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February 1, 2014

Friday's area roundup: Marblehead girls edge out Beverly for NEC track title


The Salem News

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The Marblehead girls track team won two of the three relays at the Northeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston yesterday.

It was a good thing, too, since the Magicians needed every point they could get, ultimately edging out Beverly, 99-98, to take home the NEC crown.

Marblehead claimed first place in eight different events including the 4x200 and 4x800 relays. The Magicians’ individual winners were Alyssa Nye in the 55 dash (7.68), Monica Thorne in the 300 (42.69), Paige Ferrucci in the 1000 (3:11.25), Janaya Randall in the mile (5:18.19), Sarah Oliver in the 2-mile (11:36.95) and Lily Cummings in the high jump (5-2).

Beverly, meanwhile, was first in the 4x400 relay and saw Kristen O’Connor take first place in the 55 hurdles (8.99) and Caitlin Harty win the 600 (1:38.66). Jessica Goodall (3:12.78) and Nora Monahan (3:15.58) were second and third, respectively, in the 1000 while Abby Walsh (5:21.21) and Julianna Wesley (5:21.72) took second and third in the mile.

Peabody was third overall with 54 points, Salem claimed fifth with 22 points, Swampscott was seventh with 19 points and Danvers was 10th with 10 points. The Tanners of Peabody took second and third in the shot put thanks to strong days from Katie Gallo (32-3) and Anna Church (30-7).

BOYS TRACK

Peabody scored in all 10 events and had two of its athletes finish in the top 10 of six events in taking home the NEC championship with a team total of 93 points. Salem was third with 56 points, followed by Swampscott in fourth with 42 and Beverly in fifth with 38. Marblehead was sixth with 36 points and Danvers finished seventh with 33.

Alexander Greco topped the 600 with a time of 1:23.83, missing the meet record by 12/100ths of a second. The Tanners also captured the 4x800 relay in a time of 8:33.12.

Danvers’ John Thomas (6.73) and Connor Rollins (6.87) placed first and second, respectively, in the 55 dash while Zach Persson (20-0-1/2) and Thomas (19-7) were first and second in the long jump.

Salem’s Aaron Palmer (7.8) and Jerry Canada (7.99) went 1/2 in the 55 hurdles; Jon Crimble claimed first in the 300 (36.6) and Salem also was first in the 4x200 relay with a time of 1:35.45.

Marblehead’s Andrew Ernst was first overall in the mile (4:27.74), Swampscott’s Matthew Mahoney topped the two mile (9:47.29) and his teammate Justin Chasse was first in the shot put (47-2).

BOYS HOCKEY

Salem 8, O’Bryant 2: Senior forward Ben Kippen finished with a hat trick as the Witches (6-5-2) climbed over .500 with a win at Matthews Arena in Boston. Freshman Cam Toomey added a pair of goals while sophomore defenseman Ishmael Telemaco and freshman forwards Andrew McRae and Mike Gillis each had single tallies. Senior goaltender Mike Rosengren stopped 25 shots for his second victory of the season.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Hamilton-Wenham 70, Triton 62: Freshman guard Marcus Zegarowski, in just his third game of the season, had 19 points while senior captain Henry Eagar added 18 points as the Generals (12-2) broke the game open with 28 third quarter points. Junior guard Nikos Lara (6 steals) and junior forward Jimmy Campbell each added 10 points in the victory while Max Zegarowski added nine on three 3-pointers.

Pingree 79, Concord Academy 51: Sophomore Justin Assad buried six consecutive 3-pointers en route to finishing with a game-high 30 points as the Highlanders (12-6) rolled at home. Kyle Lentini finished with a dozen points and 10 rebounds in the win while fellow senior captain Connor Reardon of Salem had eight points and played spectacular defense; his blocked shot on the game’s opening possession helped Pingree race out to an eventual 8-0 lead.

For Concord Academy, Marblehead’s Malin Segal finished with a team-high 22 points.

