Powers does it all in Peabody’s win

Justin Powers tallied 13 strikeouts over six innings of work and hit a three-run home run in Peabody’s win. 


After a tough loss to Gloucester in the sectional tournament on Wednesday, the Peabody Little League all-stars were in need of a win against North Andover National on Thursday night. Starting pitcher Justin Powers didn’t let his Peabody teammates down.

Powers tossed six innings and fanned 13 North Andover batters en route to a 6-2 Peabody win at Reinfuss Field.

“Justin had good control on the mound today,” Peabody coach Justin Powers, the pitcher’s father, said. “He was in the 70’s for the pitch count, which is pretty good for a six-inning game. He kept North Andover off-speed. He kept his offspeed pitch in and spotted his fastball pretty well.”

Given the fact that North Andover was coming off a 21-run performance in a 21-20 win over Reading on Wednesday, quieting its bats wasn’t an easy task.

“These guys scored 21 runs in their last game and we hammered that home,” Powers said. “We knew we had to bring our A game to compete with them. Our group did a great job, these kids are tough as nails.”

After Powers struck out the side in the top of the first, Ryan Brunet put the all-stars on the board in the bottom half. Carson Browne doubled to lead the inning and stole third. After a popout to third, Brunet launched a two-run home run to give Peabody a 2-0 lead.

Both teams went down quickly in the second inning as Powers worked around a two-out walk and North Andover pitcher Andrew Lesoftsky bounced back to fan Peabody in order.

Powers kept North Andover off the board in the third, but not without a little help from Browne in centerfield. With a runner on first, Browne made a highlight-reel catch reminiscent of Jackie Bradley’s robbing of Aaron Judge on Sunday night.

“Brunet got us off to a jump with that big two-run home run,” Powers said, “and then we had an unbelievable catch in center by Browne. That was awesome.”

“I saw it (the catch) and said ‘Jackie Bradley’s got nothing on Carson Browne,’” Powers added.

Powers helped his cause in the bottom of the third. After Browne and Brunet singled, Powers blasted a three-run homerun to extend Peabody’s lead to 5-0.

“Justin’s home run was huge,” Powers said. “That gave us some breathing room.”

Andrew Perry led the fourth with a single for North Andover but a 1-6-3 double play erased the threat.

Peabody added one more in the bottom of the fourth when Eli Batista, who entered the game as a pinch-runner, raced home on a wild pitch. Batista’s run, which came with two outs, made it 6-0.

North Andover rallied for two runs in the fifth, but that was all the offense it could muster. Powers struck out the final six batters of the game to seal Peabody’s win, 6-2.

“Being able to go through the heart of North Andover’s order three times and shut them down, that’s huge,” Powers said. “That’s a credit to us.”

The Peabody all-stars now gear their attention to Friday night’s clash against Reading. A win gives Peabody its best chance to advance.

“Reading is another team that smashes the ball,” Powers said. “You never know what you’re going to see now. All these teams are good in the sectionals. There are no easy games. The Gloucester loss still stings a little but we’re a resilient bunch.”

First pitch for Friday night’s game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m at Reinfuss Field.

Peabody gears up for Section 4 Tournament

The Peabody all-stars celebrate a run in their 4-3 win over Peabody West. 


When the Peabody all-stars take the diamond at Wyoma Little League’s Reinfuss Field for Wednesday night’s Massachusetts Section 4 Little League tournament game against Gloucester, they’ll have a tough task on their hands in seeking a win. Gloucester carries a talented offense that’s more than capable of scoring runs, but the challenge of limiting those bats is one that Peabody’s looking forward to.

“Gloucester has a good hitting team,” Peabody coach Justin Powers said. “The good thing is that a lot of kids play AAU together and know each other from different leagues. You always have somewhat of an idea from different people. They’re a big team. It’s going to take a strong effort to take those guys down.”

Peabody clinched its spot in the Section 4 tournament with a 4-3 win over Peabody West in the District 16 final. Although Peabody matched up against a tough slate of opponents in District 16, the all-stars weren’t fazed by the task. Peabody finished the District 16 tournament undefeated.

Jumping out to early leads and dominating all facets of the game have been the two keys to Peabody’s success.

“We get off to pretty good starts and that gives us our confidence,” Powers said. “Overall, we’ve done a good job of throwing strikes and making plays behind our pitchers. We’ve played all three facets of the game pretty well.”

It also helps that playing against talented teams in District 16 has given Peabody a good idea of what it’ll face moving forward. The variety of pitchers and batters that Peabody matched up against has prepared the all-stars for all possibilities.

“The kids have seen a lot of different styles of pitchers and batters,” Powers said. “We’ve gone up against some tough lineups. Our team has seen a little bit of everything. They’ve been through a lot of different styles of games. Hopefully we’re ready for anything.”

Peabody will look to maintain a gameplan similar to the one that worked throughout the district round. Powers has preached the importance of jumping out to a quick lead, holding down the fort in the middle innings and finishing on a high note.

“We got through District 16 playing the same way every game,” Powers said. “We start fast, grind through the middle innings and finish strong. That’s what we preach.

“We’re tough to pitch to and we can run the bases,” Powers added. “Our defense has been great. Everything the other team hits ends up in our gloves. If we keep doing that, we’ll be okay.”

The one area Powers would like to see his team improve on is reducing the amount of runners it leaves on the bases.

“The one thing we need to work on is we need to stop stranding baserunners,” Powers said. “The left on base number is a little too high to get by against better teams.”

Powers also noted that he and his players have been appreciate of the support they’ve received from their fans. Peabody has drawn strong crowds in its games, a benefit that has served to fuel the players on the team.

“The last game we played against Peabody West, that was some atmosphere,” Powers said. “You looked out and you have the whole Peabody West crowd bouncing up and down when they tied the game. When we scored the game-winner it was the exact opposite, all our fans were going bananas. That fuels the kids. The whole Peabody Little League community has come out and supported us and the kids definitely appreciate it.”

First pitch for Wednesday’s game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Peabody then clashes against Andover National and Reading on Thursday and Friday night, respectively. All games are at Wyoma.

Rollover crash in Lynn

Police and firefighters examine the SUV that crashed on Linwood Street.


A 56-year-old Gloucester man was injured Monday afternoon after his SUV rolled over on Linwood Street.  Lynn firefighters and police responded to a rollover crash and the man, whose name wasn’t given,  was taken to Salem Hospital with unknown injuries, said District Chief of Fire Tim Collier.

“We were able to first stabilize the vehicle, extricate the individual with the jaws of life,” he said.

According to neighbors, the driver was headed north on Linwood Street, where he side-swiped approximately five cars, hit a fence, rolled over, and eventually landed on a small wall outside of 137 Linwood. The police said he struck three parked cars, a chain-link fence and a cement wall.

The mangled car was just feet away from hitting a telephone pole.

David Petruccelli, who lives where the crash occurred, said he watched the car flip and come to a stop right from his front windows.

He was one of the first people on the scene.

“The driver was shaken up, but responsive and asking for help,” he said.

His neighbor, Joseph Columbus of 135 Linwood, heard the crash from inside his house.

“It sounded like a big truck bouncing,” he said. When he and his mother, Jackie, walked outside, they saw the tan Ford Explorer flipped upside down.

Jackie Columbus said she saw three or four nips of alcohol on the ground next to the car.

Petruccelli also stated he smelled alcohol when he approached the car, but wasn’t sure if the driver had been drinking.

Firefighters collected trash and personal articles from the scene, including clothing which read Revere Fire.

Matt Demirs can be reached at


Cool dishes for hot summer days

Rice salad is delightful on a hot summer day.


Anything worth doing is worth overdoing, especially when it comes to food prep. In other words, when preparing items that can be used for a variety of dishes, cook extra and think about the other meals you might make with them during the week. This allows you to assemble meals more quickly, especially nice in the hot summer weather.

Rice definitely falls into this category. Marie Simmons, in her delightful book “The Amazing World of Rice,” writes “Rice comforts the body, calms the heart and lifts the spirit.”  When I make rice, I make a lot of it and for many good reasons: stir-fries, five-minute soups, rice pudding and my favorite – rice salad – are just a few of the endless meals it can contribute to.”

I was lucky enough several years ago to vacation in Sardinia with my Italian cousins, Patrizia and Alba. With the sightseeing, picnics at the beach, siesta after lunch, cocktails before dinner on the patio overlooking the sea, it was one of my most delicious vacations. We learned a lot from living together for a week. Talks about our relationships, our beauty routines, exercise routines and our kids always ended with food.  

At breakfast, we usually discussed what we would have for lunch and where to shop for it, and after the last espresso over a lingering lunch, we would consider what we would do for dinner. In between, we would share recipes and stories about … food! This seems to be the way in Italy.  

The tomatoes grown in Italy are the best in the world. San Marzano are my favorites. I recall when, as a child, my Nono asked his good friend going on a trip to Italy to please bring him home some seeds, so he could grow the foods he missed most. Two that were the most important to him were arugula and the tomatoes from San Marzano.

Thinking about this saddens me as I recall that Nono never returned to his homeland for a visit. But with 10 kids to care for it wasn’t in his budget.  

When I shop for canned tomatoes I look for the San Marzanos because they are the best. One strong memory from the Sardinia trip was a rice salad that my cousins make, especially in the summer.  Hollowed-out fresh tomatoes are filled with the salad made with capers, olives, red onion, celery and whatever else “excites you from the freech (refrigerator) or groceria,” as my cousins would say in their broken English.

Their cooking isn’t so much about recipes as it is about using what’s available. Leftover grilled fish or vegetables, fresh herbs, hard-boiled eggs, raisins plumped up with a little Marsala wine, toasted walnuts or pine-nuts can be sitting in the fridge and tossed into a rice salad. Canned Italian tuna packed in olive oil is a favorite. With a crusty bread and platter of thinly sliced prosciutto, local farmers cheese and a chilled white wine, rice salad makes a perfect lunch and is very nice for a picnic at the beach.

On another trip, this time at Patrizia’s little summer house in Sicily, I could not believe the fig trees bursting with perfectly ripe fruit surrounding the cottage. We picked baskets of luscious figs and ate them with prosciutto, a favorite, and I made fig crostata (an Italian pie), fig jam and just enjoyed them freshly picked with a spoonful of that delicious mascarpone cheese.

It would have been nice to fill a bag with figs to bring home, but fresh produce doesn’t pass muster at customs. But I vowed that the next time I returned to Sicily it would be with jars to preserve those delicious figs.  A few years later my wish was fulfilled and I returned home with several jars of fig jam. I outsmarted them!  

Figs, if you have a source for fresh ones, are one of those foods that preparing more of is better, as in jams or just frozen for a quick crostata.

When my Roman relatives came for a visit, they were thrilled to see Gloucester. They had heard the stories about our cousins, Jack and Vincenza, who had migrated from Italy around 1917. They had a shop on Main Street for many years, where Jack made shoes and Vincenza made clothes. Later, they would move the store to Belmont.  I still have the “going away” dress that Vincenza made for me for my first wedding. They loved going to my restaurant.  

Our New England lobster was a big hit with the relatives as we took them around the North Shore. Together, we cooked lobster several ways, including Fra Diavolo with pasta, but mostly they enjoyed it New England style with corn on the cob, kielbasa and clams in a big pot that I make right on the stove, followed by blueberry pie for dessert.

When I visited them another time in Italy they asked me to make the pie with “streeps,”  referring to the stripes of the lattice topping.  I love what for me doesn’t get lost in translation.  I find them, and their open embrace of our culture and language, delightful.


Summer Rice Salad (from cousins from Rome)         

Cook rice according to package directions.  Set aside 2 cups. Place in a large bowl to cool.  Fluff with a fork after it cools slightly.

To the rice add:

Finely chop vegetables like red or green bell peppers, carrots, onions, celery, fennel.

Wash and clean some peapods, no need to cook them.  

Cut some grape tomatoes in half.

Peel and cut 2 oranges into small chunks.  

Wash and chop some basil, flat leaf parsley, chives, cilantro.  

If you have some leftover corn, remove the kernels from the cob and toss with the rice.  

Add some pitted olives, coarsely chopped, toasted pine-nuts and leftovers such as cooked shrimp, chicken fish or canned Italian tuna.  

Toss with two forks, mixing in about 4 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle on the juice of half a lemon, kosher salt and ground pepper.  

Buon appetito.    

School Roundup: Danvers baseball advances

The Danvers baseball team advanced to its third straight North sectional final with a 6-2 win over Burlington Thursday afternoon at Fraser Field.

The Falcons, winners of back-to-back North titles, will face off against Northeastern Conference foe Gloucester at a time to be determined.

Burlington took an early 1-0 lead in the first, but Danvers came back in the second. Anthony Olszak drove home the tying run with a groundout, and a wild pitch brought home the go-ahead run. The Falcons piled on in the third, scoring two runs on Jordan DeDonato’s single. An error brought in one more. An error made it 6-1 Falcons.

Justin Roberto earned the win on the mound for Danvers.


Dracut 1, Danvers 0

The full afternoon of pitchers’ duels at Breed finished with the best performance of them all, as Dracut’s Ryley White tossed a perfect game to take down Danvers in the Division 2 North semifinal. Daria Papamechail was the tough-luck loser for the Falcons.

Wet weather forces tournament changes

Grace Rogato Field at Breed had the tarp on in preparation for state tournament play. 


The wet weather, combined with lack of field availability, has resulted in several changes to the spring MIAA high school tournament schedule.

Everything on the schedule was washed out Tuesday — the second day of a persistent wet spell that forced postponements and sent athletic directors scurrying.

St. John’s Prep, which is in the winners’ bracket final of the Division 1A baseball tournament (Super 8) does not have a time or a date scheduled for its game with St. John’s of Shrewsbury. When it’s finally scheduled, and played, it’ll be at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton.

In Division 1 North, Malden Catholic is now on for tonight (7) at Andover in the quarterfinal.

Marblehead will play Gloucester tonight (7) at Fraser Field in the Division 2 North semifinals while Danvers waits for today’s Burlington/Masconomet winner to play Thursday at Fraser at a time to be determined.

Division 3 is far behind, as Swampscott’s game against Austin Prep at Morelli Field  in Melrose is now on for this afternoon (3:45). It was originally scheduled to be played Monday. Bishop Fenwick awaits to play winner of the game in the semifinal Thursday at Fraser Field at a time to be announced.

On the other side, Lynnfield is due to play Latin Academy this afternoon (4) at Trinity Stadium in Haverhill in the North semifinal.

In Division 4 North, Winthrop travels to O’Bryant for the North quarterfinal at 4 p.m.

In softball, the North semifinal games will all be played at Breed Middle School in Lynn, with the finals on for Saturday and Sunday at Endicott College.

Medford and Billerica are on for one Division 1 North semifinal game Friday (4) while the other slot is still up for grabs with Newton North/Methuen and Woburn/Lowell vying for the two spots. The winners will be play Friday at 7 p.m., also at Breed.

In the Division 2 semifinals, Dracut is due to play Danvers tonight (5) with the other game scheduled for Thursday at 7:30. The other spot is yet to be determined. Swampscott plays at Wilmington tonight (6) at Aprile Field in one quarterfinal while Gloucester hosts Burlington (4:30) in the other.

The Division 3 North semifinals are also Thursday. The only team that’s made it through to the semis is St. Mary’s, and the Spartans will play at 3 p.m. against either Brighton or Austin Prep. The final is scheduled for Saturday (2).

Chelsea plays Latin Academy in Brighton this afternoon at 4, in one quarterfinal game; and Amesbury is at Whittier (3:30) in the other one.

The Lynn Classical boys tennis match against Belmont, which was scheduled for Monday at Breed, will finally be played today (4), in the same location. It’ll be a quick turnaround should the No. 4 Rams win, as they will play either No. 1 North Andover or No. 9 Masconomet in the Division 2 semifinal Thursday at the site of the highest seed.

Lynnfield’s girls tennis match will be today (3:30) against Manchester-Essex at the high school.


Local lacrosse teams set for tournament

Dante Maribito and the No. 9 Spartans will face No. 8 Swampscott on Wednesday in the first round. 


The seedings and brackets for the MIAA boys and girls lacrosse state tournaments were released on Friday, and several local teams earned spots in the field across all divisions. On the boys side, 10 local teams made their way into the tournament, while nine teams got in on the girls side.

Division 3 North is where the bulk of the local teams reside in the boys tournament, with five teams earning a bid. Swampscott earned a No. 8 seed after finishing the year at 13-7, while St. Mary’s (11-9) came in at No. 9 and Bishop Fenwick (10-10) slotted in at No. 10. Rounding out the bottom portion of the bracket in Div. 3 North is Winthrop at No. 13 (10-8) and Saugus at No. 14 (10-10).

This sets up some interesting first-round matchups in Div. 3 North, including a St. Mary’s-Swampscott matchup on Wednesday. The winner of that match will move on to face No. 1-seed Hamilton-Wenham (15-1). Other matchups in the first round will be Winthrop at No. 4 Triton, Fenwick at No. 7 Newburyport and Saugus at No. 3 Austin Prep, all of which will take place on Tuesday.

Division 2 North, the smallest of the three boys divisions, has one of the most evenly matched fields on the boys side, as only two teams have more than 12 wins on the season. Beverly earned a No. 3 seed after finishing 10-9 through a bruising schedule, while Marblehead (10-8) earned the No. 7 seed, Malden Catholic (8-10) earned the No. 8 seed and Danvers (11-7) earned the No. 9 seed.

Due to the small size of the field, there are only two first-round games in Div. 2 North. Danvers and Malden Catholic will battle it out on Wednesday afternoon to see who has the pleasure of facing undefeated No. 1-seed Wakefield (18-0), while the Magicians will host Northeast Tech at Piper Field to decide who will face No. 2 Winchester (12-6). Beverly, who is moving straight into the quarterfinals as the No. 3 seed, will wait until next Saturday to host No. 6 Shawsheen (15-5).

The Revere Patriots are the lone local representative in Division 1 North, earning a fairly pedestrian No. 6 seed despite finishing with a 17-2 record. This means that despite winning more games than any other team in their bracket this season, the Patriots will have to host a first-round game against No. 11 Central Catholic (10-8) on Wednesday. If they can win that game, the Patriots will move on to face No. 3 Acton-Boxborough (14-4) in the quarterfinals next Saturday.

