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Crusaders roll past Manchester-Essex, advance to final

Fenwick’s Jennie Meagher (left) pulls down a rebound in front of Bella Pomeroy of Manchester/Essex. 


DANVERS — Behind a relentless defensive team effort and a lights-out shooting night, the No. 6 Bishop Fenwick girls basketball team took down the No. 2 Manchester-Essex Hornets, 66-36, in the Division 3 North semifinals on Monday night at St. John’s Prep. The Crusaders recorded 17 steals as a team and also made 15 free throws and six three-pointers in the win.

“We had great intensity from everyone tonight,” said Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis. “We had a lot of steals, got a lot of pressure, and that’s who we are. When we’re out there causing havoc for the other team, that’s when we’re at our best.”

Sophomore guard Jaxson Nadeau was the leader on both ends of the floor for Fenwick, finishing with 15 points and seven steals.

“It’s happened to us a bunch in the past, when the opposing team is able to disrupt your best player, and that’s what Jaxson is for us,” DeBaggis said. “And it really disrupts the flow for the other team. A lot of the other girls get steals largely because of what she does out there, so she’s been huge for us.”

Senior Sam Mancinelli had a big game with 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals, while junior Fredi DeGuglielmo had 11 points, four rebounds and three steals. Junior Courtney Norton added eight points.

It was a defensive battle on both ends to open the game, with turnovers coming left and right. Nadeau made her presence known early, scoring all nine points in the opening quarter for Fenwick while also grabbing four steals on the defensive end. The rest of the Crusaders played great team defense as well, and the score was just 9-4 in favor of Fenwick after the first quarter.

The second quarter was where the Crusaders took over. They kept up the defensive pressure, employing a full-court press on every single Hornets possession. But the real key to Fenwick’s big quarter was shooting, as the Crusaders outscored Manchester-Essex 24-6 in the quarter to roll to a 33-15 halftime lead.

“We haven’t seen much of that this year, the hot shooting,” said DeBaggis. “But we kept playing good defense as well, and I think that was key for us. Making shots will ebb and flow, but if you can continually play good defense, that’s what I care about.”

Fenwick was able to push the lead to as many as 32 points late in the third quarter, and despite a small run by the Hornets in the fourth quarter, the Crusaders were able to walk away with the big win.

The Crusaders (16-8) now find themselves back in the Division 3 North final for the second straight season, but the path to another sectional title will surely be a tough one. Fenwick is set to go up against either No. 1 seed Amesbury (20-1) or No. 5 St. Mary’s (15-8), a Catholic Central League rival that they’ve already lost to twice this season.

“Either way, I think it’s going to be our toughest game of the year,” DeBaggis said. “I think our team might want St. Mary’s a little more, just because of the two losses, but we’re going to be ready for whoever we face.”

Amesbury and St. Mary’s will play tonight at Billerica High School, while the Division 3 North final will be played at a date, time and location to be determined.

Saugus, Fenwick to battle it out in state tourney

Olivia Valente and No. 3 Saugus will host No. 6 Bishop Fenwick on Thursday night. 


The Saugus girls basketball team battled its way to a 16-6 record this season, earning the No. 3 seed in the MIAA Division 3 North tournament and a home game in the first round. But that first round game will be anything but easy, as the Sachems will take on the defending Division 3 state champion Bishop Fenwick Crusaders.

“They’re a model team for sure,” Saugus coach Mark Schruender said of Fenwick. “We saw their run last year and when we watched them play, our coaching staff collectively said that we want to play like them. They played fast and aggressive every minute, and we modeled ourselves after that style.”

It appears that the Sachems have learned well from the Crusaders, at least according to Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis.

“They’re a much-improved team this year,” he said. “They’re aggressive, quick and well-coached just to name a few things. They’re going to be a tough out this year.”

The Sachems have a solid group of players led by the likes of Olivia Valente and Alessia Salzillo. But if there’s one thing that Saugus lacks, it’s postseason experience.

“The experience factor is certainly in Fenwick’s favor, but we’ve been preparing for this all year,” Schruender said. “I think the big thing we need to push on the players is that it’s okay to make mistakes early from nerves or whatever, but we need to be able to settle down and execute. It’s still basketball, and we’ll be in our gym, so I think we can try to counter the experience factor.”

Fenwick may not be the powerhouse team that won it all last year when they went 23-4 and won the Div. 3 state title, but they’re still a force to be reckoned with. The Crusaders finished the year with a 14-8 record, good enough for a No. 6 seed on the bracket.

In terms of experience, the Crusaders may be more loaded than anyone despite losing multiple four-year starters to graduation. Senior captain Sam Mancinelli has played in 10 career postseason games, while juniors Fredi DeGuglielmo and Jennie Meagher have each played in eight career postseason games.

“Obviously the experience is a big factor because there are plenty of girls out there who will never play in that many postseason games,” said DeBaggis. “But at the end of the day we still have to execute against a really good team on the road.”

Adding to that veteran lineup is sophomore Jaxson Nadeau, who has emerged from a core of young players as a crucial cog in the machine.

“This has been a much different season for us,” DeBaggis said. “We lost several four-year players, two of them four-year starters, so we had a totally different look this year. But a lot of the younger girls have stepped up and our upperclassmen have provided the leadership we needed to have a successful regular season.”

Championship pedigree or not, DeBaggis knows his team will be in for a battle in Saugus.

“It won’t be easy,” he said. “They’re going to be fired up over there and the crowd will be going nuts. We anticipate that they’ll come out with plenty of energy, and we’re going to have to stay focused and execute our gameplan.”

The Crusaders and Sachems will meet on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Saugus High.

Elsewhere around the NEC, a number of local teams are preparing for tournament runs of their own. The Revere Patriots nearly had an undefeated regular season, winning their first 18 games before dropping the final two to earn the No. 2 seed in the Division 1 North tournament.

A big part of the Patriots’ success this year has been the play of their two bigs inside, Valentina Pepic and Meaghan Gotham. The two have been able to score from the post and dominate the glass, perfectly complementing the play of guards Pamela Gonzalez and Tatiana Iacoviello.

Revere draws a home game against No. 15 Medford (10-10) in the first round on Monday night at 7 p.m.

Also in Division 1 North, the Peabody Tanners closed out the year with a 13-7 record and secured the No. 11 seed. Seniors Melissa Gray and Katie Wallace have paced the Peabody offense this year, while Nene Onwuogo has had a great season at the forward spot.

The Tanners travel on the road to take on No. 6 Waltham (14-6) on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Two teams from the NEC also made it into the Division 2 North bracket. The Swampscott Big Blue earned the No. 11 seed in Division 2 North after closing out the regular season with an even 10-10 record. The Big Blue will travel to take on No. 6 Hamilton-Wenham (12-8) on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

The Danvers Falcons also closed out the year at 10-10 and earned the No. 12 seed. The Falcons will play No. 5 Arlington Catholic (14-6) on Monday night at 7 p.m.

School Roundup: Spartans fall to BC High

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


School Roundup: Saugus makes the tournament

Brendan Ronan and the Sachems are in the state tournament with Friday’s win. 


For the first time in five years, the Saugus boys hockey team is heading to the state tournament after a 2-1 win over the Peabody Tanners in a Northeastern Conference matchup at McVann-O’Keefe Memorial Rink in Peabody on Friday night. The Sachems (8-4-4) last appeared in the MIAA tournament in the 2011-2012 season.

“I’m just really happy for the guys, it was a complete team effort to get this far,” said Saugus coach Jeff Natalucci. “We’ve had to battle all year, so it feels good to finally get in there.”

Brendan Ronan and Dante McGrane were the scorers in this one, with each tallying one goal and one assist. John Torres and Adam Rodrigues each had one assist. Saugus senior goaltender Nick Sanderson finished with 27 saves.

With the tournament bid secured, the Sachems will look to improve their seeding over the final four games of the season, starting this evening at Paul Cronin MDC Rink in Revere for a matchup with Revere/Malden.

“We’re going to be going up against some really good teams to close out the year, teams like Marblehead, North Reading and Stoneham,” said Natalucci. “Revere is right there too, battling to get in, so we’re going to have to play our best hockey down the stretch in order to prepare for the tournament.”

