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Fenwick girls’ crusade for a repeat comes to an end

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Jaxson Nadeau goes to the floor to steal the ball from Amesbury’s Madison Napoli.

By ANNE MARIE TOBIN

WAKEFIELD — Three hundred and fifty-seven days.

That’s how long the Bishop Fenwick girls basketball team’s reign as state Division 3 state champion lasted until a determined, and very talented, Amesbury team put on a shooting and rebounding clinic, stopping Fenwick dead in its tracks, 66-50, to win the Division 3 North championship Saturday at Wakefield High.

The Indians led practically from start to finish. Fenwick led just once, 2-1, after sophomore Jaxson Nadeau (4 points, 5 steals) picked Amesbury point guard Maddie Napoli’s pocket and dished to the trailer, senior captain Sam Mancinelli (14 points, 5 3-pointers, 6 steals), for a layup.

That might have been Napoli’s only faux pas of the afternoon as the two-time Baker Division Cape Ann League MVP, along with sophomore forward Flannery O’Connor (21 points, 20 rebounds), gave the Crusaders fits all afternoon. Napoli hit one key shot after another, finishing with 17 points and three 3-pointers.

Her younger sister Allison, only a freshman, wasn’t too shabby either; she hit two timely threes and finished with 10.

Fenwick fell behind by 10 twice in the first quarter (15-5, 17-7), but clawed its way back with a 6-0 run in the last minute to go into the second quarter trailing by just four, 17-13. Mancinelli started the run with an NBA-worthy 3-pointer from the top of the key, then, after another Nadeau steal, Liv DiPietro drained a baseline three from Fredi DiGuglielmo with 30 seconds left in the quarter.

Unfortunately for the Crusaders, that was as close as they would come the rest of the game in large part due to a disastrous second quarter when they could not buy a basket.

Fenwick took 21 shots in the quarter, five from beyond the arc, and missed them all. The Crusaders couldn’t cash in at the foul line either, connecting only five of 12 attempts.

The good news for Fenwick was it held Amesbury scoreless until the 5:19 mark when O’Connor made one of two free throws after grabbing two offensive rebounds. The bad news was the Crusaders didn’t get on the board until Mancinelli made one of two free throws at the 4:21 mark, cutting the deficit to five at 20-15.

After that, however, the Indians poured it on, outscoring the Crusades 16-4 to close out the first half with a 17-point lead, 36-19.

Mancinelli gave the Crusaders a boost to start the second half, draining two 3-pointers in the first 30 seconds to close the gap to 36-25, but the Indians went on a 12-2 run to stretch their lead to 21 at 48-27 with three minutes left in the quarter. Fenwick shaved the deficit to 15, 50-35, going into the final eight minutes, but the Indians kept their feet firmly on the gas, never letting the lead slip below 12 points the rest of the way.

“We had our spurts too, we just couldn’t stop them,” Fenwick head coach Adam DeBaggis said. “At the start of the second half, Sammy hits those two big threes, so we cut the lead to 12 but just couldn’t stop them from scoring.

“We just didn’t play good enough defense and they (the Indians) were feeling it, they were hitting their shots and we just got a little bit behind; we could never eclipse the 10-point mark. It kind of felt like it just didn’t go our way tonight, but they rebounded, they made their shots, they made their second chance shots, and they had a lot of them and that’s what won the game.”

Amesbury coach Matt Willis heaped plenty of praise on the Fenwick program after the game. His first exposure to the Crusaders as Indians’ head man was last year in the quarterfinals when the Crusaders ran roughshod over the Indians in a 69-32 rout in the Indians’ first tournament appearance since 2013.

“This victory feels so good ,especially after they put a pretty good whipping on us last year,” said Willis. “Fenwick is a great team and great program. I tip my cap to them. To make it to three straight sectional titles is incredible, they are a great team. They have nothing to hang their heads about, losing all the talent they had last year and still getting right back here. He (DeBaggis) does a great job, but my team has as much heart as anyone and this is the toughest group of girls I have ever coached.”

Experienced Crusaders face a tall task in Amesbury

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Jaxson Nadeau and the Fenwick Crusaders will clash against Amesbury, the top seed, in the Division 3 North final. 

By ANNE MARIE TOBIN

The Bishop Fenwick girls basketball team’s march toward another state title continues tomorrow at Wakefield where the Crusaders will play top-seeded Amesbury for what they hope will be another Division 3 North title.

Much as was the case in the Crusader’s opening round game against Saugus, the game pits Fenwick’s pedigree against Amesbury’s inexperience. The game will also be an opportunity for the Indians to even the score, having  been routed by Fenwick in last year’s quarterfinals, 69-32.

“They are a well-balanced team very similar to us, but they have some players who can get to the hoop, a good post player and some girls who can shoot,” Fenwick head coach Adam DeBaggis said.  “But all we have focused on is doing our thing as opposed to thinking too much about them.”

The Crusaders have a wealth of playoff experience, having played for a north title the last three years.  They also made  it to the semi-finals when the current seniors were freshmen, losing in a rout to CCL rival St. Mary’s.

With 13 tournament games, including three appearances in the north championship game, the Crusaders have been there, and done that.

Amesbury, on the other hand, comes into the game as an upstart.  The Indians stand at 20-1 and are riding a 12 game win streak.  Their only loss was to Pentucket, way back on Jan. 20, in a 40-37 game.

Over the last four years, the Indians have been to the playoffs in each of the last two years under second-year coach Matt Willis, who inherited a sub-500 squad but turned things around last season.

The Indians are led by their point guard, Maddie Napoli, two-time Cape Ann League Baker Division Player of the Year.  Other threats include CAL First Team all-stars, guards Meaghan Reid and Abigail Sartori, and all-star center Flannery O’Connor.  

Napoli, along with Sartori and Julia Montague,  is a triple-triple threat.  Sartori, was the difference maker in the Indians’ first round 48-34 win over North Reading.  She broke the game wide open in the second half, knocking down three straights threes, and also hit three key treys in the Indians’ come-from-behind win semifinal win over St. Mary’s.

O’Connor, a sophomore, is a force down low, can drive and brings height to the table, while Napoli’s sister, Allison, a freshman, is also a double-double threat.

Another key player is senior Mikayla Porcaro, who played a key role last year for the Crusaders before transferring to Amesbury.

The Crusaders are led by captain Sam Mancinelli.  Mancinelli earned CCL First Team all-star honors this season and is Fenwick’s field general.  Only 5’2”, she is the leading scorer on the team with an average of 12.6 points per game and is the team’s best 3-point shooter.  She also is second on the team in rebounding (6.2 rpg), behind junior Jennie Meagher, who averages a team-best 8.6 rebounds and also leads the team in blocked shots.  In two tournament games, Mancinelli has averaged 14 points per game.

“She is everything you want in a player and person from a coach’s view, as close to perfect as you can get,” De Baggis said.  “I could tell her she is the greatest player ever and she would still be humble.”

Sophomore Jaxson Nadeau, also a CCL First Team all-star,  is  averaging 11.8 points ppg and leads the team in steals (3.2 spg).  She is averaging a team-high 16 ppg in the tournament.

Other key players for Fenwick include Fredi DiGuglielmo, Sammi Gallant and Sam Gulla.

Fenwick has a new-found depth and is getting key contributions from several bench players who have stepped up.

Courtney Norton, who while playing in only 12 games this season, has been a force in the tournament, is averaging eight points per game.

“Courtney can score, she has a good touch and had a huge game against Saugus,” DeBaggis said.  “She hit two threes in the blink of an eye when we were struggling to score, and has played her way to significant minutes.  She has become a real spark for this team coming off the bench, like Fredi did for us last year.

Camille Tache’ is a tough kid who stepped in as a starter midway through the season with Sam Gulla when we needed more leadership, and Liv DiPietro, Elizabeth Pica and Mary O’Brien give us depth at rebounding.  Sammi Gallant is a good shooter and is a budding leader as only a sophomore.

“Both teams are different from last year, and it will all come down to who steps up.”

Tomorrow’s tipoff is set for 4 p.m.

 

Crusaders roll past Manchester-Essex, advance to final

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Fenwick’s Jennie Meagher (left) pulls down a rebound in front of Bella Pomeroy of Manchester/Essex. 

By MIKE ALONGI

DANVERS — Behind a relentless defensive team effort and a lights-out shooting night, the No. 6 Bishop Fenwick girls basketball team took down the No. 2 Manchester-Essex Hornets, 66-36, in the Division 3 North semifinals on Monday night at St. John’s Prep. The Crusaders recorded 17 steals as a team and also made 15 free throws and six three-pointers in the win.

“We had great intensity from everyone tonight,” said Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis. “We had a lot of steals, got a lot of pressure, and that’s who we are. When we’re out there causing havoc for the other team, that’s when we’re at our best.”

Sophomore guard Jaxson Nadeau was the leader on both ends of the floor for Fenwick, finishing with 15 points and seven steals.

“It’s happened to us a bunch in the past, when the opposing team is able to disrupt your best player, and that’s what Jaxson is for us,” DeBaggis said. “And it really disrupts the flow for the other team. A lot of the other girls get steals largely because of what she does out there, so she’s been huge for us.”

Senior Sam Mancinelli had a big game with 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals, while junior Fredi DeGuglielmo had 11 points, four rebounds and three steals. Junior Courtney Norton added eight points.

It was a defensive battle on both ends to open the game, with turnovers coming left and right. Nadeau made her presence known early, scoring all nine points in the opening quarter for Fenwick while also grabbing four steals on the defensive end. The rest of the Crusaders played great team defense as well, and the score was just 9-4 in favor of Fenwick after the first quarter.

The second quarter was where the Crusaders took over. They kept up the defensive pressure, employing a full-court press on every single Hornets possession. But the real key to Fenwick’s big quarter was shooting, as the Crusaders outscored Manchester-Essex 24-6 in the quarter to roll to a 33-15 halftime lead.

“We haven’t seen much of that this year, the hot shooting,” said DeBaggis. “But we kept playing good defense as well, and I think that was key for us. Making shots will ebb and flow, but if you can continually play good defense, that’s what I care about.”

Fenwick was able to push the lead to as many as 32 points late in the third quarter, and despite a small run by the Hornets in the fourth quarter, the Crusaders were able to walk away with the big win.

The Crusaders (16-8) now find themselves back in the Division 3 North final for the second straight season, but the path to another sectional title will surely be a tough one. Fenwick is set to go up against either No. 1 seed Amesbury (20-1) or No. 5 St. Mary’s (15-8), a Catholic Central League rival that they’ve already lost to twice this season.

“Either way, I think it’s going to be our toughest game of the year,” DeBaggis said. “I think our team might want St. Mary’s a little more, just because of the two losses, but we’re going to be ready for whoever we face.”

Amesbury and St. Mary’s will play tonight at Billerica High School, while the Division 3 North final will be played at a date, time and location to be determined.

Sachems fight, but fall to Crusaders

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Fenwick’s Sam Mancinelli scored 16 points in the win. 

By STEVE KRAUSE

SAUGUS — It was Bishop Fenwick’s pedigree against Saugus’ inexperience Thursday night at the Sachem gym. Pedigree may have won, but not without inexperience putting a good scare into it.

Fenwick, the defending Division 3 girls basketball state champion, struggled to keep the pesky Sachems from hanging around, and the Crusaders could never quite get rid of them until the late stages of the game, when players such as Sam Mancinelli (16 points) and Jaxson Nadeau (15) took over and finally vanquished a very courageous Saugus, 46-33.

The win puts the Crusaders in the Division 3 North semifinal against Manchester-Essex, but the date and time has not been released.

“I respect that program a lot,” said Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis. “That’s a good team over there.”

Despite the loss, Saugus Mark Schruender couldn’t have been happier for his kids.

“This is the first time in something like three decades that they’ve been in the tournament,” he said. “Everybody can walk out of here with their heads held high.”

Most remarkable, from Schruender’s point of view, is that Fenwick, which only led 19-10 at the half, went on an 11-3 spurt to start the third quarter to lead 30-13. That was the high-water mark, as far as Fenwick’s lead went. Saugus took over from there, and actually had the deficit shaved to seven points (33-26) with over half the fourth quarter to play. The way things were going, it looked like Fenwick might be in for a rough ride the rest of the way.

“I was thinking ‘oh, no, not again,” DeBaggis said. “We’ve been in that situation a lot.”

However, that’s when Mancinelli stepped up.

“Sam Mancinelli’s been in something like 10 or 11 tournament games,” said DeBaggis. “She always seems to come through and she did again tonight.”

Mancinelli, the lone captain on the team, drilled a 3-pointer from just to the left of the arc’s center to put the lead back up to 10 with 4:27 to go.

“At that point, we had to compose ourselves,” said Mancinelli. “We were getting flustered. It was a loud gym (which was filled to capacity and then some) and it was very easy to get rattled.

“We knew Saugus was inexperienced and we knew we had to keep pressuring them,” said Mancinelli.

Saugus tried to come back a couple of times after Mancinelli sunk that three, but it was to no avail, and Mancinelli hit four free throws in the last minute to keep the Sachems at bay.

“We had a saying all year ‘maximum effort daily,’”  Schruender said. “We got maximum effort tonight.”

Alessia Salzillo, Molly Granara and Olivia Valente each scored seven points for Saugus.

Both coaches acknowledged that his team’s shooting was off.

“I think we were nervous,” said Schruender. “That may have affected the shooting, but not the defense. I thought our defense was very good. They only got 19 points in the first half.”

“We had to play down their end in the first half, and their fans were pretty loud,” said DeBaggis. “I think that got to us a little.”

Both teams’ fans had their own theme nights. For Saugus, it was a day at the beach, with Sachem fans showing up to the game in the most outrageous beach gear they could find. Fenwick’s fans turned the game into a pajama party, with fans showing up looking as they just woke up.

Saugus, Fenwick to battle it out in state tourney

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

By MIKE ALONGI 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fenwick rally falls short against St. Mary’s

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Temi Falayi led the way as the Spartans defeated Fenwick, 49-44. 

By HAROLD RIVERA

PEABODY — When the St. Mary’s and Bishop Fenwick girls basketball teams meet, a close game is usually in the cards. That was the result Friday night at Fenwick as the Spartans fought off a late Crusaders surge to notch a 49-44 win.

“We gutted it out,” St. Mary’s coach Jeff Newhall said. “We made a lot of mistakes in that second half and that’s to Fenwick’s credit. They applied some serious pressure to our guards, we had trouble getting into what we wanted to get into.”

Crusaders coach Adam DeBaggis was proud of his group’s effort. Every time it seemed as though St. Mary’s would pull away, Fenwick found a way to claw back in.

“I thought we played unbelievable defense towards the end,” DeBaggis said. “This shows that we have heart. We really gutted that one out for a while, which we haven’t sometimes earlier this year, so I was happy to see that.”

The opening quarter featured sloppy play from both teams. St. Mary’s and Fenwick each committed turnovers and missed a number of free throw attempts, but the slight edge belonged to the Spartans at 10-8. Temi Falayi and Olivia Nazaire each scored four points for the Spartans in the quarter.

