Jaxson Nadeau

Fenwick girls turn basketball game into a party

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Peabody forward Catherine Manning goes in for a layup past Fenwick’s Olivia DiPietro. 

By ANNE MARIE TOBIN

PEABODY — It may not have been pretty at times, but not even a dozen or so missed layups and free throws could dampen the celebratory feeling at the Bishop Fenwick gymnasium yesterday afternoon. The Crusaders’ girls basketball team (7-3) unfurled their 2016 state championship game prior to its game against cross-city rival Peabody (4-4), then simply outran the Tanners en route to a 67-52 win.

The members of that team along with former Fenwick greats Cheryl Murtaugh (‘77), Kerri Burke (‘03) and Amy Pelletier (‘11) were honored in a pre-game ceremony in which they were presented with special plaques of recognition cleverly fashioned from the the original 1959 bleachers that had been replaced over the summer.

“I felt bad that we didn’t play our best on this day with so many alums back, but winning on the day we hung the banner was good,” Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis said. “We missed a lot of layups, and a lot of free throws that, had we made half of them, would have taken a lot of pressure off, but overall it was a good day;”

Senior captain Sam Mancinelli and sophomore Jaxson Nadeau had double-doubles. Mancinelli scored a season-high 22 points with 10 rebounds, eight steals and three assists, while Nadeau finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds, seven steals and three assists.

Fenwick carried the momentum from the ceremony onto the court, forcing three straight Peabody turnovers to grab a quick 5-0 lead. Peabody battled back to take a 13-12 lead after one quarter. The second quarter was back-and-forth until the final minute when Mancinelli and Nadeau hit back-to-back threes and Mancinelli had a putback off her own offensive rebound to complete an 8-0 run that quickly turned a three-point Tanner deficit into 11, 32-21, at the half.

Fenwick piled on to open the third quarter with a 7-0 run to put Peabody in a big hole, trailing 39-21.

“Stretching out that lead just before halftime was huge, and then we got a fast start in the third quarter as well, so all of a sudden it went from a five point game to a really big lead,” DeBaggis said.

Peabody senior captain Melissa Gray stopped the bleeding with 3-pointer. Unfortunately for the Tanners, the closest they would come the rest of the way was nine points (41-32) after a steal and pull up jumper by Gray, who finished with a double-double (20 points, 11 rebounds). Fellow senior captain Katie Wallace (9 points) put the Tanners on her back in the fourth quarter, scoring nine of her team’s 16 points, but it wasn’t enough. Senior captain Alyssa Alperen also scored nine, while Catherine Manning (7 rebounds) scored seven, Nene Onwuogo (7 rebounds) scored six before fouling out. Hannah Pellizzaro chipped in one point.

Peabody coach Stan McKeen was happy with the Tanners’ effort but felt they made it too easy for Fenwick,

“Our biggest problem was not getting back on defense, we gave them too many easy baskets and simply did not box out,” he said. “When you miss shots, you have to get back on defense and we didn’t. The put a lot of pressure on us the whole game, and I think fatigue played was a factor, especially at the end. That’s what makes Fenwick a good team.”

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

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

By MIKE ALONGI 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tech 36, Minuteman 26

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

Malvelis Hernandez and Jailene Rivera provided excellent defense for Tech.

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

Peabody 72, Winthrop 34

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

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

Arlington Catholic 48, Bishop Fenwick 35

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

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

Saugus 54, Danvers 44

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

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

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

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

Lynn Classical 53, Gloucester 37

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

Revere 59, Salem 25

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

BOYS BASKETBALL

Bishop Fenwick 49, Arlington Catholic 46

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

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

Peabody 83, Winthrop 69

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

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

Danvers 62, Saugus 47

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

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

Beverly 80, Swampscott 48

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

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

Salem 59, Revere 58

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

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

Lynnfield 72, Amesbury 46

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

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

Shawsheen Tech 66, Lynn Tech 39

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

GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: English defense steps up

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

By HAROLD RIVERA AND MIKE ALONGI 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lynn Tech 44, Greater Lawrence 28

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

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

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

Revere 65, Swampscott 56

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

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

Archbishop Williams 77, Bishop Fenwick 44

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

Peabody 53, Salem 32

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

Peabody will take on Winthrop on Friday night.

School Roundup: St. Mary’s girls win fourth straight game

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Gabby Torres led the Spartans with 14 points in Friday’s win. 

By HAROLD RIVERA

The St. Mary’s girls basketball team pulled out a big win on the road as the Spartans defeated Cardinal Spellman, 53-40 on Friday night. The Spartans scored just 19 points in the first half but they found their offense in the latter stages of the game. Mashayla Johnson nailed a three-pointer towards the end of the third quarter to spark the Spartans, who pulled away in the fourth. Gabby Torres led St. Mary’s with 14 points. Temi Falayi and Olivia Nazaire hit crucial buckets in the latter stretch as they combined for 12 points in the fourth quarter. Mia Nowicki had a solid game on the defensive side. “We did some things tonight in the fourth quarter that we haven’t done all season,” St. Mary’s coach Jeff Newhall said. The win marks the fourth straight for the Spartans (5-4). “After a 1-4 start, we’re happy with what’s gone on the last two weeks,” Newhall said. St. Mary’s is back at it, again on the road, when the Spartans visit Cathedral on Monday night. “There’s no nights off in our league,” Newhall said. “We’re back to work on Sunday and we’ll get ready for Cathedral on Monday night.” Newhall added, “We’re happy, we still have a ways to go but we’re moving in the right direction.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Fenwick 53, Austin Prep 20

Defense was key for the Crusaders, who held Austin Prep scoreless in the second quarter to carry a 28-8 lead at halftime. Fenwick (6-1) never looked back as the Crusaders rolled to their sixth win of the season. Fredi DeGuglielmo led Fenwick with 16 points in the win. Sam Mancinelli had another strong outing at point guard with 10 points and six assists. Other key contributors included Jaxson Nadeau (11 points, six steals) and Olivia DiPietro (six points, seven rebounds). Fenwick will look to stay on the win column on Tuesday when the Crusaders host Archbishop Williams.

