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.
Topsfield’s Abbey D’Agostino advances to 5k final at Olympic Trials ... Junior Drew O’Connell (St. John’s Prep) verbally agrees to play lacrosse at Princeton ... Marblehead’s Don “Toot” Cahoon steps down as UMass Amherst Men’s hockey coach after 12 years ... Swampscott’s Jack Hughes resigns as girls basketball coach ... Salem hockey names Ted Hanley as new head coach.
Peabody’s star baseball pitcher Pat Ruotolo commits to the University of Connecticut ... Boxford’s Mark Yannetti, the director of amateur scouting for the NHL’s LA Kings, brings the Stanley Cup to his hometown ... Masconomet’s John Black of Topsfield plays for Zimbabwe in Dallas Cup ... Peabody’s Babe Ruth 15-year old all star team wins state championship ... Local student-athletes take part in Agganis Week.
Masconomet boys soccer team wins Northern New England Challenge Cup in Maine ... Ipswich’s Masey Zegarowksi and Caroline Soucy debut at Nike Nationals in girls basketball ... Marblehead’s Cory Schneider re-sings with Vancouver Canucks ... Ipswich girls claim summer hoop championship ... The Salem News’ “Dandy Dozen” looks at the top 12 North Shore quarterbacks of the last 40 years.
Beverly’s James Coffey honored as Mass. Secondary Schools Athletic Director’s Associations District A Athletic Director of the Year ... Bishop Fenwick’s Dave Woods records 100th career win as football head coach ... Danvers’ Eric Martin and Peabody’s Victoria Digiacomo eclipse 100th point plateau in soccer ... St. John’s Prep hockey standout Brian Pinho commits to Providence College.
Masconomet boys soccer finish regular season undefeated ... State votes yes on new football playoff format ... Beverly field hockey clinch their fifth straight NEC title ... Peabody’s Hayley Dowd nets 200th career point in girls soccer ... Beverly’s Caitlin Harty sets program scoring record ... Athan Goulos of Peabody captures NEC Golf Open crown.
Swampscott girls basketball hire Abrom Roberts as new head coach ... Ipswich lacrosse star Natalie Soliozy signs with Johns Hopkins ... Masconomet senior golfer Charlie May captures second straight Division 2 state individual championship ... St. John’s Prep senior Alex Moore named Mass. Gatorade Football Player of the Year .... Ipswich’s Ted Flaherty steps down as head football coach.
Ex- Fenwick star Bobby Tarr receives the 2012 Nason Award for Senior Achievement from the New England Football Writers for his work on the football field at Bentley University ... Craig Bunker of Topsfield and Tim Langmaid of Danvers picked in Major League Lacrosse Supplemental Draft ... Mass. Coaches Baseball Hall of Fame comes calling for Danvers’ Roger Day ... Hockey star Olivia Konaxis of Beverly to play at Holy Cross ... Boston Bruins assistant coach Doug Houda stops by Beverly boys hockey practice ... St. John’s Prep former football player/graduate and Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly named as the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year by the Football Writers Association of America ... Salem News sports editor Phil Stacey and numerous other local sports figures including Matt Antonelli and Eric Tosi take the polar plunge for Peter Frates.