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December 12, 2012

Salem News 2012 Fall Coaches of the Year

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“Depth was our main strength,” Keilty said. “They were committed and worked hard to reach their full potential.”

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY COACH OF THE YEAR

JOHN BOYLE

St. John’s Prep

After more than 30 years as an assistant to Ray Carey, Boyle has been the Eagles’ head coach the last four seasons. This past fall they won the Catholic Conference crown with a perfect 4-0 record and placed fourth at the Division 1 Meet, which qualified the team for All-States.

“The kids did a lot of work over the summer, and we had a good surprise early when we won the Ocean State Invitational (in Rhode Island),” said Boyle, who teaches chemistry at St. John’s Prep. “We were able to stay healthy and get a lot of miles in.

“There was no one outstanding performer this year, but they were all close and trained together. They like and support each other. Liam Dow, Tim Loehner, Tom O’Shea, Nick Fecteau, Colin Monahan were our top five most of the year, but not always in the same order.

A Newburyport resident, Boyle thanked SJP athletic director Jim O’Leary, assistant AD Ann Edgerton and his assistant coaches (Bill Boyle, Rob O’Brien and Mike Cronin) for their tireless work and committment to the team.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY COACH OF THE YEAR

STEVE SAWYER

Hamilton-Wenham

Somehow year after year, Steve Sawyer manages to put together a powerhouse in both the Cape Ann League and at the state level. The H-W girls have won an amazing 97 straight dual meets, dating back to 2005.

Once again the Lady Generals were the class of the CAL this fall, finishing unbeaten in the regular season and capturing their ninth straight CAL Open title. They were also second overall at the Division 5 state meet and fourth at All-States, led by standouts Emily Weigand and Emily Horgan.

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