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December 11, 2012

St. John's Prep Winter Sports Capsules 2012-13

BOYS HOCKEY

Last season: 16-6-2 (Lost to B.C. High in Super 8 semifinals)

Head coach: Kristian Hanson (6th year, 66-36-14)

Key returnees: Brian Pinho, Sr. C; Andrew Brandano, Sr. RW; Tyler Bird, Jr. LW; Jack McCarthy, Jr. C; Cam Shaheen, Sr. LW; Ean Mendeszoon, Jr. D; James Brightney, Sr. D; Brent Murray, Sr. D; Dillon Gargano, Sr. D.

It’ll be a great season if: The Eagles can lean on their experience to push them over the hump and capture a long-awaited Super 8 championship. After reaching the final and semifinals, respectively, the last two seasons, this veteran group would love to finish the job. Someone needs to step up and claim the starting goaltender’s job, however. Pinho (44 points last year) is already committed to Providence College while Bird (18 points), Mendeszoon and McCarthy (15) are also getting lots of looks from colleges.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Last season: 13-8 (lost to Lawrence, 80-68, in Div. 1 North first round)

Head coach: Sean Connolly (5th year)

Team captains: Drex Costelllo, Sr. G; Josh Syska, Sr. F; Tyler Dooley, Sr. G; Max Butterbrodt, Jr. F.

Other key returnees: Ben Judson, So. G/F.

It’ll be a great season if: St. John’s gets toughness and rebounding from Syska and Butterbrodt, as well as scoring from Costello, Dooley, and Judson. Connolly’s teams are always solid defensively, but the Eagles also need to get reliable minutes from sophomore Jake Burt and juniors Mike Disson, Max Burt, Quentin Buillen, and Sean Lovett.

SWIMMING

Last season: 10-0. (Catholic Conference champs, North Sectionals Champs, Division 1 State Champs.

Head coach: Anthony Padvaiskas (17th year, 120-10)

Team captains: Rory Cawley, Sr. ( Salem); Jennings S. McCoy, Sr. (Reading); Robert Barry, Sr. (Danvers)

Other key returnees: Joe Crateau, Sr.; Sean Cook, Sr., dive; Phil Dytko, Sr.; Justin Farmer, Sr.; Cole Maletesta, Sr. dive; Finn McCoole, Sr., dive; Kyle Murphy, Sr.; James O’Donnell, Sr.; Scott Russo, Sr.; Tom Wilworth, Sr.,dive

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