Katie Wallace

Fenwick girls turn basketball game into a party

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


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.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: English defense steps up

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Lynn Tech 44, Greater Lawrence 28

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

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

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

Revere 65, Swampscott 56

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

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

Archbishop Williams 77, Bishop Fenwick 44

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

Peabody 53, Salem 32

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

Peabody will take on Winthrop on Friday night.

Peabody’s defense steps up in win

Peabody point guard Katie Wallace draws a foul from Swampscott’s Ella Parker on a drive to the basket.


SWAMPSCOTT — Defense makes the difference.

That’s the moral of Friday night’s story at the Richard “Dick” Lynch Gymnasium when Peabody’s girls basketball team got on top of Swampscott early, and survived a fourth-quarter scare before reasserting itself to win, 46-38, to raise its record to 2-3.

“Tonight, we played good defense,” Peabody coach Stan McKeen said. “And that made a difference. In the three games we’ve lost this year, the other team’s been at 30-35 points by halftime.”

The Tanners came out with a straight man-to-man defense and Swampscott just couldn’t do anything with it. It wasn’t that the Big Blue didn’t get looks. They got looks. They just couldn’t get the shots to fall.

“That’s been a problem for us quite a few times this year so far,” said Big Blue coach Katelyn Leonard. “We just can’t seem to get our shots to fall. And we seem to have trouble with man-to-man defenses, too.”

In fact, the only time Swampscott didn’t have trouble was when Peabody, in the fourth quarter, switched to a zone. Then, Swampscott hit three straight three-pointers before McKeen quickly called a timeout and scrapped that idea. Peabody went back to man defense, and that was the end of Swampscott’s spurt.

Nobody did much of anything in the first quarter, and it was only 6-4 Peabody after eight minutes. However, Peabody started heating up in the second, and one of the reasons was the play of Melissa Gray. She finished the night with 16 points, by far her highest offensive output of the season thus far, and seven of them came in the second quarter as Peabody stretched its lead to 22-14 at the break.

Any thoughts Swampscott had of shaking off the cobwebs were dispelled in the third quarter as the Big Blue could only muster up six points. Meanwhile, Peabody really got rolling. Gray scored six more points in the quarter. However, all of the Tanners contributed on the defensive end of the floor.

By the time the quarter ended, it was 37-22 and it looked as if the Tanners would coast home.

However, Swampscott had other ideas when Peabody switched defenses. The Big Blue went on an 12-1 run, highlighted by consecutive trifectas by Olivia Matella (two of them) and another by Jaymie Caponigro, who was held to seven points.

After Caponigro’s three, Swampscott had climbed to within four points (38-34) and it was nervous time for McKeen and the Tanners.

However, Peabody knew just what to do. The players started driving to the basket to take advantage of Swampscott’s foul situation (the Big Blue had amassed 10 fouls in the second half by the beginning of the fourth quarter) and sank five free throws to restore order. And when Katie Wallace hit a three-pointer with a minute left in the game, that gave Peabody a 10-point lead (46-36). Hannah Leahy’s two free throws with time dwindling down accounted for the final score.

Nikki Rosa led Swampscott with 12 point and Matella finished with 11.

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

School Roundup: Classical girls fall in OT

Paris Wilkey scored 24 points for the Rams. 


The Classical girls basketball team overcame a late eight-point deficit on the road against Danvers Thursday night to force overtime, but the Falcons held on for the 59-55 win.

Paris Wilkey led all scorers with 24 points and Soneta Srey had a big game, adding 14 points, but it wasn’t enough to deal Danvers (4-0) its first loss.

For the Falcons, Sarah Unczur logged a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, as did Lily Montanari (16 points, 10 rebounds).

Danvers coach Pat Veilleux had nothing but good things to say about the Rams.

“This was without question our biggest test so far,” Veilleux said. “Classical is multi-faceted. They’re talented, tough, physical and as they showed tonight, very resilient. Someone had to win this game, and if it had gone on any longer, I couldn’t have handled it, and I’m sure (Classical coach) Tom (Sawyer) couldn’t have either.”

Peabody 57, Beverly 41

Tanners coach Stan McKeen knew it’d be a long winter break if his team went into it 0-3, but fortunately for Peabody, it got the first win of the season out of the way against Beverly.

Sophomore Liz Zaiter had the hot hand, scoring 13 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Nene Onuwuogo had a big game as well with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Serena Laro and Katie Wallace played excellent defense for Peabody, and Wallace did a good job running the offense at point guard.