Classical 73, Winthrop 35

The Rams nailed a big win on the road as Paris Wilkey led Classical with 23 points. Wilkey, a junior forward, has put together a solid season for the Rams thus far. “Paris has been shooting the ball well lately,” Rams coach Tom Sawyer said. “That’s a testament to the hard work she’s put in this offseason. The hoop must have been looking real big for her tonight because everything was falling.” Soneta Srey scored 11 points while Skyler Crayton contributed with 8 points off the bench. All ten Classical players scored in the win. “We came out and shot the ball very well in the first quarter,” Sawyer said. “That got us going. Defensively, we focused on Winthrop’s best player and we did a good job in limiting her shots.” The Rams (6-3) will look to stay on the win column when they visit Saugus on Tuesday. “I’ve seen Saugus play twice already and I’m impressed,” Sawyer said. “We’ll have our hands full going over there. We’ll have to match their intensity to give ourselves a chance.”

Saugus 48, English 43

Olivia Valente (14 points, 15 rebounds) and Molly Granara (10 points, 10 rebounds) each logged double-doubles for the Sachems. Rachel Nazzaro hit a go-ahead three-pointer late in the fourth quarter. After losing a tough game to St. Mary’s earlier in the week, Saugus coach Mark Schruender said his team was looking to get back on the right track. “We knew going into the week that this game (against English) was going to be a tough game,” Schruender said. “As soon as the St. Mary’s game was over, we turned the page. It’s definitely good to get back on the right track.” The Sachems host Classical on Tuesday. “They mix up their defenses well and they’re well coached,” Schruender said of Classical. “We’ll have our hands full.”

BOYS BASKETBALL
English 72, Saugus 63

After losing two straight, the Bulldogs bounced back with a big win over the Sachems. “We had gone 1-3 the last four games so we had not been playing well,” English coach Mike Carr said. “We did a lot of good things today. We brought back the energy, that had been missing for us.” Javonte Edwards notched a double-double for English with 18 points and 12 rebounds and Tommy Rijo scored 20 of his own. Matt Waggett led the Sachems with 20 points, while Demetri Filaretos contributed with 14 of his own. “It was a very good first half,” Saugus assistant coach Mark Bertrand said. “We were hanging with them but we had a collapse in the third quarter. English is a tough team, Mike Carr does a great job there. They hit their buckets and their free throws, and we didn’t. That was the difference.” Saugus (2-5) will aim to bounce back on Tuesday at Classical. English (4-3) is also back in action on Tuesday, at Gloucester. “It was a big win for us,” Carr said. “If we’re back to giving that effort and believing in each other, I think we have a chance to be a good team.”

Cardinal Spellman 71, St. Mary’s 66
At Conigliaro Gym, the Spartans lost to the Cardinals after starting the fourth quarter on a 16-6 run. St. Mary’s led 59-58 with four minutes to play but Spellman closed out the game on a 13-6 run to notch the win. The Spartans will aim to bounce back when they host Cathedral on Monday night.

St. John’s Prep 72, Malden Catholic 71
At Malden Catholic, the Eagles hung on to fight off a late Malden Catholic rally. The Prep (5-1) grabbed its fifth win of the season. Top performers included Matt Relihan and Nate Hobbs (16 points each). Tommy O’Neill and Brett McNiff (13 points each) were also key contributors. The Eagles are off until Friday night when they host Catholic Memorial.

Beverly 53, Gloucester 51
Down 15 points at halftime, the Panthers (5-1) clawed back for the come from behind victory. Top performers for Beverly included Luigi Derrane, who scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds, and Hugh Calice, who logged a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Pat Gavin also logged a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in the win. Kevin Morency dished six assists for Beverly. The Panthers visit Marblehead on Tuesday.

 


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

Defense pushes Fenwick to Masconomet tourney title

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Jaxson Nadeau was named the Masconomet Holiday Invitational’s MVP. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

TOPSFIELD — It was a full-on defensive battle at Masconomet High School on Thursday night, and the Bishop Fenwick girls basketball team prevailed over the Chieftains, 37-36, to win the Masconomet Holiday Invitational for the second year in a row.

Senior captain Sam Mancinelli, who was named to the All-Tournament team, led the Crusaders with 9 points and also chipped in four rebounds. Junior Jennie Meagher had eight points, 18 rebounds and five blocks, while sophomores Jaxson Nadeau and Olivia DiPietro each scored five points. Nadeau also made a huge impact on the defensive side of the ball, enough so that she earned tournament MVP honors.

“Jaxson is still a budding star even though she’s already achieved a lot,” said Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis. “Her defense is unbelievable, the way she drives to the basket is unbelievable, and her ability to create for everyone is huge for us.”

There aren’t many non-conference opponents who know each other as well as Fenwick and Masconomet. The two teams have played in the title game of the Invitational for five years in a row now.

“They might have different players, but I still watched the tape from last year’s game to prepare for this one,” said DeBaggis. “I’m sure we look pretty much the same too. When you play each other as often as we have, there’s not much mystery to it, you’ve just got to go out and execute.”

The game got off to an ugly offensive start, with both teams forcing bad shots and turnovers throughout the first quarter. Masconomet was able to take an early lead with the help of some three-pointers. On the other end, Fenwick was having turnover issues and unable to create good looks at the basket. At the end of the first, the Chieftains held an 11-4 lead.