Falayi, who finished with 19 points, earned her coach’s praise after the win

“I thought she (Falayi)  was the best player on the court tonight, on both ends,” Newhall said. “She scored, she blocked shots, she rebounded the ball, broke their press. We couldn’t have gotten much more from her.”

In the second quarter, Falayi and Nazaire each hit a pair of free throws to give the Spartans a 19-12 advantage with three and a half minutes to play. Fenwick answered with a 6-3 run but Christina Nowicki retaliated with a three-pointer to put St. Mary’s ahead, 25-18. That’s how it stood at the half.

Nazaire hit a hook shot on the opening possession of the third quarter, giving the Spartans a 27-18 cushion. With Fenwick down nine points, and the Spartans finding their rhythm, Sam Mancinelli and Jaxson Nadeau took center stage.

With three and a half minutes remaining in the period, Mancinelli made a pair of free throws to slim the deficit to three points at 30-27. Nadeau followed her teammate’s lead with a three-point play to tie the game at 30-30. St. Mary’s led 33-30 at the end of the third.

“We played with great heart and intensity,” DeBaggis said. “We just didn’t hit enough shots. We had a couple good looks that went in and out. We know we can play with them. They’re in our division so we’ll probably see them again. I thought both teams played hard.”

Three minutes into the final quarter, Gaby Torres knocked home a three to give the Spartans a 38-32 lead. The Crusaders trailed for the majority of the quarter but things began to turn in their favor in the final two minutes.

Mancinelli drained a three to make it a two-point game at 42-40, and sunk two free throws to tie the game, 42-42, with a minute and a half remaining.

“Usually when you’re leading the entire time and they tie it with a minute left, things don’t go well,” Newhall said. “Overall, this league’s great. It’s tough to win on the road.”

After the teams exchanged buckets, Torres swished another three-pointer to put St. Mary’s ahead 47-44. With 3.6 seconds to play, Falayi nailed a pair of freebies and the Spartans hung on for the win, 49-44.

Nazaire scored 18 points for St. Mary’s, while Torres added six.

For Fenwick, Mancinelli led the way with 23 points and Nadeau finished with 15.

“This is one of the best leagues in the state,” DeBaggis said. “We lose a game like this and that’s better than some other teams winning a game. This was tournament atmosphere.”

Both teams return to action on Sunday when St. Mary’s (13-7) hosts Coyle-Cassidy in the Spartan Classic tournament and Fenwick (13-7) clashes against Masco.

Before the game, Fenwick honored its three seniors, Mancinelli, Sam Gulla and Camille Tache, as part of the team’s senior night.

 

School Roundup: Spartans fall to BC High

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Damon Maribito scored a goal for the Spartans but BC High took the win. 

By STEVE KRAUSE

The St. Mary’s boys hockey team played one of its best games of the season Wednesday night at Connery Rink, giving BC High, one of the top teams in the state, all it could handle. However, the Spartans fell, 2-1.

“I’m so proud of the way we responded to them,” St. Mary’s coach Mark Lee said. “It was a whole team effort and I’m very impressed with the energy and discipline we showed. This was one of our best games.”

The Spartans held the Eagles scoreless through the first period, but a couple of quick goals in the second, 19 seconds apart, put St. Mary’s in a 2-0 hole.

The home team responded in the third as Damon Maribito cut the lead in half with assists from Nick Napolitano and Mike Desmond. But the Spartans couldn’t find the equalizer.

The shots were even at 22-22, and St. Mary’s didn’t incur a single penalty the entire game. Goalie Andrew LoRusso played very well for St. Mary’s.

The Spartans (12-5-1) will take on Newburyport Friday night at Connery in a makeup game.

Gloucester 4, Lynn 1

John DiFilippo put the Jets on the board in the second period with assists from Steve Patrie and Ryan Clark. The Jets will visit Dracut on Saturday morning, in hopes of getting back on the win column. “We didn’t play well tonight,” Lynn coach Joe Conlon said. “We didn’t have enough jump to stay with them.”

Peabody 7, Beverly 1

The Tanners cruised to a decisive win at home as Ethan LeBlanc led the way with three goals and one assist. Nick Merryman added a goal and three assists, Devin Doucette (1 goal, 1 assist) and Tim January (2 assists) also chipped in, and Jack McKelvey scored his first varsity goal.

Cam Anderson, Zach Rich, Caleb Dollin and Nick Capillo each logged an assist. Aaron McDonnell made 11 saves over two periods, and Connor Christman backstopped Peabody to a scoreless third period, turning away eight shots.

Swampscott 10, Everett 4

Louis Olivieri had three goals and two assists and Mike Johnson and Thomas O’Keefe each added two goals and two assists as the Big Blue routed Everett.

Drew Olivieri also had a big game, recording his first varsity points with a goal and an assist.

Swampscott (16-2) will face off against rival Marblehead Saturday.

North Reading 1, Lynnfield 1

On Senior Night, Lynnfield’s Johnny Percoskie scored on a power play in the third period to tie the game at 1-1. Jaret Simpson and Joey Mack earned the assists on the game-tying goal. “It was definitely one of our best efforts,” Lynnfield coach John Gardner said. “It was Senior Night and that was a big deal because North Reading has kind of been our kryptonite.” Lynnfield (8-7-2) visits Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday. The Pioneers need two points in three games to clinch a spot in the state tournament.  

Danvers 3, Winthrop 2

Conor Purtell scored two goals for the Falcons, who clinched a share of the NEC North with the victory.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Fenwick 73, Gloucester 49

Ryan Veguilla scored 22 points to lead the way for the Crusaders. Fenwick (8-9) visits St. Mary’s on Friday night for a tough CCL matchup.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Tech 40, Minuteman 39 (OT)

The Tigers kept their playoff hopes alive with a nerve-wracking victory on the road.

Up by three with time ticking away, Tech allowed Minuteman to score at the buzzer, but escaped with the one-point win.

“We’ve played them three times, and it’s tough to beat a team three times,” Tech coach Kaitlyn Wechsler said. “We knew coming in that all of the pressure was on us.”

The Tigers fell behind by eight points at the start of the fourth quarter, and changed up their defense to a zone to try and contain Minuteman. It paid off.

Alondra Sanchez contributed half of the Tigers’ points, Arianna Anaya added eight points and Malvelis Hernandez chipped in with seven. Annmarie Teixeira had a strong defensive game, coming up with big rebounds and a timely steal late in the game.

It will come down to the wire for Tech, as it needs one win to clinch a tournament berth. The Tigers host rival Chelsea for the regular-season finale Friday.

Fenwick 53, Spellman 45

At Spellman, the Crusaders moved to 13-6, with senior Sam Gulla leading the way with 17 points and four steals.

Sophomore Jaxson Nadeau had 14 points and two steals. Sam Mancinelli, Fredi DeGuglielmo, and Mary O’Brien also played well.

Fenwick is back in action Friday at home against St. Mary’s.

GIRLS HOCKEY

St. Mary’s 2, Quincy/N. Quincy 2

Mady Hentosh and Adara Nazarian had the goals as the Spartans scored their second straight tie, having played Arlington Catholic to a 1-1 deadlock Saturday.

The tie makes St. Mary’s record 12-2-3. The Spartans are back in action Saturday at Austin Prep, and conclude their regular season next week in the Hingham Showcase with games against Acton-Boxborough Tuesday and Braintree a week from tonight.

Fenwick 6, Shawsheen 1

The Crusaders featured six different scorers in Meghan Carney, Caitlin Carney, Jesse Adkinson, Maggie Williams and Allie Giguere. Freshman goaltenders Cailyn Wesley and Daphne Jalbert teamed up for the win. Fenwick hosts Wilmington on Sunday morning.

 

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.

 

 

School Roundup: Saugus makes the tournament

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Brendan Ronan and the Sachems are in the state tournament with Friday’s win. 

By MIKE ALONGI

For the first time in five years, the Saugus boys hockey team is heading to the state tournament after a 2-1 win over the Peabody Tanners in a Northeastern Conference matchup at McVann-O’Keefe Memorial Rink in Peabody on Friday night. The Sachems (8-4-4) last appeared in the MIAA tournament in the 2011-2012 season.

“I’m just really happy for the guys, it was a complete team effort to get this far,” said Saugus coach Jeff Natalucci. “We’ve had to battle all year, so it feels good to finally get in there.”

Brendan Ronan and Dante McGrane were the scorers in this one, with each tallying one goal and one assist. John Torres and Adam Rodrigues each had one assist. Saugus senior goaltender Nick Sanderson finished with 27 saves.

With the tournament bid secured, the Sachems will look to improve their seeding over the final four games of the season, starting this evening at Paul Cronin MDC Rink in Revere for a matchup with Revere/Malden.

“We’re going to be going up against some really good teams to close out the year, teams like Marblehead, North Reading and Stoneham,” said Natalucci. “Revere is right there too, battling to get in, so we’re going to have to play our best hockey down the stretch in order to prepare for the tournament.”

For Peabody (2-11-3), Nick Capillo was the lone goal scorer.

“We just can’t score, and then we somehow manage to get beaten with a late goal, and you can see the kids are getting frustrated,” Peabody coach Mark Leonard said.

The Tanners are back in action on Wednesday night with a game against Beverly back at McVann.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Beverly/Danvers 2, Billerica/Chelmsford 2

The Panthers remain undefeated on the year following a tie at the Chelmsford Forum in North Billerica on Friday afternoon. Beverly/Danvers (14-0-2) will look to continue its undefeated season this afternoon against Masconomet at Valley Forum in Haverhill.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

St. Mary’s 42, Austin Prep 39 (2OT)

Olivia Nazaire had 18 points and Gabby Torres poured in 15 points in the fourth quarter and overtime periods to lift the Spartans to a double-overtime win on the road on Friday night.

“We didn’t play a great game tonight, which contributed to us falling behind early,” said St. Mary’s coach Jeff Newhall. “But we rallied and played well at the end. It was a great team effort.”

Trailing 24-15 early in the fourth quarter, the Spartans went on a 13-2 run to go up 28-26 before the Cougars tied it up at 32-32 to end regulation. The two teams remained tied after the first overtime before St. Mary’s pulled away in the second overtime. Torres hit a three-pointer to tie the score with 45 seconds left, then Mia Nowicki hit the game-sealing free throws to give the Spartans the win.

St. Mary’s (12-6) will take on Cathedral on the road Tuesday night.

Bishop Fenwick 47, Arlington Catholic 44

The Crusaders notched their first win over their Catholic Central League foe in eight years in a home game on Friday night. Senior captain Sam Mancinelli led the way with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists, while Jennie Meagher had four points and nine rebounds and Fredi DeGuglielmo had eight points.

With the win, Fenwick (11-6) has earned a tournament bid and will have an opportunity to defend their MIAA Division 3 state title.

Danvers 52, Gloucester 31

The Falcons were led by Siobhan Moriarty (12 points) and Sarah Unczur (12 points, seven rebounds), while Elena Clifford (11 points, 13 rebounds) and Lili Montanari (10 points, 10 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles.

Danvers (9-7) will take on a strong Revere team on Monday night with a chance at a state tournament bid.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Gloucester 63, Danvers 57

Marc Smith led the way for the Fishermen (6-10) with 25 points, while Evan Mason had a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

For Danvers, Sean Rooney was the top scorer with 22 points.

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

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

By MIKE ALONGI 

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

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

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

Chelsea 33, Tech 32

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

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

Bishop Fenwick 46, Austin Prep 40

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

Swampscott 56, Salem 39

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

Swampscott will host Gloucester on Tuesday night.

Peabody 47, Danvers 41

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

Saugus 35, Gloucester 34

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

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

BOYS BASKETBALL

Chelsea 75, Tech 40

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

Cardinal Spellman 67, St. Mary’s 66

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

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

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

English 70, Beverly 67

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

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

Marblehead 70, Winthrop 26

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

Lynnfield 81, Masconomet 55

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

Saugus 59, Gloucester 47

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

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

St. John’s Prep 68, Xaverian 44

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

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

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

Salem 71, Swampscott 30

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

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

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

Danvers 64, Peabody 49

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

Roundup: Fenwick swimmers lose first meet

Austin Prep handed the Bishop Fenwick swim team its first defeat of the winter in its last regular-season meet, 89-79.

Fenwick finished the season at 6-1.

The Crusaders placed first in nine events: 200 medley relay (1:49.97), Catherine Christuk, Rowan Emerson, Connor Christuk, and Garrett Collins; 200 free relay (1:49.64), Michael D’lorio, Joie Dillon, Emerson, and Sophia Lumino; 400 free relay (3:44.70), Lumino,Collins, Catherine and Connor Christuk; Connor Christuk, 50 free (24.41) and 100 free (58.08); Catherine Christuk 200 free (2:04.45); Lumino 200 IM (2:11.94) and 500 free (5:35.65); and Emerson 100 breast (1:07.47)

Fenwick will head to Simmons College for the Catholic Central League Meet Saturday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Triton 50, Lynnfield 35

The Pioneers (1-10) came up short Friday in attempting to make it two straight wins, having no answers for Triton’s Tessa LaFrance, who led all scorers with 32 points.

The Pioneers trailed by 24-8 at halftime and trailed 30-12 after Lafrance drained a 3-pointer with under four minutes to go in the quarter.  After that, the Pioneers went to a trap defense and ran off eight straight to close to 30-20, but that was as close as they would come the rest of the way.

Freshman Melissa Morelli scored 14 points, while Juliana Passatempo was also in double figures with 10.  Morelli’s twin sister, Victoria Morelli scored five points, while junior Lizzie Shaievitz had four points and Emory Caswell had two.

Wachusett 67, Fenwick 62

At Fenwick, sophomore Jaxson Nadeau had 21 points and five rebounds. Senior captain Sam Mancinelli and junior Fredi DeGuglielmo both had 10 points.

Fenwick, 9-5, is at Cardinal Spellman Tuesday.

WRESTLING

St. John’s 72, Pathfinder 6

St. John’s 57, Agawam 12

The Eagles raised their record to 26-3 with the sweep. Winners were: 106 Quinn Alexander; 113 Ryan Garlitz; 126 Malcolm Mitchell; 132 Zach Alexander; 138 Sam Little; 145 Sam Blizard; 152 Ben Shaw; 160 Chris Kwmuntis; 170 Drew Leahy; 182 Ben Klein; 285 , Hunter Brown.

 

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.

 

School Roundup: Magicians continue to make noise

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Derek Marino scored 27 points to lead the Magicians in the win. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

The Marblehead boys basketball team continues to impress this season, taking down a strong Peabody team, 75-56, at home on Tuesday night. Derek Marino had an impressive night with 27 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals, Patrick Bugler had 16 points and seven assists and Bo Millett had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Marblehead coach Mike Giardi was pleased with the way his team, rebounded in this one, especially since they were shorthanded coming in.

“We have a couple guys who are sick and a couple more who are banged up right now, so we really needed Derek and Bo to step up at the forward spot,” Giardi said. “They did that and then some tonight.”

Giardi is also happy with where the Magicians (11-2) are this year, but knows there’s still a long way to go.

