2017-18 Peabody High Winter Sports Previews

PAUL BILODEAU/Staff photoPeabody’s Jon Salmeron (top) will add to his victory total this winter as a senior wrestler.

BOYS HOCKEY

Last year’s record: 3-14-3

Head coach: Mark Leonard (23rd season, 227-195-39)

Captains: Connor McCarron, Jr. F; Nick Capillo, Jr. F.

Other key players: Caleb Dollin, Jr. F; Zack Defreitas, Sr. D; Dante Vargas, Jr. F; Nick Ricci, Soph. D; Andrew Phillips, Fr. F; Nathan LePage, Fr. F; Lucas DeMild, Fr. G.

Home rink: McVann-O’Keefe Rink, Peabody

Outlook: Having lost 11 seniors to graduation and with just one senior on this year’s roster, the Tanners are rebuilding. Freshmen Phillips, LePage and goaltender DeMild will all see regular playing time; so will eighth grade defenseman Tommy Tilas. The top six forwards are fast and have a lot of potential, the freshmen class appears strong, and the team-wise work ethic is evident. But the youth and inexperience of the squad will certainly show at times as the club gets used to the speed and size of varsity high school hockey.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Last year’s record: 9-9-3 (Lost in Division 1 preliminary round)

Head coach: Michelle Roach (3rd season, 15-21-5)

Team captains: Sarah Buckley, Sr., F; Cassie Mirasolo, Sr., F; Mae Norton, Sr., D; Kaydee Purcell, Sr., D.

Other key players: Sammie Mirasolo, So., F; Kat DiGiulio, Jr., F; Jess Robert, Jr., F; Jeny Collins, So., G; Paige Thibedeau, Fr., F; Abby Buckley, Jr., G; Carolyn Garofoli, So., D.

League: Northeastern Hockey League

Home rink: McVann-O’Keefe Rink, Peabody

Outlook: The Tanners feel like they’ve cemented their team identity over the last two years and are excited to take another step forward this winter. After making the state playoffs for the first time in 2017, a return trip this March is the baseline goal. With five of their six multi-goal scorers from last year back, plus the seasoned experience they boast on defense and in net, the Tanners should be tough to play against and could contend for a league title for the first time ever.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Last year’s record: 13-8 (Lost to Lawrence in Division 1 North first round)

Head coach: Thad Broughton (7th season, 59-67)

Team captains: Marcus Barker, Sr., G; Jake Irvine, Sr., G; Chris Canela, Jr., G.

Other key players: Jake Gustin, Sr., G; Mike Tansey, Jr., F;

Home court: Peabody Veterans Memorial Field House

Outlook: The Tanners graduated nearly their entire roster from last year, with Canela and Irvine being the only returning players with varsity experience. But with nearly 100 kids going out for the team this winter and a number of new players showing plenty of promise early on, all signs point to another successful season for head coach Thad Broughton and Co.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Last year’s record: 13-7 (Lost to Woburn in Division 1 North quarterfinals)

Head coach: Stan McKeen (4th season, 36-25 record)

Team captains: Serena Laro, Sr. , Forward; Jordan Muse, Sr., Guard

Other key players: Liz Zaiter, Jr., Forward; Catherine Manning, Jr., Forward; Kristina Rossignoll, Jr., Guard

League: Northeastern Conference

Home court: Peabody Veterans Memorial High School

Outlook: “I guess you would call this a rebuilding year after graduating 10 seniors from last years team. Looking to make the playoffs is the No. 1 priority,” said McKeen.

WRESTLING

Last year’s record: 2-12-2

Head coach: Dave Pinette (6th season)

Team captains: Jon Salmeron, Sr., 170; Noah Freedman, Sr., 152; Matt Rapoza, Sr., 120; Phil Makoci, So., 195.

Other key players: Jack Murphy, So., 106; Arthur Azevedo, Jr., 185; Cam Cuzzi, Fr., 155.

League: Northeastern Conference

Home gym: Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse

Outlook: What the Tanners may lack in depth (there are six returning grapplers and 16 total on the roster) they make up for in overall quality. Jon Salmeron, a senior, was fourth in the Division 1 section last year and Phil Makoci finished eighth in the competitive 195 lb. Division 1 bracket as a freshman, so Peabody definitely has the ability to make some noise in the individual tournament brackets this winter. Building interest in the program and having those highly competitive grapplers wrestling into late February and March are the goals.

SWIMMING

Last year’s record: 5-4

Head coach: Maureen Shea (7th season); Diving coach: Stephanie Forte

Team captains: Kirsten Currie, Jr., butterfly; Shaelyn Kelley, Sr., free; Cana Teague, Sr., free; William Connolly, Jr., free.

Other key swimmers: Lilly Bromberger, Fr., free; Bella Forte, Fr., diving; Bailey Lopes, Jr., free; Sophia Medina, Jr., free; Lilly Ryan, Fr., free; Millie Teague, Fr., breaststroke.

Home pool: Peabody YMCA

Outlook: The Tanners are looking forward to re-building and growing the team after losing a number of valuable seniors to graduation. According to head coach Maureen Shea, its a great group of young and enthusiastic athletes ready to take to the pool.

BOYS INDOOR TRACK

Last year’s record: 7-0 (Northeastern Conference and conference meet champions)

Head coach: Fernando Braz (20th season, 145-5-1 overall and 56-1 in NEC)

Captains: To be named

Key athletes: Jacob Hawthorne, Jr., Sprints/Jumps; Isaiah Knight, Sr., Middle Distance/Jumps; Elijah White, Sr., Hurdles/Middle Distance; Randdye Ramos, Sr., Throws; Conner Ramos, Sr., Throws; Eric DeMayo, Sr., Throws; Joe LeBlanc, Sr., Hurdles/Jumps/Sprints

Home meets held at: Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse, Peabody High

Outlook: The Tanners’ goal is to develop and improve over the course of the winter season, with their ultimate aim to be competitive in the Northeastern Conference North.

GIRLS INDOOR TRACK

Last year’s record: 6-1

Head coach: Thomas Holleran (1st season)

Captains: Sam Pang, Sr., Hurdles/Sprints; Taylor Correggio, Sr., 55 Meter; Miriana Hamze, Sr., Throws; Gianna Ruggiero, Sr., 300/600; Nicole Ruggiero, 300/600; Ava Marotta, Sr., 300/600; Lilly Brennan, Jr., Distance

Other key athletes: Lexi Bettencourt, Sr., Sprints/Hurdles; Fatima Kaba, Jr., Hurdles; Hannah Sierzega, Jr., Sprints; Alexa Flewelling, Jr., High Jump; Vanessa Martarano, Jr., High Jump; Ann Manning, Sr., High Jump; Jessica Bacelar, Jr., High Jump

Home meets held at: Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse, Peabody High

Outlook: There are 90 girls out for the team this season, giving the Tanners depth in all events.

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