Nene Onwuogu

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.

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: 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: 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 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.”

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: 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).

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

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.

Local runners break record at Division 1 track meet

PHOTO: NEWTON SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
St. John’s Prep’s Tristan Shelgren, left, and Peabody’s Marcelo Rocha are neck and neck in the 2-mile race at a Division 1 boys track meet on Monday.

 

The two-mile race in the Division 1 boys track meet Sunday at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville proved to be a memorable one.

Both Marcelo Rocha of Peabody and Tristan Shelgren of St. John’s Prep shattered the meet record of 9:10.8. However, Rocha finished .20 seconds faster than Shelgren, 9:10.23 to 9:10.43 to claim victory in the event.

It was a good day for the Tanners, especially the girls, who finished fourth with 45 points. The St. John’s Prep boys were second with 50 points while Peabody was 10th with 29.

Cynthia Aroke of Peabody was a two-time winner, both in the 110 hurdles in 15.03 and then in the 400 hurdles (63.63).

The results of the meet are as follows:

Girls 100: 3, Amanda Matthews, Peabody; 25.97; Girls 800, 6, Sophie Anderle, Peabody, 2:20.49; Girls mile: Emily Christiansen, Peabody, 5:23.90; Girls two-mile: 6, Jessica Ostrowski, Peabody, 11:22.42; 21, Maura McCormack, Gloucester, 12:09.15; Girls 100 hurdles: 1, Cynthia Aroke, Peabody, 15.03; preliminaries: 1 Aroke,, 15.39; 16, Emily Bellevance, Peabody, 17.53;

17, Kaitlin Marques, Gloucester, 17.54; 25, Sam Pang, Peabody, 18.16.

Girls 400 hurdles: 1 Cynthia Aroke, Peabody, 63.63; 9, Teya Marquis, Peabody, 69.74’ 15, Gabrielle Morton, Peabody, 71.46; 24, Chloe Kenyon, Gloucester,73.64. Girls 4×100 relay:

18, Peabody (Rinera Batista, Sam Cummings, Taylor Correggio, Danya Vadala) 53.10;

22, Gloucester (Kaitlin Marques, Abigail Roundy, Marlaina Fulmer, Sierra Rudolph), 53.70;

25, Revere (Clarita Vazque, Janine So, Catherine Elam, Angelisa Nguyen), 55.50; Girls 4×400 relay: 5, Peabody (Amanda Andrews, Dayna Vadala, Sophie Anderle, Cynthia Aroke), 4:02.4;

17, Gloucester (Megan Clark, Chloe Kenyon, Niamh Dalton, Leah Rudolph), 4:21.83; Girls 4×800 relay: 3, Gloucester (Niamh Dalton, Eve Feuerbach, Leah Rudolph, Carly Curcuru), 9:31.72; 15, Peabody (Deanna Ruggiero, Nicole Ruggiero, Jessica Ostrowski, Emily Christensen), 10:16.02.

Girls high jump”: 2, Sierra Rudolph, 5-02; 9, Alexa Flewelling, Peabody, 4-11; Girls triple jump:

3, Sierra Rudolph, Gloucester, 35-06; Girls shot put: 13, Rachel Shanbar, Revere, 30-10.50;

15, Emily Bacelar, Peabody, 30-04.

Girls discus: 7, Anna Church, Peabody, 93-02; 10, Rachel Shanbar, Revere, 85-11; 13, Nene Onwuogu, Peabody, 84-00; Girls Javelin: 4, Rylie Edmonds, Peabody, 102-05; 22, Savina Rodriguez, Peabody, 82-04.

Boys 100: 2, Phil Bynum, Peabody, 11:30; Boys 400: 11, Andrew Coutu, St. John’s, 52.05; Boys mile; 20, McGrath Bissaillon, St. John’s, 4:38.07; Boys two-mile: Marcelo Rocha, Peabody, 9:10.23; 2, Tristan Shelgren, St John’s, 9:10.43; 19, Jackson Skelley, St. John’s, 10.04.55

20, Shane Braz, Peabody, 10:04.94.

Boys 110 hurdles: Preliminary: 13, Josh Flanders, Revere, 16.36; 14, Ramon Medrano, Peabody, 16.49; 18, Matt Flynn, St. John’s, 17.02; Boys 400 hurdles: 15, Mark Smith, Gloucester, 60.27; 20, Carlos Chez, Peabody, 60.88; 29, Moisse Irizzary, Peabody (62.71).

