The St. John’s Prep track team needed a big time performance from its 4x400 relay team if it wanted to remain undefeated with a win over Tri-County League foe St. John’s Shrewsbury yesterday afternoon.
Andrew Zucco, Jack Sanford, Sean Waldron and Will Stark each ran an individual best in the event and the group time of 3:34.17 was the fastest by any group of Eagles this season by three seconds as SJP topped St. John’s Shrewsbury, 49-46, at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury.
“That’s the best team we could put out there. It was four kids and four personal bests at a critical moment,” said St. John’s Prep coach Ray Carey. “It was a very exciting finish.”
The Eagles (5-0) insured themselves at least a share of the league crown as Henry Nicolas won the 55 dash (7.00), Liam Dow was first in the mile (4:34.61) and Evan Dombrowski captured the shot put (50-7). Stark was first in the 600 (1:28.90) with Zucco scoring a very big second place in the same event.
Bishop Fenwick 39, ArlINGTON Catholic 34: Senior Patrick Corcoran had a personal best throw of 46 feet 9 1/4 inches to easily take first place in the shot put, powering Fenwick to its fifth win in six winter meets. Eric Loehle won the 1000 (23:08), Bryan Mendes topped the two mile (10:28) and Kevin Hannon captured the high jump for the Crusaders while the 4x400 relay team of Loehle, Frank Tambini, Patrick Walsh and Brendan McCarthy also earned first place.
Tigers split: Ipswich moved to 4-2 on the season, beating Amesbury 59-27 and falling to Masconomet 51-35. Alex Jean-Charles continued his undefeated season in the dash with a winning time of 5.1 seconds. Robbie Fay also remained undefeated on the season in the 300 (41.95). Michael Riddle is also undefeated in the 2-mile, winning with a time of 10:16.91 Other good performances for the Tigers included Neil Coleman in the high jump and 600, Chris McCormack in the shot put and 600 and Nick Mammollette in the 1000.
Ipswich clinches CAL title: The 7-0 Tigers grabbed at least a share of the Cape Ann League Division 2 title by beating Amesbury and Masconomet. Winning events in both meets for the Tigers were Katie Monahan (hurdles), Courtney Long (shot), Tina Keiran (2-mile), Sarah Keiran (1000), Shey Coughlan (600) and the 4x400 relay of Coughlan, Soliozy, Calvani and Michaela Hedderman.
Arlington Catholic 48, Bishop Fenwick 38: Arianna Maida was first in the mile (5:33) for Bishop Fenwick (4-2) and ran a leg in the winning 4x400 relay team along with Caitlin Parrott, Andrea Klos and Julia Pierce. Annette Ruggiero also won the 300 (44.2).
Beverly 97, Danvers 84: Sarah Welch won the 200 IM and the 400 freestyle while Caitlin Donahue placed first in both the 200 free and 100 breaststroke as the Panthers (6-1-1) knocked off the Falcons. Astrid Swenson added a victory in the 100 butterfly for Beverly and Emily Walsh was victorious in the 500.
Tom Giannino was first in the 50 free (25.72) for Danvers while James Hopkins was first in the 100 back (1:08.31). In addition, Mitch Bussone, Emmett Pierro, Eric Mackay and Josh Mentzer won the 200 free relay (1:57.50) for the 5-2 Falcons.
Peabody 101, Revere 67: Alex Guay won the 50 and 100 freestyles and swam a leg on the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams along with Pat Jwansowski, Zack Melville and Alex Strokosha. Peabody finished the season at 6-1-1, the best mark since the Tanners joined the Northeastern Conference eight years ago.
Paige Hayward and Corey Pierce took the top two spots in diving and Meghan Lurvey, Nina Pappacostas, Christine Shea and Maria Strokosha won the 400 freestyle relay. Other firsts came from Maria Strokosha in the 200 freestyle, Shea in the 100 breastroke and Alex Strokosha in the 200 IM.
Salem 69, Saugus 57: The Witches hit 14 three-pointers, including four from Marvin Baez (16 points) and six from senior Billy Muse (20 points). The 20-point performance was a season-high for Muse, who has 54 points in his last three games. Christian Dunston (13 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds), Jared Louf-Woods (7 points, 7 rebounds) and David Kadazi (4 points, 7 rebounds) were other key contributors for the Witches (now 9-3).
St. John’s Prep 57, BC High 43: Ben Judson (14 points) hit some big shots and Josh Syska pulled down 15 rebounds to go with his 15 points as St. John’s Prep improved to a perfect 12-0.
Greater Lowell 63, North shore tech/essex aggie 62: Yordany Sanchez drained a right-handed floater in the lane to tie the game with 10 seconds left. But NST/EA (1-11) was called for a questionable foul on the floor and Greater Lowell, which was in the bonus, went to the free throw line with no time left to win. Jordan Mendez scored a team-high 20 points, Elijah Alfred (10 points) grabbed 11 rebounds and Cael Schaejbe (9 points) finished with 10 boards as NST/EA overcame some mistakes with hustle on defense.
Salem 72, Saugus 29: Jaclyn Panneton had a monster game for Salem (4-7) with 14 rebounds and 24 points. Rachael Zipper had her best all-around game with five points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Ari Gaffney and Brianna Rodriguez chipped in 10 points each for the Witches.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Salem State 78, Worcester State 74: Justin Nieves scored 22 points and Salem native Bryan Ortiz added 19 points as the Vikings improved to 12-6 with a MASCAC road victory. Tavone Winder finished with seven points and a team-high eight rebounds for SSU.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Worcester State 65, Salem State 58: The Lady Vikings (8-11) led at halftime, but the hosts took over offensively in the second half with 49 total points after intermission. Peabody native Ginny Fleming was Salem State’s leading scorer with 14 points and Ashley White scored 11.