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Wakefield’s wrestling community puts on great show at states

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off on Wakefield’s wrestling community puts on great show at states

Warriors send six to All-State meet tomorrow Published in the February 22, 2018 edition. By DAN PAWLOWSKI WAKEFIELD — Hosting a State Tournament with some of the best wrestlers and coaches from 54 high schools across Massachusetts might seem like an overwhelming task. While it certainly takes plenty of hard work and planning from a multitude of people, WMHS and the Wakefield wrestling community pretty much have it down to a science. The Division 3 State Meet was exciting, fun and very well organized considering the amount of people who came to support their teams. Hopefully you got a chance to sit back with some Warrior Mac ‘N Cheese and enjoy the show. The Wakefield High wrestling team had nine compete in the state tournament. While the goal was to certainly survive and advance through the brackets, the Warriors were also on a mission to send as many representatives as they could to the All-State Meet which will be held tomorrow and Saturday at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. When it was all said and done after two exciting days, (two and a half of you count Thursday night when coaches and teammates set up the Charbonneau Field House after the basketball game), Wakefield finished 9th overall and had six wrestlers place, all of which might have a chance to compete at All-States as three qualified and three will be alternates. Those six wrestlers include the four senior captains Ryan Smith, Kevin Tran, Aiden Coleman and Jake Goodchild, as well as Mike Yirrell and Derek DiMascio. Smith, who missed the majority of the season due to injury, hasn’t missed a beat in his return as he went 3-2 including a close 10-9 decision over Jake Erali of Smith Vocational to take 7th in the 152 weight class. Smith pinned Dedham’s Colin Curran in 38 seconds during his final match and will be an alternate at All-States. Goodchild also finished 7th overall at 145. Goodchild, who has had a great final season to help lead the Warriors to another Freedom championship, also went 3-2, including a 10-6 decision over Wayland’s Robert Kashian. Goodchild pinned Nehemiah Johnson from Sabis in 1:25 to win his final match of the day and he will also be an alternate at All-States. Coleman, a consistent and clutch wrestler for Wakefield this year, went 3-2 to take 7th in the 195 weight class. Coleman had three hard-earned pins at states, including wins over Cole Emery of Mahar in 3:17 and Hampshire’s Kobe Clifford in 3:13. Coleman will be the third Warrior alternate at All-States. Tran won multiple big matches in his final season and went 3-3 at states to take 6th place at 160 and qualify for All-States. Tran had two tough pins over Tim Fritz of Franklin County (3:35) and Frontier’s Miguel Olvera-Aguilera (4:59). His third win came via a 10-9 decision over Wayland’s Cameron Jones. Tran will match up against Lowell’s Drew Diamantopoulos in the 160 round of 32 at All-States. Mike Yirrell, one of Wakefield’s most promising wrestlers, finished 4-2 to take 4th at 170. Yirrell found multiple ways to win as he opened up with an 8-7 decision over Justin Flores of Smith Voke. After falling to Scituate’s Jason Dwight in the quarterfinals, Yirrell bounced back for three straight wins, including a...

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Sports Lead: 02/21/18

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Girls’ hockey tournament bound after Senior Night win

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off on Girls’ hockey tournament bound after Senior Night win

