Lynnfield Sports

Track teams bring home plenty of medals from CAL Championships

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Lynnfield Sports, Lynnfield Villager | Comments Off on Track teams bring home plenty of medals from CAL Championships

Mitchell wins 1,000 meter; Kinnon takes 55 Dash Published in the February 14, 2018 edition By DAN PAWLOWSKI BOSTON — The boys’ and girls’ LHS track and field teams competed in the Cape Ann League Championships last Tuesday against the best the league has to offer. Lynnfield had some excellent individual efforts from both teams to headline a CAL meet to remember. Mitchell’s 1000 meter run highlights girls’ team Lynnfield senior Kate Mitchell entered the 2018 CAL Championships with plenty of accolades to bring with her to the Boston College Track and Field team next year, but creating a new school record was at the forefront of her mind, even if it was her own time to beat. Mitchell owned the 1,000 school record with a time of 2:59.01 she got last year. She crushed that time at CAL’s by almost four full seconds, finishing at 2:55.20, 14 seconds ahead of the next closest competitor. Mitchell’s performance was also good enough to qualify as a Milesplit US first team or gold standard performance, one of only two such performances at CAL’s this year. The Pioneers also got a good race from sophomore Emma Ricciardi who finished four spots below Mitchell for 5th in the 1,000 with a time of 3:22.03. Senior Juliana Passatempo took 11th in the 300 meter with a time of 46.39, followed closely by sophomore Danielle Percoskie (47.61). Junior Gabriella Passatempo got 13th in the two mile, crossing the line in 13:27.57. The Mitchell family stole the show again in the 600 meters as Kate’s sisters, freshmen Ashley (1:43.06) and Lauren Mitchell (1:45.70) both ran good races, finishing 5th and 8th respectively. Senior Aja Parker made some noise in the long jump, as she finished 8th with a “15’02.25 jump. Freshman April Luders finished 11th in the long jump at “14’04.00. The 4×400 meter relay was the best relay team of the day for the Pioneers, as they took 2nd in 4:19.38. Kinnon gets gold in 55 dash, silver in long jump Senior Nick Kinnon lived up to his reputation as one of the league’s best all-around track and field competitors at CAL’s. Kinnon took first in the 55 meter dash (6.65), and second in the long jump (“20’03.50). Junior Brett Cohee also had a strong meet, taking 3rd in the 300 meters at 37.74 and 9th in the long jump at “17’10. Junior Jack Campbell (1:30.56) took 6th in the 600 meters while sophomore Alejandro Lynch nabbed 9th (1:32.58). Kinnon and Cohee weren’t the only highlights in the long jump as sophomore Tommy Hauser’s 4th-place finish (“19’04.75) helped the Pioneers take three of the top-10 finishes. The 4×200 was the most impressive relay team for the boys, as they took 2nd with a time of 1:37.78. Senior Nathan Drislane provided LHS with one last memory as he took 4th in the shot put with a throw of “43’5. Overall it was an excellent performance for both teams as they prepare for the MIAA DIv. 5 Championships on Thursday at the Reggie Lewis...

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Pioneer hockey qualifies for tournament