Saugus 40, Marblehead 34

Krissy Italiano put up a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to help lead Saugus to a win, while Kiley Ronan chipped in eight points and five steals. Alessia Salzillo and Molly Granara each scored seven points in the win.

The undefeated Sachems (3-0) will hit the road for a game against Malden on Wednesday.

Swampscott 53, Gloucester 42

Maggie DiGrande hit five three-pointers en route to 18 points to lead the way for the Big Blue, and Jaymie Caponigro had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Ella Parker also had a solid game with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Swampscott (3-1) is back in action on Tuesday when they take on Lynn English in the Walter J. Boverini Tournament.

Greater Lawrence 44, Lynn Tech 42

The Tigers fell in a close game despite a great all-around team effort, according to coach Kaitlyn Wechsler. Jamila Constantine scored 15 points to pace Tech, followed by Arianna Anaya with 11 points. Alondra Sanchez had eight points and Malvelis Hernandez scored six.

Winthrop 34, Salem 32

It came down to free throws in this one between the Vikings and the Witches, and Winthrop’s Cailyn Driscoll hit the two deciding free throws to give the Vikings the close win. Driscoll finished with 13 points to lead Winthrop.


Marblehead 57, Saugus 42

Patrick Bugler had a big day for the Magicians (3-2), finishing the game with 20 points. Derek Marino added 12 points in the win.

Marblehead will be back in action on Wednesday on the road at Masconomet.

Dimitri Filaretos led Saugus with 11 points, followed by Chris McGrane with nine points. Cam Williamson had a big night on the glass with six points and 10 rebounds, and Mike Mabee provided a spark off the bench with six points.

Gloucester 89, Swampscott 70

Despite the loss, Swampscott got an impressive performance from Tony Broadnax, who notched a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds while also adding six assists. Jackson Byrne contributed 10 points in the loss.

Gloucester was led by senior captain Evan Mason’s 21 points.

The Big Blue will have all of next week off before returning to action on January 3 on the road at Marblehead.


St. Mary’s 4, Hingham 1

After trailing 1-0 entering the third period, the Spartans (2-2-0) rattled off four unanswered goals to steal a victory from Hingham in the consolation game of the Serino Christmas Tournament at Valley Forum in Malden on Thursday evening.

“To come back against a team like Hingham, one of the top-ranked teams in the state, was really good to see,” said St. Mary’s coach Mark Lee. “It took a total team effort to pull this one out, and I’m really proud of all our guys for how hard they worked.”

Anthony Bono led the way with two goals, while Jason Loeser and Kyle Ouellette added a goal apiece. Dante Maribito contributed two assists in the win.

St. Mary’s will host Lowell Catholic next Thursday.


Bishop Fenwick 91, Marian 68

Catherine Christuk and Sophia Lumino each scored multiple wins in the pool for the Crusaders on Thursday. Christuk won the 200-yard freestyle (2 minutes, 9.13 seconds) and the 100 breaststroke (1:12.88), while Lumino took the 200 individual medley (2:21.03) and the 500 freestyle (5:33.56). Other individual winners for Fenwick were Connor Christuk in the 50 freestyle (23.86) and Rowan Emerson in the 100 freestyle (58.60).

The Crusaders also had three relay teams take first place. The 200 medley relay team of Emerson, Connor Christuk, Garrett Collins and Michael D’Iorio won with a time of 1:54.13, the 200 freestyle relay team of D’Iorio, Lumino, Connor Christuk and Bryce McCarthy won the a time of 1:50.06 and the 400 freestyle relay team of Emerson, McCarthy, Collins and Catherine Christuk won with a time of 4:08.33.

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

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.


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.


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.


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.


Girls test mettle in Duchane girls basketball jamboree

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


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.



By Harold Rivera

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

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

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

Peabody 48 , Revere 24

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

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

Cronan shared his thoughts on Peabody’s season.

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

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


Beverly 4, Classical 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swampscott 2, Saugus 0

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

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

Nikki Rosa earned the shutout in net with four saves.

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

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

Peabody 7, English 0

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

Danvers 8, Revere 0

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

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


Lynnfield 3, Peabody 0

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

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

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

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

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

Hamilton-Wenham 3, Marblehead 1

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

Arlington Catholic 3, Bishop Fenwick 0

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


Fenwick 7, Arlington Catholic 0

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

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

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

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

Peabody girls soccer hands Swampscott its first loss

Peabody’s Jillian Arigo uses a slide tackle to kick the ball away from Swampscott’s Jaymie Caponegro. Photo: Bob Roche

By Katie Morrison

SWAMPSCOTT — It’s not easy to go undefeated for an entire season, especially not in a league such as the Northeastern Conference.

