Krissy Italiano

School Roundup: English softball falls to Gloucester

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English’s Sarah Tobin went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored Friday.

By MIKE ALONGI

The Lynn English softball team suffered its second loss of the season, falling to Gloucester, 12-4, on Friday morning. Grace Gately had a solid offensive game for the Bulldogs, going 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. Julia Lozzi went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored, while Sarah Tobin went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

English (0-2) will take on Somerville on Tuesday in a make-up game that was originally scheduled for last week.

BASEBALL

Beverly 5, Triton 0

The Panthers’ pitching was dominant on the road Friday afternoon, leading to a shutout win. Starter Kyle Cravatis and reliever Matt Enos combined for a no-hitter on the mound for Beverly, while Luke Samperi and Spencer Brown had RBIs on the offensive end.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Essex Tech 13, Winthrop 5

Despite the big loss, it was still a highlight day for Winthrop senior captain Abby Carleton, who recorded her 100th career point.

GIRLS TRACK

Saugus 77, Somerville 45

In a makeup meet, the Saugus girls took down Somerville with big performances in the sprints and field events.

Saugus swept the 100 meters, with Hailey Dennis (12.1 seconds), Ailyn Minaya and Olivia Farmer taking the top three spots. The Sachems also swept the 200, with Kylie Ronan, Jenni Costa and Gianna Filaretos finishing first through third. Filaretos won the 110 hurdles (18.3) and Krissy Italiano won the 400 (64.3).

Filaretos also dominated the field events, leading a sweep in the triple jump (33 feet, five inches) and winning the high jump (5-2). Minaya logged a win in the shot put (29-2).

The Saugus boys fell to Somerville, but had good performances from James Moise in the 100, Kyle Lennon in the 200, Delvin Duncan in the 400, Cesare Aloise in the javelin and Nick Silva in the high jump.

NEC Basketball All-Stars Announced

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Paris Wilkey (right), a star player for the Rams, was named NEC co-player of the year. 

Lynn Classical’s Paris Wilkey was named co-player of the year for Northeastern Conference girls basketball along with Revere’s Valentina Pepic.

At last week’s meeting of coaches for both girls and boys, Patrick Bugler of Marblehead was named the boys player of the year and Mike Giardi, also of Marblehead, was named coach of the year. The Magicians were seeded second in the Division 2 boys North tournament before losing a quarterfinal game to Malden Catholic.
Mark Schruender, who directed Saugus to its best season in more than 30 years, was named the girls coach of the year. The Sachems finished the regular season at 16-6 before falling to Bishop Fenwick in first round the state tournament.
Making the boys all-conference team were Pat Gavin, center, Beverly; Bugler; and Jaylen Johnson, Lynn Classical, guards; and Evan Mason, Gloucester; Junior Estrella, Peabody; and Edwin Solis, Classical, forwards.
The girls all-conference team consisted of Wilkey, Melissa Gray, Peabody; Pamela Gonzalez, Revere; and Nicole White, Danvers, guards; and Pepic and Olivia Valente, Saugus, forwards.
Saugus won the sportsmanship award for the boys while Beverly received it for the girls.

Boys all-stars were Hugh Calice, Luigi Derrane and Justin Roberto, Beverly; Marc Smith and Ben Oliver, Gloucester; Ivy Lopes and Javonte Edwards, English; Erick Solis, Dyrrell Rucker and Gilbert Minaya, Classical; Bo Millett, Derek Marino and Justin Faia, Marblehead; Matt D’Amato and Moisse Irizarry, Peabody; Curtis High and Marvin Urdaneta, Revere; Matthew Waggett, Saugus; Nate Lebron, Salem; Jake McIntyre, Swampscott; Tayjaun McKenzie and Devin Pulsifer, Winthrop.

Girls all-stars are Natalie Mellinger and Tia Bernard, Beverly; Sarah Unczur and Elizabeth Montanari, Danvers; Megan Manning and Jenna Muniz, Gloucester; Lindsay Walker and Ashley Styles, Marblehead; Jeylly Medrano and Soneta Srey, Classical; Dorathy Ezamba, English; Katie Wallace and Chinenye Onwuogu, Peabody; Tatiana Iacoviello and Meaghan Gotham, Revere; Krissy Italiano and Alessia Salzillo, Saugus; Emily Fabre, Salem; Jaymie Caponigro and Nikki Rosa, Swampscott; Allie Love, Winthrop.

School Roundup: Tech makes the tournament

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Rob Wallace led Tech with 25 points in the win. 

By HAROLD RIVERA

The Lynn Tech boys basketball team beat Essex Tech, 73-45, at home on Thursday night.

With Tech’s third win in a row, the Tigers clinched a share of the CAC Small. The win puts Tech in the state tournament.

“They were super excited, they were elated,” Tech coach Stevie Patrick said. “They can’t wait to play and have the experience. They’re happy to have accomplished this.”

Rob Wallace led the way with 25 points, Belmin Berilo added 12 points and Dantai Robertson scored 10. Aquemini Gaston dished out 10 assists. After starting the season 0-8, Tech has seen a huge turnaround.

“Our goal wasn’t to go undefeated,” Patrick said. “Our goal was to win the division and get in the tournament. This will do wonders for them on and off the court. It’s great for the school and the students.”

Tech visits Minuteman on Friday night. If the Tigers win, they clinch the CAC Small.

“We’ve been playing hard,” Patrick said. “That’s been working for us.”

BOYS BASKETBALL

Marblehead 66, Swampscott 42

Derek Marino logged a double-double, scoring 16 points with 10 rebounds. Bo Millett showed his power in the paint, grabbing 17 rebounds for the Magicians.

“Give Swampscott credit,” Magicians coach Mike Giardi said. “They played hard. They have really good athletes and they played with intensity tonight. Give them credit for bringing energy.”

The Magicians host Classical on Friday for a big NEC matchup. “I think both teams are going to be hyped up for it,” Giardi said. “It’s a great opportunity. It’s going to be two talented teams battling each other.”

For Swampscott, AJ Venuti scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. Jake McIntire also scored 10 points with four rebounds and four assists. The Big Blue host English on Friday, a must-win game for the Bulldogs. If English wins, the Bulldogs are in the state tournament.

Beverly 63, Danvers 38

With the win, the Panthers clinch a spot in the state tournament. Luigi Derrane scored 19 points, while Pat Gavin (18 points, 12 rebounds) and Hugh Calice (13 points, 11 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles in the win.

Revere 62, Peabody 52

With the win, Revere is in the state tournament. Curtis High scored 18 points, Marvin Urdaneta added 10 points and Gerald Jean-Charles chipped in with nine points.

“I’m happy for the guys,” Revere coach Dave Leary said. “We started the season slow but improved as the season went on and we never quit.”

For the Tanners, Moise Irizarry led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Canela added 11 points for Peabody (13-7).

“Revere came in and they did a really nice job against us tonight,” Peabody coach Thad Broughton said. “We struggled offensively and they really hurt us on the boards.”

