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December 27, 2013

A YEAR TO CELEBRATE Titles came in bunches in 2013 across the North Shore sporting landscape


St. John’s Prep baseball coach Pat Yanchus steps down, but not before leading Eagles to 22 straight wins: After 33 years of coaching at St. John’s Prep, which included 491 wins on the diamond, the legendary Yanchus bid farewell to the game.

Over the years his teams made 10 Division 1 North final appearances and captured sectional championships in 1989,1999, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2010. St. John’s won back-to-back state titles in 1999 and 2000, amassing a state record 15-game postseason winning streak in the process.

Yanchus’ final season this past spring was pretty spectacular as well, as the Eagles set a program record for both wins in a season (22-2) and for a single-season winning streak at 22. The Prep made it to the North finals before being upset by Billerica.

Hamilton’s Michael Carter-Williams is drafted in the first round by Philadelphia 76ers: Carter-Williams was selected as the 11th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft after a standout sophomore season at Syracuse, where he led the Orange to the Final Four and averaged 11.9 points, 7.3 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game.

Just the fourth North Shore player drafted by an NBA club, Carter-Williams has already made an immediate impact on a young 76ers squad; he’s the team’s second leading scorer (11.7 ppg) and leads the 76ers in assists (7.3 apg. and steals (3.13). The rookie point guard was named the NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for October and November.

In his NBA debut against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat, Carter-Williams had 22 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and nine steals. Carter-Williams has scored 20-plus points five times this season and has recorded five double-doubles.

St. John’s Prep football standout Johnny Thomas suffers season ending injury: It was a wild year for the Eagles’ franchise running back. Back in May the then-junior verbally committed to play Division 1 college ball at the University of Maryland. But in late September, Thomas tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee. He was injured after an 8-yard run in the third quarter of the Prep’s 35-14 loss to Everett.

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