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Roche paces Andover

 

Andover's field hockey team celebrated the return of Tori Roche by whipping Methuen 6-0 in the first round of the Division 1 North tournament. Roche, who was out three weeks with an ankle injury, had a hat trick and Brenna Keefe had a goal and an assist as thw Warriors improved to 17-1-1. They'll host Belmont at 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Field Hockey, 10/31/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Conwell comes through

With about 10 minutes left Casey Conwell broke a 1-1 overtime tie, giving North Andover the dramatic 2-1 win in the Division 1 North tourney over Lexington. Catherine Knuepher also scored for the Knights, who host Westford Saturday in the quarters.

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Field Hockey, 10/30/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

17 and rolling

Windham made it 17 straight, taking out Oyster River, 3-0, in the New Hampshire Division 2 volleyball opening round. Julie Sanders and Lexi Sawyer had six kills apiece to pace the quarterfinal-bound Jags.

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Girls Volleyball, 10/30/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Brooks uses rapid rally to top St. Marks

NORTH ANDOVER — Brooks trailed by two scores midway through the second quarter, but by halftime had already tied the game and from there went on to defeat St. Marks 38-28 Saturday afternoon.

Trailing 21-7 in the second, Owen Rosenberger flipped the momentum in Brooks' favor when be broke in to block a punt to put the ball at the St. Marks 2-yard line. Two plays later North Reading's Chris Cervizzi plunged in for a touchdown to cut into the deficit.

The Green and White defense than struck, as Luke Hajdukiewicz picked off a pass shortly before halftime, and Brooks tied the game when K.J. Moore hit Nick Konovalchik for a 16-yard touchdown.

St. Marks bounced back to retake the lead after the break, but Brooks would not be denied.

First it was Cervizzi (team-high 159 yards) who scored his second touchdown of the day on a 22-yard run to make it 28-28 going into the fourth.

Haverhill's Coy Candelario then struck, hauling in a pass from Moore and taking it 35 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Kicker Andrew Hulshult then added the insurance with a 30-yard field goal.

Brooks (5-1) travels to face Groton on Saturday at 2:15 p.m.

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Football, 10/25/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Matthews' hugs day leads Sanborn to playoff berth

KINGSTON, N.H. — For the second straight season, the Sanborn Indians are headed to the New Hampshire Division 2 playoffs, riding another tremendous effort by fullback Zach Matthews to a 19-7 victory over archrival Pelham on Saturday.

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Football, 10/25/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pentucket allows just 43 total yards in revenge victory over North Reading

WEST NEWBURY — No matter how the rest of his day played out, a little revenge made it a “Sweet 16” for Pentucket’s Pat Freiermuth.

The quarterback threw a touchdown to fellow sophomore Liam Sheehy and, from his linebacker position, helped lead a dominating defense effort that allowed just 43 total yards as the Sachems celebrated Freiermuth’s 16th birthday with a 16-0 domination over North Reading on Saturday.

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Football, 10/25/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Ford, Anthony lead Phillips

ANDOVER — Jumaane Ford and Max Anthony each surpassed 100 yards rushing and Jack Belluche picked off two passes as Phillips Andover beat Deerfield Saturday 32-24.

Anthony finished with 102 yards rushing and scored on runs of 18 and 2 yards. The host Big Blue led 12-0 after a quarter on an Anthony TD and a 48-yard interception return by Belluche, a junior cornerback from Andover.

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Football, 10/25/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Torres powers Reggies into postseason

WAKEFIELD — Jeremy Torres fell a tad short of the mark he’d set for himself. But the senior running back isn’t one to quibble over a measly five yards. Running on the fresh legs a three-week layoff provides, Torres got stronger as the game progressed Saturday to lead Greater Lawrence to a 28-12 victory against Northeast. The No. 7 Reggies (4-2) are expected to play at No. 2 Brighton (7-0) this weekend in the Division 5 North quarterfinals. Torres finished with 230 yards on 22 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns, including the final, clinching score with 10:14 left. “Everyone on the sideline was on me to run harder, run harder,” said Torres. “And the line was perfect. I saw a lot of big holes out there. “My goal was 235 (yards). It was something I wanted to achieve. But I can live with finishing five yards short. As long as we got the W and made the playoffs.” The Reggies’ last game was Oct. 4. The long layoff was due to a bye week and a cancellation of a game due to a whooping cough outbreak at the school. “We had three weeks to prepare for this team,” Torres said. “We wanted to come in here, beat them and make our way to the playoffs. We want to make some noise in the playoffs. Making the playoffs is very important.” Torres, who ran for 200 yards against Manchester Essex in Week 3, ran for his biggest yardage when needed most. “The game plan was just to run the ball and pound it in,” Torres said. “My line was firing off and everything was perfect. We just wanted to keep going.” Both sides of the line enjoyed their best game of the season as the Reggies finished with 322 yards on their 52 carries (6.2 yard average, while Northeast (3-4) was held to 77 on its 32 attempts (2.4 average). Three Reggies toil on both lines: two-way tackle Daniel Hernandez, guard/defensive end Edgardo Garcia and center/tackle Brandon Nichols. “My major fear was playing after having three weeks off,” GL coach Tony Sarkis said. “We had a roller-coaster kind of ride up and down, and then they sealed it in the fourth quarter when they put it together and played well.” Greater Lawrence also got touchdown runs from Angel Martin (19 yards for the game’s first score), and Shane Dunn (a 1-yarder that provided a 22-12 lead). But it was Torres who put the finishing touches on Greater Lawrence’s grand finale. “He’s been up and down (this season),” Sarkis said. “He’s really settled down and playing a (heck) of a game. He’s very athletic and a hard worker. But he’s also starting to be a leader which is the most important thing.”

