Irianis Delgado

Rams celebrate season at team banquet

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Classical coaches Tom Sawyer, left, and Helen Ridley, right, gave seniors Soneta Srey, second from left, and Priscill Alouidor a gift at the Rams’ girls basketball banquet Tuesday.

By KATIE MORRISON 

LYNN — The Lynn Classical girls basketball team had a season to remember in 2016-17. The Rams won 17 games, the highest win total for Classical since the 2003-04 season. They not only got the chance to host a state tournament game, but were able to win in their home gym, beating North Andover, 59-47, before falling to Billerica in the Division 1 North quarterfinals.

The Rams celebrated their impressive season on Tuesday night at Old Tyme Italian Cuisine in Lynn at the team’s annual banquet.

It was an emotional evening as Classical said farewell to a pair of seniors in Soneta Srey and Priscill Alouidor. Srey, a Northeastern Conference All-Star, was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. The senior scored a career-high 33 points against Everett in a season filled with highlights for both her and the Rams.

“We always put her (Srey) on the other team’s most important player,” Classical head coach Tom Sawyer said. “She always came through. She’s an unbelievable athlete.”

Alouidor received the Academic Achievement Award, as she holds a 4.18 grade point average and is 20th in her class.

The two seniors gave their own speeches at the end of the evening.

“Playing basketball isn’t just about winning, but about the memories you make and the fun you have, and I just realized that,” Srey said. “What you learn on the court, you apply to life as well.”

“I’m grateful for all the memories. There are times when I questioned playing this year, but I’m glad I did,” Alouidor said. “Even though I won’t be playing basketball in college, I will always tell people about the wonderful times I had at Classical.”

Paris Wilkey was honored as the team’s Best Offensive Player. The junior, who is closing in on 1,000 career points, averaged 17 points per game, scored 35 percent of the Rams’ points, and reached double figures in 20 of 22 games this season. She, along with Revere’s Valentina Pepic, was named co-Player of the Year in the NEC.

Irianis Delgado was named the Rookie of the Year for the Rams. Delgado became a large part of Classical’s offense as the season progressed, and scored 16 points in a 23-point victory over Saugus.

“She’s grown by leaps and bounds,” Sawyer said.

Jeylly Medrano, the team’s other NEC all-star selection, was named the Most Improved Player. Medrano had the tall task of taking over for 2016 Classical graduate Chenysse Hill at point guard, and Sawyer said she “did everything we asked of her and alleviated those concerns.”

Tyarah Horton received the Lady Ram Award for her hard work, dedication and hustle.

“We never have to coach her effort,” said Rams assistant coach Helen Ridley. “She’s our unsung hero.”

Also receiving awards for the sub-varsity teams were Izzy McGaughey (freshmen team’s Most Improved Player), Amber Crayton (freshmen Most Valuable Player), Jean Gupton (JV Most Improved Player), Jasmin Masse (JV Offensive Player of the Year) and Rebecca Walker (JV Coaches Award).

Sawyer thanked his coaching staff, which includes Ridley, junior varsity coach Rob Smith and freshmen coach Frank DeLuca. Ridley had kinds words of her own to share about Sawyer.

“This team has the best coach in the city. He could be a college coach,” Ridley said. “Your daughters are in great hands.”

Classical girls basketball ousted by Billerica

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Classical’s Soneta Srey launches a shot over Billerica’s Emily Scurka. Srey scored 13 points. 

By KATIE MORRISON

 

LYNN — The Classical girls basketball team has checked off a lot of boxes on its to-do list this season.

It finished with the program’s best regular-season record (17-5) in more than a decade, grabbed the No. 4 seed in the MIAA Division 1 bracket, and earned not one, but two home games with a first-round win over North Andover.

But Sunday, the Rams simply ran into a team that had height, athleticism and plenty of weapons on the floor as No. 5 Billerica knocked them out of the D1 quarterfinals, 54-37, at Classical.

The Rams (18-6) kept the game close throughout the first half, but foul trouble and stifling defense from the Indians allowed Billerica to run away with the game in the final two quarters.

“This does not take away from the year these guys had,” Classical coach Tom Sawyer said. “They played the game the right way today, they battled and fought. It was a great, great season.”

Classical’s Soneta Srey knotted the game at 12 on the first possession of the second quarter, but back-to-back threes early in the second from Billerica opened up the lead to six, 18-12. The Indians opened up the lead to 10, 26-16, with 2:20 left in the half, but then Srey stepped up and took control. After cutting Billerica’s lead to 26-22 on a three-point play, Srey, one of the team’s two seniors (along with Priscill Alouidor) logged her third steal of the game to end the quarter. Srey (team-high 13 points) scored nine of the Rams’ 12 points in the quarter.

“Soneta is extremely athletic, and you couple that with good anticipation skills, she gets her hand on the ball a lot,” Sawyer said. “I think she played an outstanding game today.”

While the Rams were getting offense from Srey, Irianis Delgado (5 points) and Tyarah Horton (7 points), Billerica limited leading scorer Paris Wilkey to just two points in the half, both on free throws.

Things didn’t get better for Wilkey in the third, as the junior forward got into foul trouble. The Rams struggled to score after the half, unable to get good looks and offensive rebounds due to Billerica’s length.

““I think (Classical) had trouble finding who to go to there,” Billerica coach Chris Doneski said. “(Wilkey) usually makes a lot of big plays and tough shots.”

The closest the Rams could come was within three midway through the third, but the Indians caught fire from beyond the arc, and took a 13-point lead, 40-27, into the fourth.

Wilkey was back on the floor for the final quarter, but was limited to one field goal (though she hit 4 of 6 free throws to finish with 8 points). Srey added two points in the quarter, but it wasn’t enough as Billerica continued to hit shots and create second chances on offense to seal the win.

 

Late heroics push Rams through first round

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Jeylly Medrano, left, Tyarah Horton, second from right, and Priscill Alouidor, left, mob Paris Wilkey after Wilkey drew a foul with just a one second left on the clock.

By SCOT COOPER

LYNN – For the first time in 12 years, the Classical girls’ basketball team hosted, and won, a playoff game. Wednesday night’s 50-47 win over North Andover  in the first round of the Division 1 North tournament was worth the wait.

The biggest difference between the Scarlet Knights and the Rams? Classical had Paris Wilkey. North Andover had no answer for the junior forward who torched them for 23 points.

Wilkey scored 12 of her team’s final 14 points, all in the fourth quarter, but it was the 12th and 13th points of the fourth quarter, the only ones not scored by Wilkey, that sent the home crowd into a frenzy.

With the score knotted up at 47-47 with 20 seconds left, Classical’s Jeylly Medrano grabbed the ball after a North Andover miss, and doing her best imitation of a Tom Brady bomb to Julian Edelman, hit Soneta Srey all alone heading towards the Classical basket. Srey put it up and in with 18.1 seconds left to give Classical back the lead 49-47.

