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Bishop Fenwick
BOYS HOCKEY
Last year’s record: 12-6-3 (lost in first round of Div. 2 North playoffs) „ Head coach: Dan Lynch (1st year) „ Team captains: Adam Clay, Sr. C; Chris Renzulli, Sr. LW; Blaine Thibodeau, Sr. G. „ Other key returnees: Ryan Adamson, Sr. RW; Matt Anderson, Jr. F; Bobby Liberge, Soph. F; Andrew Ruby, Soph. D; John Angelesco, Jr. D. „ Promising newcomers: Alex Crecco, Sr. D (from Ipswich; played for Rockport High last year); Mike Usalis, Fr. D. „ Season opener: Tonight at Winthrop (6 p.m.) „ Look out for: Fenwick to tighten up defensively. Lynch, the team’s new head coach, predicates himself and his team on working from the goal on out, figuring a strong defense will result in victories.

BOYS BASKETBALL
„ Last year’s record: 20-3 (lost to Watertown in Division 3 North final) „ Head coach: Mike Kane (2nd season, 20-3) „ Team captains: To be announced „ Other key returnees: Brett DiPanfilo, Jr.,G; Trevor Grace, Sr., G/F; Billy Klemczuk, F/C; Alex Morsey, G, Jr. „ Season opener: Tonight at Cardinal Spellman (6:30) „ Look out for: Star center Mike Clifford (now at Division 1 University of Buffalo) was the centerpiece of a team that made it to the Division 3 North final at Tsongas Arena in Lowell last season, and the Crusaders had other outstanding players who graduated. It was a quality group and Kane hopes their leadership skills and work ethic rubbed off on the players who are back.

ABOVE: Junior guard Brett DiPanfilo and the Crusaders have big shoes to fill this winter after losing some key players from last year’s Division 3 North boys basketball finalists. LEFT: Amy Pelletier is one of several key returnees for the Fenwick girls basketball team in their quest for a Catholic Central League title.

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„ Last year’s record: 16-7 (lost to Reading, 52-42, Div. 2 North semifinals) „ Head coach: Tim Harrington (3rd year) „ Team captains: Lizzy Trainor, Sr. G; Sidney Southern, Sr. G. „ Other key returnees: Lauren McHugh, Sr. G/F; Amy Pelletier, Jr. G; Sarah James, Jr. F; Kaela Murphy, Jr. F; Erin Botticelli, Jr. F; Rebecca Graves, Jr. G.

„ Season opener: Tonight vs. Cardinal Spellman (6:30 p.m.) „ Look out for: The Crusaders trying to find 10 wins and a tournament berth on their built-in difficult schedule. Fenwick has to play two games apiece against powerhouses Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop Williams and Arlington Catholic, in addition to two contests with St. Mary’s of Lynn.

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„ Last year’s record: 6-0 (Tri-County champions) „ Head coach: Jay Smith (6th year) „ Team captains: Marial Quezada, Sr.,

Middle Distance; Elly O’Leary, Sr., Middle Distance; Cailyn Webb, Sr., Sprints; Andi Sidell, Sr., Throws. „ Other key returnees: Brittany Dolan, Jr., Hurdles, Jumps, Sprints; Kristina Moran, Jr., Throws; Marissa O’Brien, So., Hurdles; Jumps, Sprints. „ Season opener: Dec. 22 vs. Cardinal Spellman (after participating in Catholic Indoor Invitation at Wheaton College) „ Look out for: A breakout year for O’Leary and the Crusaders’ distance team.

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Last year’s record: 5-1 (Tri-County

champions) Head coach: Jay Smith (6th year) Team captains: Tom Banks, Sr., Middle Distance; Bob Farrell, Sr., Distance; Andrew Young, Sr., Distance „ Other key returnees: Bill Harrington, Jr., Distance; Zach Nardone, Jr., Throws; Conor McCormack, Sr., Hurdles, Jumps, Sprints; Joe O’Brien, Jr., Distance; Angelo Maida, Jr., Distance. „ Season opener: Dec. 22 vs. Cardinal Spellman (after participating in Catholic Indoor Invitation at Wheaton College) „ Look out for: Harrington to have a big season as a top caliber distance runner.
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Last year’s record: 3-3 „ Head coach: Kara Linehan (4th year) „ Team captains: James Black, Sr., 50 100 freestyle and backstroke; Candace Ferry Sr., butterfly and breaststroke; Judith Theriaulp Sr., 500 freestyle and butterfly. „ Other key returnees: Karina Gaft, Sr., backstroke; Katie Schmeak Jr., backstroke and individual medley. „ Season opener: Saturday at Archbishop Williams „ Look out for: The Crusaders have a bigger squad than years past, so look for them to be very competitive — especially in the Catholic Central League.

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Beverly track teams work well together to earn success
By Jean DePlaciDo
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It would only be natural for the Beverly High boys track team to be a little jealous of all the attention the Panther girls get. After all, the girls team hasn’t lost a track meet in five years and dominantes the Northeastern Conference year after year. But that’s simply not the case. There’s a close relationship between the two Panther teams, in part because of a very close relationship between coaches Dave Jellerson of the girls’ team and Nelson Desilvestre of the boys’ squad. They have developed a system that works well for both Orange-and-Black clubs. Jellerson concentrates on the distance teams for both boys and girls during the winter season, while Desilvestre takes charge of the sprinters and assistant Chandler Jones works with hurdlers and throwers. “We love the way it works out because we’re able to take the teams and divide them into three groups,” said Desilvestre, now in his 16th year as head coach. “Dave’s strength is distances, while I was a sprinter and jumper. We work toward our strengths and are able to give more individual attention that way. “The recognition the girls get is great, and I am proud that Beverly has such a strong reputation in our league and beyond. I’m always happy to see either Beverly team win. I don’t care whether it’s the boys or girls; the important thing is for the kids and the city to be recognized.” Jellerson’s girls were 7-0 last winter to win their fourth straight indoor league championship. The Beverly boys were right behind at 6-1, with the only loss to unbeaten Peabody. “Nelson and I have been working together for a long time and

Randy Jones runs sprint drills during a recent Beverly High indoor track practice. Sprints should be an area that Jones and the Panther boys excel in this winter. Shot putter Andrew Convicer and the Beverly High boys track team are always one of the strongest squads in the Northeastern Conference — and this winter should be no different.
we support each other,” said Jellerson, who had Desilvestre as an assistant coach before he got the boys varsity job. “Dividing responsibilities is very helpful. Our girls always root for the boys to win, and they cheer us on. It’s a nice relationship.” Seniors Kipp Standley (distance) and Ryan Flannery (sprints, high jump) are the Panther boys’ co-captains. Other key returnees are junior George Louis (sprints, jumps), senior Randy Jones (sprints, jumps), senior Tom Lang (middle distance), senior Tom Benton (distance), senior Erich O’Neil (distance); and junior Scott O’Neil (distance). Desilvestre thinks Louis will have a breakout year. He was unbeaten during the regular season in the 55 meter dash, and set a new school sophomore record. “He has the ability to do well at the state level, not only in the dash but jumps,” said Desilvestre. Louis said the indoor track teams get along very well. Last year his sister Janelle was one of the senior leaders for the girls. “We’re one big happy family with a great deal of mutual respect for each other,” Louis

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said. “With the construction going on while they are finishing the new high school, it gets very crowded in the gym. We’re crammed in with the basketball teams and cheerleaders, so it’s tough on everybody. It really helps that we’re all friends. So many kids do both indoor and outdoor track everybody gets to know each other well. “I really like the way the coaches work together. Coach Desilvestre helps all the sprinters, and I think we will be really solid there this season.”

