With four games left in the regular season, the Hamilton-Wenham boys basketball team clinched at least a share of the Cape Ann League Large title with last night’s 59-54 win over Newburyport.
It’s the Generals’ fourth CAL title in five years and fifth in seven. Considering the fact that H-W (13-2) is just getting healthy, coach Doug Hoak’s boys could be hitting their stride at just the right time.
Senior Nick Loeper, junior Nikos Lara and freshman Marcus Zegarowski all missed significant time but now all three are back and the Generals are rolling. Zegarowski scored 15 points last night.
“We put three new pieces in the puzzle so we went through an adjustment period playing with different personnel and still building that chemistry on the floor,” explained Hoak. “We were and might still be in a little bit of a transition. But potentially with everyone back, we should get better and better each game.”
Jimmy Campbell (10 points), Henry Eagar (11 points) and Max Zegarowski (12 points) were the other double-digit scorers for the Generals last night with Max Zegarowski getting all of his points from downtown.
Rockport 68, Ipswich 64: Matt Jaeger hit four three-pointers as he and Jake Long scored 16 points each for Ipswich (1-15).
St. John’s Prep 61, Xaverian 43: The Eagles improved to 12-3 thanks to 15 points from Ben Judson and 14 points from Max Butterbrodt.
Masco 51, Pentucket 43: Jake Rudolph (14 points) and Kevin Martin (13 points) helped Masco bump its season mark to 8-6.
Lynn English 85, Peabody 70: The Tanners (7-9) saw their winning streak halted by first-place English, which took advantage of second chance points and a big edge on the glass. Jared McCarron scored 18 points for Peabody with four rebounds and four steals and Bobby Sullivan had 10 points and five boards. Matt Correale chipped in 15 points and freshman Matt D’Amato added 13.
Danvers 69, Winthrop 26: Kieran Beck finished with 16 points, all of which were scored in the first half for the Falcons (12-2). Sophomore Mike Nestor added six points and four rebounds, while freshman Kieran Moriarty (four points) scored his first varsity points and added three rebounds.
St. JOseph’s Prep 60, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 57: The Hawks had a couple of shots at the tying bucket that didn’t fall. Trace Schaebe scored 20 points while Yordanny Sanchez had 13 points and grabbed 19 rebounds and Dan Ramirez came up with 11 rebounds.
Swampscott 68, Gloucester 62: The Big Blue earned an impressive road win over Gloucester last night. Joey Ragusa scored nine of 19 points in the fourth quarter and finished with four assists. Chad Nelson earned a double-double with 10 rebounds and 18 points, while Sam Walker came up big off the bench with six rebounds and two points.
Ipswich wins CAL: The Tigers finished 10-0 in the regular season and clinched their second straight Cape Ann League crown. First place finishers for Ipswich were Michaela Hedderman (300), Jill Calvani (600), Emily DeMarco (1000) and the 4X400 relay team of Calvani, Hedderman, Nora McMorrow and Chloe Lindahl. McMorrow also claimed third in the dash, Laura McCormack was fourth in the shot put, Maria Balder took fifth in the hurdles and Katie Monahan finished sixth in the hurdles.
Generals place third: Hamilton-Wenham finished with 49.3 points and placed third overall behind Ipswich (56 points) and Masconomet (53 points) at the CAL Open. The 4x800 relay team finished first (10:16.96), while Emily Weigand was 2nd in the mile (5:10.52). Janine Zheng placed fourth in the mile (5:33.75), Megan Stone was third in the 2 mile (12:13.35), Emily Horgan placed third in the 1000 meters and Kerry Hull was second in the high jump (5-2).
mASCO WINS cal: The Chieftains took home the CAL championship title (98.5 points) with first place finishes from Harry Kent (2 mile), Austin Cashin (300), David Drigo (shot put), Nolan Rice (high jump), as well as the 4x200 relay team and 4x400 relay team.
Tigers take third at CAL: Ipswich finished third overall at the CAL Championships with 49 points. Alex Jean-Charles won the dash, Michael Riddle was third in the two mile, Nate Glaster was third in the 300, Ryan Bahar was second in the hurdles, Evan Sorger was sixth in the hurdles, Tim Lee took fourth in the shot put, Alex Nelson claimed sixth in the shot put and the 4X400 relay team of Glaster, Neil Coleman, Sean Whooley and Charlie Gillis came in third.
Matt Gillis was second in the 2 mile (10:02.82) and the 4x400 meter relay team was sixth at last night’s Cape Ann League Open. The Generals finished in nine points and ninth overall in the meet.
Hamilton-Wenham 68, Newburyport 43: Avenging an earlier loss, the Generals hit their free throws and controlled the glass to improve to 12-3 on the year. Haley Willis poured in 20 points along with four assists and four steals while Sue Rose was a perfect 6-for-6 at the line with 11 total points and eight assists. Catherine Ecker had 10 boards, Sam Charette had 11 and Molly Eagar had 11 points.
Lynn English 54, Peabody 37: Senior captain Carolyn Scacchi had a fantastic game for the Tanners (10-4), dropping in 20 points to lead all scorers. Melissa Gray added six points, while Courtney Bua finished with four.
Marblehead 51, Everett 34: Senior Emily Freedland led the way with 14 points, while junior Mia Bongiorno added 13 points as the Magicians move to 9-5 on the season. McKenna Barrett and Jenny Norcross each finished with eight, while freshman Lindsay Walker ended the night with seven steals, eight rebounds and four points.
Swampscott 62, Gloucester 45: Swampscott improved to 5-9 thanks to 13 points from Jackie Ross and Olivia Cooke as well as nine points from Emily Bray and Hannah Leahy.
Winthrop 47, Danvers 37: Kara Connors led all Danvers (8-8) scorers with 10 points while Delaney Zecha chipped in eight points.
Beverly 139.25, Winthrop 127.9: Freshman Kara MacGilvray placed second in the all-around with a 35.55 as the Panthers finish the season undefeated at 9-0 and earn their fourth consecutive Northeastern Conference title. Heather Gomes was first on vault (9.45), first on bars (9.2) and first on beam (9.25). Hannah Rennie placed fourth on vault (8.65) and second on bars (9.1). Freshman Chloe Kavanough was third on floor with an 8.5.
St. John’s 45, Burlington 15: The Eagles improve to 35-3 on the season with wins from Malcolm Mitchell (106 pounds), Michael Dik (120), Hunter Costa (126), Ryan Collins (138), Jared Costa (145), Fred Colberg (152), Ben Dinatale (160), Ian Butterbrodt (220) and Jay Carnevale (285).
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Gordon 73, Western New England 57: Park Thomas scored 21 points and hit five of Gordon’s 11 total three-pointers to help the Scots improve to 11-8. Hans Miersma grabbed 10 boards while Alex Carnes added 16 points.
Salve Regina 80, Endicott 74 (OT): Salve outscored the hosts 12-6 in overtime to upend Endicott, which fell to 14-6 on the season. Tell White and Kahmal Walker each scored 15 points off the bench to lead the Gulls.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBAL
Endicott 65, Salve Regina 48: Three Gulls in double figures helped Endicott (15-5 overall) win a conference game on the road. Kelsey Cuddy had a team-best 12 points while Samantha Crough scored 11 and Julia Manning added 10. Crough added three blocks and Cuddy collected five steals for the Gulls.
Western New England 59, Gordon 47: Brooke Kratche scored a game-high 21 points but the Scots (5-15) couldn’t climb out of a 12-point halftime hole. Fredi Nielsen and Skylar Bareford (seven assists) each added 10 points for Gordon.