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Peabody football didn’t have it easy this season. The Tanners<br />

lost star quarterback Shea Lynch to graduation (Endicott<br />

College) on top of injuries to key players, such as center Mark<br />

Clanton.<br />

That said, they didn’t run – they responded. Peabody finished<br />

10-1 with its only loss coming in the state tournament against<br />

Selections by The <strong>Item</strong> staff were based on coaches' recommendations, individual accomplishments, and overall impact on<br />

team success.<br />

Design: Jackie Morris<br />

Brian Vaughan<br />

Lynn Classical<br />

Senior<br />

If you watched football at Manning Field<br />

this season, you know Vaughan. The Ram<br />

completed 161 of 238 passes for 2,204 yards,<br />

24 touchdowns, and just four interceptions.<br />

On the ground, he ran for 358 yards and six<br />

touchdowns – all without total control of a<br />

foot due to injury.<br />

“Brian set new school records in career<br />

passing yards (4,252) and passing touchdowns<br />

(44),” said coach and father Brian Vaughan Sr.<br />

“Brian returned this past season from missing<br />

his junior year with a devastating injury, in<br />

which he was originally told there was a high<br />

possibility he wouldn't play sports again.”<br />

John Nasky<br />

Lynn Classical<br />

Senior<br />

Nasky played with purpose this fall,<br />

sporting 94 receptions (state leader) for 1,223<br />

yds and 14 touchdowns. On defense, he<br />

recorded 43 tackles, three interceptions, and<br />

eight pass breakups for Classical, which went<br />

6-5 this season.<br />

“John set single-season records in<br />

receptions and yards,” said coach Brian<br />

Vaughan Sr. “[He’s being] recruited by FBS<br />

and FCS schools.”<br />

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Mark Bettencourt - Peabody - Coach of the Year<br />

Barnstable (13-9).<br />

The Tanners scored 30-plus points in four games, and<br />

allowed 15 or less in seven games. Key victories came against<br />

Lynn Classical, Marblehead, Leominster, Winthrop, Salem, as<br />

well as Arlington in the state tournament.<br />

Coach Bettencourt, well done.<br />

Jack Hazell<br />

Jack Hazell<br />

Swampscott<br />

Senior<br />

Big Blue, big time player. Hazell<br />

put on a show at Blocksidge Field<br />

and beyond this season, putting<br />

up 35 catches, 611 yards, seven<br />

touchdowns, 74 tackles, two sacks,<br />

five tackles for losses, two pass<br />

break-ups, a forced fumble, and two<br />

interceptions (1 for a TD).<br />

With Hazell leading the pack,<br />

Swampscott returned to the state<br />

tournament and went 6-4 this<br />

season.<br />

Chris Marks<br />

St. Mary’s<br />

Senior<br />

Marks has just about done it<br />

all in a St. Mary’s uniform. He’s a<br />

three-year starter, two-time Catholic<br />

Central <strong>All</strong>-Star, and was named<br />

<strong>2023</strong> Offensive Lineman of the<br />

Year.<br />

“He’s also a member of the<br />

National Honor Society, maintains<br />

a 4.3 GPA, and plays baseball,” said<br />

coach Sean Driscoll, who added<br />

how proud he was of Marks.