North Andover tried to hit a three on its final possession, but missed. Wilkey snatched the rebound was fouled, and scored the final point from the line with one second left.

Srey, a senior forward who was solid under the glass all night, said the big play just happened. She saw an opening and went for it.

“I wasn’t nervous when the game was tied, I just wanted to feel like I did before the game, which was excited, so I got open and got the ball and put it in,” Srey said. “This team always has somebody step up, and if it wasn’t me, it would have been somebody else. Paris (Wilkey) put us in position to win.”

North Andover grabbed the lead twice in the game, late in the first quarter and then again in the fourth, going up 40-38 on a basket by Kelly Corrigan. The Rams didn’t panic; they took a timeout and got things organized, outscoring the Scarlet Knights 12-7 to close out the game.

Wilkey said her team came to play, and the home crowd really helped the team.

“We fought hard until the end. We had a little setback there near the end, but everybody picked it up, it was a great effort by the team,” Wilkey said. “It was great to play this game at home and win it.”

Wilkey led all scorers and was backed up Srey’s 12 points and Medrano’s 12.  Irianis Delgado had eight, and Tyarah Horton contributed five.

North Andover coach Megan Ryan said her team didn’t have an answer for Wilkey once she started to post up.

“She’s very tough, she has a great inside-out game,” Ryan said. “You put a guard on her and she goes over them. You put a big on her, and she goes around them. (She’s) very tough to play against.

“We knew coming in that Lynn Classical was a very good team, loaded with talented players, and they certainly came as advertised,” Ryan said. “It’s tough to play on the road, we had to come in here and play a great game, we played well, but just missed.”

Faith Connors led North Andover with 15 points, all on three pointers.

Rams coach Tom Sawyer said getting the win at home was special.

“The kids were great tonight, I’m so happy for them that they got to play here in this atmosphere, just incredible,” Sawyer said. “We’ve got a chance to win another home game, back here in front of our crowd against Billerica, they’re a tough team, but having the game here in our gym is huge for us.”

Classical hosts No. 5 Billerica on Sunday.

School Roundup: Wilkey, Rams defeat Magicians

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Paris Wilkey scored 14 points for the Rams. 

By MIKE ALONGI

Needing to win their final game of the regular season to finish 10-10, and qualify for the state tournament, the Marblehead High girls’ basketball team battled for 32 minutes but came up short, losing 38-30 to Classical Friday.
“We competed for the entire game, but we came up against a very good team, and they got by us,” Magicians coach Wayne Hanscom said. “We overachieved all year, this team did this year, I think, we won nine games, which is great, but we wanted to win 10.”
For Marblehead, their season ends at 9-11, while the home team Rams improve to 17-5, and wait for playoff seedings that will be announced Friday, February 24.
Classical coach Tom Sawyer said his team has been solid on defense all season, and Friday night against a desperate Marblehead team was no exception.
“We didn’t score a heck of a lot of points tonight, but we scored enough to win,” Sawyer said. “All year long for us it’s been the defense and tonight was no exception. We won 17 games overall this year which is great, the most we’ve won in a season since we were 20-0 way back in in 2003-2004.”
For the Rams, junior Paris Wilkey led all scorers, dropping in 14 points. Irianis Delgado, another of the talented Rams’ junior forwards, chipped in with 11 points.
Marblehead’s senior co-captains, Lindsay Walker and Ashley Stiles, were both playing their final game for the Magicians. Walker led her team in scoring with 12 points, while Stiles contributed three points. The Magicians’ other senior, point guard Montana Joyce, scored four points in her final game, and junior Hannah Garthe put in 11 points for Marblehead.   

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Newburyport 37, Lynnfield 34
The Pioneers (1-17) battled back from a 10-point deficit at halftime to make it a game. Lynnfield trailed by 12 early in the third quarter, but junior Juliana Passatempo hit a pair of buckets to help fuel an 8-0 run that closed the gap to four.
The Pioneers actually took the lead briefly with five minutes left in the game when junior guard Hannah Filipe buried a three to put Lynnfield up 30-29, but the Clippers pulled out the win in the final seconds.
Lynnfield freshman Melissa Morelli led the Pioneers with 11 points followed by Passatempo with 10. Paige Gouldthorpe had 11 points for Newburyport and Olivia Nelson, 10. The Clippers (10-8) qualified for the tournament with the win. Both teams have two non-league games remaining.

Malden 45, Saugus 44

The Sachems put forth a great effort, but lost on a buzzer-beating three-pointer against Malden on Friday night. Olivia Valente led Saugus with 12 points, while Taylor Bogdanski had 10 points and Alessia Salzillo had nine points.

The Sachems (15-6) will close out the regular season on Tuesday with a home game against Swampscott.

BOYS BASKETBALL

St. Mary’s 59, Bishop Fenwick 50

Jalen Echevarria had 14 points to lead the Spartans’ offense on Friday as St. Mary’s improved to 12-4 on the year. Jonathan Mola contributed 13 points, while Stephen Fama had 12 points.

The Spartans will take on Malden Catholic on Sunday afternoon in the Comcast Tournament at Malden Catholic High School.

Beverly 59, Salem 52

The Panthers improved to 11-7 on Friday night behind 14 points from Kevin Morency. Toskany Abreu had 13 points and Pat Gavin contributed 12 points.

For Salem (9-9), Henny Vlaun led the way with 12 points and Ethan Espinal added nine points. Next up for the Witches is the Spartan Classic tournament at St. Mary’s High School on Wednesday.

Somerville 59, Peabody 42

For Peabody (13-7), Moisse Irizarry had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, also adding four blocks. Matt D’Amato had eight points and Chubukem Onwuogo had five points, six rebounds and four blocks. The Tanners are all done with the regular season and now await the Division 1 North tournament seedings.

Tech 64, Minuteman 46

Tech clinches the CAC Small outright with the win. Belmin Berilo scored 10 points, David Davis added eight points and Johnny Marino finished with seven.

“It was a good team win,” Tech coach Stevie Patrick said. “13 of our guys scored.”

Tech finishes at 7-13, 7-1 in the CAC Small.

“It’s a wonderful thing,” Patrick said. “Us and the girls team, we’re going to the state tournament together. It’s a good thing for Lynn Tech because it’s been a while. It took hard work.”

BOYS HOCKEY

St. Mary’s 4, Newburyport 1

Dante Maribito continued his strong season with two goals and an assist in a win over Newburyport in a make-up game from earlier this season. Mike Zampanti and Colin Reddy each had one goal and one assist in the win.

The Spartans (13-5-1) have another make-up game on Sunday afternoon when they take on Andover at Connery Rink.