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Beverly High School
BOYS HOCKEY
Last year’s record: 7-13-0 Head coach: Bob Gilligan (7th year, 52-51-10) „ Team captains: Jack Liacos, Sr. C; Ty Albano, Sr. LW; Ryan Gilligan, Sr. D. „ Other key returnees: Bryan Spencer, Sr. RW; Mitch Hamor, Jr. D; Ryan Lally, Sr. C; Brendan Crowley, Sr. LW; Troy Cabral, Jr. RW; Nick Quarterone, Jr. D; Andy Brown, Jr. D; Brenden Mitchell, Soph. C; Ty Lange, Sr. F; Eben Crawford, Sr. F; Jake Dube, Jr. D; Jimmy Chase, Soph. D. „ Promising newcomer: Andrew Irving, Fr. D. „ Season opener: Wednesday vs. Medford at Salem State (6) „ Look out for: The Panthers to make a run for the top spot in the Northeastern Conference Large and get back to the playoffs this winter. With all but one player returning from last year’s team, the Panthers are focused and hungry for success.
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„ Last year’s record: 9-9-2 (fell in Division 1 first round) „ Head coach: Fiona Rice (5th year, 28-45-2) „ Team captains: Katelyn DeSimone, Sr., F; Brianna Jackson, Sr., G; Corey Konaxis, Sr., D „ Other key returnees: Brittany Russo, Jr., F; Liz Doherty Jr, D; Corinne Woods, Jr, D; Courtney McTague, Jr., F; Clare Leathersich, Jr, F; Jenna LoVasco, So., G; Allyson Spencer, So., F; Emily Interranti, Sr., F. „ Season opener: Tonight vs. Everett at Talbot Rink, Gloucester (5) „ Look out for: The goaltending tandem of Brianna Jackson (nearly 1,500 career saves) and Jenna LoVasco, who’d be a clear cut starter for most clubs.

ABOVE: Girls track stars Millie Chapman and Monica Adler will try to lead their team to a fifth straight unbeaten winter season. LEFT: Beverly High captain and first line center Jack Liacos figures to be among the North Shore’s leading scorers on the ice this winter.

„ Look out for: Clayton and Manuel, who are four-year players and should have big senior seasons. Overall, Beverly arguably has one of the top backcourts on the North Shore.

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„ Last year’s record: 7-0 (NEC Large champions, 4th straight unbeaten year) „ Head coach: Dave Jellerson (20th year) „ Team captains: Monica Adler, Sr., Distance; Millie Chapman, Sr., Distance; Katie Tibbets, Sr., Shot Put, Sprints; Brenna Bailey, Sr., Middle Distance „ Other key returnees: Heidi Bezemes, Sr., Sprints; Molly Hannigan, Jr., Sprints „ Next meet: Today at Lynn Classical „ Look out for: The Panthers to go after their fifth consecutive conference title by working hard and taking things one meet at a time.

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Last year’s record: 7-1 „ Head coach: Tim Curran (3rd year) „ Team captains: Abby Curran Sr., 200 IM and 100 breaststroke; Kevin Ranta Sr., 50 freestyle and 100 freestle; Hannah Loubries Sr., 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke; Mary Brennan Sr., 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly; Olivia Wilson Sr., diving . „ Other key returnees: Kaitlyn O’Connor Soph., 200 IM and 100 backstroke; Carolyn Hall Soph., 500 fly and 100 fly. „ Season opener: Tomorrow vs. Revere „ Look out for: Constant improvement this season. The Panthers are a big team with great chemistry; they have nearly 60 swimmers this year.

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„ Last year’s record: 15-14 (NEC Champions) „ Head coach: Mark Thomas (4th year) „ Team captains: Kurt Stallsmith Sr. (145 lbs.) „ Other key returnees: Jake Petronzio Sr. (103), Brian Foley Jr. (125), Steve Wilbur Jr. (130), Alex Ortins Jr. (135), Byron Lopez Sr. (160), Joe Wioncek Jr. (171), Theritch Roc Sr. (189), Steve Norton Sr. (Heavyweight), Aaron Ingemi Jr. (heavyweight) „ Next match: Wednesday vs. Marblehead/Swampscott „ Look out for: Theritch Roc, a Panther football all-star, has both the size and talent to make a huge impact for the Panthers this season.

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„ Last year’s record: 10-11 (lost to Somerville, 66-48, in Div. 1 North first round) „ Head coach: Matt Smith (9th year) „ Team captains: Jen Gallione, Sr. G; Allie Murray Sr. G; Annie Sinclair Sr. F; Kayla Deady, Sr. G. „ Other key returnees: Jen Ashton, Jr. G; Katie Moriarty, Sr. F. „ Season opener: Tomorrow vs. Lynn English „ Look out for: Beverly showing vast improvement over the course of the season and making another run at qualifying for the state tournament.

BOYS BASKETBALL
Last year’s record: 13-7 (lost to Burlington in Division 2 North first round) „ Head coach: Scott Lewis (6th year) „ Team captains: Mike Clayton, Sr., G; Curtis Manuel, Sr., G. „ Other key returnees: Justin Marrs, Sr., G; Chris Mooney, Sr., F; Felix Zamot, Sr., F; Mark Hannable, Sr., F/G; George Kallas, Jr., F. „ Season opener: Tomorrow at Lynn English

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Salem girls hoopsters keep expectations within reason
By Matt Jenkins
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Salem High girls basketball coach John Fortunato is careful with his words when he talks about the Witches’ outlook this season. There’s a hint of optimism behind Fortunato’s message, but he’s been around the game long enough to know that youth is an unpredictable. The Witches Amanda return two Wilkins talented starters in juniors Jasmine Bryant and Amanda Wilkins. Otherwise, there isn’t much senior experience on a team that posted a 15-6 record a year ago. “We’re very young, but the girls are working hard,” Fortunato said. “It’s hard to tell how good we’ll be at this point in the season in relation to everyone else (in the Northeastern Conference).” What Fortunato does know is that he’s building his team on a solid foundation in Bryant and Wilkins. Bryant is a 6-foot center who is extremely athletic, while Wilkins is a 5-7 forward that makes scoring her specialty. “Jasmine’s athleticism for her size is outstanding,” Fortunato said. “She moves extremely well and is versatile. We’re hoping she’s going to be a leader for us on the floor.” Wilkins, meanwhile, was Salem’s leading scorer last winter. “She was last year’s MVP of our team,” Fortunato said. “She led our team in scoring and just

Coach John Fortunato is building his team on a solid foundation in Jasmine Bryant and Amanda Wilkins. Bryant is a 6-foot center who is extremely athletic, while Wilkins is a 5-7 forward who makes scoring her specialty.
plays much bigger than her height. I think in the frontcourt we’ll be very solid because she’s more of an inside presence for us.” Senior captains Stephania Garcia and Lindsay Trammell saw limited time last year, but Fortunato hopes they will play a much more prominent role this season. Garcia is a 5-4 guard who was just rounding back into basketball shape last year after tearing her ACL as a sophomore. She only got minutes here and there, backing up a solid group of guards for the Witches. Fortunato expects Trammell, a 5-7 forward, to contributed on both ends of the floor. “Stephania’s junior year was tough for her, but she is somebody who hung in there and worked hard in the offseason to try to get her leg right. Now, she’s a year out from that and has made some tremendous strides,” Fortunato said. “Lindsay is just all hard work. She works at both ends of the court and does whatever she is asked to do. She’s really going to be a great captain and will do very well for us this year.”

Salem High returning starter Jasmine Bryant.

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Salem High School
BOYS HOCKEY
Last year’s record: 4-13-1 Head coach: Brian Adessa (3rd year, 9-28-1) „ Team captains: To be named „ Other key returnees: Matt Galvin, Sr. D; Zach Gaucher, Sr. D; Zack Holt, Jr. F; Anthony Sabatini, Sr. F; Jake Stokes, Soph. D; Christian Valletti, Soph. G; Jesse Wilkins, Jr. F; Dan Tsivin, Soph. F. „ Season opener: Wednesday vs. Marblehead (4 p.m.) „ Look out for: The Witches to be wellconditioned right out of the gate. They’ll have to be; with just 15 skaters and a goalie on their roster, they’ll need to be in tip-top shape for all the game action they are bound to see.
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BELOW: High flying junior Antonio Reyes has his sights set on a long postseason run for the Salem High boys basketball team this winter.

BOYS BASKETBALL
„ Last year’s record: 15-8 (lost in Division 1 North first round) „ Head coach: Tommy Doyle (7th year) „ Team captain: Sean Linehan, Sr., F „ Other key returnees: Antonio Reyes, Jr., G; Derek McIntyre, Sr., F; Dario Medrano, Jr., G; Raphy Medrano, Jr., G „ Season opener: Tomorrow vs. Revere „ Look out for: The Witches setting their sights on making the state tourney for the seventh straight year under Doyle. Reyes averaged 17 points last season and has been a Northeastern Conference all-star for two straight years. Also, captain Linehan is a terrific role model and leader.

