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December 11, 2012

Salem High Winter Sports Capsules 2012-13

BOYS HOCKEY

Last season: 1-18 (did not qualify for playoffs)

Head coach: Ted Hanley (1st year)

Team captains: Jake Batista, Sr. D; Brett Harring, Jr. G.

Other key returnees: Spencer Bergholtz, Sr. F; Sam Petri, Soph. F; Anthony Maurais, Sr. D; Grant Thompson, Jr. G; Jake Stahlman, Soph. F; Adam Ngo, Jr. D; Matt Jalbert, Jr. F; Killian Fitzpatrick, Jr. F

It’ll be a great season if: The Witches continue to show the same enthusiasm and willingness to work hard and sacrifice themselves for the good of the overall team under Hanley’s leadership. A few wins early on would do wonders for this club’s confidence.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Last season: 11-11 (Lost to North Andover, 53-34, in Div. 2 North first round)

Head coach: Tom Doyle (10th year)

Team captains: None named yet.

Other key returnees: Christian Dunston, Sr. G; Marvin Baez, Sr. G; Billy Muse, Sr. G; Emilio Beato, Sr. F; Jared Louf-Woods, Sr. F.

It’ll be a great season if: Salem can clean up the glass. Once again, the Witches will feature a small lineup and rebounding and defending will be critical to their success. Salem can fill it up with the likes of Dunston, Baez, and Muse roaming the backcourt, and Doyle will lean heavily on Beato and Louf-Woods in the frontcourt.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Last season: 12-10 (Lost to Reading in Division 2 North quarterfinals)

Head coach: John Fortunato (22nd year)

Team captains: No captains named.

Other key returnees: Rachael Zipper, So. G; Jaclyn Panneton, So. C; Shanteliz Nunez, Sr. F; Courtney Shearstone, Sr. F; Kayla Hawland, Sr. G.

It’ll be a great season if: Salem continues to grow as a team. Aside from three seniors who saw some time last year, the Witches are currently in the middle of a youth movement. “The learning curve has been tremendous the first week and a half through practice. We have pretty good chemistry going so it’s really just a question about the learning curve,” Fortunato said.

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