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DeCosmo with winner

 

Kaylie DeCosmo scored her fourth goal in two games, this time a game-winner as Pinkerton edged Manchester Memorial 2-1 in field hockey.

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Field Hockey, 10/01/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Raider fivesome

 

Led by Ryan Ajamian with a medalist score of 35, Central Catholic's golf team had five winners shoot under 40 in a 13-7 win over Billerica. That improved the Raiders to 8-1-1.

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Golf, 10/01/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

D'Entremont take three

North Andover's Lauren D'Entremont won the 200 freestryle (2:05.47) and 100 freestyle (56.59) and swam on the winning 400 freestyle relay but the Scarlet Knights fell to Lowell 96-87.

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121-0 in goals!

Georgina Christopulos scored three goals in just over four minutes in the first half, helping Andover remain perfect on the season by beating Tewksbury 6-0. Megan Hartnett needed to save just one shot to make it 11 straight games for the Warriors without allowing a goal. They've now outscored their opponents 121-0!

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Field Hockey, 10/01/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Haddad blocks Hillies

 

Erica Haddad had six blocks to go along with 10 kills to help Central Catholic shut out Haverhill in girls volleyball. Abigail Sonuga led the Hillies with 15 kills and three blocks. 

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Pack of Rangers

 

In 15-45 boys cross country victories over both Central Catholic and Dracut, Methuen's boys top five finished within nine seconds of each other. Cam Pavao led with a 16:25 for 3 miles, followed by Matt Marchand, Jeff Reddy, John St. Hilaire and Devin Allen (15:34).

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Collins lead Owls

Ally Collins scored off a stroke midway through the second half to give Timberlane a 2-1 victory over Keene.

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Field Hockey, 10/01/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Leo breaks away

 

First-year runner Michela Leo had a breakout race for Presentation of Mary, finishing second overall, as the Panthers improved to 6-1 with a 23-33 victory over Essex Aggie.

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Girls Cross Country, 10/01/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lemieux shines

 

Haverhill junior Jillian Lemieux had a terrific personal-best time of 18:56 on the 2.9-mile Winnekennin Park course to finish second for the Hillies, who fell to powerful Billerica 19-40 but whipped Lawrence 15-50.

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Demeule sizzles

 

Pentucket senior Alex Demeule couldn't keep up with Newburyport star Nick Carleo Wednesday afternoon, but he had a spectacular race nevertheless. Carleo was first in a course record on the 2.95-mile Pipestave course, with a super 15:21 to pace the Clippers' 22-37 victory, but Demeule was runner-up in an excellent 16:06, which also broke the old record.

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Georgetown with stunning win in final seconds; first league win since 2010

  HAVERHILL – It was a long time coming for Georgetown, which beat Manchester Essex 14-13 in a thrilling fourth quarter comeback to claim the program’s first win of the season and its first conference victory since Thanksgiving of 2010.   Down 13-6 with three minutes to play, quarterback Cooper Martens and the Georgetown offense drove the length of the field. After Nick DePasquale came up just short of the pylon on a diving rush to the outside, Martens pushed his way in to pull the Royals within one with 10 seconds to play.   Faced with a decision of playing for the tie with an extra point, or going for two and the win, first-year coach Justin Spurr decided to lay his cards on the table and go for the win right there.   “You don’t get many chances like that,” Spurr said. “We felt like the kids were hungry and ready to do it. We knew that they had it burning inside.”   Despite a false start penalty that pushed the Royals back five yards, Georgetown wouldn’t be denied. Martens fired a short pass over the middle to tight end Nick Calvani, who caught the pass to give Georgetown the lead and the win.   An elated Spurr said after the game, “They’ve been through a lot of hard years. And it’s not about me or the coaching staff, I’m here for the kids and they deserve this win. It’s their win.”   Coming into the game, Georgetown had struggled mightily in its first two matchups, losing by four touchdowns to both Cathedral and Greater Lowell. Manchester Essex hadn’t fared much better.   That changed in the second quarter, when Manchester Essex running back Chris Carr found the end zone twice to give his team the lead. The junior tailback opened the scoring with a goal line touchdown run on fourth down early in the second quarter, and then he repeated the fourth down feat from seven yards out on the next possession after the Royals fumbled away the ensuing kickoff.   “It takes a lot out of us on defense when at halftime it’s 31-17 in plays,” Spurr said.   DePasquale cut the lead to 13-6 when he got to the edge on a sweep and scored from 13 yards out.   The Royals made the biggest defensive stand of the game when they halted a Manchester-Essex drive that would have iced the game.   The Royals, who went 2-9 last year, came up with a fourth down stop in their own territory with three minutes to play. The front seven hung tough against Carr, who ran for over 100 yards on the day, and got the stop to set up the game’s dramatic finish.  

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Football, 09/27/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Return game heroics not enough for Big Blue

ANDOVER —  Kent held off Phillips Andover for a 31-27 win in a back-and-forth battle Saturday afternoon at Phelps Field.

The most effective weapon for the Big Blue was its special teams. Brendan Misterman and Matt Whalen each returned a kickoff for a score. Dewitt Burnham rushed for a TD on the final play of the game and threw for 103 yards. Dane Wagner, a 220-pound linebacker from Niceville, Fla, turned in a terrific defensive effort. 

