Melissa Gray

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.

Woburn rolls past Peabody

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Melissa Gray (left) scored 19 points for Peabody. 

By JOYCE EREKSON

WOBURN  – The Peabody girls basketball team didn’t have it’s best game against Woburn Friday night in the Division 1 North quarterfinals, but the reality is, it probably wouldn’t have been enough even if it did.

Woburn was unstoppable and the 84-55 final score reflected just how tough a night it was for Peabody. The teams exchanged baskets for most of the first quarter, but once the (Woburn) Tanners caught fire, it was lights out for Peabody.

Senior sharpshooter Marissa Gattuso buried a three to start the second quarter and it was like Woburn had flipped a switch. By the time halftime rolled around, Woburn had built up a 19-point lead (50-31) that ballooned to 33 points with 3:10 left in the game. Gattuso led all scorers with 22 points, and probably would have had more had she and the other starters not sat out most of the fourth quarter.

“No. 1 (Gattuso) was a phenomenal player,” Peabody coach Stan McKeen said.

“They moved the ball so well and they hit (five) threes in the first half. They just didn’t miss. We got down 19 and against a good team it’s tough to come back. They didn’t miss. They’re a very good team.”

Although Gattuso was very tough to stop, she was only one part of the problem.

“They had five good players in and out of the game. Whatever they replaced one with, it was like a missing part. We didn’t have that luxury,” McKeen said. “We fought hard. We played against a very good team.”

McKeen said he had watched films of two Woburn games and didn’t expect such a lopsided contest.

“I thought it would be a close game. I really did,” he said. “I did not expect that they were going to shoot lights out like they did. They moved the ball. That was the key.”
Peabody never got a rhythm going offensively. Senior captain Melissa Gray finished with 19 points as did senior forward Nene Onwuogu, but they had to fight for every point. Onwuogu was very tough in the paint and it showed. She finished 11-for-12 from the free throw line.

“They’re a really good team,” Onwuogu said about Woburn. “They’re really aggressive. They have a really good range of players. They have threepoint shooters, girls under the basket. They have size. It was definitely tough, but we didn’t give up.”

Katie Wallace had seven points for Peabody. Woburn also had big games from Kelsey Qualey (15 points) and Mya Blazejowski (10 points). Woburn had 11 players figure into the scoring.

Peabody finishes the season 14-8. The Tanners were the No. 11 seed. Woburn (19-3 including its two tournament wins) is the three seed behind No. 1 Andover and No. 2, Revere. Revere was ousted by Central Catholic in the quarterfinals. Central Catholic and Woburn will meet in the semifinals. Andover is still alive on the other side of the bracket.

Peabody girls basketball team survives

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Peabody’s Catherine Manning scored 11 points in the Tanners’ win over Waltham.

By JOYCE EREKSON

WALTHAM — Peabody fans, it’s OK to exhale.

The Peabody girls basketball team took its followers on a wild ride Tuesday night, but when all was said and done, the Tanners were able to escape Waltham with a thrilling 67-62 win in the first round of the Division 1 North tournament.

This game was a battle from start to finish, with neither team able to open up any decent-sized lead until the fourth quarter when the Tanners went up by 10 with about five minutes remaining.

As it turned out, 10 points was not going to cut it. This one came down to the final seconds and some clutch free-throw shooting by senior guard Melissa Gray.

With 12.8 seconds remaining and the Tanners clinging to a heart-stopping 63-62 lead, Gray sunk two foul shots to put her team up,65-62. With Waltham senior Sophia Guerrier (28 points) proving almost impossible to stop, no lead was safe. Gray hit two more free throws with 1.4 seconds on the clock to finally put this one away.

Gray had a monster game for the Tanners (14-7). In addition to her nerves of steel performance from the free throw line with the season hanging by a thread, she had 26 points. She wasn’t the only one who came up big, however. Senior Nene Onwuogu was a force of nature in the first half with her rebounding (she had 23 even though she sat out closes to a quarter because of foul trouble) and her aggressive defensive play. She finished with 15 points, with seven coming at the line. The other star for the Tanners was sophomore forward Catherine Manning, who finished with 11 points, seven of them coming in the first quarter when Waltham looked like it might be building a head of steam. She also had a whopping 17 rebounds.

“We never quit,” Peabody coach Stan McKeen said. “That’s been our focal point. We had some lapses when we struggled, but we weren’t going to be denied. We built the lead up to 10 and then they cut it down … Nene and Catherine were phenomenal on the boards and obviously Melissa had a phenomenal night.”

Peabody, the No.11 seed, will play Woburn (18-4) and the No. 3 seed, in the quarterfinals. Woburn defeated Cambridge 60-39 to advance to set up the Tanners vs. Tanners matchup.

The date and time of the game have yet to be determined.

 

Saugus, Fenwick to battle it out in state tourney

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Olivia Valente and No. 3 Saugus will host No. 6 Bishop Fenwick on Thursday night. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

The Saugus girls basketball team battled its way to a 16-6 record this season, earning the No. 3 seed in the MIAA Division 3 North tournament and a home game in the first round. But that first round game will be anything but easy, as the Sachems will take on the defending Division 3 state champion Bishop Fenwick Crusaders.

“They’re a model team for sure,” Saugus coach Mark Schruender said of Fenwick. “We saw their run last year and when we watched them play, our coaching staff collectively said that we want to play like them. They played fast and aggressive every minute, and we modeled ourselves after that style.”

It appears that the Sachems have learned well from the Crusaders, at least according to Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis.

“They’re a much-improved team this year,” he said. “They’re aggressive, quick and well-coached just to name a few things. They’re going to be a tough out this year.”

The Sachems have a solid group of players led by the likes of Olivia Valente and Alessia Salzillo. But if there’s one thing that Saugus lacks, it’s postseason experience.

“The experience factor is certainly in Fenwick’s favor, but we’ve been preparing for this all year,” Schruender said. “I think the big thing we need to push on the players is that it’s okay to make mistakes early from nerves or whatever, but we need to be able to settle down and execute. It’s still basketball, and we’ll be in our gym, so I think we can try to counter the experience factor.”

Fenwick may not be the powerhouse team that won it all last year when they went 23-4 and won the Div. 3 state title, but they’re still a force to be reckoned with. The Crusaders finished the year with a 14-8 record, good enough for a No. 6 seed on the bracket.

In terms of experience, the Crusaders may be more loaded than anyone despite losing multiple four-year starters to graduation. Senior captain Sam Mancinelli has played in 10 career postseason games, while juniors Fredi DeGuglielmo and Jennie Meagher have each played in eight career postseason games.

“Obviously the experience is a big factor because there are plenty of girls out there who will never play in that many postseason games,” said DeBaggis. “But at the end of the day we still have to execute against a really good team on the road.”

Adding to that veteran lineup is sophomore Jaxson Nadeau, who has emerged from a core of young players as a crucial cog in the machine.

“This has been a much different season for us,” DeBaggis said. “We lost several four-year players, two of them four-year starters, so we had a totally different look this year. But a lot of the younger girls have stepped up and our upperclassmen have provided the leadership we needed to have a successful regular season.”

Championship pedigree or not, DeBaggis knows his team will be in for a battle in Saugus.

“It won’t be easy,” he said. “They’re going to be fired up over there and the crowd will be going nuts. We anticipate that they’ll come out with plenty of energy, and we’re going to have to stay focused and execute our gameplan.”

The Crusaders and Sachems will meet on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Saugus High.

Elsewhere around the NEC, a number of local teams are preparing for tournament runs of their own. The Revere Patriots nearly had an undefeated regular season, winning their first 18 games before dropping the final two to earn the No. 2 seed in the Division 1 North tournament.

A big part of the Patriots’ success this year has been the play of their two bigs inside, Valentina Pepic and Meaghan Gotham. The two have been able to score from the post and dominate the glass, perfectly complementing the play of guards Pamela Gonzalez and Tatiana Iacoviello.

Revere draws a home game against No. 15 Medford (10-10) in the first round on Monday night at 7 p.m.

Also in Division 1 North, the Peabody Tanners closed out the year with a 13-7 record and secured the No. 11 seed. Seniors Melissa Gray and Katie Wallace have paced the Peabody offense this year, while Nene Onwuogo has had a great season at the forward spot.

The Tanners travel on the road to take on No. 6 Waltham (14-6) on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Two teams from the NEC also made it into the Division 2 North bracket. The Swampscott Big Blue earned the No. 11 seed in Division 2 North after closing out the regular season with an even 10-10 record. The Big Blue will travel to take on No. 6 Hamilton-Wenham (12-8) on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

The Danvers Falcons also closed out the year at 10-10 and earned the No. 12 seed. The Falcons will play No. 5 Arlington Catholic (14-6) on Monday night at 7 p.m.

School Roundup: Peabody girls basketball bounces back

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Melissa Gray scored 12 points in Peabody’s win over Lynnfield. 

By JOYCE EREKSON and HAROLD RIVERA

The Peabody girls basketball team ended a late-season two-game skid with a 61-33 win over Lynnfield on Wednesday in the consolation game of the Woburn Tournament.

The Tanners (13-7) got off to a fast start thanks in large part to Melissa Gray. Gray had the hot hand early, scoring 10 of her team-high 12 points in the first quarter. Alyssa Alperen, Gray and Taylor Colella hit back-to-back-to-back threes midway through the first quarter to turn an 8-2 lead into a 17-2 advantage.

Peabody took a 22-7 lead into the second quarter, but the Pioneers (1-19) stopped the bleeding for a while  in the second quarter by shutting down Gray and holding the Tanners to only eight points. As has been the case all season, the offense wasn’t there for a comeback. Peabody led 30-15 at the half and by the end of the third quarter, the Pioneers found themselves down by 27 at 48-21.

Catherine Manning and Alperen had 10 points each for the Tanners and Hannah Pellizzaro was good for nine. Lynnfield’s Elizabeth Shaivitz, who opened the second half by burying a three, led all scorers with 13 points. Freshman teammates Melissa Morelli had seven points and MacKenzie O’Neill, five points.

The Tanners are now awaiting the tournament pairings, which will be announced on Friday. The Pioneers, whose only win this season came against Georgetown, are done for the season.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Swampscott 47, English 40

Swampscott grabs a win it its final game of the regular season and finishes at 10-10. The Big Blue now sit tight until the state tournament pairings are announced on Friday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Salem 75, St. Clement 49

In the Spartan Classic at St. Mary’s, the Witches (10-9) knocked off St. Clement and will play the Spartans in Thursday’s championship game. “We’re playing a tough team tomorrow in their home gym,” Salem coach Tom Doyle said. “It’ll be a great tournament and a great atmosphere.”

Salem featured three players in double-figures in Nate Lebron (25 points, five rebounds), Ethan Espinal (18 points, seven assists) and Henny Vlaun (14 points, eight assists). The Witches swished 12 three-pointers in the win, six made by Espinal.

