Last year’s record: 15-5-4 (lost to Pope Francis in Super 8 fourth round)
Head coach: Kristian Hanson (13th season, 157-71-28 at St. John’s; 236-131-34 including seven years before that at Salem High)
Team captains: Jack Gilligan, Jr. D; Tyler Raposa, Sr. D; Patrick Moran, Jr. F.
Other key players: Zach McKennelly, Soph. F; Ryan Hart, Jr. F; Ryan Bradley, Jr. F; Jake Essensa, Jr. G; Jack Riley, Jr. D; Zach Scarpola, Sr. C; Ryan Siciliano, Sr. F, Ryan Heiss, Sr. F.
Home rink: Essex Sports Center, Middleton
Outlook: With 11 seniors lost to graduation and five others who have gone off to prep school, there are a multitude of new faces in the Eagles’ program. Finding an identity early on will be key; traditionally, St. John’s has gotten stronger and stronger as the season goes on. Newcomers include 11th graders Matt Taylor, Ned Malolepzy and Ryan Webb up front, as well as Josiah Brown and Will Perry on defense. As many as a half-dozen freshmen could have an impact on the varsity, too.
Last year’s record: 16-6 (Lost to Lawrence in Division 1 North quarterfinals)
Head coach: John Dullea (6th season, 83-29)
Team captains: Christian Plourde, Sr., F.
Other key players: Will Batchelder, Soph., G; Aidan Callahan, Soph., G; Liam Dunfee, Jr., F; Matt Duchemin, Jr., G/F; Mason Davis, Jr., F/C.
Home court: Pat Connaughton Court at St. John’s Prep Fieldhouse
Outlook: The Eagles graduated a strong senior corps that included the likes of 6-foot-7 big man Tommy O’Neil and sharpshooter Matt Relihan. They also lost starting point guard Jarnel Snow-Guzman, who transferred out. They have some holes to fill and are young and inexperienced overall, but boast an impressive group of guards and coach Dullea is excited about this group’s potential.
Last year’s record: 30-5 (Catholic Conference champions, 13th at Division 1 states)
Head coach: Manny Costa (29th season, 696-147-5)
Team captain: Ryan Garlitz, Sr. 138
Other key wrestlers: Nick Curley, So., 106; Alec Runnals, Jr., 120; Quinn Alexander, Jr., 126; Achilles Gikas, Jr., 152; Marty Roach, Jr., 160; Ben Shaw, Sr., 170; Drew Leahy, Sr., 182; Owen Gaffney, Jr., 195.
Home gym: St. John’s Prep Wellness Center
Outlook: Senior Ryan Garlitz is one of the top wrestlers in New England, perhaps in the country, and returns after gaining 47 pins last season and having a career record of 174-14. In addition, the Eagles bring back two other Salem News all-stars (Nick Curley and Achilles Gikas) and appear primed to defend their Catholic Conference title. Some of the grapplers are getting a late start due to the extended football season with the Super Bowl, but the Prep will almost certainly be firing on all cylinders when the postseason rolls around in late February.
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Last year’s record: 6-0 (Tri-County League champs; State Relay champs in long jump, high jump, and DMR; team second at State Relays)
Head coach: Zachary Langkow (4th season, 14-4)
Team captains: To be named
Other key athletes: Sean Majeski, Sr. High Jump/High Hurdles; Long Jump; James MacLeod, Sr. 55/300/Relays; Connor Miles, Jr. 55/300/Relays; Mike Fionda, Jr. Shot Put; Nate Beucler, Sr. Shot Put; Theo Hutt, Jr. Shot Put; Ed Kusel, Jr. 400/600/800/1,000; Geddes Donlon, Jr. 400/600/800/1,000; Harris Fremont-Smith, Soph. 400/600/800/1,000
Home meets held at: Reggie Lewis Center
Outlook: The Eagles are excited to reload after graduating some top level seniors. Majeski, MacLeod and Beucler are very consistent and ready to lead the way for St. John’s. The team goal is to build off the momentum of the young distance team’s championship season and add in sprinters, jumpers and throwers to fill out a well balanced roster.
Last year’s record: Catholic Conference champions; Division 1 State champions
Head coach: Anthony Padvaiskas (21st season).
Team captains: Alex Argeros, Sr., Breast and IM; Mitchell Lockwood, Sr., Freestyle.
Other key swimmers: Conor Moran, John Santonini
Home pool: St. John’s Prep
Outlook: “Every year the expectation is to become better people and teammates over the course of the season, by learning life skills that will help going forward in life,” said coach Padvaiskas.