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RJ Faessler<br />

Lynn Classical<br />

Senior<br />

Faessler established himself as one of the<br />

best receivers and strong safeties in the state.<br />

In total, he registered 39 receptions, 606<br />

yards, 10 total touchdowns, and 176 rushing<br />

yards.<br />

On defense, the four-year starter recorded<br />

85 tackles (9 for losses), five pass breakups,<br />

and two fumble recoveries.<br />

“RJ was a vital part to our success on both<br />

sides of the ball. He played on every special<br />

team and led our defense in tackles and<br />

TFL's,” said coach Brian Vaughan Sr. “[He’s]<br />

being recruited by a host of D2 schools.”<br />

Jordan “Jojo” Hernandez<br />

Lynn English<br />

Junior<br />

Referred to as “Our all-around best player<br />

this season,” according to coach Anthony<br />

LaFratta, Hernandez made things happen for<br />

Lynn English. The running back, kicker, and<br />

linebacker led the team in tackles, excelled in<br />

pass protection, converted important kicks,<br />

and scored two touchdowns.<br />

“He never came off the field and was a<br />

team leader in the way he played, practiced,<br />

and conducted himself on and off the field,”<br />

LaFratta said.<br />

Cesar Reyes<br />

Mitchell Purter<br />

Lynn English<br />

Senior<br />

If you went to the Thanksgiving<br />

Day game between English and<br />

Classical, he was the Bulldog<br />

making big plays on defense. On top<br />

of three sacks that day and a catch<br />

for 22 yards, he “played almost<br />

every offensive and defensive snap<br />

this year and logged several big<br />

catches and touchdowns for us, most<br />

noticeably against Greater Lawrence<br />

and Swampscott,” according to<br />

coach Anthony LaFratta.<br />

“He excelled in catching slant<br />

routes, crossing patterns, and<br />

tight end screens,” LaFratta said.<br />

“Defensively, he was tremendous on<br />

the pass rush and holding the edge<br />

so teams couldn’t get to the outside<br />

on jets, tosses, and screens."<br />

Cesar Reyes<br />

Lynn Tech<br />

Senior<br />

Arguably the Tigers’ most effective<br />

player this season, Reyes delivered<br />

each and every game. On the<br />

ground, he ran for 836 yards and 10<br />

touchdowns, all while hauling in nine<br />

catches for 169 yards.<br />

“I’m incredibly proud of Cesar,”<br />

said coach James Runner.<br />

Braden Faiella<br />

Saugus<br />

Senior<br />

One of the North Shore’s best, Faiella submitted “a tremendous senior<br />

campaign,” according to coach Steve Cummings.<br />

The two-way star made 140 tackles to solidify his career total of 482<br />

– which might be a state record, per Cummings. On top of that, he had an<br />

interception for a touchdown against Lynn Tech, five forced fumbles, and<br />

four fumble recoveries despite missing three games due to injury.<br />

“He was also a stalwart on the offensive line that paved the way for 1,400<br />

rushing yards this year,” Cummings said.<br />

Morenel Castro<br />

KIPP<br />

Senior<br />

Coach Jim Rabbitt called him one of the best players in KIPP<br />

history – and for good reason. Castro put up 466 rushing yards<br />

and 1,063 receiving yards for a total of 1,529 yards. Including<br />

kicks, his all-purpose yardage totaled more than 2,000 yards for<br />

26 total touchdowns.<br />

Castro was named Commonwealth Athletic Conference<br />

MVP, and will be suiting up for Trinity College next fall.

