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January 22, 2013

Monday's area roundup: Peabody boys capture NEC track championship


The Salem News

---- — BOYS TRACK

The Peabody High boys track team locked up the Northeastern Conference North championship with a 61-25 win over Revere yesterday.

The two teams came into the contest unbeaten, but wins from Christian Cedullo in the 45-yard hurdles (6.0), Chris Cennami in the 45-yard dash (5.0), Thomas Drover in the 600 (1:21.4), Drew Fossa in the 1,000 (2:28.4), Riley Dowd in the mile (4:53), and Richie Fournier in the 2-mile (10:48) helped Peabody (6-0) prevail.

“The score looks lopsided, but that’s not an indication of the two teams. They’re better than the score indicates,” Peabody coach Fernando Braz said. “The staff did an outstanding job preparing for this. Revere is an extremely well-coached team and they had run the gamut in the league and won by large margins. It took a lot of luck, but execution and preparation was just as important. It’s a privilege to work with this staff and these kids.”

Peabody’s first-place finishers produced 30 points, while the team’s second and third-place finishers accumulated 31 points, which speaks to the Tanners’ balance.

Danvers 59, Saugus 27: The Falcons (6-0) clinched the NEC Small title with their victory over Saugus yesterday. Connor Rollins (high jump), Joe Manson (shot), Ryan Levesque (hurdles), John Thomas (dash), Brandon Hyde (300) and Drew Piazza (600) all had first place finishes for Danvers. Thom Brennan won the mile, while Stelio Vatousios placed first in the two mile.

GIRLS TRACK

Peabody 74, Revere 12: The Tanners move to 4-2 as Heather MacLean doubled in the high jump (4-8) and 600 (1:32). Catarina Rocha tied a school record in the 1000 with a time of 2:43.5, which is also held by Lesley Welch (1980). Other first place finishers for Peabody include, Pam Zabala (shot), Rachel Barrett (45 hurdles), Hayley Dowd (45), Sydney May (mile) and Julia Merchant (2 mile).

Danvers 67, Saugus 18: The Falcons (4-2) took first in every event yesterday, except the 600. Ashley Brooks (high jump), Meghan Kellard (shot), Erin St. Pierre (hurdles) and Xanthi Pantazelos (55 dash) all had wins for Danvers. Lexy Bean (300), Meahgan McCarriston (1000), Jessica Driscoll (mile) and Rebecca Godfrey (2 mile) also had victories.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Danvers 70, St. Mary’s 40: Sophomore guard Vinny Clifford scored a game-high 27 points, including eight three-pointers as the Falcons improve to 11-0 overall. Senior point guard Eric Martin had 18 points, six assists and five rebounds, while Danny Connors added 12 points. Nick Bates finished with seven assists and six rebounds, Kieran Beck added four points, three assists and three rebounds for Danvers.

Newburyport 50, Ipswich 39: The Tigers (2-10) were led by Eric Fyrer who had 11 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in the loss. Quinn O’Connor added eight, while Matt Jaeger finished with seven points.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Bishop Fenwick 49, Georgetown 29: Kate Lipka led all scorers with 17 points to go along with her five rebounds, three assists and three steals as the Crusaders move to 9-5 overall. In her third straight game in double figures, freshman Sydney Brennan added 10 points, while Chandler Wilder finished eight.

BOYS HOCKEY

Marblehead 4, Agawam 1: Captains Ian Maag and Tom Koopman, as well as freshman center Matt Koopman, all had a goal and an assist as the Headers (10-2) prevailed in West Springfield. Senior winger Trip Franzese added his North Shore-leading 15th goal in the victory, while Ty Bates had a pair of helpers and Myles Barry stopped 15 shots between the pipes.

Swampscott 3, Amesbury 2: Senior Corey Carmody had a pair of goals and junior third liner Joey Silva notched the game-winner, his fourth goal of the year, in the third period as the Big Blue (10-2) punched their postseason ticket with this non-league win. Freshman Tristan Bradley earned his sixth win without a loss in goal, making 24 saves. Seniors Tyler Peterson and defenseman Patrick Burkett had assists as well.

Masconomet 5, Saugus 1: The top line of Alec DiGiorgio (2 goals, assist), Tyler Costello (goal, 2 assists) and new center Jared Brann (2 assists) combined for eight points as the Chieftains (4-7-1) secured a much needed victory on the road. Anthony Anzalone and Edison Forbes also ripped the twine for Masconomet, which scored two power play goals. Mitch Nekorowski stood tall between the pipes for the win.

Danvers 1, Methuen 1: Despite holding the host Rangers to just 10 shots, Danvers (6-3-3) needed a third period goal from Jay Calcagno to earn the tie. Fellow third liners Trevor Daly and captain Kevin Hodgkins had the helpers on Calcagno’s tally.

Lincoln-Sudbury 5, Peabody 0: The Tanners (2-7-2) didn’t have an answer to crack unbeaten L-S’s defense in a road setback. Sophomore forward Reed Foster and freshman defenseman Aaron Dollin both had strong games in the setback.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Beverly 7, Shawsheen 1: Anna O’Neil and Nicole Woods each had a pair of goals and an assist as the Panthers remain undefeated at 11-0. Caitlin McBride also had two goals, Kristen McCarthy added a single score and Ami Thompson had 13 saves in goal.

Masconomet 3, Cambridge 1: The Chieftains make it three in a row and move to 7-3 overall.

Marblehead 4, Norwell 3: Brittany Lydon scored a pair of goals along with an assists as the Lady Headers get back in the win column after tying Algonquin over the weekend. Brittany Smith and Rachel McKay each finished with a goal and an assist, while goalie Aly Hopkins had 14 saves in the win.

FENCING

St. John’s Prep 21, Bishop Feehan 6: Ethan Smith, captain of the saber team, went a perfect 3-0 as the Eagles (6-1) prevailed in Attleboro. Rory Burke and Joe August each had two wins in epee and foil, respectively, while Luke Andrew also picked up a win in epee for St. John’s.

WRESTLING

ST. jOHN’S pREP SWEEPS: D.J. Lemieux won his 100th career match and was one of nine Prep wrestlers to win all of their matches yesterday (his coming at 126 pounds) as the Eagles won their MLK quad-meet over Shawsheen (46-15), Josiah Quincy (80-0) and Masconomet (49-9). Hunter Costa (106 lbs.), Louis Bornstein (113), Fred Colberg (132), Jared Costa (138), Peter Locke (160), Jon Polansky (195), Ian Butterbrodt (220) and Corey Jean-Jacques (285) also swept their weight classes for the Eagles (31-3).

GYMNASTICS

PEABODY 108.9, gLOUCESTER 106.25: Sam Kinnaly took first in the all-around with a 32.2 as she finished first out vault (8.4), bars (7.6), beam (8.3) and placed second on floor (7.9). Becca Boccuzzi was second on bars (7.3) and third on vault (7.9), while Brianna Rheo placed third on floor (7.1).

MENS HOCKEY

Westfield State 6, Salem State 1: Eric Defelice scored off a feed from Cam Moniz in the second period, though the Vikings (8-7-1) drop their second straight contest. Salem State starter Ryan Sutliffe stopped nine shots before being relieved by Khalid Devji (11 saves).