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February 25, 2013

Weekend area roundup: St. John's Prep captures ninth straight fencing championship


The Salem News

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The Blizzard of 2013 put it off for a couple weeks, but the other teams competing could not put an end to St. John’s Prep’s reign as fencing state champions.

The Eagles won 58 bouts to edge Concord-Carlisle, in the process capturing their ninth straight state championship.

Concord-Carlisle had 52 victories, and B.U. Academy placed third.

“It was a good team effort; that’s the thing I’m most pleased about,” said St. John’s Prep fencing coach Jim Carter. “They kind of put everything together in the morning and into the early afternoon. It was a good strong showing for us as a team.”

Ethan Smith went 9-0 at sabre during the team match portion, while Cedric Jean-Philippe (epee) and Joe August (foil) each went 8-1.

Sophomore Chris Collibee also fenced well throughout the day.

In the individual portion, Rory Burke took gold in epee and Dan Howlett took third in epee. David Batterman finished third in foil and Colin MacGregor was fourth in sabre.

“The turning point for us was in the 10th round when we came in against a very strong team from Buckingham, Browne & Nichols,” Carter said. “We won all three sabre bouts in that round with a very, very gutty come-from-behind victory. All three sabre bouts in that round were won by us, 5-4.”

SWIMMING

PINGREE AT EIL CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Highlander girls team placed fourth while the boys took sixth place at the Easter Independent League championships at Wellesley College. Senior Nick Sweetser set a new school record while winning the 100 breaststroke (1:09.94) whiel Veronica Monteiro placed first in the diving. Junior Erin Cunningham’s second place finish in the 100 backstroke (1:02.47) also set a new school record as Pingree had 25 personal best swim times on the day out of 40 individual events.

COLLEGE HOCKEY

Salem State 5, Worcester State 0: Eric Defelice and Kris Faric each had a goal and an assist as the Vikings (14-11-1 overall) were in complete control of a MASCAC playoff game at home on Saturday. Goalie Ryan Sutliffe was only called on to make 16 saves to get his team into tomorrow’s conference semifinals. Defenseman Keaton Cashin of Masconomet had two assists, as did teammate Kyle Phelan, while fellow Vikings Cam Moniz, Ian Canty and Brian Hanafin also scored for Salem State, which has won four straight.

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

Endicott 3, Lesley 0: The Gulls (9-4 overall) remained perfect in conference play with a 25-8, 25-10, 25-13 sweep. Junior Travis Netherton had 12 kills and had a career-best .800 hitting percentage while Mike Coniglione had 11 kills and freshman setter Tyler Bacon had his sixth consecutive 30 kill match while ensuring 10 different Endicott players earned a kill.

MEN’S COLLEGE LACROSSE

Stevens 21, Endicott 9: The No. 7 ranked team in the nation proved too much for Endicott (0-1) in their season opener. Beverly native Nick Pinciaro, a sophomore, had a team-high three points on two goals and an assist for the Gulls. Connor McCormack and Kyle Weber each scored two goals for Endicott.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Curry 69, Gordon 63: Top-seeded Curry led throughout the second half to hold off Gordon (21-7) in the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship game on Saturday. David Dempsey poured in 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Scots while Park Thomas scored 12, Taylor Bajema had 11 and Luke Hamilton scored 10. Curry was held to 38 percent from the floor for the game but edged Gordon, 13-5, in bench points and also made 24-of-34 at the free throw line to grab the title.