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June 17, 2013

Indelible Marks These sports moments from the 2012-13 school year will last forever in our minds


Pinpointing specific moments from Danvers’ run to repeat is easy. There was Clifford catching fire in the second half of the Falcons’ win over Whittier in the North semifinals; Cawlina coming off the bench to knock down three big three-pointers, then Beck stepping in for a steal in the waning moments of their 57-52 victory over Wayland in the North final; or, Martin hitting an awkward foul-line jumper with the shot clock winding down in the final minutes of Danvers’ narrow 50-47 state semifinal win over Martha’s Vineyard at Boston’s TD Garden.

It’s probably best to look back at Danvers’ 66-50 title-clinching victory over Smith Academy to sum up the Falcons’ run, though. This determined bunch of basketball players wasn’t about to let its dream of a repeat fall one game short, so they out-worked, out-thought, and out-played their opponents from Western Mass. The Falcons produced more aesthetically pleasing and more action-packed wins than the final, but nothing was more satisfying than getting their hands on the trophy one more time.



This school year had a half-dozen or more amazing plays: a Johnny Thomas or Brendan Flaherty “How-did-he-do-that?” touchdown, a beautiful Hayley Dowd strike on the pitch, a spin-o-rama goal by Corey Carmody, or Nicole Woods picking the corner of the net like a sniper.

What sticks out to me about 2012-13 isn’t a marvel of athleticism, but something of a tribute to humanity: Not a play, but a moment.

After the St. John’s Prep baseball team beat rival B.C. High, 3-2 on a walk-off homer by senior Dave Bornstein in the ninth inning, Eagles Hall of Famer Pete Frates crossed home plate with his arms in the air. The team was gathered in right field, celebrating a win to clinch the Catholic Conference title, and if you blinked you’d have missed it.

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