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Krause: Tech, Saugus made tremendous strides

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Tech girls basketball coach Kaitlyn Wechsler and her Tigers reached their goal of making a state tournament appearance this season. 

By STEVE KRAUSE 

They won’t be anywhere near Tsongas Arena over the weekend. But the Lynn Tech and Saugus girls basketball teams made such tremendous strides this winter that it almost doesn’t matter.

Last December, which seems like ages ago now, Tech coach Kaitlyn Wechsler listed 10 wins as a goal for the Tigers coming into this season. Now, that may seem modest, and Wechsler confessed last week, after the Tigers bowed out of the MIAA Division 4 North tournament with a 67-55 loss to Pope John, that she feared it was much too lofty a goal.

But the Tigers didn’t let her down. They won the 10 games, made the tournament, and, after some first-half jitters, settled in and refused to roll over.

Sometimes, you have to measure your progress in small steps. This is one of those times. The Tigers haven’t had a whole lot to cheer about as far as team sports go (although their track program has more than made up for it with the exploits of Justin Lewis last year). Just about all sports over there have seen a drought hit. But this year, both the boys and girls basketball teams made the tournament. And coming from where these teams have been, that is A-OK.

In fact, it’s excellent. The Tigers have some real solid players on which to build. One of them is only a freshman: Alondra Sanchez, who can basically do it all — score, rebound, and handle the ball.

Another is Arianna Anaya, a sophomore, who is a pure scorer and shooter. Like Sanchez, Wechsler is looking forward to coaching her for the next couple of years.

Things have been slowly building over on Neptune Boulevard. James Runner’s football team had a decisive victory on the night before Thanksgiving — the first Turkey Day win by the Tigers in many a season. The basketball teams seem to be in good hands with Stevie Patrick (boys) and Wechsler at the helm.

For a school that has been in athletic doldrums lately, it’s really nice to see.

Equally heartening was the Saugus girls basketball team and its 16-6 record going into the tournament. It’s tough to recall the last time Saugus was in the tournament. Some very unscientific research conducted last Thursday night when the Sachems had a home game against Bishop Fenwick revealed a lot of “I don’t knows.” Suffice it to say, it’s been at least 20 years — and maybe even longer.

The gym was beyond packed, leaving one to realize that the town took to this team. The only way to describe the atmosphere was frenzied.

Both Saugus’ Mark Schruender and Fenwick’s Adam DeBaggis admitted that playing in front of such a large, noisy crowd made the players nervous, and it explains why the score after two quarters was only 19-10.

But what made this game so special was that once Fenwick — which is the defending Division 3 state champion — started to put a little distance between itself and Saugus, the Sachems didn’t pack it in. Instead, they dug in.

What was once a 30-13 Fenwick lead was shaved down to seven (33-26) before the Crusaders’ championship pedigree took over and they were able to close out the game.

However, it’s a credit to Saugus that in this type of environment — even if the Sachems were at home — they hung in.

Like Tech, there hasn’t been a tremendous amount to cheer about in Saugus with regards to athletics. The hockey team’s back-to-back state championships were more than a decade ago. The boys basketball team did make a sectional final against Danvers, and both the baseball and softball teams have been in the tournament. But for the most part, things have been pretty quiet. This basketball season by the girls was a real shot in the arm.

To the victor goes the spoils, and that’s as it should be. But there are different kinds of victors. There are coaches who literally save programs and turn kids who never knew they could win into winners.

That is what Kaitlyn Wechsler and Mark Schruender and their assistants did this year at Lynn Tech and Saugus. When the book is written on this winter tournament season, they should both have chapters all to themselves.

Tech goes down with a fight

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Arianna Anaya scored 11 points for Tech. 

By STEVE KRAUSE

EVERETT — Lynn Tech girls basketball coach Kaitlyn Wechsler just wanted her team to represent its school with as much class and competitive spirit that it could.

Mission accomplished. The Tech girls ended up losing to Pope John by 12 points Wednesday night, 67-55. But considering the Tech Tigers were down by 28 points (63-55) after the third period, making the score respectable, regardless of who was on the court, is something she considered an accomplishment.

“I didn’t think we gave it our all in the first half,” Wechsler said. “So we talked about it at half time and decided that no matter what, we’d do that in the second half.”

The loss eliminates the Tech Tigers from the MIAA Division 4 North tournament while the Pope John Tigers go on to face Mystic Valley of Malden Saturday in the quarterfinal.

As long as Pope John twins Korine and Katherine Haidul were on the court, Tech had no answer. The two girls terrorized Tech’s girls, scoring 39 points between them (24 for Katherine).

“They’re only sophomores,” said Pope John coach Jake Feraco, “but they’ve gotten so much better than last year.”

The twins complement each other, with Katherine able to post up players down low while Korine is more of a ball-handler and a passer. But Katherine also popped two consecutive 3-pointers in the third quarter as Pope John blew the game open, showing her versatility from anywhere on the court.

“We knew they’d be a handful coming in,” Wechsler said. Believe it or not, I thought we handled them pretty good in the first half. It was the rest of the team that killed us.”

This is true. Pope John scored the first eight points and never looked back. Six of them came from one of the smallest players on the court – freshman guard Sarita Chen (who finished with 12).

Tech rallied briefly, cutting the lead to 10-6 on baskets by Alondra Sanchez and Jamila Constantine, but the Haiduls got into the swing of things, and it was never that close again.

By halftime, it was 45-18 and all over but the shouting.

But if Tech couldn’t make it all the way back from such a daunting deficit, the girls certainly gave it a try. They went down swinging. Constantine ended up with 19 points and Sanchez had 11. In addition, Sanchez, who is only a freshman, took care of much of the ball-handling and rebounding duties as well.

“We’re losing five seniors,” said Wachsler, “but I’m thankful she and Arianna (Anaya) are coming back next season. Anaya finished with 11 points, including three 3-pointers.

Pope John’s lead topped out a 67-37 early in the fourth quarter. Tech then ran off the  next 18 points to close out the game and make the score respectable.

Before the season started, Wechsler said she thought her team would win 10 games and make the tournament.

“I didn’t tell them this, but I thought that was kind of a lofty goal,” she said. “But they did it. I’m awfully proud of them for that.”

Tech girls clinch tournament berth

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Jamila Constantine and the Tigers are tournament bound. 

By KATIE MORRISON

LYNN — Needing a win in its final game to make the state tournament, the Lynn Tech girls basketball team had its collective back against the wall, down 25-19 to rival Chelsea at halftime Friday.

But the Tigers gave everything they had over the final 16 minutes of the last game of the regular season, outscoring Chelsea 27-12 in the second half to grab the come-from-behind win and clinch a tournament berth for the first time since 2008.

“I think I’m still in shock, but I’m just so, so happy for them,” Tech coach Kaitlyn Wechsler said. “It’s been a lot of hard work, and the team has been with me all along.

“At halftime, we talked, and we didn’t really change anything basketball-wise,” Wechsler added. “This is what we wanted, and if we’re going to get it, we had to do the little things and play with energy. That’s what we did, and turned the momentum around.”

Friday’s win was arguably the biggest victory for the Tech program in years. In fact, this week has been one for the ages for the Tigers. After a loss Tuesday dropped Tech to 8-10, the Tigers needed to win both of their final games to make the playoffs.

Wednesday on the road, the Tigers took on Minuteman, a team they’d already beaten twice. Wechsler knew that third win would be the toughest, and it was. Tech won in an overtime nail-biter, 40-39, to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The situation Friday couldn’t have been more dramatic. Tech hosted Chelsea, a natural rival being the geographically closest team the Tigers play. The two teams had split the season series to this point, with Tech winning the first game and the Red Devils taking the second.

But the game itself, thankfully for Wechsler and company, was less dramatic, though it did feature a huge second-half surge from Tech.

Chelsea jumped out to a 13-4 lead after a quarter. Senior captain Jamila Constantine, who led the Tigers with 18 points, knocked down the Tigers’ only two field goals of the quarter.

In the second, the Red Devils limited Constantine, but Arianna Anaya took over, laying in three 3-pointers and a layup in the quarter to help Tech close the gap to 25-19.

But Chelsea ran out of gas after halftime, and the Tigers began to dictate the pace of the game, opening up scoring opportunities in transition. Tech only scored nine points in the third, with five coming from Constantine, but it was enough to knot the score at 28 by the end of the period.

The fourth quarter is when Constantine really shined. The captain, who scored nine points in the final quarter, gave Tech its first lead at 30-28 early in the fourth, and the Tigers never looked back. Tech outscored Chelsea, 13-5, to close out the game.

