, Salem, MA

May 24, 2013

Thursday's area roundup: St. John's volleyball opens postseason with win

The Salem News

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St. John’s Prep 3, Greater Lowell 0: The Eagles took the first step on what they hope is a long postseason journey, topping Greater Lowell 25-13, 25-10, 25-14 in a Division 1 North first round match. Senior setter Sean Brennan set the pace with 31 assists and fellow senior Zach Burt had eight kills from the outside hitter spot.St. John’s (18-3) advances to the quarters, to be played at home next Tuesday against either Westdford Academy or Haverhill, who play tonight.



DANVERS 4, LYNN ENGLISH 1: The Falcons finished 10-8 in the regular season (9-5 in Northeastern Conference play) with yesterday’s victory. Singles players Gabe Ochonski (6-1, 6-2), Jimmy Cunningham (6-0, 6-1) and Emmitt Pierro (6-0, 6-0) all prevailed for Danvers, as did the first doubles team of Brian Daly and Kevin Hodgkins 6-2, 6-4).

Beverly 5, Revere 0: The Panthers took all five points in straight sets to finish 12-6 as Northeastern Conference Large champs. Josh Cronin (6-0, 6-1), Peter Coletti (6-4, 6-1) and Antuan Tran (6-4, 6-2) won at singles for Beverly and Connor Irving/Ryan Santo (6-2, 6-3) and Eno Jahaj/Owen Bolas (6-1, 6-2) swept at doubles.

Masconomet 3, Hamilton-Wenham 2: A three set win at No. 2 singles by Jon Cabour (6-2, 2-6, 6-1) helped the Chieftains (13-3) win their regular season finale. Cam Netland (6-1, 6-1) won at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles team Sam Gordon/Clay Greenberg (6-4, 6-2) also won. H-W’s winners were Woody Watson (3-6, 6-2, 6-1) and Reed Forsey/Adam Celata (7-6, 6-2).


Marblehead 15, Salem 3: Dean Fader scored five goals with one assist, Trevor Jones scored three times with one helper and Brad Knittle scored three times to pace Marblehead (15-3). Ian Maag added a pair and one assist, Ben Anderson scored once and Trevor Gelineau had one with an assist for the Magicians, who got an excellent performance from Nathan Maselek on defense.The Witches (11-9) got their goals from three Matts: Mat Muse, Matt Willson and Matt Jalbert. Will Meadowcroft had 14 saves in goal for the tournament bound Witches.


Salem 3, Revere 2: The Witches ended their season with a win as both their first singles player, Ari Gaffney (6-1, 7-6 (7-4)), and their first doubles team of Marlena Udden and Madison Ballou (7-6 (7-3), 7-5) both won a tiebreaker to prevail. The second doubles team of Kate Dube and Kayti LeFrancois (6-1, 6-4) were also victorious for Salem (4-12).

Masconomet 5, North Andover 0: The doubles teams of Eva Reineke/Becca Costa (5-7, 7-5, 10-3) and Brooke Hunziker/Erin Johnson (7-6, 2-6, 7-5) each won three set matches as the Chieftains (10-7) finished up the regular season with a win. Danielle Dunn (6-1, 6-3), Lexi Polumbo (6-1, 6-0) and Evelyn Habert (6-1, 6-2) took care of the singles matches for Masco.

Beverly 4, Lynn Classical: Second doubles team Christine Green and Katie Lane (6-4, 7-6) and No. 1 singles player Meggie Manzo (6-4, 7-6) each won on tiebreakers as the Panthers finished up the regular season 12-4 with at least a share of the NEC Large title. Jill Morneau (6-3, 7-5) also won at No. 2 singles and Phoebe Blau/Cecilia Buffenoir (6-2, 6-4) won at No. 1 doubles.

Lynnfield 4, Swampscott 1: The Big Blue (15-3) battled hard, but lost a tough match. Sophomore Veronica Pyatigorskaya won 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 at third singles to improve to 17-0 this season for Swampscott.


MASCONOMET 6, HAVERHILL 2: The Varinos brothers helped the Chieftains (15-5) end the regular season with their ninth straight win as Speros Varinos threw four innings of five-hit baseball with no walks and two strikeouts while his freshman sibling, Elias Varinos, had three hits, scored twice, stole a base and knocked in a run. Speros also helped himself offensively with a two-run single, a walk and two runs scored. Josh Griffth added a hit and a run in the victory while Greg Jain knocked in two runs.

Saugus 4, Bishop Fenwick 1: Jhon Oliveira scored Fenwick’s only run when Mike McKenzie’s infield hit turned into an error, but the Crusaders (15-6) couldn’t add any more runs. Saugus scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to win.

Georgetown 19, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 1: Senior captains Bryan Jackson and Timothy Andersen each had two hits to cap off their North Shore Tech careers. Both players were named Commonwealth Conference All-Stars this season. North Shore finished 7-13.

Peabody 11, Revere 6: Sophomore Matt Correale struck out seven in four innings to earn his first varsity win. Sean McGrath went 4-for-4 with two runs scored, Christain Morales went 4-for-4 with two runs and three steals and Steve Leavitt went 3-for-4 with two RBI as Peabody (17-4) scored five times in the fifth to take control. Max Gordon went 2-for-3 with two RBI, Maynard Wheeler drove in a pair of runs and Mike Petrosino had one RBI.


Salem 3, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 1: Salem leadoff hitter Sam Mento had two hits and two runs and was named the Witches’ Player of the Game in the Chuck Mekolsky Game. Pitcher Kaera Wyse was named Player of the Game for North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie (10-8) after she surrendered just five hits and struck out three.

Kasay Harris had two hits and an RBI and Krystal Dion contributed two hits for the Bulldogs.

Marblehead 4, Masco 2: Junior pitcher Michaela Leblanc earned her 32nd varsity win, which is the most ever by a Marblehead pitcher. Leblanc also went 2-for-3, as did Alexa Brown and Emily Promise. Emily Messinger also tripled for Marblehead (14-6).

Revere 2, Peabody 0: The Tanners lost in a pitcher’s duel. Shelbi Wilson struck out 11, walked six, and allowed three hits in a tough-luck loss. Peabody, now 12-4, did capture the NEC North title with Lynn Classical’s loss yesterday, however.