“We have quite a stretch coming up here against mostly NEC opponents, so we’re in for a big test,” he said. “It starts on Friday with Salem, so we need to be ready.”

Marblehead will host the Witches on Friday night.

For the Tanners (9-3), Jake Irvine and Moise Irizarry each scored 16 points in the loss.

“I thought for the most part we played well and competed hard, but in the end it came down to making shots, and we struggled offensively tonight,” said Peabody coach Thad Broughton.

Peabody will try to rebound with a road game against Lynn English on Friday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Beverly 66, Saugus 54

Luigi Derrane took over the game for the Panthers, finishing with an impressive 32 points, six rebounds and five steals. Hugh Calice had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Kevin Morency played the distributor role with seven assists.

Devon Lee had 14 points and five blocks for Saugus (4-10), while Matt Waggett added 11 points in the loss. The Sachems will try to rebound on Thursday when they host Swampscott.

Whittier Tech 58, Lynn Tech 48

The Tigers got 14 points from Rob Wallace, while Belmin Berillo had 11 points and Aquemini Gaston had nine points on three three-pointers. Despite the 10-point loss, Tech coach Stevie Patrick is happy with the way his team is coming along.

“You know, missed layups and missed free throws won’t win you games, but we are improving,” Patrick said. “Our 10-point deficits don’t turn into big losses anymore because our guys are learning how to fight back in games.”

The Tigers will host Northeast Tech on Tuesday.

Winthrop 84, Lynn English 74

Ivenson Lopes dropped 35 points in the loss, while Javonte Edwards put up a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds. English (5-6) will take on St. John’s this evening.

Danvers 55, Swampscott 40

At Swampscott, the Big Blue got 10 points each from A.J. Venuti and Nate Howard, but are still looking for their first win.

The Falcons took a 29-14 lead at the half, but the Blue played perhaps their best quarter of the season in the third, whittling the lead down to six. However, Danvers, with the help of it free throws, got the lead back up to 15 by the end of the game.

Jake Goldman scored six points, handed out four assists, and had one steal for the Big Blue.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Peabody 57, Marblehead 33

The Tanners were led in scoring by Alyssa Alperen, who had 12 points. Katie Wallace had an impressive all-around game, according to Peabody coach Stan McKeen.

“Katie was great out there tonight, she made a bunch of plays,” McKeen said. “She really got it done on both ends of the floor.”

Wallace had 10 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals on the night.

Peabody (6-4, 6-3 NEC) will try to continue its winning ways on Friday night with a home game against NEC opponent Lynn English.

Lynn Tech 44, Presentation of Mary 35

The Tigers (7-6) moved above .500 with a road win on Tuesday night, led by Jamila Constantine’s 15 points. Alondra Sanchez added eight points, Ariana Anaya had seven points and Annmaire Teixeira and Jailene Rivera each scored six points.

Fenwick 47, Acton-Boxborough 44

Senior captain Sam Mancinelli led the way for the Crusaders (8-4), finishing with 15 points and five assists. Junior Jennie Meagher had a double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, while sophomore Olivia DiPietro had six points and seven rebounds.

Fenwick will look for its next win on Friday night when they host Catholic Central League opponent Cathedral.

Swampscott 52, Danvers 42

The Big Blue improved to 5-7 on the year behind 12 points from Jaymie Caponigro. Olivia Matella scored 11 points, Katie Watts added 10 points and Nikka Rosa made a big impact on the defensive end of the floor for Swampscott.

The Big Blue will host Saugus tomorrow evening.

Saugus 28, Beverly 23

The Sachems defense was the story in this low-scoring affair, with Rachel Nazzaro, Alessia Salzillo and Kiley Ronan all played great games on the defensive end. Olivia Valente was the leading scorer for Saugus with 11 points.

Saugus will travel to Swampscott for a game against the Big Blue tomorrow evening.

English 48, Winthrop 28

Dorothy Ezemba scored 13 points and added 16 rebounds to power the Bulldogs (4-7) to the win. Julianna Perry added 12 points while Shelya Manon scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

SWIMMING

Marblehead 102, Gloucester 76

The Marblehead swim team clinched an undefeated regular season and a Northeastern Conference title with a solid win over Gloucester in their final meet of the year on Tuesday. Tom Rockett and Meghan Hathaway were both double-winners on the night, with Rockett taking the 50-yard freestyle (25.99) and the 100 freestyle (58.05) and Hathaway taking the 100 butterfly (1:03.26) and the 200 individual medley (2:15.46). Amanda Wager won the 200 freestyle (2:07.62), Ellie Ronan won the 500 freestyle (5:38.83) and Ryann Driscoll won the diving (233.70 points). The 200 medley relay team of Rockett, Cooper Caldwell, Charles Alexander and Lucas Perez also won with a time of 2:03.55.

The Magicians will now have the week off to prepare for the NEC conference meet next week.

Peabody 91, Revere 74

Top finishers in individual events for the Tanners (5-3) included Conor McCarthy (200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle, for which he achieved an MIAA North Sectional Championship qualifying time), William Connolly (50-yard freestyle), Millie Teague (500-yard freetyle and 100-yard breaststroke), and her sister Cana Teague (100-yard backstroke).  First place relay finishes for the Tanners include the 200-yard medley relay team of Cana Teague, Conor McCarthy, William Connolly, and Kirsten Currie, and the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Conor McCarthy, William Connolly, Cailin Currie, and Kirsten Currie.

“The results speak for themselves,” Tanners coach Maureen Shea said.  “Like many teams, we’ve been battling cold and flu season and it has been difficult to keep our program at the pace where it should be at as we begin to look towards championships.  But these are great athletes and again, they stepped up and delivered results.”

The Tanners complete the regular season with their home “Senior Meet” against Danvers on Jan. 26, at the Torigian Family YMCA in Peabody.

BOYS TRACK

Triton 54, Lynnfield 32

Winners on the day for the Pioneers were William Fraulini in the high jump (5-6), Nicholas Kinnon in the 300 (42.14) and Ryan Iapicca in the one-mile (5:09.13).

GIRLS TRACK

Triton 57, Lynnfield 29

The Lynnfield girls got wins from Brie Giamarco in the 40-yard hurdles (7.28) and Kate Mitchell in the one-mile (5:48.0).

GIRLS HOCKEY

Beverly 8, Marblehead 1

At Endicott College, Magician goalie Sarah Ryan faced 31 shots to 17 for Maddy Jalbert of Beverly. Isabell Amigo, with assists from Faithe Shatford and Cate Delaney, scored Marblehead’s lone goal.

 

Fenwick girls turn basketball game into a party

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

By ANNE MARIE TOBIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By MIKE ALONGI 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tech 36, Minuteman 26

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

Malvelis Hernandez and Jailene Rivera provided excellent defense for Tech.

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

Peabody 72, Winthrop 34

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

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

Arlington Catholic 48, Bishop Fenwick 35

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

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

Saugus 54, Danvers 44

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

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

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

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

Lynn Classical 53, Gloucester 37

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

Revere 59, Salem 25

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

BOYS BASKETBALL

Bishop Fenwick 49, Arlington Catholic 46

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

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

Peabody 83, Winthrop 69

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

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

Danvers 62, Saugus 47

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

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

Beverly 80, Swampscott 48

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

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

Salem 59, Revere 58

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

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

Lynnfield 72, Amesbury 46

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

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

Shawsheen Tech 66, Lynn Tech 39

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

GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: English defense steps up

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

By HAROLD RIVERA AND MIKE ALONGI 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lynn Tech 44, Greater Lawrence 28

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

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

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

Revere 65, Swampscott 56

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

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

Archbishop Williams 77, Bishop Fenwick 44

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

Peabody 53, Salem 32

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

Peabody will take on Winthrop on Friday night.

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. 

School Roundup: Spartans earn a CCL win

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Goalie Andrew LoRusso and the Spartans earned a 4-2 win over CCL foe Archbishop Williams on Wednesday night. 

By HAROLD RIVERA

The St. Mary’s boys hockey team skated to a 4-2 win over Catholic Central League foe Williams Wednesday on the road.

Andrew LoRusso earned the win in net for the Spartans (5-2) with a handful of big saves towards the end of the game. Dante Maribito (one goal, three assists), Mark Zampanti (one goal, one assist), Anthony Bono (one goal, one assist) and Andrew Kreamer (one goal) also had strong performances.

“Anytime you can beat a quality opponent like Williams on the road, that’s big for us,” St. Mary’s coach Mark Lee said. “It was a great team effort and it keeps in the running for the (Catholic Central) league.”

The Spartans host Andover on Saturday.

Saugus 6, Gloucester 2

Top performers for the Sachems (5-0-1) included Brendan Ronan (two goals, one assist), Ryan Groark (one goal, one assist), John Torres (two assists) and goalie Nick Sanderson (25 saves).

Saugus visits Peabody on Saturday.

“It’s going to be a tough game,” Saugus coach Jeff Natalucci said. “In-conference games are always tough.”

Marblehead 3, Bishop Feehan 2

The Magicians found themselves in an early hole, facing a 2-0 deficit. Luckily, their offense woke up in time to spark a three-goal rally and steal a 3-2 win over Bishop Feehan.

Forward Drew Cioffi got Marblehead on the board in the second period. Forward Braden Haley tied the game at 2-2 with 11:32 left to play in the third period. Forward Jacob Garfield’s goal with five minutes and 30 seconds remaining in the game proved to be the difference.

The Magicians are back at it on Saturday when they host Winthrop at Salem State’s Rockett Arena.

North Reading 3, Lynnfield 1

The Pioneers led 1-0 after two periods but North Reading stormed back to score three goals in the third. Lynnfield visits Newburyport on Saturday at Henry Graf Rink.

Malden Catholic 4, St. John’s Prep 1

The game was tied 1-1 after two periods but the Lancers rallied in the third for the win. Malden Catholic’s Joey Guarino was the star of the contest as the senior netted three goals in a hat trick effort. The Eagles (1-2-2) will aim to bounce back on Saturday night when they host Xaverian.

Winthrop 4, Fenwick 1

Down 2-0 in the third period, the Crusaders netted a goal to slim Winthrop’s lead. Unfortunately for Fenwick, it wasn’t enough to stop the Vikings. Charlie Page’s hat trick led the Vikings (6-1) to victory. Page now has 99 career points and will look for his 100th on Saturday against Marblehead. Fenwick (3-4) will host Archbishop Williams on Saturday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate 43, Salem Academy 23
The KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate Panthers put in another strong team effort to take down the Salem Academy Wednesday evening. Senior Favour Ofuokwu led the way with 12 points and eight rebounds, and junior Nayeli Germosen followed with 11 points. Senior Krystal Campbell also helped set the tone on the court, chipping in six points, and senior Angela Unubun pulled down nine rebounds to control the paint.  Next, the KALC Panthers take on MATCH in Boston on Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

Bishop Fenwick 47, Franklin 38

A stellar performance from senior Sam Mancinelli led the Crusaders to victory. Mancinelli, the team’s captain, scored 19 points while dishing seven assists and grabbing six rebounds. Jennie Meagher scored seven points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Fredi DeGuglielmo contributed with eight points. Fenwick (5-1) hosts Austin Prep on Friday.

BOYS TRACK

Danvers 54, Classical 32

The Rams took the top two spots in the high jump, with Adam Washington taking first (five feet, 10 inches) and Emmanuel Kalambayi taking second (5-4). Samson Srey finished second in the 55-meter hurdles for Classical (9.2 seconds), and Tyler Way (6.7) and Marcus Rivera (6.8) finished second and third respectively for the Rams in the 55. Kevin Durant won the 2-miles (11:39.8), and Gilley Kabamba placed second (5:17.3) in the mile.

Kalambayi also had a good time in the 300, finishing second (41.6). Junior Mejia (3:13.4) and Mobalaji Fanimokun (3:31.0) took second and third in the 1000.

Winners for Danvers included Bruno Abbatessa in the shot put (39-9), Mike Daras in the 55-hurdles (8.5), Justin Curtis (6.6) in the 55, Kevin Jordan (1:38.2) in the 600, Tim West (3:07.3) in the 1000 and Andrew Moriarty (4:58.7) in the mile.

GIRLS TRACK

Danvers 48, Classical 37

Classical dominated the field events with Agnes Bangura (4-6) and Jayla Blevins (4-6) taking the top two spots in the high jump. Shannelle Barry won the shot put (27-9), with teammate Michelle Scuzzarella (24-8) finishing third. Scuzzarella also finished second in the 55-hurdles (10.3), with her teammate Samantha Anthony finishing third (10.7).

Bangura was a double-winner, also taking the 55 (7.6). Glendryth Martinez won the 300 (47.7) for Classical, and Rhode Alcindor grabbed the other Rams’ first-place finish, winning the 1000 (3:38.0).

Winners for Danvers included Skye Lovell in the 55-hurdles (10.2), Gabrielle Loughlin in the 600 (1:56.4), Katie Crum in the mile (5:56.3) and Lindsay MacInnis in the 2-miles (13:30.6).

WRESTLING

St. John’s Prep 45, BC High 24

Winners for the Eagles (14-2) included Quinn Alexander (106 pounds), Ryan Garlitz (113), Malcolm Mitchell (126), Zach Alexander (132), Sam Blizard (152), Ben Shaw (160), Chris Kwmuntis (170), Ben Klein (182) and Hunter Brown (285).


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

Defense pushes Fenwick to Masconomet tourney title

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Jaxson Nadeau was named the Masconomet Holiday Invitational’s MVP. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

TOPSFIELD — It was a full-on defensive battle at Masconomet High School on Thursday night, and the Bishop Fenwick girls basketball team prevailed over the Chieftains, 37-36, to win the Masconomet Holiday Invitational for the second year in a row.

Senior captain Sam Mancinelli, who was named to the All-Tournament team, led the Crusaders with 9 points and also chipped in four rebounds. Junior Jennie Meagher had eight points, 18 rebounds and five blocks, while sophomores Jaxson Nadeau and Olivia DiPietro each scored five points. Nadeau also made a huge impact on the defensive side of the ball, enough so that she earned tournament MVP honors.

“Jaxson is still a budding star even though she’s already achieved a lot,” said Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis. “Her defense is unbelievable, the way she drives to the basket is unbelievable, and her ability to create for everyone is huge for us.”

There aren’t many non-conference opponents who know each other as well as Fenwick and Masconomet. The two teams have played in the title game of the Invitational for five years in a row now.

“They might have different players, but I still watched the tape from last year’s game to prepare for this one,” said DeBaggis. “I’m sure we look pretty much the same too. When you play each other as often as we have, there’s not much mystery to it, you’ve just got to go out and execute.”

The game got off to an ugly offensive start, with both teams forcing bad shots and turnovers throughout the first quarter. Masconomet was able to take an early lead with the help of some three-pointers. On the other end, Fenwick was having turnover issues and unable to create good looks at the basket. At the end of the first, the Chieftains held an 11-4 lead.

Things started to turn around for Fenwick in the second quarter. DeBaggis moved to more of a press defense with a lot of trapping, and it instantly paid dividends in the form of turnovers.  As a result, Fenwick was able to get into a groove.

