It seems as though most of the teams in the NEC are rife with young players, and Danvers is no different. Eight returning varsity players along with four freshmen make up the 12-person roster.
Senior captain Kasey Sherry led the Falcons in scoring last season and is one of the top three-point shooters in the conference. Danvers hosts Marblehead tonight (7 p.m.) in the newly renovated gymnasium at the high school.
Swampscott recently named Abrom Roberts as its new head coach after Jack Hughes stepped down in June. Roberts coached the junior varsity program last year and is already familiar with the girls on varsity.
Senior captain Ara Talkov, who is headed to Columbia University in the fall, will guide Big Blue as their returning leading scorer. Talkov is one of the most well-rounded players in the area, with her height and shooting capabilities both huge pluses for her squad.
In the CAL, Ipswich is looking to win its sixth Small title in seven seasons. The Tigers might very well be the team to beat in their division, especially with sophomore point guard Masey Zegarowski quarterbacking things again.
Senior captain Julia Davis returns as the leading scorer (12.4 ppg) and rebounder from last season. Davis also had 13 double-double performances and managed 20-plus rebounds on four different occasions. Tonight the Tigers take on league rival Amesbury on the road.
After an impressive Division 1 North tournament run last year, Masconomet opens up its season at home against Pentucket. The Sachems have taken the past six of seven meetings between the two teams and are the reigning Division 3 State champions.
Masconomet graduated four of its starters from last year and seven seniors total. Claudia Marsh returns as the lone starter but is joined by Sara Lang, Abi Rose and Hannah Kiernan as this year’s captains.