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Chanel Gutierrez<br />

KIPP<br />

Senior<br />

This Panther put on a show from<br />

September to November – just look at<br />

his numbers. On top of single-handedly<br />

winning a few games for KIPP this fall,<br />

he finished with just under 1,800 allpurpose<br />

yards, 24 passing touchdowns,<br />

700 rushing yards for six touchdowns,<br />

45 tackles, and seven passes defended.<br />

Tyler Guy<br />

St. Mary’s<br />

Junior<br />

Guy put it all on the field for the Spartans<br />

this season, sporting impressive numbers as a<br />

quarterback, receiver, ball-carrier, and safety.<br />

The two-year starter – on both sides of the<br />

ball – recorded 40 receptions for 489 yards and<br />

four touchdowns, 63 tackles, three interceptions,<br />

three fumble recoveries, and five passes broken<br />

up.<br />

Alex Silva<br />

Peabody<br />

Senior<br />

Peabody’s do-it-all man, Silva<br />

played big in many games this<br />

season. Offensively, he finished<br />

with 156 carries for 788 yards and<br />

11 touchdowns, while defensively,<br />

put up 44 tackles (5 for losses), two<br />

sacks, and two interceptions.<br />

Silva was vital to the Tanners’<br />

success (10-1; state tournament<br />

win).<br />

Eli Batista<br />

Peabody<br />

Senior<br />

Tyler Adamo<br />

Lynnfield<br />

Junior<br />

One of the best players on the North Shore,<br />

Batista put the work in from day one – and<br />

beyond. On offense, he recorded 55 catches,<br />

772 yards, eight touchdowns, and another<br />

five rushing touchdowns. Defensively, Batista<br />

made 32 tackles to go with five interceptions.<br />

In total, the Tanner scored 17 touchdowns<br />

(2 on punt returns) and reached 1,375 all-<br />

Your Cape Ann League Baker Offensive Player of<br />

the Year, and for good reason. With a 129.6 passer<br />

rating, the righty completed 124 passes for 1,974<br />

yards and 20 touchdowns.<br />

His longest passing touchdown was marked at<br />

95 yards against Hudson, while he also rushed for<br />

a 92-yard touchdown against North Reading on<br />

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Quinn Hardisty<br />

Lynnfield<br />

Senior<br />

Looking at the Pioneers’ record<br />

of 9-2, they couldn’t have done it<br />

without their foundation in Hardisty,<br />

aka, the Cape Ann League Baker<br />

Lineman of the Year.<br />

He registered 50 tackles (39 solo,<br />

11 assisted, 13 for losses), six sacks,<br />

17 hurries, and a blocked punt.<br />

Offensively, he paved the way for<br />

3,300 total yards and submitted “17<br />

pancake blocks,” according to coach<br />

Pat Lamusta.<br />

Ryan Commoss<br />

Marblehead<br />

Senior<br />

The Magicians couldn’t<br />

have had their end-of-season<br />

turnaround without Commoss<br />

(Marblehead won five of its final<br />

six games).<br />

The receiver hauled in 39<br />

catches for 366 yards and two<br />

touchdowns. He also scored a 21-<br />

yard touchdown in Marblehead’s<br />

upset win against Middleborough<br />

in the state tournament.<br />

Cam LaGrassa<br />

St. John’s Prep<br />

Senior<br />

If you watched Prep’s game against powerhouse<br />

Catholic Memorial, he was the one running all over<br />

the opposition with 254 yards and a touchdown.<br />

In total this fall, the hard-nosed back ran for 1,242<br />

yards and 12 touchdowns against top-tier competition.<br />

Luke Connolly<br />

Bishop Fenwick<br />

Senior<br />

He catches passes, runs the ball, and does anything<br />

else coach Dave Woods needs him to do. For the<br />

Crusaders – who finished one game above .500 –<br />

Connolly caught 34 passes for 600 yards and six<br />

touchdowns.<br />

On the ground, he ran for 893 yards and another<br />

eight touchdowns. Against rival St. Mary’s early in the<br />

season, he totaled 248 yards and four touchdowns.<br />

Mason McSweeney<br />

St. John’s Prep<br />

Senior<br />

A key blocker for an offense that rushed for<br />

3,012 yards this season, McSweeney made his<br />

presence felt as a tight end and defensive end.<br />

The Eagle registered 15.5 sacks, 13<br />

catches, 209 receiving yards, and three<br />

touchdowns.<br />

Anthony Nichols<br />

Bishop Fenwick<br />

Senior<br />

If you want to understand the<br />

production of this Crusader, just<br />

look at Week 2’s box score. In a<br />

win against Arlington Catholic,<br />

the do-it-all back finished with five<br />

carries for 125 yards, four rushing<br />

touchdowns, and a kick return score.<br />

This fall, he rushed for 629 yards<br />

and 14 touchdowns – all on just 81<br />

carries.<br />

Tommy DeSimone<br />

Saugus<br />

Senior<br />

When you’re selected to the<br />

NEC’s <strong>All</strong>-Conference team for<br />

two consecutive years, you know<br />

you’re doing something right.<br />

On offense, DeSimone had<br />

more than 1,100 rushing yards<br />

with 13 touchdowns. He also<br />

returned a kickoff for a score,<br />

recorded two interceptions,<br />

recovered three fumbles, and<br />

forced two more. With rushing,<br />

receiving, and return yards, the<br />

Sachem accounted for more than<br />

1,500 total yards of offense with<br />

14 touchdowns.<br />


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Chris LeBlanc - Lynn Classical - Coach of the Year<br />

When you finish the season 18-3, receive the No. 16<br />

seed in Division 3, go 14-0 in the Greater Boston League,<br />

and win a state tournament game, you’ve got someone<br />

strong in charge.<br />

Lynn Classical’s LeBlanc led his Lady Rams to another<br />

stellar season. They also defeated the Lynnfield Pioneers in<br />

five sets during the state tournament – a program-defining<br />

victory on their home floor.<br />

Classical won its first eight games of the season before<br />

losing to Arlington in its ninth game.<br />

Abby Bettencourt<br />

Peabody<br />

Senior<br />

Abby Bettencourt was named Northeastern<br />

Conference Player of the Year, and for good<br />

reason. She recorded 469 assists, 138 kills, 92<br />

aces, and reached her 1,500th career assist.<br />

The setter was co-MVP of the Tanners and<br />

named a Division 1 <strong>All</strong>-State player.<br />

“Abby has been an all-conference selection<br />

since her sophomore year,” said coach Lisa<br />

Keene. “She also has a GPA of 4.11 and is<br />

ranked fourth in her class.”<br />

Megan Parkman<br />

Marblehead<br />

Junior<br />

A defensive specialist, Parkman defined the<br />

words. She was also named to the <strong>All</strong>-Northeastern<br />

Conference first team. The Magician had 31<br />

aces, was one of the top defensive players in<br />

the conference with 146 digs, and “was just, all<br />

around, Marblehead's best player,” according to<br />

coach Killeen Miller.<br />

“Megan moves quickly to read the ball and was<br />

the anchor on serve receive,” Miller said.<br />

Lizzy Bettencourt<br />

Peabody<br />

Sophomore<br />

Alongside Abby, Lizzy Bettencourt was named<br />

the Tanners’ co-MVP this season. The outside<br />

hitter was everywhere on the court, and also named<br />

an NEC <strong>All</strong>-Conference player.<br />

Lizzy put up 336 kills (second in Division 1),<br />

4.5 kills per set, 45 aces, and reached her 500th<br />

career kill.<br />

Lacey Murphy<br />

Bishop Fenwick<br />

Senior<br />

A two-year captain and middle<br />

hitter, Murphy did it all for the<br />

Crusaders. She registered 216 kills<br />

with a .365 hitting percentage, 106<br />

blocks, and 57 aces.<br />

Murphy held the blocking record in<br />

Massachusetts this season, made the<br />

MAVCA <strong>All</strong>-State team, and was a<br />

Catholic Central <strong>All</strong>-Star.<br />

“She’s a total animal on the court<br />

and gives it her all every time she<br />

contacts the ball,” said coach Alexis<br />

Bedard. “She is one of the main<br />

reasons we ended with a 16-4 record.”<br />

Chase Carangelo<br />

Lynnfield<br />

Junior<br />

Outside hitter Carangelo led her<br />

Pioneers in kills with 266, also recording<br />

a .351 hitting percentage. She was a<br />

top-10 offensive player in Division 3,<br />

according to coach Brent Ashley, but also<br />

impressed on defense. Carangelo added<br />

214 digs and 270 receptions.<br />

Chase was named a Cape Ann League<br />

<strong>All</strong>-Star and MAVCA <strong>All</strong>-State athlete.<br />

“Chase was our outlet for offense the<br />

entire season and did an incredible job<br />

providing big moments when we needed<br />

them on the court,” Ashley said.<br />

Amanda Hughes<br />

Lynn Classical<br />

Junior<br />

Described as “a leader on and off the court” by<br />

coach Chris LeBlanc, Hughes was named MVP<br />

of the Greater Boston League after a stellar junior<br />

campaign.<br />

She led the Lady Rams with 210 kills and a .204<br />

hitting percentage. She also added 58 aces, 135<br />

points on serve, and 113 digs. Thanks largely in part<br />

to captain Hughes, Classical received its first-ever<br />

trip to the Round of 16.<br />

Amanda Hughes

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From earning the No. 2 seed in the playoffs<br />