The Tanners host Somerville on Friday night.

Winthrop 69, Saugus 53

Matt Waggett led the way with 12 points in the home loss for the Sachems (6-13), while Chris McGrane added 10 points and Ronnie Lusso had nine points.

Saugus is back in action tomorrow night at home against Everett.

Gloucester 50, Salem 46

Ethan Espinal was Salem’s leading scorer with 19 points.

“He (Espinal) played well,” Witches coach Tom Doyle said. “He stepped up to bring us back into the game. We got down double-digits a couple times and he hit some big shots to bring us back in.”

Nate LeBron scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds for Salem. With the win, Gloucester keeps its tournament hopes alive.

“Gloucester’s fighting to get in the tournament,” Doyle said. “They played well. It was a back and forth game.”

The Witches (9-8) are back in action on Friday, when they host Beverly.

BC High 66, St. John’s Prep 56

The Eagles were led by Nate Hobbs, who scored 19 points. Tommy O’Neil contributed with 18 points and Matt Relihan added 12. The Eagles (14-5) are off until Sunday, when they play against Bishop Fenwick at Beverly.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Saugus 45, Winthrop 27

With the win, the Sachems clinched the NEC Small. The feat is one that’s been long overdue for the Saugus girls program.

“It’s our first banner since the ‘80’s” Saugus coach Mark Schruender said.

The Sachems featured a balanced attack on the offensive side of the ball. Krissy Italiano led the team with nine points, while Alessia Salzillo and Olivia Valente each scored eight. Rachel Nazzarro added seven points.

“It was nice to see the kid’s reactions after the game,” Schruender said. “They’ve put in a lot of work and sacrifices into this season. It was nice to see them react.”

Saugus hosts Malden on Friday for senior night.

 

Sachems mean business this season

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Olivia Valente, a senior captain, has led the Saugus Sachems to a 14-5 record this season. 

By KATIE MORRISON 

The Saugus girls basketball team is making huge strides.

Two seasons ago, the Sachems were in rough shape, winning just one game. A year later, Saugus turned things around, going .500 (11-11) and sneaking into the tournament before falling to Georgetown, 42-34, in the first round.

This season, the final three games on the schedule won’t be nearly as stressful as they were last year. The Sachems locked up a tournament berth long ago, and sit at 14-5 with the season winding down.

Fourth-year coach Mark Schruender says that his team is taking things not just one game at a time, but one practice at a time.

“We’re trying not to look ahead to the tournament, just to the next practice,” Schruender said. “The girls can’t wait for the next day’s practice, it’s fun. Every day is our biggest of the season. It sums up our day-to-day mentality that every game and every practice is so important.”

Saugus’ group of upperclassmen knows better than anyone not to take any game for granted. Four of the current five starters for Saugus played with that one-win team in 2014-15. Playing through that adversity has helped shape the senior group, and the team’s veterans pass the lessons they’ve learned down to the underclassmen.

“It starts with the seniors,” Schruender said. “We have great leadership. Nothing is taken for granted. They know every team we play against is good, and we’ve played nothing but competitive games. The kids understand that, and the younger kids start to fall in line behind them.”

One of those seniors is team captain Olivia Valente, who is arguably the group’s most talented offensive player. Valente leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging a double-double this season.

“She works hard every single day,” said Schruender of Valente, who has played with the varsity squad since her freshman year. “She’s a very humble kid, too. She doesn’t worry about the stats; I’ll have to tell her she scored 19 points the other night, she doesn’t talk about herself.”

Another key piece on the floor is point guard Alessia Salzillo. The sophomore “knows defense is the most important thing for her,” said Schruender.

Then there’s the twins, senior captains Krissy and Katie Italiano. Krissy Italiano has more of an impact on the court; Schruender says the team calls her the “madman” on the full court press. Krissy brings energy and hustle to the squad, and Schruender says he doesn’t think anyone takes more steps than her during a game.

Katie Italiano is more of a vocal leader, serving as one of three captains and one of the five seniors who lead the group.

The underclassmen, on the other hand, also have a natural chemistry. Schruender says that the majority of the freshmen and sophomores have been playing together since sixth grade, at least.

“They put a lot of hours in, and that’s huge,” Schruender said.

“They’re a close group of kids,” the coach added, speaking of the team as a whole. “They like each other, they hang out outside of basketball.”

The collective positive attitude of the Saugus squad helped propel it to a 5-0 start this season. The Sachems’ first loss came against perennial Catholic Central League power St. Mary’s, a 61-37 rout. But Schruender didn’t need to worry about building his team back up after a tough defeat.

“They came out of that game even hungrier,” he said. “They were saying how they wanted to work in the offseason to get better. The way we’ve handled losses and things outside our control is very mature. It speaks to them as people and who they are off the court. You can’t grow as a player unless you grow mentally as well.”

Even scheduling St. Mary’s, a team that plays in a tougher league and has seen big success over recent seasons, speaks to just how far the Saugus program has come in three short years. However, Schruender reiterates that his players are keeping things in perspective.

“At least around me, they don’t (get ahead of themselves),” he said. “I hope it continues that way, because we’re doing a disservice to ourselves if we’re thinking too far down the road.”

As a coach, it seems like Schruender is heeding that same advice. He said the key to the steady progress has been reinforcing the basics of the game.

“We’re just continuing to grow, every game is an opportunity to get better,” Schruender said. “We’re making a whole lot less mistakes and understanding our plays and our philosophy better.

“We’re getting better at fundamentals, just things like layup form, dribbling, basic things,” Schruender added.

That mentality extends to preaching communication on the floor, defensive structure and even just getting energy from each player, including the bench.

“That energy shows even at practice, with girls cheering from the bench,” Schruender said.

One of the Sachems even brought in pictures of the Saugus bench and one of an opponent’s bench to show the impact made when the bench is into the game.

With the tournament on the horizon, the Sachems’ focus is still on their next game, which is Friday at home against Malden. Saugus will honor its five seniors: the Italiano twins, Valente, Alexandria Lembo and Angellina Nou.

School Roundup: Peabody girls clinch tournament bid

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Melissa Gray and the Tanners clinched a spot in the state tournament with Tuesday’s win. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

After missing out on a chance at the state tournament last year, the Peabody girls basketball team punched its ticket to the state tournament with a 44-42 win over Northeastern Conference opponent Beverly on Tuesday night.

“We talked about it a little before the game tonight,” said Peabody coach Stan McKeen. “Last year, we had nine wins and lost our final two games to miss the tournament. So this year, we wanted to get it done as soon as possible, and we were able to do it with five games left in the season. It feels great and I’m very proud of all the work the girls have done.”

Melissa Gray led the way in this one, almost notching a rare triple-double with 25 points, nine rebounds and eight steals. Alyssa Alperen had seven points and Catherine Manning played a great defensive game.

