SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 27, 2013

Ripped from the headlines in 2013 ...

By Gianna Addario
Staff Writer

---- — Other North Shore sports news that made headlines over the past 12 months:

JANUARY

Beverly wrestling earns its sixth straight Northeastern Conference title ... St. John’s Prep hockey clinches first Catholic Conference crown since 1994 ... Beverly’s Livvy Konaxis hits 100 career points in victory over Everett ... Peabody boys win NEC track title ... Marblehead native Lexie Laing helps Team USA win a silver medal at Women’s World Junior Hockey Championship held in Finland ... Prep alum Brian Kelly takes Notre Dame football into BCS national title game.

FEBRUARY

Then Peabody High senior Catarina Rocha breaks 32-year-old record in mile and wins sixth state crown ... St. John’s Prep’s Ian Butterbrodt, Corey Jean-Jacques earn all-state wrestling championships ... St. John’s Prep captures ninth straight fencing crown ... Pingree girls hockey takes home Eastern Independent League title ... Beverly’s Andrew Irving, Swampscott’s Trevor Massey are named Northeastern Conference hockey MVPs ... Endicott’s Sean Quirk wins his 200th game as mean’s lacrosse coach.

MARCH

Then Hamilton-Wenham senior and soccer standout Alana Vecchiarello commits to Merrimack College ... Ex-Peabody football coach Ed Nizwantowski is inducted into Mass. High School Football Hall of Fame ... A successful reign ends as Sean Connolly steps down from coaching basketball at St. John’s Prep ... Beverly High gymnast Heather Gomes takes second place at New Englands ... Salem’s Alix Bryant makes verbal commitment to Hartford for soccer ... John Preziosa takes over as Bishop Fenwick boys basketball head coach.

APRIL

John Dullea announced as new St. John’s Prep basketball coach ... Danvers veteran baseball coach Roger Day records his 400th career win ... Masconomet’s Dylan Mann named the 51st winner of the Salem News Student-Athlete Award ... North Shore Tech football coach Paul Worth wins 2013 MIAA Football Coach of The Year Award.

MAY

Ipswich’s Sarah Keiran wins Gabriel Pacione CAL Scholarship Award ... Danvers softball tops Peabody in seventh annual Courtney Corning Tournament ... Fenwick baseball wins Woodman Tournament ... Marblehead’s Meggie Collins and Annie Pugh named the NEC North MVP and Coach of the Year for the North in girls lacrosse ... Danvers softball ace Kendall Meehan throws a perfect game against Lynn English... Peabody baseball strings together 12 straight wins.

JUNE

Swampscott’s Peter Hale and Joe Danvers’ Manson take first at New Balance Nationals in North Carolina ... Six locals named to lacrosse All-Americans ... Former Masco star Abbey D’Agotstino wins second straight NCAA track championship ... Masconomet baseball takes down Danvers for Division 2 North championship title... St. John’s Prep tennis sweeps Westford Academy to win Division 1 North crown ... Danvers softball pitcher Kendall Meehan named Northeastern Conference Softball Player of the Year... St. John’s Prep grad Brian Pinho gets drafted by Washington Capitals ... Marblehead’s Cory Schneider gets traded to New Jersey Devils.

JULY

Middleton 11-year-old Williamsport all-star Nick Cafarelli homered four times with eight RBI in a win over Manchester Essex ... Peabody’s Matt Antonelli announces his retirement from pro baseball ... Beverly scoring machine Caitlin Harty verbally commits to Holy Cross for soccer ... Beverly Little League wins first District 15 championship in 20 years ... Danvers’ Joe Manson earns gold twice at Bay State Games ... Former Salem High star Allison Flynn named the Beverly girls basketball coach ... Danvers’ John Jennings picks up All-American honors at Colby.

AUGUST

Peabody Senior Softball all-stars win final game at regional ... Paul Lei, Steven DiLisio grab golf titles at Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship ... Stars of Massachusetts enjoy national exposure at ECNL finals ... Cardinals earn first Salem/Beverly Babe Ruth title ... Peabody wins Northeast Senior Babe Ruth title over HW ... Masconomet girls win summer hoop title ... Shalane Flanagan finishes eighth at Worlds ... Pingree’s Mollie Smith shines at Under Armour All-American games ... Evan Bunker earns preseason All-America honors at Trinity.

SEPTEMBER

Masco’s Will Twiss commits to play baseball at UMass ... St. John’s Prep’s Jared Costa earns scholarship, commits to Anderson University ... Hamilton-Wenham girls cross country wins 100th straight meet ... Salem’s Eddie Demoya grabs Rookie of the Week nod at Endicott ... Myopia Polo Club celebrates its 125th season ... Cailtin Harty scores 100th career goal as Beverly girls soccer brooms away Witches ... Endicott tops rivals Salem State, Gordon to collect North Shore Cup ... Prep football falls to Everett, but bigger loss could be RB Johnny Thomas’ injury.

OCTOBER

Ipswich HOF inductee Dot Stanley named new girls basketball coach ... Peabody girls lax founder Dan Hayes headed to UMass-Boston Hall of Fame ... Kate Lipka, Ben Manoogian win Moynihan Student-Athlete awards for September ... Beverly tabs Sean Dunleavy as boys indoor track coach ... Peabody volleyball extends its best unbeaten start in nine years ... Pingree football records its largest shutout win in school history ... Beverly field hockey tops Danvers as Trish Murphy collects 100th win ... Masco’s Adam Grammer, Beverly’s Caitlin Harty named CAL, NEC soccer Player of the Year ... North Shore Tech football coach Paul Worth earns 100th career victory.

NOVEMBER

Peabody’s Jane Heil is inducted into the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame ... Pingree girls soccer wins its first NEPSAC championship in 25 years ... Marblehead’s Brooks Tyrrell runs wild on Thanksgiving, racking up 300 yards and six touchdowns in a blowout win over against Swampscott ... Bishop Fenwick volleyball captures its first-ever North sectional title ... Endicott College volleyball punches its ticket to the Commonwealth Coast Conference final ... Danvers football earns its first Northeastern Conference South title in eight years ... Isaiah White sets a new Beverly single-season rushing record with 1,782 yards ... Danvers’ Catalina Dominick, Marblehead, Hamilton-Wenham girls all champs at EMass XC meets.

DECEMBER

Salem’s Melikke Van Alstyne is named an All-New England football selection for third straight season after rushing for more than 6,000 career yards at Framingham State ... Peabody’s Carolyn Scacchi is named Northeastern Conference volleyball MVP ... St. John’s Prep hockey is slated to play at Fenway Park on New Year’s Eve against Malden Catholic ... Pingree football star Johnnie Spears commits to college ball at Trinity College in Connecticut ... Doug Woodworth replaced Dot Stanley as Ipswich girls basketball coach after one game.