Paris Wilkey

School Roundup: Wilkey, Rams defeat Magicians

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Paris Wilkey scored 14 points for the Rams. 

By MIKE ALONGI

Needing to win their final game of the regular season to finish 10-10, and qualify for the state tournament, the Marblehead High girls’ basketball team battled for 32 minutes but came up short, losing 38-30 to Classical Friday.
“We competed for the entire game, but we came up against a very good team, and they got by us,” Magicians coach Wayne Hanscom said. “We overachieved all year, this team did this year, I think, we won nine games, which is great, but we wanted to win 10.”
For Marblehead, their season ends at 9-11, while the home team Rams improve to 17-5, and wait for playoff seedings that will be announced Friday, February 24.
Classical coach Tom Sawyer said his team has been solid on defense all season, and Friday night against a desperate Marblehead team was no exception.
“We didn’t score a heck of a lot of points tonight, but we scored enough to win,” Sawyer said. “All year long for us it’s been the defense and tonight was no exception. We won 17 games overall this year which is great, the most we’ve won in a season since we were 20-0 way back in in 2003-2004.”
For the Rams, junior Paris Wilkey led all scorers, dropping in 14 points. Irianis Delgado, another of the talented Rams’ junior forwards, chipped in with 11 points.
Marblehead’s senior co-captains, Lindsay Walker and Ashley Stiles, were both playing their final game for the Magicians. Walker led her team in scoring with 12 points, while Stiles contributed three points. The Magicians’ other senior, point guard Montana Joyce, scored four points in her final game, and junior Hannah Garthe put in 11 points for Marblehead.   

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Newburyport 37, Lynnfield 34
The Pioneers (1-17) battled back from a 10-point deficit at halftime to make it a game. Lynnfield trailed by 12 early in the third quarter, but junior Juliana Passatempo hit a pair of buckets to help fuel an 8-0 run that closed the gap to four.
The Pioneers actually took the lead briefly with five minutes left in the game when junior guard Hannah Filipe buried a three to put Lynnfield up 30-29, but the Clippers pulled out the win in the final seconds.
Lynnfield freshman Melissa Morelli led the Pioneers with 11 points followed by Passatempo with 10. Paige Gouldthorpe had 11 points for Newburyport and Olivia Nelson, 10. The Clippers (10-8) qualified for the tournament with the win. Both teams have two non-league games remaining.

Malden 45, Saugus 44

The Sachems put forth a great effort, but lost on a buzzer-beating three-pointer against Malden on Friday night. Olivia Valente led Saugus with 12 points, while Taylor Bogdanski had 10 points and Alessia Salzillo had nine points.

The Sachems (15-6) will close out the regular season on Tuesday with a home game against Swampscott.

BOYS BASKETBALL

St. Mary’s 59, Bishop Fenwick 50

Jalen Echevarria had 14 points to lead the Spartans’ offense on Friday as St. Mary’s improved to 12-4 on the year. Jonathan Mola contributed 13 points, while Stephen Fama had 12 points.

The Spartans will take on Malden Catholic on Sunday afternoon in the Comcast Tournament at Malden Catholic High School.

Beverly 59, Salem 52

The Panthers improved to 11-7 on Friday night behind 14 points from Kevin Morency. Toskany Abreu had 13 points and Pat Gavin contributed 12 points.

For Salem (9-9), Henny Vlaun led the way with 12 points and Ethan Espinal added nine points. Next up for the Witches is the Spartan Classic tournament at St. Mary’s High School on Wednesday.

Somerville 59, Peabody 42

For Peabody (13-7), Moisse Irizarry had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, also adding four blocks. Matt D’Amato had eight points and Chubukem Onwuogo had five points, six rebounds and four blocks. The Tanners are all done with the regular season and now await the Division 1 North tournament seedings.

Tech 64, Minuteman 46

Tech clinches the CAC Small outright with the win. Belmin Berilo scored 10 points, David Davis added eight points and Johnny Marino finished with seven.

“It was a good team win,” Tech coach Stevie Patrick said. “13 of our guys scored.”

Tech finishes at 7-13, 7-1 in the CAC Small.

“It’s a wonderful thing,” Patrick said. “Us and the girls team, we’re going to the state tournament together. It’s a good thing for Lynn Tech because it’s been a while. It took hard work.”

BOYS HOCKEY

St. Mary’s 4, Newburyport 1

Dante Maribito continued his strong season with two goals and an assist in a win over Newburyport in a make-up game from earlier this season. Mike Zampanti and Colin Reddy each had one goal and one assist in the win.

The Spartans (13-5-1) have another make-up game on Sunday afternoon when they take on Andover at Connery Rink.

TRACK

Division 5 state championships

St. Mary’s

James Brumfield was the lone runner representing the Spartans at the Division 5 state championships on Friday, placing in the top 10 in three events. Brumfield finished fourth in the high jump with a height of six feet even, then finished fifth in the 55-meter dash (6.77 seconds) and 10th in the 55 hurdles (8.22).

Bishop Fenwick

Shawn Carlson, who was the the No. 1 seed in the 600-meter coming into states, took first place in the event with a time of 1:23.56.

Lynnfield

Top-seeded runner Nick Kinnon set a meet record in the 300-meter on Friday, finishing with a time of 36.18. Kinnon also finished second in the 55 dash (6.57).

Bulldogs fight, but fall short to Rams

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Jeylly Medrano puts up a shot over Ely Guity and Dorathy Ezemba.

By STEVE KRAUSE

LYNN — It’s been a year of growing pains for the Lynn English girls basketball team. Yet for the second time this winter, the Bulldogs gave crosstown rival Classical a game.

It wasn’t like it was in January, when the Rams had to launch a furious fourth-quarter rally to overtake the Bulldogs. But a stubborn defense on the part of the Bulldogs kept Classical from running away with the game, and the Rams were able to come away with a 45-35 win.

“They play good defense against us,” said Classical’s Tom Sawyer. “We got some good looks, though. Some of them went in, and some of them didn’t.”

It was a curious game, to say the least. The first and third quarters were virtually devoid of scoring. It was only 6-4, in favor of English, after the first eight minutes. Then, Classical went on a 21-point second-quarter scoring binge to go up 25-15 at the half.

“That was strange,” said English coach Mackenzie Charles. “They took the same shots in the first and third quarters that they took in the second and fourth. They didn’t go in, though.”

Neither team came back from the break on fire. Classical, after scoring only four points in the first quarter, put up a whopping seven in the third. English could only counter with six, meaning that even though Classical shot terribly from the floor, the Rams actually led by 11 (32-21) after three quarters.

The Rams righted the ship offensively in the final quarter, though, scoring 13 points.

“I thought our defense was good,” said Charles, “but we just have trouble scoring points.

“I have to give Classical all the credit in the world, though,” Charles said. “They have a good team. I wish them a lot of luck in the tournament.”

Both Paris Wilkey of Classical and Dorothy Ezemba of English led their teams with 20 points.

“Paris is really a talented offensive player,” said Sawyer. “We have to talk to her about her defense.

“But tonight,” said Sawyer, “I saw another level of competitiveness about her, and I thought that was pretty nice to see.”

Irianis Delgado was second in scoring for the Rams with 12 points, and talk of it put a smile on Sawyer’s face.

“She hit two threes, and I think they were of the ‘no, no, no YES!’ variety. And she went coast-to-coast on one basket, so she’ll probably want to play point guard next year,” he joked.

The win moves Classical to 16-5 with one game remaining — tonight at home against Marblehead. Sawyer said it’s been at least 10 years since the Rams have had this many wins.

“My first year, as an assistant under Gene Constantino, were 20-0 (and made the Division 1 North final),” he said. “A couple of years after that, we were 16-4.

“I think I have to attribute it to having a team that works well together, is dedicated, and listens,” he said.

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.

 

 

Cheever’s late heroics keep Revere undefeated

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Revere’s Pamela Gonzalez drives around Classical’s Soneta Srey to the basket.

By HAROLD RIVERA

REVERE — In a clash between two powerhouse teams, sometimes the unexpected players are the ones who become the heroes. Malcolm Butler served as a prime example when his game winning interception in Super Bowl XLIX sealed the deal for the New England Patriots.

Friday night, freshman Erika Cheever was the hero in the Revere girls basketball team’s 55-53 win over Classical at Roland Merullo Field House.

With the game tied at 53-53, Cheever drew a foul with 1.6 seconds left in the game and swished both free throws to keep the Patriots undefeated at 15-0.

“She’s (Cheever) a solid foul shooter,” Revere coach Lianne O’Hara said. “I’m glad that she got fouled at the right time.”

“It was an exciting game,” O’Hara added. “I think we tend to get a little comfortable when we have a big lead and it’s easy to lose it.”

Classical overcame a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter and took its first lead of the game at 53-52 after Tyarah Horton hit a free throw with 10 seconds remaining.

Although the Rams suffered a tough loss, coach Tom Sawyer was proud of his team’s effort. Classical was 10 seconds away from defeating Revere, the top-ranked team in the state.

“I was extremely proud of how they fought,” Sawyer said. “We took the No. 1 team in the state to the final whistle.”

After an uneventful first quarter that ended in a 5-5 tie, the Patriots offense began to heat up in the second period. Valentina Pepic hit a trio of jumpers in the early minutes of the quarter and Tatianna Iacoviello followed her teammate’s lead, knocking in a pair of threes and jump shot to give Revere a ten-point lead at 19-9.

With the game slipping away, Sawyer called a timeout and the Rams responded with a 10-4 run. Paris Wilkey, who led all scorers with 25 points, nailed a three at the buzzer and Classical was back in the game, down 23-19.

“We changed our defense a little bit and I think that helped,” Sawyer said. “We made some shots. That’s all it comes down to, you have to make some shots.”

The Patriots came out firing in the third quarter, with an 11-4 spurt to start the period. Samantha Woodman led the rally with a pair of buckets and Emily DiGiulio added a three, giving the Patriots 34-23 lead midway through the third. Revere maintained its 11-point advantage at the end of the quarter as the Patriots led 40-29.

Iacoviello hit a jumper to start the fourth quarter, giving Revere its largest lead of the night at 42-30. That’s when the Rams woke up and clawed back in.

Down 52-49, the Rams leaned to their top scorer, Wilkey, who knocked in a three to tie the game with three minutes to play.

“She (Wilkey) has ice water in her veins,” Sawyer said. “She just knocked it down.”

“She competed,” Sawyer added. “She went after everything. She shot the ball well in spurts but the biggest thing is she competed. Paris wanted to win this game bad for her and her teammates.”

Horton’s make from the charity stripe gave the Rams a 53-52 lead, but the advantage was short lived as Cheever’s late heroics gave the Patriots the win.

“We knew that to beat this team we had to score points,” Sawyer said. “We knew we weren’t going to hold them to stay in the 40’s, or even the 30’s. We scored 53, we just needed 56.”

Pepic led the way for Revere with a double-double at 22 points and 10 rebounds.

“She had some good range-shooting,” O’Hara said. “She’s usually more in the post, but she showed her range tonight and she made her shots.”

Iacoviello scored ten points and dished four assists. Cheever scored five points, including the game-winners.

For Classical, Irianis Delgado scored 14 points and Soneta Srey added eight.

“I give Classical a lot of credit,” O’Hara said. “Those girls worked really hard, and they didn’t quit.”

