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January 9, 2014

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


The Salem News

---- — 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.

St. John’s Prep 5, Xaverian 5: Trailing by two goals twice in the third period, the Eagles (3-3-1) salvaged a point when captain Jimmy Currier scored with eight seconds remaining against the unbeaten Hawks. Currier finished the night with a goal and two assists while his linemates, Mark Etherington and Salem’s Nick Latham also scored (the goal was the first on varsity for Latham). Defenseman Dylan Lemieux and forward Teddy McNamara of Marblehead also had goals for St. John’s.

Marblehead 6, Peabody 4: Tom Koopman had a hat trick for Marblehead to hold off Reed Foster’s Peabody hat trick as the Headers escaped on the road. Marblehead built leads of 3-0, 4-2 and 5-3 before Foster’s third goal made it 5-4 late in the third. Koopman completed his hat trick with 15 seconds left on an empty netter to make sure Marblehead got two points.

Matt Koopman added a goal and an assist for Marblehead while Colin Daly and Erik Powers also scored. Mike Vadala had Peabody’s other marker and Matt Pino collected three assists.

Revere 6, Swampscott 3: Mike Johnson netted two goals and an assist for the Big Blue (1-6-1). Brian Donnelly had the other goal, while Max Cohen, Ryan Cresta and Louis Olivieri finished with assists in the loss. Senior netminder Trent Gallagher stopped 12 shots.

Lynn 3, Salem 1: The Witches dropped to 2-4-1 with a home loss last night.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Newton Country Day 5, Pingree 3: Captain Jillian Witwicki had a goal and an assist for Pingree, but Newton scored three times in the third to break a 2-2 tie and come away with the EIL win. Abby Dirks and Jenna Ellis also scored for the Highlanders while Katie Shreenan and Nicole Khachadourian had one assist each. Goalie Cece Purcell had 33 saves in the loss.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Peabody 46, Winthrop 29: Freshman Matt D’Amato had the best game of his young career, providing an offensive spark in the second half and finishing with a game-high 12 points for Peabody. Jared McCarron also had a big game with 10 points, 12 rebounds and five steals. Junior guard Matt Correale chipped in with 11 points and senior forward Brian Onessimo contributed eight points and six boards.

”Both teams struggled offensively in the first half. In the second half, we were able to knock some shots down,” Peabody (2-4) coach Thad Broughton said. “We used our practice time to correct some mistakes and improve on some things. I’m happy with the effort.”

Beverly 80, Gloucester 55: The Panthers kept rolling last night, winning their fourth straight game after starting the season 0-2. Senior captain Chris Sinclair scored a career-high 22 points and came up with five steals. Nick Cross added 21 points, John Berchoff dropped in 14 and Jonangel Franco dished out nine assists.

Revere 48, Marblehead 45: The Magicians led by 12 late in the first half, but let the lead slip away and couldn’t convert on a late possession when they were down by one point. Will Millett scored 17 points and reeled in 10 rebounds and Ryan Hines added 10 points for Marblehead (3-4).

Hamilton-Wenham 61, Pentucket 50: The Generals improve to 7-2 on the season after an impressive outing from Henry Eagar, who scored a team-high 19 points and seven rebounds. Jimmy Campbell contributed across the board with 10 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals. Nikos Lara added 13 points and Shawn Kotch finished with 11.

North Shore Tech 71, Presentation of Mary Academy 45: Riley Anderson scored a game-high 28 points and added 10 rebounds as the Hawks move to 2-3 on the season. Ricky Valenzuela added 17 points, while Yordanny Sanchez finished with six points and 10 rebounds.

Prospect Hill 65, Salem Academy 47: Victor Osapa (10 points, five rebounds, five steals) and Tony Harb (seven points) led the way for the Navigators (1-1).

Danvers 58, Lynn Classical 47: Center Peter Merry had a career-high 25 points to go with 15 rebounds and seven blocks as the Falcons pulled away in the third quarter to move to 7-0. Rashad Francois scored all 14 of his points in the second half, and freshman Devonn Allen played standout defense for Danvers. Senior Kieran Beck added eight rebounds and five assists, and Devan Harris scored 11 points with seven boards.

Lynn English 84, Swampscott 48: Joey Ragusa had 11 points but the Big Blue (2-6) committed 16 first half turnovers against unbeaten English (6-0). Freshman Andre Reeves had nine points and seven rebounds for Swampscott and Sam Walker added five points and five rebounds.