Boys 4×100 relays: 5, Peabody (Amisaday Quijano, Moisse Irizzary, Ugonna Okanawa, Phil Bynum), 43.96; 6, St. John’s (Aiden Kelly, Alex Miller, Andrew Coutu, Bryan Nju-Gong), 44.23;

12, Gloucester (Tyler Meunsaveng, Jebediah Hogan, Christian Sanfilippo, Alex Militello), 45.04; 15, Revere (David Sinatra, Josh Flanders, Andy Em, Talil Hamza), 45.79; boys 4×400 relays: 9, St. John’s (Aiden Kelly, Alex Miller, Ethan Roy, Tim Degan), 3:28.68; boys 4×800 relay: 7, St. John’s (Tim Bogomolov, McGrath Billaillon, Tim Degan, Josh Turk), 8:15.73; 14, Peabody (Marcela Rocha, Marc Alperen, Joseph Farhat, Spencer May), 8:27.73.

Boys high jump: Nikolas Reardon, St. John’s, 6-04; 4 (tie) Moisse Irizzary, Peabody; Nate Hobbs, St. John’s, 6-00; 9, Geordan Siewe, Peabody, 6-00; boys long jump: 5, Nikolas Reardon, St. John’s, 21-06; 14, Josh Flanders, Revere, 20-10; 22, Dhimitri Bido, Peabody, 20-01.50; boys triple jump: 1, Nate Robbs, St. John’s, 47-03; 6, Geordan Siewe, Peabody, 43-00.75; 14, Hunter Josselyn, Peabody, 40-06; 20, Joseph LeBlanc, Peabody. 39-06; 23, John Curtin, St. John’s, 38-08.50.

Boys shot put: 6, James Carnevale, St. John’s, 50-06; 13, Patrick Pang, Peabody, 46-03; 14, Kevin Doherty, St. John’s, 45-11; 15, Sean McHale, St. John’s, 45-08.50; boys discus:

3, James Carnavale, St. John’s, 150-3; 17, Sean McHale, St. John’s, 121-02; 22, Connor Ramos, Peabody, 118-01; 24, Timothy Delisle, St. John’s, 114-5; Boys javelin; 18, Ryan McNeil, St. John’s, 145-02; 24, Nick Fantini, St. John’s, 139-00; 25, Alex Militello, Gloucester, 138-02; 28, Jacob LaFlam, Peabody, 128-07.

Peabody boys, Beverly girls take NEC crowns

PHOTO BY BOB ROCHE
Peabody’s Marcelo Rocha nearly lapped the field in the 2-miles.

Peabody was the winner for boys track and field in Saturday’s Northeastern Conference meet, outdistancing Marblehead, 187-100.

In the girls meet, Beverly topped the field with 124 points, followed closely behind by the Tanners, with 116.

The rest of the field for the boys: Gloucester (80), Saugus (42), Danvers (38), Classical (33), Marblehead (32), Swampscott, 22), Revere (11), Salem (10), Winthrop (10) and English (9).

For the girls, it was Gloucester (67), Revere (49), Salem (29),  Swampscott (23), Beverly (18), English (18), Classical (15), Winthrop (8), Danvers (8) and Saugus (5).

Top three boys finishers in each category: 100-meter dash: Phil Bynum, Peabody, 11.19 seconds; Joe Doherty, Marblehead, 11.61; Doug Santos, Peabody, 11.63; 200: Jebediah Hogan, Gloucester, 23.33; Giovanni Guzman, Salem, 23.72; Hunter Josselyn, Peabody, 23.81; 400: Jakob Wikar, Marblehead, 53.09; Jack Krivit, Marblehead, 53.25; Issa Jalloh, Classical, 53.90; 800: Andrew Ernst, Marblehead, 1:54.85; Nathan Evans, Gloucester, 2:03.77; Marc Alperen, Peabody, 2:05.29.