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„ Last year’s record: 15-6 (lost to Cambridge, 59-38, in Div. 1 North first round) „ Head coach: John Fortunato (19th year) „ Team captains: Stephania Garcia, Sr. G; Lindsay Trammell, Sr. F. „ Other key returnees: Jasmine Bryant, Jr. C; Amanda Wilkins, Jr. F. „ Season opener: Tomorrow at Revere „ Look out for: A solid frontcourt led by returning starters Bryant (6-foot center) and Wilkins (5-7 forward). Bryant brings athleticism to the paint, while Wilkins is a solid scorer.

ABOVE: After a strong cross country season, Salem’s Stephen Trainor, left, looks for similar success running for the Witches’ indoor track team.

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Last year’s record: 4-3 Head coach: Gary Lavoie (1st year) Team captains: Mike Collins, Sr., 1000;

Ben Dibble, Sr., Hurdles, High Jump; Stephen Trainor, Sr., Distance „ Other key returnees: Kyle Florence, Jr., Hurdles; Eduardo Beato, Sr., 300; Patrick Sweeney, Sr., Distance; Cole Smith, Sr., 600 „ Next meet: Today at Peabody (6) „ Look out for: Dibble, a top all-around athlete who could have breakout season in hurdles, high jump, and possibly shot put.

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Last year’s record: 3-4 „ Head coach: Gary Lavoie (1st year) „ Team captains: Ali Monaco, Sr., 600; Tatyana Jaynes, Sr., Shot Put; Erin Burke, Sr., 1000; Marissa Osgood, Sr., Mile „ Other key returnees: Giselle Charette, Sr., 300; Careena Long, Jr., sprints; Devon Ryan, Jr., Hurdles; Khrishna Corpuz, So., Hurdles „ Next meet: Today at Peabody (6)

Look out for: An outstanding season for Monaco and Burke in middle distance events.

WrESTLiNg
Last year’s record: 5-15 Head coach: Adam Schroeder (3rd year) „ Key returnees: Joey Dinh Jr. (125 lbs.), Jancer Garcia Sr. (171), Teddy Lutfija Sr. (215)
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„ Next match: Wednesday vs. Pentucket (6) „ Look out for: Freshman Josh Lausier at 135 pounds. While he may lack varsity experience, Lausier has exhibited raw talent and demonstrated that he’s a quick learner throughout early seasons practices.

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Tanner girls making progress, one step at a time
By Matt WilliaMs
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At the dawn of Year 4 as a varsity girls ice hockey program, Peabody High doesn’t so much seem to be at a crossroads as it does a stop sign. The Tanners didn’t win a single game last year — and the majority of those contests weren’t by scores they’re interested in reliving, either. Progress, says Peabody head coach Larry Minehan, is coming. It’s time for Peabody to start moving forward again. “We’re looking to improve, and to me improving means cutting our goals against. We want to add some goals for and make sure we’re not out of the game in the first 15 minutes. Let’s stay in these games,” said Minehan, who has coached Tanners since the program’s inception and brings extensive experience from the North Shore Vipers girls hockey organization to the table. Leadership is a team strength as the Tanners return all three of last year’s captains: Mariah Wentworth, Kayleigh Papa and Shannon Silvia. They’re the only seniors on the club and are looking to set the tone for a group that includes 12 juniors and six underclassmen. Minehan, who coached without an assistant last year, has brought Stephanie Mitchell back and Sara Mahoney, a Lynn native who played at UConn, is also on board. Trainer Jess Judge (who played at Northeastern) and Lee-J Marisolo (a Boston College product) are also going to work with the team one night a week. “These are people that really wanted to get back involved; it allows me to be more of a head coach and make sure things are running as they should,” said Minehan. “I’m really excited about this year.” The goaltending tandem of senior Brittany Costa and junior Kristin Tobin (who Minehan

Larry Minehan (second from right), head coach of the Peabody High girls hockey team, watches his players warm up before for a recent practice with the rest of his coaching staff.
Lindsay Konovalchuk also brings back some experience. One thing that stands out about the Tanners is that their entire 21-player roster is filled with kids from the Tanner City; most area girls hockey programs have a co-operative agreement with other schools. There was some interest from other schools to come on board, but the number of Peabody girls interested in the program filled the roster — surely a good sign for the future. “These girls love the sport and they want to play. There’s been a lot of interest in the city even though we had a really tough year,” said Minehan. “Kids keep coming back.” Peabody’s schedule is highlighted by a trip to Martha’s Vineyard and includes foes like Cambridge and Algonquin as well as old rivals like Marblehead, Masconomet and Beverly. What the Tanners are looking for, quite simply, is growth. “We’ll have a better season; we won’t have 178 or 188 goals against,” Minehan said. “To me, that’s improvement.”

From left to right, Mariah Wentworth, Kayleigh Papa and Shannon Silvia, all senior captains, hope to guide the Peabody girls hockey team to a winning season.
said worked tirelessly honing her skills in the summer) should benefit from sessions with former UMass-Boston goalie Shannon Palmer. Sophomore Becky Holmes is

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Peabody High School
BOYS HOCKEY
Last year’s record: 17-4-0 (lost in first round of Division 2 North) „ Head coach: Mark Leonard (15th year, 153-118-18) „ Team captains: Derek Pereira, Sr. C; Matt Rodgers, Sr. LW; Andrew Bucci, Sr. RW; Andrew Broughton, Sr. D. „ Other key returnees: Derek Savage, Jr. G; Eric Muise, Jr. D; Pete Sucharewicz, Sr. RW; Steve Hatchouel, Jr. C; Conor Purcell, Jr. LW; Mike Quealy, Sr. D; Robbie Houghton, Jr. C; Eric Costa, Soph. LW; Mike Chiappini, Soph. RW. „ Promising newcomer: Nico DiSalvo, Jr. D (transferred in from St. Mary’s Lynn) „ Season opener: Wednesday at Winthrop (6:10) „ Look out for: A monster season from ‘The Three Amigos’ of Rodgers, Bucci and Pereira, who combined for 47 goals and 119 points a year ago and could be even more explosive this winter as seniors.
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LEFT: Tanner track captain Andrea Saccardo should be a force in both the 600 and middle distances this winter.

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Last year’s record: 0-18 Head coach: Larry Minehan (4th year) Team captains: Mariah Wentworth, Sr., F; Shannon Silvia, Sr., F; Kayleigh Papa, Sr., F „ Other key returnees: Brittany Costa, Sr., G; Kristin Tobin, Jr., G; Becky Holmes, So. F „ Next game: Wednesday vs. Algonquin Regional (5:15) „ Look out for: Peabody’s defense, which should be markedly improved.
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ABOVE: Andrew Bucci led the Peabody High hockey team in scoring as a junior; now, as a senior captain, he needs 28 points to hit 100 for his career.

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Last year’s record: 5-15 Head coach: Dom Coleman (2nd year) Team captains: Alex Marc-Aurele, Sr., F „ Other key returnees: Kyle Boyce, Jr., G; Brian DeAngelis, Jr., F; Mike Kerwin, Sr., G; Matt Nagle, Sr., G; Craig Rosenbaum, Sr., F „ Season opener: Tomorrow vs. Lynn Classical „ Look out for: Steady improvement. The Tanners graduated all of their starters, so expectations from outsiders will be low. But Coleman and his players are determined to prove those naysayers wrong. They want to be a pesky team that nobody wants to play.
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Last year’s record: 8-12 Head coach: Jane Heil (29th year) Team captains: Ginny Fleming, Sr F; Carissa Milley, Sr. G; Kerrie O’Shea, Sr. G; Janelle Rodriguez, Sr. F. „ Other key returnees: Brittany Lefave, Jr. F; Julia Kayal, Sr. C. „ Season opener: Tomorrow at Lynn Classical „ Look out for: The return of Milley to the hardwood. She has missed each of the last two seasons due to torn ACLs.
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„ Last year’s record: 7-0 (NEC Large champs, conference meet champions)

