14 WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 FEBRUARY 15, 2018 Track teams wrap up season with CAL meet By Anne Marie Tobin BOSTON — The Lynnfield boys and girls track teams wrapped up the league season Feb. 7 at the Cape Ann League Indoor Championship meet at the Reggie Lewis Center. Senior captains and CAL MVPs Nick Kinnon and Kate Mitchell paved the way for the Pioneers, which finished fifth in the boys meet with 42 points and seventh in the girls meet with 23 points. Pentucket won the boys meet with 98 points, while North Reading won the girls meet with 98 points. Kinnon won the 55 dash with a season best 6.65. He was seeded first after winning the preliminaries in 6.69. He also finished second in the long jump with a personal best 20-03.5. Mitchell cruised to a 14-second win in the 1,000, shattering her PR by nearly four seconds. She finished in 2:55.20, lowering her previous mark of 2:59.01 set last February at the All-States Championship meet. Junior Brett Cohee finished third in the 300 with a PR 37.34 and also placed ninth in the long jump (17-10). Senior captain Nate Drislane and sophomore Tommy Hauser also had top-5 performances. Hauser set a PR of 19-04.75 in the long jump and finished fourth, while Drislane finished fourth in the shot put (43- 05). Hauser also finished 10th in 55 preliminaries with a PR 7.13. The Pioneers placed two in the top-10 in the 600; junior Jack Campbell ran a PR 1:30.56 and placed sixth, while sophomore Alejandro Lynch placed ninth (1:32.58). Senior Andrew ROUNDUP By Anne Marie Tobin The Pioneers (14-3) clinched the Cape Ann League Kinney Division title with a big 63-49 road win over Triton Friday night. Lynnfield led by just five, Boys basketball clinches Kinney Division crown 43-38 going into the final quarter, but outscored the Vikings 20-11 to seal the win. The Pioneers, who hit eight 3-pointers, were led by their three senior captains - Billy Arseneault (19 points), Zach Shone (13 points) and Dan Jameson (12 points). Senior Jay Ndansi hit three threes and also Kate Mitchell and Nick Kinnon, were track MVPs of the Cape Ann League. DePalma finished 17th in the shot put (32-10.75) and senior Kevin Travers finished 18th in the 55 hurdles (10.70) Hauser, Peter Look, Cohee and Kinnon finished second by a nose in the 4x200 relay in 1:37.78, while Campbell, Lynch, Matt Ricciardi and Nate Bass finished sixth in the 4x800 relay in 9:45.03 and Alex Kaminski, Sal Marotta, Look and Bass finished 10th in the 4x400 relay in 4:11.71. “It was an incredibly close race, they lost by a hair,” said girls team coach Nani Benson. “Nick almost caught up, but came up just short.” Mitchell said the key to her performance was discipline and a last minute “cheat sheet”.” “The goal had been to run 2:55, so I had been practicing running even splits of 35s and I just tried to be as disciplined as I could. I actually wrote my splits on the back of my hand because I needed them to be perfect and so I hit everything and it all came together. It was hard running alone and having to do it all myself, but I had the motivation and had practiced for so long and had my little cheat sheet on my hand.” Mitchell had a little from assistant coach Lexi Buonfiglio, a former Lynnfield High and Stonehill College track standout. “She was standing right at the 100 letting me know what I needed to do at the end,” said Mitchell, who wasn’t the only female runner to shine. Sophomore teammate Emma Ricciardi set a PR 3:22.03 in the 1,000 and finished fifth. Mitchell’s freshmen twin sisters Ashley and Lauren Mitchell finished fifth and eighth respectively in the 600 with Ashley Mitchell running a PR 1:43.06 and Lauren Mitchell finishing in 1:45.70. Senior captain Aja Parker finished eighth in the long jump (15- 02.25) and 17th in the 55 hurdles (9.90). Senior captain Juliana Passatempo finished 11th in the 300 (46.39), while April Luders placed 11th in the long jump (14- 04) and 22nd in the 55 (8.10). Junior Gabriella Passatempo finished 13th in the 2-mile