Saugus 47, Swampscott 42

Dylan Hayes paced the Big Blue with 12 points and Matt Moran chipped in with eight. AJ Venuti scored five points and grabbed nine rebounds. “It was senior night, our seniors got a lot of run and they competed,” Swampscott coach Justin Fucile said. “They gave us everything they had tonight.” Swampscott finished the season with strong defensive showing. “We talk about keeping teams under 50 points,” Fucile said. “We feel can score in the 40’s and compete with teams.”

Dimitri Filaretos led the way with 12 points. Matt Waggett added 11 and Chris McGrane chipped in with 10. Mike Mabee played his best all-around game of the season, according to assistant coach Mark Bertrand.

The Sachems (7-13), who made the tournament under the Sullivan rule, now await seedings Friday.

Winchester 72, Revere 71

The Patriots fell to Winchester in the championship game of the Patton Tournament. Curtis High turned in an outstanding performance with 40 points and eight rebounds. Mass Joof added nine points and 10 rebounds. Revere now awaits the state tournament pairings, which will be announced on Friday.

Marblehead 63, Pope John 52

The Magicians down Pope John in the championship game of the Sheridan Tournament. Patrick Bugler led the team with 23 points, six rebounds and six assists. Derek Marino and Justin Faia each finished with 12 points. Bo Millett continued his dominance on the boards, grabbing ten rebounds in the win. “Pope John is a tough team,” Magicians coach Mike Giardi said. “They’ll be a tough team in the Division 4 tournament. They’ve got some really good players.” The Magicians finish the season at 19-3 and now await Friday’s tournament pairings. “Today was a big win,” Giardi said. “The kids played hard and that’s what you want. We got after it and now we’ll get ready for our next opponent.”

GIRLS HOCKEY

Fenwick 1, Cape Cod/Nauset 1

The Crusaders wrapped up their season with a tie at home, taking on a talented team from the Cape.

“It was a very good, even game,” Fenwick coach Doug Anderson said. “Both goalies played very well, it was evenly-matched, and the score was indicative of the talent out there.”

Amanda Blanchette scored the Crusaders’ goal with assists from Lexi McNeil and Meghan Carney. Allie Giguere, Jill Mattucci and Jacklyn O’Toole played strong games on defense, and goalie Cailyn Wesley was solid in the net.

BOYS HOCKEY

North Andover 6, Peabody 1

Nick Capillo scored the lone goal for the Tanners with assists coming from Connor McCarron and Mike Sabino. Peabody ends the season at 3-14-3. “The players worked hard,” Peabody coach Mark Leonard said. “We just had trouble scoring goals and that was the key to the season. We were in games, we lost a lot of close games but we just didn’t come up with big goals when we needed them.”

Fenwick 4, Shawsheen 0

The Crusaders skated to a shutout win in their final game of the season. Goals were scored by Derek DelVecchio, Greg Mattucci, Ethan Belt and Rob Murphy.

Prep 4, Braintree 1

Goal scorers for the Eagles were Kyle Hentosh, Joe Bevere, David Sacco and Brian Carrabes. The Prep led 2-1 after two periods and put the game away with third-period goals scored by Sacco and Carrabes.

 

Peabody gives Revere a battle, Patriots get the win

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Revere’s Pamela Gonzalez goes in for a layup past the outstretched arm of Peabody’s Catherine Manning.

By JOYCE EREKSON 

REVERE — Like a dinner guest who doesn’t know when to go home, the Peabody High girls basketball team hung around all night before Revere could finally turn off the lights and go to bed.

The Patriots defeated the Tanners 61-55 Thursday night at Revere High and doing so, they managed to go undefeated in the Northeastern Conference under first-year coach Lianne O’Hara. They’re also undefeated overall (18-0) with two non-league games remaining.

“I consider myself lucky because I walked into a program that was already successful,” O’Hara said. “It’s hard work and luck. These girls are really determined. Really, the motivation is from them.”

Peabody finished 12-4 in the Northeastern Conference and is 12-6 overall heading in the final two non-league games of the season.

Neither team really seemed to click in the early going, but the Tanners struggled the most, scoring only two points in the first quarter. The lack of offensive production would come back to haunt them when they made a run at the Patriots late in the game, but didn’t have the juice to overcome such a slow start.

Revere led 13-2 after the first quarter and 26-14 at the half. The Patriots kept the Tanners at a healthy distance 10-12 points most of the way, but things got a little interesting in the fourth quarter when Peabody senior Melissa Gray, who only had two points in the first half, started to heat up. She scored 15 points in a fourth quarter, including a three that trimmed the deficit to four at 59-55 with less than 15 seconds to go. She finished with a game-high 20 points.  Revere’s Valentina Pepic, who finished with 13 points (12 in the second half), hit two free throws near the end to ice the win.

“The first quarter killed us,” Peabody coach Stan McKeen said. “They led by 10, 12, 14 points the whole game. We were down by 12 going into the fourth quarter.”
Although not happy with the loss, McKeen loved that his team kept fighting.
“They  haven’t quit all year,” McKeen said. “They scrapped and and fought. I wish we had played as tough in that first quarter as we did in that final quarter and and half.”

Gray had taken a hit to the nose early in the game and was “stone cold” in that first half, McKeen said. In the second half, she had four threes.

“When she finds her range, when she can hit a shot twice in a row, she’s deadly,” McKeen said.

O’Hara was impressed by Gray as well.
“She had an excellent shooting game,” O’Hara said. “I give her credit for that. She had something to prove. Her shots were going. She was getting contested shots. That’s a good player.”

The Tanners also had big games offensively from senior forward Chinenye Onwuogu (11 points), Catherine Manning (8 points) and senior captain Katie Wallace (7 points).

Revere had three players in double figures. Guard Tatiana Iacoviello had 16 points and the Patriots to bigs, Meaghan Gotham and Valentina Pepic, had 11 points and 13 points, respectively. Guard Pamela Gonzalez had nine points.

School Roundup: Millett leads Magicians past Salem

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Bo Millet logged a double-double as the Magicians beat Salem, 76-64. 

By STEVE KRAUSE AND KATIE MORRISON

Marblehead’s Bo Millett channeled his inner Charles Barkley for a double-double at 17 points and 20 rebounds as the Magicians boys basketball team topped Salem, 76-64.

Derek Marino (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Patrick Bugler (11 points, six assists, five rebounds) also contributed with strong performances for Marblehead.

“We jumped out to an early lead in the first half,” Magicians coach Mike Giardi said. “We played with a lot of energy and we relaxed a little bit. We got Salem on a slow start but they found their rhythm in the second half.”

The Magicians are back in action on Thursday at Swampscott.

For the Witches, Isaiah Williamson led the team with 16 points. Ethan Espinal added 14 and Nate Lebron added 14. Salem (9-7) takes on Gloucester Friday.

St. John’s 64, St. Mary’s 48

At St. John’s, the Eagles raised their record to 14-4, led by Matt Relihan, who had 16 points.

Brett McNiff (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Tommy O’Neil (13 and 11) had double-doubles.

Jonathan Mola had 16 points for the Spartans while Jonny Mercado chipped in with 13. Jalen Echevarria had nine points.

Peabody 64, English 57

Matt D’Amato led the way for the Tanners with 22 points, six rebounds and four assists. Moisse Irizarry added 10 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks, and Jake Doherty added eight points and four rebounds to go along with some outstanding defense. The Tanners (13-6) take on Revere Thursday.

Lynnfield 68, Triton 58

Lynnfield clinched the Cape Ann League title with a perfect 15-0 record (15-1 overall) with the win.

Lynnfield held a slim one point lead after three quarters, 49-48, but broke the game open in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Vikings 19-10 to seal the win. Zachary Shone (10 points) and Dan Jameson (8 points) led the fourth quarter charge with six points each. Louis Ellis led Lynnfield with 18 points, while Michael Carangelo (15 points) and Billy Arseneault (13 points) were also in double figures.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Classical 47, Beverly 46

It was a nail-biter for the Rams, who held a four-point lead with three seconds left to play thanks to key free throws from Jeylly Medrano and Paris Wilkey. Beverly hit a three to close the gap to one in the final seconds, but Classical held on for the victory.

“We did just enough to get a two-possession lead, and we needed every point tonight,” Classical coach Tom Sawyer said.

Wilkey led the way with a double-double, contributing 15 points and 15 rebounds. Soneta Srey and Medrano each added 12, and Irianis Delgado had four points to go with seven rebounds.

The Rams (15-5) take on crosstown rival English Thursday night as they celebrate Senior Night.

Cathedral 65, St. Mary’s 42

Cathedral raced out to a 30-12 lead after one quarter and never looked back.

The Spartans dropped to 12-7, but got solid contributions from Temi Falayi (12 points), Mia Nowicki (11), Olivia Nazaire (8) and Gabby Torres (7).

The Spartans conclude the CCL portion of their schedule Friday at Fenwick.

Fenwick 57, Medford 22

The Crusaders played great team defense and topped Medford behind Sam Mancinelli’s 16 points, six rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Jaxson Nadeau added nine points, six rebounds and three steals. Sam Gulla and Sammi Gallant added eight points apiece.

Fenwick (12-6) will head to Cardinal Spellman tonight for a Catholic Central League matchup.

Peabody 39, English 35

At English, the Tanners were behind, 28-24, after three quarters but outscored the Bulldogs 15-7 in the final eight minutes to raise their record to 12-5 overall and 12-3 in the Northeastern Conference.

Nene Onwuogu led the Tanners with 13 points and 17 rebounds.

“She had a monster night under the boards for us,” said Peabody coach Stan McKeen.

Also, Catherine Manning had four points and 12 rebounds, Katie Wallace had 11 points and Melissa Gray seven.

“The shooting was off,” said McKeen. “After the first quarter, it was only 6-6.

“English was really pumped up to play,” he said. “They gave us all we could handle. It was a good win for us.”

Triton 34, Lynnfield 27

The Pioneers never got untracked in this one, trailing from start to finish. Lizzy Shaievitz led the team with 14 points, while Juliana Passatempo had seven points. Melissa Morelli, Shannon Furey and Hannah Filipe had two points each.

 

 

Saugus comeback falls short in Peabody

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Senior Katie Wallace scored 15 points in Peabody’s win over Saugus on “Senior Night.” 

By HAROLD RIVERA

PEABODY — Saugus girls basketball coach Mark Schruender was proud of his team’s performance on Friday night at Peabody. Although the Sachems fell to the Tanners, 58-53, the final score doesn’t tell the story. The Sachems fell behind, 52-41, midway through the fourth quarter and climbed back to within one point before Peabody held on to close out the win.

“We knew we had to take it one possession at a time,” Schruender said. “There’s no 11-point play in basketball. We just had to chip away at it, but unfortunately we fell short and ran out of time. It was an unbelievable effort. I’m so proud of our kids.”

The Sachems ran out to an early lead in the first quarter when Alessia Salzillo nailed a three to give Saugus a 9-4 advantage. Peabody stole the lead at 10-9 before Salzillo hit another shot from beyond the arc to re-take the advantage for Saugus at 12-10. Peabody’s Catherine Manning knocked in a pair of free throws to end the quarter at a 12-12 tie.

