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Girls’ Indoor Track and Field emerges as CAL Open Champions

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Published in the February 15, 2018 edition By JERLIN KAITHAMATTAM BOSTON- On Tuesday, February 6, the North Reading Girls’ Track and Field Team came out on top yet again, emerging as the Cape Ann League Open Champions. In a night filled with shattered records, numerous top 10 finishes, and a plethora of medals, the Hornets were a force to be reckoned with as they took home the Open Championship title with 99 points, ahead of second place Pentucket (77) and Amesbury (61). The remaining team scores were as follows: Newburyport (30), Masconomet (24.5), Triton (23.25), Lynnfield (23), Manchester Essex (20), Essex Technical (19.25), Ipswich (13) and Hamilton-Wenham (13). The Hornets went into the meet as the second place team in the league, with only one loss in their season to Pentucket. Knowing they needed to perform at their very best to beat not only Pentucket but every other team in the CAL, the hornets entered the competition poised, self-aware, and ready to take on whatever came their way. As a result of their hard work and game day delivery, the Hornets took first place scoring 99 points, a striking 22 points ahead of second-place Pentucket. The sprinting events kicked off with the 55m Hurdles. Among the five runners from NR, Maggie McCarthy, Lauren Gulbicki, Jerlin Kaithamattam, Kaitlyn Gorgenyi, and Alex Richards, there were numerous personal records, and Senior Maggie McCarthy placed top 8 in the finals with an impressive qualifying personal record time of 9.26s and 9.28s in the finals. Next, in the 55m Dash, Sophia Casciano, Juliette Nadeau, Kaitlyn Gorgenyi, Megan Lawlor, and Kaitlyn Shevlin all ran impressive times. Sophia Casciano, Juliette Nadeau, and Katelyn Gorgenyi all advanced to the finals and finished in the top 8 with Casciano taking 4th (7.69s) and Nadeau taking 5th (7.71s) for a combined 6 points. In the 300m Dash both Emily Davis (43.31s) and Kirsten Bradley (44.52s) finished in the top 6 and brought in a combined 8 points for their team. The jumps teams also had some outstanding performances bringing in 29 points. Juliette Nadeau, Sophia Casciano, Megan Lawlor, and Kaitlyn Shevlin took part in the long jump, and together they gained a whopping 25 points for the Hornets. Nadeau (17’ 4.5”), Lawlor (17’ 3.5”), and Casciano (16’ 7”) not only went 1-2-3 but each beat the meet record in the event which was set in 2016 at 16’ 4” by former NRHS athlete and current Dartmouth College sophomore Julia Valenti. Shevlin took 6th (15’ 8”) to add an extra point to the team score.. In the High Jump, Kerry O’Brien (4’ 10”) placed 4th, scoring 4 points. In the Shot Put, the duo of Ryan Hunter (29’ 10”) and Kelly Bratton (29’ 6”) pushed each other to a 2nd and 3rd place finish, scoring a combined 14 points for the team. The distance team performed impressively and scored many points for their team. In the One Mile run, Meredith Griffin secured a first place finish, brought in 10 valuable points for the team, and lowered her own school record in the event yet again to 5:14.24! She led the race from start to finish winning by over eight seconds and nearly lapping the remainder of the field. In the 600m run, Grace Hadley placed 3rd, bringing in 6 points...

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Hornet hockey ties Lynnfield in 5-5 burner at the old barn

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NR (6-7-3) needs 5 points in final four games to qualify Published in the February 15, 2018 edition By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI SAUGUS — The North Reading High boys’ hockey team tied visiting Lynnfield, 5-5, on Tuesday night at Kasabuski Rink in Saugus. With that tie, the Hornets record went to 6-7-3 overall and 4-5-3 in the Cape Ann League. The Hornets went 0-1-1 against the Pioneers this season. It was the final league game of the year for the Hornets. Owen Maxwell got the game-tying tally with only 21 seconds left in the game, scoring his second goal of the night with the extra skater. The other North Reading goals were scored by Kevin Murphy, Patrick Scanlon and Josh Zelikman. With the tie, North Reading now needs to get at least five points in its final four games in order to qualify for the Division 2 state tournament. The Hornets trailed, 5-3, going into the third period. Lynnfield led, 2-1, after the first period and led, 4-1, at one point in the second. It was the second tie in a row for the team as they tied Trion, 3-3, also at home last Saturday night. The Hornets finished 0-1-1 against the Vikings this year. Zelikman, Maxwell and Dylan Babcock had the three North Reading goals in that game. The next game for North Reading will take place on Friday night at 6:20 as they welcome Matignon. The team will then take its annual trip to Cape Cod to compete in the Jeff Hayes Memorial Tournament at Gallo Ice Arena in Buzzards Bay. On President’s Day, head coach John Giuliotti’s squad will take on Oliver Ames at 4 pm. They will then either play Sandwich or Lowell Catholic in the consolation or title game the next day. The consolation game will start at 1:30 while the title game will be at 4...