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Boys’ beat Triton, edged by Masco Published in the February 14, 2018 edition By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI HAVERHILL — Last Saturday afternoon, the Lynnfield High boys’ hockey team was nipped by host Masconomet, 4-3, at the Valley Forum in Haverhill. With that defeat, the Pioneers record fell to 10-4-1 overall and 6-3-1 (third place) in the Cape Ann League. The Chieftains, who were able to split the season series, scored just 24 seconds into the game. With 6:46 left in the first, Kyle Nekoroski tied it assisted by Will Garofoli and Myles McKay. Masco then scored the lone tally of the second period on the power play with 4:27 left. In the third, they made it 3-1 with 2:25 left, scoring on a 2-on-1 break. Head coach Jon Gardner then pulled goalie Aidan Kelly for the extra attacker with a little under two minutes left. With 1:07 remaining, Rob Brandano scored assisted by George DeRoche. The Pioneers then pulled Kelly again a few moments after the ensuing face-off but they couldn’t tie the game. “We came out flat,” admitted Gardner. “From the second period on, I felt like we carried the play.” The Pioneers outshot the Chieftains on goal, 23-21, as Kelley made 18 stops. Beat Triton, 3-2  On Thursday, Feb. 8, the Pioneers qualified for the Division 2 state tournament as they edged host Triton, 3-2, at Graf Rink in Newburyport. The game was delayed one day due to the snow. The Vikings struck first scoring 1:15 into the game. With 5:42 left in the second period, captain Cooper Marengi tied it on the power play assisted by DeRoche and Joey Mack. Just 52 seconds later, on the power play, Marengi lit the lamp again. DeRoche and Mack both assisted. Triton tied the game on the power play with 13:28 left in the third but Jaret Simpson was the hero scoring the game-winner with 11:54 remaining on the power play. Mack and DeRoche assisted. Triton outshot the Pioneers on net, 27-22, as Kelly made 25 saves. “Our special teams were good but Aidan was tremendous,” stated Gardner. Lynnfield went 1-0-1 against the Vikings this season. This Saturday afternoon is the Pioneers Senior Day as they welcome Westwood to McVann-O’Keefe Rink in Peabody. Face-off is at noon and, before the game, the six Pioneer 12th-graders will be honored. Next Tuesday at noon, they host Pentucket in their final CAL game of the season during school vacation week. They then face host Gloucester at 7 p.m. at Talbot Rink the next...

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Boys’ hoop are CAL Kinney champs

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Published in the February 14, 2018 edition By DAN PAWLOWSKI BYFIELD — The LHS boys’ basketball team played a road game against Triton on Friday night, looking to clinch the CAL Kinney division with a win. After a relatively close game throughout, the Pioneers slammed the door on a Viking comeback attempt by outscoring Triton 20-11 in the 4th behind Billy Arseneault who dropped 8 of his team-high 19 in the final frame. Lynnfield also got 13 points and two three’s from Zack Shone, 12 points and two three’s from Dan Jameson, and 11 points and three triples from Jason Ndansi. With the win, Lynnfield’s league record went to 13-3, clinching them the CAL Kinney title. As for the overall CAL crown, Lynnfield is currently tied with Hamilton-Wenham who is also 13-3. The Pioneers beat the Generals 65-58 on Jan. 2. Lynnfield hosts the 12-6 Newburyport Clippers on Friday night for Senior Night when Arseneault, Shone, Jameson, Ndansi, Matt Mortellite and Owen Colbert will be honored before the game which is set to tip at 6:30 p.m. The Pioneers are looking for revenge after the Clippers handed them a 68-55 loss on Jan. 5. Hamilton-Wenham plays Georgetown (5-13) on Friday night. The Generals (#2) are currently ranked one spot ahead of Lynnfield (#3) in the Boston Herald’s D3 North rankings. If the Pioneers and Generals were to meet again, it would have to be in the D3 North Tournament. Lynnfield will close their season on Monday night in Melrose against the Division two Red...

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Sports Lead: 02/14/18

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Pioneer skaters shut out by CAL-best Clippers

Posted by on Feb 7, 2018 in Lynnfield Sports | Comments Off on Pioneer skaters shut out by CAL-best Clippers