finished in double figures with 11 points. Senior Matt Mortellite (6 points) and sophomore Clayton Marengi (2 points) also scored. St. John’s Prep 56 St. Mary’s 54 Monday night at St. Mary’s, it went right down to the wire before Jarnel Snow-Guzman hit the (13:27.57), junior Ashley Barrett finished 17th in the 1,000 (3:43.10) and Brie Giamarco finished 44th in the 55 hurdles preliminaries (10:57). The Mitchell sisters and Juliana Passatempo finished second in the 4x400 relay in 4:19.38, while Ricciardi, Gabriella Passatempo and the Barrett twins, Ashley and Brianna, finished seventh in the 4x800 relay in 11:30.31. Mitchell said the girls team has never had so many girls qualify for CALs. game-winning shot at the buzzer. He finished with 18 points while Peabody’s Jalen Echevarria scored a game-high 21 points. Lynnfield resident Matt Relihan finished with 10 points. For St. Mary’s, Peabody resident Chibuikem scored 10 points, while Lynnfield resident Stephen Fama chipped in with nine points. St. John’s Prep 89 Malden Catholic 51 Behind 19 points from Nate Hobbs, the Eagles earned another win and improved to 13- 4. Lynnfield’s Matt Relihan, Tommy O’Neill and Liam Dunfee each had 14 points in the win, while Jarnel Snow-Guzman added 10 points. Malden Catholic was led by Chris MacDonald, who had 14 points. Jack O’Brien added nine points in the loss. BOYS HOCKEY Masconomet 3, Lynnfield 2 At Valley Forum Saturday afternoon, The Pioneers (10-4-1) came up on the short end of the Coaches vs. Cancer Game at Valley Forum. Robbie Brandano and Kyle Nekoroski each had a goal in the loss. Eleven of the Pioneers’ 15 games this season have been onegoal or less games with under five PHOTO | NANI BENSON “Coach Benson has created so much team spirit this season, which has been totally responsible for so many good things to happen,” said Mitchell. “It was an exciting meet, and so many athletes ran so well, and much of that is because we have so much team spirit and pride, thanks to all the coaches.” Next up for the Pioneers is the State Division 5 Championship meet next Thursday night at Reggie Lewis. minutes to play. Ten of them went right down to the wire and were either tied or one-goal games with under a minute to play. Lynnfield 3, Triton 2 At Graf Rink in Newburyport Feb. 8, the Pioneers (10-3-1) officially qualified for the state tournament with yet another nail biter win at Graf Rink in Newburyport. Trailing 1-0 in the second period, Cooper Marengi netted two goals in a 52-second span, the first at 5:48 from George DeRoche and Joey Mack, and the second on a power play at the 4:56 mark, also from DeRoche and Mack. Triton’s Tyler Godfrey knotted the score at 2-2 just 1:15 into the third period. The Pioneers needed only eight seconds into their sixth power play of the game to net the game winner off a shot by Jaret Simpson (from Mack and DeRoche). “Special teams were huge and Aidan (Kelly in goal) came up with some huge saves and was spectacular,” said Gardner. “We had two power play goals and even though they scored one, it was in the last minute of a five minute major, so except for that we killed off like 10 minutes of their power plays. It was just another crazy game.”
FEBRUARY 15, 2018 WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 15 Girls basketball may be turning the corner By Anne Marie Tobin The Lynnfield girls basketball team has seen more than its fair share of adversity over the past three years. The Pioneers came into the current season with only two combined wins in two years. Friday night at home on Senior Night, the Pioneers gave a glimmer of hope that they may be on the verge of turning the corner, picking up their third win of the season with a 48-43 win over Triton. Fittingly, it was the seniors who came up big. “My seniors, Maggie Weaver, Emory Caswell and MacKenzie O’Neill played great tonight, so it was a great win for them,” said Lynnfield coach Jim Perry. “Emory and Maggie did a good job on the boards and boxing out and Mack shot the ball well. I wish