TRACK

Division 5 state championships

St. Mary’s

James Brumfield was the lone runner representing the Spartans at the Division 5 state championships on Friday, placing in the top 10 in three events. Brumfield finished fourth in the high jump with a height of six feet even, then finished fifth in the 55-meter dash (6.77 seconds) and 10th in the 55 hurdles (8.22).

Bishop Fenwick

Shawn Carlson, who was the the No. 1 seed in the 600-meter coming into states, took first place in the event with a time of 1:23.56.

Lynnfield

Top-seeded runner Nick Kinnon set a meet record in the 300-meter on Friday, finishing with a time of 36.18. Kinnon also finished second in the 55 dash (6.57).

Bulldogs fight, but fall short to Rams

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Jeylly Medrano puts up a shot over Ely Guity and Dorathy Ezemba.

By STEVE KRAUSE

LYNN — It’s been a year of growing pains for the Lynn English girls basketball team. Yet for the second time this winter, the Bulldogs gave crosstown rival Classical a game.

It wasn’t like it was in January, when the Rams had to launch a furious fourth-quarter rally to overtake the Bulldogs. But a stubborn defense on the part of the Bulldogs kept Classical from running away with the game, and the Rams were able to come away with a 45-35 win.

“They play good defense against us,” said Classical’s Tom Sawyer. “We got some good looks, though. Some of them went in, and some of them didn’t.”

It was a curious game, to say the least. The first and third quarters were virtually devoid of scoring. It was only 6-4, in favor of English, after the first eight minutes. Then, Classical went on a 21-point second-quarter scoring binge to go up 25-15 at the half.

“That was strange,” said English coach Mackenzie Charles. “They took the same shots in the first and third quarters that they took in the second and fourth. They didn’t go in, though.”

Neither team came back from the break on fire. Classical, after scoring only four points in the first quarter, put up a whopping seven in the third. English could only counter with six, meaning that even though Classical shot terribly from the floor, the Rams actually led by 11 (32-21) after three quarters.

The Rams righted the ship offensively in the final quarter, though, scoring 13 points.

“I thought our defense was good,” said Charles, “but we just have trouble scoring points.

“I have to give Classical all the credit in the world, though,” Charles said. “They have a good team. I wish them a lot of luck in the tournament.”

Both Paris Wilkey of Classical and Dorothy Ezemba of English led their teams with 20 points.

“Paris is really a talented offensive player,” said Sawyer. “We have to talk to her about her defense.

“But tonight,” said Sawyer, “I saw another level of competitiveness about her, and I thought that was pretty nice to see.”

Irianis Delgado was second in scoring for the Rams with 12 points, and talk of it put a smile on Sawyer’s face.

“She hit two threes, and I think they were of the ‘no, no, no YES!’ variety. And she went coast-to-coast on one basket, so she’ll probably want to play point guard next year,” he joked.

The win moves Classical to 16-5 with one game remaining — tonight at home against Marblehead. Sawyer said it’s been at least 10 years since the Rams have had this many wins.

“My first year, as an assistant under Gene Constantino, were 20-0 (and made the Division 1 North final),” he said. “A couple of years after that, we were 16-4.

“I think I have to attribute it to having a team that works well together, is dedicated, and listens,” he said.

Cheever’s late heroics keep Revere undefeated

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Revere’s Pamela Gonzalez drives around Classical’s Soneta Srey to the basket.

By HAROLD RIVERA

REVERE — In a clash between two powerhouse teams, sometimes the unexpected players are the ones who become the heroes. Malcolm Butler served as a prime example when his game winning interception in Super Bowl XLIX sealed the deal for the New England Patriots.

Friday night, freshman Erika Cheever was the hero in the Revere girls basketball team’s 55-53 win over Classical at Roland Merullo Field House.

With the game tied at 53-53, Cheever drew a foul with 1.6 seconds left in the game and swished both free throws to keep the Patriots undefeated at 15-0.

“She’s (Cheever) a solid foul shooter,” Revere coach Lianne O’Hara said. “I’m glad that she got fouled at the right time.”

“It was an exciting game,” O’Hara added. “I think we tend to get a little comfortable when we have a big lead and it’s easy to lose it.”

Classical overcame a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter and took its first lead of the game at 53-52 after Tyarah Horton hit a free throw with 10 seconds remaining.

Although the Rams suffered a tough loss, coach Tom Sawyer was proud of his team’s effort. Classical was 10 seconds away from defeating Revere, the top-ranked team in the state.

“I was extremely proud of how they fought,” Sawyer said. “We took the No. 1 team in the state to the final whistle.”

After an uneventful first quarter that ended in a 5-5 tie, the Patriots offense began to heat up in the second period. Valentina Pepic hit a trio of jumpers in the early minutes of the quarter and Tatianna Iacoviello followed her teammate’s lead, knocking in a pair of threes and jump shot to give Revere a ten-point lead at 19-9.

With the game slipping away, Sawyer called a timeout and the Rams responded with a 10-4 run. Paris Wilkey, who led all scorers with 25 points, nailed a three at the buzzer and Classical was back in the game, down 23-19.

“We changed our defense a little bit and I think that helped,” Sawyer said. “We made some shots. That’s all it comes down to, you have to make some shots.”

The Patriots came out firing in the third quarter, with an 11-4 spurt to start the period. Samantha Woodman led the rally with a pair of buckets and Emily DiGiulio added a three, giving the Patriots 34-23 lead midway through the third. Revere maintained its 11-point advantage at the end of the quarter as the Patriots led 40-29.

Iacoviello hit a jumper to start the fourth quarter, giving Revere its largest lead of the night at 42-30. That’s when the Rams woke up and clawed back in.

Down 52-49, the Rams leaned to their top scorer, Wilkey, who knocked in a three to tie the game with three minutes to play.

“She (Wilkey) has ice water in her veins,” Sawyer said. “She just knocked it down.”

“She competed,” Sawyer added. “She went after everything. She shot the ball well in spurts but the biggest thing is she competed. Paris wanted to win this game bad for her and her teammates.”

Horton’s make from the charity stripe gave the Rams a 53-52 lead, but the advantage was short lived as Cheever’s late heroics gave the Patriots the win.

“We knew that to beat this team we had to score points,” Sawyer said. “We knew we weren’t going to hold them to stay in the 40’s, or even the 30’s. We scored 53, we just needed 56.”

Pepic led the way for Revere with a double-double at 22 points and 10 rebounds.

“She had some good range-shooting,” O’Hara said. “She’s usually more in the post, but she showed her range tonight and she made her shots.”

Iacoviello scored ten points and dished four assists. Cheever scored five points, including the game-winners.

For Classical, Irianis Delgado scored 14 points and Soneta Srey added eight.

