Last year’s record: 10-7-4 (lost to Winthrop, in Division 2 North first round)
Head coach: Justin Shairs (5th season, 21-50-9)
Team captains: Steve Hallinan, Sr. F; Andrew Mezza, Jr. F; Conor Hanlon, Sr. F (asst. captain); Andrew Shea, Sr. D (asst. captain)
Other key players: Finn Crocker, Jr. D; Michael Brock, Sr. F; Jack ten Hope, Jr. G; Brayden Clark, Jr. D; Cole Johnson, Jr. F; Colby Delano, Sr. F; Jack Feuerbach, Soph. G; Aku Kavka, Jr. F; Owen Desmond, Jr. D; Shane Cassidy, Jr. D.
Home rink: Bourque Arena, Endicott College
Outlook: The Panthers lost three of their top half-dozen scorers from last year’s title team and will rely not only on Hallinan, Mezza and Hanlon, but for others to step up scoring-wise. Desmond is a transfer student who saw a regular shift for Danvers High last season, adding to an already strong blue line corps that has four regulars back. Feuerbach comes to the Panthers after playing prep school hockey at Brooks last winter while Kavka, a Finnish exchange student, could help up front.
Last year’s record: 4-15-1 (did not make playoffs)
Head coach: Danielle Finocchiaro (1st season)
Team captains: Ava Daly, Sr., D; Shelby Johnson, Sr., D.
Other key players: Emma Thibodeau, Jr., F; Sophia McNeill, Jr., F; Emma Knott, So., F; Jamie DuPont, Fr., F; Catie Nemeskal, So., F; Kayliegh Crowell, Fr., F/D; Tori Shea, Jr., D; Cayla Greenleaf, So., D; Anna Arsenault, Fr. D
Home rink: Bourque Arena, Endicott College
Outlook: The Panthers are a team in transition with new head coach Danielle Finocchiaro taking over. Beverly has also added Saugus to its co-op team along with Danvers and Ipswich, and has an influx of freshmen. Captains Ava Daly and Shelby Johnson are the only seniors and give Beverly a steady presence on defense.
Several of the underclassmen played last season as either 8th graders or freshmen, so there is some experience. Improving on last season’s one goal per game scoring average will be the key to more wins, but the Panthers are more focused on developing chemistry on and off the ice for the early part of the season.
Last year’s record: 16-6 (Lost to Woburn in Division 2 North quarterfinals)
Head coach: Matt Karakoudas (2nd season, 16-6)
Team captains: Toskany Abreu, Sr., G; Kyle Camara, Sr., G.
Other key players: Duncan Moreland, Jr., F; Jack Crowley, Jr., F/C; Ryan Barror, Sr., G; Marje Mulumba, Jr., G/F; Damian Bouras, Jr., G; Treston Abreu, Fr., G; Micah Davies, Sr., F.
Home court: Henry Cabot Lodge Fieldhouse, Beverly High
Outlook: Losing every-night contributors Luigi Derrane and Matt Rawding isn’t ideal, but the Panthers return the rest of their core, including the extremely talented juniors Moreland and Crowley. Abreu and Camara are the perfect leaders and strong contributors as well. Beverly has all the tools to make a run at the Northeastern Conference crown and lock up another high seed in Division 2 tournament play.
Last year’s record: 14-8 (Lost to Woburn in Division 1 North quarterfinals)
Head coach: Seth Santial (4th season, 35-28)
Team captains: Sabrina Beaudry, Sr. F; Brooke Baekey, Sr. G
Other key players: Alyssa Moreland, Soph. C; Hailey Anderson, Jr. SG; Tia Bernard, Jr. PG; Kylie McCarthy, Soph. F; Sophia Hemsey, Soph. G
Home Court: Henry Cabot Lodge Fieldhouse, Beverly High
Outlook: Sophomore Alyssa Moreland will look to take the next step at the varsity level following an incredible freshman year as Beverly heads into the season with a loaded offense. Three-point marksman Hailey Anderson should be right there among the leading scorers in the North Shore while newcomers Kylie McCarthy and Sophia Hemsey are expected to bolster the Panthers’ bench.