Things started to turn in Peabody’s favor in the second quarter, with the Tanners offense orchestrating an 8-4 run to start the period. After a Saugus timeout, Peabody added six points to mount a double-digit lead at 26-16. With a pair of late buckets from Hannah Pellizzaro, the Tanners outscored Saugus 20-7 in the quarter and led 32-19 at the half.

“Our fastbreak worked for us,” Peabody coach Stan McKeen said. “We forced a couple of turnovers in that second quarter and we were making our shots.”

Peabody’s zone defense spelled trouble for the Sachems at the end of the half.

“Their 3-2 zone didn’t allow us to execute and do what we wanted to do,” Schruender said. “I give them credit, but we weren’t reversing the ball and our guards needed to attack more, which they did in the second half. Overall, Peabody’s a good team.”

Allie Kotkowski knocked in a three on the opening possession of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 10 at 32-22. Salzillo took center stage in the quarter, scoring nine points in hopes of leading the Sachems back into the contest but Peabody stayed in front, 44-31, at the end of three.

“She’s (Salzillo) relentless,” Schruender said. “She has no quit. She’s our energizer bunny. Her best asset is her defense. Her defense energized our team tonight and led us in that comeback.”

Down 52-41 with four and a half minutes remaining in the game, Peabody looked to have a win in its back pocket. Unfortunately for the Tanners, Saugus made things interesting in the late stages.

Taylor Bogdanski drained a three and Olivia Valente added a bucket for Saugus to trim the deficit to six points at 52-46. Salzillo drove to paint for a make and a drew a foul to get the Sachems closer at 52-49 with just under three minutes left on the clock.

After a stop on the defensive end, Kotkowski knocked home a layup and the Sachems were down a point at 52-51 with two minutes to play. Melissa Gray and Nene Onwuogu made shots to give the Tanners breathing room at 56-51, but Kotkowski answered with a hookshot to make it a one-possession game again.

Katie Wallace sunk a pair of free throws with six seconds remaining to ice the win for Peabody, 58-53.

“They made a great comeback,” McKeen said. “Saugus didn’t get tired. They ran up and down the floor all the time. They created some turnovers and we missed some shots in the fourth quarter. We missed some shots, they got rebounds and they beat us up the court because they’re well-conditioned. Those kids just ran and it was very impressive.”

McKeen added, “We made some key plays down the stretch. We forced Saugus to foul and made the free throws at the end. It was a good game.”

For Saugus, Salzillo led the team with 15 points, while Kotkowski added 11.

Wallace led Peabody with 15 points, while Nene Onwuogu scored 13 and Gray finished with 12.

Both teams are back in action on Monday. Peabody (11-5) visits English and Saugus (14-5) hosts Swampscott.

Before the game, a ceremony was held to honor the seniors on both teams as part of Peabody’s “Senior Night.”

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.

Roundup: Peabody girls can’t stop Masco

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Peabody point guard Melissa Gray is closely guarded by Masco’s Paige Amyouny.

By SCOT COOPER

The Peabody girls basketball team couldn’t contain a red-hot Masconomet team, as the Chieftains pulled away late for a 54-44 win over the Tanners at Peabody High Sunday.

Masco outscored Peabody, 34-17, in the second half to seal the win.

Melissa Gray led the way for Peabody with 20 points, 15 of which came in the first half.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Central Catholic 72, St. John’s Prep 61

The Eagles were led by Matt Relihan, who scored 19 points, while Jarnel Snow-Guzman added 15. St. John’s Prep (12-4) are back in action Tuesday at Hamilton-Wenham.

Beverly 50, Medford 42

Pat Gavin put up 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Beverly and Hugh Calice added eight points and 10 rebounds. Toskany Abreu and Alex Copeland provided sparks off the bench for the Panthers as they improve to 9-5.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Lynn/Winthrop 3, Masconomet 2

Bella Perrotti scored midway through the third period, snapping a 2-2 tie to help the Lynn/Winthrop girls skate by Masconomet Saturday afternoon in Winthrop. Mikayla Norris set up Perrotti for the winner.

Mia Price scored a pair for the Bulldogs, Sydney Adamson assisted on Price’s first goal.

“We came out strong, with a positive attitude, the girls really played well against a very good Masco team,” Bulldogs coach Anthony Martucci said.

St. Mary’s 4, Haverhill 0

The Spartans grabbed a 4-0 win in Haverhill Saturday afternoon and locked up a place in the state tournament.

“We played a very good game, Haverhill’s a very big tough team, and we did a good job against them,” St. Mary’s coach Frank Pagliuca said. “I liked the special teams. Sarah Ryan scored a shorthanded goal and Adara Nazarian had a power-play score.”

Nazarian scored twice for the St. Mary’s, and Aylah Cioffi also scored against the Hillies. Emily Stephenson was solid in goal, picking up the shutout.

St. Mary’s will be on the ice on Monday night at 8 p.m., hosting Lynn/Winthrop.

Beverly 4, Peabody 2

The Tanners played the Panthers tough all game Saturday afternoon. Beverly went up 3-1 in the second, and Peabody responded with a goal from Cassie Mirasolo to make it an one-goal game. The Tanners could not get the equalizer and Beverly sank an empty net goal with two seconds left in the game.

“We really battled hard, Beverly has a very good team,” coach Michelle Roach said.

The Tanners will play Oakmont next Saturday, Peabody needs six points out of their remaining five games to make the tournament for the first time in the history of the program.

Sammi Mirasolo scored the first Peabody goal in the opening period.

Marblehead 4, Medford 0

Goalie Sarah Ryan led the Magicians to a shutout Saturday, stopping nine shots, while Marblehead unloaded 34 shots on Medford’s netminder. Sydney Cresta scored twice and logged an assist while Bella Peters had one goal and one assist. Grace Maroney scored Marblehead’s first goal, and Cate Delaney, Caroline Kinne, Brynne O’Connor and Abby Kalinowski all logged assists.

Fenwick 6, St. Joseph’s 1

The Crusaders skated to a big win behind a hat trick from Meghan Carney. Carney also logged an assist. Emily Charette also had a huge game, scoring a goal with four assists.

SWIMMING

Catholic Central League meet

The Bishop Fenwick swim team nabbed a second-place finish behind Austin Prep at the CCL meet, Saturday at Simmons College.

Fenwick’s Sophia Lumino was named the female CCL MVP, while her teammate Connor Christuk shared the male honors with Austin Prep’s Nick Marchetti.

Fenwick placed first in eight events. The team of Catherine Christuk, Rowan Emerson, Connor Christuk and Lumino won the 200-yard medley relay (1 minute, 50.68 seconds), the team of Michael D’Iorio, Sarah Long, Emerson and Garrett Collins won the 200 freestyle relay (1:46.02) and the team of Lumino, Collins and Catherine and Connor Christuk won the 400 freestyle relay (3:39.96).

In the individual events, Connor Christuk won the 50 free (23.66) and the 100 free (50.91), Lumino took the 200 individual medley (2:13.45) and the 500 free (5:22.48) and Emerson won the 100 breastroke (1:03.62).

Fenwick has 12 swimmers heading to the north sectionals, next Saturday and Sunday at MIT.

School Roundup: St. Mary’s girls earn tournament bid

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Mashayla Johnson led St. Mary’s with 15 points in the win. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

The St. Mary’s girls basketball team clinched a spot in the state tournament with a 54-34 win at home against Cardinal Spellman on Friday.

Mashayla Johnson led the way on offense with 15 points, while Temi Falayi had a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds, while also adding six blocks. Ashley Sullivan added nine points and Gabby Torres had eight points.

After starting the season with a 1-4 record, the Spartans have won 10 of their last 11 games to secure a tournament bid.

Chelsea 33, Tech 32

The Tigers got off to a slow start, trailing 22-7 at halftime, but clawed their way back into the game. Tech hit a three to pull within a point with five seconds left, but couldn’t complete the comeback.

Alondra Sanchez led the Tigers with 11 points, Malvelis Hernandez added seven and Arianna Anaya and Michayla Lawrence added six points apiece.

Bishop Fenwick 46, Austin Prep 40

The Crusaders (10-5) are now just one game away from a berth in the state tournament after a close win on the road on Friday. Jaxson Nadeau was Fenwick’s leading scorer with 19 points and three steals, while Fredi DeGuglielmo added 13 points. Sam Mancinelli had a great all-around game with seven points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Swampscott 56, Salem 39

Led by Jaymie Caponigro’s 17 points, the Big Blue are now 8-8 on the season after a big win on Friday. Nikki Rosa also had a good game, just missing a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds.

Swampscott will host Gloucester on Tuesday night.

Peabody 47, Danvers 41

Nene Onwuogu had a big game with seven points, 11 rebounds and five steals for the Tanners. Peabody’s (9-4) Melissa Gray led in scoring with 16 points, Alyssa Alperen added eight and Katie Wallace played well with seven points, five assists and five rebounds. Peabody looks for its 10th win Sunday against Masco.

Saugus 35, Gloucester 34

Although she only had three points total, Krissy Italiano had the two biggest points of the night when she hit the tying and go-ahead free throws with just 13 seconds left to get a win over Gloucester. Olivia Valente led the team with 14 points in the win.

Saugus (13-4) will host Marblehead on Tuesday night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Chelsea 75, Tech 40

The Tigers got 10 points and eight rebounds from David Davis, while Rob Wallace added seven points and eight rebounds. Tech will be back in action on Wednesday with they take on the Whittier Tech Wildcats.

Cardinal Spellman 67, St. Mary’s 66

It was a back-and-forth game throughout, but in the end the Spartans’ free throw troubles on the night helped contribute to a loss. St. Mary’s was 7-of-14 from the free throw line, and coach Dave Brown said that those struggles can’t continue.

“We did not shoot well from the line tonight,” Brown said. “You’re not going to win many games when you go 50 percent on free throws. But still, give credit to Spellman because they played really well tonight.”

Jonny Mercado led the Spartans (10-3) with 22 points. St. Mary’s has another big Catholic Central League matchup on Monday when they travel into Boston to take on Cathedral.

English 70, Beverly 67

The Panthers had a chance to tie the game late, but English’s (8-6) defense shut them down to hold on for the win.

Calvin Seng scored 17 points, while Angel Soto contributed 16 and Tommy Rijo and Javonte Edwards each added 13.

Marblehead 70, Winthrop 26

Behind 15 points from junior forward Derek Marino, the Magicians cruised to a big win and now have a Northeastern Conference-best 14-2 record on the year. Dan Doherty contributed 13 points. Marblehead will host Saugus on Tuesday night.

Lynnfield 81, Masconomet 55

The Pioneers (13-1, 13-0 Cape Ann League) hit the ground running and by the half held a 29-point lead. They maintained a 25-30 point lead the rest of the way. Louis Ellis, Billy Arsenault and Mike Carangelo have been giving the opposition fits all season and they didn’t let up in this one. Ellis and Arsenault each had 20 points and Carangelo was good for 13. Coach Scott MacKenzie went to his bench midway through the fourth quarter and the Pioneers didn’t miss a beat. Lynnfield has now won 10 in a row with North Reading up next.

Saugus 59, Gloucester 47

Dimitri Filaretos had 20 points as the Sachems (6-10) notched a win in an NEC matchup. Matt Waggett had 11 points and Chris McGrane added nine.