Both teams are back in action on Tuesday when Revere hosts English and Classical hosts Danvers.

 

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.

 

School Roundup: Falayi hits the game-winner for St. Mary’s

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Temi Falayi hit the game-winner for the Spartans on Friday night. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

The St. Mary’s girls basketball team was able to avenge an early-season loss to Catholic Central League foe Arlington Catholic on Friday night, scoring the final nine points of the game to squeeze out a thrilling win, 38-35, on the road in Arlington.

Trailing 35-29 with 1:17 left in the game, Mashayla Johnson hit a three-pointer to make it 35-32. After a few unsuccessful trips down the court, the Spartans got the ball back and Mia Nowicki (17 points) hit a three to tie the game at 35-35 with 17 seconds left. Arlington Catholic had a chance to ice the game but missed, and St. Mary’s grabbed the rebound and quickly called timeout to draw up a play. With 4.7 seconds left, the Spartans got the ball in to Temi Falayi, who put up a prayer of a three-pointer to go for the win. The ball bounced off the back rim, off the top of the backboard and then fell through the net, and after a quick conference by the referees the basket was called good and the Spartans (9-5) took home the win.

“Arlington is a very difficult place to play, and obviously they’re the top-ranked Division 2 team right now, so we knew this would be tough,” said St. Mary’s coach Jeff Newhall. “But I think the key for us tonight was the fact that we stayed together even though we struggled on offense and we played incredible defense. That kept us in the game and gave us a chance at the end.”

The Spartans are back in action on Monday night when they host Chelmsford.

Chelsea 46, Tech 37

The Tigers (7-7) struggled in the first half, but a second-half surge made it a close game in the end. Arianna Anaya led Tech with 14 points, Jamila Constantine added nine and Alondra Sanchez added seven.

Tech has some time to regroup as it doesn’t play until Thursday.

“We’re going to regroup and refocus,” Tech coach Kaitlyn Wechsler said.

Classical 48, Beverly 35

The Rams improved to 13-3 behind big nights from Paris Wilkey, who led all scorers with 23 points, and Irianis Delgado, who added 12. Classical is back in action Tuesday as it hosts Peabody.

Revere 52, Danvers 36

Valentina Pepic had a huge night, putting up 23 points for Revere in the victory. Tatianna Iacoviello contributed 11 points for the Patriots.

Bishop Fenwick 55, Cathedral 45

Senior captain Sam Mancinelli had 21 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals to help Fenwick to a big win in a conference matchup on Friday. Sophomore Jaxson Nadeau had 13 points, while sophomore Sammi Gallant contributed 12 points.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Bishop Fenwick 58, Cathedral 53

The Crusaders had three players finish in double-figures to help take down Cathedral in a Catholic Central League matchup on Friday night in Peabody. Nick Pignone led the way for Fenwick with 19 points, while senior captain Ryan Veguilla had 17 points and junior captain Isaiah Cashwell-Doe had 16 points.

Fenwick (5-8) will continue its CCL schedule with another conference game against Cardinal Spellman on Tuesday night.

Lynn Classical 68, Beverly 65

Classical had four players in double-figures as the Rams grabbed a Northeastern Conference win and improved to 12-4.

Erick Solis led the way with 19 points, while Deontae Plouffe contributed 16 points off the bench. Dyrrell Rucker and Edwin Solis each had 13 points.

The Rams have another NEC game on Tuesday when they travel to Peabody to face the Tanners.

Pat Gavin led the way for Beverly (8-3), notching a double-double with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Luigi Derrane had 17 points.

Lynnfield 52, Triton 46

Junior guard William Arsenault scored a game-high 22 points, including a pair of three-pointers, as the Pioneers (11-1) picked up a road victory and extended their winning streak to eight games.
Senior captain forward Louis Ellis dropped 15 points, with six coming from beyond the arc, while senior captain forward Michael Carangelo also reached double figures with 11 points.
Junior Colin Brennan led the Vikings with a team-high 16 points and drilled a game-high four three-pointers.

Marblehead 68, Salem 62

Patrick Bugler scored 13 points in the fourth quarter alone to help lift the Magicians to a big win over Salem. Bugler finished with 23 points, four rebounds and four assists, while Derek Marino contributed 18 points and eight rebounds. Marblehead (12-2) will play another Northeastern Conference matchup on Tuesday when they host Gloucester.

Anthony Pena led the way for Salem (6-5), putting up 20 points. Nate Lebron added 18 points and five rebounds for the Witches, while Vinnie Gaskins added 12 points and five rebounds.

St. John’s Prep 67, New Mission 64

Junior captain Tommy O’Neil had a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds to help the Eagles improve to 10-3. Nate Hobbs had 13 points.

St. John’s will take on Catholic Memorial on Tuesday night.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Bishop Fenwick 2, Peabody 2

Amanda Blanchette scored both goals for the Crusaders as they battled back to force a tie against the cross-town rival Tanners. Down 2-0 entering the third period, Blanchette got Fenwick on the board halfway through the period to cut the deficit in half. The Crusaders pulled their goalie with 1:27 left, and Blanchette notched the tying goal with just 11 seconds on the clock to earn the tie.

Meghan Carney had two assists on the night, while Ally Charette and Ally Giguere each had one assist.

SWIMMING

Lynn Tech 88, Minuteman Tech 65

The Tigers closed out their regular season with a win behind great performances from Coral Gonzalez and Jin Purdy, among others. Gonzalez won the diving event with a score of 124.5 and was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay team along with Purdy, Alyssa Shaw and Jacob Lejuene (2:36.9). Purdy also won the 100 breaststroke (1:25.37). The 200 freestyle relay team of Dustin Bloom, Brian Nolasco, Antonio Morales and Jose Gomez took first place with a time of 2:15.65.

Next up for Tech is the conference championship meet next Tuesday and Wednesday, then the Lynn City Meet next weekend.

 

Big win punches Classical’s ticket to tourney

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Paris Wilkey scored 24 points in Classical’s win against Salem. 

By STEVE KRAUSE 

LYNN — Now that the Classical girls basketball team has made the tournament, coach Tom Sawyer doesn’t want to see them resting on their laurels.

The Rams got out of the gate quickly Tuesday night and coasted to a 52-24 win over Salem, raising their record to 11-3. But Sawyer has bigger things in mind.

“We still have an awful lot to play for,” he said. “We want to win the league, and we’re going to need some help to do that, and we also want a home game (in the tournament). It’s been a long time since we’ve had a home game.”

Revere currently leads the Northeastern Conference/North, with a two-game lead on both the Rams and Danvers. Classical has to play each team one more time.

With both the boys and girls basketball teams at Classical working on good seasons, it could very well be that both teams end up with at least one home game come tournament time.

“Wouldn’t that be something?” asked Sawyer. “Wouldn’t it be great to give the MIAA some scheduling problem?”

The game gave both Sawyer and John Fortunato of Salem a chance to see their players under a different sort of light. For Sawyer, he got a chance to see some of his backup players get some significant action, as the Rams sprinted out to a 33-6 halftime lead. Eleven players took to the floor for Classical, and eight of them scored. By far, the most prolific of those 11 players was junior Paris Wilkey, who scored 24 of her team’s points. Irianis Delgado had seven, and Soneta Srey six.

“Actually,” said Sawyer, “I thought our defense played really well. Salem has a lot of active players and we had to work to keep them in check.”

Salem got 12 points from junior co-captain Wildarys Correa and six more from sophomore forward Samantha Coppola, who was recently brought up from the junior varsity.

Despite the loss Fortunato was happy with his players’ effort.

“I am proud of the way the girls played,” he said. “They played hard, and worked hard. That’s all you can ask.

“Classical is a good team, and they’re having a good year. Tom does a great job. They are well-coached.”

Classical jumped out to a 10-0 lead before Salem scored, and by the end of the first quarter it was 18-2. Classical kept the pressure up in the second period, and led, 33-6, at the break.

Early in the second half, Sawyer began substituting and stayed with his bench players for the remainder of the game.


Steve Krause can be reached at skrause@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. 

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.

Delgado leads Classical to win

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

By HAROLD RIVERA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medrano contributed with 13 points while Wilkey scored ten.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

By HAROLD RIVERA

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

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Fenwick 53, Austin Prep 20

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

Classical 73, Winthrop 35

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

Saugus 48, English 43

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

BOYS BASKETBALL
English 72, Saugus 63

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

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

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

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

 


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

Morrison: Classical-English game was a thriller

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The Classical bench reacts after Paris Wilkey makes two of three free throws to tie the game.

By KATIE MORRISON

Tuesday, the first of two “rivalry days” of the basketball season, I thought the big-ticket game of game of the night would be the English-Classical boys basketball game, but boy, was I wrong.

The girls game was where the action was.

To be honest, though, there wasn’t much excitement for the first 3½ quarters, except for the fact that the Bulldogs, after losing by 23 points to Classical just the week before, seemed to be well on their way to their second victory of the season.

It looked like a big upset was in the making. And for the first 28 minutes, every time the Rams looked as if they were hitting their stride, the Bulldogs would pull away again.

But then, Classical came alive and went on a 12-0 run. All of a sudden, shots that weren’t falling earlier were finding their way through the hoop. The Rams were pulling down rebounds on defense and making the most of second chances on offense.

And just like that, with under a minute to play, it was a game again.

The final play of regulation was a thriller. The Bulldogs were able to contain Paris Wilkey, the Rams’ best shooter, in the first half, but the junior started finding her groove later in the game. Down by two, 43-41, with the final seconds of the game ticking away, Wilkey got the ball and launched a shot from behind the arc as the buzzer sounded. The shot was no good. But Wilkey was fouled, and the Rams had new life.

So, all eyes were on Wilkey, standing alone at the line. There aren’t that many instances in sports when the game is in the hands of just one player. In a hockey shootout, the focus is divided between the goalie and the shooter, depending on which team you’re pulling for. In baseball and softball it’s the same, with equal pressure on a batter and pitcher.

But being all alone, just you and the basket, your teammates hanging on each shot, your ability to perform one of the fundamental parts of the game on display … it’s a vulnerable position.

At first, everyone in the gym, even English fans and players, were quiet, everyone watching with bated breath, at least until English coach Mackenzie Charles encouraged the crowd to make some noise. But that didn’t distract Wilkey, who nailed the first shot.

She missed the second, and I think every person in the gym held their breath as she put up the third, which went in to tie the game.

Even with all eyes on her, Wilkey was calm, cool and collected at the line.

“Nothing (was going through my head), I just focused on the rim and making the shot, just focused on me,” said Wilkey, who added that she blocked out everything except the rim.

It was only fitting that overtime was just as exciting as the final play of regulation.

Priscill Alouidor put back an offensive rebound to give the Rams a four-point lead, 50-46, with time winding down.

“I was just really nervous, because I didn’t want to mess up, but I was really focused and my teammates kept my spirits up and kept me motivated,” Alouidor said after the game.
And while Alouidor’s shot was the game-winner, it was English’s Ely Guity’s shot that was the loudest in overtime. After Alouidor gave the Rams the four-point edge, Guity knocked down an improbable three-pointer to bring the Bulldogs within one. Unfortunately for English, there wasn’t enough time to complete the comeback, as it got the ball back with just over a second left.

