School Sports Roundup: Classical boys, girls qualify for states

Classical's Rebecca Walker scored 10 points in Friday's win. (Item Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Behind a pair of double-digit scorers, the Classical girls basketball team earned a 43-37 win over Northeastern Conference foe Medford on the road Friday night. With the win, the Rams qualify for the state tournament.

“It’s always a goal when you start the season to make it to the tournament,” said Classical coach Tom Sawyer. “I’m really happy for all of our players, but especially for our four seniors.”

Rebecca Walker and Jean Gupton-Morrison paced the offense for Classical, each netting 10 points in the win.

The Rams (10-6) take on Danvers Tuesday (7).


St. Mary’s 51, Arlington Catholic 47

Pamela Gonzalez had a huge night for the Spartans, notching a double-double with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Nicolette D’Itria had 10 points, while Gabby Torres scored eight points.

St. Mary’s (12-4) has a full week off before hosting Spellman next Friday (6:30).

Northeast 45, Tech 38

At Tech, Arianna Anaya led the Tigers with 22 points. Jafernee Cruz added seven points and Michayla Lawrence scored five.

“It was a good game,” Tech coach Kaitlyn Wechsler said. “We were down 13 at halftime, we just started out slow. Our press defense allowed us to cut it to three points. Our girls fought back, we just ran out of time.”

The Tigers (7-10) are off until Friday when they visit Greater Lawrence (6:30). Tech needs three wins in its final three games to qualify for the state tournament.

Swampscott 49, Winthrop 42

Swampscott was led by Freshman Sophie DiGrande with 15 points and seven rebounds. Down the stretch the Big Blue were 11-of-15 from the free throw line to close out the game.

Swampscott (12-2) will play Somerville at home Tuesday night.


Classical 62, Medford 45

The Rams punched their tournament ticket with a win at home. Jeff Hill led the way with 17 points, while Jeff Barbosa had 15. Dyrrell Rucker had 13 points, while Keith Ridley led the team in rebounds with 10.

Classical (10-5) hosts KIPP Monday (6).

St. Mary’s 71, Arlington Catholic 46

Jalen Echevarria’s 17 points paced the Spartans to a bounce-back win. Ademide Badmus just missed a double-double (12 points, nine rebounds) and Joey Abate-Walsh scored 11 points with seven rebounds. Marvens Rosirus added eight points.

The Spartans (16-1) visit Spellman Friday (6:30).

English 94, Danvers 45

The Bulldogs improved to 13-2 with the win and remain undefeated in the Northeastern Conference. Mason Jean-Baptiste led English with 24 points. Alonzo Linton logged a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Jack Rodriguez added 16 points.

English hosts Salem Tuesday (7).

Peabody 49, Marblehead 46

Mike Tansey had a big game for the Tanners, finishing with 16 points, five rebounds and four blocks. Kyle Morfis contributed seven assists and five rebounds, while Gabe Claro scored six points.

Peabody (7-8) plays on the road at Winthrop Tuesday (7).

Swampscott 58, Winthrop 50

At Swampscott, Jackson Byrne led all scorers with 24 points. Max Pegnato contributed with 10 points and Jake Goldman finished with nine.

“We came out strong,” Big Blue coach Justin Fucile said. “We shot the ball really well in the first quarter. Winthrop fought back like I expected. The key to the game was us crashing the boards. That got us some extra shots. We had some costly turnovers but we made up for that with key stops. Coach David Sacco does a tremendous job at Winthrop. We were lucky to come out with the win.”

Swampscott (6-8) visits Somerville Tuesday (7).

Chrono Washington led Winthrop with 17 points. Cam Conway added 15 points and Engjell Ramadani scored 10.

Winthrop dropped to 4-10 with the loss and hosts Peabody Tuesday (7).

Fenwick 47, Cathedral 38

On the road in Boston, the Crusaders improved to 9-4 with the win. Nik Pignone led Fenwick with 22 points and JaySean Stuart added 13. Christian Loescher dominated the post with 10 rebounds, four blocked shots and four points.

The Crusaders, one win away from qualifying for the state tournament, host Lowell Catholic Sunday (1:30).

North Reading 66, Lynnfield 55
The Pioneers (7-9) had four players hit double figures, but it wasn’t enough. Tony Hunt scored a team- and season-high 16 points, while Jack Ford scored 11. Clayton Marengi and Khad Connell finished with 10 points each.

A special ceremony was held before the game to honor the memory of Kevin Canty, who died suddenly last spring. Canty served as coach of the Pioneers’ freshman team for 34 years and was also active in Lynnfield youth sports.

Xaverian 61, St. John’s Prep 57

Will Batchelder scored 22 points in the loss for the Eagles, while Aidan Callahan contributed 12 points.

The Prep (7-8) plays at St. John’s Shrewsbury on Tuesday (7).

Salem 55, Revere 35

Salem’s Guillermo Pimentel scored 13 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished six assists. Jhoan Vago scored 10 points with six rebounds. Bobby Jellison also scored 10 points.

The Witches (13-2) visit English Tuesday (7).

“English is an excellent team,” Witches coach Tom Doyle said. “I’m just hoping the boys can play well.”

Northeast 47, Tech 35

The Tigers (5-10) fell on the road at Northeast. Rob Wallace scored 12 points.

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