“I give Classical a lot of credit,” O’Hara said. “Those girls worked really hard, and they didn’t quit.”

Both teams are back in action on Tuesday when Revere hosts English and Classical hosts Danvers.

 

Peabody thumps Classical in triple-overtime

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Paris Wilkey looks to the basket, but Peabody’s Catherine Manning plays tight defense.

By STEVE KRAUSE

LYNN — And now … the Classical girls basketball team has to shake their three-overtime loss to Peabody off and head into first-place Revere on Friday night.

That’s the reality that faces the Rams after the Tanners climbed back from an 11-point halftime deficit Tuesday night and defeated Classical, 57-49 in a marathon game at the Rams’ gym.

“We just kept scratching, kept clawing, and kept fighting,” said Peabody coach Stan McKeen. “We didn’t quit.”

Neither did Classical.

“It was a great high school game,” said Rams coach Tom Sawyer. “We played great in the first half; and they played great in the second.”

There were several factors in the turnaround, but at the end of the night, the biggest was free throws. Each team shot 24 of them, but Classical hit nine of them to the Tanners’ 20.

“In this kind of game,” said Sawyer, “you have to hit your free throws.”

With the scored tied at 47 heading into the third overtime, Classical actually grabbed a lead when Soneta Srey hit a layup about 10 seconds in. But those were the last points Classical would score.

Meanwhile, Peabody, taking advantage of four Classical stars who had fouled out, began going to the basket and drawing fouls. In the final 3½ minutes of the overtime, the Tanners hit eight free throws to only one basket — two of Liz Zaiter’s nine points — to give Peabody the winning margin.

“This was Liz’s first game after missing five,” said McKeen. “She stayed in there (after Nene Onwuogu fouled out — Peabody’s only disqualification).”

Classical began as if the game would be over in the first quarter. The Rams jumped out to a 9-0 lead with Irianis Delgado hitting for seven of the points. And when Paris (game-high 18 points) Wilkey hit a three at the buzzer ending the first period, it was 16-7 and Classical looked as if it was on its way.

“But,” said Sawyer, “we didn’t think we were going to score 16 every quarter.”

He was right. Classical only scored eight in the second period, but Peabody could only counter with six, and that made it 24-13 in favor of the Rams.

But the turnaround was still subtle. McKeen went to a 3-2 zone and denied Classical the great looks it got in the first quarter.

The move didn’t pay dividends until the third period, when Peabody outscored Classical 14-7 to go into the next eight minutes down only four, 31-27.

Classical kept a two- to four-point distance between itself and the Tanners until Peabody was finally able to tie it, 37-37, with 1:50 to go in regulation on a 3-pointer by Alyssa Alperen. Delgado gave Classical the lead back with 49 seconds to go, but a layup by Onwuogu with seven seconds left tied it and sent it to overtime.

Through the first two overtimes, neither team led by more than two points. A Katie Wallace bucket with 1:05 to go in the first overtime forced another four minutes. And this time, it was Jeylly Medrano’s two freebies with 2:10 to go that made it 47-47.

Neither team shot well.

“We had some good looks,” said Sawyer. “But they just didn’t go in. For either team.”

Wallace led Peabody with 16 points, followed by Melissa Gray’s 14.

Delgado finished with 11 for the Rams.

Classical had a moment of silence prior to the game in memory of both English boys basketball coach Mike Carr, who died Friday; and Item feature writer Michele Durgin, a Classical graduate, who was killed Saturday in an auto accident.

 

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

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

By MIKE ALONGI 

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

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

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

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

Chelsea 46, Tech 37

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

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

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

Classical 48, Beverly 35

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

Revere 52, Danvers 36

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

Bishop Fenwick 55, Cathedral 45

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

BOYS BASKETBALL

Bishop Fenwick 58, Cathedral 53

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

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

Lynn Classical 68, Beverly 65

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

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

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

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

Lynnfield 52, Triton 46

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

Marblehead 68, Salem 62

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

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

St. John’s Prep 67, New Mission 64

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

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

GIRLS HOCKEY

Bishop Fenwick 2, Peabody 2

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

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

SWIMMING

Lynn Tech 88, Minuteman Tech 65

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

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

 

School Roundup: Jets, Gloucester skate to tie

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Sean Devin netted a goal in Lynn’s 3-3 tie with Gloucester. 

By HAROLD RIVERA

The Lynn Jets (6-2-2) skated to a 3-3 draw on the road against Gloucester on Wednesday night. Sean Devin, Kevin Morgan and Mike Clougherty each scored a goal for the Jets. Jack Stafford got the start in net for Lynn and made 22 saves.

Lynn coach Joe Conlon said Gloucester’s power plays gave his team trouble throughout the night.

“They moved the puck well on their power play and that’s a tough place to penalty kill because it’s a little wider than our rink,” Conlon said.

Up next for Lynn is a home game against Revere on Saturday at Connery.

“We’ll be back in our building playing our game,” Conlon said. “We just have to bring the effort. Revere always plays us tough. They’re a hard working team so we have to be prepared.”

BOYS HOCKEY

Prep 4, Xaverian 1

Ryan Farrow scored two goals for the Eagles, while Christian Kukas and David Sacco each netted a goal. Kyle Hentosh dished out two assists on the night. Shane O’Brien earned the win in net.

Marblehead 2, Saugus 1

Mike Kagan gave the Magicians an early 1-0 lead but Brendan Ronan’s goal for the Sachems tied the game at 1-1. Loch Sheridan’s third-period goal proved to be the difference for the Magicians.

Peabody 2, Beverly 1

Chris Gillen scored both goals for the Tanners, and goalie Aaron McDonnell made 19 saves. Zach Rich notched two assists for his first two varsity points.

“I’m glad for him, he’s been working hard,” Tanners coach Mark Leonard said. “It’s nice for him to get some points, especially on the game-winning goal.”

Peabody hosts Winthrop on Saturday. “We’ve been playing well,” Leonard said, “hopefully we can keep it going.”

SWIMMING

Greater Lawrence 93, Tech 81

Although the Tigers didn’t finish on the winning end of the meet, coach Brad Tilley has a lot to be optimistic about. Jin Purdy took first place in the 100 yard breaststroke. Dustin Bloom, a freshman, took a pair of second-place finishes (200 yard freestyle, 100 yard breastroke). Alyssa Shaw earned her best score of the season in the diving portion with a second-place finish. Coral Gonzalez continues to swim well for Tech, with a second-place finish in the 500 yard freestyle. “We still haven’t gotten over the hump to get a win but we’re coming along,” Tilley said. “It was a close meet. The kids worked real hard and they enjoyed it. They’re coming along.”