Constantine logged a double-double, adding 12 rebounds with 18 points. Freshman Alondra Sanchez only scored two points, but grabbed 13 rebounds. Anaya added 15 points, and Yafreisis Ruiz provided a spark off the bench with eight rebounds and two blocks.

The win is especially sweet for Constantine and the rest of the Tech seniors. Constantine recalled that in years past, Chelsea used to beat the Tigers by 40 points in some games. This year, Tech took two of three in the season series.

“This feels great, this is everything we’ve worked for,” Constantine said. “This has been a hard, long journey, and I think we surprised a lot of people. This year, (the seniors) wanted to go out with a bang, and some people laughed at us. But we play with pride and love for each other, we have great chemistry. I love these girls like my own family.”

The win is pretty sweet for Wechsler, too. This year’s seniors are the first group the fourth-year coach had as freshmen, and making the tournament is a goal that’s been four years in the making.

“We talked about it as something we’d strive for in the future,” Wechsler said. “We were going to have to build toward it and work for it, and they knew that and stuck with me through all of it. This is for them, really.”

 

School Roundup: Spartans fall to BC High

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Damon Maribito scored a goal for the Spartans but BC High took the win. 

By STEVE KRAUSE

The St. Mary’s boys hockey team played one of its best games of the season Wednesday night at Connery Rink, giving BC High, one of the top teams in the state, all it could handle. However, the Spartans fell, 2-1.

“I’m so proud of the way we responded to them,” St. Mary’s coach Mark Lee said. “It was a whole team effort and I’m very impressed with the energy and discipline we showed. This was one of our best games.”

The Spartans held the Eagles scoreless through the first period, but a couple of quick goals in the second, 19 seconds apart, put St. Mary’s in a 2-0 hole.

The home team responded in the third as Damon Maribito cut the lead in half with assists from Nick Napolitano and Mike Desmond. But the Spartans couldn’t find the equalizer.

The shots were even at 22-22, and St. Mary’s didn’t incur a single penalty the entire game. Goalie Andrew LoRusso played very well for St. Mary’s.

The Spartans (12-5-1) will take on Newburyport Friday night at Connery in a makeup game.

Gloucester 4, Lynn 1

John DiFilippo put the Jets on the board in the second period with assists from Steve Patrie and Ryan Clark. The Jets will visit Dracut on Saturday morning, in hopes of getting back on the win column. “We didn’t play well tonight,” Lynn coach Joe Conlon said. “We didn’t have enough jump to stay with them.”

Peabody 7, Beverly 1

The Tanners cruised to a decisive win at home as Ethan LeBlanc led the way with three goals and one assist. Nick Merryman added a goal and three assists, Devin Doucette (1 goal, 1 assist) and Tim January (2 assists) also chipped in, and Jack McKelvey scored his first varsity goal.

Cam Anderson, Zach Rich, Caleb Dollin and Nick Capillo each logged an assist. Aaron McDonnell made 11 saves over two periods, and Connor Christman backstopped Peabody to a scoreless third period, turning away eight shots.

Swampscott 10, Everett 4

Louis Olivieri had three goals and two assists and Mike Johnson and Thomas O’Keefe each added two goals and two assists as the Big Blue routed Everett.

Drew Olivieri also had a big game, recording his first varsity points with a goal and an assist.

Swampscott (16-2) will face off against rival Marblehead Saturday.

North Reading 1, Lynnfield 1

On Senior Night, Lynnfield’s Johnny Percoskie scored on a power play in the third period to tie the game at 1-1. Jaret Simpson and Joey Mack earned the assists on the game-tying goal. “It was definitely one of our best efforts,” Lynnfield coach John Gardner said. “It was Senior Night and that was a big deal because North Reading has kind of been our kryptonite.” Lynnfield (8-7-2) visits Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday. The Pioneers need two points in three games to clinch a spot in the state tournament.  

Danvers 3, Winthrop 2

Conor Purtell scored two goals for the Falcons, who clinched a share of the NEC North with the victory.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Fenwick 73, Gloucester 49

Ryan Veguilla scored 22 points to lead the way for the Crusaders. Fenwick (8-9) visits St. Mary’s on Friday night for a tough CCL matchup.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Tech 40, Minuteman 39 (OT)

The Tigers kept their playoff hopes alive with a nerve-wracking victory on the road.

Up by three with time ticking away, Tech allowed Minuteman to score at the buzzer, but escaped with the one-point win.

“We’ve played them three times, and it’s tough to beat a team three times,” Tech coach Kaitlyn Wechsler said. “We knew coming in that all of the pressure was on us.”

The Tigers fell behind by eight points at the start of the fourth quarter, and changed up their defense to a zone to try and contain Minuteman. It paid off.

Alondra Sanchez contributed half of the Tigers’ points, Arianna Anaya added eight points and Malvelis Hernandez chipped in with seven. Annmarie Teixeira had a strong defensive game, coming up with big rebounds and a timely steal late in the game.

It will come down to the wire for Tech, as it needs one win to clinch a tournament berth. The Tigers host rival Chelsea for the regular-season finale Friday.

Fenwick 53, Spellman 45

At Spellman, the Crusaders moved to 13-6, with senior Sam Gulla leading the way with 17 points and four steals.

Sophomore Jaxson Nadeau had 14 points and two steals. Sam Mancinelli, Fredi DeGuglielmo, and Mary O’Brien also played well.

Fenwick is back in action Friday at home against St. Mary’s.

GIRLS HOCKEY

St. Mary’s 2, Quincy/N. Quincy 2

Mady Hentosh and Adara Nazarian had the goals as the Spartans scored their second straight tie, having played Arlington Catholic to a 1-1 deadlock Saturday.

The tie makes St. Mary’s record 12-2-3. The Spartans are back in action Saturday at Austin Prep, and conclude their regular season next week in the Hingham Showcase with games against Acton-Boxborough Tuesday and Braintree a week from tonight.

Fenwick 6, Shawsheen 1

The Crusaders featured six different scorers in Meghan Carney, Caitlin Carney, Jesse Adkinson, Maggie Williams and Allie Giguere. Freshman goaltenders Cailyn Wesley and Daphne Jalbert teamed up for the win. Fenwick hosts Wilmington on Sunday morning.

 

Tech girls fall to Notre Dame

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Malvelis Hernandez looks to make a shot past the Notre Dame defense.

By KATIE MORRISON

LYNN — The rest of this week is going to be a little stressful for the Lynn Tech girls basketball team.

The Tigers have hovered around the .500 mark all season and have had their goal of 10 wins and a tournament berth within reach. After a 47-40 loss to Notre Dame at home Tuesday, that goal is still attainable, but it’s going to take two wins in the team’s final two games to get it done.

Tuesday’s loss stings for Tech, but there were plenty of positives coach Kaitlyn Wechsler could take away from a close game against a team that the Tigers have had trouble even competing with in the past.

“We’re still working on how to pull away in these close games,” Wechsler said. “That’s a team from the upper division (in the Commonwealth Conference). The girls have fire, they’re working hard on defense, and when we can get out in transition that’s a big spark for us.”

The Tigers were in this one for the entire 32 minutes, but a third-quarter offensive slump allowed Notre Dame to build a lead the Tigers couldn’t overcome.

Tech fell behind early as the Lancers jumped out to a 6-2 lead, but the Tigers rallied to gain the 7-6 edge. Jamila Constantine pulled down a rebound on a missed free throw for a second chance and put it back to make it 10-6 Tech. Arianna Anaya gave the Tigers a 13-9 lead at the end of the quarter, hitting a three from deep.

In the second, turnovers were a problem for both teams. The Tigers squandered a few scoring opportunities by turning the ball over, but Notre Dame struggled to capitalize and couldn’t build any kind of sizable lead. Solid defense and rebounding kept the turnovers from stinging Tech too much, but the steals finally caught up to the Tigers as the Lancers caused a turnover and ended the half with an easy layup to take a 23-20 lead into the break.

Notre Dame turned up the heat on defense in the third and took away the Tigers’ bread and butter: baskets in transition. The Lancers forced Tech to find open shots through the defense, and when the Tigers struggled to score, Notre Dame took advantage. The Lancers ended the third with their biggest lead of the night, 34-26.

“We couldn’t find our flow,” Wechsler said. “They upped the pressure a bit, and we couldn’t figure out how to break it and it threw us off.”

Anaya opened the final quarter with a quick three, and the Tigers clawed their way back to make it a 6-point game, thanks in part to some big defensive rebounds from Constantine to take away second chances from the Lancers. But the offense stalled again midway through the period as the Tigers struggled to hit shots while Notre Dame built the lead back up to 43-32 with 4:06 to play. Anaya, who led Tech with 11 points, did her best to get the Tigers back in the game, but the effort came up short.