Seedings for D2 North Tourney to be decided Saturday Published in the February 21, 2018 edition By DAN MARGARITA STONEHAM — The Wakefield High girls’ hockey team played their final game of the regular season yesterday, and came away with 6-2 victory over Wayland-Weston at the Stoneham Arena. As the last home game it was Senior Night and all of Wakefield’s seniors were feted with flowers before the game. There was a lot more than flowers at stake in the game, however. Wakefield needed a victory to qualify for the State Tournament. “Great team effort the whole game (and) not just this game. The last seven games we’re 4-1-2. We’ve been in playoff mode the last seven games trying to make this thing, so we finally got that win that got us into the tournament, so we’re ready to go,” said Wakefield coach Kory Falite. Wakefield had the first several shots on goal of the game with Courtney Hill taking several shots from the point and Brooke Lilley trying to tuck a backhand shot in the net, but had no luck. W.W. then began to assert themselves offensively, which paid off when Brooke Lapierre went high for a goal to make it 1-0. Wakefield went on the offensive again with shots from Caroline and Brooke Lilley, Courtney Hill and Hope Melanson. The pressure paid off with Brooke Lilley scoring late in the period to tie the game at 1-1. With 1:25 remaining in the period, Caroline Lilley lofted a shot that W.W. goalie Lilly Lin may have been screened on for a goal to send Wakefield into the first intermission leading 2-1. W.W. came out strong in the second but Wakefield was able to take advantage of a power play when Olivia Cameron put a backhander in net to make it 3-1. Wakefield continued to play strong the rest of the period but the lead remained at 3-1 after two periods. Wakefield wasted little time scoring to begin the third period. Caroline Lilley, stationed about four feet away from the net on the goalie’s stick side, managed to find the far, upper corner of the net for a goal to make it 4-1. In a matter of seconds Wakefield scored again, this time on an unassisted goal from Courtney Hill to give Wakefield a 5-1 lead. W.W. got a goal from Jacqueline Goode right after Hill’s goal to make it 5-2. Wakefield got their final goal on a power play late in the game on a score from Courtney Hill to make it 6-2. “The first period we were off to a rough start. They were kind of tentative a little bit. The second period they really started playing and they really showed their colors the last two periods,” said...

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Sports Lead: 02/20/2018

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Boys’ hoop wins OT thriller on Senior Night

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off on Boys’ hoop wins OT thriller on Senior Night

Warriors close season with back-to-back victories Published in the February 20, 2018 edition. By DAN PAWLOWSKI WAKEFIELD — Senior Night’s usually provide positive memories that last a lifetime, win or lose. But sometimes they’re so much sweeter. The Wakefield High boys’ basketball team might not have expected supreme excitement at their senior night on Thursday. They were out of postseason contention, battling a Stoneham team with a similar record. It can be tough for a senior class to play with the same type of motivation and desire during these types of situations. Somebody must have forgotten to tell that to Wakefield’s six members of the class of 2018, as the Warriors leaned on their leaders for a comeback overtime win, 62-57. The seniors, playing in a rare game in which all six were at least healthy enough to be on the court, made a statement in the 1st quarter, jumping out to a 13-6 lead after one. Much to the delight of the Red Sea student section who provided a strong presence for the seniors’ last game at Charbonneau, the first quarter belonged to senior Jon Jordan, who mixed and matched a nice outside shot with tough drives to the rim, as each bucket drew a louder applause than the previous one, creating a Red Sea crescendo for the ages as he accounted for 11 points in the frame, single-handedly outscoring Stoneham by five. It was a nice moment for a very deserving player. This was Jordan’s only year with Wakefield basketball as he transferred back home for his senior season. “Johnny is very popular,” said head coach Brad Simpson. “This year the kids really embraced him; he’s a terrific kid. He had a great first period.” Stoneham battled back in the 2nd, outscoring Wakefield 25-9 to take a 31-22 lead into the break. Simpson and the Warriors adjusted in the second half, changing their defensive look and also figuring out a way to combat Stoneham’s box and one on leading scorer Andrew Miller. “I thought we came out smoking but then we kind of fell apart defensively,” said Simpson. “We weren’t making the right rotations in the zone so we went man to man and it worked.” “The key to the box and one is you need to cut, go short corner and look for the cutters and we had some guys wide-open underneath.” This senior class is very good on the defensive end, with Miller, Joe Carmilia-Smith and Max Hinchey on the perimeter and Jack Shannon and Devin O’Brien in the paint. The Warriors forced turnovers with their zone defense and found success on offense with ball movement and off-the-ball movement as they slowly chipped away to set up a fourth quarter where they could make a move. Down eight in the final frame, Wakefield’s gameplan, execution, and most importantly, desire to win their final home game, all came together. After two quick buckets, including a layup from junior Billy O’Keefe, Stoneham took a timeout, which only seemed to verify Wakefield’s inevitable comeback. The Warriors would need their defense to keep up the pressure, and sophomore Ryan Marcus stole it and laid off a sweet pass to a trailing Miller who got an and-one to make it 45-41 Stoneham with 5:30 left. The Warriors continued to battle back as Miller...