Saugus will travel up to Marblehead for a matchup with the Magicians on Tuesday night.

St. John’s Prep 68, Xaverian 44

Matt Relihan and Nate Hobbs scored 15 points each to help lead the Eagles to the win on Friday. St. John’s is now 12-3 on the year, with a 5-2 record in the Catholic Conference.

Tommy O’Neil had 13 points, while Jarnel Snow-Guzman added 11 points in the win.

Next up for the Prep is a Sunday matinee game on the road at Central Catholic at 1 p.m.

Salem 71, Swampscott 30

The Witches are now 8-5 on the year after a big win over Swampscott on Friday. Nate Lebron led the way with 21 points and five steals, while Anthony Pena had 13 points. Reimond Reyes (seven points, seven rebounds) and Vinnie Gaskins (seven points) also had solid offensive performances.

Tony Broadnax led Swampscott with seven points and four rebounds. “He really played terrific for us tonight,” Big Blue coach Justin Fucile said.

Salem will go on the road for a game against Everett on Monday night. Swampscott visits Gloucester on Tuesday.

Danvers 64, Peabody 49

Junior Estrella led the charge for Peabody with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Peabody (10-6) is back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Beverly.

Peabody thumps Classical in triple-overtime

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

By STEVE KRAUSE

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

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

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

Neither did Classical.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neither team shot well.

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

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

Delgado finished with 11 for the Rams.

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

 

Gray propels Peabody over English

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Melissa Gray led all scorers with 21 points in Peabody’s win over English. 

By HAROLD RIVERA 

LYNN– With five wins in its last six games coming into Friday night’s matchup with English, the Peabody girls basketball team was looking to keep things moving in the right direction against a gritty Bulldogs group. Thanks to a strong performance from Melissa Gray, the Tanners stayed hot with a 67-28 win over English at Peabody High.

“When she (Gray) gets open and her shot starts to fall, she’s on,” Peabody coach Stan McKeen said. “She didn’t play in the last quarter, but our defense was the difference in the game. It’s been the difference in the last five games.”

Gray, a senior guard and team captain, led all scorers with 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

The Tanners raced out to a first-quarter lead as Gray scored five points and Alyssa Alperen flashed an early hot-hand with six points in the period. Tommi Hill knocked in a three and a floater in the paint to keep the Bulldogs close at 18-9.

“Early in the season, we were getting behind and struggled to get back in games,” McKeen said. “We’ve abandoned the zone on defense, we’re strictly playing man to man now and it has worked.”

Gray took center stage in the second quarter and English had no answer when the ball was in her hands. Peabody staged a 16-0 rally and Gray accounted for 15 of those points. With their senior guard on fire, the Tanners built a 22-point advantage and led 40-18 at the half.

“She’s (Gray) a great shooter,” English coach Mackenzie Charles said. “She shot the ball well and we didn’t bump her. We didn’t play that physical Lynn English girls basketball.”

McKeen added, “Our defense was the turning point in the game tonight. It was a great effort.”

With a 22-point lead, the Peabody offense continued to capitalize on scoring opportunities in the third quarter. This time, it was Nene Onwuogu who carried Peabody with seven points in the period. The Tanners led 59-27 after three.

By the time the fourth quarter started, the deficit was too steep for English to climb back in. Peabody (7-4) rolled to the 67-28 victory.

“I give my team credit for fighting,” Charles said. “We got to give some young girls minutes in the game. It wasn’t the way we’d like to, but we have to find some positives in the tough loss.”

Charles added, “Every night’s a tough, competitive game in the NEC. Tonight wasn’t all that competitive but we’ll learn and get better.”

Nine different players scored for the Peabody side. Onwuogu logged a double-doubled at 14 points and 11 rebounds. Alperen scored eight points, while Katie Wallace and Hannah Pellizzaro each added six.

For English, Rachel Calnan scored eight points. Hill and Dorathy Ezemba each added seven.

Both teams play again on Tuesday as English visits Danvers and Peabody travels to Classical. The Rams defeated Peabody when the two teams met earlier this season.


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

School Roundup: Wallace, Tech grab a big win

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Belmin Berilo scored 13 points in Tech’s win

By HAROLD RIVERA

The Lynn Tech boys basketball team grabbed a big win on the road, beating division foe Essex Tech, 59-54.

The Tigers move into second place in their division with the win. Rob Wallace scored 18 points, while Trevon Baldwin and Belmin Berilo each scored 13.

“It felt like we played together and we finally fought the adversity,” Tech coach Stevie Patrick said. “We had the lead, then we lost the lead, and then we figured out to get the lead back.”

The Tigers return to action on Tuesday when they host Whittier.

“I believe they’re starting to figure it out and believe in themselves,” Patrick said. “We’re 3-1 in our division which puts us in second place, so we’re happy about that.”

BOYS BASKETBALL

Marblehead 60, Danvers 42

The Magicians were carried by Derek Marino, who logged a double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds.

“He’s (Marino) found his way around the rim a little bit,” Marblehead coach Mike Giardi said.

Patrick Bugler scored 14 points, while Bo Millett grabbed ten boards with five blocked shots. For Danvers, Justin Roberto scored 19 points.

“We didn’t play for a full week but the kids came out with a lot of energy,” Giardi said. “We kept it going and we kept it going for the whole 32 minutes.”

The Magicians are back in action on Tuesday when they host Peabody.

Peabody 67, Gloucester 42

The Tanners thumped Gloucester behind a strong performance from Matt D’Amato, who led Peabody with 27 points and four assists.

“He came out and shot the ball really well in the second half,” Tanners coach Thad Broughton said. “He had six three-pointers and he was really our spark.”

Chris Canela added 13 points, five assists and three rebounds.

Peabody (8-2) visits Essex Tech on Sunday. “We just want to continue to come out with the same type of energy we’ve been playing with and not be complacent.”

Beverly 69, Whittier 58

Pat Gavin logged a double-double with 20 points and ten rebounds. Luigi Derrane scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds. Toskany Abreu and Hugh Calice each added 12 points. The Panthers move to 7-2 on the season.

BC High 70, St. John’s Prep 68

Nate Hobbs led the Eagles with 18 points while Jarnel Snow-Guzman added 13 points. The Eagles host Malden Catholic on Monday night.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Classical 39, Swampscott 30

In a low-scoring contest, Paris Wilkey had the hot hand for the Rams. Wilkey scored a game-high 20 points and Soneta Srey added ten. The Rams (10-3) will host Salem on Tuesday.

“We’re happy to be at 10-3,” Classical coach Tom Sawyer said. “There’s probably a couple of games that we’d like to have back. We have a busy week next week so we’ll enjoy the win tonight and get back to practice tomorrow.”

Peabody 60, Gloucester 41

The Tanners were led by Melissa Gray, who put up 18 points, and Catherine Manning, who coach Stan McKeen said had “a phenomenal game,” adding 12 points and 10 rebounds. Katie Wallace also had a strong game, just missing a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

“We played a good game, we were up 18 at the half, so we kind of maintained the spread all game,” McKeen said. “We played good defense and made our shots.”

The Tanners take on Marblehead on Tuesday.

Lynn English 43, Salem 26

The Bulldogs were led by Dorathy Ezemba who scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. English (3-7) clashes against Winthrop on Tuesday.

SWIMMING  

Northeast 86, Lynn Tech 75

The Tigers logged a total of 17 second and third place finishers but just one first-place winner. Coral Gonzalez was the lone first place winner, in the 500-yard freestyle. Antonio Morales finished in second in the 100 butterfly, Jin Purdy finished second in the 200 individual medley and the 200 breastroke. Tech returns to the pool at home on Monday against Northeast.


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

Fenwick girls turn basketball game into a party

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

By ANNE MARIE TOBIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By MIKE ALONGI 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tech 36, Minuteman 26

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

Malvelis Hernandez and Jailene Rivera provided excellent defense for Tech.

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

Peabody 72, Winthrop 34

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

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

Arlington Catholic 48, Bishop Fenwick 35

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

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

Saugus 54, Danvers 44

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

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

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

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

Lynn Classical 53, Gloucester 37

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

Revere 59, Salem 25

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

BOYS BASKETBALL

Bishop Fenwick 49, Arlington Catholic 46

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

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

Peabody 83, Winthrop 69

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

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

Danvers 62, Saugus 47

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

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

Beverly 80, Swampscott 48

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

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

Salem 59, Revere 58

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

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

Lynnfield 72, Amesbury 46

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

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

Shawsheen Tech 66, Lynn Tech 39

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

GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: English defense steps up

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

By HAROLD RIVERA AND MIKE ALONGI 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lynn Tech 44, Greater Lawrence 28

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

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

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

Revere 65, Swampscott 56

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

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

Archbishop Williams 77, Bishop Fenwick 44

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

Peabody 53, Salem 32

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

Peabody will take on Winthrop on Friday night.

Peabody’s defense steps up in win

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

By STEVE KRAUSE

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: 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.

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

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

By MIKE ALONGI AND KATIE MORRISON 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BOYS BASKETBALL

Lynn Classical 61, Revere 51

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

Classical will host Danvers on Thursday evening.

Gloucester 81, Saugus 57

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

Peabody 62, Danvers 56

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

Peabody will take on Beverly at home on Thursday.

Cardinal Spellman 86, Bishop Fenwick 58

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

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

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Revere 55, Lynn Classical 43

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

Danvers 58, Peabody 45

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

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

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

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

Bishop Fenwick 52, Cardinal Spellman 41

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

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

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

 

Tournament Roundup: Classical’s volleyball team falls to Andover

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Soneta Srey had nine kills for Classical Saturday against Andover.

By GORDON VINCENT

Classical’s stay in the Division 1 North high school volleyball tournament has ended.

The Rams were eliminated in the second round of the tournament Saturday by No. 2 seed Andover, 3-0, on the road by scores of 25-6, 25-11, 25-10.

The Rams jumped out to early leads in the first two sets but could not sustain them against the taller more powerful Golden Warriors, who were last year’s state finalists.

A bright spot for the Rams in the match was their front court. Soneta Srey had nine kills while Skylar Crayton had seven. Shanelle Barry added four, and Maggie McHale threes respectively.

In addition, Srey had eight assists and McHale six.

Despite the disappointment of the loss, Coach Frank DeLuca said he was extremely proud of his players who accomplished most of their goals: qualifying for the state tournament and winning a round, and taking home the Lynn City Championship.

“What eased the disappointment was how impressed the referees and opposing coach were with our team and its attitude and effort,” DeLuca said.

Classical finished its season with a 12-10 record.  

Fenwick 3, Danvers 1

At Danvers Sunday, the 10th-seeded Crusaders (18-5) were led by senior captains Molly Camelo (16 kills), Steph Bona (14 kills) and Sam Mancinelli (38 assists), in an upset of No. 2 Danvers (17-2) in a Division 2 North quarterfinal round match.

Bishop Fenwick will play either third-seeded Winchester or sixth-seeded Melrose Thursday, at a site to be determined.