Last year’s record: 15-14-2 (finished second in Northeastern Conference, 6th in Division 2 North)
Head coach: Paul Casey (5th season)
Team captains: Alexi Echevarria, Jr., 170; Jack Rivers, Jr., 132.
Other key wrestlers: Nick DeJoy, Jr., 106; Luis Rodriguez, So., 120; Bryan Agudelo, Sr., 120; Luke Loureiro, So., 126; Lucas Silva, Jr., 152; Nick Pratt, Jr., 182; Jonas Pavia, So., 195; Edan Piedad, Jr., 285.
Home gym: Henry Cabot Lodge Field House, Beverly
Outlook: The Panthers are fairly young, but that’s not a negative since three of their juniors qualified for Division 2 states last year. Beverly has 10 grapplers that wrestled significant varsity matches last year, so depth and filling out all weight classes should’t be an issue. Captains Jack Rivers and Alexi Echevarria have plenty of experience as state qualifiers, and Nick Pratt is also coming off a strong season. The Northeastern Conference has been very competitive in recent years, and Beverly wrestles a tough schedule to prepare for a loaded Division 2 North sectional. Look for them to improve as the year goes and be a factor in February and March both in dual meets and individual tourneys.
BOYS INDOOR TRACK
Last year’s record: 3-4
Head coach: Sean Dunleavy (6th season)
Team captains: To be named
Other key athletes: Bobby Adams, Sr. Throws; Andrew Morin, Jr. Hurdles; Huriel Calice, Soph. Sprints/Hurdles; Braeden Pratt, Jr. Sprints/Throws; Bryce Visnick, Sr. Middle Distance; Jaichaun Jones, Soph. Sprints; Patrick Gilligan, Jr. Distance; Jackson Wood, Jr. Distance; George Fox, Sr. Distance; Kyle Hewson, Sr. Distance; Jackson Clark, Soph. Distance; Zach Curry, Sr. Distance
Home meets held at: Henry Cabot Lodge Fieldhouse Beverly High
Outlook: Last winter the Panthers lost two meets in the relay, but with the addition of some newcomers and new faces from the football team, as well as a good returning group, they should have more success this time around.
GIRLS INDOOR TRACK
Last year’s record: 7-0 (won Northeastern Conference North; fourth at Division 4 states)
Head coach: Dave Jellerson (29th season, 213-11)
Team captains: Rachelle Mullins, Sr. Sprints; Ashley Foley, Sr. Distance; Macy Pierce, Sr. Distance
Other key athletes: India Ingemi, Jr. Sprints; Shelby DeGrenier, Jr. Jumps/Middle Distance; Heidi Eberhardt, Soph. Distance; Melanie Mason, Sr. Sprints; Natalie Stilwell, Sr. Sprints
Home meets held at: Henry Cabot Lodge Fieldhouse, Beverly High
Outlook: With a solid nucleus returning and some promising underclassmen, look for the Panthers to have another successful season indoors.
Last year’s record: 7-2
Head coach: David Swensen (7th season)
Team captains: Simone French, Sr. freestyle, butterfly; Emily Pratt, Sr. free, fly; Grace Athanas, Sr. sprint free, breaststroke, IM; Samantha Fafard, Sr. diving; Zoe Sideris, Sr. all around; Eric Higgins, Sr. free, backstroke.
Other key swimmers: Kevin Pichardo-Cedillo, Jr. fly, free; Gavin Gleason, Jr. free; Kevin Kelsey, Soph. all-around; Andrew Krut, Soph. all-around; Eli Younger, Soph. free, backstroke; Sofia Blomqvist, Jr. free, back; Meridith Luther, Soph. diving; Hannah Perkins, Fr. distance free, all-around; Reagan Redmond, Fr. all-around; Hannah McCarthy, Fr. all-around; Sierra Edoski, Fr. all-around; Carly DuFresne, Fr. all-around.
Home meets held at: Sterling Center YMCA, Beverly
Outlook: Beverly has an incredible group of freshmen girls who are going to make an immediate impact in the Northeastern Conference — and possibly at the sectional and state levels come February. Adding this group will make up for the athletes who graduated from last year’s squad. The Panthers should be able to match their dual meet record from last year and close the gap on perennial NEC winners Marblehead.