“Honestly, you just don’t see the kind of defense they play very often,” DeBaggis said. “So when you see it, you have to adjust to it. On defense, our man-to-man just wasn’t working tonight so we had to switch it up. The girls did a great job doing that and that’s a credit to them.”

The turnovers allowed Fenwick to get in transition and get to the foul line, and the Crusaders slowly chipped away at the deficit. By halftime, it was a four-point game at 21-17 Masconomet.

Fenwick was finally able to take a lead in the third quarter, but it was hard to hold on to. The key for the Crusaders was holding Masconomet to just six points in the third, but the Chieftains were still able to rally to end the quarter with a 27-27 tie.

The two teams went back and forth until the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter. With Masconomet ahead 36-35 and in possession of the ball, Nadeau came up with a huge steal and converted on the other end, in what would eventually be the game-winning basket. The Chieftains would have one final chance to win it with 2.6 seconds left, but Nadeau swooped in for another steal to ice the victory.

“I thought we played great tonight, it was just tough,” DeBaggis said. “We knew coming in that we were going up against a tough team and we’d have to play tough to win, and I think we did that. I’m very proud of them, this was a great win for us tonight.”

The Crusaders (4-1) are back in action when they travel to Franklin High School on Wednesday evening.

School Roundup: Marblehead downs Gloucester

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Braden Haley scored two goals for the Magicians in Tuesday’s win. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

The Marblehead boys hockey team rolled to its second-straight Cape Ann Savings Bank Tournament championship Tuesday, topping Gloucester, 8-1 at Talbot Rink in Gloucester.

James McCarthy and Braden Haley each recorded two goals and two assists, and Jacob Garfield and Drew Cioffi each scored two goals in the win.

Marblehead has a week off before taking on Bishop Feehan at the New England Sports Village in Attleboro on January 4.

For Gloucester (1-3-0), Ethan Brennan scored the lone goal on an assist from EJ Field. The Fishermen will face off against Beverly in the consolation game of the Cape Ann tournament today at 4 p.m. at Talbot Rink.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Beverly/Danvers 6, Lincoln-Sudbury 0

The Panthers are now 6-0-0 after a shutout win in the opening game of the North Shore Showcase at the Bourque Arena at Endicott College on Tuesday. McKinley Karpa continued her impressive season with three more goals to lead the way, while Izzy Primack added a goal and two assists. Brittany Foster also scored a goal for the Panthers.

Beverly/Danvers will now go up against Billerica/Chelmsford in the title game of the North Shore Classic this afternoon at 1 p.m. Billerica/Chelmsford made it into the championship game after a 5-1 win over St. Mary’s on Tuesday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

St. John’s Prep 83, New Rochelle (N.Y.) 69

The Eagles (4-0) remained undefeated with a win in the opening round of the BABC Classic tournament at Cathedral High School in Boston on Tuesday. Junior Tommy O’Neil had a massive double-double to pace St. John’s, finishing with 32 points and 20 rebounds. Junior Nate Hobbs also had a big day, scoring 26 points.

The Eagles will play host school Cathedral in the final day of the BABC Classic this afternoon at 12:20 p.m.

Pope John Tournament

Fenwick 61, Pope John 43

The Crusaders took down the host team in the Pope John Tournament, advancing to today’s final against Winthrop.

Coach Kevin Moran said the entire team, especially the starting five, contributed to the win.

Ryan Veguilla led the way with 13 points to go with six assists. Isaiah Cashwell-Doe added 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Nick Pignone had five points, Klous Llanag had 12 points, and Jack Bowers added 10 points and eight rebounds.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Bishop Fenwick 60, Reading 39

The Crusaders cruised to a win in the opening round of the Masconomet Holiday Tournament at Masconomet High School on Tuesday. Fenwick (3-1) was led on the night by sophomore Jaxson Nadeau, who finished the game with 17 points and four steals. Sophomore Sammi Gallant finished with 10 points, while senior captain Sam Mancinelli had a great all-around game with seven points and eight assists. Junior Jennie Meagher contributed four points and 12 rebounds.

The Crusaders will now move on to face host school Masconomet in the championship game tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

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.

New season, new look for Fenwick

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Fenwick’s Sam Mancinelli (right) is the lone captain and returning starter for the Crusaders this season. 

By HAROLD RIVERA

Last season, the Bishop Fenwick girls basketball team ended the year with a Division 3 state championship. This season, things will be a little different for coach Adam DeBaggis and the Crusaders.

Fenwick lost six key contributors from last season’s team, including five to graduation and one to transfer. The team returns just one starter from the championship group in team captain Sam Mancinelli, and three others who saw significant playing time last season.

DeBaggis hopes that his players approach last season’s success as a past memory. His aim is to get the Crusaders to focus on this upcoming season.

“We have a lot of girls on our team that love to play basketball,” DeBaggis said. “Part of our season is going to be forgetting last season and understanding that this is a new season. They’re excited but I think they all understand that we’re playing some really tough opponents this year.”

DeBaggis, who’s entering his sixth season at the helm at Fenwick, said that he’s trying to verbalize a message to his players about the downfalls of a “championship hangover.” With six of last season’s players no longer on the team, DeBaggis is looking for new players to fill into those empty slots.

“My approach has been trying to verbalize that,” DeBaggis said. “One good part about losing five seniors is that five seniors aren’t even there anymore. Five of those kids that might have a championship hangover aren’t even there. Only one starter’s returning and only three of them contributed with minutes, so a lot of these girls are looking for a bigger role. Hopefully they’re hungrier to be a part of this.”

Mancinelli, the only captain on this season’s squad, is the lone returning starter. She’ll be relied on to run the team’s offense from the point guard position.

“She’s mature and she’s respected by her teammates,” DeBaggis said of Mancinelli, a senior. “She’s a consistent hard worker. She sets the tone with everything. She’s small in stature but she has a really big personality. She’s extremely respected because she does everything right.”

Other key returners for Fenwick include juniors Jennie Meagher (center) and Fredi DeGuglielmo (guard) and sophomore Jaxson Nadeau (guard).

“Those three played a bulk of the minutes in last season’s tournament run,” DeBaggis said.

Also returning are seniors Samantha Gulla and Camille Tache and sophomore Sammi Gallant.

The strengths of this season’s team will be aggressiveness on defense and quickness on offense.

“We’re very good defensively,” DeBaggis said. “We have a lot of speed and quickness. I think we have a lot of good shooters, which helps. If we can shoot fairly consistently, we’ll be good because I think we’ll be strong against teams defensively.”

DeBaggis noted that he likes what he’s seen from his team thus far as Fenwick prepares for the new season. The Crusaders played a handful of scrimmages over the weekend and gave their coach a reason to feel optimistic about the 2016-2017 campaign.

“We had a couple scrimmages over the past weekend and we played well,” DeBaggis said. “The girls remember a lot from last season, like the plays and our defense. The transition has been smooth so far with the girls coming up from junior varsity and girls that didn’t play as much last season. We still need to do a few things better defensively but overall I’m happy with how we are looking.”

Although the glass seems to be half-full for a young Fenwick team, the main concern is still getting over last year’s run. The Crusaders will use a day-by-day approach as opposed to thinking about a potential repeat.

“One of our philosophies is that little things make big things happen,” DeBaggis said. “I don’t think that focusing on big things helps. It’s about the little things for improvement.”

Fenwick opens the new season on Dec. 14 when the Crusaders host Medford.


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

Morrison: Fenwick, Notre Dame duel was one to remember

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Mary O’Brien (10) tries to rally her teammates, from left, Steph Bona, Joie Dillon, Molly Camelo, Sam Mancinelli and Jennie Meagher, during the fifth set.

By KATIE MORRISON 

I haven’t seen a whole lot of competitive volleyball. My high school didn’t offer the sport, so the only exposure I had to it prior to covering North Shore high school sports was on TV during the Olympics.

But those are professionals who devote their lives to the sport. Volleyball in high school is obviously something completely different.

I’d never seen a volleyball match like the one I saw Tuesday night between Bishop Fenwick and Notre Dame Academy. With the amount of disparity in the Northeastern Conference, it’s kind of rare to see a five-set match during the regular season, so even the most back-and-forth matches I’d seen were usually over in three sets, maybe four.

The Division 2 state semifinal between Fenwick and Notre Dame was something else. There’s nothing quite like a good volleyball match. The action is constant, yet there’s a small window after each point to celebrate, which makes it a lot of fun to watch.

Maybe part of it was the intensity of the crowd. Maybe it was the importance of the game. But every point felt absolutely critical for each team from the very first. The Fenwick players fist-pumped and cheered every time a ball fell in between Cougars players; and stayed energetic and positive, even after Notre Dame would go on long runs or take the lead.

The two teams looked so evenly matched that every set felt like it could go either way. Both team’s servers were nothing short of automatic; there were just a few serving errors over the course of 205 points, which is pretty impressive.

And each point was a battle.

There were several times when someone such as Fenwick’s Molly Camelo or Steph Bona would spike a shot that looked completely unreturnable and the Fenwick crowd (which turned out in huge numbers) cheered, thinking the Crusaders won the point.

But one of the Notre Dame back line players would pull off some ridiculous diving play and send the ball back over.

To Fenwick’s credit, the players never got caught flat-footed and never celebrated too early, and the Crusaders pulled off their fair share of improbable plays to keep volleys alive.

It was also impressive to see the Fenwick girls play to their strengths and excel at their roles. Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis said that Camelo and Bona are the team’s “closers.”

“If they were Major League Baseball players, they’d come in in the ninth,” said DeBaggis.

And those girls, along with Notre Dame’s Kathryn Howley, made some incredible plays. But what was really impressive was the strategy they used. A lot of times, teams are inexperienced and just trying to get the ball over and inbounds. But the Crusaders and Cougars both saw openings and rather than slamming down hard spikes every time they got the chance, they read the situation and adjusted accordingly.

One in-game moment that stands out is when Camelo had rifled a few hard shots right at the Cougars’ defense, which managed to keep the volley alive each time. So Sam Mancinelli set up Camelo, and Camelo just barely tipped the ball over, forcing the defense to scramble. It was like when a tennis player’s opponent is playing too far back, so they just tip it over the net. The play worked, and Fenwick won the point.

Another time, Joie Dillon went up for a kill, and rather than slamming the ball toward the center and hoping that Notre Dame couldn’t react quick enough, Dillon skimmed the ball across the net, from left to right, and totally faked out the Cougars defense.

Every set was exciting, but the fifth set was heart-stopping. Fenwick was carrying all of the momentum from winning the fourth set, and that momentum helped it build a 12-5 lead in the fifth set.

If you’re just reading tweets from the game or hearing about it second-hand, it might seem like the Crusaders unraveled and blew a big lead. But the thing is … they didn’t make many mistakes. It wasn’t a matter of folding under the pressure or making physical errors. It was simply a shift of momentum. Notre Dame went on a run, and Fenwick couldn’t stop the bleeding.

But overall, the battle for a spot in the state final was one of, if not the most exciting game I’ve been to all year.


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

Fenwick falls to Notre Dame in State Semis

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Fenwick’s Mary O’Brien stretches to send the ball over.

By KATIE MORRISON

NORTHBOROUGH — Sometimes, even if you play to the best of your ability, you still come up just a bit short.

That was the case for the Bishop Fenwick volleyball team, as it fell in an exhilarating, back-and-forth five-setter, 3-2, to Notre Dame Academy Hingham in the Division 2 state semifinal at Algonquin Regional High School Tuesday night.

The action was non-stop, and the Crusaders came up with huge play after huge play to stave off the Cougars. But in the end, Notre Dame climbed back from a seven-point deficit in the deciding set to take it, 15-13.

“I had nothing to say to my kids besides ‘you played your butts off, you played awesome.’ This was as good as it gets, as far as back-and-forth volleyball goes,” said Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis. “It’s kind of cliche to say ‘it’s a shame someone has to lose that game,’ but that’s what that game was.”

The Crusaders dominated the first set, taking down the Cougars 25-16. Thanks to a few big kills from Stephanie Bona, Fenwick created a little distance to take a 9-5 lead early in the set. A four-point serving run from Camille Tache helped the Crusaders put the set away.

In set two, Fenwick held a 10-8 lead, but the Cougars went on an 8-1 run to create some space. After a Crusaders timeout, Fenwick climbed back into it, pulling back within two at 19-17 before Molly Camelo tipped over a shot that fooled the Notre Dame front line to make it 19-18. That’d be as close as the Crusaders would get in the set, though, and they fell, 25-19.

The situation looked dire for Fenwick after set three. It was one of those that could go either way and stayed close throughout, but Notre Dame pulled it out, 25-22.

Fenwick sprung out to a 6-1 lead in the fourth set, but Notre Dame went on a big, 10-2 run to take an 11-8 lead. Bona stopped the bleeding with a big kill and Bona went on a three-point serving run to tie the set at 11.

From there, Fenwick stayed in the driver’s seat, and Joie Dillon put it away with a nice play, sending a shot to an open space across the net.

The Crusaders looked to have momentum on their side, and rode it into the fifth set. Fenwick built a 12-5 lead in the set, and looked to have it wrapped up.

But Notre Dame went on one last run, and it was a killer. The Cougars clawed back into the game to go up, 13-12. Bona got another point for Fenwick, but Notre Dame closed it out in a gut-wrenching final two points.

“It’s tough to lose after being up 12-5, but against a great team, it’s not really rare,” said DeBaggis. “There were so many runs, and they finished with a 10-1 run, it’s unfortunate to be on the other side of that.”

For Fenwick, Camelo came up with 20 kills and five blocks, and Bona added 16 kills and 10 digs. Sam Mancinelli had 42 assists and three blocks, and Jennie Meagher had eight blocks. Julia Fusco came up with 22 digs, and Dillon added 14.


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

Lynnfield, Fenwick set for state finals

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Fenwick’s Jennie Meagher tips the ball over the hands of Burlington’s Gabby Desrochers.

By KATIE MORRISON 

The North Shore will be well-represented tonight at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough as the Bishop Fenwick and Lynnfield girls volleyball teams fight for a place in their respective state finals.

Lynnfield will battle Case in the Division 3 state semifinal at 5 p.m., followed by Division 2 North state champions, the Crusaders, who will take on the Academy of Notre Dame (Hingham), the South champions (7:30).

Neither team is a stranger to a big stage. The Pioneers rolled to their seventh-straight Division 3 North title Saturday, sweeping the previously-undefeated Notre Dame Academy of Tyngsboro in straight sets. Lynnfield hasn’t yet lost a set in the tournament, sweeping No. 11 Ipswich in the quarterfinals and No. 2 Lowell Catholic in the semis before knocking off top-seeded Notre Dame.

The Pioneers reached the D3 state final last year, but fell, 3-0, to perennial powerhouse and west champion, Frontier.

If Lynnfield can get past Case, it’ll have another shot at upending the Western Mass. power in the state final, as Frontier takes on Millbury in the other state semi Wednesday.