Head coach: Fernando Braz (11 years) Team captains: To be named Other key returnees: Jonathan Acquaviva, Sr., Sprints/Relays; Jamal Abu-Hijleh, Sr., Sprints; Relays/Jumps; Jake Pimenta, Sr., Middle Distance/ Relays; Paul Ruotolo, Sr., Weights; Shawn Cronin, Sr., Distance; Relays; Edwin Mejia, Sr., Hurdles/Sprints/ Relays „ Next meet: Today vs. Salem (6) „ Look out for: The team’s young talent to develop. The Tanners are inexperienced and young, especially in terms of depth, and will have a high level of anticipation and purpose in every meet. “If we are to have success in the NEC Large, coaching has to be elevated and athletes will need to learn quickly to execute with a small window for error,” said Braz.
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Last year’s record: 6-1 Head coach: Jose Rocha (11th year) Team captains: Andrea Saccardo, Sr., 600/Middle distance; Gina Pica, Sr., Distance; Kristen Curskowski, Sr., Sprints „ Other key returnees: Jenna Pickard, Sr., Distance; Kirsten Nihan, Jr., Hurdles; Christina Simoes, Sr., Middle Distance „ Next meet: Today vs. Salem (6) „ Look out for: The Tanners’ meets with Danvers (Dec. 22) and Beverly (Jan. 20), two that are always highly competitive.
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SWiMMiNg
Last year’s record: 5-3 Head coach: Ken Leawood (23rd year) Team captains: Brittani Atkinson, Jr., backstroke and distance; Jen Comeau Sr., distance, freestyle and breaststroke; Nicole Stantial Jr., freestyle. „ Other key returnees: Julie Shea Soph., individual medley and breaststroke; Steve Demeule Soph., freestyle and breaststroke „ Season opener: Thursday vs. Beverly (6:30) „ Look out for: Peabody’s spunky newcomers. While there are many new faces on the Tanners this season, opponents will find out quickly this is a group of battlers who will fight for every point they earn.
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Senior leadership is foundation of Danvers swim team
By Dan Harrison
STAFF WRITER

There will be a lot of new faces on the Danvers High swim team this season. A year removed from a fine 6-2 campaign, the Falcons welcome 18 freshmen swimmers into the pool this time around. Veteran coach Barbara Damon feels that the team’s upperclassmen leadership, combined with the determined yet open-minded attitude of the newcomers, will spell success for Danvers. “It’s tough because you only

get one hour (in the pool) each day and there’s lot we’re teaching them,” explained Damon. “But (the freshmen) are a very receptive group and they work extremely hard.” The Danvers 12th graders lead by example both in and out of the pool; three of the four senior class officers for Danvers High are members of Damon’s squad. Along with being terrific swimmers, captain Mohamad Najia is the class president, Rebecca Leslie is the treasurer and Stephanie Costa is the class secretary. “These are very dynamic kids

who are not just limited to a sport,” noted Damon. They’re invlolved in other activities in school. They have a purpose. And it shows because they there is very good communication between the captains and the coaches.” Captains Maura Wilson and Najia are both strong swimmers who can offer the incoming freshmen a lesson in time management. Both have balanced tough academic and extracurricular activities with working hard at improving in the water. “(Wilson and Najia) are students first and foremost, and

they know what time management means,” said Damon. “Good swimmers have to spend some time and significant yardage in the pool each day; we can only teach so much in the time we have with them. Swimming is not just something you do; you have to make a commitment and it takes a tremendous amount of mental and phyical discipline.” Junior Graham Beck, a master of the breaststroke, is looking like one of the top swimmers in the North Shore this season. Damon believes Beck is a natural swimmer who has

always been comfortable in the pool. “Some kids take to the water,” explained Damon. “There’s an element about it, and it takes a certain type of kid to have success. Graham has an unorthodox breaststroke, but it works for him. We don’t try to change it because it works for him. If you attempt to change it, you could really get him off rhythm.” The Falcons’ quest for the Northeastern Conference title begins on Monday when they travel to Lynn to swim against the Classical Rams.

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BOYS HOCKEY
Last year’s record: 3-17-0 Head coach: Kevin Brown (3rd year, 16-24-2) „ Team captains: Tom Conway, Sr. D; D.J. Yost, Sr. C; Chris Kontos, Sr. RW „ Other key returnees: Kyle Larson, Jr. LW; Chris Milne, Sr. D; John McInnis, Sr. D; Mike Allain, Sr. G; Jason Carucci, Sr. LW; Brian O’Keefe, Jr. C/RW; Brandon Kelly, Sr. W; Craig Lueke, Sr. W; Peter Marshall, Soph.. D; Steve Cleary, Sr. D; Sean Curley, Sr. G. „ Season opener: Wednesday at Revere (6:30) „ Look out for: A big improvement over a year ago. The Falcons are determined to leave last year in the past and focus on their immediate future and what they can do to put themselves back in the postseason.
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BOYS BASKETBALL
Last year’s record: 2-18 Head coach: Peter Szklarz (2nd year) Team captains: Mike Warren, Sr., F; Greg Ladd, Sr., G. „ Other key returnees: Tom Hurley, Sr., G; Kevin Powers, Sr., F „ Season opener: Tomorrow at Saugus „ Look out for: Improvement. Everything is in place for Szklarz now that the first year adjustments to a new coach have been made. The Falcons were competitive in the offseason and will be in better condition heading into this winter.
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girLS BASKETBALL
„ Last year’s record: 12-9 (lost to Reading, 49-31, in Div. 2 North first round) „ Head coach: Pat Veilleux (4th year) „ Team captains: Kellie Macdonald, Jr. F; Joanna Zecha, Sr. G. „ Other key returnees: Sarah Palazola, So. F. „ Season opener: Tomorrow vs. Saugus. „ Look out for: The Falcons getting stronger as the season progresses. Danvers has some pieces in place, and will only improve as the team builds chemistry.

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BOYS iNDOOr TrACK
Last year’s record: 5-2 „ Head coach: John Norris (7th year)

„ Team captains: Mike Harris, Sr., Sprints; Chris Chapruet, Sr., Distance; Ben Pasqueriello, Sr., Middle Distance; Steve Hennessey, Sr., Middle Distance „ Other key returnees: Joe Cote, Sr., Hurdles/High Jump; Eric Burgos, Jr., Sprints „ Next meet: Thursday vs. Saugus at Marblehead (4) „ Look out for: Big tests against Marblehead (Jan. 14) and Swampscott (4 days later).

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„ Last year’s record: 7-0 (won NEC Small title) „ Head coach: Sharyn Longo (5th year) „ Team captains: Christina Kaczynski, Sr., Middle Distance; Marlene Christenson, Sr., Shot Put; Maria Pantazelos, Sr., Sprints; Megan Taylor, Sr., High Jump „ Other key returnees: Erin Barker, Jr., Distance; Amanda Caldarone, Jr., Hurdles; Emily Behen, So., Sprints; Courtney Godfrey,

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SWiMMiNg
Last year’s record: 6-2 Head coach: (Barbara Damon, 18th year)
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Eagles hockey team wants to soar to great heights
By PHil stacey
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When Kristian Hanson talks to his players about the special privilege it is to pull on a St. John’s Prep hockey sweater, he’s not just picking something out of the High School Coaches’ Big Book of Cliches. He has firsthand knowledge of the pride, passion and honor that comes with tugging the navy blue and white uniform on and playing for the Eagles; after all, he’s still the program’s second-leading all-time scorer. “I have extremely high expectations for the kids when it comes to wearing that ‘SJP’ sweater proudly,” said the third-year varsity hockey coach. “I’m a Prep alumnus who played here and know how special it was to me; now it’s up to me to maintain that legacy. “It’s about keeping the kids believing that it is special to make this team, and that if you do, you need to continue to strive to get better and do whatever you can to help the team win.” Great expectations come for any player who dons the Prep colors, especially playing for an ice hockey program that boasts a long litany of superstar players and tremendous teams. So naturally, there is no mistaking what the team’s goals are. “As a coaching staff, we go in every year expecting to win. If we don’t, it’s a disappointing season,” said Hanson, a 33-year-old police officer in Salem. “It’s our goal to make the Super 8 state tournament (where the top public and parochial teams in Massachusetts are chosen to participate in a double-elimination tournament) and strive to win the state title.” A year removed from making the postseason after a slow start — but not as a Super 8 participant — the Eagles hope

Great expectations come for any player who dons the Prep colors. So naturally, there is no mistaking what the team’s goals are.
to be better positioned to do so this winter. A more matured, experienced club will hit the ice this winter looking to use an always-killer regular season schedule as a springboard to postseason success. The offense, which will need to make the most of the goals they do score, will be led by dynamic junior center Colin Blackwell, a crafty speedster who will almost certainly be given special attention by opposing defenses in every game St. John’s plays. Sophomore center Sam Kurker could be ready to step up his game offensively, while junior right wingers Jon Farrow and Derek Salem (of Salem), junior left wing Andrew Pierce and senior wingers Kyle Linehan and Greg Tremblay are all expected to make more of a contribution this winter. Sophomore David Letarte returns in goal after posting a miniscule 1.86 goalsagainst average and .928 save percentage in 17 games as a freshman, beating both Reading and Andover in the state tournament. Captain Pete Cahill of Beverly leads a defense that also includes senior Kevin Davis, hulking 6-foot-4 sophomore Nick Pandelena and junior Joe Curry of Hamilton. “We need guys to step their game up and constantly keep working to make themselves and the team better,” said Hanson.