Constantine had a solid game with nine points, as did Alondra Sanchez (9 points) and Malvelis Hernandez (7 points).

Now Tech turns its attention to tonight, when it takes on Minuteman on the road. The Tigers have already beaten Minuteman twice this season.

If the Tigers can win tonight, it’s on to Friday, when they play rival Chelsea. Not only will the game determine Tech’s playoff fate, but will also be the rubber match between the two teams in the three-game season series.

“They know the pressure is on, it’s been on for a while now,” Wechsler said. “We need to come out and take care of business (tonight) and Friday’s a big game, and we’re looking forward to it.”

School Roundup: St. Mary’s girls earn tournament bid

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Mashayla Johnson led St. Mary’s with 15 points in the win. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

The St. Mary’s girls basketball team clinched a spot in the state tournament with a 54-34 win at home against Cardinal Spellman on Friday.

Mashayla Johnson led the way on offense with 15 points, while Temi Falayi had a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds, while also adding six blocks. Ashley Sullivan added nine points and Gabby Torres had eight points.

After starting the season with a 1-4 record, the Spartans have won 10 of their last 11 games to secure a tournament bid.

Chelsea 33, Tech 32

The Tigers got off to a slow start, trailing 22-7 at halftime, but clawed their way back into the game. Tech hit a three to pull within a point with five seconds left, but couldn’t complete the comeback.

Alondra Sanchez led the Tigers with 11 points, Malvelis Hernandez added seven and Arianna Anaya and Michayla Lawrence added six points apiece.

Bishop Fenwick 46, Austin Prep 40

The Crusaders (10-5) are now just one game away from a berth in the state tournament after a close win on the road on Friday. Jaxson Nadeau was Fenwick’s leading scorer with 19 points and three steals, while Fredi DeGuglielmo added 13 points. Sam Mancinelli had a great all-around game with seven points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Swampscott 56, Salem 39

Led by Jaymie Caponigro’s 17 points, the Big Blue are now 8-8 on the season after a big win on Friday. Nikki Rosa also had a good game, just missing a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds.

Swampscott will host Gloucester on Tuesday night.

Peabody 47, Danvers 41

Nene Onwuogu had a big game with seven points, 11 rebounds and five steals for the Tanners. Peabody’s (9-4) Melissa Gray led in scoring with 16 points, Alyssa Alperen added eight and Katie Wallace played well with seven points, five assists and five rebounds. Peabody looks for its 10th win Sunday against Masco.

Saugus 35, Gloucester 34

Although she only had three points total, Krissy Italiano had the two biggest points of the night when she hit the tying and go-ahead free throws with just 13 seconds left to get a win over Gloucester. Olivia Valente led the team with 14 points in the win.

Saugus (13-4) will host Marblehead on Tuesday night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Chelsea 75, Tech 40

The Tigers got 10 points and eight rebounds from David Davis, while Rob Wallace added seven points and eight rebounds. Tech will be back in action on Wednesday with they take on the Whittier Tech Wildcats.

Cardinal Spellman 67, St. Mary’s 66

It was a back-and-forth game throughout, but in the end the Spartans’ free throw troubles on the night helped contribute to a loss. St. Mary’s was 7-of-14 from the free throw line, and coach Dave Brown said that those struggles can’t continue.

“We did not shoot well from the line tonight,” Brown said. “You’re not going to win many games when you go 50 percent on free throws. But still, give credit to Spellman because they played really well tonight.”

Jonny Mercado led the Spartans (10-3) with 22 points. St. Mary’s has another big Catholic Central League matchup on Monday when they travel into Boston to take on Cathedral.

English 70, Beverly 67

The Panthers had a chance to tie the game late, but English’s (8-6) defense shut them down to hold on for the win.

Calvin Seng scored 17 points, while Angel Soto contributed 16 and Tommy Rijo and Javonte Edwards each added 13.

Marblehead 70, Winthrop 26

Behind 15 points from junior forward Derek Marino, the Magicians cruised to a big win and now have a Northeastern Conference-best 14-2 record on the year. Dan Doherty contributed 13 points. Marblehead will host Saugus on Tuesday night.

Lynnfield 81, Masconomet 55

The Pioneers (13-1, 13-0 Cape Ann League) hit the ground running and by the half held a 29-point lead. They maintained a 25-30 point lead the rest of the way. Louis Ellis, Billy Arsenault and Mike Carangelo have been giving the opposition fits all season and they didn’t let up in this one. Ellis and Arsenault each had 20 points and Carangelo was good for 13. Coach Scott MacKenzie went to his bench midway through the fourth quarter and the Pioneers didn’t miss a beat. Lynnfield has now won 10 in a row with North Reading up next.

Saugus 59, Gloucester 47

Dimitri Filaretos had 20 points as the Sachems (6-10) notched a win in an NEC matchup. Matt Waggett had 11 points and Chris McGrane added nine.

Saugus will travel up to Marblehead for a matchup with the Magicians on Tuesday night.

St. John’s Prep 68, Xaverian 44

Matt Relihan and Nate Hobbs scored 15 points each to help lead the Eagles to the win on Friday. St. John’s is now 12-3 on the year, with a 5-2 record in the Catholic Conference.

Tommy O’Neil had 13 points, while Jarnel Snow-Guzman added 11 points in the win.

Next up for the Prep is a Sunday matinee game on the road at Central Catholic at 1 p.m.

Salem 71, Swampscott 30

The Witches are now 8-5 on the year after a big win over Swampscott on Friday. Nate Lebron led the way with 21 points and five steals, while Anthony Pena had 13 points. Reimond Reyes (seven points, seven rebounds) and Vinnie Gaskins (seven points) also had solid offensive performances.

Tony Broadnax led Swampscott with seven points and four rebounds. “He really played terrific for us tonight,” Big Blue coach Justin Fucile said.

Salem will go on the road for a game against Everett on Monday night. Swampscott visits Gloucester on Tuesday.

Danvers 64, Peabody 49

Junior Estrella led the charge for Peabody with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Peabody (10-6) is back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Beverly.

School Roundup: Tech girls move above .500

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Malvelis Hernandez scored eight points in Tech’s win. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

The Lynn Tech girls basketball team is now above .500 on the season following a 47-25 win over Presentation of Mary at home on Thursday evening. Alondra Sanchez was the team’s leading scorer with 13 points, while Jamila Constantine and Ariana Anaya each scored 10 points. Malvelis Hernandez contributed eight points in the win.

Tech (8-7) has a quick turnaround with another home game tonight against Northeast Metro Regional Vocational Tech.

Hamilton-Wenham 32, Swampscott 25

The Big Blue held an 11-9 lead at halftime in a defensive struggle at home against Hamilton-Wenham, but the Generals bounced back and outscored the Blue 10-4 in the third quarter and 13-10 in the fourth on the way to a 32-25 win.

The Generals swept the season series with the Big Blue (7-8), winning at home on opening night, December 13.

Big Blue coach Katelyn Leonard said it was great to hold a good team like Hamilton-Wenham to just 32 points, but her team has to cut down on the turnovers and find a way to generate more offense.

“Turnovers really killed us, we actually played a great game on defense, so the key for us now is to cut down on the turnovers and find our offense,” Leonard said.

Nikki Rosa led Swampscott with 11 points, Hannah Leahy chipped in with six. The Blue are back on their home court Friday night against Salem.

“We can’t dwell on this game tonight, we’ve got Salem, and we need to move forward and play well Friday night,” the coach added.

School Roundup: Falayi hits the game-winner for St. Mary’s

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Temi Falayi hit the game-winner for the Spartans on Friday night. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

The St. Mary’s girls basketball team was able to avenge an early-season loss to Catholic Central League foe Arlington Catholic on Friday night, scoring the final nine points of the game to squeeze out a thrilling win, 38-35, on the road in Arlington.

Trailing 35-29 with 1:17 left in the game, Mashayla Johnson hit a three-pointer to make it 35-32. After a few unsuccessful trips down the court, the Spartans got the ball back and Mia Nowicki (17 points) hit a three to tie the game at 35-35 with 17 seconds left. Arlington Catholic had a chance to ice the game but missed, and St. Mary’s grabbed the rebound and quickly called timeout to draw up a play. With 4.7 seconds left, the Spartans got the ball in to Temi Falayi, who put up a prayer of a three-pointer to go for the win. The ball bounced off the back rim, off the top of the backboard and then fell through the net, and after a quick conference by the referees the basket was called good and the Spartans (9-5) took home the win.

“Arlington is a very difficult place to play, and obviously they’re the top-ranked Division 2 team right now, so we knew this would be tough,” said St. Mary’s coach Jeff Newhall. “But I think the key for us tonight was the fact that we stayed together even though we struggled on offense and we played incredible defense. That kept us in the game and gave us a chance at the end.”

