Here’s a look back at the newsworthy events that filled The Salem News sports pages during 2012.
Salem’s Will O’Neill played in Hockey East’s Frozen Fenway as captain of the Maine Black Bears ... Seniors Brooke Stewart and Adam Bramanti reach 1,000 career points for Masconomet ... Danvers native Brian Wilichoski wins cyclo-cross championship ... Peabody’s Catarina Rocha named Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year .... Brianna Laing of Marblehead represents United States at 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation’s Women’s World Junior Championships.
Beverly High gymnastics team finishes a perfect 9-0 for second consecutive season ... St. John’s Prep fencing earns eighth straight state championship title ... Senior Samantha Brown of Ipswich captures CAL Indoor Track MVP honors and commits to Elon University ... Danvers hockey claims first NEC title since 2002 ... Pingree’s Lily Sabatini joins 100 point club in girls hockey.
Marblehead’s Shalane Flanagan wins half-marathon in Portugal ... Peabody junior Vicotoria Digiacomo commits to play soccer at The College of St. Rose ... Salem News assistant sports editor Matt Williams named CNHI Sports writer of the Year ... Salem’s Will O’Neill nets 2 goals, leads Maine into Hockey East title game ... Beverly’s Jen Ashton (women’s basketball) named MASCAC Rookie of the Year at Westfield State.
Endicott’s Kevin Eagon and Taylor Allen ink NFL contracts ... Peabody West Little League celebrates 50th anniversary ... Longtime Salem State baseball coach Ken Perrone steps down after 30 years at the helm ... Peabody’s Nick Zolotas leads SSU to MASCAC championship in golf ... Peabody’s T.J. D’Amato wins 50th Salem News Student-Athlete Award.
Patriots star receiver Wes Welker holds football clinic at Bishop Fenwick ... Peabody’s Pat Ruotolo throws third no-hitter of the season against Salem ... Three Endicott teams claim ECAC championships ... Masconomet’s Bill Blackwell and Salem’s Brian Addesa resign from their positions as head boys hockey coaches ... Ex-Sox catcher and Peabody native Steve Lomasney takes part in Fenway Park’s 100th year celebration ... Masconomet softball pitcher Rachel Shamon named Cape Ann Player of the Year.