Roundup: Winthrop girls hockey wins 10th straight, makes tournament

The Winthrop girls hockey team had three different goal scorers on the day to notch a win over Marblehead, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon at Larsen Arena. With the win, the Vikings earned their 10th win of the season and a berth in the state tournament.

McKayla Norris, Catie O’Shea and Sophia Kennedy scored the goals for Winthrop, while Bella Perrotti added two assists in the win. The Vikings (10-4-1) will be back at Larsen on Thursday to host Shrewsbury.

Both of Marblehead’s goals came from Sydney Cresta, while Bella Peters, Mia Salah and Chloe Trudel each had one assist. The Magicians (8-6-1) will take on Peabody at Connery Rink in Lynn on Friday.

Bishop Fenwick 6, St. Joseph’s 1

Amanda Blanchette had three goals and one assist to lead the Crusaders back to a .500 record on Sunday morning. Gabby Davern had two goals, while Allie Giguere and Lexi McNeil had two assists apiece.

Fenwick (7-7-2) plays on the road against Medford at LoConte Rink on Wednesday.

Shrewsbury 8, Beverly 1

The Panthers (4-12-1) will play on the road against Masconomet at Valley Forum in Haverhill on Tuesday.


St. Mary’s 53, Nauset 52

Gabby Torres made the play of the day for the Spartans on Saturday afternoon, grabbing a steal and taking up the court for the game-winning layup as the final buzzer sounded at Congiliaro Gym.

St. Mary’s (13-6) will host Mystic Valley back at Conigliaro Gym this evening.


Mald. Cath. 78, Swampscott 48

At Malden Catholic, The Big Blue hung with the Lancers early, but trailed by 11 (37-26) at the break.

Malden Catholic blew the game open in the third quarter, coach Justin Fucile said.

Andrew Augustine led the way for Swampscott with 23 points, but Fucile said Jake Mcintire led the way on defense.


Division 2 North sectionals

Beverly – 6th place

The Panthers boasted two sectional champions by the time the weekend was over, with Ameer Alshrafi winning it all at 182 pounds and Paul Ofiesh taking the title at 285 pounds. There were also a number of Panthers wrestlers who finished within the top six in their respective weight classes, with Jack Rivers finishing fourth at 132 pounds, Casey Silva finishing sixth at 138 pounds, Alexi Echevarria finishing fifth at 170 pounds and Nick Pratt finishing fifth at 195 pounds.

Lynnfield wrestling team came in 13th with 66 points last Saturday at the Division II North Sectional Championship meet at Danvers High.

The Black and Gold sent only 10 wrestlers to the meet, but four of them made it to the championship semifinals and placed, with two advancing to next weekend’s State Division II Championship at Milton High.

Sophomore Timothy Leggett (3-2) placed third in the 132-pound division, while senior captain Anthony Wilkinson (2-2) placed fourth at 170 pounds. Senior captain Andrew DiPietro (2-2) and sophomore Sean McCullough (2-2) recorded fifth place finishes, with DiPietro wrestling at 152 pounds and McCullough, who has placed in all five tournaments this season, wrestling at 182 pounds.

By virtue of their top-four finishes, Wilkinson and Leggett advanced to the Division II meet at Milton, while DiPietro and McCullough are alternates.  

Sophomore Stuart Glover (2-2) came within one win of placing.

“I was pleased with our performance,” said coach Craig Stone.  “Division II North has some of the top wrestlers in the state, regardless of division.  Each weight class is also deep with quality wrestlers.  We actually scored more points than last year with seven of our 10 wrestlers at the tournament being freshmen or sophomores.”


Women’s Sectional Championships

Lynn Classical had a solid day at the sectional championships on the campus of MIT this weekend. Team captain Carly Mendonca had a big day, finishing fourth overall in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.57. While the time qualified her for States, the bigger news is that the time broke the Lynn women’s high school record, previously held by Lynn English’s Jeni Wheeler 27 years ago (1:00.90). Mendonca also swam a time of 100.17 in the 100 butterfly, good enough for sixth place overall. Sarah Sirois also had a solid weekend, finishing seventh overall in the diving competition.

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