to marching their way to the state championship,<br />

what a season it was for Munroe and his Pioneers.<br />

Dealing with a key injury during the playoffs, Munroe<br />

steadied the ship and kept moving forward en route<br />

Brent Munroe - Lynnfield - Coach of the Year<br />

to the school’s first state championship (1-0 against<br />

Monomoy).<br />

Munroe built a strong defense that allowed just two<br />

goals during the tournament. Put all of this together,<br />

and you have the best team in the state.<br />

Dillon Reilly<br />

Lynnfield<br />

Junior<br />

Big players step up when the lights are<br />

brightest, and Reilly rises to the challenge. The<br />

striker scored 27 goals, which was capped off with<br />

a state championship.<br />

In the playoffs, Reilly scored seven of<br />

Lynnfield’s eight goals. Whether it was his 30-yard<br />

game-winning goal in the state championship or<br />

soaring above defenders to head the ball home,<br />

Reilly was lethal when it mattered most.<br />

Nick Miller<br />

St. Mary’s<br />

Senior<br />

Kelan Cardinal<br />

Lynnfield<br />

Junior<br />

Another key component in Lynnfield’s<br />

championship run was the outstanding play of<br />

Cardinal. The voice of defense made save after save<br />

when pressure was at its peak.<br />

In the semifinal game against Hampshire<br />

Regional, Cardinal produced 12 saves, including on<br />

shots from point-blank range. Without Cardinal’s<br />

heroics, who knows if the season comes with a state<br />

title?<br />

Kaya Jackson<br />

St. Mary’s<br />

Senior<br />

Abou Kaba<br />

Peabody<br />

Senior<br />

When you think of speed, Kaba is right<br />

at the top of the list. The pacey striker led<br />

the Tanners with 19 goals and three assists.<br />

Kaba’s quick feet kept opposing<br />

defenses guessing, and whenever Peabody<br />

received a penalty kick this season, he was<br />

the Tanners’ top option.<br />

When you miss games due to injury and are still named team MVP – and<br />

finished second on St. Mary’s with points – you are a big contributor. In the<br />

postseason, Miller showed he can deliver in clutch situations, scoring the<br />

game-winning goal in the Round of 32 with 20 seconds remaining.<br />

Miller finished the season with nine goals and 12 assists. Coach Shane<br />

McCarran described Miller as “the hardest-working kid on the field.”<br />

The Catholic Central League MVP had a campaign to remember.<br />

Jackson finished with 20 goals and four assists – accounting for the<br />

highest offensive output on the Spartans.<br />

His season shouldn’t have come as a surprise, as Jackson showed his<br />

quality in the offensive third early in the season. In a 4-0 win against<br />

Classical, Jackson buried a hat trick to start his scoring run with a bang.<br />



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AJ Forte<br />

Peabody<br />

Senior<br />

For a midfielder, creating space is one of the<br />

most vital things, but Forte did it with ease.<br />

The midfield maestro controlled each game<br />

with his ability to dictate pace.<br />

Forte created for others with his accurate<br />

passing and, when needed, took the challenge<br />

upon himself to make plays with driving<br />

runs through the midfield. Head coach Stan<br />

McKeen said Forte was “the engine that made<br />

the team go.”<br />

Lucas Bereaud<br />

Swampscott<br />

Senior<br />

Left foot, right foot, or with his head, Bereaud<br />

scored goals for fun in multiple ways. The striker<br />

bagged 21 goals and provided seven assists this<br />

season to put a bow on his high school career.<br />

Bereaud scored three hat tricks and was pivotal<br />

in Swampscott’s 3-2 comeback victory over<br />

Gloucester. For a striker, sometimes, being in<br />

the right position is half the battle. In the closing<br />

minutes, Bereaud was in the right place at the right<br />

time, getting on the end of the ball and poking it in<br />

for the game-winner.<br />

Bereaud helped lead Swampscott to a No. 8 seed<br />

and Round of 16 appearance.<br />

Jack Raymond<br />

Swampscott<br />

Junior<br />

Maybe the best left-footer<br />

in the area, once the ball got<br />

on Raymond’s left, there was<br />

nothing defenders could do.<br />

From curlers from outside<br />

the penalty box to one-time<br />

finishes, Raymond was the<br />

ultimate winger.<br />

Battling through injuries<br />

all season, Raymond finished<br />

the season with 15 goals and<br />

six assists.<br />

Lucas Bereaud<br />

William Martinez<br />

Lynn Tech<br />

Senior<br />

It’s hard to lose games when you have a goalie like Martinez<br />

in the cage. The Tigers’ keeper recorded seven clean sheets and<br />

pulled off some saves worthy of SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays.<br />