On the girls side, Division 2 North boasts six local teams led by No. 2-seed Marblehead (16-2). Also earning seeds in Div. 2 North were Bishop Fenwick at No. 6 (11-7), Swampscott at No. 7 (15-2), Lynnfield at No. 8 (13-5), St. Mary’s at No. 9 (13-5) and Gloucester at No. 16 (9-6).

Gloucester will take on No. 17 Mystic Valley (10-12) in the preliminary round on Monday, which will decide who gets to face No. 1 Newburyport (16-0). Swampscott will also play on Monday in a first-round game against No. 10 Essex Tech (14-4), while Fenwick will take on No. 11 Shawsheen Tech (9-6) on Tuesday. Wednesday will feature Lynnfield hosting St. Mary’s in the afternoon and Marblehead hosting No. 15 Melrose (8-8) in the evening.

A new chapter for Saugus author

Michael Coller is running for Saugus selectman.


SAUGUS — A private investigator and author of two controversial books is seeking a spot on the Board of Selectmen.

Given his law enforcement and investigation background, Michael Coller said he feels confident he can thoroughly research anything that comes before the board and make a well-informed decision in the town’s best interest.

“If you all have the same feelings to vote as one body, what’s the difference between having five different selectmen or just one,” said Coller. “I’m not challenging anyone on the board but I think finer points could be brought out. I’m hoping to create a little more degree of independence.”

Coller is on the Conservation Commission and Library Board of Trustees. He was born and raised in Saugus and graduated from Bridgewater State University with a degree in management.

He has worked as a security professional for 23 years, focusing specifically on large retail firms, criminal investigations, asset protection, and firearm licensing.

In his spare time, he enjoys writing. He takes pride in a series of books he’s working on, the Bruno Johnson series. He’s currently working on the third installment, which follows the main character, a private investigator, as he returns home to uncover political wrongdoings in local government.

Characters in the second book “Bruno Johnson: Against the Grain,” include Missiles, known for her “voluptuous breasts years ago (which) were worthy of being dipped in bronze. However, they now look like tube socks with baseballs sunk in the bottom;” Alisa, “a tiny peanut sized gal with what appeared to be fried eggs for breasts;” and Sue the Moo, who is “as big as a cow with four wrecking balls attached to her body. Two stuck on her chest and the other ones jammed in the seat of her pants.”

Labor of love in Revere

Coller maintains that while the plot of the books may mirror local politics, the similarities are “purely coincidental.” He admitted he changed the names of characters in his book to protect the identities of real people but called his work fictional.

Like himself, he said Johnson is a character who refuses to knock on doors; he just opens them.

“I surely have the creativity to research what I need to research to come to a sound decision that will benefit the town,” he said. “This town shouldn’t be a stepping stone. I’m looking for a balance between property taxes and commercial taxes. As far as a new high school, it’s only going to help our property values. I don’t have children in the schools but I support a new high school. It’s going to help our town.”

If elected, Coller hopes to contribute to the revitalization of the town’s waterfront and Cliftondale Square.

“I went to Saugus High School with some of the people who own businesses (in Cliftondale Square),” he said. “It’s not as prominent as Saugus Center with the library and Town Hall. I think it’s gotten kind of dreary while Saugus Center is more welcoming. It needs some work. When I grew up here, it was as busy or busier than Saugus Center.”

Last year, a study of the square using a $10,000 Massachusetts Downtown Initiative grant found that 72 percent of the square’s businesses are independently owned. With more than 192,000 square feet of commercial space, the 66 existing businesses are underutilized, with some retail stores seeing fewer than 30 customers a day.

Coller worked as a commercial fisherman in Saugus, Gloucester, and Boston while putting himself through college and said he has an understanding for the importance of improving the waterfront area.

Town Clerk Ellen Schena said potential candidates can take out papers to run for office in July. Board of Selectmen candidates will be required to obtain 50 signatures and return the papers by Sept. 19.

Bridget Turcotte can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte.

Peabody sweeps league track meet

Saugus’ Kiley Ronan is just about to nail a landing in the long jump during the Northeastern Conference meet Saturday at Peabody High.


PEABODY — The Peabody boys and girls track teams continued their dominance in the Northeastern Conference, as they both won the NEC league meet Saturday on their home turf at Peabody High.

On the boys side, it wasn’t close, as the Tanners topped second-place finisher Somerville, 160-104. Salem finished third (31) and Classical fourth (30). The girls meet was a closer affair, with Peabody beating out Gloucester, 105-86. Beverly finished third (83) ahead of Saugus (42).

In the 100-meter dash, Peabody’s Amanda Andrews (12.74 seconds) barely topped Saugus’ Haley Dennis (12.8) in a photo-finish type of race. Andrews added another win to her resume in the 200, again barely sneaking by a Sachem; this time it was Kiley Ronan, who ran a 27.1. In the 800, Gloucester’s Carly Curcuru grabbed first (2:22.3), but it was a close battle for second between Peabody’s Sophia Anderle (2:26.0) and Winthrop’s Heidy Benson (2:26.3).

Anderle logged a win in the 400 hurdles (1:07.4), topping Salem’s Danielle Stotts (1:07.6) and English’s Elizabeth Rozon (1:09.2).

In the field events, Gloucester’s Sierra Rudolph was a triple-winner, clearing five feet, six inches to win the high jump. Beverly’s Tyler Orlandella, Peabody’s Alexa Flewelling and Saugus’ Gianna Filaretos all cleared 5-0. Rudolph also won the long jump (17-1 1/4), topping Marblehead’s Gabriella Marks (16-6 1/4) and English’s Hannah Trahant (16-4 3/4). Finally, Rudolph took first in the triple jump (35-7).

Beverly’s Gracie Sparkman (36-6) edged Swampscott’s Maisie Vasquez (35-5 1/4) in the shot put, and came in second to Peabody’s Nene Onwuogu (102-3) in the discus. Revere’s Samantha Myrtil (115-6) had a good showing in the javelin, topping Tanner Emily Baclear (105-5).

Other winners included Beverly’s India Ingemi in the 400 (58.78), Gloucester’s Eve Feuerhach in the mile (5:25.2), Gloucester’s Holly Fossa in the 2-miles (12:02.8) and Beverly’s Tyler Orlandella in the 100 hurdles (16.18).

In the relays, the Saugus team took the 4×100 race (50.92), Gloucester won the 4×400 (4:16.2) and Beverly won the 4×800 (10:31.8).

For the boys, Classical’s Gilley Kabamba won the mile (4:35.9), topping Peabody’s Claudio Rocha (4:36.0) by one-tenth of a second in one of the best races of the day.

Somerville’s Elijah Jeffreys (11.21) topped English’s Juan Avelino (11.51) in the 100. Shaq Joseph logged another win for Somerville in the 200 (22.91), topping Danvers’ Anthony Spignese (23.35), Classical’s Emmanuel Kalambayi (23.76) and English’s Prince Brown (24.25).

Peabody’s Marc Alperen won the 800 (2:02.1) and the Tanners took the took two spots in the 2-miles (Shane Braz, 10:01.9 and Joe Farhat, 10:27.4). Peabody’s Moisse Irizarry won the 110 hurdles (15.46) and the 400 hurdles (57.64). Irizarry (6-0) also finished second to Somerville’s Phillips Magre (6-2) in the high jump. Avelino finished fourth (5-10). Patrick Pang logged another Tanner win in the shot put (48-11 1/2). Peabody’s Connor Ramos (139-8) topped English’s Samuel Adewale (134-4) in the discus. Swampscott’s Alex Sheehan won the javelin (158-10).

Other winners included Somerville’s Magre in the 400 (49.91), Somerville in the 4×100 relay (44.56) and 4×400 relay (3:28.0), Peabody in the 4×800 relay (8:51.1).


John Fossiano, 83

GLOUCESTER John “Jack” Fossiano, 83, of Gloucester, husband of the late Jean A. (Balsom) Fossiano passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017, at the West Roxbury, Va. Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Beverly on January 21, 1934, son of the late Guy and Bernice A. (Foster) Fossiano. He was a graduate of Beverly High School, Northwood School and St. Lawrence University. He proudly served in the United States Army.

John was employed for many years as a sales/contracts manager at Omni Wave Electronics in Gloucester. He enjoyed golfing, trips to the Caribbean and was an avid sports fan. He also was a life member of the Gloucester Amvets Post #32. John will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his son, Guy J. Fossiano and his wife Jane (Rich) Fossiano of Gloucester; two grandsons, Petty Officer 3rd Class, United States Navy, Michael Fossiano and his fiancé Cierra Davila stationed in Cuba and Anthony Fossiano of Gloucester; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Jane Fossiano; sisters, Nancy Spiridigliozzi and Sally Lawler; brothers, William and Guy Fossiano.

Service Information:  A Private Graveside Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by the GREELY Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit


Roundup: Classical softball remains hot

Tori Adams of Classical pitched a five-hitter and struck out eight as the Rams defeated Revere Saturday.


The undefeated Lynn Classical softball team faced a tough test Saturday as it took on Revere, but the Rams passed with flying colors.

Tori Adams was excellent in the circle once again as Classical topped Revere, 4-0, at Grace Rogato Field.

Adams allowed five hits and struck out eight Patriot batters in a complete-game effort.

Alaina Gridley led the way offensively, going 3-for-3 and driving in a run. Rebecca Walker went 1-for-3 and added a RBI, as did Emma DeJoie. Kayla Morrill also had a nice day at the plate, going 2-for-3 and driving in a run.

The Rams will look to keep the unbeaten streak alive Monday as they host Gloucester.

Medford 13, Swampscott 1

The Big Blue struggled on the road Saturday, as Medford’s Breanna Forbes knocked in three runs and came a home run short of the cycle.


Classical 18, Revere 3

The Rams stayed unbeaten at 9-0 with a decisive win in five innings at Revere.

Jonathan Nicosia got the win on the mound, allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks, striking out five.

Offensively, Classical got production from up and down the lineup. Tyler Way went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, two doubles, two stolen bases and two RBI. Matt Lauria was also 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a stolen base and a RBI. Andrew Moccia had three hits, drove in two runs, scored three runs and stole a base. David Barnard drove in four runs on two hits and also scored three runs. Herbie Newton went 2-for-3 with three RBI, a double and two runs scored. A.J. Luciano added three RBI, two hits, including a double, a stolen base and two runs scored.

The Rams will take on Gloucester on the road today.

Peabody 14, English 2

On a cold and dreary day at Fraser Field Sunday, the Peabody bats were red hot as the Tanners pounded out 15 hits against six English pitchers to improve to 7-2. Leading 4-0 after three, the Tanners sent 13 men to the plate in the fourth, with eight of them scoring to put the game out of reach.

Shortstop Cole Cuzzi (2 RBI, run) and third baseman Chris Gillen (2-run double, 4 RBI) had three hits each to lead the Tanners, while pitcher Joe Gilmartin helped his own cause, going 2-for-3 with a walk, run scored and 2-run double.  Gilmartin picked up the win, going four scoreless innings with two hits, three strikeouts, and one hit batter.  Catcher Evan Mullen (3 stolen bases), Nick Palma and Anthony Iannuzzi scored two runs each, while Jake Zeuli had 2 RBI.  

The loss was the fifth straight for English (3-6).

Austin Prep 6, St. Mary’s 4

The Cougars dealt the Spartans their first loss of the season Saturday.

St. Mary’s trailed by five runs in the sixth inning, but singles from Tyler Donovan and Anthony Nickolakakis to lead off the inning knocked Austin Prep starter Colin Jaena from the game. Austin Prep reliever Robbie Cobb came in and got a double play, but walked the next three batters, bringing in a run for the Spartans. Jack Ward came through with an extra-base hit down the left field line that brought in two more.

Spartans starter Bobby Alcock, back on the mound for the first time since tossing a perfect game last Monday, went 3 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking four. The Cougars scored early and often, bringing in two in the first, one in the third and three in the fourth.

Winthrop 10, Everett 4

Senior Jack Wallace allowed just four hits in a complete game victory for Winthrop, striking out seven.

Fenwick 8, Worcester No. 1

Tied at 1-1 after four innings, the Crusaders exploded for seven runs over the final three innings in the Peter Frates games at Fraser Field Saturday.

Malden 9, Somerville 5

Jared Martino, who had a no-hitter last Saturday,  was on his game once again as he gave up just three hits to the Highlanders, fanning seven. He also went 3-for-3 with two doubles at the dish, driving in three runs and scoring three runs. Lou LoConte went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI.

East Boston 7, Saugus 6

At East Boston, the Jets remained unbeaten (8-0) and snapped Saugus’ two-year streak as winner of the Christie Serino Tournament.

East Boston jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but Saugus closed to within a run at 4-3. The Jets then jumped out to a 7-3 advantage before the Sachems (2-7) tried to rally in the seventh. However, they fell a run short.

East Boston’s Jake Scanlan was the winning pitcher and MVP.

St. John’s 11, Hamilton-Wenham 3

At Danvers, Tyler MacGregor’s 3-run blast proved to be the big hit as the Eagles upped their record to 9-2.

Lynn native Max Gieg got the win.


St. Mary’s 10, Salem 5

The Spartans took down Salem on the road Saturday for their seventh straight win. St. Mary’s is now just two wins from clinching a playoff spot.

Lexington 15, Fenwick 9

At Fenwick, Molly Camelo led the way with six goals as the Crusaders raised their record to 6-4.

Brigid Waldron had two goals and an assist and Rachel Boylan scored a goal.

Goalie Taylor Sarrin had 12 saves.


St. Mary’s 10, Greater Lowell 3

The Spartans improved to 5-5 with a win at home Saturday.

Peabody 15, Silver Lake 10

At Kingston, The Tanners (3-7) fell behind 5-0 early in the second quarter before mounting the comeback. Connor McCarron led the comeback with four goals and an assist, and Stephen Ell had six goals and one assist.

Nick Paturelli three goals and one assist.

Classical High is career driven

Students look at different tables set up for the career day.


LYNN — Brandon Von isn’t sure what he’ll do after he graduates.

But the Classical High School senior couldn’t miss the two U.S. Marines dressed in uniform who manned a booth at the school’s Career Fair Thursday.

“The Marines have a band and I want to perform musically,” said Von, a clarinet player. “They told me it’s very competitive, but if I got accepted I’d play for the president.”      

Von was one of more than 700 seniors who crowded the school’s gym for the annual career event. In addition to all divisions of the military, a dozen schools and nonprofits were represented.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Aaron Smith, 20, who is stationed in Okinawa, Japan, made the pitch to a handful of students, including Von, who approached.

“I came out of high school, joined the Marines and it was the best decision I’ve ever made,” said Smith, a Gloucester resident.  “It’s an opportunity to travel, get a free college education and experience the world before you step out into it.”

On the possibility of seeing combat?

“Whatever happens, happens,” he said.

Dr. Bryan Cousin, a Lynn dentist who operates a dental assistant school that offers a certificate program, said the entry-level job is a way into the field. They offer two courses totaling $3,850.

“Some Classical students may not go to college and this is an alternative,” he said. “We have 2,000 graduates who earn between $15 to $20 per hour.”

Senior James DeOliveira talked with Cousin, but it’s unclear how serious he is about becoming a dental assistant.

“I need to floss more, but I keep forgetting,” he said. “If I was a dental assistant, it would be more of a reminder.”

Two heads better than one in Swampscott

Amy Lee, the admissions director at Southern Maine Community College, said the South Portland school is an excellent option for students who want the college experience at a community college price.

“We offer housing and programs for students who want to do trades like automotive, construction or machine work and live away from home,” she said.

Tuition for full room and board is about $9,000 annually for the two-year program.

The most popular booth was manned by the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics. The Woburn school offers skincare and spa training programs. Tuition ranges from $6,000 to $16,500, depending on the program.

Student Esthefania Martinez said she is intrigued by the possibility of an esthetics career.

“I would like to learn how to do makeup for a career. Since I was little, I’ve done my own makeup and practiced on my friends,” she said. “So, I think this might be the right career for me.”

Gene Constantino, Classical’s principal, said the fair provides students with a variety of career opportunities to consider.

“Many of us had no idea what we would do after high school,” he said. “I was trained as a social worker and never worked a day in that job. For 40 years, I’ve been an educator.”

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Sandra J. Broughey, 65

Sandra “Sandy” J. (Fulford) Broughey, 65, passed away Friday, April 21, 2017, following a lengthy illness. She was the wife of Thomas Broughey, with whom she shared more than 42 years of marriage. Born, raised, and educated in Gloucester, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Thelma (Wright) Fulford. Prior to her retirement,  Sandra worked as a nursing assistant. She loved the peace and serenity of the ocean, loved to shop, and loved her grandchildren deeply. Sandra was a longtime friend of Bill W. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter Shannon Walsh of Danvers, the loves of her life: grandchildren Mia and Kylie, step-children Lynette and Joe Lopez, Tom and Maureen Broughey, Jamie and Colleen Broughey, Laurene Gilbert, Lisa and Jeff Sakowich and Tim Broughey, her brother and sister-in-law William and Mary Fulford of Gloucester and an extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of many  devoted friends.

Service information: A memorial service will be held Wednesday during the visitation of 4-7p.m. in the GOODRICH Funeral Home, 128 Washington St., Lynn. Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend. For those desiring, memorials may be made courtesy of Goodrich Funeral Home.

Roundup: St. Mary’s baseball remains unbeaten

Lynnfield’s Justin Juliano knocked in two runs in the Pioneers’ 6-3 win over Rockport


Behind a complete-game shutout from Louis Vidal, the St. Mary’s baseball team improved to 5-0 at Fraser Field Saturday morning, topping Greater Lowell, 1-0.

The Spartans manufactured a run in the bottom of the fourth as Ryan Turenne hit a one-out single. EJ Leone pinch-ran for Turenne, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball during John Mulready’s at-bat. Mulready grounded out to second, but drove in Leone for the game’s only run.

Vidal looked strong on the mound for St. Mary’s, allowing three hits and four walks while striking out six. Meanwhile, the Spartans lineup managed just two hits.

