Senior Evan Dombrowski is already one of the best shot putters ever to compete for St. John’s Prep. After this weekend, he’s one of the best in the region as well.
Dombrowski won the shot put at the presitgious Dartmouth Relays over the weekend, placing first with a threw of 57-feet-6 3/4 inches. The heave also broke his own St. John’s indoor record, and was an all-time personal best for the senior from Gloucester including both indoor and outdoor track. It’s also the best throw by an athlete from Massachusetts this winter.
“He’s the best of the group that we’ve had over the last seven or eight years as far as the shot in concerned,” said Eagles coach Ray Carey. “Considering the weather we’ve had, with the cold and the snow, being able to throw that far is a significant accomplishment.”
Also at the Dartmouth Relays, one of the oldest track meets in the USA, junior Joe Luongo finished second in the 400 with a time of 50.83.
Panthers win 4x800, finish third: Beverly finished third as a team with 38 points at the D2 state relays held at Reggie Lewis Center, just four points behind first-place Marshfield. The Panthers 4x800 relay of Abby Walsh, Nicole Demars, Julianna Wesley and Jessica Goodall cruised to the D2 title with a time of 9:51.8. Walsh, Keely Higgins, Wesley and Demars then finished second in the distance medley.Caitlin Harty, Molly Pitman, Haylea Northcott and Kristen O’Connor then finished second in the sprint medley in 4:14.8 with O’Connor nearly running down the lead on the anchor leg. Beverly was third in the high jump behind O’Connor, Hayley Finik and Natalia Coughlin and the Panthers were fourth in the 4x200.
Panthers take two: Beverly took down Pentucket (48-9) and Malden Catholic (50-28) to even its record at 8-8 on the season. Winning two matches each were sophomore Ahmad Alshrafi (113), freshman John Jones (106), Christian Echevarria (138), Joe Kozlowski (145), freshman Nick Shairs (160) and Tom Wilbur (170).
Eagles win four: St. John’s Prep toppled Westfield (69-12), Dean Tech (59-10), Quabbin (71-3) and West Springfield (69-9) in a quad-meet to improve to 23-1 overall on the season. Recording perfect 4-0 days for the Eagles were Malcolm Mitchell (106), Michael Dik (120), Hunter Costa (126), Jack Anderson (138), Fred Colberg (152), Ben Dinatale (160), Solomon White (170), Jim Messeder (195) and Ian Butterbrodt (220).
Pingree Girls Win EIL Invite: The Highlanders topped the field at the Eastern Independent League Invitational held at Dana Hall with 441 points. Senior Erin Cunningham won the 50 free in 26.16 while freshman Allie Attarian was second in the 100 breast in 1:20.17 and the 200 medley relay of Cunningham, Attarian, June Kiely and Emily Grand was second in 2:05.04. Pingree’s boys had 181 points for fourth, led by Sam Consitt’s second place finish in the 50 free (26.47).
Bishop Fenwick 89, St. Mary’s 67: The Crusaders (2-1) won seven of eight individual events with Connor Christuk winning both the 200 free (1:57.69) and the 100 fly (1:06.66). Carson Christuk won the 100 free and 100 back and Lindsey Andrews also doubled, winning the 200-IM (2:32.59) and the 500 free (6:17.88). Pablo Jiminez won the 100 breast (1:21.09). Fenwick’s 200 medley relay of Steve LaRochelle, Jiminez, Christuk and Ben Kaupp won, as did the 200 free relay of Jiminez, Kaupp, Justine Armand and Christuk and the 400 free relay of LaRochelle, Garrett Collins, and the Christuks.
Ipswich’s Amoroso takes cAL diving: Ipswich’s Tessa Amoroso won the second Cape Ann League dive meet, breaking her own points record (previously 220) with a score of 237.40. The Tigers’ Amelia Young was fourth (152.20) while Michael Savoie was fifth (139.15). Hamilton-Wenham’s Tyler Caufield was third with 154.95 and Victoria Vance was sixth at 135.95.
Winthrop 5, Marblehead 1: Emma Brophy scored asssited by Sydney Cresta midway through the second, but Winthrop scored with two second left in the period to increase their lead and come away with the win. Goalie Aly Hopkins made 37 saves and coach Emily Hudak was pleased with the play of defenders Caroline Hughes, Lauren Perry, Amanda Monahan and Rose Callahan for Marblehead (3-3-2).
Beverly 9, Masconomet 1: Eighth grader Julia Nearis scored five goals, including a hat trick in the second period, and added three assists as Beverly (7-0) stayed perfect on the season. Nicole Woods added a hat trick and two assists of her own, defenseman Caitlin McBride had three helpers and Kristen McCarthy had a goal and one assist. Beverly led 1-0 after one and scored six in the second to pull away. Dana Valletti had the goal for Masconomet (3-2-1) with assists from Jensena Moner and Maddy Werner.
