, grabbing seven rebounds and putting up 12 points. Hannah Leahy chipped in seven points and seven boards for Swampscott.

For Saugus, Schruender acknowledge the play of his captains, Niles and Gabby Valente.

“When we’re down, like we were at the end of the first, you can say ‘uh oh, it’s one of those nights.’ And I looked at the team and said ‘we’re fine,’ and they echoed that,” said Schruender. “Gabby did everything she could, what a tough kid on defense. Mikayla had a great night on offense, right before the half she had a huge bucket at the buzzer to pull us within 10, and then in the third quarter she came out and did real well.”

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