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January 10, 2014

Bounce Passes: Tanners' versatility has them wanting more

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While the Tanners are off to a solid start, Heil is looking for them to get into a midseason rhythm. The recent snow days and vacation have disrupted their normal practice/game schedule, so they’re looking at their third game in five days tonight against Marlehead (5-1).

Peabody isn’t looking for complacency, either; as one of the stronger teams in the Northeastern Conference, it considers every school a legitimate threat.

”I’m worried about every team; that’s my job,” added Heil. “I’m always looking for more from girls and I tell them that every day in practice. There’s always room to do better — that’s what makes our program as successful as it is.”

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Salem High junior guard Rachael Zipper made her return to the court last week for the first time since tearing her ACL this past summer.

Zipper, who was a major contributor for last year’s Witches, missed the first three games of the season but is slowly finding her rhythm. She scored four points in Monday’s double overtime loss to Lynn Classical

”She’s worked hard to get back,” said head coach John Fortunato. “She’s been pushing rehab and really wanted to come back. I certainly love what she bring to the team in terms of leadership and stability, it’s great to have her back.”

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BIG GAME ALERT: The Masconomet/Newburyport game that was postponed last Friday because of the weather will be made up Wednesday, January 15 at 7 p.m.

Masconomet, which remains the only undefeated (6-0) team left in the Cape Ann League Large, plays four games in six days next week.

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Marblehead’s 35-31 loss to Danvers on Monday was the first time all season the Magicians hadn’t scored more than 40 points in a contest. The Falcons held Marblehead to 13 points in the second half, handing their Northeastern Conference South foe its first loss of the winter.

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