Things started to turn around for Fenwick in the second quarter. DeBaggis moved to more of a press defense with a lot of trapping, and it instantly paid dividends in the form of turnovers.  As a result, Fenwick was able to get into a groove.

“Honestly, you just don’t see the kind of defense they play very often,” DeBaggis said. “So when you see it, you have to adjust to it. On defense, our man-to-man just wasn’t working tonight so we had to switch it up. The girls did a great job doing that and that’s a credit to them.”

The turnovers allowed Fenwick to get in transition and get to the foul line, and the Crusaders slowly chipped away at the deficit. By halftime, it was a four-point game at 21-17 Masconomet.

Fenwick was finally able to take a lead in the third quarter, but it was hard to hold on to. The key for the Crusaders was holding Masconomet to just six points in the third, but the Chieftains were still able to rally to end the quarter with a 27-27 tie.

The two teams went back and forth until the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter. With Masconomet ahead 36-35 and in possession of the ball, Nadeau came up with a huge steal and converted on the other end, in what would eventually be the game-winning basket. The Chieftains would have one final chance to win it with 2.6 seconds left, but Nadeau swooped in for another steal to ice the victory.

“I thought we played great tonight, it was just tough,” DeBaggis said. “We knew coming in that we were going up against a tough team and we’d have to play tough to win, and I think we did that. I’m very proud of them, this was a great win for us tonight.”

The Crusaders (4-1) are back in action when they travel to Franklin High School on Wednesday evening.

School Roundup: Marblehead downs Gloucester

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

By MIKE ALONGI 

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.

GIRLS HOCKEY

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.

BOYS BASKETBALL

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.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

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.

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.

 

School roundup: Fenwick girls win season opener

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Fenwick’s Fredi DeGuglielmo drives through the lane.

By HAROLD RIVERA

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

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

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

DeBaggis credited his team for playing a strong defensive game.

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

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

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

KIPP 42, Pioneer Charter 14

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

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

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pioneer 49, KIPP 47

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

BOYS HOCKEY

Saugus 10, Hamilton-Wenham 1

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

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

Lynnfield 5, Amesbury 1

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

Winthrop 3, Mansfield 2

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

WRESTLING

Lynnfield 53, Pentucket 28

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

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

Danvers 54, Marblehead-Swampscott 30

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

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

St. John’s Prep 55, Shrewsbury 21

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

BOYS INDOOR TRACK

Lynnfield 46, Lynn Tech 36

Pentucket 68, Lynnfield 18

Pentucket 70, Tech 16

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

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

Revere 46, Danvers 40

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

GIRLS INDOOR TRACK

Lynnfield 64, Tech 7

Pentucket 70, Lynn Tech 16

Pentucket 75, Lynnfield 11

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

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

Danvers 48.5, Revere 37.5

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


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

New season, new look for Fenwick

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

By HAROLD RIVERA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Fenwick girls soccer bests St. Mary’s once again

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St. Mary’s Casey Fraher tries to dribble around Fenwick’s Hannah Durkin.

By KATIE MORRISON

LYNN — Bishop Fenwick has been a thorn in the side of the St. Mary’s girls soccer team this season.

After losing to Fenwick, 2-0, earlier in the season, the Spartans suffered another frustrating, 1-0 loss to their rival in the final regular season meeting between the two teams on Monday at Manning Field.

St. Mary’s was not without its chances to score throughout the game. The Spartans sprinted out to a fast start with a few shots on goal in the first 10 minutes, and finished the game with about 15 minutes of steady pressure on the Fenwick defense. But it was a good break for the Crusaders (5-1-2) that decided the game in the 20th minute.

Freshman Becca Rocker brought the ball down into St. Mary’s end, one of the few breakaways Fenwick was able to muster early on. She fired a beautiful shot in that goalie Emily Stephenson barely got a hand on, tipping the ball up into the crossbar on an excellent save. The ball bounced almost directly down into dangerous territory, and Fenwick’s Jaxson Nadeau got a piece of the ball, giving the Crusaders all the offense they would need.

“Emily made a great play, and we got caught in transition, and Fenwick has always been good at attacking like that,” said St. Mary’s coach Jim Foley. “We got caught flat-footed. But we had chances after that, just couldn’t score.”

“Becca played great and created that chance, and took a great shot,” said Fenwick coach Karen Guillemette. “We’re constantly telling them that you have to follow, and Jaxson was in the right place at the right time.”

Before that play, the Spartans looked firmly in control. They challenged Fenwick goalie Ashley Baker early and often, especially in the first 10 minutes. The St. Mary’s offense was able to draw Baker out of the net on a few occasions, but couldn’t put the finishing touch on a goal.

Fenwick’s goal shifted the momentum to the Crusaders for the rest of the half. But in the final 20 minutes of the game, the Spartans were playing with a lot of urgency. The play became more physical and rushed, but it didn’t throw off the Fenwick defense.

“I thought the defense played great. We had five girls rotating in back there,” said Guillemette. “I thought Ashley played well in the net, and Emily Smith just anchors us back there. She’s so smart and good with the ball and that sets the tone for all five of them.”

The Spartans had a few solid chances, but sometimes the pressing hurt more than it helped, and St. Mary’s couldn’t hit the net.

Scoring has been an issue as of late for the Spartans squad.

“We haven’t scored in a while, and I think that’s our Achilles heel right now,” said Foley. “We were able to score in the beginning of the year, and now we’re in a rut.