Methuen 3, Peabody 1

At Peabody Saturday, the fourth-seeded Tanners (16-5) dropped a Division 1 North quarterfinal round match to the fifth-seeded Rangers (17-5), from the Merrimack Valley Conference.

Melissa Gray led the Tanners with 14 kills, while Nene Onwuongo had 10 kills and three blocks. Lexie Zammer has five kills, while Hannah Kemp contributed 30 assists and five aces.

Alyssa Alperen, Joanna Bampi and Tatiana Correia played well defensively for Peabody.

Lowell Catholic 3, Winthrop 0

At Lowell Saturday, the seventh-seeded Vikings (14-8) had leads in the first two games, but second-ranked Lowell Catholic (18-3) rallied to win them both, in a Division 3 North quarterfinal .

Winthrop libero Maddie Faigna’a had 25 digs and three aces, while Lacey Scott had four kills and three aces.

The Vikings were without middle blocker and co-captain Haley Holden, who missed the match due to a concession.

MIAA GIRLS SOCCER

Peabody 5 Cambridge 0

At Peabody Saturday, the Tanners coasted into the Division 1 North sectional quarterfinals, where they will play tonight (6) at home against Acton-Boxborough.

Peabody (15-1-3) got two goals from Brianna Gaynor, who added an assist. Also scoring were Jillian Arigo, Emily Nelson and Amy Drover, who actually had the game-winner.

Also recording assists were Chloe Gizzi, Kirsten Bradley and Katherine Scacchi.

Coach Dennis Desrosiers said Scacchi, Gizzi, Alyssa Shashaty and Ali Demeo turned in good defensive efforts.

Rebecca Sabino (4 saves) had a great save early second half to keep Cambridge off the board.

Hamilton-Wen 1, Fenwick 0

At South Hamilton on Sunday, a goal in the eighth minute held up for the third-seeded Generals (13-3-2), in a Division 3 North quarterfinal.

Emily Smith (defense), Grace Foley (midfield) and Ally Charette (midfield) played well for the 11th-seeded Crusaders (9-8-3), who will be saying farewell to coach Karen Guillemette, who will be leaving the school at the end of the season to take an athletic director’s job on Cape Cod.

Danvers 4, Beverly 0

At Beverly on Saturday, Nicole White scored twice, with two others from Morgan Mcsisz and Lydia Runnals as the Falcons moved into the Div. 2 North quarterfinals against Woburn on Tuesday.

“I thought this was a real good wins for us, especially since Beverly beat us twice this season, both 3-2,” said Danvers coach Jim Hinchion.

Mcsisz scored five minutes into the game to give the Falcons all they would need. White got the assist.

White made it 2-0 before the end of the half, and then Runnals and White scored in the second half to round out the scoring.

MIAA BOYS SOCCER

Beverly 3, Reading 2

At Beverly on Sunday, Mike Pinter scored in the ninth round of penalty kicks to lift No. 3 Beverly past Reading, in a Division 2 North first round game.

Dan Russell scored a pair of goals in the first half for the Panthers (16-1-2). The 14th-seeded Rockets (10-7-2) rallied with goals in the second half by Kevin Krupa and Evan Doherty.

Beverly plays at home against 11th-seeded Central Catholic (12-5-2) on Tuesday (2).

Peabody volleyball cruises past Billerica

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Serena Laro played well offensively for Peabody in its 3-0 win over Billerica.

By MIKE ALONGI

Thanks to a great all-around team effort, the Peabody volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 win over No. 13 Billerica in the first round of the Division 1 North tournament on Thursday evening. The No. 4 Tanners won 25-18, 25-10, 25-21.

“Our defensive game has really stepped up over the past few weeks,” said Peabody coach Lisa Keene. “And our mental game, making the right plays in the right situations, might be the best of any team I’ve ever coached.”

Hannah Kemp had a big day with 23 assists and four kills, while Melissa Gray had 12 kills and Nene Onwuogu had nine kills. Lexie Zammer and Serena Laro also had solid offensive games. Joanna Bampi, Alyssa Alperen and Tatiana Correia all played well on defense for Peabody (16-4).

The Tanners will face off against the winner of No. 5 Methuen and No. 12 Medford tomorrow evening at 6 p.m.

“We know we’ll be in for a great game no matter who we face,” Keene said. “We just have to keep doing what we do well and we’ll see what happens.”

Local volleyball teams ready for state tournament

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Pamela Dias and the Classical Rams will visit O’Bryant on Thursday evening. The Rams are the No. 10 seed in their bracket. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

The MIAA sectional volleyball tournament brackets were released on Tuesday afternoon, and several local teams will be competing over the three divisions.

While Division 1 North is headed by powerhouse programs like No. 1 Central Catholic (17-2) and No. 2 Andover (17-3), a very strong Peabody team could make some noise at No. 4. The Tanners (15-4) are led by the likes of Hannah Kemp, Nene Onwuogu and Melissa Gray and have a strong balance of offense and defense. Peabody will open up its tournament run tomorrow evening when it hosts No. 13 Billerica (8-12).

But there’s another local team in Division 1 North that may have more momentum than anyone, and that’s Lynn Classical. The No. 10 Rams finished the year at 11-9 and are coming off a Lynn City Tournament victory just last week. Soneta Srey, who was City Tournament MVP, leads the way for a solid team that also includes All-Tournament performer Maggie McHale as well as sophomore Jenna Tobin. The Rams do have a tough route to a sectional title, however. Classical will travel to Roxbury to face off against No. 7 O’Bryant (12-6) tomorrow evening. If the Rams were to win that game, it would mean a date with No. 2 Andover in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

In Division 2 North, the Danvers Falcons sit at No. 2 overall after finishing the year with a 17-1 record, good enough for a first-round bye. Marblehead (14-4) earned a No. 9 seed, while Bishop Fenwick (16-5) came in at No. 10.

Marblehead comes into the tournament with plenty of hard hitters, including Jenny Norcross, Eve Rice and Clara Pollard. The Magicians have a date with No. 8 Hamilton-Wenham (16-4) on Friday evening on the road.

Meanwhile, Fenwick is coming off its fifth Catholic Central League title in the last seven seasons, and has a strong crew of talented players like Sam Mancinelli, Molly Camelo, Steph Bona and Julia Fusco. The Crusaders will face a stiff test right off the bat with CCL rival No. 7 Arlington Catholic (16-4) on Friday evening. If Fenwick can make it past the Cougars, it would set up a date with Danvers in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

Lynnfield and Winthrop are the two local schools taking part in the Division 3 North tournament, with the Pioneers (16-4) coming in at No. 3 and the Vikings (13-7) coming in at No. 7.

Lynnfield put up an impressive 11-1 record in the Cape Ann League during the regular season, led by a host of seniors that includes Olivia Pascucci, Rebecca Albanese, Camie Foley, Katie Nugent and Laura Mucci. The Pioneers will have a bye in the first round, then play the winner of No. 6 Pope John (13-7) and No. 11 Ipswich (9-9) on Monday evening at home.

Winthrop will have to play in the first round, hosting No. 10 St. Joseph’s tomorrow evening.

School roundup: Swampscott thumps Marblehead

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Michael Coffey scored two goals in Swampscott’s win. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

The Swampscott boys soccer team closed out its season with a solid 3-1 win over rival Marblehead on Monday afternoon at home on Senior Day.

“It was a great day all around,” said Swampscott coach Al Eaton. “We had a big crowd, it was high energy and both teams played really well. Marblehead’s a heck of a team, and it was great to be challenged like that so early heading into the tournament.”

Michael Coffey scored two goals to lead the way for the Big Blue (14-3-1), while Jack Herlihy added the third goal.

With the regular season over, Swampscott is now sitting in wait for the tournament seedings to be released.

“I like the way we’ve been playing lately,” said Eaton. “We’ve been playing with a ton of energy and the guys have been executing when they need to. We hope to continue that right into the tournament.”

BOYS SOCCER

Peabody 2, Revere 2

The Tanners fought back from a 2-0 deficit to notch a tie with a strong Revere team at home on Monday to close out the regular season.

Johnny Alves scored both goals for Peabody in the draw.

After winning eight of their last 10 games, the Tanners (9-7-2) are into the tournament and ready to make some noise.

“We’re playing well right now and we have a lot of momentum,” said Peabody coach Stan McKeen. “Hopefully we can keep it going when the tournament rolls around.”

GIRLS SOCCER

Bishop Fenwick 2, Chelmsford 0

Needing a tie to qualify for the state tournament, the Crusaders did one better by notching a shutout win at home in the final game of the season.

Ally Charette and Grace Foley each scored a goal for Fenwick (8-7-3).

“We’re feeling really good going into the tournament, so we just want to keep it going,” said Fenwick coach Karen Guillemette.

Peabody 8, Revere 0

The Tanners closed out the regular season with yet another Northeastern Conference win, giving them an undefeated 13-0-3 conference record and a 14-1-3 record overall.

Jillian Arigo was the top scorer for Peabody with two goals and two assists, while Emily Nelson had two goals and one assist and Marissa Orlando had two goals. Kirsten Bradley notched one goal and one assist and Ali Demeo had one goal, while Alyssa Shashaty and Chloe Gizzi each had one assist.

GOLF

Division 1 state tournament

St. John’s Prep – 2nd place (289)

It all came down to a single score for the Eagles at William J. Divine Golf Club for the Division 1 state tournament, and the Prep came up just two strokes short. In a format where the top four scores for each team are counted, the Eagles tied with Xaverian with a score of 289. The tiebreaker came down to the score of the fifth golfer for each team, and it was Xaverian’s Michael Connors (79) who beat out Cole English (81) by two strokes to give Xaverian the title.

Chris Francoeur was the top finisher for St. John’s, shooting a score of 71. Mark Turner shot a 73, Griffin Chenard shot a 75, Trent Han shot a 79 and Will Grady shot an 81.

VOLLEYBALL

Peabody 3, Revere 1

After dropping the first set on the road in Revere, the Tanners (15-4) rattled off three straight set wins to take the match 24-26, 25-12, 27-25, 25-19.

Nene Onwuogu had 11 kills and two blocks on the night, while Melissa Gray had 10 kills and three aces and Hannah Kemp had 22 assists and three aces. Serena Laro contributed nine kills.

Marblehead 3, Swampscott 0

The Magicians swept Swampscott in straight sets on Monday, 25-15, 25-15, 25-16. With the win, Marblehead closes out the regular season with a 14-4 record.

Jenny Norcross led the way on offense with 12 kills, while Eve Rice added six kills. Reilly O’Grady also had a big day with 24 assists.

Central Catholic 3, Bishop Fenwick 2

Despite a tough loss for Fenwick (25-19, 18-25, 20-25, 25-19, 13-15), the Crusaders were still able to win the Catholic Central League with a record of 16-5. It is the fifth CCL title in the last seven years for Fenwick.

Sam Mancinelli had a massive game with 41 assists and seven digs, while Molly Camelo had 20 kills and eight blocks. Steph Bona had a balanced game with 14 kills and 15 digs, Julia Fusco had 21 digs and Mary O’Brien contributed 10 kills.

