The Chieftains will return two starters, Meghan Collins and Kate Kitsakos, next winter along with freshman Stephanie Mini, who played significant minutes off the bench.
Salem looks like a team to keep an eye on next season. The Witches are returning all of their players, including juniors Jaclyn Panneton and Rachael Zipper, along with sophomores Brianna Rodriguez and Maritza Scott.
While they had a difficult go at this year, the Witches have a tough core. After missing out on the playoffs this season, expect them to be a contender in the Northeastern Conference next year.
Former Bishop Fenwick star and Beverly native Amy Pelletier recently broke Stonehill’s single season record for most three-point field goals made. The Skyhawks’ junior wrapped up the season with 87 three-pointers, surpassing the previous record of 81 threes by Michelle Doonan (in 1995).
Pelletier earned All-Northeast-10 honors for the first time this season with her third team selection. She also averaged 13.3 points per game and shot 82.8 percent from the free throw line, making 24-of-29 shots.
Jane Heil coached the final game of her illustrious career earlier this month against Central Catholic, Game No. 701 in her book of many accomplishments at Peabody High.
Heil coached for 33 seasons at Peabody, earned her 500th career win last season and was inducted into the Mass. Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame last November. She had debated on retiring or not, but made it official a few weeks back at a press conference held at the high school.
“Every year there’s a discussion if a coach will retire,” said Heil. “I let the girls know when they turned in their uniforms. There was some genuine shock on some of their faces. The seniors seemed OK with it because they’re leaving, too. I’m happy to go out with them because they’re my last team, they’ll hold a special place in my heart.