“I think the shots are good, but we sometimes take them at the wrong time, or we wait for the perfect angle or we make a pass when we should be making a shot,” he added. “I think the youth we have on the team sometimes plays into that, we have a lot of young kids. It’s a mentality. We’ll get there.

The Spartans fall to 6-3 and 2-3 in the Catholic Central League, and will look to get back on track against CCL opponent Arlington Catholic Wednesday.

Charette twins propel Fenwick past St. Mary’s

Fenwick’s Emily Charette controls the ball in front of St.Mary’s Kayla Demers. Photo by Bob Roche

By Harold Rivera

Led by goals from the Charette twins, the Bishop Fenwick girls soccer team earned a 2-0 win over a tough opponent in St. Mary’s Wednesday afternoon.

St. Mary’s (4-1) came into the contest undefeated after winning the Lynn City Tournament last week and thumping Greater Lowell earlier this week.

Fenwick, their toughest opponent thus far in the young season, put the pressure on the Spartans early.

In the fourth minute, midfielder Allyson Charette found the net to give the Crusaders an early 1-0 lead. The Spartans looked to answer the goal, but it was the Crusaders who kept the pressure on St. Mary’s with another score in the 12th minute. That’s when midfielder Emily Charette, Allyson’s twin sister, found the back of the net on a corner kick to make it 2-0 for Fenwick.

Karen Guillemette, head coach of the Crusaders, said her team’s fast start was something she was hoping to see against a talented Catholic Central League opponent.

“They’re (St. Mary’s) a good team,” Guillemette said. “They’ve been playing well to start their season. It’s always a good battle between the two of us. We had yet to come out to a good start, a fast start, so it was nice to see us come out strong and settle in pretty quickly.”

The Crusaders carried the two-goal lead into the second half and never looked back as St. Mary’s struggled to get on the scoreboard throughout the contest. Jim Foley, head coach of the Spartans, said his team generated scoring chances throughout their first four games, but couldn’t create much offense against a skilled Fenwick defense.

“The first four games, we’ve been scoring a lot of goals,” Foley said. “I think maybe we got used to going out there and putting on the pressure, but that’s a testament to them (Fenwick) too. They’re a good team, great defensively.”

Fenwick’s offense made it a tough night for St. Mary’s goalkeeper Emily Stephenson, who finished the game with seven saves. Stephenson did everything she could to keep her net clean and give the Spartans a chance to climb back into the game.

“She does an unbelievable job,” Foley said of Stephenson. “She’s our senior keeper. Some of those saves were almost point blank.”

The Fenwick offense never took the wheels off, forcing Stephenson to make key saves in the latter stages of the game. In the 57th minute, Fenwick forward Jaxson Nadeau took a clean shot from ten yards out but Stephenson corralled the ball for the save. In the 74th minute, midfielder Grace Foley looked to pad the lead for the Crusaders but her shot was saved as well. Foley tried again in the 75th minute, but Stephenson leaped to tip the ball over the crossbar and deny the goal.

Guillemette said she was happy with Fenwick’s effort offensively throughout the afternoon.

“I think we played pretty well today, considering that it’s hard to play in the heat,” Guillemette said. “They worked hard, having to scramble both ways. When you’re pressuring like that, and then the counter-attack, you have to quickly drop so it feels like you’re scrambling back and forth. I think we did a good job of being able to handle that.”

Aside from their goalie’s effort, midfielder Gaby Diaz-Martinez and defensemen Jill Gentile and Morgan Mackey performed well for St. Mary’s. In the 67th minute, Gentile prevented a one-on-one opportunity as Fenwick’s Sammie Gallant made her way towards Stephenson. Gentile caught up with Gallant and booted the ball out of bounds to deny a scoring opportunity.

Up next for Fenwick is another league contest at Cardinal Spellman on Monday. St. Mary’s is also back in action on Monday when the Spartans host Arlington Catholic at Manning Field.

Foley said he feels the Spartans are capable of bouncing back with a win on Monday.

“We’re a young team,” Foley said. “This is a little bit of a wake-up. In the league, this is what it’ll be like. I think we’ll bounce back fine.”

Fenwick wins summer league basketball title

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By Anne Marie Tobin

DANVERS — The 2016 Division 3 state champion Bishop Fenwick girls basketball team added another piece of silver to its trophy case last night under the lights at Plains Park, defeating Masconomet 32-21 in the finals of the North Shore Girls Basketball League championship.

Fenwick led from start to finish and carried a 14-5 lead into the second half after holding Masco scoreless over the final 13 minutes of the first half.

“It was a low scoring game, and very unusual for Masco, which usually runs teams into the ground with their offense,” Fenwick volunteer coach and 2016 graduate Colleen Corcoran said. “They made a nice comeback and we said we needed to be more aggressive and we were.”

In the opening minutes of the second half, the teams traded baskets. Then, senior captain Sam Mancinelli drained a three-pointer to give Fenwick its largest lead of the game at 19-7 with 17 minutes to play.

Masco went on an 11-0 run over the next eight minutes to come to within one point on a long three-pointer by Grace Fahey that made it 19-18 with nine minutes left to play.

After a Fenwick timeout, the Crusaders wasted no time in restoring order with three quick hoops and a free throw over the next minute.

Jennie Meagher followed up Jaxson Nadeau’s near-miss on a reverse layup with an offensive rebound and put back that made it 21-18.

After a Masco miss, Meagher struck again (from Mancinelli) to bump the lead to 23-18.

On Masco’s next possession, a Nadeau steal and dish off to Mancinelli made it 25-18.

Things went from bad to worse for Masco.

Meagher ripped the ball out of the hands of a Masco player, then grabbed an offensive rebound off a Fenwick miss and made one of two free throws after she was fouled, making it 26-18.

