Last year’s record: 16-5-1 (lost to North Andover in Division 2 North quarterfinals)
Head coach: Steve Baldassare (4th season, 38-19-6)
Team captains: Jared Mscisz, Sr. F; Jack Thibodeau, Sr. F.
Other key players: Cooper Adrien, Sr. F; Cal Mansfield, Jr. F; Tyler Puska, Jr. F; Tyler Robinson, Soph. F; J.P. Kelter, Jr. D; Michael Papamechail, Soph. D; Cam DiMeglio, Jr. D; Chris Tansey, Jr. D; Brian Taylor, Soph. D; Griffin Geraghty, Soph. D; Rob Prentiss, Sr. G; Adam Bridgeo, Soph. G.
Home rink: Bourque Arena, Endicott College
Outlook: The Falcons lost two-thirds of last season’s goal production (67 of 101 total) to graduation, so finding someone to help Mscisz (17 goals last winter) fill the nets is of paramount importance. The team has two strong goaltenders in Prentiss and Bridgeo, and the squad’s drive and passion to win their third straight Northeastern Conference title is already evident. Look for some of the young defensemen to step up and assume key identities.
Last year’s record: 2-18
Head coach: Chris Timson (2nd season)
Team captains: TBD
Other key players: Justin DiTamaso, Sr., F.; Armany Vlaun, Sr., G/F; Max Beuvelet, Jr., C; Anthony Yebba, Sr., G.; Kyle White, Sr., G/F (Injured); Brendan Treacy, Sr., G; Kyle Little, Sr., F.
Home court: Danvers High Gymnasium
Outlook: The Falcons struggled to find the win column with an overall inexperienced group last winter. This year, they hope to improve on their progress with a more experienced and veteran led squad. There’s also a pair of promising underclassmen coming into the program that could see varsity burn.
Last year’s record: 16-6 (NEC South champs, Lost to Melrose in D2 North Quarter Finals)
Head coach: Patrick Veillieux (13th season)
Team captains: Hailey Chisholm, Sr. G; Ava Lanning, Sr. SG
Other key players: Cheyenne Nessinger, Jr. PF; Maddie Montanari, Jr. G; Megan Murphy, Soph. SG; Autumn James, Soph. PF
Home gym: Danvers High Gymnasium
Outlook: The Falcons graduated six seniors from last year’s squad and will be young this winter, with junior Cheyenne Nessinger the only returning starter. However, don’t expect Danvers to drop too far off in the standings, not with experienced role players like junior Maddie Montanari and captain Hailey Chisholm set to take on larger roles in 2018-19.
Last year’s record: 10-8 (8th at New Englands and All-States, Northeastern Conference champions)
Head coach: Tim Rich (3rd season, 23-14)
Team captains: Rob Murphy, Sr., 195; Russ Canova, Jr., 182; Max Leete, So., 120.
Other key wrestlers: Matt Gagne, Sr., 126; Connor McCarthy, Fr., 138; Rich Canova, Jr., 160; Ted Ambliotis, Jr., 195; Chad Abboud, Jr., 220, Evan Glynos, Fr., 285; Brendon Whalen, Fr., 220; Eliva Paulino, Fr., 138; Michael Leon, Fr., 195; Nate Ciesinski, Jr., 106; Donovan Biersteker, Fr., 113; Cory Macneil, Fr., 152; Thai Nugent, Fr., 145; Seth Fagone, Fr., 132; Chase Eary, Fr, 152.
Home gym: Danvers High Fieldhouse
Outlook: The Falcons have an outstanding group at the top of their lineup with All-State champion Max Leete returning and Russ Canova back after playing at All-States as well. In addition, there’s a group of nine freshmen and three eighth graders hoping to make an impact in the depth of the lineup. Head assistant coach Brent Loveless and assistant Steve Hennessey have been immense in helping head coach Tim Rich prepare for the year as Danvers looks to defend the NEC title and make a run back to sectionals, states and New Englands.
BOYS INDOOR TRACK
Last year’s record: 4-3
Head coach: John Norris (15th season, 65-34)
Team captains: Anthony Spignese, Sr. 300; Lance Ledesma, Sr. Shot Put; Kevin Jordan, Sr. 600; Jeremy Hilton, Sr. 1000; Liam Breen, Sr. Mile
Other key athletes: Josh Allen, Sr. High Jump; Anthony Olszak, Sr. Hurdles; Carter Dunkerly, Sr. 300
Home meets held at: Danvers High
Outlook: This could be the best Falcons’ team in the last 4-5 years. They’re deep in most areas with some good looking newcomers, along with some talented and hard-working No. 1 runners. Danvers should be competitive with most anybody in the conference; expect Peabody, Marblehead and Beverly to be very strong also.
GIRLS INDOOR TRACK
Last year’s record: 3-4
Head coach: John Norris (5th year, 16-12)
Team captains: Shannon Lynch, Sr. Hurdles; Dessa Darras, Sr. Shot Put; Mackenzie Schmink, Sr. Sprints
Other key athletes: Julie Kee, Jr. 600; Olivia Viel, Soph. 1,000; Gabby Sherrick, Jr. Mile; Alex Marie, Sr. Shot Put/Distance; Alex Gagnon, Sr. Two-Mile
Home meets held at: Danvers High
Outlook: The loss of some top athletes to graduation will hurt in some events, but the Falcons should be deeper overall, especially in distance events and shot put. Norris expects toughest competition from Beverly, Marblehead and Peabody.
Last year’s record: 6-3
Head coach: Meghan Beaulieu (5th season as head coach, 18th with program)
Team captains: Jared Casey, Sr. backstroke and freestyle; Ethan McGrath, Sr. butterfly; Reagan O’Shea, Sr. fly and free; Jack O’Neill, Sr. diving and breaststroke.
Other key swimmers: Maddie Butler, Jr. distance, free and backstroke; Nolan Hills, Soph. fly and free; Alex Douyotas, Sr. free.
Home pool: Danvers YMCA
Outlook: The Falcons are coming off a successful season and boast a strong returning core of experienced swimmers. They should challenge for the top spot in the Northeastern Conference.