Mile: Oliver Jacob, Marblehead, 4:38.30; William Aylward, Peabody, 4:39.15; Ross Wahl, Beverly, 4:40.34; 2-miles: Marcelo Rocha, Peabody, 9:42.64; Shane Braz, Peabody, 10:05.13; Mike Weidenbruch, Marblehead, 10:05.13. 110-hurdles: Josh Flanders, Revere, 16.11; Ramon Medrano, Peabody, 16.23; Colman Donovan, Swampscott, 16.37; 400 hurdles: Moisse Irizzary, Peabody, 59.40; Carlos Chez, Peabody, 1:00.28; Mark Smith, Gloucester, 1:01.38.

4×100 relay: Peabody, 43.66; Gloucester, 45.37; Marblehead, 45.76; 4×400: English, 3:44.66; Peabody, 3:44.72; Gloucester, 3:47.34; 4×800: Marblehead, 8:22.16; Gloucester, 8:33.76; Peabody, 8:40.29.

High jump: Nelson Cevallos, Revere, 6-00; Irizzary, Peabody, 6-00; Nate Cioffi, Peabody, 5-08; long jump: Flanders, Revere, 20-11; Dhimitri Bido, Peabody, 20-03; David Sinatra, Revere, 19-07.25; triple jump: Hugh Calice, Beverly, 41.07; Geordan Siewe, Peabody, 41-05; Joseph LeBlanc, Peabody, 39-11.75.

Shot put: Patrick Pang, Peabody, 47-05; Michael Lowry, Peabody, 42-11.50; Zachary Schutz, Danvers, 41-09; discus: Connor Ramos, Peabody, 125-09; Andrew McGrail, Winthrop, 122-07; Peter Leon, Peabody, 120-07; javelin: Alex Militello, Gloucester, 154-07; Jacob LaFlam, Peabody, 138-03; Mitch Norcross, Marblehead, 134-01.

Top three finishers for each girls event: 100-meter: Haley Dennis, Saugus, 12.59; Grace Byrd, Beverly, 13:35; Sierra Rudolph, Gloucester, 13:48; 200: Agnes Bangura, Classical, 26.13; Dayna Vadala, Peabody, 27.43; Anne Vonzweck, Beverly, 28.24; 400: Amanda Andrews, Peabody, 1:00.76; Leah Rudolph, Gloucester, 1:02.37; Lauren Clement, Danvers, 1:03.56; 800: Sophie Anderle, Peabody, 2:24. 08; Niamh Dalton, Gloucester, 2:26.10; Taylor Sullivan, English, 2:29.46.

Mile: Carly Curcuru, Gloucester, 5:24; Emily Christensen, Peabody, 5:26.79; Lexi Sutyak, Beverly, 5:26.79; 2-mile: Abby Walsh, Beverly, 11:12.32; Jessica Ostrowski, Peabody, 11:43.74; Christina Jones, Gloucester, 11:50.30; 100 hurdles: Cynthia Aroke, Peabody, 14.94; Julianna Devitt, Beverly, 15:61; Devyn Astuccio, Classical, 16:57; 400 hurdles: Cassie Wahl, Beverly, 1:09.40; Danielle Stotts, Salem, 1:10.09; Teya Marquis, Peabody, 1:10.84.

4×100 relay: Saugus, 51.70; Beverly, 52.55; Classical, 53.50; 4×400 relay: Peabody, 4:10.61; Beverly, 4:20.69; Winthrop, 4:24.42; 4×800 relay: Gloucester, 10:09.57; Peabody, 10:15.42; Beverly, 10:33.21.

High jump: Sierra Rudolph, Gloucester, 5-04; Michelle Connor, Swampscott, 5-02; Tyler Orlandella, Beverly, 5-00; long jump: Devitt, Beverly, 16-02.50; Erin St. Pierre, Danvers, 16-00.50; Bangura, Classical, 15-11; triple jump: Cassie Wahl, Beverly, 34-05; Sarah Caulfield, Marblehead,34-02.75; Aroke, Peabody, 33-02.75.

Shot put: Olivia Bryan, Danvers, 35-01.50; Gracie Sparkman, Beverly, 34-10; Ailyn Minaya, Saugus, 33-06.50; discus: Nene Onwuogu, Peabody, 98-09; Rachel Spencer, Beverly, 87-06; Rachel Shanbar, Revere, 87-07; javelin: Devan Walsh, Danvers, 124-08; Victoria Sparages, Saugus, 103-04; Rylie Edmonds, Peabody, 100-11.