The Spartans are back in action on Monday night when they host Chelmsford.

Chelsea 46, Tech 37

The Tigers (7-7) struggled in the first half, but a second-half surge made it a close game in the end. Arianna Anaya led Tech with 14 points, Jamila Constantine added nine and Alondra Sanchez added seven.

Tech has some time to regroup as it doesn’t play until Thursday.

“We’re going to regroup and refocus,” Tech coach Kaitlyn Wechsler said.

Classical 48, Beverly 35

The Rams improved to 13-3 behind big nights from Paris Wilkey, who led all scorers with 23 points, and Irianis Delgado, who added 12. Classical is back in action Tuesday as it hosts Peabody.

Revere 52, Danvers 36

Valentina Pepic had a huge night, putting up 23 points for Revere in the victory. Tatianna Iacoviello contributed 11 points for the Patriots.

Bishop Fenwick 55, Cathedral 45

Senior captain Sam Mancinelli had 21 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals to help Fenwick to a big win in a conference matchup on Friday. Sophomore Jaxson Nadeau had 13 points, while sophomore Sammi Gallant contributed 12 points.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Bishop Fenwick 58, Cathedral 53

The Crusaders had three players finish in double-figures to help take down Cathedral in a Catholic Central League matchup on Friday night in Peabody. Nick Pignone led the way for Fenwick with 19 points, while senior captain Ryan Veguilla had 17 points and junior captain Isaiah Cashwell-Doe had 16 points.

Fenwick (5-8) will continue its CCL schedule with another conference game against Cardinal Spellman on Tuesday night.

Lynn Classical 68, Beverly 65

Classical had four players in double-figures as the Rams grabbed a Northeastern Conference win and improved to 12-4.

Erick Solis led the way with 19 points, while Deontae Plouffe contributed 16 points off the bench. Dyrrell Rucker and Edwin Solis each had 13 points.

The Rams have another NEC game on Tuesday when they travel to Peabody to face the Tanners.

Pat Gavin led the way for Beverly (8-3), notching a double-double with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Luigi Derrane had 17 points.

Lynnfield 52, Triton 46

Junior guard William Arsenault scored a game-high 22 points, including a pair of three-pointers, as the Pioneers (11-1) picked up a road victory and extended their winning streak to eight games.
Senior captain forward Louis Ellis dropped 15 points, with six coming from beyond the arc, while senior captain forward Michael Carangelo also reached double figures with 11 points.
Junior Colin Brennan led the Vikings with a team-high 16 points and drilled a game-high four three-pointers.

Marblehead 68, Salem 62

Patrick Bugler scored 13 points in the fourth quarter alone to help lift the Magicians to a big win over Salem. Bugler finished with 23 points, four rebounds and four assists, while Derek Marino contributed 18 points and eight rebounds. Marblehead (12-2) will play another Northeastern Conference matchup on Tuesday when they host Gloucester.

Anthony Pena led the way for Salem (6-5), putting up 20 points. Nate Lebron added 18 points and five rebounds for the Witches, while Vinnie Gaskins added 12 points and five rebounds.

St. John’s Prep 67, New Mission 64

Junior captain Tommy O’Neil had a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds to help the Eagles improve to 10-3. Nate Hobbs had 13 points.

St. John’s will take on Catholic Memorial on Tuesday night.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Bishop Fenwick 2, Peabody 2

Amanda Blanchette scored both goals for the Crusaders as they battled back to force a tie against the cross-town rival Tanners. Down 2-0 entering the third period, Blanchette got Fenwick on the board halfway through the period to cut the deficit in half. The Crusaders pulled their goalie with 1:27 left, and Blanchette notched the tying goal with just 11 seconds on the clock to earn the tie.

Meghan Carney had two assists on the night, while Ally Charette and Ally Giguere each had one assist.

SWIMMING

Lynn Tech 88, Minuteman Tech 65

The Tigers closed out their regular season with a win behind great performances from Coral Gonzalez and Jin Purdy, among others. Gonzalez won the diving event with a score of 124.5 and was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay team along with Purdy, Alyssa Shaw and Jacob Lejuene (2:36.9). Purdy also won the 100 breaststroke (1:25.37). The 200 freestyle relay team of Dustin Bloom, Brian Nolasco, Antonio Morales and Jose Gomez took first place with a time of 2:15.65.

Next up for Tech is the conference championship meet next Tuesday and Wednesday, then the Lynn City Meet next weekend.

 

School Roundup: Magicians continue to make noise

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Derek Marino scored 27 points to lead the Magicians in the win. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

The Marblehead boys basketball team continues to impress this season, taking down a strong Peabody team, 75-56, at home on Tuesday night. Derek Marino had an impressive night with 27 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals, Patrick Bugler had 16 points and seven assists and Bo Millett had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Marblehead coach Mike Giardi was pleased with the way his team, rebounded in this one, especially since they were shorthanded coming in.

“We have a couple guys who are sick and a couple more who are banged up right now, so we really needed Derek and Bo to step up at the forward spot,” Giardi said. “They did that and then some tonight.”

Giardi is also happy with where the Magicians (11-2) are this year, but knows there’s still a long way to go.

“We have quite a stretch coming up here against mostly NEC opponents, so we’re in for a big test,” he said. “It starts on Friday with Salem, so we need to be ready.”

Marblehead will host the Witches on Friday night.

For the Tanners (9-3), Jake Irvine and Moise Irizarry each scored 16 points in the loss.

“I thought for the most part we played well and competed hard, but in the end it came down to making shots, and we struggled offensively tonight,” said Peabody coach Thad Broughton.

Peabody will try to rebound with a road game against Lynn English on Friday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Beverly 66, Saugus 54

Luigi Derrane took over the game for the Panthers, finishing with an impressive 32 points, six rebounds and five steals. Hugh Calice had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Kevin Morency played the distributor role with seven assists.

Devon Lee had 14 points and five blocks for Saugus (4-10), while Matt Waggett added 11 points in the loss. The Sachems will try to rebound on Thursday when they host Swampscott.

Whittier Tech 58, Lynn Tech 48

The Tigers got 14 points from Rob Wallace, while Belmin Berillo had 11 points and Aquemini Gaston had nine points on three three-pointers. Despite the 10-point loss, Tech coach Stevie Patrick is happy with the way his team is coming along.

“You know, missed layups and missed free throws won’t win you games, but we are improving,” Patrick said. “Our 10-point deficits don’t turn into big losses anymore because our guys are learning how to fight back in games.”

The Tigers will host Northeast Tech on Tuesday.

Winthrop 84, Lynn English 74

Ivenson Lopes dropped 35 points in the loss, while Javonte Edwards put up a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds. English (5-6) will take on St. John’s this evening.

Danvers 55, Swampscott 40

At Swampscott, the Big Blue got 10 points each from A.J. Venuti and Nate Howard, but are still looking for their first win.

The Falcons took a 29-14 lead at the half, but the Blue played perhaps their best quarter of the season in the third, whittling the lead down to six. However, Danvers, with the help of it free throws, got the lead back up to 15 by the end of the game.

Jake Goldman scored six points, handed out four assists, and had one steal for the Big Blue.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Peabody 57, Marblehead 33

The Tanners were led in scoring by Alyssa Alperen, who had 12 points. Katie Wallace had an impressive all-around game, according to Peabody coach Stan McKeen.

“Katie was great out there tonight, she made a bunch of plays,” McKeen said. “She really got it done on both ends of the floor.”

Wallace had 10 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals on the night.

Peabody (6-4, 6-3 NEC) will try to continue its winning ways on Friday night with a home game against NEC opponent Lynn English.

Lynn Tech 44, Presentation of Mary 35

The Tigers (7-6) moved above .500 with a road win on Tuesday night, led by Jamila Constantine’s 15 points. Alondra Sanchez added eight points, Ariana Anaya had seven points and Annmaire Teixeira and Jailene Rivera each scored six points.

Fenwick 47, Acton-Boxborough 44

Senior captain Sam Mancinelli led the way for the Crusaders (8-4), finishing with 15 points and five assists. Junior Jennie Meagher had a double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, while sophomore Olivia DiPietro had six points and seven rebounds.

Fenwick will look for its next win on Friday night when they host Catholic Central League opponent Cathedral.

Swampscott 52, Danvers 42

The Big Blue improved to 5-7 on the year behind 12 points from Jaymie Caponigro. Olivia Matella scored 11 points, Katie Watts added 10 points and Nikka Rosa made a big impact on the defensive end of the floor for Swampscott.

The Big Blue will host Saugus tomorrow evening.

