Last year’s record: 1-19
Head coach: Justin Shairs (4th season, 11-43-5)
Captains: Tim McCarthy, Sr. C; Kenny Richardson, Sr. W; Steve Hallinan, Jr. LW.
Other key players: Anthony D’Amato, Sr. F; Aaron Carroll, Sr. D; Troy Doyle, Sr. G; Andrew Shea, Jr. D; Andrew Mezza, Soph. RW; Conor Hanlon, Jr. C; Ryan Munzing, Jr. RW; Nolan Kirk, Sr. F; Paul Edson, Sr. LW/D; Finn Crocker, Soph. D; Brayden Clark, Soph. D; Shane Cassidy, Soph. D; Jack Ten Hope, Soph. G; Jon Linehan, Soph. G.
Home rink: Raymond J. Bourque Arena, Endicott College, Beverly
Outlook: The Panthers realize there’s nowhere to go but up after a one-win season and enter this season full of optimism and expectations. Edson, a three-year starter at St. John’s Prep, comes back to his hometown for his senior season and will provide an immediate boost on the team’s top line with McCarthy and Mezza. The all-junior second line of Hallinan-Hanlon-Munzing is also a scoring threat. Solid goaltending and team-wide health are musts for the Orange and Black to compete for a playoff spot.
Last year’s record: 17-2-3 (Northeastern Hockey League champs, lost in Division 1 first round)
Head coach: Brian Seabury (6th season, 83-20-9)
Team captains: Marlee Hamor, Sr., F; Maddy Jalbert, Sr. G.
Other key players: Jess Barthelmess, Sr., F; Erica Haibon, Sr., F; Ava Daly, Jr., D; Natalie Gesualdi, Sr., D.
League: Northeastern Hockey League
Home rink: Bourque Arena, Beverly
Outlook: 101: That’s the number of goals Beverly lost to graduation and prep school defections from last year’s juggernaut. To say there are big skates to fill is an understatement. Two-year captain Marlee Hamor has good chemistry with fellow seniors Jess Barthelmess and Erica Haibon; they’ll be relied on for most of the scoring punch. Goalie Maddy Jalbert has 44 career wins and may need to steal a few games early as the Panthers — winners of three straight league titles — adjust to the new realities on offense.
Last year’s record: 12-9 (Lost to Brighton in Division 2 North first round)
Head coach: Matt Karakoudas (1st year)
Team captains: Matt Rawding, Sr., G; Luigi Derrane, Sr, G/F.
Other key players: Jack Crowley, Soph., F/C; Duncan Moreland, Soph., G/F; Toskany Abreau, Jr., G; Micah Davies, Jr, F/C; Kyle Camara, Jr., G/F.
Home court: Henry Cabot Lodge Fieldhouse, Beverly
Outlook: New head coach Matt Karakoudas is looking forward to guiding a relatively young, yet talented group back to the Division 2 North tourney. Rawding and Derrane return as invaluable leaders at the top, while a core of gifted younger guards should help this team thrive.
Last year’s record: 6-14
Head coach: Seth Stantial (3rd season, 21-20)
Team captains: Delaney Sprague, Sr., Foward; Rosie Gotsch, Sr., Forward; Sabrina Beaudry, Jr., Guard
Other key players: So Tia Bernard, So., Forward; Haley Anderson, So., Guard; Alyssa Moreland, Fr., Forward; Kylie McCarthy, Fr., Guard
League: Northeast Conference
Home court: Henry Cabot Lodge Fieldhouse
Outlook: “We’re just looking to improve every single practice and game and we will see how far that effort will take us this year,” said Stantial.
Last year’s record: 14-14-1 (Northeastern Conference champions)
Head coach: Paul Casey (4th season)
Team captains: Ameer Alshrafi, Sr., 182; Paul Ofiesh, Sr., 220; Casey Silva, Sr., 132.
Other key players: Nick Dejoy, So., 106; Bryan Aguedlo, Jr., 113; Raf Dilone, Sr., 183; Lucas Silva, So., 145; Alexio Echavarria, So., 160.
League: Northeastern Conference
Home gym: Henry Cabot Lodge Fieldhouse
Outlook: Defending the Northeastern Conference crown is always the goal for Beverly, and it looks to have the talent and depth to make another run at the title. Senior captains Ameer Alshrafi, Paul Ofiesh and Casey Silva have been varsity contributors at various weight classes for three years and provide excellent stability and leadership. The underclassmen are hard working and also possess plenty of ability, so the Panther express figures to roll on in 2017-18.
Last year’s record: 8-1
Head coach: David Swensen (6th season, 37-6-1)
Team captains: Sophia Demarkis, Sr., backstroke/free; Jacob Grant, Sr., all-around; Amanda Swanson, Sr., all-around; Mia Swensen, Sr., free/backstroke; Nicole Welch, Sr., free.
Other key swimmers: Sofia Blomqvist, Soph., distance free; Kevin Pichardo-Cedillo, Soph., free/butterfly; Gavin Gleason, soph., free/breaststroke/IM; Beth Luther, Sr., diver; Grace Athanas, Soph., sprint free/breaststroke; Merrick Talbot, Jr., distance free/all-around; Zoi Sideris, Jr., all-around; Eric Higgins, Jr., all-around; Grace Bell, Soph., backstroke; Caitlin Gleeson, Sr.; Sam Hano, Sr.
Home pool: Beverly Aquatic Center
Outlook: All-American captain Nicole Welch looks to be a strong contender for a state title in the 200 and 500 freestyle events, while a strong supporting cast should bode well for the ongoing success this group should have.
BOYS INDOOR TRACK
Last year’s record: 6-1
Head coach: Sean Dunleavy (5th season, 22-4)
Captains: Nick Berry, Sr., Sprints/Relays; Mike Brauninger, Sr., Sprints; Connor Cademartori, Sr., Distance; High Jump
Other key players: Jackson Wood, Jr., Distance; Bobby Adams, Jr., Throws; Huriel Calice, Fr., Sprints/High Jump; Hurdles; Kyle Hewson, Jr., Distance; George Fox, Jr., Distance
Home meets held at: Henry Cabot Lodge Fieldhouse, Beverly High
Outlook: The Panthers are a very young team with a lot of new faces, but could develop into a strong squad because of the excellent work ethic they’ve displayed thus far.
GIRLS INDOOR TRACK
Last year’s record: 7-0 (Northeastern Conference champions)
Head coach: Dave Jellerson (28th season, 206-11)
Captains: Tyler Orlandella, Sr., High Hurdles/High Jump; Uatchet Juch, Sr., Middle Distance; Maeve Dineen, Sr., Distance
Other key athletes: Ashley Foley, Jr., Distance; India Ingemi, Soph., Sprints; Rona Scott, Jr., Shot Put; Rachelle Mullins, Jr., 300; Annie Walker, Soph., Middle Distance; Shelby DeGrenier, Soph., Middle Distance; Klaudia Rushi, Soph., High Hurdles; MacKenzie Bauer, Jr., Distance
Home meets held at: Henry Cabot Lodge Fieldhouse, Beverly High
Outlook: Graduation claimed some key athletes, so there are definite holes to fill. Still, the Panthers have a good nucleus back and many promising underclassmen to compliment them. As always, the Orange and Black strive to challenge for the NEC title.