The Tanners will face a tough test on Friday night when they take on a 14-4 Saugus team at home.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Revere 65, English 33

The Patriots continued their strong season Tuesday night at home, cruising to a win over the Bulldogs. Revere had three players score in double-figures, as Valentina Pepic led with 14 points, Pamela Gonzalez added 12 and  Meghan Gotham chipped in 10.

Saugus 45, Marblehead 26

Olivia Valente had 14 points to lead the way for the Sachems, who improved to 14-4 with the win. Krissy Italiano added 10 points, while Rachel Nazzaro had six assists in the win.

“I think the key for us was having a great defensive performance,” said Saugus coach Mark Schruender. “That really helped us gain a lead and then hold onto it for the rest of the game.”

Saugus will take on Peabody on the road Friday night.

Cambridge Comm. Charter 42, KIPP 38

KIPP senior Favour Ofuokwu just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds as the Panthers fell to 9-3 on the year. Junior Nayeli Germosen had seven points and rebounds, while senior Krystal Campbell and sophomore Naudia Resnek both played well defensively.

KIPP will play a road game against Foxborough Regional Charter on Wednesday night.

Archbishop Williams 59, Bishop Fenwick 31

With the loss, the Crusaders drop to 10-6 on the season.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Marblehead 77, Saugus 37

The Magicians had 12 players score in their big victory at home on Tuesday night, led by Derek Marino’s 14 points and three steals. Bo Millett added a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Marblehead got off to a hot start on the defensive end, forcing turnovers and getting Saugus out of rhythm early on.

“Our focus was to put a lot of pressure on them defensively, and it worked out well,” said Marblehead coach Mike Giardi. “We got them off their game pretty early and then were able to take control from there.”

The Magicians (15-2) now have a huge Northeastern Conference matchup with Lynn Classical on Friday night.

For Saugus (6-11), Cam Williamson led the way with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Keyshawn Redden-Lee had nine points. The Sachems will travel to Peabody to face the Tanners on Friday.

Peabody 66, Beverly 60

Peabody improved to 11-6 with a close win over Beverly on Tuesday, led by Matt D’Amato’s 16 points and four assists. Moise Irizarry had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Jake Irvine had 12 points. Chubukem Onwuogo contributed eight points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.

The Tanners will take on Saugus at home on Friday night.

For Beverly (9-6), Pat Gavin had a double-double with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Luigi Derrane had 14 points, while Hugh Calice had 11 points and eight rebounds.

Bishop Fenwick 77, Archbishop Williams 63

It was a big night for Fenwick senior captain Ryan Veguilla, who finished with 26 points in the win. Klaus Llanaj also had a great night, finishing with 19 points. The Crusaders will take on Arlington Catholic on the road on Friday night.

Salem 70, Winthrop 64

The Witches earned a state tournament berth with a close win over Winthrop on Tuesday night. Anthony Pena led the way with 21 points, while Vinnie Gaskins added 18 points and five rebounds. Henny Vlaun had 10 points in the win.

Salem will take on Beverly on Friday night.

School Roundup: Guity, Bulldogs bounce back

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Ely Guity scored 20 points and dished eight assists in Monday’s win. 

By KATIE MORRISON

The Lynn English girls basketball team’s offense was hot Monday night, as the Bulldogs put up 70 points in a 70-52 victory over Medford at home.

Ely Guity led the way for English with 20 points, eight assists and three steals. Rachel Calnan added 10 points and eight rebounds. Coach Mackenzie Charles credited his defense with a great overall team effort as the Bulldogs improved to 5-7.

Saugus 52, Somerville 26

The Sachems (11-4) rolled past Somerville on the road as Alessia Salzillo put up 13 points. Krissy Italiano scored 10 points and Olivia Valente chipped in with eight.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Peabody 64, Essex Tech 49

The Tanners clinched a spot in the tournament with their 10th win. Moisse Irizarry was the high-scorer with 17 points, adding seven rebounds. Jake Irvine and Chris Canela added 13 points apiece.

“This is a goal for the program, so we’re excited,” Peabody coach Thad Broughton said. “I hope we continue to play good basketball.”

 

Caponigro, Swampscott hold on to down Saugus

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Jaymie Caponigro scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the winning effort. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

SWAMPSCOTT — The Swampscott girls basketball team kicked off Thursday’s game with a 22-point quarter, but still had to hold on for a 44-37 win over the Saugus Sachems at Swampscott High.

“We started out really strong in that first half, especially with that big first quarter,” said Swampscott coach Katelyn Leonard. “Then in that second half we had to weather the storm. Saugus is a great team and they’re relentless, but we were able to hold them off.”

Jaymie Caponigro led the way, with a near double-double at 20 points and nine rebounds. Caponigro also played a great defensive game for the Big Blue (6-7).

“That’s probably the best I’ve seen her shoot, she was on fire today,” said Leonard. “And I think that also helped open things up for other girls, which is always what you want.”

Olivia Matella contributed 10 points and three rebounds, while Hannah Leahy scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds.

For Saugus (10-4), Olivia Valente just missed a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds, while Krissy Italiano had nine points and seven rebounds. Alessia Salzillo had seven points and three rebounds.

“I think all of us can acknowledge that this wasn’t our best performance out there, coaching or playing,” said Saugus coach Mark Schruender. “Swampscott is a great team and we know we always have to be ready for a battle against them, but we just didn’t execute well enough tonight.”

The Big Blue came out firing in this one, opening the game with a 7-0 run en route to a 22-7 lead after the first quarter. Saugus improved its rebounding a bit in the second quarter, but Swampscott was able to keep hitting shots and kept the lead at 15 points at halftime, 29-14.

“Swampscott has some unbelievable players, and they all can shoot,” said Schruender. “They have plenty of players who can go out there and beat you, and that’s what they did tonight.”

The Sachems made their comeback in the fourth quarter. Still down 13 points to start the final frame, Saugus shut things down on defense and cut the deficit to six points with five minutes remaining.

But Swampscott, despite not scoring a point for the majority of the fourth quarter, was able to hold on to the ball and walk away with a seven-point win.

Swampscott will match up with Winthrop on Tuesday, while Saugus will face off against Somerville on Monday.

School Roundup: Sachems win in Quinlan’s return

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Ryan Groark and the Sachems thumped Fenwick, 5-4, on Monday at Kasabuski Arena. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

It may have been a non-conference game, but it was still a big one for both teams at Kasabuski Arena on Monday when former Saugus boys hockey coach Jim Quinlan returned for the first time as an opposing coach with his Bishop Fenwick Crusaders. The Sachems (6-1-2) got the win, 5-4, in a hard-fought game.

“It was a great team win,” said Saugus coach Jeff Natalucci. “Our effort and hard work was unbelievable. We continue to be a resilient team in these games that go back and forth, which is a great sign.”

