The Pingree boys basketball team has been fortunate to have some very talented players on the floor over the last six or seven seasons. To see not one, but two, players top the 1,000-point milestone in the same game, however, is something even the Highlanders had never seen before.
Senior captains Johnnie Spears and Kyle Lentini each went over 1,000 for their high school careers at Pingree while the Highlanders won a big Eastern Independent League game against Lexington Christian, 79-46.
“It was such an exciting and unique night for the program,” said Pingree coach Steve Gibbs. “We’ve had six 1,000 point scorers in the last seven years and there are 13 or 14 in school history. To see two guys do it on the same day is mind blowing.”
Spears (11 points and seven assists in all) and Lentini (19 points and 11 rebounds) hitting the mark together was quite appropriate, Gibbs said.
“They’ve been playing together since they were very young and they’ve both been two years captains here at Pingree. This was really special.”
Senior Connor Reardon, the team’s other captain, had ten points and sophomore Alonzo Jackson scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds as Pingree (7-3) moved to 5-0 in EIL play while handing LCA (6-3 overall) a league loss. Justin Assad had a game-high 22 points and Erik Fyrer came up with eight blocks.
Hamilton-Wenham 61, Georgetown 45: Jimmy Campbell had an outstanding game at both ends of the floor, racking up 22 points to go with six steals, four assists and 10 rebounds and a solid defensive effort to help H-W improve to 8-2. Henry Eagar added a double-double of 19 points and 10 boards and Kyle Craig gave the Generals a strong spark off the bench with eight points.
Northeast Metro 67, NST/EA 60: Trace Schaejbe led all scorers with 35 points but the Hawks dropped to 2-4.
Pioneer Charter 47, Salem Academy 32: Tony Harb (six points and 13 rebounds) and Itua Eghe (13 points) were the top contributors for Salem Academy, which fell to 1-2.
Lynn Classical 73, Swampscott 48: Joey Ragusa scored 15 points but Swampscott dropped down to 2-7.
Marblehead 54, Peabody 45: Cian Saunders had nine points 13 rebounds or Marblehead (4-4), Will Millett had five points and 10 rebounds and Matt Millett scored 13 points. Matt Correale led Peabody (2-5) with 13 points while Jared McCarron added 10 points, five rebounds and four steals.
Newburyport 61, Ipswich 50: The Tigers made it a four-point game in the fourth quarter, but the Clippers clamped down on defense and held on to win. Matt Jeager scored 20 points for Ipswich (0-8) and added four assists, Kyle Blomster had six assists and Robbie Glavin had 11 rebounds to go with six points. Sophomore Jake Long chipped in 12 points.
Salem 64, Gloucester 61: Brian Martinez-Rodriguez earned a double-double, finishing with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Jamie Dominguez added 15 points, six rebound and six assists as the Witches move to 3-1. Rashad Keys contributed with 12 points and David Kazadi added nine.
St. John’s Prep 78, Haverhill 39: Ben Judson (14 points), Max Burt (13 points) and Mike Bisson (12 points) led the way for the Eagles (6-0) in their road win. Max Butterbrodt finished the game with 10 points, while Jake Burt added five.
Hamilton-Wenham 54, Georgetown 32: The Generals improved to 5-3 behind 12 points, 10 assists and eight steals by Sue Rose and 10 points, 10 boards, five blocks and five steals from Sam Charette. Katherine Ecker added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Hamilton-Wenham.
Peabody 41, Marblehead 33: Sophomore Sara Hosman led Peabody (6-2) in scoring with 11 points while senior captain Carolyn Scacchi chipped in eight points and 10 rebounds. Emily Freedland scored a game-high 12 points for Marblehead (5-2).
Pioneer Charter 40, Salem 6: Robyn Hendry scored four points for Salem Academy (1-2).
Salem 59, Gloucester 47: The Witches even out their record at 3-3 as Jaclyn Panneton scored a game high 16 points. Recently back from her ACL tear, Rachael Zipper dropped in 15 points, while Maritza Scott was strong on both ends of the court and added 12 in the win.