Saugus 69, Masconomet 51: Jake Rudolph’s 16 points weren’t enough as Masconomet (1-5) fell behind the host Sachems by 16 points and halftime and never got back into it. Joe Bertrand powered Saugus (4-5) with 25 points, including four 3-pointers, and a dozen rebounds while teammates Lamarr Jones (15 points, 6 steals, 4 assists) and Dan Cacciola (10 points) also had fine games.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Winthrop 55, Peabody 45: The Tanners led 26-21 at the half, but Winthrop fought back down the stretch. Senior captain Carolyn Scacchi had a standout game with 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Olivia Summit (12 points, six rebounds) had her best scoring night of the season. Sara Hosman finished with 10 points and Alex Lomasney (two points, two steals, three assists) added a strong defensive presence on the court for the Tanners (4-2).

North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 41, Presentation of Mary Academy 24: Erika Welch (10 points) and Katlyn Guerin (nine points) led the way for the Hawks (2-2).

Prospect Hill 47, Salem Academy 11: Senior captain Eerika Garcia had a team-high eight points and eight blocks for the Navigators (1-1).

Marblehead 31, Revere 29: The Magicians bounced back from Monday’s loss to Danvers to improve to 5-1 overall. Mia Bongiorno scored a team-high 11 points, while Sara Snadecki added seven points and eight rebounds in the victory. McKenna Barrett finished with five rebounds, three steals and four points, and Emily Freedland had seven steals and three points.

Lynn English 65, Swampscott 31: The Big Blue had a hard time keeping up with Lynn English in the first half, and couldn’t catch up in the second half. Gabby LaRiviere and Sam Rizzo each scored six points for Swampscott (2-5).

Beverly 43, Gloucester 34: Sophomore Melissa Lubas scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds and freshman Natalie Mellinger also dropped 11 points, including a big 3-pointer in the fourth quarter, as Beverly picked up its first win of the season. MaryCate Flaherty grabbed six rebounds and Kate Silvestri pulled down five rebounds for the Panthers (1-5).

Lynn Classical 46, Danvers 40: Hannah Llewellyn scored 10 points and Delaney Zecha scored seven points and came up with 11 steals to help Danvers keep the game tight in the fourth quarter. The Falcons fell behind by 10 points in the fourth quarter, but Zecha helped Danvers cut it back to two points with her defense. Tina Gigli chipped in with seven points and 10 rebounds for Danvers (5-2).

WRESTLING

St. John’s Prep 67, B.C. High 9: A dozen Eagles recorded victories in their Catholic Conference opener. Malcolm Mitchell (106 pounds), Michael Dik (120), Hunter Costa (126), John Grady (132), Jack Anderson (138), Jared Costa (145), Fred Colberg (152), Ben DiNatale (160), Solomon White (170), Spencer Jenkins (182), Ian Butterbrodt (220) and Jay Carnevale (285) all produced wins for St. John’s Prep, which improved to 19-1.

Masconomet 45, Pentucket 7: The Chieftains (12-3) received pins from Sam Bar (106 pounds), Johnny Walker (113), Will Sheldon (138), Ross Baldning (145), Dan Gregorio (152), Richie Santosuosso (160) and Stephen Yanelli (182).

BOYS TRACK

North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 50, Chelsea 33: Doug Wilson and Josh Faels tied for first place in the hurdles (8-8) as the Hawks earned their second win of the season. Other first place winner include Brendan Hurley (300, 42.3), Tim Picinni (1000, 3:08.6), Mike Tilton (mile, 5:40.6), Phil Siminson (2 mile, 11:00) and Anthony Sabbio (shot, 35-4 1/2).

GIRLS TRACK

North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 48, Chelsea 27: Alexa Marquis won the 600 and Hannah Marshall took second as North Shore improved to 2-0. Sasha Kairys also won the 2-mile while Victoria Francis (2nd in shot put) and Allison Christoffelf (2nd in 300) also stood out.

SWIMMING

Masconomet 97, Ipswich 84: Sophomore Michael Bartley set a new Chieftains school record in the 100 fly with a time of 55.79 and Masco improved to 4-0 on the year. Lily Koenig won both the 100 back (1:02.05) and 200 free (2:11.43) while swimming a leg of the sectional qualifying 400 free relay (4:08.44) with Kathleen Gillespie, Maddie Kelly and Carly Soares. The Chieftain boys 400 free also qualified with a time of 3:47.50.

Ipswich was led by first place divers Tessa Amoroso (221.85 points), Amelia Young (181.5) and Nora Hughes (114.97) while Josh Colameta won the 50 free in 24.61.