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12 WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 FEBRUARY 15, 2018 Shaievitz commits to St. Anselm’s By Anne Marie Tobin LYNNFIELD — Lynnfield High senior Lizzie Shaievitz made it official last Thursday. Surrounded by family and friends, Shaievitz signed a national letter of intent to play women’s soccer for the Division II St. Anselm College Hawks. “Soccer has been my sport my entire life and I knew all along that I really wanted it to be soccer,” said Shaievitz, who plans on majoring in nursing. “Last year I started talking to coaches and St. A’s was right up at the top after I went and visited it and just fell in love with the campus. I wanted two things - a strong nursing program and a location fairly close to home. I just felt that it was the right fit for me.” Shaievitz, a 2-year soccer and basketball captain, earned four varsity letters in soccer at Lynnfield and was a two-year starter. While her final season last fall was cut short after learning that she had a broken femur, the season ended on a high note when she earned Cape Ann League Kinney Division Player of the Year honors as well as Division 3 North Player of the Year, and Eastern Massachusetts All-Star and All-State honors. She finished the season with 13 goals and four assists despite missing the final five games. “She played hurt for the second half of the season but it was a big loss when she was shut down,” said Lynnfield coach Mark Vermont. “I have no doubt that she would have made a difference against Newburyport (in the North quarterfinals), she just is so fast that it’s nearly impossible to game plan against her. The injury was devastating to her yet she continued to come to every practice and game and lead from the sidelines. “She even scored a goal in the last game she played (against Pentucket). THURSDAY, FEB. 15 No events scheduled FRIDAY, FEB. 16 Boys basketball N’port at Lynnfield (6:30) Girls basketball Lynnfield at N’port (6:30) Girls hockey Peabody at Marblehead (6) SATURDAY, FEB. 17 Boys hockey Westwood at Lynnfield (12) SUNDAY, FEB. 18 2 Large Cheese Pizzas $14.99 PHOTO | ANNE MARIE TOBIN Liz Shaievitz signs a letter of intent to play soccer at St. Anselm College. With her are, from left, her mother Christine, sister Sophia, athletic director Michael Bierwirth, Shaievitz and father Barry. Even at less than 100 percent, she just had a nose for the ball, and she will be a strong contributor at St. Anselm. For her to put up the numbers she did in only 15 games was impressive.” Shaievitz, who was elected to the National Honor Society as a junior, was cleared to play basketball in early January, but is out for the season after the injury flared up recently. “I got cleared and it felt good, but I knew something wasn’t right,” she said. “I probably came back too early. Hopefully it will feel better in the next month so I can back training with my club team (the Aztecs), doing some running and lifting so I can be ready for my summer workout program.” As far as expectations go, Shaievitz said she intends to approach her first year of college HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE No events scheduled MONDAY, FEB. 19 Girls basketball Austin Prep at Lynnfield (6) TUESDAY, FEB 20 Boys hockey Pentucket at Lynnfield (12) Girls basketball Lynnfield at Winthrop (7) WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21 Boys hockey Lynnfield at Gloucester (6) Girls hockey soccer the same way she did her first year at the high school. “I am just going to go in and give it my best, the same way it was in Lynnfield where you had to work for everything you get,” she said. “I am perfectly ready to do that in college. If anything, that will push me to be a better player and that will be good for me.” If her freshman year at St. Anselm is anything like her freshman year at Lynnfield High, it will be an exciting season for Shaievitz. “It was just crazy my freshman year as I never could have imagined that we would go that far and play in a state championship game, that was definitely the highlight of my four years here, my best moment,” said Shaievitz. “Just being able to go and play in that game was so cool. Nipmuc Melrose at Peabody (TBD) THURSDAY, FEB. 22 No events scheduled FRIDAY, FEB. 23 Boys hockey Lynnfield at Medfield (3) SATURDAY, FEB. 24 No events scheduled SUNDAY, FEB. 25 No events scheduled CATERING TAKE-OUT •Dinners • Sandwiches • Salads • Daily Specials 978-532-2791 santoros.com was so incredibly good and it was just such a great experience.” Vermont says Shaievitz is more than just a good soccer player. “It always says a lot about a person when your team votes you captain, let alone for two years, but she was deserving and is just a great person,” Vermont said. “You can see by the way she interacts with and adores her little sister Sophie and usually you don’t see that special interaction when it comes to a senior who is busy with her own life and a second grader, but Lizzie genuinely cares about people. “She was a little nervous and quiet her first year, but then grew out of her shell sophomore year, and turned out to be a tremendous person and a great leader. I hope her injury gets resolved and she can get back to focusing on soccer as I know she will be a huge asset to any team.” AUTO | HOME | BUSINESS | LIFE • We make shopping for insurance EASY. • Ask for a quote! DISCOUNTS available. Visit us at three locations: SPORTS BRIEFS Youth hockey registration open Registration for the 2018-2019 North Shore Stars Youth Hockey season is open. Tryouts at Kasabuski Rink will be held on the following dates: Mites (2010 and younger), Monday, Feb. 26 and Monday, March 5 (4:50-5:50 p.m.); Squirts (2008-2009), Monday, Feb. 26 and Monday, March 5 (6-7 p.m.); Peewee (2006-2007) Tuesday, Feb. 27 and Tuesday, March 6 (5:10-6:10 p.m.); Bantam (2005-2006) Tuesday, Feb. 27 and Tuesday March 6 (6:20-7:20 p.m.). The tryout fee is $150 (nonrefundable) for new members. There is no