The Swampscott girls soccer team found that out Sunday afternoon at Jackson Park as it was handed its first loss, 3-0, at the hands of Peabody.

The Tanners controlled every aspect of the game in a meeting between two of the league’s elite teams. The Tanners were physical, and controlled the tempo of the game from start to finish.

However, Swampscott coach Ken Leeder said afterward that a loss like this can be the catalyst a team needs to kick its game into another gear.

“It’s very hard to go undefeated, and I don’t know if that would have been a good thing anyway,” Leeder said. “It was a well-played game, and we put more pressure on (the Tanners) in the second half, but Peabody is a very good team.”

The Tanners can relate to what Leeder said. Peabody suffered its only loss of the season last week against Acton-Boxborough, a non-league opponent. That defeat helped the Tanners see what they needed to work on, and even gave them some confidence, said coach Dennis Desroches.

“I think we were pretty confident coming in because we’ve had a great week of soccer,” Desroches said. “We played A-B, one of the best teams in the state, and I really think we should have taken that game (Peabody lost, 1-0). I thought overall, we’ve been playing a great style of soccer over the past week, and our kids have been playing hard from the goalie all the way out to the forwards.”

One of the takeaways from that loss, however, was Peabody wasn’t creating enough second-chance opportunities. Sunday, it was clear that finishing those chances was in the forefront of the Tanners’ minds.

“You take the A-B game, and we were very upset with ourselves for not finishing,” Desroches said. “In practice we really focused on finishing opportunities, keeping the ball alive in front of the goal. They were able to do that today.”

Peabody’s first goal, scored in the 18th minute, was a great example of finishing. Marissa Orlando launched a cross pass from the right side, Deanna Ruggiero only needed to get a piece of it to redirect it past Swampscott goalie Nikki Rosa.

Swampscott tried to respond on offense, but the Tanners wouldn’t allow its forwards to set up a good shot. The Big Blue’s best chance of the first half came in the 31st minute. Sam Agresti wove through the Peabody defense and fired in a shot that the Peabody keeper had to dive to bat away. Peabody survived an ensuing throw-in deep in their territory and a corner kick soon after, but neutralized the threat and kept Swampscott from creating more scoring chances for the rest of the half.

Three minutes later, Peabody tacked on its second goal. Katherine Scacchi threw in the ball deep in Swampscott’s end and the ball squirted in front of the net. Rosa tipped it out, but the ball stayed tied up in front of the net. Katie Wallace settled the ball in front and found the back of the net to put Peabody up 2-0.

“To be able to get to those loose balls and create havoc in front of the goal, keep the ball alive, that gave us extra opportunities,” Desroches said, “and I think that won it for us today.”

The score could have been more lopsided if it wasn’t for the impressive play of Rosa in net, who Leeder said was “outstanding” Sunday. Rosa came up with some huge saves for Swampscott, but the Tanners were just too physical and too relentless in front of the net.

They played that way on defense as well, and Leeder acknowledged that kind of play was why the Big Blue couldn’t get much going on offense.

The Tanners added a third goal with about 25 minutes to play, as Emily Nelson picked up a loose ball in the center and buried it in the corner of the net.

For Peabody, the team is riding high as it looks forward to its fourth game in six days, Tuesday against another NEC powerhouse, Marblehead. The road doesn’t get easier for Swampscott either, as it takes on Danvers Tuesday.

School roundup: Lynn Tech falls to Minuteman

Tech’s Jamila Constantine led the Tigers with 11 points Thursday night against Minuteman.


The Lynn Tech girls’ basketball team dropped a tough game to Minuteman on Thursday, falling, 30-27. Junior forward Jamila Constantine led the Tigers (3-15) with 11 points.

“She continued her scoring presence and strong presence on the boards, getting rebounds and layups,” Tech coach Kaitlyn Wechsler said of Constantine.

Senior point guard Lila Nieves added six points for the Tigers, including some big shots toward the end of the game to help Tech close the scoring gap.

Saugus 59, Winthrop 40

The Sachems (10-10) didn’t panic after falling behind in scoring, and came back to beat out the Vikings in the second half with a surge of resilience. Rachel Nazzaro dominated on the free throw line, going 3-for-4 on the line for the Sachems. Olivia Valente recorded eight points and had a strong defensive effort, not being afraid to get physical and taking on charges. Erin MacDonald also had a big night, collecting the rebounds and turning them into points for Saugus.