Catholic Memorial 2, St. John’s Prep 1: Mark Etherington scored his team-leading sixth goal to give St. John’s (3-4-1) a 1-0 lead after one period, but the Knights scored once each in the second and third period to give head coach Bill Hanson his 600th career win. Captain Jimmy Currier and Ted McNamara had assists for the host Eagles while Brian Conry (19 saves) played well in his first varsity start.
Concord-Carlisle 4, Danvers 1: In a rematch of last year’s Division 2 North playoff semifinals, the Patriots got the better of Danvers (5-5) this time by scoring three times in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie. Captain Matt Flynn had Danvers’ goal in the second period, with fellow senior Ryan Cassidy assisting. Goalie Alex Taylor stopped 21 shots and captain Kevin Hodgkins also played well for the Falcons.
Winthrop 9, Salem 0: Senior Mike Rosengren, forced into the game after starting goalie Brett Harring was injured in the first minute of play, made 37 saves but it wasn’t enough for the Witches (2-5-1) against a big, physical squad from Winthrop.
Austin Prep 11, Bishop Fenwick 0: The host Crusaders (1-7) managed just one shot over the final two periods of play as the visiting Cougars dominated, getting a pair of shorthanded goals from Bobo Carpenter and three assists from Peabody native J.J. Layton from his spot on defense. Sophomore Bobby Lombardi had 37 saves over two-and-a-half periods for Fenwick.
Marblehead 7, Swampscott 1: Eric Powers notched a hat trick, including a shorthanded goal in the second period that put momentum back with the Headers (7-3) after the Big Blue’s Joe Silva scored to make it 2-1. Tim Kalinowski had a goal and two assists for Marblehead while Matt Koopman, Tom Koopman and Cam McDonald also scored and Danny Gieniezcko played well in his first varsity action on defense. Swampscott goalie Trent Gallagher made 52 saves.
MASCONOMET 4, TRITON 1: Mike Castro scored a pair of first period goals while defenseman Joe Griffin and Jared Brann added insurance tallies over the final two periods as Masconomet (5-2-2) rolled past the Vikings on Friday. Goaltender Mitch Nekoroski needed to make just five saves to pick up the win while Brendan Crowther, Jake Jesi, Jake Esposito and Griffin all had assists.
Danvers 138.95, Hamilton-Wenham 127: Lizzie Ranger scored an 8.2 on vault while also scoring 8.1 on beam and 8.1 on floor for the Generals. Julia Bucci had an outstanding beam routine and scored 8.7, while also turning in an 8.1 on vault. Also for H-W, Madeline Dalhin scored 8.3 on vault, Olivia Young scored 8.0 on bars and Jessie Herlihy scored 8.0 on beam. It was the top team score of the season for Hamilton-Wenham.For Danvers, Julia Valenti was first on vault and floor, Jackie Veatch was first on bars and second on beam, Emily McPherson was first on beam and second on floor and Alyson Kelleher was second on bars.
Danvers 137.1, Peabody 108.85: The Falcons (3-0) completed a two-meet weekend as Julia Valenti was first on vault at 9.1, second on bars at 8.55, second on beam at 8.6 and first on floor at 9.1. Jackie Veatch topped the meet on beam at 8.8 and was second on floor at 9.0 and Alyson Kelleher won bars with a score of 9.1.
Charlestown 52, Beverly 48: John Berchoff scored 23 points to power the Panthers (4-4), who struggled offensively.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Gordon 71, Salve Regina 70: Alex Carnes hit a pair of free throws with seven seconds left to lift the Scots (6-6) on the road. Hans Miersma scored 20 points for the winners and also grabbed eight rebounds while Carnes had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. Park Thomas scored 12 for Gordon, which rallied from five points down at the half.
Endicott 86, Curry 82: Max Motroni dropped in 19 points in just 21 minutes, including 11 from the free throw line, to help Endicott (11-2) hold off Curry on the road. Andre Markis had 15 points, John Henault scored 11 and Greg Jacques scored 11 to pace the balanced Gulls.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Salve Regina 70, Gordon 52: Clancey Adams was 4-for-4 on three pointers and scored 12 points but Gordon (5-8) couldn’t stop Salve from getting hot from the floor in the second half. Brooke Kratche had a team-best 14 points for the Fighting Scots.
Endicott 74, Curry 58: Samantha Crough had a team-best 17 points to power Endicott (9-3) to a conference win on the road. Katelyn Wright chipped in 14 points while Julia Manning had 15 off the bench and Kelsey Cuddy also had 15.
Gordon stumbles: The Scots men and women had their six-meet winning streak snapped by Babson on Saturday. Katherine Zablocki won the 50-breast for Gordon while Emily David was first in the 50-free and the 50-butterfly. Dean Drukker won the 500-free for the men.