Brendan Ronan was the points leader for Saugus, notching a goal and two assists in the win. Nick Moore, Ryan Groark, Dante McGrane and Brenden Patterson each scored one goal. Colby Murphy, Ryan Granara, CJ Graffeo, Adam Rodrigues and Mike Sarnacchiaro each had one assist. The Sachems will face off against Swampscott in a Northeastern Conference matchup on Wednesday night.

For Fenwick (3-7-0), Rob Murphy led the way with two goals. Jimmy Moore had a goal and an assist, while freshman Tom Estella scored his first career varsity goal. Kasey O’Brien, Nick Durbano, Paul Papageorgiou and John Bernbaum each had one assist. The Crusaders will host Arlington Catholic on Saturday.

BOYS HOCKEY

Marblehead 2, Westfield 1

James McCarthy and Drew Cioffi each scored a goal as the Magicians improve to 5-4-2 on the year. Aidan Gillis and Braden Haley each had one assist.

Marblehead will face off against Medford at Salem State on Saturday.

Peabody 4, Lincoln-Sudbury 0

The Tanners notched their first win of the season with a shutout performance on the road on Monday. Connor McCarron led the offense with two goals, while Nick Merryman and Nick Capillo each scored one. Goalie Aaron McDonnell had the shutout in net.

Peabody (1-6-2) will travel to Connery Rink on Saturday to take on the Lynn Jets.

St. John’s Prep 4, Woburn 1

Tim Usalis scored two goals in the first few minutes to help spur to Eagles (3-3-2) to a non-conference win at O’Brien Arena in Woburn on Monday. Kyle Hentosh had a goal and an assist, while Evan Beers added one goal. Christian Kukas and David Sacco each contributed one assist.

St. John’s will be back in Catholic Conference action on Wednesday night when they travel into Boston to take on BC High.

GIRLS HOCKEY

St. Mary’s 10, Central Catholic 0

Brittany McPherson had a four-point night (three goals, one assist) to help lift the Spartans to a big win at home. Marina DiBiasio had a goal and two assists, while Natalie Mellen, Ashley Wojewodzic and Sarah Ryan each had one goal and one assist. Aylah Cioffi, Kate Grey and Zoe Solomons each scored one goal and Codi Butt, Mady Hentosh and Adara Nazarian each had one assist.

The Spartans (7-2-0) will take on Winthrop/Lynn/Saugus at Connery Rink on Saturday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Tech 63, St. Clements 35

The Tigers stayed hot and pulled to .500 on the season with a lopsided win on the road. Tech (5-5) was led by Alondra Sanchez, who put up 18 points, and Arianna Anaya, who added 16. Annmarie Teixeira (11 points) and Michayla Lawrence (8 points) also played well for the Tigers.

“This is something we’ve been striving for the last few games,” Tech coach Kaitlyn Wechsler said of reaching .500.

Saugus 48, Northeast 22

The Sachems were led by strong Krissy Italiano who scored 12 points in the win. Olivia Valente (11 points) and Alessia Salzillo (9 points) also contributed with strong performances. “It was a good game,” Saugus coach Mark Schruender said. “We came out strong and played good defense. We did some good things today.” Saugus (9-2) will look to make it a three-game win streak when the Sachems host Revere on Thursday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Saugus 67, Northeast 43

Saugus notched a much-needed win behind a strong outing from Demetri Filaretos (20 points). Matt Waggett (10 points) and Chris McGrane (9 points) also made big contributions in the winning effort.

“It was a good win for us,” Sachems assistant coach Mark Bertrand said. “We’ve had our struggles over the last few weeks. Coach (Paul) Moran and I emphasized that we need to play for all four quarters. We did a good job against their press. The effort was outstanding, it was all about effort tonight.”

The Sachems (3-7) are back in action on Wednesday when they host Lynn Tech. Saugus beat Tech in the season opener for both teams back in December.

“They’ll be a lot more improved,” Bertrand said of the Tigers. “That was a good game for us to start but we’ve had some struggles along the way. I expect a really good game. They play in a tough conference like us, so I expect a good game.”

St. John’s Prep 68, Brighton 63

Down by 10 points moving into the fourth quarter, Nate Hobbs and the Eagles were able to turn things around and rally for the win. Hobbs put together a strong game with 26 points, while Brett McNiff logged a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. The Eagles (7-1) will aim to stay on the win column when they host Xaverian on Tuesday night.

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.

School Roundup: Milestone night for Howard

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Gretchen Howard earned her 18th career shutout in Wednesday’s win. 

By HAROLD RIVERA

It was a special night for the Winthrop/Lynn girls hockey team, as the Bulldogs topped Medford, 7-0, at Larsen Rink.

Abby Carleton and Kayla Morrill scored their first career goals for Lynn/Winthrop, but the night belonged to senior goalie Gretchen Howard, who notched her 18th career shutout, breaking the team record previously held by Boston College’s Katie Burt. Howard made 13 saves in the contest.

“She (Howard) was great,” Lynn/Winthrop coach Anthony Martucci said. “She didn’t have to make too, too many saves. She had 13 tonight. She’s been the backbone of our team for the last two years.”

Sydney Adamson scored two goals while McKayla Norris added a goal and an assist in the winning effort. Lynn/Winthrop (5-2) will look to stay on the win column when the team hosts Marblehead on Saturday. “We know they always play us tough,” Martucci said of the Magicians. “They’re a good team. We’re hoping to have another strong game and we’re looking for another win.”

St. Mary’s 3, Arlington Catholic 1

The Spartans improved to 5-2 behind goals from Aylah Cioffi, Sarah Ryan and Codi Butt.

BOYS HOCKEY

Marblehead 5, Beverly 1

The Magicians took a 1-0 lead into the second period, and the offense heated up from there. James McCarthy extended the lead to 2-0 before Beverly scored its only goal midway through the second. Braden Haley added two goals and Aidan Gillis scored once to give Marblehead some breathing room.

Swampscott 5, Revere 2

Trailing 2-0 after the first period, the Big Blue netted five unanswered goals to get the win. Stevie Santanello found the back of the net twice while Louis Olivieri, Kevin Lombard and Brett Benoit eached scored one.

Danvers 3, Peabody 1

Connor McCarron gave the Tanners (0-6-1) a 1-0 lead but the Falcons scored three unanswered goals to claim the win. Rob Tibbetts scored two goals for Danvers, while Connor Purcell added an insurance goal in the late stages of the game.

Peabody goalie Aaron McDonnell made 17 saves in the loss. Nick Capillo and Brandon Muise earned the assists on McCarron’s goal.

Triton 1, Lynnfield 0

A late Lynnfield shot hit the Triton crossbar with two seconds remaining and the Pioneers came up short.

BOYS TRACK

Triton 53, Tech 32

Manchester-Essex 37, Tech 35

At the CAL tri-meet on Wednesday, the Tigers fell by a close margin to Manchester-Essex but couldn’t keep pace with Triton. Top performers for Tech included Akeem Blake and Edgar Ortega. Blake took first place in three events: the high jump at five feet and 11 inches, the 50-yard dash at 5.9 seconds and the 300 at 40.6 seconds. Ortega notched the top spot in the two-mile run with a time of 11:02.2 seconds.