School Roundup: DeOliveira’s goal powers Spartans to win

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Thiago DeOliveira’s (left, #8) goal in the 79th minute led the Spartans to a 2-1 victory on Thursday night. 

By MIKE ALONGI

Thiago DeOliveira scored in the 79th minute to boost the St. Mary’s boys soccer team past Greater Lowell, 2-1, on a rain-soaked Senior Night at Manning Field.

Nolan Perez also scored for the Spartans on an assist from Matt Connolly. Nicholas Pappas earned his first win in net for the Spartans.

St. Mary’s celebrated Senior Night and honored the team’s seniors, Jonah Lezama, Christian Couillard, Grady Oppelt and Roberto Procopio.

St. Mary’s is back in action on Saturday when the team visits Pentucket.

“A lot of teams in our league are done,” St. Mary’s coach Mike D’Agostino said. “We’re trying to keep the momentum going. We have a few guys who are hurt so we’ll get some of the other players going but we’ll build off of each win to get stronger and stronger.”

GIRLS SOCCER

North Reading 1, Fenwick 0

The Crusaders (6-7-3) suffered a loss at home in a tight game. Despite getting off 10 shots, Fenwick couldn’t find the back of the net.

“I thought our team played great,” said Fenwick coach Karen Guillemette. “North Reading’s goalkeeper (Catarina Hassapin) was phenomenal. We had a lot of chances down the stretch. We couldn’t buy a goal. She made a couple of nice saves.”

Emily Smith, Ally Charette and Mary Gerdenich played well for Fenwick in the loss.

The Crusaders now need at least one win and one tie in their final two games to make the state tournament.

VOLLEYBALL

Marblehead 3, Saugus 0

The Magicians swept the Sachems in straight sets. Eve Rice had nine kills for Marblehead and Emma Bushman added another seven.

Reilly O’Grady and Izzy Castineyra had 14 assists each for the Magicians. Clara Pollard served 14 aces and 13 straight service points in the first game.

Danvers 3, Classical 0

The Rams fell in straight sets, 25-22, 25-10 and 25-12. Jenna Tobin led Classical with eight service points, while Pamela Dias added seven service points. Shanelle Barry had four kills and a block, and Soneta Srey and Skylar Crayton had three kills each. Maggie McHale added three assists, two kills and one block. Srey added nine digs, while Emma DeJoie came up with seven digs and Lizzie Troisi added six digs.

Classical (9-9) will wrap up the regular season Friday in the Lynn City Tournament. St. Mary’s plays Tech in the opening game at 4 p.m., and Classical takes on English at 5:15 p.m.

Peabody 3, Beverly 0

Peabody (14-4) took its match in straight sets, 25-10, 25-19, 25-19. Hannah Kemp led the way for the Tanners, notching 12 assists to go along with three aces. Melissa Gray had a nice night on the offensive end, notching eight kills, while Lexie Zammer contributed five kills. On the defensive side, Alyssa Alperen had a big game with 14 digs.

The Tanners will travel to Revere for a matchup with the Patriots on Monday afternoon.

FIELD HOCKEY

Bishop Fenwick 4, Bedford 2

The Crusaders closed out their 2016 season on a high note with a solid win on the road Thursday. Francesca Carpinella was the star of the night for Fenwick (8-9-1), scoring the first two varsity goals of her career. Maggie O’Connor and Fredi DeGuglielmo each scored one goal.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

CCL Meet

Bishop Fenwick – 3rd place (62 points)

Despite having two runners finish in the top three, the Crusaders couldn’t get the top spot in the Catholic Central League meet on Thursday afternoon. Shawn Carlson was the top finisher, finishing in second place with a time of 17:31. Aiden Hill was the other top-three finisher for Fenwick, placing third with a time of 17:54. Jack Keenan finished in 12th place (18:34), Zach Mizioch finished in 16th place (18:52) and Derek Dellisola finished in 29th (20:14).

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CCL Meet

Bishop Fenwick – 3rd place (67 points)

The Fenwick girls came close, but placed third overall as a team in the CCL league meet. Olivia Juneau finished in fourth place overall to lead the team, running a time of 21:07. Ava Mahoney finished in seventh place (21:34), Kate DelTorchio finished in eighth place (21:40), Katie Loehle finished in 21st place (23:06) and Grace Kubat finished in 27th place (23:36).

SCHOOL ROUNDUP: SWAMPSCOTT GOLF TOPS SAUGUS

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.”

GIRLS SOCCER

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.

VOLLEYBALL

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.

FIELD HOCKEY

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.

School Roundup: Tech cross country brings home CAC title

PHOTO BY: BETH MERCALDI. 
The Lynn Tech boys cross country team clinched the CAC championship with wins over Essex Tech and Chelsea. 

By Mike Alongi 

With a clean sweep on Wednesday, the Lynn Tech boys cross country team (8-4, 5-0 CAC) took home the Commonwealth Athletic Conference championship for the second year in a row. The Tigers topped Essex Tech, 21-34, and Chelsea, 24-31.

Edgar Ortega was the top runner for Tech on the day, placing first against Essex Tech and second against Chelsea with a time of 18:28. Brandon Mendez finished second against Essex Tech and fourth against Chelsea with a time of 19:40. Also placing in the top 10 for the Tigers were Rodrigo Mora in seventh place, Jayden Lowe in eighth place and Jose Moral in ninth place.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

Pentucket 15, Lynnfield 50

The top finisher for the Pioneers (0-9) was Ryan Iapicca, who finished in eighth place with a time of 16:50. Zach Shone placed 14th (17:40) and Mike Federico finished in 18th place (18:10).

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Chelsea 15, Lynn Tech 50
Essex Tech 15, Lynn Tech 50

The top finishers for the Tigers were Massa Freeman in 12th place (30:32), Gianna Peredina in 13th place (31:02) and Patricia Araujo in 16th place (31:20).

Pentucket 15, Lynnfield 45

The Pioneers (2-7) had three runners place in the top 10, led by Annie Olsen in sixth place (20:37). Eliza Brooks finished right behind in seventh place (21:00), while Elizabeth St. Andre finished in ninth place (21:40).

GIRLS SOCCER

Archbishop Williams 2, Bishop Fenwick 1

The lone goal for Fenwick (6-5-3) was scored by Abbey Rocker. The Crusaders need, at least, one win and one tie in order to qualify for the state tournament with four games remaining in the regular season. They will face off against Newburyport at home on Monday.

Masconomet 3, Lynnfield 0

Lynnfield fell to 9-5-2 with the loss. Junior midfielders Sydney Santusuosso and Katie Mitchell both played well for the Pioneers.

Lynnfield will take on Newburyport at home on Friday afternoon.

Cardinal Spellman 6, St. Mary’s 0

The Spartans (6-8) got solid performances from Jenna Foley, Emily Egan and Casey Fraher.

St. Mary’s will travel to Haverhill on Friday to take on Whittier Tech.

VOLLEYBALL

Peabody 3, Lynn Classical 0

The Tanners improved to 13-1 after a clean sweep of Classical on Wednesday. Melissa Gray led the offensive charge for Peabody with 12 kills, while Hannah Kemp contributed 16 assists along with four aces. Serena Laro and Nene Onwuogu each had five kills, while Joanna Bampi recorded five aces.

Peabody has a big game against a strong Lynnfield team at home this afternoon.

For Classical (7-8), Soneta Srey had five kills, eight digs, three assists and one block. Amanda Thoeun had seven service points and five digs, Lizzie Troisi had five service points and six digs and Maggie McHale had four kills. Pamela Dias had seven service points, Skylar Crayton had two assists and one block, Alytah Noum had five digs, Marymil Gonzalez had two assists and Leyani Anderson had one block.

The Rams will be back in action tomorrow evening when they host Lynn English for Senior Night.

Northeast 3, Lynn Tech 1

The Tigers (1-15) celebrated Senior Night to end their season on Wednesday, putting together an extremely competitive match. After dropping the first set 21-25, the Tigers rallied back to win the second set 25-23. Tech continued to battle hard over the final two sets, but eventually dropped them 22-25 and 11-25.

GOLF

Beverly 51, Peabody 21

Despite the loss for Peabody (4-11), coach Peter Cronan was happy with the way his team played.

“All the guys played really hard out there today, we just ran into a great Beverly team,” he said.

The Tanners are back in action this afternoon when they host Revere at The Meadow.

Swampscott 37, Danvers 35

The Big Blue notched a close victory at Tedesco Country Club on Wednesday, with three winners on the day. Adam Dishman and David Peterson each won their matches 6-3, while Steve Santaniello won his match 5 1/2-3 1/2. Jake Goldman tied his match 4 1/2-4 1/2.

Swampscott (10-5) has a quick turnaround with a match against Saugus at Cedar Glen Golf Club this afternoon.

Peabody knocks down Marblehead

ITEM PHOTO BY KATIE MORRISON. 
Peabody’s Chinenye Onwuogo goes up for a spike.

By Katie Morrison 

PEABODY — The Peabody volleyball team has already locked up a spot in the tournament, but there’s still plenty to play for.

The Tanners showed that they’re a force to be reckoned with in the Northeastern Conference, taking down Marblehead in straight sets, 3-0, Thursday evening at Peabody High.

Peabody only plays the Magicians once a season, so the team was looking to avenge last season’s loss to Marblehead.

“We knew this was going to be one of our better, back-and-forth matches,” Peabody coach Lisa Keene said. “I wasn’t surprised at how close the games were. (Marblehead has) such a great team. We made a few mistakes, they made mistakes, but in the end, we battled. It was awesome.”

The Tanners wasted no time in the first set, jumping out to a 12-3 lead, partially thanks to a 6-0 serving run from Alyssa Alperen.

Marblehead started to find rhythm midway through the set, but it wasn’t enough to catch up. Kills from Jenny Norcross and Emma Bushman, as well as an ace from Reilly O’Grady pulled Marblehead within five points at 21-16, but the Tanners bore down and put away the set, 25-16.

The next two sets were much more competitive, and up until the final points, looked as though they could go either way.

Marblehead maintained a lead throughout much of the second set, keeping the Tanners at bay up until an ace from Peabody’s Lexie Zammer tied the set at 18. A couple of Marblehead miscues allowed Peabody to take the lead, and a kill from Melissa Gray made it, 23-21, forcing Marblehead to take a timeout and regroup. Marblehead came back within a point, but couldn’t tie it up and Zammer put the set away with a kill after a long back-and-forth volley, 25-23.

“The girls know that they have to play for every point. Every point, every whistle,” Keene said. “We do a lot of situational practice and really tire ourselves out. I think (coming from behind) shows that our conditioning is really good.”

The Magicians sprinted out to a 4-0 lead in the third set, but it was much of the same story. Marblehead led, 16-12, but Peabody came storming back late in the set. With Peabody leading, 20-18, Bushman made an incredible play, diving to keep the play alive and knocking it over the net, where it fell untouched. Even the impressive play wasn’t enough to shift the momentum Marblehead’s way, and Peabody took the set, 25-20.

After beginning the season with nine straight wins, the Magicians have now dropped their last two matches, as they also fell to Danvers 3-1 last Thursday.