Saugus 28, Beverly 23

The Sachems defense was the story in this low-scoring affair, with Rachel Nazzaro, Alessia Salzillo and Kiley Ronan all played great games on the defensive end. Olivia Valente was the leading scorer for Saugus with 11 points.

Saugus will travel to Swampscott for a game against the Big Blue tomorrow evening.

English 48, Winthrop 28

Dorothy Ezemba scored 13 points and added 16 rebounds to power the Bulldogs (4-7) to the win. Julianna Perry added 12 points while Shelya Manon scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

SWIMMING

Marblehead 102, Gloucester 76

The Marblehead swim team clinched an undefeated regular season and a Northeastern Conference title with a solid win over Gloucester in their final meet of the year on Tuesday. Tom Rockett and Meghan Hathaway were both double-winners on the night, with Rockett taking the 50-yard freestyle (25.99) and the 100 freestyle (58.05) and Hathaway taking the 100 butterfly (1:03.26) and the 200 individual medley (2:15.46). Amanda Wager won the 200 freestyle (2:07.62), Ellie Ronan won the 500 freestyle (5:38.83) and Ryann Driscoll won the diving (233.70 points). The 200 medley relay team of Rockett, Cooper Caldwell, Charles Alexander and Lucas Perez also won with a time of 2:03.55.

The Magicians will now have the week off to prepare for the NEC conference meet next week.

Peabody 91, Revere 74

Top finishers in individual events for the Tanners (5-3) included Conor McCarthy (200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle, for which he achieved an MIAA North Sectional Championship qualifying time), William Connolly (50-yard freestyle), Millie Teague (500-yard freetyle and 100-yard breaststroke), and her sister Cana Teague (100-yard backstroke).  First place relay finishes for the Tanners include the 200-yard medley relay team of Cana Teague, Conor McCarthy, William Connolly, and Kirsten Currie, and the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Conor McCarthy, William Connolly, Cailin Currie, and Kirsten Currie.

“The results speak for themselves,” Tanners coach Maureen Shea said.  “Like many teams, we’ve been battling cold and flu season and it has been difficult to keep our program at the pace where it should be at as we begin to look towards championships.  But these are great athletes and again, they stepped up and delivered results.”

The Tanners complete the regular season with their home “Senior Meet” against Danvers on Jan. 26, at the Torigian Family YMCA in Peabody.

BOYS TRACK

Triton 54, Lynnfield 32

Winners on the day for the Pioneers were William Fraulini in the high jump (5-6), Nicholas Kinnon in the 300 (42.14) and Ryan Iapicca in the one-mile (5:09.13).

GIRLS TRACK

Triton 57, Lynnfield 29

The Lynnfield girls got wins from Brie Giamarco in the 40-yard hurdles (7.28) and Kate Mitchell in the one-mile (5:48.0).

GIRLS HOCKEY

Beverly 8, Marblehead 1

At Endicott College, Magician goalie Sarah Ryan faced 31 shots to 17 for Maddy Jalbert of Beverly. Isabell Amigo, with assists from Faithe Shatford and Cate Delaney, scored Marblehead’s lone goal.

 

School Roundup: Echevarria, Fama lead Spartans to win

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Stephen Fama and the Spartans improved to 9-2 with Monday’s win. 

By STEVE KRAUSE 

The St. Mary’s boys basketball team improved to 9-2 on Monday night with a 56-26 win over Archbishop Williams in Braintree.

Jalen  Echevarria and Stephen Fama led the way with 13 points each, followed by Jon Mercado who logged a double-double with 12 points and 11 assists. “We didn’t shoot the ball well,” said coach Dave Brown, “but we played one of our better games defensively, and scored a lot of points off turnovers.”

St. Mary’s is home Friday against Arlington Catholic.

BOYS HOCKEY

Swampscott 2, Weston 0

At Rivers Rink in Weston, the Big Blue, 12-1-0, won their 11th straight game in a non-leaguer. Andrew Dove and Louis Olivieri netted goals to power Swampscott to the win. Goalie Dan Johnson earned the shutout win in net. The Big Blue return to league action next Monday against Gloucester.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Lynn Tech 40, Chelsea 36

With the win, the Tigers are back to .500 at 6-6 on the season. Freshman point guard Alondra Sanchez led the way with 16 points, while Jamila Constantine and Arianna Anaya each scored 11 points. Malvelis Hernandez and Annmarie Teixeira anchored Tech’s defense. The Tigers visit PMA on Tuesday.

BOYS TRACK

Swampscott 61, Winthrop 25

Gloucester 48, Winthrop 33

At Swampscott, the Big Blue raised its record to 4-1 with the win while Winthrop dropped to 1-5.

Swampscott’s winners were Isaiah Bascon in the high jump (6-0), Joseph Varghese, 55 hurdles (9.2), Harry Parker, 600 (1:42.1), Thomas McDevitt, 1,000 (2:56.2), Jack Dennehy, mile (5:04.7), and the 4×100 relay (3:58.9).

For Winthrop, it was Andrew Mcgrail, shotput (41-2 3/4), Dave Navarro, 55 (6.8); Taylor St. George, 300 (42.0), and Nikolas Beshere, 2-mile (11:19.7).

In the second part of the meet, Navarro of Winthrop won the high jump (5-2) and 55 (6.8), Mcgrail the shotput (41-2 3/4), and Beshere the 2-mile (11:19.7).

For Gloucester (2-3), Andrew Topouzoglou won the 55 hurdles (10.6), Christian Sanfilippo the 300 (40.7), Lorenzo Furlani the 600 (1:39.1), Kyle Manley the 1000 (2:45.6), and Christopher MacDonald the mile (5:05.7).

GIRLS TRACK

Swampscott 56, Winthrop 30

Winthrop 45, Gloucester 41

At Swampscott, the Big Blue are 4-1. Winners were Maisie Vasquez, shotput (33-5½), Kendall Rhodes, 55 hurdles (9.6), Molly Frauenholz, 55 (8.0), Ashley Marston, 1000 (3:34.2), Anna Conti, mile (6:30.5).

Winthrop’s Regina Garufo won the 300 (47.1), Heidi Benson the 600 (1:52.2), Camilla Miranda-Llovera, 2-mile (13.23) and the 4×100 relay (4:40.1).

Fiona MacPhail and Anna Cilley tied for the high jump (4-8).

Against Gloucester, Winthrop got firsts from Gianna Massa, shotput (33-2½), Garufo the 300 (47.1), Benson the 600 (1:52.2), MacPhail the 1000 (4:02.2) and the relay (4:40.1).

Gloucester’s winner were Sierra Rudolph, high jump (5-4) and the 55 hurdles (9.9), Kaitlin Marques, 55 (7.7), Lucy Garberg, mile (6:20.8), Carly Curcuru, 2-mile (13.18).


Steve Krause can be reached at skrause@itemlive.com. 

Morrison: Tech girls are on the rise

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Alondra Sanchez is one of a handful of newcomers who have stepped up for the Lynn Tech this season. 

By KATIE MORRISON

The last few years have not been easy for the Lynn Tech girls basketball team.

Tech hasn’t reached the tournament since the 2007-08 season, when the Tigers went 11-5 in the regular season and were knocked out in the first round. That ended the run of success Tech enjoyed during the mid-2000s under coach John Crowley, who led the Tigers to four straight Commonwealth Conference Small titles.

So, it’s been a long road for the Tigers, a team that won just three games last year. Prior to the start of this season, coach Kaitlyn Wechsler said their goal was to win 10 games, which should propel the Tigers into the state tournament for the first time in nine years.

Those goals seemed lofty after a few tough campaigns for Tech. But through 11 games, a tournament berth doesn’t seem like an unreachable goal anymore.

The Tigers won three games in a row to reach the .500 mark Monday, but fell to Shawsheen Tuesday to drop back to 5-6. With seven games left on the schedule, the Tigers will need to play well to reach 10 wins, but Wechsler is seeing her team finally click and play to its capabilities.

“We have some young girls, and they really didn’t know the other girls,” Wechsler said. “But we’re halfway through the season now, and they’re getting a feel for their position on the court and how they interact with the seniors that we have, so I think they’re just getting to know the way each other plays, and being able to read each other out on the court now since they’ve been playing together for half a season.”

One part of the puzzle is a group of strong seniors, many of whom have been with Wechsler for four years. It’s a group she knows well and that she has seen grow throughout their high school careers. Obviously, Wechsler is hoping this is the year things come together for the core group.

“There’s five (seniors), and they’re the core group really, although they’re not our core offense this year, they’re our defense,” Wechsler said. “They run our defense and lead us by example, by rebounding, by putting in hard work, and those girls, they look up to them. They’re the glue for us.”