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Girl hoopsters improve to 12-5

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Published in the February 15, 2018 edition By DAN NUNN NORTH READING — Junior Casey McAuliffe scored 19 points to lead the Hornets to an impressive 53-36 road victory over the Hamilton-Wenham Generals on February 6. Sophomore Lauren Sullivan had 8 points and 5 assists. Sophomore Ali Grasso added 7 points and freshman Julia Howse was outstanding off the bench with 7 points and 8 rebounds. Down Triton, 41-31 The Lady Hornets improved to 12-4 and pushed their winning streak to three games with their 41-31 victory over the Triton Vikings on Thursday. Julia Howse was the game’s high scorer with 11 points and was two boards shy of a double-double with 8 rebounds. Lauren Sullivan poured in 9 points. Mauled by Masco, 49-33 The 15-1 Masconomet Chieftains showed why they are one of the best teams in Eastern Mass as they snapped the Hornets three-game winning streak with their 49-33 victory over North Reading on Friday night. Lauren Sullivan was the Hornets’ leading scorer with 8 points. NRHS is currently 12-5 overall and 7-5 in the CAL. The Hornets host Triton tonight and Pentucket on Wednesday to close out their regular...

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Sports Lead: 02/15/18

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Sports Lead: 02/08/18

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Hornet swimmers impress at CAL’s

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Published in the February 8, 2018 edition By DAN PAWLOWSKI SALEM – The North Reading boys’ and girls’ 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, each team had plenty of highlights to bring back to NRHS. The girls started the meet by finishing 6th in the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:11.69. The team included sophomore Elli DeCleene, freshman Kristina Valenti, freshman Kaia Grabar and junior captain Molly Feffer.  The Hornet girls had four swimmers place in the 200 freestyle, including junior Caroline Belinowiz (2:38.70), sophomore Sara Curran (2:44.85), junior Brooke DeGrande (2:59.65) and freshman Erin Davis (3:03.82). Grabar took home bronze in the 100 butterfly and finished 11th in the 200 IM (2:41.60) followed closely by sophomore Hannah Lord (3:24.07). The Hornets lived up to their reputation as one of the league’s best in the 50 free, as Feffer took 2nd in 27.15 and Valenti nabbed 4th in 27.82. Valenti also took 5th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:22.17. Feffer continued her freestyle dominance by taking 2nd in the 100 free in 59.27, while also helping the 200 freestlye relay team impress.  The 200 free relay team (Valenti, Belinowiz, Grabar, Feffer) took 3rd in 1:54.59.  The boys also had plenty to be proud of at CAL’s. Senior Owen DeCleene stole the show for the Hornets. In addition to competing for multiple relay teams, DeCleene also took 2nd in the 100 free (54.84) and 6th in the 50 free (25.09). Senior Sam Barrette got 8th in the 200 IM in 2:48.53. Sophomore Brandon DeCleene got 11th in the 100 breaststroke (1:24.52) and 9th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:21.70. Freshman Chris Mangano took 12th in the 200 free at 2:45.35.  DeCleene wasn’t the only Hornet who performed well in the 50 free as sophomore Griffin May took 13th at 29.45 followed closely by senior Noah Aran (30.91) and sophomore Ben Giunta (33.79).  Aran (1:08.44) and Giunta (1:16.77) also placed in the 100 free, along with freshman Alec Semaan (1:18.05).  Freshmen classmates Henry Pelmos (6:59.83) and Mangano (7:15.47) finished 7th and 8th in the grueling 500 free.  Barrette (5th, 1:17.95) and May (7th, 1:20.65) each finished strong in the 100 backstroke to round out the individual highlights for the boys.  The relay teams also made some noise, including the 200 free team who took 5th in 1:53.57. That team consisted of Aran, May, Brandon and Owen DeCleene.  The 400 free also took 5th, including the DeCleene’s and...

