BOYS HOCKEY

Last year’s record: 8-9-4 (lost to North Reading in OT of Division 2 North preliminary round)

Head coach: Mike Geary (3rd season, 11-23-7)

Team captains: Chris Masta, Sr. F; Colin Levesque, Sr. F; Bryce Marquis, Sr. D; Shane Ahlin, Sr. G.

Other key players: Nick Ippolito, Jr. F; Nick Lennon, Jr. D; Evan Danjou, Jr. D.

Home rink: Essex Sports Center, Middleton

Outlook: Six seniors and 10 juniors are back for the Hawks, who have their eyes set on a second straight postseason bid (this time as a Division 3 entry, which is the best fit for them). Captains Masta and Levesque are not only linemates but close friends who work extremely well together on the ice, combining for 37 goals and 70 points a year ago. With help from newcomers such as David Egan and Chris Batten and continued stellar netminding from Ahlin (2.89 GAA, 4 shutouts last winter), Essex Tech can realistically set its sights on a league title.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Last year’s record: 10-11 (Lost to Watertown in Division 3 North first round)

Head coach: Juan Juan (3rd season, 14-27)

Team captains: Kendall Hersey, Sr., G; Aaron Fournier, Sr., G; Anderson Villa, Sr., F.

Other key players: Sam Oliveira, Soph., F; Brian De La Cruz, Fr., G.; Gemery Carrasquillo, Jr., G.

Home court: Essex Tech Fieldhouse

Outlook: The Hawks will be without leading scorer and facilitator Kendall Hersey this season as the senior guard tore his ACL back in October. But they bring in plenty of young talent and, according to head coach Juan Juan, are more talented overall than last winter when they made the playoffs. Essex Tech should compete for a league championship once again.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Last year’s record: 6-14

Head coach: Greg O’Brien (1st season)

Team captains: Virginia Vienneau, Sr., G; Cassandra Kuechler, Sr., G

Other key players: Grace Weatherbee, Sr., F; Kristen Curley, So., F; Kyra Jones, So., F

Home court: Essex Tech Vocational High School

Outlook: The Hawks went through a tough transition last season, having shuffled through multiple coaches. However, new bench boss Greg O’Brien is eager to take over the program, knowing he has dependable offensive weapons in Grace Weatherbee and Virginia Vienneau.

WRESTLING

Last year’s record: 8-17

Head coach: Rich Chouinard (3rd season)

Team captains: Cameron Lampert, Sr., 145; Mark Vecchio, Sr., 195; Faissal Ferouni, Sr., 182.

Other key wrestlers: Addison Twiss, So., 120; Matt Innis, So., 285.

Home gym: Essex Tech Field House

Outlook: The Hawks had a great run in last year’s postseason, sending four wrestlers to the Division 3 North sectionals for the first time. Three of those are returning with Cameron Lampert, Mark Vecchio and Faissal Ferouni hoping to make it back to the postseason. The trio also all played in the top six at the State Vocational Tournament. In addition, Essex had a solid crew of younger returning wrestlers that are looking to step up and fill out the lineup.

BOYS INDOOR TRACK

Last year’s record: 3-2

Head coach: Dan Verrington (1st season)

Team captains: To be named

Other key athletes: Aydan Cravieiro, Fr. Hurdles; Mac Collins, Fr. Middle Distance; Patrick Carbone, Jr. Distance

Home meets held at: North Andover HS/Reggie Lewis  Center

Outlook: The goal is to build on last year’s success. Although a few key seniors have graduated, there is a great young core of athletes ready to continue the progression for the Hawks.

GIRLS INDOOR TRACK

Last year’s record: 3-2

Head coach: Chris Roumeliotis (2nd season, 3-2)

Team captains: To be named

Other key athletes: Abby Kilbride, Soph. Sprints; Jackie Nazzaro, Soph. Middle Distance; C.J. Kuechler, Sr. Sprints; Hurdles; Emily Ernst, Fr. Distance

Home meets held at: North Andover HS/Reggie Lewis Center

Outlook: Last year’s seniors did a great job molding the younger athletes, who in turn are now determined to meet their goals. The Hawks are excited to progress and compete.