Since taking over the program three years ago, former St. John’s Prep hockey star Kristian Hanson has demanded that his players continually work to improve their individual games for the good of the overall team.

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After leading the Eagles in scoring as a sophomore center, captain Colin Blackwell is hoping to ramp his game up another several notches this winter.

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St. John’s Prep
HOCKEY
„ Last year’s record: 9-7-7 (lost in Division 1 North semifinals) „ Head coach: Kristian Hanson (3rd year, 22-1410) „ Team captains: Pete Cahill, Sr. D; Colin Blackwell, Jr. C. „ Other key returnees: Kevin Davis, Sr. D; David Letarte, Soph. G; Sam Kurker, Soph. C; Nick Pandalena, Soph. D; Derek Palm, Jr. RW; Jon Farrow, Jr. RW; Andrew Pierce, Jr. LW; Kyle Linehan, Sr. LW; Greg Tremblay, Sr. RW; Joe Curry, Jr. D; Dylan Blake, Jr. G. „ Season opener: Friday vs. Bellows Free Academy at Doc Tulip Tournament in Vermont (5:30). „ Look out for: The Eagles to make a big push to return to the Super 8 tournament. A year older and more experienced, this talented group is hoping to prove they belong playing in the postseason with the state’s best clubs — but will have to play stellar defense each night to accomplish this.

BASKETBALL
„ Last year’s record: 11-10 (lost in Division 1 North first round) „ Head coach: Sean Connolly (2nd season) „ Team captains: To be announced „ Other key returnees: Pat Connaughton, Jr., G/F; George Sessoms, Sr., G; Conor Macomber, Jr., G; Steve Haladyna, So., F „ Season opener: Thursday vs. Leominster (7). „ Look out for: Big nights from Connaughton and Haladyna on a nightly basis. Connaughton is a big time player who averaged 22 points and 14 rebounds last season. He had five 30-point games last season, and Haladyna, who was called up to the varsity as a freshman midway through the year, had a 25 point game in the state tourney loss to Acton-Boxboro.

iNDOOr TrACK
Last year’s record: 6-1 Head coach: Ray Carey (34th year) Other key returnees: Jared Kadich, Sr., 200/300/400; Chris Crosby, Sr., 300/Relays; Sean Enos, Jr., Shot put; Pat Driscoll, Sr., Hurdles; Tae Ha, Jr., Hurdles, High Jump; Ben Halpin, Jr., Distance; John Flanagan, Sr., Distance; Jarret Harrigan, Jr., Distance; Chris Oesterlin, Sr., 600/1000; Jack Durkin, Sr., High jump „ Next Meet: Sunday at Winter Festival, Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury (9 a.m.) „ Look out for: A rare Saturday dual meet at the Reggie Lewis Center — and big test — tomorrow for the Eagles against Xaverian right away. Keep an eye on Kadich, who holds the school 300 meter record (35.53).
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ABOVE: With mat standouts such as T.J. Crabtree (right), look for the St. John’s Prep wrestling team to be among the state’s best squads again. RIGHT: Whether it’s slashing to the basket or burying shots from the perimeter, Pat Connaughton knows how to pour in points for the Eagles.

WrESTLiNg
Last year’s record: 32-2 Head coach: Manny Costa (20th year) Team captains: T.J. Crabtree, Jr., Alex Kwmuntis Jr., Dan Walsh, Sr. „ Other key returnees: Matt Hopkins, Jr.; Mike Mayo, Jr.; Doug Harding, Jr.; Nick DiNanno, Sr.; Jeff Dube, Sr.; Nick Roberts, Sr.; Eric Clopper, Sr. „ Next meet: Wednesday at St. John’s Shrewsbury (6:30) „ Look out for: Louis Bornstein, a freshman looking to make an immediate impact.
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Marblehead High School
BOYS HOCKEY
„ Last year’s record: 13-6-4 (lost in Division 3 North quarterfinals) „ Head coach: Bobby Jackson (4th year, 35-28-6) „ Team captains: Ben Koopman, Sr. D; Anders Gundersen, Sr. D; Jake Kulevich, Jr. D; Chris McLeod, Jr. C. „ Other key returnees: Ryan Dempsey, Jr. LW; Alex Whitmore, Jr. RW; Tony Cuzner, Jr. G; Hunter Graves, Jr. LW; Tyler Gelineau, Jr. C; Austin Haley, Soph. RW; Mike Bernato, Sr. C, Ellery Smith, Sr. RW; Austin Coen, Jr. LW. „ Season opener: Wednesday at Salem (4 p.m.) „ Look out for: A huge contribution from the Headers’ junior class, which makes up more than half the varsity roster (13 players). Many of these freshmen played on the club’s North title team of two years ago and know how to win big games.

girLS HOCKEY
„ Last year’s record: 14-6-2 (NEC/CAL co-champs, Lost in Division 1 second round) „ Head coach: Emily Hudak (5th year, 50-27-10) „ Team captains: Courtney Maag, Jr, D; Lauren Turner, Sr., F; Kelsey Maguire, Sr., F; Franny Pelletier, Jr., D „ Other key returnees: Keelin Fallon, So. F; Ally Healy, So. F; Katie Zarinsky, So., F „ Season opener: Saturday at Everett (1) „ Look out for: An influx of young talent. The Lady Headers have four middle schoolers on the roster that will step in and contribute right away including the squad’s only goalie, Molly DePew. Eliza Quigley, Lexi Lang and Rachel McKay are the others.

ABOVE: A four-year standout who can play defense or up front as a center, Marblehead captain Anders Gundersen is one of the most durable, talented hockey players on the North Shore. RIGHT: Captain Bridgett Forbes will be looking to pass her leadership skills on to her teammates as a senior on the Magicians’ girls basketball team this season.

„ Look out for: A slew of new faces on the roster. After three straight tourney seasons, Hanscom has by far his most inexperienced team. Still, Hanscom has a well-deserved reputation for maximizing whatever talent he has on the floor.

lots depth in both distance and sprints. Toomey is excited to be back coaching in Marblehead; he was girls cross country and track coach in 2005.

girLS BASKETBALL
Last year’s record: 0-20 Head coach: Skip Likins (1st year) Team captains: Bridgett Forbes, Sr. G; Emma Crowley, Sr. F „ Other key returnees: Carly McIver, Jr. C; Ari Freddo, Jr. F; Olivia Raisner. Jr. G; Steph Lyons, Sr. F; Tori Mancuso, Sr. F/C. „ Season opener: Tomorrow at Winthrop „ Look out for: A new attitude in Marblehead. Likins not only believes that the Magicians will win their first game in a couple of seasons, but also that his team can make a run at a .500 record.
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Last year’s record: 3-4 Head coach: Mike Toomey (1st year) Team captains: Jo Jo Wallace, Sr., Distance; Kristy Henrich, Sr., Distance; Marina Hare, Sr., Throws; Micailah Adee, Sr., Sprints; Sara Bitterman, Sr., Sprints „ Other key returnees: Madeline Piela, So., Distance; Chloe Heskett, So., Distance; Maura Tubridy, So., Distance; Alex Gerard, Jr., Distance; Morgan Butler, Sr., Sprints; Olivia Pennock, Jr., Sprints; Emma McGuirk, Jr., Sprints; Mary Keroak, Sr., Sprints „ Next meet: Thursday vs. Gloucester (4) „ Look out for: Improvement based on
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Head coach: Brian Crowley (11th year) Team captains: Sean Mitchell, Sr., Middle Distance; Tucker Reece, Sr., Distance; Matt Frankel, Sr., 300 „ Other key returnees: Nolan Raimo, So., Hurdles; Andrew Graf, Sr., Mile; Henry Pratt, Jr., Distance; Pat Casey, So., Mile „ Next meet: Thursday vs. Gloucester (4) „ Look out for: The distance team, which should be the focal point of the Magicians’ success this winter.
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Foley Jr., multiple events; Megan Alexander Soph., multiple events. „ Next meet: Tomorrow vs. Swampscott (4:30) „ Look out for: The Magicians lost some very key seniors to graduation, but do have a very deep team with some very versatile swimmers. Marblehead will also hope to get an instant impact from some talented freshmen.

