Annmarie Texeira

School Roundup: Win No. 1 for Big Blue

Jake McIntire scored 19 points in Swampscott’s win. 


The Swampscott boys basketball team earned its first win of the season, 62-55, over Georgetown on Wednesday night.

“Our defense was the reason we won tonight,” Big Blue coach Justin Fucile said. “We came out and played great defense. A.J. Venuti and Sean Lahrizi, their defense in the fourth quarter was outstanding.”

Jake McIntire scored 19 points to lead the way. Matt Moran added 13 points while Dylan Hayes contributed with 11 points.

“All 12 kids played and contributed,” Fucile said. “They’re always cheering for each other from the bench. They say ‘family’ when they break the huddle and that’s how they play.”

Swampscott will visit Lynn English on Friday, looking to make it two wins in a row.

“This meant so much to us tonight,” Fucile said. “Hopefully we’ll get another win before the end of the season and keep improving.”


Classical 67, Danvers 63

The Falcons scored the first 11 points of the game and held a commanding 18-point lead after a quarter, but the Rams climbed back into the game and despite struggling defensively, and came all the way back to get the win.

Gilbert Minaya led Classical with 20 points, and Edwin Solis added 18. The Rams (15-3) will have a big test, weather-permitting, Friday night as they travel to Marblehead.

St. John’s Prep 59, Hamilton-Wenham 53

The Eagles were led by Nate Hobbs, who put up 26 points to boost the Prep to a 13-4 record. Tommy O’Neil and Matt Relihan each chipped in with 10 points.

Whittier 80, Tech 79

The Tigers lost a heartbreaker on the road as Whittier clinched the game at the buzzer.

“I’m real proud of these guys,” Tech coach Stevie Patrick said of his team. “They’re getting better and better every game. I feel like they’ve found themselves. They felt the loss, but they’re proud of the way they played.”

Rob Wallace had a big game with 24 points, and Belmin Berilo chipped in with 16. David Davis logged a double-double and Aquemini Gaston added 11 points.

With four games left to play, the Tigers have a shot at capturing the Commonwealth Athletic Conference Small division title, which Patrick said was the goal from the beginning of the season.

“If we win these last four games, three of which are against teams we’ve already beaten, we’ll win the division,” Patrick said. “It would be real sweet if we can, we have the momentum.”

The Tigers have a busy schedule coming up. They’ll take on Minuteman Friday and play Northeast Saturday at 11:30 a.m.


Lynn 3, Bedford 1

John DiFilippo scored two goals and Ryan Clark netted one for the Jets.

“We wanted to create a little more offense off the forecheck,” Lynn coach Joe Conlon said. “I thought the key was our penalty kill at the beginning of the third period. We did a good job to put it away after that.”

Lynn (10-3-2) visits Winthrop on Saturday.

Marblehead 4, Peabody 3

James McCarthy scored the game-winner for the Magicians. Aidan Gillis scored a goal and Drew Cioffi netted a pair for the winners. Chris Gillen scored two goals and Connor McCarron added one for the Tanners.

Winthrop 6, Beverly 1

Behind a three-goal performance from Charlie Page, the Vikings improve the 13-1-2 on the season. Page also added an assist to his strong outing. Winthrop junior Henry Brooks added two goals.

Masco 5, Lynnfield 0

The Pioneers (7-7-1) will look to bounce back on Saturday at Pentucket.


St. Mary’s 3, Archbishop Williams 1

Aylah Cioffi had a huge night for the Spartans as they beat Catholic Central League foe Williams on the road, logging a hat trick. Cioffi scored her first just over four minutes into the game on assists from Marina DiBiasio and Codi Butt. She netted her second with 27 seconds left in the period on assists from Zoe Solomons and Rose Callahan. Cioffi capped the scoring in the second on an assist from Mady Hentosh.

Goalie Emily Stephenson made 17 saves for the Spartans.


Classical 44, Danvers 40

Classical trailed by ten at the half but stormed back to get the win. Soneta Srey scored 16 points and Paris Wilkey added 13.

“After losing to Peabody and Revere last week, this was a big bounce back win tonight,” Classical coach Tom Sawyer said. “We were down ten points at half and then we played a good third quarter to even things up. We scored 16 points in the fourth to squeeze out the win.”

The Rams (14-5) host Marblehead on Friday.

