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December 20, 2013

Bounce Passes: New coaches hope to begin new traditions

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While the Magicians carry nine upperclassmen, Hanscom plans on giving the four freshmen on his roster significant minutes. Freshman Lindsay Walker started in Wednesday’s 40-21 victory over Swampscott and contributed eight points.

”All of them are going to play. We want (the freshmen) to break a sweat early and get everyone involved,” noted Hanscom.

Marblehead should be among the top teams in the Northeastern Conference South this winter along with Winthrop and Gloucester. Senior captains Emily Freedland and McKenna Barrett are looking to make their first postseason tournament appearance since their sophomore seasons.

”To be honest, we’re just concerned about ourselves,” added Hanscom. “It’s a quick season; games come up in a hurry and we’re just looking to improve. (It’s) the old cliche: we’re taking it one game a time.”

Pingree also had a new bench boss as John McPhearson begins his inaugural season coaching with the Highlanders. He is quite familiar with the Eastern Independent League, having previously coached at Lexington Christian Academy for 16 years as the boys coach and also coached the girls for five. At LCA he won EIL titles and a NEPSAC championship.

The Highlanders are off to a 3-1 start and have won three straight after dropping their season opener.

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BIG GAME ALERT: Peabody will square off against NEC rival Lynn English tonight at home (7 p.m.).

The Tanners’ first win of the season Monday nigh, 52-25 over Revere, was a solid stepping-stone heading into tonight’s showdown. While Peabody returns its entire team from a year ago, the Bulldogs do as well — making for a very interesting matchup.

The Bulldogs are led by a trio of seniors — Diondra Woumn, Catherine Stinson and Deidra Newson — who all had impressive games against Peabody last season. English took both meetings between the two, but the Tanners are looking to change that this time around.

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