The Salem News
---- — BOYS TENNIS
Persistence most certainly paid off for the Masconomet Regional boys tennis team yesterday afternoon.
The Chieftains won a pair of long tiebreakers en route to a 4-1 victory over their arch rivals from North Andover.
Sophomore first singles player Alex Fizz prevailed in his match, 7-6 (9-7 tiebreaker), 6-3. So did the second doubles team of sophomore Cooper McVay and junior Eric Hall, who prevailed in a wild 6-3, 7-6 (13-11 tiebreaker) match.
Freshman Nick Marshall also won at third singles (6-3, 7-5), as did the first doubles team of senior Jack Roscoe and junior Sam Gordon (6-4, 5-2, retired) for the Chieftains, who improved to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in Cape Ann League play.
Ipswich 5, Amesbury 0: Mike Come (6-0, 6-2), Ryan Davis (7-6, 6-1) and Max Benford (6-1, 6-0) all had singles victories for the Tigers (3-4) Forrest Finn/Ryan Finkst (6-1, 6-1) and Sam Benford/Ryan Fremont-Smith (6-1, 6-0) completed the sweep.
Gloucester 4, Salem 1: Guthrie Scrimgeour won his match at first singles for the Witches (0-4), 6-3, 6-2. Cole Jermyn also had an outstanding match at second singles for Salem before falling (3-6, 6-3, 4-6).
Beverly 5, Swampscott 0: Five straight set victories helped the Panthers improve to 5-1 on the season. Peter Colletti (6-2, 6-2) Leonard Schulz (6-0, 6-2) and Masaya Okumura (6-1, 6-0) led the charge in singles action while Connor Irving/Eno Jahaj (6-2, 7-5) and Conor Gil/Christian Ayer (6-0, 6-0) won the doubles matches.
Marblehead 5, Lynn Classical 0: The Magicians (7-1 overall, 7-0 NEC) rolled behind wins by Dimitri Vlassov (6-0, 6-2), Griffin Butterfield (6-0, 6-0) and Justin Faia (6-1, 6-4). Doubles wins by Michael Forte/Felix Litvak (6-1, 6-2) and Corey Stein/Matt Jepsky (6-3, 6-0) completed the sweep.
B.C. High 4, St. John’s Prep 1: Sean Nork and Scott Reister picked up the Eagles’ only win at second doubles. Nork-Reister won 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. The Eagles had a three-set match at first doubles and had tough battles at first and second singles, but B.C. High wrapped up the Catholic Conference title with the win. St. John’s had won every league title since 2004 until yesterday’s loss.
Swampscott 4, Winthrop 1: Each of Swampscott’s winners took every single game, as Anna Raptunivoch, Veronica Pyatigorskaya and Vivien Gere all won singles matches 6-0, 6-0. The first doubles team of captain Jessia Zolott and Sarah Cunningham also won 6-0, 6-0.
Gloucester 3, Salem 2: The Witches lost a close match despite victories from Ari Gaffney at first singles (6-4, 6-2) and the second doubles team of Katherine Towey and Hannah Van de Stadt (6-0, 7-5).
Masconomet 3, North Andover 2: A singles sweep by Danielle Dunn (6-1, 6-0), Rebecca Costa (6-0, 6-0) and Evelyn Harbert (6-2, 6-2) helped the Chieftains (5-2 overall) get by their rivals from North Andover in a closely contested non-league match.
IPSWICH 3, AMESBURY 2: The doubles team of Abby McCarthy and Kristin Klimowicz (6-3, 6-4) were victorious in the Tigers’ nip-and-tuck victory. Lexi Lopez (6-2, 7-5) and Hannah Lynch (6-4, 6-4) prevailed in singles play.
Marblehead 5, Lynn Classical 0: Kelly Mealey (6-0, 6-0), Julia Channing (6-0, 6-0) and Lily Frontero (6-,1 6-3) swept the singles action while the doubles teams of Amanda Gilberg/Megan Hanratty (6-1, 6-1) and Alice Yufa/Hannah Cohen (6-0, 6-0) also took their matches in straight sets. The Magicians improved to 6-1 on the season.
Beverly 119, Revere 12: The unbeaten Panthers (5-0) won the majority of events with senior Kristen O’Connor taking 20 points by winning the high jump triple jump, 400 low hurdles and 100 high hurdles. MaryCate Flaherty won three events, taking the javelin (85-5), the shot put (28-8) and the 800 (2:28.8).
Bishop Fenwick splits: The Crusaders defeated Austin Prep (95-36), but lost to Arlington Catholic in a close one (69-67). Sophomore Lindsay Donahue won the long jump and 400 hurdles and senior Arianna Maida captured the 2-mile and 800. Fenwick (4-1) also won the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
St. John’s Prep 91, Xaverian 62: Junior Tom Chiappini was second in the shot and added nearly eight feet to his personal best with a heave of 48-9 to pace the Eagles (2-0). Evan Dombrowski won the shot put and the discus for the Prep, Josh Nickerson won the triple jump (39-7) and the high jump (5-10), Joe Luongo won the 400 in 49.7) and Tim Loehner took the 2-mile in 9:46.7. The Eagles also won both relays.