“They’re a solid team and they’re well coached,” Sawyer said. “We’re going to have to play well. They have scoring weapons and they play well on defense.”

Whittier 68, Tech 36

The Tigers dropped to 8-9 after a tough loss on the road. Jamila Constantine and Arianna Anaya each scored 11 points, while Annmarie Teixeira added six. 

Mystic Valley 50, Lynnfield 45

The Pioneers trailed 25-11 at halftime, but outscored the Eagles 20-9 in the third quarter to make a game of it trailing by three, 34-31 after a buzzer-beating three-pointer by junior Sophia Ellis.

Midway through the final quarter, Liz Shaievitz (14 points) converted two free throws on a technical foul, then Shannon Furey threaded the needle on the ensuing inbounds play and found Melissa Morelli for two more and the Pioneers trailed by one, 38-37.  Mystic Valley went on a 9-2 run to stretch the lead to 47-39 with three minutes left, but the Pioneers came back again and made it a one-possession game at 48-45 after Shaievitz grabbed an offensive rebound and laid it in with 4.3 seconds to go.

Mystic Valley’s Menel Lamadzema (28 points) sealed the win with two free throws.

Ellis finished with seven points and four rebounds, while Morelli had seven points and eight rebounds.

“Had we played the first half the way we played the second, it would have been a much different result,” Shaievitz said.

The Pioneers dropped to 1-14 and play archrival North Reading Friday night.


Revere 49, Swampscott 37

The Patriots ran to a close win over the Big Blue at home Wednesday, taking first place in seven events. Swampscott’s Joseph Varghese jumped 5 feet, 10 inches to win the high jump, but the Blue lost out to Revere’s Gabriel Felix-Martinez in the shot put (40-11 1/4).

The Patriots dominated in the short-distance races, as David Sinatra won the 50-yard hurdles (7.0 seconds), Jonathan Hysenaj won the 50 (6.0), Wesley Zambrano won the 300-meter race (41.3) and Zachary Gentile won the 600 (1:34.2), barely topping Swampscott’s David Denham (1:34.9). Swampscott made a comeback as Thomas McDevitt won the 1000 (2:57.4) and Jack Dennehy won the mile (5:11.0), but Revere won the 2-mile (Sebastian Mejia, 11:26.1) and the 4×400 relay. Swampscott finishes the season at 5-2.

“It was a good season,” Swampscott coach Brian Kirkland said We’re making strides and laying the foundation for better things to come. I’m looking forward to next year and I’m thankful for this past season.”

Beverly 65, Salem 21

Winners for Beverly were Sam Abate in the high jump (5-4), Bobby Adams in the shot put (42-9 1/2), Sean Richardson in the 300 (40.2), Brian Harty in the 600 (1:35.3),  John Jones in the 1000 (2:54.5), Dakota Lillelund (5:11.1), Zach Curry in the 2-mile (11:21.5) and the 4×400 relay team.

Salem’s winners were Jaden Oliver in the 50 hurdles (7.0) and Giovanny Guzman in the 50 (5.9).


Swampscott 57, Revere 29

The Big Blue earned the split at Revere, as Swampscott took first place in all but two events: the mile (Hannah Fitzpatrick, 5:55.9) and the 4×400 relay.

Winners for Swampscott were Haley Bernhardt in the high jump (4-8), Maisie Vazquez in the shot put (34-8), Kendall Rhodes in the 50-hurdles (8.3), Alexandra Gladstone in the 50 (6.9), Catie Cullinane in the 300 (48.2), Ocean Crawley-Sweeney in the 600 (1:59.9), Ashley Marston in the 1000 (3:30.5) and Haley LaKind in the 2-mile (15:20.0).

Beverly 80, Salem 5

The Panthers swept every event, with Tyler Orlandella winning the high jump (5-0), Rona Scott winning the shot put (34-4 1/2), Natalie Coughlin winning the 50 hurdles (8.1). Grace Byrd (6.6), India Ingemi (43.9), Abby Walsh in the 600 (1:41.4), Lexi Sutyak in the 1000 (3:23.0), Maeve Dineen in the mile (5:56.1) and Massy Aitken in the 2-mile (13:15.8).


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tech 36, Minuteman 26

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

Malvelis Hernandez and Jailene Rivera provided excellent defense for Tech.