St. John’s  4, Walpole 0

In the Catholic Conference vs. Bay State League Challenge to Cure ALS Tournament at BC High, Eagles pitcher Zach Begin was nearly unhittable, allowing just one hit over six innings while striking out nine and walking three.

Offensively, Andrew Selima scored the first run of the game in the second inning and finished the day with two doubles and three RBI. Chris Francoeur and Christian Kukas also drove in runs for the Prep.

The Eagles (7-1, 3-0 Cath. Conf.) take on Xaverian Monday.

Lynnfield 6, Rockport 3

At Lynnfield Saturday, the Pioneers extended their undefeated streak to seven games. Senior captain Nick Aslanian needed only 70 pitches to go the distance, retiring the first 10 batters before giving up a one-out base hit in the top of the fourth inning.  He struck out four, including the first and last batters of the game, allowed five hits, two earned runs and did not walk a batter.  

Centerfielder Kyle Hawes was 2-for-2 with an RBI triple, double, three stolen bases, two runs scored and also got on base with a walk.  He also flashed the glove in the late innings, robbing Rockport’s Charlie MacDowell of extra bases with a diving catch.

Leadoff hitter Jonathan Luders (2-for-2, 3 runs scored, 3 stolen bases) was on base in every bat.  He was hit in the first inning, stole second and third and scored on a sacrifice fly by shortstop and senior captain Justin Juliano (1-for-2, 2 RBI).  In the third, Luders led off with a double, stole third and scored on Hawes’s triple. Hawes, in turn, scored on a passed ball.

Luders led off the fifth with a single, advanced to third on Hawes’ ground rule double and scored on a single by Juliano.

The Pioneers added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning when sophomore first baseman Matt Fiore led off with a double and scored on a single by junior left fielder Cooper Marengi.

Saugus 23, Madison Park 1

At East Boston in the Christie Serino Tournament, the game lasted 5½ innings due to the 10-run rule.

Jim Alcott started and went two innings, but by then, the Sachems, 2-4, had an 11-0 lead so coach Joe Luis, knowing his team has three games this week, including one today against at home against Gloucester, lifted him.

Alscott also was 3-for-3, as was Nick Dascoli. Also offensively, Pat McDonald hit two triples.

Saugus will play East Boston Sunday in the tournament final.


Swampscott 9, Arl. Cath. 2

In the opening game of the Krystle Campbell Tournament in Medford, the Big Blue dominated both sides of the ball. Ashley Marston went 1-for-4 with two RBI, Leanne Nisbet went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Sara Ryan went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Hannah Leahy got the complete-game victory, fanning 13 batters and allowing two earned runs on three hits.


Beverly 13, Lexington 4

In the other consolation game of the Creators Crosse tournament, Beverly sailed past the host team behind Sam Abate’s five-goal performance. Matt Rawding (goal, 4 assists) Foster Smallman (2 goals, 1 assist), Kevin Flaherty (goal, assist), Nick DiLuiso (goal, assist), Justin Reusch and Jake Fowler (goal each) also scored for Beverly.

Marblehead 8, Westford 6

In the consolation game of the Creators Crosse tournament at Lexington High, the Magicians bounced back from a pair of losses earlier in the week to St. John’s Prep and Masco. Sam Paquette, Sam Thompson and Manning Sears each scored a pair of goals, and Sam and Drew Cioffi each netted one.

The Magicians (4-3) have a big Northeastern Conference showdown with Beverly Tuesday.


Friday, St. Mary’s Spartans traveled to Martha’s Vineyard Friday, and came home with a 14-10 win. Alec Matho notched five goals and three assists, Andrew Kreamer added a goal and two assists, Nick Napolitano scored four goals, Anthony DelVecchio added three goals and an assist, and Christian Lebert scored a goal.

Brendon Donahue, usually in net for St. Mary’s, played defense and made big contributions, as did defender Chris Kirby. Joey Silvestri was effective on both offense and defense.

Eighth-grader Kaden Quirk made his first varsity start in net and made 13 saves to earn his first win.

6 face prison for alleged steroid scheme

BOSTON – Three North Shore residents were among the six charged in federal court Wednesday in connection with conspiracy to traffic counterfeit steroids, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Philip Goodwin, 36, of Lynn; Brian Petzke, 49, of Saugus; Melissa Sclafani, 29, of Gloucester; Robert Medeiros, 31, of Gardner; Tyler Bauman, 32, and Kathryn Green, 28, both of Shrewsbury, were charged with conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit drugs and distribute controlled substances.  

The defendants engaged in a scheme to make and sell illegal steroids by purchasing raw materials and supplies, marketing the steroids on social media and selling them, according to the complaint.

It is alleged that the defendants marketed the steroids as being made by “Onyx Pharmaceuticals,” using the Onyx name and its trademark symbol. But Onyx, a pharmaceutical company owned by California-based Amgen Inc., does not manufacture liquid steroids.  

27-year-old shot more than once on Federal

The defendants allegedly made the steroids themselves, using raw materials imported from overseas, including China.  Bauman promoted the steroids on social media as “Musclehead 320,” claiming he was “sponsored” by “Onyx.”  

In addition, Bauman, Goodwin and Sclafani opened Wicked Tan, a tanning salon in Beverly, which allegedly served as a front to launder funds and purchase supplies for the conspiracy.

If convicted, the defendants face up to 15 years in prison, three years of probation and a fine of $250,000.

Peabody has say in statewide conversation

Patrick Maguire talks to Massachusetts state senators about real estate.


PEABODY — It was the North Shore’s turn to host a Commonwealth Conversation in the form of a Town Hall Forum at the Higgins Middle School on Tuesday night.

Commonwealth Conversations began as a way for members of the Senate and local government to hear citizen concerns in nine areas of the state.

Members of the audience were given two minutes to stand before legislators and speak their minds on whatever issue they wished to address.

State Sen. Joan Lovely of the Second Essex District was one of nine senators present for the forum, along with State Rep. Thomas Walsh (D-Peabody).

Earlier in the day, the legislators visited Roca in Chelsea, attended a forum regarding transportation at the Lynn Museum and took a development walking tour of Malden.

“You’re going to see something very unusual. Twenty-five percent of the state Senate not saying a word,” said State Sen. Michael Rodrigues.

A few topics, such as climate change, the privatization of the MBTA, and animal cruelty came up several times throughout the night, but the concerns of citizens ran a wide gamut.

Patrick Maguire, president-elect of the North Shore Association of Realtors came to the podium to talk about housing affordability, which he said faces barriers in local zoning laws and could be addressed through the passage of Bill S.94.

Lynn talks transportation

Carl Nellis, a Gloucester resident who works in Peabody, was at the forum on behalf of political group Essex County #6 Indivisible in support of the Safe Communities Act, designed to prevent local law officers from becoming involved with immigration enforcement.   

Others in the audience sought support for carbon pricing bills as a means of cutting carbon emissions in the state. Sue Kirby of Salem endorsed the incremental raising of the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021.

“No one should work full-time and make so little that they can’t make ends meet,” she said.

The town hall forums are part of the process by which the Senate sets its agenda. Commentary provided in the forums was written up in a report at the end of the senators’ previous tour.

NEC-GBL merger begins this spring


When the spring sports season gets into full swing next week, the new Northeastern Conference-Greater Boston League merger — approved last year — will officially be in effect.

The Northeastern Conference has absorbed the four remaining teams from the GBL (Everett, Malden, Medford and Somerville).

For the spring, teams in each sport will be placed in one of two divisions, called North and South. The breakdown for baseball and softball is: North: Peabody, Revere, English, Classical, Beverly, Marblehead, Everett and Medford; South: Danvers, Salem, Gloucester, Saugus, Swampscott, Winthrop, Somerville and Malden. All teams within the merged league will play each other once.

In boys and girls tennis, the breakdown is: North: Malden, Everett, Peabody, Danvers, English, Classical, Revere and Beverly; and South: Medford, Somerville, Salem, Swampscott, Marblehead, Gloucester, and Winthrop. All teams will play each other once.

In track, Beverly, Danvers, Everett, Gloucester, Malden, Marblehead, Peabody and Revere are in the North; and Classical, English, Medford, Salem, Saugus, Somerville, Swampscott and Winthrop are in the South.

The Lynn Jets boys lacrosse combine will be in the South division.

Bulldogs bring back an experienced cast

Caitlin Geaney takes batting practice in a makeshift cage in English’s gym.


Last spring, the Lynn English softball team endured a tougher season than it was hoping for. The Bulldogs were unable to notch a win in 2016 and will now look to bounce back with a new, albeit familiar, face at the helm.

Cara Crowley, a 2010 English alum and former Bulldogs catcher, takes over for Jack Bartlett as the team’s new coach. Crowley served under Bartlett as an assistant for two seasons and is optimistic that her familiarity with the team will aid her in the new role.

“I think knowing all the players will help a great amount,” Crowley said. “They’re all very excited and working hard. We didn’t lose anybody from last year so we have a lot of talent coming back. The seniors have shown leadership by helping out the younger girls. It’s been a good atmosphere these past couple days.”

Captaining the Bulldogs this season will be a pair of athletic and experienced seniors in shortstop Rachel Calnan and second baseman Emma Trahant. Both captains have earned full confidence from their new coach.

“Rachel has been a captain since (she was) a sophomore and she’s done a great job,” Crowley said. “She takes it very intensely, which we need at times. They’re both great girls. They’ve stepped up the past few days. With them and the other seniors being role models for the younger girls, I think our team will run very smoothly this year.”

Other key returners for the Bulldogs include seniors Lindsey Lannon and Sarah Tobin, and junior Tommi Hill. Lannon and Tobin will look to form a strong pitcher-catcher duo, while Hill aims to hold down the fort at third base. Hill will also be relied on for offensive production.

“She’s (Hill) one of our better hitters,” Crowley said.

With a strong nucleus of experienced returners, leadership will be one of English’s strong areas this upcoming season.

“I think our leadership will help a lot, having a lot of returners,” Crowley said. “We have pretty much the same team coming back plus a few new girls that are trying out. They’re all working hard and that’ll help a lot. They’re taking this very seriously and that’ll show when the season starts.”

An area for improvement from last season’s struggles will be the correcting errors on the mental side of the game. Mental mistakes often hurt English last spring and Crowley’s looking for her team to be stronger in that sense this year.

“I think we were afraid to make errors and they let that get into their heads and they got scared,” Crowley said. “This year we want them not to worry about that stuff and just play. I think that will help them a lot.”

With two preseason practices under their belts, the Bulldogs are taking a day by day approach as they prepare for the start of the new season. Crowley likes what she sees from her team thus far, especially given that English has produced a strong showing in numbers.

“We had about 40-75 girls which is good,” Crowley said. “This year we’ll be able to have a JV team. A lot of the girls that play other sports are encouraging their friends to try softball. We have a lot of good athletes trying out. There’s a lot of potential so we’re very optimistic about this year.”

Crowley, who split her college career between St. Anselm and Salem State as an outfielder, added, “We really want to build up our JV program. I think we can do that with the numbers this year. We really want to improve and think we’ll have a better record. Once the girls get their rhythm, it’ll progress throughout the season.”

English opens the season on April 6 against Gloucester.

“Everyone’s been working hard and staying focused,” Crowley said. “It’ll show. I think we’ll be a lot better than we were last year.”  

Lynn principal candidate for Peabody super

Pictured is Harrington Elementary School Principal Debra Ruggiero.


PEABODY — Harrington Elementary School Principal Debra Ruggiero, a longtime fixture in Lynn education, is one of six candidates looking to take over the top spot in the Peabody schools.

Ruggiero was one of three candidates interviewed by the Peabody School Committee Wednesday night for the superintendent’s position. The committee will interview the remaining three candidates Monday night at City Hall.

“I’m a 24-year resident of Peabody with 32 years of experience in education,” said Ruggiero. “I am humbled and honored that you have chosen me as a viable candidate for the superintendent post.”

Ruggiero has experience as a regular education, curriculum and instruction, and special education teacher, as well as a principal.

“I have always been a proactive, collaborative, data-driven and reflective educator,” she said. “Through these practices, I’ve been able to work with teachers, parents, district and state in helping a school move from a Level 4 school to a Level 1 school.”

All Massachusetts districts and schools with sufficient data are classified into one of five accountability and assistance levels, with the highest performing in Level 1 and the lowest performing in Level 5.

At the Harrington School, Ruggiero said she has been able to put into practice her educational philosophy of focusing on the whole child, not just the academic side of a student. She also said schools must look at teaching to the individual abilities of the students and innovative ways to help them learn.

“It’s not about the the tests,” Ruggiero said. “It’s about teaching skills and strategies where students can learn no matter what is in front of them.”

Lynn fashionistas strut their prom stuff

As the only Peabody resident in the field of six candidates being interviewed, Ruggiero said she has a deep connection to the city. Her children went through the Peabody school system and Ruggiero has been involved in youth sports, among other activities.

The school committee also interviewed Laura Chesson, an assistant superintendent in Arlington, and Arthur Unobskey, an assistant superintendent in Gloucester, on Wednesday night.

The committee is scheduled to interview Peter Badalament, former principal of Concord-Carlisle High School; Lourenco Garcia, principal at Revere High School; and John Oteri, headmaster at Somerville High School, on Monday.

The six candidates were selected from 19 applicants by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC), which was hired by the city to oversee the superintendent search process. It is expected that after the interviews are finished, the school committee will conduct site visits in the home districts of several of the candidates, with an eye toward hiring a replacement for interim superintendent Herb Levine within the next three to four weeks.

Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt Jr. said he was happy with the quality of the candidates brought forward by the MASC.

The new superintendent would start work in Peabody on July 1.

Delicious lobster tales with friends

Pictured is lobster with fettuccine marinara. See the recipe below.


When my son Georgie was about 9 we bought him a little boat called a Puffin. Many an early summer Saturday morning he would take out the small craft to fish for our breakfast. A few hours later my little guy would show up at the kitchen door with his catch — and a big smile.

They were delicate little fish, probably cod, and when cleaned and dipped in a little flour they were perfect for a quick saute with a side of scrambled eggs. Several times during the day he would look for reassurance. “How’d you like my catch, Mom?” He loved the compliments.

By the end of that summer he was ready for his next boating/fishing adventure, hinting that for his 10th birthday he would like some lobster traps. We purchased four traps from a lobsterman in Gloucester. Georgie was a happy camper, or should I say, a happy lobsterman.

These spring menu ideas are minty fresh

From the time he was a little guy he loved anything nautical. He chose a wallpaper for his room that depicted the famous Charles W. Morgan whaling ship. He loved going to Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, where he could see the actual ship. I made him curtains out of nylon fabric that I got from sailmaker Norm Cressy (who, coincidentally, occupied the third floor of the building that one day would house Rosalie’s). When the wind came off the ocean and blew the curtains, Georgie was reminded of sails. He really loved his space.

After he saved some money from his lobstering business he wanted a rug for his room. Although it wasn’t nautical, it was hand-woven with the blues of the ocean. Georgie loves to cook and also really enjoys design and decorating, just like his mother. He still has the yellow statue of the Gloucester fisherman I bought him for his 10th birthday.

Being near the ocean made the crustacean a favorite item for diners. A popular dish at my restaurant was a lobster crepe that a craftsman named Georgio Tonelli taught me to make when he was helping me put the place together.  He was a real old-school artist who came from the Italian Riviera to find work repairing and creating stained glass windows in churches. Among a myriad of other skills, he was an excellent cook and had worked in several restaurants on the Italian seacoast. The crepe was not typical, in that it was not rolled and filled. The pieces of lobster were part of the batter, made in a crepe pan, not unlike a delicate pancake. Customers loved them and I haven’t seen them on any menu since.

Lobster fra di avolo was another favorite; a little heat, tomato and a lot of cognac. Of course, Marblehead had many lobstermen who could supply the freshest catch, right off their boats. We are lucky living on the North Shore to have many sources of good seafood.

Recently, I discovered a mostly wholesale distributor in Beverly, right on the water, Lynch Lobster. When I stopped there the other day, one of the owners, Buddy, and I had a nice chat about business and food. I bought a couple of lobsters and brought them home and boiled them right away.

We had friends over for dinner Saturday night and our friend Bruce pulled out of the shells all of the meat, which we simmered in some fresh marinara sauce with a few capers and olives before serving it over fettuccine, with a small side scoop of pesto to brighten the dish. It was luscious!

Lobsters should be cooked soon after you buy them. If you cannot prepare them right away, place them on a tray with a dish towel or paper bag rung out in cold water and scatter some ice chips over the top and refrigerate. Avoid water dripping on the heads, as they can drown in even a small amount of water. If lobsters are placed in a bag when purchasing, make sure the bag is open at the top so they can breathe.

To boil the lobster, plunge it into fast-boiling salted water, head first, then allow five minutes for the first pound, after the water comes to a boil, and then three minutes for each additional pound. Allow to cool slightly before removing the meat. Twist off the claws and then bend the tail till it cracks and push the meat out with a fork. Don’t forget the tomalley and the roe.

Grilling lobster is a delicious treatment, but it takes some effort. Put the lobster on its back and, with a sharp heavy knife, split it in half lengthwise, remove the sac, leave the tomalley and the roe and crack the claws. Brush the lobster with olive oil or butter and grill it for 10 to 12 minutes, about four inches from the heat, basting occasionally with melted butter or oil. Allow it to rest before removing the meat if you want to prepare a pizza topping or sauce. Or just tie a dish cloth around your neck and dig right in.

As for those who dwell on the injustice of killing the poor crustaceans, enjoying lobster at home is a delight. And I love when the garden hose is turned on so I can give myself a quick cleanup.

At lunch Friday at Superfine in Manchester-by-the-Sea, I mentioned to my friend Sally that I was making an easy version of lobster with fettuccine for dinner. She had that “Ooh that sounds sooo good” look in her eyes, so I invited Bruce and her to join us. Bruce does the cooking in their relationship and Sally does the conversation, so Bruce and I were in the kitchen and Todd and Sally caught up in the living room.

Sally reminisced about growing up in Beverly and when  she would lunch with her mother at the pizzeria that is now Superfine.

Bruce and I prepared dinner, and our fettuccine marinara with lobster was a big hit, as was the Caesar salad and the blueberry crostata with vanilla ice cream for dessert.

