The St. John’s Prep and B.C. High golf teams have had some epic battles over the years and yesterday afternoon at Salem Country Club the two Catholic Conference rivals added another chapter to the book.
St. John’s avenged an early-season loss and pulled even in the Catholic Conference by edging out B.C. High, 235-236.
Jeff O’Connor and Josh Wingardner each shot 1-over-par 37s, and freshman Steven Dilisio added a 39 to help the Eagles close it out.
”We did know it was that close coming down the stretch,” St. John’s (8-2) coach Larry O’Neill said. “Everybody was behind the ninth green watching the fourth group come in. The best (score) we got was a 40 (in that group) and B.C. High had a 39 to narrow the lead to next to nothing. If it was a tie, it would have gone to the seventh score. We’ll take the one-shot victory.”
Triton 147, Ipswich 133: Junior Austin Rubino was the match’s highest scorer with 31 points, while senior Jeremy Stelline contributed 27 but the Tigers dropped to 2-7.
Salem 41, Revere 31: Will Parr (5 1/2-3 1/2), Madison Ballou (8-1), A.J. Darmody (5-4), and Adam Maggiacomo (7-2) had wins for Salem, which improved to 4-7.
Marblehead 45, Winthrop 27: The Magicians (8-0) were led by Connor Green and Owen Picariello, who each shot 38s, and Trevor Jones, who contributed a 39.
Danvers 41, Swampscott 31: Danvers (7-5) bumped its Northeastern Conference record to 6-2 with wins from Colby Sedler, Dan McKenna, Trent King, Mike Plansky, Kevin Anderson and Wes Milbury. Swampscott’s Victoria Malatesta won her match.
Beverly 25.5, Lynn English 14.5: The match ended after five holes because of the rain, but enough golf was played to give Beverly (10-1-1) the win as the Panthers improve to 8-0 in the NEC.
ME 120 H-W 102: Brian Nicoll and Spencer Bergholtz had 24 points each for H-W (1-10) and Scott Hughes chipped in 18 points.
Swampscott 3, Lynn Classical 1: Erin Cassidy scored a pair of goals for the Big Blue(5-1-2) and Meghan Hartmann notched the final score of the game. Leah Dawley and MacKenzie Robertson both played well at center-midfield.
Peabody 6, Marblehead 0: Victoria Digiacomo (two goals, two assists) and Hayley Dowd (two goals, one assist) led Peabody (7-0) while Madison Doherty (assist) and Sarah Sousa each finished with a goal.
Cassie Rodgers stopped 21 shots in net for Marblehead (4-2-2), and freshman striker Sarah Cullen also played well for the Magicians.
Waring sweeps Woodward: In the rarely seen soccer doubleheader, Waring twice defeated Woodward by scores of 1-0 and then 2-1. Eighth grader Merilyn Heinrichs scored the only marker in the first match while Emily Friend tallied both goals in the second game. Brooke Adams was strong defensively and Allie Lanza controlled the midfield for Waring.
Peabody 2, Marblehead 1: Peabody (4-1-2) took a 2-0 lead on goals from C.J. Alimonti and Ben Manoogian. Marblehead cut it to 2-1 with 10 minutes to play. Shawn Bernardo and Vlasi Duni had assists for the Tanners while Maynard Wheeler and Tommy Drover also stood out. Peabody goalie Sean Walsh made nine saves.
Salem 5, Gloucester 2: Simon Barats erupted with a hat trick for the Witches (5-1-1). Robert Abreu added two goals as Salem got the home win with an overall team effort.
Beverly 10, Salem 0: Beverly (9-0) qualified for the state tournament behind hat tricks from Katie Pietrini and Molly Pitman. Nicole Woods, Libby Rosenberry, Amanda Marshall and Phoebe Blauscored a goal each for the Panthers.
Swampscott 4, Marblehead 0: Freshman Christina King scored the only goal of the first half on an assist from Tori Thistle before Thistle exploded in the second half with a pair of breakaway goals, then converting an assist fromAlexis Steriti for the hat trick. The Big Blue (7-1) only allowed one shot on goal in the second half thanks to outstanding defense from Nora Walker, Tessa Bean and Lisa Vu.
Allie Hanratty played well at halfback for Marblehead, which slipped to 6-2-1.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Beverly 15, Salem 50: Nicole Demars, Madison Shropshire, Julianna Wesley, and Maeve Monahan grabbed the top four spots to help the Panthers improve to 5-0.
Marblehead 18, Danvers 45: The Magicians (3-1) cruised to a win by taking 10 of the top 11 spots. Janaya Randall (20:43) and Paige Ferrucci (21:07) took first and second for Marblehead. Sarah Oliver (4th) and Noelle Villa (5th) also placed in the top five. Danvers’ Ali Barker was third in 21:14.
Swampscott 15, Saugus 49: The Big Blue moves to 4-1 overall and remains undefeated in the NEC at 3-0. Swampscott’s top finishers were Sarah Kelley (1st, 19:53), Alison Carr (2nd, 19:53), Isabella Kornitsky (3rd, 19:53), Abby O’Connor (4th, 19:55) and Alyssa Mauriello (5th, 19:59).
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
SJP 15, CM 48: SJP (2-0) took the top five spots at Bradley Palmer thanks to great runs from Liam Dow (17:01), Tim Loehner (17:08), senior captain Tom O’Shea (17:11), senior captain Nick Fecteau (17:25) and Colin Monahan (17:41).
Beverly 17, Salem 46: Sophomore Alex Greco paced the day taking first for Beverly (4-1) and is currently undefeated this season. Five other Panthers finished in the top seven and had personal bests including Campbell Wood, Mike Black, Mike Scott, Matt Heckman and Zach Bauer.
Marblehead 16, Danvers 45: A.J. Ernst (17:28) took the top spot overall for Marblehead (3-2) with Nate Fowler (17:28) coming in just behind him while Chris Rodts (17:39) and John Howard (17:59) rounded out an all-Magician top-four.
Junior James Bailey placed fifth in 18:05 for Danvers and Kevin Hebert was seventh for the Falcons.
Swampscott 21, Saugus 36: Peter Hale sent a new record for a Swampscott runner (13:51) by breaking his previous record to take first. Matt Mahoney (2nd, 14:11) and Sam Crimmins (3rd, 14:45) also powered the Big Blue (4-1).
NST/EA 3, Mystic Valley 0: Courtney Remson and Kasey Harris were phenomenal in their serving duties while Kiley Morgan had a strong day setting for NST/EA (8-1) which swept (25-7, 25-19, 25-10) Mystic Valley.
Hamilton-Wenham 3, Salem 1: The Generals dropped the first set, but one the final three against the Witches (20-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-23). HW’s Danielle Lorizio had 20 hits and five kills and senior outside hitter Rachel Gershlak finished with 36 hits and nine kills