GIRLS TRACK

Triton 80, Tech 1

Manchester-Essex 60, Tech 7

A trio of Tech runners had a strong showing in the 50, with Carmina Oivier (7.2), Angelina Munoz (7.3) and Heidy Severino (7.9) among the top finishers. Karla Guerrero was among the top finishers in the 300 with a time of 55.8 seconds.

SWIMMING

Shawsheen 98, Tech 68

Dustin Bloom led the Tigers with his first career victory. Bloom won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:14.57. Jin Purdy won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:27.91. Coral Gonzalez won the diving portion of the meet, earning 130.58 points. Allyssa Shaw came in second place in diving with 127.28 points. Romelo Lucas won first place in the 500 freestyle, while Alfred Torres earned two second place finishes (medley relay, breaststroke).

“We have a very young team of mostly ninth-graders that never swam competitively before,” Tech coach Brad Tilley said. “But they’re coming along and we’re expecting good things.”

Tech is back in the pool on Friday when the Tigers host Northeast Regional.

“A lot of our young kids are coming on,” Tilley said. “I’m very happy with the work they’ve put into the season.”

WRESTLING

Lynnfield 49, Burlington 27

Winners for the Pioneers (10-1-1) included Chris Reardon at 120 pounds, Will Glover (126), Joe Reardon (138), Aaron Gautreau (145), Connor Stead (152), Sean McCullough (160), Anthony Wilkinson (170) and Andrew DiPietro (182). “We had a couple of kids out because of injuries,” Lynnfield coach Craig Stone said. “Some of the kids bumped up in weight and they stepped up. It was a good team win from top to bottom.”

Lynnfield hosts a quad meet on Saturday against Melrose and Triton. “They bring really good competition,” Stone said. “At this point in the year you need that type of assessment to get to the next level.”

St. John’s Prep 57, Malden Catholic 15

Winners for the Prep (15-2) included Quinn Alexander at 106 pounds, Ryan Garlitz (113), Will Grady (120), Malcolm Mitchell (126), Zach Alexander (132), Sam Little (138), Chris Kwmuntis (160), Ben Klein (182), Max Rodriguez (195), Will Moulton (220) and Hunter Brown (285). The Eagles are 2-0 in the Catholic Conference.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Saugus 61, Somerville 43

After a tough loss to Classical, the Sachems (7-2) bounced back behind a career-high 17 points from Alessia Salzillo. Olivia Valente also had a strong game, scoring 13 points. Krissy Italiano contributed with nine points.

“It was a good game,” Saugus coach Mark Schruender said. “It was good for us to get mentally focused.”

The road doesn’t get any easier for the Sachems as they host undefeated Danvers on Friday. “We’ve seen them (Danvers) play a few times,” Schruender said. “They’re well-rounded and they don’t have a weakness. All of their players do something well. We’ll be challenged, we just have to go out and compete.”

KIPP 64, MATCH 16

Make that two wins on the week for the Panthers (5-1). Nayeli Germosen led the team with 21 points, while Destiny Coley-Papas contributed with 14. Kayla Keel added 11 points off the bench. Favour Ofuokwu and Angela Unubun dominated in the paint. KIPP has a quick turnaround as the Panthers host Pioneer Charter on Thursday.


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

Delgado leads Classical to win

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

By HAROLD RIVERA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medrano contributed with 13 points while Wilkey scored ten.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

School Roundup: Magicians roll past Big Blue

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Patrick Bugler and the Marblehead Magicians rolled past Swampscott, 73-31. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

The Marblehead boys basketball team continued its impressive start to the year with a big home win over rival Swampscott, 73-31, at home on Tuesday night. Patrick Bugler scored 13 points for the Magicians (6-2), while Derek Marino added 12 points. Marblehead will try to keep its momentum going on the road Friday night against Revere.

Jake McIntire provided a spark off the bench for Swampscott, finishing with 11 points. The Big Blue will try to rebound on Friday night when they host Peabody.

Peabody 63, Revere 56

Junior Estrella had a double-double for the Tanners (3-2), finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way. Matt D’Amato had 17 points and five rebounds, while Chris Canela had 13 points and five assists.

Peabody will travel to Swampscott on Friday night.

Mystic Valley 74, Lynn Tech 46

Rob Wallace scored 16 points for the Tigers, who will be back in action on Tuesday afternoon on the road at Minuteman Tech.

Beverly 54, Danvers 45

The Panthers had two players record double-doubles in their home win on Tuesday, as Pat Gavin finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds and Hugh Calice finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Luigi Derrane also had a solid game with 10 points and three steals.

Winthrop 75, Saugus 57

The Sachems (2-4) got a great performance from Chris McGrane, who had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Matt Waggett also scored 17 points in the loss.

Saugus will host Lynn English on Friday for a game against the Bulldogs.

Gloucester 62, Salem 59

Despite the loss, Kevin Lebron had a big game for the Witches (3-2) with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Ethan Espinal and Anthony Pena each contributed 10 points.

The Witches have a road game against Danvers on Friday night.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Saugus 63, Winthrop 35

The Sachems continued their impressive start with a big win at home against Winthrop, moving to 5-0 on the season. Molly Granara and Krissy Italiano led Saugus with nine points each, while Allie Kotkowski and Olivia Valente each scored eight points and Angellina Nou contributed seven points.

The Sachems have a quick turnaround with a road game against St. Mary’s tonight.

Mystic Valley 59, Lynn Tech 43

Jamila Constantine led the way for the Tigers (2-4), dropping 17 points in the loss. Alondra Sanchez and Arianna Anaya each scored nine points.

Revere 65, Peabody 42

Valentina Pepic led the way for the Patriots, shooting 11-for-20 from the field and logging 31 points to go with eight rebounds. Pamela Gonzalez chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Melissa Gray and Liz Zaiter each scored six points in the loss. The Tanners (1-3) will try to rebound on Friday on the road against Saugus.

Danvers 31, Beverly 29

Lily Montanari, who logged 12 points and five rebounds on the night, hit the game-winning shot with just three seconds to play to help the Falcons top rival Beverly and stay undefeated at 5-0.

School Roundup: Sachems continue to roll

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Olivia Valente scored nine points for the Sachems as Saugus remains undefeated this season. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

The Saugus girls basketball team remained undefeated with a 44-21 win over Malden on Wednesday night. Olivia Valente was the team’s high scorer with nine points, while Alessia Salzillo, Krissy Italiano and Rachel Nazzaro each scored seven points.

The Sachems (4-0) will play a home game against Winthrop on Tuesday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Beverly 76, Madison Park 48

Pat Gavin led the way for the Panthers, notching a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Luigi Derrane had 16 points, while Hugh Calice had 13 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Kevin Morency contributed seven points and five assists.

