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December 11, 2012

Peabody High Winter Sports Capsules 2012-13

BOYS HOCKEY

Head coach: Mark Leonard (18th year, 190-142-15)

Team captains: Patrick Ruotolo, Sr. D; Joe Powers, Sr. G; Matt McIsaac, Sr. F.

Other key returnees: Derek DeMild, Jr. F; Mike Vadala, Jr. F; Anthony Bisconti, Jr. F; Ryan Carney, Soph. F; Cam Smullen, Soph. D; Guiseppe Zarro, Jr. D.

Interesting newcomers: Chris Minter, Sr. D; Donny Shaw, Fr. D.

It’ll be a great season if: Team speed and taking care of defense first and foremost can lead the Tanners back to the playoffs. While still young (only 6 seniors), there’s some serious talent on the roster that if they can blossom, Peabody could really make a run. Work ethic and attitude will go a long way towards how much success they’ll have.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Last season: 2-17

Head coach: Larry Minehan (7th year)

Team captains: Julia Henry, Sr., F/D; Waverly Cohen, Sr., F/D

Other key returnees: Courtney Smith, Jr., F; Joanna Ambeliotis, Jr., G; Courtney Cavanaugh, Jr., F/D; Ciara DiSalvo, Jr., D; Laura Miele, So., F; Kristen Hennessey, So., D; Sophia Post, Fr., F; Hannah Travers, Fr., F.

It’ll be a great season if: The team jells. There are a lot of new, young players that have some ability and experience from the youth ranks. Two weeks before the Dec. 12 opener will help them jell with the experienced upperclassmen, and hopefully build on last year’s two wins.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Last season: 11-11 (Lost to Medford, 49-48, in the Division 1 North preliminary game)

Head coach: Thad Broughton (2nd year)

Team captains: Steve Leavitt, Sr. G; Andrew Preshong, Sr. F.

Other key returnees: Ben Martinez, Sr. F; Yardley Taveras, Sr. F; Maynard Wheeler, Sr. G; Jarrod McCarron, Jr. G; Joe Krisco, Sr. G.

It’ll be a great season if: The Tanners can continue to build on last year’s success. Peabody qualified for the postseason and nearly got out of the preliminary round with a victory. A few key seniors have moved on, but Broughton believes this group can pick up where last year’s team left off. Sophomore guard Matt Correale could also make an impact for the Tanners this winter.

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