“I just think we have to find that inside drive right now. We have to fix what’s going on,” Marblehead coach Killeen Miller said. “The team is so well-trained, physically and mentally, so they know exactly what they need to do. But right now, they need to start capitalizing on everything they know how to do, and that drive has to come from inside them.”

Despite the loss, Miller praised the play of Mandy Dumais and Eve Rice.

“Mandy Dumais played absolutely phenomenally tonight. She is really holding us strong on defense,” Miller said. “That kid deserves so much credit. She keeps the team together when things are getting tough. Eve Rice, she’s become a stronger player for us in the middle, and just her presence when she steps on that court, it’s very aware.”

For Peabody, Hannah Kemp helped facilitate a lot of offense with 20 assists. Gray led the way with eight kills, while Serena Laro added seven kills and four blocks, and Zammer contributed eight kills.

Defensively, the Tanners looked sharp, with Joanna Bampi coming up with eight digs and Alperen playing well on the back line.

Peabody will take on Classical and English before facing off against Cape Ann League powerhouse Lynnfield. Marblehead will try to stave off its third straight loss, but will have its work cut out for it against Catholic Central League giant Bishop Fenwick tonight.

School roundup: Peabody girls volleyball sweeps Classical

By Harold Rivera

The Peabody girls volleyball team swept Classical, 3-0, at home Friday, with set scores of 25-21, 25-16 and 25-18.

Melissa Gray (10 kills) and Hannah Kemp (21 assists, four aces) led the efforts for the Tanners. Serena Laro contributed with eight kills, while Lexie Zammer had four kills.

“Classical’s girls were incredible defensively,” Peabody coach Lisa Keene said. “They had us playing hard the entire game. It was an exciting game for both teams.”

Soneta Srey led the Rams with 6 kills while Skylar Crayton, Maggie McHale and Leyani Anderson had two kills each. Srey had four blocks and three block assists, while Crayton had two blocks and three block assists and Anderson had two blocks and one block assist.

On the back line, Amanda Thoeun had 10 digs, while Alytah Noum had eight. Srey and Emma DeJoie had seven digs each. Classical’s (1-1) next match is on Monday when the Rams host Everett at 5 p.m.

Fenwick 3, Masco 0

The Crusaders rolled to their second win in as many days by scores of 25-22, 25-18 and 25-14. Molly Camelo led the team with nine kills and seven blocks, while Sam Mancinelli had 22 assists and three aces. Steph Bona added six kills and three aces.

Jennie Meagher contributed five kills and three blocks, and Julia Fusco and Joie Dillon had 13 digs each.

BOYS SOCCER

Salem 3, Bishop Fenwick 1

Salem (1-0-1) earned its first win of the season. Josiah Williams got scoring started for Salem when he found the net in the fifth minute to give the Witches an early 1-0 lead. Patrick Collins followed with a goal in the 20th minute to pad the lead. In the 30th minute, Derek Ramsey found the net to make it 3-0 Salem.

Fenwick’s John Mahoney scored late in the second half to make it a 3-1 final. “I thought we played well, but there’s always room for improvement,” Salem coach Mike Collins said. “I’ll take any win on the road.”

Lynnfield 2, Triton 0

The Pioneers won their season opener on Friday. The offense for Lynnfield was the story of the game as it controlled the ball and maintained possession for the majority of the contest. William Klotzbier’s goal in the 60th minute gave Lynnfield a 1-0 lead. Ian Ross found the net in the 70th minute to make it a 2-0 final in favor of Lynnfield. The Pioneers will visit Pentucket in their next game on Tuesday at 3:45.

GIRLS SOCCER

Lynnfield 6, Triton 0

The Pioneers scored 16 seconds into the game and never looked back as Lynnfield (1-1) cruised to its first win of the season. Grace Sperling scored in the game’s first minute to give Lynnfield the early lead. Liz Reed scored in the 9th minute, and Kate Mitchell found the net in the 16th to pad the lead to 3-0. Caroline Buckley scored in the 34th minute and Mitchell scored her second goal in the 36th minute. In the 60th minute, an own goal was scored off of Reed’s corner kick to make it a 6-0 final for Lynnfield. The Pioneers will host Pentucket on Tuesday.

“We came out pretty strong,” said Lynnfield coach Mark Vermont. “We tried to move the ball well and we had a lot of success getting the ball out wide.”

FIELD HOCKEY

Marblehead 1, Peabody 0

Anna Behrens scored the lone goal of the contest to give Marblehead (3-0) the win. Marblehead’s defense was the story in this one, with Carolyn Arthur, Bella Barbera, Alex Carlton and Katie Picariello working to keep Peabody off the scoreboard.

“They controlled the ball,” Marblehead coach Linda Rice Collins said of her players. “Peabody couldn’t penetrate past them and consequently my forwards were getting lost of movement on the ball.”

For Peabody, Sofia Rodriguez starred in net, making several big saves to keep the Tanners in the game. Mallory LeBlanc, Gianna Denisco, Caroline O’Neill and Katerina Betterncourt also turned in good performances for the Tanners. Sara Feinstein played well at sweeper and Emily Bellavance challenged Marblehead with her speed.

Classical/Revere golf falls to Saugus to open season

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Classical/Revere’s Brendan Lannon tied in his match on Tuesday in the team’s loss to Saugus. 

By Mike Alongi and Harold Rivera 

The Lynn Classical/Revere golf team lost its season-opening match to Saugus, 40 1/2 – 31 1/2, on Tuesday at Cedar Glen Golf Course.

Senior Steven Patrie got things started for Classical/Revere, winning his match 5-4.

“Anytime you can win in the one spot, that’s a good thing,” Classical/Revere coach Jack Morrison said of Patrie’s match. “You’re up against the top of the league there. That was a nice win for him in the one spot.”

Junior Sean Devin also contributed, winning his match 5 1/2-3 1/2.

“Sean played steady like he usually does,” Morrison said. “He’s very reliable.”

Sophomore Brendan Lannon also had a good outing for Classical/Revere, tying in his match 4 1/2 to 4 1/2.

Despite the loss, Morrison said he noticed improvements from his team.

“We only lost by nine so we’re making strides,” Morrison said.

He added, “Even though we lost a close match there were signs that we’re getting better. That’s always a good thing.”

Classical/Revere’s next match is on Monday against Peabody at Gannon.

GOLF

St. Mary’s 46, Medford 26

The St. Mary’s golf team started the season on a winning note with a victory over Medford at the Unicorn Golf Course in Stoneham. Senior Max Emmerich led the way for the Spartans winning his match, 7 1/2 to 1 1/2.

“He led the way,” said St. Mary’s coach Jay Fiste of Emmerich’s performance on Tuesday. “That was our first match of the year. We got out of the gate with a pretty good showing.”

For the Spartans, eight other players won their matches in Benny Emmerich, Kitchy Emmerich, Chris Fiovaranti, Andrew Kramer, Aedan Leydon, Jason Loeser, Luke Smith and Jack Ward.

“I think we were pretty solid at the top of our lineup and we were steady throughout the whole lineup,” Fiste said of his team’s season opening win. “It was a good start for our first match of the year.”

Fiste said his players were happy with the win, but ready to get to work for their next match.

“They were happy with their performance,” Fiste said. “Everybody has little things they need to work on. We’ll practice tomorrow to get ready for Thursday.”

Up next for St. Mary’s is a match on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. against Ipswich at the Ipswich Country Club.

FIELD HOCKEY

Marblehead 3, Bedford 0

Marblehead got its season started on the right track with a shutout win at home on Tuesday. Caroline Driscoll scored two goals to lead the way for the Magicians, while Cricket Tompkins had one goal and one assist. Goalie Maddie Miller notched 10 saves in the shutout win.

“We played very well as a team,” said Marblehead coach Linda Rice. “The girls executed the gameplan well and got things started on the right foot.”

Marblehead will hope to continue that momentum this afternoon when they take on Everett on the road.

Lexington 1, Bishop Fenwick 0

The Crusaders dropped their first game of the season, but it wasn’t all bad. Goalie Taylor Farron had 17 saves for Fenwick, while Lauren Hallice and Courtney Muir played well on defense. Allie Giguere and Stef Libby played well at attack. The Crusaders have a quick turnaround with a game against Swampscott this afternoon.

Danvers 2, Peabody 0

For Peabody, Sara Feinstein played well at sweeper, while Gianna DeNisco and Mallory LeBlanc each had great hits. Goalie Sofia Rodriguez had two saves in the loss.

“Overall, it was a well-played game back and forth,” said Peabody coach Pam Grant.

Peabody 3, Lynn English 0

The Peabody girl’s volleyball team notched a win in its first match of the fall season, 3-0 over Lynn English on Tuesday. Peabody won all three games by scores of 25-7, 25-2 and 25-6. Senior Melissa Gray and Lexie Zammer led the way for Peabody. Gray had five kills and four aces in the evening while Zammer contributed with 23 service points and six aces. Junior Julissa Dailey also played well for the Tanners with 15 service points and nine aces.

“It’s the first game of the season,” Peabody coach Lisa Keene said. “The girls played well. We still have a lot to work on but it’s a positive start.”

Peabody’s next  match is on Tuesday when they host Lynn Classical at 5 p.m.

Big second half lifts Danvers girls’ basketball over Peabody

PHOTO BY BOB ROCHE
Peabody’s Sara Hosman goes past Danvers’ Julia McNulty to the basket.

By MIKE ALONGI

DANVERS — After a slow start to the game, the Danvers Falcons girls’ basketball team caught fire in the second half and beat the Peabody Tanners, 51-43, at home in the final regular season game for both teams.

Danvers (12-8) was led by senior captain Hannah Llewellyn, who finished with 18 points. After going scoreless in the first half, Llewellyn hit three three-pointers and scored 12 points in the third quarter alone.

“I thought we were a little sloppy offensively at times,” said Danvers coach Pat Veilleux. “But when you have a Hannah Llewellyn on your team, you can get away with playing a little sloppy.”

Danvers sophomore guard Siobhan Moriarty put up nine points and seven rebounds, while junior forward Tina Gigli finished with eight points and nine rebounds. Junior guard Julia McNulty had eight points and two rebounds, while senior captain Devin Walsh had seven points and three rebounds.

“I thought we controlled the tempo for the most part,” said Veilleux. “Most importantly, we were able to rebound so we could get shots on the other end, and our defense played a big role tonight.”

Peabody (9-10) was led by junior guard Melissa Gray, who finished with 14 points and five rebounds. Senior captain Sara Hosman had 11 points and two rebounds, while senior captain Christa Baker had seven points and seven rebounds. Junior forward Chinanye Onwuogo had four points and five rebounds and senior captain Marina DeMild had three points and 11 rebounds.

“We can’t score 10 points in the first half and expect to beat a team like this,” said Peabody coach Stan McKeen. “And they got hot in the second half and we couldn’t get out on them on defense, and things snowballed from there.”

The first half was marked by low scoring for both teams. With both were playing solid defense, neither could gain any significant edge. The difference was that Danvers was able to get to the free throw line. Peabody committed eight team fouls in the first half, and another 10 in the second half, and Danvers made 16 free throws on the night.