Coach Eric Moreno called Martinez “the best goalie I have<br />

ever coached.” It’s true, as Tech’s shot-stopper was one of the<br />

best on the North Shore.<br />

Matt Droggitis<br />

St. John’s Prep<br />

Sophomore<br />

The Eagles’ keeper led his team to<br />

a 14-1-2 regular season record – just<br />

look towards his 12 shutouts. In a 1-0<br />

win over Masconomet, Droggitis came<br />

up big for The Prep, recording six<br />

saves to preserve his shutout.<br />

Danny Lopez<br />

Lynn English<br />

Senior<br />

Lopez led the Bulldogs in both goals<br />

and assists. He was the team's dangerman,<br />

always willing to pop a shot from<br />

anywhere on the field.<br />

As a senior, Lopez showed his<br />

leadership. Just ask his coaching staff –<br />

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Jaymie Caponigro - Swampscott - Coach of the Year<br />

It was a successful first year in charge since graduating<br />

from the Swampscott in 2017 for Caponigro. The former<br />

student-athlete led Swampscott to an 8-5-5 regular season<br />

record, but the Big Blue were competitive in every match<br />

they played.<br />

Bella Carroll<br />

Lynnfield<br />

Junior<br />

Her debut season even came with a postseason win.<br />

Swampscott defeated Falmouth, 2-0, before falling to<br />

Cardinal Spellman, 1-0, the next round.<br />

Under Caponigro’s direction, Swampscott never looked<br />

like the underdog.<br />

Madison Botta<br />

Saugus<br />

Junior<br />

The Cape Ann League Player of the Year in the Kinney Division had a<br />

season to remember. The junior forward scored 26 goals and showed her<br />

unselfish side, too, finishing the season with seven assists.<br />

Carroll registered a point in 18 of the Pioneers’ 22 games. Carroll<br />

came up big for Lynnfield throughout the season, such as her game-tying<br />

goal in the Final Four. The forward left it all out on the field every game.<br />

