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March 20, 2013

Bounce Passes: This year's answers pose next season's questions

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Despite its lack of depth, Salem proved it can grind out wins and will most certainly be a threat with Rachael Zipper, Jackie Panneton, Arianna Gaffney and Brianna Rodriguez coming back.

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I often wonder if Peabody would benefit from having another Division 1 program in the conference; they only faced one squad in the same postseason division during the regular season. The Tanners had their way with most NEC opponents (except for Lynn English), but were ousted early on in the Div. 1 North tournament by Methuen.

Peabody will be fully loaded again, as it had no seniors on this season’s team. Led by captain Carolyn Scacchi, the Tanners have a good opportunity to take what they’ve learned from this postseason and use it for next year’s run.

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Keep an eye on Marblehead in 2013-14. Though the Magicians didn’t make the postseason this season, they certainly have a solid leader in leading scorer Emily Freedland.

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Swampscott says goodbye to senior captain and NEC small MVP Ara Talkov, who will take her talents to Columbia University in the fall. Talkov led the area in scoring (16.3 ppg.) despite missing a good chunk of the season with an ankle injury.

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Beverly seems to be the wild card for next season. Though the Panthers won just a third of their games this winter, they’re still a young team with plenty of room to grow and improve in 2013-14.

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Bishop Fenwick always poses a unique threat because of the conference it plays in. The Catholic Central League is a group of fierce competitors with teams like Division 3 state champion Archbishop Williams, St. Mary’s and Arlington Catholic.

Though the Crusaders made it back to the tournament for the first time since 2011, they should be even stronger next year with mostly their entire roster returning, the majority of which is young talent.

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