we could have gotten Lizzie Shaievitz in, but it wasn’t to be. Overall, it was a total team effort and the key was we were able to finish quarters strong.” Melissa Morelli led all scorers with 18 points and added six rebounds, while O’Neill finished with 11 points. Tori Morelli had nine points and nine rebounds. Megan Nevils provided a fourth quarter spark off the bench and finished with four rebounds, while Caroline Waisnor (6 points) had a big steal and free throw with under 15 seconds left to seal the win. Perry said the key to the win was sticking to the game plan. “I thought we did so much better off the boards tonight and we actually ran our offense tonight,” he said. “The goal is to get the ball into the forwards so they can go to the hoop aggressively, and that is the reason why we scored 48 points, the most we have scored all season.” The game was a contrast in styles with the Vikings throwing up long threes, while the Pioneers pounded the ball into the paint. The result was a huge advantage at the free throw line with the Pioneers making 18-of-31 attempts, while the Vikings made just 6-of-12. Triton led 10-9 after the opening quarter and bumped the lead to 12-9 with a hoop on their first possession of the second. Lynnfield ran off eight straight to take a 17-12 lead, but Triton responded with a 13-6 run to regain the lead, 25-23 with under 10 seconds to play. Lynnfield went hurry-up and tied the game on a buzzer- beating layup by Melissa Morelli after a Waisnor feed. In the third, Lynnfield trailed by four, 31-27 with a little more than a minute left. A Waisnor floater and pair of Tori Morelli free throws sandwiched around a Triton basket closed the gap to 33-31. With 4.1 seconds left, a 3-point play by Melissa Morelli put the Pioneers on top, 34-33, with one quarter to go. The Pioneers proceeded to rattle off nine straight to take their largest lead of the game, 43-33 with four minutes left. Waisnor started the run with a trey, then Morelli canned a free throw. Nevils, after a pair of offensive boards, forced a Triton turnover and paved the way for Morelli, who made two free throws. An offensive rebound and put-back by O’Neill, and another Morelli free throw stretched the lead to 43-33 with 3:50 left. But Triton, who needed a win to keep its tourney hopes alive, didn’t quit. With Lynnfield nursing a 44-41 lead and two minutes to go, Waisnor fed a wide open Morelli, who made a free throw to make it a 2-possession game. After Triton cut the lead back to three, 45-42, Waisnor stole the ball at midcourt and was fouled. She made the second free throw to make it 46-42. After a Triton freebie, Tori Morelli capped the scoring with two free throws. “We finished periods well, too, and that was key,” said Perry. “We didn’t allow any swing of momentum. We needed this win and now we have the most wins we have ever had and still have a chance for more.” Perry highlighted the play of the freshmen group. “Megan did a great job off the bench. She’s doing a good job rebounding and gave us some good minutes off the bench tonight. Our guards (Klonsky and Waisnor) handled the ball well. They are only freshmen and we are putting a lot on the shoulders of all of our freshmen. Tonight they handled the press pretty well.” Georgetown 44, Lynnfield 37 At Georgetown Feb. 6, the Pioneers were undermanned and PHOTO | ANNE MARIE TOBIN Megan Nevils (right) and Triton’s Colleen McCarthy (25) battle for a rebound missing two starters in Shaievitz and Klonsky. The game was a parade of free throws with the teams combining for 51 trips to FFT Team LPW18.ai 1 1/10/2018 12:11:40 PM the line. Lynnfield converted only 12 of 29 attempts. Melissa Morelli scored a team-high 15 points, while Nevils scored seven and sophomore Tori Morelli scored six and Waisnor chipped in with five. Caswell and O’Neill scored two points each. PHOTO | CHRISTINE SHAIEVITZ Seniors, from left, Maggie Weaver, Liz Shaievitz, Emory Caswell and Mackenzie O’Neill pose in front of their pictures during senior night Friday.