GIRLS HOCKEY

Lynn/Winthrop 1, Peabody 0

Emma Carlton netted a goal for the Bulldogs four minutes into the contest. That was all the scoring Lynn/Winthrop needed as goalie Gretchen Howard earned her 19th career shutout. Bulldogs coach Anthony Martucci credited his four defensemen, Bella Perotti, Meghan Chavis, Abby Stafford and Sophie Leray, for a strong performance in the win.

“They played awesome today,” Martucci said. “We only let up 16 shots, so they did a really good job.”

Catie O’Shea also played a role in the win, buckling down on the defensive end in two 5-on-3 situations. The Bulldogs will skate against Beverly on Tuesday.  

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Classical 52, Malden 37

The Rams (12-3) continue to roll behind a double-double from Irianis Delgado, who scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

“She really rebounded the ball well,” Classical coach Tom Sawyer said. “We needed that because Malden has some size. She did a good job grabbing offensive rebounds and putting them back in.”

Soneta Srey added 11 points for the Rams. Classical hosts Beverly on Friday.

“I’d like to see us improve our defensive intensity and try to make it difficult for Beverly on the offensive end,” Sawyer said.

WRESTLING

St. John’s Prep 60, Catholic Memorial 12

The Eagles closed out the 2016-2017 regular season with a bang on Wednesday, clinching the Catholic Conference championship for the 19th consecutive season. St. John’s (23-3) has now won 79 straight conference games.

Winners for the Eagles were Quinn Alexander at 106 pounds, Ryan Garlitz at 113 pounds, Will Grady at 120 pounds, Malcolm Mitchell at 126 pounds, Zach Alexander at 132 pounds, Sam Little at 138 pounds, Sam Blizard at 145 pounds, Ben Shaw at 152 pounds, Ben Klein at 182 pounds, Will Moulton at 220 pounds and Hunter Brown at 285 pounds.

Lynnfield 34, Georgetown 31

The Pioneers (17-3-1) clinched the Cape-Ann League with the win over a previously undefeated Georgetown team. Winners for Lynnfield included Joe Reardon at 132 pounds, Aaron Gautreau (145), Connor Stead (152), Sean McCollough (160), Anthony Wilkinson (182), Kevin Farrelly (220) and Justin Charak (285).

“We have a good balance from top to bottom and we’ve benefitted from that all year,” Lynnfield coach Craig Stone said. “This was another come from behind win, we seem to be specializing in those lately.

“They’re ecstatic,” Stone added. “At the beginning of the season we tried to patch a lineup together. As we started to experience success throughout the year, everyone was more and more optimistic. We found ourselves in a situation where we could win.”


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

Big win punches Classical’s ticket to tourney

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Paris Wilkey scored 24 points in Classical’s win against Salem. 

By STEVE KRAUSE 

LYNN — Now that the Classical girls basketball team has made the tournament, coach Tom Sawyer doesn’t want to see them resting on their laurels.

The Rams got out of the gate quickly Tuesday night and coasted to a 52-24 win over Salem, raising their record to 11-3. But Sawyer has bigger things in mind.

“We still have an awful lot to play for,” he said. “We want to win the league, and we’re going to need some help to do that, and we also want a home game (in the tournament). It’s been a long time since we’ve had a home game.”

Revere currently leads the Northeastern Conference/North, with a two-game lead on both the Rams and Danvers. Classical has to play each team one more time.

With both the boys and girls basketball teams at Classical working on good seasons, it could very well be that both teams end up with at least one home game come tournament time.

“Wouldn’t that be something?” asked Sawyer. “Wouldn’t it be great to give the MIAA some scheduling problem?”

The game gave both Sawyer and John Fortunato of Salem a chance to see their players under a different sort of light. For Sawyer, he got a chance to see some of his backup players get some significant action, as the Rams sprinted out to a 33-6 halftime lead. Eleven players took to the floor for Classical, and eight of them scored. By far, the most prolific of those 11 players was junior Paris Wilkey, who scored 24 of her team’s points. Irianis Delgado had seven, and Soneta Srey six.

“Actually,” said Sawyer, “I thought our defense played really well. Salem has a lot of active players and we had to work to keep them in check.”

Salem got 12 points from junior co-captain Wildarys Correa and six more from sophomore forward Samantha Coppola, who was recently brought up from the junior varsity.

Despite the loss Fortunato was happy with his players’ effort.

“I am proud of the way the girls played,” he said. “They played hard, and worked hard. That’s all you can ask.

“Classical is a good team, and they’re having a good year. Tom does a great job. They are well-coached.”

Classical jumped out to a 10-0 lead before Salem scored, and by the end of the first quarter it was 18-2. Classical kept the pressure up in the second period, and led, 33-6, at the break.

Early in the second half, Sawyer began substituting and stayed with his bench players for the remainder of the game.


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

Delgado leads Classical to win

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

By HAROLD RIVERA

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.”


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

School Roundup: Classical girls score a big win

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Paris Wilkey and the Rams rolled to a 54-22 win over Malden. 

By STEVE KRAUSE

Two nights after being forced into overtime before vanquishing English, the Lynn Classical girls basketball team coasted to a 54-22 win over Malden to raise its record to 5-3.

The Rams led from stem to stern in this one, with Soneta Srey picking up the double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Paris Wilkey led all scorers with 20 points while Olivia Pedro had six.

Irianis Delgado had 12 rebounds to go along with her six points.

The Rams led 9-2 after a quarter but outscored the Golden Torandos 20-10 in the second to take a 29-12 lead at the half.

Classical is back in action tonight at Winthrop.

BOYS TRACK

Marblehead 66, Gloucester 15

At Marblehead, the Magicians moved to 3-0 in the Northeastern Conference/Small and 4-0 overall. The Magicians had one double-winner, Thomas Huber in the high jump (5-4) and 55 hurdles (8.2).

Other Marblehead winners were Ryan Dumais, shotput (42-½), Jaason Lopez, 55-meter dash (6.5), Joe Cronin, 300 (39.9), Zach Phelan, 600 (1:34.5), Grant Adam, 2-mile (11:59.0).

For Gloucester, Chris MacDonald won the 1,000 (2:58.6) and Kyle Manley the mile (4:45.9).

There were no relays run.

Peabody 47, Beverly 39

At Peabody, the Tanners won their fourth meet of the season overall, and moved to 3-0 in the Northeastern Conference/Large.

Winner for Peabody were Eric DeMayo, shot put (50-3), Ramon Medrano, 50 hurdles (7.2), Aimsaday Quiljano, 50 dash (5.7), Joseph Farhat, 1,000 (2:54.1), William Aylward, mile (5:01.6) and Shane Braz, 2-mile (11:07).

For Beverly, Sam Abate won the high jump with a 5-6, Kevin Flaherty took the 300 (40.4) and John Jones the 600 (1:32.3).