Masco closed to 26-21, but that was as close as it would come.

Mancinelli and Meagher led all scorers with eight points, while Nadeau had six points and Olivia DiPietro had five.

“We came into this game with the same mindset as Masco, and that was this was a must win game for us,” Mancinelli said.  “We did not want to go to another game and I think the difference ultimately was we ended up wanting the ball more than they did.”

Samie Gallant came up big for Fenwick in the final minutes of the second half.  She was 4-for-4  from the free throw line in the final 1:47 of the game to help hold Masco at bay.

SOFTBALL: St. Mary’s re-clinches share of CCL title

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St. Mary’s Katie Terban knocked in three RBI in a win over Cardinal Spellman on Wednesday.

By MIKE ALONGI and MATT FRASER

 

With its 6-2 victory over host Cardinal Spellman Wednesday, the St. Mary’s softball team clinched, at the very least, a share of the Catholic Central League’s championship trophy for the second consecutive season.

Senior captains Michaela Hamill (2-for-4), Frankie Simon (2-for-3, RBI) and Katie Terban (3-for-4, 3 RBI) had strong showings. Hamill also shined in the circle, throwing four shutout innings before being relieved by junior Mia Nowicki.

“(Today’s) win provides us with one of the best memories of a great season,” said Paige Licata, who has been at the helm of the Spartans’ continued success in her first season as head coach.

“Each and every one of these girls has played a role. That really says something about this team.”

Junior Emily Stephenson finished 2-for-3 with two RBI for St. Mary’s (13-2) who grabbed a run in the first, two in the second and three in the third.

As of Wednesday, rival Austin Prep still has a chance to claim a share of the conference crown.

“It certainly generates a lot of excitement for the remainder of the regular season,” said Licata whose team hosts New Mission Friday in a Breast Cancer Awareness game.

Classical 9, Revere 3

The Rams improved to 9-3 behind strong offensive showings from senior Kaitlin Marcinko (4-for-4, 2 RBI) and Meghan Leavitt (2-for-4). Tori Adams went the distance in the circle, scattering five hits with as many strikeouts. Classical looks to punch its ticket to the state tournament with a win Monday against rival Lynn English.

Swampscott 1, Gloucester 0

Hannah Leahy struck out eight over seven innings of two-hit ball for the Big Blue (11-5) who pushed across the lone run on an infield single from Maisie Vasquez, scoring Christina King who reached on a single in her first of the season after missing extended time due to an injury.

Danvers 6, Peabody 0

Freshman Tianna Dawe shined in the circle for the host Tanners (8-8), fanning 11 Falcons in a hard-luck loss, featuring a half-dozen unearned runs.

Winthrop 15, Salem 4

Winthrop senior Nicole Pucillo had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a single, a double, her first career home run and three RBI, as well as stealing a base. Jessie Martin also went 3-for-5 for the Vikings (4-12), knocking two doubles and a single with three runs scored and an RBI.

Beverly 16, English 4 (F/5)

Leading the way for Beverly was Julia Pitman, who went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, two runs scored and three RBI. Caitlyn Munzing also went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI, while Cori Coults went 1-for-1 with a triple and two RBI. Ally Cabral was 3-for-4 with two RBI.

Archbishop Williams 4, Fenwick 0

Despite striking out 20 times, the Crusaders managed to stick around thanks to the best efforts of Alexcea Glynos, who allowed one run on three hits over her first six innings before yielding a three-run homer in the final frame. Fenwick (6-10) mustered only two hits, one each from sophomore Courtney Norton and freshman Jaxson Nadeau.

Terban’s homer lifts St. Mary’s over Fenwick

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Katie Terban smiles as she trots home after her two-run home run.

By GORDON VINCENT

PEABODY – With two outs and the go-ahead run on base in the top of the seventh, St. Mary’s slugger Katie Terban asked coach Paige Licata if she ought to bunt and take Bishop Fenwick’s defense by surprise.

It’s a good thing she swung away.

Terban’s two-run line drive home run to left through a pounding wind proved to be the difference as the Spartans’ softball team defeated the Crusaders, 5-3, on Saturday at Slade Softball Field at the McHugh-Farley Athletic Complex.

“Katie is one of our senior leaders and we have a great deal of confidence in her,” Licata said. “It was a good time for her to come through.”

Michaela Hamill picked up the win for the Spartans (6-1) with three innings of relief behind Mia Nowicki. Licata opted to use her top pitchers in advance of a rematch between the two teams on Monday at Breed Field.

While she allowed just one earned run, Alexcea Glynos absorbed a tough loss for the Crusaders (3-5), who committed six errors.

“She (Glynos) pitched well, but we made too many mistakes in the field behind her,” said Fenwick coach Paul Lyman. “You can’t do that and expect to beat a good team.”

The Crusaders got a two-run homer from Lucianna Mastromatteo to deep left field in the first inning, and tied the game with an unearned run in the fifth. Freshman Jaxson Nadeau had a pair of hits and scored a run for Fenwick. Rachel Fisher added a pair of singles.

St. Mary’s scored three runs in the top of the second despite only hitting the ball once out of the infield. Francesca Simon drew a one-out walk and went to second when Emily Stephenson’s blooper fell into shallow right field. Casey Fraher followed with a bunt to Glynos. But her throw to first was high. It allowed Simon to score and the other two runners to advance into scoring position.

Ashley Wojewodzic laid down another bunt that died in the dirt in front of the plate. Fisher’s throw was high, and Natalie Mellen, pinch-running for Stephenson, and Fraher scored.

