More than the goal, here’s what I’ll remember most: Morretti’s unabashed outpouring of raw emotion, first following the goal itself and then again when the final buzzer sounded, as his on-ice teammates mobbed him and classmates in the stands went crazy. Near enough to the glass to clearly see his facial expressions, we watched as Morretti shed tears of complete and unbridled joy for what he had accomplished — almost unaware to comprehend the magnitude of it. That look was, to me, the perfect snapshot of what competing for your high school team is all about.
AN UNFORGETTABLE RUN TO REPEAT (March 16)
By MATT JENKINS
It is often said that the most difficult thing in sports is to repeat as champions. The Danvers High boys basketball team probably wouldn’t disagree, but that same group managed to survive six grueling rounds of tournament hoops, fighting through amped up opponents and talented individual players. In the end, the Falcons hoisted the Division 3 state basketball championship trophy in front of many adoring fans for the second straight year at the DCU Center in Worcester.
Danvers’ first title in 2011-12 put the team on the map and brought immediate recognition to then second-year coach John Walsh. This past winter, the title belonged to four DHS seniors who permanently etched their names into program history. Never again will a great basketball class pass through the Danvers High Fieldhouse without having to stand up to the lofty accomplishments of Eric Martin, Nick McKenna, Nick Bates and Danny Connors. That quartet logged major minutes over the past two seasons and guided the Falcons to a 45-6 record during that time.
With timely contributions and constant leadership from four more seniors — Duncan d’Hemecourt, Jake Cawlina, Justin Woodbury and Evan Eldridge — plus stunning three-point shooting from sophomore Vinny Clifford and energy, effort and athleticism from junior Kieran Beck, the Falcons were a force to be reckoned with.