Beverly also won the 4×400 relay in 4:01.2.

GIRLS TRACK

Marblehead 58, Gloucester 28

At Marblehead, the Magicians moved to 3-0 in the NEC/Small and 4-0 overall.

Winners for the Magicians were Chloe Ferrucci, shot put (31-6), Clara Pollard, 55 hurdles (9.3), Gabriella Mark, 55 dash (7.8), Ana Hecht, 1,000 (3.25.5) and Mia Forster, 2-mile (13:13.7).

Marblehead also won the 4×400 relay by one second (4:46 to 4:47).

Gloucester’s winners were Sierra Rudolph, high jump (5-4), Leah Rudolph, 600 (1:51.1) and Carly Curcuru, mile (5:46.4).

Beverly 46, Peabody 40

At Peabody, the meet came down to the 4×400 relays, with the Panthers (4-0 overall, 3-0 in the  NEC/Large) winning by four seconds (4:21.8 to 4:25.8).

Other Beverly winners were Tyler Orlandella, high jump (5-0), Gracie Sparkman, shot put (35-2½), Grace Byrd, 50 dash (6.4), India Ingemi, 300 (44.2), Abby Walsh, 1,000 (3:03.7), and Lexi Sutyak, mile (5:37.4).

Peabody’s Gabrielle Morton took the 50 hurdles in 8.0, Emily Nelson the 600 (1:47.1), and Jessica Ostrowski the 2-mile (12:58.2).

SWIMMING

Beverly 98 English 76

At Lynn Tech, English took second in the 200 medley relay with a team of Caroline Zuffante, Peter Phelan, Amanda Fabrizio and Kylie Moorehouse; second in the 200 free relay with Dax Billingsley, Emma Trahant, Moorehouse and Shanel Turransky; and third in the 400 free relay with Fabrizio, Trahant, Zuffante and Phelan.

Other highlights for English were Phelan’s second in the 200 IM, Fabrizio’s second in the 100 fly, Turransky’s second in the 100 backstroke, a second (Devin Curley) and third (Billingsley) in the 100 breaststroke.

Peabody 99, Salem 80

Tanners who won events include Bella Forte (diving), Conor McCarthy (100- and 200-yard freestyles), Cana Teague (100-yard butterfly), Kirsten Currie (500-yard freestyle), Nicholas Fursey (100-yard backstroke), Michaelena Teague (100-yard breaststroke), and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Kirsten Currie, Nicole O’Neill, and Cana and Michaelena Teague.

“This was a great meet for both teams.  The advantage went back and forth across many events, and it was a real nail-biter to the end,” said Peabody coach Maureen Shea.  “It was a great night for our athletes to dig deep yet again and achieve a win.”

The Tanners next will meet Marblehead at the Lynch van Otterloo YMCA on Tuesday, January 10th.


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

St. Mary’s girls capture Boverini title

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Tournament MVP Temi Falayi pulls down a rebound in front of Swampscott’s Hannah Leahy.

By KATIE MORRISON

LYNN — The St. Mary’s girls basketball team checked a box off its to-do list Wednesday night at the Paul Cavanagh gymnasium, taking down Swampscott, 56-28, to capture its third-straight Walter J. Boverini Tournament title.

The Spartans were led by tournament MVP Temi Falayi and all-tournament players Olivia Nazaire and Mia Nowicki as they rolled over Swampscott, which beat English Tuesday to reach the tournament final.

“We’re putting it together a little bit, which is obviously a comforting feeling,” said St. Mary’s (3-4) coach Jeff Newhall. “We’re making better basketball decisions, our turnovers have gone down, and I think the biggest difference is our defense has gotten a lot better and we’re making some of the shots we were missing before.”

St. Mary’s didn’t have to sweat this one out. Amanda Idusuyi went 1-for-2 on free throws and added a layup to open the scoring, and Swampscott’s Nikki Rosa tied the score at 3. From there on out, it was all Spartans. St. Mary’s went on a 16-3 run to close out the first quarter, and never looked back.

The Spartans held Swampscott to just five points in the second and six in the third. It wasn’t until the final quarter, when both the Big Blue and Spartans gave bench players minutes, that Swampscott got its offense moving, outscoring St. Mary’s 11-10 in the fourth.

The Spartans spread the offense around Wednesday, with Nazaire leading the way with 16 points. Idusuyi had a big game with 11 points, and Falayi logged a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Nowicki added six points, all coming in the first half, and Mashayla Johnson opened the second half with two 3-pointers, her only baskets of the game in limited action.

As good as the Spartans were offensively, on defense, they were even better. Newhall said that the improved defense was the product of hard work in practice and added that getting the chance to get in three practices in a row after coming back from the KSA Pre-Holiday Classic in Florida last week was very beneficial.

“We came back from Florida last Thursday, practiced Friday, Saturday and Monday, and it was the first time we had three practices before a game,” Newhall said. “I think that’s when we got better. We worked a lot on our man defense.”

While the Big Blue had trouble generating offense, they did get nine points each from Rosa and all-tournament player Ella Parker. Jaymie Caponigro, Swampscott’s other all-tournament honoree, scored four points, as did Olivia Matella.

“They’re bigger than we’ve seen this season, and they played aggressive defense and really made it hard for us to get shots off,” Swampscott coach Katelyn Leonard said of St. Mary’s. “When we did, we got good looks, but we had too many periods of not scoring and those droughts really killed us.”

However, of the three Northeastern Conference teams in the girls portion of the tournament, Swampscott was the only one to make it to the final. Leonard said playing a perennial powerhouse like St. Mary’s can only help her team.

“It’s always good to play the best you can, and we were looking to play hard and never quit, and that’s what we did,” Leonard said. “It’s something we can build on, and after seeing what you can do against a really good team, the next time you face a team like that, it makes it that much easier.”

For St. Mary’s, winning the tournament was the first benchmark reached in the new season. Although it’s been a rocky start for the Spartans, winning the city title for the fifth time in seven years means things are moving in the right direction.

“Any time you’re in a tournament, you want to win it, and we did,” Newhall said. “To beat two of the better teams in the NEC, outside of our own gym…it’s a tournament we want to win. To be the city champion, even though it’s early in the year, it was our first goal.”

Consolation game

Lynn Classical 50, Lynn English 27

The Rams evened their record to 3-3 on the year with a win in the consolation game over rival English. Junior forward Paris Wilkey led the way for Classical with 18 points, while Irianis Delgado contributed 15 points. Soneta Srey played a great game on the defensive end, while Jeylly Medrano dictated the pace of the game from the guard spot.

“We played a great game on defense today,” said Classical coach Tom Sawyer.

The Rams will have the weekend off before a rematch with English on Tuesday.