What might be the key factor in the Tigers’ success is an infusion of young talent. Freshman Alondra Sanchez has been a playmaker for Tech in her first season, and has provided a shot in the arm on offense, something previous Tech teams have sorely lacked.

“She’s definitely tough, and she’s brought a lot to the team, especially on offense,” Wechsler said. “She’s brought a scoring presence that we haven’t really had the past couple of years. She’s also a tough matchup, she’s tough to guard, she’s big and strong, and it’s hard for other teams to match up against her. Again, it’s something we haven’t really had in the past.

Sanchez, who played football on Tech’s JV team in the fall, has taken over as point guard. She’s an imposing presence when she drives to the basket, and is able to draw a lot of fouls as she goes to the hoop. Sanchez’s play can be kind of rough around the edges, but that’s to be expected for a freshman, of course. To her credit, she brings an injection of energy to the team that’s definitely made an impact.

There’s also freshman Arianna Anaya, who is also an offensive threat for the Tigers. While Sanchez is a threat in the paint primarily, Anaya is a strong outside shooter.

“She’s also scoring, which is something we’ve struggled with,” Wechsler said of Anaya. “Our seniors are great on defense and with leadership, but offense has been a problem. Ari has a great shot, she’s confident in looking to shoot the ball, she’s hit a lot of threes for us this year, gets to the line and hits her fouls shots.”

The Tigers are looking to bounce back from a tough loss Tuesday, but have winnable games coming up. They also showed bright spots in the loss, holding Shawsheen scoreless through long stretches (though Tech was unable to capitalize offensively, which was the Tigers’ downfall Tuesday).

So keep an eye on the Tigers. Things look to be coming together for the Tech girls.


Katie Morrison can be reached at kmorrison@itemlive.com. 

Tech’s offense stalls in loss to Shawsheen

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Lynn Tech’s Jailene Rivera finds a clear lane to the hoop.

By KATIE MORRISON

LYNN — The Lynn Tech girls basketball team is finding a rhythm and has realistic hopes of reaching the state tournament this season.

But even with the success the Tigers have had, there will still be days like this.

Tech couldn’t contain Commonwealth Athletic Conference foe Shawsheen Tech Tuesday night at home, as the offense stalled in a 55-24 loss.

“Having played in this league for as long as we’ve been playing, we know what teams are expected to be better than us,” Tigers coach Kaitlyn Wechsler said. “We don’t always think we can compete with them, and we really can. The first quarter showed that today, but we let them get away…we’re not yet at the point where we can take a game no one is expecting us to.”

It was a game the Tigers would rather forget, but it didn’t look like it’d turn out that way in the first quarter. Tech’s offense looked to be working as well as it had in the Tigers’ 63-point performance in a win over St. Clement Monday. Tech held Shawsheen to 15 points in the first and trailed by five, 15-10, after a quarter.

But things went downhill from there.

Shawsheen started the quarter on a 5-0 run until Tech’s Alondra Sanchez hit one of two free throws with 4:15 left in the second. But a couple of lost rebounds, turnovers and fouls led to six quick points for the Rams, allowing Shawsheen to build a lead that would be tough for Tech to overcome.

Annmarie Teixeira made the Tigers’ first and only field goal of the quarter with 1:40 left in the half, sinking a shot from the paint. But otherwise, the Tech offense struggled. Bad passes and losing out on rebounds kept the Tigers from creating any momentum, and Shawsheen took advantage, taking a 36-13 lead into the half.

The second half looked a lot like the second quarter and not much like the first, but the Tigers were able to stifle the Shawsheen offense for the better part of the third quarter. Michayla Lawrence opened the scoring for Tech, putting back an offensive rebound, and the Tigers held off the Rams until a breakaway layup got Shawsheen back on the board with 1:50 left in the third.

That opened the floodgates, though, and the Rams went on another run, taking a 47-15 lead after three thanks to a buzzer-beating three from Shawsheen.

Prior to Tuesday’s game, the Tigers had won three in a row, and were finding their stride. The loss drops Tech back below .500 at 5-6 just a day after the Tigers had reached the mark, but Wechsler is determined to not let the loss derail the progress her team has made.

“I told them we need to forget about it and move on,” Wechsler said. “We need to mentally prepare for these kinds of games because when we reach the tournament, which is our goal, that’s what we’ll be facing, so we need to be ready for that.”

The Tigers will have almost a week to regroup; they won’t play again until Monday.

There were some bright spots for Tech Tuesday, however. Sanchez had a big first quarter and finished with 12 points to lead the Tigers. Lawrence added four points, and Arianna Anaya hit a big three in the first quarter.


Katie Morrison can be reached at kmorrison@itemlive.com. 

School Roundup: Sachems win in Quinlan’s return

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

By MIKE ALONGI 

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.

BOYS HOCKEY

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.

GIRLS HOCKEY

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.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

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.

BOYS BASKETBALL

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

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

By MIKE ALONGI 

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.

BOYS BASKETBALL

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.

GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: English defense steps up

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Ely Guity and the Bulldogs closed out a win over Gloucester on Tuesday. 

By HAROLD RIVERA AND MIKE ALONGI 

The Lynn English girls basketball team has struggled to close out games this season. Tuesday night, they finally finished a game the way they’d hope to. Behind a number of key stops down the stretch, English downed Gloucester, 52-46.

“They played together and they played hard,” English coach Mackenzie Charles said of his players. “We played really good defense with key stops at the end of the game. We haven’t finished a game all season, we’ve been having problems with that. We’ve been struggling with rebounds so I think the combination of those things equalled a win.”

Dorathy Ezemba led the winning efforts with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

“She (Ezemba) rebounded well,” Charles said. “She pushes the ball well and she’s very physical.”

Ely Guity scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished five assists.

“She (Guity) had a great game, five of her rebounds were on the offensive glass,” Charles said. Charles also credited Rachel Calnan and Shelya Manon for their performances in the win. English is back in action on Friday when the Bulldogs visit Marblehead. “We’ll get back to practice tomorrow and work hard,” Charles said. “We understand this in a win but Friday’s another game.”

Lynn Tech 44, Greater Lawrence 28

Alondra Sanchez had the hot hand offensively for the Tigers, putting up 17 points. Annmarie Texiera added eight and Jamila Constantine scored six. Malvelis Hernandez was solid on defense.

The Tigers (3-5) had to climb back from an early 8-0 deficit, but coach Kaitlyn Wechsler said that after a few timeouts and conversations with her team, something clicked.

“We turned up the pressure and worked very well together,” Wechsler said. “It was like a switch flipped and we started to figure it out. It was an overall great team win.”

Revere 65, Swampscott 56

A tied game after a quarter, the Patriots outscored the Big Blue 21-6 in the second quarter to pull away. Despite putting up 24 points in the third, Swampscott couldn’t claw all the way back into this one.

Valentina Pepic led Revere with 24 points, Pamela Gonzalez added 18 and Meghan Gotham chipped in with 10.

Archbishop Williams 77, Bishop Fenwick 44

Sam Mancinelli logged 15 points for the Crusaders, five assists and four steals, while Fredi DeGuglielmo added 14 points and Jaxson Nadeau had eight points and four steals.

Peabody 53, Salem 32

The Tanners (3-3) got 13 points from Melissa Gray and nine points and 14 rebounds from Nene Onwuogu. Katie Wallace had eight points.

Peabody will take on Winthrop on Friday night.

School Roundup: Magicians roll past Big Blue

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Patrick Bugler and the Marblehead Magicians rolled past Swampscott, 73-31. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

The Marblehead boys basketball team continued its impressive start to the year with a big home win over rival Swampscott, 73-31, at home on Tuesday night. Patrick Bugler scored 13 points for the Magicians (6-2), while Derek Marino added 12 points. Marblehead will try to keep its momentum going on the road Friday night against Revere.

Jake McIntire provided a spark off the bench for Swampscott, finishing with 11 points. The Big Blue will try to rebound on Friday night when they host Peabody.

Peabody 63, Revere 56

Junior Estrella had a double-double for the Tanners (3-2), finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way. Matt D’Amato had 17 points and five rebounds, while Chris Canela had 13 points and five assists.

Peabody will travel to Swampscott on Friday night.

Mystic Valley 74, Lynn Tech 46

Rob Wallace scored 16 points for the Tigers, who will be back in action on Tuesday afternoon on the road at Minuteman Tech.

Beverly 54, Danvers 45

The Panthers had two players record double-doubles in their home win on Tuesday, as Pat Gavin finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds and Hugh Calice finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Luigi Derrane also had a solid game with 10 points and three steals.