Brooke Moloney<br />

St. Mary’s<br />

Junior<br />

Moloney never wasted a chance when the ball fell to her feet<br />

in front of goal. The junior forward helped lead the Spartans to a<br />

10-6-2 regular season record, and filled the stat sheet. Moloney<br />

scored 12 goals, but was known for her creation, finishing with<br />

14 assists.<br />

Moloney has more than 50 goals and 100 points in her stellar<br />

career, and is primed for another big season next fall.<br />

Bella Carroll<br />

A captain for her team, Botta led from the front.<br />

The forward faced double teams and often had the<br />

opposing team's best defender on her. Although<br />

double-covered, Botta still found a way to score<br />

23 goals and lead the Sachems to a 14-3-1 regular<br />

season record.<br />

Sophie Skabeikis<br />

St. Mary’s<br />

Sophomore<br />

Twenty three goals and seven assists in her<br />

sophomore year is nothing short of amazing.<br />

Skabeikis was a threat from anywhere on the<br />

field. From long shots to headers at the backpost,<br />

the defense had to keep an eye on her as<br />

soon as the Spartans entered the final third.<br />

Skabeikis also set a school record, scoring<br />

five goals in a game, according to coach Jim<br />

Foley. Not only did Skabeikis score five goals,<br />

she did it all in the first half.<br />

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Victoria Quagrello<br />

Swampscott<br />

Senior<br />

When you talk about a team player, there<br />

isn’t one who encapsulates the phrase more<br />

than Quagrello. Playing as a defensive<br />

midfielder for the Big Blue, she often stopped<br />

attacks before they even happened.<br />

In her high school career, mainly playing<br />

as a center back and defensive midfielder,<br />

Quagrello scored 14 goals and provided four<br />

assists. The fearless midfielder was a key part<br />

in the Big Blue hosting a first-round game in<br />

the state tournament.<br />

Madi Femino<br />

Saugus<br />

Senior<br />

One of the fastest players in the<br />

area, Femino used her speed to<br />

get into dangerous positions in the<br />

final third. Once there, she made<br />

the right decision most of the time.<br />

As a captain, she delivered on<br />

a gamely basis. Femino scored<br />

19 goals and showed her creative<br />

side, providing five assists.<br />

“Her selflessness and leadership<br />

bolstered her teammates' passion<br />

and drive to be the best versions<br />

of themselves,” said coach Chris<br />

Coviello.<br />

Talia Selby<br />

Marblehead<br />

Senior<br />

One of the best readers of the<br />

game, it's no surprise that Selby was<br />

a four-year varsity player and threeyear<br />

starter. She was also extremely<br />

unselfish, willing to change positions<br />

when the Magicians changed<br />

formations.<br />

Selby was voted Marblehead’s<br />

team MVP, described as its “anchor,”<br />

according to coach Lisa Wales.<br />

Swampscott's<br />

Victoria Quagrello<br />

and Saugus' Madi<br />

Femino.<br />

Rachel Dana<br />

Lynn Classical<br />

Senior<br />

As a defender, Dana was one of the hardest to get past.<br />

Described as a “brick wall” by coach Jessica Gambale,<br />

Dana wasn’t afraid of putting her body on the line to<br />

block a shot.<br />

The senior captain was dangerous on set pieces, both<br />

offensively and defensively, chipping in with two goals<br />

and two assists. The senior finished her soccer career<br />

with a win on Senior Night – and a goal – against rival<br />

Lynn English.<br />

Violet Hawley<br />

Saugus<br />

Senior<br />

Emma Rose<br />

Lynnfield<br />

Junior<br />

This midfielder is,<br />

arguably, one of the best<br />

set-piece takers on the North<br />

Shore. The left-footer had<br />

21 assists, with many of<br />

them coming from corner<br />

kicks. Coach Mark Vermont<br />

described her delivery as a<br />

“tremendous threat.”<br />

Her line-breaking passes<br />

from deep helped her<br />

teammates run into balls. In<br />

the Final Four, Rose scored<br />

an Olympico and provided<br />

an assist to finish her junior<br />

season.<br />

<strong>All</strong>y Sykes<br />

Lynnfield<br />

Senior<br />

A four-year starter and<br />

two-time captain, Sykes<br />

conducted the Pioneers’<br />

midfield and defense. The<br />

versatile player played both<br />

center back and midfielder,<br />

which helped lead the<br />

Pioneers to the Final Four.<br />

“<strong>All</strong>y is a tenacious<br />

defender and will hunt the<br />

ball down to win it back,”<br />

said coach Mark Vermont.”<br />

The senior was also a<br />

tremendous leader – one<br />

who knew when to lead<br />

through action or by voice,<br />

according to her coaching<br />

staff.<br />

If you watched the Sachems play, they tended to dominate the ball and keep players in the<br />

opponent's half. Because of this, teams would look to counter-attack Saugus, but thankfully, Hawley<br />

was always a step ahead.<br />

If she needed to leave her position to cut out a counter-attack, you’d see Hawley sprint across the<br />

field to win the ball back.<br />

Coach Chris Coviello said teams “rarely scored on her side,” and chose to have Hawley mark the<br />

opposing team's best players on a nightly basis.