It was a super fine night at our house with good friends.

Lobster with Fettuccine Marinara

— Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil with a sprig each of thyme and a bay leaf and a few flat leaf parsley stems.

— Cook the lobster according to directions, as noted above.

— Remove the meat and cut into bite-size pieces. Scoop out the roe and tomalley to add to the sauce.  

— In the meantime, grind 2 pints of grape tomatoes in a food processor.  

— Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a saute pan and sweat 3 cloves of garlic for a few minutes; do not brown.

— Add the tomatoes, 1 teaspoon of salt, a stem of thyme and rosemary and a few red pepper flakes, for heat.

— Simmer the sauce for 30 minutes over medium-low heat.

— Add the tomalley and the roe to the cut-up lobster and stir in sauce, just enough to heat the meat. Remember, you have already cooked the lobster.

— Cook the fettuccine and toss on a platter with 2 tablespoons of butter. Spoon the sauce with lobster over it. Pass the Parmesan.

— For variety, you could smash up a few anchovies or several Nicoise olives and add to the sauce.  

We served the Caesar after the pasta. It is more relaxing than trying to time the cooking of the pasta before the meal.

Malden’s city council race is on

Pictured is Steve Winslow.


MALDEN — Steve Winslow has formally thrown his hat in the ring as a candidate for Malden City Councilor at large in this fall’s municipal election.

The former four-term Malden School Committeeman and co-founder of the regional Bike to the Sea group will seek one of the three at large seats on the 11-member body, which also features eight ward councilors,

Winslow, in a campaign statement, detailed his background and described himself as a well-rounded, committed local citizen who has immersed in Malden community concerns focused on education, community development, land use and preservation and an inclusive and accessible municipal government.

“I want to be a progressive, community-focused voice on the council,” he said. “As someone who cares deeply about the city that has been my home for 28 years, I want to use my experience and skills to move Malden forward.”

Winslow, a senior project manager for the city of Gloucester responsible for planning, funding and building community development projects, added, “Smart development will be one key focus of my work — including affordable housing, effective public transportation and a safe environment for people who drive, bike or walk.”

He served on the committee from 2007 to 2013 and said he is well aware of the importance of the city’s school system and the challenges it faces.

“Public education is a critically important part of our city and our democracy,” Winslow said in his statement. “I am fully aware of the practical challenges our schools face. I will continue to work hard for equitable funding, smaller class sizes, strong leadership and the best education we can provide for all of our children.”

Let the transformation begin in Malden

Winslow is perhaps best known for the nearly 25 years he has been actively involved in Bike to the Sea, a nonprofit organization “which has worked since 1993 to make the Northern Strand Community Trail and Bikeway Community Garden a reality.”  

An extensive, paved bicycle path now exists that runs from Everett through the heart of Malden due to the efforts of Bike to the Sea and there are ongoing efforts to extend the path.

“My experience — as an attorney, community development project manager and School Committee member — have given me a profound appreciation for what we can accomplish when we work together,” Winslow said.

He wants to be in the forefront of supporting inclusiveness and accessibility locally.

“Malden’s diverse mix of residents enriches our city, generating enormous potential for creative ideas and innovative solutions. I plan to tap into this potential in ways that benefit everyone. I will be a champion for every Malden resident and neighborhood and will ensure that residents have a strong voice in key decision-making processes,” he said.

Winslow is the second candidate to make a formal announcement of a campaign for one of the three councilor at large seats, joining incumbent Councilor at large Debbie DeMaria, who announced she would seek re-election earlier this year.

Fellow incumbent councilors at large David D’Arcangelo and Craig Spadafora, the longest-serving member on the council, have not formally announced their intentions for this fall’s election, but they are both expected to seek re-election this year.

Coming attractions

Forty Steps Dance performs “Meditation” from “Spirits.”

NAHANT — Modern dance company Forty Steps Dance will debut their complete work

“Spirits” along with other new works and repertory favorites at their annual spring concert at Nahant Town Hall on Saturday, March 25 at 8 pm.

“Spirits” is a serene, flowing work with a continuous rhythm choreographed by Artistic Director Sallee Slagle. Each of the work’s six parts delivers its own special signature. The most recent section is “Silence,” which premiered in Cambridge at the annual performance of 12 Dancers Dancing in December. This concert marks the debut of the complete “Spirits” work.

Other new works will be performed including some inspired by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. These works will reflect the struggle to protect humanity that resonates throughout Klimt’s artwork.

Forty Steps Dance is in its 24th season and continues to be recognized as a premier non-profit cultural arts organization. Forty Steps Dance receives financial support from the Nahant Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Tickets are available for purchase online at Purchase tickets before March 11 and receive an advance sales discount. General admission is $25 ($20 advance), VIP is $45 ($35 advance). Boston Dance Alliance, senior and student tickets are $18. VIP tickets include front-row seating and a post-performance reception with the company at the home of Slagle. Limited tickets will be available at the door. All proceeds benefit Forty Steps Dance.

Going Retro in Lynn

LYNN — New wave fans rejoice, the summer’s most star-studded tour will stop at Lynn Auditorium Aug. 14. The Retro Futura tour 2017 will feature synth pioneer Howard Jones (“Things Can Only Get Better,” “Life In One Day,” “No One Is To Blame”) and include sets by ska giants the English Beat (“Tears of a Clown,” “Mirror In The Bathroom,” “Save It For Later”), Men Without Hats (“The Safety Dance”), Modern English (“I Melt With You”), Paul Young (“Every Time You Go Away,” “Wherever I Lay My Hat,” “Come Back And Stay”) and Katrina formerly with Katrina And The Waves (“Walking on Sunshine”). Ticket information will be forthcoming. For details, go to

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Longley at me & thee

MARBLEHEAD Liz Longley, an award-winning Berklee School of Music graduate and current Nashville, Tenn., resident, returns to the me & thee coffeehouse tomorrow night.  Longley’s songs are intimate and reveal as much about her as the songwriter as they do about humankind, The folky pop tunes are memorable and her fan base continues to grow. Brian Dunne, also a Berklee grad, opens. The door charge for this show is $20. Tickets are available at the door or at

Books in Bloom show

SAUGUS Saugus Garden Club will hold its third annual Books in Bloom Floral Design Show March 17 and 18. The event is co-sponsored by the New Friends of the Saugus Public Library, and displays of flower arrangements interpreting a book’s title, cover or theme will be staged throughout the library. The public is invited to participate.  Entry forms with guidelines are available at the library or may be requested by e-mailing or calling Randy at 781-231-0877 and the form will be emailed or snail-mailed back to you. Forms must be received by March 14; set-up and staging will be March 16. For more information, contact co-presidents Lorraine at 781-233-7541 or Donna 781-233-5640.

Gloucester writers series

GLOUCESTER Canarium Books writers will read at Gloucester Writers Center. 126 E. Main St., Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.  

When she’s not travelling, Lynn Xu lives in Marfa, Texas, where she co-edits at Canarium Books. Xu wrote “Debts & Lessons,” which was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. She has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Foundation, and is a visiting professor this year in the MFA program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Joshua Edwards is a director at Canarium Books, and has authored “Castles and Islands,” Architecture for Travelers” and more. He’s received grants and fellowships from the Fulbright-Garcia Robles Program, the University of Michigan, Stanford University and the Akademie Schloss Solitude among others. Edwards will be reading poems written for collaborations with artists like Charlotte Moth — whose first solo U.S. exhibition is now at the MIT List Visual Arts Center — and excerpts from a recently-completed verse novella, “Agonistes.”

The Gloucester Writers Center is a place for working writers in a working town. It is  devoted to the exploration, development and celebration of our diverse voices through dialogue and the artistic process. Suggested donation is $5, no one turned away for lack of funds.

For more information on the Writers Center and upcoming events, check out its  Facebook page, @writers_center on Twitter, or head to the website

Happy birthday Don White

LYNN — Singer-songwriter-comedian-author Don White, a Lynn resident, invites all to celebrate his 60th birthday in his hometown tomorrow, 8 p.m., at First Lutheran Church, 280 Broadway. Christine Lavin will join White onstage at the all-ages show. Admission is $25. A silent auction will be held to benefit My Brother’s Table. Get tickets and information at

Shake off winter blues

NAHANT — Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn members will hold their annual Winter Bird Walk on Saturday. Past sightings have included Snowy Owls, Common Loons, Black and White-Winged Scoters, Common Goldeneyes, Buffleheads, Eiders and Brants, among other seabirds. Meet at the parking lot off Ward Road (off Nahant Road, across from the Coast Guard Station) at 8:30 a.m. Hosted by the church’s Green Sanctuary Ministry Team.

Salem Film Fest

SALEM — The Salem Film Fest, one of New England’s largest documentary film festivals, continues through March 9. It presents a rich and diverse collection of the year’s best work from all over the world. For the full schedule of events, go to

‘Dark’ day a good one for Lynn’s Stafford

Lynn Jets goalie Jack Stafford is ready to smother the shot of Jets teammate Jon Kosmas in Shoot Out/Shooter


SALEM – For the past four years, goaltender Jack Stafford has been the backbone of the Lynn Jets. In Saturday’s Northeastern Conference all-star boys hockey game, Stafford got the rare opportunity to play against two of his Jets teammates, Jon Kosmas and Ryan Clark.

Stafford made 12 saves but more importantly earned bragging rights as his team in Dark jerseys defeated the team in White jerseys, 7-6, on Saturday at Rockett Arena. James McCarthy of Marblehead scored the winning goal for the Dark team with 1:45 left in the game.

“Everyone should have an opportunity to experience a game like this,” said Stafford, who was named to the NEC All-Conference first team as well as being selected to participate in the All-Star game. “You get to play with kids you play against all season, and you get to see a different side of them. And they’re all great players.”

What’s more, Stafford stoned Kosmas twice on penalty shots the pre-game skills competition. More bragging rights.

“Yeah, there definitely was some chirping going on,” said Stafford. “If (Kosmas) had scored on me during the shootout or if either one of them had scored on me during the game, I definitely would have heard about it.”

Stafford ended up on the opposite bench from his Lynn teammates because of the five goalies selected for the game, four would have ended up on the White team, which was comprised of players from Danvers, Winthrop, Gloucester, Peabody and Lynn, sans Stafford.

The Dark team was made up of players from Marblehead, Swampscott, Revere, Beverly and Saugus.

McCarthy led the Dark team with two goals and an assist, while Andrew Dove and Mike Johnson, both of Swampscott, Drew Cioffi of Marblehead, Brendan Ronan of Saugus, and Mike Giordano of Revere scored once each. Louis Olivieri of Swampscott and Braden Haley of Marblehead had two assists each.

For the White team, Liam Lyons of Gloucester had a pair of goals, Henry Brooks of Winthrop, Chris Gillen of Peabody, Sal Costanzo of Gloucester and Rob Tibbetts of Danvers scored one goal apiece. Tibbetts added a pair of assists, as did Lynn’s Clark.

The game itself, which was carved into two, 25-minute periods of running time, was what you would expect – lots of end-to-end play, few whistles, no penalties, and almost no contact (there were two body checks during the game, both of which appeared to be accidental). The proceedings did get a bit spirited in the final minute, however, as the White team pressed for a tying goal. Stafford had to make a good stop of a shot by Winthrop’s David Barry with about 13 seconds left in the game to preserve the win.

In the skills competition, Tibbetts of Danvers was the winner of the fastest skater competition, edging Jack Poska of Swampscott in the final. Ridge Driscoll of Marblehead won the stickhandling competition, beating Colin Desmond of Danvers in the final. Winners of the shootout were Marblehead’s Haley, who defeated Jimmy Alcott of Saugus in the final, and Winthrop goaltender Ryan Skoczylas, who stopped seven of the eight shots he faced.


City plays Quincy in Manchester film

Pablo DeLeon, who lives at 34 Broad St. in Lynn, stands near the spot behind the building where actor Casey Affleck shoveled snow.


LYNN — “Manchester by the Sea” is up for six Oscars at tomorrow night’s 89th Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood. But a downtown apartment building deserves a best supporting role nod for helping to add authenticity to the critically acclaimed film.

The 36-unit brick apartment building at 34 Broad St. is featured in early scenes featuring best actor nominee Casey Affleck. Lynn is a stand-in for Quincy, where Affleck’s glum, troubled, guilt-wracked janitor lives. An oft-shown snow-shoveling scene was shot near the back basement steps of the Broad Street building. The tenants had to move their cars to a nearby city lot, and got valet transportation back to their homes.

Pablo DeLeon is the building superintendent at 34 Broad St. His apartment, 1A, was used by director/screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan in pivotal early scenes. A second apartment, 7A, was vacant at the time and served as Affleck’s dressing room. “It also was where they put our bird, a parakeet, when they were shooting scenes in our apartment,” said DeLeon.

DeLeon said filming took place in his kitchen (Affleck’s character changed a lightbulb) and living room for about four hours one day in March 2015. He has lived here for 23 years. “The pizza they served was five-star,” added DeLeon’s teenage son, McThaniel. The filmmakers were at the Broad Street site for three days, with their big trucks occupying lots of space on the street and causing traffic issues.

“He (Affleck) was very nice,” said DeLeon.

Paul Amirault, the chief operating officer for the Hall Company, which manages the three-story, 1930 apartment building, worked with location manager Kai Quinlan and toured buildings with director Lonergan. “The director and Casey both paid real attention to details,” said Amirault. “They even looked at how many keys Pablo has on his belt.”

Amirault said one Saturday morning he accompanied Lonergan, Quinlan, Affleck and a film crew to the site to reshoot a scene. “Casey was great, and he had good interactions with tenants. It was pretty damn fun to have them there.”

One resident of the building, who declined to give her name, said the only time Affleck got a little testy was when someone said, ‘Oh. you’re Ben’s brother.’”

Amirault, who says he’s not much of a moviegoer, has not seen “Manchester by the Sea.” “There was a free screening of the movie, but I couldn’t make it. My son was playing in a hockey tournament. I was very happy to see him play; I’ll see this eventually.”

This is not the first time Amirault has helped when Hollywood came calling. The makers of “Surrogates,” a critically-panned 2009 film starring Bruce Willis, also looked at some Hall Company properties.

“When Hollywood comes to Lynn, it is fun and interesting,” added AmirCitault. “We’re always happy to help. There is compensation for the use of our buildings, but we insist it goes to our tenants. They are the ones whose lives are being disrupted.”

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Eagle-eyed moviegoers noticed other area locales: Affleck’s character is seen driving on Humphrey Street in Swampscott and exterior scenes were shot on Lewis Street near the Tedeschi Food Shop. Route 128, Beverly, Gloucester, Essex and, of course, Manchester-by-the-Sea also play prominent roles.

“Manchester by the Sea” received six nominations: best picture, best director (Lonergan), best actor (Affleck), best supporting actor (Lucas Hedges), best supporting actress (Michelle Williams) and best original screenplay (Lonergan)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor the best films of 2016 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood tomorrow night. ABC will air the program.

Lynnfield stows its memories of ship

Pictured is a sampling of items from the Ship Restaurant that will be up for auction.


LYNNFIELD — It’s too late to enjoy oysters on the half shell, seared scallops or fresh calamari, but Ship Restaurant patrons can still get a piece of the iconic eatery that closed last month after nearly 100 years.

F. Smith & Son of Quincy will hold an auction in the shuttered dining room next month. While the date has not been scheduled, among the offerings will be model ships, wooden wheels, framed ship prints, a lighthouse, porthole replicas and other mementos that lent a seafaring atmosphere to the 16,044-square-foot diner.

The rest of the items include everything to stock a restaurant, such as padded booths, oak and walnut tables, chairs and bar stools. Also included in the sale is the Ship’s alcohol license.

Founded in 1925 by retired Sea Captain James Wilkinson, the Gloucester resident launched a small refreshment stand on Route 1, according to the restaurant’s website. Five years later, he built a ship that would never sail but was perfect for land lovers and seafood fans. After his death in 1940, the captain lived on in the items that covered the restaurant such as charts, a compass, the wheel and the big ship’s bell.  

In January, an attorney for the restaurant’s owner, Ship Mall LLC, an entity of Micozzi Management Inc., an Allston-based real estate company, unveiled plans to demolish the nautical-themed building and replace it with more than 12,000 square feet of retail and 68 condominiums. Micozzi purchased the property at 24 Broadway in 2007 for $16.5 million.

But last month the Lynnfield Historical Commission placed a 30-day hold on plans to demolish the restaurant which could allow for its designation as a historic landmark. The four-member panel can put buildings of unique architectural character on the list, regardless of their age.

If the Ship is razed, it will be the latest Route 1 landmark to meet the wrecking ball. In 2015, the Hilltop Steak House met its end as plans emerged for an apartment complex to be built by AvalonBay Communities on the 11-acre property. The $100 million development will include 280 apartments in three buildings and 24,000 square feet of retail.

Last fall, the Miniature Golf & Batting Cages closed. It’s best known for the orange dinosaur that towered over Route 1 for generations. The park is being transformed into Essex Landing, a $120 million project that will include 250 apartments in four buildings, two hotels, retail space and garage parking.

Lynnfield not ready to sink Ship just yet

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Lynn icemen happy with tie

Brian Chalmers scores Winthrop’s first goal despite pressure from the Jets’Steve Patrie. 


WINTHROP —  If there’s truth to the notion the last team to score feels better about a tie, then the Lynn Jets were the happier team after their 3-3 draw with Winthrop, Saturday, at Larsen Rink.

Mike Clougherty‘s goal with 5:07 left in the third period drew the Jets (10-3-3) level, after earlier goals for Lynn by Brian Clougherty and Sean Devin. John DiFilippo had a pair of assists.

For the Vikings (13-1-3), Brian Chalmers, Gene August and Steve Holgerson scored one goal each, while Matt Tarantino had two assists.

“I thought this was our best effort of the season team-wise, mentally and physically,” said Jets coach Joe Conlon. “The players gave 100 percent out there today.”

Brian Cloughtery put the Jets ahead at 7:38 of the first period when the scored on a rebound of a shot by DiFilippo. Winthrop goaltender Ryan Skoczylas made the initial stop of DiFilippo’s shot from the left faceoff circle, but the puck caromed right to Clougherty, who buried a one-timer with authority.