But getting past Case will be no cakewalk. The Cardinals have earned the Division 3 South title three seasons in a row, and have fallen to Frontier each of the last two years; last season in the semis, and the year before in the state final. Like Lynnfield, Case ran through its sectional bracket with ease, and has yet to lose a set in the tournament, knocking off Bristol-Plymouth, Bourne, Ursuline Academy and Fairhaven as the top seed in the south. Case lost just two matches in the regular season, and one was to the reigning Division 1 champions, Barnstable. Case pushed Barnstable to a five-set match.

On the other side, Lynnfield has had a great season of its own. The Pioneers are led by Cape Ann League Player of the Year Katie Nugent with CAL Coach of the Year Michelle Perrone at the helm.

Fenwick is in a different boat. The Crusaders made an early exit from the D2 North tournament last season, falling, 3-1, to Catholic Central League foe Arlington Catholic in the quarterfinals, an upset loss for the second-seeded Crusaders.

This year, Fenwick earned the 10th seed in a tough division with a 16-5 record, and got the rematch with AC out of the way in the first round. This time, the Crusaders rolled to a 3-1 win. They went on to top Northeastern Conference force Danvers, 3-1, in the quarterfinals and then swept both Winchester and Burlington for the crown.

Notre Dame, however, hasn’t lost a set in the tournament, easily taking down Old Rochester, cross-town rivals Hingham, Dennis Yarmouth and top-seeded Greater New Bedford.

The Crusaders haven’t made it out of the sectional bracket since this year’s seniors were freshmen back in 2013. That year Fenwick lost to Tuesday night’s opponent, Notre Dame Hingham.

The Crusaders are led by a talented senior group of Sam Mancinelli, Julia Fusco, Steph Bona, Molly Camelo and Joie Dillon.


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

Fenwick volleyball’s senior class steps up in victory

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Fenwick’s Sam Mancinelli (6) dives for a loose ball as Julia Fusco (21) reacts during Saturday’s win Burlington.

By JOYCE EREKSON

WILMINGTON — The last time Bishop Fenwick won a Division 2 North volleyball title this year’s seniors were freshmen, sitting on the sidelines and cheering on their older teammates.

That was 2013. Fast forward to 2016 and now it’s their time to shine.

The Crusaders played Burlington Saturday in the Division 2 North final at Wilmington High, and after surviving a very tough first set, the Crusaders started to pick up steam. And when the dust settled, the Crusaders had a 3-0 win and a date with Notre Dame of Hingham for the state semifinals Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough.

Fenwick won the first set, 25-23, but it was a struggle, with the neither team able to go up by more than three points. Fenwick maintained a 2- to 3-point lead most of the way, but Burlington managed to tie things up a couple of times. The score was tied 23-23 but clutch kills by Joie Dillon of Peabody and Mary O’Brien put the game away.

Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis said his team look tired and nervous in the first set, but things started to pick up in the second and third sets.

“We weren’t ourselves at first,” DeBaggis said. “We weren’t loud enough. Volleyball is about emotion and momentum. We were just flat.”

Sam Mancinelli, who was a freshman when the team won the North title in 2013, agreed.

“They came out very strong and kind of pushed us and intimidated us,” she said. “After we had our first time-out we realized we needed to get our heads in the game. We put our foot on the gas pedal and just played our best.”

The second set was a little less stressful, at least for a while. Fenwick quickly built up a seemingly comfortable lead (11-3) behind strong serving by Mancinelli and Joie Dillon, but Burlington chipped away and with junior Erin Browne serving, the Red Devils tied things up at 14-14. From that point on it was a battle. The Crusaders finally pulled away again with Molly Camelo serving three big points to put Fenwick up 23-18. The Crusaders won the set 25-21.

Fenwick led the entire third set, but things did tighten up a bit midway through when Burlington cut the lead to three at 13-10. Fenwick bounced back quickly ended up winning handily, 25-14.

“We did a good job curtailing their momentum, which is hard to do in volleyball,” DeBaggis said. “Molly and Stephanie Bona, when they get their confidence and they’re hitting hard, it’s hard for the other team to play.”

DeBaggis said Camelo has come up huge during the playoffs.

“Molly has been an absolute beast the last two weeks. She’s just taken over the game (at points) in all four playoff games,” DeBaggis said.

DeBaggis said Mancinelli, Camelo, Bona and Julia Fusco were all on junior varsity in 2013 when when the Crusaders last won the North title.

“They’ve been so motivated since then because they saw it as freshmen and then went two-and out as sophomores and two-and-out as juniors,” he said.

Dillon, who along with Mancinelli, Fusco, Camelo and Bona, is a captain, said winning the first set was key.

“The first set is always the most important,” she said. “It sets the pace for the rest of the night. When you win the first set you get pumped up. It gets your confidence up.”

Bona also said winning the first set was huge.

“I think after that first game we kind of woke up a bit. We had a lot more energy (later in eh match) than we did in the first set,” Bona said.

The Crusaders put up some solid numbers in the stats department. Mancinelli, who had 34 assists, has been averaging double digits in that category for every playoff game. She also had 16 digs. Camelo had nine kills and three blocks and Bona had 13 kills. Fusco had 19 digs, Dillon had eight kills and Mary O’Brien had six kills.

Seniors lead Fenwick to final

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Molly Camelo led the way with 16 kills and seven blocks as the Crusaders advanced to the Division 2 North Final with a win over Winchester. 

By HAROLD RIVERA

The Bishop Fenwick volleyball team pulled off an upset over third-ranked Winchester in the Division 2 North semifinal, winning 3-0 on the road at Winchester High Thursday night.

The No. 10 Crusaders won three competitive sets, 25-22, 25-21, 25-21, earning a trip to the North final. Strong play from its seniors was the key to victory for Fenwick. Molly Camelo led the way with 16 kills and seven blocks, while Stephanie Bona contributed to the win with 11 digs and 10 kills. Joie Dillon (11 kills), Julia Fusco (21 digs) and Sam Mancinelli (31 assists) also performed well for the Crusaders.

“It’s huge for them,” Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis said of his five seniors. “They’ve been on varsity for three years. They wanted to do something big in the playoffs and it’s showing how much this means to them by the way they’re playing.”

DeBaggis added that his players have kept a positive attitude throughout the state tournament.

“I think it’s great,” DeBaggis said. “We’ve been playing great volleyball right up until the end of the season. They’re playing and having fun, which is great.”

Fenwick will now shift focus to its match on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) in the final. The Crusaders will clash against No. 5 Burlington at Wilmington High School.

“It’s going to require good team defense (to win on Saturday),” DeBaggis said. “That’s been the key for us for the last few weeks. The hitting has always been there for us, but our defense, team wide, has been very good.”  


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

Tournament Roundup: Classical’s volleyball team falls to Andover

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Soneta Srey had nine kills for Classical Saturday against Andover.

By GORDON VINCENT

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

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

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

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

In addition, Srey had eight assists and McHale six.

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

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

Classical finished its season with a 12-10 record.  

Fenwick 3, Danvers 1

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

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

Methuen 3, Peabody 1

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

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

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

Lowell Catholic 3, Winthrop 0

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

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

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

MIAA GIRLS SOCCER

Peabody 5 Cambridge 0

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

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

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

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

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

Hamilton-Wen 1, Fenwick 0

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

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

Danvers 4, Beverly 0

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

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

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

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

MIAA BOYS SOCCER

Beverly 3, Reading 2

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

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

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

School Roundup: Foley leads St. Mary’s to win

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Jenna Foley scored the game winning goal for St. Mary’s with three minutes to play. 

By KATIE MORRISON 

Jenna Foley scored the game-winner with three minutes left to play in the first round of the Division 4 North tournament to lead the St. Mary’s girls soccer team past Essex Tech, 1-0.

Despite dealing with injuries to a couple of key players, Morgan Mackey and Kayla Demers, the Spartans played excellent defensively to shut down Essex Tech.

Emily Egan stepped up and made her first varsity start at sweeper, and played a great game, according to coach Jim Foley. Jill Gentile moved up to center mid to reinforce the midfield, and Caitlin Foley stepped in on defense. Nikki Bendicksen and Joslyn Deschenes also played great games on defense.

“The defense really saved us,” said Jim Foley, who added that despite a tough first half, the Spartans regrouped and played better in the second.

Emily Stephenson made 10 saves in the net, including one excellent stop that kept the Spartans in it.

“It helps the defense to know they have a rock solid goalie behind them,” Jim Foley said.

Then, with three minutes to go, Jenna Foley knocked home the game-winner on an assist from Codi Butt.

The Spartans will head to Malden to take on Mystic Valley Sunday at 12:30. St. Mary’s topped Mystic Valley, 4-0, a couple of weeks ago in regular season play.

Bishop Fenwick 4, Whittier 0

The No. 11 Crusaders got off to a hot start in the Division 3 North tournament, shutting out No. 6 Whittier on the road.

Emily Charette netted two goals and Mary Gerdenich and Becca Rocker each added one, and Ashley Baker played well in net for Fenwick.

The Crusaders will go back on the road to play No. 3 Hamilton-Wenham Sunday at 1 p.m.

Weston 5, Saugus 0

The No. 10 Sachems’ season ended with a loss to No. 7 Weston.

BOYS SOCCER

Lowell 2, Peabody 1

The Tanners lost in heart-breaking fashion as No. 3 Lowell scored with 25 seconds left in the game to knock No. 14 Peabody out of the tournament.

“We played so well, the kids played their hearts out,” said Peabody coach Stan McKeen. “We gave everything we had.”

Peabody took a 1-0 lead on a goal from Nick Klinger with an assist from Cam Anderson in the first half. But the Tanners lost a key player, Lucas Amaral, later in the half due to an injury. Lowell scored in the first half to tie the score.

Tanners goalie Jake Zeuli made 10 saves, and Anderson and Mark Cuoto also played well in the loss.

St. John’s Prep 3, Medford 0

The No. 6 Eagles shut down No. 11 Medford, with goals coming from Brian Brennan, Sam Smith and Aidan Dooley.
Catholic Conference Player of the Year Kevin Casey also played a great game at center back, and Mike O’Connor played well on defense, returning from an injury.

The Eagles will play at No. 3 Lowell Monday.

Revere 2, Acton-Boxborough 1

It took two overtimes, but the No. 5 Patriots came out on top at Harry Della Russo Stadium. Maan Alberhacy and Eduardo Martinez scored for Revere, which will play No. 4 Lincoln-Sudbury on the road Monday at 3:30. 

VOLLEYBALL

Fenwick 3, Arlington Catholic 1

The 10th-seeded Crusaders topped No. 7 Arlington Catholic on the road, winning by scores of 25-22, 25-14, 18-25 and 25-23.

The defense led the way for Fenwick, with Julia Fusco and Camille Tache coming up with big plays. Molly Camelo had 16 kills and Sam Mancinelli had 37 assists. Steph Bona, Joie Dillon, Jennie Meagher and Mary O’Brien combined for 30 kills.

The Crusaders will play No. 2 Danvers Sunday at 2.


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

Local volleyball teams ready for state tournament

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

By MIKE ALONGI 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

School roundup: Swampscott thumps Marblehead

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Michael Coffey scored two goals in Swampscott’s win. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

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

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

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

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

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

BOYS SOCCER

Peabody 2, Revere 2

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

Johnny Alves scored both goals for Peabody in the draw.

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

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

GIRLS SOCCER

Bishop Fenwick 2, Chelmsford 0

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

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

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

Peabody 8, Revere 0

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

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

GOLF

Division 1 state tournament

St. John’s Prep – 2nd place (289)

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

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

VOLLEYBALL

Peabody 3, Revere 1

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

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

Marblehead 3, Swampscott 0

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

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

Central Catholic 3, Bishop Fenwick 2

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

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

School Roundup: English finds the win column

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Alexa Zayas scored a goal for the English Bulldogs in Friday’s win. 

By KATIE MORRISON 

The Lynn English girls soccer team got back on the win column Friday, topping Revere, 2-0, on the road Friday.

Alexa Zayas logged a goal and an assist, and senior Cynthia Deleon scored the second goal for English. Senior captain Kerry Robles notched the shutout in net.

Grace Gately and Caitlin Geaney had big games on defense for the Bulldogs.

English looks to ride the momentum into Monday’s season finale against Classical at Manning Field at 6 p.m.

Peabody 0, Beverly 0
Peabody locked up the Northeastern Conference/North title with a scoreless tie at home.

The Tanners held Beverly to just one shot on goal compared to Peabody’s 18 shots, and had six corner kicks, but couldn’t find the net.

Peabody’s Katherine Scacchi, Chloe Gizzi and Alyssa Shashaty played well on defense and Emily Nelson and Jillian Arigo were strong in the midfield.

The Tanners are still undefeated in the NEC at 12-0-3 and 13-1-3 overall.

BOYS SOCCER

Swampscott 5, Gloucester 0

The Big Blue had to change their game with the wind whipping sideways up in Gloucester.

“We had to play an all-possession game, because every time the ball went up into the air, the wind took it,” Swampscott coach Al Eaton said. “We changed our game plan to compensate for that and we adjusted well.”

Owen Pearce, Jack Dennehy, Dan Johnson, Mike Coffey and Jack Herlihy all scored for Swampscott, and Herlihy and Pearce added assists.

Swampscott (13-3-1) will end its regular season against Marblehead at home on Monday. The Big Blue topped the Magicians, 1-0, when the two teams met in Marblehead earlier this season.

Beverly 3, Peabody 0

The Tanners and Panthers played through awful weather in Beverly. Sweeper Stephen Panzini played well for Peabody, as did midfielders Lucas Amaral and Cam Anderson.

Peabody (9-7-1) wraps up its regular season against Revere Monday.

FIELD HOCKEY

Peabody 9, Malden 1

The rain didn’t slow down the Peabody offense, as the Tanners got goals from Gianna Denisco, Hailee Monies, Emily Bellavance, Mallory LeBlanc, Nicole Ferrante, Emily Bouchard, Caroline O’Neill, Sara Feinstein and Ashlyn Fitzgerald.

VOLLEYBALL

Fenwick 3, Hamilton-Wenham 0

The Crusaders swept Hamilton-Wenham by scores of 25-12, 25-19 and 25-16. Sam Mancinelli had 28 assists for Fenwick. Steph Bona added 12 kills and 13 digs, Molly Camelo had 15 kills and Julia Fusco finished with 15 digs. The Fenwick (16-4) defense had an outstanding game, according to coach Adam DeBaggis.

Volleyball Roundup: Classical avenges early-season loss to Revere

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Maggie McHale had 10 assists in Classical’s win over Revere. 

By MIKE ALONGI

The Lynn Classical volleyball team defended an early-season loss to the Revere Patriots on Tuesday, winning 3-1 in four sets, 25-11, 21-25, 25-9, 25-13.

Soneta Srey had 10 kills and eight assists, while Skylar Crayton put up nine kills and three assists. Priscil Alouidor had three kills and four assists and Leyani Anderson had four kills. Maggie McHale had 10 assists and two kills.

The win was a big one for the Rams, as they fight for a playoff spot. Classical (9-8) will host Danvers tomorrow evening.