Marblehead 53, Masconomet 33

Andy Clough almost had a triple-double to lead the way for the Magicians (4-2), finishing with 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks. Derek Marino added 12 points, while Bo Millett had a big game on the glass with 10 rebounds.

Marblehead will have a home game against Burke tomorrow evening.

Bishop Fenwick 79, Winthrop 66

Isaiah Cashwell-Doe earned tournament MVP honors after scoring 24 points to win the Pope John Tournament title game on Wednesday night. Ryan Veguilla was also named to the tournament All-Star team after scoring 15 points and hitting five critical free throws down the stretch to help seal the win for the Crusaders.

Fenwick (3-3) will travel to Saugus for a road game against the Sachems on Friday night.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Beverly/Danvers 4, Billerica/Chelmsford 3 (OT)

Sophomore Brittany Foster notched a hat trick, including the game-winning goal in overtime, to help keep the Panthers’ undefeated streak going and win the North Shore Showcase on Wednesday at the Bourque Arena at Endicott College. Foster scored the game-winner while shorthanded in the overtime period.

The Panthers took a 3-2 lead with 7:40 left in the game and held it until Billerica/Chelmsford tied it up on a powerplay goal with 14.8 seconds left. Once the game went to overtime, Foster stepped up and won it for Beverly/Danvers.

Senior captain Izzy Primack added a goal and an assist for the Panthers (6-0-1), while senior captain McKinley Karpa added one assist.

Beverly/Danvers will now have over a week to get set for a rematch against Billerica/Chelmsford on the road at Hallenborg Memorial Pavilion in Billerica on Saturday, January 7.

St. Mary’s 7, Lincoln-Sudbury 0

The Spartans rebounded from a tough loss on Tuesday night with a shutout win in the consolation game of the North Shore Showcase on Wednesday afternoon at the Bourque Arena at Endicott College. Sophomore Codi Butt had a big game with two goals and two assists, while senior captain Sarah Ryan, sophomore Mady Hentosh and seventh grader Ayla Cioffi each recorded one goal and one assist. Senior captain Ashley Wojewodzic and freshman Zoe Solomons each added one goal. Senior goalie Emily Stephenson recorded 15 saves in the shutout win.

The Spartans (3-2-0) will play on the road Monday against Lexington at The Edge Sports Center in Bedford.

BOYS HOCKEY

St. Mary’s 4, Lowell Catholic 1

Behind two goals from Anthony Bono, the Spartans were able to notch a win at Connery Rink on Wednesday night. Dante Maribito added a goal and an assist for St. Mary’s (3-2-0), while Nick Napolitano scored a goal and Marc Zampanti recorded one assist.

Next up for the Spartans is a home game against Winchester at Connery on Saturday afternoon.

Gloucester 5, Beverly 2

Sal Costanzo and Liam Lyons each scored two goals for the Fishermen to win the consolation game of the Cape Ann Savings Bank Tournament at Talbot Rink in Gloucester on Wednesday afternoon. Chris Noyes also scored a goal for Gloucester (2-3-0), while goalie Noah Poliskey recorded 25 saves. The Fishermen have a home game against North Reading at Talbot on Friday evening.

For Beverly (1-4-0), Andrew Mezza and Conor Hanlon each scored one goal. The Panthers will face off against Wakefield at the Stoneham Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Matignon 4, Bishop Fenwick 3

Despite an early lead, Fenwick fell in the opening round of the Tom Fitzgerald Christmas Tournament at Stoneham Arena on Wednesday afternoon.

The Crusaders held a two-goal lead until Matignon rattled off three unanswered scores to take a 3-2 lead in the third period. Fenwick tied it up at 3-3, but Matignon notched a late goal to steal the win and advance to the tournament final.

Kasey O’Brien led the way for Fenwick (2-3-0) with one goal and one assist, while Rob Murphy and Derek DelVecchio each scored one goal. Greg Mattucci recorded one assist.

The Crusaders are back in action tomorrow afternoon when they take on Cambridge in the consolation game of the Fitzgerald tournament.

Saugus rallies to beat Salem

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Saugus’ Krissy Italiano and Salem’s Stephanie Cantone reach for a rebound, while Salem’s Alexis Cicco holds back Saugus’ Molly Granara.

By MIKE ALONGI 

SALEM — After falling behind by as many as 13 points in the first half, the Saugus girls basketball team rallied on the road to open the season with a 47-30 win over the Salem Witches at Veterans Memorial Field House on Thursday night. The key to the win was hard work and mental toughness, according to Saugus coach Mark Schruender.

“The kids overcame adversity tonight,” he said. “They stayed together, stayed true to themselves and stayed mentally tough, and that was really the key tonight. We have a lot of mentally tough kids on this team.”

Senior captain Olivia Valente led the way for Saugus, putting up a double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Another senior captain, Krissy Italiano, just missed a double-double after finishing with eight points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Taylor Bogdanski provided a spark off the bench with six points and six rebounds, while junior Allie Kotkowski, sophomore Alessia Salzillo and freshman Molly Granara each notched six points.

For Salem, junior captain Emily Fabre had 11 points and two rebounds and senior captain Alexis Cicco had seven points and three rebounds. Junior Chrishae Dunston had six points and four rebounds, freshman Stephanie Cantone had four points and four rebounds and junior captain Wildarys Correa had two points and six rebounds.

“I loved the way the kids came out, they had a great start,” said Salem coach John Fortunato. “But Saugus was really able to come out strong in the second half and give us some trouble. Give a lot of credit to them, they played a great game.”

The Witches came out strong in the first quarter, taking an early lead behind some great defense and shotmaking. At that point, Schruender knew he had to change some things up on both ends.

“We switched things up early,” said Schruender. “Salem’s full-court break gave us fits in the first quarter, and they’re a pretty smart team. But our kids stayed tough and continued to adjust on the fly to whatever Salem was doing, which was great.”

It worked, as the Sachems only gave up 12 points for the rest of the game. Not only that, but the strong rebounding combination of Valente and Italiano afforded Saugus plenty of second-chance opportunities.

“That’s nothing new,” Schruender said of the duo’s rebounding prowess. “Olivia averaged 10 (rebounds) per game last year and Krissy was right up there too, and that’s what they do. We don’t have to do too many rebounding drills with them in practice.”

Saugus cut the deficit to just six points by the end of the first half, and then came out with some full-court press defense in the second half. At first, Salem was able to fight through the press and still make shots to hold the lead. But eventually, Saugus was able to force some turnovers and continue to cut into the lead. By the end of the third quarter, it was a one-point game at 28-27 Salem.

The fourth quarter is where everything came together for Saugus and everything fell apart for Salem. The press defense began to really wear on the Witches, who started to turn the ball over more and more. Meanwhile, Saugus started hitting a bunch of shots to take the lead.

“We have a very young team, and the strong press began to really affect them as the game went on,” said Fortunato. “(Saugus) was switching things up constantly on defense, and we just couldn’t adjust quickly enough.”