Mike Clougherty almost doubled Lynn’s lead about two minutes later when his shot from the left circle hit the near post, and two minutes later Skoczylas robbed Brian Clougherty who tried to snap home a rebound of a shot from the right point by Steve Patrie.

Winthrop equalized when Chalmers scored with 1:42 left in the first period. His shot from the slot from about 20 feet banked off the far post past Lynn goalie Jack Stafford.

Mike Clougherty had another good chance on a power play early in the second period. He stick-handled past a defender and found himself with an open shot from about 10 feet, but then hooked a shot over the net.

The Vikings took their first lead at 6:39 of the second period when August scored on a 2-on-1. The winger opted to shoot from the right circle, and the puck beat Stafford low.

The Jets evened the score with a power play goal with 3:30 left in the second period. After Chris Finn was sent to the penalty box for holding, Jon Kosmas won a faceoff and the puck came back to Steve Patrie at the left point. Skoczylas made the initial stop, but Devin fired the rebound home from the left of the net.

Winthrop answered with a power play goal of its own with 18 seconds left in the second period to make the score 3-2. Holgerson collected a rebound and ripped the puck from the right of the net past Stafford on the short side.

“Those goals late in the period are the kind you usually don’t come back from,” Conlon said “I thought our players showed a lot of character in the third period.”

Brian Clougherty had a couple of chances on the same shift about five minutes into the third period, but both bids were turned away by Skoczylas. Mike Clougherty finally evened the score when he converted a rebound of a shot from the right point by Patrie.

The Vikings had the best chances to break the tie. With about a minute left, Stafford had to make two terrific saves, first on a shot from the left point by Dave Barry and then on the rebound by Bryce Costin.

The Jets play Gloucester at Connery Rink on Wednesday (8), while the Vikings play Marblehead on Monday (7:30) at Salem State.


Morrison: Hockey community always responds

Nathan DeRoche smiles during the ceremony prior to Monday’s game. Beside him is sister Sydney, dad Michael.

By Katie Morrison

There are few communities as tight-knit as a local sports community. When one of their own is in need, you can count on athletes, coaches and fans to pull together and provide a sense of support and camaraderie.

Monday night at Salem State’s Rockett Arena, the Swampscott and Lynn hockey teams came together to create a fundraiser and special puck-drop ceremony for Nathan DeRoche, a Swampscott seventh-grader battling lymphoma.

The two teams were feverishly to get the word out about the fundraiser for weeks in advance, and it paid off; the arena was packed for a special night, and both teams showed a lot of class for a great cause.

I got to the arena at about 7:15 for a 7:30 start, figuring I could waltz right in, as usual. What I didn’t plan for was the line of fans that nearly poured out the glass double doors in the lobby of the O’Keefe Sports Complex. The lobby was filled with parents, grandparents, fans and students from all different schools. I saw kids from English and Classical, a group of Gloucester hockey players, and of course, a huge throng of Swampscott High students.

About half of the fans waiting to enter the arena were donning the lime-green “NATHAN STRONG” shirts that were sold to raise money for the DeRoche family. There were 200 shirts being sold that night, and they were gone well before game time. Inside, the stands were packed. It was a sea of green, especially in the Swampscott student section.

The ceremony itself was special. DeRoche was joined by his parents, Michael and Kristia, and his younger sister, Sydney, at center ice, along with coaches and captains from both teams.  With a beaming smile, DeRoche dropped the puck between Lynn’s Jon Kosmas and Swampscott’s Louis Olivieri, and the coaches and captains made sure to shake DeRoche’s hand and wish him well.

Nights like Monday are such a perfect reminder of how special the sports community can be. On the field (or ice, or court, whatever it may be), the competition is fierce. But when it comes to real-life matters, like a seventh-grader battling a terrible disease, any animosity is put aside, and sportsmanship, mutual respect and support take center stage.

There have been plenty of examples of athletes putting hard work and effort into brightening the day of someone who is going through a tough time. I was reminded of Tyla Morgante, a Saugus High cheerleader who also battled lymphoma last year (and who is nine-months cancer-free, I’m happy to report). During a Saugus High home game this past fall, the Sachems honored Morgante, as each football player presented her with a rose before taking the field.

High school is a weird time. It’s not always easy for teenagers to put these real-life issues in perspective, simply because they don’t have the life experience to draw from. But I’ve seen so many examples of students coming together to provide a support system for those in need, and every time, I’m impressed by the humanity and compassion they show.

This is something that I feel occurs regularly in the tight-knit high school hockey community. Look at the outpouring of support that came from teams all over the state back in December when Falmouth hockey players James Lavin and Owen Higgins were killed in a car crash days before Christmas. Most of the athletes from this area had never met or even seen Lavin and Higgins in person, but felt enough of a connection to show support in the form of fundraisers and benefits. Even just hanging the jerseys of the two players on the benches is displaying the kind of compassion that will serve these kids well later in life.

Monday, that same compassion was on display, but this time, it was even more personal. Sports may just be fun and games, but it’s nights like Monday that remind you that the athletic community is truly one big family, and if one of its own has fallen, it will do whatever it can to help them get back up.

To cap off the night, the Jets and Big Blue gave the large crowd a great game. Swampscott came out on top, 1-0, in a battle between two of the top teams in the Northeastern Conference. But the lasting memory from the game will be the fact that the community came together to help out someone in need, and gave DeRoche a special night.


Danvers battles back to tie Saugus

Ryan Granara netted a goal for the Sachems in the 1-1 tie. 


SAUGUS — It was a battle of the goaltenders on Wednesday night at Kasabuski Arena as the Saugus boys hockey team tied Danvers, 1-1.

“That was just a great hockey game, at any level,” said Saugus coach Jeff Natalucci. Both goaltenders played unbelievable games tonight, everyone played aggressive and there was a lot of action. Just a great all-around game.”

Saugus junior forward Ryan Granara scored the lone goal for the Sachems, while sophomore defenseman Anthony Cogliano and senior forward Alex Merlina each had an assist. Goalie Nick Sanderson totalled 28 saves.

For Danvers, junior forward Conor Purtell scored on an assist from senior forward Robert Glidden. Goalie Yegor Bublik made 32 saves.

“Yegor has been lights-out for us since he came back from that little injury early in the season,” said Danvers coach Steve Baldassare. “He really kept us in it tonight, especially after we fell behind. He’s a great guy to have back there, he’s been consistent all year.”

The two teams got off to a fast-paced start, flying up and down the ice and getting quality shots on net. The Sachems were able to outshoot the Falcons 9-6 in the period, but Bublik stood tall in net and the period ended with the score still knotted at 0-0.

The Sachems came out with just as much fire in the second period, except this time they capitalized. With 12:50 remaining in the period, Cogliano took control of the puck and sent a pass to Merlina, who bolted into the offensive zone. As he crossed the blue line, he sent a cross-ice pass through two defenders to Granara, who was streaking through the left circle. Granara took the puck on his stick and unleashed a quick wrist shot that found it’s way under Bublik’s armpit to give the Sachems a 1-0 lead.

Saugus kept up the pressure for the rest of the period, notching 14 total shots in the period. The Falcons were also able to get several quality scoring chances, but this time it was Sanderson’s turn to stand tall. Sanderson didn’t let anything by, keeping the score at 1-0 after two periods.

It was then that Baldassare made some lineup adjustments to try and spark a fire in his team going into the final period.

“We shuffled (senior captain) Rob Tibbetts up to the first line with Purtell and (Tom) Mento to try to give us some momentum, and we just wanted to keep working and getting pressure on their goalie to try to squeeze in that tying goal.”

It worked.

The Falcons came out guns blazing to start the period, peppering Sanderson with shots on net. He turned them all away, but Danvers kept coming. The relentless effort eventually paid off with about three and a half minutes left in the game. As Saugus tried to clear the puck out of its own end, Glidden jumped in front of the pass, stole it and took a shot on net. Sanderson turned it away, but the puck came right back to Glidden, who skated behind the net. He then slipped a pass out in front to a waiting Purtell, who knocked home the tying goal.

The two teams battled for the final three minutes, but neither could break through and skated away with the tie.
With the tie, Saugus (7-4-4) is now just two points away from a state tournament berth.

“We’ve just got to work on finishing games,” said Natalucci. “Those four losses and four ties, a lot of them have been a result of us getting a lead and not being able to finish. So we have to clean that up if we’re going to be in competition with high-quality teams in the tournament.”

The Sachems will take on Peabody on Friday night at McVan/O’Keefe Memorial Rink.

For Danvers (10-4-2), the goal is to get healthy to prepare for its tournament run.

“We’ve got like six guys who have been battling injuries, so we need to get them back,” said Baldassare. “We’ll hopefully be getting them back over the next few days and just get back to what we were doing before, when everyone was healthy.”

The Falcons play Gloucester on Saturday.

Seven OD in Essex County


LYNN — Essex County was hit hard by the heroin epidemic over the weekend, with seven fatal apparent overdoses reported, nearly half of its 16 fatalities in January.

In Lynn and Peabody, the fatalities from Friday morning to Sunday morning outpaced their numbers in January.

Three people died from apparent heroin overdoses in Lynn during that time span, while two fatalities were reported last month, according to Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex County District Attorney’s office.

In Peabody, two people died apparently from overdoses over the weekend, while there was one reported fatality last month, Monahan said.

Before the weekend, there was one death from an apparent overdose Feb. 1 when a 45-year-old man died in Methuen, Monahan said.

The first fatal apparent overdose Lynn Police responded to was on Andrew Street, where they found a 52-year-old woman. Monahan said her office got the call approximately 9 a.m. Friday.

With an unattended death, the Essex State Police Detective Unit, formerly known as the CPAC unit, assigned to the DA’s office, also responds, along with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The CPAC unit responded to a second Lynn fatal overdose at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on Broad Street for a 49-year-old man. The third was Sunday at 6:13 a.m. on Lynn Shore Drive, where a 33-year-old man was found.

In Peabody, a 34-year-old woman died on Cashman Road at approximately 2 a.m. Friday, according to the DA’s office, and a 36-year-old man died from an apparent overdose around 10:20 a.m. Saturday on Brown Street.

There were also apparent overdose deaths in Lawrence and Haverhill, with each town reporting one each this weekend.

There were 16 fatal apparent overdoses reported in Essex County in January. Aside from the two in Lynn and one in Peabody, there were three in Salem, two each in Gloucester, Lawrence and Salisbury, and one apiece in Haverhill, Newburyport, Amesbury, and Saugus, according to the DA’s office.

Lynn Police reported their department’s response in a Facebook post on Sunday.

“We have had at least three fatal apparent heroin overdoses so far this weekend,” Lynn police said in a statement. “We believe there have also been at least 15 in the greater Boston area. Not using is best preventative care, but not using alone and having Narcan (the lifesaving overdose drug) available are the next best. If you have a phone, you’re not alone. Make a call.”

Lynn Police Lt. Christopher Kelly said the department has to wait for the medical examiner’s office to officially rule the cause of death. But from the preliminary investigation, the deaths can be ruled as possibly drug-related. He said on Sunday afternoon that the medical examiner’s office, which takes jurisdiction over the case, told the department that they had seen a large spike in the past 24 hours of possible opiate deaths.

“We’ve gone to a few medical calls that have been for deceased persons and during the investigation, the suspected use of opiate drugs was prevalent during some of these,” Kelly said. Kelly said the numbers are “alarming.” He said police, by posting on social media, wanted to get the word out to the public, particularly addicts and families of addicts, that overdoses typically come in waves, based on a particular batch of heroin, or what it’s being mixed with.

Particularly when the fentanyl, which is increasingly being mixed with heroin, is strong, the result is potentially fatal.

“Any time (there’s) illegal drug use, there’s always that risk of a fatal overdose,” Kelly said on Sunday. “Obviously, in the last 24 hours, that risk has spiked dramatically.”

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Swampscott cop roots for former teammate

Jon Loyte, No. 89, is pictured playing for Boston College.


For some Boston College fans and alumni, their rooting interests might be split this Sunday as the Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl. Few opposing players hold such a high standing in New England than Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who guided the Eagles to a 25-7 record, three bowl victories and an Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division title in his three years starting at BC.

But for Swampscott police officer Jon Loyte, the choice is easy. He’ll be pulling for his former teammate.

Loyte, a St. John’s Prep graduate, played alongside Ryan for two seasons at Boston College, and says that even though he’s a lifelong Patriots fan, his rooting interests side with his former teammate.

“It’s pretty cool, it’s a win-win situation,” Loyte said. “I’m a lifelong Patriots fan, but playing with Matt and having that experience, I’m rooting for him every game, so personally, I’ll be rooting for Matt Sunday.

“(Ryan) really put BC on the map in recent years to keep the legacy going,” Loyte added. “I’m always going to root for him, but … if the Patriots win, that won’t be too bad. It’s a great matchup.”

Loyte, who was born in Salem and grew up in Gloucester, was a standout tight end and defensive end for St. John’s Prep. His senior year at the Prep, he was a member of the 2002 team that went to the Division 1 Super Bowl before falling to Everett.

Loyte began his collegiate career at Vanderbilt University, spending his freshman and sophomore years with the Commodores. In 2005, Loyte made the choice to transfer to Boston College for personal reasons.

“My grandfather got sick, and my family couldn’t come out to see me play in Tennessee,” Loyte said. “I grew up loving BC, I wanted to go there, but I had a great recruiting trip at Vanderbilt. I wanted to see a different part of the country.”

But Loyte says that coming back to play at BC was a good decision. After he was redshirted in 2005, Loyte pulled in six catches for 42 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games for the Eagles in 2006 as BC went 10-3. In 2007, Loyte had a bigger impact, logging 135 yards on 13 catches and a touchdown. That touchdown came in Loyte’s final collegiate game in the Champs Sports Bowl against Michigan State and got the Eagles on the board. The pass came from none other than Ryan, who set the single-season Boston College record for touchdowns with 31 that season, surpassing Doug Flutie.

Loyte said that memory is pretty cool, but the season as a whole was full of great memories.

“We were one of the best teams in BC history,” Loyte said of the 2007 squad that went 11-3 and fell in the ACC championship to Virginia Tech. “At Vanderbilt, we had a couple of tough years, going 2-9 and 2-10. But at BC, we went to bowl games and had a lot of players from that team keep playing from there. That year (2007) was a great year, we were ranked No. 2 in the country at one point.”

Loyte said that to see a former teammate put together an MVP-caliber season and play on the biggest stages has been “awesome.”

“I really hope he gets it (the MVP award). He deserves it,” Loyte said. “It’s been his year. The microscope is on him, because other teammates played in the NFL, but he’s been the most successful. I’m always rooting for him.”

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Loyte said that he doesn’t regularly keep in touch with Ryan anymore, but will see him if he’s in the area. Most recently, that was when Ryan’s number 12 was retired by the Eagles back in November. A lot of former teammates came back to the city to tailgate with Ryan.

“Everybody (on the team) was close friends, you’re with each other every day, so you get close,” Loyte said. “I’ve seen (Ryan) when he’s come back to school for games, but I don’t talk to him much.”

After college, Loyte attended NFL mini camps for Tampa Bay, Buffalo and the New York Giants, and played a season in the Arena Football League. Now, the 32-year-old is a Swampscott police officer.

As for his prediction for Sunday? Well, even though his rooting interests are with Ryan, he acknowledged it might be an uphill climb for Matty Ice and the Falcons.

“Both offenses are good. I think the Patriots have a great shot and the Falcons are definitely the underdogs,” Loyte said. “But the Falcons offense has been humming, and they have amazing players at every skill position, so anything can happen.”

Singing with a Purpose in Lynn

Members of the band Purpose, from left, Anthony Butler, Michael Ward and Mack Raye, rehearse in Lynn for an upcoming concert.


LYNN — When Anthony Butler, Mack Raye, and Michael Ward get together to sing, it’s always with a purpose, or rather they become Purpose. The personable trio has spent the last decade together, performing as a Rhythm and Blues group, and they have enjoyed just about every moment, both on and off the stage.

“It’s been a blessing,” said Ward, 58, a lifelong Lynner and proud graduate of Lynn English High School.  “Bringing joy to an audience is a wonderful feeling and I love to sing.”

Butler nodded in agreement and added, “I love to sing, as well, and I’m also a songwriter. I’ve written about 100 songs since I was a kid.”

The hardworking and outgoing entertainers have performed throughout the North Shore in nightclubs, at weddings, and countless other community events, belting out tunes first made famous by their idols: The Whispers, The Temptations, The O’Jays and The Spinners. They are preparing to head into the studio and put together a DVD of their favorite songs.

Raye, 64, is originally from Boston, but now calls Lynn his home. The father of four adult children said he was grateful to have the opportunity to become a performer and believes music truly is a universal language.

“I feel so good when the audience responds to us in a positive way. I’ve  been drawn to music my whole life and I look forward to every performance,” he said.

Butler went on to say that music truly is in his blood and his family enjoys the world of music and song, both professionally and personally.

“My mother, Essie Butler, was a singer and inspired me to follow that path. I have six sisters and three brothers who all sing, as well. Some of them sing professionally, now and then.”

Ward put  his voice to the test about 40 years ago, as a high school student at Lynn English High School. He, along with four classmates, began performing as The Realistics and spent a few years together singing in local talent shows, schools, and churches.

“One of my favorite memories is a performance we gave back in the ’70s. We held a concert in a big open field in Gloucester and I bet there were 500 or more people there. It was a lot of fun.”

The talented trio ended our time together with a lively and well done rendition of “Anything But My Love” by The Stylistics, fancy footwork included.

“We are like brothers, at this point in our lives. Some of our best times together are when we are performing. We look forward to being on the stage and we are happiest when we are entertaining others,” said Mack.

The group is scheduled to perform at The Soldiers Home in Chelsea on Feb. 23 and can be reached at

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School Roundup: Classical races past Peabody

Jaylen Johnson led the Rams in Tuesday’s win. 


The Lynn Classical boys basketball team continued its solid season on Tuesday night, taking down the Peabody Tanners, 66-48. With the win, the Rams improve to 13-2 on the year and have a chance to finish the regular season with the best record in the Northeastern Conference.