For Peabody (2-11-3), Nick Capillo was the lone goal scorer.

“We just can’t score, and then we somehow manage to get beaten with a late goal, and you can see the kids are getting frustrated,” Peabody coach Mark Leonard said.

The Tanners are back in action on Wednesday night with a game against Beverly back at McVann.


Beverly/Danvers 2, Billerica/Chelmsford 2

The Panthers remain undefeated on the year following a tie at the Chelmsford Forum in North Billerica on Friday afternoon. Beverly/Danvers (14-0-2) will look to continue its undefeated season this afternoon against Masconomet at Valley Forum in Haverhill.


St. Mary’s 42, Austin Prep 39 (2OT)

Olivia Nazaire had 18 points and Gabby Torres poured in 15 points in the fourth quarter and overtime periods to lift the Spartans to a double-overtime win on the road on Friday night.

“We didn’t play a great game tonight, which contributed to us falling behind early,” said St. Mary’s coach Jeff Newhall. “But we rallied and played well at the end. It was a great team effort.”

Trailing 24-15 early in the fourth quarter, the Spartans went on a 13-2 run to go up 28-26 before the Cougars tied it up at 32-32 to end regulation. The two teams remained tied after the first overtime before St. Mary’s pulled away in the second overtime. Torres hit a three-pointer to tie the score with 45 seconds left, then Mia Nowicki hit the game-sealing free throws to give the Spartans the win.

St. Mary’s (12-6) will take on Cathedral on the road Tuesday night.

Bishop Fenwick 47, Arlington Catholic 44

The Crusaders notched their first win over their Catholic Central League foe in eight years in a home game on Friday night. Senior captain Sam Mancinelli led the way with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists, while Jennie Meagher had four points and nine rebounds and Fredi DeGuglielmo had eight points.

With the win, Fenwick (11-6) has earned a tournament bid and will have an opportunity to defend their MIAA Division 3 state title.

Danvers 52, Gloucester 31

The Falcons were led by Siobhan Moriarty (12 points) and Sarah Unczur (12 points, seven rebounds), while Elena Clifford (11 points, 13 rebounds) and Lili Montanari (10 points, 10 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles.

Danvers (9-7) will take on a strong Revere team on Monday night with a chance at a state tournament bid.


Gloucester 63, Danvers 57

Marc Smith led the way for the Fishermen (6-10) with 25 points, while Evan Mason had a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

For Danvers, Sean Rooney was the top scorer with 22 points.

Roundup: Fenwick swimmers lose first meet

Austin Prep handed the Bishop Fenwick swim team its first defeat of the winter in its last regular-season meet, 89-79.

Fenwick finished the season at 6-1.

The Crusaders placed first in nine events: 200 medley relay (1:49.97), Catherine Christuk, Rowan Emerson, Connor Christuk, and Garrett Collins; 200 free relay (1:49.64), Michael D’lorio, Joie Dillon, Emerson, and Sophia Lumino; 400 free relay (3:44.70), Lumino,Collins, Catherine and Connor Christuk; Connor Christuk, 50 free (24.41) and 100 free (58.08); Catherine Christuk 200 free (2:04.45); Lumino 200 IM (2:11.94) and 500 free (5:35.65); and Emerson 100 breast (1:07.47)

Fenwick will head to Simmons College for the Catholic Central League Meet Saturday.


Triton 50, Lynnfield 35

The Pioneers (1-10) came up short Friday in attempting to make it two straight wins, having no answers for Triton’s Tessa LaFrance, who led all scorers with 32 points.

The Pioneers trailed by 24-8 at halftime and trailed 30-12 after Lafrance drained a 3-pointer with under four minutes to go in the quarter.  After that, the Pioneers went to a trap defense and ran off eight straight to close to 30-20, but that was as close as they would come the rest of the way.

Freshman Melissa Morelli scored 14 points, while Juliana Passatempo was also in double figures with 10.  Morelli’s twin sister, Victoria Morelli scored five points, while junior Lizzie Shaievitz had four points and Emory Caswell had two.

Wachusett 67, Fenwick 62

At Fenwick, sophomore Jaxson Nadeau had 21 points and five rebounds. Senior captain Sam Mancinelli and junior Fredi DeGuglielmo both had 10 points.

Fenwick, 9-5, is at Cardinal Spellman Tuesday.


St. John’s 72, Pathfinder 6

St. John’s 57, Agawam 12

The Eagles raised their record to 26-3 with the sweep. Winners were: 106 Quinn Alexander; 113 Ryan Garlitz; 126 Malcolm Mitchell; 132 Zach Alexander; 138 Sam Little; 145 Sam Blizard; 152 Ben Shaw; 160 Chris Kwmuntis; 170 Drew Leahy; 182 Ben Klein; 285 , Hunter Brown.


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: Spartans earn a CCL win

Goalie Andrew LoRusso and the Spartans earned a 4-2 win over CCL foe Archbishop Williams on Wednesday night. 


The St. Mary’s boys hockey team skated to a 4-2 win over Catholic Central League foe Williams Wednesday on the road.

Andrew LoRusso earned the win in net for the Spartans (5-2) with a handful of big saves towards the end of the game. Dante Maribito (one goal, three assists), Mark Zampanti (one goal, one assist), Anthony Bono (one goal, one assist) and Andrew Kreamer (one goal) also had strong performances.

“Anytime you can beat a quality opponent like Williams on the road, that’s big for us,” St. Mary’s coach Mark Lee said. “It was a great team effort and it keeps in the running for the (Catholic Central) league.”

The Spartans host Andover on Saturday.

Saugus 6, Gloucester 2

Top performers for the Sachems (5-0-1) included Brendan Ronan (two goals, one assist), Ryan Groark (one goal, one assist), John Torres (two assists) and goalie Nick Sanderson (25 saves).

Saugus visits Peabody on Saturday.

“It’s going to be a tough game,” Saugus coach Jeff Natalucci said. “In-conference games are always tough.”

Marblehead 3, Bishop Feehan 2

The Magicians found themselves in an early hole, facing a 2-0 deficit. Luckily, their offense woke up in time to spark a three-goal rally and steal a 3-2 win over Bishop Feehan.

Forward Drew Cioffi got Marblehead on the board in the second period. Forward Braden Haley tied the game at 2-2 with 11:32 left to play in the third period. Forward Jacob Garfield’s goal with five minutes and 30 seconds remaining in the game proved to be the difference.

The Magicians are back at it on Saturday when they host Winthrop at Salem State’s Rockett Arena.

North Reading 3, Lynnfield 1

The Pioneers led 1-0 after two periods but North Reading stormed back to score three goals in the third. Lynnfield visits Newburyport on Saturday at Henry Graf Rink.

Malden Catholic 4, St. John’s Prep 1

The game was tied 1-1 after two periods but the Lancers rallied in the third for the win. Malden Catholic’s Joey Guarino was the star of the contest as the senior netted three goals in a hat trick effort. The Eagles (1-2-2) will aim to bounce back on Saturday night when they host Xaverian.

Winthrop 4, Fenwick 1

Down 2-0 in the third period, the Crusaders netted a goal to slim Winthrop’s lead. Unfortunately for Fenwick, it wasn’t enough to stop the Vikings. Charlie Page’s hat trick led the Vikings (6-1) to victory. Page now has 99 career points and will look for his 100th on Saturday against Marblehead. Fenwick (3-4) will host Archbishop Williams on Saturday.


KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate 43, Salem Academy 23
The KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate Panthers put in another strong team effort to take down the Salem Academy Wednesday evening. Senior Favour Ofuokwu led the way with 12 points and eight rebounds, and junior Nayeli Germosen followed with 11 points. Senior Krystal Campbell also helped set the tone on the court, chipping in six points, and senior Angela Unubun pulled down nine rebounds to control the paint.  Next, the KALC Panthers take on MATCH in Boston on Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

Bishop Fenwick 47, Franklin 38

A stellar performance from senior Sam Mancinelli led the Crusaders to victory. Mancinelli, the team’s captain, scored 19 points while dishing seven assists and grabbing six rebounds. Jennie Meagher scored seven points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Fredi DeGuglielmo contributed with eight points. Fenwick (5-1) hosts Austin Prep on Friday.