The Sachems only gave up two points defensively in the fourth quarter and they scored 20, surging ahead to seal the victory.

Both teams will have the weekend off before getting back into action early next week. The Sachems will host Gloucester at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, while Salem will take on Swampscott at home at 7 p.m.

Saugus girls ready to take the next step

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Saugus’ Olivia Valente throws up a hook shot around the defense of Tommi Hill.

By MIKE ALONGI 

After making it into the Division 3 North state tournament last year, the Saugus girls basketball team is ready to take the next step. The Sachems rattled off 11 wins in 2015-2016 after a one-win campaign in 2014-2015, and fourth-year head coach Mark Schruender credits the players who were able to make it happen.

“It was great to see all their hard work pay off,” said Schruender. “We had some great leaders on the team last year who are gone now, but we also have plenty of players who were on the team that are coming back this year. They keep improving every day.”

The Sachems lost three players to graduation last year in Mikayla Niles, Gabby Valente and Kristen Weatherbee. All three played a vital role both on and off the court and will be tough to replace.

“Not only were they great players, but they were also emotional leaders out there,” Schruender said. “They were obviously the most experienced players we had, so they had to set the tone for us and they did a great job.”

There is still one Valente on the team, however, in Gabby’s sister Olivia. A senior captain this season, Olivia averaged 10 rebounds per game last year and will once again look to be the team’s top rebounder.

The other two senior captains, sisters Katie and Krissy Italiano, will also try to dominate the paint from the forward position. Krissy is the team’s leading returning scorer (eight points per game last year), while Katie is the emotional leader on the floor.

One thing is for sure, Schruender plans on using his three captains’ athleticism to the team’s advantage this year. Olivia was an NEC All-Star in soccer this year, while the Italiano sisters were both NEC All-Stars in field hockey.

“We have a lot of great athletes on this team, so speed will be our friend,” said Schruender. “We’re going to look to get out and run this year, and I think we’ll be solid with rebounding and defending. The key will be scoring the ball, and I think we have some players who can get the job done.”

Of course, there are plenty of challenges at the start of every new basketball season, namely bringing new players with little experience into the system.

“Obviously the biggest hurdle every year is getting your new players acclimated,” said Schruender. “I’m very confident in the girls we have, I know they’re all very good players. But the fact is, you can’t simulate experience. They just need to get minutes in real game action and get used to playing out there.”

The Sachems held their first practice of the year on Monday and they still have 12 days until their first game on the road against Salem on December 15. Schruender doesn’t want to set his sights too high for the season, so he just keeps it simple with a mantra you may have heard before.

“It might be a cliche, but we’re just trying to get better every day out there,” he said. “You never know what you’re going to get each year, so the goals are to just work hard and improve every day. We’ll see what happens from there.”

NEC announces field hockey awards

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Krissy Italiano (left) was named to the NEC All-Star team while her sister, Katie, was named to the All-Conference team. 

The Northeastern Conference announced its selections for the field hockey All-Conference and All-Star teams. The NEC also named Barbara Guarente, of Saugus, as coach of the year. The player of the year award was given to Rachel Alexander of Gloucester. Saugus took home the sportsmanship award.

In the All-Conference team, Swampscott (Michaela Freddo and Sarah Ryan), Saugus (Katie Sheehan and Katie Italiano), Gloucester (Alexander and Samantha Cominelli) and Danvers (Rhianna Leslie and Taylor Gent) each had two representatives. Maddie Rennie (Beverly), Alexandra Carlton (Marblehead), Mallory LeBlanc (Peabody) and Samantha Woodman (Revere) were also named to the All-Conference team.

In the NEC All-Star team, Danvers (Julie Webster, Leah Trochi), Gloucester (Samantha Orlando, Marissa Enes) and Marblehead (Hadley Carlton, Ashley Stiles, Bella Barbera) were each represented by multiple players. Abbey Otterbein (Beverly), Sofia Rodriguez (Peabody), Cindy Murphy (Revere), Krissy Italiano (Saugus) and Sydney Faulkner (Swampscott).

Playoff match-ups set in field hockey

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Marblehead’s Hadley Carlton runs shoulder to shoulder with Swampscott’s Caroline Kinne for possession of the ball. Marblehead will play against Hamilton-Wenham, while Swampscott will take on Weston. Both games are on Wednesday. 

By KATIE MORRISON

The MIAA field hockey tournament pairings were released Monday, as local teams gear up to start their quests for state titles, with games beginning on Wednesday.

Marblehead (14-1-3) earned the highest seed of any local team with the No. 4 seed. The Magicians locked up the Northeastern Conference title with a 1-0 win over Gloucester (which is seeded seventh and taking on No. 10 Newburyport Wednesday), and lost just one game, 1-0 against Beverly, back on Oct. 13.

Marblehead looks like the team to beat out of the NEC, with scoring threats in Caroline Driscoll, Hadley Carlton and Anna Behrens leading the offense and goalie Maddie Miller backing a strong defense.

Hamilton-Wenham just made the cut with a 9-8-1 record, finishing third in the Cape Ann League Baker Division. The Generals are having a bounce-back year after finishing 5-11-2 in 2015. Marblehead is having a rebound of its own, as the Magicians were the No. 10 seed last season and advanced past the first round thanks to a dramatic 2-1 victory in penalty strokes over Lynnfield. Marblehead was topped by annual contender Manchester Essex in the quarterfinals.

Lynnfield is looking to bounce back from the crushing loss to Marblehead in last year’s upset, and is in good position to make it out of the first round. Sixth-seeded Lynnfield will take on No. 11 Wilmington at home Wednesday.

Lynnfield is led by Cape Ann League MVP and September MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month Lilli Patterson, a midfielder, as well Jaylin Grabau, Elise Murphy and Isabella Floramo, who were all named to the CAL All-Star team.

Swampscott earned the No. 9 seed in Division 2 with a 7-4-6 record. It will take on Weston out of the Dual County League, seeded eighth, with a 11-5-2 record.

The Big Blue may have their work cut out for them. The six ties may come back to bite Swampscott, because instead of hosting the game at Blocksidge, a grass field, the Big Blue have to play the Wildcats on their home field, which is turf.

Weston reached the north semifinals last season before falling to Watertown, knocking off Gloucester and Tewksbury along the way. Swampscott, on the other hand, just missed the playoffs last season, finishing 7-8-3.

Swampscott has scorers in Olivia Fillenworth, Michaela Freddo, Sydney Faulkner and Sydney Cresta. The Big Blue are set in net with Jillian Flanders as the backstop.

If the Big Blue can get past Weston, they will have to take on one of the best teams in the east, top-seeded and reigning state champion Watertown, who is undefeated.

The Big Blue enter the playoffs coming off a 1-0 loss to rival Marblehead in the NEC finale.

Saugus will also be forced to play away from home, heading to Byfield to take on No. 5 Triton. Much like Swampscott, Saugus will have to change up its game to compete on the quick turf field.