Bishop Fenwick sweeps: The Crusaders defeated both Arlington Catholic (95-37) and Austin Prep (78-56) to move to 5-0. Charlie Maistrellis won the long jump, 400 and 200 to pace Fenwick. Myles Connor won both the javelin and high jump while Nick Tambini captured the 400 hurdles and 110 hurdles. Rufus Rushins (shot put), Charlie St. Pierre (discus), Eric Loehle (2-mile), Ryan Connelly (100) and Mitch Rivers (800) also won individual events for Fenwick.
Gloucester 80, Swampscott 51: The Big Blue slipped to 2-1 but got wins from Matt Mahoney (2-mile, 10:25), Marco Scibelli (400, 54.5), Dan Woolhiser (high jump, 5-4), Justin Chasse (shot put, 47-8) and Aidan Brawley (javelin, 162-3).
Bishop Fenwick 2, Shawsheen 0: Senior Natalie Moore struck out 11 and allowed only two hits to earn her fifth win of the season for the Crusaders. Seniors Charlotte Powers had two hits, including an RBI double, and fellow senior Bridget Corcoran also had an RBI double among her two hits.
Masconomet 20, Lynn English 1: Senior pitcher Emily Dow picked up her sixth win of the year for the Chieftains.
North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 9, Minuteman 0: Sophomore Mike Mitchell earned a shutout while striking out a career high 13 batters as North Shore moved to 4-6 on the year. Senior J.T. Bisazza had four hits, scored three runs and drove in a run, sophomore Aaron Smart also had four hits with three RBI and two stolen bases to pace the Bulldogs.
Hamilton-Wenham 14, Amesbury 6: The Generals improved to 8-1 on the season as junior Austen Michel threw five innings and struck out five while allowing five hits. Brett Harring went 2-for-3 at the dish with two runs and three RBI, Drew Gallant went 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI and senior Ben McDonald went 3-for-5 with a run and two RBI. Eight different Generals hit safely in the win.
Thayer 13, Pingree 3: Harry Copeland stayed hot at the dish for Pingree, going 2-for-3 and scoring a pair of runs, while Kevin Moyette threw three solid innings in relief. Pingree (3-5) trailed 4-3 after three innings but committed some untimely errors in the field as Division 1 Thayer pulled away.
Lynn Classical 4, Swampscott 2: Sophomore Corey Bleau pitched well in relief, firing 4 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball. Brendan McDonald went 1 for 2 with a sacrifice fly for the Big Blue (2-9).
Masconomet 12, Ipswich 2: Senior catcher Mike Manni ripped two doubles, scored two runs, drove in three and stole a base to help Masco (10-0) pull away from Ipswich. Chris Rich added two hits, a run, an RBI and a stolen base. Ethan Dyer earned the win, scattering five hits and striking out nine in six innings of work.
Salem Academey 13, Edward M Kennedy 3: Sam Koppens went the distance with nine strikeouts to pace Salem Academy. Andrew Mesrovian stole four bases, scored three times and had two hits while Sammy Benoit had two hits and three RBI and Ben Craven had two hits and two RBI.
Danvers 15, Beverly 14: Rachel Trocchi’s goal with 31 seconds left broke a 14-14 tie and helped the Falcons improve to 8-2 on the season. Goalie Cara Connors made an outstanding save to stop Beverly from tying it up in the last seconds and Meghan McKenna totaled four goals.
North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 11, Greater Lowell 6: Jennifer Luces finished with five goals and two assists to lift the Hawks (4-5). Anna Hariman finished with three goals and one assist; Kaleigh Stirrat had two goals and an assist; Jillian Morrell had a goal; Shirley Bachini had an assist and goalie Morgan Cobuzzi finished with 13 saves. Steph Campbell won a majority of draws to give her team ball control, while Brittany Soper excelled on defense and Kelsey Ballard did likewise at midfield.
Waring 14, Gann Academy 6: Senior captain Eleanor Lustig and junior captain Sara Kessler each scored four goals to lead Waring (4-1) to victory. Freshman Merylin Heinrich added two goals and freshman goalie Katrina Pappas played well.
Georgetown 6, Ipswich 4: Nick Depasquale had four goals and one assist to help the Royals win their third game of the year. Jared Warren scored a goal with two assists while Mike Gochakowski scored, Tom LaCasse had two assists and netminder Scott Conte made 11 saves.
Jamie Iwanicki scored twice and Connor McAdams and Dukey Kriksceomaitis each had one goal for the Tigers (2-6). Jeff Statile made 12 saves for Ipswich.
Masconomet 15, Triton 11: Tom Cashin (5 goals, 1 assist), Cam Jung (3-1) and Harry Cwik (2-2) powered the Masconomet offense as the Chieftains improved to 8-3. Goalie John Schiff stopped 13 shots through three quarters and Jay Kraunelis made five saves in the fourth quarter.
Endicott 7, Western New England 0: Comonwealth Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year Nell O’Connor tossed another shutout, striking out four and allowing only four hits, to lead the Gulls (23-11-1) into the league semi-finals being played tomorrow. Jesse Bilafer went 4-fot-4 with two RBI to lead the offense and Emily Hoffman had two RBI while Rachel Couto had two hits.
Salem State 17, Babson 6: The Vikings (26-14) amassed 23 hits in their final tune-up before the MASCAC postseason. Beverly natives Ethan Trowt and Alex Toomey both had four hits while Mike Davis, Matt Burgess and Richard Fecteau each had three. Brett Cahill scored three runs and reached base five times for Salem State, which scored three runs or more in five separate innings.