Danvers 54, Classical 32

The Rams took the top two spots in the high jump, with Adam Washington taking first (five feet, 10 inches) and Emmanuel Kalambayi taking second (5-4). Samson Srey finished second in the 55-meter hurdles for Classical (9.2 seconds), and Tyler Way (6.7) and Marcus Rivera (6.8) finished second and third respectively for the Rams in the 55. Kevin Durant won the 2-miles (11:39.8), and Gilley Kabamba placed second (5:17.3) in the mile.

Kalambayi also had a good time in the 300, finishing second (41.6). Junior Mejia (3:13.4) and Mobalaji Fanimokun (3:31.0) took second and third in the 1000.

Winners for Danvers included Bruno Abbatessa in the shot put (39-9), Mike Daras in the 55-hurdles (8.5), Justin Curtis (6.6) in the 55, Kevin Jordan (1:38.2) in the 600, Tim West (3:07.3) in the 1000 and Andrew Moriarty (4:58.7) in the mile.


Danvers 48, Classical 37

Classical dominated the field events with Agnes Bangura (4-6) and Jayla Blevins (4-6) taking the top two spots in the high jump. Shannelle Barry won the shot put (27-9), with teammate Michelle Scuzzarella (24-8) finishing third. Scuzzarella also finished second in the 55-hurdles (10.3), with her teammate Samantha Anthony finishing third (10.7).

Bangura was a double-winner, also taking the 55 (7.6). Glendryth Martinez won the 300 (47.7) for Classical, and Rhode Alcindor grabbed the other Rams’ first-place finish, winning the 1000 (3:38.0).

Winners for Danvers included Skye Lovell in the 55-hurdles (10.2), Gabrielle Loughlin in the 600 (1:56.4), Katie Crum in the mile (5:56.3) and Lindsay MacInnis in the 2-miles (13:30.6).


St. John’s Prep 45, BC High 24

Winners for the Eagles (14-2) included Quinn Alexander (106 pounds), Ryan Garlitz (113), Malcolm Mitchell (126), Zach Alexander (132), Sam Blizard (152), Ben Shaw (160), Chris Kwmuntis (170), Ben Klein (182) and Hunter Brown (285).

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School roundup: Fenwick girls win season opener

Fenwick’s Fredi DeGuglielmo drives through the lane.


The Bishop Fenwick girls basketball team began its new season with a big win over Medford, 66-33.

The Crusaders were propelled by Jaxson Nadeau, who was the team’s leading scorer with 17 points and three steals in the contest. Fredi DeGuglielmo also turned in a solid game with 12 points and seven assists. Senior captain Sam Mancinelli (nine points, six rebounds) and Jennie Meagher (nine points, seven rebounds) also contributed to the winning effort.

“It’s always nice to get that first win,” Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis said. “It’s a good feeling for a coach when you win and you know you have things to work on. It’s much better than losing and knowing you have things you need to work on.”

DeBaggis credited his team for playing a strong defensive game.

“We played really good defense,” he said. “We got out to a good lead in the first half and it was a good game for us.”

Fenwick now shifts focus to Friday night’s (6:30) clash at Cathedral.

“Cathedral’s fast,” DeBaggis said. “I’m looking for us to play good defense and show our composure in a tough place to play.”

KIPP 42, Pioneer Charter 14

The Panthers (2-0) won their second game in a row behind a strong performance from Gift Ofuokwu, who scored eight points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Brenda Torres and Loida Rosario contributed with eight points each. Nayeli Germosen was impressive from the point guard position with seven points and six assists.

KIPP’s next game is on Monday at Prospect Hill Academy in Somerville.


Pioneer 49, KIPP 47

Elijah Nosa led the Panthers (1-1) on the defensive end but KIPP’s offense struggled to find its rhythm. The game came down to the final seconds, but KIPP couldn’t sink a three-pointer to grab a victory.


Saugus 10, Hamilton-Wenham 1

Dante McGrane had two goals and two assists as the Sachems routed Hamilton-Wenham in its season opener. Brendan Ronan added a goal and two assists, Adam Rodrigues scored twice and logged an assist, Jim Alcott scored twice and Mike Sarnacchiaro added a goal and two assists. Ian Worthley also scored his first varsity goal in the victory.

“It was a good performance,” said Saugus coach Jeff Natalucci. “We came out and moved the puck better than we have in a long time. We’re happy with it.”

Lynnfield 5, Amesbury 1

George DeRoche scored two goals to lead the way for the Pioneers. Cooper Marengi (one goal, one assist) and Johnny Percoskie (three assists) also turned in strong performances. Freshmen John Simonetti and Wil Rinaldi each scored their first varsity goals.

Winthrop 3, Mansfield 2

At Mansfield, the Vikings (1-0) started their new season on a high note with a win. Sophomore Sam Yarrow scored the game winning goal for Winthrop. Junior Tyler Marley contributed by netting the other two goals for the Vikings.


Lynnfield 53, Pentucket 28

Lynnfield moves to 3-0 on the season. Winners for the Pioneers included Chris Metrano at 106 pounds, Stuart Glover (113), Will Glover (126), Dylan Reardon (132), Joe Reardon (138), Adam Rosetti (145), Connor Stead (152), Andrew DiPietro (170) and Anthony Wilkinson (182). Lynnfield is off until Saturday morning when they travel to Wakefield for the Wakefield tournament at 9 a.m.

“It’s nice to be 3-0,” Lynnfield coach Craig Stone said. “We graduated a good nucleus of wrestlers last year. I’m glad we were able to fill in for them and start the season on a good note.”

Danvers 54, Marblehead-Swampscott 30

Danvers winners included Max Leete at the 106 pounds, Jack Anderson (150) and Quinn Holland (170). Marblehead-Swampscott winners included Ian Shevroy (113), Darian Welf (120), Stephen Hopkins (138), Joe Warren (195) and Armani Dotson (220).

Marblehead-Swampscott falls to 2-1-1 on the season, and the team is off until Saturday’s tournament at Wakefield at 9 a.m.

St. John’s Prep 55, Shrewsbury 21

Winners for the Prep included Ryan Garlitz, Malcolm Mitchell, Zach Alexander, John McNaught, Sam Blizard, Chris Kwmuntis, Drew Leahy, Ben Klein, Evan Chaisson and Will Moulton.


Lynnfield 46, Lynn Tech 36

Pentucket 68, Lynnfield 18

Pentucket 70, Tech 16

Tech’s Akeem Blake took first place in the high jump at five feet, 10 inches. Blake also tied Lynnfield’s Joe Donovan for the top time in the 50 at 5.8 seconds. Pentucket took the top three spots in the 50-yard hurdles, but Robert Woodley clocked the best time for Tech at 8.4.

For Lynnfield, Nathan Drislane finished second in the shot put at 36-4. Nicholas Kinnon earned the best time in the 300 (40.6) for the Pioneers. In the 600, Ken Bramich finished in first in the Pioneers’ meet against Tech at 1:46.4. In the 100, Lynnfield’s Ryan Iapicca finished third against Pentucket and first against Tech (3:04.02). Matt Ricciardi was the top finisher in the mile (5:20.7) over Tech, and third against Pentucket.

Revere 46, Danvers 40

For the Patriots, Edi Mujan won the high jump at 5-8, Morris Toglan won the shot put at 44-10 and David Sinatra won the 50 hurdles (7.3). Mujan also won the 300 (39.6), Zachary Gentile claimed the top spot in the 600 (1:35.1), and Sebastian Mejia won the mile (5:15.8).


Lynnfield 64, Tech 7

Pentucket 70, Lynn Tech 16

Pentucket 75, Lynnfield 11

Tech’s Gianna Perro was first in the meet against Lynnfield in the 50 (7.0), and Giani Devilla finished third in both meets in the 300 (57.6).

For Lynnfield, Kate Mitchell won the mile (5:38.1) and Lilli Patterson finished second in the 300 (49.5).