Beverly 38, Danvers 36: Mary Cate Flaherty hit a free throw with little time remaining and the Panthers grabbed the offensive rebound of her second try and ran out the clock to earn their second straight win. Flaherty scored six points while Bridget Keaton had nine and Ashley Autulewicz scored six and enjoyed a strong night on defense. Danvers (5-3) was led by Delaney Zecha (10 points), Ashley Arnoldy (eight points) and Emily McNulty (nine points).
Masco 73, Saugus 34: Freshman forward Stephanie Mini had a monster game for the undefeated Chieftains (7-0) while senior Janelle Shea had five points and seven rebounds. Meghan Collins was the top Masco scorer with 18 points.
Lynn Classical 46, Swampscott 33: Jamie Caponigro scored 10 points for the Big Blue (2-7) and Meghan Hartmann chipped in six.
Newburyport 61, Ipswich 34: Jenna Gagnon had a team-best 16 points but the Tigers (3-3) didn’t get on track offensively.
Peabody 5, Bishop Fenwick 0: The Tanners grabbed their second win of the year by scoring all five of their goals in the second period. Elise Murphy had two goals and on assist for Peabody (2-7) while Sophia Post had a goal and an assist and captain Courtney Smith also scored. Goaltender Meaghan Woodworth made 40 saves for Fenwick (0-5-1).
Pingree 10, Beaver Country Day 0: Highlander captain Jillian Witwicki had a goal and an assist to hike her career total to 99. Freshman goalie Cece Purcell also earned her first varsity shutout for Pingree, which improved to 5-4 overall.
hamilton-wenham takes relay: The Generals foursome of Emily Horgan, Jeannie Zheng, Meghan Stone and Emily Weigand ran 10:04.27 to win the 4x800 title at the Division 5 state relays. The same four runners had a time of 13:13.10 in the distance medley relay and finished second. Liz Mulley, Fiona Worsfold, Brenna Thompson and Anna Murphy ran 31.47 in the shuttle relay and earned a medal by finishing third.
Tigers place fourth: Ipswich was fourth as a team at the D5 relays with 29 points. The 4x200 relay of Marley Henderson, Jill Calvani, Devin Smith and Michaela Hedderman was second (1:52) and the 4x400 team of Nora McMoro, Calvani, Smith and Hedderman was also second with a time of 4:14.98. The 4x800 squad of Anne Zampitella, Sydney Law, Caitlin Scola and Emily DeMarco was sixth in 10:43.22.
Tigers fifth: Ipswich was fifth at the D5 state relays with 22 team points. The shuttle hurdle team won the D5 title in 28.78 behind Ryan Bahar, Elliot Bates, Evan Soger and Bayron Contrais. Also winning was the shot put team of Tim Lee, Alex Nelson and Josh Brown who threw a combined 117 feet, 11 inches.
Lynnfield 34, Masconomet 33: Andrew McCourt (170) and Chase Jefferys (126) both won by fall but Masco slipped to 12-4. Dan Grigorio (145) won 9-5 and Steven Yanelli (182) won 7-4 for the Chieftains.
Ipswich/Georgetown 51, Peabody 27: The Georgetown/Ipswich co-op team prevailed with wins from Ipswich students Charlie Galanis, Derek Chamberlain, Mike Gallanar, Matt Carey, Carsten Leplante, Josiah Krason and Charlie Koshivas.
St. John’s grabs two: The Eagles won a pair of races, topping North Andover 114 1/2-20 1/2 and getting by Masconomet 80-55. Leading the way in the win over the Knights were the top five of Bobby Holmes (18.93), Mike Hayes (19.01), Patrick McDermott (19.06), Jospeh Cavallaro (19.14) and Peter Griffen (19.87). The top five in the decision over the Chieftains were Ryan Carlucci (21.22), Cael Schwartz (21.32), McDermott and Cavallaro at 21.41, Griffen at 21.42 and Jake Connolly (21.50).
Masconomet 4, Triton 1: The Chieftains (5-2-2 overall) stayed unbeaten atop the Cape Ann League (3-0-2 in league play) with a late win at the Valley Forum.