I wrote last week, after the Rams blew out the Bulldogs, that with the English and Classical girls playing each other three times this season (since the two met in the Boverini Tournament consolation game), maybe the fire of the rivalry wouldn’t burn as hot, especially if Classical, which looked like the definitively stronger team after the first meeting, swept the series.

The Bulldogs proved me wrong Tuesday. It was pretty clear that the Bulldogs have the ability to compete with some of the best teams in the Northeastern Conference. Earlier in the season, English fell by just two points, 52-50, to Danvers, which is still undefeated at 5-0. And if it weren’t for the perfect storm of Classical sparking a hot streak and English failing to hit shots in the final four minutes of Tuesday’s game, the Bulldogs might have won going away against a team that should be in the mix at the top of the NEC.

One thing is for sure, though. Circle Feb. 16 on your calendar. That’s the next time these two teams meet, and if the game is anything like it was Tuesday, it will be a blast.


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

School Roundup: Classical girls score a big win

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Paris Wilkey and the Rams rolled to a 54-22 win over Malden. 

By STEVE KRAUSE

Two nights after being forced into overtime before vanquishing English, the Lynn Classical girls basketball team coasted to a 54-22 win over Malden to raise its record to 5-3.

The Rams led from stem to stern in this one, with Soneta Srey picking up the double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Paris Wilkey led all scorers with 20 points while Olivia Pedro had six.

Irianis Delgado had 12 rebounds to go along with her six points.

The Rams led 9-2 after a quarter but outscored the Golden Torandos 20-10 in the second to take a 29-12 lead at the half.

Classical is back in action tonight at Winthrop.

BOYS TRACK

Marblehead 66, Gloucester 15

At Marblehead, the Magicians moved to 3-0 in the Northeastern Conference/Small and 4-0 overall. The Magicians had one double-winner, Thomas Huber in the high jump (5-4) and 55 hurdles (8.2).

Other Marblehead winners were Ryan Dumais, shotput (42-½), Jaason Lopez, 55-meter dash (6.5), Joe Cronin, 300 (39.9), Zach Phelan, 600 (1:34.5), Grant Adam, 2-mile (11:59.0).

For Gloucester, Chris MacDonald won the 1,000 (2:58.6) and Kyle Manley the mile (4:45.9).

There were no relays run.

Peabody 47, Beverly 39

At Peabody, the Tanners won their fourth meet of the season overall, and moved to 3-0 in the Northeastern Conference/Large.

Winner for Peabody were Eric DeMayo, shot put (50-3), Ramon Medrano, 50 hurdles (7.2), Aimsaday Quiljano, 50 dash (5.7), Joseph Farhat, 1,000 (2:54.1), William Aylward, mile (5:01.6) and Shane Braz, 2-mile (11:07).

For Beverly, Sam Abate won the high jump with a 5-6, Kevin Flaherty took the 300 (40.4) and John Jones the 600 (1:32.3).

Beverly also won the 4×400 relay in 4:01.2.

GIRLS TRACK

Marblehead 58, Gloucester 28

At Marblehead, the Magicians moved to 3-0 in the NEC/Small and 4-0 overall.

Winners for the Magicians were Chloe Ferrucci, shot put (31-6), Clara Pollard, 55 hurdles (9.3), Gabriella Mark, 55 dash (7.8), Ana Hecht, 1,000 (3.25.5) and Mia Forster, 2-mile (13:13.7).

Marblehead also won the 4×400 relay by one second (4:46 to 4:47).

Gloucester’s winners were Sierra Rudolph, high jump (5-4), Leah Rudolph, 600 (1:51.1) and Carly Curcuru, mile (5:46.4).

Beverly 46, Peabody 40

At Peabody, the meet came down to the 4×400 relays, with the Panthers (4-0 overall, 3-0 in the  NEC/Large) winning by four seconds (4:21.8 to 4:25.8).

Other Beverly winners were Tyler Orlandella, high jump (5-0), Gracie Sparkman, shot put (35-2½), Grace Byrd, 50 dash (6.4), India Ingemi, 300 (44.2), Abby Walsh, 1,000 (3:03.7), and Lexi Sutyak, mile (5:37.4).

Peabody’s Gabrielle Morton took the 50 hurdles in 8.0, Emily Nelson the 600 (1:47.1), and Jessica Ostrowski the 2-mile (12:58.2).

SWIMMING

Beverly 98 English 76

At Lynn Tech, English took second in the 200 medley relay with a team of Caroline Zuffante, Peter Phelan, Amanda Fabrizio and Kylie Moorehouse; second in the 200 free relay with Dax Billingsley, Emma Trahant, Moorehouse and Shanel Turransky; and third in the 400 free relay with Fabrizio, Trahant, Zuffante and Phelan.

Other highlights for English were Phelan’s second in the 200 IM, Fabrizio’s second in the 100 fly, Turransky’s second in the 100 backstroke, a second (Devin Curley) and third (Billingsley) in the 100 breaststroke.

Peabody 99, Salem 80

Tanners who won events include Bella Forte (diving), Conor McCarthy (100- and 200-yard freestyles), Cana Teague (100-yard butterfly), Kirsten Currie (500-yard freestyle), Nicholas Fursey (100-yard backstroke), Michaelena Teague (100-yard breaststroke), and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Kirsten Currie, Nicole O’Neill, and Cana and Michaelena Teague.

“This was a great meet for both teams.  The advantage went back and forth across many events, and it was a real nail-biter to the end,” said Peabody coach Maureen Shea.  “It was a great night for our athletes to dig deep yet again and achieve a win.”

The Tanners next will meet Marblehead at the Lynch van Otterloo YMCA on Tuesday, January 10th.


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

Classical sneaks by English in OT thriller

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Paris Wilkey throws up a shot through a trio of English defenders.

By STEVE KRAUSE 

LYNN — This one was about four minutes from being in the bag. English was up by a dozen, and it looked as if it just wasn’t Classical’s night.

But all of a sudden, the Rams’ girls basketball team caught fire, just at the same time the Bulldogs got ice cold. The result was a 12-0 run over the last four minutes that brought Classical even at the buzzer.

Then, in overtime, Classical looked as if it had the game well in hand, only to see English hit an improbable three-pointer and have a chance to win the game with 1.3 seconds left.

It wasn’t to be. Classical hung on for a 50-49 win that left Rams coach Tom Sawyer visibly exhausted, and English’s Mackenzie Charles searching for answers.

“I’m proud of my girls,” said Charles, whose Bulldogs fell to Classical by 23 points in last week’s Boverini Tournament. “They don’t know how good they can be. I  have a very good team, and they’ll be good once they know how good they are.

“But,” he said, “we can’t be giving up leads like that.”

On the other side of the floor, Sawyer had nothing but praise for the Bulldogs.

“We came in here last week and beat them by 23, and we come here tonight and they play us like this. You have to give them a lot of credit.

“But our girls deserve credit too,” said Sawyer. “They kept coming back and coming back. They persevered.”

English was able to build a 12-point lead (43-31) with 4:18 to go when Juliana Perry hit her second 3-pointer of the game. But that was the last bucket English would score in regulation.

Classical, which gave English several cracks at the basket on the offensive end for large parts of the game, began asserting itself.

“Too many rebounds,” said Charles. “That’s our Achilles heel.”

Although Classical ran off the last 12 points in regulation, it wasn’t without a few hiccups of its own. The Rams turned the ball over twice during that span. But Classical sunk five of seven free throws, no two bigger than the ones Paris Wilkey (who led all scorers with 18 points) drained with no time left on the clock. She was fouled in the act of trying to beat the buzzer with a three as Classical trailed, 43-41. She hit two of the three freebies.

“How about her?” marveled Sawyer. “There was nobody on the line with her, she’s all alone. She was remarkable.”

In overtime, English’s Ely Guity (8 points) opened by hitting one of two foul shots, and Classical’s Priscill Alouidor (7 points) hit a bombs-away 3-pointer to give the Rams a 46-44 lead. After Stacey Abreau hit another freebie, Jeylly Medrano (10 points) sank a jumper to make it 48-45.

Another Abreau  (8 points) free throw brought English within two, but Wilkey hit for two off an offensive rebound and it was 50-46 with 14.9 seconds to go.

Somehow, Guity’s three-point prayer banged off the backboard and straight down, though, and with 10 seconds left, English trailed by one.

The tension heightened as Soneta Srey (12 points) missed both free throws, giving English a shot with 1.3 seconds left.

Charles took three straight timeouts before English finally tried a desperation play, but the shot when over the backboard and Classical had its victory.

“When (Guity) hit that shot off the backboard,” said Sawyer, “I thought maybe this wasn’t going to be our night after all.”

But it turned out to be.


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

Morrison: Boverini tournament was one to remember

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St. Mary’s Temi Falayi, right, and Swampscott’s Jaymie Caponigro wrestle over a jump ball in the girls finale of the Boverini Tournament.

By KATIE MORRISON 

This year’s Walter J. Boverini Tournament has come and gone, and at the end of it all, both St. Mary’s teams came out on top for the second straight year.

Coming into the tournament, I’ll admit I was curious to see how the Spartan girls were going to fare. After all, they opened the season 0-3, and came back from the KSA Pre-Holiday Tournament in Florida with just one win under their belts.

I figured Classical or Swampscott, two of the top teams in the competitive Northeastern Conference, would be able to provide a pretty good test for St. Mary’s. However, the Spartans had no trouble against either team, beating Classical by 18 points and Swampscott by 28.

The Spartans had the misfortune of starting the season against some very talented teams. St. Mary’s fell to Revere, which right now looks like the team to beat in the NEC, on a 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left to play. They then fell to reigning Division 3 South champion Williams and then to Division 2 strength Arlington Catholic after the Cougars scored the final 10 points of the game to win 48-41.

As they showed in the Boverini, things are starting to click for the Spartans. A big part of that is the play of Temi Falayi, who was named the tournament’s MVP.

Falayi is a versatile player and does a lot of things well. Coach Jeff Newhall said that in the beginning of the season, the senior, who’s bound for Assumption on a basketball scholarship next year, might have been putting too much pressure on herself to be everything the team needed.

“I think the last two games were her best two games and our best two games,” Newhall said. “I talked to her in Florida about this — early in the season, I think she was putting a little too much pressure on herself, and I told her to just play the way she can play.

“She’s a senior, it’s her last shot, she’s a scholarship player, you have nothing to prove to anybody, just go out and play the way you’re capable of playing,” Newhall added. “That’s what earned you a college scholarship, you don’t have to do anything more. The last two days, she did exactly that. She’s all over the place, rebounding the ball, blocking shots, finishing in the post, passing the ball, the versatile player she is, and we really need that from her going forward.”

And that’s exactly what Falayi did. The key to shutting down Classical was taking its leading scorer, Paris Wilkey, out of the equation, and Falayi was able to do that, limiting Wilkey to just one basket. She was also big on the boards, and scored 16 points in a double-double.

Another piece of the equation is the fact that St. Mary’s finally got some time to get in a few practices in a row after coming back from Florida, where the team was on a game-heavy schedule. Newhall said the team took that time to work on defense, and seeing as how it outscored its opponents 113-67, the work seems to have paid off.

The Spartans were also hitting shots that Newhall said they weren’t making earlier in the season.