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Salem rebounds with defense

SALEM — For the second consecutive week, Salem saw a huge possession die by downs at the 1-yard line.

Unlike last week, when their drive ended 20 seconds shy of upending a title-contender, the Blue Devils still had clock to play with yesterday.

And they made the most of their time as a safety and interception return helped the Devils score 17 points in fewer than 5 fourth-quarter minutes, powering a 24-21 victory over Timberlane that kept Salem in the playoff chase.

"There were a lot mixed emotions (this past week)," Salem quarterback John Cerretani said about recovering from the tough 7-point loss to Pinkerton the week before. "We were a yard short of beating the No. 1 team in the state. So we had to keep our heads up and work even harder to come back and win our homecoming."

Yesterday nearly was a case of deja vu, however, when Salem's nine-play possession that spanned the final two quarters came to a crashing end when Timberlane's Brian Lonergan delivered the first of several hits that shut down Charles Sibanda's fourth-down run feet shy of success.

Three plays later, though, nose tackle Connor Mullins took the offense off the hook with an end zone tackle of Kyle Foucher that cut Timberlane's lead to 14-9.

Following the free kick, Cerretani capped a six-play drive with a 31-yard scoring pass to Nick Shumski. And when Cerretani found Corey Ortiz for the conversion pass, Salem had it's first lead since Sibanda scored the game's initial touchdown midway through the first.

"Last week was in the back of my mind (after faltering at the 1)," Cerretani said. "But we put our heads back together and came out and ... put some points on the board."

Linebacker Johnny Bartose continued the defensive hits on Timberlane's ensuing possession, returning an interception 11 yards for the clinching score at 24-14 with 4:48 left. "It was very important to make a stop there," said Bartose, who also had 56 yards on seven carries in his second consecutive strong outing at fullback. "Defensively we were strong, but offensively we had to stay together and get things going. This feels very good."

In contrast to its opponent, Timberlane had a positive week after rallying big to snap a 10-game losing streak against Bishop Guertin. And the Owls appeared to have another rally in the works when freshman Jacob Post scored his third touchdown of the day on a 25-yard pass from Jason Hughes, capping a 65-yard drive that needed a mere 70 seconds. But Timberlane was unable to advance past its own 25 on two final possessions.

Playing on a Saturday afternoon when several coaches were able to scout, Post had a coming out party, putting up 104 total yards and a pair of second-quarter scoring runs of 16 and 5 yards that provided a 14-7 halftime lead.

"For the second week in a row, our effort was outstanding," Timberlane coach Kevin Fitzgerald said. "A play there and a play here and things might have been different. I thought the freshman Post was outstanding. He's a play maker, and I think he might have come of age today."

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Triton snaps Pentucket streak

BYFIELD — Triton beat Pentucket for the first time in six tries last night by a score of 31-7. Triton (3-1) outplayed its Thanksgiving rival in just about every facet of the game, holding the run-oriented Sachems to just 116 yards on the ground. “There’s no greater feeling than winning with this group of guys,” said Triton quarterback Justin Cashman, who finished with 106 yards rushing and a touchdown while completing 5 of 7 passes for 61 yards and another touchdown. Pentucket’s All-Star back Jeff Porter got off to a tough start. He fumbled the opening kickoff, which the Sachems were just barely able to recover. Then he fumbled on the team’s first play from scrimmage. Taking over at the Pentucket 20, the Vikings only needed four plays to reach the endzone, as Luke Boyle capped off the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run to put his team up 7-0. On the next kickoff, Porter shook off the bad start and nearly took the ball all the way to the house before he was caught at midfield. Pentucket, which fell to 1-2, marched down the field on a series of short runs, but the Triton defense didn’t break, forcing a turnover on downs. Both offenses remained quiet until midway through the second quarter, when Cashman broke loose for a 50-yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 14-0. Triton drove to the 5 late in the half but the Sachem defense stiffened. The hosts settles for a 22-yard field goal from Max Luttenbacher to make it 17-0. Boyle fumbled the ball on the first play of the second half and Pentucket captain Josh Wesolowski recovered. The Triton defense stepped up and stuffed Pentucket on four straight plays. On the following drive, Triton effectively put the game away after Cashman executed a perfect play action fake and hit receiver James Wood in stride for a 32-yard touchdown. Pentucket got on the board in its next drive, as Pat Freiermuth found Andrew Noyes for a 16-yard touchdown pass with 10:53 to play in the fourth quarter. The drive also included one incredible play by Porter, who almost jumped over a Triton defender to break free for what would have been a long touchdown run. He ended up clipping his foot on the player’s shoulder, and wound up with a 17-yard gain instead. Pentucket will look to rebound next Saturday when it hosts Newburyport at 1 p.m.

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Football, 09/26/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Urbanik scores four in Pinkerton win

LONDONDERRY — Chip Kelly coaching disciple Jimmy Lauzon would have made the big guy proud, his razzle-dazzle, reverse-pass bomb got Lauzon’s Londonderry Lancers right back into the game last night against rival Pinkerton Academy.

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