Bishop Fenwick 3, Austin Prep 0

The Crusaders won in straight sets on Tuesday, 25-14, 25-17, 25-12.

Sam Mancinelli had an impressive 35 assists for Fenwick (15-4), while Julia Fusco had eight aces and 15 digs. Stephanie Bona, Molly Camelo and Joie Dillon each had 10 kills.

Swampscott 3, Salem 0

The Big Blue won in straight sets, 25-23, 25-18, 26-24. Leanne Nisbet had seven aces and three kills, while Claudia Mazariegos had seven aces and one kill.

Swampscott (8-9) will play one final regular season game on Monday afternoon when the Big Blue host Marblehead. The Big Blue need a win to qualify for the state tournament.

Marblehead 3, Winthrop 1

Marblehead needed four sets to get past Winthrop, winning 25-16, 25-22, 18-25, 25-18.

Reilly O’Grady had a big game with 29 assists, while Jenny Norcross had 18 kills. Eve Rice had nine kills and Emma Bushman had seven kills.

Danvers 3, Peabody 0

The Tanners (13-3) fell in straight sets on Tuesday, 16-25, 9-25, 23-25.

Joanna Bampi had a great defensive game with 16 digs, while Nene Onwuogo had six kills on offense. Hannah Kemp had 14 assists and two kills in the win.

Peabody will travel to Lynnfield to face off against the Pioneers this afternoon.

School Roundup: St. Mary’s golfers shine in CCL Championship

By Harold Rivera

St. Mary’s was well-represented at the Catholic Central League golf championship Friday at Gannon Golf Course in Lynn. While Arlington Catholic’s John Cammrano finished first with a 73 on the par-70 course, Spartan brothers Benny Emmerich (74) and Kitchy Emmerich (76) finished second and third, respectively.

COURTESY PHOTO. Benny Emmerich (left) and Kitchy Emmerich (right) finished second and third in the CCL championship on Friday.

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Benny Emmerich (left) and Kitchy Emmerich (right) finished second and third in the CCL championship on Friday.

St. Mary’s Andrew Kreamer finished eighth with a score of 79, and Fenwick’s Rob Murphy finished 11th, also with a score of 79.

Tech 1, St. Clement 1

Carolyn Pojoy scored her first goal of the season in the 28th minute on an assist from Priscilla Imul as the Lynn Tech girls soccer team tied St. Clement, 1-1 Friday.

St. Clement found the net for the equalizer in the second half.

“It was a really good game,” Tech coach Bruce Diver said. “We used a lot of underclassmen and they really stepped up.”

Coral Gonzalez was a star in net for Tech, per usual.

“She (Gonzalez) saved a lot of girls and she inspired the underclassmen to work hard which is really nice to see,” Diver said. “They’re starting to get what they need to do and they’re really coming together.”

Tech is back in action today when the Tigers host Nashoba at Manning Field.

“Nashoba’s a really good team but I’m hoping to see us step up a little bit more and use the communication that we used today,” Diver said. “A lot of the girls are starting to play more aggressively than they did earlier in the season.”

St. Mary’s 1, Whittier Tech 0

The latter part of the season has been a tough stretch for the Spartans, but St. Mary’s turned things around with a win on Friday. Mia Hatfield, a freshman, scored her first varsity goal in the 70th minute of the game, propelling St. Mary’s to a much needed victory.

“That was a big goal,” St. Mary’s coach Jim Foley said. “We’ve been struggling to score goals lately. It was a nice play and she got a nice shot. It’s good to know that we have some young kids that can score.”

Emily Stephenson earned the shutout in net for the Spartans.

“We need two more wins in the next three games to qualify for the tournament,” Foley said. “We’re hoping this win will carry us into the tournament, but we’ll take it one game at a time.” The Spartans host Mystic Valley at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Saugus 5, English 0

Grace Gately, Emma Trahant and Alexa Zayas turned in solid performances for the Bulldogs, but it wasn’t enough to get the win as Saugus carried a 2-0 lead into the second half and added three more scores to nail the win. English is back in action at Danvers on Monday.

BOYS SOCCER

St. Mary’s 0, Greater Lowell 0

Richard Mateo turned in a strong performance in net with eight saves but the Spartans couldn’t get it going on the offensive side of the ball.

“We were kind of flat after two great games and the weather certainly didn’t help us,” St. Mary’s coach Mike D’Agostino said. “Defensively we played very well.”

Leading those efforts on defense for the Spartans was the trio of Christian Couillard, Jose Del Valle and Ryan Ramsey.

“I thought the three of them played phenomenal today on the field,” D’Agostino said. “The defense played solid but the offense just wasn’t clicking for us.”

The Spartans will have a few days to rest up before they take on Malden Catholic on Tuesday night at Manning Field.

Lynnfield 1, Newburyport 0

Pat Passatempo’s goal midway through the second half was enough to carry the Pioneers (10-5-2) to victory.

“It was a huge play,” Lynnfield coach Brett Munroe said. “We didn’t have too many chances and that was our best one. He took a great shot and we managed to hang on.”

Jack Campbell and Colin Fabri combined for the shutout in net. Up next for Lynnfield is a home game against North Reading on Tuesday.

FIELD HOCKEY

Marblehead 1, Saugus 1

The Sachems secured a spot in the tournament with a tie against a tough Magicians squad.

Caroline Driscoll gave the Magicians (11-1-3) an early 1-0 lead 10 minutes into the game, but Saugus answered with a goal in the final two minutes of the contest to draw a 1-1 tie. Driscoll’s goal came on an assist from Bella Barbera. Although the Magicians outshot the Sachems 25-4, the end result didn’t fall in Marblehead’s favor.

“They were disappointed,” Marblehead coach Linda Rice Collins said. “They lost focus but it’s a good learning experience going into the state tournament. They realized that they need to stay focused for 100 percent of the game.”

Marblehead will look to get back on the win column when the team hosts Gloucester on Monday.

“It’ll be back back on turf, so I’m hoping we play the game we can play,” Collins said of the upcoming game. “I’m hoping they stay focused and execute the gameplan.”

Danvers 3, Swampscott 2

Olivia Fillenworth scored both goals for the Big Blue (6-3-6). Also performing well for Swampscott were Michaela Fredo and Mary Miles.

“We played very well,” Swampscott coach Jamie Spano said. “We had a lot of opportunities but we just couldn’t capitalize on them. Danvers is very aggressive.”

The Big Blue will look to bounce back on Tuesday, when the team visits Saugus.0

“We have to play together,” Spano said, “especially going into the state tournament.”

VOLLEYBALL

Marblehead 3, Masconomet 2

Jenny Norcross (27 kills) and Reilly O’Grady (32 assists) led the way for Marblehead, as the Magicians (11-4) won in five sets. Eve Rice (14 kills) and Mandy Dumais (12 digs) rounded out the top performers for the Magicians. Marblehead will clash against Winthrop on Tuesday night.

Danvers 3, Fenwick 2

The Crusaders fell to the Falcons in five sets (15-25, 25-22, 25-13, 21-25, 12-25). Seniors Steph Bona and Sam Mancinelli the top performers for Fenwick (14-4).

 

SCHOOL ROUNDUP: SWAMPSCOTT GOLF TOPS SAUGUS

By Harold Rivera

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

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

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

Peabody 48 , Revere 24

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

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

Cronan shared his thoughts on Peabody’s season.

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

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

GIRLS SOCCER

Beverly 4, Classical 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swampscott 2, Saugus 0

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

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

Nikki Rosa earned the shutout in net with four saves.

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

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

Peabody 7, English 0

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

Danvers 8, Revere 0

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

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

VOLLEYBALL

Lynnfield 3, Peabody 0

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

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

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

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

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

Hamilton-Wenham 3, Marblehead 1

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

Arlington Catholic 3, Bishop Fenwick 0

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

FIELD HOCKEY

Fenwick 7, Arlington Catholic 0

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

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

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

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

SCHOOL ROUNDUP: PEABODY OUTLASTS MARBLEHEAD

By Mike Alongi and Katie Morrison 

The Peabody girls soccer team stayed hot Tuesday, winning a big Northeastern Conference matchup with Marblehead, 3-1.

Peabody (11-1-1, 10-0-1 NEC)  went into the half with a 2-0 lead and added to it with a goal in the 42nd minute. Marblehead scored seven minutes later, but couldn’t get more than that.

Emily Nelson scored a goal and logged an assist, Jillian Arigo and Chloe Gizzi each scored a goal, and Katherine Scacchi notched an assist. Scacchi, Gizzi, Alyssa Shashaty and Ali Demeo also played well on defense. Goalie Rebecca Sabino logged four saves for the Tanners.

Swampscott 1, Danvers 0

The Big Blue rebounded from their first loss with a big victory at Danvers. Haley Bernhardt provided all the offense Swampscott would need midway through the first half off an assist from Sydney Clark.

Coach Ken Leeder said that Michela Agresti played very well, and Nikki Rosa was solid, making seven saves.

“Danvers is very good but we put a lot of pressure on them, especially in the second half,” Leeder said. “We also did a good job defensively, staying organized.”

Northeast Tech 1, Lynn Tech 0

The Tigers dropped to 2-8-2 with the loss, but got great performances from Astrid Alvarado, Melanie Barrios and Priscilla Imul. Tech will host Notre Dame Academy on Thursday afternoon at Manning Field.

Winthrop 3, Lynn English 2

The Bulldogs lost a 2-0 lead at home on Tuesday afternoon. English (1-9-3) got goals from senior captains Taylor Sullivan and Emma Trahant.

English will travel to Peabody to play the Tanners in a Northeastern Conference matchup on Thursday evening.

Salem 3, Lynn Classical 2

The Rams (4-8-1) got goals from Julia Jordan and Amanda Wilkins, with Wilkins scoring her first career varsity goal. Goalkeeper Carly Mendonca had a huge game in the loss, recording 20 saves.

Classical will take on Beverly at home this afternoon.

Beverly 2, Saugus 0

Sachems goalie Alana Aldred played a great game in net, coming up with 12 saves against a tough Beverly team. Defensively, coach Chris Coviello was happy with the play of Marisa McClellan, Olivia Taplia-Gately, Aryana Carney, Alivia Burke and Allison LeBlanc.

The Sachems (7-5) will have a tough test against Swampscott on Thursday.

BOYS SOCCER

Classical 3, Salem 0

The Rams improved to 5-7-1 after a shutout win at home. Josh Blas had a big day with a goal and an assist, while Pa Sowe and Tyler Way tallied one goal each. Nathaniel Mace-Rateau played a great game on the defensive end for Classical.

The Rams will travel to Beverly to take on the Panthers on Thursday afternoon.

English 2, Winthrop 0

The Bulldogs got goals from Ble Ley and Abedom Gebreyesus in the win. Defensively, Wilgens Volny and Jose Perez played well, and Billy Allen and Angel Castillo split the shutout in net. Willy Gomez also played well on defense.

Beverly 5, Saugus 1

Matt LeBlanc scored the lone goal for the Sachems (0-13) at Anna Parker Playground in Saugus.

Peabody 2, Marblehead 1

It was Nicolo Klinger who notched the game-winner for the Tanners (6-6-1) in the second half. Jake Martins also scored a goal.

Peabody will take on Malden at home on Friday afternoon.

St. John’s Prep 5, Andover 0

Lynn’s Bryan Nju-Ghong scored twice and Andrew Dembowski and Steven Yakita also added goals for the Eagles. Goalie Jack Sorenson made five saves in the win.

FIELD HOCKEY

Fenwick 2, Bedford 1

The Crusaders got goals from Fredi DeGuglielmo and Stefanie Libby as they improved to 5-9-1. Kerry Kircher played well at midfield and Caitlin Dwyer was strong defensively for Fenwick.

VOLLEYBALL

Fenwick 3, Williams 0

Fenwick won in straight sets, 25-12, 25-6 and 25-19. Senior captain Sam Mancinelli had a big game with 25 assists and 10 digs for the Crusaders. Steph Bona, Jennie Meagher, Molly Camelo and Joie Dillon combined for 28 kills in the victory. The Crusaders (14-2) take on Arlington Catholic Thursday.

GOLF

Salem 52, Lynn English 20

The Witches closed out their 2016 regular season with a convincing win over the Bulldogs at Olde Salem Greens. Tom Harrington, Wes Schaejbe, Cam Twomey, Ryan Farley, Tim Farley, Clayton Duffin and Troy Zipper all notched wins for Salem.

Gloucester 39 1/2, Classical 32 1/2

The Rams went to Gloucester looking for a win to get into the tournament, but dropped a close match to wrap up its season.

“We played hard all year,” Rams coach Jack Morrison said. “I’m a little disappointed we came up here and lost such a close match, but they did all I could expect of them.”

Travis Ryan tied at the top spot Brendan Lannon also tied. Jake Hickenbottom and Mike Tarasuik won their matches.

SCHOOL ROUNDUP: AGRESTI LEADS SWAMPSCOTT TO WIN

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Swampscott’s Michela Agresti netted a hat trick in Friday’s win. 

By Harold Rivera

Michela Agresti stole the show for Swampscott Friday as the forward scored all three goals for the Big Blue (9-0-1) en route to a 3-0 win over Classical at Manning Field.

“She played great today,” Swampscott coach Ken Leeder said. “All three of her goals were spectacular.”

In net, Nikki Rosa earned the shutout with one save in the contest.

“I thought we played well,” Leeder said. “Classical fought hard and they were organized defensively. I thought we did a good job of staying patient and we got a nice win.”

For Classical, coach Bob Burns was pleased with the play of Julia Jordan, Noemi Escobar and Amanda Wilkins.

“We kept the game close, and overall they did a great job, very spirited throughout the whole game,” Burns said. “Swampscott is a very, very good team.”

Swampscott will have a tall task ahead of it on Sunday afternoon when the Big Blue host Peabody at 2:30 p.m.

“We have to stay organized,” Leeder said. “I think it’ll come down to a one goal game so hopefully we get that goal.”

Salem 3, English 1

Alexa Zayas found the net in the 19th minute to give the Bulldogs the early 1-0 lead, but Salem marched back with three unanswered goals to claim the win. Tommi Hill was strong in net for English (1-8-3) with 15 saves.

Ed McNeil, coach of the Bulldogs, also credited defenders Taylor Sullivan and Sydney Denham. “They both played terrific today,” McNeil said.

English is back in action on Tuesday when the Bulldogs host Winthrop at 5:15 p.m.

“They’re having a tough season like we are,” McNeil said. “We’ll try to generate some offense.”

Danvers 3, Marblehead 2

Meghan McCarthy and Meeghan Cronin each scored a goal for the Magicians (10-2-1).

“We came out flat in the beginning and it cost us,” Marblehead coach Andrew Bub said. “We made some adjustments and we battled back from down 2-0 to make it a game. We’ve lost two in a row but this will get us ready for the tournament.”

For Danvers (10-2), Nicole White scored a pair of goals in the first half. Abby Cash netted the eventual game-winner for the Falcons in the second half. Goalkeeper Savanna Demsey turned in an outstanding performance in net with 12 saves in the contest.