“It sounds wacky, but I’m talking about post layups and breakaways,” Newhall said. “That’s the difference between scoring 60 or 40. That’s been the biggest thing. I believe we were thrown into the fire early against some top teams in the state and country, and it’s made us better.”

Things were not so easy for the St. Mary’s boys, but man, were those games fun to watch. The first-round game against Classical wasn’t as much of a nail-biter as the finale against English, but it was still very entertaining.

The Rams were able to stay in the game when they set the tempo. Classical is extremely athletic and thrives off fast breaks and forcing turnovers. When I saw them play Peabody a couple of weeks ago, there were three or four times in the second half alone when the Rams would force a turnover and someone would lob the ball up the court to Jaylen Johnson, who would out-run everyone and make an easy layup.

That was the pace of the game in the early going against St. Mary’s Tuesday, but once the Spartans were able to slow the game down and force Classical to play their way, making several passes during each possession, St. Mary’s was able to pull away.

Against English, the game was so much tighter than the final score of 61-53. The Bulldogs are definitely a team to watch in the NEC, with a solid mix of speed, size and scoring ability. That should make Tuesday’s Classical-English matchup a thriller.

Speaking of the Classical-English rivalry…the one downside to this tournament is the fact that there’s a solid chance every year that the Rams and Bulldogs will meet. This year, the boys avoided that, but the girls met in the consolation round, and will now have to play three times this year. And it just so happens that with the way the schedule falls, the two rivals will have to play each other in back-to-back games as they face off again Tuesday.

There’s a chance Classical could sweep the season series, and especially when that series is three games, that has to turn down the heat on the rivalry a little bit.

Almost as fun to watch as the action on the court is the English boys bench. They are so animated and seem to live and die with every shot, especially when the game gets tight. I swear that their reactions get the crowd fired up as well; the excitement and intensity they exhibit is contagious, and makes the game so fun. So I hope the Bulldogs don’t stop what they’re doing, and I bet the energy will be unbelievable at the rivalry game Tuesday as they travel to Classical.


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

St. Mary’s girls capture Boverini title

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Tournament MVP Temi Falayi pulls down a rebound in front of Swampscott’s Hannah Leahy.

By KATIE MORRISON

LYNN — The St. Mary’s girls basketball team checked a box off its to-do list Wednesday night at the Paul Cavanagh gymnasium, taking down Swampscott, 56-28, to capture its third-straight Walter J. Boverini Tournament title.

The Spartans were led by tournament MVP Temi Falayi and all-tournament players Olivia Nazaire and Mia Nowicki as they rolled over Swampscott, which beat English Tuesday to reach the tournament final.

“We’re putting it together a little bit, which is obviously a comforting feeling,” said St. Mary’s (3-4) coach Jeff Newhall. “We’re making better basketball decisions, our turnovers have gone down, and I think the biggest difference is our defense has gotten a lot better and we’re making some of the shots we were missing before.”

St. Mary’s didn’t have to sweat this one out. Amanda Idusuyi went 1-for-2 on free throws and added a layup to open the scoring, and Swampscott’s Nikki Rosa tied the score at 3. From there on out, it was all Spartans. St. Mary’s went on a 16-3 run to close out the first quarter, and never looked back.

The Spartans held Swampscott to just five points in the second and six in the third. It wasn’t until the final quarter, when both the Big Blue and Spartans gave bench players minutes, that Swampscott got its offense moving, outscoring St. Mary’s 11-10 in the fourth.

The Spartans spread the offense around Wednesday, with Nazaire leading the way with 16 points. Idusuyi had a big game with 11 points, and Falayi logged a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Nowicki added six points, all coming in the first half, and Mashayla Johnson opened the second half with two 3-pointers, her only baskets of the game in limited action.

As good as the Spartans were offensively, on defense, they were even better. Newhall said that the improved defense was the product of hard work in practice and added that getting the chance to get in three practices in a row after coming back from the KSA Pre-Holiday Classic in Florida last week was very beneficial.

“We came back from Florida last Thursday, practiced Friday, Saturday and Monday, and it was the first time we had three practices before a game,” Newhall said. “I think that’s when we got better. We worked a lot on our man defense.”

While the Big Blue had trouble generating offense, they did get nine points each from Rosa and all-tournament player Ella Parker. Jaymie Caponigro, Swampscott’s other all-tournament honoree, scored four points, as did Olivia Matella.

“They’re bigger than we’ve seen this season, and they played aggressive defense and really made it hard for us to get shots off,” Swampscott coach Katelyn Leonard said of St. Mary’s. “When we did, we got good looks, but we had too many periods of not scoring and those droughts really killed us.”

However, of the three Northeastern Conference teams in the girls portion of the tournament, Swampscott was the only one to make it to the final. Leonard said playing a perennial powerhouse like St. Mary’s can only help her team.

“It’s always good to play the best you can, and we were looking to play hard and never quit, and that’s what we did,” Leonard said. “It’s something we can build on, and after seeing what you can do against a really good team, the next time you face a team like that, it makes it that much easier.”

For St. Mary’s, winning the tournament was the first benchmark reached in the new season. Although it’s been a rocky start for the Spartans, winning the city title for the fifth time in seven years means things are moving in the right direction.

“Any time you’re in a tournament, you want to win it, and we did,” Newhall said. “To beat two of the better teams in the NEC, outside of our own gym…it’s a tournament we want to win. To be the city champion, even though it’s early in the year, it was our first goal.”

Consolation game

Lynn Classical 50, Lynn English 27

The Rams evened their record to 3-3 on the year with a win in the consolation game over rival English. Junior forward Paris Wilkey led the way for Classical with 18 points, while Irianis Delgado contributed 15 points. Soneta Srey played a great game on the defensive end, while Jeylly Medrano dictated the pace of the game from the guard spot.

“We played a great game on defense today,” said Classical coach Tom Sawyer.

The Rams will have the weekend off before a rematch with English on Tuesday.


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

St. Mary’s stifles Classical

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Paris Wilkey tries to block the shot, but St. Mary’s Olivia Nazaire gets up over the defense for a layup.

By KATIE MORRISON

LYNN — The early part of the season hasn’t been easy for the St. Mary’s girls basketball team. Coach Jeff Newhall was waiting for all of the pieces to come together and for his team to start clicking.

That’s exactly what happened Tuesday afternoon in the Walter J. Boverini tournament opener, as the Spartans topped Classical, 57-39, to advance to the championship game against Swampscott, Wednesday at 5.

From the first quarter, the Spartans looked to have all of the answers, limiting a potent Classical offense to just six points in each of the first two quarters. St. Mary’s also dominated on the boards, with both Olivia Nazaire (17 points, 17 rebounds) and Temi Falayi (16 points, 12 rebounds) logging double-doubles. Amanda Idusuyi was also a force inside with six points and five rebounds.

“We finally got a good game under our belts,” said Newhall. “The kids have been working hard, and they faced adversity early in the year. I think we’re battle-tested. And tonight, I think we moved the ball, hit some shots.”

In the first quarter, the Spartans weren’t finding many open lanes to the hoop, but they still took a 16-6 into the second quarter, thanks to three 3-pointers from Gabby Torres and another six points from Nazaire.

One of the keys to the St. Mary’s win was shutting down Classical star Paris Wilkey. Guarding the Rams’ leading scorer was Falayi’s duty, and after Wilkey scored Classical’s first two points of the game, the Spartans took her out of the game, limiting her to just four more points, all coming on free throws.

“Temi was the difference in the game, covering their best player,” Newhall said.

Classical’s Soneta Srey came alive in the second quarter and was the driving force for the Rams, giving a gritty performance, scoring 18 points and shooting 5-for-8 from the line. She scored five points in the second quarter, but the Rams fell behind 35-12 at the half.

The final two Classical possessions of the first half resulted in turnovers, with Nazaire earning the steal on each. The Rams responded in the third quarter, as Jeylly Medrano forced two straight turnovers on Spartans possessions.

That helped the momentum swing in Classical’s favor for a bit, but the gap was too much to overcome.

“We just didn’t come out with any focus. We just couldn’t get anything going offensively. They were disruptive in their defense and made it really tough on us,” Classical coach Tom Sawyer said. “The second half was much better, the kids played hard, Soneta Srey never quit, Priscill Alouidor and Jeylly Medrano, they gave 100 percent effort.”

The Rams will take on English in the consolation game today at 2.


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

School Roundup: Classical girls fall in OT

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Paris Wilkey scored 24 points for the Rams. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

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

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

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

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

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

Peabody 57, Beverly 41

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

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

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

Saugus 40, Marblehead 34

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

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

Swampscott 53, Gloucester 42

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

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

Greater Lawrence 44, Lynn Tech 42

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

Winthrop 34, Salem 32

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

BOYS BASKETBALL

Marblehead 57, Saugus 42

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

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

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

Gloucester 89, Swampscott 70

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

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

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

BOYS HOCKEY

St. Mary’s 4, Hingham 1

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

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

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

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

SWIMMING

Bishop Fenwick 91, Marian 68

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

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

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

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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.

 

Girls Basketball Roundup: Classical cruises past Peabody

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Paris Wilkey scored 14 points for the Rams in Friday night’s win. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

The Classical girls basketball team continued its strong start to the season, cruising to a 48-28 win over Peabody on the road Friday night.

Soneta Srey and Paris Wilkey each scored 14 points for Classical, while Tyarah Horton had seven points and Irianis Delgado had six points.

Classical will host Revere on Monday evening.

Arlington Catholic 48, St. Mary’s 41

The Spartans fought back from a deficit the entire game before taking a 41-38 lead with 1:47 left, but then Arlington Catholic went on a 10-0 run to close out the game and steal the win.

Gabby Torres, Temi Falayi and Olivia Nazaire each scored 10 points for St. Mary’s.

Revere 50, Beverly 25

In their home opener, the Patriots held a slim, 25-22 lead at the end of the third period, but turned up the heat and put up 25 points in the fourth quarter to top the Panthers.

Pentucket 52, Lynnfield 22

Juliana Passatempo led the way for the Pioneers (0-1) with 11 points, followed by Lizzie Shaievitz with seven points. MacKenzie O’Neill and Emily Dickey each scored two points, while Victoria Morelli and Hannah Filipe came off the bench and played well defensively.

Cathedral 59, Bishop Fenwick 56

Despite falling behind by 14 points after the first quarter, Fenwick was able to rally back to make it a one-point game by the end of the third. Unfortunately, the Crusaders (1-1) couldn’t pull off the win at the end of the back-and-forth fourth quarter.

“We clawed back in this one for sure,” said Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis. “In the end it came down to Cathedral making a couple more shots.”

Sophomore Sammi Gallant paced the Crusaders with 17 points, followed by senior captain Sam Mancinelli with 13 points and three steals. Junior Fredi DeGuglielmo had 11 points and two steals.

Fenwick will host Cardinal Spellman on Monday.

Morrison: Looking forward to a new basketball season

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Jeylly Medrano and the Classical girls basketball team will seek to make noise this season. 

By KATIE MORRISON

I’ve been looking forward to the start of the new basketball season for a while now. As the temperatures drop into single digits like they did last night, there’s no place I’d rather be than taking in a game on the hardwood. And though it’s a little early to make any conclusions about the strengths and weaknesses of local teams, since most get going tonight, it’s still fun to speculate about what the season ahead will hold.