Danvers 48.5, Revere 37.5

Revere’s Claritza Vasquez nailed the top spot in the high jump (4-6). Other winners for Revere were Rachel Shanbar in the shot put (29-3 1/4), and Helen Perez in the 600 (1:54). Vasquez also won the 300 (48.6).

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New season, new look for Fenwick

Fenwick’s Sam Mancinelli (right) is the lone captain and returning starter for the Crusaders this season. 


Last season, the Bishop Fenwick girls basketball team ended the year with a Division 3 state championship. This season, things will be a little different for coach Adam DeBaggis and the Crusaders.

Fenwick lost six key contributors from last season’s team, including five to graduation and one to transfer. The team returns just one starter from the championship group in team captain Sam Mancinelli, and three others who saw significant playing time last season.

DeBaggis hopes that his players approach last season’s success as a past memory. His aim is to get the Crusaders to focus on this upcoming season.

“We have a lot of girls on our team that love to play basketball,” DeBaggis said. “Part of our season is going to be forgetting last season and understanding that this is a new season. They’re excited but I think they all understand that we’re playing some really tough opponents this year.”

DeBaggis, who’s entering his sixth season at the helm at Fenwick, said that he’s trying to verbalize a message to his players about the downfalls of a “championship hangover.” With six of last season’s players no longer on the team, DeBaggis is looking for new players to fill into those empty slots.

“My approach has been trying to verbalize that,” DeBaggis said. “One good part about losing five seniors is that five seniors aren’t even there anymore. Five of those kids that might have a championship hangover aren’t even there. Only one starter’s returning and only three of them contributed with minutes, so a lot of these girls are looking for a bigger role. Hopefully they’re hungrier to be a part of this.”

Mancinelli, the only captain on this season’s squad, is the lone returning starter. She’ll be relied on to run the team’s offense from the point guard position.

“She’s mature and she’s respected by her teammates,” DeBaggis said of Mancinelli, a senior. “She’s a consistent hard worker. She sets the tone with everything. She’s small in stature but she has a really big personality. She’s extremely respected because she does everything right.”

Other key returners for Fenwick include juniors Jennie Meagher (center) and Fredi DeGuglielmo (guard) and sophomore Jaxson Nadeau (guard).

“Those three played a bulk of the minutes in last season’s tournament run,” DeBaggis said.

Also returning are seniors Samantha Gulla and Camille Tache and sophomore Sammi Gallant.

The strengths of this season’s team will be aggressiveness on defense and quickness on offense.

“We’re very good defensively,” DeBaggis said. “We have a lot of speed and quickness. I think we have a lot of good shooters, which helps. If we can shoot fairly consistently, we’ll be good because I think we’ll be strong against teams defensively.”

DeBaggis noted that he likes what he’s seen from his team thus far as Fenwick prepares for the new season. The Crusaders played a handful of scrimmages over the weekend and gave their coach a reason to feel optimistic about the 2016-2017 campaign.

“We had a couple scrimmages over the past weekend and we played well,” DeBaggis said. “The girls remember a lot from last season, like the plays and our defense. The transition has been smooth so far with the girls coming up from junior varsity and girls that didn’t play as much last season. We still need to do a few things better defensively but overall I’m happy with how we are looking.”

Although the glass seems to be half-full for a young Fenwick team, the main concern is still getting over last year’s run. The Crusaders will use a day-by-day approach as opposed to thinking about a potential repeat.

“One of our philosophies is that little things make big things happen,” DeBaggis said. “I don’t think that focusing on big things helps. It’s about the little things for improvement.”

Fenwick opens the new season on Dec. 14 when the Crusaders host Medford.

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School Roundup: DeOliveira’s goal powers Spartans to win

Thiago DeOliveira’s (left, #8) goal in the 79th minute led the Spartans to a 2-1 victory on Thursday night. 


Thiago DeOliveira scored in the 79th minute to boost the St. Mary’s boys soccer team past Greater Lowell, 2-1, on a rain-soaked Senior Night at Manning Field.

Nolan Perez also scored for the Spartans on an assist from Matt Connolly. Nicholas Pappas earned his first win in net for the Spartans.

St. Mary’s celebrated Senior Night and honored the team’s seniors, Jonah Lezama, Christian Couillard, Grady Oppelt and Roberto Procopio.

St. Mary’s is back in action on Saturday when the team visits Pentucket.

“A lot of teams in our league are done,” St. Mary’s coach Mike D’Agostino said. “We’re trying to keep the momentum going. We have a few guys who are hurt so we’ll get some of the other players going but we’ll build off of each win to get stronger and stronger.”


North Reading 1, Fenwick 0

The Crusaders (6-7-3) suffered a loss at home in a tight game. Despite getting off 10 shots, Fenwick couldn’t find the back of the net.

“I thought our team played great,” said Fenwick coach Karen Guillemette. “North Reading’s goalkeeper (Catarina Hassapin) was phenomenal. We had a lot of chances down the stretch. We couldn’t buy a goal. She made a couple of nice saves.”

Emily Smith, Ally Charette and Mary Gerdenich played well for Fenwick in the loss.

The Crusaders now need at least one win and one tie in their final two games to make the state tournament.


Marblehead 3, Saugus 0

The Magicians swept the Sachems in straight sets. Eve Rice had nine kills for Marblehead and Emma Bushman added another seven.

Reilly O’Grady and Izzy Castineyra had 14 assists each for the Magicians. Clara Pollard served 14 aces and 13 straight service points in the first game.

Danvers 3, Classical 0

The Rams fell in straight sets, 25-22, 25-10 and 25-12. Jenna Tobin led Classical with eight service points, while Pamela Dias added seven service points. Shanelle Barry had four kills and a block, and Soneta Srey and Skylar Crayton had three kills each. Maggie McHale added three assists, two kills and one block. Srey added nine digs, while Emma DeJoie came up with seven digs and Lizzie Troisi added six digs.

Classical (9-9) will wrap up the regular season Friday in the Lynn City Tournament. St. Mary’s plays Tech in the opening game at 4 p.m., and Classical takes on English at 5:15 p.m.

Peabody 3, Beverly 0

Peabody (14-4) took its match in straight sets, 25-10, 25-19, 25-19. Hannah Kemp led the way for the Tanners, notching 12 assists to go along with three aces. Melissa Gray had a nice night on the offensive end, notching eight kills, while Lexie Zammer contributed five kills. On the defensive side, Alyssa Alperen had a big game with 14 digs.

The Tanners will travel to Revere for a matchup with the Patriots on Monday afternoon.


Bishop Fenwick 4, Bedford 2

The Crusaders closed out their 2016 season on a high note with a solid win on the road Thursday. Francesca Carpinella was the star of the night for Fenwick (8-9-1), scoring the first two varsity goals of her career. Maggie O’Connor and Fredi DeGuglielmo each scored one goal.


CCL Meet

Bishop Fenwick – 3rd place (62 points)

Despite having two runners finish in the top three, the Crusaders couldn’t get the top spot in the Catholic Central League meet on Thursday afternoon. Shawn Carlson was the top finisher, finishing in second place with a time of 17:31. Aiden Hill was the other top-three finisher for Fenwick, placing third with a time of 17:54. Jack Keenan finished in 12th place (18:34), Zach Mizioch finished in 16th place (18:52) and Derek Dellisola finished in 29th (20:14).


CCL Meet

Bishop Fenwick – 3rd place (67 points)

The Fenwick girls came close, but placed third overall as a team in the CCL league meet. Olivia Juneau finished in fourth place overall to lead the team, running a time of 21:07. Ava Mahoney finished in seventh place (21:34), Kate DelTorchio finished in eighth place (21:40), Katie Loehle finished in 21st place (23:06) and Grace Kubat finished in 27th place (23:36).


By Harold Rivera

The Swampscott golf team got wins from top to bottom to close out the regular season, topping Saugus, 54-18.

Andrew Dove won at the No. 1 spot, 5 1/2-3 1/2, Jake Goldman took his match, 8 1/2-1/2 at No. 2, Adam Dishman won 6 1/2-2 1/2 at No. 3, Mike Johnson won 7 1/2-1 1/2 at No. 4, Ryan Graciale took his match 5 1/2-3 1/2 at No. 5, David Peterson won 7 1/2-1 1/2 at No. 6, Max Pegnato won 6-3 at No. 7 and Owen Madigan-Fried finished off the day with a 7-2 win at No. 8.