In the second half, up 19-10, the Falcons started to pull away.

Llewellyn hit a couple of threes early, while McNulty and Walsh made plays around the basket. Danvers was able to stretch its lead out to 11 points halfway through the third, and the lead went to as many as 16 points early in the fourth quarter.

With a comfortable lead in the fourth quarter, all the Falcons had to do was hit some free throws to seal the win.

Peabody unfortunately could not grab the elusive 10th win to get into the state tournament.

“This has been the way we’ve played this season,” said McKeen. “We’ve been up and down all season long.”

Danvers, on the other hand, now has a week off to prepare for the tournament.

“We’re in a good place right now,” said Veilleux. “We’re looking to get a seven or an eight-seed and get a home game out of it. So we’ll see how it goes.”


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

School roundup: Peabody tops Beverly

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Peabody’s Matt D’Amato scored 22 points in the Tanners’ win over Beverly on Sunday.

By DILLON DURST

The Tanners notched their 10th win of the season and secured a state-tournament bid with a close win over Beverly, 62-59, on Sunday on the road.

Junior guard Matt D’Amato led Peabody with 22 points, while forward Junior Estrella added 21 points and nine rebounds. Junior forward Moisse Irizarry chipped in six points and seven rebounds, while teammates John Lawrence and Jake Doherty contributed eight points and eight rebounds, respectively.  

St. Mary’s 69, St. Bernard’s 53

The Spartans improved to 15-5 on the season with a home win over St. Bernard’s on senior day. Junior guard Jonny Mercado led St. Mary’s with 22 points, while sophomore guard Calvin Johnson added 14 points. Eighth-grade forward Matt Cross chipped in 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans, as well. After heading into halftime with the scored knotted at 35-35, St. Mary’s found itself trailing, 47-43, to begin the fourth quarter. However, a 16-4 Spartans’ run late in the fourth pushed St. Mary’s out to a 60-50 lead with 1:55 remaining in regulation, and ultimately sealed a Spartans’ win.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Marblehead 43, Saugus 25

In a low-scoring affair, the Sachems (11-11) wrapped up their regular season. Freshman guard Marissa Stockwell and senior Mikayla Niles each scored six points for Saugus.

Peabody 60, Lynnfield 33

The Tanners improved to 9-8 on the season after defeating the Pioneers in the consolation game of the Woburn Tournament on Saturday. Junior guard Melissa Gray led Peabody with 14 points, while senior guard Sara Hosman added 13 points. The Tanners need just one more win in their next two games to clinch a state-tournament bid.

INDOOR TRACK

MIAA All-State Meet

Peabody junior Marcelo Rocha placed second in the 2-mile race on Saturday at the All-State meet, finishing in 9 minutes, 14.15 seconds.

The North Shore had three representatives running in the mile for the girls, with Beverly’s Julia Curtin placing second (4:58.19), while her teammate Abby Walsh finished 11th (5:13.23) and Gloucester’s Carly Curcuru finished 15th (5:13.23). On the boys’ side, St. John’s Prep Tristan Shelgren placed 11th (4:28.45).

Swampscott’s Michelle Connor grabbed fourth place in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 4 inches. Beverly’s Cassie Wahl (12th place) and Gloucester’s Sierra Rudolph (15th place) both cleared five feet. St. John’s Prep’s Matt Flynn cleared six feet for 11th place for the boys, and Revere’s Nelson Cevallos cleared 5-10 for 19th place.

Peabody’s Cynthia Aroke placed fourth in the 55-meter hurdles (8.59), followed closely by Beverly’s Julianna Devitt (8.83). Bishop Fenwick’s Shawn Carlson finished fifth in the 600 (1:22.31), and Lynnfield’s Kate Mitchell placed 12th for the girls (1:38.39). Fenwick’s Sydney Packard grabbed 12th place in the 1000 (3:03.05), followed by Peabody’s Sophia Anderlie (3:04.26) in 14th place. Peabody’s Jessica Ostraski finished 16th in the 2-miles (11:30.72).

The Peabody girls’ 4×400 relay team of Amanda Andrews, Dayna Vadala, Anderle and Aroke finished fifth (4:02.05), while the boys’ team from St. John’s Prep, comprised of Aidan Kelly, Alex Miller, Ethan Roy and Andrew Coutu grabbed a sixth-place finish (3:29.66). The same team from St. John’s Prep finished 11th in the 4×200, and the Fenwick boys’ team of Oliver Botthof, Shawn Carlson, Colin Norton and Mitch Rivers finished 19th (1:35.60).

BOYS’ HOCKEY

Lynnfield 2, Gloucester 2

For the second time this season, Saturday night’s matchup between Gloucester and Lynnfield resulted in a draw at Dorothy Talbot Rink in Gloucester. The Fishermen (11-5-3) held a 2-0 lead to begin the third period before Pioneers’ (9-7-4) senior forward Billy Cole put Lynnfield on the board, cutting Gloucester’s lead to 2-1. Senior forward Dan O’Leary added the game-tying goal for the Pioneers in the third period. Lynnfield senior goalie Nick Fiorentino registered a huge save on a Fishermen breakaway to preserve the tie and end the game. Liam Lyons scored both goals for Gloucester.

Revere 2, Lowell 1

The Patriots earned their eighth win of the season with a home win over Lowell on Saturday evening at Paul Cronin MDC Rink.

North Reading 4, Saugus 0

The Sachems (3-13-2) fell at home to North Reading on Saturday night at Kasabuski Rink. After making it a 1-0 game in the first period, North Reading (12-4-3) opened it up in the second, scoring three goals.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY

Beverly 6, Algonquin 1

The Panthers improved to 15-5-1 on the season after defeating Algonquin on Saturday afternoon at O’Keefe Athletic Center on the campus of Salem State. Junior forward Izzy Primack and sophomore forward Marlee Hamor each scored two goals for Beverly, while sophomore Megan Caley and junior McKinley Karpa each registered a goal, as well.

Peabody 2, Oakmont 1

The Tanners notched a senior-day win over visiting Oakmont on Saturday at McVan/O’Keefe Memorial Rink.


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

School roundup: Lynn Tech falls to Minuteman

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

By DILLON DURST and LILY DOOLIN

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.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

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.

BOYS’ HOCKEY

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

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

By KATIE MORRISON and DILLON DURST

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.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

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.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

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.

BOYS’ HOCKEY

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.

BOYS’ TRACK

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.

GIRLS’ TRACK

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.

English girls edge Peabody

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Ely Guity scored 18 points in a close win over Peabody.

By CONNER GRANT and NATALIE DURAZO

The Lynn English girls’ basketball team grabbed their third win this week with a 66-59 win over Peabody on Friday.

English’s Ely Guity finished with 18 points and eight assists and Mashayla Johnson ended with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Bulldogs (5-9) coach Rachael Bradley liked the way her team played.

“We were losing 16-5 in the first quarter but came back to grab the lead before halftime which gave us momentum,” said Bradley. “In the third, we had eight three’s including two from sophomore guard Adrianna Chhor.”

For Peabody, Melissa Gray contributed 20 points and Christa Baker added 15 points.

St. Mary’s 52, Austin Prep 37

After a dramatic win on Thursday night, St. Mary’s kept on rolling with a win over Austin Prep. Guard Marnelle Garraud scored 32 points after scoring 38 points the night before.

“Coming off an emotional win in double overtime last night, we had just enough in the tank,” said St. Mary’s coach Jeff Newhall.

Chelsea 54, Lynn Tech 32

The Lynn Tech Tigers played a hard fought game according to coach Kaitlyn Wechsler, but came up short against a good Chelsea team.

The Tigers (2-11) got a strong performance from their senior captain Lila Nieves, who scored eight points. Nieves worked hard on offense and even moreso on defense, said Wechsler.

Jesmary Valerio added seven points for Tech.

Revere 39, Danvers 19

Patriots’ guard Pamela Gonzalez had 12 points on the night with 10 rebounds. Revere (13-1) coach Diana DeCristoforo said “my girls are playing hard, but it is only going to get harder from here on out.”

Fenwick 67, Williams 45

Captain Colleen Corcoran had a line of 22 points, 14 rebounds, and two steals for Fenwick. Sophomore Fredi DeGuglielmo added 23 points with four rebounds, and senior captain Sydney Brennan had six points, eight rebounds and four assists. Archbishop Williams was previously unbeaten in the Catholic Central League.

Second-half turnaround boosts Marblehead

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Peabody’s Chinanye Onwuogo and Marblehead’s Abby Settelmeyer fight for a rebound.

By KATIE MORRISON

MARBLEHEAD – Down eight points to Peabody at the half, the Marblehead girls’ basketball team was struggling to make shots and had some defensive breakdowns that led to baskets for the Tanners. But the Magicians kicked it into another gear after the half, and a 17-point fourth quarter helped boost them past the Tanners, 42-34, at home on Tuesday night.

The Tanners, without senior captain Sara Hosman, jumped out to an eight-point lead in the first quarter behind six points from Melissa Gray and four from Marina Demild. The Tanners held the Magicians to only four points in the quarter.

Abby Settelmeyer scored four points in the second quarter for Marblehead and Ashley Stiles added three, but the Tanners kept the Magicians offense in check for the most part and went into the break with a comfortable 21-13 lead.

Settelmeyer started the second half on the right foot for Marblehead with a block. Marblehead’s Colby Shea picked up a steal and took it to the hoop to log the first points of the quarter. Later in the quarter, Settelmeyer grabbed a rebound and put it back, and then Shea, again, intercepted a pass and scored a breakaway layup to close the gap to four points.

Turnovers were the name of the game in the second half. The Tanners had only given up four turnovers in the first half, but ended the game with 16. Shea, Nicole Freddo, and Lindsay Walker were the biggest threats for Marblehead when it came to steals, and the frequent possession changes made a noticeable impact on the Tanners’ game.

Gray hit a shot from the paint at the buzzer in the third quarter and the Tanners went into the fourth with a slim two-point lead. A layup from Walker tied things up early in the fourth, and Settelmeyer put back a rebound to give the Magicians a lead. The Tanners wouldn’t go quietly, but the Magicians offense was nearly unstoppable in the fourth.

“The first half, we couldn’t hit anything,” said Marblehead coach Wayne Hanscom. “I thought we were a little timid and shy, and nothing would fall, but in the second half we started making shots and started feeling good about ourselves and getting a little confidence, and things started to turn around, along with playing some better defense.”

Shea scored all 14 of her points in the second half, seven in each quarter. Freddo added seven points and seven boards, Settelmeyer chipped in eight points and six rebounds, and Walker pulled down eight boards.

Gray was the star for Peabody with the game’s only double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Demild brought down 11 boards, and Chinanye Onwuogo chipped in five points with seven rebounds.

“We didn’t play well in the second half,” said Peabody coach Stan McKeen. “Defense was horrible. We went from four turnovers in the first half to 16 for the game. You can’t turn the ball over like that and win. We played a good first half, and we played good defense, but in the second half, we were not good.”


Katie Morrison can be reached at kmorrison@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter at @KatieMo61.