Jaylen Johnson scored 20 points to lead the way for Classical, while Dyrrell Rucker added 13 points. The Rams have a quick turnaround, with their next game tonight on the road in Swampscott for a makeup game.

For Peabody (10-5), Moisse Irizarry put up a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while also adding five blocks. Jake Doherty added six points and 10 rebounds. The Tanners have a road game against Danvers on Friday night.

Marblehead 87, Gloucester 49

The Magicians had every member of the team score points in a big win over Gloucester on Tuesday. Derek Marino was the top scorer, recording a double-double with 18 points, 13 rebounds and five steals, while Drew Gally scored 16 points.

Marblehead (13-2) takes on Winthrop on the road on Friday night.

St. John’s Prep 66, Catholic Memorial 63

Thanks to a buzzer-beater three-pointer from Jarnel Snow-Guzman, the Eagles took down a Catholic Conference foe in a thrilling matchup. Snow-Guzman finished the game with 14 points, while Nate Hobbs led St. John’s with 27 points.

The Eagles (11-3) have a road game against Xaverian on Friday night.

Revere 64, Beverly 49

Pat Gavin just missed a double-double for the Panthers, finishing with 22 points and nine rebounds. Luigi Derrane scored 15 points.

Salem 69, Saugus 60

The Witches (7-5) were led by Nate Lebron, who scored a game-high 27 points. Anthony Pena also had a big game with 24 points, five rebounds and six assists. Salem will host Swampscott on Friday night.

For the Sachems (5-10), Harris Behremovic had 22 points, including six three-pointers, and Dimitri Filaretos scored 15 points. Saugus has a home game against Gloucester on Friday night.


Saugus 61, Salem 48

Saugus (12-4) continued its strong season on Tuesday night with a double-digit win over Salem. Olivia Valente led the way with 19 points, while Allie Kotkowski had 13 points and Alessia Salzillo had 11 points.

Saugus will travel to Gloucester on Friday.

Swampscott 56, Winthrop 29

The Big Blue got back to .500 on Tuesday behind solid performances from Emily Guiney (13 points, seven rebounds), Olivia Matella (12 points) and Nikki Rosa (eight points, six steals). Swampscott (7-7) will face off against Hamilton-Wenham on Thursday.

Revere 72, Beverly 32

The Patriots cruised to a win behind a big night from Pamela Gonzalez, who scored 19 points. Meagan Gotham added 14 in the win.


Beverly 4, Lynn/Winthrop 2

The Bulldogs got goals from McKayla Norris and Emma Carney in the loss. Lynn/Winthrop will take on Masconomet on Saturday afternoon.


Northeastern Conference diving meet

The Rams kicked off the NEC meet (the bulk of which is today, aside from diving and the 500-yard freestyle) with two huge wins, as Sarah Sirois won the girls diving portion with a score of 242.65, and her teammate, Alex Pedro, became the boys NEC diving champion with a score of 199.80.

Classical coach Denise Silva said she couldn’t think of another time when the Rams won both diving competitions. She credited Lynn diving coach Don McKenney with guiding the divers to victory.

“He’s done a wonderful job with all of the divers in the city,” Silva said. “It’s incredible to have two divers win. It’s truly a compliment to Don for all of his hard work, and the dedication of the student-athletes.”

The Rams continue the quest for a NEC title tonight at Salem State.

Success part of the drill for Lynn English JROTC

The Lynn English JROTC Drill Team will compete in the Marine Corps JROTC National Championship.


LYNN — The Lynn English JROTC Drill Team is stepping up its game to compete in the Marine Corps JROTC National Championship in Irving, Texas.

They were chosen out of more than 234 groups nationally and will go head to head with 14 other teams. The Marine Corps is paying for each of the 40 members to travel across the country for the big day, said Sgt. Maj. Ken Oswald, who leads the group.

“I’m extremely excited,” said Marlene Rivera, a senior. “It’s the highlight of my whole year. It’s my first time but I’m ready to take it on.”

Rivera has been on the drill team since she was a freshman four years ago. She’s been to competitions in and out of state but said her most memorable was earlier this month when a win against Gloucester High School qualified them for nationals.

“The fact that we actually placed overall best and are able to go to Texas is amazing,” she said.

The team will also compete in the All Service Drill Competition Feb. 16-17 in New Jersey, and the All Service Nationals in Daytona Beach, Fla., in May, a competition the team won in 2006.

Last year, they won the National Junior ROTC Olympiad Division in Orlando.

“They have dominated for the last 10 years at local competitions, whether they were at Gloucester, Beverly, North Quincy, Lowell,” Oswald said.

They participate in both regular drill and exhibition, a form of drill where the performers can add their own personality to the routine as long as they keep military-like aspects.

“The kids here do quite well with that,” he said.

But being a part of the drill team is about more than just the competitions, said Oswald. The program is just as much, if not more, about structure.

Students practice every morning for more than an hour. After school, they are required to attend study hall until 3:30 p.m., then practice again until 5 or 6 p.m.

“Each student must have passing grades,” said Oswald. “The study hall is very important. They have to be well-rounded in everything.”

“At first it was very frustrating,” Rivera said. “It’s hard to coordinate your hands and your feet to move the same way. But I kept practicing. It’s very strict and it also gives a lot of discipline. It’s a completely different structure from the whole school — it’s just different and that’s why I like it. I’ve had people tell me ‘why are you on that team?’ and I decided no, this is great.”

Another misconception about ROTC programs is that the majority of the students enlist in the military after their high school graduation, he said. In reality, about 80 percent of his team members have gone to college and few have joined the armed forces.

For most events, the team raises money through fundraisers and by paying dues for travel expenses and uniforms.

“We tell them ‘we’re not here to recruit you, we’re here to teach you structure, teach you to be a leader, teach you to be a pillar in the community,’” he said. “And that’s what we do.”

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Lynn Jets win one for Coach Carr

Lynn’s Mike Clougherty stickhandles the puck toward Revere goalie Kenny Uminski in a one-on-one confrontation. 


LYNN — The Lynn Jets represent all of Lynn’s public high schools, but there was just a little more emphasis on the English High community on Saturday.

The Jets (7-2-2) defeated Revere/Malden, 3-1, at Connery Rink, behind goals from Mike Clougherty, John DiFilippo and Ryan Clark, but the mood was somber after the death on Friday night of English boys basketball coach Mike Carr.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone at English and especially the Carr family,” said Jets coach Joe Conlon. “We may come from different schools, but we’re all part of the same city, and it’s important at a time like this to support each other.”

The Patriots (5-6-1) got their goal from Mike Giordano in the third period. The game was played mostly evenly except for a 5-minute stretch to open the second period, when the Jets scored twice to take a 3-0 lead.

“We gave up a shorthanded goal and a goal on a penalty shot and you can’t do that against a team that plays  defense as well as they do, with the goaltender (Jack Stafford) they have,” Revere coach Joe Ciccarello said. “We’ve played against him (Stafford) for four years, so we know by now what we’re up against.”

The first period was scoreless until the 3:28 mark, when Clougherty was awarded a penalty shot after a Revere player jumped on top of the puck in the Patriots’ crease. Clougherty went low with a forehand shot that slipped between the pads of Revere goaltender Kenny Uminski.

The Jets doubled their lead two minutes into the second period, when Travis Ryan slipped a pass from the left faceoff circle to DiFilippo in the slot, and DiFilippo beat Uminski with a low shot that tucked inside the far post, on the goalie’s glove side.

With Lynn on a power play, Clark increased the lead to 3-0 when his shot from the left point went through a screen in front of the net and over Uminski’s glove, at 5:14 of the second period.

“We came out better in the second period,” Conlon said. “Revere is a tough team that always plays with a lot of effort, so it was good to get those goals when we did, because they don’t quit.”

The Patriots had a couple good chances in the last four minutes of the second period. James Pandolfo whipped a wrist shot from the left circle that Stafford knocked aside, and then the Lynn goalie got a shoulder on a shot from Giordano.

Revere continued to press early in the third period, and Giordano scored on a brilliant individual play. He carried the puck from the neutral zone down the left wing, beat a defender, and deked around Stafford before he slipped the puck just inside the right post.

Giordano had another chance on a power play with about five minutes left in the game, but his shot from the slot was steered aside by Stafford. A minute later, Stafford had to stop three quick shots in succession from just outside the crease. The Lynn goalie stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced during the game.

The Patriots pulled Uminski in the final 90 seconds, but the Jets kept Revere pinned in its own zone for most of the final minute.

Lynn plays Peabody at home on Monday (4), while Revere travels to Gloucester on Wednesday (6).

Swampscott talks about a safe place

A group gathers at the Sanctuary Movement event at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn in Swampscott.


SWAMPSCOTT Being an undocumented immigrant is not a criminal offense, but rather an administrative violation and should be treated as such.

Dr. Alexandra Pineros Shields, the guest speaker at Thursday night’s Sanctuary Movement event at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn in Swampscott, delivered those words to an audience of about 125 at the event sponsored by the Essex County Community Organization (ECCO).

The Sanctuary Movement, which began in the 1980s, is a religious and political campaign that addresses the concerns of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Members of the movement promise to protect immigrant families who face discrimination and deportation issues. Many faith-based organizations are part of the movement.

Dr. Victoria Weinstein, pastor of the church, delivered the opening reflection on the eve of the presidential inauguration, saying, “We’re not here to debate, but rather to love our neighbors and protect the most vulnerable among us.”

Shields delivered a 45-minute presentation on the causes of migration, along with policy changes through the years.

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Lynn Councilor-At-Large Brian La Pierre said he thought the meeting was important and the discussion needs to continue.

“As a teacher, leader and elected official in Lynn, I see the connection between educational justice and racial justice, and now, more than ever, we need to come together as one community and face the issue of undocumented immigrants,” he said. “We must have a school system that serves as a safe center of support and learning for all those we serve in the community.”

With the incoming administration’s campaign promises of building walls and deporting undocumented immigrants still fresh in people’s minds, the evening’s agenda also included testimonies on creating sanctuaries for immigrants, immigration policy analysis and sanctuary cities and congregations. Participants were invited to go online at to support the movement.

Lisa Day-Copeland, 57, of Gloucester was in the audience. “I am here because I believe it’s important to offer help and protection to the vulnerable members of society and I would like to see Gloucester become a sanctuary city,” she said.  

Jenney Harkness, 61, of Essex, added, “I grew up in the inner city and I am concerned about the homelessness issue. I truly fear for immigrants, both documented and undocumented, who aren’t welcomed into our cities and towns.”

Revere stays undefeated, clinches tournament berth

Valentina Pepic scored 22 points for Revere in the 57-30 win over Saugus. 


SAUGUS — Last week the Saugus girls basketball team downed undefeated Danvers, handing the Falcons their first loss of the season. History often repeats itself, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case for the Sachems on Thursday night.  

The Sachems fell to Revere, 57-30, at Saugus High. With the win, the Patriots (11-0) clinched a spot in the state tournament and remained undefeated.

Although the score indicates an easy road to victory for the Patriots, the game didn’t start that way. Revere’s Valentina Pepic had the hot hand in the early stages, scoring eight points in the opening quarter. The Sachems kept pace thanks to Taylor Bogdanski, who nailed a three with 12 seconds to play in the quarter. Revere led 10-9 after one.

Saugus committed a number of costly turnovers in the second quarter and fell into an offensive funk.

“Revere’s length bothered us,” Saugus coach Mark Schruender said. “They got into our passing lanes. There were plays where it seemed like momentum wasn’t on our side and we’re a momentum team.”

Revere opened the second quarter on an 8-1 run led by a three from Pamela Gonzalez and a pair of buckets knocked down by Pepic and Emily DiGiulio. The Patriots carried a 24-14 advantage into the half.

“I think we came out strong defensively,” Revere coach Lianne O’Hara said of the team’s performance in the second quarter. “We got a bunch of stops and scores and that opened up our lead. We work really hard on our defense.”

With a new half of basketball left to play, the Sachems looked to climb back into the game but Revere didn’t slow down. The Patriots opened up a 20-point lead after three quarters and remained hot through the fourth. Revere’s biggest advantage was a 28-point lead in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

Aside from turnovers the Sachems were also outrebounded, and it cost them.

“I have to coach better,” Schruender said. “We didn’t work on boxing out on hard crashes from the perimeter, and that’s my fault. Revere made a lot of perimeter rebounds. Sometimes we’d get the rebound and we’d lose it on a deflection, luck wasn’t on our side.”

For Revere, Pepic led the way with 22 points and nine rebounds.

“She (Pepic) works hard to finish,” O’Hara said. “She grabs rebounds and keeps the ball over her head where guards can’t get it and she’s able to finish her shots.”

Gonzalez scored 11 points with five rebounds. Elizabeth Lake added five points.

Olivia Valente led Saugus with six points while Bogdanski and Allie Kotowski each scored five.

The Sachems (9-3) will attempt to bounce back on Tuesday at Beverly.

“We’re a game-to-game, day-to-day team,” Schruender said. “We’ll get it after it on Sunday at practice.”

Revere aims to stay undefeated on Tuesday when the team hosts Gloucester.

“We’re looking to improve defensively,” O’Hara said. “If we can limit teams from scoring, winning is a little bit easier.”

Harold Rivera can be reached at 

Roundup: Swampscott girls shine in state track relays


The Swampscott girls had a big day Saturday at the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association relays.

The Big Blue won the Division 3 high jump championship with a combined 14-7.25, with Georgia Cilley doing a 4-6, Haley Bernhardt 4-8 and Michelle Connor 5.5

The shot put trio of Taylor McBurney, Masie Vasquez and Mackenzie Creighton finished third overall with a combined 92-6.

The foursome of Georgia Cilley, Kendall Rhodes, Ellie Wright and Meredith Zimmer came in six in the 50-meter shuttle hurdles with a 33.57.

In all the girls placed fifth in Division 4.

In Division 2, the Beverly girls had a good day, finishing fifth with 26 points. The Panthers won the 1600 spring with a 4:18.51, were sixth in the 4×50 Beverly (26.17), seventh in the 4×400 (4:23.51), eighth in the 4×800 (10:29.26), fourth in the distance (12:57.83) sixth in the shuttle hurdles (33.41) fourth in the high jump (13-10.50) and third in the shot put (90-01.25).

In Division 3, it was a Gloucester day. For the girls, the Fishermen took fourth in the 1600 sprint (4:20.24), eighth in the shuttle hurdle (33.52), third in the high jump (14-02.50) while the boys took ninth in the 4×400 relay, eighth in the 1600 spring (3:48.02) and 10th in the long jump (52-07.50)

In Division 4, Marblehead girls were 10th in the 4×800 relay (10:32.63) and fifth in the shot put (14-07.25).

For the boys, Danvers was third in the 4×50 relay (23.11) while Marblehead was fifth (23.23). The Magicians were sixth in the 1600 sprints (3:43.42); Danvers 10th in the distance medley (11:51.80) and eighth in the shuttle hurdles (30.35); and Swampscott third in the shot put (115-11).

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At Reggie Lewis Center Saturday, Peabody’s weight throw team dominated the field, taking the top four places in the 25-pound weight throw.  

Patrick Pang qualified for nationals and set a PR by more than two feet with a throw of 56-06.50, while Conor Ramos placed second with a PR of 47-08.25.  In his first time competing in the event, Dariel Canela also set a PR (44-08.50) and finished third, while William DeMayo threw 44-07.5 and finished fourth.  Carlos Vega (43-05), Randdye Ramos (35-08.5), Jake Sousa (29-08.75) and Gabe Carvalho (29-04.75) also competed.


Fenwick 79, Matignon/St. Joseph’s 62

The Crusaders, 5-0, placed first in all 11 events: the 200 medley relay (1:52.28, Connor Chirstuk, Rowan Emerson, Garrett Collins,  Michael D’lorio; 200 freestyle relay (1:56.07, Joie Dillon, Sarah Arnold, Rowan Emerson, and Connor Chirstuk); 400 freestyle relay (4:06.63, Sarah Long, Joie Dillon, Sophia Lumino, and Catherine Chirstuk).

Also, Connor Christuk 200 IM (2:18.46) and 500 free (5:27.63); Catherine Christuk 200 free (2:06.15) and 100 back (1:04.25); Sophia Lumino 100 free (57.27) and 100 breast (1:12.50); Rowan Emerson 50 free (26.78) and Garrett Collins 100 fly (1:09.58).

The Crusaders are in action next Sunday against St. Mary’s.


Lynnfield 45, Triton 34

Lynnfield 54, Essex Tech 30

Lynnfield 15, Smith Voke 0

Melrose 56, Lynnfield 22

In a super quad at North Reading, Lynnfield winners in the Triton match were: 106, Stuart Glover; 113, Chris Metrano; 120, Chris Reardon; 126, Will Glover; 145, Adam Rossetti; 152, Connor Stead; 182, Anthony Wilkinson; 195, Kevin Farrelly.

Against Essex Tech, it was 106, Metrano; 113, Glover; 120 Chris Reardon; 126, Glover; 132, J. Reardon; 138, Rossetti;  

160, McCullough; 170, Wilkinson; 195 Farrelly.

Against Smith, it was 132, Reardon;  170, Wilkinson; 195, Farrelly.

Against Melrose, it was 113, Metrano; 132, Reardon; 138, Rossetti and 145, Stead.


St. Mary’s 53 Fontbonne 40

At Emmanuel College, the Spartans, 7-4, won their sixth in a row. Down 25-14 in second quarter, St. Mary’s outscored Fontbonne 39-15 over final 20 minutes of game.

Olivia Nazaire led all scorers with 23 points, with help from Mia Nowicki (13) and Gabby Torres (6).

Delgado leads Classical to win

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medrano contributed with 13 points while Wilkey scored ten.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Moynihan Award Winners Announced

Hugh Calice (left) of Beverly football and Katerina Hassapis of North Reading soccer. 

For their outstanding work in the classroom and in their respective athletic fields, Beverly football star Hugh Calice and North Reading soccer standout Katerina Hassapis have been selected as the Moynihan Lumber Student-Athletes of the Month for November.

Calice, a senior on the Panthers football team and basketball captain, helped lead his football squad to a banner season this fall which included the Division 2 North sectional championship and a pair of massive upsets over Tewksbury in the semifinals and Billerica in the finals.

