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December 11, 2012

Danvers High Winter Sports Capsules 2012-13

BOYS HOCKEY

Last season: 16-6-0 (NEC North champions, lost in Division 2 North quarterfinals)

Head coach: Kevin Brown (6th year, 50-46-11)

Team captains: Joe Strangie, Sr. C; Rob Buchanan, Sr. F; Kevin Hodgkins, Jr. C.

Other key returnees: A.J. Couto, Sr. LW; Jay Calcagno, Jr. RW; Matt Flynn, Jr. LW; Shea Doyle, Sr. D; Tyler Dustin, Jr. RW; Kevin Anderson, Sr. D; Mike Disciullo, Soph. D; Ryan Cassidy, Jr. D; Alec Littlefield, Jr. D.

It’ll be a great season if: The team’s strong corps of forwards and team-wide conditioning are reasons to like the defending conference champions; so is the squad’s commitment to play system-style hockey. One of two sophomore goalies (Jay Joyce or Alex Taylor) will need to emerge as the starter, and the team’s junior defensemen need to make an impact as every-other-shift players.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Last season: 21-4 (Beat St. Joseph’s, 59-47, in Div. 3 state championship)

Head coach: John Walsh (3rd year)

Team captains: Danny Connors, Sr. F; Eric Martin, Sr. G; Nick McKenna, Sr. G; Nick Bates, Sr. G/F.

Other key returnees: Kieran Beck, Jr. G; Vinny Clifford, So. G.

It’ll be a great season if: The Falcons continue to defend and stay patient on offense. Danvers captured the Div. 3 state title last winter by playing tremendous defense, and that’s something Walsh wants to continue. If the Falcons can do that and not settle for the first decent shot on offense, then they have an excellent chance to keep their wins coming.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Last season: 5-15

Head coach: Pat Veilleux (7th year)

Team captains: Kasey Sherry, Sr., G; Sarah Potter, Sr., G

Other key returnees: Emily McNulty, Jr., F; Ally Walsh, Jr., F; Delaney Zecha, Jr., G; Kara Connors, So., G; Ashley Arnoldy, Jr., F; Devin Johnson, Jr., F.

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