“She had a strong game in goal for us,” Danvers coach Jim Hinchion said.

Danvers has now won seven straight games.

“It was a huge win for us,” Hinchion said. “Marblehead had only one loss coming in. I thought we played very well. It’s never easy to get a win over Marblehead, especially with the season they’re having.”

Both teams have big games coming up, as the Falcons host Swampscott on Tuesday night, and Marblehead (10-2-1) will visit Peabody on Tuesday.

Saugus 7, Revere 0

Shaylin Groark led the way with two scores in the win. Bianca Gallotto, Rachel Nazzaro, Allison LeBlanc, Aryana Carney and Olivia Valente each scored a goal for the Sachems.

“We played well,” Saugus coach Chris Coviello said. “We moved the ball around well. It was one of those games where we scored the first goal and everything went in after that.”

The Sachems will look to carry the momentum when they visit Beverly on Tuesday.  

Notre Dame 3, Fenwick 0

It was a tough loss for the Crusaders (6-4-2), as Notre Dame scored midway through the contest and never looked back.

“They had a lot of momentum,” Fenwick coach Karen Guillemette said. “The score doesn’t tell the story of the game.”

Emily Smith turned in a “smart and solid” performance for the Crusaders at the defender position. Fenwick will look to bounce back on Monday when the team visits Austin Prep.

Peabody 1, Gloucester 0

With the win, Peabody (9-1-1) qualifies for the state tournament. Chloe Gizzi scored the lone goal of the contest. Katherine Scacchi, Jillian Arigo, Ali Demeo, Alyssa Shashaty were strong defensively, as the Tanners held Gloucester to just one shot.

BOYS SOCCER

Swampscott 5, Classical 0

Dan Johnson scored two goals and Kevin Coffey notched five saves to lead the Swampscott (9-2-1) to the win. Max Carbone, Jack Dennehy and Adam Hause each scored a goal for the Big Blue. With the win, Swampscott clinches a spot in the state tournament.

“That was our first goal of the season,” Swampscott coach Eric Robinson said. “We have three of them coming in with our expectations from last season: first was qualifying for states, next is winning the NEC and then winning a state title.”

The Big Blue have a tough match ahead next Tuesday when they host Danvers.

“We’re on a good run right now,” Robinson said. “It’s going to be a physical game from start to finish.”

Tech 3, Greater Lawrence 0

Greg Aragon found the net in the 25th minute to give Tech a 1-0 lead. Armando Jimenez and Christian Irias also scored for the Tigers (4-4-4) in the win.

“We played great,” Tech coach Jeremy McKeen said. “They dominated and had plenty of shots.”

Isaac Perez earned the shutout in net for Tech with seven saves in the game. Thomas Khai also played well.

“Our midfield and our finishing game shined brighter today than any other game this season,” McKeen said. “This is a playoff team and we’re really seeing them come together. It was one of our better games.”

McKeen added, “our junior varsity won too, so it was a fun ride home.” Tech plays four games next week, the first is at Essex Tech on Monday.

Peabody 2, Gloucester 0

Make that four wins a row now for the red-hot Tanners (5-5-1). Zack Silva and Johnny Alves scored the goals for Peabody. Alves’ score came on an assist from Austin Silva. Jake Zeuli earned the shutout in net with 11 saves in the contest. Peabody coach Stan McKeen praised his group of defenders in Chris Belliveau, Brian Bombaci, Michael Fay and Stephen Panzini for a solid performance. “They were the keys to the game today,” McKeen said. “They played excellent defense.” McKeen added, “we controlled most of the game. Our defense and goaltending has been the reason we’re doing well.” Peabody will visit Billerica at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

VOLLEYBALL

Fenwick 3, Marblehead 0

Fenwick wins in straight sets, 25-22, 25-8, 25-12. Molly Camelo (13 kills, five blocks), Sam Mancinellli (23 assists) and Stephanie Bona (14 digs, seven kills) led the way for the Crusaders. Mary O’Brien (seven kills, three blocks) and Julia Fusco (13 digs) also contributed to the winning efforts. Fenwick (13-2) visits Archbishop Williams on Tuesday.

For Marblehead, Eve Rice and Jenny Norcross each had five kills. Reilly O’Grady (12 assists) and Mandy Dumais (12 digs) also played well for the Magicians (9-3).

FIELD HOCKEY

Lynnfield 1, Triton 1

Down 1-0, Lynnfield’s Kathleen Hamm scored the equalizer with five minutes remaining and the game ended in a 1-1 tie. Hamm’s goal came on an assist from Jailyn Grabau. “We knew it was going to be a tough game,” Lynnfield coach Mamie Reardon said. “Triton’s always a good team. They came back pretty full-force in the second half. It was a back-and-forth game.”

Elise Murphy and Marianne Oliveri turned in strong performances for the Pioneers, while Lydia Picariello had four saves in net. The Pioneers (9-2-3) host Pentucket on Tuesday.

FOOTBALL

Gloucester 48, Salem 28

Gloucester led 28-0 at the half and never looked back, en route to a big win at Bertram Field. With the win, the Fishermen (5-1) clinched a share of the NEC South crown. Christian Sanfilippo was the first to find the end zone for the Fishermen, giving Gloucester a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. A few minutes later, Marc Smith scored on a 21-yard pass from Nate Young to make it 14-0. Sanfilippo added two more touchdowns in the second quarter, to give his team a big 28-0 lead at the half. The Witches found the end zone in the third quarter, when Jared Lubas connected with Jayco Pena for a 20-yard touchdown pass. By then it was too little too late, as Gloucester cruised to the 48-28 win. Jeff Rodriguez and Vincent Gaskins also scored touchdowns for the Witches (3-3). Next week, Salem visits Revere while Gloucester hosts Saugus.

Volleyball roundup: Revere sweeps Classical

By Mike Alongi

The Classical volleyball team (2-2) fell to Revere at home, 3-0, by set scores of 10-25, 21-25, 23-25.

“We got off to a really slow start in the first set last couple of games,” said Classical coach Frank DeLuca. “We had no energy. We had the lead in both second and third but we couldn’t put them away.”

Soneta Srey led the Rams with six kills and five assists. Leyani Anderson had two kills. Maggie McHale had one kill and one block.

Jenna Tobin brought the Rams back in the third set with five consecutive service points while Amanda Thoeun had seven service points while Tobin and Alytah Noum had six service points each.

The Rams will be back in action on Thursday when they play against Danvers.

Swampscott 3, Salem 1

The Big Blue notched a solid win to remain undefeated at 3-0 on Tuesday, with set scores of 25-16, 25-20, 13-25, 25-17. Senior captain Taylor McBurney had five kills and five blocks, while senior captain Leanne Nisbet had four kills. Senior Michelle Connor also notched four kills, as did freshman Cassidy Ryan. Senior Caroline Phelan had five kills and three aces.

Marblehead 3, Winthrop 1

The Magicians battled to a four-set win on Tuesday, 25-19, 22-25, 25-15, 25-14. Jenny Norcross had a huge match, totaling 23 kills and five digs. Clara Pollard had six kills, while setter Reilly O’Grady led the team with 26 assists. Libero Mandy Dumais contributed 13 digs.

Bishop Fenwick 3, Cardinal Spellman 0

Fenwick notched a clean sweep of Cardinal Spellman on Tuesday, winning 25-6, 25-14, 25-14. Senior captain Molly Camelo had 13 kills, senior captain Sam Mancinelli had 19 assists, senior captain Joie Dillon had six aces and senior captain Julia Fusco had 15 digs. With the win, the Crusaders remain undefeated at 4-0. They will play at home against Matignon on Thursday.

Danvers 3, Peabody 0

Peabody (2-1) fell in straight sets on Tuesday, 12-25, 23-25, 21-25. Serena Laro had five kills and two blocks, while Alyssa Gray had five kills. Hannah Kemp had 12 assists and Lexie Zammer had 14 digs.

School roundup: Patrie leads Classical golf over Peabody

By Mike Alongi

The Lynn Classical golf team improved to 1-1 on the year after a solid win, 46-26, over Peabody at Gannon Golf Course on Monday. Steve Patrie led the way in the No. 1 spot with a win, 6 1/2-1 1/2. Mike Tarasuik won his match five and four, while Travis Ryan took his match 8-1. Jake Hickenbottom won his match 7 1/2-1 1/2, Ryan Clark won his match 6-3 and Nick Lilja won his match 5 1/2-3 1/2. The Rams will be right back in action this afternoon when they travel to Myopia Hunt Club to take on Hamilton-Wenham.

For Peabody (0-3), Andrew Hamel won his match 5-4 and Connor McCarron won his match 5 1/2-3 1/2. The Tanners will play Wednesday against Swampscott at The Meadow at Peabody.

St. Mary’s 181, Cardinal Spellman 125

It was the Emmerich brothers at the top of the leaderboard for the Spartans on Monday, with Max Emmerich leading the way with 34 points. Benny Emmerich was right behind with 30 points, while Kitchy Emmerich had 29 points. Chris Fioravanti had 26 points, Luke Smith had 25 points, Aedan Leydon had 22 points and Nick Cicolini had 17 points. St. Mary’s (3-0) is right back on the links today to take on Austin Prep at Gannon.

Swampscott 38 1/2, Gloucester 33 1/2

The Big Blue earned a win at Tedesco Country Club Monday thanks mostly to the work of the bottom half of the lineup. After No. 1 golfer Andrew Dove won his match 6-3, Swampscott dropped the next two matches. But then, the Big Blue got three straight wins from No. 4 Mike Johnson (8-1), No. 5 Ryan Graciale (6-3) and No. 6 Max Pegnato (6 1/2-2 1/2).

“It was really the bottom of our lineup that won it for us today,” said Swampscott golf coach Jason Knowles.

Saugus 38, Marblehead 34

Saugus (3-0) is still undefeated after notching a close win over Marblehead. Joe Ghika got a win in the No. 1 spot for the Sachems, winning 8 1/2-1/2. Brandon Neumann won his match 7-2, Dan Robbins won 6-3 and Alex Riccardelli tied his match 4 1/2-4 1/2.

Winthrop 36 1/2, Salem 35 1/2

The Witches dropped their first match of the season on Monday. Tommy Harrington won his match for Salem 6 1/2-1 1/2, Wes Schaejbe won his match 5-4 and Andrew McRae took his match 5 1/2-3 1/2.

VOLLEYBALL

St. Mary’s 3, St. Clement 2

The Spartans battled back from two sets down to improve to 2-1 on Monday afternoon. After dropping the first two sets, 13-25, 15-25, the Spartans dug deep and rattled off set wins of 25-14, 25-18 and 15-6 in the final tiebreaker set.

“We really got the momentum going after that third set,” said St. Mary’s coach Erin Menard. “The girls got off to a bit of a slow start, but the way they rallied was great. You can’t ask for much more than that.”

Senior Amanda Idusuyi led the way with 19 kills and three blocks, while fellow senior Ivanna Nunez had 15 service points and six aces. Sophomore Grace Fielding also had a strong match, notching eight service points, three aces and three kills.

Bishop Fenwick 3, Danvers 0

The Crusaders (3-0) took their match in straight sets on Monday, winning 25-16, 25-18, 25-19. Senior captain Molly Camelo had 12 kills, while Steph Bona had 10 kills, Sam Mancinelli had 21 assists and Julia Fusco had 19 digs. Junior Jennie Meagher had seven kills and five blocks. Camille Tache and Joie Dillon both played well on defense in the win. The Crusaders will face off against Cardinal Spellman at home this afternoon.

FIELD HOCKEY

Chelmsford 4, Bishop Fenwick 1

Grace Harris scored the lone goal for the Crusaders (0-2-1). Fenwick will look for its first win this afternoon against Gloucester at home.

School roundup: Peabody girls volleyball sweeps Classical

By Harold Rivera

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

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

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

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

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

Fenwick 3, Masco 0

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

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

BOYS SOCCER

Salem 3, Bishop Fenwick 1

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

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

Lynnfield 2, Triton 0

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

GIRLS SOCCER

Lynnfield 6, Triton 0

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

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

FIELD HOCKEY

Marblehead 1, Peabody 0

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

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

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

St. Mary’s falls to veteran Fenwick squad

St. Mary’s Grace Fielding sends the ball over Fenwick’s Molly Camelo. Item Photo by Katie Morrison

By Katie Morrison

LYNN — The St. Mary’s volleyball team has its work cut out for it in a tough Catholic Central League, and Thursday’s match against reigning league champs Bishop Fenwick helped the team see where it stands in the league.

The Crusaders swept the Spartans in three sets, 25-10, 25-14 and 25-11, in their season opener Thursday at St. Mary’s. The Spartans fall to 1-1 on the season.

“I thought this helped us see where we are a lot,” St. Mary’s coach Erin Menard said. “We always open with Fenwick in our first league match, and that’s not an easy task as it is, and I thought we fared well today. The second set was really a good sign for us.”

In the first set, Fenwick jumped out to an 8-1 lead behind five service points from Sam Mancinelli before St. Mary’s Amanda Idusuyi stopped the bleeding with a kill.

The Spartans went on a little run and a nice play from Idusuyi brought the score to 16-7, but St. Mary’s wasn’t able to close the gap. Another run from Fenwick and a short serve from St. Mary’s, and the Crusaders put the set away.

Mancinelli had a nice match, coming up with 13 assists over the three sets.

In the second set, the Spartans staked a 6-1 lead behind some excellent serving from Brianna Lozzi, who had two aces during the run. The set went back and forth with St. Mary’s leading 11-5 at one point, but the Crusaders clawed their way back into the set behind Sydney Topel’s serving. The Crusaders’ late run did in the Spartans, and Fenwick wrapped up the set.

The third set was much like the first, but St. Mary’s Gabby Torres, a freshman who had never played prior to this season, came through with some big hits for the Spartans. Fenwick junior Jennie Meagher closed out the set with a kill.

Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis was happy with the way his team played in its season opener, especially with the defense of senior Julia Fusco and the back row, as well as Molly Camelo who tallied six kills.

The Fenwick squad is loaded with experienced returnees, as opposed to the Spartans.

“We’re high on seniors and experience, and St. Mary’s is pretty young, and I think we saw that today,” DeBaggis said. “These girls have picked up nicely where we left off last year, and so we’re hoping to just build on that.”

Fenwick was knocked out of the Division 3 North tournament last season by Arlington Catholic in the quarterfinals. DeBaggis says his team is hungry to get back there, and beyond.

“For five of our six seniors, it’s their third year on varsity together,” he said. “These girls, we won the North final when they were freshman on JV, and we haven’t really gotten out of the second round since then, so I think they’re kind of hungry to do something big this year. A few of these girls were on the basketball team (that won the Division 3 state title last year) so I think they like that feeling.”

The situation for St. Mary’s this year is very different. The team has four underclassmen on the court at any given time, so they’re bound to battle growing pains.

