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October 10, 2012

Just For Kicks: Hamilton-Wenham girls qualify for state tournament

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A former Northeastern Conference all-star, Birchmore plays alongside former Big Blue teammates Casey Connolly and Rikki Langan. The trio of Swampscott grads make up the majority of the forward line and have more than enough experience playing as a unit.

”We are much closer now that we are grown up and playing at a higher level,” added Birchmore.

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The Masconomet boys’ back four, junior Jeff Panella and seniors Tighe VanLenten, Demetri DeCoulas and Justin Clark have been holding it down for the Chieftains (8-0-2) this year.

Not only do they break up most of their opponents offensive game, but they also generate a lot of their own team’s scoring opportunities.

”They do a good job starting the offense for us and distributing the ball,” said head coach Dave Mitchell.

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The Salem girls team is hosting a “Kick for a Cure” game tonight against Winthrop. The Witches have been actively involved in service the entire season and are looking to support breast cancer awareness month.

”I have been looking for different ways for our girls to make contributions off the field of play,” said head coach Fred Day. “I suggested getting involved doing a ‘Kick for a Cure’ game. We’ve received support from the North Shore Cancer Walk/Run Program and a lot of help from our boosters.

”It’s hit close to home for our girls as one of our freshman just lost her mother last year and our JV Coach’s boyfriend has been battling Lymphoma for the past year, but has recently been given a clean bill of health.”

Tonight the JV team will be wearing lime green colored T-shirts for the fight against Lymphoma and the varsity girls will wear pink T-shirts for the fight against breast cancer.

”We will be asking for donations at the gate, where our players will be giving out pink ribbons for every donation received,” added Day. “We’re donating all funds received to the North Shore Cancer Program. The players and I hope the soccer community will come out support our efforts to raise funds.”

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