, Salem, MA


January 15, 2013

In the Paint: Hitting their stride: Young Generals starting to put wins together


“I was definitely tired at the end, but for most of the game I could keep going more than the other kids because of soccer,” said Martin, the all-time leading scorer for Danvers boys soccer.

Even though Danvers handled the Bulldogs, everyone walked away thinking the future is bright for English.

The only senior who really gets significant action for English is center Ben Bowden, who is headed to Vanderbilt on a baseball scholarship. Other than Bowden, the Bulldogs are playing mostly sophomores.

“They have so many weapons,” Walsh said. “They’re young, but wait until next year. Loaded.”


Peabody just had its best week of the season by posting back-to-back wins over Revere (53-45) and Winthrop (58-53), and playing a good Saugus team tough before losing 64-54. The Tanners now stand at 3-6 and have some winnable games before the end of January.

It’s possible Peabody could climb back to .500 before the calendar changes.


In The Paint, a column on North Shore boys’ basketball, runs every Tuesday during the winter sports season in The Salem News. Contact staff writer Matt Jenkins at 978-338-2648, by e-mail at, or follow him on Twitter @MattJenkins_SN.



Five for thought ... It happens every year. Young players, or players who haven't seen much -- if any -- varsity basketball time storm onto the scene and help their program win games. Here are five breakout performers through the first half of this season: 1. Ben Judson, St. John's Prep -- The long, lefty shooter has become a go-to guy for the Eagles this winter. Judson, just a sophomore, will likely terrorize the Catholic Conference for two more seasons after this. 2. James Foye, Hamilton-Wenham -- This sophomore guard has been everything that the Generals need this winter. 3. Vinny Clifford, Danvers -- He doesn't have the same build as his older brother Mike, who dominated the hardwood at Bishop Fenwick as a 6-foot-7 pivot a few years back, but this sophomore guard is an excellent shooter who has a solid all-around game. 4. Jon Berchoff, Beverly -- Panthers' junior forward has a versatile inside/outside game, and he creates a dangerous 1-2 punch with senior Cam Rogers. 5. Henry Eagar, Hamilton-Wenham -- Eagar was helping the H-W JV team win games last year, now he's the No. 2 scoring option on a varsity team that has won three straight.

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