However, the Spartans are led by seniors Idusuyi and Ivanna Nunez. Nunez is adjusting to a new position, moving from setter to libero this year. Idusuyi is honing her skills at the net in her fourth year with the team. There’s also sophomore Grace Fielding, who started last season, and Menard says “tremendous steps improving her game.”

The core is there for the St. Mary’s, so it will just take some time and experience for the Spartans to find themselves.

“I think we’ll grow a lot this year,” Menard said. “They’ll take their hits, it’s a very tough league, we can’t deny that. Which is good. We’ll go through our ups and downs but hopefully by the time we get to the Lynn (City volleyball) tournament, we’ll be good.”

Fenwick wins summer league basketball title

COURTESY OF BISHOP FENWICK ATHLETICS

By Anne Marie Tobin

DANVERS — The 2016 Division 3 state champion Bishop Fenwick girls basketball team added another piece of silver to its trophy case last night under the lights at Plains Park, defeating Masconomet 32-21 in the finals of the North Shore Girls Basketball League championship.

Fenwick led from start to finish and carried a 14-5 lead into the second half after holding Masco scoreless over the final 13 minutes of the first half.

“It was a low scoring game, and very unusual for Masco, which usually runs teams into the ground with their offense,” Fenwick volunteer coach and 2016 graduate Colleen Corcoran said. “They made a nice comeback and we said we needed to be more aggressive and we were.”

In the opening minutes of the second half, the teams traded baskets. Then, senior captain Sam Mancinelli drained a three-pointer to give Fenwick its largest lead of the game at 19-7 with 17 minutes to play.

Masco went on an 11-0 run over the next eight minutes to come to within one point on a long three-pointer by Grace Fahey that made it 19-18 with nine minutes left to play.

After a Fenwick timeout, the Crusaders wasted no time in restoring order with three quick hoops and a free throw over the next minute.

Jennie Meagher followed up Jaxson Nadeau’s near-miss on a reverse layup with an offensive rebound and put back that made it 21-18.

After a Masco miss, Meagher struck again (from Mancinelli) to bump the lead to 23-18.

On Masco’s next possession, a Nadeau steal and dish off to Mancinelli made it 25-18.

Things went from bad to worse for Masco.

Meagher ripped the ball out of the hands of a Masco player, then grabbed an offensive rebound off a Fenwick miss and made one of two free throws after she was fouled, making it 26-18.

Masco closed to 26-21, but that was as close as it would come.

Mancinelli and Meagher led all scorers with eight points, while Nadeau had six points and Olivia DiPietro had five.

“We came into this game with the same mindset as Masco, and that was this was a must win game for us,” Mancinelli said.  “We did not want to go to another game and I think the difference ultimately was we ended up wanting the ball more than they did.”

Samie Gallant came up big for Fenwick in the final minutes of the second half.  She was 4-for-4  from the free throw line in the final 1:47 of the game to help hold Masco at bay.

Fenwick advances to Division 3 state title game

PHOTO BY BOB ROCHE
Fenwick’s Colleen Corcoran throws up a put-back shot after a rebound during the Crusaders win over Archbishop Williams Tuesday afternoon.

By MIKE ALONGI

BOSTON — The Bishop Fenwick girls’ basketball team overcame another slow start to defeat the Archbishop Williams Bishops, 56-43, in the MIAA Division 3 state semifinals at the TD Garden on Tuesday afternoon.

With the win, the Crusaders (22-4) move on to face Hoosac Valley in the Division 3 state championship game in Springfield on Saturday.

“We expected a great game, and that’s what we got,” said Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis. “That’s the way the game should’ve gone, because we are very equally talented teams. I was worried at first that we’d be overwhelmed by everything, but I don’t think we were.”

Colleen Corcoran had a huge game for Fenwick, notching 15 points and 14 rebounds. But as DeBaggis notes, the senior forward does so much more than that.

“She’s irreplaceable,” DeBaggis said of Corcoran. “She does things that I don’t see anybody else do. I think she leads our team in everything but points, and she’s our second-leading scorer. She’s got the biggest heart in the world too, she’s our emotional leader.”

Junior guard Sam Mancinelli finished with 15 points and six rebounds, while senior Sydney Brennan finished with nine points and sophomore guard Fredi DeGuglielmo had seven points.

It was a slow start for Fenwick in the first quarter, as the Crusaders fell behind, 10-2, in the first four minutes. They had trouble with the press defense of Williams during that stretch, but they were able to regain some composure and go on a 10-6 run to end the quarter.

Fenwick came out stronger in the second quarter on both ends of the floor. Mancinelli hit two free throws with about four and a half minutes left to give the Crusaders their first lead of the game, 17-16. It appeared as if they had stolen the momentum, but Williams was able to take the lead back with 30 seconds remaining in the half.

At halftime, the Bishops led Fenwick, 21-20.

Despite losing the lead, Fenwick continued its momentum into the second half. After battling back and forth for the whole quarter, Corcoran hit a three-pointer with 1:55 left to take back the lead, 31-30. The Crusaders held onto the lead, 35-31, going into the fourth quarter.

Corcoran and DeGuglielmo each hit big shots to open the fourth quarter and help stretch the Fenwick lead to nine points. However, the Bishops followed with an 8-0 run of their own to make it a one-point game, 40-39, with four minutes left to play.

But the Crusaders didn’t get rattled. Instead, they went on another 7-0 run to stretch out the lead and force Williams to foul. Mancinelli, Corcoran and Brennan combined to go 7-of-8 from the free throw line to seal the win for Fenwick.

With the Crusaders heading to their first-ever state title game, DeBaggis anticipates a little bit of nerves.

“I’m sure we’ll probably be a little nervous,” said DeBaggis. “But I think the more you do this, the less nervous you get. And this team is so dedicated, they’ll be ready to go.”


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

Salem upended by Lowell

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Senior point guard Alex Sanchez led Salem with 18 points in the Witches’ loss to Lowell Wednesday night.

By NATALIE DURAZO

In a high scoring contest, the Lowell Red Raiders were able to pull out a victory over the Salem Witches, 75-69, at home on Wednesday afternoon. With the loss the Witches move to (18-2) on the season.

Alex Sanchez scored 18 points with six rebounds and six assists for Salem. Joel Nunez scored 17 points, Kelven Perpetuo added 15 points, and Jhonel Roberts scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

“It was a back and forth game and we were tied at halftime, but Lowell had the lead most of the second half,” said Salem Coach Tom Doyle.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Medway 45, Peabody 41

The Peabody Tanners fell to Medway in a close game Wednesday night..

Junior Estrella was the leading scorer for the Tanners (9-9), scoring 19 points and grabbing an impressive 25 rebounds on the night. Jake Doherty and John Lawrence played solid all around games, according to Peabody coach Thad Broughton.

BOYS’ HOCKEY

St. Mary’s 8, Acton-Boxboro 1

The St. Mary’s boys came out firing, with seven different players scoring goals for them in a dominant victory.

The Spartans (17-3) were led by goalie Andrew LoRusso, who had 15 saves on the night.

Mike Zampanti scored two goals and had one assist, while six of his teammates also scored.

“It was a great team win,” said coach Mark Lee.

St. Mary’s is set to play in the Springfield Tournament Championship game against Pope Francis.

Salem 2, Somerville 1

With 25 seconds left in the game, the Witches scored a goal to sneak past Somerville.

Chris Masta scored the first goal for Salem, and Ishmael Telemaco scored the game winner.

Peabody 5, Concord-Carlisle 0

With a shutout victory over Concord-Carlisle, the Tanners (12-4-4) closed out their regular season.

Owen Brewster scored two goals, bringing his season total to 22, and added an assist on Wednesday night. Nick Merryman, Chris Gillen, and Chris Goggin (who scored his first varsity goal) each found the back of the net in the victory. Ethan LeBlanc had a solid night, spreading the puck on three of the five goals scored for Peabody.

“We had a great season overall being 12-4-4, and finishing second in the league behind Marblehead,” said Peabody coach Mark Leonard.

The Tanners get a two week break before the start of the Division 2 North Tournament.

Haverhill 3, Danvers 0

The Falcons dropped their first game of the Newburyport Bank Ice Hockey Classic to Haverhill at Henry Graf Skating Rink.

St. John’s 2, Braintree 2

St. John’s Prep got off to a fast start with the first of two goals scored by Dan Hennessey before the second minute of play, but Braintree responded with a goal of their own towards the end of the first period. Prep had the shots on goal advantage, but Braintree goalie David McDonough wasn’t fazed, saving 13 shots in the third period alone.

Lynnfield 3, Saugus 2

The Pioneers (9-7-3) punched their ticket to the postseason in dramatic fashion on senior night. Senior forward Derek Crampe netted the game-winning goal with under 10 seconds remaining in regulation. Despite the loss, Sachems’ sophomore goalie Nick Sanderson recorded 47 saves.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY

Quincy 1, Peabody 0

The Tanners suffered a close home loss to Quincy at McVann-O’Keefe Memorial Rink.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Bishop Fenwick 66, Danvers 36

The Crusaders improved to 17-3 on the season with a win at Danvers. Senior Sydney Brennan led Fenwick with 20 points, including six 3-pointers. Sophomore Fredi Deguglielmo and junior Sam Mancinelli each added 12 points for the Crusaders, as well.

School Roundup: St. Mary’s offense powers past Cristo Rey

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Calvin Johnson led St. Mary’s with 18 points Wednesday night against Cristo Rey.

By NATALIE DURAZO and MIKE ALONGI

In a high scoring affair the St. Mary’s Spartans were able to pull out a win at home over Cristo Rey, 81-76, on Wednesday night.

Calvin Johnson scored 18 points on the night, while teammate Jonny Mercado added 12 points.

“Everyone on the team was able to score a basket,” said St. Mary’s coach Dave Brown after the win.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Lowell 73, Salem 71

The Salem Witches dropped their first game of the season on Wednesday night, falling to a strong Lowell team at home. With the loss, the Witches are now 15-1 on the season.

“Obviously, no team wants to lose a game,” said Salem coach Tom Doyle. “But this really was a great high school basketball game tonight.”

Alex Sanchez led the way for Salem, finishing the game with 20 points and five steals. Joel Nunez had 15 points, Jhonel Roberts had 14 points and Ricky Arias contributed 13 points in the loss.

“We played a very good Lowell team tonight,” said Doyle. “They’re a powerful Division 1 school, they’re 15-2 this year, and it was a great test for us. I really believe that this game will help us and make us better down the stretch.”

Gloucester 58, Swampscott 53

The Big Blue kept the game close, but couldn’t come back for the win, falling to the Fishermen bringing their overall record to 1-16 on the season.

Nate Howard scored 15 points off the bench, scoring all his points off three-point shots. Venantius Phillip had a line of 13 points, six rebounds and six assists. Brandon Byrne added a double-double, scoring 12 points with 12 rebounds.

Gloucester’s Evan Mason scored 32 points leading all scorers.

Danvers 68, Classical 63

The Rams fell to the Falcons at home, dropping to 12-8 on the season. Freshman guard Dyrell Rucker and sophomore Edwin Solis each scored 15 points for Classical.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Northeast 38,  LynnTech 32

The Lynn Tech Tigers fell just short against Northeast Metro, bringing their overall record to 3-15. Senior captain Lila Nieves continued her strong season, scoring 15 points.

“The team rallied around Lila, and she got us back in the game,” said Tech coach Kaitlyn Wechsler. “She was in it from start to finish, working hard on defense and offense.”

Bishop Fenwick 52, Andover 29

The Crusaders notched a big non-conference win over Andover to improve to 14-3 on the season. Senior captain Sydney Brennan was the leading scorer for Fenwick, just missing a double-double with 19 points, nine rebounds and three steals on the night. Colleen Corcoran, also a senior captain for Fenwick, finished the game with 10 points, three rebounds and three steals. Junior Sam Mancinelli had a great all-around game with seven points, four rebounds and five assists.

Beverly 56, Peabody 49

In a tough matchup, the Tanners struggled to get going in the first half, leading to an eventual loss and bringing their overall record to 8-6.

“Defensively we played really well, but we got down 13 points in the first and only scored five points in the quarter, so it was hard to come back from that,” said coach Stan McKeen.

Marisi Tisi and Molly Tansey both had strong defensive games and played with a lot of energy, according to McKeen.

Danvers 54, Gloucester 24

In a dominant offensive performance, the Danvers Falcons improved to 9-5 on the season.

Nicole White had 12 points on the night, while Devan Walsh added 10 points.

INDOOR TRACK

MIAA Division 2 Championships

Classical junior Agnes Bangura finished second in the 55-meter dash at the Division 2 championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on Wednesday, finishing in 7.43 seconds. The Beverly High track duo of Julia Curtin and Abby Walsh finished second and third, respectively, in the mile (4:55.14 and 5:10.81). Their teammate, Lexi Sutyak, finished eighth in the 2-miles (12:13.21), while the 4×400-meter relay team of Curtin, Walsh, Rachelle Mullins and Nora Monahan finished seventh (4:19.28).

Revere’s Nelson Cevallos placed fourth in the high jump, clearing six feet. Classical’s Thomas Mackin came in ninth amongst 18 runners in the 2-miles (10:07.1)


 

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

Natalie Durazo can be reached at natdurazo08@gmail.com.

 

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.

English holds on for win over Winthrop

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English’s Ely Guity drives to the hoop.

By LILY DOOLIN and DILLON DURST

The Lynn English girls’ basketball team (4-9) maintained its composure all through the game, responding to surges and lulls to pull out the win against Winthrop, 43-40.

A strong first half really set the tone for the Bulldogs. They were able to take from their success in the first two quarters and build upon it in the following half.

Ely Guity was the top performer for English, recording 19 points, six rebounds, and five steals. Mashayla Johnson scored nine points, while Regina Ngaleu had seven points, 15 rebounds, and four steals to mark a well-rounded effort.

Nina Bartlett led Winthrop with 28 points.

KIPP 52, Salem Academy 16

The Panthers improved to 9-4 on the season with a double-digit win over Salem Academy. Nayeli Germosen led KIPP with 23 points, which included shooting 100 percent from the line. Favour Ofuokwu added eight points and a team-high eight rebounds for the Panthers, while teammates Loida Rosario, Wrutoe Bonwin and Jassy Kim set the tone defensively.

Beverly 56, Saugus 33

The Sachems (7-8) fell to the Panthers after a fourth-quarter surge from Beverly.

Sachems’ Mikayla Niles recorded nine points on the night, while Allie Kotkowski added six points and had a strong defensive effort for Saugus.

Revere 72, Gloucester 33

The Patriots (12-1)  had great execution on both offense and defense, dominating the court. They focused on collecting rebounds, as well as giving up few second chances in order to keep Gloucester from racking up too many scoring opportunities.

Valentina Pepic had 20 points for Revere, while Pamela Gonzalez scored 16 points and Maritza Scott recorded 14 points.

Arlington Catholic 58, Fenwick 57

Colleen Corcoran led the Crusaders (9-3) with 23 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Teammate Sam Mancinelli added nine points, three assists and four rebounds for Fenwick, while teammate Fredi Deguglielmo chipped in nine points.


Lily Doolin can be reached at ldoolin17@gmail.com.