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December 31, 2013

Monday's area sports roundup: Pingree boys hoop captures prestigious Old Spice Classic championship


The Salem News

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It’s been an eventful five days for the Pingree boys basketball team. The Highlanders traveled down to Orlando, Florida for the Old Spice Classic.

After defeating two teams earlier in the tournament, Pingree made its way to the championship game against a nationally ranked team out of California, El Toro High School.

The Highlanders (7-3) hit clutch shots down the stretch to pull away with a 72-65 win over El Toro.

“Our kids game out of gate hard,” said Pingree coach Steven Gibbs. “We controlled boards and just wanted it more. It was a single possession game for about 28 minutes, back and forth the entire way.

“We were in foul trouble in the second, but pieced it together and found a way to win.”

Senior captain Johnnie Spears named was named the tournament MVP with 15 points and 11 assists in the win over El Toro. Justin Assad hit a huge three-pointer to extend the game and finished 11 points. Griffin Beal added nine points, five rebounds, while senior captain Kyle Lentini recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

“It was probably one of the biggest, if not the biggest win for the program in school history,” added Gibbs.

Hamilton-Wenham 61, Ipswich 24: Jimmy Campbell had 10 points, 10 rebounds and four steals as the Generals (5-2) defeated the Tigers in the consolation game of the Gloucester Tournament. Kyle Craig added 10 points and four steals, while Henry Eagar was named to the all-tournament, contributing with seven points.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Peabody 38, Medford 13: The Tanners picked up their second straight win yesterday after a non-league battle against Medford. Sophomore Sara Hosman shot 7-for-12 from the foul line and finished with a team-high 14 points to go along with three assists. Senior captain Carolyn Scacchi pulled down 13 rebounds and scored eight points. Michelle McHugh was solid off the bench, contributing with four points and five rebounds, while Olivia Summit added five points and five rebounds in the win.

Masconomet 64, Hamilton-Wenham 39: Hannah Kiernan (15 points, five rebounds, four assists, five steals), Nicole Femino (12 points, 10 rebounds, three assists) and Meghan Collins (10 points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals) paced the Chieftains, who remain undefeated at 5-0. Freshman Stephanie Mini had seven points, seven rebounds and three steals, while junior Kate Kitsakos added eight points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Sam Charette led the way for the Generals (3-2), dropping in a team-high 12 points, while Haley Willis added eight and Catherine Ecker finished with nine.

Winthrop 51, Salem 35: Despite a game-high 23 points from junior Jacyln Panneton, the Witches fell to 2-2 with the home loss. The game was tied after one quarter before the visiting Vikings ripped off 30 points in the second quarter to take a 24-point lead into halftime.

Danvers 41, Swampscott 31: Senior captain Emily McNulty of the Falcons was named tournament MVP of the Malden Holiday Tournament after scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the title game win over Swampscott. Senior Delaney Zecha was also named All-Tournament after a fine performance, while Ashley Arnoldy (6 points, 11 rebounds) and freshman forward Tina Gigli (9 points, 14 rebounds) were stellar in the victory for 3-1 Danvers.

Ipswich 49, Triton 28: The Tigers move to 3-1 overall after winning the consolation game of the Institute for Savings Tournament over the weekend. Jenna Gagnon netted a team-high 13 points, while Jordan Morrissey (seven points) was named to the all-tournament team for her performance. Abby McCarthy added nine points in the win.

BOYS HOCKEY

Beverly 1, Canton 1: Captain Connor Irving’s power play goal with 3:48 to play, off a pass from J.J. Bacchini, gave the Panthers (7-0-1) a non-league tie against the visiting Bulldogs. Junior netminder Tim Birarelli stopped 13 shots in the stalemate while defenders Matt Hamor, Jack Morency, Sean Munzing and Nick Albano all had standout performances.

Marblehead 10, Nantucket 0: In his first varsity start, junior goalie Marc Scribner stopped all 14 shots he saw as the Headers (5-2) got goals from 10 different players while rolling to an easy home win. Captains Liam Gillis and Tom Koopman, along with Tim Kalinowski and Erik Powers, all had a goal and two assists to power the Marblehead offense. Freshman James McCarthy had a goal and an assist for his first two varisty points while Braden Haley, Dean Fader, Max Delvento, Kyle Koopman and Garrett Keough also lit the lamp.

Bedford 4, Swampscott 2: Junior goaltender Trent Gallagher made 23 saves and freshmen Ryan Donnelly and Mike Johnson both had goals, but host Bedford snapped a tie with two third period goals. Ryan Cresta and Louis Olivieri had assists for the Big Blue (1-4-1) in the setback.

BOYS TRACK

Bishop Fenwick 80, Archbishop Williams 6: Eric Razney and Charlie Maistrellis each won two events as Fenwick (2-1) rolled to an easy victory. Razney captured both the 55 dash and 300, while Maistrellis was victorious in the 600 and long jump. Other wins for the Crusaders came from Sean Cray (1,000), Eric Loehle (2-mile), Kevin Hannon (high jump), Charlie St. Pierre (shot put), Nick Tambini (55 hurdles) and the 4x400 relay team.

Marblehead 51, Danvers 35: Derek Dumais captured first in the shot put (42-9) as Marblehead remains undefeated at 3-0. Ian McIver took first in the 600 (1:35.8), A.J. Ernst won the mile (4:37.2), Conrad Rousseau placed first in the 55 hurdles (8.4) and Adam Linksy won the 2 mile (10:48.5).

GIRLS TRACK

Bishop Fenwick 66, Archbishop Williams 19: Annette Ruggerio qualified for states by winning the 55 dash as the Crusaders (2-1) prevailed. Caitlyn Carrott (300), Arianna Maida (600), Sydney Packard (1,000), Sabrina Silvagni (long jump) and sisters Meredith (high jump) and Emma Harrington (shot put) were also winners for Fenwick, as was its 4x4 relay squad.

Marblehead 69, Danvers 17: The Magicians improve to 3-0 on the season after Olivia Vener doubled in the high jump (4-6) and hurdles (9.1). Faith Ferrucci (shot put), Alyssa Nye (55 dash) and Kat Huber (600) also had first place finishes in their respective events.

WRESTLING

Beverly’s Wilbur shines at Lowell tourney: Panther senior captain Tom Wilbur (170 pounds) placed eighth at yesterday’s Lowell Holiday Tournament. He was the top finisher for Beverly, which competed against 70 other schools in the tourney.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Salem State 61, Elms 54: Junior Rachael Carter scored 25 points and added nine rebounds, three assists and three steals as the Vikings (5-7) won the consolation game of their own Holiday Tournament at Twohig Gymnasium. Ashley White added eight points, nine rebounds and four steals in the victory while Malissa Saad scored nine points and Peabody’s Ginny Fleming grabbed nine rebounds for SSU.