But one team that I feel like I know a lot about is the Classical girls squad. The Rams took on Everett in the season opener Tuesday, and it was a fun game to watch.

The only starter the Rams lost to graduation was Chenysse Hill, who is now playing ball at Plymouth State (Hill’s started seven games for the Panthers as a guard in her freshman season). That’s no inconsequential loss, but when you look around the league and see the adjustments other teams have had to make, things could look a lot worse for the Rams.

Classical has a relatively young team. The Rams have only two seniors — Soneta Srey and Priscill Alouidor, both of whom will be in the starting five, and both of whom saw significant minutes last season (Srey as a starter, and Alouidor as the first girl off the bench). The junior class is loaded, with Paris Wilkey, an all-conference player last season, and Jeylly Medrano, who’s taken over as the point guard, leading the way.

The advantage I think the Rams have is the fact that the starting five is young but experienced; young enough to have room to blossom and grow, but experienced enough to play together cohesively and know what is expected of them.

There were definitely bright spots in the season opener, a 41-36 win over Everett. The talent is there, and some other players are already starting to emerge, like juniors Irianis Delgado and Tyarah Horton. Wilkey did what she does, putting up 23 points with the bulk of those coming in the first half.

But the problem for Classical in its first game is one I’ve seen plague other teams early this season: turnovers. Bad passes and getting shaken up by the Crimson Tide’s full-court press allowed Everett to crawl back into the game, but the Rams never totally lost control. Those are the sort of problems that can be worked out in time, though. In a few weeks, I bet the Rams will be gelling and playing at a high level, once the early-season kinks are ironed out.

They’ll be tested again tonight, though, when they travel to Peabody to take on the Tanners. A perennial contender, Peabody should give Classical a great game, and it will be a perfect opportunity to see where the Rams stand in the Northeastern Conference and what they’ll need to adjust going forward.

— Speaking of turnovers, the SaugusSalem girls basketball game last night was about as sloppy as you’ll see, but it worked for the Sachems. It looks like Saugus will be a strong defensive team; in the second half, it smothered any chance Salem had at pulling away, and shut the Witches down long enough for the Sachems to claw back into the game. Saugus’ offense might be a work in progress, especially when it comes to something like shot selection, but by the end of the game, the Sachems had found a rhythm.

Making the tournament last year after a one-win season the year before has to have the Sachems hungry for another shot at a playoff run. The team has a lot of good athletes, and it will be interesting to see how they stack up against the rest of a tough NEC.

— Easily one of the most entertaining teams to watch last season was the Salem boys basketball squad. The Witches went 18-2 in the regular season and undefeated in the Northeastern Conference, and lost to Brighton in the Division 2 North semis. But unfortunately for coach Tom Doyle, he lost the bulk of his starters after last season. Jhonel Roberts is playing for Stonehill now, and Ricky Arias, who started last year as a sophomore, transferred to Pingree.

But judging by how tough Saugus played Salem last night, it’s pretty clear the Witches won’t be able to run through the NEC the way they did last year. At least not without a lot of close, tough games along the way.

Saugus might be one of those teams to watch out for. The Sachems lost a few starters after last season, but they still have some serious size. Chris McGrane is like a tank at center; he has the ability to bust through the defense and drive straight to the hoop. He is also dangerous on the boards. Cam Williamson and Matt Waggett are also imposing figures on the court, and looked solid in Saugus’ season opener Monday. The Sachems may have a new look, but are still very competitive.

— Finally, as the hockey season gets started as well, MassHSHockey.com again becomes one of my most-visited websites. For anyone who hasn’t checked out the site, it’s the go-to for all things high school hockey in the state…stats, schedules, rosters and information from this year and years past, it’s all there and updated with astounding regularity. And if you head there now, there’s even a couple of old photos of the 1956 and 1957 Lynn English state championship teams on the front page. Pretty neat.


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

Free throws crucial in Classical’s win over Everett

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Irianis Delgado snags a rebound out of the hands of Everett’s Carolann Cardinale.

By KATIE MORRISON 

LYNN — Free throws may not be the most exciting part of any basketball game, but in the Classical girls basketball team’s win over Everett Tuesday night, they were crucial.

The Rams went 16-for-28 at the line and held off a second-half surge from the Crimson Tide to lock up a 41-36 win at home in the team’s season opener.

“Last year, when (Everett) beat us here, they beat us at the foul line, they hit all of their shots,” Classical coach Tom Sawyer said. “We were 16-for-28, which isn’t great, but it isn’t terrible, and they only got five.”

Everything was going the Rams’ way in the first half. Paris Wilkey netted nine points, including two of three free throws, and Tyarah Horton sunk a layup to give Classical an 11-6 lead after a quarter.

Wilkey went to the line eight more times in the second quarter, sinking five free throws. But just as important was the fact that the Rams held the Crimson Tide to just four points in the second quarter, and went into the half up 24-10.

Everett came out hot in the second half. The game’s play was more up-tempo and sloppier, with both teams making bad passes and giving up possessions on turnovers. The Rams scored eight points in the quarter, with five coming from Wilkey and three coming on free throws. Everett got as close as nine points (29-20) in the quarter, but Classical still maintained a 31-21 lead heading into the fourth.

Soneta Srey wasn’t much of a scoring threat through the first three quarters (though she was big on the boards; she pulled down 12 rebounds on the night), but the senior forward came alive in the fourth quarter as Wilkey started getting less looks and more opportunities opened up for other players. Srey went 3-for-5 at the line and added two more layups in the fourth quarter, and those points proved to be critical.

“When the game is getting tight in the fourth, she scores seven points, which is huge,” Sawyer said. “(Everett) kept coming and coming. Those hoops are huge to keep them at bay.”

The Crimson Tide played tight defense on Classical throughout the night, but stepped it up a notch in the fourth quarter, employing a full-court press on every Rams possession. Jacquelin Emmanuel led the charge for Everett late, as she forced turnovers and converted them into points. All of a sudden, Everett was within six points at 37-31 with two minutes to play.

Srey nailed two free throws and then Priscill Alouidor forced a turnover on Everett’s next possession, but Emmanuel stole it right back and took it to the hoop for an easy layup.

Srey sunk one more free throw and Emmanuel drained another three with 12 seconds to play, but Classical held off the Crimson Tide as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

“Everett is a good team, they’re not going to go away, they played tough,” Sawyer said. “We made some mistakes. My criticism is too many turnovers. Too many careless passes. We’ve got to value the basketball more, and instead of scoring 41 we might score 51 and have a little more of a comfortable margin.”

Wilkey finished the game with 23 points and six rebounds, while Srey netted eight points. Horton, Chloe Kebreau, Jeylly Medrano and Irianis Delgado chipped in with three points apiece.


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

Girls test mettle in Duchane girls basketball jamboree

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

By SCOT COOPER

LYNN — The Paul Duchane Girls Basketball Jamboree is one of the first tests area teams get as they prepare for the upcoming season.

Held every year at the Classical gym, in memory of the man who taught and coached throughout the Lynn school system, the 24th annual jamboree Saturday saw English, Swampscott, Marblehead, Malden, Somerville, Medford, Saugus, Danvers, Hamilton-Wenham, Reading, Peabody, Revere, Bishop Fenwick, Georgetown and Masconomet take part.

The 16 teams each played two quarters, and the stands were filled with fans, and also quite a few area coaches, scouting and filming teams they’ll face somewhere down the line this season.

Classical came out fairly strong against Masconomet in the day’s last game, racing out to a 4-1 lead on four points by Paris Wilkey. The Chieftains took their first lead at 8-6, but a bucket by Irianis Delgado tied the score at eight apiece.

Things went south for the Rams after that, Masconomet cruised to a 29-8 lead before Skyler Creighton swished one for Classical. The Chieftains scored at the buzzer for a 31-10 final.

Rams coach Tom Sawyer said the team has to practice much harder before Tuesday night’s season opener against Everett.  

“I thought we started the game well,” he said. “The kids competed hard all night, we just didn’t finish very well after that good start.

“We’ve got to make adjustments and turn up the intensity at practice before our game with Everett. We need to practice at a much higher intensity level, and carry that high intensity level into games this season,” he said.

English scored four seconds into its game with Georgetown, Ely Guity took the tip and she floored it to the basket for an easy layup. Bulldogs coach Mackenzie Charles was coaching in his first jamboree, a 21-10 win, and he liked the effort by his club Saturday evening.

“It was a really good scrimmage for our team,” he said “I thought we played well. We’re a young team, we have a long way to go and a lot to learn, but I thought we did a good job tonight,” Charles said.

“It’s early and this is a long season, but what we want to do is come out and get better every time out, and I think we did a good job in this scrimmage.

“We have a lot of things that I want to see this team get better at as the season goes on, but I liked the effort tonight from our team,” Charles said. “As long as we improve and learn something every time we step on the court, that’s what I want to see happen with this team this year.”

English senior captain Rachel Calnan was the high scorer against the Royals (9 points), and she said that hard work and communication are going to be key issues that have to be addressed by her team this winter if the Bulldogs are going to be successful.

“I thought we communicated very well on the court, and we need to keep doing that this season,” Calnan said. “We were very aggressive on the boards, and I think that’s a very good thing for our team, we have to keep playing aggressively and communicating on the court every game this season.”

Marblehead was as cold from the floor as it was outside the Classical field house early in its game against Malden. The Magicians heated up very nicely in the second quarter and rolled over the Golden Tornado, 24-10.

The Magicians were led on offense by captains Lindsay Walker and Ashley Stiles, as well as Maddie Lowi and Darcy O’Sullivan. The winners were up 9-6 after one quarter and outscored Malden 15-4 in the second quarter.  

Marblehead coach Wayne Hanscom was pleased the team kept working and broke out of its shooting slump as the game wore on.

“You only play a half, we played everyone, but we did miss a lot of bunnies,” Hanscom said. “We kept working, the girls never got frustrated, and the ball started to drop for us.”

Swampscott zipped out to a 15-1 lead over Somerville after one quarter, and Blue coach Katelyn Leonard played everybody in a 24-18 win. Swampscott’s starting five, Hannah Leahy, Katie Watts, Maggie DiGrande, Nikki Rosa and Ella Parker all scored for Swampscott early, with freshman Olivia Matella knocking down some big threes in the first quarter.

Leonard said it’s always good to have a fast start.

“We looked really strong early on, we were working really well with and without the ball,” Leonard said. “It’s all about defense with us, and I think we played a very solid game today, defensively.”

Saugus took a 15-0 lead into the break against Medford, and cruised past the Mustangs, 29-6.

Sachems coach Mark Schruender liked the high-energy game his team played.

“We started great,” he said. “Too bad we can’t save some of those points. It was a great start for our team.

“The girls were very hungry out there, I thought. You practice for a couple of weeks and see the same faces, so tonight, against another team we came out really well, we played very hard, and I’m happy about that. Let’s hope it continues.”

Peabody had a tough time in its game against Reading. The Tanners had three starters watching the game from the bench with injuries and lost 28-8. Peabody got a bucket from Catherine Manning and free throws by Liz Zaiter, Hannah Pellizzaro Alyssa Alperin and Katie Wallace. Coach Stan McKeen said there is work to do for his team.

“It was tough with three starters on the bench, but we need to get better on defense, and certainly in offense,” McKeen said. “Hopefully everyone will be back on Friday night and we can go out and play better basketball.”