Glynos led off the fifth with a wind-blown line drive that caromed off Nowicki’s glove in left field. After a sacrifice bunt, Courtney Norton hit a ground ball to Vanessa Vanbuskirk at shortstop. Vanbuskirk alertly caught pinch-runner Allie Giguere too far off the bag at second. But Fraher’s throw to third in the ensuing rundown hit Giguere in the back and she was safe. Hannah Hollow followed with a bunt to Terban at third. Her only play was at the plate, but Giguere beat the throw to tie the game.

Glynos retired the first two batters in the top of the seventh before Vanbuskirk reached on an error by Fenwick shortstop Mikayla Porcaro, who otherwise had a brilliant day in the field. That kept the inning alive for Terban’s clutch home run.

Fenwick put brought the tying run to the plate when Nadeau singled to center with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. But Hamill induced Hollow to foul out to the catcher to end the game.

Fenwick holds off Hoosac for D3 state title

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Bishop Fenwick’s Colleen Corcoran dribbles to the basket during the Crusaders title game Saturday against Hoosac Valley.

By KATIE MORRISON

SPRINGFIELD — It wasn’t easy, it definitely wasn’t pretty, but in the end, the Bishop Fenwick girls basketball team pulled together to defeat Hoosac Valley, 57-48, claiming the Division 3 state title Saturday at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

After numerous turnovers and messy play from both sides in the opening half, Fenwick’s Colleen Corcoran and Jaxson Nadeau turned up the heat and scored eight and seven points, respectively, in the second half to boost the Crusaders.

Fenwick came out hot, opening the game on a 7-0 run. A 3-pointer from Hoosac’s Madison Ryan eventually got the Hurricanes on the board, but the Crusaders responded with another seven unanswered points. A little run from the Hurricanes late in the first quarter brought them within six.

Things got sloppy for both teams before the half, however. Hoosac Valley took three offensive fouls in the first half alone, and both teams spent as much time diving for loose balls as they did putting up shots. But the Hurricanes quietly closed the gap, holding Fenwick to nine points in the second. Hoosac took its first lead of the game on Alexandria Mercier’s three with 10 seconds left in the half, giving the Hurricanes a 24-23 lead.

“Those girls played hard,” Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis said of Hoosac Valley. “They make you play sloppy. We knew that coming in, but it’s a totally different ballgame when you’re playing on that stage and that’s happening. We knew what we had to accomplish – stay spaced, pass the ball strong, dribble the ball strong, know where the trap is coming from.”

The Crusaders scored 20 points in the third quarter, with Nadeau hitting three field goals and a free throw to bring her point total to a team-high 15.

“Jaxson was great offensively,” DeBaggis said. “She’s a freshman. She had couple of moments of freshman play early on, but she also had a couple of moments of big time play. Great mental toughness, all the way around.”

On the other end of the spectrum, Corcoran, a senior captain, stepped up big, sinking three field goals in the quarter and finishing with 10 points. Sydney Brennan didn’t score her first points until the third quarter, but finished with 12 after hitting two threes, a layup and four free throws.

Eight different players put points on the board for the Crusaders as they stretched their lead to eight (43-35) after three quarters.

“In a game like this, there’s no offense going on. Against a team that will run and jump and trap, you can’t run a play,” DeBaggis said. “All you can do is stay spaced, make good passes and hit the shots as they come. That helped us a ton. If we have only one or two players who are good players, I think we lose that game. Having this many players that can contribute and feel confident contributing, it’s definitely the biggest factor.”

“There’s a lot of teams out there that have one or two great players and the program relies on those players,” Corcoran added. “At Fenwick, we have a bunch of great athletes and very talented girls. We just know that when we work together as a team, we’re unstoppable.”

Fenwick held the Hurricanes at bay in the fourth, sealing the victory – the first in DeBaggis’ five-year tenure at Fenwick.

“For some of (these players), they’ve been here for four years, and they’ve been through a lot of ups and downs,” DeBaggis said. “We’ve gone from not making the tournament to doing this. That’s what you hope for when you come in as a coach. The experience alone has been great for our program and our school.”

 

Fenwick takes down Amesbury

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Fenwick’s Colleen Corcoran scored 18 points in the Crusaders’ quarterfinal win over Amesbury.

By MATT FRASER

DANVERS — A 10-day layoff between games had no effect on the Bishop Fenwick girls basketball team in its Division 3 North tournament opener, a 69-32 rout of No. 7 Amesbury on Friday evening at St. John’s Prep.

The No. 2 Crusaders, led by seniors Sydney Brennan (game-high 22 points) and Colleen Corcoran (18) went on a 10-0 run spanning 6:37 of the first and second quarters to build a comfortable lead before their dynamic offense put the game out of reach by halftime.

“I thought it was an extremely well-rounded effort from start to finish,” said coach Adam DeBaggis, whose team advances to the semifinals for a Catholic Central League showdown with No. 3 St. Mary’s. “You can’t really strategize around starting strong, but that was certainly one of our talking points and the girls did a very good job of executing early, on both ends of the floor. That’s Fenwick basketball.”

Brennan and Corcoran combined for nine points in the opening eight minutes, with Brennan burying the first of four triples at the 5:40 mark, forcing the Indians to call an early timeout.

Following a 3-pointer from the Indians’ Madison Napoli (team-high 11 points), Fenwick put the clamps down in the defensive end while junior Samantha Mancinelli and sophomore Jennie Meagher put back a couple of offensive rebounds to give the Crusaders a 13-7 lead after one quarter.
Mancinelli finished with 11 points,  while Meagher added seven off of the bench.

“You can’t win the big games without a certain kind of team chemistry,” said DeBaggis who gushed over his team’s’ work on the glass led by Corcoran (10 rebounds), Mancinelli (8) and Meagher (7).