“The season went very well,” coach Jason Knowles said. “I’m very pleased with how we played and improved throughout the season, and I think we’re ready for the tournament.”

Peabody 48 , Revere 24

Ethan LeBlanc, Connor Corrigan, Chris Gillen, Connor McCarron, Scott Chaplain, Ryan Fera and Andrew Hamel all won their individual matches for the Tanners in their season finale.

“They played well,” Peabody coach Peter Cronan said. “It was a cold, windy day and they played very well.”

Cronan shared his thoughts on Peabody’s season.

“It was a tough season,” Cronan said. “They’re great kids. We just had a difficult time when we got around the green. Next year, hopefully it will be different.” Cronan added, “We worked hard and gave the effort every day.”

Peabody started the season at 1-7 but turned things around in the latter stretch to finish at 5-10. “We did get better,” Cronan said. “I saw definite improvement in the short game. It just came four weeks too late. We’ll work on it for next year.”


Beverly 4, Classical 0

The Rams (4-9-1) received strong performances from Devyn Astuccio, Rachel Jordan, Izzy McGaughey and Sydney Spiess.

“They all played very good defense throughout the game,” said Tom Sawyer, who has stepped in as the team’s head coach for the remainder of the season.

Goalkeeper Maddie Dana “made a few outstanding saves that looked like they were sure goals before she saved them,” Sawyer said.

Sawyer credited the Rams for a positive effort against a skilled opponent in Beverly.

“Stepping in for my first game I didn’t know what to expect,” Sawyer said. “I was proud of the way we competed today. They never let down and they never gave less than 100 percent.”

Classical will look to bounce back into the win column on Saturday when the Rams host another talented team in the Danvers Falcons.

“We need to give a great effort and compete for all 80 minutes,” Sawyer said. “We know Danvers is a very talented team. I’m looking for them to compete and bring the effort that’s necessary.”

Swampscott 2, Saugus 0

Michela Agresti led the way with a goal and an assist, while Jaymie Caponigro added a score of her own for the Big Blue (11-1-1).

“I thought we played well,” Swampscott coach Ken Leeder said. “Saugus is a really good team. They’ve really improved since the season began.”

Nikki Rosa earned the shutout in net with four saves.

“She played strong,” Leeder said. “She’s played great all year. This was her eighth shutout this season.”

Swampscott is back in action on Saturday with a road game at Wakefield at 4:00 p.m.

Peabody 7, English 0

On senior night, the Tanners (12-1-1) had six different girls contribute points to the win. Brianna Gaynor and Emily Nelson led the team with three points each, Chloe Gizzi and Kirsten Bradley had two,and Molly Tansey and Katherine Scacchi each added one. Amy Drover, Jillian Amirault, Alyssa Shashaty, Katie Wallace and Rebecca Sabino also played well for Peabody.

Danvers 8, Revere 0

It’s only fitting that on senior night, all five of the seniors on the Danvers roster were able to score a goal. “We were trying,” Danvers coach Jim Hinchion said.

“They were trying to set up their senior teammates and it was nice that they were able to do it. I was pretty happy for them.” The five senior goal scorers were Jess Boutchie, Kelly Connors, Teagan Gillis, Morgan Mscisz and Nicole White. Danvers (11-3) will clash against Classical at Manning Field on Saturday.


Lynnfield 3, Peabody 0

In a battle between two powerhouse teams, Lynnfield prevailed over Peabody in straight sets, 25-21, 25-13, 25-13.

“It was more competitive than the scores lead on,” Peabody coach Lisa Keene said. “I think we played well and I think we learned a lot of things that we need to work on. It’s going to get us ready for the tournament and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”

Alyssa Alperen (16 digs), Melissa Gray (six kills) and Hannah Kemp (16 assists) were the top performers for Peabody. With the loss, Peabody’s streak of 11 consecutive wins comes to an end.

“We never focused on the winning streak,” Keene said. “It was always a win to win (approach.) We were always looking forward to facing those good teams. Now we’re focused on Danvers.”

The Tanners are back in action when they host Danvers on Tuesday evening.

Hamilton-Wenham 3, Marblehead 1

The Magicians fell in three sets, 25-17, 16-25, 21-25, and 17-25. Clara Pollard had six aces and five kills, and Jenny Norcross added 12 kills.

Arlington Catholic 3, Bishop Fenwick 0

Senior captains Sam Mancinelli (20 assists), Molly Camelo (11 kills) and Julia Fusco (16 digs) played well for the Crusaders in the loss. Fenwick will have another challenge Friday, as it takes on Northeastern Conference powerhouse Danvers.


Fenwick 7, Arlington Catholic 0

Caitlin Dwyer and Lauren Hallice scored their first varsity goals in the win.

“They’re definitely excited,” Fenwick coach Marybeth Mahoney said of Dwyer and Hallice. “They’re both defenders but they have strong hits, so I put them on corner plays and they capitalized.”

Lauren Fortini and Stefanie Libby each scored two goals for Fenwick (6-9-1), while Fredi Deguglielmo contributed with a goal of her own.

“Overall it was a great team win,” Mahoney said. “The girls played really well together.” Fenwick is back in action on Monday at home against Medfield.


By Mike Alongi and Katie Morrison 

The Peabody girls soccer team stayed hot Tuesday, winning a big Northeastern Conference matchup with Marblehead, 3-1.

Peabody (11-1-1, 10-0-1 NEC)  went into the half with a 2-0 lead and added to it with a goal in the 42nd minute. Marblehead scored seven minutes later, but couldn’t get more than that.

Emily Nelson scored a goal and logged an assist, Jillian Arigo and Chloe Gizzi each scored a goal, and Katherine Scacchi notched an assist. Scacchi, Gizzi, Alyssa Shashaty and Ali Demeo also played well on defense. Goalie Rebecca Sabino logged four saves for the Tanners.

Swampscott 1, Danvers 0

The Big Blue rebounded from their first loss with a big victory at Danvers. Haley Bernhardt provided all the offense Swampscott would need midway through the first half off an assist from Sydney Clark.

Coach Ken Leeder said that Michela Agresti played very well, and Nikki Rosa was solid, making seven saves.

“Danvers is very good but we put a lot of pressure on them, especially in the second half,” Leeder said. “We also did a good job defensively, staying organized.”

Northeast Tech 1, Lynn Tech 0

The Tigers dropped to 2-8-2 with the loss, but got great performances from Astrid Alvarado, Melanie Barrios and Priscilla Imul. Tech will host Notre Dame Academy on Thursday afternoon at Manning Field.

Winthrop 3, Lynn English 2

The Bulldogs lost a 2-0 lead at home on Tuesday afternoon. English (1-9-3) got goals from senior captains Taylor Sullivan and Emma Trahant.

English will travel to Peabody to play the Tanners in a Northeastern Conference matchup on Thursday evening.

Salem 3, Lynn Classical 2

The Rams (4-8-1) got goals from Julia Jordan and Amanda Wilkins, with Wilkins scoring her first career varsity goal. Goalkeeper Carly Mendonca had a huge game in the loss, recording 20 saves.

Classical will take on Beverly at home this afternoon.

Beverly 2, Saugus 0

Sachems goalie Alana Aldred played a great game in net, coming up with 12 saves against a tough Beverly team. Defensively, coach Chris Coviello was happy with the play of Marisa McClellan, Olivia Taplia-Gately, Aryana Carney, Alivia Burke and Allison LeBlanc.

The Sachems (7-5) will have a tough test against Swampscott on Thursday.


Classical 3, Salem 0

The Rams improved to 5-7-1 after a shutout win at home. Josh Blas had a big day with a goal and an assist, while Pa Sowe and Tyler Way tallied one goal each. Nathaniel Mace-Rateau played a great game on the defensive end for Classical.

The Rams will travel to Beverly to take on the Panthers on Thursday afternoon.

English 2, Winthrop 0

The Bulldogs got goals from Ble Ley and Abedom Gebreyesus in the win. Defensively, Wilgens Volny and Jose Perez played well, and Billy Allen and Angel Castillo split the shutout in net. Willy Gomez also played well on defense.