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

Basketball Roundup: St. Mary’s girls, boys win in Orlando

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The St. Mary’s girls basketball team poses outside of the ESPN Wide World of Sports, where the KSA Pre-Holiday Classic is being held.

By MIKE ALONGI AND KATIE MORRISON 

The St. Mary’s girls and boys basketball teams traded the frigid temperatures of the North Shore for some sun and fun down in Orlando, Fla., to take part in the KSA Pre-Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Playing against teams from all over the country, both the Spartans teams came away with a win in the opening round of the tournament Monday afternoon.

The girls earned their first win of the season, taking down Edgewater High of Orlando, 57-33. A close game early on, St. Mary’s and Edgewater went into the half tied at 20, but the Spartans put up 18 points in the third quarter and held Edgewater to just five points to stake a big lead. They followed that up with a 19-point fourth to seal the victory.

Temi Falayi (12 points) and Olivia Nazaire (10 points) led the way for St. Mary’s, but the Nowicki sisters had a big impact as well, with both Mia and Christina putting up eight points. The Spartans really spread the offense around, with Gabby Torres scoring nine points and Amanda Idusuyi chipping in with six.

The boys overcame a slow start against McDowell High of Erie, Penn. to top the Trojans, 50-38. McDowell took an 18-7 lead after a quarter, but St. Mary’s turned up the heat and outscored the Trojans 17-3 in the third quarter to take the lead.

Jalen Echevarria had a big game, leading the Spartans with 15 points, sinking three 3-pointers and making four of five free throws. Mike Cerulli scored nine points on three 3-pointers, Stephen Fama added nine points and Jonathan Mola contributed eight points.

Both teams now advance to the winners bracket semifinals, with tip-off scheduled for 1:45 p.m. The boys will take on Briarwood High of Birmingham, Ala. and the girls will play Bentonville High of Bentonville, Ark.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Lynn Classical 61, Revere 51

The Rams (3-1) were led in scoring by Jalen Johnson, who dropped 16 points in the win. Edwin Solis also had a big game, recording a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Classical will host Danvers on Thursday evening.

Gloucester 81, Saugus 57

Matt Waggett scored 19 points in the loss for Saugus (1-2), while Dimitri Filaretos contributed 17 points. The Sachems have a date with Marblehead at home on Thursday.

Peabody 62, Danvers 56

Junior Estrella and Moise Irizarry both recorded double-doubles to help lead the Tanners to their first win of the 2016-2017 season. Estrella led the way for Peabody (1-1) with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Irizarry put up 14 points and 10 rebounds. Matt D’Amato also got in on the scoring, dropping 14 points.

Peabody will take on Beverly at home on Thursday.

Cardinal Spellman 86, Bishop Fenwick 58

The Fenwick boys are still searching for their first win after falling to Spellman on the road. Ryan Veguilla led the Crusaders (0-3) with 19 points, while Isaiah Cashwell-Doe and Nick Pignone put up 16 points each.

Fenwick will have a few days off before taking on St. Clement at home on Friday evening.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Revere 55, Lynn Classical 43

Paris Wilkey was the top scorer for Classical (2-1), scoring 20 points. Irianis Delgado also had a good game with 10 points for the Rams. Classical will travel to Danvers for a meeting with the Falcons on Thursday evening.

Danvers 58, Peabody 45

The Tanners fell behind 18 points at the half, and coach Stan McKeen said that although his team managed to pull closer at times, the gap was too big to overcome.

Four Falcons scored in double figures, and two logged double-doubles. Siobhan Moriarty led the way with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Sarah Unczur added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Julia McNulty put up 13 points and Lily Montanari added 10.

Peabody’s Melissa Gray led all scorers with 15 points, and Alyssa Alperen was solid as well, chipping in 12 points. Katie Wallace also played well defensively.

The Falcons will take on Classical on Thursday, and the Tanners will travel to Beverly.

Bishop Fenwick 52, Cardinal Spellman 41

The Crusaders were led by senior captain Sam Mancinelli, who contributed in every facet of the game, scoring 13 points and logging six assists and five rebounds.

Sophomore Jaxson Nadeau also had 13 points to go along with four rebounds and five steals, and junior Jennie Meagher added 11 points, nine rebounds and two blocks.

The game was tight throughout, but the Crusaders hit big shots in the final three minutes to create some separation.

 

Free throws crucial in Classical’s win over Everett

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Irianis Delgado snags a rebound out of the hands of Everett’s Carolann Cardinale.

By KATIE MORRISON 

LYNN — Free throws may not be the most exciting part of any basketball game, but in the Classical girls basketball team’s win over Everett Tuesday night, they were crucial.

The Rams went 16-for-28 at the line and held off a second-half surge from the Crimson Tide to lock up a 41-36 win at home in the team’s season opener.

“Last year, when (Everett) beat us here, they beat us at the foul line, they hit all of their shots,” Classical coach Tom Sawyer said. “We were 16-for-28, which isn’t great, but it isn’t terrible, and they only got five.”

Everything was going the Rams’ way in the first half. Paris Wilkey netted nine points, including two of three free throws, and Tyarah Horton sunk a layup to give Classical an 11-6 lead after a quarter.

Wilkey went to the line eight more times in the second quarter, sinking five free throws. But just as important was the fact that the Rams held the Crimson Tide to just four points in the second quarter, and went into the half up 24-10.

Everett came out hot in the second half. The game’s play was more up-tempo and sloppier, with both teams making bad passes and giving up possessions on turnovers. The Rams scored eight points in the quarter, with five coming from Wilkey and three coming on free throws. Everett got as close as nine points (29-20) in the quarter, but Classical still maintained a 31-21 lead heading into the fourth.

Soneta Srey wasn’t much of a scoring threat through the first three quarters (though she was big on the boards; she pulled down 12 rebounds on the night), but the senior forward came alive in the fourth quarter as Wilkey started getting less looks and more opportunities opened up for other players. Srey went 3-for-5 at the line and added two more layups in the fourth quarter, and those points proved to be critical.

“When the game is getting tight in the fourth, she scores seven points, which is huge,” Sawyer said. “(Everett) kept coming and coming. Those hoops are huge to keep them at bay.”

The Crimson Tide played tight defense on Classical throughout the night, but stepped it up a notch in the fourth quarter, employing a full-court press on every Rams possession. Jacquelin Emmanuel led the charge for Everett late, as she forced turnovers and converted them into points. All of a sudden, Everett was within six points at 37-31 with two minutes to play.

Srey nailed two free throws and then Priscill Alouidor forced a turnover on Everett’s next possession, but Emmanuel stole it right back and took it to the hoop for an easy layup.

Srey sunk one more free throw and Emmanuel drained another three with 12 seconds to play, but Classical held off the Crimson Tide as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

“Everett is a good team, they’re not going to go away, they played tough,” Sawyer said. “We made some mistakes. My criticism is too many turnovers. Too many careless passes. We’ve got to value the basketball more, and instead of scoring 41 we might score 51 and have a little more of a comfortable margin.”