Lynn Classical 64, Beverly 59: Lack of energy and the ability to get transition baskets hurt the Panthers (8-7) in a road setback. Jimmy Cross had 24 points and 12 points to lead the Orange-and-Black while Jonangel Franco finished with 11 points with five steals. Chris Sinclair and Jon Berchoff each had seven points for Beverly, which hosts Classical tomorrow at home (3 p.m.).

Peabody 64, Revere 58: Jared McCarron scored 12 points and pulled down a season-high 13 rebounds for Peabody (6-8) while Matt Correale added 15 points.

Chelsea 57, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 41: Trace Schaejbe led NST/EA (4-9) with 13 points while Riley Anderson (10 points and 8 rebounds) and Jeff White (10 points and 4 assists) were the other top contributors.

Amesbury 66, Ipswich 62: Matt Jaeger dropped in 24 points in a losing cause for the Tigers (1-14). Jake Long (10 points), Aleks Kuljic (9 points) and Robbie Glavin (8 points) also played well for IHS.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Hamilton-Wenham 38, Triton 16: The Generals (11-3) didn’t surrender a single point in the second quarter to take a commanding 18-3 lead at halftime. Katherine Ecker (12 points, 8 rebounds), Sam Charette (7 points, 8 rebounds), Kelly Walsh (12 rebounds, 8 steals, 8 points) and Sue Rose (8 assists) carried Hamilton-Wenham.

Bishop Fenwick 64, Notre Dame 37: Bishop Fenwick bumped its record to 8-6 behind big performances from Gianna Pizzano (16 points, 5 steals), Colleen Corcoran (13 points, 3 blocks) and Kate Lipka (16 points, 4 steals, 3 blocks).

Peabody 55, Revere 23: Carolyn Scacchi poured in 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Peabody (10-3) while Courtney Bua added six rebounds and eight points. Melissa Gray contributed 10 points for the Tanners.

Methuen 52, Danvers 47: The Falcons (8-7) played hard and with intensity, but didn’t finish their shots and ran out of gas in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Hannah Llewellyn had 11 of her team-high 17 points in the second half while Emily McNulty added 10 points. Ashley Arnoldy contributed six points and 13 rebounds.

Ipswich 61, Amesbury 49: The Tigers (6-7) outscored Amesbury 23-6 in the third quarter to take control of the game. Jenna Gagnon (14 points), Jordan Morrissey (14 points) and Nikki Pignone (16 points) carried the offense for Ipswich.

Chelsea 51, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 35: The Hawks dropped to 6-7 on the season.

Pingree 51, Dana Hall 49: Senior co-captain Haley Sabino hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds to play to lift the Highlanders (9-6) to a euphoric victory. Meg Foye chipped in with a team-high 12 points and Hanna Stasiuk added 10.

St. Mary’s Lynn 55, Arlington Catholic 52: Freshman Temi Falayi of Peabody had 12 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks while sophomore Kayla Carter of Beverly finished with eight points, six rebounds and five steals as the Spartans (14-1) rolled to a Catholic Central League victory.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Needham 7, Marblehead 2: Emma Brophy and Hadley Woodfin had goals while Brittany Smith had her 98th career point on an assist, but host Needham scored four times in the final period to pull away for the victory. Aly Hopkins had 26 saves in goal for Marblehead (6-6-2).

GYMNASTICS

Bishop Fenwick 123.15, Cambridge: Abby Regnier took home first in the all-around with a 33.7 for Bishop Fenwick (4-1) after placing first in the bars (8.55), beam (8.45) and floor (8.7). Stefanie Libby was second on bars (7.4) and third on beam (8.0) while Taylor Shelgren was third in the all-around with a 29.4.

WINTHROP 130.4, PEABODY 117.25: Junior Sam Kinnaly took second place in both the vault (8.8) and beam (8.1) to third in the all-around at 32.0 for the Tanners. In addition, sophomore Aubrey Irvine took third on vault (8.6).