Beverly 5, Saugus 1

Matt LeBlanc scored the lone goal for the Sachems (0-13) at Anna Parker Playground in Saugus.

Peabody 2, Marblehead 1

It was Nicolo Klinger who notched the game-winner for the Tanners (6-6-1) in the second half. Jake Martins also scored a goal.

Peabody will take on Malden at home on Friday afternoon.

St. John’s Prep 5, Andover 0

Lynn’s Bryan Nju-Ghong scored twice and Andrew Dembowski and Steven Yakita also added goals for the Eagles. Goalie Jack Sorenson made five saves in the win.


Fenwick 2, Bedford 1

The Crusaders got goals from Fredi DeGuglielmo and Stefanie Libby as they improved to 5-9-1. Kerry Kircher played well at midfield and Caitlin Dwyer was strong defensively for Fenwick.


Fenwick 3, Williams 0

Fenwick won in straight sets, 25-12, 25-6 and 25-19. Senior captain Sam Mancinelli had a big game with 25 assists and 10 digs for the Crusaders. Steph Bona, Jennie Meagher, Molly Camelo and Joie Dillon combined for 28 kills in the victory. The Crusaders (14-2) take on Arlington Catholic Thursday.


Salem 52, Lynn English 20

The Witches closed out their 2016 regular season with a convincing win over the Bulldogs at Olde Salem Greens. Tom Harrington, Wes Schaejbe, Cam Twomey, Ryan Farley, Tim Farley, Clayton Duffin and Troy Zipper all notched wins for Salem.

Gloucester 39 1/2, Classical 32 1/2

The Rams went to Gloucester looking for a win to get into the tournament, but dropped a close match to wrap up its season.

“We played hard all year,” Rams coach Jack Morrison said. “I’m a little disappointed we came up here and lost such a close match, but they did all I could expect of them.”

Travis Ryan tied at the top spot Brendan Lannon also tied. Jake Hickenbottom and Mike Tarasuik won their matches.

Fenwick advances to Division 3 state title game

Fenwick’s Colleen Corcoran throws up a put-back shot after a rebound during the Crusaders win over Archbishop Williams Tuesday afternoon.


BOSTON — The Bishop Fenwick girls’ basketball team overcame another slow start to defeat the Archbishop Williams Bishops, 56-43, in the MIAA Division 3 state semifinals at the TD Garden on Tuesday afternoon.

With the win, the Crusaders (22-4) move on to face Hoosac Valley in the Division 3 state championship game in Springfield on Saturday.

“We expected a great game, and that’s what we got,” said Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis. “That’s the way the game should’ve gone, because we are very equally talented teams. I was worried at first that we’d be overwhelmed by everything, but I don’t think we were.”

Colleen Corcoran had a huge game for Fenwick, notching 15 points and 14 rebounds. But as DeBaggis notes, the senior forward does so much more than that.

“She’s irreplaceable,” DeBaggis said of Corcoran. “She does things that I don’t see anybody else do. I think she leads our team in everything but points, and she’s our second-leading scorer. She’s got the biggest heart in the world too, she’s our emotional leader.”

Junior guard Sam Mancinelli finished with 15 points and six rebounds, while senior Sydney Brennan finished with nine points and sophomore guard Fredi DeGuglielmo had seven points.

It was a slow start for Fenwick in the first quarter, as the Crusaders fell behind, 10-2, in the first four minutes. They had trouble with the press defense of Williams during that stretch, but they were able to regain some composure and go on a 10-6 run to end the quarter.

Fenwick came out stronger in the second quarter on both ends of the floor. Mancinelli hit two free throws with about four and a half minutes left to give the Crusaders their first lead of the game, 17-16. It appeared as if they had stolen the momentum, but Williams was able to take the lead back with 30 seconds remaining in the half.

At halftime, the Bishops led Fenwick, 21-20.

Despite losing the lead, Fenwick continued its momentum into the second half. After battling back and forth for the whole quarter, Corcoran hit a three-pointer with 1:55 left to take back the lead, 31-30. The Crusaders held onto the lead, 35-31, going into the fourth quarter.

Corcoran and DeGuglielmo each hit big shots to open the fourth quarter and help stretch the Fenwick lead to nine points. However, the Bishops followed with an 8-0 run of their own to make it a one-point game, 40-39, with four minutes left to play.

But the Crusaders didn’t get rattled. Instead, they went on another 7-0 run to stretch out the lead and force Williams to foul. Mancinelli, Corcoran and Brennan combined to go 7-of-8 from the free throw line to seal the win for Fenwick.

With the Crusaders heading to their first-ever state title game, DeBaggis anticipates a little bit of nerves.

“I’m sure we’ll probably be a little nervous,” said DeBaggis. “But I think the more you do this, the less nervous you get. And this team is so dedicated, they’ll be ready to go.”

Mike Alongi can be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @m_alongi.

Fenwick girls capture D3 North crown

Fenwick’s 5’10” Colleen Corcoran and No. Reading’s 6’5″ Jessica Lezon converge on the ball.



HAVERHILL — In front of a packed house at Whittier Tech High, the Bishop Fenwick girls’ basketball team punched its ticket to the TD Garden after defeating No. 1 North Reading, 65-47, in the MIAA Division 3 North championship game Saturday night. It is the Crusaders’ first sectional title since 1991.

“I think we started off slow because we were nervous,” said Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis. “I even felt more nervous than usual. But the girls just played great after that. This team has played with great determination all year, and it really showed tonight.”

Senior forward Colleen Corcoran led the way for Fenwick, recording a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Senior guard Sydney Brennan had 13 points and three rebounds, while sophomore guard Fredi DeGuglielmo finished with 10 points. Senior forward Melissa MacKenzie had a big game with 10 points and six rebounds off the bench.

“We have a great team offense,” said DeBaggis. “One person plays well one night, and we’ll probably have someone new step up on Tuesday (against Catholic Central League rival Archbishop Williams in the state semifinal at 2:15). That’s a great team to me, being able to pick each other up and take a share of the weight.”

Early in the game, Fenwick had some trouble getting into an offensive rhythm and also had trouble dealing with North Reading center Jessica Lezon. The 6’5 senior had seven blocks in the game in addition to 15 points and 16 rebounds.

But the Crusaders quickly adjusted and began to deny the inside pass.

“We’ve done that well all year,” said DeBaggis. “We have a lot of depth, so we just get in people’s faces. We’ve got a lot of girls who play really good defense. We just didn’t want to allow lob passes inside, and we did a good job limiting that.”

After the first quarter, North Reading led 9-7, but Fenwick quickly took the lead early in the second. Once they took the lead, the Crusaders poured it on with a 15-5 run to close the half to give them a 30-19 lead at the break.

Fenwick increased its lead in the second half by as many as 22 points early in the fourth quarter.

At that point, all Fenwick (21-4) had to do was run out the clock and wait for the celebration.

“I’m pumped,” said DeBaggis about Tuesday’s game. “It’s going to be fun. We love big games, and obviously these girls going to play at the Garden and me getting to coach at the Garden will be a dream come true.”

Mike Alongi can be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @m_alongi

Local teams get ready for finals

Bishop Fenwick’s Sydney Brennan is coming off a 15-point performance in the Crusaders’ semifinal win over St. Mary’s.


The Bishop Fenwick girls basketball team is riding a ton of momentum into the Division 3 North final. The Crusaders are making their second straight appearance in the final, falling to a powerful Winthrop team in last year’s North final.

They’ll take on top-seeded North Reading (23-2) Saturday at 7 p.m. at Whittier Tech. North Reading may not play in the same league as the Crusaders, but a rivalry is brewing.

To add fuel to the fire going into Saturday’s contest, North Reading knocked the Fenwick soccer team out of the tournament in the D3 North final this past fall with a 2-1 win. Many Fenwick basketball players, including Colleen Corcoran and Mikayla Porcaro, still feel the sting of the losses as members of both the soccer and basketball squads.