Winthrop 75, Saugus 57

The Sachems (2-4) got a great performance from Chris McGrane, who had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Matt Waggett also scored 17 points in the loss.

Saugus will host Lynn English on Friday for a game against the Bulldogs.

Gloucester 62, Salem 59

Despite the loss, Kevin Lebron had a big game for the Witches (3-2) with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Ethan Espinal and Anthony Pena each contributed 10 points.

The Witches have a road game against Danvers on Friday night.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Saugus 63, Winthrop 35

The Sachems continued their impressive start with a big win at home against Winthrop, moving to 5-0 on the season. Molly Granara and Krissy Italiano led Saugus with nine points each, while Allie Kotkowski and Olivia Valente each scored eight points and Angellina Nou contributed seven points.

The Sachems have a quick turnaround with a road game against St. Mary’s tonight.

Mystic Valley 59, Lynn Tech 43

Jamila Constantine led the way for the Tigers (2-4), dropping 17 points in the loss. Alondra Sanchez and Arianna Anaya each scored nine points.

Revere 65, Peabody 42

Valentina Pepic led the way for the Patriots, shooting 11-for-20 from the field and logging 31 points to go with eight rebounds. Pamela Gonzalez chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Melissa Gray and Liz Zaiter each scored six points in the loss. The Tanners (1-3) will try to rebound on Friday on the road against Saugus.

Danvers 31, Beverly 29

Lily Montanari, who logged 12 points and five rebounds on the night, hit the game-winning shot with just three seconds to play to help the Falcons top rival Beverly and stay undefeated at 5-0.

School Roundup: English hangs tough but Peabody prevails

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Amanda Fabrizio swims the 100 butterfly for Lynn English.

By HAROLD RIVERA

The Peabody swim team topped English, 96-80, in a competitive meet at Lynn Tech Thursday.

Top performers for English included Caroline Zuffante, who won the 100-yard backstroke and Peter Phelan, who had a strong showing in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke.

Teressa Demirs had a strong showing in the diving event for the Bulldogs.

In the 200-yard freestyle, the relay team of Hanna Trahant, Emma Trahant, Dax Billingsley and Kylie Moorehouse performed well for the Bulldogs.

The 400-yard freestyle relay group of Amanda Fabrizio, Emma Trahant, Zuffante and Phelan also competed well.

“We had a lot of great swims,” English coach Lisa Trahant said. “They (Peabody) had more depth than us. It was a good meet between the two teams.”

She added, “We had a lot of people doing events that they never did before. We had a lot of personal best times. Caroline (Zuffante) had a great meet for us.”

The Bulldogs (1-2) will look to get back on the win column next Tuesday against Swampscott. “We’re hoping that we can keep going strong,” Trahant said. “Hopefully we have another great meet.”

Peabody (2-1)  had a strong showing, taking 1st place in the 200-yard medley relays (Nicholas Fursey, Conor Mccarthy, Cana Teague, Kirsten Currie), the 200-yard freestyle (Cailin Currie), the 200-yard individual medley (Kirsten Currie, who earned an MIAA North Sectional qualifying time), the 50-yard freestyle (William Connolly), diving (Isabella Forte), the 100-yard butterfly (Conor McCarthy), the 100-yard freestyle (William Connolly), the 500-yard freestyle (Kirsten Currie, who earned an MIAA North Sectional qualifying time), the 200-yard freestyle relay (William Connolly, Kyle Griffin, Nicholas Fursey, and Conor McCarthy), the 100-yard breaststroke (Conor McCarthy), and the 400-yard freestyle relay (Cailin Currie, Cana Teague, Kirsten Currie, Millie Teague).

The Tanners are back in action when they meet Gloucester at home on Tuesday.

Revere 94, Swampscott 76

Top performers for the Big Blue included Will Cronin in the 50 freestyle, Kasey Kennedy in the 200 individual medley and Tessa Diaz in the 100 butterfly.

Swampscott coach Christopher Havens spoke high of his team’s performance and said the meet was competitive, but it the end Revere finished with the win.

“It was a great meet,” Haven said. “Both teams swam well. It was competitive all the way. In the end, Revere just came out on top.”

The Big Blue will look to bounce back on Tuesday when they host a talented Lynn English team for a meet.

“I’m just hoping the team keeps it up,” Haven said. “We’ve been swimming well. We have a small team and we’ve been performing well. We’re just having fun. Hopefully that keeps the ball rolling and we pull out a win on Tuesday.”

GIRLS HOCKEY

Marblehead 4, Leominster 0

Wednesday in Gardner, the Marblehead girls hockey team shut out Leominster. Goalie Sarah Ryan faced 10 shots, and the Magicians kept Leominster keeper Hannah Bergeron, getting off 41 shots.

Bella Peters started the scoring on and assist from Sydney Cresta at 5:02, and Olivia Fusegni ended the first period with assists from Abby Kalinowski and Isabell Amigo.

Cresta added a goal in the second period (Brynne O’Connor with the assist), and Amigo capped the scoring in the third (Cate Delaney and O’Connor with the assists).

BOYS HOCKEY

Peabody JV 3, Lynn Jets JV 2

Nick Kosmas and Andrew Patrie scored for Lynn, while Kenny Perez played well in net.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Tech 34, Minuteman 23

The Lynn Tech girls basketball team picked up its second win of the season (2-3) with a 34-23 victory over Minuteman. Leading scorers for Tech were Jamila Constantine and Alondra Sanchez who each scored 10 points.

Sanchez, a freshman who started the season as a forward, led the team from her new position at point guard.

“She (Sanchez) definitely has a lot to learn but every game she seems to be growing and growing,” Tech coach Kaitlyn Wechsler said. “She’s getting comfortable with the girls around her. She’s stepping in nicely for us and improving every game.”

Malvelis Hernandez contributed with five points while Yafreisis Ruiz anchored the team’s defense.

“She (Ruiz) held our defense in the back,” Wechsler said. “She was a great defensive presence in the back. Defense was big for us today and she was the anchor for us defensively.”

Wechsler noted that Tech’s win is an indication that the Tigers are beginning to improve and move in the right direction.

“The girls are getting used to each other now,” Wechsler said. “We played a great game against Greater Lawrence before the vacation and lost by two points. We started a little slow today but we pulled away in the fourth quarter. We’re starting to click and I’m hoping the wins continue for us.”

Tech is back in action on Tuesday when the Tigers host Mystic Valley.

“We’re looking to carry the momentum over,” Wechsler said. “If we play the way we’ve been playing, we’ll give them (Mystic Valley) a good run.”

Lynn Classical JV 59, St. Mary’s JV 54

Chloe Kebreau led the way in the winning efforts, scoring 16 points for the Rams. Skylar Crayton and Jazzamine Masse each scored 12 points. Madison Dana scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds.


Harold Rivera can be reached at hrivera@itemlive.com. 

School Roundup: Classical girls fall in OT

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Paris Wilkey scored 24 points for the Rams. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

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.

BOYS BASKETBALL

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.

BOYS HOCKEY

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.

SWIMMING

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

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

By MIKE ALONGI AND KATIE MORRISON 

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.

BOYS TRACK

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).

GIRLS TRACK

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).

GIRLS BASKETBALL

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.

BOYS BASKETBALL

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.

GIRLS HOCKEY

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.

WRESTLING

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.

Tech girls rally to beat St. Clement

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Alondra Sanchez (left) scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Tech’s win on Monday night. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

LYNN — The Lynn Tech girls basketball team didn’t quit, despite falling behind by 12 points in the first quarter, rallying all the way back to notch a 47-35 win over St. Clement at home on Monday night.

The rally was sparked by some great defense and rebounding by the Tigers, according to coach Kaitlyn Wechsler.

“We kind of started off slow, but I was very happy with the way we came back,” said Wechsler. “We picked it up on defense after that tough start and that defense fueled our offense tonight.”

It was the bench that provided the spark for Tech (1-1), as the only three players to score in double digits came off the pine. Alondra Sanchez just missed a double-double with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Jamila Constantine did put up a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Arianna Anaya had 10 points and six rebounds and hit two critical threes down the stretch to help seal the win.

“We made a couple of changes early and then just implemented the full-court pressure,” said Wechsler. “That was the difference for us because we were able to get steals and get points on the other end.”

Also making big contributions for the Tigers were Jailene Rivera (6 points, 3 rebounds), Michayla Lawrence (nine rebounds, four steals) and Malvelis Hernandez (5 points, 2 rebounds).

The Tigers fell behind, 16-4, after a tough first quarter marked by a lot of turnovers. But after a quick timeout and a lineup adjustment, Tech found its footing quickly.

