School Sports Roundup: Classical volleyball on 11-match win streak

Classical's Shanelle Belmer-Barry recorded 11 kills in Wednesday's win. (Item Photo by Owen O'Rourke)

The Classical volleyball team continues to roll through the regular season. With a 3-0 win over Saugus Wednesday, the Rams have now won 11 straight matches after starting the season a disappointing 0-2. Classical earned the win by set scores of 25-10, 25-7, 25-14.

Pamela Diaz had a big game with 12 service points, five aces and three assists, while Amber Crayton had 20 service points. Shanelle Belmer-Barry logged seven kills, while Skyler Crayton had six kills and Maggie McHale had five kills and three assists. Keysha Chevannes had four assists.

Classical (11-2) battles Revere Friday at Tech.


Medford 3, English 0

The Bulldogs fell 25-19, 25-21, 25-8. Julia Somaiy made seven serves in a row in a tightly-played second set. Mandy Healy made her debut at setter and Rifflene Altidor played her first varsity game. Chrisneiris Difo logged two kills and one ace.

English (2-9) visits Salem Monday (5:30).


St. Mary’s 5, Austin Prep 1

The Spartans (10-1-1) clinched the CCL for the third consecutive season. Olu George scored two minutes into the game before Austin Prep tied it at 1-1 in the second half. George scored twice, Thiago DeOliveira, Jackson Nickolau, Eduardo Toranzo (first varsity goal) each scored one goal.

Goalie Nick Pappas made six saves and Connor Mackey (one assist) led the defense. St. Mary’s visits St. John’s Friday (5).

Revere 2, Peabody 1

Johnny Alves scored the Tanners’ lone goal on a penalty kick 20 minutes into the second half, tying the score at 1-1. The Patriots notched the game-winner with nine minutes left.

Michael Tansey led Peabody’s defense.

“We didn’t do a good job controlling the middle of the field and we paid the price,” Peabody coach Stan McKeen said. “Revere’s a good team. They move the ball well and they were just hungrier than we were.”

Peabody (4-3-2) visits Beverly Friday (4).

Classical 3, Saugus 1

Kevin Molina, Gabriel Novoa and Alex Ixlaj each scored one goal. Goaltender Dan Cortes made six saves.

“Saugus gave us our only loss of the season,” Classical coach Eric Moreno said. “We played them in a double-header. They’re a good team. We qualified for states with a win last week in Gloucester so it’s good to climb up in the seeding a little bit.”

Saugus’ Gaspard Jean scored once.

Classical (9-1-3) visits Winthrop Friday (4).

Tech 6, Nashoba 1

Geo Martinez and Yeferson Lopez powered the Tigers with two goals apiece. Omer Pojoy and Brian Barrera each scored once.

“The team’s playing great,” Tech coach Eric Moreno, Sr. said. “They’re getting the chemistry together to improve throughout the season.”

Tech (7-2-2) hosts Northeast Thursday (4).

Everett 2, English 1

Julio Cora scored a goal for the Bulldogs and goalie Cherubin Musanga made six saves. Obed Baswa and Alberto Ampudia played well in the midfield.

Fenwick 6, Malden Catholic 0

Brian Harrington scored three goals and Sean Kern scored two. Jameson Martinez dominated the midfield. Fenwick (6-5-1) visits Arlington Catholic Friday (3:45).


Peabody 6, Medford 0

Behind a huge game from freshman Emily McDonough, the Tanners rolled to a shutout win.

McDonough contributed four goals and one assist, while Aja Alimonte had one goal and one assist. McKayla Fisher scored one goal, while Amber Kiricoples and Bridget O’Connell each had one assist. Abigail Ryder had a great game at forward.

On the defensive side, Alimonte, Jordyn Collins, Colleen Crotty and Meghan Billingsley all played well. Goalkeeper Shelby Doucette logged five saves for her sixth shutout.

Peabody (7-3-1) hosts Swampscott Friday.

Austin Prep 1, St. Mary’s 0

Eliza Brown made 12 saves in a tough-luck loss. Austin Prep scored the game-winner with six minutes to play.

St. Mary’s (8-4-1) hosts Pope John Saturday (2).

Fenwick 4, Arlington Catholic 0 

The Crusaders improved to 9-2-1 and visit Austin Prep Saturday morning (11).

Beverly 3, Marblehead 0

The Magicians fell to 3-7 and visit Danvers Friday (3:30).


Classical 42 1/2, Revere 29 1/2

Classical received strong performances from all players. Brendan Lannon, Brett Bucklin and Tim Nerich led all scorers. Classical (11-2) visits Hamilton-Wenham Friday (4).

Gloucester 39 1/2, Marblehead 32 1/2

Ben Weed, Will Cleary and Sam Thompson were Marblehead’s winners. Finn Keaney earned a split in his match.

The Magicians host Somerville Thursday (3:45).

Danvers 43 1/2, Swampscott 28 1/2

Winners for Swampscott were Aidan Graciale and Tate Greenfield. Danny Dilisio tied his match.
Swampscott (9-3-1) takes on Danvers Friday.

St. John’s 224, Xaverian 232

The Eagles clinched the Catholic Conference. Top performers were
Robbie Forti (34), Conor O’Holleran (36), Alex Landry (37), Brendan Ziegler (38), Brandon Farrin (38) and Matt Remley (41).

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