WrESTLiNg
Head coach: Mike Stamison (1st year) Team captains: Kristian Kotov, Sr. (130 lbs.), Jonathon Taylor, Sr. (Heavyweight). „ Other key returnees: Josh Levy, Sr. (125), Sam Terrill, Sr. (160) „ Season opener: Today at Georgetown (7). „ Look out for: Kristian Kotov, who could be an All-State champion at his weight class, is already exhibiting great leadership qualities and work ethic for his younger teammates.
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BOYS BASKETBALL
Last year’s record: 16-7 Head coach: Wayne Hanscom (5th year) „ Team captains: To be named „ Other key returnees: Matt Temme, 6-2 Jr. G; Damarco Dooley, 5-5 Sr. G; Colten Dana, 6-0 Soph. G; Bryan Gellert, 6-1 Soph. F; Tommy Stockwell, 6-0 Jr. G. „ Season opener: Tomorrow vs. Winthrop
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SWiMMiNg
Last year’s record: 9-0 Head coach: Sue Guertin (20th year) Team captains: Billy Wyman Sr., diving and freestyle; Katherine Kelloway, Sr., individual medley, butterfly and backstroke; Savanah Harshbarger Sr., freestyle and buttefly; Marissa Spanos Sr., diving and sprint freestyle. „ Other key returnees: Toireasa Rafferty Millett, Soph., freestyle; Katherine
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Swampscott High School
BOYS HOCKEY
„ Last year’s record: 12-5-4 (lost in Division 3 North first round) „ Head coach: Geno Faia (10th year, 65-97-19) „ Team captains: Colby Wollerscheid, Sr. C; Justin Massey, Sr. C. „ Other key returnees: Tyler Gallagher, Sr. G; Gino Cresta, Soph. RW; Tom Ball, Sr. D; Miles Rutkowski, Sr. D; Sean Lannon, Jr. LW; Anthony DiPietro, Sr. LW. „ Promising newcomers: Trevor Massey, Fr. D; Chris Carman, Fr. D. „ Season opener: Wednesday vs. Lynn Jets (8 p.m.) „ Look out for: The Big Blue’s forwards to be more responsible defensively this winter as they jump back into their own end to help an inexperienced defensive unit.

LEFT: Kara Gilberg is one of the few returning starters for the defending Division 3 state champion Swampscott girls basketball team.

BOYS BASKETBALL
Last year’s record: 5-15 Head coach: Justin Fucile (1st year) Team captains: Doug Rodenstein, Sr., F; Lonnie Smith-Matthews, Sr., G „ Other key returnees: Brian Sullivan, Jr., G; Peter Yasi, Jr., F; Stephen Eugene, Sr., F „ Season opener: Tomorrow at Gloucester (7) „ Look out for: Tempo, athleticism and energy from the Big Blue. Fucile, 27, a rookie coach who has a ton of enthusiasm, is looking for young kids like Dan Trentsch (a freshman guard), A.J. Baker, Mike Walsh and Zack Beerman to step up. Senior newcomer Nick Moll, who is 6-4, will also help. Rodenstein, who had the lion’s share of experience among returning players, is out for the year with a knee injury.
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ABOVE: A force during the fall season in cross country, Swampscott star Lindsay Walsh hopes for similar success indoors during the winter track season for the Big Blue.

girLS BASKETBALL
„ Last year’s record: 23-2 (defeated Quaboag, 72-38, for Div. 3 state championship) „ Head coach: Jack Hughes (17th year) „ Team captains: Kara Gilberg, Sr. G; Tara Gallagher, Sr. F; Jen Cleary, Sr. G. „ Other key returnees: Elise Giangregorio, Sr. G; Nikki Lascarus, So. F. „ Season opener: Tomorrow vs. Gloucester (7). „ Look out for: A Big Blue team that uses its athleticism as an advantage. Also, Gilberg will take over as the No. 1

offensive option after playing alongside since-graduated stalwarts Allie Beaulieu and Tara Nimkar for three years.

BOYS iNDOOr TrACK
Last year’s record: 3-4 „ Head coach: Joe Tenney (9th year) „ Team captains: Matt D’Agostino, Sr., Shot Put; Jake Scott, Sr., Distance; Casey Collins, Sr., Distance; Jon Moll, Sr., Middle Distance; Dave Wilson, Sr., Sprints, Shot Put;

Xavier Pixley, Sr., Sprints; Steve Meagher, Sr., Sprints, Hurdles; Middle Distance „ Other key returnees: Kyle Taylor, Sr., Middle Distance, Relays; Nick Hartman, So., Distance; Ryan Kelly, So., Distance; Shilo Clark, So., Middle Distance; Matt Nardiello, So., Middle Distance; Hurdles; Jake Conaty, So., Distance „ Next meet: Wednesday vs. Winthrop (4) „ Look out for: Breakout seasons by several of the squad’s talented sophomores.

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Last year’s record: 0-7 Head coach: Eric Robinson (1st year) Team captains: Lindsay Walsh, Sr., Distance; Emily Generazzo, Sr., Middle Distance; Amelia Antrim, Sr., Distance; Julie Mazman, Sr., Middle Distance „ Other key returnees: Michaela Jancsy, Jr., Distance; Ally Sorgini, Sr., Sprints; Emma Walsh, Fr., Middle Distance; Stasia Bellieu, Sr., Shot Put; Jillian
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Masconomet Regional
BOYS HOCKEY
„ Last year’s record: 14-5-2 (lost in Division 2 North first round) „ Head coach: Bill Blackwell (5th year, 48-31-7) „ Team captain: Justin Champlain, Sr. D (assistants: Nick Simonetti, Sr. D; Ryan Dooley, Sr. F) „ Other key returnees: Brendan Dahlgren, Sr. D; Sean Haines, Jr. F; Casey Tudor, Jr. G; Pat Crosby, Jr. F; Vincent Zingarelli, Soph. F. „ Promising newcomer: Nick Emma, Jr. F (transferred in from Austin Prep) „ Next game: Wednesday vs. Amesbury at Haverhill (7) „ Look out for: The Chieftains to roll out four balanced lines each game, with the hopes that one or two will emerge as offensive forces.

girLS HOCKEY
„ Last year’s record: 14-4-4 (NEC/ CAL co-champs, fell in Division 1 second round) „ Head coach: Bill Haines (8th year) „ Team captains: Meg Twomey, Sr., F; Jess Sholomith, Sr., Sr., F. „ Alternate captains: Brianna Doyle, Sr., D; Pam Herter, Jr., F; Ellie Koenig, Jr., D. „ Other key returnees: Alex Jones, Fr., G; Molly Monroe, Sr., D; Nancy Palermo, Fr., F/D; Alyssa Turner, Sr., F. „ Season opener: Wednesday vs. Medford at Ward Hill (4) „ Look out for: Freshman goaltender Alex Jones, who backstopped the Chieftains to a league championship as an eighth grader last season.

ABOVE: Senior captain Lee Greeley will be among the Chieftains’ track leaders in distance events. LEFT: Able to play both guard and forward, Masconomet girls basketball captain Carly Kiernan is an extremely valuable member of the Chieftains.