Wilkey finished the game with 23 points and six rebounds, while Srey netted eight points. Horton, Chloe Kebreau, Jeylly Medrano and Irianis Delgado chipped in with three points apiece.


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

Girls test mettle in Duchane girls basketball jamboree

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Fenwick’s Sam Mancinelli gets a step on Revere’s Tatianna Iacoviello in the Duchane Jamboree Saturday at the Classical gym.

By SCOT COOPER

LYNN — The Paul Duchane Girls Basketball Jamboree is one of the first tests area teams get as they prepare for the upcoming season.

Held every year at the Classical gym, in memory of the man who taught and coached throughout the Lynn school system, the 24th annual jamboree Saturday saw English, Swampscott, Marblehead, Malden, Somerville, Medford, Saugus, Danvers, Hamilton-Wenham, Reading, Peabody, Revere, Bishop Fenwick, Georgetown and Masconomet take part.

The 16 teams each played two quarters, and the stands were filled with fans, and also quite a few area coaches, scouting and filming teams they’ll face somewhere down the line this season.

Classical came out fairly strong against Masconomet in the day’s last game, racing out to a 4-1 lead on four points by Paris Wilkey. The Chieftains took their first lead at 8-6, but a bucket by Irianis Delgado tied the score at eight apiece.

Things went south for the Rams after that, Masconomet cruised to a 29-8 lead before Skyler Creighton swished one for Classical. The Chieftains scored at the buzzer for a 31-10 final.

Rams coach Tom Sawyer said the team has to practice much harder before Tuesday night’s season opener against Everett.  

“I thought we started the game well,” he said. “The kids competed hard all night, we just didn’t finish very well after that good start.

“We’ve got to make adjustments and turn up the intensity at practice before our game with Everett. We need to practice at a much higher intensity level, and carry that high intensity level into games this season,” he said.

English scored four seconds into its game with Georgetown, Ely Guity took the tip and she floored it to the basket for an easy layup. Bulldogs coach Mackenzie Charles was coaching in his first jamboree, a 21-10 win, and he liked the effort by his club Saturday evening.

“It was a really good scrimmage for our team,” he said “I thought we played well. We’re a young team, we have a long way to go and a lot to learn, but I thought we did a good job tonight,” Charles said.

“It’s early and this is a long season, but what we want to do is come out and get better every time out, and I think we did a good job in this scrimmage.

“We have a lot of things that I want to see this team get better at as the season goes on, but I liked the effort tonight from our team,” Charles said. “As long as we improve and learn something every time we step on the court, that’s what I want to see happen with this team this year.”

English senior captain Rachel Calnan was the high scorer against the Royals (9 points), and she said that hard work and communication are going to be key issues that have to be addressed by her team this winter if the Bulldogs are going to be successful.

“I thought we communicated very well on the court, and we need to keep doing that this season,” Calnan said. “We were very aggressive on the boards, and I think that’s a very good thing for our team, we have to keep playing aggressively and communicating on the court every game this season.”

Marblehead was as cold from the floor as it was outside the Classical field house early in its game against Malden. The Magicians heated up very nicely in the second quarter and rolled over the Golden Tornado, 24-10.

The Magicians were led on offense by captains Lindsay Walker and Ashley Stiles, as well as Maddie Lowi and Darcy O’Sullivan. The winners were up 9-6 after one quarter and outscored Malden 15-4 in the second quarter.  

Marblehead coach Wayne Hanscom was pleased the team kept working and broke out of its shooting slump as the game wore on.

“You only play a half, we played everyone, but we did miss a lot of bunnies,” Hanscom said. “We kept working, the girls never got frustrated, and the ball started to drop for us.”

Swampscott zipped out to a 15-1 lead over Somerville after one quarter, and Blue coach Katelyn Leonard played everybody in a 24-18 win. Swampscott’s starting five, Hannah Leahy, Katie Watts, Maggie DiGrande, Nikki Rosa and Ella Parker all scored for Swampscott early, with freshman Olivia Matella knocking down some big threes in the first quarter.

Leonard said it’s always good to have a fast start.

“We looked really strong early on, we were working really well with and without the ball,” Leonard said. “It’s all about defense with us, and I think we played a very solid game today, defensively.”

Saugus took a 15-0 lead into the break against Medford, and cruised past the Mustangs, 29-6.

Sachems coach Mark Schruender liked the high-energy game his team played.

“We started great,” he said. “Too bad we can’t save some of those points. It was a great start for our team.

“The girls were very hungry out there, I thought. You practice for a couple of weeks and see the same faces, so tonight, against another team we came out really well, we played very hard, and I’m happy about that. Let’s hope it continues.”

Peabody had a tough time in its game against Reading. The Tanners had three starters watching the game from the bench with injuries and lost 28-8. Peabody got a bucket from Catherine Manning and free throws by Liz Zaiter, Hannah Pellizzaro Alyssa Alperin and Katie Wallace. Coach Stan McKeen said there is work to do for his team.

“It was tough with three starters on the bench, but we need to get better on defense, and certainly in offense,” McKeen said. “Hopefully everyone will be back on Friday night and we can go out and play better basketball.”

Last year’s Bishop Fenwick team took the state title, and this winter seven of those players are back for coach Adam Debaggis. The Crusaders were able to spoil Revere’s Lianne O’Hara’s Duchane head coaching debut with a 20-15 win. It wasn’t O’Hara’s first Duchane game; she was an assistant for many years with Fenwick.

Revere was coming off a hard-fought, emotional win Friday night at St. Mary’s.

Samantha Mancinelli, Sammi Gallant, Olivia DiPietro and Elizabeth Pica led the way on offense for Fenwick. Valentina Pepic, Elizabeth Lake, Pamela Gonzalez and Tatiana Iacoviello had buckets for the Patriots.

“Last year was last year, it was exciting, but this year is this year,” Debaggis said. “We miss Lianne a lot, but we’re focused on a big season, and we have a lot of work to do, as long as we all work hard, we will be a tough team to beat.”

“We kind of started off a little slow (down 8-0), a little messy, so we have to work on that, come out a little better to start games,” O’Hara said. “I love this tournament, I loved it when I was at Fenwick, I love it now that I’m with Revere. We just need to come out a little better in games and we’ll got from there.”

Danvers and Hamilton-Wenham played a thriller in their game. It looked like the Generals would have an easy ballgame, going up 16-3 early in the first. The Falcons hung around, fought back and trailed by a bucket after a steal and a swish by Tina Gigli with 11 seconds to play. Hamilton-Wenham was able to run out the clock and hold on for a 29-27 win.