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Football, 10/25/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Windham rolls over Milford

Brendan McInnis completed all four of his passes for 148 yards, including a 99-yard TD pass to Anthony Gallo as Windham rolled 41-0 over Milford. 

McInnis also rushed one time for 16 yards.

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Football, 10/24/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Chen rushes for 284 yards, Andover locks up playoff berth

ANDOVER — One year ago, Andover found itself on the outside looking in on the new Massachusetts football playoff system, relegated to the losers bracket after a 4-3 start.

A season later, the Golden Warriors weren’t going to be left out again.

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Football, 10/24/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Urbanik (4 TDs) leads Astros to rout over Keene

 DERRY — T.J. Urbanik rushed seven times for 148 yards as Pinkerton rolled 57-9 over Keene. 

The Astros remained perfect at 8-0 while Keene dropped to 0-8. 

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Football, 10/24/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Fairweather continues record-setting season in win

 

LONDONDERRY - Eric Fairweather came close, real close, to reaching two milestones in Londonderry's 22-13 victory over Nashua South. Fairweather, the Lancers QB, reached 1,031 yards on the ground for the season with his 140 rushing yards Friday. But he just missed reaching the 1,000-yard passing plateau. With his 134 yards passing against Nashua South, Fairweather now has 981 yards passing for the season. He has a chance to reach that statistical milestone in a huge game against Salem next Friday at Salem High. Fairweather was his usual dominant self Friday. He rushed for TDs of 63 and 5 yards and also connected with receiver Nick Donnelly for a 17-yard TD score. But the QB did throw three interceptions as Nashua South made a comeback after trailing 22-0 in the fourth quarter. Michael Ryan added six rushes for 69 and Jimmy Nee ran three times for 24 yards. David Wiedenfeld caught two passes for 48 yards. Salem, meanwhile, beat Nashua North 12-7 on Friday. Salem and Londonderry both enter next Friday's Halloween game with 7-1 records. The winner of that game goes to the playoffs and the other team's season will end.

 

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Football, 10/24/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Salem wins sets up Londonderry showdown

NASHUA — One week before a regular-season showdown against Londonderry with a playoff spot up for grabs, it would have been easy for Salem to overlook a two-win Nashua North squad.

Especially when a junior running back will be taking his first snaps as a varsity signal caller.

While last night's victory might not have been the Blue Devils' prettiest performance of a stellar season, Salem's 12-7 win got the job done.

Nick Shumski proved more than capable of getting the job done, one night after being told he'd be subbing under center for starter John Cerretani, who was not in uniform because of a coach's decision.

Shumski rebounded from an interception on his first throw, completing four of his remaining five passes. Each completion went to Kenny Calabrese, none bigger than his leaping 28-yard reception at the Titan 1, setting up Johnny Bartose's clinching touchdown with 8:07 remaining in the game.

"I found out (Thursday) before practice," said Shumski, who's only previous QB experience this year was the first half of the first junior varsity game. "One of my teammates told me. I thought he was messing with me at first, but it turned out to be the real deal.

"I just thought it was a big opportunity right now. I had to play my best and help my team out. Everyone is stressing out about Londonderry, but we knew we had to get this one first"

The inexperienced Shumski was helped significantly by Charles Sibanda, who led a balanced rushing attack with 118 yards and the game's initial touchdown midway through the third quarter.

"Nick's a great football player," Salem coach Rob Pike said. "We had full confidence in him. He did fine. We just had a lot of other issues we have to take care of."

Those issues would be penalties that stymied may possessions, including one that lasted 9 minutes and 18 plays and reached the North 1. The Blue Devils were flagged 13 times for 126 yards. Six of the calls were of the personal foul-unsportsmanlike varieties. The two teams combined for 238 yards on 24 penalties.

Defense played a huge role, holding the Titans to 102 rushing yards and 164 total. The biggest play was Bryce Haynes' interception that halted Nashua North's final possession.

"Defense is playing great," Pike said. "There's a ton of guys I could highlight."

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Football, 10/24/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

N.H. Football: Hughes does it all for Owls

PLAISTOW - Jason Hughes kicked a field goal, scored on a touchdown run, threw a touchdown pass, intercepted two passes and kept Merrimack pinned back with his punting.

The junior's jack-of-all-trades performance lifted Timberlane to a 16-7 win over Merrimack on a cold Friday night.

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Football, 10/24/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

VIDEO: Andover volleyball's Eduardo Machado

Eduardo Machado is a standout for the Andover volleyball team — he leads the team in assists and kills — and is also a star in the classroom. He is ranked in the top 10 percent of his class, scored a 2,170 on his SATs and will be attending RPI.

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