BOYS HOCKEY

Last year’s record: 0-20

Head coach: Mark Leonard (24th season, 227-215-39)

Team captains: Connor McCarron, Sr. F; Nick Capillo, Sr. F; Ryan Huber, Sr. D; Caleb Dollin, Sr. D

Other key players: Nathan LePage, Soph. F; Adam Aylward, Jr. F; Dante Vargas, Sr. F; Nick Ricci, Jr. D; Jack Malcolm, Sr. F; Lucas DeMild, Soph. G.

Home rink: McVann-O’Keefe Rink, Peabody

Outlook: With 17 players varsity players back possessing size, speed and a tireless work ethic, better days are certain ahead for the Tanners in 2018-19. DeMild has shown improvement in the offseason and his teammates will look to cut down on the shots against him. At the other end of the ice, Peabody will look to generate offense behind its top trio of McCarron-LePage-Capillo, with others such as Malcom, Aylward and Vargas also hoping to get on the scoresheet with regularity. Newcomers Luke Buckley, a sophomore forward, and freshman defenseman Andrew Sousa could become immediate contributors as well.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Last year’s record: 11-8-2 (Lost in Division 1 first round)

Head coach: Michelle Roach (4th season, 26-29-7)

Team captains: Sammie Mirasolo, Jr., F; Jess Robert, Sr., F; Kat DiGiulio, Sr., F; Abby Buckley, Sr., G; Charlotte Grant, Sr., F.

Other key players: Carolyn Garofoli, Jr., D; Reilly Ganter, So., D; Jen Flynn, SO., F; Paige Thibodeau, So., F; Jeny Collins, Jr., G; Catherine Sweeney, Fr., D; Sadie Gearan, Fr., F; Elise Staunton, So., F; Maria Pierce, Fr, F.

Home rink: McVann-O’Keefe Rink, Peabody

Outlook: The Tanners have increased their win total for three consecutive seasons, and with top-scorer Sammie Mirasolo (41 points) returning they hope that trend continues. Abby Buckley (435 saves, .924 save %) is a four-year starter in net and, along with Jeny Collins, gives Peabody their league’s best 1-2 punch at the goaltending position. Peabody made its schedule tougher, adding bouts with St. Mary’s of Lynn and Haverhill/Pentucket/North Andover to prepare for the rigors of the Division 1 postseason. Five of the team’s top six forwards from last year are back as well, and with 10 incoming freshmen this could be the deepest squad the co-op with Lynnfield/North Reading has had in recent memory.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Last year’s record: 12-9 (Lost to Lynn English in Division 1 North first round)

Head coach: Thad Broughton (8th season, 71-78)

Team captains: Mike Tansey, Sr. F; Chris Canela, Sr. G; Joe O’Neil, Sr. G.

Other key players: Chioke Onwuogu, Jr. F; Joel Kashila, Jr. F.; Chris Perez, Jr. G; Tyler Callahan, Sr. F; Alex Jean, Jr. F.

Home court: Peabody Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse

Outlook: Peabody graduated seven seniors from last year’s tournament squad but return leading scorer Chris Canela, who is poised for a phenomenal senior campaign. Mike Tansey is back healthy and will be a big boost on the glass in the starting lineup, while a slew of underclassmen coming up from JV hope to make their mark.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Last year’s record: 8-12

Head coach: Stan McKeen (5th season, 44-37)

Team captains: Catherine Manning, Sr. G; Kristina Rossignol, Sr. PF.

Other key players: Amber Kiricoples, Soph. SG; Colleen Crotty, Jr., G, Liz Zaiter, Sr., F.

Home Court: Peabody Veterans Memorial High School

Outlook: The Tanners were slow out of the gate last season due to inexperience, but went on a furious run once they became a more cohesive squad. Peabody went 7-4 in their last 11 games and were largely lead by now-captains Catherine Manning (11.4 ppg.) and Liz Zaiter (7.2 rpg.) during that stretch. They’ll also look to juniors Olivia Kircoples and Colleen Crotty to improve their offense this winter.

WRESTLING

Last year’s record: 3-13

Head coach: Dave Pinette (7th season)

Team captains: Phil Makoci, Jr. 220; Dom Clark, Sr. 182; Jack Murphy, Jr. 106; Travis Fraser, Sr. 132.

Home gym: Saugus High School Fieldhouse

Outlook: It’s a new era for Tanners wrestling as the program has launched a co-op along with Thanksgiving football rival Saugus, which went 7-12 last year and combined after long-time coach Rudy Howard retired. Increased numbers should help head coach Dave Pinette and assistant Tim Pinette fill out a full lineup card to be more competitive in dual meets in an always strong Northeastern Conference. Junior Phil Makoci is looking to build on finishing sixth in Division 1 North last year as a sophomore and Saugus’ Dom Clark was a state qualifier.

BOYS INDOOR TRACK

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

Head coach: Fernando Braz (19th season, 152-5-1(63-1in NEC meets)

Team captains: To be named

Other key athletes: Claudio Rocha, Sr. Distance; Ryan Buchanan, Sr. Distance; Jacob Hawthorne, Sr. Sprints/Jumps; Kemani Jackson, Sr. Hurdles/Sprints; Gabe Carvalho, Sr. Throws

Home meets held at: Peabody High

Outlook: The Tanners’ goal is to be competitive in conference meets and improve steadily going into the championship season.

GIRLS INDOOR TRACK

Last year’s record: 5-2

Head coach: Tom Holleran (2nd season, 5-2)

Team captains: To be named

Other key athletes: Lexi Bettencourt, Sr. Middle Distance; Jolene Murphy, Soph. Sprints; Alexa Flewelling, Sr. Jumps; Lily Brennan, Sr. Middle Distance; Victoria Lombardi, Sr. Distance; Sadai Headley-Mawasi, Soph. Sprints; Sarah Enes, Sr. Distance; Maddy Nerich, Jr. Throws; Vanessa Martarano, Sr. Jumps

Home meets held at: Peabody High

Outlook: Peabody should be very competitive with a good mix of first timers and experienced runners. Young freshmen will be expected to push the upperclassmen on a daily basis, which should make the season fun for all.

SWIMMING

Last year’s record: 5-0 (Northeastern Conference South champions)

Head coach: Maureen Shea (8th season)

Team captains: Kirsten Currie, Sr. all around; William Connolly, Sr. freestyle; Bailey Lopes, Sr. freestyle; Jason Canuel, Sr. freestyle, breaststroke; Anthony Minichello, Jr. all around.

Other key swimmers: Stephanie McLean, Sr. freestyle; Lauren McPhail, Jr. all around; Lily Bromberger, Soph. all around; Roman Bukhovko, Soph. all around; Isabella Forte, Soph. diving; Malachy McAdams, Soph. diving.

Home meets held at: Peabody Lynnfield YMCA pool

Outlook: After a title winning season last winter, the Tanners hope to repeat that success in the pool. Senior leadership should go a long way towards achieving their goals, with help from some talented underclassmen.