“We came into the season wanting to prove something,” Calice said. “Word was out about what we lost and not what we had, so we had a chip on our shoulder.”

Individually, Calice was a force on both sides of the ball. As a linebacker, he was named the Northeastern Conference North’s Defensive Player of the Year, and he was the catalyst of the Panthers’ hard hitting defense.

Offensively, he was a jack of all trades that was called upon to play a bunch of different roles. He could split out wide and play receiver, where he snagged a pair of touchdowns in a September win over Gloucester. He was a punishing blocker at tight end and he even played a little tail back.

“It was a great season, I don’t think I could have asked for a better senior season with the guys,” Calice said. “I got the conference Defensive Player of the Year but it was such an all-around team effort.”

In the classroom, Calice is just as much of a standout as he is on the athletic field.

The owner of a sterling 3.9 grade point average, he excels while taking a very difficult course load which includes honors calculus, advanced placement statistics, honors robotics and honors English.

“I definitely emphasize my work in the classroom,” Calice said. “It all starts with the support from my parents. When I get home from practice I’m tired but my parents really push me through it so I can get my work done.”

Calice is still making his college decision and has narrowed it down to Holy Cross, UNH, Merrimack and Western New England, where he plans to play football.

Hassapis also had a stellar fall season as the senior keeper, leading North Reading to a berth in the Division 3 North Finals, where it fell to Newburyport.

Hassapis was named the Cape Ann League Kinney Division Player of the Year for a second season in a row and recorded 15 shutouts on the season.

“It was an amazing season,” Hassapis said. “We have a great group of girls and everyone was on top of their game all season long.”

The CAL Player of the Year established herself as one of the state’s top keepers over the past two seasons, and she has only been playing the position since her sophomore year in high school.

As a freshman, Hassapis was a varsity striker with deadly speed and athleticism. But during her club season, her team’s starting keeper sustained an injury which left a hole at the position. Hassapis stepped in and excelled in the role. While she entered her sophomore season at North Reading with plans to play striker again, she stepped in at keeper during a practice and her coach immediately named her the starter.

“I stepped in for only a few games during the club season to help the team,” Hassapis said. “It ended up working well. I had to do a lot of training to catch up technically but I caught on pretty quickly. During my sophomore season my coach wanted me to play striker again but I talked him into letting me play keeper one practice and I have stayed there ever since.”

Hassapis, who is also a shooting guard on the Hornet’s basketball team, is a standout student who plans on attending Bentley University next fall, where she will be playing soccer.

Her senior year has her taking a challenging course load featuring advanced placement psychology, advanced placement civics and government and advanced placement calculus. She also sports an impressive 3.8 grade point average.

Local teams show support for Falmouth community

The St. Mary’s boys hockey team hung the jerseys numbered “10” and “19” in honor of James Lavin and Owen Higgins respectively. The No.88 is a tribute to the late Patrick Reddy. 


A handful of local high school hockey teams are doing their part to pay respects to James Lavin and Owen Higgins, the two Falmouth High School students who were killed a car crash last Thursday night.

Lavin and Higgins, members of Falmouth High’s hockey team, had just left hockey practice when their car crashed into the woods around 7 p.m. Lavin was pronounced dead the scene of the accident. Higgins died later Thursday night from the injuries he suffered.

Local teams have rallied together to show their support for the Falmouth community. At the Lynn Jets Christmas Tournament, the Lynn and Swampscott teams hung jerseys on their benches with the respective numbers worn by Higgins and Lavin. Higgins wore number “19” while Lavin wore number “10.”

Wednesday’s contest between the Peabody/Lynnfield and Quincy/North Quincy girls hockey teams included a similar tribute. Peabody/Lynnfield’s bench also featured a banner that read “Falmouth Strong.”

At the Cape Ann Savings Bank Tournament, Beverly, Gloucester and Marblehead hung the No.10 and No.19 jerseys on their respective benches. The same was done by Saugus in the Kasabuski Tournament and Revere/Malden in the East Boston Deep Freeze Tournament.

The St. Mary’s boys hockey team held a fundraiser on Wednesday night as the Spartans hosted Lowell Catholic at Connery Rink.

The St. Mary’s community suffered a similar tragic loss in 2007 when Patrick Reddy died in a car accident in Maine. Reddy, a 2006 graduate of St. Mary’s, starred on the Spartans hockey team.

“He (Reddy) was a senior captain and just a very popular kid both with the hockey program and the school,” St. Mary’s hockey coach Mark Lee said. “He was very popular in the Lynn community.”

Lee added that the tragedy in Falmouth hit home for the St. Mary’s team, after having experienced a similar loss in Reddy’s death.

“It hit home, especially for those of us who were here coaching and for the Reddy family,” Lee said. “It brought back some bad memories of a tragedy that feels like it happened yesterday. It has to be a nightmare. I can’t imagine what those two families are going through.”

St. Mary’s donated all of the proceeds from the game’s 50-50 raffle, and raised a total of $2200. That amount was matched by the Patrick Reddy Foundation, as well as the Joseph O’Donnell Foundation, making it a $6600 total for the fundraising efforts.

“I think hockey people are special,” Lee said. “It’s a tight family and we rally around each other. It’s just a tragedy. We’ve gone through it at St. Mary’s. We know firsthand how tragic it is and we appreciated other schools helping us in our time of loss.”

Lee added, “The hockey community is a special community. We’re happy to do what we can to help ease the pain a little bit.”

Lee credited Mike Reddy, father of the late Patrick, for offering the idea of a fundraiser on behalf of the St. Mary’s community.

“As soon as it happened he (Mike) contacted me,” Lee said. “Having lived it and having that feeling of what the families are going through, I give the Reddy’s all the credit in the world. They wanted to do something in the name of St. Mary’s.”

In a team effort, the St. Mary’s players got the word out to their friends and families in hopes of drawing a strong crowd at Wednesday’s game. The fans in the crowd also showed support by wearing maroon and white, Falmouth High School’s colors.

“Our players were happy to help,” Lee said. “They did everything they could to get the word out and get a good crowd at the game. I believe these young men understood and were honored to be a part of this. We had a good crowd at the game. A lot of the kids in the crowd wore Falmouth colors.”

Lee acknowledged the fundraising efforts as a sign that the St. Mary’s community cares for the losses suffered in Falmouth.

“I’m very proud of our program,” Lee said. “Our hearts go out those families.”

Harold Rivera can be reached at 

Walter M. Williamson

NORTH READING — Walter M. “Wally” Williamson, of North Reading, previously of Gloucester and Saugus. Dec. 24. Beloved husband of Margaret (Minichiello). Father of Peter and his wife Beth of Gloucester, Daniel of Washington, Timothy and his wife Laura of Danvers, Amy Sasso and her husband Patrick of Newbury and the late Philip Williamson. Grandfather of Rian, Nikki, Hannah, Conor, Garrett, Patrick, Kathryn, Thomas and Sophia. Wally was a member of Local 537 Pipe Fitters Union.

Service information: Relatives and friends may visit in the COTA Funeral Home, 335 Park St., (corner of Park St. and Rt. 28), North Reading, at Reading line, on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Interment will be private. Please omit flowers and make donations in Walter’s name to a charity of your choice.

School Roundup: Marblehead downs Gloucester

Braden Haley scored two goals for the Magicians in Tuesday’s win. 


The Marblehead boys hockey team rolled to its second-straight Cape Ann Savings Bank Tournament championship Tuesday, topping Gloucester, 8-1 at Talbot Rink in Gloucester.

James McCarthy and Braden Haley each recorded two goals and two assists, and Jacob Garfield and Drew Cioffi each scored two goals in the win.

Marblehead has a week off before taking on Bishop Feehan at the New England Sports Village in Attleboro on January 4.

For Gloucester (1-3-0), Ethan Brennan scored the lone goal on an assist from EJ Field. The Fishermen will face off against Beverly in the consolation game of the Cape Ann tournament today at 4 p.m. at Talbot Rink.


Beverly/Danvers 6, Lincoln-Sudbury 0

The Panthers are now 6-0-0 after a shutout win in the opening game of the North Shore Showcase at the Bourque Arena at Endicott College on Tuesday. McKinley Karpa continued her impressive season with three more goals to lead the way, while Izzy Primack added a goal and two assists. Brittany Foster also scored a goal for the Panthers.

Beverly/Danvers will now go up against Billerica/Chelmsford in the title game of the North Shore Classic this afternoon at 1 p.m. Billerica/Chelmsford made it into the championship game after a 5-1 win over St. Mary’s on Tuesday.


St. John’s Prep 83, New Rochelle (N.Y.) 69

The Eagles (4-0) remained undefeated with a win in the opening round of the BABC Classic tournament at Cathedral High School in Boston on Tuesday. Junior Tommy O’Neil had a massive double-double to pace St. John’s, finishing with 32 points and 20 rebounds. Junior Nate Hobbs also had a big day, scoring 26 points.

The Eagles will play host school Cathedral in the final day of the BABC Classic this afternoon at 12:20 p.m.

Pope John Tournament

Fenwick 61, Pope John 43

The Crusaders took down the host team in the Pope John Tournament, advancing to today’s final against Winthrop.

Coach Kevin Moran said the entire team, especially the starting five, contributed to the win.

Ryan Veguilla led the way with 13 points to go with six assists. Isaiah Cashwell-Doe added 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Nick Pignone had five points, Klous Llanag had 12 points, and Jack Bowers added 10 points and eight rebounds.


Bishop Fenwick 60, Reading 39

The Crusaders cruised to a win in the opening round of the Masconomet Holiday Tournament at Masconomet High School on Tuesday. Fenwick (3-1) was led on the night by sophomore Jaxson Nadeau, who finished the game with 17 points and four steals. Sophomore Sammi Gallant finished with 10 points, while senior captain Sam Mancinelli had a great all-around game with seven points and eight assists. Junior Jennie Meagher contributed four points and 12 rebounds.

The Crusaders will now move on to face host school Masconomet in the championship game tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

Swampscott’s Caponigro perseveres through loss

Swampscott’s Jaymie Caponigro,  dribbling through the Salem defense in the Big Blue’s win over the Witches last week, played just three days after her grandfather, Eugene Caponigro, passed away, just one day before his wake, and of the night of his funeral.


Losing a family member is never easy. And losing one the week before Christmas is even tougher.

Most of the time, when a loved-one dies, all activity ceases. Families band together, make funeral arrangements, and just spend a few days reflecting on the life of the person who has just died.

But Jaymie Caponigro of Swampscott felt it was better if she remembered her grandfather some other way.

Eugene Caponigro died last Saturday at the age of 90. His granddaughter, Jaymie, plays on the girls basketball team in Swampscott, and has been among the team’s most important players since she was a freshman.

Nobody would have said too much if she’d not been able to play her regularly-scheduled games last Tuesday and Thursday, against Salem and Gloucester respectively. Most people would have understood.

But part of what makes athletes good at what they do is an uncommon focus that can cut through personal circumstances and concentrate on the task at hand.

Back in 2003, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre’s father died on the eve of a Monday Night football game. Favre’s Packers were to play the Oakland Raiders, and up to five minutes before the game started, Favre wasn’t sure he could play.

But he did. And before the first half ended, he had thrown for 311 yards and tossed four touchdown passes. It is said that it was the single best game of his professional career.

“I knew,” said Favre afterward, “that my dad would have wanted me to play.”

This is how Jaymie Caponigro felt too. She’d grown up in an athletic family. Her father, Joe Caponigro, is one of the premiere baseball coaches in this area. He’s been coaching at Lynn English since 2004, and is one of the pioneers of the North Shore Baseball League. Joe Caponigro used to have a saying that he’d impart to his daughter when he coached her as a child.

“Earn your shower,” he’d say to her.

Jaymie earned hers by playing against Salem Tuesday, one day before her grandfather was to be waked. And like Favre, Caponigro made sure she earned that shower.

She scored 19 points in a one-sided win over the Witches, and her coach, Katelyn Leonard, complimented her after the game, saying she’d been in “attack mode” the whole game.

But unlike Favre, there was never any doubt but that Caponigro would play.

“I was always planning on playing,” she said. “When you step on the court, you leave everything else behind, and you’re in a different world. You rely on your teammates for support, and they support you.

“It happened to work out where I was able to make the game, and the services didn’t conflict,” she said. “But I also definitely think my Papa would have wanted me playing.”

It wasn’t simply Tuesday either. The funeral was Thursday, and when it was over, the Caponigros went to Gloucester, where the Big Blue scored a 53-42 win over the Fishermen. Caponigro had a double-double, scoring 11 points and pulling 10 rebounds.

Caponigro said playing was the best tribute she could give her grandfather.

“He lived a very long life, and he accomplished a lot of things,” she said. “I know that I wanted to make him proud of me on the court, and in everything that I did.

“I just kept thinking of him wanting me to do well,” she said. “I wanted to do well for him. Overall, I just wanted to play well and make him proud.”

By the time Caponigro got to Swampscott High, her grandfather could no longer attend her games. However, he saw her play plenty of times, both soccer and basketball, when she was younger.

“He was definitely a role model for me personally,” she said. “He told me to always go 100 percent, and to be committed, and to work hard. He told me to always be the hardest-working person on the court. I just lived by that.”

Sports have always been an integral part of her life. Not only is the Caponigro family heavily involved, but her mother’s side of the family is too. Her uncle is Jim Quinlan, who is the head hockey coach at Bishop Fenwick, and who coached Saugus to back-to-back state championships during his tenure.

She has already committed to Southern New Hampshire University for soccer, and because of that will eschew basketball she gets to college.

“It’s a Division 2 program, and I think it would be hard to to back-to-back with both sports,” she said.

This isn’t to say she’s incapable of it. She played soccer and basketball back-to-back for four years at Swampscott, “plus I play club (soccer) all year around. Then, there’s school. I have to keep up with honors classes and it can be a challenge to balance it all. It’s important to work on time management.”

Speaking of time, it’s flown by, she said.

“I’m a senior, and I still feel like a freshman,” she said. “It’s really gone by fast.

“For me, it’s sad that this chapter in my life is going to end,” she said, “but I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life in collegiate sports, and to see how I’ll do.

“But,” she said, “I’ll always remember high school sports.”

School Roundup: Fenwick earns first win of the season

Isaiah Cashwell-Doe scored 18 points for the Crusaders in their win on Friday night. 


The Bishop Fenwick boys basketball team (1-3) earned its first win of the season with a 63-55 victory over St. Clement  on the Crusaders’ home floor.

Nick Pignone led the Crusaders with 20 points. Isaiah Cashwell-Doe continues to make noise this season with an 18-point performance. Klous Llanag contributed to the winning effort with 19 points. Fenwick coach Kevin Moran credited Jack Keenan for playing strong on the defensive end.

Moran said the team’s win is a reflection of the effort they’ve been dedicating in practice.

“We’ve been working hard and I think this is a tremendous team,” Moran said. “Guys like Jack Keenan stepped up and did a tremendous job for us.”

With their first win of the season out of the way, Fenwick now has an opportunity to move the 2016-2017 campaign in the right direction.

“Being a new coach here at Fenwick, we had a couple of tough losses early this year,” Moran said. “It’s a chance for us to change direction. We hit pressure at some points in the game but we reacted well to that. It was a tight game the whole way.”

The Crusaders are off until they take on Pope John on Tuesday in the Pope John Tournament. Moran is hopeful that his team can carry a wave of momentum into the tournament.

“We need to build on tonight,” Moran said. “Pope John is one of the best teams in Division 4. We have to get ready for them. Just last week they played St. John’s Prep tough. We’ll take anything we can get to build momentum.”

Lynnfield 67, Newburyport 48

The Pioneers mounted a 20-5 lead after the first quarter. Newburyport outscored Lynnfield 17-6 in the second quarter to climb back into the contest down 28-22 at the half. Lynnfield took control from there on out for the win.


St. John’s Prep 64, Pembroke 9
St. John’s Prep 63, Bristol-Aggie 19
St. John’s Prep 40, Duxbury 27
Marshfield 43, St. John’s Prep 33

The Eagles had three wrestlers go 4-0 en route at a 3-1 finish in the quad-match at the Marshfield Duals on Friday night. Quinn Alexander (106 pounds), Ryan Garlitz (113 pounds) and Malcolm Mitchell (126 pounds) each won all four of their matches. The Eagles are now 11-1 on the year.

Lynnfield 45, Wakefield 36
Lynnfield 37, Malden Catholic 35
Lynnfield 35, Marblehead/Swampscott 21

The Pioneers won all three of their matches at the Wakefield quad meet. Stuart Glover (106 pounds), Will Glover (126 pounds) and Sean McCollough (160 pounds) each won all three of their matches on the night. Lynnfield coach Craig Stone said the Pioneers faced a slate of talented opponents in the quad meet.

“They were close meets,” Stone said. “It was a pretty even level of competition. The matches against Malden Catholic and Wakefield were pretty close. We have a couple of days off and then we’ll get back at it.”

The Pioneers (7-0) remain undefeated on the year. Stone pointed to his team’s balance as the key to its success.

“The biggest thing is the balance,” Stone said. “We have decent wrestling at each weight. We’ve been able to take advantage of those match ups against other teams.”

The Pioneers are back at it on Tuesday when they take part in the Pentucket tournament.


Woburn 8, Marblehead 4

Sam Cioffi’s goal in the final second of the second period gave the Magicians a spark heading into the third as they trailed 5-4. Unfortunately for the Magicians, that spark didn’t carry over for too long as Woburn scored three goals in the third period to ice the victory. Marblehead (0-4-1) is back in action next week at the Gloucester tournament.

Fenwick 4, St. Peter Marian 1

Rob Murphy’s empty netter in the closing stages gave him two goals on the night and Fenwick rolled to a 4-1 win. Kasey O’Brien also scored two goals for the Crusaders.

St. John’s Prep 6, Danvers 0

Shawn Thomson, Ryan Hart and Ryan Farrow were among the goal scorers for the Eagles.


Woburn 3, St. Mary’s 1

Mady Hentosh’s goal with 13 minutes to play gave the Spartans an early 1-0 advantage. Unfortunately, that was all the scoring St. Mary’s was able to produce on the night. Adara Nazarian notched the assist on the goal. Woburn scored an empty-netter to seal the win late.