The Tigers’ defense clamped down in the second and third quarter, forcing turnovers and getting out in transition. By the time the fourth quarter started, Tech had outscored St. Clement 28-8 and surged ahead to take an eight-point lead into the final frame, 32-24.

Another big part of the second-half comeback was the rebounding, as Tech out-rebounded St. Clement 42-17 in the game, many of them coming in the second half.

“It’s something we do still have to work on as a team, but that was a big boost tonight,” Wechsler said. “Michayla, Jamila and Alondra really worked hard on the boards the whole game and did a great job for us.”

St. Clement went on a quick run to make it interesting early in the fourth, but the combination of suffocating defense and timely shotmaking by the Tigers was too much to overcome. Tech was able to get to the foul line early and often in the final quarter to help seal the win.

“It was an all-around great team win for us,” said Wechsler. “We played very well on defense and we were able to make shots when we needed to. This is definitely something we can build on.”

The Tigers are back in action tomorrow afternoon for a road game against Essex Tech.

School Roundup: Hobbs, Eagles top Magicians

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Tommy O’Neil, left, scored seven points for St. John’s Prep in its win over Marblehead Tuesday.

By MIKE ALONGI 

The season opened with a bang at the St. John’s Prep gym on Tuesday as the Eagles boys basketball team and Marblehead went back and forth until the final whistle, but in the end the Prep topped the Magicians, 58-51.

It was a combination of some defensive lapses by Marblehead and some great scoring from the Prep in the final minutes to give the Eagles the win.

Nate Hobbs scored 21 points to lead St. John’s, while freshman Jarnel Snow contributed 13 points in his first varsity start. Brett McNiff added eight points, while Tommy O’Neill had seven.

Next up for the Eagles is a home game against Pope John on Saturday afternoon.

For the Magicians, it was senior big man Bo Millett leading the charge with 14 points and sophomore Derek Marino right behind him with 13 points.

“They guys went out there, played hard and played pretty well,” said Marblehead coach Mike Giardi. “But there were a couple stretches where we lost our focus, and you just can’t do that against a team like St. John’s.”

The Magicians will look for their first win on Friday night when they travel to Gloucester to take on the Fishermen.

Everett 82, Lynn Classical 76

The Rams got a great performance from Erick Solis, who scored 20 points in the loss on Tuesday. Dyrrell Rucker was right behind him with 17 points.

Classical will host Peabody on Friday for its home opener.

Georgetown 66, Swampscott 55

The Big Blue fought back from an early deficit on the road at Georgetown, but it wasn’t quite enough to notch their first win of the year. Swampscott fell behind 15 points early and was down 11 at the half before fighting back to within two points late in the third quarter. But then Georgetown was able to outscore the Big Blue by double-digits in the final frame to run away with the win.

“We got off to a slow start tonight and we didn’t handle them well physically early,” said Swampscott coach Dave Born. “But I liked the way we fought back in the second half. We just ran out of gas at the end.”

Junior forward Tony Broadnax gave Swampscott a spark off the bench, leading the way with 17 points and eight assists. Senior captain AJ Venuti was a big part of the second-half comeback, scoring all 11 of his points in the final two quarters. He also contributed three assists and two steals on the night.

Next up for Swampscott (0-2) is a road game against Lynnfield on Friday night. The Pioneers are having their home opener in their brand-new gym, so Born is ready for a great atmosphere.

“It’ll be a big game, I’m sure the crowd over there is going to be jacked up with the opening of their new gym,” he said. “We’ve just got to come out ready from the opening tip and play hard the whole way.”

Stoneham 61, Bishop Fenwick 55

Fenwick fell in a non-conference game in Stoneham to open the season on Tuesday. Isaiah Cashwell-Doe put up a double-double to lead the way for the Crusaders, notching 20 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Veguilla added 15 points for Fenwick.

“We put forth a tremendous amount of effort on our part, which was good to see in the first game,” said Fenwick coach Kevin Moran. “We’ve got to work on our execution on defense and on the glass, but we’ve got time. It was a good effort to open the year.”

The Crusaders will host Cathedral on Friday night for the team’s home opener.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Northeast Tech 28, Lynn Tech 22

The Tigers fell on the road in their first game of the season despite solid contributions all around. Jamila Constantine led the way with seven points for Tech, while Arianna Anaya scored six points and Alondra Sanchez had four points.

The Tigers are back in action on Friday for their home opener against Chelsea.

SWIMMING

Bishop Fenwick 92, Arlington Catholic 73

Fenwick opened up the season with a conference win on the road at Medford High on Tuesday. Siblings Connor and Catherine Christuk had big days for the Crusaders, with Connor winning the 50-yard freestyle (25.44 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (1:14.10) and Catherine taking the 200 freestyle (2:05.65) and the 100 butterfly (1:03.13). The two also combined with Sophia Lumino and Rowan Emerson to win the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 4:05.

Emerson also won two events for Fenwick, taking the 100 freestyle (58.68) and the 100 breaststroke (1:07.16), while Lumino won both the 200 individual medley (2:19.94) and the 500 freestyle (5:49.69).

The team of Garrett Collins, Michael D’Iorio, Connor Christuk and Emerson won the 200 medley relay (1:55.15) and the team of Joie Dillon, Bryce McCarthy, Catherine Christuk and D’Iorio won the 200 freestyle relay (2:00.06).

Fenwick (1-0) will hold its home opener tomorrow afternoon when it hosts Marian at the Salem YMCA.

Peabody 102, Swampscott 72

Conor McCarthy had a big day for Peabody in the win, placing first in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. McCarthy was also part of the first-place 200 medley relay team along with Cana Teague, Kirsten Currie and William Connelly. Isabella Forte placed first in the diving competition, Cana Teague won the 100 butterfly and Cailin Currie won the 500 freestyle. The team of Cailin Currie, Kirsten Currie, Cana Teague and Millie Teague won the 400 freestyle relay.

“This was an excellent showing by a relatively new team,” said Peabody coach Maureen Shea. “They came prepared to compete and did very well for so early in the season.”

The Tanners are back in the pool tomorrow afternoon for their home opener against Northeastern Conference foe Beverly at the Torigian Family YMCA.

Marblehead 108, Salem 74

The Magicians got some solid diving performances on Tuesday, with three divers earning scores to qualify for sectionals. Katie Walker finished in first place with a score of 257.30, followed by Ryann Driscoll (194.90) and Carter Murray (157.00). Tom Lockett also notched a first-place finish for Marblehead, winning the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.69 seconds.

Marblehead will have a day off before a road meet against Lynn English on Thursday afternoon.

Tech girls have big goals this season

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Alondra Sanchez goes up for a layup during Friday’s practice.


By STEVE KRAUSE 

LYNN — This is the year it could all come together for the Lynn Tech girls basketball team.

At least coach Kaitlyn Wechsler hopes so.

“Our goal is to win 10 games,” Wechsler said. “We don’t want to settle for anything less than that.”

Before anyone wonders why just 10, and not 15 or even 20, consider the Tigers won just three games last season. But Wechsler hope the girls learned some lessons from the rough season and are ready to apply them this year.

“We have a nice core group of seniors coming back,” she said. “And we’re mixing that with another nice group of sophomores and freshmen. We have some leadership, and some nice new youth coming in.”

Leading scorer Jamila Constantine is back, and will alternate between guard and forward.

Guard Malvelis Hernandez “is really my defensive go-to. She’s a hustler, and she’s the heart of our defense. She starts it and runs it.”

Third on the list of returning seniors is forward Annmarie Teixeira.

“She kind of does all the little things. She’s scrappy, plays defense, scores when we need her to score … she does the little things that go unnoticed. She’ll be a leader by example for the young kids.”

Wechsler is very excited about freshman Alondra Sanchez.

“She’s going to be a bigtime player,” she said. “I’m very excited that she’s going to be able to play with these seniors. She’s just a natural-born basketball player, and I’m really looking forward to coaching her.”

Sanchez will probably play both forward and guard as well.

Wechsler hopes that transfer student Arianna Anaya, a sophomore, can pick up the slack at point guard, which is one of the few positions (rebounding forward being the other) about which she wasn’t sure coming into tryouts.

“I think she’ll fit in nicely with the rest of the team.”

Michayla Lawrence, also a sophomore, is expected to fill the rebounding forward slot.

“(Lawrence) moved up from junior varsity to varsity. She’s strong, athletic and fast, and she’s probably going to be a big-time rebounder for us. She can jump too. She’ll see a lot of playing time for us.”

Wechsler admits winning 10 games could be a challenge.

“I have a really good group of girls who committed and who are on board with what I’m looking for,” she said. “When they do step up and take on that challenge, we have a chance to do good things.”


Steve Krause can be reached at skrause@itemlive.com.