BOYS BASKETBALL
Last year’s record: 13-8 (lost in Division 2 North first round) „ Head coach: Frank Shea (2nd year) „ Team captains: John Daniels, Sr., F; Collin Burke, Sr., G; Chris Splinter, Sr., G. „ Other key returnees: Evan Bunker, Sr., F; Adam Bramante, So., G. „ Season opener: Tomorrow at Wilmington (7) „ Look out for: Experience to lead the Chieftains. With four starters back in Splinter, Daniels, Burke and Bramante (who started the second half of the season as a freshman), they’re in good shape. Daniels averaged 10 points and
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10 rebounds, while Daniels and Splinter were Cape Ann League all-stars last season.

girLS BASKETBALL
Last year’s record: 16-6 (lost to Westford, 45-34, in Div. 2 North quarterfinals) „ Head coach: Bob Romeo (8th year) „ Team captains: Carly Kiernan, Sr. F/G; Julie Galvin, Sr. F; Emily Winskowicz, Sr. G/F. „ Other key returnees: Brooke Stewart, So. G; Danielle Davis, So. F; Paige Newcomb, Sr. F. „ Season opener: Tomorrow vs. Wilmington (7) „ Look out for: Kiernan taking on a more prominent role with the Chieftains
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this winter. Kiernan played in the shadow of Jamie White and Krissy DiBenedetto last year, but she’s due for a breakout season.

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Last year’s record: 6-4 Head coach: Dave Cavallaro (20th year) „ Team captains: Alli Letvinchuk, Sr., 1000; Alexa Moorman, Sr. Hurdles, 4x4 Relay; Sarah Barrett, Sr., Distance; Abbey D’Agostino, Sr., Distance; Mindy Bouras, Sr., Hurdles; Anne Johnson, Sr., High Jump „ Other key returnees: Nancy Swift, Sr., Shot Put; Joanna Bouras, Sr., Hurdles; Rachel Rudder, Sr., 1000, 600 „ Next meet: Tomorrow vs. Newburyport at Methuen (3:30) „ Look out for: Big meets this winter vs. Pentucket (Jan. 6) and arch rival North Andover (Jan. 30).
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WrESTLiNg
Last year’s record: 12-12 „ Head coach: Brian Mintz (6th year) „ Team captains: Nate Hooper Sr. (112 lbs.), Peter Brostowin Sr. (160). „ Other key returnees: Dustin Lawrence So. (103), Martin Cain So. (145), Mike Nay Sr. (135). „ Next match: Thursday at Triton (5) „ Look out for: Nate Hooper, a twotime Cape Ann League champion, to add to his already impressive resume.

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Last year’s record: 5-5 Head coach: Dana Picillo (16th year) Team captains: Lee Greeley, Sr., Distance; Ryan Madden, Sr., 300, 4x4 relay; Bobby Feltault, Sr., Middle Distance „ Other key returnees: Ben Hiromura, Jr., 1000, Mile; David Searles, Jr., Sprints, Relay; Nick DeFossez, Sr., High Jump „ Next meet: Tomorrow vs. Newburyport at Methuen (3:30) „ Look out for: The Chieftains’ annual showdown with North Andover on Jan. 30.
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Ipswich High School
BOYS BASKETBALL
Last year’s record: 6-14 Head coach: Alan Laroche (2nd year) Team captains: Aaron Jessen, Sr., F; Matt Marsh, Sr., G; Greg Watts, Sr., G. Other key returnees: Justin Shelbourne, Sr. F; Doug Shaughnessy, Jr., C. Next game: Tomorrow vs. Lynnfield (6:30) Look out for: Strong inside play with the 6-4 Shaughnessy and the 6-3 Jessen, who has considerable experience.

RIGHT: Hannah O’Flynn and the Ipswich girls basketball team are shooting for their fifth straight Cape Ann League Small championship this winter.

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Last year’s record: 15-6 (lost to Bedford, 63-60, Div. 3 North first round) Head coach: Mandy Zegarowski (7th year) Team captains: Stephanie Sutherby, 5-6 Sr. G; Lia Webb, 5-9 Sr. F. Other key returnees: Hannah O’Flynn, 5-10 Jr. F. Next game: Tomorrow at Lynnfield (6:30 p.m.) Look out for: The Tigers trying to win their fifth straight Cape Ann League Small title, but their first in the postAmber Smith era.

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Last year’s record: 3-6 Head coach: Pat Rich (3rd year) Team captains: Greg Krathwohl, Sr., Distance; Matt Cordes, Sr., Shot Put; Jimbo Ross, Sr., High Jump Other key returnees: Cyrus Ebinger, Sr., High Jump; Dan Tibbetts, Sr., Sprints Next meet: Tomorrow vs. Amesbury (3:30) Look out for: Junior distance runners Kieran Kinnare and Eli Thomas (who comes over from the Tigers’ basketball team) to provide depth in distance events.

ABOVE: Freestyle specialist Tim Bouvier will serve as one of the Ipswich Tigers’ captains.

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Last year’s record: 8-1-1 (CAL Open co-champs) Head coach: Gardy O’Flynn (2nd year) Team captain: Molly Miller, Sr. hurdles Other key returnees: Samantha Brown, So., 300, 4x4 relay; Maddie Duncan, Jr., 1000, 600, 4x4 relay; Alex Manos, Sr., Shot Put; Hannah Persson, Jr., High Jump Next meet: Tomorrow vs. Amesbury (3:30) Look out for: Strength in distance events, with many cross country runners out for the team.

SWiMMiNg
Last year’s record: 7-2 Head coach: Peg Webber (10th year) Team captains: Tim Bouvier Sr., 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle; Lizzie

Fanning Sr., freestyle and backstroke. Other key returnees: Tom Josephson Jr., 200 individual medley, butterfly and freestyle; Dylan Cain Jr., breaststroke and freestyle; Lexie LaFrance Soph., 500 freestyle and backstroke; Tori Duback Jr., 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley and

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Hamilton-Wenham Regional
BOYS BASKETBALL
Last year’s record: 8-10 Head coach: Doug Hoak (2nd year) Team captains: Matt Cook, Sr., F. Other key returnees: Isaac Carp, So., G; Pat Hendrickson, Jr., F „ Season opener: Tomorrow at North Reading (7) „ Look out for: Young guys to step up for the Generals. Coach Hoak has to replace four graduated starters; however, his team can build around Cook, a 6-5 forward who made Cape Ann League all-league status.
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Last year’s record: 5-13 Head coach: Jim Burfoot (4th year) Team captains: Simone Prioli, Sr. G/F; Sarah Vivenzio, Jr. G; Dorothy Zachariadis, Jr. C/F. „ Other key returnees: None. „ Season opener: Tomorrow vs. North Reading (6:30 p.m.) „ Look out for: Prioli returning to the court after missing all of last season with a knee injury. Prioli scored over 500 points in her first two seasons for the Generals.
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BOYS iNDOOr TrACK
Last year’s record: 7-2 Head coach: Steve Sawyer (12th year) Team captains: To be named later Other key returnees: Nathaniel McGough, Sr., Middle Distance; Jackson MacDonald, Sr., Sprints, High Jump, Hurdles; Matt Manter, Sr., Sprints; Alex Catalano, Sr., Distance; Conor Lyons, Jr., Distance; Chris Benevento, Jr., Distance „ Next meet: Wednesday vs. Pentucket at Andover (6:45) „ Look out for: MacDonald to have an outstanding year, and the Generals’ distance team to be very strong.
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Sarah Vivenzio (top) and the Hamilton-Wenham girls are looking to chase down a winning season and ensuing playoff spot.

girLS iNDOOr TrACK
Last year’s record: 4-6 Head coach: Steve Sawyer (12th year) Team captains: To be named later Other key returnees: Kristen Ashley, Sr., Distance; Cyrena Shiland, Sr., Distance; Sarah Roundy, Sr., Middle Distance; Meghan Gaucher, Sr., Middle Distance; Natalie White, Jr., Hurdles, Jumps; Andrea Sargent, Jr., Sprints, Relays
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Captain Matt Cook, an All-League selection in the Cape Ann League last season, is the anchor for the Hamilton-Wenham boys.

„ Next meet: Wednesday vs. Pentucket at Andover (6:45) „ Look out for: The Generals’ distance team to score a lot of points this winter.