The Sachems, seeded 12th, may be the underdogs, but are on a hot streak coming into the playoffs. Saugus topped Everett in its final regular season game and played to a tie with NEC champs Marblehead on Oct. 21.

Triton finished third in the Cape Ann League Kinney Division at 9-4-2 and landed three players on the CAL All-Star team in goalie Erin Savage and midfielders Samantha Brown and Noelle Indingaro.

Saugus is led by the Italiano sisters, Katie and Krissy, who can both put the ball in the net, as well as Ailyn Minaya, another scoring threat. Catie Sheehan solidifies Saugus in the net.

Danvers, the only team from the area to make the Division 1 tournament, is seeded 10th and will play Acton-Boxborough on the road Wednesday.


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

Saturday’s MSTCA Invitational results

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Michelle Connor finished second in the high jump at the MSTCA Invitational on Saturday.

In terms of Top 10 performances Saturday at the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Invitational Meets, the girls definitely outshone the boys.

Michelle Connor of Swampscott placed second in the high jump with a jump of five feet, three inches, and Victoria Sparages of Saugus was third in the javelin with a throw of 112-04.

Other Top 10 finishers among the girls compete in Saturday’s meet at North Attleborough High School were Kate Mitchell of Lynnfield, in both the mile (5th, 5:23.88) and 800 (9th, 2:19.94); Julianna Devitt of Beverly, second in the 100 hurdles (15.19);  Cassie Wahl of Beverly, ninth in the high jump with a 4-11.00; and Gracie Sparkman of Beverly, eighth in the shot put at 32-01.00.

The girls results:

400: 44th, Melissa Lubas, Beverly, 1:04.66, 45th, Lexi Yannone, Lynnfield, 1:04.78.

800: 9th, Mitchell, 2:19.94; 45th, Hannah Fitzpatrick, Revere, 2:32.94; 49th, Katherine Crum, Danvers, 2:35.52; and 57th, Trisha Cheever, Revere, 2:45.88.

Mile: 3rd, Abby Walsh, Beverly, 5:04.4; Mitchell, 5:23.88; 33rd, Suellen Guerreiro, Revere, 6:05.67;

100 hurdles: 2nd, Devitt, Beverly, 15:19;

400 hurdles: 12th, Wahl, Beverly, 1:09.96; 14th, Juliana Passatempo, Lynnfield, 1:10.21; 18th, Uatchet Juch, Beverly, 1:10.81; 31st, Helen Perez, Revere, 1:12.90; 32nd, Danielle Stotts, Salem, 1:13.04; 34th, Ella Parker, Swampscott, 1:13.23; 37th, Nora Monahan, Beverly, 1:13.39; 49th, Allyson Hartmann, Swampscott, 1:15.39; 50th, Krissy Italiano, Saugus, 1:16.90.

4×100 relay: 15th, Beverly (53.26), 18th, Swampscott (53.74), 21st, Danvers (54.18), 28th, Revere (55:15). 4×400 relay: 15th, Beverly (4:26.15); 18th, Salem (4:41.69).

High jump: 2nd, Connor, 5-03; 9th, Wahl, Beverly, 4-11; 16th, Tyler Orlandella, Beverly, 4-11; 21st, Sparages, Saugus, 4-10.

Long jump: 12th, Devitt, Beverly (15-08.50); 33rd, Erin St. Pierre, Danvers (14-08.50).

Triple jump: 18th, Sarah Unczur, Danvers, 32-flat; 19th, Wahl, Beverly, 32-00.25.

Shot put: 8th, Sparkman, Beverly (32-01); 16th, Rachel Shanbar, Revere, 31-00; 20th, Ailyn Minaya, Saugus, 30-03; 21st, Evelyn D’Amato, Saugus (30-01).

Discus: Sparkman, Beverly, 90-05.

Javelin: Sparages, Saugus, 112-04; 10th, Stephanie MacLeod, Beverly (96-flat), 14th, Lubas, Beverly (91-07); 15th, Rebecca Price, Swampscott (90-08); 21st, Janine So, Revere (77-07).

Freshman mile run: 19th, Lilly DiPietro, Lynnfield (6:13.36); 20th, Annie Olsen, Lynnfield (6:14.64).

Ffreshman 4×100: 4th, Swampscott (56.40.2).

There were three Top 10 finishes among the boys: Jaden Oliver of Salem was seventh in the 110 hurdles (16:00); Alex Kotowski of Saugus was ninth in the 400 hurdles (60.35); and Nelson Cevallos of Revere was seventh in the high jump (36-02).

Boys results:
400: 21st, Issa Jalloh, Classical (53.36); mile: 16th, Matt Seelig, Lynnfield (4:41.96); 25th, Andrew Moriarty, Danvers (4:45.50); 26th, Zak Attioui, Revere ( 4:45.73); 110 hurdles: 7th, Oliver, Salem (16:00); 400 hurdles: 9th, Kotowski, Saugus (60.35); 11th, Starj Prophete-Bernadin, Salem (60.67); 15th Brendan Ray, Lynnfield ( 61.53).

4×100 relay: 15th, Saugus (46.90); 17th, St. John’s Prep (45.95); 4×400 relay: 21st, Saugus (3:55.28).

High jump: 7th, Cevallos, Revere (36-02); long jump: 11th, Ricky Arias, Salem (20-21.25); 13th, Josh Flanders, Revere (20-00.50); 24th, Giovanni Guzman, Salem (19-01.50); 42nd, Elie Kalambayi, Classical (17-02.50); triple jump: 18th, Prophete-Bernadin, Salem (38-04,00); 20th, Kalambayi, Classical (37-04.50).

Javelin: 23rd, Owen Clyde, Salem (100-08).

Freshman mile: 15th, William Beauregard, Salem (4:57.97).

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.

Girls Basketball: KIPP dominates Foxborough Charter

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KIPP’s Nayeli Germosen scored 24 points in the Panthers’ win over Foxborough Regional Charter.

By LILY DOOLIN and MIKE ALONGI

The KIPP Academy girls’ basketball team played tight defense and dominated on offense to beat Foxborough Regional Charter, 51-25. The win was a strong comeback for KIPP after losing its first matchup with Foxborough, earlier in the season, by a single point.

Sophomore Nayeli Germosen led KIPP with 24 points, while junior Favour Ofuokwu recorded 10 points. Senior Wrutoe Bonwin and junior Angela Unubun also had excellent performances.

Salem 48, Saugus 25

The Sachems (7-10) made some costly turnovers that led to easy hoops for the Witches, allowing them to take control of the momentum of the game. Krissy Italiano had 11 points, while Olivia Valente recorded 13 rebounds for Saugus.

Swampscott 63, Winthrop 27

The Big Blue (12-3) excelled in sharing the ball, giving up good chances for even better ones to dominate the scoreboard. Swampscott recorded 19 assists on the night. Freshman Faye Parker led the team with 17 points and nine rebounds, while captain Meghan Hartmann had six points and seven assists.