Consecutive buckets from Corcoran to open the ensuing frame preceded the merciful end of Amesbury’s drought, via a basket from Flannery O’Connor at 6:18. The floodgates opened for good shortly after, starting with a three-point play from freshman Jaxson Nadeau, who drew a foul on a successful bank in. Corcoran scored eight points in the period, which ended on the first of a trio of 3-pointers from Mancinelli with eight seconds remaining in the second, allowing the Crusaders to enter halftime ahead, 34-15.

“I was a bit nervous coming in, thinking we’d maybe come out a little too excited and miss some shots,” said DeBaggis, who quickly found out that wasn’t the case, as his team showed exceptional composure.  “The girls were calm and quickly settled into a rhythm at both ends which was really great to see.” Brennan and Mancinelli (five assists) each hit a pair of triples in the third quarter before Fenwick’s bench took over. Seniors Ellen Fantozzi (4 points) and Melissa MacKenzie added buckets along with juniors Samantha Gulla and Mikayla Porcaro.

Fenwick overpowers Peabody

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Fenwick’s Samantha Mancinelli and Peabody’s Chinanye Onwuogo fight for a rebound.

By KATIE MORRISON

PEABODY — The Bishop Fenwick girls basketball team rebounded from a tough loss last week, topping Peabody, 61-33, on the road on Tuesday night.

The Crusaders (18-4) played to their strengths with a balanced scoring attack, and after a slow start in the first quarter, turned up the offense, with four players scoring eight or more points.

Peabody jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead and was controlling play for the first couple of minutes, so Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis called a time out to get his team on the same page.

“We talked about it before the game, not coming out flat,” said DeBaggis. “I was screaming during that time out ‘stop playing flat.’ That’s what you need sometimes. I think any team at any level needs a kick in the butt sometimes.”

Peabody’s Melissa Gray netted six points in the first quarter and Sara Hosman added four to help the Tanners stay in the game throughout the first. They went into the second quarter down by just a point, 14-13.

But from that point on, it was all Fenwick.

“I was mad early on, but I thought everything after that was really good,” DeBaggis said. “Lots of energy, good defense, and we played smart. We hit the girl that was open most of the time, which is who we are. We don’t have a lot of huge scoring threats, we don’t have one girl who you step aside and let them score. We’re a team offense.”

The Tanners were limited to only five points in the second quarter, and the Crusaders started pulling away, heading into the half with a 35-18 lead.

Colleen Corcoran led Fenwick with 12 points, shooting 66 percent and hitting four of five free throws, along with grabbing seven boards. Freshman Jaxson Nadeau had a strong showing as well, contributing 10 points and playing strong defense.

“Jaxson does what I want them all to do without me telling her,” said DeBaggis. “I don’t have to yell at her. She plays aggressive the whole time. She attacks the hoop downhill. She goes north-south instead of east-west. I think early on we were playing east-west and passing the ball around. She attacks. I just love her mentality overall. Defensively and offensively she brings a real boost to our team, which is nice.”

Jennie Meagher was big on the boards for Fenwick, grabbing 15 rebounds and putting up seven points. Sydney Brennan scored eight and Mikayla Porcaro added nine.

For Peabody, Gray led the way with 14 points. Chinanye Onwuogo pulled down 12 rebounds, and Hosman, Marina Demild and Christa Baker each contributed four points.

There’s some drama in store for Peabody. The Tanners need to beat Danvers on Wednesday night, in their final game of the regular season, in order to make the tournament.

Fenwick, however, has already secured its spot in the postseason, and DeBaggis said that eliminating those sluggish starts will be key come tournament time.

“The first few minutes of today’s game is how we played all night on Friday,” he said, referring to Fenwick’s 66-29 loss to Archbishop Williams on Friday night. “It’s one-and-done if you do that. Tournament games…it’s not one shot that does it; it’s one mistake here or there. One foul, one turnover. We have to be locked in the whole time to be successful.”

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

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

By MIKE ALONGI

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

Junior goalie Emily Stephenson had 25 saves in the win.

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

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Bishop Fenwick 58, Concord-Carlisle 23

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

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

Marblehead 60, Pope John 53

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

Danvers 55, Reading 45

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

Hamilton-Wenham 51, Beverly 47

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

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Salem 70, Swampscott 45

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

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

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

Lynn Tech 70, Whittier 52

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

Hamilton-Wenham 62, Marblehead 55

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

GIRLS’ HOCKEY

Beverly 2, Lexington 2

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

Winchester 11, Marblehead 0

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


Mike Alongi can be reached at mikealongi75@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter at @m_alongi.

School roundup: Classical boys victorious in NEC meet

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Classical’s Kevin Chasse recorded two first-place finishes for the Bulldogs Wednesday evening.

By DILLON DURST

The Lynn Classical squad won the boys’ portion of the Northeastern Conference league meet on Wednesday evening at Salem State, while the Marblehead girls’ team took first place.

Classical’s Kevin Chasse recorded first-place finishes in both the 50-yard freestyle (23.70 seconds), and 100 free (52.11). The 200 free relay team of Chasse, Eric Macorri, Alex Pedro and Craig Mordaunt finished first (1:40.05) for the Rams as well. Mordaunt added a second-place finish in the 200 free (2:11.43), while Macorri recorded a third-place in the 200 individual medley. Pedro finished second for Classical in diving with a score of 165.75, while Sarah Sirois added a second-place diving finish (243.30) on the girls’ side.