ITEM ALL-STARS FALL <strong>2023</strong><br />



Courtney Russo - Swampscott - Coach of the Year<br />

The Big Blue accomplished a lot this season.<br />

They went 12-6-2, received the No. 12 seed in<br />

Division 3, and won a state tournament game<br />

against Dighton-Rehoboth (2-0) – all with coach<br />

Russo at the helm.<br />

Coaching multiple conference all-stars and<br />

bringing the best out of her players on a daily basis,<br />

Russo got the job done.<br />

Sawyer Groothuis<br />

Swampscott<br />

Senior<br />

One of Swampscott’s captains, Groothuis made it happen seemingly<br />

every game. He recorded 19 goals and 10 assists to lead the Big Blue.<br />

“[He was] on the offensive and defensive corner units, and had strong<br />

speed and stick skills to carry the ball upfield,” said coach Courtney<br />

Russo.<br />

Gianna Tringale<br />

St. Mary’s<br />

Senior<br />

Playing in all 19 games, she earned top goalie honors in the<br />

Catholic Central with a GAA (goals allowed average) of .79<br />

in her first year as a field hockey goalie. She was also named<br />

Player of the Week after her phenomenal performance against<br />

Danvers, and registered 14 saves in St. Mary’s Round of 16<br />

game against Watertown.<br />

Maisie Russo<br />

Swampscott<br />

Junior<br />

She’s next year’s captain, and for good reason. In her junior<br />

year, Russo recorded eight goals and 14 assists for a total of 22<br />

points. She led the Big Blue in helpers and was involved in both<br />

corner units.<br />

“A strong presence on defense for the Big Blue and valuable<br />

on both ends,” said coach Courtney Russo.<br />

Kasey Litwin<br />

St. Mary’s<br />

Senior<br />

The forward and midfielder did it all for St. Mary’s and<br />

finished fourth in the Catholic Central in goals (15). She is the<br />

second-leading scorer in the history of the program with 27<br />

goals.<br />

“She proved that she was a staple part of the offensive push<br />

as the season continued to progress, scoring the lone goal<br />

against (D1) Lincoln-Sudbury,” said coach Victoria Ault.<br />

Congratulations<br />

<strong>Item</strong> <strong>All</strong>-<strong>Stars</strong>!<br />

Wishing you the best in<br />

your future endeavors.<br />

Senator Brendan Crighton

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Taylor Valiton<br />

Lynnfield<br />

Junior<br />

Scoring 16 goals to go with 10 assists, Valiton was a star for the<br />

Pioneers. She led Lynnfield in goals and total points.<br />

“Last year, Taylor was a starting midfielder and easily transitioned<br />

to forward this year,” said coach Samantha Pindara. “Taylor, naturally,<br />

is offensive-minded and uses her hand-eye coordination to track down<br />

balls and read each play.”<br />

Gia Marotta<br />

Lynnfield<br />

Junior<br />

A two-year member of the varsity program, Marotta stepped<br />

up big-time this season. She scored two goals, delivered eight<br />

assists, and used “her strength in her hits up the field and small<br />

game to eliminate defenders in the midfield,” as said by coach<br />

Samantha Pindara.<br />

“Gia’s midfield contribution is a major part of the team's<br />

success,” Pindara said. “She embodies what a team player looks<br />

like.”<br />

Daniella White<br />

Peabody<br />

Junior<br />

Awarded with <strong>All</strong>-Northeastern<br />

Conference honors, and for good reason.<br />

The lefty midfielder scored two goals,<br />

dished out two assists, had a defensive<br />

save, and recorded 18 saves with 10 total<br />

goals allowed between the pipes. White<br />

also won Peabody’s Unsung Hero and<br />

Coaches Awards.<br />

Meg Donnelly<br />

Bishop Fenwick<br />

Senior<br />

Between the pipes for the<br />

Crusaders, Donnelly impressed on<br />

the field – and statistics page. The<br />

Crusader won six games, recorded<br />

five shutouts, and made 131 saves.<br />

Maggie Beauchesne<br />

Marblehead<br />

Senior<br />

When looking at the words brick<br />

wall, they’re probably right next to<br />

Beauchesne. The Magician won four<br />

games and made 198 saves this fall.<br />

Meghan Collins<br />

Peabody<br />

Senior<br />

A “true utility player,” according<br />

to coach Jillian Tobin, Collins<br />

defined the type. She played all<br />

positions, was named an NEC <strong>All</strong>-<br />

Star, and served as captain. She<br />

recorded four goals, two assists, and<br />

five saves with one goal against.<br />

Madison Faragi<br />

Bishop Fenwick<br />

Junior<br />

This Crusader ripped 11 goals this<br />

season, only adding to her stellar total at<br />

Fenwick High. In a thrilling draw against<br />

St. Mary’s, Faragi found the back of<br />

the net on a redirect to help salvage the<br />

game.<br />

Taylor Valiton

ITEM ALL-STARS FALL <strong>2023</strong><br />



Due to strong Marblehead showings at the Ocean State,<br />

Frank Kelley, and NEC State Championship – among others<br />

– Heenan captures Coach of the Year in boys cross country.<br />

Heenan was named Northeastern Conference Coach of the<br />

Matt Terrien<br />

St. Mary’s<br />

Senior<br />

A four-year cross country and track athlete, Terrien’s personal record of<br />

17:09.4 at the MSTCA Twilight Invitational was his senior highlight.<br />

The CCL <strong>All</strong>-Star also recorded fourth place at the CCL Championships,<br />

second place in the Lynn City Meet, and 30th in the Division 2C<br />

Championship at Wrentham. He also qualified for the Division 2 State<br />

Championship as an individual.<br />

“That’s not bad for a kid who was running in the 25s as a freshman,” said<br />

coach Tristan Smith.<br />

Brian Heenan - Marblehead - Coach of the Year<br />

Year, coached its MVP in Isaac Gross, and his Marblehead<br />

boys finished third in the Division 2 State Championship at<br />

Fort Devens – only the third boys team from Marblehead to<br />

finish in the top three across the last 25 years.<br />

Isaac Gross<br />

Marblehead<br />

Senior<br />

Eamonn McHale<br />

Lynn English<br />

Senior<br />

McHale ran all over Lynn Woods – and the City of Lynn – this<br />

season. The result: a top-five finish in the conference for English,<br />

and another stellar fall from McHale. In the Greater Boston League<br />

Championship, McHale led the Bulldogs with a time of 14:47 – good<br />

for a second-place finish. His 19:38 in the Lynn City Meet wasn’t too<br />

shabby, either.<br />

Well, first place was a common spot for Gross this season. The NEC MVP placed first at the Ocean State Invitational, Junior-Senior 3K at Frank<br />

Kelley, NEC Championship, Division 2A Championship, and second in the Division 2 State Championship.<br />

On top of a 15:47 against Masconomet and Danvers, in the state championship, Gross led the Magicians with a time of 16:04.<br />

“He is only the third boy from Marblehead to finish in the top five in at least the last 25 years,” Heenan said. “The race caps off his senior<br />

season – one of the best seasons ever by a runner from Marblehead.”<br />

Bryton Osgood<br />

Lynn Tech<br />

Senior<br />

Osgood was his team’s top male runner in the Lynn <strong>All</strong>-City meet,<br />

as well as the Commonwealth Athletic Conference.<br />

“As a senior, Bryton was our team leader and top runner in all of<br />

our dual meets, and will run indoor and outdoor track this season,” said<br />

coach John Hogan.<br />

Ryan Faletra<br />

Peabody<br />

Senior<br />

Peabody’s top runner, Faletra led the Tanners in both the NEC<br />

and state championships. The NEC <strong>All</strong>-Star finished ninth in the<br />

conference meet (17:21), and was an <strong>All</strong>-State individual qualifier<br />

for the Division 1 State Meet.<br />

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Bishop Fenwick’s girls cross country team put on a show<br />

this fall. It finished as runner-up in the Catholic Central, with<br />

a 7-1 record, and its top-five runners were all CCL <strong>All</strong>-<strong>Stars</strong>.<br />

Led by Shannon Bresnahan, Sarah Fogarty, Maria Ryan,<br />

Kyra Buckley<br />

Peabody<br />

Senior<br />

Buckley impressed for the Tanners, setting a<br />

new course record at Peabody High. She placed<br />

sixth in the conference meet, 11th at the Frank<br />

Mooney (20:04), and 24th in the Division 1B<br />

State Meet (20:29).<br />

Buckley was also a member of Peabody’s<br />

<strong>All</strong>-State qualifying team.<br />

Julia Davis<br />

Bishop Fenwick<br />

Sophomore<br />

Davis ran all over the state the last few months, finishing<br />

top-three in the CCL league meet, Franklin Park Invitational,<br />

Twilight Invitational, and Mooney Invitational.<br />

With a personal 5K record of 19:40, she earned CCL <strong>All</strong>-Star<br />