Last year’s Bishop Fenwick team took the state title, and this winter seven of those players are back for coach Adam Debaggis. The Crusaders were able to spoil Revere’s Lianne O’Hara’s Duchane head coaching debut with a 20-15 win. It wasn’t O’Hara’s first Duchane game; she was an assistant for many years with Fenwick.

Revere was coming off a hard-fought, emotional win Friday night at St. Mary’s.

Samantha Mancinelli, Sammi Gallant, Olivia DiPietro and Elizabeth Pica led the way on offense for Fenwick. Valentina Pepic, Elizabeth Lake, Pamela Gonzalez and Tatiana Iacoviello had buckets for the Patriots.

“Last year was last year, it was exciting, but this year is this year,” Debaggis said. “We miss Lianne a lot, but we’re focused on a big season, and we have a lot of work to do, as long as we all work hard, we will be a tough team to beat.”

“We kind of started off a little slow (down 8-0), a little messy, so we have to work on that, come out a little better to start games,” O’Hara said. “I love this tournament, I loved it when I was at Fenwick, I love it now that I’m with Revere. We just need to come out a little better in games and we’ll got from there.”

Danvers and Hamilton-Wenham played a thriller in their game. It looked like the Generals would have an easy ballgame, going up 16-3 early in the first. The Falcons hung around, fought back and trailed by a bucket after a steal and a swish by Tina Gigli with 11 seconds to play. Hamilton-Wenham was able to run out the clock and hold on for a 29-27 win.

 

Young Rams prepare for new season

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Classical coach Tom Sawyer coaches his team through a drill in practice. 

By STEVE KRAUSE 

The Lynn Classical girls’ basketball team will have some holes to fill. But coach Tom Sawyer considers himself fortunate that he has players ready to fill them.

Last year, the Rams won 14 games and made it to the second round of the Division 1 North sectionals before losing to top-seeded Lowell.

Gone from that team is Chenysse Hill, who is now playing at Plymouth State. Sawyer acknowledged that is a big loss.

“From a basketball standpoint, that’s a lot of minutes to replace,” he said. “The good news is we have lots of eager young student-athletes who are willing to take on the challenge.”

Central among them is senior guard Priscilla Alouidor, a sixth man last season. This year, she’ll be in the starting five.

“We’ll look for her to provide a lot of energy on the court,” he said. “She is very athletic, and very aggressive, and we’re going to look for her provide a spark and set the tone defensively for us with her aggressiveness.”

The bulk of the team, however, is young. There are five juniors returning: Paris Wilkey, Jeylly Medrano, Tyarah Horton, Nakyla Ramsay and Maryah Chandler.

Wilkey was all-conference last year as a sophomore forward, but Sawyer said, “we will need her to play even better than she did last year — not just scoring points, but in all aspects, defense, rebounding, assists and leadership. We’re going to need it all from her.”

Medrano played 2-guard last year, and is expected to be the team’s point guard this season, Sawyer said.

“We’ll need her to take care of the ball, score points, and play good defense, and generally just make sure the entire team executes what we’re trying to do offensively and defensively.”

Horton, a forward, “is a tough kid and good rebounder,” Sawyer said. “She’s undersized for a forward, but she makes up for it in tenacity and toughness. We’re going to need her to rebound for us, and play good defense — and score some points for us.”

Sawyer hopes to see something out of sophomore Olivia Pedro, who came up at the end of last season from junior varsity when injuries hit the Rams.

“She worked on her game all spring and summer on the AAU Thundercats. She’s going to be given an opportunity to help this year.”

Sawyer says he has “about six or seven” other players who are trying out, “but I don’t know which ones are going to step up and help. They’re all sophomores. We have a couple of weeks to figure it all out.”

Classical Hall of Famer Helen Ridley will assist Sawyer on the bench.

“She is a tremendous asset to the program,” he said. “As coaches, we just want to work with the kids and help them achieve to the best of their abilities. Both of us strive to do that. And when you’re playing with a lot of sophomores and juniors it takes time. The good thing about Classical kids is their willingness to listen and to learn.”

Classical opens Tuesday, Dec. 13, against Everett in what will be the last non-league game between the two schools. Next fall, the Greater Boston League and Northeastern Conference will merge into one league.


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

Classical wraps up season with banquet

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From right – Jeylly Medrano, Paris Wilkey, Chenysse Hill, Tyarah Horton, Soneta Srey.

By KATIE MORRISON

LYNN — The Lynn Classical girls’ basketball team held its annual banquet at Old Tyme Italian Cuisine in Lynn on Wednesday night.

The highlight of the evening was when seniors Shannon Magner, Chenysse Hill and Christina Behen delivered heartfelt speeches and thank-yous to their family, coaches and teammates, as a final send-off from the program.

Rams’ coach Tom Sawyer thanked the seniors for their “energy, dedication and all of the laughs” they provided throughout their careers.

“The three seniors have greatly impacted this program, and they will be truly missed,” Sawyer said.

Magner was forced to miss her entire senior season due to an ACL tear, but was lauded by her coaches and teammates for how she handled the devastating injury with grace.

“This season started tough,” said Sawyer, referring to Magner’s injury. “Shannon had dedicated herself to basketball like she never had before. She’s everything a student-athlete should be. I told the team that she wouldn’t want us not to play, and that she’d die to be out there, and I think it served as motivation for us.”

“She couldn’t have set a better example for the team,” added assistant coach Helen Ridley. “She led the team with a smile every day.”

Magner thanked her teammates for her four years in the program, and for respecting her and allowing her to lead as a captain, despite her inability to play. She also encouraged them to cherish every day in the Ram uniform, since no one ever knows when their last game will be.

“This injury helped me find myself as a person, not just an athlete,” Magner said, holding back tears. “I found my strengths and weaknesses, and learned not to take anything for granted. As much as the injury broke my heart, it broke my parents’ hearts more. I’m so thankful for them, they’re my heroes.”

Magner, who was presented with the academic achievement award, also reminisced about the day she and Hill found out they’d made the varsity team as freshmen.

“I’ll always remember us jumping and hugging each other,” she said.

Hill, another four-year varsity player, was a NEC All-Star this season, and led the Rams to a first-round playoff victory.

“I love you all, and I wish I could have one more year with this team,” said an emotional Hill, who said the younger girls on the team were like little sisters she never had. “There have been so many memories I’ll never forget. We’re like one big family.”

Hill was presented with the Lady Ram award for her fierceness and competitiveness on the court.

Behen, who was presented with a coaches’ award, was unsure at the beginning of the season if she even wanted to play basketball her senior year. But after a talk with Sawyer, she decided to stick it out.

“I wasn’t sure if my heart was in it,” she said. “But I’m so glad I played, because it was my best season yet.”

Behen urged the younger players to “never put down the ball, and to take every opportunity your coaches give you,” and said she’d “remember this season for the rest of (her) life.”

Sophomore Jeylly Medrano was presented with a coaches award, and junior Soneta Srey was named most improved player.

Paris Wilkey, who led the team in scoring, recording 16 games in double figures and scoring a season-high 31 points against Revere, was named the Offensive Player of the Year.

Sawyer recounted the many highlights from the Rams’ season, which ended with a loss to No. 1-seed Lowell in the quarterfinals of the Division 1 North tournament.

Sawyer said that after the game, Lowell’s coach approached him to tell him that the Rams “played the game the right way.”

“That’s the greatest compliment a coach can receive,” Sawyer said.

NEC basketball All-Stars named

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Alex Sanchez was named the Player of the Year in the NEC.

Alex Sanchez and Tom Doyle of the South champion Salem High School boys’ basketball team were named Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, when the Northeastern Conference coaches met last week to pick their annual All-Star team.

For the girls, Valentina Pepic of Revere was picked as the Player of the Year, while Swampscott’s Katelyn Leonard was Coach of the Year.

The boys’ all-conference team is as follows: Ricky Arias, guard; and Jhonel Roberts, forward, Salem; Devonn Allen, guard; and Rashad Francois, guard, Danvers; and Sam Traicoff, guard, Beverly.

The North All-Stars are: Danvers: Mike Nestor, Tre Crittendon, Tahg Coakley; Classical: Erick Solis, Jakeel Brown; Peabody: Junior Estrella, Moisse Irizarry; English: Iverson Lopes, Javaris Hill; Beverly: Kyle Coughlin, Ryan Garrity; Revere: Marvin Urdaneta.

The South all-stars:

Salem: Joel Nunez, Kelvin Perpetuo, Michael Kazadi; Gloucester: John Philpott, Evan Mason; Saugus: Kyle Autilio, Dan Bertrand; Marblehead: Ted Bostley, Patrick Bugler; Swampscott: Nick Scibelli; Winthrop: Devin Pulsifer.

Salem received the sportsmanship award.

The NEC girls’ all-conference team is: Meghan Hartmann, guard, Swampscott; Pamela Gonzalez, guard, Revere; Chenysse Hill, guard; and Paris Wilkey, forward, Classical; Melissa Lubas, guard, Beverly.

The girls’ North team: Revere: Adanna Hector, Maritza Scott, Ally Hinojosa; Beverly: Natalie Mellinger, Jess Cross; Danvers: Devan Walsh, Hannah Llewellyn; Peabody: Sara Hosman; Classical: Soneta Srey; English: Mashayla Johnson.

South: Salem: Brianna Rodriquez, Chanelle Camah; Swampscott: Faye Parker, Jaymie Caponigro, Hannah Leahy; Marblehead: Colby Shea, Lindsay Walker; Saugus: Mikayla Niles, Olivia Valente; Winthrop: Nina Bartlette.

Gloucester won the sportsmanship award.

Classical girls fall to top-seeded Lowell

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Classical senior point guard Chenysse Hill led the Rams with 10 points and five rebounds against Lowell on Friday night.

By MIKE ALONGI

LOWELL — It was a tough night for the Lynn Classical offense as the No. 9 Rams girls basketball team fell to the top-ranked Lowell Red Raiders, 46-29, in the quarterfinals of the MIAA Division 1 North girls’ basketball tournament at Riddick Field House on Friday night. With the win, Lowell moves on to face the winner of Saturday’s matchup between No. 4 Revere (18-5) and No. 5 Lexington (18-5).

“I couldn’t be prouder of the girls and the effort they put forth tonight,” said Classical coach Tom Sawyer. “Lowell is the No. 1 team for a reason, and they’ve only lost two games this year for a reason. But I think we did a great job on them defensively holding them under 50 points, but our shots just weren’t going in tonight.”

Senior Chenysse Hill led the Rams in her final high school game, finishing with 10 points and five rebounds. Sophomore Paris Wilkey had eight points and five rebounds, while junior Priscll Alouidor had five points and four rebounds. Sophomore Jeylly Medrano finished with two points and nine rebounds and junior Soneta Srey had two points and eight rebounds.

Classical fell behind early. The Rams had trouble with Lowell’s defensive rotations and gave up a lot of turnovers in the first quarter. Classical couldn’t get anything going, and after the first quarter Lowell held the lead, 14-6.

Classical managed to right the ship to a degree in the second quarter, but it was still hard to shrink the deficit. The Rams did hold a 16-9 advantage in the rebounding category, but they couldn’t turn those rebounds into points at the other end.