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Hornet hockey sweeps Amesbury, shut out by Masco

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Coaches vs. Cancer game is Feb. 10 at Kasabuski Published in the February 8, 2018 edition By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI HAVERHILL — Last Saturday afternoon, the North Reading High hockey team was blanked 4-0 by host Masconomet at the Valley Forum in Haverhill. The Chieftains won the first meeting 5-1 back on Jan. 10th as they were able to complete the season sweep. “We started off slow and were never able to recover,” said Hornets head coach John Giuliotti. “They have a good team and you can’t do that against a team like that.” Masco scored one in the first period and once more in the second. In the third, they had two goals with the final tally coming on the empty net as Giuliotti pulled goalie Justin DiPlatzi with over two minutes left. The chieftains outshot North Reading on goal, 33-19, as DiPlatzi made 29 saves. With that defeat, the Hornets record dipped to 6-7-1 overall and 4-5-1 in the Cape Ann League. Masco meanwhile improved to 7-4-2 overall and 5-3-2 in the CAL.  The loss snapped a four-game unbeaten streak. Sweep Amesbury On Wednesday, Jan. 31, the Hornets beat guest Amesbury, 3-1 at Kasabuski Rink in Saugus. North Reading completed the season sweep over the Indians, who they beat 4-1 on Jan. 6 in the first meeting. “We came out of the gates really strong,” said Giuliotti, as his squad led 3-0 after the first period. At the 6:59 mark of the first, Kevin Murphy scored unassisted. Billy McCann made it 2-0 with 3:25 left in the period assisted by Murphy and Josh Zelikman. With 44 seconds left, Murphy lit the lamp again assisted by Owen Maxwell and Ryan Fabrizio. “Kevin has been a great player for us all season,” said Giuliotti, about the senior captain. “He is a real leader for us on and off the ice.” The Indians’ lone goal came in the second period. North Reading outshot Amesbury on goal, 28-17, as Hornets goalie Jacob Ancri made 16 saves. This Saturday afternoon at 5:40, the Hornets host Triton. It is the team’s Cancer Awareness Game. Triton won the first matchup, 5-2, on Jan. 20. On Tuesday, Feb. 13 the Hornets welcome Lynnfield at 7:10 p.m. The Pioneers won the first meeting 1-0 back on Dec....

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Girls’ hoop earns 8th straight trip to State Tourney

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Hornets improve to 10-4 Published in the February 8, 2018 edition By DAN NUNN NORTH READING — Nine Hornets scored as North Reading annihilated the Lynnfield Pioneers by an astounding score of 73-25 on Friday night. Junior Mia DeNofrio was terrific with a game high 16 points. Junior Casey McAuliffe scored 12 points, sophomore Lauren Sullivan had 11 points and senior captain Noel Riley added 10 points off the bench. With the victory NRHS qualified for the state tournament for the eighth consecutive season. NRHS quickly got rolling in the first quarter. Their largest lead was 21-4 and were ahead 21-7 by the end of one. North Reading continued firing on all cylinders in the second quarter. The Pioneers only managed five points and the lead ballooned to 37-12 at the half. The second half was almost a carbon copy of the first. Lynnfield didn’t put up much of a fight and the Hornets won by the astonishing 48-point...

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PHOTO: Where eagles fly

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Mirasolo inducted into Pope John XXIII Athletic Hall of Fame

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Published in the February 1, 2018 edition EVERETT — Elaine Mirasolo was inducted into Pope John XXIII High School’s 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame on November 17, 2017. Mirasolo, a resident of North Reading, was recognized as a key four-year varsity softball player as well as the first girl to ever play ice hockey for the Tigers’ high school boys’ hockey team. She delivered a touching acceptance speech, paying tribute to her coaches and also thanking her teachers, family members and friends. She acknowledged her mother, Lynnfield resident RuthAnn Casaletto, as the most inspirational person in her life. “I grew up with my mom telling me there isn’t anything I can’t do if I set my mind to it,” she said. Her father explained, “Not many girls played on boys’ high school hockey teams in the ’80s. She helped pave the road for future girl hockey players.” Mirasolo ended her speech acknowledging her two North Reading High School daughters, Cassie and Sammie, who are members of the girls’ high school hockey co-op team with Lynnfield and Peabody, telling them, “I am so proud to be your mom. Watching you compete in sports is a gift and I hope competing in team sports teaches you what it taught me: Hard team work and dedication is how you achieve goals and fulfill...

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