Commonwealth Athletic Conference Meet

Lynn Tech captain Nick Weston posted a personal-best time of 6.08.38 in the 500 free Wednesday evening, finishing fifth. Tigers’ coach Brad Tilley said all of Tech’s competing 500 free swimmers posted personal-best times as well. Tech’s Fransisco Fresco placed first in diving with a score of 178.83, followed by teammates Steven Taz and Juan Bernabe, who finished fourth and sixth, respectively, for the Tigers. On the girls’ side, Coral Gonzalez placed third in diving (113).

BOYS’ INDOOR TRACK

Beverly 72, Swampscott 14

The Panthers (5-2) recorded first-place finishes in all but one event. Sam Abate placed first in the high jump for Beverly, clearing 5 feet, 10 inches. Teammate Chris Faust won the shot put for Beverly with a distance of 42 feet, 3 ½ inches. Also finishing first for the Panthers were Daniel Russell in the 55-meter hurdles (9.0), Jordan Rawding in the 55 (6.6), Nicholas Berry in the 300 (41.2), John Jones in the 600 (1:33.1), Connor Cademartori in the 1,000 (2:55.4) and Brian McPherson in the mile (4:55.3). Harry Parker won the 2-miles (11:20.0) for Swampscott (3-4).

Marblehead 54, Peabody 32

In a matchup of unbeatens, the Magicians (7-0) handed the Tanners (6-1) their first loss of the season, and finished first in all but one event. Marblehead also wrapped up a NEC Small conference championship with the win, posting a 5-0 record. George Goetz posted two first-place finishes in both the high jump (6-0) and the 55 hurdles (8.2) for Marblehead. Also finishing first for the Magicians were Jaason Lopez in the 55 (6.6), Jakob Wikar in the 300 (39.2), Pete Morrison in the 600 (1:36.6), Oliver Jacob in the 1,000 (2:49.5), Michael Weidenbruch in the mile (4:53.8) and Adam Linsky in the 2-miles (10:41.5). Marblehead edged Peabody in the 4X400 relay (3:33.7) by 3/10 of a second. Patrick Pang finished first in the shot put (46-6 ½) for the Tanners, followed by teammates Michael Lowry (42-8) in second and Peter Leon (41-4 ½) in third.

GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK

Beverly 67, Swampscott 19

Tyler Orlandella and Cassie Wahl tied for first in the high jump for the Panthers (7-0), both clearing five feet. Teammate Gracie Sparkman won the shot put (35-0) for Beverly. Also finishing first for the Panthers were Julianna Devitt in the 55 hurdles (8.8), Callie Donovan in the 55 (7.5), Amanda Rosenberger in the 600 (1:50.9), Julia Curtin in the 1,000 (3:07.1), Lexi Sutyak in the mile (5:47.4) and Abby Walsh in the 2-miles (11:32.0). Beverly edged Swampscott in the 4X400 relay (4:58.8), as well. Zoe Petty won the 300 (46.4) for the Big Blue (4-3).

Peabody 56, Marblehead 30

Peabody (6-1) handed the Magicians their second loss of the season, winning all but two events. Despite the loss, Marblehead (5-2) wrapped up a small school conference championship with a 5-0 conference record. Finishing first for the Tanners were: Emily Bacelar in the shot put (32 ½), Cynthia Aroke in the 55 hurdles (8.7), Amanda Andrews in the 300 (43.6), Emily Nelson in the 600 (1:47.5), Sophia Anderle in the 1,000 (3:14.5), Jessica Ostrowski in the mile (5:38.3) and Emily Christensen in the 2-miles (12:37.1). Maeve Sherwood finished first in the 55 (7.7) for Marblehead, followed by teammates Meg McCarthy (7.9) in second and Alyssa Nye (8.3) in third.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Beverly 62, Lynn Classical 51

Sophomore forward Paris Wilkey was the leading scorer for the Rams (11-8) with 20 points. Senior guard Chenysse Hill was right behind with 18 points, while junior guard Soneta Srey chipped in 10 points.

The Rams will try to rebound on Friday night when they face off against Revere for their senior night.

Fenwick 65, Medford 33

Sydney Brennan led the Crusaders (12-3) with 15 points and seven rebounds, while teammate Colleen Corcoran added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Jaxson Nadeau also chipped in nine points and four steals for Fenwick. Sam Mancinelli registered seven points, five assists and three steals for the Crusaders, and teammate Melissa MacKenzie scored eight, as well.

Saugus 55, Somerville 47

The Sachems were able to fend off Somerville in overtime to notch their eighth win of the season. Krissy Italiano led Saugus offensively with 15 points, while teammates Olivia Valente and Marisa Stockwell added 14 and six points, respectively.

Lynn Tech 45, Presentation of Mary Academy 41

The Tigers earned their third win of the season behind Jamila Constantine’s 13 points and eight rebounds. Malvelis Hernandez added 10 points, four rebounds and four steals for Tech, while teammate Jesmary Valerio eight points and four steals. Senior captain Lila Nieves added six points and six assists, as well.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Saugus 65, Revere 48

Kyle Autilio led the Sachems (9-8) with 20 “hard-fought” points, as described by Saugus coach Paul Moran.

“(Autilio) really put the team on his back tonight,” Moran said.

David Rowinsky added 17 points, including five 3-pointers for Saugus, while teammate Evan DeCristoforo chipped in 14 points for the Sachems.

WRESTLING

St. John’s 52, Beverly 13

St. John’s improved to 36-1 on the season with a home win over the Panthers. Recording wins for the Eagles were: Ryan Garlitz (106), Will Grady (113), Malcolm Mitchell (120), Zach Alexander (126), Hunter Costa (138), Ben Shaw (145), David Yepez (170), Spencer Jenkins (182), Ben Klien (195), Jake Topel (220) and Jay Carnevale (285).

Danvers 71, Marblehead/Swampscott 0

The Falcons cruised to a shutout victory on senior night.