“We won the rebounding battle because these girls have unbelievable effort and intensity,” Sawyer said. “They refuse to let anyone outwork them. It just came down to the fact that we couldn’t make shots. We got the looks, they just didn’t go in.”

With a few minutes left in the half, Lowell hit a couple of three-pointers to stretch out the lead before the break. At halftime, Lowell still led, 21-12.

Classical had its best quarter in the third, but so did the Red Raiders. Lowell was able to stretch the lead out to as many as 15 points in the third quarter before the Rams went on a small run to close the period.

The fourth quarter was much of the same, with Lowell holding onto its double-digit lead. Eventually, the substitutes came in and the clock was run down.

Classical finishes up the season with a 15-9 record.

“It’s tough to say goodbye to three seniors, Shannon Magner, Chenysse Hill and Christina Behen, three great kids who do their job both in the classroom and on the court. I just told the underclassmen in the locker room that those three have raised the bar. They were committed to this team, and now they’re passing the torch to the underclassmen to show the same commitment and dedication so that hopefully we can get back here.”


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

Classical knocks out Beverly

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Classical’s Paris Wilkey attempts a shot over the Beverly defense.

By GORDON VINCENT

BEVERLY – The difference – as it usually is in the post-season – was defense.

The Lynn Classical girls basketball team shut down a potent Beverly squad, and earned a 45-34 win in the first-round Division 1 North tournament on Wednesday night at Beverly High.

Paris Wilkey led Classical with 15 points, including 11 in the second half, while Cheynesse Hill and Soneta Srey each added 10. For the No. 8-seeded Panthers (13-8), Olivia George led the way with 15 points and Melissa Lubas added 11.

“Our defense was outstanding tonight,” Classical coach Tom Sawyer said. “We know what they’re going to do and they know what we’re going to do. You can’t let this (Beverly) team catch and shoot because they’ll kill you. I thought we did a good job of making sure they didn’t do that tonight.”

Classical employed a 1-2-2 zone press with Hill at the top that made the Panthers work to bring the ball up the floor. When the Rams weren’t forcing turnovers, they were taking precious time off Beverly’s shot clock and making the Panthers hasty in their half-court offense.

The first half was a grind offensively. Beverly opened the game with a 6-0 run, which turned out to be its largest lead of the game at the 5:49 mark of the first quarter. The Rams rallied and took their first lead when Srey hit a couple of inside shots to make the score 9-8 with 7:38 left in the first quarter. Classical maintained a one-point lead (14-13) at halftime.

Two free throws by George put the Panthers back on top midway through the third quarter. But the Rams went on a decisive 14-0 run behind Wilkey, who scored seven straight points, the last two on a pair of free throws to give Classical a 30-18 lead.

Beverly got as close as five points when Jess Cross swished a 3-pointer from the left elbow with 4:54 left in the game. But Classical’s Rebecca Walker, who scored 8 points with all but one coming in the second half, answered with a three from the top of the key, as the Rams took command with a 7-0 spurt.

A free throw by Walker with 20.6 seconds left gave the Rams their biggest lead of the game at 45-32.

The No. 9-seeded Rams (15-8), who lost to the Panthers twice during the regular season, will play top-seeded Lowell (20-2) in the quarterfinals on Friday (7) at Lowell.

School Roundup: Marblehead girls finish 2nd at sectionals

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Marblehead’s Katie Walker finished fourth in diving in the North sectionals on Saturday.

By KATIE MORRISON

The Marblehead girls swim team came in second overall at the MIAA North Sectional Championships, held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Saturday.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Ellie Ronan, Amanda Wager, Meagan Hathaway and Kylie Cronin took first place (1 minute, 47.63 seconds), setting a new Marblehead High record. The same team finished second in the 400 freestyle relay (3:37.35), their new personal best time.

Hathaway won the 500 freestyle (5:02.94) and took second place in the 200 freestyle (1:55.30), while Wager set a new personal best in the race and finished seventh (2:00.47). Grace Maguire finished second in the 200 individual medley, setting a new personal best (2:09.57), and placed third in the 500 freestyle (5:15.13). Cronin finished fourth in the 50 free (24.38) and second in the 200 butterfly (56.59). Katie Walker took fourth place in the diving (456.45). Ronan finished third with a new personal best in the 100 freestyle (53.07) and placed second in the 100 backstroke (57.68). Finally, Wager placed second in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.27), breaking a nearly 20-year-old Marblehead High record.

The Bishop Fenwick team finished ninth. Sophia Lumino had a big day, winning the 100 breastroke (1:07.23) and placing fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:14.42). Lumino was also a part of two relay team that did well. The 200 medley team of Catherine Christuk, Emily Ambeliotis, Sarah Long and Lumino finished seventh (1:54.34) and the 400 freestyle team of the same girls finished eighth (3:50.55). Christuk finished sixth in the 200 freestyle (2:00.29) and the 100 backstroke (1:01.26).

In the boys’ competition on Sunday, Fenwick’s 200 medley relay team of Connor Christuk, Rowan Emerson, Addie Laurencelle and Garrett Collins qualified for the state meet. Fenwick has not had a boys’ relay qualify for states in over 20 years.

English’s Uajda Musaku finished 16th in the 100 freestyle (57.50) and 20th in the 100 backstroke (1:04.52), while her brother Brandon Musaku finished 16th in the 100 freestyle (50.63) and 14th in the 100 backstroke (56.90).

Classical’s Carly Mendonca broke a Lynn schools women’s record that stood since 1993 in the 50 freestyle, shaving .1 seconds off the time (25.13). She finished 11th in the race, and also finished seventh in the 100 freestyle. Sarah Sirois finished sixth for Classical in diving.

Fellow Ram Alex Pedro finished 13th in diving in his first trip to sectionals, and Kevin Chasse came in 11th in the 50 freestyle.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Lynn Classical 43, Danvers 31

The Rams went on the road and got a big win to wrap up their regular season. Junior Soneta Srey led Classical with 13 points. Jeylly Medrano also scored in double figures, adding 11 points. Chenysse Hill and Paris Wilkey were huge on defensive, holding a strong Danvers team to only 31 points.

The Rams finish their regular season slate with a 14-8 record, and now wait to find out their first-round opponent in the tournament.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

St. John’s Prep 64, Westford Academy 58

The Eagles topped Westford Academy in the opening round of the Larry McIntire IAABO Board 130 Classic at North Andover High on Sunday. Alec Buresh led the Eagles with 26 points, while Spencer Danforth chipped in with 17.

St. John’s will take on New Mission in the championship Monday night at 7:15.

Danvers 66, Natick 54

The Falcons earned a double-digit win Sunday over Natick at the Keough Classic at Holliston High.

INDOOR TRACK

Division 1 sectional championships

Peabody’s Marcelo Rocha barely edged out St. John’s Shrewbury’s Peter Monahan to win the 2-miles run at the MIAA Division 1 championships on Sunday at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. Rocha beat out Monahan by a little more than a second, finishing in 9 minutes, 15.07 seconds.

Other strong performances at the D1 championships included St. John’s Prep’s Tristan Shelgren, who finished eighth in the mile (4:32.22),  Peabody’s Joseph Farhat, who finished ninth in the 1000-meters (2:39.43), the St. John’s Prep 4×400 relay team of Aidan Kelley, Alex Miller, Ethan Roy and Andrew Coutu, which finished fourth, fellow Eagle Matt Flynn, who finished third in the high jump (6 feet, 2 inches), and Lynn English’s Jalil Gibson, who finished sixth in the 55 (6.76).

The Peabody girls’ team definitely made their presence known as well. Cynthia Aroke won the 55 hurdles (8.62), Jessica Ostraski finished third in the 2-miles (11:21.82), Sophia Anderle finished seventh in the 1000 (3:04.98) and the 4×400 relay team of Amanda Andrews, Dayna Vadala, Anderle and Aroke finished sixth (4:08.74).

Division 5 championships

The Bishop Fenwick boys’ track team had a strong showing at the Division 5 championships held on Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center. Shawn Carlson won the 600 for Fenwick (1:22.34), Mitch Rivers finished eighth in the 300 (37.30), and the 4×200 relay team of Oliver Botthof, Carlson, Colin Norton and Rivers took third place (1:37.58). Saugus’ Nick Silva finished seventh in the high jump, clearing 5-8.

There were plenty of good performances for the girls, as well. Fenwick’s Sydney Packard finished third in the 1000 (3:01.16), Lynnfield’s Kate Mitchell placed third in the 600 (1:39.56), Saugus’ Gianna Filaretos came in fourth in the high jump (4-10) and Winthrop’s Gianna Massa came in fifth in the shot put (33-0 1/2) while St. Mary’s Ellie Martin placed ninth (31-04.75).

Division 4 championships. The Saugus team of Kiley Ronan, Victoria Sparages, Allison Aldred and Ailyn Minaya finished fourth in the 4×200 relay, the Winthrop team of Heidy Benson, Emily McGovern, Regina Garufo and Holly Benson finished sixth in the 4×400 relay and the Lynnfield team of Lexi Yannone, Meryl Braconnier, Lilly DiPietro and Mitchell placed eighth in the 4×800.

Division 4 championships

Marblehead runners Adam Linsky and Jared Kokinos finished back-to-back in the mile during the Division 4 championships on Friday, with Linsky taking fourth (4:35.98) and Kokinos wrapping up fifth (4:38.85). Their teammate, Oliver Jacob, finished fifth in the 1000 (2:38.12), while Michael Weidenbruch finished seventh in the 2-miles (10:05.64).  Jacob Wikar finished 10th for the Magicians in the 300 (37.29), and George Goetz placed fourth in the 55 hurdles (8.27). The Marblehead 4×200 relay team of Wikar, Jaason Lopez, Joe Doherty and Sam Thorne finished seventh (1:36.33).

Swampscott’s Isaiah Bascon grabbed 10th placed in the high jump, clearing 5-8.

On the girls’ side, Swampscott’s Michelle Connor finished third in the high jump, clearing 5-4. Marblehead’s Lydia Bongiorno placed 11th in the 300 (43.04). The Swampscott 4×200 relay team of Bailey Shorr, Catie Cullinane, Allyson Hartmann and Zoe Petty grabbed a ninth-place finish, while the Marblehead 4×400 relay team of Ana Hecht, Eve Rice, Alyssa Nye and Olivia Eddy also finished ninth (4:23.80). Danvers’ Erin St. Pierre won the 55 hurdles with a time of 9.03 seconds and grabbed 10th place in the long jump (15-08.75).

Classical grinds out win over English

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English’s Regina Ngaleu tries to block Classical’s Soneta Srey from driving to the hoop.

By KATIE MORRISON

LYNN – A matchup between Lynn English and Lynn Classical is bound to be a game filled with intensity, no matter how each team’s season has progressed.  On Thursday night at the Paul Cavanagh gym at English High, the Rams got the better of the rivalry matchup, beating English, 45-33.

“Any time these two teams play, it’s always going to be a tight game, no matter what the records are,” said Classical coach Tom Sawyer.

The game was tighter than the final score might indicate, with Classical pulling away in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. But a young Bulldogs team, that honored their only senior, Regina Ngaleu, before the game, showed just how far they’ve come since the beginning of the season.

