, Salem, MA

December 29, 2012

Jean DePlacido column: New Year's wishes for local sports personalities

Jean DePlacido
The Salem News

---- — Here’s hoping there are lots of good things to look forward to for North Shore coaches players, and sports fans in 2013.

First of all, a speedy return to NHL hockey – even an abbreviated season is better than none at all.

To Jim O’Leary, a Super Bowl repeat for St. John’s Prep football, and a good start on his quest for the next milestone in his coaching career.

To Stephanie Ciampa, many more shutouts in goal for Mercyhurst hockey, and a berth in the Frozen Four for this Peabody native’s Lakers.

To Carolyn Scacchi, lots of double-double nights for the Tanners girls basketball squad.

To Jane Heil, many more years at the Peabody helm, an NEC title, and a return to the Division 1 North tournament as she sets her sights on win No. 600.

To Tony Porcello, continued good health and lots of thrilling basketball games as Peabody’s official scorer.

To Brandon Bingel, a perfect record on the mound for St. John’s Prep baseball and a victory to bring the state championship to the Eagles.

To the Peabody High football team, a new coach, who can turn the program around and return it to the glory years.

To Shelbi Wilson, dominant performances on the mound for the Tanner softball team.

To Joe Strangie, a string of hat tricks powering the Danvers hockey team to a great season.

To Catarina Rocha, continued dominance as the top female track star in Massachusetts and one of the very best in the country.

To Thad Broughton, a much improved Peabody basketball team in the New Year and more players that hustle like guard Matt Correale.

To Lou Cersosimo, another 10 years as the voice of local sports on Peabody Access Television.

To Griffin Cardew, an exciting lacrosse season followed by a winning senior football season at Bowdoin.

To Sara Hosman, double figures every night and impact performances for the exciting Tanner freshman point guard.

To Johnny Thomas, a 2,000 yard rushing senior football season for the Eagles and a scholarship to a big name football powerhouse so can watch him play on TV.

To Alex Moore, a great college career on the gridiron, filled with big plays that surpass his brilliant feats for the Prep.

To Livvy Konaxis, an immediate impact on the women’s hockey team at Holy Cross after ending her career at Beverly with the all-time scoring record.

To Tawny Palmieri, a .500 point average with 15 homers and a trip to the playoffs for Merrimack softball.

To Julia Woodworth Ford, lots of big finishes for the US Ski Team.

For Brad Rocheville, a 1.00 GAA with a bunch of shutouts as starting goalie for the Boston Junior Rangers.

To Becca Graves, a breakout season with UNH lacrosse and lots of multi-goal games for the former Fenwick star.

To Tyler Coppola, a starting job in the backfield at Bentley for the former St. John’s Prep star.

To Abbey D’Agostino, a few more All-American and record breaking performances for Dartmouth track.

To Roger Pierce, more Masters record setting sprints at track meets around the country and the world.

To Zach Grube, a freshman year at UMass filled with top finishes, and new heights for his older brother A.J. for the Minutemen.

To Beverly’s Kai Marcos, a return trip to the US Junior National Track and Field competition.

To Kerri Zerfoss, double-doubles on the basketball court for Pingree and continued success on the pitch in the Olympic Development Program.

To Sean Smerczynski, a team leading number of tackles and well deserved recognition as the Catholic Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

To Athan Goulos, a scholarship to a Florida college where he can golf year round.

To the Silvio Cella Golf Foundation, continued good work in supporting high school football programs throughout the state in memory of one of the all time great coaches in Massachusetts.

To Matt Cook, a chance to start on the mound for the Huskies against the Red Sox during the annual spring trip.

To Sam Nelson, a great and injury-free gymnastics career at Arkansas for the Peabody native.

To Danielle Sullivan, continued success in sparking the Tanner basketball team in her role as sixth man.

To Elizabeth Iorio, a lacrosse season at Bentley that is filled with big wins and a long playoff run.

To Ken Perrone, an long overdue induction into the Salem High Hall of Fame.

To Ted Staunton, getting the call for the next Peabody Hall of Fame for this all-time great QB.

To Millie Chapman, a cross country season as Yale captain that is filled with personal record times and lots of first place finishes for this Beverly great.

To Pat Connaughton, as much success for his Fighting Irish basketball team as the Notre Dame football squad has enjoyed.

To Pete Frates, continued success in the fight against ALS as a leading spokesman and a big wedding celebration.

To Jonathan Goff, a speedy return to the NFL and an injury free season.

To the Beverly girls indoor track relay team, an unbeaten season and big finish at states.

To Tony O’Donnell, a winning lacrosse season with the Tanners.

To Nicole Woods, a field hockey or ice hockey scholarship to the college of her choice after an amazing Beverly career.

To the Beverly football program, another great season like this past unbeaten Super Bowl campaign.

To George Goulos, plane tickets to watch nephew Athan in big golf tournaments.

To Rufus Rushins, a record breaking rushing season in leading the Crusaders to the Catholic Central championship.

To Mark Leonard, a few big goal scorers to spark the Tanners hockey squad.

To Dennis Magarian, a speedy return to officiating high school hockey games with his father.

To Salem High hockey, a year filled with exciting come from behind victories on ice.

To all our sports fans, here’s hoping 2013 is filled with great games, exciting championships, and thrilling individual performances for all to enjoy. Happy New Year.


Jean DePlacido is a correspondent for The Salem News. Contact her at