The No. 2-seeded Crusaders (20-4) received a first-round bye in the sectional tournament before a 69-32 thumping of seventh-seeded Amesbury in the quarterfinals. Fenwick then defeated rival and No. 3-seed St. Mary’s, 56-40, in the semifinals, completing a three-game season sweep of the Spartans. Senior Sydney Brennan and sophomore Fredi Deguglielmo are both coming off 15-point performances against St. Mary’s.

The top-seeded Hornets defeated No. 8-seed Manchester-Essex, 67-56, in the quarterfinals, before a 69-36 dismantling of No. 4-seed Latin Academy in the semifinals.

The No. 4-seeded Revere girls basketball team will take on No. 2-seed Woburn (21-2) in the D1 North finals Saturday at 3 p.m. at Whittier Tech.

The Patriots (20-5) thumped No. 13-seed Arlington in the first round before defeating fifth-seed Lexington by double-digits in the quarterfinals, as well. Revere added a 60-51 win over top-seeded Lowell in the semifinals to bolster its playoff resume heading into the finals.

Revere sophomore guard Pamela Gonzalez a double-double performance against Lowell in which she scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Junior forward Meaghan Gotham also recorded a double-double performance in the semifinals against Lowell, tallying 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Patriots have also been getting stellar play from guards Ally Hinojosa, Adanna Hector and Maritza Scott.

Woburn defeated No. 15-seed Central Catholic, 56-48, in the first round before a 56-29 whooping of seventh-seeded Chelmsford in the quarterfinals. Woburn then defeated No. 3-seed Billerica, 47-27, in the semifinals.

The No. 2-seed Lynnfield boys basketball team faces fifth-seeded Bedford in the D3 North finals Saturday at 3 p.m. at Woburn.

The Pioneers (19-4) received a first-round bye before defeating No. 10-seed Newburyport, 68-57, in the quarterfinals. Lynnfield then thumped No. 11-seed Saugus in the semifinals, 53-29, to advance to the title game.

Against Saugus, the Pioneers held the Sachems to just 10 points in the second half.

Bedford (16-7) took care of No. 12-seed Northeast Regional in the first round with a 75-50 win, before earning a 55-48 victory over No. 13-seed Arlington Catholic in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Bedford upset top-seeded North Reading, 67-62.


Salem upended by Lowell

Senior point guard Alex Sanchez led Salem with 18 points in the Witches’ loss to Lowell Wednesday night.


In a high scoring contest, the Lowell Red Raiders were able to pull out a victory over the Salem Witches, 75-69, at home on Wednesday afternoon. With the loss the Witches move to (18-2) on the season.

Alex Sanchez scored 18 points with six rebounds and six assists for Salem. Joel Nunez scored 17 points, Kelven Perpetuo added 15 points, and Jhonel Roberts scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

“It was a back and forth game and we were tied at halftime, but Lowell had the lead most of the second half,” said Salem Coach Tom Doyle.


Medway 45, Peabody 41

The Peabody Tanners fell to Medway in a close game Wednesday night..

Junior Estrella was the leading scorer for the Tanners (9-9), scoring 19 points and grabbing an impressive 25 rebounds on the night. Jake Doherty and John Lawrence played solid all around games, according to Peabody coach Thad Broughton.


St. Mary’s 8, Acton-Boxboro 1

The St. Mary’s boys came out firing, with seven different players scoring goals for them in a dominant victory.

The Spartans (17-3) were led by goalie Andrew LoRusso, who had 15 saves on the night.

Mike Zampanti scored two goals and had one assist, while six of his teammates also scored.

“It was a great team win,” said coach Mark Lee.

St. Mary’s is set to play in the Springfield Tournament Championship game against Pope Francis.

Salem 2, Somerville 1

With 25 seconds left in the game, the Witches scored a goal to sneak past Somerville.

Chris Masta scored the first goal for Salem, and Ishmael Telemaco scored the game winner.

Peabody 5, Concord-Carlisle 0

With a shutout victory over Concord-Carlisle, the Tanners (12-4-4) closed out their regular season.

Owen Brewster scored two goals, bringing his season total to 22, and added an assist on Wednesday night. Nick Merryman, Chris Gillen, and Chris Goggin (who scored his first varsity goal) each found the back of the net in the victory. Ethan LeBlanc had a solid night, spreading the puck on three of the five goals scored for Peabody.

“We had a great season overall being 12-4-4, and finishing second in the league behind Marblehead,” said Peabody coach Mark Leonard.

The Tanners get a two week break before the start of the Division 2 North Tournament.

Haverhill 3, Danvers 0

The Falcons dropped their first game of the Newburyport Bank Ice Hockey Classic to Haverhill at Henry Graf Skating Rink.

St. John’s 2, Braintree 2

St. John’s Prep got off to a fast start with the first of two goals scored by Dan Hennessey before the second minute of play, but Braintree responded with a goal of their own towards the end of the first period. Prep had the shots on goal advantage, but Braintree goalie David McDonough wasn’t fazed, saving 13 shots in the third period alone.

Lynnfield 3, Saugus 2

The Pioneers (9-7-3) punched their ticket to the postseason in dramatic fashion on senior night. Senior forward Derek Crampe netted the game-winning goal with under 10 seconds remaining in regulation. Despite the loss, Sachems’ sophomore goalie Nick Sanderson recorded 47 saves.


Quincy 1, Peabody 0

The Tanners suffered a close home loss to Quincy at McVann-O’Keefe Memorial Rink.


Bishop Fenwick 66, Danvers 36

The Crusaders improved to 17-3 on the season with a win at Danvers. Senior Sydney Brennan led Fenwick with 20 points, including six 3-pointers. Sophomore Fredi Deguglielmo and junior Sam Mancinelli each added 12 points for the Crusaders, as well.

School Roundup: St. Mary’s girls’ hockey beats Arlington

St. Mary’s Sarah Ryan registered two assists in the Spartans’ win over Arlington Tuesday.


The St. Mary’s Spartans girls’ hockey team got back to .500 with a 3-1 win over Arlington at the Hingham showcase on Tuesday afternoon. Senior Katie Terban notched a goal and an assist, while junior Adara Nazarian and sophomore Natalie Mellen each scored one goal. Junior Sarah Ryan had two assists, while seniors Vanessa VanBuskirk and Maggie Flaherty each had one assist for the Spartans (8-8-3).

Junior goalie Emily Stephenson had 25 saves in the win.

“We’ve been off for 10 or 11 days, so it took us a while to get going,” said St. Mary’s coach Frank Pagliuca. “But once we were able to get our feet underneath us, we were really able to make some things happen out there.”


Bishop Fenwick 58, Concord-Carlisle 23

The Crusaders grabbed a big win in the semifinals of the Ed Gerais Memorial Tournament at Danvers High on Tuesday. With the win, Fenwick moves on to face Danvers in the championship game on Wednesday.

Fredi DeGuglielmo was Fenwick’s leading scorer with 16 points and four steals. Sydney Brennan had 12 points and five steals, Colleen Corcoran had seven points and nine rebounds and Jaxson Nadeau had six points and five steals.

Marblehead 60, Pope John 53

The Magicians improved to 12-5 on the season with a win over Pope John. Junior forward Abby Settlemeyer led Marblehead with 21 points and 15 rebounds, while junior forward Lindsay Walker added 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Magicians.

Danvers 55, Reading 45

The Falcons notched a solid home win over Reading in the Ed Gieras Memorial Tournament, and will face Bishop Fenwick tonight in the championship game.

Hamilton-Wenham 51, Beverly 47

Despite holding a 37-32 lead to begin the fourth quarter, the Panthers fell to Hamilton-Wenham in the final round of the Patton Tournament.


Salem 70, Swampscott 45

The Witches improved to 18-1 on the season with a win on the road against Swampscott. Ricky Arias was the high scorer for Salem with 14 points and six rebounds. Joel Nunez chipped in 11 points, while Jhonel Roberts had 10 points and six rebounds.

“It was a good win tonight, we were able to jump out early and sustain the momentum,” said Salem coach Tom Doyle. “We also had 11 guys score for us tonight, so we had a really well-balanced attack on offense tonight.”

For Swampscott, Nick Scibelli and Jack Porter each recorded 12 points and seven rebounds. The Big Blue finish up the season at 1-19.

