By Bill Stewart
Monday our Icemen hosted Masconomet and fell to the visitors 5 to 1. Anthony LoPresti netted the first goal to start the scoring, but Masco notched the next 5 for the victory. Steve Kay had the assist to the LoPresti goal. The next outing was a heart breaking loss to Bishop Fenwick Crusaders 3 to 2. Scoring for the Sachems were Nik Straticos and Nick Sweeny, with LoPresti getting both assists. The week ended with a 1 – 1 tie with Salem in Salem. Victor DeMatteo got the evener at 2:08 of the third to gain the tie. Joe Grecco had the assist.
The girl’s hockey squad opened the week with a 2 to 2 tie with Cambridge. Saugus girls began the scoring as Ariana Dembro scored the goal assisted by Kara Donati and Casey Harris. Donati banged home the next goal assisted from Donati. Cambridge answered by scoring the only goal in the second then another in the third to tie. Our ladies icers faced the vaunted Saint Mary’s Spartans in Lynn and were overcome 6 to zip. I was rooting for both sides as my granddaughter Kerri McKinnon plays for the Spartans, only an eighth grader with the varsity. Kerri had a breakaway but was thwarted by the goalie, Gretchen Howard. Captain Kara Donati of Saugus had another strong game and her Saugus team mates on the Dawgs are Ariana Dembro, Cat Salvetti, Julia Dembro, Courtney Whyte, Victoria Sparages, and Anastasia Bartolo. The team is now rated as the number 8th squad North of Boston at 6 -4-1.
On the court our boys started the week at home against the Salem Witches. The Witches started strong with a 21 to 12 first period and the Sachems were never able to overcome this beginning. The final score was Salem 69, Saugus 57. Shane Ripley tossed in 17 points, Brandan Wlodkowski got 16, and Joe Bertran added 10. Dan Cacciola had 7 points, Ryan Henehan 4, Kory Dominick, and Litheda had 1 point for the Sachems. The Sachems travelled to Wakefield to battle the Northeast and came away with the victory 67 to 53. Our heroes were behind 35 to 30 at the half and 49 – 47 after 3, but rallied in the fourth for the victory. Bertrand led the charge with 19 points including 3 treys; Wladkowski added 17 with 3 treys himself. Ripley tossed in 16 points; Jack Furey had 8, Cacciola 5 and Henehan 2 for the victors. In a low scoring match the Sachems lost to Classical 46 to 37 as Ripley sank 12 points for Saugus.
The girl hoopsters secured a victory over the Triton Vikings 45 to 31 with Norma Waggett sinking 21 points to lead the Sachems and Gianna Zirpolo added 10 more. The team lost a 66 to 40 contest to Lynn Classical. Waggett poured in 25 points including 3 treys, Gillian Lyons 6, Courtney Hollett 5, Mikayla Niles and Kathryn White added 2 each.
On the wrestling front the Sachems lost to Danvers 44 to 10 and Saugus had victories from Seth Roy at 145 pounds and Nick Volpe won at 220 with a pin.
The aquatic team (Classical and Saugus combined) won their meet against Swampscott 96 to 79. Sachem Captain Brian Nelson won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:31.96 and the 100 freestyle at 1:01:47. Other members of the team from Saugus are Stephanie Gaglini, Jen Moore, Megan McCarthy, and Jacklin Murphy.
Coach Antonio LaBruna of the track team sent me a recap of the Sachems recent competition at Danvers. I cannot attend every contest which SHS athletes compete at and I appreciate receiving specific information of the contests from fans or coaches who attend the game. Below is Coach LaBruna’s write-up of the meet.
The Boys and Girls Indoor Track team’s traveled to Beverly Monday morning for a meet against the Danvers Falcons. The Saugus boy’s team (2-4) dropped the meet 59-27 to Danvers who remained undefeated and at the top of the NEC at 6-0. Senior captain Kevin Powers provided the Sachems lone first place finish by winning the 1000M with a time of 2:49.9. Saugus had a slew of 2nd place finishes including Andre Ipojuca (1:32.5 in the 600M), Alex Schrippa (5.8 in the 50Y Dash), Nick Monaco (11:36 in the 2 mile), and Logan Nichols (5:30 in the mile). Aleksa Semardjez made his season debut in the 2 mile and ran an impressive time of 12:00, which earned him a 3rd place finish. The star of the meet however was senior high jumper/hurdler Atticus Andruchow who jumped a state qualifying height of 5’10 which clinched Atticus a postseason berth. “Atticus has worked extremely hard at high jump this season and made it clear early on that his goal was to qualify for states. His qualifying jump was perfect and most likely would have cleared 6 feet, so there a still a ceiling for him to reach.” The Saugus boys ended the meet on a high note as the 4X400M relay team comprised of Ismael Minaya, Kevin Powers, Mike Swanson, and Andre Ipojuca won the event with a time of 4:00.7.
The Girls’ Indoor Track team took on Danvers without Mary Dixon, a senior captain and 2011-2012 NEC MVP candidate, who is out for the season with a knee injury. The meet went Danvers way on the scoreboard 67-18. Mikayla Perella continued her stellar sophomore season with a pair of 2nd place finishes in the shot-put (27 ¼) and the 50Y Dash (6.9). Freshmen Emily Monaco continued to establish herself as one of the top 600M runners in the conference as she topped the field with a time of 1:49.5. Ashley Firth (47.2) and Allison Aldred (49.3) took home a 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 300M. The youngest member of the girls’ team, 7th grader Olivia Tapia-Gately made her season debut in the mile and ran extremely well with a time of 6:30 which earned a 2nd place finish. “There is still a lot of unfinished business for many of the girls this season. Ashley Firth and Emily Monaco are two girls in particular that have states on their radar, and coach Tarantino and myself are extremely confident in them.” The Northeast Conference League Meet is January 31st at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, MA.