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December 1, 2012

Northeastern Conference to launch pre-season relays

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“That’s my only reservation. If it was at Reggie Lewis it would be easier. We have a big league with a lot of big teams like Peabody, Marblehead, and Swampscott. Kids get bored sitting around so hopefully we can prevent that.”

Danvers girls’ coach Sharyn Longo said she looks forward to seeing it and is keeping an open mind. She believes this is a good opportunity for younger kids to see the format before teams go to Boston for relays.

“I think this will be a good thing,” said Peabody girls’ coach Joe Rocha. “I like the concept, and it’s a great opportunity to get the kids back running indoors and get their feet wet. We have close to a hundred girls out this season so this is a chance for a lot of them to participate.”

Beverly girl’s coach Dave Jellerson is starting his 22nd season at the helm, and thinks this meet will be fun for everybody.

“The large schools are there for the morning session and small schools in the afternoon,” said Jellerson. “I think this is a great opportunity to get warmed up and try some people at different events. It’s going to be low key, and with some events having A and B teams there will be 13 events in all. We open the regular season two days later so this will get everybody in the right frame of mind.”

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Kerri Zerfoss had an outstanding freshman soccer season for Pingree and although she has started practicing for the Highlanders basketball team, she’s not finished with soccer yet. Zerfoss, a Peabody resident, went to Boca Raton, Fla., last week with the Region 1 Olympic Development team for a tournament against other regions of the country.

“It was amazing; such a great experience,” said Zerfoss. “It was so hot the whole time we were there which was a nice change from the cold New England weather. The soccer was fantastic. We finished 1-1-1, but they were all very close games except our opener. We blew that team out, 4-1.”

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