Lynnfield (9-3-1) plays Triton, Masco next Published in the February 7, 2018 edition By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI NEWBURYPORT — The Lynnfield High boys’ hockey team was shutout by host Newburyport last Saturday afternoon at Graf Rink. With that defeat, the Pioneers fell to 9-3-1 overall and 5-2-1 in the Cape Ann League. The Clippers were able to improve to 10-1-5 overall and 8-0-2 in the CAL as they completed the season sweep and are now on the brink of winning the league title. “I am not into moral victories,” said Pioneers head coach Jon Gardner. “We played tight with them both times and it was a one-goal game heading into the final minute of both games.” After a scoreless first period, the Clippers got on the board when a shot by Cole Spence hit goalie Aidan Kelly’s left pad and snuck over the goal line 1:30 into the second. Late in the third, Kelly was pulled for the extra attacker but Owen Bradbury scored on the empty net to close the door. “Because of a penalty that was called against us, we had to wait to pull Aidan,” pointed out Gardner. The Clippers outshot the Pioneers on net, 24-14, as Kelly made 22 saves. “I was very happy with the solid play of our defense,” said Gardner. Gardner pointed out the play of Jaret Simpson and Joey Mack. On Thursday, Feb. 7 the Pioneers go back to the Graf Rink to take on host Triton at 7 p.m. The schools tied, 2-2, in the first meeting back on Jan. 13. This Saturday afternoon at 3:55 p.m. the Pioneers visit Masconomet. That game will take place at the Valley Forum in Haverhill. Lynnfield won the first match-up, 4-1, on Jan. 20 as they go for the season sweep against the Chieftains. On Tuesday, Feb. 13, Lynnfield takes on host North Reading at Kasabuski Rink in Saugus. Face-off for that game is at 7:10 p.m. On Dec. 30, the Pioneers won the first meeting 1-0 at...

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Boys hoop wins three straight

Posted by on Feb 7, 2018 in Lynnfield Sports | Comments Off on Boys hoop wins three straight

Pioneers (13-3) two games up on Newburyport for 1st in Kinney Published in the February 7, 2018 edition By DAN PAWLOWSKI LYNNFIELD — The LHS boys’ basketball team kept rolling last week as they won three in a row to bring their record to 13-3 overall and 12-3 in the Cape Ann League. The Pioneers now own a two-game lead on second-place Newburyport who they will host next Friday, Feb. 16. Offense rules vs. Manchester-Essex The Pioneers traveled to Manchester-Essex on Tuesday, Jan. 30 looking to rebound after a tough home loss to Masco during their previous game. Lynnfield responded with a clinic on the offensive end to win 74-45. “I thought that was the best offensive game we’ve played all season by far,” said Lynnfield head coach Scott MacKenzie, who was happy with his team’s ability to move the ball, a key factor when teams try to double and deny Lynnfield’s Billy Arseneault. “Any team is going to try to take Billy away and ball movement will lead to other kids scoring the ball,” said MacKenzie. “That’s how you win basketball games.” The balanced scoring included 19 from Arseneault, a career-high 16 from Jason Ndansi, 16 from Zack Shone, 8 from Jack Ford and 7 from Clayton Marengi. The Pioneers called a timeout after the Hornets raced out to a 10-0 in the first, but Lynnfield regained control and dominated the second half, 43-18. “We played zone in the second half which we don’t normally do and it happened to be effective,” said MacKenzie. “The zone defense and our transition game complemented each other very well.” More balance beats North Reading, 77-65 The Pioneers hosted North Reading on Friday night looking to sweep the season series after the Pioneers beat the Hornets, 65-60 on Jan. 12. It was a similar story on the offensive end, as the Pioneers put forward another excellent second half featuring some swift passing and moving without the ball which helped their transition offense control the game. The Hornets, true to form, featured plenty of size and toughness which on paper appears to be the antidote to Lynnfield’s smaller lineup. The Hornets picked up plenty of buckets at the rim in the first half and slowed down the Pioneers vaunted transition game to relative success as LHS led 33-26 at the half. At the break, the Pioneers talked about getting back to quicker ball movement which would eventually wear the Hornets down. “The scoring margin should have been bigger at the half,” said MacKenzie. “What we’re seeing is teams starting to really collapse on Billy and Zack. We talk about your internal clock. Catch, pass and move it, which makes things easier when the defense is coming at you. I thought in the first half we held the ball too long and in the second half we did a much better job.” Lynnfield outscored North Reading 26-12 in the 3rd quarter, as seven different Pioneers scored at least a basket, led by 7 from Matt Mortellite, 5 from Shone and 4 each from Dan Jameson and Jason Ndansi. That type of scoring output is expected from the senior starters, but it was two bench players who got a nod from the coach, as freshman Jack Ford and sophomore Clayton Marengi (9) provided an excellent boost....