Lynn Tech 70, Whittier 52

The Tigers (4-15) cruised to a double-digit victory Tuesday night over Whittier, fueled by senior guard Michael Anaya’s 28 points. Senior guard Arlin Reynoso added 10 points and five assists for Tech, while teammate Justin Lewis registered a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Hamilton-Wenham 62, Marblehead 55

Senior Ted Bostley led the Magicians (6-11) with 14 points, while junior guard Patrick Bugler added 13 points for Marblehead.


Beverly 2, Lexington 2

After trailing, 2-0, in the first period, the Panthers (14-5-1) evened the score during the second period before both teams went scoreless throughout the third.

Winchester 11, Marblehead 0

The Magicians dropped their first game of the Newburyport Bank Ice Hockey Classic at Henry Graf Skating Park in Newburyport. Marblehead goalie Sarah Ryan faced 33 shots.

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Fenwick defense stifles Spartans

St. Mary’s Katie Dixon, left, tries to block Bishop Fenwick’s Melissa Mackenzie on Friday night.


LYNN – The rivalry between the St. Mary’s and Bishop Fenwick girls’ basketball teams is burning hot right now. With both teams battling for the top spot in the Catholic Central League Large, each and every game against each other is bound to be an exciting one.

On Friday night, the Crusaders (15-3) marched into the Tony Conigliaro Gym at St. Mary’s, during the Spartans’ FanFest no less, and dominated, leaving with a 45-27 win over the Spartans.

“It’s huge because we won the first one (against St. Mary’s this season), but it was on our own court and they were missing some people so I was a little more nervous about this one,” said Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis. “We talk about coming out strong, because this is my fifth year coaching this team and every year (the Spartans) come out strong and we’re down, like, 12-0, right away. But we came out and turned it around and it was us in that position.”

The first quarter set the tone for the rest of the game. The Crusaders’ defense was all over the Spartans (16-3), forcing them to make mistakes. Maybe it was the overbearing pressure of the Fenwick defense, or maybe it was a case of being overly revved up for the game – whatever it was, the Spartans were thrown completely off their game in the first quarter, and couldn’t put any points on the board.

Fenwick, on the other hand, had everything working for it.

Colleen Corcoran and Mikayla Porcaro each scored five points in the quarter, with Ellen Fantozzi and Fredi DeGuglielmo adding two apiece to give the Crusaders a 14-0 lead after one.

“It’s totally different, for them, it’s probably hard for (St. Mary’s) to come back from that,” DeBaggis said. “You have to play different, and we were able to play more aggressive on defense when we had that lead.”

The Spartans finally got on the board two minutes into the second when Marnelle Garraud sunk a layup. Garraud scored seven of her 14 points in the second quarter, adding another seven in the fourth. Olivia Nazaire chipped in with four, but it wouldn’t be enough to close the gap and the Spartans went into the half, down 26-11.

The Spartans started clicking a little more in the second half, but unfortunately for the Spartans, the Crusaders wouldn’t let up. St. Mary’s never got close enough to get back into the game.

“You have to give all the credit to Bishop Fenwick. We’ve played them twice and really weren’t in either game,” said Spartans’ coach Jeff Newhall. “They know how to win. They’re certainly playing at a high level and playing like a team that looks like they’re on a little bit of a warpath right now with a refuse-to-lose attitude. I don’t know what happened in the first quarter. We were out of sync, obviously on offense we were horrific. I don’t know if we were a little too amped up for the game, but we did some things that we don’t characteristically do.”

There was a silver lining for the Spartans, however. The walking wounded finally got one of their leaders back, with Temi Falayi returning to the court after breaking her foot during the Spartans’ game on Dec. 21. Falayi chipped in with two points and four rebounds.

“I thought she gave us a good contribution, it was good to have her back out there,” said Newhall. “Get her in shape, get her timing and it’s great to have a player like that back on the floor for us. Hopefully as we go forward, we can get her out there a little bit more.”

For Fenwick, Corcoran led the charge with a double-double, scoring 20 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.

“She’s just incredible. She’s willing to do everything,” said DeBaggis of Corcoran, a senior captain. “Take the ball to the hoop, rebound, she probably drew three or four charges tonight which brings her up to around 20 on the season. She does everything, it’s insane. She’s so unselfish, but at the same time, knows when she has to score.”

Samantha Mancinelli scored nine for the Crusaders and grabbed nine board. Sydney Brennan also had a strong all-around game with six points and three rebounds.

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English girls edge Peabody

Ely Guity scored 18 points in a close win over Peabody.


The Lynn English girls’ basketball team grabbed their third win this week with a 66-59 win over Peabody on Friday.

English’s Ely Guity finished with 18 points and eight assists and Mashayla Johnson ended with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Bulldogs (5-9) coach Rachael Bradley liked the way her team played.

“We were losing 16-5 in the first quarter but came back to grab the lead before halftime which gave us momentum,” said Bradley. “In the third, we had eight three’s including two from sophomore guard Adrianna Chhor.”

For Peabody, Melissa Gray contributed 20 points and Christa Baker added 15 points.

St. Mary’s 52, Austin Prep 37

After a dramatic win on Thursday night, St. Mary’s kept on rolling with a win over Austin Prep. Guard Marnelle Garraud scored 32 points after scoring 38 points the night before.

“Coming off an emotional win in double overtime last night, we had just enough in the tank,” said St. Mary’s coach Jeff Newhall.

Chelsea 54, Lynn Tech 32

The Lynn Tech Tigers played a hard fought game according to coach Kaitlyn Wechsler, but came up short against a good Chelsea team.

The Tigers (2-11) got a strong performance from their senior captain Lila Nieves, who scored eight points. Nieves worked hard on offense and even moreso on defense, said Wechsler.

Jesmary Valerio added seven points for Tech.

Revere 39, Danvers 19

Patriots’ guard Pamela Gonzalez had 12 points on the night with 10 rebounds. Revere (13-1) coach Diana DeCristoforo said “my girls are playing hard, but it is only going to get harder from here on out.”

Fenwick 67, Williams 45

Captain Colleen Corcoran had a line of 22 points, 14 rebounds, and two steals for Fenwick. Sophomore Fredi DeGuglielmo added 23 points with four rebounds, and senior captain Sydney Brennan had six points, eight rebounds and four assists. Archbishop Williams was previously unbeaten in the Catholic Central League.

English holds on for win over Winthrop

English’s Ely Guity drives to the hoop.


The Lynn English girls’ basketball team (4-9) maintained its composure all through the game, responding to surges and lulls to pull out the win against Winthrop, 43-40.

A strong first half really set the tone for the Bulldogs. They were able to take from their success in the first two quarters and build upon it in the following half.

Ely Guity was the top performer for English, recording 19 points, six rebounds, and five steals. Mashayla Johnson scored nine points, while Regina Ngaleu had seven points, 15 rebounds, and four steals to mark a well-rounded effort.

Nina Bartlett led Winthrop with 28 points.

KIPP 52, Salem Academy 16

The Panthers improved to 9-4 on the season with a double-digit win over Salem Academy. Nayeli Germosen led KIPP with 23 points, which included shooting 100 percent from the line. Favour Ofuokwu added eight points and a team-high eight rebounds for the Panthers, while teammates Loida Rosario, Wrutoe Bonwin and Jassy Kim set the tone defensively.

Beverly 56, Saugus 33

The Sachems (7-8) fell to the Panthers after a fourth-quarter surge from Beverly.

Sachems’ Mikayla Niles recorded nine points on the night, while Allie Kotkowski added six points and had a strong defensive effort for Saugus.

Revere 72, Gloucester 33

The Patriots (12-1)  had great execution on both offense and defense, dominating the court. They focused on collecting rebounds, as well as giving up few second chances in order to keep Gloucester from racking up too many scoring opportunities.

Valentina Pepic had 20 points for Revere, while Pamela Gonzalez scored 16 points and Maritza Scott recorded 14 points.

Arlington Catholic 58, Fenwick 57

Colleen Corcoran led the Crusaders (9-3) with 23 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Teammate Sam Mancinelli added nine points, three assists and four rebounds for Fenwick, while teammate Fredi Deguglielmo chipped in nine points.

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