“At the beginning of the season we thought it would be a rebuilding year because we had to rely on some young talent. In the Swampscott meet over April vacation we were short on personnel and held Josh Beloff out of the 4x100 relay so he could run an additional individual event to give us a chance to score more points. He won the 100, 200, long jump, and triple jump with a great performance.”
Crowley believed his team needed more than a terrific individual effort by one of the captains. Going into the meet he knew it would take a total team effort, and the seconds and third-places would be critical. The two teams split evenly on firsts, but Marblehead took 31 out of 56 seconds and thirds to pull out the win which Crowley points to as setting the tone for the rest of the season. That type of effort from everybody helped make this a memorable season.
BASEBALL COACH OF THE YEAR
T.J. Baril took over the baseball program at Masconomet looking to keep the Chieftains’ rich diamond tradition going. It didn’t take him long to add to it.
In his first season at the helm of the Tri-Town power, Baril led Masconomet to its fifth sectional championship, as the Chieftains won the Division 2 North tournament before falling in the state semi-finals.
A graduate of Bishop Fenwick and St. Anselm College, Baril won 90 games in seven seasons at Swampscott before moving to Masconomet this season. He led the Chieftains to a 19-6 mark, passing the century mark for his career as a head coach in the process.
Under the watchful eye of Baril and assistants Mike Linehan and Bryan Duplissie, Masco implemented an aggressive offense that helped them rattle off a 13-game winning streak, handing then-unbeaten North Reading its first loss in the process. They also helped Speros Varinos earn Cape Ann League MVP honors.