Harold Rivera can be reached at 

Swampscott girls cruise past Salem

Swampscott’s Jaymie Caponigro gets past Salem’s Angelica Rego for a layup.


SALEM — Prior to the start of the 2016-2017 season, Swampscott girls basketball coach Katelyn Leonard recognized guard/forward Jaymie Caponigro as a player to keep an eye on this winter for the Big Blue. Tuesday night’s game between the Big Blue and Salem at Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse stood to prove that Leonard was right.

Caponigro scored 19 points for the Big Blue as Swampscott sailed smoothly to a 46-15 win over the Witches.

Leonard spoke highly of Caponigro’s strong performance in the win.

“She (Caponigro) was in attack mode,” Leonard said. “What she’s doing well this season is she’s not forcing the game, she’s letting the game come to her. She’s making the right passes when they’re there. When that hole is there to the hoop, she’s taking it.”

Swampscott started the game on a 6-0 run in the first quarter, but the Witches creeped back into the contest when Wildarys Correa hit a jump shot to put Salem on the board. The Big Blue retaliated with a pair of buckets after Salem’s Emily Fabre hit a free throw and Swampscott held a 10-3 advantage after the first quarter.

Correa knocked in another jump shot to open the second quarter but the Big Blue responded with a bucket from Grace DiGrande. Salem struggled with turnovers and Swampscott capitalized on those mistakes.

Leonard said her team has been working on creating scoring opportunities by applying pressure on the defensive side of the game.

“We’re really focused on defense,” Leonard said. “We’re trying to get our offense to come from our defense. We’re buying into that more and more, and we’re getting better at it. It’s creating around 70 to 80 percent of our offense.”

The Big Blue led 21-7 at the half.

In the third quarter, the Big Blue began to run away from the Witches. Swampscott built a 10-0 run behind six points from Caponigro’s hot hand.

“I think at that point they were giving her (Caponigro) the lane and she was taking it,” Leonard said. “Once they kind of clogged it up she made the nice passes to set up other players.”

Salem’s Angelica Rego knocked down a three-pointer to end the Swampscott run, but the Big Blue carried a comfortable lead at 35-15 at the end of the third quarter.

Caponigro’s hand didn’t cool off in the fourth quarter. The senior scored four points in the final quarter on a pair of buckets for Swampscott. Big Blue forward Emily Guiney added five points off the bench and Swampscott cruised to the 46-15 win.

The Big Blue scored the majority of the points in the paint, much to the liking of Leonard, who said her team seeks to take easier shots.

“We’re trying to finish around the rim,” Leonard said. “We’re trying not to settle for jump shots. If we have wide open ones and good looks we’ll take them, but we really want to make the extra pass to get the easy shot.”

Caponigro led all scorers with her 18 points and notched a double-double as she grabbed 10 rebounds in the win.

Swampscott’s Ella Parker and Nikki Rosa contributed with six points each. DiGrande also had a strong performance in driving the team’s offense at point guard.

“She (DiGrande) settled the game down and read the game well,” Leonard said. “Today was a day that I really saw her step up in that position.”

For the Witches, Fabre led the way with five points while Correa and Stephanie Cantone each scored four.

Salem (0-2) will look to notch its first win of the season on Thursday at Winthrop. Swampscott (2-1) will visit Gloucester on Thursday.

Harold Rivera can be reached at 

Roundup: Classical boys basketball off to a good start


The Lynn Classical boys basketball team is off to a good start this winter.

The Rams had five players in double figures Saturday as the traveled to Salem State to defeat Somerville, 74-71, for their second win of the season.

Gilbert Minaya led the way with 18, followed by Jalen Johnson with 17 and Edwin Solis with 15.

Malden 56 Marblehead 51

At Salem State Saturday, the Magicians dropped to 1-2.  Co-captain Patrick Bugler tossed in 23 points for Marblehead. Bo Millett, the other captain said that the team has to shoot better from the floor moving forward.

“We still have a bunch of guys that are making the move from football to basketball, we’re getting there,” Millett said. Marblehead will play its first home game of the season when they host Winthrop Tuesday.

Everett 86 Salem 48

The Witches lost to a very solid Crimson Tide team at home Saturday. Nate Ledron was high-scorer for Salem, knocking down 16 points to go with two steals and four rebounds. The Witches will be in Swampscott Tuesday night.

St. John’s 60  Pope John 45

The Eagles (2-0) won it behind 20 points from Nate Hobbs. Senior captain Brett McNiff snatched 11 rebounds and blocked four shots. The Eagles will be in Lynn on Friday night to play St. Mary’s.


Snow forced postponement of the Saugus-Portland, Maine game Saturday. The Sachems (1-1) will look for win No. two in Gloucester Monday night.


St. John’s 57, Salem, NH, 15

St. John’s 32, Lawrence 32

The Eagles improved to 7-0. Ben Klein (182), Sam Blizard (145), John McNaught (138), Zach Alexander (132), Malcolm Mitchell (126), Ryan Garlitz (113) and Quinn Alexander (106), all had wins on the mat for the Eagles.

Anthony Lisitano Tournament


At Wakefield High, eighth-grader Nick Sirota (106) finished in second place after beating Ryan Brown from Catholic Memorial. Senior captain Stephen Hopkins (138) finished third in his weight class and need two more victories for 100 on his career.

Saugus had one winner. Mike Titus (113) went 4-0 on the day and won his weight class.

Lynnfield-North Reading senior captain Connor Stead picked up the first major tournament win of his career Saturday at tournament. Stead upended top-seeded Ryan Smith of Wakefield in the final, pinning Smith in 5:24. Stead was one of seven Black and Gold wrestlers who placed in the meet, three of whom were freshmen.

“We haven’t had a freshman place in this meet since 2001, so to have three place today was quite impressive,” coach Craig Stone said.

Stuart Glover (106) led the freshmen trio with a fourth place finish, while Timothy Leggett (120) and Sean McCullough (160) finished fifth. Anthony Wilkinson (182, 4th) and Kevin Farrelly (195, 6th) were first-time place winners, Glover’s older brother Will Glover (126, 4th) also placed.  Lynnfield-North Reading finished seventh, with 17 teams participating in the tournament.

Sons of Italy Tournament

Peabody had a couple of wrestlers place Saturday. Freshman Phil Mackmoki (195) finished third, and senior Ben Caputo (220) finished fourth in his weight class. Peabody will hit the mat next on Wednesday night against Beverly.

Making a federal case in Peabody


PEABODY— Help is on the way for North Shore entrepreneurs seeking cash to start a business, first-time homebuyers looking for a low-cost mortgage and the unemployed seeking job training.

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) will host an Economic Development Federal Resource Forum at Peabody City Hall today. The event will feature senior staff from 13 federal agencies.

“Our mission is to connect constituents with federal resources,” said Jason Denoncourt, economic development director for Moulton and event organizer. “The federal government has lots of resources, but they lack a marketing budget, or people who promote their programs, so we are trying to be a conduit.”

The amount of cash available from these agencies is considerable, Denoncourt said.

Zoning issues brewing on Swampscott waterfront

The public will have the opportunity to talk with federal officials who have access to billions of dollars that support thousands of federal programs.

People can learn about federal resources for small business assistance, transportation, housing, technological innovation and more.

“The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program alone has $2 billion worth of grants,” said Denoncourt. The agency’s mission is to encourage participation in innovation and entrepreneurship by socially and economically disadvantaged persons.

While the timing may seem odd given the change in administration set for next month, Moulton said the federal staff set to be at the event are career professionals who transcend the occupant of the White House.

“When we organized this event, it looked like Hillary Clinton would be president,” he said. “But these people will be around next year.”

In addition to helping the public, Moulton will have a private meeting with the mayors of Lynn, Peabody, Gloucester, Newburyport, Salem, Beverly and Amesbury and introduce them to the federal staff who can help bring money to their communities.

Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy said she welcomes the chance to learn about more resources for the city.

“I appreciate the opportunity to share ideas and priorities with our partners at the federal level,” Kennedy said in a statement. “Congressman Moulton and his staff have shown a desire to assist the communities in the district in accessing resources that are available to us. This type of direct dialogue can go a long way in making that possible.”

Peabody Mayor Edward  Bettencourt Jr. said the forum is a chance for him to meet with federal officials on issues that affect Peabody.

“I am interested in talking with the Small Business Administration because our focus has been on improving the downtown and attracting new businesses,” he said. “We are always looking for additional ways to take advantage of the resources these agencies offer.”

The federal agencies who will be on hand include the Department of Energy, Economic Development Administration, Department of Labor, Department of Agriculture, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Small Business Administration/SBIR, Department of Transportation, Department of Health and Human Services, Commercial Service, Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration and the Department of Commerce.

Thomas Grillo can be reached

Swampscott boys hockey full of optimism

Louis Olivieri, left, led the Big Blue in goals (22) last season while Mike Johnson was the overall point leader with 55.


After losing just three players to graduation, the Swampscott boys hockey team heads into the new season with a solid returning core and veteran leadership mixed with good, young talent.

The offense looks to be a big strength for the Big Blue, with senior captains and forwards Mike Johnson and Louis Olivieri, along with junior Stevie Santanello, returning to bolster the front line.

“We have a solid core with those three,” Swampscott coach Gino Faia said.

Johnson led the team in points (55, with 19 goals and 36 assists), while Olivieri led the team in goals (22, with 16 assists for 38 points). Santanello netted 10 goals and assisted on 19 in his sophomore season, and could be poised for a breakout season in 2016-17.

In fact, last year’s Swampscott seniors accounted for only seven goals last season, with six coming from captain Peter Doyle, and another from fellow captain, defenseman Dante Ceccarelli.

With most of the offensive firepower returning, one might assume the Big Blue would have holes in other places. But Swampscott has a core of defensemen coming back in 2016-17 as well, led by Dave Peterson, Emory Wollerscheid, Jack Poska and Dom Codispoti.

“We’re a little more well-rounded this year,” Faia said. “We’re big, strong and fast.”

The Big Blue are also set in the net, as Dan Johnson returns for his junior season. Johnson saw the bulk of the playing time last season, notching three shutouts and earning a .878 save percentage. Between him and sophomore Victor Kratik, who saw a little playing time last season, Faia is confident the team has “two strong goalies.”

The Big Blue seem to be all set on the front and back lines and solid in the net, but if there’s one weakness that stands out to Faia early on, it’s the lack of depth for his squad.

“The numbers are a little thin,” he said. “There’s not a lot of depth.”

But the Big Blue have a group of freshmen that don’t have a ton of experience, but can chip in if needed.

“They’re undersized, but they’re skilled,” Faia said. “We hope they could fill some holes if needed.”

Swampscott finished 11-9 during the regular season in 2015-16, earning the eighth seed in the Division 3 North tournament, but fell in the first round to Shawsheen, 5-4.

This season, the Big Blue are looking to make the tournament for the third straight year, and challenge for the Northeastern Conference South title.

“We’re going to try to make a deep run in the tournament this year,” Faia said, “and if we play together as a team, I think we can make that happen.”

Swampscott will take on Rockport/Manchester-Essex in its season opener Saturday at Talbot Rink in Gloucester.

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Swampscott faces uphill battle this season

Swampscott’s A.J. Venuti steers away from Tech’s Aquemini Gaston, left, and Jamar Johnson, back, during a scrimmage at Lynn Tech Wednesday.


LYNN — After winning just one game last season, it’s going to be an uphill battle for the Swampscott boys basketball team in 2016-17.

The Big Blue lost four of their starters who were responsible for the bulk of their offense last season, with Nick Scibelli, Venantius Phillip, Brandon Byrne and Jack Porter graduating.

Swampscott coach David Born doesn’t know where the team’s offense will come from. The returning starters, like Nate Howard and Sean Lahrizi, both seniors, have been key defensive players for the Big Blue, but they “didn’t score a ton last year.”

“So some of these young guys are going to have step up” Born said, “and some of the seniors have to step forward and get better offensively.”

While the offense hasn’t come together quite yet, the Big Blue do have other strengths. Born will be looking to senior captains A.J. Venuti and Matt Moran to set the tone for a young core. Born calls Venuti, a wing player, a “rugged defender,” while Moran sees time in the post. Lahrizi, another wing player, and Howard, a forward/center, will also provide some veteran leadership.

Swampscott has a lot of young talent, but it’s going to take some time for the underclassmen to pull everything together.

Sophomore Jake Goldman has stepped up as the point guard and is “doing a real nice job,” according to Born. Max Pegnato and Jackson Byrne, also sophomores, both look to be scoring threats, but have work to do on the defensive end of the game. Tony Broadnax, a junior forward, also has the potential to score points for the Big Blue.

But with the season opener on the horizon (Swampscott hosts non-league opponent Amesbury on Saturday night), nothing is set in stone.

“We’ll see who starts when we open on Saturday, we’re not sure yet,” Born said. “We’re trying to find that balance. We have some guys who have trouble scoring and some guys who have trouble defending, so we have to work that out.”

The Big Blue will take on Amesbury and another non-league opponent in Georgetown to open the season before playing a tough slate of talented opponents Winthrop, Salem and Gloucester before the Christmas break.

“I’m excited, we have a couple non-league games that we should be very competitive in,” Born said. “We’re trying to get better every day…I know it’s a cliche, but it’s what we’re trying to do. Two more practices and it’s here…five games before the break and none during, so hopefully we can get some momentum going into the break.”

Swampscott has seen some good competition in the preseason, scrimmaging against Bishop Fenwick and the Big Blue alumni before taking on Lynn Tech Wednesday evening. Swampscott, the visiting team on Wednesday, fell, 48-38, to the Tigers.

“I was pleased with our effort, but we need to play smarter,” Born said. “Our kids have to get a little tougher, mentally and physically. We just have to be more aggressive and finish at the hoop.”

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Fourth and long: Turning the page to winter sports


We changed the name this week because, well, it looks like for the first time all season we’re going to have to punt.

We hope to hit a booming spiral to the basketball and hockey players, swimmers, wrestlers, gymnasts, runners, jumpers and throwers, let them field the ball and take the field for a while. The calendar says it’s time for a rest from football.

Not totally. We still have college (more on that later), and of course the pros. And as if right on cue, the Patriots are losing receivers like 6-year-olds lose teeth. First, Rob Gronkowski and now Danny Amendola. Who’s next?

As for our little corner of the world, any time you have two teams in your area make their way down Route 95 to Foxborough (or anywhere, really), you’d have to say that we’ve just completed an eventful football season.

And we certainly have.

There wasn’t much drama in the sense that both Marblehead and St. Mary’s really dominated their respective leagues. Neither of the two games that figured to be difficult for Marblehead turned out to be quite so difficult (though Danvers gave the Magicians a test) and St. Mary’s didn’t have a test until its Division 1 North final against Stoneham, when the Spartans had to make do with their two best players, Abraham Toe and Calvin Johnson, out of the game.

There were some good teams. If I were to rate the best of them, it would go something like this:

Marblehead — I give the Magicians a slight nod over St. Mary’s, but it’s razor-thin. It probably has more to do with the fact Marblehead is a higher-division team, and that the Magicians handled the Division 2 North champion (Beverly) with relative ease.

St. Mary’s — When the Spartans were healthy and on a roll, I’d have loved to have seen them play Marblehead just to settle the argument. It would have been a great game. The teams played different styles. Marblehead threw the ball more, but both those St. Mary’s backs (Johnson and Toe) would be off to the races in the blink of an eye.

Danvers — The Falcons had the best player in the Northeastern Conference in Matt Andreas, and I’m convinced that had the senior running back not broken his leg in the Division 2 North semifinal against North Reading, the Falcons might have won that game and faced Marblehead in the final for the second straight year.

Beverly — In the middle of the season, this might have been different. But the Panthers rallied and showed some real intestinal fortitude in beating back both Tewksbury and  Billerica, both from the powerful Middlesex Valley Conference, to win the Division 2 North title.

Gloucester — If Andreas was the best player in the league, Christian Sanfilippo was the best running back. The only problem with Gloucester is that it lost all three games to NEC/North opponents, Beverly, Danvers and Marblehead. It’s difficult to rate the Fishermen any higher than this as a result.

Bishop Fenwick — The Crusaders lost three games, one to Division 3 North champion Triton, one to 3A champion St. Mary’s, and one to Catholic Central League power Archbishop Williams, on a Friday night, in Braintree, after the usual long, traffic-choked bus ride. Fenwick has had one of the great local runs around here in quite a while, and the Crusaders deserve all our respect for it. The regular-season game the Crusaders lost to Williams was its first since 2012.

Lynnfield — the Pioneers won six of their last eight (losing only to St. Mary’s and North Reading — two sectional champions). The coaching job Neal Weidman did was among the best in the area this season.

Revere — As was the job Lou Cicatelli did here. The Patriots won six of their last seven, the only loss coming to Chelmsford in the playoffs. I don’t care who you’re playing. Six out of seven is an accomplishment.

Of the rest, Peabody knocked at the door at 5-6, and that includes a great win over Westford Academy in the 1A playoffs.

We have to give St. John’s Prep an asterisk. I know there are people who will throw the paper all over the room at this, but there isn’t another team on the North Shore that could ever hope to beat the Eagles consistently. Maybe they’d have a bad day at the same time someone else had an exceptional one, but over the course of a season? No.

The distance between those Division 1 Catholic-school teams and everyone else is simply too vast. Even Malden Catholic, whose wins against teams in its own league are few and far between over the last five years, generally does well in its non-league games.


Riddle me this: How can you have a “championship weekend” and then tell the champions they’re not good enough to play for a national championship?

I know, lots of “champions” in that sentence. It was intentional.

There’s no way I think Penn State is a better football team than Ohio State, regardless of who won what. Consider it the same as if one of our NEC teams put it it all together and beat The Prep.

But the idea of having “championship weekend” becomes an obvious money grab worthy of anything Ponzi or Bernie Madoff put together.

I say get rid of it and stop insulting our intelligence. All it does is complicate something that’s already complicated enough.


Ok, everybody. Last call. The padlock’s going on the equipment shed. It’s fourth-and-a football field and the only thing left to do is punt.

See you next fall.

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