By Bill Stewart
While we await the battle in New Orleans there are some local happenings to explore. Hockey enthusiasts will appreciate the latest novel from our esteemed local author Tom Sheehan. His latest novel, his fourth, MURDER AT THE FORUM, about the rivalry between our Bruins and the Montreal Canadians.
The weekly rundown begins with our basketball teams facing the Beverly Panthers. The big cats clawed their way to victory over our Sachems; the boys lost 60 to 47 and the girls 53 to 43. Norma Waggett tossed in 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Sachems and Gianna Zirpolo was outstanding with 12 points. In the boys contest Captain Shane Ripley exploded for 22 points and Brandon Wladkowski added 8 more. Other scorers for the Sachems were Jack Furey with 6, Joe Bertrand with 3, and Ryan Henehan, Dan Cacciola, and Kory Dominick netting 2 each. The next contest had the Sachems doing battle with the Lynn English Bulldogs. The Bulldogs bared their teeth against the Lady Sachems and the result was a 78 to 34 loss for Saugus. Courtney Hollett was the hero for the Sachems tossing in 13 points and Norma Waggett added 8 more. The rest of the scoring for the Sachems was Mikayla Niles with 6 points, Gillian Lyons 3, then Carissa Contreras and Jessica Allen with 2 each. The boys dropped a heartbreaker when English had a buzzer beater to up the ante 76 to 74. The scoring for the Sachems was, Shane Ripley 22, Joe Bertrand 21, Brandon Wladkowski 11, Ryan Henehan 9, Jack Furey 6, Dan Cacciola 3, and Dante Del Torto 2 points.
The Saugus contingent for the Winthrop/Saugus/Lynn hockey team aided in the cause to stop the skid after two loses to defeat Medford 7 to 5 with Kara Donati finding the net to up her season totals to 25 points. The Lanzilli girls, Brittani and Kayli combined for two goals and five assists.
The hockey team had a big victory over Revere on Saturday 6 to 3. In one of their best efforts this season our icemen were led by a hat trick from Anthony Ciere to break the four game losing streak.
As I promised last week we feature the Sachem wrestling team who scored a 38 to 24 victory over the Peabody Tanners. Dan McCullough won his match at 106 pounds, Anthony Fernandes at 120, Shane Andrews at 138, Seth Roy at 145, Gardy Pierre at 160 and Alvin Lam at 170. The rest of the squad is made up of Joe Alba, Mark Chamberlain, Patrick Davis, Sal Guarino, Phil Houten, Aaron Kirk, Ramond Meggs, Jack Nguyen, Derek Nuzzo, Jesse Rousseau, Vinnie Schroth, Mike Titus, and Nick Vokey. The week ended for the team in a triple meet with the Pentucket Vikings and the Wakefield Warriors. The Vikings won 57 to 12 and the Warriors beat the Sachems 49 to 12.