“Classical’s a very good basketball team, but I’m proud of the way our girls played tonight,” said English coach Rachael Bradley. “The rivalry is always there. We played a great first half, we just couldn’t get many shots in the net which hurt us. Overall, we played a great game. We struggled a little bit moving the ball on offense, but we played with heart, we played with intensity. Against a team like Classical that’s been playing amazing all year, you can’t ask for any more from your kids.”

The Rams were led by Soneta Srey, who put up 20 points and grabbed five rebounds. Paris Wilkey added 11 points, and point guard Chenysse Hill had a couple of breakaways and chipped in 10 points.

“It’s always good to get three into double digits,” said Sawyer. “That’s usually how you win games. Tonight it was just enough.”

The Bulldogs played strong defense and pulled down a bunch of offensive rebounds, which helped them hold on to a 12-11 lead going into the second quarter. But Srey got hot in the second, scoring the first six points of the quarter. Layups from Hill and Jeylly Medrano were part of a 10-2 run for the Rams in the opening five minutes of the second.

The Bulldogs wouldn’t go quietly, however. Dorothy Ezemba scored a game-high 21 points to lead the English offense. Point guard Ely Guity and Tommi Hill also added some big baskets for the Bulldogs to get them within three at one point in the third period.

The Bulldogs trailed by 11 with 1:45 left to play when Bradley called a time out to regroup. Srey responded with a steal and a layup immediately after the timeout to put the game away.

“We just had to hit shots,” said Sawyer. “We played a game against Revere (Saturday), we put up 68 points, and what did we do differently? We hit shots. You come over here and we struggled a little bit from the field but the kids grinded it out, and I was happy with that.”

For the Bulldogs, while they only say goodbye to one senior after this season, Ngaleu’s departure will certainly be felt. A member of the team for four years, Ngaleu has been a leader on and off the court.

“She’s come so far, and we’re going to miss her leadership and her presence on the court,” said Bradley. “She’s phenomenal on defense and rebounding, and she kept us competitive in a lot of games.”

 

Classical takes down Revere on senior day

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Chenysse Hill dribbles down the court.

By DILLON DURST

LYNN — It was important to Lynn Classical head coach Tom Sawyer to send his seniors out with a win on senior night.

After Friday’s snowstorm pushed the Rams’ anticipated matchup with Revere to Saturday afternoon, Classical capitalized on a second-half surge to sink the Patriots, 68-50, earning its 12th win of the season.

“Couldn’t be prouder of the kids,” Sawyer said after the game. “Couldn’t be prouder of the seniors.”

Two of those seniors, forward Paris Wilkey and point guard Chenysse Hill, combined to score 53 of Classical’s 67 points.

“Paris with 31 (points) and Chenysse with 22 was huge, and they got us off to a good start hitting jump shots,” Sawyer said. “We knew (Revere) was going to play a zone, and you have to hit shots to beat a zone or to get a team out of a zone.”

Wilkey wasted no time getting the Rams’ offense going in the first quarter, scoring 12 of Classical’s 14 first-quarter points.

Revere came out hot to start the second quarter, putting together a 5-0 run. Wilkey sunk a 3-pointer to stop the bleeding, but Patriots’ guard Tatianna Iacoviello responded with a long-range three to put Revere up 20-19 with 5:16 remaining in the half. The Patriots would eventually take a 25-22 lead into halftime.

Revere forwards Meagan Gotham and Valentina Pepic were a pair of menacing defenders in the paint for the Patriots throughout the first half, utilizing their height advantage over Classical to snag rebounds and contest shots. Meanwhile, Classical used its speed and quickness to track down loose balls and create turnovers.

“They were bigger than us. There’s no doubt about it,” Sawyer said. “They have something that the rest of the league doesn’t have in all that size. I just told the kids, ‘You have to fight. You have to be physical, and you have to make up for that lack of height with effort, intensity and tenacity.’ They did it today.”

After scoring just two points during the entire first half, Hill took over in the second. The senior point guard scored 20 points, including a breakaway layup off of a turnover that pushed Classical out to a 43-31 lead midway through the third quarter. Wilkey added eight more third-quarter points, while the Rams’ defense held the Patriots to just six.

Revere began the fourth quarter with a 5-0 run, cutting Classical’s lead to nine with 6:15 remaining in regulation. But the Rams went on to outscore the Patriots, 22-12, the rest of the way.

Junior guard Soneta Srey added six points for Classical, while Pepic and sophomore guard Pamela Gonzalez led Revere with 14 and eight points, respectively.

“I’m just so happy for the kids to get this win,” Sawyer said. “For our kids on Senior Night to come here and win was huge. Huge win for the kids.”


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

School roundup: Classical boys victorious in NEC meet

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

By DILLON DURST

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

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

Commonwealth Athletic Conference Meet

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

BOYS’ INDOOR TRACK

Beverly 72, Swampscott 14

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

Marblehead 54, Peabody 32

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

GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK

Beverly 67, Swampscott 19

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

Peabody 56, Marblehead 30

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

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Beverly 62, Lynn Classical 51

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

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

Fenwick 65, Medford 33

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

Saugus 55, Somerville 47

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

Lynn Tech 45, Presentation of Mary Academy 41

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

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Saugus 65, Revere 48

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

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

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

WRESTLING

St. John’s 52, Beverly 13

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

Danvers 71, Marblehead/Swampscott 0

The Falcons cruised to a shutout victory on senior night.

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.

Classical girls reach tourney

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Classical’s Paris Wilkey banks a shot off the backboard.

By MIKE ALONGI

With a solid 60-25 win over Medford at home on Wednesday night, the Lynn Classical Rams girls’ basketball team has qualified for the state tournament with several games left on the schedule.

“This was obviously a big win for us because it’s the one that got us into the tournament,” said Classical coach Tom Sawyer. “To be able to qualify with games left in the season is a great feeling, and it was a goal for us all year.”

Paris Wilkey led the way for the Rams (11-6) with 21 points, while Jeylly Medrano contributed 14 points. Point guard Chenysse Hill had 10 points in the win.

“We’ve got to keep the momentum going now,” Sawyer said. “We’re not done yet, that’s for sure.”

The Rams also logged a win against Salem on Tuesday night, winning 56-32 on the road.

Wilkey was again the Rams’ leading scorer, racking up 22 points. Soneta Srey added 15 and Hill chipped in with nine.

After giving up 17 points in the first quarter, the Rams held the Witches to just 15 points over the final three quarter.

SWIMMING

Greater Lawrence 94, Lynn Tech 92

Nick Westin won both the 100-yard butterfly (1 minute, 14.01 seconds) and the 200 individual medley (2:39.82) in the loss for the Tigers (4-4). Also grabbing wins for Tech was Jin Purdy in the 100 backstroke (1:28.32) and Francisco Fresco in diving (168.37 points). The 200 freestyle relay team of Juan Bernabe, Carlos Gonzalez, Hector Alas and Jaleem Alicea also won with a time of 2:07.10.

Arlington Catholic 92, St. Mary’s 74

Despite the loss, the Spartans (1-6) had several first-place finishers. Eve Smith won both the 100 backstroke (1:07.18) and the 200 freestyle (2:07.25). Gabi Marchese took first in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:37, and the team of Marchese, Danny Rodriguez, Dami Rodriguez and Katia DiConstanzo took first place in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 2:01.97.

WRESTLING

Danvers 66, Peabody 12

The Falcons got wins from Grady Chan at 113 pounds, captain Michael Neff at 138 pounds and captain Quin Holland at 152 pounds, all via pinfall.

“We had some great all-around wins tonight,” said Danvers coach Mark DeCiccio.

Lynnfield 29, Georgetown 19

Recording wins for the Pioneers (15-6-1) were Kai Jean-Simon (126), Max Wyman (132), Connor Stead (138), Zack Monzione (152), Kevin Farrelly (195) and Tim Goucher (220).

St. John’s 63, Catholic Memorial 15

The Eagles improved to 31-1 on the season and wrapped up their 18th consecutive Catholic Conference title with a 4-0 record. Recording wins for St. John’s were Ryan Garlitz (106), Will Grady (113), Malcolm Mitchell (120), Zach Alexander (126), John McNaught (132), Ben Shaw (138), Hunter Costa (145), Sam Blizard (160), Spencer Jenkins (182), Ben Klein (195) and Jay Carnevale (285).

GYMNASTICS

Fenwick 133.9, Gloucester 125.2

Abby Regnier led the way for Fenwick (3-1), finishing first in the all-around (35.3), beam (9.4) and vault (8.7). Taylor Tattan added a first-place finish for the Crusaders in floor (8.8) and bars (8.8), and finished second in the all-around (34.8). Teammate Ali Rotarock also finished third on the beam (8.5) for Fenwick.


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

Classical girls storm past English

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Classical’s Paris Wilkey has to fight through Mashayla Johnson’s reach to get to the hoop.

By KATIE MORRISON

LYNN – The Lynn Classical girls’ basketball team was firing on all cylinders against rival Lynn English, topping the Bulldogs, 57-35, at home Tuesday.

The Rams (6-3) had three players reach double figures in scoring, with sophomore forward Paris Wilkey netting a game-high 19 points. Junior guard Soneta Srey scored 17 points and sophomore guard Jeylly Medrano chipped in with 10 points.

The Bulldogs (1-5) scored the first three points of the game with Mashayla Johnson draining a three after English won the tip-off. But from that point on, it was all Classical.

Srey snatched up an offensive rebound and sent it back up to the basket to get the Rams on the board. Medrano gave the Rams a 4-3 lead with a layup.

A layup and two free throws from Srey gave the Rams some breathing room. Srey then grabbed a defensive rebound and launched a pass to Wilkey, who took the ball to the hoop on a fast break to give the Rams a 10-3 lead.

Seven points from Wilkey and six from Srey in the first quarter gave the Rams a comfortable 18-4 lead heading into the second.

Part of the Bulldogs’ game plan included putting pressure on Classical senior guard Chenysse Hill. They did just that, limiting Hill to only two points.  But the Rams found other ways to score.

“Chenysse Hill, she only scored two points tonight, but she runs the show for us and makes us go,” said Classical coach Tom Sawyer. “(English) tried to do some things to take her out of the game, and that opened up some things for some other players, and that’s what a team is all about.”

“I thought that we didn’t come out with enough intensity tonight (and) that we kind of started flat, and obviously Classical is a great team,” said English coach Rachel Bradley. “Paris Wilkey hurt us. Paris is a great player, and she took advantage of that. I can’t fault them for anything. We didn’t play to our potential tonight.”

A big second quarter from Wilkey gave the Rams a 33-10 lead at the half. Wilkey scored 10 points in the quarter, with Medrano adding three and Tyarah Horton adding two.

The Bulldogs wouldn’t go quietly, and fought until the very end, when Tommi Hill unleashed a three-pointer at the buzzer.

“No matter what, we’re still going to fight for 32 minutes, even if we’re down by 30 or 40, we’re going to keep playing,” said Bradley. “We were playing full court defense even at the end of the game here. I give my kids a lot of credit for staying in it, there was a lot of energy still, but we have to start faster.”

The Rams were able to get some bench players valuable minutes, and Horton, especially, took advantage, scoring five points.

“She’s getting better and better as the year goes on,” Sawyer said of the sophomore.

For English, Johnson, who Bradley calls “a rising star,” led the team with 10 points. Sophomore point guard Ely Guity chipped in with eight points and sophomore Dorothy Ezemba added seven.


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