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Last year’s record: 4-12 Head coach: Todd Darling (3rd year) Team captains: Andrew Verrington,

Sr. (119 lbs.), Billy Martin, Sr. (125) Other key returnees: Kendrick Poulin, Jr. (140), Morgan Muschamp, Soph. (135), Ben Clemenzi, Jr. (130) „ Season opener: Wednesday at
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North Shore Tech boys hoop program on the upswing
By Mike grenier
STAFF WRITER

North Shore Tech boys basketball coach Jody Norton understands strength of schedule and how important it can be to the development of a team. He also realizes that you have to have talent to make it work. Norton is going out on a limb with the Bulldogs this season because he feels it’s the right time. His team is coming off an 11-11 campaign in which it won a state tourney game for the first time since the 1980s, and he’s got perhaps the most dangerous two-way weapon on the North Shore in 6-foot-5 Jordan Smith. The junior center averaged 17 points, 14 rebounds and 7.8 blocked shots last winter. Smith has some capable veterans behind him in Juan Juan (6-2 power forward from Salem), Jordan Castillo (5-11 point guard from Salem), Derrick Frazier (6-2 forward from Beverly) and Pat Wood (6-foot junior shooting guard), so if there was ever a time to beef up the schedule, this is it. For the first time, North Shore Tech will play in the Peabody Christmas tourney (Dec. 28-29). The Bulldogs, a Division 4 team, will play Division 1 Peabody in the opening round. Somerville and Marblehead are the other two teams in the field. North Shore Tech has also retained Rockport, a team it lost to last season. “We want to test ourselves to see how we fit in against these teams,” said Norton. “We want to play more teams from the North Shore, and the Peabody tourney will really be a big challenge.” The Bulldogs have qualified for the state tourney five of the last six years, but it didn’t get that breakthrough postseason win until last season when it ousted Maimonides in Division 4 North. Norton’s team bowed out in the next round to Winthrop, which went on to win the North sectional title. “This is the way I look at it,” said the second-year head coach. “Every year, can we take another step? The next step for our confidence would be to win the (Commonwealth Athletic Conference Small) championship after finishing second to Northeast the last two seasons. “My goal is for us to compete at the highest level possible. I don’t care what

Derek Frazier, a junior forward for the North Shore Tech boys basketball team, dribbles past teammate Scott Blanchette during a recent practice.

North Shore Tech 2009-10 winter sports previews BOYS BASKETBALL
Last year’s record: 11-11 Head coach: Jody Norton (2nd year) Team captains: To be announced Other key returnees: Jordan Smith, Jr., C; Juan Juan, 6-2, F; Jordan Castillo, Jr., G; Derrick Frazier, Jr., F; Pat Wood, Jr., G. „ Season opener: Tomorrow vs. Fellowship Christian Academy (3:30) „ Look out for: The Bulldogs to compete for the Commonwealth Athletic Conference crown. Smith, a 6-foot-5 center, is a dominant player who averaged 16.9 points, 14 rebounds and 7.8 blocks last season. He’ll have some experienced teammates around him, so the Bulldogs will be a title threat.
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girLS BASKETBALL
Last year’s record: 0-20 Head coach: Maureen Robinson (12th year) Team captains: None named as of press time. Other key returnees: Allison O’Brien, 5-7 Sr. F; Andrea Caetano, 5-2 Sr. G; Heather Hicks, 5-4 Jr. PG. „ Next game: Tomorrow at Fellowship Christian Academy (3:30) „ Look out for: The return of Heather Hicks from a torn ACL. Hicks began asserting herself as a freshman for the Bulldogs, but her offseason injury put her on the shelf for all of last season.
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North Shore Tech’s Juan Juan practices his form.
division or what conference we have to play, but the idea is to get better. We feel really honored to be invited to play in the Peabody Christmas tourney. We’ll be out there to win.” They must get accustomed to playing without the graduated Ryan Mahan, a three-time conference all-star (and CAC MVP last season) who scored just under 1,000 points in his career. But Smith, who finished with seven triple-doubles last season, will be a migraine-type headache for many opposing teams. “Jordan has the athleticism, so for him it’s a matter of focus,” said Norton. “When he’s in the right place defensively, not leaving his feet unnecessarily and staying out of foul trouble, he’s incredibly effective. Offensively, he’s a tremendous
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Jordan Castillo works on his shot.

rebounder who gets a lot of points on putbacks. If we can keep him healthy, he’ll be a big problem for opposing teams all year.” Juan is the team’s verbal communicator on defense, and point guard Castillo is entering his second season as a starter. Frazier is a hard-nosed defender who has a good mid-range game on offense and Wood, who matured during the football season, is capable of exploding on offense from time to time. Norton also expects to get help from 6-2 senior Scott Blanchette, who missed his junior year with a torn ACL suffered in football.

Last year’s record: 6-1 Head coach: Rich Gardella (4th year) Team captains: Tim Gil, Sr., Distance; Owen Mehl, Sr., Middle Distance „ Other key returnees: Shea Reny, Jr., Sprints; Ben Thomas, Jr., Sprints; Stefan Yahasy, Jr., Middle Distance. „ Look out for: Big things from both captains. Gardella will miss having Andrew King as his assistant because he is busy with graduate school.
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Last year’s record: 7-0 Head coach: Rich Gardella (4th year) Team captains: Emalee McAnemy, Sr., Middle Distance. „ Other key returnees: Suzannah Duffy, Soph., Sprints. „ Look out for: McAnemy to have a breakout season.
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Pingree School
BOYS HOCKEY
Last year’s record: 12-15-1 Head coach: Buddy Taft (27th year) Team captains: Not named yet Key returnees: John St. Pierre, Sr. D; Kyle Lange, Sr. F; Billy Austin, Sr. F; Will Walfield, Jr. F; Kevin St. Pierre, Jr. D; John Franco, Jr. F; Bobby Adam, Jr. F; Nate Soter, Soph. F; Conor Clement, Soph. D; John Ahern, Soph. D; Pat Magliano, Soph. D; Scott Caradonna, Soph. G; Dan Prawzik, Soph. G. „ Next game: Wednesday vs. Groton (3:45) „ Look out for: Talented sophomores such as Soter and Clement of Danvers and Ahern, of Lynnfield, to make significant contributions for the Highlanders this season.
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LEFT: Pingree goalie Scott Caradonna pounces on the puck for a save at the Pingree School boys hockey season opener vs. Belmont Hill. BELOW: Kellie Marshall is not only a two-year captain for the Pingree girls hockey team, but also one of the top defensemen around.

girLS HOCKEY
Last year’s record: 2-18-2 Head coach: Sarah Carpenter (3rd year) „ Team captains: Kellie Marshall, Sr., D; Lacey Allis, Sr., D; Katelyn O’Connell, Jr., F „ Other key returnees: Meaghan Souza, Jr, F; Lily Sabatini, So., F; Mackenzie Foster, Fr., D; Shelby DiFiore, So., D; Alanna Krowiak, Jr., F; Aly Heffron, Fr., G „ Next game: Wednesday vs. Winsor (5:45) „ Look out for: Katelyn O’Connell, the Highlanders’ lightning-quick sniper who won’t be under the Eastern Indepdent League radar for long.
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girLS BASKETBALL
Last year’s record: 13-9 Head coach: Sophia Sidmore (6th year) „ Key returnees: Julie McDonough, Sr. F; Michelle Shafer, Sr. C; Grace Steward, Jr. G; Nora Doherty, Jr. F; Ari Twomey, Jr. G; Anna McGinn, Sr. G. „ Next game: Thursday at Rivers Tournament „ Look out for: The Highlanders making a run toward the New England Prep School Tournament in March.
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BOYS BASKETBALL
„ Last year’s record: 24-6 (New England Prep School champions) „ Head coach: Steve Gibbs (6th year) „ Team captains: Pat Williamson, Sr., G/F; Cody Addison, Sr., G; Conor Cash, Jr., F

Highlanders are aiming to win at least a „ Other key returnees: Jack Whalen, share of the Eastern Independent League Jr., G; Brendan Oliver, Jr., F; Kyle Jamertitle for the sixth time in seven years. son, Jr., G; Brandon Parker, Jr., F „ Next game: Thursday at Rivers Tournament SWiMMiNg „ Look out for: High expectations once again. Despite having to replace „ Last year’s record: 6-10 two great players in Allen Williamson „ Head coach: John Young (4th year) (Amherst) and Lemarre Rey (Bentley), the „ Team captains: Colleen Maher, Sr., 50

freestyle and 100 freestyle Other key returnees: Molly McSweeney, Soph., 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley; Emma Gaquin, Soph., 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle; Simi Harrison Soph., 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly; Reinhold Willcox, Soph., 50 freestyle.
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Next meet: Jan. 8 at Winsor (4) Look out for: The Highlanders have excellent team chemistry to go along with standout sophomores Molly McSweeney and Emma Gaquin, who both had success in the New England Prep School Athletic Conference Championships a year ago.
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