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

Peabody 72, Winthrop 34

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

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

Arlington Catholic 48, Bishop Fenwick 35

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

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

Saugus 54, Danvers 44

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

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

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

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

Lynn Classical 53, Gloucester 37

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

Revere 59, Salem 25

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


Bishop Fenwick 49, Arlington Catholic 46

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

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

Peabody 83, Winthrop 69

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

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

Danvers 62, Saugus 47

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

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

Beverly 80, Swampscott 48

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

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

Salem 59, Revere 58

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

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

Lynnfield 72, Amesbury 46

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

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

Shawsheen Tech 66, Lynn Tech 39

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

GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: English defense steps up

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


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: English swim team sneaks by Salem

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Marblehead 103, Swampscott 75

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

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

Danvers 101, Lynn Classical 83

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

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


Danvers 72, Saugus 14

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

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

Lynn Classical 51, Gloucester 35

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

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

Beverly 74, Winthrop 11

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

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


Danvers 44, Saugus 42

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

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

Gloucester 47, Lynn Classical 33

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

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

Beverly 68, Winthrop 18

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


Bentonville (Ark.) 33, St. Mary’s 26

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

Saugus 52, Gloucester 39

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

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

Essex Tech 52, Lynn Tech 17

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


St. Mary’s 50, Briarwood (Ala.) 37

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

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

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

Marblehead 90, Winthrop 42

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

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


Beverly 5, Lynn/Winthrop 3

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

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

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


St. John’s Prep 40, Danvers 36

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

Tech soccer heading in new direction

Photo by Katie Morrison
Annmarie Texeira is one of five returning seniors for the Lynn Tech girls soccer team this season. 

By Harold Rivera 

A clean slate couldn’t come any sooner for the Lynn Tech girls soccer team. After a 2015 season that saw the Tigers win just two games, Tech’s ready to change the script in 2016.

That begins with a new coach in Bruce Diver, who most recently spent three seasons coaching the freshman and junior varsity teams at Hamilton-Wenham.

The first step in Diver’s quest to turn things around at Tech is teaching his players the little things that come with the sport. Diver’s belief is that as long as the Tigers can take care of those little things, they’ll fare well against their opponents.

“I’m hoping to teach them how to play soccer,” Diver said. “Some of them have never touched a ball before.”

Diver, who has over 30 years of experience in coaching, playing and refereeing soccer, added, “Soccer is a universal game. We all know how the game goes. I expect that by the time the end of the season comes the team will be very well taught in what to do and hopefully the girls can carry that on. I think we’ll have a good season. As long as they do all the little things right we’ll be good.”

As he readies for his first season directing the Tech program, Diver admitted that he’s still working on gaining familiarity with his players and their strengths on the field. The Tigers began their preseason practices last week and numbers were favorable, with roughly twenty players participating.

For the time being, Diver said his focus is on getting his players to learn the basics.

“Players need to know the basics of the game,” Diver said. “My philosophy is for them to learn as much as I can teach them. I think they need to learn the basics, and once they learn that they can tactically move the ball down the field.”

The Tigers graduated four players from last fall’s team, but five returning seniors are set to lead the way this season. Priscilla Imul, a sweeper, will look to lead the defense. Midfielders Belinda Miranda and Arelis Sanchez, and forward Annmarie Texeira are also set to contribute for the Tigers this season.

In net, the Tigers will rely on star goalie Coral Gonzalez, who was named Commonwealth Athletic Conference Lower Division MVP for her efforts last season. If Gonzalez can keep her net clean, the Tigers should be competitive.

“I told them (players) that if they play well and they do the little things right, then the rest will come together for them,” Diver said. “We’re not just going to hammer it down the field. My style of the game is to control the ball, just like in the professionals. I’m hoping to improve at least 50% better than they did last year.”

Heading into the new season, Diver said opposing teams can expect to see a different brand of soccer from Tech this fall.

“They won’t run us over,” Diver said. “I guarantee that. We’re going to be competitive. It’ll be totally different than whatever they’ve seen before.”

The Tigers will open the 2016 season on Tuesday at Manning Field when they take on Lynn English in the Lynn City Tournament at 5:00 p.m.

Diver said he sees the Lynn City Tournament as a good opportunity to get a feel for his team early on in the season.

“I’m hoping to see what girls can do what,” Diver said. “I’m hoping to see if certain things work. Im glad its a tournament so I can get a feel for how they react on different places in the field. I think they will fare well.”