honors.<br />

“Julia won four individual races during our dual- and tri-meet<br />

season. She was a team leader in both our workouts and races, an<br />

outstanding competitor, and helped lead and develop her younger<br />

teammates,” Doyle said. “Julia set a fantastic example for all of<br />

her teammates on how hard you need to work to be successful.<br />

Her outstanding performances speak to the hard work she put in<br />

this season.”<br />

Fred Doyle - Bishop Fenwick - Coach of the Year<br />

Kelsey Kwiatek<br />

St. Mary’s<br />

Freshman<br />

And she’s only a freshman. Kwiatek made<br />

St. Mary’s fans happy this fall, and had the<br />

numbers to prove it. Her season best was a<br />

19:37 at the MSTCA Twilight Invitational<br />

back in October. She also finished first in the<br />

Lynn City Meet and sixth in the conference<br />

championship.<br />

Marianna Kay, and Julia Davis, Doyle molded that talent<br />

into success. From strong finishes in the conference meet<br />

and throughout the season – including the Twilight and Frank<br />

Kelley – Doyle and his Lady Crusaders got the job done.<br />

Marietta O’Connell<br />

Marblehead<br />

O’Connell, the NEC’s Runner of the Year,<br />

impressed from beginning to end this fall. She<br />

won the small school state race with a time of<br />

10:51.2 (2nd place was 20 seconds behind). In<br />

the NEC Championship, O’Connell placed first<br />

with a time of 18:25, leading Marblehead’s girls<br />

to a second-place finish with 72 points.<br />

“She got out fast, getting separation from the<br />

pack, and never looked back,” said coach Will<br />

Herlihy.<br />

Madisen McHale<br />

Lynn English<br />

This Bulldog knows how to run. McHale submitted<br />

another strong season, including her fourth-place finish<br />

in the Lynn City Meet with a time of 26:38. She also ran<br />

a 20:20 in the GBL Championships to finish in the top<br />

10.2A Championship, and second in the Division 2 State<br />

Championship.<br />

On top of a 15:47 against Masconomet and Danvers, in<br />

the state championship, Gross led the Magicians with a time<br />

of 16:04.<br />

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GOLF<br />

The Greater Boston League Coach of the Year had a season<br />

to remember. Molea led the Bulldogs to a second-place finish<br />

in the GBL with an 8-2 record and Division 1 postseason berth.<br />

This was Molea’s third season at the helm; his philosophy<br />

Brett Molea - Lynn English - Coach of the Year<br />

and blueprint has made Lynn English a legitimate competitor<br />

in the conference. With a young squad, Molea helped guide an<br />

eighth-grader and freshman to GBL <strong>All</strong>-Star status.<br />

It’s safe to say: the future of golf is bright at Lynn English.<br />

John Crowley<br />

Lynn English<br />

Junior<br />

Charlie Grenier<br />

Marblehead<br />

Senior<br />

Marty Ryan<br />

Marblehead<br />

Junior<br />

Deven Henehan<br />

Lynnfield<br />

Senior<br />

With a young team, Crowley had<br />

to step up not only on the course,<br />

but off the course as a leader. Coach<br />

Brett Molea said Crowley helped his<br />

younger teammates “buy in” to the<br />

team and its goals.<br />

One of Crowley’s better<br />

performances of the season came<br />

against rival Lynn Classical. He<br />

recorded an early birdie on the<br />

second hole and won his matchup,<br />

5.5-3.5, which helped his team take<br />

down the Rams, 38-34.<br />

Grenier played a crucial role<br />

in the Magicians going 14-1 and<br />

winning the North Sectionals. As the<br />

team's number one, Grenier faced<br />

the opposition's best every match.<br />

Despite going toe-to-toe with the<br />

best golfers in the area, he finished<br />

the season with a 9-3-2 record.<br />

Terry Manning<br />

St. John’s Prep<br />

Senior<br />

Ryan led the Magicians with a<br />

stroke score of 36.1, which included<br />

a great round to start the season<br />

against Peabody when the junior<br />

shot 2-under-par. Ryan finished<br />

the season with a 12-1-1 record,<br />

including 6.1 points per match.<br />

Jason Bouffard<br />

Swampscott<br />

Senior<br />

A four-year varsity player and<br />

two-time captain, Henehan left his<br />

mark on Lynnfield’s golf program.<br />

This season, he was a medalist in<br />

five matches and had a 27 point-permatch<br />

scoring average.<br />

Micah Hashikawa<br />

St. Mary’s<br />

Sophomore<br />

Shea Newhall<br />

St. Mary’s<br />

Junior<br />

One of three captains leading the<br />

Spartans to a 13-5 record, Newhall<br />

was the top scorer for St. Mary’s in<br />

10 of its 18 matches.<br />

Manning was the leader and<br />

captain of the Eagles all season<br />

long.<br />

During the state championship,<br />

Manning finished tied for seventh<br />

(shooting a 76) out of 103 golfers,<br />

helping the Eagles finish in second<br />

place.<br />

A four-year varsity player,<br />

Bouffard led the Big Blue with his<br />

steady approach. A hard hitter off<br />

the tee and smooth roller on the<br />

green, Bouffard won 60 percent of<br />

his matches with an average score<br />

of 37.<br />

The Swampscott transfer settled<br />

in nicely in his first season with<br />

the Spartans. Hashikawa was the<br />

second-leading scorer on the team,<br />

averaging 27.1 points per match.

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Congratulations, <strong>All</strong>-<strong>Stars</strong>.<br />




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