tryout fee for returning Stars members. To register or for more information about the program, go to the Stars’ website www.lynnfieldyouthhockey.com or register in person at the tryout. Online registration for softball open Registration for the Lynnfield girls softball season is now open. The fee is $150 per player and includes uniforms (jersey, pants, socks), umpires, insurance, league fees, games plusas playoffs, practices, end-of-year awards banquet, winners trophies and fields maintenance surcharge. Players in grades 2-8 are eligible to play. Spring practice begins in early April. Games begin in late April and end in mid-June. Deadline for registration is March 1. Late registration will be available through March 15 at an extra $25. The league is also offering a winter clinic at the Route 1 Sportsplex in Danvers through March 7 on Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. Cost is $50, if registering only for the clinic, or $25 if registering for the season and clinic. For additional information or to register, please go to www. lynnfieldgirlssoftball.com and click the “Register Now” button. To speak to a league representative about LGS programs or registration, contact Jerry Guerra at jguerra@jagg-group.com. LYNNFIELD 550 Summer Street WAKEFIELD 374 Main Street MALDEN 1012 Eastern Avenue Call 781.322.2800 or email info@supinoinsurance.com www.supinoinsurance.com

FEBRUARY 15, 2018 WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 13 Pioneer wrestlers 13th in Division 2 North By Anne Marie Tobin DANVERS — The Lynnfield wrestling team came in 13th with 66 points last Saturday at the Division 2 North Sectional Championship meet at Danvers High. The Black and Gold sent only 10 wrestlers to the meet, but four of them made it to the championship semifinals and placed, with two advancing to next weekend’s State Division 2 Championship at Milton High. Sophomore Timothy Leggett (3-2) placed third in the 132-pound division, while senior captain Anthony Wilkinson (2-2) placed fourth at 170 pounds. Senior captain Andrew DiPietro (2-2) and sophomore Sean McCullough (2-2) recorded fifth place finishes, with DiPietro wrestling at 152 pounds and McCullough, who has placed in all five tournaments this season, wrestling at 182 pounds. By virtue of their top-four finishes, Wilkinson and Leggett advanced to the Division 2 meet at Milton, while DiPietro and McCullough are alternates. Sophomore Stuart Glover (2-2) came within one win of placing. “I was pleased with our performance,” said coach Craig Stone. “Division 2 North has some of the top wrestlers in the state, regardless of division. Each weight class is also deep with quality wrestlers. We actually scored more points than last year with seven of our 10 wrestlers at the tournament being freshmen or sophomores.” Leggett, the third seed, cruised into the semifinals with pins in the opening and quarterfinal rounds, the latter in just 24 seconds. But he ran into a buzzsaw in the semifinals, losing a technical fall to No. 2 seed Edgar Feliciano of Whittier, 15-0. He rebounded with a second period pin win over Burlington’s Ryan McGillivray, then captured third place with a 30-second pin of Jack Rivers of Beverly. Wilkinson, the No. 4 seed, had a first round bye, then defeated No. 5 seed Jay Mirabito (5:03) to advance to the semis, where he lost to top-seeded Canova of Danvers in a technical fall in the second period, 18-2. He stayed alive with a 10-6 decision over Beverly’s Alexi Echevarria only to lose the third place match in a very close match, 10-8, to No. 3 seed Christian Hernandez of Greater Lawrence. DiPietro was also seeded fourth and had a first round bye. He defeated Burlington’s Sean McGillivray in the quarterfinals (3:13), then was pinned in 2:23 in the semis by top-seeded C.J. Cincotta of North Andover, the eventual champion. He dropped a 10-2 major decision to Tyrian Saeturn of Dracut and finished fifth. McCullough, the third seed, pinned Michael Savastano of Greater Lawrence in 1:17 in the quarterfinals, then lost a 19-4 technical fall to second-seeded Ameer Alshraft of Danvers. He went the distance in the consolation semis, losing a 10-8 decision to Brandon Winn of Tewksbury. Freshmen Christian Real-Costa (106), Jack Bird (113), Nik Marotta (160), sophomore Brandon Ouellette (195) and senior Josh Bedell (126), a first year varsity member, were all wrestling in their first sectional tournaments. For Bedell, it was a rare early exit as he had placed in all four previous tournaments. “He’s only a first year, and I was surprised, but I think it was a combination of inexperience and he just made a few mistakes he couldn’t recover from,” said Stone. “His story is a good one, it shows what you can do when you stick with it. For only his first year wrestling at this level, he had a terrific season.” The Black and Gold likely would have had a another place finisher, but senior captain Kevin Farrelly dislocated his shoulder in practice last week and had to withdraw. “He would have been seeded and would have placed top four,” said Stone. Danvers 54, LNR 30 An undermanned Black and Gold squad tuned up for sectionals Feb. 7 with a nonleague dual meet against Danvers at home on Senior Night Wilkinson (1:05), Bedell (2:48), McCullough (forfeit) and Real- Costa (forfeit) were the only LNR winners. LNR was missing three starters (Glover, Leggett and Farrelly) to injury or illness. “They definitely would have made a difference in the match,” said Stone. Prior to the match, LNR seniors Bedell, DiPietro, Wilkinson and Farrelly were recognized for their contributions to the program. LNR finished the dual meet season 9-18-1. “Our record does not measure the improvement and progress of a team that at times put out a line-up that had eight firstyear wrestlers,” Stone said. “I could not be more pleased with what we were able to accomplish. As I have said on many occasions, we believe in “TEAM”, together each achieves more. 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