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Co-op swimmers impress at CAL Championships

Posted by on Feb 7, 2018 in Lynnfield Sports | Comments Off on Co-op swimmers impress at CAL Championships

Bunar is Diver of the Year Published in the February 7, 2018 edition By DAN PAWLOWSKI SALEM – The Lynnfield-Wakefield co-op swim teams traveled to Salem’s O’Keefe Sports Complex on Super Bowl Sunday morning to compete in the Cape Ann League Championships against six other teams from the Cape Ann League. As the boys and girls swim separately for the first time this year, the Lynnfield girls continued to improve, especially in the relays while the Lynnfield-Wakefield boys proved why they belonged in the top echelon of the league after finishing the regular season 7-1. Bunar named Diver of the Year Captain Sabrina Bunar, a UNC diving commit competing in her final CAL Championships, was named Diver of the Year and set a new CAL record in the 1 meter with a 322.35. Bunar is no stranger to being considered the best diver in the league but it was certainly a sweet way to end her Cape Ann career as she looks forward to States. The Pioneers were also represented on the diving board by senior Olivia Johnian whose 169.25 was good for 5th in the league. Lynnfield girls continue to improve As for the racing, a young LHS girls team continued to show progress. Sophomore Michelle Marder finished 10th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:26.74. The Pioneers were later represented well in the 200 IM with sophomores Liz Sykes (2:36.57) and Caitlin Hooper (1:42.96) finishing 8th and 13th. Four Pioneers placed in the 50 free, including freshman Olivia Murphy (31.15), junior Riley Comeau (31.45), freshman Avery Comeau (31.71) and junior Sabrina Al-Mayahi (32.42). Hooper later swam a strong 100 butterfly, finishing 10th at 1:14.13, right ahead of classmate Sara Ho (1:14.66). Bunar, racing for the first time this year after head coach Andrew Digiacomo asked the captain to step up for a shorthanded team, got 10th in the 100 free with a time of 105.48. Marder finished 11th in the 100 free at 1:07.21 and Al-Mayahi got 14th at 1:12.38. The 200 freestyle relay team finished 6th with a time of 1:59.34. Sykes led off, followed by Murphy, Hooper and Bunar who anchored with a 28.69 which helped the Pioneers hold off two Triton relays. A second LHS team placed in the 200 free relays as Al-Mayahi, sophomore Gillian Skelly and Riley and Avery Comeau swam a 2:14.49. Skelly had the best time for the second team with a 32.64. Liz Sykes continued her excellent meet with an awesome performance in the 100 backstroke. Sykes finished 5th with a time of 1:11.66. Murphy (1:19.71, 10th) and Riley Comeau (1:23.21, 12th) were also great in the backstroke. Skelly (1:34.26, 12th) and Avery Comeau (1:34.70, 14th) swam strong 100 yard breaststrokes, setting up the 400 freestyle relay who got 6th at 4:25.57. That team consisted of Sykes, Marder, Hooper and Bunar. Boys make a statement It didn’t take long for the Lynnfield-Wakefield boys’ co-op team to make some noise. The Warrior Pioneers had their sights set squarely on Manchester-Essex who were the only team to beat them in the regular season, and that happened in the first meet of the year, so both teams have improved greatly since then. The 200 yard medley relay team kicked things off with a narrow victory over the Hornets for a first-place...

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Sports Lead: 02/07/18

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LPYFC ready for kickoff

Posted by on Feb 2, 2018 in Lynnfield Sports | Comments Off on LPYFC ready for kickoff