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Warrior swimmers impress at sectionals for co-op swim team

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Wakefield Sports | Comments Off on Warrior swimmers impress at sectionals for co-op swim team

Published in the February 19, 2018 edition. CAMBRIDGE — The Lynnfield/Wakefield boys’ co-op swim team competed at sectionals on Sunday, February 11 at MIT. The Pioneers had plenty of representatives at the meet and finished 19th overall against the very best Division 1 teams in the state. “Overall, the team did very well as we used the sectional meet as a preparation for the state meet,” said head coach Andrew Digiacomo. The boys swam at states yesterday. Results from that meet will appear at a later date. At sectionals, Some of the best performances came from Wakefield swimmers, including Chris Anastasiades, Antonio Anastasiades, Johnny Stumpf, Alex Kent and Omar Risk. The 200 medley relay team of Chris and Antonio Anastasiades, Stumpf and Kent got their best time of the season as they took 14th overall with a time of 1:47.61 to pick up six points for the team. Chris Anastasiades got personal bests in the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. Anastasiades took 13th overall in the 50 free with a time of 22.91, good for four points for the team. In the 100 butterfly, he took 14th overall with a time of 55.06 for three points. Chris competed in both the 50 free and the 100 fly at the state meet yesterday. Antonio Anastasiades swam to a 26th finish in the individual medley with a time of 2:09.61. Antonio also competed in the 100 breast stroke where he took 15th with a time of 1:02.98. He swam both events at states. The 400 freestyle relay, another all-Wakefield team of the Anastasiades brothers, Stumpf and Rizk, finished 19th overall with a time of 3:36.24. The 400 free relay also competed at states. In the end, it was another great performance from the Wakefield boys as they prepared for the biggest competition of the...

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Senior Night

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Wakefield Sports | Comments Off on Senior Night

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Sports Lead: 02/19/2018

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Sports Lead: 02/16/2018

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Boys’ track finishes 3rd at Div. 4 States

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in Wakefield Sports | Comments Off on Boys’ track finishes 3rd at Div. 4 States

Published in the February 16, 2018 edition. BOSTON — The WMHS boys’ indoor track and field team competed for the last time as a group in the Division 4 State Meet at the Reggie Lewis Center. The Warriors came ready to compete against the best in the state and left town with a 3rd place team trophy and plenty of individual highlights. In the mile, senior Matt Greatorex was second with a 4:27.03. The UMass Lowell track commit will move on to All-States next week. Junior Carter Margolis also ran a great mile and was 8th from the unseeded heat, with a time of 4:38.21. Senior Riley Brackett ran a 4:44.58. In the 1000 meters, sophomore Tanner Jellison left it all on the track for a 3rd-place finish and a new personal best of 2:37.28. Jellison will also move on to All-States. Junior Billy Stevens ran a 2:49.22. In the 600 meters, senior Ryan Ritchie tan a 1:30.97 and sophomore Trevor Zupan finished right behind him at 1:31.00. Junior Brian Smith ran a 38.19 in the 300 meters. Over in the shot put circle, the Warriors had two seniors make plenty of noise as Wakefield was the only team to have two throwers finish in the top 10. Patrick Redmond took 3rd with a 48’6 and Alex Joly was 6th with a big personal-best throw of 45’1.5”. Senior Sam Morey ran an 8.98 in the hurdles. In the 55 meter dash, sophomore Ryan Obear ran a personal-best 6.91. In the high jump, junior Tommy Galvin had a personal-best jump of 5’10. The Warriors had four competing in the two mile run at States. Sophomore Matt Roberto was 8th with a time of 10:11.13. Junior Casey Brackett ran a 10:26.08 for 10th, followed by junior Rohan Singhvi (10:29.04) and senior David Lee (10:56.83). Greatorex, Zupan, Jellison and Smith ran a 3:42.02 in the 4×400 realy and Obear, Jared Hurley, Henry Stikeman and Smith ran a personal best time of 1:35.78 in the 4×200 relay for the 7th. The best highlight from the relay teams at states came from the 4×800 team of Greatorex, Stevens, Margolis and Jellison who took first place with a personal best...

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