Beverly 44, Danvers 31

The Falcons (9-6) fell to the Patriots after a well-fought game.

“They were the much better team for four quarters,” said Danvers coach Pat Veilleux.

Devan Walsh led Danvers with 10 points, while Hannah Llewellyn scored eight points.

Revere 61, Peabody 53

Junior guard Melissa Gray led the Tanners (8-7) offensively with 24 points, while senior captain Marina Demild added 10 points for Peabody. Tanners’ coach Stan McKeen said junior guard Katie Wallace and senior captain Christa Baker played great defense despite the loss, as well.


Salem 67, Gloucester 27

The Witches cruised to a comfortable road win at Gloucester Thursday night, improving to 16-1 on the season. Sophomore guard Ricky Arias led Salem with 29 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Senior forward Joel Nunez added 11 points for the Witches, while teammate Jhonel Roberts chipped in six points and 10 rebounds.

Winthrop 49, Saugus 48

Sophomore guard Devin Pulsifer sunk a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to give the Vikings (3-14) a home win over the Sachems. Pulsifer ended the night with a game-high 18 points, while teammates Dimmone Marshall and Tayjaun McKenzie added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Winthrop. Evan DeCristoforo led Saugus (9-9) with 15 points, while teammates Chris McGrane and Kyle Autilio each added 12 points.

Revere 64, Peabody 57

Despite the loss, guard Junior Estrella had another huge night for the Tanners (8-8), scoring 31 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. Junior guard Matt D’Amato added eight points for Peabody, while freshman Chris Canela chipped in six points off the bench for the Tanners.

St. John’s 63, Charlestown 34

The Eagles clinched a spot in the state tournament with a double-digit home win over Charlestown. Senior guard Spencer Danforth led St. John’s with 21 points, while senior point guard Alec Buresh added 17 points, including five 3-pointers, for the Eagles.

Beverly 68, Danvers 66

Sam Traicoff led the Patriots with 26 points on the night, while Pat Gavin recorded 11 points and 12 boards, and Kyle Coughlin had ten points and five assists.


Marblehead 6, East Longmeadow 4

The Magicians improved to 17-0-1 on the season with a road win at East Longmeadow. Marblehead recorded goals from six different players including seniors Colin Daley, Jim McCarthy and Tim Kalinowski, and juniors Drew Cioffi, Andrew McGurrin and Braden Haley. The Magicians held a 5-2 lead early in the second period before the Spartans scored two unanswered goals. Haley added an insurance goal for Marblehead in the third period to seal the game.

Danvers 7, Beverly 4

The Falcons (6-8-3) notched a road win over Beverly at Bourque Arena.

Dillon Durst can be reached at ddurst21@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @DillonDurst.


School roundup: St. Mary’s girls fall to Lexington

St. Mary’s Madison Hentosh has her eyes on the goal.


LYNN – Though the shots were nearly even and neither team dominated the puck, the St. Mary’s girls hockey team fell, 4-1, to Lexington on Monday at Connery Rink.

The Spartans unloaded nine shots on the Lexington net in the first period compared to only three shots from the Minutemen, but neither team could break through. Maggie Flaherty nearly faked out Lexington goalie Lucy Chin, but Chin made the stop. Ashley Wojewodzic sent in a shot from the blue line toward the end of the period, but was turned away. The Spartans dominated the latter half of the period, preventing Lexington from even getting off a shot in the final eight minutes of the first.

Less than a minute into the second, the Minutemen broke the scoreless tie. St. Mary’s had ample chances to get the goal back on a power play later in the period, firing three quick shots with the man advantage. But it wasn’t until after the power play was killed that Wojewodzic found the back of the net with 6:25 remaining in the period.

Lexington regained the lead less than two minutes later, and outshot St. Mary’s, 9-5, in the period.

The Spartans came out swinging in the third, firing three shots within the span of a minute to open the period. Chin made a couple of acrobatic saves to maintain the Lexington lead.

The Minutemen extended their lead on their first shot of the period.

Sophia Post came very close to getting the goal back for St. Mary’s a minute later, but was denied by Chin.

Lexington’s Emily Devine capped the scoring at 8:16 in the third.

The game wrapped up with 15 seconds remaining on the clock due to an injury to a Lexington player, who remained on the ice and required medical attention.


Peabody 46, Lynn Classical 34

The Tanners (8-5) defense, led by junior guard Katie Wallace, junior forward Marisi Tisi and senior forward Christa Baker, stifled the Rams’ offensive attack, culminating in a double-digit victory.

