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January 9, 2014

Wednesday's area roundup: Gomes guides Beverly gymnasts to 30th straight victory

The reason the Beverly High gymnastics team has won its last 30 meets is relatively simple: the Panthers always seem to have depth and plenty of talent.

Junior Heather Gomes won all four events while capturing the all-around with a score of 36.65 as Beverly knocked off host Marblehead/Swampscott last night, 139.00-123.55.

“We’ve had a really strong team over the last four seasons,” said Beverly head coach Lauryn Ginsburg. “Even when we’ve had injuries or kids out sick, we’ve been able to put out a strong lineup. Two juniors (Gomes and Hannah Rennie) are our top scorers, but we’ve got a lot of talented freshmen and sophomores we are really pitching in.”

Gomes scored 8.8 on vault, 9.2 on bars, 9.45 on beam and 9.2 on floor. Rennie was second in the three events she took part in: bars (9.0), beam (9.2) and floor (8.8).

Freshman Kara MacGilvray was second in the all-around with a 33.2 after placing third on both bars (8.6) and beam (8.2). Freshman Chloe Kavanaugh and sophomore Cassie Wahl competed on the vault for the first time and tied for second place with matching 8.5’s. In addition, junior Kate Jackimowicz had a terrific third place showing on floor exercises (8.55).

Salem 128.75, Hamilton-Wenham 123.45: Highlights for the Generals included Madeline Dalhin’s 8.2 on vault and Lizzie Ranger scoring 8.05 on vault and 8.0 on floor. Olivia Young added an 8.0 on both bars and beam and an 8.2 on floor from Julia Bucci.

BOYS HOCKEY

Masconomet 3, Amesbury 1: Playing his first game at forward since being moved up from defense, Brendan Crowther had the game-winning goal and added an assist as the Chieftains (4-2-2) dealt Amesbury its first loss. Defenseman Joe Griffin tied the game for Masconomet with a second period goal before Crowther’s tally with a little over five minutes to play was the winner. Vitaly Knowles added an insurance strike with two-and-a-half minutes to play, giving Mitch Nekoroski (13 saves) the victory in net.

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