Registration crucial for strong return Published in the January 31, 2018 edition By JILLIAN STRING LYNNFIELD — Parents and coaches of football and cheer rallied together Thursday evening for the first annual meeting of the Lynnfield Pioneer Youth Football and Cheer (LPYFC) organization. “We want more involvement for parents and coaches, and are eager to move the program forward. Our goal is to have ultimate transparency,” President Steven Connolly stated at the start of the meeting. LPYFC was created in October 2017 by current board members Connolly, Dave Capachietti (Vice President), Kim Brown (Secretary), Lauren George (Treasurer), and Rebecca Drzewiczewski (Director of Cheer) after two failed attempts to elect a new Board of Directors for Lynnfield Youth Football and Cheerleading (LYFC) in August 2017. The original annual meeting held on August 7 was deemed invalid in a legal opinion by LYFC attorney Bradford Keene, due to how the meeting was advertised and how the actual ballots were cast. The subsequent meeting, held on August 30, became a media circus when a number of parents were denied entry due to a change in the LYFC bylaws excluding them as voting members of the organization. As a result of the emotional tensions and confusion of the evening, no vote was conducted. The main objective of LPYFC’s annual meeting last Thursday was to elect the 2018 Board of Directors. According to LPYFC bylaws, vote eligible members include, “Parents or guardians of registered Lynnfield Pioneer YFC participants (including, in 2018, parents or guardians of 2017 registered LYFC participants), volunteers over the age of 18 who serve Lynnfield Pioneer YFC in a specified role in the year for which they hold such a position, plus one consecutive year thereafter, and upon approval by a two-thirds vote of the BOD, and under such directions and regulations as may from time to time be provided by the BOD, any other person actively interested in furthering the objectives of Lynnfield Pioneer YFC.” With 10 of the 11 positions running uncontested, ballots were only cast for the Director of Equipment position. Former Pioneer football captain Dan Tammaro won the title, running against Chris Shea and Andrew String. Other board members include Connolly (President), Capachietti (Vice President), Brown (Secretary), George (Treasurer), Jim Driscoll (Director of Football), Jill Chisholm (Director of Cheer), Drzewiczewski (Director of Communications), Lauren Hurton (Director of Fundraising), David Tracy (Director of Player Safety), and Michael Cuddy (Director of Fields and Facilities). After the election of the board, George provided an overview of the organization’s finances to date. With a net income of $0 for 2017, the $1,830 in expenses were covered via interest-free loans held by board members. LPYFC’s 501(c)(3) status is still pending, so soliciting donations from businesses will have to wait. As a result, the new league is relying heavily on registration income to move forward. “Registration will be opening in early February,” Brown noted. “We are encouraging everyone to register early, and not wait until the last minute,” Connolly added. Q&A segments at each meeting The meeting concluded with a question and answer period. Connolly noted that each of the monthly board meetings will begin with a 15-minute question and answer segment where members can come to seek information or voice concerns. The February board meeting has not yet been scheduled, however members...

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Pioneers beat Amesbury in 4-3 thriller

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Murphy’s last-second goal the difference for Lynnfield (9-2-1) Published in the January 31, 2018 edition By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI PEABODY — Tyler Murphy’s goal with nine seconds left in the game lifted the Lynnfield High hockey team to a thrilling 4-3 win over guest Amesbury at McVann-O’Keefe Rink in Peabody last Saturday afternoon. With that win, the Pioneers improved to 9-2-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the Cape Ann League. They now need just one point to clinch a bid to the Division 2 state tournament. “I was proud of the way we fought back,” said Pioneers head coach Jon Gardner. “We spotted them two goals early and their goalie (Matt Michel) played very well.” With 8:58 left in the first period, the Indians scored on the power play. They then made it 2-0 with only 52 seconds left in the first. Lynnfield got on the scoreboard 1:14 into the second period as Cooper Marengi scored on the power play assisted by George Deroche. With 9:13 remaining in the second, DeRoche tied it, assisted by Jeff Brandano and Myles McKay. The Indians (2-8-1 overall and 0-8 in the CAL) then scored another late goal, this time with 23 seconds left. In the third, John Simonetti tied the game up with 5:21 left assisted by Kyle Nekoroski to set up Murphy’s heroics. Murphy’s tally was assisted by Jaret Simpson and Joey Mack. Lynnfield outshot Amesbury on goal, 41-10, as goalie Aidan Kelly (9-2-1) made seven saves. The Pioneers finished 4-1-1 in its six-game homestand. This Saturday at noon, the Pioneers go to the Graf Rink to take on first-place Newburyport. On Jan. 10, the Clippers won the first meeting,...

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