“Our defense played really well tonight,” Peabody coach Stan McKeen said.

The Tanners held Classical (11-7) to only two points in the second quarter. Junior guard Melissa Gray led Peabody with 21 points, while junior forward Chinanye Onwuogo added 10 points for the Tanners. Sophomore forward Paris Wilkey led Classical with 13 points, while senior guard Chenysse Hill added nine points for the Rams.

Chelsea 72, Lynn Tech 23

The Tigers (2-12) weren’t able to get much going offensively on the road against the Red Devils. Junior guard Malvelis Hernandez led Tech with six points.

“(Hernandez) worked really hard tonight all around, on offense and defense,” said Tech coach Kaitlyn Wechsler.

Junior guard Jesmary Valerio added seven points for the Tigers, while teammate Jamila Constantine chipped in four points.

Medford 65, Lynn English 56

The Bulldogs dropped to 5-10 on the season after a home loss to Medford. Despite the loss, Mashayla Johnson poured in 27 points for English, including seven 3-pointers and seven rebounds. Teammate Dorothy Ezemba added 12 points, 14 rebounds and three steals for the Bulldogs, while point guard Ely Guity chipped in five points and eight assists for English.

St. Mary’s 62, Archbishop Williams 53

The Spartans improved to 15-2 on the season, and moved into tie for first place atop the Catholic Conference. Sophomore guard Marnelle Garraud led St. Mary’s offensively with 30 points. Sophomore forward Olivia Nazaire added 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Spartans, while teammate Mia Nowicki chipped in seven points and six assists. Senior guard Kayla Carter also tallied 11 rebounds and eight assists for St. Mary’s.

Revere 60, Beverly 46

The Patriots improved to 14-1 on the season with a home win over the Panthers. Valentina Pepic led Revere with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while teammate Pamela Gonzalez added 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Patriots.


St. Mary’s 56, Archbishop Williams 51

The Spartans (10-4) notched their sixth win in a row with a close road victory over Archbishop Williams. Junior guard Jonny Mercado led St. Mary’s with 18 points, while sophomore guard Calvin Johnson added 12 points for the Spartans.


Swampscott 6, Weston 4

The Big Blue (10-7) secured a spot in the Division 3 tournament with a win over Weston. Louis Olivieri had a huge night for Swampscott, tallying a team-high four goals. Stevie Santanello and Mike Johnson both added goals for the Big Blue.

Weston clung to a 4-3 lead to begin the final period of play, before a Santanello goal knotted the score at four. With 10:17 left in regulation, Johnson found the back of the net, giving Swampscott a lead it wouldn’t lose. Olivieri provided the dagger with 8:49 left to play, scoring his fourth and final goal of the game.


Classical 70, Winthrop 15

The Rams (2-5) cruised past Winthrop, recording first-place finishes in all but two events. Ivan Melara (1 minute, 42.9 seconds), Josue Blas (1:51.8) and Nick Lilja (1:52.5) swept the top three spots in the 600 meter race, finishing first, second and third, respectively. Also finishing first for Classical were Issa Jalloh in both the high jump (5 feet, 2 inches) and 300 (39.7), Samson Srey in the 50-yard hurdles (8.3), Marcus Rivera in the 50 (5.8), Junior Mejia in the 1,000 (3:08.0) and Gilley Kabamba in the mile (5:08.8). Andrew McGrail won the shot put (38-9 ¼) for Winthrop, while Nikolas Beshere finished first in the 2-miles (12:19.3) for the Vikings.


Classical 48, Winthrop 38

The Rams (3-3) edged Winthrop, sweeping the top three spots in the 50, and the top two spots in the high jump.

Agnes Bangura (6.5), Tori Adams (6.9) and Jasmine Coffin 7.0) finished first, second and third, respectively in the 50 for Classical. Coffin also added a first-place finish in the high jump (4 feet, 6 inches) for the Rams, followed by teammate Mary Jok (4-4). Devyn Astuccio also finished first for Classical in the 50 hurdles (7.8). Finishing first for the Vikings were Gianna Massa in the shot put (31-8 ½), Regina Garufo in the 300 (47.3), Holly Benson in the 600 (1:51.9), Heidy Benson in the 1,000 (3:35.7), Camila-Miranda Llovera in the mile (6:36.0) and Christina Leone in the 2-miles (13:55.8).

Katie Morrison can be reached at kmorrison@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter at @KatieMo61. Dillon Durst can be reached at ddurst21@gmail.com Follow him on Twitter @DillonDurst.